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Twin Cities Courtrooms Added to Judicial Hellhole List

Below is an article by the American Tort Reform Foundation that publishes reports on various abuses within the civil justice system with a focus on judges and the courts. I would add Dakota County into the distinction of being on the list not only in the civil litigation arena, but the criminal court as well.

In our high profile parental deprivation criminal cases, we filed criminal complaints against Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Assistant Dakota County Attorneys Phil Prokopowicz  and Kathryn Keena for misuse of public resources (609.52 Theft), criminal misconduct (609.43 (1)(2)) and willful refusal to comply with the Minnesota Data Practices Act (13.09) in regard to the illegal withholding of evidence in our cases.This was also in our appeals which were affirmed by the appellate court.

Image result for Kathryn KeenaThe missing evidence includes Preliminary audio recorded statements from key witnesses, Stearns County Evidence, Private criminal investigative data and the Blue ray disc containing MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reports.

We have audio recorded phone calls made to and with the Dakota County Commissioners in regard to the obstruction of justice that proves the Dakota County Commissioners are definitely members of the “good ol’ boy’s” club. County Commissioner Nancy Schouweiler admitted that she’d been advised to lawyer up and not investigate this misconduct. In fact, she actually hung up on me when I attempted to give her information on the obstruction of justice by the Dakota County Attorneys Office. 

On July 10th, 2018, a request was once again made with the Dakota County Commissioners Board to immediately launch an administrative investigation into the Dakota County Attorneys’ criminal misconduct. I’m going to assume we’ll be hearing crickets.

Read the ATRF Twin Cities addition to the Judicial Hellhole list below:

ATRF annually surveys ATRA members and others with firsthand experience in Judicial Hellholes jurisdictions as part of its research process. Because the program has become widely known, ATRF also continually receives and gathers information provided by a variety of additional sources. After interviewing such sources, Judicial Hellholes reporters work to confirm the information with independent research of publicly available court documents, judicial branch statistics, press accounts, and various studies. As the Judicial Hellholes program goes online, it also invites visitors to provide additional firsthand leads and inside information.

(The Judicial Hellholes program considers only civil litigation; it does not reflect in any way on the criminal justice system.)
JULY 9TH, 2018

ATRA Announces Mid-Year Addition of Twin Cities to Judicial Hellholes List

Troubling trends in Twin Cities courtrooms, unprincipled actions by Minnesota’s attorney general and multiple vetoes of common sense reforms by Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) have earned the Twin Cities of Minnesota the unenviable distinction of being named a rising jurisdiction on the Judicial Hellholes Watch List.  There is a pervasive liability-expanding view that is spreading throughout the state.

While it is only July, the first half of 2018 has been especially concerning in the “Gopher State,” and it is our hope that the Twin Cities and the state’s leaders will quickly correct their path to avoid becoming a full-blown Judicial Hellhole in December.

Minnesota voters sent a strong message in 2016 when they elected a reform-minded, pro-business majority in the state legislature for only the second time since the early 1970’s.  During the 2017 session, legislators passed several commonsense initiatives long stalled in the state.  Regrettably, however, Governor Mark Dayton’s (DFL) ‘Veto Triple Play’ preserved the status quo in favor of the personal injury bar – a generous supporter of his campaigns.  The measures that Governor Dayton vetoed enjoy widespread support across the country.  The “trespass” bill that the Governor vetoed, which merely codified existing law to guard against judicial adoption of an extreme proposal of the American Law Institute is extraordinary since he is the only governor ever to veto such a measure.  By contrast, 24 other governors of both parties have signed such legislation since 2011. The other bills he vetoed would have lowered the prejudgment interest rate and allowed defendants in auto-accident cases to introduce evidence as to whether plaintiffs were wearing their seatbelts.

Minnesota Attorney General’s Outrageous Handling of Groundwater Contamination Case against 3M

One would hope that, since Governor Dayton will not seek re-election in 2018, prospects for successful enactment of reform legislation will improve.  That remains to be seen, but if one of the leading candidates, Minnesota Attorney General, Lori Swanson (DFL), follows Dayton into the Governor’s mansion, that may not be the case, based on recent actions she has taken in her current position.

Recently, Attorney General Swanson has come under fire for paying $125 million in attorneys’ fees to an out-of-state law firm after hiring it to manage a suit against 3M for ground water contamination caused by its disposal of perflourochemicals (“PFCs”). After seven years of litigation, 3M and the state agreed to a settlement in the form of an $850 million grant. Of that settlement, the state paid $125 million in contingency fees to the private attorneys, or roughly $47,000 per day for seven years.

Members of the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the settlement in mid-May over concerns about the fees paid and the fact that none of the fees would be injected back into the Minnesota state economy because it was paid to an out-of-state law firm. Following the hearing, efforts were undertaken in the House to prevent these types of contingency fee payments in the future. The House passed a budget bill that included a provision prohibiting the attorney general’s office from contracting with outside private attorneys on a contingency fee basis, except in limited cases; however, it was excluded from the final version of the bill.

The state agency responsible for the safety and welfare of residents also raised a central problem with the attorney general’s case.  The Minnesota Department of Health concluded in reports as early as 2007 that there was no increase in the number of health problems seen in the affected areas. The Department of Health released a statement saying, “After hundreds of hours of review and analysis by highly trained and experienced statisticians and epidemiologists … [the department] has concluded that there are no unusual occurrences of adverse birth outcomes or cancer occurrences that could plausibly be related to PFC exposure in the East Metro area.”

Despite the conclusion of her own state’s Health Department that there were no health issues attributable to 3M’s actions, Attorney General Swanson chose to move forward with the lawsuit.

Had the case gone to trial instead of settling, the Attorney General was prepared to rely on the testimony of Dr. David Sunding, a professor at UC Berkeley. Alan Bender, a health department official and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, claimed the data used by the state’s department was “far superior” to that used by Sunding. According to Bender, Sunding’s claim that PFC pollution caused increased rates of childhood cancer deaths was the “most off-the-wall of his many mischaracterizations.”

Moreover, despite the fact that the case is sealed, Attorney General Swanson has made public many of the arguments and documents her office obtained in discovery that support her side. She failed to publish several key factors in the case, including the fact that the disposal was permitted under Minnesota law, the chemicals are dispersing as time passes, and that the Minnesota Department of Health had a differing view of the health impact.  She also failed to publicize that the state began a clean-up program with financial support by 3M, but it was not done properly.

Hennepin County Trial Court Judge Hands Down Unwarranted Sanctions

This liability-expanding mindset has trickled down to the trial court level, where a recent series of judicial decisions in a case involving BNSF Railway clearly demonstrates why defendants believe they face an unfair and uphill battle in Twin Cities’ courtrooms.

Judge Amy Dawson, a judge in the Hennepin County District Court, the largest trial court in Minnesota and the court for Minneapolis, showed extreme disregard for the rule of law and failed a basic test of fairness in her handling of this case, which helped solidify the Twin Cities’ position on the Watch List.

Here, the plaintiff claimed to have sustained permanent injuries as the result of an alleged exposure to “hazardous chemicals” while working next to a specific railcar in BNSF’s yard in January of 2014. BNSF conducted an immediate and thorough investigation with the local fire department, company hazmat responders and two emergency-response contractors, and found no odors, signs of leakage, or abnormalities in the railcar identified by Plaintiff.

It was not until three years later, after litigation had commenced, that the plaintiff for the first time declared that his injuries were the result of exposure to “hydrocarbons” leaking from one of eleven different railcars, not owned or leased by BNSF, located on a different track in the yard. The court ordered BNSF to produce the eleven cars during the discovery stage; however, they were unable to do so because three years had passed and they did not own or lease the cars in question.

Following BNSF’s inability to produce the cars, the plaintiff filed a motion for sanctions.  The motion was not limited to the missing cars but also included broad claims of spoliation of evidence and other alleged discovery and evidentiary abuses, without supporting evidence.

In the motion, the plaintiff failed to provide evidence that the product being transported in the specified cars on the day of the alleged injury was “hydrocarbons”, also known as “natural gas condensate.”  He argued, however, that he “unearthed” documentation that BNSF reported to the federal government on six different occasions the unintentional release of “natural gas condensate” around the same time period of his alleged exposure. Plaintiff argued that this proved BNSF had additional documents concerning the exposure that it failed to produce and that the material in the cars must have been “natural gas condensate.”

BNSF repeatedly disputed the accuracy of this information and offered to provide testimony in support of its position, but the Court refused to allow in the evidence, and instead, wholly accepted and adopted Plaintiff’s claims.

Data in the documents relied on by Plaintiff were later corrected by the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration because a technical glitch in the reporting system inaccurately reported “natural gas condensate” as the technical/trade name for BNSF’s submission of the materials involved in the incidents. Despite this fact, the judge relied on the inaccurate data and denied BNSF’s attempt to introduce refuting evidence.

Plaintiff also claimed that BNSF engaged in spoliation of evidence by not providing the 11 cars for discovery.  BNSF argued that, because they were not aware of the involvement of the specific cars in the accident until nearly three and a half years later and they had no control over their whereabouts, this claim is baseless.  Judge Dawson, not surprisingly, nevertheless agreed with the plaintiff.

Not only did Judge Amy Dawson impose sanctions, she took the additional step of striking all of BNSF’s liability and causation defenses in the underlying case, allowing it to proceed to trial solely on the issue of damages, and ordered BNSF to pay the plaintiff’s costs and attorney’s fees. Essentially, BNSF was forced to go to trial with both hands tied behind its back.  The judge unfairly stripped BNSF of its right to have a jury decide the question of liability, and it simply became a question of how much money the plaintiff should be awarded.

Following the order for sanctions and the judge’s decision to strike all liability and causation defenses, BNSF also was denied the opportunity to present essential testimony on damages, including evidence that the plaintiff’s condition was actually the result of an underlying pre-existing condition and natural causes, and not related to the alleged exposure to any chemicals.

In a result that should surprise no one, the jury returned a $15 million verdict in favor of Plaintiff.  In April 2018, Judge Dawson, again without a hearing or any responses by Plaintiff to BNSF’s post-trial motions, denied BNSF’s post-trial motions and entered final judgment against the company.  The case is now on appeal.

Adoption of Daubert Standard and Appointment of New Supreme Court Justice

The Minnesota Supreme Court is poised to rule on whether or not to adopt the Daubert standard for admitting expert evidence testimony sometime this summer.  This decision will serve as a true litmus test for the court.   Adoption of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 702 ensures that junk science is kept out of the court rooms, and that all expert evidence is based on reliable principles and methods.  It instructs the trial judge to serve as a gatekeeper who must ensure that testimony is the product of reliable scientific method.

Adoption of the Daubert standard would bring Minnesota in line with more than two-thirds of the states. It would bring about greater consistency among courts and discourage forum shopping, which is of great concern as Minnesota has increasingly become an outlier in its approach to evaluating the admissibility of expert testimony.

While there is hope that the court will do the right thing and adopt the new evidentiary standard, especially after the Advisory Committee recommended similar amendments, there is concern after the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice.  In April, Governor Dayton appointed longtime Democratic state Representative Paul Thissen (DFL) to replace Justice Stras, who was recently appointed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Thissen is the fifth justice appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Dayton, and the latest in a long line of partisan selections.  The other two members of the seven-judge panel were appointed by former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R). Thissen also is the first lawmaker to make the immediate jump to the Minnesota Supreme Court. While he does not have a judicial track record, he was known to support progressive liability-expanding initiatives during his time in the House.

We will be watching closely as Justice Thissen and his colleagues address this issue. Will they follow the mainstream of state procedures for expert evidence, or will they preserve the status quo, which serves the interest of the personal injury bar?

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Victims of Federal Overreach Pardoned by Trump

TRUMP ISSUES FULL PARDONS TO OREGON RANCHERS CONTROVERSIALLY CHARGED UNDER ANTI-TERROR LAW

Trump has so far issued five pardons

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President Trump pardoned the two ranchers whose re-incarceration sparked the 2016 armed takeover of an Oregon national wildlife refuge.

Dwight and Steven Hammond’s pardon was overdue and unjust according to the White House’s press secretary, Sara Sanders.

“The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West,” said Sanders. “Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond, both of whom are entirely deserving of these Grants of Executive Clemency.”

The two Hammond brothers were convicted of arson on federal land in 2012 after conducting a controlled burn and served less time than demanded by a 1996 anti-terrorism law.

Later, in 2015, a judge resentenced the Hammond brothers to serve the mandatory minimum sentence of five years which sparked an armed protest in Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge from Jan 2. to Feb. 11, 2016.

The protest was organized by Ammon Bundy and a dozen others who said the Hammond brothers were victims of federal overreach.

A White House official statement did not refer to the fire as arson, but rather a fire that leaked to a small portion of neighboring land.

“The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” said White House. “The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.”

Furthermore, an official from an agriculture advocacy group celebrated the pardon and blasted the decision to force the brothers to return to prison.

“I’ve had great attorneys tell me this is the most malicious prosecution they’ve ever seen,” said the official. “The travesty is what they were tried under. Not whether they started a fire.”

The president has five pardons under his administration that include documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza and former Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio.

Cover Up of Decapitated Baby by German Government

Video from Germany: Muslim migrant beheads 1-year-old girl, Merkel bans media reporting

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We reported on this incident back in April, translating a German report, since the English-language media didn’t find this incident newsworthy. But at that time, the fact of the beheading was not being reported, and now the German authorities have apparently banned all reporting on the incident. Anything to keep as many Germans as possible ignorant and complacent regarding just how devastating the Muslim migrant influx into Germany really is.

“Migrant Beheads 1-Year-Old Girl In Germany; Merkel Bans Media Reporting,” by Baxter Dmitry, Your Newswire, July 6, 2018:

“German media has been banned from reporting on a Muslim migrant who allegedly beheaded his one-year-old baby daughter in Hamburg.

Angela Merkel’s pro-migrant government has banned German media from reporting on a barbaric crime involving a Muslim migrant who allegedly beheaded his one-year-old baby daughter on a train station platform in Hamburg.

According to eyewitnesses, the 33-year-old suspect, Mourtala Madou, beheaded his one-year-old daughter in front of a horrified crowd of commuters at Jungfernstieg station on Thursday April 12, and then stabbed his German girlfriend, the mother of the child.

The suspect allegedly stabbed the infant from behind, while she was sitting in her stroller, and then severed her neck. He then allegedly stabbed his girlfriend in the chest before fleeing the scene, dumping the murder weapon in a train station trash can. He was later arrested

The woman, a mother of four other children, later died at hospital of her injuries.

Video footage has been uploaded to the internet showing the aftermath of the brutal and senseless double murder that was described as “very targeted” by police spokesman Timo Zill and an “honor killing” by witnesses. The victims bodies can be seen in the video but not their faces. Eyewitnesses can be heard saying that the suspect cut the babies head off.

The Ghanaian Christian gospel singer who captured the footage on his cell phone can be heard saying, “Oh my God. It’s unbelievable. Oh my God. It is unbelievable. Oh Jesus, oh Jesus. oh Jesus. They cut off the head of the baby. Tthey [sic] cut off the baby’s head. Oh my God. Oh Jesus. “

WARNING: Video contains graphic content.

 German media has been allowed by the government to report on the murder of the mother, but Angela Merkel’s pro-migrant government banned German media outlets from reporting on the decapitated baby.

Germany’s largest newspaper, Bild, report on the death of the mother of four, without mentioning the details regarding the barbaric murder of her child.

Merkel’s government have been under intense pressure in recent months regarding the open borders policy that is responsible for millions of Muslim migrants settling in Germany during the last three years. Many Germans believe the government issued a blanket ban on reporting this story because they believe it will turn the public mood against the government and represent the final nail in Merkel’s political coffin.

German authorities have also been ordered to clamp down on independent bloggers caught sharing the damning footage….


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Angela Merkel’s pro migrant German government bans reporting on the near total decapitation of a 1-year old infant in Hamburg, Germany during April. Niger migrant Mourtala Madou murdered his own child and the child’s German mother on a train station platform in Hamburg in an apparent “honor killing.”

GERMANY: MIGRANT DECAPITATES BABY, GOVERNMENT TRIES TO COVER IT UP  Authorities raid home of man who posted video

MISSING IMMIGRANT GIRLS

“Where are the Girls?” Child Trafficking Feared as DHS Can’t Say Where Immigrant Girls are Being Held

(Matt AgoristAs the debate swarms over illegal immigration, Americans on both the left and the right are at each other’s throats pointing fingers over who’s responsible. In the meantime, what was a “conspiracy theory” a month ago is now being confirmed by the very people accused of keeping people in cages. One question, however, has just been raised which gives one a dark and sickly feeling inside when thinking about the potential answers to it: “Where are the girls?”

Related US Admits It ‘Lost’ 1,500 Immigrant Children, Handed Many of Them Directly To Human Traffickers

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by Matt Agorist, June 19th, 2018

There is something particularly disturbing about the minuscule amount of footage recently released by HHS last week—it only shows boys, and only boys age 10 and up. Where are the girls? Where are the toddlers? Where are the babies?

Could it be that HHS is only releasing footage of these older boys to portray an image of less suffering and compliant young men in order to keep the public happy? Are the places where girls are kept so disturbing that none of this footage cam be released?

According to official policy, the government does not remove toddlers and babies from their mothers. However, as TFTP reported, a mother from Honduras who came to the U.S. seeking asylum with her family said she was breastfeeding her infant at a detention center when her baby was suddenly taken from her with no warning and no explanation.

Now, the question of “where are the girls?” has become such an issue that it made its way to the White House and a reporter asked Department of Homeland Security Chief Kirstjen Nielsen.

Monday afternoon, during a White House press briefing, a reporter asked, “Why is the government only releasing images of the boys being held? Where are the girls & toddlers?”

Nielsen could not answer. When asked about the now infamous footage released by HHS that has been played all day on every major network, showing boys inside the Brownsville, Texas Walmart turned detention center, Nielsen claimed she never saw it.

When pressed on the issue, Nielsen then deflected the reporter claiming that she will “look into that.”

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Breaking Developments: FBI Refused Admittance to TX Walmart FEMA Camp Where Missing Girls Are Being Trafficked

 

 

The facts below have mushroomed into a story with major cover-ups going on by DHS. There are new and critical developments and updates being brought forth in this report. This is a clear message that the Deep State has maintained control of the Department of Homeland Security.

A question needs to be asked of DHS with regard to illegal alien children in detention camps. Where the hell are the little girls? Why is there such a shortage of young girls at these camps? I can tell you why, they are raped, murdered and trafficked before they even get to these camps. That is why you do not see them in the inmate population of the Walmart FEMA Camp facility in Brownsville, TX.

Breaking News since the video below was made: I have been told by a previously reliable FBI source that they tried to follow up on trafficking complaints about abducted immigrant girls and they were stonewalled by DHS. Elements of the FBI believe that the girls are being trafficked for sex and eventually their organs before they ever reach the border.

The FBI source I spoke with says the believe that rogue elements of DHS, the Sinaloas, the Juarez as well as various other Cartels, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, MS-13, embedded Chinese military and the CIA are involved. I was told that this is a proverbial gold mine for young girls and this has been going on for a long time. And now, the operation has a foothold in the United States is being protected by at least 2 of the alphabet soup agencies. i want to stress that this is not our elected government doing this. This is administrative insurrection and treason. The rogue forces of the agencies are attempting to flip Trump’s detention policies to their advantage and then turn this into an administrative nightmare down the road.

I will state for the record that the named perpetrators in the previous paragraph are the same forces that are providing material support for CALEXIT which is the forced withdrawal of California from the United States in which it would become a protectorate of the United Nations. This reported activity is obviously how they are financing the CALEXIT and paramilitary invasion force in El Salvador that I have referred to as the Red Dawn invasion force.

This is the same DHS that will not let Congressmen inspect the facility. This is open rebellion against Trump and his immigration policies. Zero tolerance does not include trafficking in young girls, my source was adamant that this has nothing to do with Trump or his cabinet.

Ask a Democrat why they are not yelling from the roof tops about the fact that there are almost no girls at the detention facilities for immigrant children. Why not liberals?  The liberals are so concerned about separating children from their parents at the border, how about separating young immigrant children from their virtue and even their lives? Where is the outrage Maxine Waters?!!!

This FBI source, or their surrogate sources, have repeatedly led me to open source intelligence in the past to validate their information. Unfortunately, there is none at the moment except for the fact that DHS refused entry to a Congressmen last week to the Brownsville facility.

Read my words very carefully. The FBI agent explicity stated that “…this Is the exact same network that set up the paramilitary training base camps in El Salvador….Dave Hodges, this is why I am giving this to you…you know the topic, you have written about it. Please spread this far and wide.

The following is the video I made on this topic prior to my conversation with the FBI agent. This video is why I was contacted. The information was derived, not from the FBI, but from DHS personnel who are not on board with this.These DHS elements gave this to the FBI so they could investigate.  I was also told that one of the reasons that Trump reversed himself was to keep families together as this would remove himself as a possible framed co-conspirator. No, this will not stop the abductions, but it removes Trump from being framed for possible legal action and impeachment down the road. As I reported earlier, this issue of separating children from parents allowed Trump to call attention to the true existence of FEMA camps.

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The U.S. Foster Care System: Modern Day Slavery and Child Trafficking

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

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Foster Care: “Best Interest of the Child” or “Child Abuse”?

Theoretically, foster care provides a temporary loving, nurturing and safe home for children who are removed from their own families due to heinous neglect or abuse. This theory helps those involved in the system sleep good at night and feel like heroes.

Molly McGrath Tierney, the former Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, gave one of the most insightful TEDx talks about the problems with the “Foster Care Industry” – an industry where children become a commodity that profits doctors, lawyers, judges, social workers, advocates, and other organizations, an industry that can only exist by taking other people’s children, an industry that damages the very children it purports to be helping. She goes on to explain the trauma inflicted on children by the foster care industry, saying:

… we’re digging a wound so deep, I don’t believe we have a way of measuring it. This dismantling of families – it has enormous consequences. Kids that grow up outside of families – they don’t master the things that can only be learned in that context, like who to trust, how to love, and how to take care of yourself, and that frankly does more damage than the abuse and neglect that brought the kid to my attention in the first place.

Currently there are over 415,000 children in foster care in the U.S. today, according to the 2014 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).

What if you accepted that foster care was not a decision made “in the best interest of the child” but rather a financial decision made in the best interest of the state? What if you realized that the majority (75%) of children being removed from their home and placed into foster care was not due to imminent danger of abuse, but rather due to poverty, and are now being abused by the foster care system?

What if you acknowledged that many of the foster homes these children are being placed into are worse than the one from which they are removed? What if you learned about some of the stories of children who were abused in foster care, children who suffered emotional trauma from being “kidnapped” from their home, forced to take psychotropic drugs for the resulting emotional traumas they endured, physically, emotionally and sexually abused, or even used in sex-trafficking rings?

What would you do with this information?

In the short video below, former foster child, Lydia Joyner, shares about her traumatic experience growing up in foster care. By the time she was 18 years old, Lydia had lived in 35 different homes, had 18 social workers, and her name was changed 4 times.

Poverty Creates a Commodity of Children

Seventy-five percent of children being removed from their homes is due to “neglect.” But are children really being neglected, or is it the “opinions” of social workers that these children were being deprived intentionally of necessities of “adequate” food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision, when in fact, the family was just poor?

The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR), writes in Who is in “The System” – and Why

Out of every 100 children investigated as possible victims of abuse, three are ‘substantiated’ victims of all forms of physical abuse, from the most minor to the most severe, about two more are victims of sexual abuse. Many of the rest are false allegations or cases in which a family’s poverty has been confused with neglect. Source.

Regarding poverty as a reason for child placements, Mary Callahan, former foster parent and author of Memoirs of a Baby Stealer: Lessons I’ve Learned as a Foster Mother, said in a recent article, Poverty’s Link to Foster Care Removals? It’s in The Eyes Of The Workers:

I didn’t get it. I started asking the workers why they were removed over things so minor.

One worker said, ‘There’s a difference between them and us,’ as if that explained anything. Another said, ‘Don’t worry about it. Those parents are the dregs of humanity.’ As I started meeting the parents, I actually liked most of them. I didn’t find them to be the dregs of humanity.

The biggest difference I found between them and me was that they were poor. So, it seemed to me, the children were taken because of poverty. Source.

Orphan Trains, the Forerunner to Foster Care

Orphan Train Riders

Brace was an evangelical reformer who wished to remove the children of poor Catholics from crowded urban and family environments and place them in Anglo-Protestant farming families in small towns and rural areas. Brace and his peers considered Catholic parents unworthy almost by definition, but the philosophy of child rescue also emphasized nurture over nature.

Malleable and innocent children, if removed early enough from depraved parents, could escape the inferior culture inherent in their homes and communities and become upstanding citizens. Not surprisingly, an ideology that seemed benevolent and humanitarian to many Protestants earned Brace a reputation in Catholic communities as a child-stealer rather than a child-saver. Source.

Modern-day foster care got its origins from the “orphan trains” of the mid-1800’s, the concept of moving “poor children” into “more worthy” homes. One of the main differences between the recipients of orphan train children and foster care today is that now these “loving foster families” get paid to take in these “poor children” by way of federal tax dollars.

Between 1854 and 1929, as many as 250,000 children from New York and other Eastern cities were sent by train to towns in Midwestern and western states, as well as Canada and Mexico. Families interested in the orphans showed up to look them over when they were placed on display in local train stations, and placements were frequently made with little or no investigation or oversight.

Reformers like Brace were determined to salvage the civic potential of poor immigrant children by placing them in culturally ‘worthy’ families while simultaneously reducing urban poverty and crime and supplying some of the workers that western development required. Source.

Although the children were supposed to be “treated as family members,” many of these children ended up as indentured servants. Some families could even pre-order children with certain traits. (Watch short video below.)

You Tube Video: The Orphan Trains.

Studies Show Children are Worse Off in Foster Care

The evidence continues to shine the light on the grim outcomes of foster care.

In 2007 Joseph Doyle, an economics professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, published a study which tracked at least 15,000 kids from 1990 to 2002. It was the largest study of its kind at that time.

USA Today ran a story on the report – Study: Troubled homes better than foster care. Here are some excerpts:

Children whose families are investigated for abuse or neglect are likely to do better in life if they stay with their families than if they go into foster care, according to a pioneering study. Kids who stayed with their families were less likely to become juvenile delinquents or teen mothers and more likely to hold jobs as young adults.

Doyle’s study…. provides ‘the first viable, empirical evidence’ of the benefits of keeping kids with their families, says Gary Stangler, executive director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, a foundation for foster teens. Stangler says it looked at kids over a longer period of time than had other studies. ‘It confirms what experience and observation tell us: kids who can remain in their homes do better than in foster care,’ says Stangler. Read the full study here.

USA Today highlights some of Doyle’s findings:

Children who stay in troubled families fare better than those put into foster care. Those who:

Were arrested at least once:
• Stayed with family: 14%
• Went to foster care: 44%

Became teen mothers:
• Stayed with family: 33%
• Went to foster care: 56%

Held a job at least 3 months:
• Stayed with family: 33%
• Went to foster care: 20%

Joseph Doyle did another study, one year later in 2008, comparing children left in troubled homes with foster care children to see which group was more likely to be arrested as adults. The study looked at 23,000 children, and it found that “children placed in foster care have arrest, conviction, and imprisonment rates as adults that are three times higher than those of children who remained at home.” Read the full study here.

Foster Care Prison stats infographic by Adrian Moore. Source. httpsinfogr.amcase_study___adj_100

In another article, National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR) shares some case histories of children who were abused in child care, proclaiming:

But in the name of ‘child protection’ children have been beaten. In the name of ‘children’s rights’ children have been raped. And in the name of ‘erring on the side of the child,’ children have been murdered. These are the stories of some of those children.  Source.

The Truth About Foster Care

The short video below asks whether foster care is a form of neglect, saying, “When you think about foster homes, usually you think of them as nice places, families helping out children and providing them a safe and comforting home. However, that’s not always the case. More often than you think, children are being abused in these homes.”

YouTube video: Child Abuse in Foster Care. A video raising awareness to the abuse of children in foster homes.

Toxic Stress and Drugging Children for Profit

Toxic stress response can occur when a child experiences strong, frequent, and/or prolonged adversity—such as physical or emotional abuse, chronic neglect, caregiver substance abuse or mental illness, exposure to violence, and/or the accumulated burdens of family economic hardship—without adequate adult support. This kind of prolonged activation of the stress response systems can disrupt the development of brain architecture and other organ systems, and increase the risk for stress-related disease and cognitive impairment, well into the adult years. Source.

In the article, Family Preservation is Safer Than Foster Care, the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR), declares:

The failings of America’s child welfare system can be summed up by the very rationalization often used to justify the way it works today, an approach that can be boiled down to ‘take the child and run.’ You’ve probably heard it many times: Sure adults may suffer when their children are needlessly taken away, but, it is claimed, we have to ‘err on the side of the child.’ In fact, there probably is no phrase in the child welfare lexicon that has done more harm to children than ‘err on the side of the child.’

When a child is needlessly thrown into foster care, he loses not only mom and dad but often brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, friends and classmates. For a young enough child it can be an experience akin to a kidnapping. Other children feel they must have done something terribly wrong and now they are being punished.

One major study of foster care ‘alumni’ found they had twice the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder of Gulf War veterans and only 20 percent could be said to be ‘doing well.’

How can throwing children into a system which churns out walking wounded four times out of five be ‘erring on the side of the child’? Source.

There is a financial benefit for the state to label children as “special needs” and “prescribe” them drugs. Katie Rucke reports in America’s Foster Care System: Test Lab for Big Pharma, Cash Cow for Caretakers?

Of the more than 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, it’s estimated that more than 50 percent are on some sort of psychiatric drug.

Money is part of the reason. Foster parents are paid more to take care of a child with mental health issues.

On average, a foster family earns about $17 a day for taking in a child who needs a basic level of care. But a child who is taking drugs such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, anxiety medications or anticonvulsant medications is worth around $1,000 a day.

And foster parents are not responsible for paying for the medicines, either, as they are covered by Social Security.

Many child and human rights advocates are concerned about the dramatic number of children who are classified as ‘special needs’ after entering the foster care system. One reason doctors, psychiatrists and therapists may not be speaking out against the unnecessary drugging of these children is because those who prescribe the drugs often benefit financially, receiving big payouts from pharmaceutical companies.  Source.

YouTube video: Psychiatry Drugs Foster Care Children – Montage. Montage of interviews with seven foster care alumni.

Nehemiah Flynt, a former foster parent, adds:

They have an agenda to medicate as many children as they can, to label them with mental health disorders, and to stop anyone who stands in their way – at any cost. Source.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) offers a search engine to check the side effects of drugs available here.

And how many children in foster care are being used in drug trials and experimentation? Without parents in the way, the state has access to unlimited “guinea pigs” and with no accountability.

Gloria Wright, from Ablechild.org, comments:

As a grandparent and a member and officer of Ablechild, a 501(C) 3 organization, I wish to bring to your attention our cry for the protection of human rights of foster children across America!

Our organization frequently hears from parents across the nation who implore us for assistance in the matter of the clinical trial/experimental drugging of their children while in state custody and in foster care. These children have been placed on clinical trial drugs without a legal advocate responsible for safeguarding their health, or their life. As minors these children are unable to opt out of these tests/experiments, the parents have been denied their right to dissent and there obviously are no procedures in place to safeguard the rights of the children. Source.

See Also:

The Medical Kidnapping Business: Bilking Medicaid

Foster Care Abuse: Drugging Children Against Their Will

Does Prescribing Anti-psychotic Drugs to Infants, Toddlers and Young Children Meet the Definition of Reckless Endangerment?

Medical Kidnapping in the U.S. – Kidnapping Children for Drug Trials

Foster Care Children and Sexual Abuse, Sex Trafficking

In the report The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services, the late Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer argued:

The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in 1998 reported that six times as many children died in foster care than in the general public and that once removed to official ‘safety,’ these children are far more likely to suffer abuse, including sexual molestation than in the general population. Source.

In a 2013 USA Today article titled Protect foster children from sex trafficking, Conna Craig reports:

Recent sting operations revealed that more than half of the children being traded for sex come from foster care. The same children identified by our courts as most in need of protection from abuse and neglect are being bought and sold everywhere from truck stops and cheap motels to wealthy suburbs. They are being used, reused, and then discarded like trash.

What makes it all the more appalling is that, in the vast majority of cases, no one even looks for these children when they go missing from the system.

‘Research shows that most victims of child sex trafficking come straight from the foster care system. This is totally unacceptable,’ said Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash.

Reichert is absolutely correct. In order to keep the promise we, as a civilized society, have made to our most vulnerable children, we must mandate concrete, actionable steps. To begin with, let’s look at what we know: state governments admitted they could not locate 4,973 foster children at the end of fiscal year 2012. Almost unbelievably, this is one of the numbers (“Status=Runaway”) that states provide to secure federal funding.

These are real numbers, representing real children. Is anyone looking for them? Source.

Mariel Frankel, 15-year board member of Adopt-a-Family just released a film, Foster Shock, after witnessing Florida’s foster care failures as a Guardian Ad Litem. Frankel exposes how the system is more concerned with making a profit from abused and neglected children than caring for them.

Frankel says that the 2.9 billion dollar budget for child welfare in Florida is funneled into “local private, for-profit entities, whose executives often earn large salaries while warehousing children,” and yet the foster children “aren’t getting their basic needs met.” The story is told by several former foster children, now adults, who tell their stories of sexual abuse and neglect, and of not having enough to eat. Source.

Foster Care has Failed Children

The system is so corrupt and beyond reform, we need to abolish it.

I have witnessed such injustice and harm brought to these families that I am not sure if I even believe reform of the system is possible! The system cannot be trusted. It does not serve the people. It obliterates families and children simply because it has the power to do so. Children deserve better. Families deserve better. It’s time to pull back the curtain and set our children and families free. – the late Senator Nancy Schaefer. Source.

The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, advocates of Family Preservation, wrote some suggestions for DOING CHILD WELFARE RIGHT: Successful alternatives to taking children from their families, from “doing nothing” in cases where an “investigated family is entirely innocent and perfectly capable of taking good care of their children without any ‘help’ from a child welfare agency,” to offering real “basic concrete help” like rent subsidies or daycare assistance for families who are struggling, keeping them together, rather than tearing them apart due to housing issues or lack of supervision. Source.

Brian Shilhavy, editor of Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com, firmly believes:

All federal funding for foster care and adoption should immediately be abolished. Let local law enforcement arrest and prosecute criminal parents the same as any other suspected criminal, rather than incarcerating the alleged victims by kidnapping them. Criminal parents are the ones who should be removed from homes, not innocent children.

Without the more than $20 billion in federal funding used for trafficking children, far fewer children will be taken from their homes. In cases where parents are removed with due process of law, the incentives in local communities would be to place the children with relatives, rather than the State. For the very few remaining children who have had their parents incarcerated and have no relatives, local communities can develop their own programs without federal funding, which would include adoption to parents who can afford to take care of children without the aid of federal funds.

It is time the American tax payer stops funding the U.S. child trafficking business, which is nothing more than a modern-day form of slavery.

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Transparency~The Obvious Cure

Closed courtrooms only protect bad judges and lawyers, says Judge Judy

AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS judge has told a former Minister for Justice that Ireland should have cameras in every courtroom.

Speaking to Nora Owen on TV3′s Midweek, Judge Judy said closed courtrooms protect two things – bad judges and bad lawyers.

“They also protect bad institutions that serve those courts, such as social services,” she continued. “They should be there as the norm. If you have a specific exclusion, then you make it.”

Judy Sheindlin passed the New York bar in 1965 and was appointed as a judge to New York’s family court by Mayor Ed Koch in 1982.  http://www.tv3.ie/videos.php?video=61270

SPEECHLESS~YOU BET WE ALL ARE!!!!

If you care about the State of Minnesota being able to retain any semblance of normality in the checks and balances of governing the State you simply must listen to this 57minute interview of AJ KERN RUNNING TO REPLACE TOM EMMER FOR US 6TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. ……Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Wright, Carver, Anoka and Washington counties.

AJ has done her homework and if ever someone needed to be replaced, it’s Tom Emmer.  

Friends of AJ 

If you feel AJ Kern is the right candidate for the MN Congressional 6th District please help her win.  Donations gratefully accepted at:

AJ Kern for Congress
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Sartell, Mn.  56377

PRIMARY AUGUST 14TH…BE SURE TO VOTE…

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Speechless June 13, 2018. A.J. Kern, Candidate for U.S. Congress in the 6th Congressional District.

A. J. Kern, Candidate for U.S. Congress in the 6th Congressional District lays out a case for why Republicans should vote for her over Tom Emmer.

A.J. reports on what is going on in St. Cloud, MN with the Muslim refugee crisis emphasizing the strain on Social Services and the community.

A.J. draws the distinctions between herself and Tom Emmer.

This is a must watch interview to see what is going on the the 6th Congressional district and the State of Minnesota.

AJ KERN FOR CONGRESS

HELP PRESIDENT TRUMP DRAIN THE SWAMP!

VOTE AJ KERN AUGUST 14TH MN GOP PRIMARY

EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

In President Trump’s press release announcing his candidacy for President of the United States of America he said, “The fact is, the American Dream is dead – but, if I win, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before.”

That promise included draining the D.C. swamp.  A task perhaps bigger than even Trump imagined.

The truth is, both Democrats and establishment Republicans have turned Washington D.C. into an unrecognizable money-making machine designed for retaining their seats in Congress while maximizing their personal wealth.

For Republicans, the swamp snake is the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), a private organization controlling congressional access to power.  Congressman Ken Buck wrote in his book, Drain the Swamp, “If you want to serve on a committee, you have to raise money for the NRCC.”

Members of Congress are pressed into raising more than half a million to a million for the NRCC, in exchange for committee seats and congressional power positions.

Holding court as Chairman of the NRCC, is none other than your CD-6 representative and former National Popular Vote Lobbyist, Congressman Tom Emmer. Given the enormous time demands of raising money himself and serving as “head coach” for the D.C. home team, the NRCC, is it any wonder CD-6 residents are frustrated with inaction on home town issues.

As residents of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, we have the unique opportunity to help drain the swamp by directly pulling the plug.

To achieve this end, I’m announcing my primary challenge for Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District and asking for your vote on August 14th.

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT

Refugee resettlement must be terminated until the Refugee Act of 1980 is reformed.

State and local control must be restored, in part, by ending the use of nongovernmental organizations, de facto bureaucracies which funnel millions in tax dollars, implementing left wing national and international policies while circumventing congressional oversite and public data laws.

Secondly, resettlement costs must be cut.  In 2016 alone $867 billion was spent on welfare and $71 million was spent on education, mostly paid by state and local governments.

REMITTANCES AND FRAUD

February 2016, MPR reported, “Minnesota lawmakers have long sought a plan to allow money transfers to continue after banks in the U.S. stopped handling them.” –because the money could not be kept from corrupt Somali terrorist groups including Al-Shabaab.

Tom Emmer partnered with DNC co-chair Keith Ellison to bring back Somali-American remittances with a new pilot program.

It’s estimated $1.4 billion in remittances is transferred to Somalia annually—much of which originates as taxpayer funded public assistance.  Minnesota, having the largest Somali community in the country, a community heavily dependent on government assistance, largely bears the remittance burden.

Whether through government programs, or fraud as we have recently become aware, suitcases of cash leaving Minnesota negatively impacts our state’s economy.

FOREIGN AID

Emmer joined forces with Sen. Amy Klobuchar to fight President Trump’s proposal to cut 31 percent in foreign aid.

The U.S. provides aid to 96 percent of all countries.  FY 2019, $27.7 billion is planned for foreign assistance, despite the CBO forecast, “the return of $1 trillion-plus annual deficits and a ballooning public debt that will approach $29 trillion by the end of the next decade.”

We are literally committing economic suicide.

FAKE VOTE

Emmer boasts he voted against the gargantuan omnibus spending bill but, what he fails to explain is that he could have voted with 25 other Republicans, against H.R. 796, to keep the bill from being brought to the House floor where he knew it would pass with the help from Democrats. Only a few more Republicans joining the 25 would have killed the bill in committee. Emmer did not join them. He was for it before he was against it—when it didn’t matter.

Emmer hasn’t supported the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act; the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act; nor the Border Wall Funding Act.

Growing national debt, un-vetted non-assimilating refugees, illegal immigration, federal and state laws ignored—America is slowly being transformed as politicians and the deep state destroy the Constitution.

President Trump can’t drain the swamp alone.  I’m asking for your vote in the August 14th primary.

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