Daily Archives: December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014: Truth2Freedom Daily Headline Alerts Collection

Christian theology stands or falls with a historical Adam and a historical fall. —Michael Horton

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Dec. 19, 2014

BLOOMBERG

Governor Sam Brownback’s plan to divert pension cash to plug a budget deficit has Kansas Treasurer Ron Estes recommending a fiscal tool the state hasn’t used in a decade — selling bonds to fund its retirement plan.

Families could steer their children toward colleges churning out graduates who make a good living 10 years after graduation, according to an Obama administration proposal for a new higher-education rating system.

The Obama administration is weighing a “proportional response” to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment computers and is wary that the intrusion may have been designed to provoke a large-scale U.S. reaction, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Wal-Mart and Amazon.com were among retailers warned by New York’s attorney general to stop violating the state’s ban on sales of realistic-looking toy guns that might be mistaken for the real thing, a risk made clear last month when police in Ohio killed a boy holding a pellet gun.

Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have allowed New York state, city and teachers pension funds to allocate a larger percentage of their investments to hedge funds, private equity and international bonds.

Japan’s corporate income tax may be cut by more than 2 percentage points next year and reduced to less than 30 percent within five, Economy Minister Akira Amari said.

Russia, the world’s fifth-biggest gold holder, added to its holdings for an eighth month even after having to use its international reserves on defending the ruble. The gold stockpile rose to 38.2 million ounces as of Dec. 1 from 37.6 million ounces a month earlier, the central bank said.

An experimental drug that fights a condition called vascular leak may play a role in helping people survive Ebola, said doctors in Germany who used it to treat a fellow physician who contracted the virus in West Africa.

French President Francois Hollande floated the prospect of scaling back sanctions on Russia, becoming the first major European Union leader to offer to ease the Kremlin’s economic pain.

AP Top Stories

Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country’s access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people – most of them children – in a school massacre.

Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far, buoyed by US reports that jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s top aide in Iraq has been killed.

People who smoke marijuana may have lower levels of inflammation compared with people who have never smoked it, according to new research on one marker of inflammation.

Fitch Ratings lowered Venezuela’s credit rating three notches to CCC, signaling the economically fragile oil-exporting nation is vulnerable to default due to the drop in global crude prices.

Belarus has imposed a 30 percent fee on currency exchange transactions in an effort to contain panic that has spilled over from neighboring Russia.

President Xi Jinping visited a drizzly Macau on Friday for the 15th anniversary of the gambling hub’s return to Chinese rule, with onlookers barred from using umbrellas — the emblem of democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.

The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea’s elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said.

BBC

Tracking data revealed that golden-winged warblers fled one day before the April 2014 US tornado outbreak, probably because they “heard it coming”.

Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in the US state of Colorado.

Nigeria’s government has said it is “outraged and deeply saddened” after militants attacked a remote village and reportedly kidnapped about 200 people. The attack was carried out by suspected Boko Haram gunmen.

Eight children are found dead at a home in Cairns, Australia, reportedly after stabbings, with the mother of at least seven suffering stab wounds.

Details emerged of an attempt to secure the release of kidnapped US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig before he was killed by Islamic State militants.

WND

The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday.

A new report from the Middle East Media Research Institute is documenting how children of ISIS fighters are being indoctrinated into violence, taking part in re-enactments of beheadings, pretend beheadings with dolls, and even attending actual beheadings.

The Justice Department is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people, according to a memo released Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder.

While the terror army ISIS is making millions of dollars a day through its oil sales, it also is profiting from trafficking in human organs, according to a number of reports that have raised the issue in recent months.


Daily Digest

December 19, 2014

THE FOUNDATION

“There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. ‘Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.” –George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Three Cuban Spies, Four Dead Americans

Barack Obama’s deal with Cuba may be worse than we thought. National Review’s Brendan Bordelon writes, “The three Cuban spies traded to the Castro regime in exchange for American contractor Alan Gross and a U.S. spy went far beyond the usual political or economic espionage carried out by foreign agents. In fact, the Communist agents were engaged in detailed reconnaissance against U.S. military bases in south Florida, and fed information to the Cuban government that resulted in the murder of four American citizens.” Of course, we know from experience that an incident involving Obama and four dead Americans is likely to be laughed off as a “phony scandal.” In the Cuba case, there is a legitimate argument to be made for changing policy toward the Caribbean nation, but Obama got virtually nothing in exchange for doing so while insulting the families of those dead Americans in the process. Just another day in the Oval Office.

Break Out the Cuban Cigars for Castro’s Visit

On the heels of Barack Obama’s Cuban Bay of Pigs fiasco, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest added some astounding news: The administration’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba may include a White House visit by Raul Castro. “The analogy that we’ve tried to draw — or at least identify — is that there are important national security reasons for the president to travel to other countries that have what we would describe, at best, as having checkered human rights records,” Earnest said, noting trips to China and Burma. “Having an open relationship, in which the president engages with the leaders of other countries, can actually serve as a useful way to shine a spotlight on the shortcomings of other countries’ records as it relates to human rights,” he added, concluding, “So I guess the point is, that the president has had the leaders of both Burma and China to the United States. And for that reason, I wouldn’t rule out a visit from President Castro.” How far will this president go to legitimize thug dictators at the expense of our nation’s credibility and moral standing?

Holder and Obama Continue to Target Racist Cops

Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder told listeners of MSNBC that people of color should fear the cops, and cops should fear the neighborhoods where they police. Talk about stirring up racial tension. Holder said, “We’re not at a stage where I can honestly say, you know, truthfully say that if you’re a person of color, you should not be concerned about any interaction that you have with the police in the same way I can’t say to a police officer, you shouldn’t worry about what community you are being asked to operate in. Building trust that does not now exist, but has to exist. … We as a nation have failed. It’s as simple as that. We have failed.” Let this sink in: The leader of this nation’s justice system has just criticized every law enforcement officer down to the rookie cop. Meanwhile, Barack Obama doesn’t even pretend to go to Congress and signs an executive order creating a commission to find faults with America’s racist police forces. Nothing trumps the race-bait narrative.

IRS Commissioner Warns of Tax Refund Delay This Year

It certainly seems that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen threated to delay America’s tax refunds because the bureaucracy got its budget cut again. “Everybody’s return will get processed,” he said. “But people have gotten very used to being able to file their return and quickly get a refund. This year we may not have the resources.” In other words, the commissioner just channeled a mob boss: “Nice refund you got there. Shame if anything happened to it.” This year, the IRS will receive $10.9 billion. In 2010, the IRS received $12.15 billion. Koskinen continued, “There isn’t any more give in the system. You make any further cuts in this organization and the wheels are going to start falling off.” Funny how the first thing to be cut because of tight money in a government bureaucracy is customer service. More…

Chaplain Accused of Sharing Faith Defends Himself

The Army chaplain who received a Letter of Concern from the commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Ft. Benning, Georgia, after he spoke about his faith in a suicide prevention class has told his side of the story. “When I spoke about … my Christian faith, it was clear that I was speaking from first-person account,” Capt. Joe Lawhorn told The Daily Signal, “and I shared with my audience some of the struggles I had with depression and how I overcame it. In my particular situation, it was my faith that helped me to persevere and remain resilient in the face of depression. And I was very clear to my audience that that was one way to handle depression and thoughts of suicide, but it certainly was not the only way.” He also shared some materials that had Old Testament passages printed on them, but Lawhorn said he made it clear those handouts were optional for the troops in attendance. If our military chaplains can’t talk about the basics of faith or how faith affected them personally — especially in a suicide prevention class — then what on earth (or in heaven) can they talk about? More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

North Korea Censors Hollywood

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Hollywood faced major embarrassment when hackers uncovered and released unflattering emails between Sony Pictures executives, producers and other big shots. The emails included racially tinged jokes about Barack Obama’s taste in movies — but that was just the tip of the iceberg. The hacking led to the release of the screening version of five current films as well as the script to the upcoming James Bond movie — all among more than 38 million unauthorized files snatched from Sony’s servers.

Eventually, an entire movie release was canceled by Hollywood’s intrepid defenders of our First Amendment.

This intrusion marks a new chapter in the relationship between the United States and North Korea. Federal officials blamed hackers from the NoKo-allied “Guardians of the Peace,” a group that vowed “the world will be full of fear” of 9/11-style attacks if a Sony movie called “The Interview” was released as scheduled on Christmas Day. “The Interview” is a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, and it tells the story of a fictional CIA plan to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un after two journalists, played by Rogen and Franco, secure an interview with him.

But never fear; the White House is working on a “proportional” response, while Barack Obama boldly declared, “My recommendation would be that people go to the movies.”

Well, they can’t see “The Interview.” In response to the hackers’ threats, the Carmike Cinemas theater chain opted not to show the film, at which point four other major chains followed suit. With no major chains willing to risk showing the film, Sony abandoned plans to distribute it at all, meaning a $44 million investment will be scrapped.

This despite the fact that at least two State Department officials screened a rough cut of the movie in June and approved it. That Sony sought government approval is as troubling as the result of the hacking.

And the damage isn’t done, as another studio likewise dropped plans for a North Korea-based “paranoid thriller.” Then, as if to add further insult, Paramount Pictures yanked the movie some theaters wanted to show in place of “The Interview” — a 2004 satirical comedy starring marionettes and dubbed “Team America: World Police.” That movie depicted Kim Jong-Un’s father, the late North Korean despot Kim Jong-Il, as the comedic villain in a terrorist plot.

So how did we come to be so afraid of a group of hackers — or should we say the pudgy young third-world dictator who directed them — that we bow to their wishes and scrap a $44 million movie? It’s likely Sony can only guess at the amount of economic damage caused by the data breach, but the bigger problem is whether other rogue nations and groups will be emboldened whenever media or broadcast portrays them in a bad light. Clearly, the blueprint for blackmail now exists.

As National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke writes, “How grotesque it is … to see businesses in the United States act so cravenly to what appears to be little more than a glorified letter of complaint. Is this now to be how America works? If so — if the friends of a campy two-bit dictatorship can force us to put our tails between our legs and ask not to be thrown into the briar patch — then one can only wonder how we might expect to stand up to our more competent foes.”

Heck, even The New York Times editorialized that “this decision will establish a dangerous precedent that could further embolden rogue regimes and criminals.” When the Times is even slightly hawkish, you know something’s up.

For decades, Hollywood made films and television shows about America’s toughness. In the days of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris the message was “Don’t mess with America.” That era of Hollywood ended some time ago, however, and in the politically correct morass that we’ve come to know as modern Tinseltown it was only a matter of time before someone blinked. We’re not defending the content of Sony’s movie one way or the other, but we do think Liberty is worth defending.

Memo to Obama: Your Power Has Limits

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The scope of Barack Obama’s abuse of power is even worse than previously thought. According to Gregory Korte of USA Today, Obama’s clever use of executive “memoranda” together with traditional executive orders puts him in the running to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman. So much for his claim to be the “most transparent” president ever.

We’re all painfully aware of the executive actions Obama has taken while in office and the contempt he holds for Rule of Law. Earlier this year, when it became clear that Congress was not going to bend to his imperial will, he vowed, “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen … and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.” These words and the actions Obama has since taken to back them up have created a constitutional crisis.

Naturally, statists say we shouldn’t worry. In a typical child’s playground tactic, leftists get caught doing something they’re not supposed to and then point the finger at someone else, saying, “But look what he did.”

Press Secretary Josh Earnest blamed Congress, arguing that Obama’s actions are only meant to “move this country forward” in the face of “congressional inaction.”

And in February, then-Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters with a straight face, “There is no question that this president has been judicious in his use of executive action [and] executive orders, and I think those numbers thus far have come in below what President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton did.”

Shadee Ashtari, writing for the Huffington Post in November, bent over backward to point out that Obama has released fewer executive orders than any president since McKinley. She also notes, with glee no doubt, that Obama’s per-year average of executive orders falls below the last three Republican presidents.

That’s just executive orders, though. As Korte’s analysis inadvertently points out, no one seems to be counting executive memoranda. Obama has already signed 33% more presidential memos than Bush did in a full eight years in office and 45% more than Clinton. Add the memos to the executive orders and Obama now becomes the president to issue more executive actions than any president since Truman.

But it’s not the number that’s the problem. It’s the scope. One executive order clarifying a law does not equal a memo essentially writing a new law.

So why issue one instead of the other? Executive orders carry legal weight, and are numbered, indexed and noted in the Federal Register. Memoranda carry essentially the same legal force, but they are not numbered, and although they must also be published in the Register they are not required to contain a “citation of authority” noting the law they are based on like executive orders. Until recently, memos were not really tracked except in the historical record.

There’s also a difference of impression. An executive order sounds like what it is — an edict from the White House to make or change a rule without consultation with Congress. A memo sounds like a harmless note someone would draft to call attention to an issue.

Would any sane American consider Obama’s recent unilateral action on immigration harmless? Contrary to popular misconception, that was accomplished via a series of presidential memoranda, not an executive order.

Obama also issued memoranda after the Newtown shootings ordering federal law enforcement to trace firearms that are part of federal investigations and expand the data available to federal background checks. Other memos have tinkered with labor regulations for federal employees. As recently as this week, a presidential memorandum declared Bristol Bay, Alaska, off-limits to oil and gas exploration.

The difference between orders and memoranda is much more than just a semantic one, but Obama has counted on our inability to connect the two to obscure the fact that he has stretched the power of his office far beyond constitutional bounds.

We the People should be very alarmed. Obama has found an unconstitutional route around his lame-duck incumbency, and his hubris and utter contempt for our constitutional system of checks and balances will assure that he doesn’t lose sleep at night while he does it. Worse, now that he’s no longer accountable to the electorate in any way for the next two year, the harm he has already caused may be small by comparison. If he wants to do something, he’s just going to do it and dare Congress to stop him.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

Author Maxwell Anderson (1888-1959): “When a government takes over a people’s economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs.”

Columnist Mona Charen: “Has there ever been a president more eager to make concessions to vicious regimes than Barack Obama? The opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba is the latest and, one fears, not the last in a string of preemptive concessions. Obama, with his blend of hard-left prejudices and vaulting solipsism, has sought throughout his presidency to atone for what he and his party view as America’s past sins. … It’s a good thing that Alan Gross and 53 political prisoners have been freed. But the way it was done makes it look to the world that holding a gun to America’s head (in the form of taking hostages, which the Taliban has also learned) works wonders. In exchange for diplomatic recognition and valuable economic concessions, the U.S. (and the Cuban people) got nothing. No promise of free elections, no guarantee of international inspections of the prisons, no freedom of the press — nothing. Why? Because in his heart Obama believes that his nation has always been on the wrong side, and he will use his power in the remaining two years to punish us. A deal with Iran is next.”

Columnist Charles Krauthammer: “Sydney’s Man Haron Monis … was a marginal, alienated Iranian immigrant with a cauldron of psychopathologies. Described by his own former lawyer as ‘unhinged,’ Monis was increasingly paranoid. … His religiosity was both fanatical and confused. A Shiite recently converted to Sunni Islam, his Internet postings showed not just the zeal of the convert but a remarkable ignorance of Islam and Islamism. He even brought the wrong Islamic banner to the attack. He had to ask the authorities to provide him with an Islamic State flag. Which led to a frantic search to find an Islamic State connection or conspiracy. But for the disturbed like Monis, the terror group does not provide instructions, it provides a script. It offers the disoriented and deranged a context, a purpose, a chance even at heroism. I suspect this is the case with most of the recent cluster of lone-wolf terrorist incidents, from the beheading of a fellow worker in Oklahoma to the Queens ax attack on New York City police. … The great new specter is the homegrown terrorist. But he is less homegrown than we imagine. He is fed from abroad. Which is where, as ever since 9/11, the battle must be fought.”

Jonah Goldberg: “Obama did eventually say the public should ‘go to the movies,’ but that’s about it. This at least is progress for an administration whose first response to a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was to blame an American-made video and, with much fanfare, throw its creator in jail. … America is effectively giving one of the most evil regimes in human history a veto on our First Amendment. Where’s Captain America when you need him?”

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December 18, 2014
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Former CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson is the kind of intrepid reporter who will pursue the tough investigations no matter how many doors are slammed in her face… (more)

December 18, 2014
WORLDNETDAILY — Many Republicans are furious at Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, for demanding a vote related to the president’s unilateral action on immigration and allegedly aiding lame-duck Senate Democrats with their agenda, but Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli calls such criticism a “canard” and lauds the senators for standing up for the Constitution…. (more)


December 18, 2014
WORLDNETDAILY — Former Reagan administration Pentagon official Frank Gaffney alleges President Obama’s plan to pursue normal diplomatic relations with the communist regime in Cuba is yet another example of the president “switching sides” and embracing some of America’s most dangerous adversaries…. (more)


December 18, 2014
TOWNHALL — Florida Senator Marco Rubio responded to President Obama’s announcement earlier today to “normalize relations” with Cuba and now it’s Texas Senator Ted Cruz’ turn…. (more)


December 18, 2014
CHARLES HURT — So this is what foreign policy by Beyonce looks like. It’s been two years since the sultry and suave music power couple of Beyonce and Jay-Z were publicly humiliated across the globe after they realized it’s not “cool” to visit countries like Cuba run by totalitarian regimes that sponsor terrorism, steal private property, jail people for no reason and freely make critics disappear without a trace…. (more)

December 18, 2014
CLIFF KINCAID — Communists are ecstatic. “The Cuban Five Are Free” is a statement from the U.S. support network for the Cuban spies imprisoned in the U.S. for various crimes, including participating in a murder conspiracy…. (more)

December 18, 2014
WASHINGTON TIMES — Months before President Obama announced on Wednesday that he is seeking to do away with decades of U.S. economic sanctions against the communist regime in Cuba, Russia concluded a security deal with Havana aimed at bolstering intelligence and military ties to the island dictatorship…. (more)

December 18, 2014
NEWSMAX — By normalizing relations, President Barack Obama has just thrown a lifeline to Cuba’s flailing dictatorship instead of exploiting the island nation’s desperate economic situation to extract meaningful concessions on human rights, a former Cuba adviser to President Ronald Reagan told Newsmax TV on Wednesday…. (more)

December 18, 2014
JEROME R. CORSI — Earlier this month, WND reported President Obama never actually signed any executive orders directing the Department of Homeland Security to fulfill his announced immigration action effectively granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens…. (more)


December 18, 2014
GARTH KANT — The congresswoman stood reverently in front of the painting on the office wall opposite her desk, staring intently with hands clasped tightly behind her back, plaintively confiding she just wished she knew what God wanted her to do next with her life. It was hard to tell if she was addressing God or the only other person in the room…. (more)

December 18, 2014
THE HILL — People without insurance are running out of time to avoid the hefty ObamaCare penalties that the IRS will be handing down in 2016. Consumers face a Feb. 15, 2015, deadline to buy insurance, after which those without coverage could be hit with fines of $325 per adult or 2 percent of family income, whichever is higher…. (more)

December 17, 2014
Activist alert!
WORLDNETDAILY — When John Boehner reconvenes the House of Representatives next month, he’s going to have some mail. So will every other Republican member. Boehner won’t like his. How the other Republican members respond to the tens of thousands of letters they get will determine whether Boehner will remain as speaker…. (more)


December 17, 2014
WASHINGTON TIMES — A federal judge Tuesday ruled parts of President Obama’s deportation amnesty to be unconstitutional, with a scathing memo dismantling the White House’s legal reasoning and arguing that Mr. Obama tried to steal Congress’ lawmaking powers…. (more)


December 17, 2014
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — A federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that President Obama’s actions in decreeing effective amnesty – – i.e., guarantee against prosecution plus the provision of positive legal benefits – – violates the Constitution…. (more)

December 17, 2014
Why I tried to block Obama’s amnesty
SEN. TED CRUZ — For the past week, Sen. Harry Reid has worked hard to prevent a vote on President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. Finally, after considerable turmoil this weekend, we were able to force a vote… (more)

December 17, 2014
THOMAS SOWELL — Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were “torture.” But any serious discussion of a serious issue – – and surely terrorism qualifies as serious – – has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: “Compared to what alternative?”… (more)

December 17, 2014
TERENCE P. JEFFREY — The Census Bureau reported in a study released this week that 65 percent of American children lived in households taking aid from one or more federal program as of the fall of 2011…. (more)

December 17, 2014
JOE KOVACS — With the announcement Tuesday by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that he plans to “actively explore” a run for president in 2016, radio host Rush Limbaugh says the real reason Jeb is seeking the White House is to choke the influence of tea-party conservatives out of the Republican Party…. (more)

December 17, 2014
NBC NEWS — Pakistan was plunged into mourning Tuesday after Taliban militants in suicide vests laid siege to a school, massacring 132 children and 10 teachers during eight hours of sheer terror. In total, 145 people were killed, including three soldiers, officials said…. (more)

December 16, 2014
Activist alert!
JOSEPH FARAH — OK, I surrender! No more emails are necessary to persuade me that you mean business when it comes to unseating John Boehner as House speaker. I asked yesterday for your reaction and to gauge support for such a campaign. Did I ever get it – – in the form of hundreds of emails demanding to know how to dump the one I call “Barack Obama’s No. 1 enabler.”… (more)

December 16, 2014
NEWSMAX — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday defended his procedural move that brought the ire of many of his fellow Republicans last week, saying he was only doing what the incoming GOP majority was elected to do…. (more)


December 16, 2014
NEWSMAX — A new poll finds that Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee is in a strong position to be nominated for another term in office, reports three conservative political groups who are backing his campaign…. (more)

December 16, 2014
WORLDNETDAILY — The federal government is preparing for another “surge” in refugees and this time they won’t be coming illegally from Central America. The U.S. State Department announced this week that the first major contingent of Syrian refugees, 9,000 of them, have been hand-selected by the United Nations for resettlement into communities across the United States…. (more)

December 16, 2014
BREITBART — Top Republican leaders in the House and Senate are gearing up to push legislation in the next Congress that would increase the number of foreign guest-workers even in industries that do not need them. They are hoping such legislation would “open the door” to a broader comprehensive immigration bill…. (more)

December 16, 2014

ACLU Teams Up With Atheists to Try and Stop Decades-Old Christmas Tradition

After politicians in Brookville, Indiana, once again ignored atheists’ threats against a nativity display near a local courthouse for the fourth year in a row, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit seeking the Christmas symbol’s permanent removal by court order. “The display represents an endorsement of religion and has the principal effect of advancing religion, and it therefore runs afoul of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” the complaint reads. “The display, which is owned by Brookville, has been erected for some 50 years.” More


Porn Use Is Having a Major Impact on Young Men and Marriage, Researchers Claim

A new study analyzing porn use among young men has found that those who consume it are potentially less likely to get married. The study, titled, “Are Pornography and Marriage Substitutes for Young Men?” which was conducted by economics and finance professor Dr. Michael Malcolm of the University of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and George Naufal of Timberlake Consultants, found that smut has become a replacement for marriage for many of the 18 to 35 year old males who use it, the Christian Post reported. More


Movie world fears for freedom of speech as N.Korea parody pulled

Sony Pictures’ decision to cancel the release of its madcap comedy about North Korea after threats from hackers has caused consternation in the movie world and triggered concerns about freedom of expression. “The Interview”, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen and depicting a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, had been due to hit US cinemas on December 25. But after warnings from the so-called GOP (Guardians of Peace) hacking group — invoking the September 11, 2001 attacks — a number of US cinema chains cancelled plans to screen the film. As more chains confirmed they would follow suit, Sony on Wednesday threw in the towel and pulled the film, in a decision described by former long-time Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob as “onerous… both for the studio and freedom of expression”. More


US appeals court deems gun law unconstitutional

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati deemed a law unconstitutional that kept a Michigan man who was committed to a mental institution from owning a gun. The three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a federal ban on gun ownership for those who have been committed to a mental institution violated the Second Amendment rights of 73-year-old Clifford Charles Tyler. Tyler attempted to buy a gun and was denied on the grounds that he had been committed to a mental institution in 1986 after suffering emotional problems stemming from a divorce. He was only in there for a month. Tyler’s lawyer, Lucas McCarthy, hopes that the ruling would have a “significant impact on the jurisprudence in the area of gun rights.” More


Pastor Drops Dead in Pulpit Singing Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

A pastor reportedly dropped dead in the pulpit after singing Pharrell’s song “Happy.” Sunday, as reported by the Christian Post, Pastor Gordon A. Humphrey was preaching in Chicago when he suddenly collapsed at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago. “I’m not sure if they determined the cause of death but it’s been said he may have had a heart attack,” says pastor Greg Hunter. He says the congregants called the paramedics immediately. “We are putting emphasis that he passed doing what he loved to do, and he loved preaching and that’s the relationship he had with God, and when he preached he gave it his all. So he passed doing the thing that he loved to do and that is [to] share the Word of God and minister to the body of Christ,” Hunter told CP. More


6 simple steps to health that you can start now

We are quickly approaching New Year’s Day and the annual accounting that accompanies it. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions last year? The year before? Most of the time, resolutions focus on health issues.

I will lose weight.
I will get healthy.
I will completely change the way I eat.
Within weeks we give up, defeated. If you’re not healthy, if you continue to say to yourself, “I wish I could eat like that or I will I could take care of myself that well,” then do it. If the change is radical, approach it with a project plan – one step at a time. More


French ex-airline boss claims cover-up on MH370

Former airline boss and famous French author Marc Dugain argued Thursday that there had been a cover-up in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, speculating that the passenger jet could have been hacked and then shot down by the US. Dugain, a well-respected French author, argues that the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people crashed near Diego Garcia, a British island in the middle of the Indian Ocean used as a strategic air force and intelligence base by the US military, in the six-page article in Paris Match. More


Ebola deaths reach 6,900 in West Africa; more than 1M could face food shortage by March

The number of Ebola-related deaths has reached an even 6,900 in the three most-affected countries in West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, the same day the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a U.S. senator kicked off tours of the devastated region. Nearly half of the fatal cases hit Liberia, with 3,290, although the nation is seeing progress while the viral disease continues to rage in Sierra Leone, which has incurred 2,085 Ebola-related deaths. More


Iran to hold major naval drills at end of December

Iran will hold widespread naval drills extending to the Gulf of Aden in December, its navy chief said Thursday, asking foreign forces to “leave the area” to avoid incidents. The week-long exercises — the first on this scale since the election of reformist President Hassan Rouhani in June last year — are set to start on December 25 and take place between the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Aden, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari was quoted as saying by the official Irna news agency. “The ballistic capacity of Iran will be on display during exercises including missile launches,” Sayari said. More


Evidence in Sony hack attack suggests possible involvement by Iran, China or Russia, intel source says

The U.S. investigation into the recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment has turned up evidence that does not point to North Korea as the “sole entity” in the case, but rather, raises the possibility that Iran, China or Russia may have been involved, an intelligence source told Fox News on Thursday. Earlier Thursday, Fox News confirmed that the FBI is pointing a digital finger at North Korea for the attack. The source pointed to the sophistication of malware “modules or packets” that destroyed the Sony systems — on a level that has not been seen from North Korea in the past — but has been seen from Iran, China and Russia. There is no evidence of a forced entry into the Sony systems, pointing to an insider threat or stolen credentials. And the first emails sent to Sony, described as blackmail or extortion, included demands unrelated to the movie. More


Get Prepared: 122 Of The Best Prepper Websites On The Internet

Getting prepared for the chaos that is coming to America in the years ahead is not that complicated. Help is out there – if you know where to look. And it doesn’t have to be expensive either. In this article, I have put together a list of 122 of the best prepper websites on the Internet that will teach you how to prep for free. The great thing about the prepper community is that there are always highly skilled people that are willing to freely share their knowledge and experience with the general public. As the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, I am constantly being asked about what people need to do in order to get prepared for the hard times that are coming to this country. And when I am asked, I do my best to encourage people to build up their emergency funds, to store food and supplies, to put together bug out bags and to do everything that they can to become more independent of the system. But sometimes people need a lot more than that. Sometimes people need to have someone give them some real hands on practical advice about things like canning food or setting up home defense systems. So in this article my goal is to connect you with some of the top experts from all over the nation for free. I think that this list is going to be a great resource for people that they can reference again and again, so don’t forget to bookmark it. (Read More…)


Junk Bonds Are Going To Tell Us Where The Stock Market Is Heading In 2015

Do you want to know if the stock market is going to crash next year? Just keep an eye on junk bonds. Prior to the horrific collapse of stocks in 2008, high yield debt collapsed first. And as you will see below, high yield debt is starting to crash again. The primary reason for this is the price of oil. The energy sector accounts for approximately 15 to 20 percent of the entire junk bond market, and those energy bonds are taking a tremendous beating right now. This panic in energy bonds is infecting the broader high yield debt market, and investors have been pulling money out at a frightening pace. And as I have written about previously, almost every single time junk bonds decline substantially, stocks end up following suit. So don’t be fooled by the fact that some comforting words from Janet Yellen caused stock prices to jump over the past couple of days. If you really want to know where the stock market is heading in 2015, keep a close eye on the market for high yield debt. (Read More....)


Financial Market Manipulation Is The New Trend: Can It Continue?

A dangerous new trend is the successful manipulation of the financial markets by the Federal Reserve, other central banks, private banks, and the US Treasury. The Federal Reserve reduced real interest rates on US government debt obligations first to zero and then pushed real interest rates into negative territory. Today the government charges you for the privilege of purchasing its bonds.

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Mainstream Media Is ‘Setting the Stage for a New Holocaust’

In an interview this week on the Voice of Israel radio, singer and songwriter David Draiman warned that media coverage of Israel is so “skewed,” he fears it’s setting the stage for a new Holocaust.

“The mainstream media is setting the stage for a new Holocaust. They are the reason that this anti-Semitic fervor has been perpetuated over the entire globe,” said Draiman, who is the son of Israelis and the grandson of Holocaust survivors.

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Why Muslims Are Converting to Christ in the Face of ISIS Atrocities

Atrocities by the Islamic State (ISIS) are softening the hearts of Muslims to Christianity, and evangelistic techniques and technologies are proving effective, but locally-based missionaries say the main reason for the spike in conversions in the Middle East is simply that former Muslims are finding God is real.

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Ted Cruz: Obama’s Cuba Decision Will Be Remembered as a Tragic Mistake

Florida Senator Marco Rubio responded to President Obama’s announcement earlier today to “normalize relations” with Cuba and now it’s Texas Senator Ted Cruz’ turn.

“This announcement today will be remembered as a tragic mistake,” Cruz, whose father Rafael Cruz escaped Castro’s Cuba in 1957 after beatings and torture, said during an interview with Fox News Wednesday afternoon. “There is no doubt this is a unilateral president.”

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Week in Review from Paul David Tripp

The Gift and the Giver [Video] – The greatest gift that God could ever give to humanity was himself. In this Christmas video, I explore the unique and life-altering implications of this gift: Watch the Video

Advent: The Announcement [Wednesday’s Word] – When the angels announced the birth of Jesus, they were also announcing these 2 majors heart issues that you and I struggle with: Read the Devotional

Advent: The Announcement [Sermon] – It was the most important event to ever occur, accompanied by the most important song ever sung, containing the most important announcement ever made. Here’s my sermon on Luke 2:14 – Listen to the Sermon


Pakistani court orders arrest of Muslim clerics after mob kills couple accused of blasphemy

by Marsha West

Christian News Network reports:

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the arrest of two Muslim clerics for inciting a mob who killed a couple last month after being falsely accused of desecrating the Koran. Five police officials who failed to protect the couple have also been required to face disciplinary action.

As previously reported, Shama Bibi, 28, and Shahzad Masih, 32, were burnt to ashes after they were encircled by the mob who had been informed over mosque loudspeakers that the couple had been found guilty of blasphemy against Islam.

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‘Twas the Night Before the Last Christmas!


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A New Low In the War on Christmas: Mocking the Cross

The depths of anti-Christian depravity found among some of the intelligentsia in our post-Christian culture has reached a new low. As if that were possible.

Can you imagine a gold crescent mocking Islam in some sort of perverted way or the same for a star of David? Neither can I. But those in our culture’s elite who are ever sensitive to not offend in any politically incorrect way seem to have no compunctions at mocking Jesus.

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LGBTQ “future pastors” to train, plan for the pulpit

by Marsha West

Amy Spreeman, co-host of Stand Up For The Truth, writes:

More evidence that our visible churches are soon going to be lead by homosexual pastors and pastrixes. Coming soon to Indiana, more than 50 LGBTQ pastors-in-training will meet to strategize and plan for what they hope will be future jobs behind the pulpit. At a retreat center this summer, a group of more than 50 “future pastors” have signed up to become an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The retreat was established nine years ago by Presbyterian Welcome, a New York City-based non-profit working for LGBTQ inclusion in the church and beyond.

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