January 13th, 2017
The Dept. of Justice’s report on its investigation of the Chicago Police Department practices is out, and the DoJ’s press release notes that its findings, linked below, include:
The Justice Department announced today that it has found reasonable cause to believe that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) engages in a pattern or practice of using force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The department found that CPD officers’ practices unnecessarily endanger themselves and result in unnecessary and avoidable uses of force. The pattern or practice results from systemic deficiencies in training and accountability, including the failure to train officers in de-escalation and the failure to conduct meaningful investigations of uses of force.
A consent decree is in the works. We’ll see if that helps.
- Chicago Police Department Findings
- Chicago Agreement in Principle
- Chicago Police Department Findings Fact Sheet
- Pattern or Practice Accomplishments Document
These are must reads for a cold winter day.
January 11th, 2017
CALL TODAY — US Senate Committee on the Judiciary
If you heard Minnesota’s Senator Franken questioning A.G. nominee Jeff Sessions, you heard several instances of Session’s fabrication and/or exaggeration of his experience as a federal attorney, and how Sessions handled this was as disturbing as his misrepresentations.
Here’s another something to consider. In 1986, when he was up for a judicial appointment, and was thoroughly vetted and then denied the judgeship, Coretta Scott King offered the following for consideration, particularly regarding Sessions’ role in criminal prosecutions regarding absentee voting:
This is not someone who should be the U.S. Attorney General!
January 10th, 2017
… but now it seems some are taking it seriously. At long last.
Remember Drumpf’s comments in the July?
“I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing… I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
And the Twit’s tweet:
“If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!,”
From Jeremy Singer Vine’s cloud upload, 35 pages of allegations (published by buzzfeed here), a compilation of reports, and it’s pretty damning. Is it real? We shall see (full reports at link):
Time for “the system” to dig in and work… there’s only 10 days left. From CNN’s reports, the source has been vetted, and this is not new info, it was out there in August/summer, McCain had info, and now, here we are on the verge of inaugurating this yahoo?
January 10th, 2017
From CNN, the transcript from his hearing when Reagan had appointed him as federal judge, which thankfully ended in denial by the Senate, from CNN:
Now, today, Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is ongoing for confirmation of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General. Contact the members of the Committee:
Here’s contact info for your Senators and contact info for the members of the Judiciary Committee — call them.
January 5th, 2017
I’d requested information on the Lab USA project from MPCA and City of Red Wing, and got some info last week:
And they granted an extension for Comments due to the delay in providing primary documentation for review (DOH!) — Comments are now due January 19, 2017:
Hiding in the MPCA’s EAW, Appendix B, is this map, above. The map shows the Water Tanks Burial Mounds, and the western end of the area is about 1/2 of the Red Wing Laydown Yard and Crusher site. Oh my! I’d noticed that factoid and included in my comments for the Tyler Hills Neighbors (p. 14):
Note the Red Wing Laydown Yard and Crusher site, on the right hand side of that clearing:
They also want to run a drainage ditch through and put ponds in that area — note they did NOT include the ponds in this depiction of drainage plans!
Here’s one with the “ponds” (no real plan yet, City of Red Wing is supposed to file that before they build it!) and note that the scenic easement as depicted here is further south than it is in another map, where the scenic easement overlaps the southern edge of the clearing (all of these maps are from the EAW, fyi):
Turns out I’m not the only one that noticed that encroachment of the Red Wing project (click for document or larger view):
Look at that, “direct consultation with the Office of the State Archaeologist and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council…” Do ya think Prairie Island Indian Community might be interested, have an interest?!?!
Here’s the Comment from the Indian Affairs Council (click for document or larger view):