God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them. —John Piper
Jan. 7, 2015
President Obama condemned shootings at a satirical weekly magazine in Paris that left at least 12 people dead, as the tragedy and terror threat quickly won attention in the newly convened Congress.
The deadly attack at a French satirical magazine today coincided with the release of a controversial book depicting a France led by an Islamic party and a Muslim president who bans women from the workplace.
John Boehner dished out a little payback, kicking two House Republicans off the influential Rules Committee and stopping a third from sponsoring a bill after they voted against his re-election for speaker.
A day before heading to Michigan on a pre-State of the Union road show, President Obama said that gas won’t stay cheap forever and that Americans should keep fuel efficiency on their minds. “I would strongly advise American consumers to continue to think about how you save money at the pump because it is good for the environment, it’s good for family pocketbooks and if you go back to old habits and suddenly gas is back at $3.50, you are going to not be real happy.”
Nowhere in the U.S. has access to abortion diminished so much, so fast, as during the past two years in Texas. With the number of clinics poised to fall to eight from 41 in 2013, abortion-rights backers have devised contingency plans for the state’s 5.4 million women of reproductive age.
Canada’s November merchandise trade deficit widened as exports fell the most since January 2012 on falling crude oil prices.
Central banks and reserve managers are breaking from past practice by showing little appetite to add euros as the currency tumbles 8.1 percent in the third quarter.
A bombing killed dozens of people at the police academy in Yemen’s capital today, targeting Houthi Shiite rebels seeking to consolidate their power in the nation.
A 35 percent drop in natural gas prices since June has lowered what U.S. nuclear and coal plants can charge for electricity, potentially speeding the demise of generators teetering on the brink of closing.
Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay a total of $83.3 million compensation to thousands of residents of the Bodo community in Nigeria’s crude-rich Niger River delta region for two “highly regrettable” oil spills in 2008.
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Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle on Wednesday spotted the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea, the first confirmed sighting of any major wreckage 11 days after Flight 8501 went down with 162 people on board.
A 220-year-old time capsule containing coins, documents and other artifacts left by U.S. founding fathers Samuel Adams and Paul Revere was opened by Massachusetts officials on Tuesday.
At least 10 decapitated bodies and 11 heads have been discovered in unmarked graves in violence-plagued Guerrero state in southern Mexico.
A report warns that in 2016, 1 million Americans could lose their benefits after being on SNAP for just three months. The hard limits will be a stark change to the extended periods of time some Americans have remained on food stamps during the Great Recession and long, slow recovery.
The square around the Cologne Cathedral was plunged into darkness Monday evening after the historical landmark in western Germany shut down its lights in a silent protest of weekly rallies in Dresden against the perceived “Islamization” of Europe. The symbolic act came as thousands of Germans demonstrated in Cologne and several other cities against the ongoing protests by the group calling itself Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA, which attracted its biggest crowd yet in Dresden on Monday night.
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.
President Obama will veto a bill approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline if it passes Congress, the White House has said.
The Cuban government has released some of the 53 political prisoners on a US list, the state department said, amid a thaw in US-Cuban relations.
President Obama pledged to help Mexico in its fight against drug-related violence, after talks with his counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto.
Uganda’s military confirmed that a senior commander from the Lord’s Resistance Army has been taken into custody by US forces in the Central African Republic.
A trial of a potential drug to treat Ebola started at a Medecins Sans Frontieres centre in Liberia.
An Indian MP caused outrage by urging Hindu women to have at least four children, in comments apparently intended to stir tension with Muslims.
The Australian government is urging citizens to “exercise a high degree of caution” in India because of the risk of terror attacks.
A 17-year-old girl with cancer is in an unprecedented legal battle with the state of Connecticut as the Department of Children and Families removed her from her home and forced the teen to receive chemotherapy.
An “imaginary meal” pill is the latest weapon developed by scientists to fight obesity. The pill tricks the body into thinking it has consumed a large amount of calories – as if you have just eaten a substantial meal.
A New Jersey school district violated the law when it fired a teacher who handed a Bible to a student, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled on December 15, 2014. The ruling was made public Tuesday.
January 7, 2015
“To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of the declamations and by the bitterness of their invectives.” –Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1, 1787
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Three gunmen stormed a French satirical newspaper with AK-47s and a rocket launcher, killing 12 and injuring five. The paper, Charlie Hebdo, was known for leveling crass satire against politicians, Jews and Muslims. In 2011, the paper was firebombed after the Religion of Peace™ didn’t appreciate a caricature about its founder Muhammad. The paper picked itself back up and published a few more cartoons skewering Muhammad and ISIL. Instead of firing off a nasty letter to the editor, the three jihadis — who are still at large — snuffed the paper’s employees. In a clip aired on French television, the attackers are recorded shouting, “We have killed Charlie Hebdo. We have avenged the Prophet Mohammad.” When it comes to the freedom of speech, North Korea compelling Sony to censor a movie is nothing compared to the intolerance of Islam. More…
Just remember: In 2012, Barack Obama said, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
While Barack Obama pontificates that Washington will have “a productive 2015,” his actions show that the Swamp will be productive only if it follows his agenda. This new congressional session is less than two days old, and already the White House says Obama will veto a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. So much for a productive 2015. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters, “Congressional Republicans are well aware of the position of this administration which is we believe clearly that this administrative process is the one that should determine the viability of [the pipeline]. … Maybe it raises questions about the willingness of Republicans to actually cooperate with this administration when you consider that the very first bill that’s introduced in the United States Senate is one that Republicans know the president opposes.” Obama’s threat is unsurprising for political analyst Charles Krauthammer, because the president can act free from the constraints of Congress, budget or even reputation. “He doesn’t need anybody,” Krauthammer said. “This is Obama the way he really is.” More…
New York’s SAFE Act, a reactionary gun control bill passed in the emotional aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, takes steps to limit access to guns for those with mental health problems. Everyone can agree on such common sense reforms, right? Not so fast. The Daily Caller reports, “A veteran of the U.S. Navy and decorated retired police detective is suing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials for infringing on his constitutional rights after his pistol permit and four handguns were confiscated after he voluntarily sought hospital treatment for insomnia. Donald Montgomery filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York in Rochester on Dec. 17.” If New York’s law prevents even men like Montgomery from owning a firearm, then its reach went much further than Democrats promised. We’re shocked — shocked — by such deception. And the effect will be fewer people seeking treatment for such things as insomnia, fearing they’ll be stripped of their rights. More…
The Obama administration clearly plans to make race chum out of GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. In a story that was evidently too good to check, Scalise was misleadingly accused of speaking to a group affiliated with former KKK leader David Duke in 2002. Never mind that he merely spoke at an earlier time in the same venue and couldn’t control who attended his speech. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest issued a not-so-veiled shot at the GOP, saying that, while Republicans could decide whether or not to keep Scalise in the House leadership team, “[T]here’s no arguing that who the Republicans decide to elevate into a leadership position says a lot about what the conference’s priorities and values are.” It also says a lot that Obama sat in the pews listening to and being mentored by a repulsive racist by the name of Jeremiah Wright. But Earnest evidently didn’t see the connection.
Dario Raschio is a 100-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who was honored over the weekend in Portland, Oregon, with some long overdue medals for his service to our nation. He fought in five campaigns in the Pacific. During one mission on Easter 1944, he was shot down by the Japanese and left stranded in shark-infested waters. Of the ceremony, orchestrated by Sen. Ron Wyden, Raschio said, “I feel I’m no hero. I don’t accept it as being a hero. I accept it as being a part of my job.” But the ceremony was not to continue as planned. Race-baiting agitators stormed the premises, shouting “hands up, don’t shoot!” in protest of police. Saying “give me a chance,” Raschio did receive his medals — the U.S. Naval Aviator Badge, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the “Ruptured Duck” award and the U.S. Navy Honorable discharge pin. But after 45 minutes of disruption, organizers gave up and canceled the ceremony. Is this what the First Amendment means to these hooligans? Disrupting and dishonoring a man who gave so much to defend those very rights? How sad. More…
|Paying for road work|
The GOP should not prioritize increasing the gas tax in this session of Congress. But some Republicans view the recent precipitous decline in gas prices as an opportune time to increase the gas tax. After all, the 2016 presidential election will be here in the blink of an eye and the GOP needs examples of leadership to sway the traditionally liberal voters who only show up every four years.
Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the incoming chair of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, says the GOP is considering a proposal to increase the number of cents the federal government siphons from every gallon of gas sold in the U.S. to better fund the Highway Trust Fund.
He’s not alone. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) have advocated for years to raise the tax to get more money flowing into the fund that reimburses states for highway projects and mass transit ventures. The last time the tax was raised was 1993, but since then inflation and costs creep upward while people consume less gas. Congress has bolstered the fund with five injections of billions of dollars from the general fund since 2008 alone.
And now, with the average gallon of American gas costing $2.19, Republicans in Congress think America’s motorists won’t feel a gas tax hike. As Corker said, “Hopefully this is something again over the next several months, especially with energy prices being where they are, that can gain some momentum and show that Congress can go from A to B and can solve a problem with a user fee, which by the way is the most conservative way in the world to generate revenues.”
Corker is right in saying a consumption tax is the most conservative tax policy. But a decent tax policy doesn’t make up for a badly executed government program. Congress has plenty of room to reduce costs and make the Highway Trust Fund more efficient before it hits drivers again at the pump.
As it stands now, the Highway Trust Fund is a bloated spawn of the big-government idealism of the 1950s. The federal government needed a way to fund the stretches of Dwight Eisenhower’s interstates and the fund was born. In the ’80s, the fund started to provide money for mass transportation projects — something that can easily become pet projects for Washington fat cats.
At the fund’s heart lays a flaw: It warps federalism. The states start the projects, but then the federal government decides motorists in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and other states should help pay for a $3.9 billion bridge that will span the Hudson River to replace the aging Tappan Zee Bridge.
As Reason’s Peter Sunderman writes, “Is Congress really the best organ for making decisions about road projects all around the nation? Some of those decisions, at minimum, are probably better left to the states.”
Instead of raising the gas tax, Congress has options for how it will keep the money rolling toward transportation projects, according to Douglas Holtz-Eakin at Real Clear Policy. Of course, it can continue to do what it always has done: pass another temporary spending measure in a similar way it has been funding the whole government budget for years now. Or it can reform the Highway Trust Fund by finding a new revenue stream, or work with private companies to fix America’s infrastructure. Furthermore, Congress could repeal the Depression-era Davis-Bacon Act, which mandates “prevailing wages” (read: union wages) for public works projects, to allow contractors to better compete.
States already are taking more responsibility for maintaining interstates and bridges that run through their lands. Michael Barone notes, “More than 30 states have passed transportation fiscal measures in the last three years.”
Meanwhile in Washington, the White House has rejected the idea of a gas tax and instead pushed for its tired, old mantra to assuage the nation’s ills: taxes on the wealthy. Responding to a question about the proposed gas tax hike, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “We have put forward our own specific plan for closing loopholes that only benefit wealthy and well-connected corporations, and using the revenue from closing those loopholes to [invest] in badly needed infrastructure upgrades.”
Furthermore, The New York Times reports other members of Congress find the idea of a gas tax bump unpopular. With a new majority in place, Republicans should not make increasing a tax for a bloated government dole a cornerstone of their next two years in Congress. There are more important fights.
Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee has decided to once again test the turbulent waters of presidential candidacy. Entering what might grow to be the largest field of candidates the GOP has seen, Huckabee will need to significantly broaden his appeal to avoid his 2008 defeat.
In that race, the ordained Southern Baptist minister’s appeal to evangelical voters won him a few primaries, but in the end he failed to win the support of the socially moderate or fiscally conservative wings. Since then, America’s values climate has only devolved, and many more voters will find Huckabee’s Christian values unpalatable.
A couple brushes Huckabee had with the Club for Growth in past years could cause him problems. When Gov. Tommy Thompson (R-WI) ran for the Senate in 2011, the Club for Growth attacked Thompson’s record and supported his opponent. Huckabee replied that the Club had no understanding of what it takes to govern, and that Thompson had lowered taxes, cut capital gains and inheritance taxes, while increasing employment.
The following year, while Huckabee considered a run for the nomination, the Club for Growth sent a press release referencing a white paper tied to Huckabee’s last presidential run in 2008. It offered highlights from the report, including charges that Huckabee “raised sales taxes repeatedly,” “increased state spending” and “raised the minimum wage.” Indeed, while Huckabee brags of cutting taxes while governor, he also raised them for a net increase of about $500 million.
It’s telling that the leftist rag Mother Jones defended him in 2007: “Spending did go up under the Huckabee regime. … But Huckabee balanced the Arkansas state budget every year he was governor (balancing the budget is a requirement under Arkansas state law) and in the end, Huckabee had a positive effect on the state ledger: He faced a $200 million deficit in 2002, but ended his term with a $844.5 million surplus.” Their conclusion: “Democrats support the sort of fiscal responsibility that Huckabee was able to demonstrate.” That should raise a few red flags.
Yet Leon Wolf of Red State offers a few words of tempered wisdom on this dispute: “[I]t is entirely fair to engage Mike Huckabee stridently on the substance. … What bothers me is that, résumé-wise, Huckabee is pretty much the same guy as Jeb Bush. People who disagree with Jeb generally start their disagreement with Jeb’s policies. … People who disagree with Huckabee generally start by attacking him personally.”
“Believe it or not,” Wolf adds, “the people who … go to their Southern Baptist churches … are smart enough to figure out why Huckabee gets this disparate treatment and what it means about how the folks in Washington, DC who are at least nominally on their side view them. … [M]aybe it would be worth toning back the contempt a little.”
Last year, Huckabee urged conservatives to “stop the fight” over the Common Core standards promulgated by the Obama “Education” Department. He urged fellow Republicans to consider the positive effects the nationalized standards might have on students in poor-performing schools. This position pits Huckabee squarely against virtually every other conservative. Common Core has been judged to be junk and deserves to be scrapped. Unless he has a sudden epiphany, his hopes for nomination will go the way of Common Core.
As for cap and trade, Huckabee claims that he’s never believed in global warming or supported cap and trade, but in 2007 he said he supported a mandatory cap on global-warming pollution and that the U.S. has a moral obligation to address climate change. “It goes to the moral issue,” he said then. “We have a responsibility to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, to conserve energy, to find alternative forms of energy that are renewable and sustainable and environmentally friendly.”
Seven years is enough time for someone to re-evaluate an old position. Huckabee needs to make his clear now because the last thing we need is another envirofascist president.
Though the primaries are still a year away, as more Republicans throw in their hats, the contest will become more contentious. Candidates and the entire party must keep their eyes on the prize, and remember that the bigger fight is with Democrats.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Walter E. Williams: Liberals’ Use of Black People, Part II
- Stephen Moore: Young Workers Hurt Most by Minimum Wage Hikes
- Terence Jeffrey: Will There Be a 2016 Lame-Duck Disability Bailout?
- Joe Bastardi: AGW Forecast: More of the Same
- Michelle Malkin: The Black Brunch Brats
OPINION IN BRIEF
American writer James Neil Hollingworth (1933–1996): “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
Columnist Walter E. Williams: “Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, during the summer of 1955, was accused of flirting with a white woman. Klansmen took him to a barn. They beat him and gouged out one of his eyes. Then they shot him in the head and tossed his body in the Tallahatchie River. The New York Times published the street name on which Officer Wilson lived. Had the frenzied mob caught up with him, regardless of evidence, he might have suffered the same fate as Till. Multiethnic societies are inherently unstable, and how we handle matters of race is contributing to that instability. Decent Americans should see the dangers posed by America’s race hustlers, who are stacking up piles of combustible racial kindling, ready for a racial arsonist to set it ablaze.”
Economist Stephen Moore: “On New Year’s Day, the minimum wage increased in 20 states and the District of Columbia. This follows a year in which protesters hit the streets in major cities, camping in front of fast food stores and demanding a hike in the minimum wage. Last summer, Seattle raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018. In December, San Francisco followed suit, approving a $15 minimum wage by 2018. Likewise, Chicago just mandated a $13 hourly wage by 2019. Meanwhile, President Obama storms around the country moaning that Scrooge-like congressional Republicans are refusing to give the American worker a raise. … During the last federally mandated series of minimum wage hikes from $5.15 to $7.25, teenage labor force participation plummeted from near 41 percent to a low of less than 33 percent as unemployment jumped from near 15 percent to a high of more than 27.4 percent. Yes, the primary cause was the Great Recession. But raising the minimum wage when the economy was contracting was a recipe for disaster for young workers whose wage fell to $0.00. Sorry, there is no free lunch by hiking the minimum wage.”
Comedian Jimmy Fallon: “Joe Biden went to Brazil in an effort to try and repair America’s relationship with their government. Biden said, ‘It’s great to be here in the Amazon. I’ve always wanted to see where all the books come from.'”
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|“Global Warming” Fee Added to Calif. Gas Prices – Before Sales Tax!
Posted: 07 Jan 2015 09:43 AM PST
California drivers are now paying a “global warming” fee added to the price of gasoline before sales tax, forcing them to pay a tax on top of a tax. The state is charging gas retailers a new “global warming” cap-and-trade fee and retailers are passing the cost to consumers, but the consumer sales tax is calculated from the full pump price, which includes the cap-and-trade fee. “The global warming fee, which is variable and could soar in the future, added about a dime this week,” Dan McSwain of UT San Diego said. “Then the state adds 2.25% of the full retail price – including those other fees and taxes – while city and county sales taxes add more (0.5% in most of San Diego County).” Many drivers haven’t noticed the increase yet due to the plummeting gas prices, but they will eventually because the $0.10 per gallon fee is not a set price – it’s determined by California’s “cap-and-trade” market in which various industries trade their permits covering specific amounts of emissions, the total of which is capped by the state. More
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|BIRTH PANGS – Seismologists investigating increased activity, Swarm Continues in TexasPosted: 07 Jan 2015 09:39 AM PST
Seismologists installed a new earthquake-monitoring device in the Dallas suburb of Irving this week after a series of minor temblors rocked an area near the site of the former Dallas Cowboys football stadium. Irving was hit by a magnitude 3.5 quake, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was the strongest in a series of nearly 20 minor quakes to hit around Irving since September. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. But the seismic series has left residents on edge, wondering if the situation will get worse and what has been behind an uptick in quakes over the last several years. “The safety and security of our residents is paramount for the city of Irving,” said Irving City Manager Chris Hillman. Some residents believe the implosion of Texas Stadium in 2010 may have exacerbated problems. There is also speculation the quakes might be related to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” an energy extraction technique that has a long history in north Texas. More
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|Is Your Church Part Of The Great Falling Away?Posted: 07 Jan 2015 09:33 AM PST
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3
I am writing this article in hopes that the readers of it will seek TRUTH in the only place it is always found — The Word of God. Within God’s Word, we find TRUTH to grow in Him, and to be kept safe from the lies of Satan. God tells us in His Word what will happen in the future. He always warns us about heresy being taught and received as truth. He said it will be worse in these End Times. The Berean church was used in the Bible as an example of how God wants His people to be kept safe. He knows that the enemy of our souls roams about the earth, seeking those he might devour. This passage of Scripture speaks of the Berean church: More
|This Is Why Jihadis Massacred Writers And Cartoonists At A French Humor MagazinePosted: 07 Jan 2015 08:09 AM PST
The French magazine Charlie Hebdo, targeted on Wednesday by Muslim gunmen, has a long history of mocking religions, including Islam. Its most recent cover joked about author Michel Houellebecq’s new novel “Submission,” which speculates about a future in which France elects a Muslim president. Since its release, many have called “Submission” Islamophobic, though Houellebecq has said that that “an alliance between Catholics and Muslims is possible,” and that “jihadists are bad Muslims.” The magazine also posted a cartoon of ISIS leader of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to its Twitter feed earlier today. Last year, Islamic groups tried to sue the magazine for blasphemy over a cover depicting its caption depicting its caption, “[the Qur’an] doesn’t stop bullets.” Its website was also hacked in 2012 and its offices firebombed in 2011, both over deliberately shocking material about Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. More
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|Men who take more selfies have higher than average traits of narcissism and psychopathyPosted: 07 Jan 2015 08:03 AM PST
Men who take more selfies have higher than average traits of narcissism and psychopathy, a study from academics at Ohio State University has found. The research, published in the journal of Personality and Individual Differences, looked at 800 men between the ages of 18-40 who completed an online survey about how many photos they posted on social media, and another questionnaire looking at their personality traits. It also found men who edited their selfies before posting them were more likely to have traits of narcissism but editing selfies was not linked to psychopathic traits. Professor Jesse Fox, the study’s lead author, said while it may not be surprising that men who spend a lot of time posting selfies and editing them are more narcissistic, it had not yet been confirmed in a scientific research. For Fox, the “more interesting finding” was that selfie-obsessed men had more psychopathic traits and self-objectified, which means valuing oneself primarily on the basis of appearance. “We know that self-objectification leads to a lot of terrible things, like depression and eating disorders in women,” Fox said. “With the growing use of social networks, everyone is more concerned with their appearance. That means self-objectification may become a bigger problem for men, as well as for women.” More
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|Putin Is Especially Dangerous Right NowPosted: 07 Jan 2015 07:59 AM PST
The sanctions against Russia and cuts in oil prices have finally worked. They are destroying the Russian economy. The ruble has collapsed, losing 60 percent of its value since President Putin’s invasions of Ukraine began. But that’s little solace for Ukraine, whose economy has collapsed even faster; the value of its currency, the hryvna, has lost 60 percent of its value since February. The difference is that Russia had an enormous cash reserve of $550 billion —now said to be $400 billion or less — whereas Ukraine had a $40 billion deficit. More
|Atlanta fire chief made example of, terminated following Comment on HomosexualityPosted: 07 Jan 2015 07:51 AM PST
Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran — the subject of recent controversy over remarks made in a self-published religious book — has been terminated from the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, Mayor Kasim Reed announced today. Cochran returned to work today following a month-long suspension for comments in his 2013 book “Who Told You That You Are Naked?” Many criticized the book as promoting discriminatory and anti-gay views, while Cochran’s suspension — and now termination — has since become the focus of a fight over “religious liberty.” The mayor said he decided to terminate Cochran not just because the fire chief didn’t consult him before publishing the book, but also spoke out about his suspension despite being told to remain quiet during the investigation into his leadership. What’s more, Reed said he believes Cochran opened up the city to the potential for litigation over future discrimination claims. More
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|NOAA warns of strong geomagnetic storm hitting northern hemisphere.Posted: 07 Jan 2015 07:42 AM PST
BREAKING NEWS– The Space Weather Prediction Center issued a warning for a large geomagnetic storm on Wednesday morning. The NOAA organization said the primary areas that would be affected would be in the northern portion of the northern hemisphere. Some of the storm’s potential effects were power system voltage irregularities, possible false alarms triggered on security systems, and problems with GPS systems. The storm could also impact spacecraft and cause orientation problems in satellites. The warning also said that the storm could push the area where the Aurora could be seen as far south as Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon. The main intensity of the storm was supposed to have affected the planet just before 6:30 a.m. but the storm was reported to still be in progress at 9 a.m. The storm was listed as a G3 on the NOAA storm scale, which is considered large, but not the most severe. More
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|Children’s Book depicting 2 Mothers has Some Parents Angry, School Will not be removing it.Posted: 07 Jan 2015 07:34 AM PST
A local school board has voted to allow a book about a little girl with two mothers to remain inside district libraries and classrooms. The Superior School Board in Superior, Wisconsin, voted Monday night against banning the book, titled, ”Emma and Meesha My Boy: A Two Mom Story,” from local schools after an unnamed parent waged an official complaint against it. “This is a delightful story of little girl with two moms as she learns how to be nice to her cat,” a description of the book reads. “Follow along as Emma gets in trouble trying to play with Meesha Kitty and cheer as she learns to treat him with care.” District officials concluded that it would be inappropriate to remove the book based on one parent’s complaint, according to the Associated Press. More
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|BREAKING: Newspaper offices evacuated in Madrid due to suspicious packagePosted: 07 Jan 2015 07:20 AM PST
A spokeswoman for media group PRISA confirmed its offices had been evacuated after receiving a suspect package. Pictures of employees standing outside the building have since been posted on Twitter. Policemen were also pictured outside the building. Laura Guerrero, an apprentice at sports TV channel AS, wrote: “Police at the headquarters of Prisa. “They found a suspicious package in El País. And evict the building.” More
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The McAvany Intel Memo
As we watch our accumulated Federal deficits and debt scream skyward, and witness annual trillion-dollar increases (both revealed and hidden), there are symptoms of cultural, financial, and monetary imbalances everywhere we look.
Most Americans today don’t choose to look at what our government and Federal Reserve have done during the past 25 years in creating a debt monster. The “numbers” are simply too complicated and “over our heads.” While none of us can write checks in our unbalanced checkbooks forever, this is exactly what our government has done. Government-introduced capital markets have replaced our previously free markets.
The chart below shows the decline in the silver content of a Roman silver coin during the fall of the Empire.
Note the parallel in the decline of the Roman silver coin and our declining US currency versus our $20 gold American Double Eagle from 1930 to today. The decline can be seen in the rising price of one ounce of gold from 1930 ($20) to today ($1,250). (The paper loss, when comparing a 1930 $20 paper dollar with a one-ounce gold coin, is 98.5%!)
Since Richard Nixon exclaimed, “We’re all Keynesians now,” America has been on the road to debtor’s prison – with new ideas used in the dictatorial monetary power of government. Progressives now believe government can “fix” any market, and the FED does its best to rig every market in the world. Paul Krugman (New York Times), an award winning new-age economist and editorial writer recently wrote:
“Keynesian economics rests fundamentally on the proposition that macroeconomics isn’t a morality play – that depressions are essentially a technical malfunction. As the Great Depression deepened, Keynes famously declared that ‘we do have magneto trouble’ – i.e., the economy’s troubles were like those of a car with a small but critical problem in its electrical system, and the job of the economist is to figure out how to repair that technical problem.”
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, July 2014, by guest editor Jim Deeds)
Inside Account: Anti-Israel Resolutions Defeated at American Historical Association :: Herf at Legal Insurrection
by Jeffrey Herf
January 6, 2015
“UCLA’s Embarrassment: Prof. Abou El Fadl” – Pipes in FPM, #1381
by Daniel Pipes
January 7, 2015
10 Key Events That Preceded The Last Financial Crisis That Are Happening Again RIGHT NOW
If you do not believe that we are heading directly toward another major financial crisis, you need to read this article. So many of the exact same patterns that preceded the great financial collapse of 2008 are happening again right before our very eyes. History literally appears to be repeating, but most Americans seem absolutely oblivious to what is going on. The mainstream media and our politicians are promising them that everything is going to be okay somehow, and that seems to be good enough for most people. But the signs that another massive financial crisis is on the horizon are everywhere. All you have to do is open up your eyes and look at them. (Read More....)
Worldwide Suicide Attacks Nearly Double in 2014
Muslim slaughter of fellow-Muslims and “infidels” reached new modern heights in 2014. Though car bombings still likely have the lead in worldwide attacks, the number of suicide murderers – virtually all them Muslims, and mostly from Sunni Salafist jihadi organizations affiliated with global jihad – appears to be the next-most lethal weapon.
Round-up: responses to Perry Noble on the Ten Commandment
by Daniel Neades
We have already covered Perry Noble’s claim that there is no word in Hebrew for ‘commandment’, and his subsequent doubling-down on that error. However, there have been further rebuttals of Noble’s dangerous false teaching and, since he is lead pastor of NewSpring, the largest church in the Southern Baptist Convention, Nobel’s errors propagate widely. A round-up of the best responses may therefore prove helpful.
Is Efficiency A Virtue In The Church?
So, when so someone comes along with a slick plan that seems to make ministry that much more “rational” (that was a buzzword in government and business in the first half of the 20th century) it’s hard to resist. It’s something that elders, who might also be businessmen can understand and support. It seems to build bridges but it also, subtly perhaps, puts us just a little bit more in control of church and ministry and tends to marginalize the Word, sacraments, and Spirit (were that possible).
A Medieval Perspective on Modern Identity Politics
This is not a stance unique to LGBTQ activists. In fact, it is one of the major assumptions in the contemporary political climate. Much of modern politics—right and left—operates with an impoverished, solipsistic definition of selfhood. The result is that we have lost the classic liberal balance between the constraints rooted in the concept of a shared humanity and the rights of the individual.
A Note on Trinitarian Analogies
Nevertheless, this does not mean that analogies for the Trinity are unhelpful and inappropriate. We simply need to realize the limitations outlined above. In short, we must not press analogies. Instead, if we constantly remind ourselves, even in hyper-vigilance, that pressing any trinitarian analogy will lead to some form of heresy, then we can be faithful to the revelation of Scripture as we explore the depth and breadth of God’s trinitarian lordship over all of creation.
What is the Gospel?
In our day, there are countless counterfeit gospels, both inside and outside the church. Much of what is on Christian television and on the shelves of Christian bookstores completely obscures the gospel, thereby making it another gospel, which is no gospel whatsoever. English pastor J.C. Ryle wrote, “Since Satan cannot destroy the gospel, he has too often neutralized its usefulness by addition, subtraction, or substitution.” It is vital we understand that just because a preacher talks about Jesus, the cross, and heaven, does not mean he is preaching the gospel.
10 Things to Pray for This New Year
The great news is that God is the author of 2015. He knows each and every twist and turn that lay ahead both for you and for me. He has planned 2015 down to the minutest detail, all with the goal of his glory and our good. So when it comes to facing the new and unexpected, when the future seems frightening and uncertain, and when we come to a new and unfamiliar junction in the road of life, the best and greatest thing we can do is pray. Through Christ, we can come to the throne of grace with confidence, casting our cares and anxieties upon the Lord, and know that we will find grace and help in our time of need.
What To Do When You’re In Trouble
Ask him to deliver you and loved ones from sickness, anxiety, depression, fear, debt. Ask him to save your children and grandchildren, not only eternally, but from this world’s evils and things like bad decisions and the consequences of sins. Ask Jesus to deliver you from the coworker who harasses you. From anything that plagues you. When God allows hardships to continue, he gives grace and does far greater things than if he brought us out of them. But until he makes that crystal clear, we should keep praying for deliverance.
7 Reasons Not to Worry
Worry may be the most common sin among your “regular” folks in the church. Now, you may think that’s not very encouraging. “Great, I worry about everything. And now on top of my worrying I am going to feel bad about worrying and I am going to worry about that.” But be encouraged: If worry is just a part of your personality or part of being a mom (or a student or a businessman or whatever), God may not do anything to help you. But if worry is a sin, then God can forgive you for it and help you overcome it.
10 Eye-Opening Quotes From Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger
Margaret Sanger has been lauded by some as a woman of valor, but a closer look reveals that Planned Parenthood’s audacious founder had some unsavory things to say about matters of race, birth control, and abortion. An outspoken eugenicist herself, Sanger consistently promoted racist ideals with a contemptuous attitude. Read on to learn why Planned Parenthood hides behind a false memory of Sanger, and why, despite her extraordinarily prolific writing career, one rarely sees her quoted by Planned Parenthood leaders and apologists.
Should We Trust People’s Near-Death Experiences?
There is hardly a more popular genre of religious literature today than that of Near-Death Experience (NDE). I often tell people that if they want to become a millionaire, all they have to do is die, come back to life, and then write about what they saw (if Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts could do it in Flatliners, why not?).
The fascination with this subject is certainly understandable. After all, we are talking about people who assert that they have had first hand experience with the afterlife. Their testimony, were it to be true, could overturn atheism and give us the most insider information that we have had since the Apostle John (so long as they saw something). Who wouldn’t want such confirmation. After all, for most of us, our experience of God is filtered through so many events that are hard to interpret and, frequently, over-interpreted. How many of us haven’t asked God to do something for us personally that breaks through the often boring mundane, in order to show Himself and His will to us in a definite experiential way? I know I have.
In come NDEs (of others) to the rescue. From the claims of a little four-year-old boy’s meetings with John the Baptist and explanations of the Trinity to a neurosurgeon’s personal Journey to the Afterlife, we can’t miss a demographic here (although the first is not technically an NDE). We now even have anthologies of this stuff.
Many devoted Christians have begun to see the light (pardon the pun) as more and more of these stories surface. At the very least, we are left scratching our heads, slowly developing a love-hate relationship with NDEs. While most of the NDE stories come from either Christian, or atheists, who are encouraged to become Christian, we do have others joining the conversation. As of 2005, close to 95% of the cultures of the world have documented some sort of near-death experience (The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences [yes, they have a handbook on these things] pp. 1–16). But more significant than this (to me) are the conflicting testimonies of Christians and/or converts who describe the afterlife. While there are some common elements in their stories (discussed below), the details are more difficult to reconcile. Read more of this post
Angels And Demons
Q. You have said that angels can take human form, but demons need to possess a human. How then,were they able to procreate with women to produce the nephilim?
OSAS And Romans 8:6,13
Q. I believe in OSAS, as the Bible clearly teaches it. However, I am finding more and more people (especially in my bible study group) using different scriptures to counter OSAS, which does not make sense to me. The most common one I have seen used is Romans 8:6 and 13 where Paul speaks of the fleshly mind is death (physical and spiritual) and that whoever lives according to the flesh will die spiritually, but whoever lives according to the spirit will live. How does this relate to believers?
Matthew Or Daniel, Who Is Right?
Q. The Rapture, A Secret Jesus Couldn’t Reveal, you quoted Matt. 21:43, “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” which is used to validate replacement theology. But Daniel 2:44 says, “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.” What Kingdom is taken from Israel and given to another people (presumable the Church), and what Kingdom will not be left to another people? In what way are they different?
Two Words for Christians in 2015
I suspect there are two things that we’ll need more of in 2015. One is clarity, and the other is hope. I’ll explain.
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Answering Doubts: A Conference for Questions—Videos
The videos from the 2014 RZIM “Answering Doubts” Conference is now online. Designed as “a gathering for Christians and non-Christians alike focused on addressing essential, profound, and relevant questions about the Christian worldview,” this conference featured talks and Q&A forums with featured speakers Nabeel Quereshi, Cameron McAllister, and Alycia Wood. All videos one page here. Or view on YouTube here:
• Is Christianity Beautiful? – Cameron McAllister
• The Problem of Truth – Alycia Wood
• Can We Know if God is Real? – Nabeel Qureshi
• Media and the Gospel – Cameron McAllister
• Why Do I Need God? – Alycia Wood
• My Journey to Christ – Nabeel Qureshi
• Answering Doubts Q&A #1
6 Free Biblical Counseling Video Curriculum Resources
Chicken Little Christianity
Cultural clarity and cultural engagement are necessary for Christians. But cultural panic? Well, that’s a sin. Let’s talk about it.
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Worldview Radio with Brannon Howse
Contend 2015 repor: Jared Carlson joins Brannon to talk about five reasons we can trust the Bible. They also discuss the amazing ministry that was Contend 2015. Brannon will read some of the handwritten testimonials from the students. Topic: Jared in a 35 year old senior pastor and he explains why many of his peers have thrown the Bible under the bus. Jared explains why he is not interested in numbers but keeping the Bible as the foundation of the local church in which he serves. As a former youth pastor, Jared explains how modern evangelicalism has failed our youth in how they treat them and what they teach them. Jared explains why he is looking forward to Contend 2016.
Encounter God’s Truth with Dr. John Whitcomb:
What is your perspective on this New Year?
Bible teacher Dr. John Whitcomb, aided by host Wayne Shepherd, answers that question from one of our speaker’s favorite New Testament passages on this special New Year’s edition of Encounter God’s Truth.
What a joy to know that, even as one year turns to another, Gods Word remains true from the beginning to the end!
We want to thank our friends at Answers in Genesis Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, for permission to broadcast this sermon, which was originally given for their staff members.
Dr. Whitcomb returns at the end of today’s program to tell us more about how we can study the Bible personally and faithfully in this year ahead. We trust that this unique broadcast will be a blessing to many.
Women with the Master with Susan Heck:
What are the benefits of Discipleship! Part 3
No Compromise Radio with Mike Abendroth:
The Greatest Love Of All
@TuesdayGuy joins Pastor Mike in the studio today where they talk about a variety of news articles including a recent article from The Guardian titled: I Married Myself. What is the Biblical view of marriage? How does this article contradict this view? Other articles titled Pope Francis: The Devil Works to Divide Christians and Bleep! Why Christians Shouldnt Cuss are also looked at.
Search the Scriptures with T.A. McMahon:
Dave and Tom cover diverse topics from Creation to the woman who rides the beast in this Search the Scriptures Daily classic.
Prophecy Today with Dr. Jimmy DeYoung:
On today’s edition of PTIB Jimmy DeYoung has a conversation with Ken Timmerman in the Washington, DC area and they will discuss the geopolitical events in our world that seem to be setting the stage for Bible Prophecy to be fulfilled. They will talk about events in 2015 like the development of a Nuclear WMD by the Iranian’s; IS and its spread, not only in the Middle East, but across the world as well; Russian President Putin and his problems with Ukraine and NATO and the Obama Middle East and foreign policy that does not seem to be working.
Immanuel with Jesse Johnson:
Blessed Assurance (Psalm 119:161-168)
Proclaiming the Gospel with Mike Gendron:
new program by Mike next week.
Noise of Thunder with Chris Pinto:
Chris discusses a series of stories pertaining to the global Islamic Jihad, including the report that some 200 Christian churches have been recently destroyed by terrorists. Also discussed are some of the comments we received in response to our Christmas show. In particular, how are the elements of the old Gentile world to be understood from a New Testament context? What examples are we given by the apostles? And how does this affect us today?
Armoury Radio with Pastor Michael John Beasley:
new program by Mike next week.
The Danger Zone with David Farnell
new program by David next week.
Steel on Steel with John Loeffler:
Opening up the show is Cal State Fresno professor and Hoover Institute member Bruce Thornton (www.hoover.org/profiles/bruce-thornton). He tackles the politics of feminism and shows how it has come full circle from the if it feels good, do it philosophy of the 1960s to the regulatory politically-correct thinking of today.
Next up, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin (www.amchainitiative.org), lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and director of the AMCHA Initiative, discusses the BDS movement (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) against Israel and how it has spawned anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses.
The Justin Peters Program:
Rest for the Weary, part 2 – Matthew 11:20-30
For the next few programs we will be looking at Matthew 11:25-30. For context, however, in today’s program we will examine the preceding verses in which Jesus upbraided the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. What was it about these cities that drew such a blistering condemnation from Christ? It is not that these cities actively opposed Christ, but that they were indifferent to him. As evangelicals we are certainly not actively opposing Christ, but many of us are indifferent to Him. I will give one example that, I believe, shows particular indifference to Christ’s commands. It is something to look for when searching for a solid church with which to fellowship.
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This is pretty interesting.
In some churches, there’s this weird taboo surrounding mental illness. Nobody ever talks about it or acknowledges that it’s real. If a guy is sunk into depression, we say he’s, “Going through a rough patch,” or, “Having a tough time,” or we don’t say anything at all. If someone has cancer, we pray that God will heal her. If someone has back surgery, we make meals for him. But when it comes to mental illness, we don’t know what to say or do. Everyone knows something is wrong but nobody actually talks about it.
Remember friends, the only one who looks silly is you. And all the people who copy and paste what you post.
Most evangelical churches that are faithful to preach the gospel are eager to do God’s work. While they represent this in a variety of ways, it usually includes baseline expectations of evangelism and discipleship. They organize their meetings, hire their staff, train their volunteers, structure their programs, and build their buildings with these intentions in mind. If they have been at it for any length of time and God has blessed their labor, they have seen fruit. Lives have been impacted. Homes have been changed. Relationships have been deepened.
“Saying you’re a new kind of Christian with a new kind of Christianity is basically saying you’re an old kind of heretic.”
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