Now, here’s a helluva reason to condone allegations of sexual misconduct! Due process wouldn’t apply in a resignation…and Klobuchar is a frigging lawyer.

Klobuchar: I Never ‘Publicly’ Called for Franken’s Resignation ‘Because We Are Colleagues’

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday morning that she did not publicly call for Sen. Al Franken to resign over several allegations of sexual misconduct because the two Minnesota Democrats are colleagues.

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski asked Klobuchar on “Morning Joe” about Franken’s decision to resign from the Senate. The comedian turned lawmaker announced on Wednesday that he will officially step down on Jan. 2, after seven women accused him of sexual misconduct, including unwanted kissing and groping. For weeks before then, Franken did not name a specific date for leaving office after originally declaring his intention to do so on Dec. 7.

“I would love to hear more from you on the issue of sexual harassment,” Brzezinski said. “There’s been a lot of discussion, debate about due process, and I’m wondering if you still think Al Franken’s resignation was a good idea, especially given that he was open to an investigation?”

“Well, I have firmly said that there should be an investigation the day that the first information came out, and I will say he himself made this decision to resign; it was not an easy decision,” Klobuchar said.

Brzezinski then pushed Klobuchar to say whether she believes Franken’s departure is a “good idea.”

“I did not publicly call for his resignation because we are colleagues,” Klobuchar said. “And we had many, many talks over that time, and the reasons that he gave for his resignation were reasons that he and I discussed, and that was with all of the mounting allegations but also the senators calling on him to resign, he was put in a place he felt he couldn’t be effective.”

“He made the decision, and he is strongly supporting the new senator that’s going to come in in January, Tina Flint Smith,” Klobuchar added.

Brzezinski’s question came in the wake of reports that some Democratic lawmakers have expressed regret over Franken’s departure after a majority of Senate Democrats called on him to leave office on Dec. 6, when a seventh woman publicly accused him of groping her.

Klobuchar said earlier this month that she did not publicly ask Franken to resign because she felt she was “in a different role as his colleague.”

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D.) has appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D.) to fill Franken’s seat when he officially leaves office. Initial reports indicated that Smith would not run in a 2018 special election to hold the seat for the remainder of Franken’s term, which ends in 2020, but a source who spoke to Minnesota Public Radio said that she plans to do just that.

Klobuchar added on “Morning Joe” that due process is an essential part of creating safer work environments for women.

“I think it’s really important that we have due process for anyone. This isn’t about toppling men; this is about safer worker environments,” she said.

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Sadly, I’d guess it has to do with the benefits he’ll get for being in office ten years.

Sen. Al Franken announces resignation date

Sen. Al Franken announces resignation date

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has announced that he will resign Jan. 2. Franken was accused of sexual misconduct by several women.. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

What happened?

Franken announced earlier this month that he intended to resign from the Senate after multiple women accused him of groping them without their consent.

Radio host Leeann Tweeden, the first woman to publicly accuse Franken of misconduct, said he sexually harassed her while they were both part of a 2006 USO tour. Tweeden made public a picture of Franken appearing to grope her breasts while she slept.

In remarks on the Senate floor earlier this month, Franken called himself “a champion of women” and said there was irony in his resignation as President Donald Trump sits in the White House and Roy Moore ran for Senate in Alabama. Both men have also faced allegations of sexual misconduct. Moore, who was accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, later lost the Alabama election to Democrat Doug Jones, although he has thus far refused to concede the race.

Franken’s initial hesitation to announce the exact date he would resign fueled speculation he would reverse course and attempt to stay in the Senate by painting his actions as less egregious than Trump’s alleged behavior.

Who will replace Franken?

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has selected Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Franken. Dayton and Smith are both members of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, a state party affiliated with the national Democratic Party.

Smith, a former Planned Parenthood vice president, will reportedly be sworn in the day after Franken resigns.

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From the very start, this sounded like another Ruby Ridge or Waco snafu.

ENERGY

REPORT: Fed Agency Committed ‘Militaristic’ Operation Against Nevada Rancher

TIM PEARCE
Energy Reporter

Prosecutors shared the report with the Bundys’ defense attorneys, prompting a petition to Judge Gloria Navarro for a mistrial, or for the case to be dismissed altogether, The Oregonian reports. Navarro’s judgement is expected to come down Wednesday.

“It’s time for our men to go home and start making a living for their families,” Carol Bundy, Cliven Bundy’s wife, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’re two years behind. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do.”

The investigation’s report, made by BLM Special Agent Larry Wooten and addressed to the Department of Justice, was publicized last week after Washington state Rep. Matt Shea posted it on his Facebook page, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Wooten’s 18-page report discussed some of what he witnessed during his three-year investigation, such as a BLM agent’s “kill list” featuring people who had committed suicide while under investigation by the agency, BLM agents and officials referring to the Bundys as “retards” and “douche bags,” agents bragging about “grinding” a Bundy family member’s face into gravel, and lead prosecutor and Nevada’s acting U.S. Attorney Steve Myhre’s “preferred ignorance” of investigation details that would benefit the Bundys’ defense case.

Former Special Agent Dan Love, who was in charge of impounding Cliven Bundy’s cattle in 2014, conducted “the most intrusive, oppressive, large scale and militaristic trespass cattle impound possible” against Bundy’s ranch against the direction of the U.S. attorney’s office, according to Wooten. The Bundys’ defense strategy accuses the BLM of using overly-aggressive and threatening tactics.

Navarro has ruled that Myhre’s prosecution team has committed numerous Brady Act violations failing to turn over exculpatory evidence, evidence that may exonerate the Bundys. In light of the violations and Wooten’s memo, Navarro sent the jury home last week as she considers ruling a mistrial or dismissing the case.

Wooten was removed from his position in the investigation in February by Myhre and his notes and case materials were taken. Assistant Special Agent Kent Klemen carried out Myhre’s order to gather Wooten’s data in what Wooten called a “raid” on his office.

Myhre declined TheDCNF’s request for comment.

This will come back and bite the MPD in the ass.

Minneapolis PD Eliminates Most Psych Evals To Avoid ‘Discrimination’

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The Minneapolis police have done away with most psychological evaluations for applicants.

Minneapolis, MN – The city of Minneapolis may have lowered its standards for police officers to an unsafe level, but some say that even after the change, the process is still discriminatory.

Over the past five years, the city of Minneapolis eliminated four of the five psychological evaluations given to Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) applicants to determine whether they are mentally fit to be officers.

They did so using because the testing was eliminating too many of their minority applicants.

Questions about whether the current psychological screening process had failed were raised after Justine Damond was shot by MPD Officer Mohamed Noor in July.

Damond, an unarmed citizen wearing just her pajamas, was fatally shot by Officer Noor, who responded to her 911 call reporting an incident in her neighborhood. The prosecutor has not yet determined whether Officer Noor will be charged.

Gary Fischler, a Minneapolis licensed psychologist who specializes in police and public safety psychology, said he’d want to know how the psychological evaluation was done, and whether it was up to standards, before trying to determine whether the system had failed in the case of Officer Noor, the Minnesota Post reported.

“Because no psychological evaluation can be a perfect predictor, the evaluation could have been done perfectly correctly and within the bounds of what would be considered good practice, but something happens you wouldn’t have expected to happen because that’s the nature of it,” Fischler said.

But MPD’s standards are not within the bounds of what “would be considered good practice.”

In fact, over the past five years, MPD’s psychological evaluator, Thomas Gratzer, dropped screening standards below those used in comparable cities, and those recommended by national best practices.

Minneapolis used the standard five-test psychological evaluation procedure from the mid-1990s until 2012. Those original tests worked, according to a federally-funded study conducted in the Minneapolis, APM reported.

The study found that the officers flagged as concerning by the tests were three times more likely to engage in misconduct.

Despite the evidence in that study, Gratzer had stopped administering four out of five of those tests to police academy applicants.

Critics had argued that the screening was done using an obscure system designed to flag police recruits who may have racist or sexist attitudes.

They said the psychological screening made it more difficult for the department to hire minorities, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reported that MPD is in the process of replacing Gratzer because even after dropping standards, his testing is still eliminating a large number of minority applicants.

There is no information available as to whether they’ll reinstate psychological screening that complies with national best practices, or further reduce standards to silence critics.

A Friday feel good story.

CBS Local — An alleged burglar got more than he bargained for when he entered the Wisconsin home of a 95-year-old former Marine and his daughter.

Fred, a World War II veteran, says his dog started barking and alerted him to someone breaking in through a back door of the West Allis house on Dec. 4.

“I was almost standing nose to nose with him. That was a shocker,” the veteran told the Journal Sentinel. Fred added that the robber threatened to kill him and his dog if he didn’t hand over his wallet.

“I wasn’t scared. I was so damn mad,” the veteran of the war in the Pacific told reporters. The 95-year-old was able to wrestle alleged burglar, Gary Wells, to the ground before the homeowner’s daughter ran downstairs to help fight the thief off.

Fred’s motivated 51-year-old daughter Mary then took off after Wells, chasing the burglar for six blocks before catching and holding him for police. “I was mad because of what he did to my dad,” Mary said. “We jumped over two fences and ran through 12 yards,” the Marine’s daughter added.

Mary eventually caught the crook after the 53-year-old’s leg got caught on a picket fence. “It was just reflexes. I guess it rubbed off from my father.”

The West Allis family, who asked for their last name not to be used, said they were fortunate Wells did not have a gun. The father-daughter team also saved the property of another Wisconsin home as police found the alleged burglar with nine silver and gold cuff links on him. Authorities are now looking for the rightful owners of the stolen goods and Wells has been charged with felony burglary.

Read the story here: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/12/14/95-year-old-marine-daughter-stop-burglar/

Dirtbag.

This ‘decorated Green Beret’ is a total fraud

Brooklyn Army vet Papotia Reginald Wright’s resume was impressive by any standard.

He boasted of a Purple Heart, Bronze Star — and a slew of other medals as an elite Green Beret that got him into swanky galas and even field access to the Giants.

Modal TriggerBut Wright is nothing but an accomplished fraud, it was revealed Thursday.

He never served with Special Forces, never served in any combat role — and never rose above the rank of “specialist,” according to military documents obtained through FOIA by Guardians of the Green Beret.

Wright even lied about how long he was in the Army, claiming he served 25 years when he was really only enlisted from 1982 to 1990, the documents show.

He spent most of his time as a driver, with stints far from any battlefield in Alaska, Egypt, Georgia and Texas, according to his papers.

Keep Reading : https://nypost.com/2017/12/14/this-decorated-green-beret-is-a-total-fraud/

Why did I know this would happen? This would be the definition of prosecutorial misconduct.

Prosecutor Says No Evidence To File Charges In Justine Damond Shooting

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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman blamed everybody but himself for failure to make a charging decision.

Hennepin County, Minn. – Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told a group of activists that he doesn’t have the evidence to file charges against the Minneapolis police officer in the shooting death of Justine Damond.

Freeman blamed investigators for not doing their jobs in the investigation of whether Officer Mohamed Noor was justified is shooting Damond.

Read the entire story here: https://www.themaven.net/bluelivesmatter/news/prosecutor-says-no-evidence-to-file-charges-in-justine-damond-shooting-JAhnGLse2kako1XSe9XLpg

Making Jim Oberstar proud.. After all, he was floating this idea years ago.

By Phil Matier

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — California is moving closer to charging drivers for every mile they drive.

The state says it needs more money for road repairs, and the gas tax just isn’t bringing in enough revenue.

The state recently road-tested a mileage monitoring plan.

The California Road Charge Pilot Program is billed as a way for the state to move from its longstanding pump tax to a system where drivers pay based on their mileage.

But it’s not just a question about money, it’s also a question about fairness.

State Senator Scott Wiener and others are saying that when it comes to road taxes, it’s time to start looking at charging you by the mile rather than by the gallon.

“If you own an older vehicle that is fueled by gas, you’re paying gas tax to maintain the roads. Someone who has an electric vehicle or a dramatically more fuel efficient vehicle is paying much less than you are. But they are still using the roads,” Wiener said.

“People are going to use less and less gas in the long run,” according to Wiener.

And less gas means less gas tax, and less money for road repair.

“We want to make sure that all cars are paying to maintain the roads,” Wiener said.

One idea would be installing devices that would clock your mileage every time you pull up to the pump or electric car charging station. Or put a tracker on every car.

“The reality is that if you have a smartphone your data of where you are traveling is already in existence,” Wiener said.

None of this is sitting well with drivers such as Joshua Li, the owner of a hybrid BMW.

Li said he saves around $200 a month by not using gas and said he would definitely not be happy if his driving was taxed per mile.

Randy Rentschler, of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said one answer is to raise the gas tax and up the vehicle registration fee for electric cars.

“If you buy a small car that gets great fuel economy, we don’t get enough money to repair the roads … but the fact of the matter is people are buying trucks,” Rentschler said.

However, raising vehicle registration fees and taxing people with fuel-efficient, hybrid or electric vehicles could also discourage people from purchasing such vehicles.

Fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric vehicles are key to reducing vehicle emissions and improving air quality around the world.

Would you ever guessed you’d see this in a school? Social engineering at its finest….

EDUCATION

High School Gets Sued After Students Dishonor War Vets

GRACE CARR
Reporter

The students filed the lawsuit against Edina High School, the principal and the school district. The lawsuit — “Edina High School Young Conservative Club et al v. Edina School District et al” — charges the school with violating students’ rights to freedom of speech, association and equal access. The suit alleges the school is trying to put a flag code above the First Amendment.

“The U.S. Flag Code preempts Edina High School’s requirement that students respect flag protesters—whatever that means,” YCC lawyer Erick Kaardal said in a press release. “This is a clear case of discrimination against students with conservative beliefs by a school whose policies have been documented as promoting an extreme ideological agenda.”

“Edina High School has essentially declared itself to be ‘big brother’ – to ensure that students ‘think correctly’ about the U.S. flag, political and social issues,” Kaardal added.

YCC members describes themselves on Facebook as “a group of teenagers that discuss their political views with each other.”

A masked student also threatened members of the club for their “alt-right agenda,” in a creepy Nov. 12 video, according to Edina Schools Superintendent John Schultz.

“This is why we at EHS Anti-fascists have decided your club cannot continue to exist in its current form,”  the masked student said on camera. “We will not stop until every tentacle of your evil monstrosity is sliced off at the nerve.”

Several club members left campus out of fear for their safety after the threatening video was published. The school administration shut the club down, however, because the group “criticized the school’s policies supporting the organized student protest.”

“The bottom line with this particular instance is that students are not required to stand for the national anthem, or ‘Taps’ or the pledge,” Edina High School Principal Andy Beaton said in a statement. The school steps in when statements become disrespectful, Beaton added.

“School policy allows students to disrespect military veterans and the United States flag, but will not tolerate those students who criticize the disrespectful behavior of the student protesters,” YCC’s attorney Kaardal said. “That’s a double standard.”

Neither YCC nor Edina High School responded to the DCNF’s request for comment in time for publication.

Wow.

This mayor used a dead person’s identity to get a better parking space. Now she may lose her job.

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Davenport, Florida, Mayor Darlene Bradley was caught using handicapped parking placards belonging to people who had died years before. (Image source: City of Davenport and Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

For Darlene Bradley, mayor of Davenport, Florida, the answer to that question is criminal identity theft.

Bradley parked in the handicapped parking spot at city hall all the time. The city manager, Kelly Callihan, noticed it, but since Bradley had a placard, it didn’t register as an issue.

Clearly, someone had a problem with it, and whoever that was dropped a tip with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to look into her parking situation.

After discovering Bradley had never been issued a parking permit, authorities set up a covert surveillance camera outside city hall.

They observed her exiting her vehicle and carrying a suitcase into city hall without any assistance.

More importantly, they were able to zoom in on her placard, to reveal that it belonged to a woman who had died in 2012.

On top of that, the real permit expired in 2013, which indicates that the mayor’s, which had a 2018 expiration date, was likely a forgery.

Police got a warrant and searched her home, and found another placard, from another deceased person.

Bradley was arrested and charged with identity theft, counterfeiting, and illegal parking in a handicapped spot.

County Sheriff Grady Judd said Bradley “embarrassed the citizens of Davenport.”

Bradley could be facing a suspension during her trial, and will have to step down if she is convicted.