The Christian is the most contented man in the world, but he is the least contented with the world. —C.H. Spurgeon
Dec. 11, 2014
With a liberal revolt rising and a government shutdown looming, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi must decide whether to withhold her support or let a spending plan pass despite a pair of provisions gnawing at her fellow Democrats.
Americans age 65 and older will rise to account for more than 20 percent of the population by 2030, according to Census Bureau projections released Wednesday. About 74.1 million of the 359.4 million people (20.6 percent) the Census projects for 2030 will be 65 and older, compared with 47.8 million out of 321.4 million in 2015 (14.9 percent).
Almost as soon as the CIA established makeshift facilities from Europe to Southeast Asia to interrogate terrorism suspects, frontline officers began to express reservations about the tactics they were told to use.
A move to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital may be blocked by Congress. The $1.1 trillion federal spending plan worked out, which will avert a government shutdown, bars the District of Columbia from spending money to legalize or reduce penalties for possession of marijuana.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a three-week low as an improving economy limited dismissals. Jobless claims decreased by 3,000 to 294,000 in the week ended Dec. 6
The European Central Bank’s second round of long-term loans came in at the low end of analysts’ estimates, bolstering the case for the institution to start large-scale quantitative easing.
For the first time, China has a real shot at getting the International Monetary Fund to endorse the yuan as a global reserve currency alongside the dollar and euro. In late 2015, the IMF will conduct its next twice-a-decade review of the basket of currencies its members can count toward their official reserves.
Gains in wages and cheaper fuel gave American consumers the means to shop for more holiday gifts in November, propelling the biggest gain in retail sales in eight months and giving the economy a lift. The 0.7 percent increase in purchases exceeded the median estimate of economists surveyed.
American consumer confidence reached a seven-year high last week as job gains and plunging fuel costs propelled the economy and boosted spirits in the midst of the holiday-shopping season.
West Texas Intermediate crude fell to the lowest level since July 2009 as Saudi Arabia questioned the need to cut output, bolstering speculation that OPEC’s biggest producer will defend market share.
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The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday that a new laser weapon deployed into Persian Gulf earlier this year performed seamlessly during testing that wrapped up in November, and declared the weapon a success.
At least seven women have been killed in “barbaric” attacks in Somalia after Shebab insurgents beheaded a soldier’s wife, prompting revenge executions of women close to the Islamists.
A North Hollywood man was facing criminal charges after allegedly skinning and eating part of his roommate`s pet rabbit and then threatening to do the same to her.
Jihadist attacks around the world in November killed a total of 5,042 people, showing Islamist extremism is “stronger than ever” despite Al-Qaeda’s declining role, a new study said.
Pakistani police Wednesday were looking for four men believed to have killed a couple and their four children as retribution for a perceived “honor crime.”
Jordanian plans to buy gas from Israel have aroused fierce opposition in the kingdom at a time of mounting criticism of the Jewish state’s policies towards the Palestinians.
More than 5,000 people worldwide died in November as a result of jihadist violence, a BBC investigation revealed.
Health officials in Sierra Leone discovered scores of bodies in a remote mining area, raising fears the scale of the Ebola outbreak may be under-reported.
Russia’s central bank raised interest rates to 10.5% from 9.5%, the second hike in six weeks, as it seeks to combat inflation.
Drug resistant infections will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide – more than currently die from cancer – by 2050 unless action is taken, a study said.
Protests took place in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, against plans for a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Hong Kong police cleared the main pro-democracy protest site at Admiralty and arrest protesters, in what could be the end of weeks of demonstrations.
Poland complained of “unprecedented” Russian military activity in the Baltic Sea region, saying NATO is being tested but is not at risk of attack.
A mountain-sized asteroid named ‘2014 UR116′, which crosses paths with the Earth every three years, has been discovered by a Russian scientist. The space rock, poses no immediate threat.
The State Department has failed to turn over government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state that The Associated Press and others requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ahead of her presumptive presidential campaign.
A judge has sided with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the first clash in what is expected to be a major court fight over the legality of President Obama’s executive immigration actions, ordering a fast track for case arguments and hearings.
Daily Digest for Thursday
December 11, 2014
“[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore … never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson, 1823
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Former Vice President Dick Cheney laid into the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogations Wednesday, calling the “deeply flawed” report a “terrible piece of work,” and concluding that it’s “full of crap.” He asserted the CIA’s enhanced techniques, such as waterboarding, provided actionable intelligence that proved “vital in the success of keeping the country safe from further attacks.” For example, he said, “We’ve got Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was the mastermind of 9/11, who has killed 3,000 Americans, taken down the World Trade Center, hit the Pentagon, would have taken out the White House or the Capitol building if, in fact, it hadn’t been for the passengers on United 93. He is in our possession, we know he’s the architect, and what are we supposed to do? Kiss him on both cheeks and say, ‘Please, please tell us what you know?’ Of course not. We did exactly what we needed to do to catch those who were guilty on 9/11 and to prevent a further attack, and we were successful on both parts.” The most important question, Cheney argued, is this: “What are you prepared to do to get the truth against future attacks against the United States?” On that score, he concluded, “The CIA did one hell of a job.”
You’d think that after losing control of the House and Senate, Democrats would play a strategy in the 114th Congress that wouldn’t alienate them from the rest of the country. But led by lawmakers from Connecticut, the Left will fight the Republican majority to enact more gun control, specifically already-legislated universal background checks. “When you don’t pass background checks,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) lectured, “it’s just much more likely that someone will get their hands on an illegal gun and use it to kill their neighbors or their classmates.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined his fellow Connecticut senator when he said, “Congress’s failure to act makes it, in fact, an aider and abettor to those deaths that could be prevented.” Wrong. As gun journalist Charles Cooke notes, a law enacting universal background checks will not prevent another Newtown massacre because the shooter stole the guns from his mother. In other shootings, the perpetrators bought guns legally, passing background checks. The Left’s gun control goal comes at a time when 52% of Americans say the right to bear arms is more important than controlling guns in a feeble attempt to reduce crime — the most support the Second Amendment has gotten in 20 years.
The Washington Post did what Rolling Stone did not: It talked to the friends of Jackie, the woman whose story the pop culture magazine published alleging she was gang raped at a University of Virginia fraternity. The Post’s reporting is damning for Rolling Stone. Jackie’s friends say her story changed from when they first responded to their friend’s phone calls in 2012 to what eventually hit newsstands a few weeks ago. According to the Post, “The friends said they were never contacted or interviewed by the pop culture magazine’s reporters or editors.” Even leftist rag Salon’s feminist blog, XX factor, sides with the Post on this one, admitting that Rolling Stone’s story could very well be a fabrication, with Jackie making up swaths of her narrative — to the point of inventing a love interest. And then author Sabrina Rubin Erdely took UVA to task while not showing a hint of skepticism herself. Jackie might have been in a traumatic situation, but her story appears to be largely made up. And that will do more to hurt than help real victims of rape. More…
During Jonathan Gruber’s testimony before Congress Tuesday, Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) told the emotional story of her husband’s October death, in part because of the failings of ObamaCare. “My husband was having chest pains at the time that he was told we were not enrolled in ObamaCare, and come to find out he didn’t have all of the tests that he was advised by his physician to have,” she said. “So, on October 24, the week before election, my husband went to sleep and never woke up. He had a massive heart attack in his sleep at age 65.” Nearly overcome with emotion, she continued, “I’m not telling you that my husband died because of ObamaCare. He died because he had a massive heart attack in his sleep. But I am telling you that during the course of time that he was having tests by a physician, and was told we were not covered by ObamaCare, that he then decided not to have the last test the doctor asked him to have.” Lummis added, “There have been so many glitches in the passage and implementation of ObamaCare that have real-life consequences on people’s lives.” Then, in a direct rebuttal to Gruber’s faux apology for having made “glib” remarks, she concluded, “And the so-called ‘glibness’ that has been referenced today have direct consequences for real Americans. So get over your damn glibness.”
Speaking on the subject of immigration, Barack Obama once again turned to his translation of the Bible for inspiration. He last abused God’s Word by paraphrasing Exodus in his speech announcing his amnesty executive action. This time, he quoted a verse that doesn’t exist: “The good book says don’t throw stones in glass houses, or make sure we’re looking at the log in our eye before we are pointing out the moat in other folks’ eyes.” Unfortunately, the Bible never says anything about glass houses, and he’s also a bit muddled with logs and moats. Undeterred, Obama continued the Sunday school lesson, saying, “If we’re serious about the Christmas season, now is the time to reflect on those who are strangers in our midst and remember what it was like to be a stranger.” If he’s referring to Mary and Joseph as strangers in Bethlehem, well, that was Joseph’s ancestral home — which might not be the best analogy to today’s illegal immigration.
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Read Blame All Those Racist Cops?, on the purely partisan attempt to vilify law enforcement.
Because $18 trillion simply isn’t enough debt, the House is expected to vote Thursday on a $1.01 trillion spending bill that would add to that by funding most of the government through September and the Department of Homeland Security until Feb. 27. At that point, the newly sworn in Congress plans to hit Barack Obama’s amnesty plans through funding negotiations targeting the chief immigration enforcement agency.
The House vote on the 1,603-page bill, which by the way is longer than “War and Peace” and averages more than $630,000,000 worth of spending for every page, comes just hours before the deadline for funding the government. Using those two politically charged words — “government shutdown” — as motivation and justification, Republican and Democrat leadership hashed out a deal that has some liberals crying foul, some conservatives arguing it doesn’t go far enough, and all Americans on the hook for the cost.
What exactly is in the spending monstrosity? Well, don’t expect legislators to know. They only voted on it; reading it is an entirely different matter. But some of the highlights (and lowlights) are worth noting, as We the People are the ones footing the bill.
For starters, ObamaCare is funded. Yes, despite conviction-laden statements about defunding Obama’s health care catastrophe, when push came to shove, if you like your funding, you can keep it. Some funding is withheld, though, as the spending bill does not allocate anything related to ObamaCare for the IRS or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Under the bill, the IRS would see its budget cut by $345.6 million. And the agency would also be banned from targeting organizations applying for tax-exempt status simply because of ideology. Not that the IRS was allowed to do this before; this administration just didn’t care.
A similar scenario plays out with abortion. The bill prohibits federal funding for most abortions, but ObamaCare already forces Americans to pay for abortions, so again, just because something is law doesn’t mean this administration will follow it.
On the military and foreign affairs front, $5 billion is directed to fighting the Islamic State ($1.6 billion of which is for training Iraqi and Kurdish forces) and $1.3 billion is allocated for a new Counterterrorism Partnership Fund. There is also $5.4 billion for security at U.S. embassies around the world — $46 million more than Obama requested.
The EPA is no doubt unhappy (which makes us happy) because its budget would see a $60 million cut. And despite the fact that Congress has long been entirely unable to balance a budget, they got one math problem right, as the bill would not fund Common Core standards or Obama’s failed “Race to the Top” initiative.
Perhaps drawing some of the most ire from the Left is the bill’s provision that would increase by tenfold the limit on campaign donations to national political parties. The Wall Street Journal explains, “The higher limit … is designed to allow the parties to fund their conventions with private dollars, since Republicans have eliminated taxpayer funds for those political shindigs.”
But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the Left’s populist darling, warned that this provision is “the worst of government for the rich and powerful.” Democrats like to sounds righteous about campaign financing until their own billionaires help them outraise Republicans.
In photo-op fashion, House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) released a joint statement that was anything but unique: “While not everyone got everything they wanted, such compromises must be made in a divided government. These are the tough choices that we must make to govern responsibly and do what the American people sent us here to do.” They appear to have forgotten that the American people just fired a number of them.
For the bill to pass, House Republicans need to garner Democrat support as several conservative House Members are expected to oppose the bill for not going far enough regarding Obama’s amnesty declaration. Still, most expect the bill to pass and then head to the Senate for a quick turnaround.
And a quick turnaround it will undoubtedly get. After all, the government rarely delays when it has a chance to spend so much taxpayer money.
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Two years after the Dec. 14, 2012, mass murder in a Connecticut suburb that took the lives of six teachers and 20 elementary schoolchildren, America is no closer to preventing mass shootings. Indeed, it may never solve just how to stop the violence. But Newtown’s teachers have turned into political activists and the parents of the victims are about to sue everyone in sight.
In the emotional aftermath of the murderous rampage, the Connecticut government enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and considered even more legislation — like regulating homeschooling — just because the progressive Nutmeggers believe more laws fix everything.
Now, as support for gun rights is at its highest point in two decades, teachers in the Newtown school district believe they are at the tipping point for fundamentally changing America’s gun culture. Four of them appeared on CBS News and said their work to roll back the Second Amendment has reached critical mass. Sandy Hook educator Mary Ann Jacob said, “We’re at a tipping point. We’re up against a really big lobby, but we know we can make a difference.”
The teachers have written letters. They have organized to defund the gun industry by persuading teachers unions to divest from businesses that support the gun industry. They have done their best to attack that great leftist Satan — the NRA. But they haven’t considered how guns stopped the shooter — and could have stopped him sooner. CBS journalist Jane Pauley asked the group of teachers, “Is there no one here that that day didn’t wish they had a gun?”
Two teachers said that they didn’t wish for a gun in the moments when the shooter sprayed more than 150 rounds in the school. Jacob said it wouldn’t have even mattered. “And you know what?” she said, “If there had been someone at the entrance to our school with a gun, they would’ve been dead, too. There’s a reason they call them assault weapons. It’s an impossible barrage to survive from. We survived because we were lucky and because he was stopped for whatever reason before he could do more damage.”
A few points: “They” call them assault weapons for all the wrong reasons. Handguns kill several times more people each year than rifles of any type. And Jacob fails to consider that while a deranged man attacked the school for five minutes, he stopped only when police surrounded the building with “assault weapons” of their own.
The parents of 10 of the 20 children slain that day are poised to sate their grief by seeking money in the courtroom, the Hartford Courant reports. (Never mind the outpouring of donations and support from around the country, from cash to offers to babysit.) Ten estates have been created in the children’s names — the first step in suing the Town of Newtown, Newtown School Board, the estate of the shooter’s murdered mother, and Bushmaster — the company that made the AR-15 Nancy Lanza legally bought and her son then stole to commit the crime. The parents and their lawyers have only a couple days until the window closes to sue these institutions.
Gun writer Robert Farago points out some of these lawsuits may yield useful information about how law enforcement may have failed to properly respond to active shooter situations. Others, like suing Bushmaster, are frivolous as defined by a 2005 law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which prevents many lawsuits against the gun industry if the firearms are used in a crime.
Days after the Sandy Hook shooting, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy stood before the state’s legislature and broke down and cried as he gave his State of the State address. Many of the legislators wore green ribbons to symbolize solidarity with the Sandy Hook victims. If there was a political climate that would do all the wrong things for the sake of security and school children, it was there in that room.
The best Connecticut had to offer was its infamous gun bill, and more money. In the months following, the state threw millions of dollars to its school districts to boost security through the installation of cameras, ballistic glass, buzzer systems and panic buttons. Tellingly, this money didn’t extend to the state’s private schools. The security strategy seemed fatalistic: If another school shooting were to happen in Connecticut, schools would go into lockdown. Children would huddle on the floor and hope a shooter didn’t burst through their classroom door. Meanwhile, school administrators would hope ballistic glass and security cameras were enough to slow the shooter down until the police swooped in to save the day. When seconds count, police are only minutes away.
Connecticut towns were divided over the questions whether to even hire police officers devoted solely to patrolling schools. But despite the headlines, shootings are extremely rare. What do we teach kids about Liberty and self-governorship when we think the only way to keep them safe is to keep a G-man with them always? Besides, there are other soft targets in local communities, such as shopping centers and churches.
Security is not the endgame of education. Liberty is. As for double-doors, buzzers and cameras? They aren’t built to stop a shooter as much as they are for custody disputes. Divorce and domestic violence: These are the signs of culture decay found in every school system in the nation.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- George Will: The Plague of Overcriminalization
- Victor Davis Hanson: The Other America
- Cal Thomas: Why Release a Report on the CIA in Wartime?
- Ann Coulter: The College Rape Club
- Larry Elder: Crippling Children by Selling Them Racism
OPINION IN BRIEF
British historian Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859): “The maxim, that governments ought to train the people in the way in which they should go, sounds well. But is there any reason for believing that a government is more likely to lead the people in the right way than the people to fall into the right way of themselves?”
Columnist George Will: “In 2012, one of every 108 adults was behind bars, many in federal prisons containing about 40 percent more inmates than they were designed to hold. Most of today’s 2.2 million prisoners will be coming back to their neighborhoods and few of them will have been improved by the experience of incarceration. This will be true even if they did not experience the often deranging use of prolonged solitary confinement, which violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on ‘cruel and unusual punishments’ and is, to put things plainly, torture. The scandal of mass incarceration is partly produced by the frivolity of the political class, which uses the multiplication of criminal offenses as a form of moral exhibitionism. This, like Eric Garner’s death, is a pebble in the mountain of evidence that American government is increasingly characterized by an ugly and sometimes lethal irresponsibility.”
Historian Victor Davis Hanson: “In such a depressing American landscape, why is the United States doing pretty well? Put simply, millions of quiet, determined Americans get up every morning and tune out the incompetence and corruption of their government. They simply ignore destructive fads of popular culture. They have no time for the demagoguery of their politicians and the divisive rhetoric of social activists. Instead, these quiet Americans simply go to work, pursue their own talents, excel at what they do, and seek to take care of their families. The result of their singular expertise is that even in America’s current illness, the nation still soars above the global competition. … America is not saved by our elected officials, bureaucrats, celebrities and partisan activists. Instead, just a few million hardworking Americans in key areas — a natural meritocracy of all races, classes and backgrounds — ignore the daily hype and chaos, remain innovative and productive, and dazzle the world. The silent few of a forgotten America have given the entire country an astonishing standard of living that is quite inexplicable.”
Comedian Argus Hamilton: “Obama asked Congress for and obtained a ninety-day extension Monday for the NSA to monitor phone calls in the U.S. for terrorist activity. The NSA Director assured Congress that the NSA does not use the information on political opponents. That’s the IRS’s job and they’re a different union.”
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Obama Stuns Congress By Demanding Expanded Powers To Declare War
President who vowed to end war, now seeks sweeping power to expand it
Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress Tuesday that President Obama wants expansive war powers to pursue the Islamic State terrorists wherever and however he deems necessary, stunning lawmakers by requesting a war authorization that would even allow the Pentagon to commit American combat troops to the fight.
Though Mr. Obama doesn’t want combat troops, he won’t have Congress tie his hands against unforeseen directions the war could take should the Islamic State evolve, expand its fight to other countries or prove more difficult to rout, Mr. Kerry said.
Mr. Kerry was deployed to try to quell a growing furor over the administration’s approach, but his appearance didn’t appear to help, with lawmakers of both parties saying the White House appears to be trying to delay Congress from acting while doing little to step up on its own.
“The reason we’re here is a total failure of the president to lead on this issue,” said Sen. Bob Corker, the ranking Republican on the committee.
Mr. Obama has repeatedly refused requests to propose his own war resolution. Mr. Kerry said he didn’t think it mattered who goes first.
Read the rest of the story on The Washington Times…
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Does ‘Exodus’ movie leave the Bible behind?
By Ted Baehr
Director Ridley Scott’s new epic, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” tries to follow the Bible, but it does so in a manner that avoids the richness of the biblical story, and it could be summarized as the “CliffsNotes” version or a comic-book version of the story of Exodus. The best that can be said is that it’s gloriously junky, with magnificent battle scenes and spectacular special effects, but diminished by mediocre character development and an annoying lack of set-up of biblical events.
Washington Florist Who Declined to Make Arrangements for Gay Wedding May Lose Her Business, Personal Assets
Washington Florist Who Declined to Make Arrangements for Gay Wedding May Lose Her Business, Personal Assets
A lawsuit is moving forward against a Washington State florist who refused to supply floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony based on her religious objection, which could put her at risk of serious financial loss and the loss of her business.
Baronelle Stutzman, who owns and operates Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, is being sued by the Washington State attorney general’s office for refusing to supply flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding ceremony.
Congressman Frank Wolf Named Daniel of the Year
I was thrilled when WORLD magazine selected Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf as the winner of its 2014 Daniel of the Year award. For more than 30 years, Congressman Wolf has traveled to war-torn countries, or places where people are starving, persecuted, or oppressed.
Sheriff Joe scores victory against Obama’s amnesty
A judge has sided with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the first clash in what is expected to be a major court fight over the legality – or not – of Barack Obama’s looming amnesty program, ordering a fast track for case arguments and hearings.
Superbugs could kill 10mn per year by 2050, more than cancer – study
Superbugs with a high resistance to antibiotics could kill 10 million people worldwide each year by 2050 unless more action is taken, a study has warned. The figure is higher than the global impact of cancer, which currently kills 8.2 million.
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Why was Nicholas so famous? Well, it’s impossible to tell fact from fiction, but this is some of the legend of St. Nicholas:
He was reputed to be a wonder-worker who brought children back to life, destroyed pagan temples, saved sailors from death at sea, and as an infant nursed only two days a week and fasted the other five days.
Moving from probable legend to possible history, Nicholas was honored for enduring persecution. It is said that he was imprisoned during the Empire wide persecution under Diocletian and Maximian. Upon his release and return, the people flocked around him “Nicholas! Confessor! Saint Nicholas has come home!”
As followers of Christ and adherents of the Bible, Christians are called to be a people of the truth. Thus, it is crucial that we seek to understand our tradition as accurately as possible. So consider these top ten historical myths about world Christianity.
ISIS beheads Four Iraqi Children After They Refuse To Deny Jesus And Convert To Islam
A British vicar based in Baghdad said Islamic State militants hounded Christians out of their homes and threatened to kill their children if they did not convert to Islam
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15
Islamic State forced Christians to convert to Islam on pain of death, he said. “They came to one of our people the other day, one of the Christians. “They said to one man, an adult, ‘Either you say the words of conversion to Islam or we kill all your children’.
“He was desperate, he said the words. And then he phoned, me and said, ‘Abouna [Father], I said the words, does that mean that Yesua [Jesus] doesn’t love me any more?’ I said, ‘Yeshua still loves you, he will always loves you.’”
He also told of the fate of a group of Christian young people.
Speaking to the Orthodox Christian Network, he said: “Islamic State turned up and said to the children, you say the words that you will follow Mohammed.
“The children, all under 15, four of them, said no, we love Yeshua, we have always loved Yeshua, we have always followed Yeshua, Yeshua has always been with us.
“They said, ‘Say the words.’ They said, ‘No, we can’t.’ They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that? You just cry.”
Read the rest of the story on the Mirror UK…
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California storm unleashes rain, wind gusts up to 107 mph, Could be 400 Miles Wide
A storm billed as the one of the most powerful to hit California in years began living up to the hype Thursday, with powerful winds uprooting trees and rain pouring over the northern half of the state. Forecasters said a wind gust at Mount Lincoln, northwest of Tahoe, was clocked at 107 mph. In Contra Costa County, a big rig ran into a tree that was blown down by the wind onto Interstate 80, temporarily blocking three lanes. “The wind is actually pretty intense this morning,” said Brian Garcia, a senior forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Eureka office. “There’s quite a bit of rain.” More
Britain Braces for 2 Weeks of Violent Storms
As swathes of the UK cleaned up after yesterday’s “weather bomb”, forecasters said more mayhem was on the way. Coastal regions are on alert for further damaging gales, while parts of the North face heavy snowfalls as temperatures plummet. The wild weather follows yesterday’s storm that whipped up 80mph-plus winds, knocking out power to thousands of homes and causing travel chaos. The North was hit hardest overnight before the wind and rain tracked southwards during the day. In Scotland, 27,000 homes were left without power while trains and ferries were cancelled along the west coast. Waves topped 50ft, crashing over sea defences, leaving communities at risk of floods and forcing schools to close. More
Big Pharma labs routinely delete toxic drugs’ failed test results, then ship them to US customers
One of the problems with pharmaceuticals (as opposed to most natural remedies) is the fact that, whenever you swallow a pill or receive an injection, you are forced to place your trust in whoever manufactured the medication. There is no way to determine beforehand whether or not the dose you are taking is safe and effective — you can only rely on the assumption that the drug has been manufactured according to rigorous standards and thoroughly tested in regard to its efficacy and purity. Unfortunately, although those standards and testing procedures exist, many unscrupulous drug manufacturers have been caught deleting or altering test results for batches of pharmaceuticals or their ingredients that should have been rejected, but which instead have found their way onto the shelves of U.S. hospitals and pharmacies. More
US military converting transport planes to carry wave of infected Ebola victims to the United States
It seems in the age of Obama that the U.S. military is slowly making the transformation from the planet’s most powerful fighting force to one giant charity provider. As most Americans know, the president has ordered thousands of U.S. troops to Ebola-plagued West Africa, a move that critics have said not only misappropriates American military personnel but also put their lives needlessly at risk — though so far, no reports of American servicemen or women being sickened by Ebola have surfaced. Now, it appears as though the U.S. Air Force has been ordered to modify scarce transport planes to be able to transport patients stricken with the deadly virus. More
Facebook’s Upcoming Artificial Intelligence Will ‘Mediate’ Your Online Activity
The last time you posted a Facebook status, you were probably thinking, “Wow, I really wish I had an intelligent robot to make sure this post won’t come back around to haunt me.” No? Too bad. Facebook is building an artificial intelligence program that will serve as a social media assistant—kind of like Clippy, the obnoxious Microsoft Office bot, only more intelligent and invasive. A Wired profile of the head of the Facebook AI lab, Yann LeCun, says the new program will “mediate your interaction with your friends” and do things like shame you from posting pictures of illicit activities. More
6 Ways to help your body detoxify
When you choose to do a cleanse or detox, your goal is to rid the body of as many toxins as possible. Pathogens, parasites, heavy metals, chemicals, and Candida are all targeted for elimination. A really good detox diet helps to cleanse the digestive tract, the kidneys, the liver, and the gallbladder, followed by the rest of the body. So what other actions can you take to help the process? More
US responds to Ya’alon: Opposition to West Bank settlements will outlast Obama
The United States will continue to oppose Israeli settlement activity even after US President Barack Obama leaves office in two years, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington on Wednesday. “Our opposition – this Administration’s opposition to settlements is fully consistent with the policies of administrations for decades, including of both parties. So the notion that that would change is not borne out by history,” Psaki said. More
Atheists Push to Remove Language From Constitutions in Maryland and 6 Other States That Ban Them From Holding Public Office
Although these bans aren’t enforceable under federal law, a coalition of atheists are now lobbying to remove language from constitutions in Maryland and six other states that prevent people who do not believe in God from holding public office. Along with Maryland, the constitutions of Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas all bear language prohibiting people who do not believe in God from holding office according to The New York Times. And the Openly Secular coalition wants the language removed. More
Treasury Department Seeking Survival Kits For Bank Employees
The Department of Treasury is seeking to order survival kits for all of its employees who oversee the federal banking system, according to a new solicitation. The emergency supplies would be for every employee at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which conducts on-site reviews of banks throughout the country. The survival kit includes everything from water purification tablets to solar blankets. The government is willing to spend up to $200,000 on the kits, according to the solicitation released on Dec. 4. The survival kits must come in a fanny-pack or backpack that can fit all of the items, including a 33-piece personal first aid kit with “decongestant tablets,” a variety of bandages, and medicines. More
Atheists Launch Legal Attack Against Hawaii Churches
Two Oahu churches have filed an appeal of a trial court’s decision to keep a baseless lawsuit filed by two atheists alive. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and an ADF-allied attorney represent the churches, One Love Ministries and Calvary Chapel Oahu. In May, the court dismissed the most critical aspects of the atheists’ lawsuit, which falsely accuses the churches of defrauding the government simply for paying agreed-upon rent to the public schools in which they meet. The court later reconsidered that dismissal and allowed the atheists’ case to proceed. The court also allowed the churches to appeal. More
Ten Ways the Mafia and Islam are Similar :: Ibrahim in PJ Media
by Raymond Ibrahim
December 5, 2014
China Takes Nuclear Weapons Underwater Where Prying Eyes Can’t See
China is preparing to arm its stealthiest submarines with nuclear missiles that could reach the U.S., cloaking its arsenal with the invisibility needed to retaliate in the event of an enemy strike …………. Click here for full story
Speculation Concerning Israeli Pre-Emptive Strike On Iranian Nuclear Facilities Emerges As U.S. Privately Accuses Tehran Of ‘Cheating’
Speculation that Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities has emerged in the Israeli press, following the failure of international negotiators to reach a deal on the Tehran regime’s nuclear program by the agreed date of November 24 ……… Click here for full story
Surveillance Systems Getting Smarter
Surveillance cameras are now able to go “over and above the call of duty”, so to speak, where all they could do traditionally was to capture and transmit still and video images. They have now been advanced to a point where they are getting better at picking you out of a crowd and recording where you’ve been, what you are doing now, and where you are going after you are through……….. Click here for full story
Porn Culture Infiltrating Schools
Computers are now commonly used in schools, colleges and most other educational centers. School students have a wide variety of choice for educational material available online. What parents and guardians may not however expect is the alarming finding that in some cases, students in schools also have access to pornographic websites via school computers……….. Click here for full story
How Financial Warfare Could Bring America To Its Knees
Financial warfare is coming to the fore. It’s something that’s been talked about for some years, but now it’s actually being played out and practiced. Since 2012 the United States has been in a financial war with Iran ……… Click here for full story
“An Arab Prince Denounces Islamism” – Wash. Times, #1377
by Daniel Pipes
The Washington Times
December 10, 2014
The Gospel According to Peanuts
EDITOR’s note: Today marks the 49th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas. National Review Online first published the following Lee Habeeb essay on the TV special on November 25, 2011.
Few headlines about network television make me giddy. Fewer still make me hopeful that all is good in the world. But back in August of 2010, I read the following headline from the media pages with great excitement: “Charlie Brown Is Here to Stay: ABC Picks Up ‘Peanuts’ Specials Through 2015.” The first of these to be made, the famous Christmas special, was an instant classic when it was created by Charles Schulz on a shoestring budget back in 1965, and thanks to some smart television executives, it will be around for at least another five years for all of us to see and enjoy.
“From You Shall Come Forth…”
One of the most famous and important Old Testament messianic prophecies is also a Christmas text. It foretold that Christ would be born in Bethlehem: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days” (Micah 5:2).
That promise loomed large in the minds of expectant first-century Jewish leaders—so much so that many of them were prepared to reject Him because they did not know His birthplace and assumed, naturally, that he had been born in the region of his parents’ home: “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee” (John 7:52).
But I think the most amazing thing about Micah’s prophecy is the way the deity of Christ is expressed in the verse’s final phrase. Israel’s Messiah would be One “whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.”
The clear implication of that expression is that the birth of Christ in Bethlehem was not the beginning of Christ as God’s Son and our Sovereign. He is eternal. He “came forth” from Bethlehem, but He did not come from there in the first place. His “goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting”—to use the familiar phrasing from the King James Version.
Notice also that the words of this prophecy are spoken directly by God the Father. Some clear threads of Trinitarian doctrine are woven into the fabric of the text. God the Father is speaking, and in speaking about the One who would come forth out of Bethlehem, He says this: “from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel.”
Don’t miss the importance of those two words “for Me.” God the father is sending this eternal Person to be born and to rule and to redeem His people, and to make righteousness reign over all the earth.
That is the gospel, and it’s embedded in our text by implication. Christ—God the Son—came to this earth at the behest of God the Father, on a mission of mercy and redemption. He calls us to repent of our sins and believe in Him—and He does all the work of redemption Himself. It’s not up to us to atone for our own sin—we simply lay hold of His grace by faith.
When Methodist missionary J. Waskom Pickett published Christian Mass Movements in India in 1933, it would’ve been impossible to predict its impact on American evangelicalism. His observations about rates of conversion and church growth among Indian castes may have seemed innocuous at the time, but his interest in outcomes betrayed assumptions rooted in pragmatism.
19 Secrets of UPS Drivers
You may have a good relationship with your UPS driver, but how much do you really know about his or her job? The brown-clad United Parcel Service workers deliver more than 15 million packages a day to more than 220 countries and territories around the world; they even deliver to the North Pole. But what’s it really like to be a UPS driver? Here are some little-known facts from drivers who did their time.
Is President Obama’s ‘glass houses’ scripture reference in the Bible? Not exactly.
President Obama referred to the Bible during a speech on immigration Tuesday in Nashville. But there was a problem: Strictly speaking, one of the lines he cited appears nowhere in scripture.
“I Can’t Breathe” – Church & Culture Blog
There would be few reading this unaware of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, regarding the shooting death by a police officer of Michael Brown. This was quickly followed by the asphyxiation of Eric Garner in New York as a result of a chokehold during an arrest.
Neither case resulted in a grand jury indicting the officer involved.
Many lumped the two together, but I did not. To my thinking, they were very, very different. Apparently I’m not alone. A USA Today poll found that most Americans supported the Brown decision, but not the Garner decision.
Liberals Are Killing the Liberal Arts
Hypersensitivity to the trauma allegedly inflicted by listening to controversial ideas approaches a strange form of derangement—a disorder whose lethal spread in academia grows by the day. What should be the object of derision, a focus for satire, is instead the subject of serious faux academic discussion and precautionary warnings. For this disorder there is no effective quarantine. A whole generation of students soon will have imbibed the warped notions of justice and entitlement now handed down as dogma in the universities.
Christmas Carols: ‘Joy to the World’
We can learn from Joy to the World and Psalm 98 not to sentimentalize Christmas by merely seeing Christ as a helpless baby apart from His mission. Christ our Savior must also be our Victorious Warrior and Judge. He fulfills the psalmist’s prayer for God to “deliver me in Your righteousness” (Psalm 31:1). He “makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love” (st. 4). He has won the bloody battle. He has put enmity between the serpent and the woman (Genesis 3:15). “His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory” (Psalm 98:1).
Will Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Disappoint Christians? It Depends
“Unbroken” features the real-life story of Zamperini, whose plane crashed in the Pacific during World War II. After spending 47 days adrift at sea, he spent two years as a Japanese prisoner of war. After the war, he wrestled with addiction and his marriage nearly ended in divorce. All that changed in 1949, when he attended a Los Angeles crusade by an up-and-coming evangelist named Billy Graham. The two would team up together during later crusades.
Overcoming Spiritual Dryness
Are you in spiritual wilderness? You don’t need “extraordinary” or “signs & wonders.” You don’t need a “retreat” or conference or camp. You simply need to make a due use of the very ordinary means of grace, wherein God has promised to work, and to conform you into the image of His Son.
Mormons Launch ‘He Is the Gift’ Initiative
Carl Trueman–Evangelicalism Today
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014–Carl Trueman–Evangelicalism Today
Pickin-and-choosin? There are a lot of things in Scripture that Christians don’t take seriously anymore. There are promises to Israel that aren’t for Christians, but we’re talking about some attributes of God from the Old Testament that describe who He is eternally. Do we understand that Jesus is not a groovy guy who came to appease and angry God, that Jesus IS I Am?
No Compromise Radio‘s Mike Abendroth joins us for today’s discussion.
‘Twas the Night Before the Last Christmas!
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