Category Archives: PND News

NC: Church investigated for importing hundreds of Brazilian worshipers & turning them into slaves

Source: Raw Story

"A North Carolina church that is already under investigation for kidnapping a gay man and attempting to beat his homosexuality out of him is once again in the spotlight after it was revealed that church members have been importing worshipers from Brazil and turning them into slaves. According to the Associated Press, the Word of Faith Fellowship recruits young members from two affiliated churches in Brazil to come to the U.S. on tourist and student visas where they are put to work on the church’s 35-acre compound in Spindale for no pay. One man, identified as Andre Oliveira, told the AP that he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, cleaning offices and warehouses owned by the evangelical church. He [was] also forced to work at private businesses owned by some of the church’s ministers. Olivera stated that failure to comply resulted in beatings and shaming from the pulpit." [editor's note: This seems extreme, even for North Carolina – SAT] (07/24/17)

Promising "A Better Deal," Democrats try to rebrand party

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"Democratic Party leaders rolled out a new agenda with a populist pitch on Monday as they sought to bounce back from their losses in November and look ahead to the 2018 midterms. They left the Beltway for small-town Berryville, Virginia, in an attempt to appeal to the working-class voters that Donald Trump appealed to last November and Democrats hope to win back. 'Too many Americans don't know what we stand for,' said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. 'Not after today.' The Democrats' new platform has three overarching goals: raising wages, lowering costs for families, and giving working Americans better skills for the 21st century economy. … The full title of the agenda is 'A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.' After an earlier and incomplete version leaked last week, Twitter users mocked the similarity to the slogan for Papa John's pizza ('Better Ingredients, Better Pizza.')" [editor's note: Vague platitudes, higher taxes, more promises; same old DemEAUcrats to me – SAT] (07/24/17)

MN: Cop who fatally shot Australian woman was "fast-tracked" into the force

Source: Fox News

"The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Justine Damond was put on an accelerated police cadet program that required only seven months of training, a nontraditional route that aims to help those who have a college degree enter law enforcement. Mohamed Noor, 31, shot Damond, 40, after she called 911 to report a sexual assault behind her home. When she approached the driver’s side of the squad car, Noor fired from the passenger side, across his partner, killing Damond. The Minnesota Police Department has been under fire since the July 15 shooting. Many have questioned Noor’s experience and training after only graduating in 2015. However, former Police Chief Janee Harteau, who resigned last week, stood by Noor’s training." (07/24/17)

ME: Cannabis business offers weed for weeds on cleanup day

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"A medical marijuana businessman in Maine is offering weed for weeds in a program to encourage Gardiner residents to clean up their city. WCSH-TV reports that Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, offered residents who collected trash Saturday free marijuana. The businessman says anyone who was over 21 was offered free marijuana if they presented a bag of trash that was collected in town. Meehan's company advertised the cleanup effort on Facebook, and he says he hopes to expand what he calls 'the day of service' program to the entire state. Mehan says the program is about bringing awareness to the 'life-changing' nature of cannabis as well. Gifting marijuana is legal in Maine. Meehan says he got the idea for the swap from a Colorado town's similar program." [editor's note: Now that is a good idea – SAT] (07/24/17)

ME: Dispensary offers free marijuana for litter gatherers

Source: Portland Press Herald

"A small business owner is using a unusual incentive to encourage residents to clean up their town. WCSH-TV reports that Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana in Gardiner, offered residents who collected trash on Saturday free marijuana. Meehan’s company advertised the cleanup effort on their Facebook page." (07/24/17)

NY: Four men impersonate ICE gangsters to rob cyclist

Source: Gothamist

"Police are searching for four suspects who allegedly impersonated immigration officers in order to rob a man in East Williamsburg earlier this month. The 25-year-old victim told the cops that he was riding his bicycle near Johnson Avenue and Humboldt Street on July 11th when four men jumped out of a gray minivan and pushed him to the ground. The assailants allegedly displayed silver shields and identified themselves as ICE officers, before removing $60 from the man's wallet." [editor's note: I'm given to understand that it's fairly common for members of one criminal gang to impersonate members of another criminal gang when committing crimes that might be attributed to gangs. And ICE is among the most feared of America's criminal gangs, so I can see why they'd go with that one – TLK] (07/23/17)

Poland: Duda unexpectedly vetoes parts of court revamp

Source: Bloomberg

Poland’s president vetoed part of a controversial overhaul of the judiciary that’s brought tens of thousands of demonstrators into the streets and pitted the nation’s government against its partners in the European Union and the U.S. Going against the ruling party which backed his presidency, Andrzej Duda struck down bills that would have replaced Supreme Court judges and revamped the Judicial Council that makes key personnel decisions. Protests have been held for eight days amid anger the reforms would curb courts’ independence. The EU threatened sanctions if the reforms take effect." (07/24/17)

TX: Border Patrol thugs attempt to shift blame to "human traffickers" for travelers' deaths

Source: Reuters

"Eight people were found dead on Sunday inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of 'ruthless' human traffickers. Another 30 people, many in critical condition and suffering from heat stoke and exhaustion, were also in the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Temperatures outside the vehicle topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius). The truck's driver was arrested and will face charges, said Richard Durbin, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, and prosecutors are working to identify others responsible. The bodies were discovered after officials were led to the trailer by a man who had approached a Walmart employee and asked for water." (07/23/17)

SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

Source: Raw Story

"SpaceX may have canceled its mission to Mars with a Red Dragon capsule that was set for 2020. Company Chief Executive Elon Musk retweeted a story late Friday afternoon titled 'SpaceX skipping Red Dragon for 'vastly bigger ships' on Mars' that was published on Tesla enthusiasts blog Teslarati. The news comes after Musk said Wednesday that the Hawthorne space company was no longer planning to land its Dragon 2 space capsule using rocket thrusters. The Dragon 2 capsule, which in this case would fly without a crew, was the centerpiece of SpaceX's Red Dragon mission. During an on-stage conversation at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington, D.C., Musk said that while the capsule is still technically capable of powered landings, it would have to touch down on a 'pretty soft landing pad' because SpaceX deleted the legs that pop out of the Dragon 2's heat " (07/23/17)

MI: Man sentenced to jail for handing out jury nullification fliers

Source: Cop Block

"A Michigan man will serve jail time after being charged and convicted in connection with handing out jury nullification fliers in front of the Mecosta County courthouse. Keith Wood, 41, was charged with felony obstruction of justice and misdemeanor jury tampering after handing out approximately 50 filers from the Fully Informed Jury Association on November 24, 2015. Facing up to six years in prison, Wood’s bond was set at $150,000. The felony charge was dropped in March however, and a six-person jury found him guilty of jury tampering, which carries a sentence of up to one year in prison, on June 1. The fliers discussed jurors’ right to vote their conscience in opposition to unjust laws defendants may be charged with." (07/22/17)