Michigan Activist Sentenced to Jail for Distributing Pamphlet About Juror Rights

Today a Michigan judge sentenced a local activist to eight weekends in jail, plus $545 in fines, 120 hours of community service, and six months of probation, for passing out jury nullification pamphlets in front of the Mecosta County courthouse. Keith Wood, a former pastor and father of eight, was arrested in November 2015 and convicted last month of jury tampering, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Wood, who distributed a pamphlet published by the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA), was initially charged with obstruction of justice, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, and held on $150,000 bail. The felony charge was dismissed in March 2016.

The remaining charge applies when someone “willfully attempts to influence the decision of a juror in any case by argument or persuasion, other than as part of the proceedings in open court in the trial of the case.” The only case pending on the day Wood was arrested involved an Amish man named Andy Yoder who was accused of illegally filling a wetland on his own property. Yoder ended up pleading guilty, so no jury was ever chosen for his trial. But Wood testified that he had taken an interest in the case and ordered the FIJA pamphlets after hearing about it.

Today a Michigan judge sentenced a local activist to eight weekends in jail, plus $545 in fines, 120 hours of community service, and six months of probation, for passing out jury nullification pamphlets in front of the Mecosta County courthouse. Keith Wood, a former pastor and father of eight, was arrested in November 2015 and convicted last month of jury tampering, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Wood, who distributed a pamphlet published by the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA), was initially charged with obstruction of justice, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, and held on $150,000 bail. The felony charge was dismissed in March 2016.

The remaining charge applies when someone “willfully attempts to influence the decision of a juror in any case by argument or persuasion, other than as part of the proceedings in open court in the trial of the case.” The only case pending on the day Wood was arrested involved an Amish man named Andy Yoder who was accused of illegally filling a wetland on his own property. Yoder ended up pleading guilty, so no jury was ever chosen for his trial. But Wood testified that he had taken an interest in the case and ordered the FIJA pamphlets after hearing about it.

Mueller expands his probe into Trump business dealings after president warned him to stick to Russia only

JD HEYES–It’s no secret that President Donald J. Trump is sick and tired of the ongoing “Russia” investigations – by Congress, by the Justice Department, and by the DoJ-appointed “special counsel” Robert Mueller.

In an interview with The New York Times this week, Trump made his irritation plain when he told editors and reporters that if he had known ahead of time that early campaign ally Jeff Sessions would, as one of his first official acts, recuse himself from all matters related to t Åhe Russia investigations, the president would never have nominated him.

“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president,” he told The Times. “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ It’s extremely unfair — and that’s a mild word — to the president.” [RELATED: Trump critical of Sessions over AG’s recusal from Russia probes; ‘very unfair to the president’]

In the same interview, Trump was asked whether he would ever fire Mueller, and if so, under what circumstances. This is where it is now getting interesting. The Times reported:

Mr. Trump said Mr. Mueller was running an office rife with conflicts of interest and warned investigators against delving into matters too far afield from Russia. Mr. Trump never said he would order the Justice Department to fire Mr. Mueller, nor would he outline circumstances under which he might do so. But he left open the possibility as he expressed deep grievance over an investigation that has taken a political toll in the six months since he took office. [Emphasis added]

When he was asked if Mueller’s investigation would go a step too far if it began examining Trump family finances beyond any relationship to Russia, the president was much more specific.

“I would say yes,” Trump responded, though he did not clarify what he might do about it. “I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.”

Well, that red line may have just been crossed.

Bloomberg News reported Thursday that Mueller has, in fact, expanded his investigation into just that aspect of Trump’s personal life:

The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.

This comes on the heels of the president, less than a day earlier, telling The Times that such a probe would be out of bounds. Are we about to see a showdown between a president clearly fed up with the Russia nothing burgers and the Deep State’s operatives – Mueller being one of them?

By all rights the president, as head of the Executive Branch and all its various agencies – which includes the Justice Department, whom Mueller works for – has the authority to fire the special counsel, for any reason or for no reason. But if he does that, the political fallout would be immense.

Democrats and not a few Republicans, all of whom have repeatedly touted Mueller’s reputation and supposed independence, would scream “obstruction of justice” from every corner of the nation’s capital. Pretty much all mainstream media outlets would use the firing to once and for all “prove” the Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative they’ve been pushing for months. It may be that Trump could not survive politically.

To Trump’s legion of political enemies, on the surface, there is a Trump business empire connection to Russia: financing deals, buildings and the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which Trump used to own. To his critics, those ties alone are “proof” of “collusion.”

So, less than a day after the president warns Mueller to stick to his real mandate – investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election – word breaks that he’s already begun looking into Trump corporate financial dealings with Russian entities.

And now a showdown is brewing, which leads to this question: Was this all a setup from the beginning?

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

Trump presidency “failing?” Actually, president is doing exactly what he promised: making America great again

JD HEYES–If all you read or listen to is the disgustingly dishonest Washington establishment media, on any given day throughout his first six months on the job, President Donald J. Trump was teetering on the edge of failure, just a tweet or a comment or a misstep away from losing it all, taking the country down with him.

But a spate of stories on Friday proved not only are such allegations false, quite the opposite is taking place: The president and his administration are delivering big time on the promises Trump made during his campaign last year, and already the country is responding in ways that the Trump-hating “mainstream” media is never going to tell you.

Here are just a few examples:

— According to Trump’s Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, the president and his various Cabinet officials have removed or withdrawn something like 860 Obama-era regulations, which is part of the president’s overall strategy to roll back as many federal rules as possible, Breitbart News reports.

In a presser with the media, Mulvaney was updating reporters on the president’s early executive order instructing federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new rule implemented. In reality, said the OMB director, the administration’s ratio is more like 16-to-1 rather than 2-to-1.

During a presser on Thursday, Mulvaney said the “next iteration” of Reaganomics — President Ronald Reagan’s economic policies that led to massive growth of jobs, GDP and opportunities — was going to be “MAGAnomics,” which he defined as “a unifying theme of just about everything we do.” He believes it is vital to see 3 percent annual growth in the country once again, to deliver on the president’s promise of better and more plentiful job opportunities.

Talking about the “slow accretion, that slow cancer that can come from regulatory burdens that we put on our people,” the OMB director noted that, during the “last six months here, the Obama administration put on over six billion dollars in new regulatory burden,” adding, “We had zero.”

The policies of MAGAnomics already seem to be paying dividends.

Breitbart News also noted, citing statistics from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, that participation in the food stamp program has nosedived, falling to its lowest level in seven years.

The site noted further that USDA statistics for the “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation showed that 42,609,852 people in the U.S. took part in the food stamp program in fiscal year (FY) 2017, the lowest level it has been since 2010 when 40,302,000 people enrolled in the program.”

Participation in the program has been falling since 2014 — but only after Obama was forced to placate Republicans who sought some cuts to the program in the 2014 farm bill, followed by state efforts to also trim dependency on the program. Some states, like Maine, reimplemented a work requirement for residents to receive food assistance. Georgia followed, along with a number of other states.

— A number of industries are all showing steady growth, including mining, construction, and manufacturing, CNS News reported.

Mining expanded a whopping 21.6 percent during the first quarter, after only increasing 5.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016. “The first quarter growth primarily reflected increases in oil and gas extraction, as well as support activities for mining,” the Bureau of Economic Analysis noted.

This is substantial because that kind of growth should continue. Trump has made it a point to revitalize the mining industry, particularly coal mining, by extracting the U.S. from burdensome “climate change” agreements like the expensive Paris Accords and rolling back regulations aimed at curbing mining growth. Indeed, the first new coal mine in the Trump era opened in mid-June in Pennsylvania.

But other industries are also growing — industries that produce good-paying jobs and, in and of themselves, indicate a broader economic renaissance, like construction. (Related: Making The VA Great Again: Trump Administration Has Fired More Than 500 Veterans Administration Workers Since January.)

This is just the beginning. Trump has only been in office six months. If his administration continues to fulfill his promises of expanding opportunity by essentially getting the federal government out of our way, there is no telling how much the economy will grow.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

We Need To Pass ‘Stand Your Ground’ In Every State, Abolish The BATFE, And Repeal The Major Federal Gun Laws

MICHAEL SNYDER–Throughout history, dictators and tyrants have always wanted to take guns away from the people. Hitler confiscated guns once he took power in Germany, Stalin confiscated guns in Soviet Russia, and Mao confiscated guns when the communists took power in China. An armed population is one of the cornerstones of a free society, and our founders understood this very well. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t seem to understand the Second Amendment in our day and time. The following is what the Second Amendment actually says…

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The phrase “shall not be infringed” was intended to leave no room for confusion.

Unfortunately, all sorts of restrictions have been put on our absolute right to keep and bear arms over time, and we need to fight to fully restore our rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

A lot of politicians say that they are “pro-gun”, but most of them will only go so far. To me, being “pro-gun” means that you should be fighting to fully restore our Second Amendment rights. In particular, the following are three areas where many “pro-gun” politicians are often quite weak…

#1 We Need Stand Your Ground Laws In All 50 States

If you are not familiar with “stand your ground” laws, the following is how Wikipedia defines them…

A stand-your-ground law (sometimes called “line in the sand” or “no duty to retreat” law) is a justification in a criminal case, whereby defendants can “stand their ground” and use force without retreating, in order to protect and defend themselves or others against threats or perceived threats. An example is where there is no duty to retreat from any place where they have a lawful right to be, and that they may use any level of force if they reasonably believe the threat rises to the level of being an imminent and immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death. One case describes “the ‘stand your ground’ law… a person has a right to expect absolute safety in a place they have a right to be, and may use deadly force to repel an unlawful intruder.”[1]

Today, 28 states have adopted “stand your ground” laws formally, and a few others have adopted “stand your ground” in practice. But even where such laws have been passed formally, they are often way too weak.

We need very strong “stand your ground” laws in all 50 states, and we need to keep fighting for this until we get it done.

#2 We Need To Abolish The BATFE

The BATFE has been used as a political weapon for decades, and there have been many instances where the authority that it has been given has been greatly abused. The following example comes from Breitbart

A recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shows that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) violated restrictions to compile information on U.S. gun owners.

According to the report, the ATF “has 25 firearms-related data systems, 16 of which contain retail firearms purchaser information from a federal firearms licensee (FFL)—such as firearms importers and retailers.” Sixteen of these systems contain “retail firearms purchaser information,” as it pertains to guns purchased from a federal firearms license holder (FFL).

Many have suggested reforming the BATFE, but I believe that the best approach would be to abolish it altogether. If we fully restored Second Amendment rights in this country there would be very little for this agency to do anyway, and any essential functions could easily be taken over by other federal law enforcement institutions.

#3 We Need To Repeal The Major Federal Gun Laws

We have lived with some of these laws for so long that most people just assume that they are constitutional. There are so many federal laws that need to be repealed, but I think that a good place to start would be with these four major ones

If I end up in Washington, I plan to work very closely with the Gun Owners Of America, the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance and other pro-gun groups to draft legislation which will fully restore our Second Amendment rights.

If you believe in what we are trying to do, I hope that you will support us. Whenever the left takes power, they unashamedly try to advance their anti-gun agenda. But when the right takes power, they seem to think that the status quo is okay.

The status quo is not okay, and now is the time to fight harder than ever for the rights that are guaranteed to us by the Second Amendment.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

Uncovered FEMA Report Warns: 4-10 Years WITHOUT ELECTRICITY After Major Solar Storm

A perfect solar storm similar to one that slammed into Earth in 1859 would knock out the United States electric grid for four to 10 years if it hit today, an unpublished report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) indicates.

The 36-page report was posted this month at GovernmentAttic.org, which uncovers old government documents that often are acquired via Freedom of Information Act requests. The 2010 document was titled, “Mitigation strategies for FEMA command, control, and communications during and after a solar superstorm.”

The storm that hit Earth in 1859 was dubbed the Carrington Event and caught telegraph machines – the most advanced technology of the day – on fire.

Predicting what would happen if that type of solar crashed into Earth in the 21st century, the document says: “Significant power grid collapses may occur in North America and elsewhere; could require 4-10 years to fully restore.”

But even a smaller storm, like the one that hit Earth in 1921, would “could cause large-scale power grid collapse” if it hit today.

The report predicts that Internet, cable TV and telephone service would shut down. Cell phone service also would quickly be lost.

“Approximately 60% of the cellular towers in the U.S. have battery backup only for 2-24 hours,” the report states. “As these towers lose power, large portions of the cellular network will begin to fail. Urban and populated suburban areas are more likely to have cell towers with generator backup with fuel reserves ranging from 1-7 days, depending on location and equipment owner.”

FEMA never published the report, which is dated December 2010. Off The Grid News reached out to an expert on the grid who has frequent contact with government agencies. This person said the report appeared to be legitimate.

Reebok Slams Trump in New Ad…Decides Conservative Dollars Are No Longer Wanted

Reebok made a questionable business decision this past weekend, to alienate supporters of President Donald Trump when it decided to use a smug, condescending algorithm to school the president.

The athletic shoe company tweeted the algorithm, directed at the president, days after the left feigned outrage when President Trump told French first lady Brigitte Macron that she was in “great shape” and “beautiful.”

The president was raised in an era when complimenting a woman was not seen as an assault, so the guide may be useful for him if he wants to appease hypersensitive millennials. But it’s a safe guess that he doesn’t.

According to the chart, among the times it is not appropriate to use the phrase “You’re in such good shape…beautiful,” is when “you are a world leader greeting the spouse of a head of state.”

Breitbart Editor: Our Goal Is ‘Full Destruction and Elimination of the Entire Mainstream Media’

Speaking at an event for college conservatives at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday, Breitbart News’ Washington political editor, Matthew Boyle, said it was the goal of his organization and like-minded new media to destory and eliminate “the entire mainstream media.”

“The goal eventually is the full destruction and elimination of the entire mainstream media,” said Matthew Boyle at the Eagle Forum Collegians D.C. Summit held at Heritage near Capitol Hill. “We envision a day where CNN is no longer in business; we envision a day where The New York Times closes its doors. I think that day is possible, I think that we can get there.”

“But when that happens, the public still needs an information stream,” said Boyle.  “And again, as much as we love Trump’s Twitter account, as much as we love the White House press releases and briefings and all that, there needs to be an independent and strong media in the United States, and that’s where we come in.”

Levin: ‘Right Now … We’re Not a Free People’

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Thursday, host Mark Levin railed against politicians in Washington D.C., declaring that “[r]ight now, we are in a state of servitude to Obamacare,” and “we’re not a free people.”

“Right now, we are in a state of servitude to Obamacare,” said Mark Levin. “We are in a state of servitude to whatever the Republicans are cooking up. We’re not a free people. We’re not an independent people.”

Levin’s comments came after the GOP failed to pass their health care reform bills, the House version AHCA and Senate version BCRA, and after President Trump’s meeting with GOP senators, wherein Trump declared, “We have to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from the Thursday show:

Levin: “I have a series of questions for you, ladies and gentlemen, as we watch this debacle: first, the passage of Obamacare – the way it was rammed through – and now the disaster of what should be a simple repeal.

“Are we capable of choosing our own health care policies? I mean, you and me. Are we capable of choosing our own health care policies?

“Are we capable of making our own health care decisions? That’s what it comes down to.

“All the talk about Medicaid, all the talk about— All that aside, are we not a free people, an independent people?

“Conversely, do you trust politicians and bureaucrats to make decisions about your health care and the health care of your family? If you do, which politicians and which bureaucrats do you trust to make these decisions? Which department and agencies of the federal government, and why?

“We’ve reached a point in our country, ladies and gentlemen, where liberty is defined through government subsidies and welfare and pensions and other forms of entitlements. That’s not liberty. That’s servitude.

“Right now, right now, we are in a state of servitude to Obamacare. We are in a state of servitude to whatever the Republicans are cooking up. We’re not a free people. We’re not an independent people.

GINGRICH: Boost economy with ‘very large’ tax cut — or ‘real danger of Speaker Pelosi’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich issued a dire warning to Republicans on Monday: Improve the economy or face cataclysmic losses in 2018.

How bad? Nancy Pelosi would return to the Speaker’s chair.

During an appearance on Fox News, Gingrich urged Republicans to focus on economic growth.

“They have got to pass by Thanksgiving, and get signed into law, by Thanksgiving, a very large tax cut, retroactively designed back to January 1 to make sure that we have enough economic growth in 2018. That Republicans can run as the party of prosperity, of jobs, of higher take home pay, and of economic growth,” Gingrich said.

He said the “highest focus” should be getting the tax bill passed.

“If we don’t have economic growth next year, I think we’re in real danger of having Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2019,” Gingrich said.

He predicted Republicans would retain power if there is economic growth.

Trump has been frequently tweeting about job growth during his term.

Last week, he shared stats about private-sector job growth, most notably, 42,000 jobs added in mining and logging, a key focus during his campaign in Ohio and Pennsylvania:

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Days Of Lot: New Survey Finds That Evangelical Christian Support For Gay Marriage Has More Than Doubled

 

MICHAEL SNYDER  A new survey just released by the Pew Research Center has found that support for gay marriage in the United States is at an all-time record high. According to the survey, 62 percent of all Americans are now in favor of allowing gays and lesbians to get married, and only 32 percent are opposed. These numbers have almost flipped completely upside down from where they were a decade ago. In 2007, 54 percent of all Americans were against gay marriage and only 37 percent were in favor of it. To say that our culture has been transformed over the past ten years would be a major understatement.

One of the biggest shifts that we have seen has been among evangelicals. This brand new survey discovered that support for gay marriage among white evangelicals has more than doubled since 2007…

Support for same-sex marriage has risen across all religious groups in recent years, including among white evangelicals and black Protestants. Support for same sex-marriage among white Evangelicals has more than doubled compared with a decade ago (14% then, 35% now), while the share of black Protestants who favor same-sex marriage has increased from 24% in 2007 to 44% today.

In particular, the shift in favor of gay marriage among evangelicals has been most noticeable among young people. Today, a staggering 47 percent of all white evangelicals born after 1964 favor gay marriage

Overall, white evangelical Protestants continue to stand out for their opposition to same-sex-marriage: 35% of white evangelical Protestants favor same-sex marriage, compared with a 59% majority who are opposed. But younger white evangelicals have grown more supportive: 47% of white evangelical Millennials and Gen Xers – age cohorts born after 1964 – favor same-sex marriage, up from 29% in March 2016. Views among older white evangelicals (Boomers and Silents) have shown virtually no change over the past year (26% now, 25% then).

I honestly don’t know how this is possible.

How in the world did we get to the point where nearly half of all evangelicals born since 1964 have abandoned what the Word of God says about marriage?

As this massive cultural shift continues, it is going to become increasingly difficult for those that still want to try to stand up for traditional values.

Already, we have gotten to the point where no Bible-believing Christians will be able to participate in the wedding industry because the risk of getting slapped with a very costly lawsuit is just too great. One of these cases is headed to the Supreme Court, and so let us be praying for a positive outcome…

Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado had never had problems before with homosexual customers. That changed when the Christian owner refused to create a cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage, the business landed in deep legal trouble with the state.

Now the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

It pits Phillips’ religious rights against the rights of a gay couple to receive the same and equal treatment under the law as heterosexual couples.

Today, the average American watches approximately five hours of television a day, and more than 90 percent of the news and entertainment that we watch is controlled by just six gigantic media conglomerates. All of those media giants are relentlessly advancing a pro-gay agenda, and we need to realize what is being done to us.

If you allow anyone to feed “programming” into your mind for five house a day, it is going to have a major impact on how you view the world.

This is particularly true of the next generation. Our children are being raised to fully embrace the social agenda of the radical left, and eventually they are going to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Our hearts should break when we read about young kids such as 9-year-old Audrey Cisneros

But Audrey is realizing it’s not an easy thing for people to understand — especially her fellow fifth-graders. Here’s how she puts it:

“A drag show is a very, very fun and special event where people can express themselves for who they really are, and show it to everyone that is in the room. You don’t judge people just because they dress up as the opposite gender or because they love someone of the same gender. Just be proud of them, don’t fight it.”

On Saturday, Audrey and other children attend a drag queen story hour hosted by My LGBT Plus. Similar events have been held across the country, aiming to familiarize kids with the gay community and give them “glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models.”

On the other hand, children all over the country are being banned from bringing Bibles to school or gathering for group prayer.

Eventually it will get to the point where our children can’t even say grace before a meal. If you doubt this, just check out what is happening in Sweden

Children at a Christian preschool in Sweden are no longer allowed to say grace at mealtimes, “Amen”, or talk about the Bible, after a ruling by the Umeå municipality.

Visiting the preschool for an inspection, supervisors from the district said the activities run contrary to the Education Act, which forbids educational content during school time from containing confessional elements, and states that children at must always have the choice of whether or not to participate.

The municipality said it felt that children at the Salvation Army-run kindergarten were not given enough of an opportunity to opt out of saying grace at mealtimes.

When I say that the radical left wants to eradicate our way of life, I am not exaggerating one bit.

The left does not believe in free speech and the marketplace of ideas. Instead, they believe in hate speech laws and using the legal system as a tool to punish those that do not see things the same way that they do.

Slowly but surely, they are going to criminalize the belief systems of those that disagree with them.

Meanwhile, much of the evangelical church is silent on these issues. Many leaders are concerned that if they do speak out that attendance will go down and offerings will not be as large as they were previously.

If evangelical churches had been boldly proclaiming the truth all this time, support for gay marriage among evangelicals would not have doubled over the past decade.

If we want America to repent and turn in a positive direction, it begins with us, and it is about time that we got started.