Never venture near the door where sin dwells, lest you are dragged in. —William Gurnall
Jan. 6, 2015
Of the 13 newly elected members of the Senate to be sworn in Tuesday, at least six are millionaires. That’s a conservative estimate and the proportion is almost certainly higher.
Look for the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals scandal to resurface when President Obama visits Phoenix later this week.
Well, that was short-lived. President Obama’s approval rating is back in the red after a brighter moment this weekend when it was net-positive for the first time since 2013. Obama’s numbers are back down to 44 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval for the three days ending Jan. 4.
State and local government costs to repay maturing debt will fall 38 percent in 2015 after a year when the municipal bond market contracted.
Demand for U.K. mortgages fell the most since 2008 in the fourth quarter, according to the Bank of England, as more stringent lending criteria made it harder for homebuyers to get loans.
As oil drops below $55 a barrel, speculation is growing that the central bank of western Europe’s biggest crude producer will need to cut rates again.
Taken together, the average 10-year bond yield of the U.S., Japan and Germany has dropped below 1 percent for the first time ever, according to Steven Englander, global head of G-10 foreign-exchange strategy at Citigroup Inc. That’s not good news. The rock-bottom rates, which fall below zero when inflation is taken into account, show “that investors think we are going nowhere for a long time,” Englander wrote in a report yesterday.
China is accelerating 300 infrastructure projects valued at $1.1 trillion this year as policy makers seek to shore up growth that’s in danger of slipping below 7 percent.
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SpaceX called off its planned flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday because of rocket trouble.
A man shot his hedge fund founder father to death inside his apartment near the United Nations headquarters after they argued over the son’s allowance, police said Monday. Gilbert Jr., 30, was in debt and had argued with his father, 70, over his allowance, police said.
A top figure in Islamic State’s self-declared police force, which has carried out beheadings, was himself found decapitated in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said.
The 10-year-old brother of a toddler whose death was attributed to malnourishment has died while in a Cleveland foster home. Authorities say Xavier Brothers-Bartholomew was found in full cardiac arrest Sunday and was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later. The cause and circumstances surrounding his death are being investigated
Any New York City police officers refusing to make arrests or issue traffic violations to express their dissatisfaction with Mayor Bill de Blasio will face forceful consequences, the department’s top cop said Monday.
South Korea’s defense ministry said Tuesday that North Korea appeared to have achieved a “significant” level of technology to miniaturize a nuclear device to be fitted on the tip of a missile.
Fighter jets dispatched by Libya’s internationally recognized government bombed a Greek-owned tanker ship at an eastern city controlled by Islamist extremists Monday, killing two crew members and wounding two, Libyan and Greek officials said.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman delivered an annual televised speech on Tuesday that has traditionally been given by the 90-year-old King Abdullah, who is in the hospital after being diagnosed with pneumonia over the weekend.
US lawyer Alan Dershowitz has begun legal action to clear his name after court papers separately accuse him, and Prince Andrew, of having sex with an underage girl.
Turkish Airlines, the only foreign airline operating in Libya, suspended flights to Misrata amid the worsening security situation.
Scientists at Oxford University began immunizing healthy volunteers with a new Ebola vaccine.
Pakistan is set to try terror suspects in military courts as part of plans to tackle insurgents after last month’s school massacre in Peshawar.
Politicians and celebrities in Germany joined a campaign against Pegida, a group protesting against what it sees as the “Islamization” of Europe.
Bulgaria agreed to take back more than 3,000 asylum seekers who tried to settle in other EU countries, Bulgarian media report.
Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in Kobane, northern Syria, have seized a key district and now control 80% of the town, activists said.
High-fructose corn syrup, found in sodas and many processed foods, appears to be more toxic than table sugar, a new study found.
People who eat more whole grains live longer and are less likely to die of heart disease, according to an analysis of two large studies.
Audi is making two world premieres at this week’s 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one of which is an autonomous A7 concept that drove to the event itself, after starting off Saturday in San Francisco. The total distance traveled was more than 550 miles, with a number of engineers and journalists given time behind the wheel.
It is a sobering thought that in 10 years, around 65 percent of the jobs that people will be doing have not even been thought of yet, according to the Department of Labor.
Bill Clinton And The Pedophile: The Sex Scandal That Could Destroy Hillary’s Presidential Ambitions
Why did a convicted billionaire pedophile named Jeffrey Epstein that pimped out underage girls to powerful men have 21 contact phone numbers for Bill Clinton? And why did Clinton fly on “multiple occasions” to the private Caribbean island where Epstein regularly held wild sexual orgies? Let me give you a hint: it was not to discuss politics over milk and cookies. Every once in a while, we get a small peek into the twisted sexual world of the global elite. In this case, a Florida lawsuit that alleges that Britain’s Prince Andrew had sex with a 17-year-old “sex slave” provided by Epstein is making headlines all over the planet. But of potentially even greater importance is what this lawsuit is revealing about Bill Clinton. If it can be proven that Bill Clinton had sex with underage girls provided by Jeffrey Epstein, that could potentially destroy any chance that Hillary Clinton has of winning the presidency in 2016. (Read More…)
Oil Falls Below 50 As Global Financial Markets Begin To Unravel
On Monday, the price of oil fell below $50 for the first time since April 2009, and the Dow dropped 331 points. Meanwhile, the stock market declines over in Europe were even larger on a percentage basis, and the euro sank to a fresh nine year low on concerns that the anti-austerity Syriza party will be victorious in the upcoming election in Greece. These are precisely the kinds of things that we would expect to see happen if a global financial crash was coming in 2015. Just prior to the financial crisis of 2008, the price of oil collapsed, prices for industrial commodities got crushed and the U.S. dollar soared relative to other currencies. All of those things are happening again. And yet somehow many analysts are still convinced that things will be different this time. And I agree that things will indeed be “different” this time. When this crisis fully erupts, it will make 2008 look like a Sunday picnic. (Read More….)
January 6, 2015
“The people can never willfully betray their own interests: But they may possibly be betrayed by the representatives of the people; and the danger will be evidently greater where the whole legislative trust is lodged in the hands of one body of men, than where the concurrence of separate and dissimilar bodies is required in every public act.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 63, 1788
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Liberal academics at Harvard are as incensed as anybody else that their health care costs for 2015 have headed for the ceiling because of the “Affordable” Care Act. Harvard professor Richard Thomas said the changes were “deplorable, deeply regressive, a sign of the corporatization of the university.” But — get this — these same professors advised the Obama administration as it crafted this policy. The New York Times reports, “In Harvard’s health care enrollment guide for 2015, the university said it ‘must respond to the national trend of rising health care costs, including some driven by health care reform,’ in the form of the Affordable Care Act. The guide said that Harvard faced ‘added costs’ because of provisions in the health care law that extend coverage for children up to age 26, offer free preventive services like mammograms and colonoscopies and, starting in 2018, add a tax on high-cost insurance, known as the Cadillac tax.” National Review’s Patrick Brennan notes the Leftmedia can’t quite explain away this argument for free market health care. Maybe Harvard professors should advise the White House in a new health care policy given their new real-world experience. More…
The envirofascist group Environmental Defense Fund says the proposed cap-and-trade program is “the most environmentally and economically sensible approach to controlling greenhouse gas emissions.” It’s a statist’s dream to strangle American energy and save polar bears and Al Gore’s reputation. But a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds the EPA’s cap-and-trade program in 20 eastern states implemented from 2003 to 2007 shaved the number of manufacturing jobs by 1.3%. “There are several possible causes for the manufacturing job losses caused by cap-and-trade,” The Washington Examiner writes. “Many firms were affected by higher energy costs. But large manufacturing plants that produce their own energy were directly regulated under the cap-and-trade program. ‘Direct regulation may have led existing firms to decrease employment and discouraged new firms from locating in the regulated region,’ the study speculated.” Cap-and-trade contributed to lower wages for new employees and fewer new hires — something that should give the collegiate environmentalists crusading for the cause of global warming pause, as they soon will enter the job market. More…
Is another housing market crash in the works? That’s a question some are pondering as the new director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) implements some of the same policies that rocked the economy shortly after Democrats took control of Congress in 2006. The Washington Examiner writes, “Mel Watt has been the government’s manager of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for only a year, but his efforts to boost access to home loans over the past 12 months have the incoming Republican majorities in Congress concerned. Even as credit remains historically tight, Watt’s actions have provoked fears that he is leading the mortgage giants down the same path that led them to fail in 2008 and receive massive taxpayer bailouts.” Among the regurgitated policies? “[P]utting off a fee increase on the insurance that Fannie and Freddie provide on mortgage-backed securities, planning to back loans with down payments as low as 3 percent, and, most recently, directing money toward an affordable housing trust fund decried by conservatives as a ‘slush fund.'” Recall that the so-called fix for the housing market implosion was to centralize more control. Now that the feds have more leeway, the question is: Why are they recycling failed policies? Well, wasn’t this their plan all along — to facilitate bigger government regardless of the consequences? More…
The Department of Motor Vehicles in California has gotten even more fun. And when we mean fun, we mean the department is going to have even longer lines because the state just implemented its law allowing illegal immigrants to procure driving licenses. That’s why you go to the DMV, right? “The DMV has hired more than 1,000 workers and opened four new centers to handle the rush,” reports CBS Los Angeles. “The new law allows undocumented immigrants to apply without the fear of being deported, which has long been a concern in the community. The DMV expects nearly 1.5 million undocumented immigrants to apply over the next few years.” As Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw points out, driving is a privilege and “that privilege can be taken away for any of a number of offenses which include driving while impaired, failing to obtain proper registration, inspection and insurance documents or just running too many stop signs.” But yet those who skirt the nation’s immigration laws now have a right to drive. More…
As Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder begin their ride into the sunset, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said this administration has been a “tragic failure of leadership.” Instead of bringing the country together racially, Obama’s White House has divided the nation. “I’m saying the president spends a lot of his time saying things that are divisive, automatically jumps to conclusions about things he doesn’t know,” Gingrich said. “I’m saying the attorney general clearly has given speeches that are divisive. And I’m just suggesting to you, just as a tragic lost opportunity, you would think that six years into the first African-American presidency, there would be a sense of us coming closer together. That hasn’t happened.” But what would be good for the nation isn’t good for the Left, which profits from playing one demographic against the other. More…
Today, the newly elected 114th Congress convenes, and with it, lots of hype, ambitions, agendas and political drama. Congress will be tasked with passing legislation the president will no doubt oppose, and Republicans will have to keep the infighting to a minimum if they ever hope to stop this administration’s assault on Liberty.
The GOP appears to be ready to go to work, having put forth an agenda that seeks to accomplish what the 113th Congress — derailed by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — could not. The first order of business for the House is to pass legislation expediting the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Senate is expected to follow suit, with the GOP leadership making it clear that creating jobs and increasing energy production in the United States is a must.
Next on the agenda is ObamaCare. In the GOP weekly address, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) said that the House plans to rework ObamaCare’s definition of a full-time employee. The law sets the bar at 30 hours per week, but Republicans seek a return to the traditional understanding of a 40-hour workweek. Obviously, we would prefer Congress repeal the entire law, but it would be foolish to expect the president to sign legislation undoing his crowning “achievement.” And some reform is going to be necessary given the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down federal subsidies.
A third item on the Republican agenda is to rewrite the unpopular No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Rep. John Kline (R-MN) are leading the way on pushing for legislation that seeks to reduce the federal government’s involvement with education. NCLB is what might be considered low-hanging fruit. Few people like it, and reform would demonstrate Republicans’ seriousness in governing.
With an established GOP agenda, the next hurdle should be getting a few Democrats on board and having the president sign the legislation that arrives on his desk. But before any agenda is put to motion, Republicans must settle their own infighting.
According to Fox News, at least nine conservative Republicans have declared their intent to vote against John Boehner as speaker of the House. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) says, “[A]s many as 18 conservatives will look to vote against Boehner.” And so the party begins.
Two representatives, Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX), announced that they will challenge Boehner for his post. They claim Boehner has not taken a hard enough stance against the president, and specifically criticized him for forcing the CRomnibus through without giving members time to read it. They say voters want a change in leadership — something no doubt true among Tea Party conservatives.
The frustration is certainly both understood and well founded. Boehner is not the best man for the job of leading the House, and he has tweaked and angered conservatives along the way.
But his opponents don’t seem to have a viable alternative, and the showy display of disunity will accomplish little except provide fodder for the Leftmedia to report on GOP dysfunction.
Ronald Reagan once offered what he called his 11th Commandment: “Republicans shall not ever speak ill of their fellow Republicans.” Scorched-earth Republican infighting is unwise. Republicans should resolve their disputes quickly and move on to combatting the bigger threat to American Liberty — the Obama agenda.
This new Congress under GOP leadership has two years to do everything within its constitutional power to stop this president’s policies that are, in Obama’s words, “fundamentally transforming” our nation. But they can’t win if they don’t band together. The GOP momentum needs to carry all the way to 2016, when Republicans have the opportunity to gain more seats and even the presidency. So rather than putting on a political sideshow, the GOP needs to get to work.
This year, the IRS will be fully involved in policing health insurance coverage under ObamaCare, with federal tax forms requiring for the first time that taxpayers report their health insurance status to the IRS. Filers will have to state whether they had employer-paid health insurance coverage in 2014 or received subsidies to help pay for their coverage. Those who did not have coverage face fines of $325 or 2% of taxable income.
Citizens will basically be on the honor system, however, as the IRS says reduced staffing and budgets won’t allow it to check up on every tax return. The IRS operating budget has shrunk by $1 billion since 2010, and it has 13,000 fewer employees — a direct result of Republican attempts to stymie ObamaCare’s implementation. The IRS says it won’t reject tax returns that don’t address the health insurance question, but the agency plans to exercise its audit power. Some filers may be required to file additional forms to prove their health insurance coverage or request one of the 30 different exemptions that currently exist. Open enrollment ends on Feb. 15, though, so the window for filing hardship exemptions is rapidly closing.
An estimated 3.4 million people who cashed in on subsidies may learn the hard way that they received too much money to help cover their insurance, resulting in smaller-than-expected refunds or even larger tax bills. “People will file their tax returns and learn they are subject to a much larger penalty for 2015,” Stan Dorn of the Urban Institute told the Associated Press. “And they can do absolutely nothing to avoid that.”
The problem of people being nailed for back taxes due to ObamaCare is not considered to be a transitional one that will go away after a couple of years. In order to determine whether a subsidy is needed or how much it should be, people will have to be able to predict their medical requirements in advance. Coupled with continual and arbitrary rule changes and a fundamentally flawed method for calculating subsidies, this means millions of taxpayers will be subjected to an IRS drubbing every year.
Companies with 100 or more employees will also be compelled to follow the employer mandate in 2015. Human Resource departments will be churning through a bureaucratic nightmare of paperwork to prove adequate coverage for at least 70% of their employees or companies face a $2,000-per-employee fine. Employers with 50 to 100 workers will face the employer mandate in 2016. Smaller companies remain exempt from the mandate.
The employer mandate has forced companies to deliberately avoid hiring more full-time workers in order to escape the mandate. This behavior is considered to be one of the reasons for the meager jobs recovery as companies look for ways to shave costs in a draconian regulatory environment.
The GOP leadership plans to hold votes to change the ObamaCare definition of a full-time employee from 30 to 40 hours, although the move could raise deficits by $73 billion over 10 years because the government would collect fewer penalties.
Republican tweaks and a Supreme Court ruling notwithstanding, ObamaCare remains a horrible and unconstitutional law that costs our economy and our Liberty big time. Its prescription over the next few months is more pain.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Dennis Prager: Pope Francis, the Climate and Leftism
- Ed Feulner: The Unsustainability of Federal Spending
- Michael Barone: Family Fragmentation: Can Anything Be Done?
- William Murchison: There’s More to Life Than Politics
- Larry Kudlow: Optimism for 2015
OPINION IN BRIEF
English Poet John Dryden (1631-1700): “We find few historians who have been diligent enough in their search for truth; it is their common method to take on trust what they help distribute to the public; by which means a falsehood once received from a famed writer becomes traditional to posterity.”
Columnist Ed Feulner: “In 2014, federal spending reached $3.5 trillion, and the one-year deficit was $486 billion. These huge numbers represent ‘a small and temporary improvement in the nation’s fiscal situation,’ a recent report by the Heritage Foundation notes. But as the authors point out, that doesn’t mean we’re on the right track. Far from it. A serious effort to cut spending — not just trim a bit here and there — is needed. … To put the problem of overspending in perspective, consider what is perhaps the most striking chart in the Heritage report. It’s titled ‘What if a typical family spent money like the federal government?’ It notes that the median family income is $52,000: ‘If they spent money like the federal government, they’d spend $60,400 a year, which would mean they’d put $8,400 on the credit card each year, despite already being $308,800 in debt.’ This is unsustainable. Does the new Congress realize this? More importantly, do they care?”
Columnist Michael Barone: “How big a problem is family fragmentation? ‘Immense,’ says Mitch Pearlstein, head of the Minnesota think tank Center of the American Experiment. ‘The biggest domestic problem facing this country.’ So big he went out and interviewed 40 experts of varying ideology across the nation and relayed their answers in his book ‘Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America’s Future.’ That’s the good news. The bad news is that none of the experts is confident he has an answer, and neither is Pearlstein. … Some of Pearlstein’s experts call for raising taxes, and some call for lowering them. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah calls for legislative remedies to reverse ‘implicit marriage penalties in our tax code and welfare programs.’ Such policy changes might be useful ‘nudges,’ to use Harvard law professor (and Obama appointee) Cass Sunstein’s term. But perhaps well-off Americans should, as Charles Murray suggests, preach what they practice. Few Americans want to stigmatize single parents. But should we be afraid to tell people there’s a better way?”
|Climate blogger Steve Goddard|
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Summing Up 2014 In The Middle East
2014 was a year in which we witnessed the continued deterioration of the modern Arab state, while in contrast, two older political frameworks are back again ……… Click here for full story
11 Predictions Of Economic Disaster In 2015 From Top Experts All Over The Globe
Will 2015 be a year of financial crashes, economic chaos and the start of the next great worldwide depression? Over the past couple of years, we have all watched as global financial bubbles have gotten larger and larger. Despite predictions that they could burst at any time, they have just continued to expand. But just like we witnessed in 2001 and 2008, all financial bubbles come to an end at some point, and when they do implode the pain can be extreme………. Click here for full story
Top 2016 US Presidential Issues
The 2016 elections now beckon, with potential candidates already angling to present themselves as viable candidates ahead of time, while riding the coattails of the failures of the current political administration led by U.S President Barack Obama. Indications are that self-identified evangelical Christians, who are estimated to have comprised 51 percent of all the votes cast in 2012, will form a vital and formidable voting bloc for any Republican presidential candidate……….. Click here for full story
Obama’s ‘Islamic Republic’ Doctrine: Trust in Iran Creates a Dangerous Mess
When Barack Obama began his first term as president almost six years ago, foreign policy chatter was prone to including terms like “regime change” and “axis of evil” in discussions about Iran. But as Obama sought to break decisively with the legacy of his predecessor, George W. Bush, he moved rapidly in the opposite direction, offering an olive branch to the Iranian regime within a few weeks of assuming office ……… Click here for full story
Faith on the Hill
The Religious Composition of the 114th Congress
When the new, 114th Congress is sworn in on Jan. 6, 2015, Republicans will control both chambers of the legislative body for the first time since the 109th Congress (2005-2006). Yet, despite the sea change in party control, there is relatively little change in the overall religious makeup of Congress, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. More than nine-in-ten members of the House and Senate (92%) are Christian, and about 57% are Protestant, roughly the same as in the 113th Congress (90% and 56%, respectively).1 About three-in-ten members (31%) are Catholic, the same as in the previous Congress.
Why Hamas Feels So at Home in Turkey :: Bekdil at Gatestone
by Burak Bekdil
The Gatestone Institute
January 1, 2015
Site of Jesus’ trial in Jerusalem: Herod’s Palace remains ‘found near Tower of David’
Israeli government-backed archaeologists believe they have found the site where the trial of Jesus before the Romans was held, a location near the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem.
The trial of Jesus, where Roman procurator Pontius Pilate sentenced Christ to death, is believed by some to have taken place in a part of Herod’s Palace.
2015: The Year of Diplomatic Disaster in Iran?
The awful ideas of a Radical-in-Chief that are spawning a catastrophe.
Prognosticators from the London Times to Democratic pundit James Carville are predicting that President Obama this year will finish a deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program. With a record of foreign policy failure, Obama is eager for a seeming success, even if the agreement leaves the mullahs with the capacity to quickly build some nuclear bombs at a time of their choosing. Such an outcome would obviously be a strategic disaster, leaving this country and its regional allies vulnerable to an inveterate enemy driven by an apocalyptic ideology.
Pope Francis, the climate and leftism – Prager
Dennis Prager: The world’s left is ecstatic with this Catholic leader
But Pope Francis is about to issue an encyclical to the world’s 5,000 bishops and 400,000 priests that tells us a great deal about him, about Latin America and, most of all, about the influence of what has been the most dynamic religion in the world for the last hundred years.
Hint: It isn’t Christianity or Islam.
This year, the pope will use an immense amount papal moral influence to address global warming, or as it is now called, in light of the small amount of warming actually taking place, climate change.
Christianity Today: Readers’ Top 26 Questions of 2014
While we were checking our most-read articles from 2014, we noticed a lot of titles with question marks in them. So we thought we’d run a query on what question-titled articles—both new and old—attracted the most inquirers:
How 3-D printing could revolutionize war and foreign policy
The billion-dollar defence industry is at the bleeding edge of this innovation, with the US military already investing heavily in efforts to print uniforms, synthetic skin to treat battlewounds, and even food. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have already invented “4D printing”—creating materials that change when they come into contact with elements such as water.
114th Congress Heavily Religious According to Pew Survey; Close to 92 Percent Christian
The survey queried all 491 members in Congress, and found that 57.2 percent identify as Protestants – more than the 49 percent of the American public. Another 164 members or 30.7 percent of Congress members identified as Roman Catholic, compared to 22 percent of the population. Furthermore, 5.2 percent of Congress is Jewish, while only 2 percent of Americans answered the same.
German anti-Islam rally hits record numbers
At least 18,000 people in the eastern German city of Dresden have taken part in rallies opposing Islamic influence in Western nations,…The record number of people that took to streets in support of the right-wing populist movement known as the “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisisation of the Occident” (PEGIDA) on Monday came despite a call by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s call to snub such demonstrations…
Jeff Gundlach: “If Oil Drops To $40 The Geopolitical Consequences Could Be Terrifying”
Oil is incredibly important right now. If oil falls to around $40 a barrel then I think the yield on ten year treasury note is going to 1%. I hope it does not go to $40 because then something is very, very wrong with the world, not just the economy. The geopolitical consequences could be – to put it bluntly – terrifying.
Germany protests: Rallies over ‘Islamization’
Supporters and opponents of a group campaigning against what it sees as the “Islamisation” of Europe have held rival rallies across Germany. There have been weekly protests by the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) since October. A record 18,000 people turned out on Monday at one rally in Dresden.
How Propaganda Works In The 21st Century
This is about how our rulers and their media lapdogs keep the general public in a constant state of misinformation, confusion and apathy. By design.
Seven Major Prophetic Signs Of The Second Coming
There are seven major prophetic signs of the Second Coming, and currently all of them are in some stage of fulfillment. As in years past, I’ll list the seven with their primary Biblical references and offer comments from current events …………. Click here for full story
Poll: For first time ever voters say “the government” is the biggest problem in America
America is not Europe. We are a country founded by individualists, scoundrels, dreamers, and doers. We do not have the aristocratic legacy of the Old World with it’s stifling worldview and distinct class system within an ever present welfare state. We are a free people. This country was an escape from Europe. This country is a free land. This freedom is ingrained in our DNA. It is what makes an American an American, no matter that American’s ethnicity. We are bound by an idea not geography or ancestry. America is indeed exceptional in that regard.
Freeza: What Will Happen After The Latest Keynesian Bubble Bursts?
By Editor on January 5, 2015
NPG x19133; Jan Christian Smuts; John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes by Unknown photographer
It’s going to pop. It’s not just going to inflate forever. When it pops and how it pops are open questions, and I will grant you that saying a Keynesian bubble will pop is kind of like saying sooner or later the sun will set. But its pretty amazing how we humans are able to forget or ignore something which we KNOW is going to happen. The sun will set. The easy money bubble(s) will pop, and this time it will be bigger than anything humanity has ever seen.
53 Tips To Eating Organically
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Headlines of Interest
Posted: 06 Jan 2015 08:09 AM PST
Loud booms are actually usual on New Year’s Eve. However, I think that all the rockets and fireworks have already exploded two or three days after! So what are these mysterious booms heard and felt across the US in the first days of 2015? Yesterday, mystery booms have been reported across the US from Texas to North Carolina, California to Indiana and Georgia, so literally all over the country. Freaky, isn’t it? Lucy banks shared on the DSW Scanner’s Facebook page: “Loud booms in Euless, Texas just now lots of them started off really loud and then got quieter.” On the same thread Kim Walk Prazak reports another boom in Keller, Tx. Any ideas abou their origin? Jennifer Whitacker reports 2 loud booms again, the first was louder than the second in Indiana. Just remember that the New Madrid fault lies right under this state. Is the next big one around? And here Becky Forrester Garrison reporting mystery loud blasts across northern Georgia more precisely in nw Forsyth. They sound like blasting and usually (but not always) occur at night. They occurred yesterday at 1am. More
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|Are we close to World War III?Posted: 06 Jan 2015 08:01 AM PST
Glenn and his son Raphe were watching a movie about World War II recently, when Raphe asked his father a difficult question, “Dad, are we headed towards World War III?” Glenn took the opportunity to share with the radio audience his thoughts on the question. With the oil prices hitting a 5 ½ year low and global collapse looming in our future – the world stands in a precarious situation. According to Glenn, the only right thing to do is “to get off of foreign oil and just become energy independent.” Glenn also pointed out that the United States needs more than just energy independence, but to also stock up on gold. This morning, Glenn said, “Russia, China, they’re purchasing gold by the ton. 180 tons last year. What was it is, China or Russia? I think it was Russia. 180 tons of gold was purchased. What are we doing? I don’t even they think we have any gold.” More
|North Korea has 6,000-member cyber armyPosted: 06 Jan 2015 07:47 AM PST
South Korea said Tuesday that rival North Korea has a 6,000-member cyber army dedicated to disrupting the South’s military and government, a dramatic increase from an earlier estimate of 3,000 such specialists. Without elaborating, Seoul’s Defense Ministry also said in a report that North Korea may also have gained the ability to strike the U.S. mainland because of its progress in missile technology demonstrated in recent long-range missile tests. It also said North Korea is advancing in efforts to miniaturize nuclear warheads to mount on such missiles. There is considerable mystery, and outside debate, about the state of North Korea’s opaque nuclear and missile programs, which it has persisted in pursuing for decades despite widespread domestic poverty and heavy international sanctions and criticism. More
|Missouri 7th Grader Allegedly Told to Not Read Bible In SchoolPosted: 06 Jan 2015 07:29 AM PST
Parents are accusing a teacher of violating their child’s First Amendment rights by allegedly refusing to allow him to read his Bible in school. They claim that their son, Loyal Grandstaff, a middle school student at Bueker Middle School in Marshall, Missouri, was told by his teacher that he couldn’t read the book after he brought the Bible in and silently studied it during free time. “I feel like it violated his freedom of religion but also his freedom of speech,” Justin Grandstaff, the 12 year old’s father, told WDAF-TV. Loyal said that he wasn’t being loud and that he wasn’t sharing the book with his peers at the time. “I like to read my Bible because it’s a good book,” the 7th grader told the outlet. “I was just reading, just reading because I had free time. A time to do what I wanted to, so I just broke it out and read.” More
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|Corn syrup ‘more toxic than table sugar’Posted: 06 Jan 2015 07:21 AM PST
High-fructose corn syrup, found in sodas and many processed foods, appears to be more toxic than table sugar, a new study found. Researchers at the University of Utah looked at the effect of the two ingredients on mice. One group was fed a diet with 25 percent of the calories from the equivalent of high-fructose corn syrup. The other, in comparison, consumed sucrose, or regular sugar. Female mice on the fructose-glucose diet had death rates 1.87 times higher than those on the sucrose diet and they produced 26.4 percent fewer offspring. “This is the most robust study showing there is a difference between high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar at human-relevant doses,” said Wayne Potts, senior author of a the study which will be published in the March issue of the Journal of Nutrition. More
|At least 140 injured in Rio de Janeiro train collisionPosted: 06 Jan 2015 07:16 AM PST
Two trains have collided outside Rio de Janeiro, with at least 140 people injured in the incident, local media report. One of the trains, which had stopped at a station, was crashed into from behind by another, according to authorities. The injured were taken to four major hospitals and there is an emergency unit providing support at the scene. Of 129 people who were hospitalized, 47 have already been discharged and 60 should leave shortly, O Globo network reports. The others are undergoing tests to determine what procedures should be conducted. The accident happened in Mesquita around 8:20 pm (22:20 GMT), near Rio de Janeiro, and trains were suspended in the area following the incident. More
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|Iceland considers withdrawing EU applicationPosted: 06 Jan 2015 07:13 AM PST
Iceland is planning to formally withdraw its EU application, the country’s prime minister told the national radio station. Reykjavik also wants to lift capitals controls imposed on Iceland by Brussels after a financial crisis hit the country in 2008. Despite expected public protests, Iceland is going to make a second attempt to withdraw its application to become a member state of the European Union, Prime Minister Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson said in an interview with Icelandic radio station Bylgjan. “Participating in EU talks isn’t really valid anymore,” PM Gunnlaugsson said as quoted by the Reykjavík Grapevine. “Both due to changes in the European Union and because it’s not in line with the policies of the ruling government to accept everything that the last government was willing to accept. Because of that, we’re back at square one,” he said on Sunday morning. More
|Franklin Graham Addresses Hollywood, Sin and DeathPosted: 06 Jan 2015 07:09 AM PST
Sunday night NFL football has been a favorite television staple for several years, but on at least two occasions this past fall, it was definitely a second viewing choice for millions of Americans. Instead of watching footballs fly, 17 million viewers chose to watch the season premiere of The Walking Dead, a series featuring foul zombies creating endless havoc. Just a few weeks later, nearly 15 million people tuned in to yet another episode, easily surpassing that night’s matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. That program is just one of numerous television programs that have garnered tremendous followings by fixating on gore and death. At least half a dozen prime time shows are strangely enamored and captivated by it. These shows, when combined with hugely popular video games like Mortal Kombat, demonstrate how obsessed with death our culture has become. However, despite our society’s fascination and obsession with death, there is virtually no understanding of the eternal consequences that death brings. Amazingly, as much as the entertainment industry cranks out movies and programs that are preoccupied with death scenes and motifs, death is not a subject often candidly discussed. I think that’s because we would prefer to portray death on a purely fictional level and avoid its stark reality. More
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|Author claims “Jesus Never Told Us to Pray for the Sick”Posted: 06 Jan 2015 07:07 AM PST
“Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick … So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere” (Luke 9:1-2, 6). Jesus told us to heal the sick. He did not tell us to pray for the sick. Healing should not be an isolated, one-chance-in-a-100-or-1,000 type of occurrence. Healing should be everywhere. It is part of the gospel. It is what will open the masses to the gospel. It is God’s dinner bell for sinners to come and be saved. Jesus commanded us to heal the sick. Certainly praying for the sick is scriptural (James 5: 14-15), especially for those in the church, but isn’t it interesting that in the gospels and Acts no one did so? What does this tell us? It reveals that the church has an authority she does not yet know she possesses. More
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|Atheists Seek to Dissuade Congress From Taking Oath on BiblePosted: 06 Jan 2015 07:04 AM PST
An atheist organization is seeking to dissuade new members of Congress from taking their oath on the Bible when they are sworn into office today. “On January 6, Congress will take the ceremonial oath of office, during which each member will solemnly swear, or affirm, that he or she will ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ While members are not required to swear or affirm on a specific text, or any at all, many choose to swear on the Bible,” the Secular Coalition of America recently outlined to supporters. “This year, the Secular Coalition will seek to remind Congress that it was elected to support and defend the Constitution, not the Bible or any other religious text,” it continued. “We will be circulating letters on the Hill and lobbying in person to get as many members of Congress as we can to take the oath on the Constitution.” It is not known whether any of the recipients of the letter will actually heed the group’s request. More
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What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. ~ Micah 6:8
January 6, 2014
MARSHA WEST’S COLUMN
Some of the news headlines this past week gave me reason for concern. …Satanism…religious liberty…beheadings…gender confusion…ecumenicalism. My tendency is to fret about such things, even though God reminds us in His Word: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Kill With Kindness and Shoot to Kill—Andrew Wallace
On December 26, 2014, another black teenager was shot dead by police for pointing a pistol at an Officer, and this was only a few miles from Ferguson, Mo. Even under these circumstances the residents attacked Officers with bricks and explosive devices. Clearly these thugs had no excuse, none whatsoever, to attack the Police with deadly projectiles. Why didn’t the Police shoot them dead on the spot? I guess it is another case of management restraint for political reasons, or political correctness run wild.
Tell Eric Holder: Congress Passed No Law Making Sex Change a Civil Right—Linda Harvey http://barbwire.com/2015/01/05/0655-tell-eric-holder-congress-passed-no-law-making-sex-change-civil-right /
They did it again. The Obama Administration, specifically current Attorney General Eric Holder, has invented a new law through “memorandum,” attempting to advance sexual deviance when Congress has made no such law.
WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Anti-Christian activist: God raped Mary—Matt Barber
The not-so-thinly-veiled implication here is that Christianity and, by extension, Christians, especially Christian men, not only fails to condemn rape, but that it actually encourages it. To say that this notion strains credulity is generous. In that the Bible is abundantly clear in both the Old and New Testaments that sexual behavior is only permissible and moral within the loving bonds of natural male-female marriage, it is absurd to suggest, as does Tarico, that the Holy Scriptures somehow condone rape. Let alone Christ’s central admonition that we “do unto others” as we would have them do unto us. Such rubbish betrays this woman’s visceral animus toward Christianity. …
NEWS TO KNOW
Watching the Republican Congress’s First 100 Days
How Sharpton gets paid to not cry ‘racism’ at corporations
Licenses for migrant drivers means more will be insured — in theory
America: Israel Among Top Most “Unacceptable” Countries
Gender Chaos: The Insanity (and Impossibility) of “Sex Change”—Scott Alan Buss
One of the more, um, flamboyant manifestations of the wrath of God pouring out upon a proud, unrepentant America, is our culture’s embrace of an “anything goes” approach to sexuality, which has metastasized into an anything goes attitude on the very concept of gender itself.
EDUCATION – Research Links
Major Corporations Funding ‘Gay’ Indoctrination in Elementary Schools Across America http://barbwire.com/2014/12/30/0655-major-corporations-funding-gay-indoctrination-elementary-schools-across-america/
School District Approves Policy Requiring Restroom Use to Correlate With Biological Gender
HOMOSEXUALITY — Research Links
State Supreme Court Rules Firefighters Must Participate in ‘Gay Pride Parades’ Despite Objections
‘Nobody is born gay’ billboard stuck over Virginia highway until next year
The Media’s Cracked Crystal Ball: What Journalists Said We’d Find in 2015
LIFE & DEATH – Research Links
Three-Week-Old Conjoined Twins Survive Separation Surgery: “Keep Praying for Our Boys!”
MARRIAGE & FAMILY
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. ~ Heb 13:4
The Ring Makes All the Difference—Mike S. Adams
This is all very important information because much of what women learn about cohabitation and marriage is patently false. If they have undertaken any formal study of marriage versus cohabitation it has probably happened in college – in a freshman Introduction to Sociology class or a sophomore Marriage and Family class. …
Publix says gays and lesbian couples will be eligible for insurance
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What Makes A Good Year?—Clint Archer
As every sommelier worth his saltine crackers knows: good wine comes from tortured grapes. It is a dusty secret Californian vintners accidentally unearthed that the more the grape has to struggle for survival, the higher the quality of wine that can be gleaned. Thus, arid and gravelly mountainsides are good for nothing, horticulturally speaking, save for some masochistic grapes, notably the Bordeaux varietals. Grapes harvested after a season of longsuffering produce a vintage that insiders will dub “a good year.”
It’s Time to Get Intolerant—Bill Muehlenberg
CREATION VS EVOLUTION – Research links
Dinosaurs and the Bible—Ken Ham
An aura of mystery surrounds the dinosaurs. Where did they come from? Did they evolve? Did they really live millions of years ago? What happened to them? Are there any living today? Has any human being ever seen a live dinosaur?
Afghan Muslims Murder Christian Aid Worker, Children as He Sought to Protect Them
A (very gentle) introduction to creeds, councils, and heretics—White Horse Inn
Where do Christians get solid food? From voices in their heads, intuition, imaginations, flights of fancy, signs, wonders? No. Solid food is consumed by feeding on the meat of the written
Word of God. ~ Sandy Simpson
Disturbing History of AA—John Lanagan
Angels – Research links
Church Growth Movement/Seeker/Market-Driven
Contemplative Prayer – Research Links
Wisdom from the Holy Spirit—Mike Ratliff
Emergent Church – Research Links
Perry Noble Recinds the Ten Commands for 2015
Noble rewrites the Ten Commandments….oops! “Promises.”
Let’s Stop Petting the Wolves—Amy Spreeman
“Jesus Calling” – Research Links
Mars Hill Turning Over Pulpit to Rick Warren to Deliver Final Message Before Closing http://christiannews.net/2014/12/25/mars-hill-turning-over-pulpit-to-rick-warren-to-deliver-final-message-before-closing/
Here’s the message Warren gave:
“The Message” Bible
Mormonism — Research Links
A big evangelical stood up to Glenn Beck
New Age Movement/New Thought/Spirituality — Research Links
Controversial pastor [?] Rob [No Hell] Bell and wife, Kristen, share new view on marriage
New Apostolic Reformation/Dominionism – Research Links
“Apostle” Barb gets a brand new Mantle
This site is not recommended
Death-Switch: The Latest Attempt to Reach Beyond the Grave
This Year’s Christmas Must Have A…Ouija Board–SUFTT
Pope Francis: Children Have a Right to a Mother and Father http://barbwire.com/2014/12/29/0655-pope-francis-children-right-mother-father/
Pope Francis to issue climate change call to arms for world’s Catholics in measures that will anger Vatican conservatives
Social Justice/Progressive Christianity
Witchcraft – Research Links
Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel — Research Links
Creflo Dollar Says Myles Munroe Came to Him in a Dream Three Days After He Died and He Was Leading His Own Funeral
Like Hasbro didn’t know. Prepare yourself…
Hasbro Under Fire For Penis-Shaped Play Doh Toy
‘Severe’ flu season could grip US, CDC doc warns
8 Responses to Friendly Fire
Friendly fire is a devastating reality of war. In the velocity of action and unrelenting conflict battlefield weapons can be redirected toward the wrong target with unforgiving consequences. The trauma and scars of physical combat are compounded for everyone involved when the source is someone wearing the same uniform.
What takes place in that regrettable scene on a battlefield is sadly a reality in the church as well. Despite the obvious differences in force of action, there is also a difference in motive. Friendly fire on a battlefield is right intentions in the wrong direction. Friendly fire in the church is wrong intentions in the wrong direction.
When Christians default to sinful assaults on other believers, the glory of Christ is diminished, the gospel message is muted and fellowship is destroyed. Hugh Hewitt recently challenged a room full of leaders to “expect to get hit from behind.” Anticipate that your most scathing, personal assaults will often come from those you partner with in ministry. Those you learn from, recruit, hire, mentor, lead, and serve. It’s not the attacks from unbelievers in the community or even from believers on the periphery of the ministry. It is assaults from those who have direct access to your heart, who for whatever reason, use their access and knowledge to launch accusations, spread gossip and advance slander. Similar to the volley of war, it is anything but friendly.
Seminary can prepare a man for ministry in many ways, but classroom lectures do not warn aspiring pastors to expect false accusations, slander and unfair criticism from fellow alumni, pastors and other ministry leaders with whom we would one day partner. The warnings about ministry perils postured attacks as coming from the outside bloggers or a faceless liberal that might have clandestinely crept into the church. Though by no means am I a seasoned veteran in ministry, the past 12 years have proven Proverbs 19:10, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable.”
No New Testament pastor had his character assaulted and sabotaged more than Paul. Time after time, those he sacrificially served, attacked him, accusing him of being in ministry for impure, self serving reasons. It goes with the territory of ministry. When you find yourself in those crosshairs, here is a simple strategy for responding to and recovering from personal attacks:
Top 50 Stories on The Aquila Report for 2014: 1-10
In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year read on The Aquila Report. That’s easy for us to determine – we just count the hits! We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run and the five lists on consecutive days. Here are numbers 1-10.
In 2014 The Aquila Report posted over 3,300 stories. At the end of each year we feature the top 50 stories that were read. The top story this year had over 11,200 hits.
We average 9 new stories each day, with a variety of subjects – all of which we trust are of interest to the readers of The Aquila Report. As a web magazine we are an aggregator of news and information that we believe will provide articles that will inform the church of current trends and movements within the church and culture.
In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year. That’s easy for us to determine – we just count the hits! We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run and the five lists on consecutive days. Here are numbers 1-10.
A Bright Light versus Evangelical Anarchism
“Millennials’ religious practices depend largely on how the actions make us and others feel, whether the activities are biblical or not” (5). Much like liberal cultural elites, they will not tolerate intolerance: “Popular liberal evangelical writers and preachers tell young evangelicals that if they accept abortion and same-sex marriage, then the media, academia, and Hollywood will finally accept Christians. Out of fear of being dubbed ‘intolerant’ or ‘uncompassionate,’ many young Christians are buying into theological falsehoods” (6).
‘Into the Woods’ Movie – A Dad’s Critical Review
The opposite of nominalism is realism. Realism holds that there are absolute, non-changing forms, substances, and ideas in the universe. There are natural, pre-established laws that are real and not man-made. Humans don’t get make up their own definitions. There is no “You decide what’s right. You decide what’s good.” Instead, human persons must discover the true definitions within the fabric of a real world. We don’t create meaning and purpose. We discover what was already real before we showed up.
As Christianity Exits Europe, ‘Criminal Muslims’ Fill Void With Rabid Violence
Sadly, however, within one generation of churches closing throughout Europe, empty pulpits have significantly contributed to the loss of fellowship and traditional continuity communities previously enjoyed. The rise of secularism, multiculturalism, and failed immigration policies created the perfect storm for crime in epic proportions to plague Europe.
Are You Ashamed of the Gospel?
The following is a speech given by Robert P. George at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC during the last week of May. It is a must read for every Christian and especially those that claim to be a “Christian” and are in opposition to the teachings of the Bible, supporting abortion and same sex marriage. Many such “Christians” are on the same side of the argument as those that are intolerant of conservative Christians and all that is wholesome and good.
CultureWatch: Paying the Cost for Brainless Christianity
by Bill Muehlenberg
Where in the world did we ever get the idea that to be a good Christian means to check our brains in at the doorstep of church? How did we ever get to the place where we glory in a brainless Christianity, and refuse to use the brains God gave us to think his thoughts after him?
Why have we become the most anti-intellectual generation in church history? Why are there so many professed believers who think like pagans, talk like pagans, and therefore act like pagans? I continue to be amazed at the complete lack of a Christian mind in so much of the church today.
We are told in Scripture that “My people perish for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). Yep, they sure do, and they sure are. We see everywhere today in the West people claiming to be Christians who haven’t a clue about their own faith and their own biblical worldview.
We’re putting an end to religion: Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher and the exploding new American secularism
Religious right extremism, new atheists & late-night mockery have religion on the run. American secularism’s rising
Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale
Hundreds of Churches Have Closed or Are Threatened by Plunging Membership, Posing Question: What to Do With Unused Buildings?
Perry Noble of NewSpring doubles-down on Ten Commandments error
Who Is Speaking For The Persecuted Christians In Iraq?
The brutality of ISIS’ campaign to empty Iraq of its Christian community- the cross worshipers- has driven more than 100,000 Christians from their homes. ICC went to Iraq at the height of the refugee crisis to distribute aid directly to those in need. We are also working with government officials in Washington D.C. and Iraq to ensure that Christians are receiving assistance. ICC is working with local churches in Iraq to provide displaced Christians with food, water, mattresses, pillows, tents, infant formula and basic medical supplies.
New Christian Biographical Documentary Movies: Through the Eyes of Spurgeon, Logic On Fire, and Polycarp
Synopsis from the website: “A unique and never before seen look at the life and ministry of Charles Haddon” Spurgeon”
2 hours. Watch online for free.
Link for the film on Facebook
Full Review here: “Stephen McCaskell has given the Church a documentary that is timeless and accurate. He has done it with panache and to the glory of God. You need to see this film.”
April, 2015: Logic on Fire: Life & Legacy of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Click on the film’s link to view the trailer. The website for the film is http://www.logiconfire.org
Link for the film on Facebook
Link for the film on Twitter
No reviews yet.
Synopsis from the website:
Have you ever wondered what happened to the early Christians after the Book of Acts? What trials did they face and overcome? POLYCARP is like a journey to the past, giving us a glimpse of that world.
A young slave girl, Anna, is rescued and adopted by Christians in the 2nd century Smyrna and befriended by their aged bishop, Polycarp. As Anna is taught by Polycarp and her new family, she struggles to reconcile her beliefs with those of the Christians. When the Roman proconsul demands that all citizens worship Caesar to show their allegiance to Rome, Polycarp and the Christians must find courage to stand for their faith against the growing threat of persecution. Anna is forced to come to grips with the truth and choose whom she is willing to live – and die – for.
What should audiences expect?
While not an epic action film, audiences should expect an authentic and heartfelt story that will inspire viewers of all ages. This character-driven period drama is inspired by the true story of Polycarp, and we’re excited to have a role in keeping an important historical character from being forgotten!
Our number one goal is to make this a God-honoring movie. We have sought to make decisions prayerfully, and with good counsel. We believe the story will communicate an important message about being willing to sacrifice all for the sake of Christ. Our prayer is that the Lord would use POLYCARP to touch many lives around the world!
Unknown Release, sometime in 2015. Trailer available here. No reviews yet.
What in the World is Happening?
Our Time is Short
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