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I felt sick reading John Hinderaker’s article, partially because of the violence visited upon the young man in the video but mostly because it’s just a matter of time before that sort of thing hits St. Cloud.

Forgive my pessimism. I’m usually an optimist. After watching St. Cloud deteriorate the last 5 years, it’s difficult to maintain a positive attitude. Next Wednesday, St. Cloud’s Police Chief will participate in a propagandist’s dream event to tell everyone just how wonderful St. Cloud would be if it wasn’t for those awful hate-filled Christians antagonizing those pure-as-the-driven-snow CAIR activists.

People are leaving St. Cloud. Some are moving to southern states but most are leaving for Sartell, Sauk Rapids St. Augusta and St. Joe. They’re leaving because they’re disgusted with spineless politicians, rising crime in core neighborhoods, a city council that thinks that the First Amendment is optional and a school board that thinks that sneaking a bonding referendum for a $100,000,000+ Tech HS should be voted on by only those in the ‘education community’. (That’s why the school board kept everything hush until the Times accidentally ruined the School Board’s plans.) But I digress.

John’s post is about the young man who got brutalized in Minneapolis just outside Target Field. This is one of the videos of this disgusting event:

Day after day, week after week, month after month, Democrats hint that law enforcement is the problem. That puts police officers in the impossible position of having to do a difficult job without the full support of the communities they’re protecting.

Authorities admit that violent crime is up in Minneapolis, although they surround that admission with happy talk, which won’t be believed by anyone who actually ventures into the city at night. (The story is the same in urban St. Paul. One night last week, the St. Paul police lacked the manpower to respond to three shootings that happened more or less simultaneously in different parts of the city.)

Minneapolis’s mayor is a young man who worked briefly in my law firm and is obviously not up to the task. Members of the City Council are ridiculously left-wing and totally ineffective. In both Minneapolis and St. Paul, civic authorities are convinced that policemen are the gravest threat to “communities of color,” and therefore law enforcement should be scaled back, or only grudgingly reinforced in response to events like the one you see in the video above.

Then John notes what someone reminds him of:

A reader reminds me that I should have mentioned this: “Some Minneapolis candidates say they can envision a city without police.”

Seven City Council hopefuls and two mayoral candidates say in a local voter guide that they can envision a future Minneapolis with no police. Asked, “Do you believe that we could ever have a city without police?” two mayoral candidates and two incumbents and five serious challengers running for City Council answered “yes.”

The idiots on St. Cloud’s City Council aren’t that stupid but nobody’s mistaking them for Einstein’s relatives, either.

What St. Cloud needs is its version of Rudy Giuliani. If we don’t find that person fast, I hate thinking what depths St. Cloud will descend into.

After reading Tina Smith’s quote in this article, it isn’t difficult to not trust Democrats when guns are concerned.

When asked if she thinks Congress would pass universal background checks this year or next, Smith is quoted as saying “I’m not optimistic. We’ve seen this cycle over and over again: concerns, promises to take action and then backtracking.”

Then there’s Angie Craig, another Democrat who sounded like an idiot when she said “The fact is most Americans support common-sense gun legislation. The only thing stopping it is the special interests that seem to have control over some politicians in Congress. I’m sick and tired of the NRA.” The article nots that “Craig supports universal background checks and banning what she called ‘military-style assault weapons.'”

What’s appalling is that neither Craig or Smith know the first thing about guns, yet they want to tell gun owners what they can’t do. As for Craig saying “I’m sick and tired of the NRA”, that shows how ignorant of who the NRA is. The NRA are people from all across the United States determined to prevent politicians from gutting the Second Amendment. Before people say that that’s conspiracy theory talk, I’ll show you a trio of Democrats running for president who support firearm confiscation:

Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) told reporters in New Hampshire on Friday that mandatory buybacks were “a good idea.”

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman from El Paso, spent the final weeks of August demanding mandatory buybacks of millions of assault rifles currently owned by law-abiding Americans. “All of them,” he tweeted defiantly.

Elizabeth Warren is the other Democrat presidential candidate who supports a mandatory confiscation of assault weapons.

Democrats love using the euphemism buyback instead of confiscation for obvious reasons. Confiscation is the right term. It’s impossible to buy something back that wasn’t your property previously. Since the government didn’t own the guns previously, it can’t buy them back. Democrats know this but that won’t prevent them from using that dishonest term repeatedly during this debate.

Here’s something to contemplate: if felons commit crimes, is it logical to violate law-abiding citizens’ Constitutional rights? Here’s another question worth pondering: will any of the Democrats’ solutions stop even 1 mass shooting? Thus far, the answer to that question is an emphatic no.

That’s because the Democrats aren’t looking at what’s caused mass casualties. With the Parkland shooting, the shooter told people that he was going to kill students. Rather than taking him seriously, the people running Marjorie Stoneman Douglas turned a blind eye towards the shooter. That was just a continuation of what they did earlier in his school career:

Cruz’s eighth-grade language arts teacher, Carrie Yon, kept diligent notes on his behavior for Cruz’s “Functional Behavior Analysis”:

Sept. 3: While reviewing [a] homophones worksheet, when another student mentioned the amendment that talks about ‘the right to bear arms’ Nick [sic] lit up when hearing the word that related to guns and shouted out “you mean like guns!” he was overly excited thinking that we were going to talk about guns. Nick later used his pencil as a gun … shooting around the classroom.

Then there’s this:

Yon provided her opinion for the “Functional Behavioral Analysis”:

“I feel strongly that Nikolas is a danger to the students and faculty at this school. I do not feel that he understands the difference between his violent video games and reality. He is constantly showing aggressive behavior and poor judgment. His drawing in class show violent acts (people shooting at each other) or creepy sexual pictures (dogs with large penises) … I would like to see him sent to a facility that is more prepared and has the proper setting to deal with this type of child.”

That doesn’t include talking about the other government failures prior to Cruz’s Valentine’s Day massacre. Those things don’t fit into the Democrats’ narrative so they’re ignored. The Democrats’ constant focus is on things that won’t stop these shootings. Democrats only want things that are ineffective or are marginally effective. For instance, the 1994 assault weapons ban didn’t prevent a single mass shooting.

Until Democrats study what’s causing these shootings and become interested in connecting the dots with the people pulling the triggers, I’ll remain skeptical of the Democrats’ gun-grabbing plans.

According to this article, alleged sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has committed suicide in his cell:

Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced millionaire who was facing federal sex trafficking charges, died by suicide Friday night in his Lower Manhattan jail cell, three law enforcement officials told ABC News. The exact timing and circumstances were not immediately clear.

Epstein was placed on suicide watch on July 23 “after he was found unresponsive in his cell”.

There’s some speculation that Epstein was murdered:


Stay tuned to LFR for more updates as they come in.

Last week, Judge Michael Toomin ruled that Kim Foxx’s ‘recusal’ in the Jussie Smollett case was “sophistry.” Then he ruled in favor of appointing a special prosecutor to examine Foxx’s office’s work in dismissing Smollett’s charges.

Judge Toomin then compared Foxx’s investigation to a ship at sea without a captain, saying that “Here the ship of State ventured from its protected harbor without the guiding hand of its captain. There was no master on the bridge to guide the ship as it floundered through uncharted waters. And it ultimately lost its bearings.”

It isn’t surprising that this investigation failed to produce justice. Consider the fact that Tina Tchen, who was once chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama, spoke to Foxx after Foxx’s faux recusal.

In his ruling, Judge Toomin said this:

“Curiously, public announcements that flowed from the State’s Attorney’s Office offered the rather novel view that the recusal was not actually a recusal,” Toomin wrote. “Rather, in an exercise of creative lawyering, staff opined that Foxx did not formally recuse herself in a legal sense, that the recusal was only in a colloquial sense … However, discerning members of the public have come to realize that the ‘recusal that really wasn’t’ was purely an exercise in sophistry.”

Then Judge Toomin lowered the boom:

A true recusal would have put the case under the control of a prosecutor from another county. But Foxx kept the case in the hands of her deputy the Chicago Way. That, Toomin wrote, created a “fictitious office having no legal existence.”

Since the faux recusal really just created a void in the State’s Attorney’s office, the decision to drop the charges against Smollett didn’t really happen. Double jeopardy didn’t attach because the person making the decision didn’t have the authority to make decisions.

Judge Toomin is one of the heroes in this fiasco. The other hero is retired appellate Judge Sheila O’Brien. Judge O’Brien “figured…that Foxx’s handling of the Smollett case and her office’s decision to drop the charges against him smelled like the gutters in an alley off the Chicago Way.” In an interview with John Kass of the Chicago Tribune, Judge O’Brien told him:

Thanks to Judge Toomin’s ruling, we’ll get the truth,” O’Brien told me over the phone Friday. “We’ll get the whole truth, all of it, everything and it will be under oath.” Are you happy? “Yes,” O’Brien said. “Because now we’ll have testimony under oath.”

It’s apparent that under oath is what Judge O’Brien wanted most. That eliminates political wiggle room. A Chicago lawyer can turn political wiggle room into Swiss cheese in a New York minute.

Once this fiasco legitimately makes it into the courts, political influence shrinks quickly. That’s what’s apparently happening, much to Kim Foxx’s displeasure. She’s counted on her political connections to keep her out of trouble. The judiciary has tighter controls. Spin doesn’t hold up against verifiable proof.

From this point forward, it’s clear that Mark Geragos has his work cut out for him. This isn’t a political fight anymore. It’s a legal fight, something I doubt he thought he was signing on for.

In 2014, Dave Steckling was Dave Masters’ campaign manager. The times have definitely changed since then. This evening, the St. Cloud Times published Mr. Steckling’s LTE, which endorses Dr. John Palmer, Masters’ opponent.

In his LTE, Steckling wrote “Two years ago I was campaign manager for Dave Masters’ St. Cloud City Council re-election. Masters says his primary council job is “public safety”— what a joke. His lackadaisical attitude the past 11 years has done nothing to solve the serious problems facing our city; yet he continues to utter useless dialogue at council meetings. I no longer feel safe to walk downtown or in certain neighborhoods, or to drive certain streets. For a fresh, much-needed change we welcome John Palmer. Palmer comes fully qualified to sit on this council.”

First, Masters is an empty suit. When Liz Baklaich handed out hats that had a logo on them, Masters took offense. What did the logo say that so offended Masters? “Make St. Cloud Great Again.” Masters’ complaint? “St. Cloud is already great.” Right.

Electrolux is leaving. Herbergers has shut down. The neighborhood west and south of Tech High School isn’t safe. More properties are being turned into rental properties each year as the middle class abandon St. Cloud. That isn’t the average middle class voter’s picture of living the American Dream.

Frankly, that isn’t the portrait of a thriving city. That’s the portrait of a city that needs new leadership. I’ve spoken with friends of mine who live in the First Ward. They’ve told me that there’s a 2-tier system in the First. The people living near Lake George get treated like royalty. The people who don’t live near Lake George don’t get treated very well by Masters.

If you believe that everyone is entitled to being treated respectfully, voting for John Palmer is your only option.

It’s time to stop pretending that Antifa is the only bunch of violent actors in the DFL or the Democratic Party. I’m not disputing that Antifa and anarchist organizations affiliated with the Democratic Party don’t pose a threat to conservative politicians. I’m simply arguing that violent behavior on the left isn’t confined to anarchists and Antifa. This LTE highlights the left’s violent (and frightening) behavior:

To the editor:

Has the radical socialist left become unhinged? The latest incidents include reprehensible threats of harm against the children of Republican officeholders. Our own U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis has received threats of violence against his daughters. The threats of harm to his daughters necessitated a call to the Capitol Police.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-New York, also received threats of violence against his daughters. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, was threatened by a man who said he would kill Mast’s children. Fortunately, police were able to arrest the man.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, “suggested” to her followers they verbally attack members of the White House staff and other conservatives — even when they are in a restaurant enjoying a meal!

Locally, Republican state Rep. Drew Christensen has had a campaign sign set afire and others slashed. I point out again that all these threats are made against Republicans. My resolve has thus been strengthened and I will proudly support Jason Lewis and Drew Christensen.

The latest smear against Jason Lewis for comments he made on his radio show decades ago is appalling. He was hired to be provocative and had the right of freedom of speech, the same right that liberals attempt to take away from anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

That’s before talking about the lunatic Bernie supporter who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise last summer in Virginia. That’s before talking about the ‘comedian’ who accused Sarah Huckabee-Sanders of being a traitor of women.

People that violent aren’t capable of making rational decisions. Putting them back in power would be a terrible mistake. Giving in to the left’s violence will only embolden them. BTW, this isn’t the first time violent lefties have threatened Rep. Lewis’s family. Check this out:

This isn’t the Democratic Party of Paul Wellstone. In fact, I’m betting that most of these lefties don’t even know that Wellstone often was a guest on Lewis’s show, where they frequently debated issues. Sen. Wellstone loved discussing issues. These violent Democrat thugs aren’t interested in discussing issues. These Democrat thugs are mostly interested in shutting down debate while stirring up violence. It’s time for people of all political stripes to criticize this growing faction of Democrat thugs.

Yesterday, I wrote this post based on a tweet posted by MaryAnn Mendoza. The tweet was about an ICE statement about a subhuman creature named Ramon Raudel Campos Murillo. Murillo is described as “a native of Mexico, who sometimes also goes by Raudel or the alias ‘Chilango.'” Later in the ICE statement, it says “Murillo ‘is charged with transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.'”

The disgusting thing about this ICE memo is that it was first published in 2011. The next most disgusting thing is that “Campos Murillo managed the operation of an interstate prostitution ring that trafficked multiple women and a known minor across state lines to engage in commercial sex acts.”

Why didn’t the Obama administration put a higher priority on capturing this thug and shutting down this operation? Further, why didn’t the Obama administration and Democrats put a higher priority on beefing up ICE? Based on the range of activities that gangs like this and MS-13 were involved in, I can’t picture legislation funding this not flying through Congress.

Democrats don’t want to admit that there’s more to illegal immigration than adding agricultural workers. They don’t want to admit that a significant portion of ICE’s responsibilities focus on drug interdiction or human and sex trafficking.

After losing her son, Mrs. Mendoza has become a tireless activist:

Why haven’t Democrats rallied to her cause? Her son was a police officer who was killed by an illegal alien who was driving drunk. Why haven’t Democrats rallied to the sides of Sabine Durden, Agnes Gibboney and other Angel Moms and Angel families?

Here’s the dirty little secret: Democrats don’t want to talk about these things because that would force them to solve these problems. If America knew about this, they’d pressure Democrats to substantively participate in crafting legislation that’d fix this problem. That would include building Trump’s wall. That’d include eliminating foolish talk about abolishing ICE.

The blood of these Angel Moms’ kids are on the Democrats’ hands. First, the Democrats have steadfastly refused to fund building Trump’s wall because they don’t want to give him a political victory. Seriously? Whatever happened to doing what’s right? Whatever happened to just being an American first, a partisan after that? Next, Democrat activists consistently tell us that we shouldn’t disparage illegal aliens. I wholeheartedly disagree. When sex traffickers, drug cartels and human traffickers make hundreds of millions of dollars off their trades, why shouldn’t we call it what it is? It’s called speaking the truth.

Hooray for resilient people like Angel Moms. If Democrats had a heart, they’d listen to these women and turn from their wicked ways.

For those that ignorantly think that border/immigration enforcement only happens along the southwest US/Mexico border, it’s time to wake up. If you’re one of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters who think it’s time to abolish ICE, it’s time to start thinking. If you’re a Democrat senator living in a red state or a Democrat living in a swing district who has opposed building President Trump’s wall, it’s time for you to start thinking about putting America first instead of putting Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi first.

This article from the Illegal Alien Crime Report website highlights the press release from ICE seeking information about “Ramon Raudel Campos Murillo, a native of Mexico, who sometimes also goes by Raudel or the alias ‘Chilango.'” Murillo “is charged with transporting a minor across state lines for prostitution in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.”

Here’s what’s known about Murillo:

Court documents relevant to the fugitive’s known co-conspirators and associates state that for approximately three years between 2009 and 2012, Campos Murillo managed the operation of an interstate prostitution ring that trafficked multiple women and a known minor across state lines to engage in commercial sex acts. Many of these women were foreign nationals, brought in from all along the eastern seaboard from New York to Virginia. Once they had arrived at the Greyhound bus station in Washington, D.C., they were transported to an apartment in Riverdale, Maryland maintained by the enterprise as a brothel. This illicit operation prostituted more than 100 different women, and operated in multiple locations to include Manassas, Woodbridge, Falls Church, Fairfax, Alexandria, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Baltimore and Delaware. Campos Murillo’s operation typically charged clients $30.00 for 15 minutes of sexual intercourse with the trafficked women, garnering almost half a million dollars in illicit proceeds.

ICE is built to track these animals down and remove them from the US. Along comes a wet-behind-the-ears 28-year-old socialist know-it-all who hasn’t thought things through and she starts yapping about the supposed ‘need’ for abolishing ICE.

It didn’t take long for all of the Democrats’ top tier presidential candidates to start repeating her. Last week, Mark Pocan submitted a bill with the intent of abolishing ICE. That led to Martha McSally and others to put a resolution together to support ICE. Here’s Harris Faulkner interviewing Rep. McSally:

When the vote was taken, 34 Democrats voted not to support ICE. Another 133 Democrats voted present, which is the same as not supporting ICE. Others, like Rep. Tim Walz and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, skipped the vote entirely.

The truth is that Democrats have tried thwarting the Republicans’ attempts to fix our immigration system. These Democrats have thwarted the Republicans’ efforts because they put putting the party back in power ahead of putting America first. Why would a political party want to abolish an agency that arrests sex traffickers like Ramon Raudel Campos Murillo?

This will sound radical but it’s actually well thought out. A large percentage of Democrats, specifically the ones that want to thwart enforcing immigration laws, aren’t patriots. They’re un-American through and through. A vote for Democrats this November is a vote to keep the immigration status quo intact.

Briana Bierschbach’s article for MPR is a nice run-down of the DFL’s ‘Dumpster Fire Day’. The article opens by saying “At the end of filings Tuesday, Minnesota Democrats were facing a six-way primary for attorney general in August, a sudden eight-way intraparty battle for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s seat, and an unexpected, three-way primary for the open governor’s seat. It was all part of what was described by some Democrats and Republicans as a “dumpster fire” day for Minnesota’s DFL Party. And it had plenty of people wondering: What does this mean for Minnesota Democrats in such a pivotal election year?”

Saying that the DFL isn’t united is understatement. This is the fight that Ken Martin has tried avoiding the past 5 years. In the DFL gubernatorial primary, it pits the Iron Range against Twin Cities environmentalists. When that primary ends, will the DFL be able to unite? That’s far from a foregone conclusion.

This paragraph jumped out at me:

Three-term Attorney General Lori Swanson went into the party’s convention Saturday seeking the endorsement for her job, but newcomer Pelikan ran to her left and was a close second to her on the first ballot. Swanson unexpectedly dropped out of that endorsing contest and instead moved on to run in the governor’s primary, setting off the mass of filings Tuesday.

What’s important is what’s missing. What’s missing is the fact that Matt Pelikan outed his opponent as having an A rating from the NRA. Within 15 minutes of that bomb getting dropped, Swanson had dropped out of the endorsement fight.

Broton worries that the DFL candidates it will hurt most are those in races not facing primaries but are top-tier targets in November. That includes the 1st congressional district, which is open after U.S. Rep. Tim Walz decided to seek the governor’s office, and the 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts in the suburbs. “My fear is that this will actually hurt [2nd District candidate] Angie Craig and [1st District candidate] Dan Feehan,” he said. “These other races that are really competitive and they need the resources in the fall.”

Broton is right. These primaries eat up lots of resources. That won’t help Craig or Feehan. Still, that’s just one of the DFL’s problems.

The fact that the DFL is openly hostile to the Second Amendment is cause for GOP celebration. It won’t DFL candidates in the Twin Cities much to oppose the Second Amendment. In outstate Minnesota, that’s a different story. DFL legislative candidates campaigning in outstate Minnesota should wear flack jackets if they oppose the Second Amendment.

The DFL isn’t the semi-sane party that it used to be. They’re crazy. That’s why they’ll do poorly in outstate Minnesota.

It didn’t take long for Keith Ellison to admit that he’s running for the Minnesota Attorney General job to harass President Trump. Ellison said “It was attorneys general who led the fight against the Muslim ban. I want to be a part of that fight.”

What Rep. Ellison omits from his cheap shot statement is that a) it isn’t a Muslim ban and b) these attorneys general’s cases are flimsier than wet cardboard. The Supreme Court will rule that a) presidents have sole authority to set U.S. foreign policy and b) courts don’t have the intel or authority to set U.S. foreign policy.

What’s clear is that Ellison knows Republicans will maintain control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the foreseeable future and that he’s likely to not be able to impact policy anytime soon. Ellison is an agitator. Being unable to be influential in DC, Ellison left.

GOP endorsed candidate Doug Wardlow didn’t waste time before attacking Ellison:

“Keith Ellison supports open borders, meaning he does not support the laws America currently has in place. How can he be the state’s top law enforcement official if he is unwilling to enforce our immigration laws?”

The thought of Ellison being Minnesota’s chief law enforcement officer is laughable. Ellison is famous for selectively enforcing laws:

Ellison also spoke favorably of convicted cop killer Assata Shakur and expressed his opposition to any attempt to extradite her to the United States from Cuba, where she had fled after escaping prison. “I am praying that Castro does not get to the point where he has to really barter with these guys over here because they’re going to get Assata Shakur, they’re going to get a whole lot of other people,” Ellison said at the event, which also included a silent auction and speech by former Weather Underground leader Bernardine Dohrn. “I hope the Cuban people can stick to it, because the freedom of some good decent people depends on it.”

Isn’t that great? The man that wants to be our attorney general wants cop-killers protected. Seriously?

Here’s Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, in her own words:

That’s who Rep. Ellison fought for. Electing Ellison to be Minnesota’s Attorney General would be spitting in the face of Minnesota’s law enforcement personnel. Ellison has been a defense attorney his entire legal life. Why would we think that he’s capable of enforcing laws, especially when he’s had a history of ignoring laws he doesn’t like?