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In the you-just-can’t-make-this-up category, last week was a doozy! First, 67-year-old, retired District Court Judge Thomas Merrick down in Morton County dared to send a criminal to jail. Basically, that means that after he retired, he volunteered, and got appointed, as a volunteer (without any real pay) to assist regular judges who were suffering from a crowded docket from this DAPL nonsense.

By Pat Merriman

As a former U.S. Air Force Captain with 34 years of legal experience, the judge apparently runs a tight ship…oh, and actually put the first “protestor” in jail for 4 days. All the media could do was reassure us that she was “doing OK after her release Monday” upon her conviction for disorderly conduct and physical obstruction. Shedding a tear?
The “water protectors” “decried [the] sentence as disparate treatment and bias by Merrick. Redway said she thinks he wanted to make a statement by sending her to jail.” Redway’s rationale was that the judge was “antagonistic” toward her defense lawyer. Oh, and another incarcerated protestor was “a teacher in New Mexico who could lose his job”, so, he shouldn’t got to jail either.
To sum up, if a protestor doesn’t like their sentence or, they’re a school teacher, they are immune from justice. Judge Merrick summed it up best, “These are the only DAPL defendants I have sentenced, so I do not understand the complaint.”
Next up, the NAACP issued a travel advisory claiming “alleged discrimination against black people, including the removal of African-American passengers from American Airlines flights… a pattern of disturbing incidents.” OUCH! That “sounds” racist! Well, there was that whole “possible” racial bias disclaimer thing but, once the “R” word is used…
What makes this odd is that, apparently, the NAACP’s left hand and right hand don’t always come into contact.
Case-in-point the prior NATIONAL NAACP’s August “advisory” urging “black residents and visitors to exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout [Missouri]”, particularly, St. Louis. Followed quickly by the St. Louis County NAACP’s “advisory” that their national group should rescind the first advisory. Confused?
Then, the beef was over Missouri’s amendment to their civil employment discrimination law bringing it more into line with federal and 38 other states. In fact, the bill passed the state legislature (121-39) to stop frivolous CIVIL lawsuits. It had absolutely nothing to do with criminal law.
The St. Louis folks summed it up, “The people hurt by the [national] travel advisory are the members of our NAACP community who work across our state in hospitality industry jobs and who have played no role in this legislation. We suggest that if the NAACP does not rescind their advisory immediately, then they should add it to the other 38 states, which all already have this standard for monitoring discrimination in place.”
Finally, even breakfast cereal was not safe from the politically correct. Kellogg’s agreed to redo their Corn Pops boxes for “racially insensitive artwork” because a brown janitor was shown.
Nothing but a very small stick figure in a collage, wearing a Walkman and pushing a floor polisher. I mean, you REALLY have to squint and look for the character to find him.
USA Today reports that Kellogg’s issued the obligatory apology, redesigned the cereal box and, to Mr. Saladin Ahmed, since the only “brown” guy was a janitor, Kellogg’s was teaching racism? And, you’d be happy to know that advertisers also won’t be posting 3-second videos of morphing women (one race to another) or hair products catering to “women of color.”
So, sleep safely my friends. The self-anointed PC Patrol is on duty!


Pat Merriman is the Dunn County State Attorney. He is a photographer and also officiates high school and college athletics events in the area.Pat Merriman is the Dunn County State Attorney. He is a photographer and also officiates high school and college athletics events in the area.

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