To know that God knows everything about me and yet loves me is indeed my ultimate consolation. —R.C. Sproul
Jan. 9, 2015
Jeb Bush’s allies are setting a fundraising goal of $100 million in the first three months of this year-including a whopping $25 million haul in Florida-in an effort to winnow the potential Republican presidential primary field with an audacious display of financial strength.
President Obama proposed making two years of community college education free for students who maintain academic standards. Students must attend at least half time, maintain a grade point average of 2.5 and make regular progress toward completing a degree, according to a White House fact sheet. Obama didn’t specify how he would fund the program. A person briefed on the proposal said the program would cost $5 billion and require congressional approval.
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a case that could prove to be a fatal blow against the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, a new study has concluded that the consequences of striking down the law’s subsidies for low- and middle-income individuals will result in a sharp drop in the number of Americans with health insurance, as well as a steep rise in premiums. “Individual market enrollment would decline by more than 70 percent, or 9.6 million.”
TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline faces one less hurdle after Nebraska’s highest court cleared its path through the state, setting aside a challenge to the power of its Republican governor to dictate the route, and sending the matter back to Washington.
House-price growth in England and Wales has returned to single-digit figures after a breakneck year for the market led by London, according to LSL Property Services and Acadata.
Eighteen months into a recall of Jeeps with exploding gas tanks, drivers of the affected models are still dying and more than 1 million of the vehicles remain unfixed.
Oil headed for a seventh weekly decline in New York and London amid speculation that OPEC won’t pare output to reduce a global surplus.
Employment rose more than forecast in December and the jobless rate declined to 5.6 percent, wrapping up the best year for the labor market since 1999 and adding to evidence the U.S. is a standout in the global economy.
More than 80,000 Scottish homes suffered power cuts overnight after hurricane-force winds caused disruptions to supply networks.
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Terrorists linked to each other seized hostages at two locations around Paris on Friday, facing off against hundreds of French security forces as the city shut down a famed Jewish neighborhood and scrambled to protect residents and tourists from further attacks.
One of two brothers suspected of carrying out the deadly shooting at a French satirical weekly visited Yemen in 2011 to train with al Qaeda-affiliated militants, U.S. and European sources close to the investigation said.
The head of Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5 warned on Thursday that militant Islamists in Syria were planning “mass casualty attacks” in the West and that intelligence services may be powerless to stop them.
US department store giant Macy’s said Thursday it would shut 14 stores, cutting more than 1,300 jobs, in a restructuring to boost its focus on the boom in online shopping.
A video released by the city of Cleveland shows a police officer pushing a 14-year-old girl to the ground and handcuffing her with the help of another officer soon after a third officer fatally shot her younger brother.
An Ohio bridal shop that temporarily closed after it was visited by an Ebola-affected Texas nurse announced on social media this week that it was closing down.
Indonesian search and rescue teams hunting for the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet detected pings they believed were from the plane’s black box flight recorders on Friday, 12 days after it went missing with 162 people on board.
The White House is expected to ask the U.S. Congress soon for a formal authorization to use military force against Islamic State, a top Republican senator said.
Former Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers told CNBC Friday the U.S. economy is not growing fast enough.
If employers don’t start giving raises, they may hear this message a lot in the upcoming year. A full 35% of the nearly 900 workers surveyed by jobs site Glassdoor.com said they’d look for a new job if their boss doesn’t bump up their salary in 2015. Those most likely to walk? Employees under age 35 and employees making less than $50,000.
The US will close 15 military bases across Europe, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirms, to save the Pentagon $500m a year.
Boston was put forward by the United States Olympic Committee as a candidate city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Russia said transsexual and transgender people will be barred from driving on medical grounds, in a controversial move. Fetishism, exhibitionism and voyeurism are also included as “mental disorders” now barring people from driving.
The city of Houston, which created a firestorm of controversy by issuing subpoenas for copies of pastors’ sermons in a case over a transgender “rights” ordinance, now contends the pastors have no right to a jury trial and wants a hand-picked “special master” to review the evidence.
The Douglas County School District in Colorado, under fire for saying that schoolgirls might have to cover up from head to ankle for a field trip to a Muslim mosque, has confirmed that such Shariah requirements will be enforced on the outing.
January 9, 2015
“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, 1816
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
California Senator Barbara Boxer, topping the short list of the Senate’s most leftist members, is calling it quits. After five terms in the House, Boxer was elected to the Senate in the 1992 Bill Clinton wave.
It is no small demonstration of hypocrisy that Boxer — who led the attempt to black-bag George H.W. Bush’s 1991 SCOTUS nominee, Clarence Thomas, on sexual harassment charges, and who in 1995 went after Rep. Sen. Robert Packwood on similar charges — was deafeningly quiet when her man Clinton couldn’t figure out what the definition of “is” is when admitting to having sex with an intern in the Oval Office.
Boxer, who has a 100% rating from both unions and environmentalist groups, built her career advocating for abortion and against the Second Amendment and, more recently, “climate change.”
So why a note of thanks?
Boxer proclaimed, “I have about a thousand accomplishments,” and not one of her legislative achievements complied with her oath “to Support and Defend” our Constitution. But she did, inadvertently, boost the sales of our Patriot Shop products.
In 2011, after Republican-appointed federal judge John Roll was among six citizens murdered by a psychopath in Tucson, and Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded in that assault, Boxer, seizing the moment to use tragedy as fodder for her gun control agenda, held a press conference. At that conference she held up an image of one of our Patriot Shop stickers, claiming our products and pro-gun sentiment in general were responsible for that assault. The attention she brought helped our bottom line.
Farewell, Ms. Boxer, and don’t let the door hit you in the rear on the way out!
Barack Obama visited Phoenix Thursday, but he could only wave as his motorcade blew past the Veterans Affairs Hospital where the whole wait-time scandal came to light. Not that a presidential visit would have accomplished anything other than to create, well, long wait times, but the symbolism of not caring about veterans was unmistakable. By contrast, Obama did have time to meet with former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was critically wounded exactly four years ago Thursday in a horrific shooting — because the topic of their meeting was gun control. According to CBS News, “Giffords, who was shot in the head, still struggles to speak and walk. She has become the face of gun control, having founded Americans for Responsible Solutions with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly. The gun control group raised millions for congressional candidates in the 2014 election.” Obama has no time for the vets who fought for our rights because he’d rather spend time figuring out how to take those rights away. More…
Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute says there are two primary indicators that the U.S. economy has turned around and is finally climbing out of Obama’s hole: more Americans getting employment, and workers getting increased wages. Unfortunately, neither happened in the month of December, according to the December Jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Oh sure, the headline numbers were good. About 252,000 people joined the workforce and the unemployment numbers declined by 0.2% to 5.6%. But the overall number of people who are in the cubicles, on the job sites, manning the shops, or dishing out the fast food once again declined in December by 0.2%. Now, only 62.7% of American adults are working. And the average wage has hovered at $24.57 an hour. American workers received an average six-cent wage boost in November, but in December, the average wage declined by five cents. The American economy is showing some signs of recovery but in many ways is still sputtering thanks to Obama’s policies. It may begin to take off, if Obama doesn’t suddenly decide now’s the time to put some water in the gas tank. More…
Barack Obama dropped a bombshell on the country from 75,000 feet as he was jetting from Detroit to Phoenix during his pre-State of the Union tour: He’s going to give out free college education for anyone who gets at least a 2.50 GPA at community college. “Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” Obama said in a video. “That’s right, free for everybody who is willing to work for it.” The White House Blog said the federal wealth transfer machine will pay 75% of tuition and expect state governments to pay the rest. No word yet on how much it’s going to cost or how we’re going to pay for it, but we don’t doubt that the “wealthy” will be hit up for new taxes to pay for mediocre general education classes. As commentator Mollie Hemingway said, “This six-year high school plan is Obama’s totally smartest idea yet.” Our question is, why stop at community college? How about all higher education? “Free” stuff is awesome, right? More…
The only thing the Bible is good for, in Labor Secretary Thomas Perez’s estimation, is justifying all the Left’s benevolent big-government ideas. At the AFL-CIO’s “Raising Wages” summit, Perez insisted that America must raise the minimum wage because the Bible commands taking care of the poor — as if earning a wage is receiving charity and government compulsion changes people’s hearts. “This is really about biblical teachings,” Perez pontificated. “This is about what is taught in the Koran and what is in the Torah and what we learn about making sure we ‘do unto others.’ … Take the Bible and rip up every page that has a reference to the need to help the poor and the underserved, and the Bible turns into, like, a Newsweek magazine. And that’s what this is about. This is about who we are as a nation.” Perez apparently fancies himself a scholar of holy texts, and yet he recommends ripping up the Bible to divine its true meaning. (Reader advisory: Results may differ if you do the same with the Koran.) Wonder what he thinks about the passages admonishing Liberty and limited government, like God’s warning to Israel about wanting a king. Or did he rip those passages out too? More…
Of all the questions about Wednesday’s dastardly terrorist attack in Paris, the one that has the clearest answer regards the motivation: Kill those who oppose Islam in any way. The Religion of Peace™ has now claimed at least 15 victims in multiple attacks — all in the name of Allah. Even as police have surrounded the suspects, who insist they “want to die as martyrs,” the Left is bending over backward to make apologies for them.
Sure, victims received an outpouring of support both in Europe and here in America. Reporters, writers, cartoonists and government officials condemned the attack. But if that kind of support existed when the Charlie Hebdo offices were bombed in 2012, maybe Stéphane Charbonnier, his colleagues and the two unarmed police officers who were nearby would still be alive.
There is no reasoning with these maniacal and radical Islamic fundamentalists.
Our own fearless leader, Barack Obama, has spent much time in his presidency going through linguistic gymnastics to deny that terror attacks like the one in Paris are related to Islam. “Islam teaches peace,” he told us. Worse, the lesson Obama drew from the Sept. 11, 2012, murders of American Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans at the embassy in Benghazi, Libya, was this: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
Secretary of State John Kerry has followed suit. When asked about the rise of the Islamic State, he denied any connection to Islam: “ISIL claims to be fighting on behalf of Islam, but the fact is that it’s hateful ideology has nothing to do with Islam.” In his eyes, the weather is a bigger threat.
Are we really to believe that ISIL is not a threat? Is radical Islamic fundamentalism just another misunderstood ideology? Let’s ask Anjem Choudary, a radical Muslim cleric and longtime Sharia advocate.
“Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone.” These are the opening words of Choudary’s op-ed published by USA Today Thursday in response to the Paris murders. He added, “Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression.” He goes on to point out that all Muslims are, or should be, motivated to protect the prophet Muhammad every day in every way. Even if it means murder.
Choudary’s unapologetic defense of the Paris murderers goes so far as to place the blame for the crime at the feet of the dead writers and artists. If they hadn’t provoked wrath, they might still be alive, he argued. Consider for a moment how this outrageous statement sounds applied in other situations: She was raped because she was wearing a short skirt. He wouldn’t have been beaten to death if he drank from the colored water fountain like he was supposed to.
Yet leftists are falling over each other to make excuses for these attacks. Obama is this nation’s ringleader when it comes to this foolishness.
Obama’s not alone in his blindness. The Religion of Peace™ has racked up a body count that is second to none in our post-Cold War world, yet leftist “thinkers” and media acolytes want to blame all these acts of war on Western thinking. Like Choudary, many want to say that the writers and artists brought their deaths on themselves.
One of the two brothers responsible for the Paris massacre, who has a record of terrorist activity by the way, blamed his radicalization on George W. Bush, the war in Iraq and the Abu Ghraib prison abuses. How convenient.
Murderers like him always have a reason for their crimes that push responsibility away from themselves. And leftists in this country almost always buy it. Suppose Abu Ghraib and Iraq were motivators for their actions. What motivated the radicals that forced us to invade Iraq in the first place? What motivated 9/11? The attack on the USS Cole? The dual bombings of American embassies in Africa in 1998? They will always come up with a reason to justify their murder.
In the same manner, leftists will always come up with a way to blame radical Islamic acts of violence in the West on “homegrown” terrorists. There has rarely been a more foolish concept. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy at National Review points out that there is no such thing as “homegrown” terrorism in the West. These radicals come with the deliberate goal of burrowing into a Muslim community, staying apart from the society as a whole, and rejecting our laws and customs with the express purpose of someday emerging to act out openly against us.
And as Mark Alexander notes, they’re not “lone wolves,” either. If all these supposed “homeland” terrorists are indeed “lone wolves,” why are there so many of them?
Never fear: The Obama White House will endeavor to set the record straight on “real Islam. In the words of Press Secretary Josh Earnest, the U.S. must “be clear about what the tenets of Islam actually are. And we are going to redouble those efforts.” Does that mean Obama will switch from executive orders to fatwas?
|Don’t let Obama drive|
In advance of his upcoming State of the Union Address on Jan. 20, Barack Obama kicked off a three-state tour in Michigan highlighting what he considers to be some of the accomplishments of his tenure. His Wednesday speech came from a Ford assembly plant near Detroit, touting his auto bailout.
The president said he “didn’t want to wait for the State of the Union to talk about all the things that make this country great and how we can make it better. … I thought I’d get started this week.” But there was little in the way of new policy discussion. Obama instead filled his speech with pandering to Detroit Lions fans still smarting over last week’s controversial playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys, longing for the new Mustang, and doling out his version of our recent economic story — one which included his auto industry bailout saving the day.
Unfortunately, that bailout came at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $10 billion. And while Obama dubiously insisted that doing nothing would have caused suppliers and distributors to go under along with automakers, the resulting bankruptcy procedure enriched the United Auto Workers at the expense of bondholders and non-union pensioners. A typical bankruptcy may have instead allowed GM and Chrysler to cut costs significantly, with any production stoppage being laid at the feet of the UAW’s refusal to make concessions in order to save their workers’ jobs. What we got instead was a couple years of “Government Motors” ownership and Chrysler being gift-wrapped by the UAW and presented to Italian automaker Fiat.
It’s ironic that Obama chose a Ford plant for his speech, because Ford didn’t take his bailout. That doesn’t mean Ford is clean, however, having benefited from a low-interest $5.9 billion Department of Energy loan for retooling the Michigan facility for hybrid cars. The loan was, of course, made necessary by government fuel mileage mandates. And like all central planning the loan wasn’t exactly fruitful: The plant was recently idled due to slow sales of the gasoline-powered Focus and hybrid C-Max models.
The boom in oil production Obama alluded to in his speech has brought gasoline prices down to a point where customers are again considering larger SUVs and trucks, leaving a glut of smaller cars on dealer lots during a traditionally slow time for sales. Of course, this will be addressed in coming years through supply as automakers dropped their opposition to more stringent fuel economy standards that will make current SUVs all but unattainable.
Indeed, Obama warned, “Gas prices aren’t gonna be low forever, so don’t start suddenly saying you don’t have to worry about fuel efficiency. If you’re going out shopping for a new car, don’t think it’s always going to be this low, because then you’ll be surprised and you’ll be mad at me later … and I’ll be able to say, ‘I told you don’t get a gas guzzler because gas is going to go back up.’ But while it’s low, enjoy it.”
The auto bailout is just one instance of the recent past sowing the seeds for future failure. To paraphrase James Madison, we cannot undertake to lay our fingers on that article of the Constitution that deemed a corporation or financial entity as “too big to fail.” Yet Washington set the precedent of destroying part of the free market system to save it when it bailed out automakers and mega-sized financial institutions in 2008-09.
For a half decade we have seen that, regardless of the incentives placed in front of them, people want the types of cars and trucks that fail the test of environmental correctness by being too large or by using fossil fuels — never mind that most of our electrical power to recharge plug-in models comes from fossil fuels like coal. Even “flex-fuel” models that can use E85 ethanol are slow to leave dealer lots. (And don’t get us started on ethanol.)
Obama came to Detroit and told the crowd, “The facts are the facts. … Every once in a while it’s important for us to hear some good news.” It is certainly good that the auto industry is back on its feet, but the real question is, how long will the good times last with the government’s foot on the brake?
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Michelle Malkin: Media Cowards and the Cartoon Jihad
- Mona Charen: Common Core: Republican Minefield?
- David Harsanyi: Supreme Court Shouldn’t Ignore Constitution to Save ObamaCare
- Ed Feulner: A Reaganaut Who Made a Difference
- David Limbaugh: The U.S. Constitution and Religious Liberty
OPINION IN BRIEF
Greek philosopher Heraclitus (540-480 BC): “Whosoever wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Knowledge is not intelligence. In searching for the truth be ready for the unexpected. Change alone is unchanging. The same road goes both up and down. The beginning of a circle is also its end.”
Columnist Michelle Malkin: “The First Mo Toons Wars were instigated in 2005 by demagogue imams who toured Egypt stoking hysteria with faked anti-Islam comic strips attributed to the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper (whose actual cartoons criticizing Islam were far more innocuous). The real agenda: Islamist thugs were attempting to pressure Denmark over the International Atomic Energy Agency’s decision to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council for continuing with its nuclear research program. From Afghanistan to Egypt to Lebanon to Libya, Pakistan, Turkey and in between, hundreds died in insane riots under the pretext of protecting Mohammed from Western slight. Courageous journalists who stood up to the madness were silenced, jailed and threatened with beheading. Cartoons did not start militant Islam’s fire. Neither did the Bushes, Israel, the Satanic Verses, the Pope, beauty pageants, KFC restaurants in the Middle East, Mohammed teddy bears or a YouTube video. The Religion of Perpetual Outrage hates all infidels for all reasons for all time. The targeting of Mohammed cartoonists is a convenient excuse to feed the eternal flame of radical Islamists’ hatred of the West. If it isn’t cartoons, it’s something else. The grudge is everlasting.”
Columnist Mona Charen: “Conservatives like rigor and accountability. What they emphatically do not like is the leftist, anti-American propaganda that has infiltrated school curricula around the nation. At the moment, despite many claims to the contrary on the Internet, Common Core does not contain history standards, only math and English ones. … But as my Ethics and Public Policy Center colleague Stanley Kurtz has argued, left-wing activists are forever beavering away, shaping what young Americans learn about their past and accordingly what they believe about the present. One vector is the College Board, the company that designs and administers the Advanced Placement tests. The AP American history test is currently under revision, and none of the changes is good. … [O]ne of the prime movers of the Common Core program, David Coleman, has recently been named president of the College Board. ‘Under his leadership,’ Kurtz warns, ‘the College Board has begun to radically redesign all of its AP exams.’ It is, Kurtz fears, a ‘backdoor way to seize control of subjects that would be too hot to handle if formally labeled Common Core.'”
Comedian Jimmy Fallon: “Obama met with the president of Mexico. When asked what it’s like to govern 100 million Mexican people, Obama said, ‘It can be challenging.'”
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Posted: 09 Jan 2015 07:59 AM PST
A representative in New Hampshire has proposed a bill that would strip taxpayer funding from organizations that perform or actively advocate for abortion. Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester), who has long been outspoken about his opposition to abortion, recently introduced the legislation, which would bar any business that performs abortions, refers mothers to abortion facilities or advocates for abortion from receiving state money. “Imagine how poverty-stricken the state has to be, when in order for women to get health care they have to reach out to an organization that kills babies for a living,” he told the Concord Monitor. “How poverty-stricken do you have to be? That’s scraping the bottom of the barrel.” More
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|DAYS OF LOT – Dating Apps Fueling A Spike In Sexually Transmitted Diseases?Posted: 09 Jan 2015 07:47 AM PST
More gay men in the U.S. and abroad are testing positive for certain STDS, and sites like Grindr are catching the heat. This week, British public health officials set off a flurry of headlines after blaming the rising rates of syphilis and gonorrhea in the United Kingdom on apps that allow people to find prospective partners as easily as takeout pad thai. “Thanks to Grindr or Tinder, you can acquire chlamydia in five minutes,” said Peter Greenhouse, spokesman for the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, according to the Daily Mail. More
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|U.S. Welcoming Islamic Immigrants France Now Regrets WelcomingPosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:42 AM PST
As terror-torn France and other European countries put curbs on Islamic immigration, the Obama administration is waving foreign Muslim nationals into the U.S. in record numbers. According to a recent Center for Immigration Studies report, America between 2010 and 2013 imported more people from Muslim countries than Central America and Mexico combined. And now, with the president’s executive amnesty, the welcome mat is bigger than ever. That’s a major shift in immigration flows — and one that poses a major national security threat. If just a fraction of these nearly 300,000 new Muslim immigrants follow in the footsteps of the Franco-Algerian brothers who just terrorized Paris, we could be facing chronic terror. The main homeland threat from groups like the Islamic State comes through our immigration system. If they also use our loose policies as a vehicle for jihad, we will face the same crisis as France and the rest of Eurabia. If enough trained jihadist fighters get into the country, they could band together and launch regular car bombings and tactical assaults, effectively orchestrating insurgencies in our cities, including the capital. More
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|Will that be cash, credit, fingerprint or iris scan?Posted: 09 Jan 2015 07:32 AM PST
Forget about whipping out your credit card. The next time you have to buy milk, condoms or whatever else you need, some mobile technology and financial companies are hoping you’ll give a quick imprint of your finger, scan of your eye or tap of an armband that links to your heartbeat. Once used for getting high-level security clearances and criminal record checks done, biometric security features — fingerprints, iris scans and other unique human identifiers — are just starting to make inroads as forms of payment. Already, companies like Apple and Samsung have implemented fingerprint-scanning features into their latest smartphones. Their goal? To replace your need for schlepping around a credit card (in favor of a phone number) and remembering a PIN (which could be done through your fingerprint). Meanwhile, banks in countries such as the United Kingdom and Poland are set to release credit cards, online banking features or even ATMs where customers can approve payments or withdraw cash by scanning their finger and having their vein read as a form of ID. In some cases, companies have recently started rolling out this technology. More
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|RUMORS OF WAR – Russian Marines to Prepare for Arctic Warfare in 2015Posted: 09 Jan 2015 07:30 AM PST
Russia’s Northern Fleet marines will undergo special training in 2015 for military activities in the Arctic, Northern Fleet spokesperson Vadim Serga said Thursday. In 2015, the Independent Marine Infantry Brigade of the Northern Fleet’s United Strategic Command will focus on training in the Arctic, Serga said. The planned exercises are aimed at increasing the proficiency of military personnel deployed on the coast of the Arctic Ocean and in other Arctic areas. More
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|Franklin Graham Fired Up Over Attacks on Christian FaithPosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:27 AM PST
The latest target of politically correct bullying against Bible-believing Christians is Atlanta’s former fire chief Kelvin Cochran. That’s right, I said “former.” Cochran was fired Tuesday because of a small passage—less than half a page—in a book he wrote for his church’s Bible study group. The book on biblical morality simply restates God’s position put forth in His Word, the Bible. From Cochran’s book: “Uncleanness—whatever is opposite of purity; including sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, pederasty, bestiality, all other forms of sexual perversion.” I personally know Chief Cochran. He served as chairman of my Crusade in Shreveport in 2005. He is a fearless man of great faith. Because Cochran expressed his biblical belief on sexual purity in general—not only on homosexuality—an openly gay city council member went on a rampage to discredit this upstanding servant of the community. Cochran didn’t discriminate against anyone, he didn’t persecute anyone for homosexuality or create a hostile work environment. Instead he was persecuted and denied his career because of his privately held religious beliefs. This is true discrimination. More
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|Bank of America warns of ‘lethal’ damage to China’s financial system as deflation deepensPosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:23 AM PST
China is at mounting risk of a financial crisis this year as growth sputters and deflationary pressures trigger a wave of defaults, Bank of America has warned. The US lender told clients that a confluence of forces are coming together that threaten to chill the speculative mania on the Shanghai stock exchange and to expose the underlying fragility of China’s $26 trillion edifice of debt. “A credit crunch is highly probable,” said the bank in a report entitled “Deflation, Devaluation, and Default”, written by David Cui and Tracy Tian. They said the country’s highly-leveraged companies cannot safely withstand President Xi Jinping’s drive to stamp out moral hazard and wean the country off excess credit, warning that the mix of slower growth and excess debt “could prove lethal for the financial system”. The report warned that it is rare for countries to escape either a financial crisis, or major bank failures, a currency upset, a sovereign crisis – or a mix of these – after letting credit grow at such vertiginous rates. “The most likely scenario is a bad debt surge as growth slows, followed by a credit crunch in the shadow banking system, followed by a major recapitalisation of the banks,” said Mr Cui. More
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|Gay couples’ children oppose same-sex marriage, tell of unpleasant upbringingsPosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:20 AM PST
Most of the children of gays and lesbians who have filed court briefs in same-sex marriage cases say their parents’ inability to marry has deprived them of legal protections and hampered them from living their otherwise typical lives. But four adult children of gay parents — acting as a “quartet of truth” — have submitted briefs to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opposing same-sex marriages, with several saying that growing up under the rainbow was neither normal nor pleasant. The court, which is considering whether to uphold the man-woman marriage laws in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, will hear arguments in New Orleans on Friday. There are “two rights” that every child shares when they arrive in this world, Katy Faust wrote in her brief. “First, the right to live. Second, the right to have a relationship with his/her father and mother.” More
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|Sisi becomes first Egyptian leader to attend mass at Coptic churchPosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:18 AM PST
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became the first president to attend mass at a church in Cairo, on the Coptic Christmas Eve. The short visit on Tuesday night came after masked men shot and killed two Egyptian policemen earlier in the day as they stood guard at a Coptic Christian church in Minya, 220 km. south of Cairo. “It was necessary for me to come here to wish you a Merry Christmas, and I hope I haven’t disturbed your prayers. Throughout the years, Egypt taught the world civilization and humanity, and the world expects a lot from Egypt during the current circumstances,” Sisi said, the Mada Masr website reported. “It’s important for the world to see this scene, which reflects true Egyptian unity, and to confirm that we’re all Egyptians, first and foremost. More
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|North Korea shows progress in missile-launching submarinePosted: 09 Jan 2015 07:14 AM PST
North Korea has displayed its cyberattack capabilities and advances toward making nuclear warheads, the country’s adversaries say. Now, the North appears to have shown progress in fitting submarines with missile launchers. A report posted on Thursday on the website of 38 north, a prominent research group that focuses on North Korea, said commercial satellite imagery of a North Korean submarine, taken less than a month ago, indicates the vessel may have one or two vertical launching tubes for either ballistic or cruise missiles. The submarine, first seen last July, could be an experimental test bed for underwater missile launching, which would be harder to detect than land-based launchers, the report said. It was written by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., an arms expert and authority on North Korea’s defence capabilities. More
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Are Palestinian Offensives Inviting Israeli Reprisals? :: Rosen at Gatestone
by Steven J. Rosen
The Gatestone Institute
January 7, 2015
Who’s to Blame in Iraq? Part I: The Shi’a Side :: Jawad Al-Tamimi in Foreign Policy
by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
January 7, 2015
The Charlie Hebdo Massacre Shows How Exceedingly Vulnerable Our Society Is To Islamic Terror
If just three crazed jihadists can cause this much worldwide terror, what could thousands or even millions of them do? We live at a time when our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and thanks to the Internet hundreds of millions of people can know about a major act of terrorism within minutes of it happening. And that is what Islamic terrorists want. They want to cause fear, panic and terror, but more than anything else they want attention. They want the world to know what they did and why they did it. Even as much of the world recoils in horror in response to the massacre at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, there are millions of radical Muslims in the Middle East that are greatly celebrating and are hailing these jihadists as heroes. This is the biggest global news story of 2015 so far, and it is going to encourage other jihadists to commit similar attacks. And without a doubt, these kinds of attacks have already been increasing. It is being reported that worldwide suicide attacks by Muslims nearly doubled from 2013 to 2014. Sadly, what we have seen up to this point is probably just the tip of the iceberg. (Read More…)
On The Verge Of The Next Economic Crisis, 62 Percent Of Americans Are Living Paycheck To Paycheck
Nearly two-thirds of all Americans are completely and totally unprepared for the next economic crisis. As you will read about below, a new survey has found that only 38 percent of Americans have enough money on hand to cover “a $500 repair bill or a $1,000 emergency room visit”. That essentially means that 62 percent of the people in this country do not have an emergency fund. Even after the extremely bitter financial lessons that millions of Americans learned during the last recession, most of us are still choosing to live on the edge. That is utter insanity, and when the next major economic downturn strikes most people are going to find themselves totally unprepared. (Read More….)
All Over America, Government Officials Are Cracking Down On Preppers
Why would the government want to punish people that are just trying to work hard, become more self-sufficient and take care of their families? There are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today, and often they appear to be singled out for punishment by bureaucratic control freaks that are horrified at the thought that there are families out there that actually want to try to become less dependent on the system. So if you use alternative methods to heat your home, or if you are not connected to the utility grid, or if you collect rainwater on your property, or if you believe that parents should have the ultimate say when it comes to health decisions for their children, you could become a target for overzealous government enforcers. Once upon a time, America was the land of the free and the home of the brave, but now we are being transformed into a socialist police state where control freak bureaucrats use millions of laws, rules and regulations to crack down on anyone that dares to think for themselves. (Read More….)
The Canary in the Coal Mine
But, if you are a Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ, you should not be surprised or caught unawares of this firestorm. We see the world’s rising hatred against God’s chosen people, and we know why. We see the increasing forces of evil coming against civilized man, and we know why. We see the wars, and rumors of wars; we see the battle over the holy city of Jerusalem; we see the earthquake swarms (11 in Texas in the last 24 hours!), weather anomalies, martyred Christians, diseases and plagues …. and we know why.
Dish Loses 90,000 Subscribers After Removing Fox News, Fox Business
Less than one month after Dish Network pulled the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network from its platform, over 90,000 of its customers have cancelled their subscriptions in favor of other television providers, according to a Fox News executive.
Jeb Bush Earns ‘Gay’ Praise for Urging Respect for ‘Rule of Law’ as Activist Judge Overthrows Florida’s Traditional Marriage Amendment
It is becoming apparent that Jeb Bush is the favorite Republican Party presidential contender of the Washington Blade—D.C.’s “gay news source”–due to his politically-correct evolution on homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.”
The Blade and other liberal media report favorably every time the former Florida governor moves away from the conservative, pro-family, Republican platform defending marriage as between man and woman.
Joel Rosenberg: ‘I Believe It’s a Demonic Movement’
Author Joel Rosenberg is sounding the alarm that radical Islam is spreading and if world leaders don’t deal decisively with it, we’re all in danger.
“The Islamic State is not interested in being contained to Syria and Iraq,” Rosenberg told CBN News. “(ISIS) sees itself as building a regional caliphate or Islamic kingdom and eventually a global kingdom and it will kill anyone that gets in its way.”
How Will History Judge Us?
A century from now, if there is still a planet here, historians will look back at the latter half of the 20th century and first two decades of the 21st and scratch their heads as they ponder, “What were they thinking?” Indeed, what WERE we thinking? Those who study us will ask:
How could a nation built upon such clear-cut Christian principles have so openly and purposefully rejected the values of their forefathers? How could the wealthiest nation in the world have allowed their currency to be removed from the gold-standard and believe that the ‘full faith and credit’ of the government was enough to keep evil men from destroying the financial system.
6 Times The Obama Administration Said Its Job Was to Promote Islam
White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced that the Obama administration would prioritize fighting Islamophobia in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in France. Never mind that most Westerners aren’t Islamophobic, but rather GettingShotInTheFaceForExpressingMyOpinion-Phobic.
Psalm 83 with Bill Salus
An ancient prophecy written over 3000 years ago reveals that the Arab states and terrorist populations, which presently share common borders with Israel, will soon confederate in order to wipe Israel off of the map.
Top 50 list of Christian persecutors
January 8, 2015
WND.com reports: “As the Western world stands in shock at the brutal murder of magazine employees and police officers by radical Muslims in Paris, the new World Watch List suggests Islamic violence throughout the world is spawning the most significant increase in the persecution of Christians on record and that likely means more intense repression of all kinds is not far behind.
On Wednesday, Open Doors USA, one of the leading organizations serving the persecuted Christian church released the 24th World Watch List, which lists the 50 nations most fiercely persecuting Christians.
‘The 2015 Watch List documents the most dramatic increase in violence and persecution of Christians in the modern era. So it’s really dramatic,’ said Open Doors President and CEO Dr. David Curry.
Curry unveiled the World Watch List in Washington, but he is very concerned that leaders in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Western world fail to grasp the significance of this dramatic rise in the targeting of Christians and what it means for believers and nonbelievers down the road.
‘I really feel like the world just doesn’t get it,’ Curry said. ‘They don’t understand that the persecution of Christians is a major story, is a major issue. It’s growing, and it’s a lead indicator of where oppression is coming for everyone else. Everywhere you look where there’s a major outbreak in the world today, first it was Christians. That’s what happened in Iraq. For 10 years, they pushed Christians out (even before the rise of the Islamic State).’
He added, ‘Mark my words: If the world doesn’t wake up to this, it’s going to come their direction.’…”
10 Reasons Why the Church Should Not Abandon Politics
Recent events have raised the issue, Should the pulpit always avoid politics? It depends on what we mean by “politics;” it demeans the pulpit to use it for partisan politics. But here are ten reasons why I don’t think politics and religion should (or even can) be completely separate:
Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014. Will 2015 Be Worse?
2014 Saw Worst Persecution of Chinese Christians in a Generation
Open Doors: Islamic Militants Killed Twice as Many Christians in 2014 than 2013
The Church Growth Movement: innovating like it’s 1894
by Daniel Neades
The seeker-driven megachurch – failing to preach Christ to 10,000 people at a time
discern.org explains why seeker-driven megachurch preaching is necessarily powerless.
What About Intolerance Inequality? – “Intolerance is bad. Inequality is bad. But what about intolerance inequality?”
Theological Extremism in a Secular Age
Here are Al Mohler’s comments on the terrorism in France. He says, “Western elites are often relatively unwilling or unable to deal with the disorder that has now emerged on the world scene.”
The Ineptitude of Moral Equivalence
Here is Jesse Johnson with a helpful article on the same subject. Culturally, “We value relativism so much that we have lost the ability to say that some religions are enemies of both truth and freedom.”
Participating in Gathered Worship: Worship with Eager Submission
by Founders Ministries Blog
When we come to worship, we should pray that God will subdue and humble our hearts. We too often show up to corporate worship with our own agendas and assumptions.
Islam: When Will We Learn?
by Bill Muehlenberg
I have written plenty about the Paris jihad attack already. And I have written plenty about Islam in general: if you read just one of my pieces each day it will take you a full year to read them all. And I will keep on writing about the menace of this bloodthirsty political ideology until I am prevented from doing so, either by dhimmi PC cowards in the West, or by the Islamists themselves.
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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 9, 2014
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ~ John Adam
MARSHA WEST’S COLUMN
Revisited New Age Pandemic In The Church
Profanity, pornography, filthy programs on TV and on movie screens are occurrences we live with on a daily basis. Most of us find it vulgar and offensive. Our children are watching. We want Hollywood to stop polluting our culture.
Don’t Blame the Charlie Hebdo Mass Murder on ‘Extremism’—Andrew McCarthy
There are now at least twelve confirmed dead in the terrorist attack carried out by at least three jihadist gunmen against the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo. While it practices equal-opportunity satire, lampooning Islam has proved lethal for the magazine, just as it has for so many others who dare to exercise the bedrock Western liberty of free expression. Charlie Hebdo’s offices were firebombed in 2011 over a caricature of Mohammed that depicted him saying, “100 lashes if you don’t die from laughter.”
How to Answer the Paris Terror Attack–Ayaan Hirsi Ali
After the horrific massacre Wednesday at the French weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, perhaps the West will finally put away its legion of useless tropes trying to deny the relationship between violence and radical Islam.
WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Sally Kohn on Hebdo Murders: Conservatives Worse Than Islamic Extremists
NEWS TO KNOW
34-year-old Paris suspect directly linked to Al Qaeda training camp in Yemen
Young boys asked to slap a girl in social experiment
Honda fined $70M for not reporting death, injury complaints
Praise be to God
Democratic US Sen. from California Barbara Boxer to retire
Is Theologically Orthodox Christianity to Blame for Josh Alcorn’s Suicide?—Laurie Higgins
Tragically, three days after Christmas, 17-year-old Joshua Alcorn committed suicide by stepping into the path of a tractor-trailer. Josh suffered from both gender dysphoria and depression. He left behind a suicide note that lays the blame for his pain on those in society who reject the assumptions of the Left about gender confusion, including his Christian parents.
EDUCATION – Research Links
Government Rules School District Violated Law in Firing Teacher Who Gave Student Bible
HOMOSEXUALITY — Research Links
Stonewall Is Not Selma—Cliff Kincaid
President Obama has celebrated anti-police riots at a New York City gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, saying, “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths—that all of us are created equal—is the star that guides us still, just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma and Stonewall…”
Sodomites “Breeding Hate” Making Way for Foreign Law in America—Bradlee Dean
http://www.newswithviews.com/Bradlee/dean205.htm The sodomites are being used in an attempt to overthrow God’s moral law in hopes of upending the United States Constitution. They are doing this by playing the victims when they are the perpetrators. Inadvertently or purposefully they are being used as a political battering ram to make way for foreign law and its implementation through totalitarian methods. There is no question about it. ,,,
‘Nobody is born gay’ billboard stuck over Virginia highway until next year
AP Censors Muhammad Cartoons, Sells ‘Piss Christ’ Photos
LIFE & DEATH – Research Links
New Congressional Bill Would De-Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business
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
Jeb Bush backs gay ‘marriage’
The Ring Makes All the Difference—Mike S. Adams
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Europe and the Decline of the Church—Bill Muehlenberg http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/01/04/europe-and-the-decline-of-the-church/
Thus this article must be seen in the same light. I am not trying here to offer detailed pros or cons of the de-churching of Europe. Christianity, as we know, can thrive even with empty church buildings. However, it is still a matter of some concern that the once cradle of Christianity in the world is now all but an empty shell…. Previous
What Makes A Good Year?—Clint Archer
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?
Atlanta Fire Chief: I Was Fired Because of My Christian Faith—Todd Starnes
“It’s a frightening day in the United States when a person cannot express their faith without fears of persecution following,” White told me. “It’s persecution when a godly fire chief loses his job over expressing his Christian faith.”
Seed Thoughts—Ray Stedman
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
The Emerging Global Church—Berit Kjos
Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan & UN Goals – Part 1
Perry Noble Rescinds the Ten Commands for 2015
Noble rewrites the Ten Commandments….oops! “Promises.”
“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
New Age Movement/New Thought/Spirituality — Research Links
New Age Pandemic In The Church—Marsha West
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
Angelina Jolie meets Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican after screening of her movie Unbroken http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2901975/Angelina-Jolie-meets-Pope-Francis-private-audience-Vatican-screening-movie-Unbroken.html
Pope Francis: Children Have a Right to a Mother and Father http://barbwire.com/2014/12/29/0655-pope-francis-children-right-mother-father/
Social Justice/Progressive Christianity
Witchcraft – Research Links
Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel — Research Links
The Idol Speaks: ‘Ban Sledding’—Lee Duigon
DASH named best overall diet for fifth year: report
Science, God, and the Improbability of Life
Our Time is Short
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