Christianity’s first call is not “Behave!” but “Behold!” —Matt Papa
Dec. 15, 2014
The Sydney hostage crisis entered a second day as police negotiators worked to free the remaining people held at gunpoint in a city-center cafe. Hours after five hostages fled the Lindt cafe in Martin Place, police won’t say how many are left in the building or disclose the motives of the gunman. The armed man has forced his captives to display a black flag with Arabic lettering, while lights in the store were turned off some time after nightfall.
Two late-night votes in the Senate this weekend provide fodder for party activists already drawing up plans to reward loyalists and punish adversaries as the 2016 U.S. election cycle starts. The litmus-test votes: passage of a $1.1 trillion spending bill that Democrats criticized for being too kind to big banks and campaign donors, and Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s failed constitutional objection to President Barack Obama’s immigration policy.
New York state plans to award its first full-scale casino licenses this week as Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Genting Bhd. vie to build a gambling palace within an hour’s drive of the Big Apple’s 8.4 million residents.
A CBS News poll found that 69 percent of Americans believe that waterboarding constitutes torture. Fifty-seven percent said they believe that such techniques provide reliable information. At the same time, though, just 49 percent of those polled said techniques such as waterboarding are sometimes justified.
If money is the life blood of politics, things in Washington are about to get livelier. Thanks to a provision in the new spending bill, an individual donor will soon be able to make political donations of $1.5 million over a two-year period. The deal to increase the donation limit is tucked into the omnibus spending bill and will allow individual donors to give $97,200 per year to a separate DNC or RNC account solely for defraying expenses related to running a presidential convention. That’s up nearly three times the current limit of $32,400 per calendar year.
Luxembourg charged a Frenchman with stealing confidential documents revealing sweetheart tax deals arranged for multinational companies by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Four months after becoming Connecticut’s first Democratic governor in two decades, Dannel Malloy signed a budget that raised taxes by a record amount. He vowed the revenue would stabilize a reeling economy.
PetSmart, the largest pet-store chain in the U.S., agreed to be bought by a group led by BC Partners for about $8.3 billion in the biggest leveraged deal for an American company this year.
Industrial production surged in November by 1.3 percent, the most since May 2010, as U.S. assembly lines churned out more consumer goods and business equipment, signaling manufacturing is bolstering economic growth.
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The Senate Intelligence Committee’s bombshell report on the CIA’s interrogation program has armed defense attorneys representing accused terrorists held in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay with a powerful argument against capital punishment and the integrity of the system in which they are being tried.
A Ugandan maid was jailed for four years Monday for abusing a toddler in a case that shocked the country after a graphic video of the assault was made public.
The Syrian army on Monday lost control of two strategic bases in the northwestern province of Idlib to coordinated assaults by Al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups.
Philippine government prosecutors charged a U.S. Marine with murder Monday in the killing of a Filipino, saying the suspect acknowledged attacking the victim after he found out she was a transgender woman.
Beaten, bound and fed mostly dry bread, on the darkest days of his three years held captive by Islamists in the Sahel, Frenchman Serge Lazarevic felt he was no longer human. “There was no time, there were no bearings. I was no longer a human being, I don’t know what I was.”
Home builders seem resigned to the fact that their business is recovering at a slower-than-expected pace.
The Russian ruble dropped to a new low against the US dollar, as falling oil prices and Western sanctions continue to weigh on the country.
Heavily armed police have stormed a cafe in Sydney where a gunman identified as an Iranian refugee has been holding dozens of people hostage. Paramedics carrying stretchers raced towards the cafe moments after a volley of loud bangs and flashes. Central Sydney has been in lockdown since the gunman seized the hostages early on Monday morning. Early in the siege, hostages were forced to hold up a black Islamic banner at the window.
Nigeria’s two main oil workers’ unions began a nationwide strike, threatening to hurt the output of Africa’s largest oil producer.
A nationwide strike in Belgium has brought air, rail and road transport to a halt and forced many businesses to close.
Liberia began treating Ebola patients with serum therapy – a treatment made from the blood of recovered survivors.
Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state said they will not allow Hindu nationalist groups to hold a religious conversion ceremony on Christmas Day.
You may have to share living space with goats, but with more than 20 Greek islands for sale, Brits can live out their Mamma Mia! fantasies for the price of a central London flat.
He’s the teen wolf of Wall Street. Mohammed Islam is only 17 and still months away from graduating – but worth a rumored $72 million by trading stocks on his lunch breaks at Stuyvesant High School, New York magazine reports in its Monday issue.
December 15, 2014
“I … place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.” –Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Plumer, 1816
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The one conservative senator who tried to defund Barack Obama’s executive amnesty was abandoned by his party, and the rest of the Senate was upset they had to miss holiday parties and the Army-Navy football game to do actual work. In a 56-40 vote, the Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill Saturday night. But during the proceedings, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made a point-of-order objection: The spending bill was unconstitutional, he argued, because it funded Obama’s amnesty. In the ensuing vote on Cruz’s objection, only 22 lawmakers agreed with the senator. “Forcing a vote on the constitutionality of Obama’s amnesty is important for two reasons,” Cruz said in a statement. “First, since President Obama enacted his unilateral amnesty after the elections, Democrats have never been made to answer for it. Tonight, they will and they will show America whether they stand with a lawless President, who is defying the will of the voters or the millions of Americans who want a safe and legal immigration system. Second, it allows Republicans to also show they are committed to ending Obama’s amnesty once and for all in the next Congress.” The GOP went so far as to attack Cruz, something Democrats didn’t do to their progressive firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who also opposed the spending bill for her own reasons. More…
While the town of Newtown held no public ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre (the town’s churches, however, held ceremonies and rang bells), the families of the victims filed suit against gun manufacturer Bushmaster for making the AR-15 that the psychopath used to murder 20 young children and six teachers. Bill Sherlach, whose wife was among those killed, said in a statement, “In business, measuring risk prior to producing, marketing, and selling a product or service is standard procedure. For far too long the gun industry has been given legislative safe harbor from this standard business practice. These companies assume no responsibility for marketing and selling a product to the general population who are not trained to use it nor even understand the power of it.” Because the families did not sue the manufacturer that made the .22 rifle the shooter used to kill his mother or the Glock he used to kill himself, the families are probably treading on shaky legal ground, using nothing but an emotional argument that AR-15s are scary. It’s akin to fat people suing the makers of high-capacity spoons. More…
Former Vice President Dick Cheney once again defended the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “Torture to me is an American citizen on his cell phone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the upper levels of the [World Trade Center] on 9/11,” Cheney said. “There’s this notion that there’s moral equivalence between what the terrorists did and what we do, and that’s absolutely not true. We were very careful to stop short of torture.” In fact, he added, “I’d do it again in a minute.” Cheney also responded to news that the United Nations’ Ben Emmerson is pushing for “criminal charges” against those responsible: “I have little respect for the United Nations, or for this individual who doesn’t have a clue and had absolutely no responsibility for safeguarding this nation and going after the bastards that killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11.” His view extends in some ways to Democrats, who are “trashing a very, very good program that worked, that saved lives, that kept us from another attack” — even as we’re in a time of war with “terrorists out there today.”
Members of black communities who say black lives matter may want to look to reform their communities before blaming “racist” law enforcement. While police officers kill about 200 blacks per year, newly released FBI murder statistics for 2012 show that whites murdered 193 blacks, and blacks killed 431 whites. Most of the murderers killed those of their own race, with 2,614 whites killing fellow whites, and 2,412 blacks killing fellow blacks. The statistics are far from perfect, as the FBI combines Caucasian with Hispanic murder rates. Furthermore, there are many reported murders in which the race of the victim or perpetrator is unknown. As Heather MacDonald writes in National Review, “There are thousands of law-abiding inner-city blacks who live by bourgeois values and who need protection from criminals. Only the police are willing to provide that protection. Their mantra could be ‘black lives matter.'” More…
Bolivian President Evo Morales is a socialist, and, unlike American Democrats, doesn’t need to hide his true colors. Speaking at the United Nations’ Lima Climate Change Conference — the one with the biggest carbon footprint yet — Morales said, “The deep causes of global warming are not being dealt with here. The origin of global warming lies in capitalism. If we could end capitalism then we would have a solution.” We’ll admit his honesty is somewhat refreshing, if disconcerting all the same. Morales continued, “After 30 years of negotiations, global warming is still going on. So many people and countries do not act responsibly. They are only thinking about profits, luxuries and markets. They are not thinking about life, but only of money and how to accumulate more capital.” That capital has lifted millions out of poverty, lengthened life spans and provided technology and comforts. But socialists like him would rather spread the poverty and explain it away as saving the planet.
The principal arena in the battle for the nation’s soul is once again being co-opted by the American Left. Acalanes High School (AHS) in Lafayette, California, determined that ninth graders should be taught sex-ed — without parents’ prior knowledge, no less — by Planned Parenthood.
“They are very concerned,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a non-profit legal organization assisting outraged parents to whom he referred. “Planned Parenthood is not exactly the best when it comes to putting young people first. They get more grants from the promiscuity of children. The material they have provided was material that mirrored their agenda.”
The most pernicious piece of that material is a chart depicting the so-called “Genderbred Person,” which comes from a book entitled, “The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook: A Guide to Gender,” written by comedian and social justice advocate Sam Killerman. It is an effort to sow as much sexual confusion as possible in the minds of children by challenging the notion that one’s identity should not be reduced to male or female. Instead, students are told they can mentally identify themselves as “woman, man, two-spirit, genderqueer or genderless,” sexually express themselves as “butch, femme, androgynous, gender neutral, or hyper-masculine,” and biologically identify themselves as “male, female, intersex, female self ID, or male self ID.”
It gets worse. Students were also given a leaflet entitled “Sex Check! Are You Ready for Sex?” It asks students whether they are “ready for sex” and includes a checklist of materials such as condoms and water-based lubricants, and it also prompts them to consider whether they are capable of handling infections or pregnancy. Another worksheet prepares them for giving and getting consent for sex, posing questions such as “Do you want to go back to my place?” and “Is it OK if I take my pants off?”
According to PJI, parents began raising concerns following student reports of disturbing behavior during a sex-ed class. In a press release, the institute said, “Students reported that instructors threw a model of female reproductive organs at a student and that the instruction left them feeling pressured to have sex.”
The school defended its actions, characterizing the instruction as “age appropriate using objective and medically accurate information.” It further defended the worksheet as something that will “set the stage for age appropriate student thought, reflection and discussion regarding the complexity of the decision,” while arguing the Genderbred Person is used “to prompt student thought and engage students in discussion regarding the components of sexual identity.”
Baloney. Last year the American Life League (ALL) submitted ads to The New York Times and The Washington Post to raise public awareness about Planned Parenthood’s sex education curriculum. Those ads featured actual images from that curriculum for children as young as 10. Both papers rejected the images as “too graphic” and “shocking” for adult readers.
Too shocking for adults but OK for young teens?
Dacus spells out the implications. “What is happening in Lafayette should be a wake-up call to parents about what Planned Parenthood and some school districts want to teach our kids,” he contends. “I would challenge anyone to read some of these materials and try to defend their use with 13- and 14-year-olds.”
Parents collected 100 signatures on a petition in an effort raise community awareness about what is going on at AHS, and PJL sent AHS a letter expressing “serious concerns” about the legality of the program. “We firmly believe some of this program is illegal,” Dacus added, “and the district has a lot more explaining to do.”
What is occurring in this case is an integral part of the leftist agenda that has reached the apex of insanity in the Golden State. In 2013, Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown signed AB1266, allowing transgender students “to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities” based on their self-perception and regardless of their birth gender.
Hence, one is whoever one wants to be, regardless of biological reality.
Keep this all in mind as we consider the story of Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn, an Army chaplain punished for including religious materials and quoting from the Bible during a suicide-prevention training session with the 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion. “You provided a two-sided handout that listed Army resources on one side and a biblical approach to handling depression on the other side,” Col. David Fivecoat, the commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Ft. Benning, Georgia, wrote in an official Letter of Concern. Fivecoat warned Lawhorn to be “careful to avoid any perception you are advocating one system of beliefs over another.”
Now, back to the state of California and AHS, we add to the mix Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry. Writing for The Wall Street Journal, McHugh contends that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”
Some people believe McHugh is spot on. Others believe the Genderbred Person, which posits a diametrically opposed viewpoint, is accurate. Furthermore, according to the Intersex Society of North America, transgendered people are those “who are born with typical male or female anatomies [emphasis added] but feel as though they’ve been born into the ‘wrong body.'”
In other words, believing one is transgender requires an act of faith. Faith is an integral part of religion — and the endorsement of religion is prohibited in public schools.
It is time the leftist indoctrination of children that includes a highly debatable tenet of sexuality — along with a host of other propaganda passed along as irrefutable fact — be given the same scrutiny and be subject to the same limitations as leftists subject Christianity. The alternative is what we have now: a viewpoint labeled “secular humanism” completely protected from rebuttal by opposing viewpoints. That’s not education. That’s brainwashing, and it’s time Americans recognized it as such — and put a stop to it.
The New York Times summed up what conservatives have said for years — government welfare disincentivizes work, the social fabric of our nation is strongest when fathers head the household, and flooding the labor market with low-skilled and low-educated individuals through illegal immigration is bad for Americans currently out of work.
Seriously. Yes, they did.
Painted on the debate canvas is a recognizable face — the unemployed male during his prime working years. The Times’ piece declared, “Working, in America, is in decline. The share of prime-age men — those 25 to 54 years old — who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s, to 16 percent.” Perhaps the most important sentence in the report, however, is this: “Many men, in particular, have decided that low-wage work will not improve their lives, in part because deep changes in American society have made it easier for them to live without working.”
Welcome to Barack Obama’s America.
The palette of metaphorical colors used by the Left to cast this grim, but real, image ranged from the gray of “foreign” competition and “technological advances,” to the pale pink of a massive list of government programs that include safety-net welfare and job training, to the cyanotic blue of men avoiding marriage and fatherhood.
The pronouncement that “foreign competition” harms the workforce — in this case, unemployed males, 85% of whom were without a college degree — is spot on. Hence, the absurdity of allowing Obama’s amnesty to stand. His action will permit five million illegal immigrants to compete in the already flooded low-skilled labor market. The ones hurt most are young blacks, but blacks are such dependable Democrat constituents that Obama knows he can get away with it.
As for that 85% of those surveyed who don’t hold a four-year degree, the availability of job training and educational attainment is vast. In 2011, the Government Accountability Office estimated that nine federal agencies housed 47 separate job training and educational programs.
The obvious question has to be asked: Which is easier to get, 99 weeks (just five weeks short of two years) of unemployment checks, or to enroll in an education program to obtain a certificate in training and finish a four-year degree?
An individual must stay competitive in a tightening labor market. Refining and advancing education and skills is no longer a K-12 proposition. Frankly, individuals can’t even expect a four-year degree to keep them competitive absent some special circumstance or highly specialized field.
There are ample options to obtain the training and education necessary to grow into technologically driven occupations. Parents, guidance counselors, existing employers and the government must be consistent in message — be a lifetime learner to stay employed. But that’s not the easy road; unemployment and food stamps are.
The New York Times observed other societal changes, such as that “the decline of marriage … means fewer men provide for children.” The traditional family places worth on the roles of a father as spiritual leader, model in his work ethic and character, and his responsibility to meet the needs of his family. But with so-called “progressive” change in the definition of marriage, the American male is … liberated.
Finally, there’s an element the NYT didn’t mention: shame.
Reach back into records and appreciate that in the 1903 annual report of the U.S. Bureau of Labor an able-bodied adult who was not working was documented as “Idle.” Further, this “idleness” was categorized “by causes.” Drunkenness, accident, strike, unable to get work, slack work, and bad weather were among 64 identifiers that captured the reasons for unemployment.
Today, it’s not your fault if you drop out of high school or college; it’s not your fault if you miss the opportunity to get additional education and training offered at work; it’s not your fault you never save a penny, but have the latest electronics available. You see, when you’re a victim of the big-bad system, there is no shame.
The Left — and some of the “moderate middle” — offers a life portrait of just under two years of unemployment checks, an opportunity to join the almost 50 million on food stamps, with hope that the government will increase the minimum wage on occasion to assist in one’s embrace as a member of the underclass. Mediocrity is the message for the masses.
By contrast, the Right paints a picture of innovation and competition with individuals who pursue skills training and education, who embrace technology and competition. The painting frequently includes a spouse and family to strengthen and support, and a male head-of-household who has the ability to dream and imagine a better day for his family. Yet, that portrait is only completed by the individual, not by the nanny state. It’s a picture of Liberty.
Now, you pick your palette: pale pastels or bold colors.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
The Gipper: “They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”
Columnist Jeff Jacoby: “Speaking last month at the International Press Freedom Awards, Univision’s influential news anchor [Jorge Ramos] told his audience that while he has ‘nothing against objectivity,’ journalism is meant to be wielded as ‘a weapon for a higher purpose: justice.’ To be sure, he said, it is important to get the facts right — five deaths should be reported as five, not six or seven. But ‘the best of journalism happens when we, purposely, stop pretending that we are neutral and recognize that we have a moral obligation to tell truth to power.’ As it happens, Ramos delivered those remarks soon after the publication of Sabrina Erdely’s 9,000-word [faux] story in Rolling Stone vividly describing the alleged gang rape of a freshman named Jackie at a University of Virginia fraternity party. … ‘Maybe [Erdely] was too credulous,’ suggests longtime media critic Howard Kurtz in a piece on Rolling Stone’s journalistic train wreck. … Or maybe this is what happens when newsrooms and journalism schools decide, like Jorge Ramos, that although they have ‘nothing against objectivity,’ their real aspiration is to use journalism ‘as a weapon for a higher purpose.'”
Economist Stephen Moore: “Here is the biggest worry about an $18 trillion debt: What happens if/when interest rates start to drift back upward? Answer: This is the economic equivalent of the nuclear option. Each 1-percentage-point rise in interest rates causes the U.S. deficit to rise by more than $1 trillion over ten years. So a 300-basis-point rise in rates — nothing more than a return to normalcy — would mean about $5 trillion in federal deficits. If that happens, the debt-servicing costs grow astronomically and interest payments would become the biggest expense item in the budget. We start to pay more and more taxes just to finance past borrowing. This is what happened in Detroit; look at how that turned out.”
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Op-Ed: Going from Bad to Worse
The world is totally committed to the two-state solution. European country after country is passing non-binding resolutions to recognize Palestine in principle. The parameters of the deal which have been set in stone, notwithstanding that all issues are to be decided by negotiations, are the ’67 lines plus swaps and the division of Jerusalem.
‘Millions March’ against police brutality
Protesters are taking to the streets by the thousands in cities across the US to protest grand juries’ decisions not to indict the white officers responsible for the deaths of two unarmed black men, and demand police accountability. More
Top 3 Foods to Reduce Joint Pain and Inflammation
Chronic inflammation, in which inflammatory response in the body is ongoing and therefore causes progressive damage to the body, may be caused for a variety of reasons. These reasons range from stress and lack of sleep to more severe physical damage that one may have incurred, as well as development of viral or bacterial infections. Unlike acute inflammation, a normal response which everyone gets typically as the result of injury, chronic inflammation is not temporary. A slew of health problems can take hold when chronic inflammation sets in. Most notably, joints stiffen and can become painful. However, too much inflammation can wreak havoc in a multitude of ways. Everything from development or worsening of conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers. Several foods can help combat inflammation and associated joint pain. Rather than turn to costly options or medical treatments that often create other health problems or are based on cookie-cutter industry “standards,” fresh, whole foods are an alternative worth exploring. More
The dollar is headed for collapse – 599 failed paper currencies in world history prove it
For centuries, the British Pound was the world’s reserve currency, because it was consider to be the strongest of all currencies. That is no longer the case; shortly after World War II economically devastated the British Empire, the pound retreated as the world’s reserve currency and the U.S. dollar took its place. At the time, the American dollar — paper, to be sure — was at least partially backed by a physical, valuable commodity, gold. A decade earlier, one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first acts was to take America off the gold standard, which it had used to back its currency since about 1879, to prevent consumers from making a run on banks as the Great Depression dragged on. In addition, FDR signed an order requiring all gold coins and gold certificates of more than $100 value to be turned in to the Treasury Department in exchange for other money. It was Keynesian economics at its best; inflating the government’s gold stash by hundreds of millions of dollars allowed the Federal Reserve to inflate the supply of paper money in the U.S. system. More
Russia Threatens to React to Further U.S. Sanctions
The United States Senate passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act bill on Friday, which requests further sanctions against Moscow and up to $350 million dollars’ worth of military gear and hardware delivered to war-torn Ukraine from 2015 to 2017. The stricter sanctions would also affect the numerous weapons companies that sell to Russia. It remains to be seen whether or not the Senate bill will receive the green light from the White House, which has hesitated over directly supporting Ukraine in the ongoing skirmish between pro-Russian separatists and government forces. More
ARE WE ON THE BRINK OF WAR AND ECONOMIC COLLAPSE?
On occasion a reader will ask if I can give readers some good news. The answer is: not unless I lie to you like “your” government and the mainstream media do. If you want faked “good news,” you need to retreat into The Matrix. In exchange for less stress and worry, you will be led unknowingly into financial ruin and nuclear armageddon. If you want to be forewarned, and possibly prepared, for what “your” government is bringing you, and have some small chance of redirecting the course of events, read and support this site. It is your site. I already know these things. I write for you. The neoconservatives, a small group of warmongers strongly allied with the military/industrial complex and Israel, gave us Granada and the Contras affair in Nicaragua. President Reagan fired them, and they were prosecuted, but subsequently pardoned by Reagan’s successor, George H.W. Bush. More
Armored Military Vehicles Needed for ‘Constitutionalists’ with Firearms
The footage, recently captured in Spokane Valley, begins with a local resident asking two deputies why police would need vehicles specifically designed for warfare abroad. “I mean, we’ve got a lot of constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons, lots of ammunition,” one deputy says. “They have weapons here locally.” The startling admission not only points to active surveillance of legal gun owners, but of those who support the country’s founding document, further solidifying concerns among law-abiding citizens that police are receiving military equipment and training in order to target conservative Americans. The deputy’s specific mention of “constitutionalists,” a broad term covering millions of Americans, as opposed to criminals in general, also indicates a clear training mindset linked to the FBI and Homeland Security, two groups which have absurdly labeled “liberty-lovers” as terror threats. More
Bizarre parade in eastern Europe that sees beasts grapple with men and children who have misbehaved
Tis the season to be jolly, unless you’ve been a naughty child in Austria, where you will not only miss out on gifts from Saint Nicholas but will also be dragged off to a fiery underworld by a cloven-hoofed creature known as the Krampus. This demon-like character is the evil companion of St Nic, but while the kindly saint gives out gifts to good children, the Krampus punishes the bad ones by beating them with chains and dragging them to Hell. Part of Central European alpine folklore going back at least a millennium, since the 17th-century the creature has traditionally accompanied St.Nicholas and angels on December 5 as he makes his way through towns and villages. More
Cleanse and protect the liver with these nutritious whole foods
According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, the liver performs more than 500 different functions in the body on a day-to-day basis. It helps filter chemicals such as drugs and alcohol from our blood, regulate our hormones and blood sugar levels, manufacture blood proteins, bile and enzymes, and much more. In fact, there are few biological operations that the liver doesn’t aid to some extent. Unfortunately, toxic livers are on the rise in the West due to our love of processed foods, which has placed enormous strain on our livers. These unhealthy meals compromise the liver’s ability to process toxins and fat, which, in turn, increases our body’s susceptibility to illness and disease over time. For this reason, it is important that we favor a diet that is rich in organic whole foods to maintain healthy liver function. More
Rare twister rips through L.A.
A small tornado touched down in Los Angeles on Friday, ripping off parts of rooftops and downing trees in the southern part of the city. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down Friday morning. “It got a lot of people excited, but thank goodness nobody was hurt,” said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service. EF-0 twisters are the smallest type of tornadoes, with winds reaching 65 to 85 mph. EF refers to the Enhanced Fujita Scale of tornado intensity, which runs from EF-0 to EF-5. Most twisters that cause damage and deaths are EF-1 or higher. More
Hawaii volcano lava ‘flowing towards highway’
Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is moving towards a highway in the Puna district of Big Island, according to local reports. Aerial footage released by the County of Hawaii shows the lava burning through grass and trees on Friday. However, officials say the lava does not pose any immediate threat to communities. More
CultureWatch: Jihad in Sydney
by Bill Muehlenberg
As I write, the Islamic hostage situation in Sydney is still underway, now for over seven hours. One or more militants with their Islamic flag are holding at least 13 hostages, and the entire scene is developing right now before the eye of the world. So this is a very preliminary piece of course and not a final word on the situation by any means.
Iran and the Shia Militias Advance in Iraq :: Spyer and Jawad al-Tamimi in The Tower
by Jonathan Spyer and Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Is Obama Secretly Working To Replace Netanyahu?
Nurtured in the Saul Alinsky-style, ACORN-esque tactics of organizing revolution under the banner of “social change,” Barack Obama, as a young community organizer in Chicago in the 1980s understood early on the importance of a crisis and how to ride the waves of an emergency to effect the fundamental transformation of society …………. Click here for full story
Young Jordanians Returning From Jihad Pick Up Their Lives, But Dream Of Islamic State
The three young Jordanians didn’t start out as extremists. They grew up in mainstream Muslim families. But they grew increasingly angry at what they felt were Western injustices against Muslims — and decided to join the jihad in Syria and Yemen ……… Click here for full story
A Sikh Principal, Too English For A Largely Muslim School
As a Sikh and second-generation Briton running a public school made up mostly of Muslim students, Balwant Bains was at the center of the issues facing multicultural Britain, including the perennial question of balancing religious precepts and cultural identity against assimilation………. Click here for full story
Decline in Church-Building Reflects Changed Tastes And Times
Americans aren’t building churches like they used to anymore. Construction of religious buildings in the U.S. has fallen to the lowest level at any time since private records began in 1967. Religious groups will build an estimated 10.3 million square feet this year, down 6% from 2013 and 80% since construction peaked in 2002………. Click here for full story
Media Bias And The Effort To Discredit Israel
In the wake of the deaths of four Rabbis in a Synagogue in Jerusalem at the hands of Palestinian terrorists last week, new allegations of media bias against Israel are surfacing. This bias is an ongoing trend by mainstream Western reporters who charge most of the violence committed in Israel against the Jews and seek to spin the facts to promote their political agenda ……… Click here for full story
Censorship 2.0: Shadowy forces controlling online conversations
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In this era of information and misinformation overload, news sites are regaining some of their cachet as credible sources of information. Because content is controlled by the editorial teams – comprising professional journalists, at least for the most part – the actual stories cannot be influenced.
CultureWatch: Taqiyya, Dhimmitude and Sydney Terrorism
by Bill Muehlenberg
It now seems pretty clear that the mainstream media is just about fully in bed with Islam, and will not say a word contrary to it, but will instead accept without question every single line the Muslim apologists throw at them. These guys are truly in a state of dhimmitude, allowing Islam complete reign in their coverage of the Sydney hostage crisis.
Palestinians to seek UN resolution Wednesday on occupation
The Palestinians are to present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council Wednesday that would set a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation, an official said. “The Palestinian leadership took a decision to go to the Security Council next Wednesday to vote on their project to end the occupation,” senior Palestine Liberation Organisation member Wassel Abu Yussef told AFP Sunday after a meeting in Ramallah. The Israeli foreign ministry declined to comment ahead of Monday’s meeting in Rome between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry arrived in Italy Sunday amid a European-led drive to push moves towards Palestinian statehood, with US officials saying he sought to learn more about the European position. More
Deadly Fukushima radiation up 50,000% as elevated radiation levels seen across North America
Beta radiation levels are off the charts at monitoring sites all across North America, according to new reports. But experts are blaming these radiation spikes on practically everything except for Fukushima. Data gathered from tracking units in California, Arizona, Illinois and elsewhere reveal radiation levels up to 50,000 percent higher than what was observed at the same time last year, and in some cases compared to levels seen this past summer. More
Giant Sun Storm of 2012 Shown in Fiery Detail
NASA released an amazing video that shows the awesome and potentially devastating force of the sun in action. The sun regularly spits outs fiery clumps of plasma that are held together by magnetic fields. These clumps of plasma are called coronal mass ejections (CMEs), one of the most extreme forms of space weather. A typical CME travels at around 1 million mph (447,040 meters per second) and weighs about 2 trillion tons. But in 2012, the sun unleashed a CME much larger than the average, and it barreled through space at a staggering 6.7 million mph. NASA officials called it the “perfect storm of plasma” and it would have wreaked havoc on the Earth if it had been aimed at the planet, according to the video released by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. More
Five reasons why you’re totally crazy if you aren’t growing your own food
As things get ever crazier in the world, there are more reasons than ever to grow at least some of your own food. In fact, I say you’re crazy if you don’t grow some food! Here are five huge reasons why… More
Putin Cold War Rhetoric Must Be Addressed to Prevent World War 3
The world is frightfully a heartbeat away from a dreadful nuclear showdown between Russia and the United States, which is a scenario increasingly posed by the existence of ready-to-launch nuclear missiles. And the likelihood that World War III could break out anytime is further heightened by the grim tone that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been sounding off lately. Putin, according to a former NATO head, is practically rattling “his nuclear sword.” More
Potentially hazardous asteroid surprises astronomers
“Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour,” could be still an actual description of our ability to predict asteroid threats to Earth. The sentence from the Bible (Matthew 25:13) sound like a reminder of a vast number of more than 1,500 currently potentially hazardous objects, floating in space, meandering around in the Solar System. Some of them may be destined to pay our planet a close visit someday, unexpectedly, Chelyabinsk-style, as the one that hit Russia in February 2013, causing serious damages and injuring about 1,500 people. Who would have predicted that? Lately, one of the potentially hazardous asteroids, named 2014 UR116, created quite a buzz when various media reported that the 370-wide space rock may hit Earth. Its impact would cause an explosion 1,000 times greater than the Chelyabinsk meteor. But the discoverer of 2014 UR116, Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, becalms the public. “This asteroid will not collide with Earth during the next 100 years,” Lipunov told astrowatch.net. More
Europe Moving Toward Legalization of Euthanasia
French Parliament has passed the law, easing restrictions on assisted death on Friday, December 12, moving gradually towards euthanasia legalization. “French legislation introduced Friday to ease restrictions on doctor-assisted death risks further diversifying the range of clashing national laws on euthanasia across Europe,” Agence France-Presse reported. More
Texas weighs allowing open carry of handguns
Long depicted as the rootin’-tootin’ capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns. That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expanded gun rights. “If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for the state of Texas,” Abbott said the day after his election last month. More
Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defence firms, FBI warns
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defence contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document. The operation is the same as one flagged last week by cyber security firm Cylance Inc as targeting critical infrastructure organizations worldwide, cyber security experts said. Cylance has said it uncovered more than 50 victims from what it dubbed Operation Cleaver, in 16 countries, including the United States. More
Some experts Warn of bonds funds Crashing in 2015
Concerns have been rumbling for some time that bonds – whether issued by companies or governments – are due for a sharp crash. At the start of 2014 many wrote off bonds and said that private investors should sell their bond funds and move into shares or other assets. But those who ignored this advice and kept their bonds investments have done well over the past year. In fact, as a whole, bonds have beaten equities so far in 2014. So what does 2015 hold? Again, opinion is divided. More
God is in the details on the silver screen
In Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott puts his faith in an unexpected place: 11-year-old British actor Isaac Andrews, who portrays God. It’s the latest in a long series of unconventional casting choices in the depiction of the Almighty in film. (Jarvis, USA Today)
Poll Finds That More Americans Back Gun Rights Than Stronger Controls
Two years after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a majority of Americans say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns than for the government to limit access to firearms, a Pew Research Center survey conducted this month found. (Williams, The New York Times)
The 10 most-read stories of 2014 on USA TODAY
This is not a subjective list of the top news of the year. This is a look at the stories that you guys, the readers, clicked on the most across USA TODAY’s website, and mobile and tablet apps. (Brown, USA Today)
Grow Your Own Medicinal Garden
29 plants and the conditions they help. Article by Amy Alton.
Warning: Leftist agendas tanking America’s economy, security, health?
According to many scientific, economic, legal and political experts, going green and living up to other progressive ideals might be more effective in turning one’s complexion green — not to mention the pockets of clean energy CEOs — than the local forest.
The Bogeyman has entered the nursery
In the nightmare world progressives are designing for civil society, little tots are no longer your little tots. They are government-sought human resources to be raised as tomorrow’s anarchists. “On Wednesday, the White House Summit on Early Education will unveil nearly $1 billion in new “investments” to “expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every child in America” from “birth and continuing to age 5.”
Illegal Immigrants Flocking to Amnesty Workshops at Churches, Islamic Centers from Coast to Coast
From coast to coast, illegal immigrants are reportedly flocking to community centers, churches, and Islamic centers to see if they will qualify for President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty.
America: In the Eye of God?
That said, we did not see America itself specifically pictured or mentioned in the Bible. Nor is America a nation that is in a covenant relationship with God. This status is unique to Israel. America may certainly be numbered among the nations of the last days that the Bible collectively addresses in prophecy. If so, it would be counted among “the nations” and is one of the “islands of the seas” that are mentioned in prophecy (assuming it continues to exist). And, even here we cannot be entirely sure of this in every mention of the Biblical phrase “the nations,” as we do not know the future exactly.
ISIS: Prelude to Apocalypse
If the secular media’s silence is due to its ideological prejudice or animosity toward Christianity, how does one explain the muteness of the majority of American Christians? Christians should be speaking out because the jihadists who now seem far away proclaim their intent daily for America. There is no better statement on the perils of apathy than that of German Protestant Pastor Martin Niemöller, whose outspoken opposition to Adolf Hitler earned him seven years in a fetid Nazi concentration camp:
First they came for the Socialists,
and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists,
and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Fukushima disaster far from over
Tons of contaminated water posing huge hurdles to cleanup
A lot of ink was consumed by media after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station disaster in March 2011, and then everything got quiet. With most of the media silent about the cleanup, the public may think the worst is over and the operating company TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) is cleaning up the site.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Obeying God’s Command To Be Separate From The World’s Religions
by NTEB Feature Story Contributor Geri Ungurean
All our lives we have heard “We must be united!” Unity becomes a goal in our lives. People pray for world peace, and the way to achieve that is through unity, right?
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” – Matthew 10:34-38
When Jesus opens the eyes and hearts of people, it soon becomes evident that Unity is not our mission. We begin to realize that we are different from the world. He wants us to be salt and light, so that others will be drawn to Him through us.
There certainly was no unity in my Jewish family, when I announced that I believed in Yeshua! Well, perhaps there was unity against me! But I am anything but united with my blood relatives. I am a follower of Yeshua, and that is repugnant to many people.
As true Christians, we are to have Unity of spirit. That is one reason why fellowship with the brethren is so encouraged in the Word:
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:25
Unity of Beliefs
We see the Pope doing everything in his power to bring unity. But to him this means bringing all religions together in unity. This is satanically inspired. Yeshua brought us light when we were in darkness. He took us away from false beliefs and teachings. He brought us the better Covenant of Grace, out of His love for us. He told us that He alone is the way to the Father. He warned us in His Word about false teachers, and to avoid them.
Roman Catholicism has for centuries discouraged the reading of the Bible to their people. Catholics have been told that the priests know what the Word says, so just come to mass and trust the leaders. This is the blind leading the blind!
“And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?” – Luke 6:39
The RCC has a new mantra – UNITY!! The Pope has brought Muslims and Jews and Protestant Christians into the Vatican to pray together. Catholicism has believed that our God and Allah are one and the same for a very long time. In the 2nd Council of the Vatican in 1964, they added these words to the book of Catholic Catechism:
841 “The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”
It is obvious that the Vatican believes that Allah and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are indeed the same God. This is heresy!
Rick Warren, who has been a proponent of Chrislam for some time now, is declaring that the Pope is the head of all Christians on the planet. Since the RCC declared that Islam serves and worships the same God, can you see where this is going??
If the Word of God is not our foundation, and our source for absolute truth, then sadly we will fall for the feel-good Kumbaya of the Unity of all religions. ONE WORLD RELIGION!
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Can this statement made by Yeshua be any more clear?
Unity brings deception
Brethren, God never changes! His Word never changes! Do not be deceived by these empty words! I can just hear Satan saying “Did God really say?” YES, God really did say that we are not to be yoked together in any way with unbelievers! Galatians 1:8 says:
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
Do not fear as you see these things happening in our world. It is all part of God’s prophetic Word being fulfilled. But do keep yourselves safe from believing anything apart from the Word of God!
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Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns
Rick Warren is calling for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and “Pope Francis,” who Warren recently referred to as the “Holy Father”—a move that is raising concerns among Christians nationwide and is resulting in calls for Warren to repent.
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Dependence, and Our Unhindered Access to God’s Throne
It has always been difficult for me to spend great lengths of time in prayer, and sometimes it’s been a cause of discouragement. On the other hand, God has graciously taught me about prayer and dependence on Him throughout the day. I often get on my knees for brief periods in my office. I pray as I hear of needs. Nanci and I stop and pray together various times throughout the day. I ask God to help me see prayer as an adventure in which I come into His presence and behold Him, and become so absorbed with Him that I don’t want to do anything else. I’ve had tastes of that, but long for more.
I believe that the more conscious my dependence on Christ, the more I will pray without ceasing and obey Scripture’s command to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18).
An Open Letter to the Dad Looking at Porn
Not My Pope
by Michael Shuman
“America’s Pastor,” Rick Warren, recently claimed that the Pope in Rome is the Pope of all Christians. He’s wrong.
7 Errors to Avoid in Following Christ
One of the most important areas of theology is sanctification: the doctrine that concerns our consecration to God, the restoration and renewal of God’s image within us, and our practical progress in holiness. I’ve seen a number of common errors that Christians make in this area. In fact, here are seven errors to avoid in following Christ.
Loving an Imperfect Spouse
If our husbands are in Christ, we can take this truth to the bank, knowing that God’s power never comes back depleted. The same God who called our husbands to Himself is sanctifying them day by day (2 Cor. 4:16). Even if there is a specific sin or quirk that your husband doesn’t see, you can find rest in the fact that your husband’s power to change doesn’t rest on him at all—it rests on God (2 Cor. 3:4–6).
Dear Evangelicals, You’re Being Well-Served
On Monday, I received a note from a friend here in Michigan that I deeply respect, who, while agreeing with the problems of Evangelicals being too enamored with the political process and their naïvety about the ways politicians want to use them, also wanted to offer some gentle pushback.
To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People
Reading the gospel texts we know that we either believe or run away. This is either the greatest truth ever declared, or it is the saddest lie ever told. The Christmas story cannot be reduced to a sentimental tale that gives humanity a warm glow. When the heavenly host declares that Jesus is the Savior who is Christ the Lord, they announce the forgiveness of sins to those who repent and believe and they declare war on those who would oppose this child.
While the evangelical jury still appears to be out on whether same-sex attraction is in itself sinful, the comments of President Ryken look (at least as reported in World) rather confused. With regard to same sex attraction, he is quoted as saying that those who use the gay label should “be clear that they do not advocate homosexual practice or find their identity in their sexuality.” This is problematic in two ways.
Christian Liberty, Beer, and Blogs
In other words, Christian liberty (as with all true liberty!) has boundaries. Christian liberty is tempered with love for neighbor (think of him/her before our liberty) and self-denial (we don’t need to indulge in this liberty). If Christian liberty is not tempered with love for neighbor and self-denial, it is more like an immature high school fad (i.e. the shoes or brand of jeans you wear) than a Christian ethic.
God is Love
For those who are born of God and know Him (v 7), His Spirit abides in them (v 13). And, here is John’s conditional statement: Therefore, if the children of God love one another, then God’s love is perfected in us (v 12)! You see, God’s love for you was not intended to find its terminus in you. God’s love for you was intended to find its terminus – its rightful, perfected and completed end – in your love for your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Two Natures Inconfusedly, Indivisibly, United In One Person
The two natures were united in the tomb, even as his true, rational human soul was temporarily separated him his body in death. The two natures were united in the resurrection and ascension. The incarnation is a great mystery, of course, but we can say what we should say and we should always say that Christ is one person, not a composition, in whom two, distinct natures are indivisibly, inseparably united and that the incarnation is for our salvation and for the glory of God.
Debating Christianity and Islam on Spice FM: A Conversation on the Deity of Christ
by Jonathan McLatchie
I was recently invited to do a debate on a local radio station that airs in Tyneside, England, called Spice FM. Every Thursday, a Muslim program, called “Eye on the East”, run by Muslim activist Daniel Johnson of the Islamic Diversity Center airs. In the video above, I take on Daniel Johnson and Muslim apologist […]
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From Stumbling Block to Selling Feature
Now owned by DreamWorks, the faith-inspired anthropomorphic vegetables have gone through multiple incarnations since their debut in direct-to-consumer videos in 1993, including leaps to the big screen and broadcast television. Nov. 26 marks yet another milestone as the characters premiered in a 22-minute, Looney Tunes–style cartoon series on Netflix titled VeggieTales in the House.
John Knox 500: Reformer, Pastor, Critic of Political / Religious Tyranny
At the time, Mary Queen of Scots wanted to make Scotland subject to France, to restore the Church of Rome, and to crush Protestantism. In response, Knox’s voice thundered from Scottish pulpits, and he propagated a theory of godly revolution which taught that there is a case for rebellion against a monarch who becomes idolatrous and imposes her rule on the people. It was said that Mary feared Knox preaching more than the armies of England!
Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday? A Response to Eight Common Arguments
It is suggested that Christmas is inappropriate because we do not know the day or date on which Christ was truly born, I would ask whether we may only preach events on the very day of the year in which it historically happened. Obviously this is false, for then we would only preach the cross on Good Friday. We must insist that all days of the year, including whatever day the solstice happens to occur, be devoted to Christ our Supreme King.
No Fatalism Here
However, while Paul believed that God “foreordained whatsoever comes to pass”, and that “no one could come to the Father unless the Father draws him,” and also, “many have been called but few have been chosen;” he was not fatalistic. He did not use the sovereign decree of God as an excuse for evangelical passivity. Or to put it in modern-day terms, Paul was not a Hyper-Calvinist who believed it honored God to sit back and let him do the work.
The New College Counterculture
Today’s counterculture speaks with the voice of tradition, virtue, and religious commitment. There are now more than thirty LFN student groups from colleges across the United States (and Mexico). They uphold the idea that sex comes after marriage, that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that the natural family is the irreducible foundation of all civil societal associations. Like the ’60s radicals, they refuse to keep quiet. Yet unlike the ’60s radicals, they refuse with civility. They carry themselves with decorum and respect.
Tis the Season for Holiday Music, or: Why I Hate Christmas
But the sacred music of the season can be a nearly sacramental presence in our life, if we’re careful not to abuse it. And music has the unique power to add richness and depth and dimension and life to the Christmas cycle. But if we’re clumsy, if we don’t choose carefully, if we turn the work of the people into a sing-along of old favorites, the music can be a messy, blurring presence that is detrimental to the whole thing.
Ten Troubling Statements Church Leaders and Members Make
We have never done it that way before. Yes, it’s cliché. But it’s still a very pervasive attitude among change-resistant people in the church… We have enough people in our church. This is a tragic statement by leaders of inwardly focused churches. And it is an excuse not to do evangelism and ministry.
Not Just Gay Issues: Why Hundreds Of Congregations Made Final Break With Mainline Denominations
It was not as if these congregations chose the most theologically conservative new homes. The great majority of congregations leaving the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) chose to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church or the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Few chose to join the larger Presbyterian Church in America, which does not permit women clergy.
‘Twas the Night Before the Last Christmas!
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