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February 16, 2014: Truth2Freedom Daily Briefing Report

Too many are willing to sit at God’s table, but not work in his field. —Vance Havner

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Feb. 16, 2015

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Egypt bombed Islamic State targets in Libya after 21 Egyptian Christians were beheaded there, injecting itself deeper into the chaos roiling its oil-rich western neighbor.

Friday, Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon resigned, and the Oregon secretary of state Kate Brown, also a Democrat, became the state governor. In an instant, Oregon had the first openly bisexual governor in American history.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Jews in Europe to move to Israel after a synagogue guard in Copenhagen was among two people shot dead in attacks that stunned the Danish capital.

Ukraine’s truce is at risk of unraveling over the fate of a contested transport hub after the first day of a cease-fire brought a decrease in violence.

The first commercial drones in the U.S. will have to stay lower than 500 feet and within sight of an operator, and fly during daytime only, federal regulators say.

Apple Inc. may already be positioned to evolve into a global automaker in many ways that other Silicon Valley companies aren’t. The tech company has put a few hundred employees to work on a secretive project to develop an electric automobile, a person familiar with the matter has said.

A gang of sophisticated hackers are said to have stolen a billion dollars from global banks in the last two years.

Royal Bank of Scotland may have to set aside $15.4 billion in additional conduct costs, following probes into currency market rigging and U.S. mortgage-backed securities.

Boxed in by the U.S. and its allies, faced with an uneasy relationship with China and needing new friends and income, Russia is popping up everywhere in Asia. A new strategic agreement with Pakistan. A visit by Vladimir Putin to India. Helping search for a plane that crashed off Indonesia. Coaxing Kim Jong Un to venture out of North Korea. In a region where some governments may be less squeamish about events in Ukraine, Putin is surprisingly welcome.

Sustained weakness in the yuan would make it more expensive to repay the $1.1 trillion of debt the BIS estimates is owed by Chinese companies. China has to offset interest-rate cuts and other easing measures with steps to curb the yuan’s 3 percent slide from its peak about a year ago.

Health authorities in Australia are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to frozen berries packed in China.

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Indonesian officials said that eight convicted drug smugglers, including seven foreigners, would be transferred to a prison island this week for imminent execution despite international appeals for clemency.

Nigerian Boko Haram insurgents attacked a Cameroon military camp near the town of Waza in the north of the country on Monday, wounding several soldiers, an army spokesman said.

Anger mounted in Turkey over the murder and attempted rape of a 20-year-old female student by a bus driver, as a court placed three suspects in pre-trial detention over the brutal killing.

Trustworthy Tokyo-ites handed in $28 million of lost cash last year, police said Monday, with three quarters of it returned to its rightful owner, in the latest example of Japan’s startling honesty.

A labor dispute at ports on the U.S. West Coast is disrupting supply chains across the Pacific, forcing some Asian suppliers to resort to costly air freight and pushing up shipping rates as more freighters are caught up in long queues to dock.

Some banks in Denmark are charging customers for the privilege of keeping their money in deposit accounts there. Economists at Goldman Sachs Friday explored the possibility that, under unexpected and unwelcome circumstances, rates in the U.S. could slide below zero as well.

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Two were charged over an alleged mass-shooting plot in Halifax, Canada – while the purported dark writings of a third suspect, now dead, also emerge.

A former US soldier nicknamed Rambo who allegedly formed an international band of snipers as mercenaries confessed to a murder plot in New York.

An Argentine prosecutor asked a judge to investigate the country’s president over allegations she helped cover up Iran’s links to a 1994 bombing.

Many schools in Liberia reopened six months after they were closed to try to curb the spread of the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak.

The Italian coastguard has rescued more than 2,000 migrants in a major operation off the Libyan coast, officials said.

Former senior official Su Rong has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for corruption and faces prosecution said the country’s anti-corruption body.

Iraq’s prime minister said its armed forces are preparing for an offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants.

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The Islamic State, or ISIS, is now doing headhunting for engineers to help run the oilfields they’ve taken over in their conquests, especially in Syria and Iraq.

More than half of American teenagers do not live with married parents, and the family will be destroyed in this country if the U.S. doesn’t start championing marriage and stop rewarding people for having children out of wedlock, according to a new report from the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute.

Honored as the “Top Teacher” by ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” show, Stacie Starr was speaking at an education forum earlier this week when she dropped a bombshell. The veteran teacher at Elyria High School in Elyria, Ohio, told a stunned audience she will resign at the end of the school year because of the new federal Common Core system of standards and assessments adopted by her state.


Why The Price Of Oil Is More Likely To Fall To 20 Rather Than Rise To 80

This is just the beginning of the oil crisis. Over the past couple of weeks, the price of U.S. oil has rallied back above 50 dollars a barrel. In fact, as I write this, it is sitting at $52.93. But this rally will not last. In fact, analysts at the big banks are warning that we could soon see U.S. oil hit the $20 mark. The reason for this is that the production of oil globally is still way above the current level of demand. Things have gotten so bad that millions of barrels of oil are being stored at sea as companies wait for the price of oil to go back up. But the price is not going to go back up any time soon. Even though rigs are being shut down in the United States at the fastest pace since the last financial crisis, oil production continues to go up. In fact, last week more oil was produced in the U.S. than at any time since the 1970s. This is really bad news for the economy, because the price of oil is already at a catastrophically low level for the global financial system. If the price of oil stays at this level for the rest of the year, we are going to see a whole bunch of energy companies fail, billions of dollars of debt issued by energy companies could go bad, and trillions of dollars of derivatives related to the energy industry could implode. In other words, this is a recipe for a financial meltdown, and the longer the price of oil stays at this level (or lower), the more damage it is going to do. (Read More….)


How Public Schools Treat Special Needs Students: Handcuffs, ‘Scream Rooms’ And Duct Tape

U.S. public schools have become houses of horror for many special needs students. According to the Virginia Commission on Youth, special needs students account for only 12 percent of all public school students in the United States, but they “represent 75 percent of those physically restrained and 58 percent of those secluded“. At some schools, physical restraints used on special needs children include handcuffs, duct tape and bungee cords. And often the scream rooms that these children are “isolated” in are so horrifying that it scars many of them for life. One of the key measures for any society is how it treats those that are most vulnerable. And the way that we are treating our special needs children is sorely lacking. Hopefully articles like this one will help bring awareness and change. (Read More...)


Egypt Bombs ISIS After They Behead 21 Christians In Most Grisly Terror Attack Yet

Cairo carried out air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Libya on Monday after the jihadists posted a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Why on earth does it take the president of Egypt to avenge the death of 21 Christians at the hands of ISIS. Why is Barack Obama silent on this matter? Where is the response by the United States?

Egypt said a “tough intervention” was needed and with France called on the UN Security Council to “take new measures” against the jihadists in neighboring Libya.

With Monday’s air strikes, Egypt opened a new front against the jihadists, who it is already battling in the Sinai Peninsula where scores of troops have been killed since the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who overthrew Morsi and has been criticized for a deadly crackdown on dissent, has presented Egypt as a key partner in international efforts against the jihadists.

Monday’s early morning air strikes hit IS camps and stores of weapons, the military said, hours after jihadists released gruesome footage of the beheadings that provoked outrage in Egypt.

Witnesses told AFP there were at least seven air strikes in Derna in the east, a hotbed of militancy since Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi was overthrown in 2011. It was not immediately clear whether other areas were also hit.

Your armed forces on Monday carried out focused air strikes in Libya against Daesh camps, places of gathering and training, and weapons depots,” the military said in a statement, using the Arabic acronym for IS. source

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February 16, 2015   

THE FOUNDATION

“The law of nature and the law of revelation are both Divine: they flow, though in different channels, from the same adorable source. It is indeed preposterous to separate them from each other.” –James Wilson, of the Law of Nature, 1804

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ISIL in Libya Beheads 21 Christians

“And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus,” wrote the Apostle John in Revelation. On Sunday, a video surfaced that showed the black-clad jihadists of the ISIL franchise in Libya, The Islamic State in Tripoli Province, beheading 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, staining the waves with blood. The jihadists made it clear: They beheaded the men because they were “people of the cross, followers of the hostile [sic] Egyptian Church” and announced their aspiration to capture Rome. Egypt launched swift retaliation, bombing at least seven locations in Libya. Meanwhile, Barack Obama still denied the religious causes of the violence when in his White House statement said, “We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens. ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds.” Not only does Obama deny the religious motivations of ISIL, he dishonors victims by denying why they were murdered. Not knowing the enemy — that’s how wars are lost. More…

Jihad in Copenhagen

Islamic terrorism has once again struck Europe. The Wall Street Journal reports, “Danish police said they shot dead a gunman on Sunday who they believe was behind shootings at a free-speech event at a Copenhagen cafe and a nearby synagogue a day earlier.” The first clue of motive comes from the fact that what Barack Obama might call a “random shooting” happened at a synagogue, killing one Jewish man. The second clue is this from the WSJ: “Police said a man sprayed dozens of gunshots through the plate glass windows of central Copenhagen’s Krudttoenden cafe, where Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks and France’s ambassador to Denmark, François Zimeray, were attending the free-speech conference. Neither Mr. Vilks nor Mr. Zimeray was injured.” One person was killed, however. In 2007, Vilks drew caricatures of Muhammad as a dog, and the Islamic State has a $150,000 bounty on his head. And witnesses reported hearing the shooter yell, “Allahu Akbar!” These attacks are by no means “random” acts of “lone wolves,” and these murderers aren’t motivated by what Obama called “whatever ideology” — this is jihad in the name of Islam.

Republicans: Obama’s AUMF Against ISIL Is a Rough Draft

It’s a bit disorientating when Barack Obama — who isn’t known for executive restraint — goes to Congress to ask for the power to fight ISIL and Congress says the president needs more power. But this fight between Obama and Republicans is not over presidential power, but what must be America’s strategy to defeat these Islamic militants. Over the weekend, Republican legislators rebutted Obama’s proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL. Sen. John McCain echoed our own analysis: “It’s absolutely clear that if we had left a residual force [in Iraq], it would have remained stable. You have to have a stable force.” In his rebuttal, House Speaker John Boehner added, “The president is asking for less authority than he has today under previous authorizations. I don’t think that’s smart. We need a robust strategy to take on ISIL. No one has seen one from this White House yet. … I look at the submission by the president as the beginning of the process.” Unfortunately, you can only lead a president to a proper AUMF, you can’t make him fight.

Mother Nature Slaps Student Alarmists in the Face

The long-duration Arctic chill is doing more than toppling snow records in the Northeast. Mother nature decided to throw a snowball at Yale students who were scheduled to protest supposedly man-made global warming, some of which they could use right now. “Yale anti-fossil fuel campaigners have indefinitely postponed a protest that was set for this weekend due to ‘unfavorable weather conditions and other logistical issues,'” Michael Bastasch of The Daily Caller explains. The prospect for even more snowstorms isn’t ending anytime soon. In fact, on top of a snowpack that’s accumulated multiple feet, the bigger concern is the likelihood of record-low temperatures over the next few weeks. Rather than protesting, students should be celebrating fossil fuels for giving them a comfortable environment during this epic winter weather. They might just be freezing to death otherwise. That’s all the more reason to stop Barack Obama’s dangerous anti-fossil fuel agenda. More…

‘Blockbuster’ Report: Scott Walker Didn’t Finish College

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has made a splash in the 2016 Republican presidential field. That makes him a prime Leftmedia target, and The Washington Post is on the case. Did you know — gasp! — that Walker dropped out of Marquette University? Where’s the fainting couch? Even though college attendance is prevalent these days, the majority of Americans still don’t have a four-year degree. And the shocking reason Walker didn’t finish is that he found a good job. Hardly scandalous. If college is a requisite for the presidency, someone should have told George Washington — our greatest president. He didn’t attend college at all. And speaking of college records, political analyst Michael Barone asks the Leftmedia, “Why weren’t you — why aren’t you — curious about how Obama behaved in college?”

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ATF Aims to Ban Popular AR-15 Ammo

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued a white paper to determine whether certain ammunition is “primarily intended for sporting purposes.” At issue is 5.56mm M855 ammo, which is considered “armor piercing,” and therefore the ATF says it’s of questionable merit for the average citizen. The ATF hasn’t made its decision yet and will accept comments until March 16, but if the bureau carries through the net effect would be a ban on one of the most common and affordable types of military surplus AR-15 ammo.

It’s no surprise that the ATF is way off target — down and to the Left.

The white paper begins: “To protect the lives and safety of law enforcement officers from the threat posed by ammunition capable of penetrating a protective vest when fired from a handgun, the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), as amended, prohibits the import, manufacture, and distribution of ‘armor piercing ammunition’ as defined by the statute. The GCA, however, allows for the exemption of ammunition that would otherwise be considered armor piercing if the Attorney General determines that the specific ammunition at issue is ‘primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.'”

Because of the growing popularity of AR-style handguns capable of firing 5.56mm projectiles from M855 casings, the ATF says, “To ensure consistency, upon final implementation of the sporting purpose framework outlined above, ATF must withdraw the exemptions for 5.56 mm ‘green tip’ ammunition, including both the SS109 and M855 cartridges.”

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SBR = short-barrel rifle

Of course, if you’ve ever seen an AR “pistol,” you’d know that calling it a pistol is a joke. Besides, the first AR pistol was manufactured in 1993. Are we supposed to believe it took the ATF 22 years to catch on?

Going forward, the ATF is considering granting a “sporting purposes” exemption in only two categories: one for .22 caliber ammo, and another for all other calibers only “if the projectile is loaded into a cartridge for which the only handgun that is readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade is a single shot handgun.”

First, and most important, the Founders did not craft the Second Amendment to protect “sporting purposes.” It reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The purpose was to codify our God-given right (yes, rights do come from God) of self-defense, not just against crime but against a tyrannical government. It is and will always be an inalienable right.

In more recent history, after the Supreme Court’s Heller ruling, how does “sporting purposes” pass constitutional muster at all?

Second, the ATF’s move is a cynical one. M855 was developed for a Cold War scenario in which Soviet troops in hard body armor would pour through the Fulda Gap in once-divided Germany. American troops were supplied with it to defend the West. (All full metal jacket 5.56mm rounds can penetrate soft armor. In fact, most rifle rounds can.)

But M855 has well-documented shortcomings against soft targets (see Somalia, Iraq, etc.) The other common loading, M193, is more effective against soft targets. So the side effect of this ruling would be that more AR-15 owners would buy rounds that are more effective in the typical domestic shooting. The only people this rule change protects is the government, whose varmints wear Kevlar.

Not that this should undermine Second Amendment restraints on the government, but how many deaths in the U.S. occurred last year because these rounds were used to “pierce armor”? How many deaths occurred due to AR-15s, period? Not many.

The ATF’s move is yet another straw man diversion from Barack Obama’s failed policies. It could also be a consolation feather in the cap for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, who recently lamented that his only failure was the inability to pass major gun control.

But it’s more than a diversion or a feather. It’s an incremental “boiled frog” move to limit the Second Amendment. This is backdoor gun control via ammunition control. When states like California have gone after lead ammunition as environmentally “unsafe,” and the ATF considers rounds made of anything else to be “armor piercing,” there isn’t much left.

So what can you do? Contact the ATF. The bureau will not acknowledge receipt of comments, but you can submit them in the following ways:

ATF email: APAComments@atf.gov

Fax: (202) 648-9741

Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.

On a final note, good luck finding any M855 on the shelves. It took only a couple of days after the ATF floated the proposed ban for the ammo to sell out. Evidently, Obama hopes to maintain his string of six years as “Gun Salesman of the Year.”

Big League Kids, Little League Adults

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Little League Baseball revoked Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West all-stars’ United States championship last Wednesday. The reason was straight-forward: The team used players who lived outside the boundaries allowed by the rules. Team manager Donald Butler was suspended from Little League, and Illinois District 4 administrator Michael Kelly has been removed from his position. Little League International CEO Stephen D. Keener called it a “heartbreaking decision,” but one necessary to “maintain the integrity of the Little League program.” Enter those with no integrity at all: “Is this about boundaries or race?” wondered professional agitator Jessie Jackson.

“This decision’s untimely and inappropriate at this time,” Jackson added. “It should not take six months after a team has played a championship game to determine eligibility to play the game in the first place.”

Is there the slightest doubt that if an investigation had taken half that time or less Jackson would be bemoaning a “rush to judgment” just as facilely?

Activist Rev. Michael Pfleger, who admires Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan and shares their belief that America is an irredeemably racist nation, was equally up to the task of obscuring the real problem. “When you’re going over to voter registration and going to birth certificates and doing all this time of hunting and a witch hunt that’s been going on for the last number of months, I can’t help but wonder the question if the same thing would have been done with another team from another place, another race,” Pfleger spewed.

The facts? Little League officials acknowledged a map redrafting process took place in 2013 — but no changes were submitted for approval. League officials explained that Jackie Robinson West “knowingly expanded its boundaries to include territory that belonged to other leagues in the district.” Moreover, local league officials admitted they had “direct knowledge of this rules violation” when asked by Little League officials during the investigation. Keener also cleared up any further ambiguity as well. “During our review, it became clear that both Jackie Robinson West officials and District Administrator Mike Kelly signed documents to make players eligible who should not have been,” he said.

DNAinfo columnist Mark Konkol summed up reality in a single paragraph: “All it took was a simple Internet search to find that a congresswoman, a suburban mayor, an elite traveling baseball league and Sports Illustrated posted details about the players’ suburban roots.”

The decision was made following allegations first made by Evergreen Park officials. They alerted Little League following a 43-2 wipeout at the hands of a Jackie Robinson West squad they described as “manipulating, bending and blatantly breaking the rules for the sole purpose of winning at all costs.” Teams from Illinois and Nevada also complained the team’s roster was rigged. Nevada’s Mountain Ridge team lost to Jackie Robinson West in the U.S. final. They will be awarded the championship — one Jackson insists they “did not earn.”

Mountain Ridge isn’t interested in Jackson’s misguided assessment or the title. “For us, it’s not about getting the title,” said Kristi Black, president of the Las Vegas league when its team was in Williamsport. “It’s about preserving the integrity of the Little League World Series. I spoke with a couple of our kids this morning, and they’re excited, but they feel terrible for the kids on the Chicago team. Our kids have moved on. They’re just of the mind that when rules are broken, that’s not acceptable.”

Jackson couldn’t care less. He promised the team’s parents would file a lawsuit over the decision, even as attorney Victor Henderson cautioned against “saber-rattling,” adding that “no lawyer worth his salt” would threaten to sue without knowing all the facts of the case.

For Jackson and his ilk, facts are irrelevant. What really matters is adding another chapter to the black victimist narrative that has brought him fame and fortune. While he pontificates, a bunch of young black kids are paying for the sins of adults who ought to know better.

And not just the sins of Butler and Kelly. Parent Carlton Hondras, whose son Trey played on the team, insisted that playing for Jackie Robinson West is a tradition “if you are from the city, whether you move out or not.” Parent Tammy King, who lived in the suburbs and changed her address on her driver’s license to one still beyond the boundaries of eligibility, was equally defiant. “I’m in the city of Chicago but do not have to disclose where I live,” she declared. Parents Christopher Green and Dr. Venisa Beasley-Green claimed ignorance of the rules. “We don’t know about boundaries,” Beasley-Green said. “We know it’s a city of Chicago requirement … no specific coordinates to play on a particular team.”

And it was Green who best summed up the mindset that allows Jackson and company to prosper: “It is amazing to me that whenever African-Americans exceed the expectations that there is always going to be fault.”

Sorry, but with the exception of the kids themselves there is plenty of fault to go around. And while it’s bad enough when adults countenance cheating, it’s worse when they jump on Jackson’s racialist bandwagon. Alleging racism to obscure cheating sends the execrable message that integrity itself is not a color-blind virtue — which is another way of saying the color of one’s skin trumps the content of one’s character. Such transparent nonsense is not only self-defeating, it turns Martin Luther King’s most enduring message on its head.

Does it get any more racist than that?

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

OPINION IN BRIEF

The Gipper: “[A]ny time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we’re always ‘against,’ never ‘for’ anything.”

FRC president Tony Perkins: “Bradley Manning is in prison for treason — and now the Obama administration wants to help him break another law: nature’s. The national security leaker, whose espionage put countless Americans at risk, is demanding that the U.S. Army — not just recognize, but finance — his gender transition. … While thousands of honorable veterans suffer serial abandonment in VA clinics across the country, the Obama administration is rewarding an avowed traitor with expensive — and elective — treatment. It’s a sad commentary on this administration when an act of treason entitles you to better care than most of the men and women who have honorably served this country! Unfortunately, this is just part of the administration’s broader pattern of indulging lawlessness and lawbreakers like illegal immigrants, military defectors, and turncoats. And the real tragedy is that this therapy isn’t helping Manning — it’s exacerbating a profound mental health crisis. The worst thing we can do for people struggling with gender identity is to enable their disorder. … The military can’t afford to waste more time and energy on political distractions that aren’t just detrimental for people in that lifestyle — but for our military’s mission at large. Even for the President, who’s spent six years using the military as a mule for his social agenda, injecting this kind of gender chaos into the ranks is a step too far.”

Economist Stephen Moore: “Obama rejected the convention of reaching across the aisle from the very start. In his first two years in office this White House never moved an inch in the GOP’s direction and passed his major bills on stimulus and Obamacare without a single Republican vote. … Since the Republicans took control of the House in 2011 and now the entire Congress this year, Obama has been stymied. He still hasn’t budged an inch toward the center. His State of the Union address was effectively an ideological lead pipe, not a peace pipe. … Liberals routinely pout that Republicans won’t work with President Obama cooperatively to get things done and that the GOP’s only goal is to destroy his presidency. Obama has done a pretty good job of that himself without an assist from House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But who is that won’t cooperate? … Obama’s goal is not to negotiate with Republicans but to steamroller over them. And by so doing, his party is in shatters, and the one who has been steamrolled is himself.”

Humorist Frank J. Fleming: “Shouldn’t you assume someone who made a successful career without going to college is smarter than the average person who went to college? … For so much of the education system, we should start over from scratch and ask, ‘What exactly are we trying to accomplish here?’ … If the point of college is to give you knowledge and skills you’ll need for a job, even the best schools really suck at that.”

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Yemen on Brink of Civil War

Posted: 16 Feb 2015 06:51 AM PST

Yemen on Brink of Civil WarYemen is sliding into chaos, UN special envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar, told Al Arabiya News Channel late Wednesday, saying “we believe the situation is very dangerous. Yemen is on the brink of civil war.” “The United Nations’ position vis-à-vis the Yemeni crisis is clear: conflicts should be resolved by peaceful means,” Benomar added. “The United Nations has no choice except to stay with Yemenis to support them in this situation and help them work a deal.” He said that “all” Yemeni factions had contributed to the political and economic disturbance. “They are all party to what has happened so far, they have all made mistakes and follies and sometimes groups resorted to violence to realize political aims. And some groups used political maneuvers to impede the political process,” the envoy added. Al-Qaeda-linked fighters seized a large Yemeni army base during a dawn attack Thursday, Al Jazeera reported, and the government responded with airstrikes just hours later. Ansar al-Sharia, an umbrella group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, captured the compound in the southern province of Shabwa after several hours of heavy clashes, residents and local news outlets said. The fighters claimed via Twitter that they had set off a suicide bomb at the gates and “imprisoned most of the soldiers inside.” The base had held a brigade of up to 2,000 government soldiers. A local tribal source told Al Jazeera that in seizing the base, the group had acquired a total of 25 tanks, dozens of armored vehicles and trucks and some anti-aircraft rockets. Al-Qaeda and other Sunni Muslim militias have increased their attacks since the Houthis — a pro-Iranian Shia Muslim group – seized Sana’a in September. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has no plans to take military steps to safeguard its interests in neighboring Yemen following the Houthi takeover, a senior Gulf official told Asharq Al-Awsat. The GCC strongly condemned what it described as a “blatant coup” by the Houthi rebels against the legitimate government of outgoing president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, warning that it undermined the peaceful transition of power and showed a disregard toward national stability. The GCC has called on the UN Security Council to act swiftly to put an end to the coup before Yemen descends into further unrest. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity, a senior GCC official said there was currently coordination among the six member states to formulate a firm stance towards the situation in Yemen. Arutz Sheva 7

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Iran finalizes 360 degree early warning air defense radarPosted: 16 Feb 2015 06:46 AM PST

 Iran finalizes 360 degree early warning air defense radarIran is close to deploying an early-warning radar system of its own to detect missile launches, stealth aircraft and drones thousands of kilometers from its borders. Once fully deployed, the Sepehr radar system will secure Iran’s entire airspace. Iran is introducing its most long-range Sepehr (Sky) phased array radar system, capable of controlling airspaces of all of its neighbor countries in the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as vast parts of Northern Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia. With a range of up to 3,000 kilometers in distance and up to 300 kilometers into space, Sepehr radar system will protect the country’s airspace completely. “The radar will be included in the integrated air defense network in future after it is fully deployed, and then we will be able to even feel the enemies’ breathing in their bases,” Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli told the national Fars news agency (FNA) on Sunday.  “We don’t have any bottleneck left with regard to the Sepehr radar system and over 40 percent of its deployment plan has ended and we don’t have any problem” with its development and deployment, he added. “We hope that we can launch a major part of the Sepehr space radar system by the end of the next (Iranian) year (March 21, 2014-March 20, 2015),” Commander Esmayeeli told FNA. Brigadier General Shahrokh Shahram, the lieutenant commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base, told FNA that the Sepehr radar has successfully passed all the tests. “The Sepehr radar system… can detect stealth targets and micro UAVs at low, medium and high altitudes while it can also very easily identify and detect ballistic, semi-ballistic and cruise missiles,” Shahram said, FNA reported. The first phase of Iran’s early warning radar system was tested in November 2014. In September, Iran unveiled two domestically manufactured state-of-the-art radar systems capable of detecting stealth aircraft and long-distance targets, Arash-2 and Kayhan. More

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Russia To Conduct Observation Flights Over US, Italian TerritoryPosted: 16 Feb 2015 06:41 AM PST

Russia To Conduct Observation Flights Over US, Italian TerritoryRussia will conduct two observation flights over the United States and one over the Italian territory this month under the Treaty on Open Skies, Sergei Ryzhkov, head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, announced Sunday. The flights, marking the second, third and fourth Russian observation flights this year over the territories of the participating countries, are being carried out to endorse transparency in military activities between Moscow, Washington and Rome. Last week, Russia conducted an observation flight over Greece between Feb. 9 and Feb. 13. The new observation flights over the U.S. are set to be conducted between Feb. 16 and Feb. 28 from McConnell air force base in Kansas and Wright-Patterson air force base in Ohio. The maximum range of the flights will reach about 2,980 miles and 3,040 miles, respectively, RIA Novosti reported, citing Ryzhkov. In December, Moscow guided a similar flight over the U.S., covering a maximum range of 2,640 miles. The flight was launched from Travis air force base in California. The flight over Italy, on the other hand, will be conducted between Feb. 16 and Feb. 20. According Ryzhkov, a Russian Antonov An-30 aircraft will be launched from Ciampino, Rome, and it will cover a maximum range of 1,250 miles, RIA Novosti reported. Signed in March 1992 in Helsinki, the Treaty on Open Skies came into force on Jan. 1, 2002. Russia ratified the treaty on May 26, 2001. The treaty allows 34 participating countries to carry out observation flights over each other’s territories to gather information through aerial imaging on military forces and activities that are of concern to them. International Business Times

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Homeless encampments grow in L.A. as America’s economic decline acceleratesPosted: 16 Feb 2015 06:33 AM PST

Homeless encampments grow in L.A. as America's economic decline accelerates  During the Great Depression in the 1930s, they were often referred to as “Hoovervilles” — communities of homeless Americans who built shanty dwellings out of anything they could find, such as cardboard, small pieces of wood and tin. They were named after President Herbert Hoover, who was blamed for the Depression because he was president in 1929 when the stock market crashed. Today, homeless communities — though not yet called “Obamavilles” — are increasingly sprouting up in many urban centers, another sign that the U.S. economy simply is not as vibrant as the White House and its cheerleaders in media and the world of finance would have you believe. As reported by the Los Angeles Times: Evicted four months ago from their Highland Park apartment, Louis Morales and his 18-year-old stepson, Arthur Valenzuela, live half-hidden by brush along the nearby Arroyo Seco riverbed. Morales, 49, keeps a framed bible verse and a stuffed monkey in his tent. Water hauled by bike from a park heats up on the camp stove. Next door, their friend Johnny Salazar fixes bikes and shattered computer screens on the cheap for people who live in the neighborhood. A brother and sister Morales has known for years live up the river, and three couples stay down by the bridge. “Everybody here is from Highland Park,” Valenzuela said. “We don’t allow other people.”  The paper went on to report that, over the past two years, such encampments have reached beyond their historic boundaries in downtown Los Angeles. Now, they line freeways and are also beginning to fill up freeway bridge underpasses “from Echo Park to South Los Angeles,” the paper said. The problem is so endemic in the city that there is even a government agency to deal with it — the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a city-county entity. The agency handled 767 calls about street encampments last year, up 60 percent from 479 in 2013. Some local residents have complained that city officials are merely exporting the downtown homeless problem to their neighborhoods. However, the Times reported that social services agencies say the problem is not that black-and-white; the agencies say that, though downtown development and clean-ups of skid row have occurred, many camps are inhabited by locals. More

 

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The Global Economy Has Entered The Crack-Up PhasePosted: 16 Feb 2015 06:28 AM PST

The Global Economy Has Entered The Crack-Up PhasFew people understand the global economy and its (mismanagement better than David Stockman — former director of the OMB under President Reagan, former US Representative, best-selling author of The Great Deformation, and veteran financier. David is now loudly warning that events have entered the crack-up phase, which he predicts will be defined by the following 4 developments:

  • Increasingly desperate moves by the world’s central banks
  • Increased market volatility and losses
  • Deflation in industrial and commodity prices
  • Decreasing demand due to Peak Debt

As the crack-up phase gains momentum, he predicts an increasing number of “financial breaks” that will add to the unpredictability and instability of the environment for investors. Even ‘dancing close to the door’ sounds excessively risky at this point. We’re in the crack-up phase. I think there are four big characteristics of that which are going to shape the way the economy and the markets unfold as we go forward.

You’re going to see increasing desperation and extreme central bank financial repressionbecause they have gotten themselves painted so deep into the corner that they’re lost and desperate. Almost week by week, we have another central bank – this week, it was Sweden – lowering their money market rates into negative territory. The Swiss Bank is already there, the Denmark Bank is there, the ECB is there on the deposit rate, the Bank of Japan’s there. All of the central banks of the world now are desperately driving interest rates into negative territory. I believe that they’re lost; they’re in a race to the bottom whether they acknowledge it or not. The central bank of China can’t sit still much longer when the reminbi has appreciated something like 30% against the Japanese yet because of the massive bubble of monetary expansion that’s being created there. So that’s the first thing going on. Central banks out of control in a race to the bottom, sliding by the seat of their pants, making up really incoherent theories as they go.

The second thing is increasing market disorder and volatility. In the last three months, the stock market has behaved like a drunken sailor. But it’s really just a bunch of robots and day traders that have traded chart points until somebody can figure out what is happening directionally in the world. It has nothing to do with information or incoming data about the real world. We have today the 10-year German bond trading at 29.5 basis points. Well, the German economy’s been reasonably strong, fueling the Chinese boom. That export boom is over. The Chinese economy is faltering. Germany is going to have its own problems. But clearly, 29 basis points on a 10-year is irrational, even in the case of Germany, to say nothing of the 160 available today on the 10-year for Spain and Italy. Both of those countries are in deep, deep fiscal decline. There is no obvious way for them to dig out of the debt trap that they’re in. It’s going to get worse over time. There’s huge risk in those bonds, especially because there’s no guarantee that the EU will remain intact or the euro will survive. Why in the world would anybody in their right mind be owning Italian debt at 160 other than the fact that they’re front-running the massive purchases that Draghi has promised and the Germans have acquiesced to over the next year or two. But that only kicks the can down the road. One of these days, the central banks are going to falter and the market is going to reset violently to prices that reflect the true risk on all this sovereign debt and the pretty cloudy outlook that’s ahead for the world market.

We now have something like four trillion worth of sovereign debt spread over Japanese issues, the major European countries that are trading at negative yields. Obviously, that is one, irrational and second, completely unsustainable. And yet, it’s another characteristic of what I call these disorderly markets. Investment is now coming home to roost. It will be driving a huge deflation of commodity and industrial prices worldwide. You can see that in iron ore, now barely holding $60 from a peak of $200. Obviously, it’s seen in the whole oil patch. Look at the Baltic Dry Index. That is a measure, one, of faltering demand for shipments and, two, massive overbuilding of bulk carrier capacity as a result of this central bank driven boom that we’ve had in the last 10 to 20 years. So that is going to be ripping through the financial system, the global economy, in ways that we’ve never before experienced. And so therefore, in ways that are hard to predict what all, you know, the ramifications and cascading effects will be. But clearly, it’s something that we haven’t seen in modern times or ever before – the degree of over investment, excess capacity, and everything from iron ore mines to dry vault carriers, aluminum plants, steel mills, and on down the line.

And then, finally, clearly, demand has run smack up against peak debt — I think that’s the right word for it. We had a tremendous study come out in the last week or so from McKinsey, who do a pretty good job of trying to calculate, track and total up the amount of credit outstanding, public and private, in the world. We’re now at the $200 Trillion threshold. That’s up from only about $140 Trillion at the time of the crisis. So we’ve had a $60 Trillion expansion worldwide of debt just since 2008. During that same period, though, the GDP of the world saw a little more than $15 trillion from $55 or mid-$50s, roughly, to $70 Trillion. So we’ve generated, because of central bank money printing and all of this unprecedented monetary stimulus, we’ve generated something like $60 Trillion of new debt in the world and have barely gotten $15-17 Trillion of new GDP for all of that effort. And I think that is a measure of why the fundamental era is changing. That the boom is over and the crackup is under way when you see that kind of minimal yield from the vast amount of new debt that has been generated.

Now I’d only wrap this up by calling attention to the fact that within that global total of $200 Trillion, the numbers from China are even more startling. At the time of the crisis, let’s go back to 2000, China had $2 Trillion of credit outstanding. It’s now $28 Trillion. So we’ve had just massive 14X growth in 14 years. There’s nothing like that in recorded history, nor is there any plausible reason to believe that an economy, which is basically under a command-and-control system that is run from the top down to the party cadres, could possibly create $26 Trillion in new debt in that period of time without massive inefficiencies in waste and mistakes everywhere within the systems, especially since they have no markets. They have no feedback mechanisms. It all comes cascading down from the top and everybody lies to the next party above them. And I think the system is irrationally out of control.

In any event, my point was that at the time of the 2008 crisis, China had allegedly – if you believe their numbers, which no one really should – but as reported, they had $5 Trillion worth of GDP. It’s now $10. So they’ve gained $5 Trillion of GDP. Their debt at the time of the crisis was $7 Trillion, now it’s $28. So the debt is up more than $20 Trillion while the GDP is up just $5 Trillion. These are extreme unsustainable deformations, if I can use that word, that just scream out, “Danger ahead. Mayhem has happened.” And the unwinding of this and the resolution of this is not going to be pretty. More

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New Chinese Electromagnetic weapon may paralyze US Air DefensePosted: 16 Feb 2015 06:21 AM PST

New Chinese Electromagnetic weapon may paralyze US Air Defense The development of an X-ray pulse generator by the Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences has attracted the attention of Vassily Kashin, a expert at Russia’s Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, according to Moscow-based Sputinks News. Kashin believes that China’s electromagnetic weapon system based on the X-ray pulse generator has the potential to create a huge challenge to the United States in the Asia-Pacific region. It could be used to paralyze the air defense and anti-ballistic missile systems of the United States and its security partners including Japan, Taiwan and South Korea in the region. After that, the People’s Liberation Army could easily wreak havoc on the opposing force’s military facilities and hardwares with its own aircraft and ballistic missiles. With the electromagnetic weapon system, the US can no longer rely on smaller quick reaction forces to confront Chinese expansion, according to Kashin. He said that Washington must deploy more troops and invest more money to strengthen the defense capability of American military bases in the Western Pacific. Yet, Kashin said, the US will not be able to defend its interests in Asia if it devotes too much attention to the Ukrainian crisis. Chinese nationalist tabloid, the Global Times, said that Kashin wrote the article with political motives in mind. As one Chinese expert told the Global Times, Russia is exaggerating the threat of the Chinese electromagnetic weapon system to try and divert the attention of American forces away from Europe, and more specifically Ukraine, and focus more on the Asia-Pacific region. He went on to say that Kashin has no knowledge regarding the development of the Chinese X-ray pulse generator at all. Want China Times

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PLA’s new Type 093G nuclear sub a potential ‘carrier killer’Posted: 16 Feb 2015 06:17 AM PST

PLA’s new Type 093G nuclear sub a potential ‘carrier killer’ China’s new Type 093G nuclear sub has provided the People’s Liberation Army with a potential “aircraft carrier killer,” reports the Beijing-based Sina Military. Citing Taiwan’s Defence Interntional magazine, the report said the manufacturing of two Type 093G nuclear subs — upgraded versions of the Type 093 — were completed by the Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co in December, with another resting in a dry dock. The primary difference between Type 093G subs and Type 093 subs is that the former added a vertical launcher capable of firing cruise missiles and the YJ-18 anti-ship missil, the report said. China may be one of only give countries in the world with a nuclear submarine, but weak industry foundations and R&D investment means that earlier models had relatively poor specifications. The first-generation 091 Type and 092 Type subs were slow, loud and equipped with weak weapons compared to US counterparts, and it was not until the 1990s that the country’s submarine program managed to get back on track, it added.

After years of catching up, Type 093 and Type 094 subs have shortened the gap substantially by reducing noise and improving power, though Chinese nuclear reactors are still lagging behind the standards of America’s S6G, SG8 and S6W reactors. Based on available photos, the Type 093G also has a traditional teardrop shape similar to foreign modern nuclear subs, with a wing-shaped cross-section designed to improve speed and mobility as well as reduce noise. Together with the ability to equip YJ-18 missiles, conservative estimates place the attack power of the new Type 093G sub’s attack power to at least that of Western nuclear subs of the 1980s era. Taking cost and price into consideration, Sina Military believes the YJ-18 is powered by a turbojet engine as well as a solid-fuel rocket similar to that used by Russia’s 3M-54E missile, guaranteeing warhead acceleration to at least 2.9 Mach.

In addition to being an anti-ship missile, the YJ-18 serializes and universalizes the PLA Navy’s missile systems through its compatibility with vertical launchers, laying a solid foundation for building surface warships with greater stealth capabilities. Foreign media estimates that the PLA Navy curently has 3-4 strategic nuclear subs, 5-6 attack nuclear subs and 2-3 Han-class nuclear subs in service. PLA major-general Yang Yi has suggested that China needs to increase its number of large submarines to one-third of the US Navy, meaning the PLA will still need at least four more strategic nuclear subs and more than 10 attack nuclear subs. The addition of the Type 093G sub, which has a missile attack range of 300km, means it can provide strong support in taking on enemy aircraft carriers along with long-range bombers and surface warships. The Type 093 sub can also use long-range missiles to attack targets on foreign soil, laying a solid foundation for the development of the next-gen Type 096 sub. Want China Times

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David Wilkerson’s Last Message To USA & The World On The End Times. God’s Warnings Before JudgmentPosted: 15 Feb 2015 09:08 PM PST

Why The Price Of Oil Is More Likely To Fall To 20 Rather Than Rise To 80Posted: 15 Feb 2015 08:48 PM PST

Why The Price Of Oil Is More Likely To Fall To 20 Rather Than Rise To 80This is just the beginning of the oil crisis. Over the past couple of weeks, the price of U.S. oil has rallied back above 50 dollars a barrel. In fact, as I write this, it is sitting at $52.93. But this rally will not last. In fact, analysts at the big banks are warning that we could soon see U.S. oil hit the $20 mark. The reason for this is that the production of oil globally is still way above the current level of demand. Things have gotten so bad that millions of barrels of oil are being stored at sea as companies wait for the price of oil to go back up. But the price is not going to go back up any time soon. Even though rigs are being shut down in the United States at the fastest pace since the last financial crisis, oil production continues to go up. In fact, last week more oil was produced in the U.S. than at any time since the 1970s. This is really bad news for the economy, because the price of oil is already at a catastrophically low level for the global financial system. If the price of oil stays at this level for the rest of the year, we are going to see a whole bunch of energy companies fail, billions of dollars of debt issued by energy companies could go bad, and trillions of dollars of derivatives related to the energy industry could implode. In other words, this is a recipe for a financial meltdown, and the longer the price of oil stays at this level (or lower), the more damage it is going to do. MORE

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Airlines Consider Requiring Proof Of Vaccination For Domestic Air TravelPosted: 15 Feb 2015 08:14 PM PST

Airlines Consider Requiring Proof Of Vaccination For Domestic Air TravelTraveling by air may get even more complicated if a reported plan by major carrier airlines requiring passengers to be vaccinated comes to fruition. After the increasing problem of unvaccinated individuals contracting and spreading communicable diseases, airlines hope to be a stopgap solution to preventing larger outbreaks. An inside source with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suggests that, “Multiple major carriers have begun discussing requiring vaccination records for all passengers before allowing them to board a flight.” The FAA source, speaking on condition of anonymity explains that many of the airlines have, “had it with the anti-vaccination arguments and don’t want to be left with the guilt and partial responsibility when a preventable disease spreads by way of air travel.” It is assumed that a valid vaccination record will be required upon check in before travelers embark on their journey. “It’ll add another step to the flight process, but the airlines, so far, are willing to absorb any costs associated with it,” said the FAA source. It is not expected to impact the already beleaguered Transportation Security Administration as this would be an elective requirement and not a federally mandated change. The 2014 – 2015 U.S. measles outbreak spread to seven states and is widely believed to have been tied to vacationers at the Disneyland amusement park in Anaheim, California. Many speculate the spread of the disease outside of California was exacerbated due to vacationing families traveling by air. By requiring a valid vaccination record, the airlines would hope to minimize the wanton spread of infectious disease by keeping potential disease carrying individuals off all flights originating and terminating in the United States.  “The airlines are using the term ‘at risk individual’ up to this point to describe who they are targeting,” explains the FAA source. “I take that to mean individuals who are unvaccinated themselves or those who refuse to vaccinate their children. They (the airlines) realize this is a hot button issue at the moment, however, they allegedly feel this is the only way they can do their part to help keep their customers and employees safe and healthy. One ‘higher up’ with a major carrier said something to the effect of ‘this is the responsible thing to do’.” Speculation is that the airlines would consider an option for frequent fliers to pre-register their vaccination status to avoid any further delays. The FAA source wants to make it clear that, “Again, this isn’t a federal mandate so the FAA is just paying attention to the discussion and giving our views when asked.” MORE

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Obama’s Iran Policy and Israel’s Elections :: Inbar at BESA

by Efraim Inbar
BESA Center Perspectives
February 16, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5037/obama-iran-policy-and-israel-elections


Diplomat Debunks Obama’s Yemen ‘Success’ Story

by Andrew Harrod
FrontPage Magazine
February 16, 2015
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/andrew-harrod/diplomat-debunks-obamas-yemen-success-story/
http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/14557


Research on the Islamic State :: Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi

by Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi
various publications
January 15-31, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5034/research-slamic-state-isis


Menendez and the Demise of American Liberalism :: Herf in Times of Israel

by Jeffrey Herf
The Times of Israel
February 15, 2015
http://www.meforum.org/5036/menendez-us-iran-liberalism


The Palestinians’ EU-Funded Campaign Against Israel

While Abbas was talking in Stockholm about his intentions to revive the peace talks with Israel, leaders of his Fatah faction in the West Bank were sending a completely different message to the Palestinians.


Muslims and Islam in Sports

The English authorities evidently did not think Moeen had done anything wrong in wearing wristbands that said “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine”. They argued that his messages were not political, just “humanitarian.” Choncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian law


Netanyahu Launches Bold Anti-ISIS Likud Campaign Ad (VIDEO)

“It’s either us or them. Only the Likud. Only Netanyahu.”

In the latest Likud ad for the upcoming Israeli elections, a group of ISIS terrorists (played by actors, of course) are seen asking for directions to Jerusalem. Likud is led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Elections there are a month away.

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The ad shows the group of terrorists pulling up to a random Israeli to ask how to get to Jerusalem. “Take left,” they’re told. The screen goes dark and Hebrew words appear as gun shots can be heard. “The left will surrender to terror,” the text on the screen reads.

As the ISIS terrorists pull away, the viewer gets a glimpse at a bumper sticker on the back of their Toyota truck. It reads, “Just not Bibi.”

The ad ends and the Likud slogan appears: “It’s either us or them. Only the Likud. Only Netanyahu.”

Translation of the ad is courtesy of the Independent Media Review and Analysis.

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South African University Student Council Wants To Expel Jews

In the country that abolished its apartheid racial segregation policy 20 years ago, South African students called for Jews to be expelled from Durban University of Technology, a demand a top official at the university called “outrageous” and “a deep violation of … every human rights principle.”……….. Click here for full story


Iranian Forces Advance Toward Israel

Iranian officers working with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization are fighting their way closer to Israel’s northern border with Syria and could soon be in control of the Syrian side of the armistice line……….. Click here for full story


Number Of ‘Muslim’ Children In Britain Doubles In A Decade

The number of children growing up as Muslims in the UK has almost doubled in a decade in what experts have described as an “unprecedented” shift in Britain’s social make-up ……… Click here for full story


Is ISIS terror driven by religion?

From Graeme Wood in The Atlantic:

The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.

Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, “the Prophetic methodology,” which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail. Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do. But pretending that it isn’t actually a religious, millenarian group, with theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to counter it. We’ll need to get acquainted with the Islamic State’s intellectual genealogy if we are to react in a way that will not strengthen it, but instead help it self-immolate in its own excessive zeal.

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Copenhagen rabbi says Jews now fear leaving homes

Yitzchok Loewenthal says twin attacks which left two dead were acts of terrorism; slain synagogue guard prevented worse loss of life

Rabbi Yitzchok Loewenthal, a representative of the Chabad movement in Copenhagen, said Sunday that members of the Jewish community fear leaving their homes following a shooting at a free speech event Saturday and another attack hours later outside a synagogue in the Danish capital.

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Obama White House Partners with ISIS-Linked Group

A Boston-based hub of terrorism associated with a top Islamic State propagandist and producer of hostage-beheading videos will receive the red carpet treatment at an anti-terrorism conference at the Obama White House this Wednesday.

Members of the anti-terrorist community are outraged that officials of ISB will participate in discussions of anti-terrorism best practices on Feb. 18.

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Israel Approves $46 Million Plan To Absorb All European Jews Following Muslim Terror Attacks

“We are bracing ourselves and calling for a mass immigration from Europe,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

“I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.” Isaiah 46:13 (KJV)

Benjamin Netanyahu made a truly stunning announcement today as he issued the call for all of Europe’s Jews to come home to Israel. The bible clearly declares in the last days that all Israel will be regathered in their biblical homeland, and today’s announcement goes a long way towards fulfilling that.

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The Israeli cabinet on Sunday approved a $46 million plan to finance the arrival of thousands of Jewish people expected to immigrate from Europe, following a number of anti-Semitic attacks on the continent in recent months.

Announced just hours after a gunman in Copenhagen, Denmark, fatally shot a man outside a synagogue as part of twin terrorist attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country was ready to welcome Jews “home.”

“I would like to say to all of Europe’s Jews, and Jews everywhere, Israel is the home of every Jew,” he said in a Facebook post.

While much of eastern Ukraine has been left devastated by civil war, France and Belgium have been the target of anti-Semitic attacks in recent months. In Paris last month, four Jewish men were killed inside a kosher supermarket by an Islamist gunman, while four people were killed at a Jewish museum in Brussels in May, 2014.

“This wave of attacks is expected to continue,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet. “Jews deserve security in every country, but we say to our Jewish brothers and sisters, Israel is your home.”

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On today’s Episode of The Briefing

1) Copenhagen attacks horrifyingly parallel Paris attack as European terrorism threat grows

Terror Attacks by a Native Son Rock Denmark, New York Times (Andrew Higgins and Melissa Eddy)

Copenhagen shootings: Why Denmark was steeled for terror attack, BBC News (Malcolm Brabant)

Islamic State Video Shows Beheadings of Egyptian Christians in Libya, New York Times (David D. Kirkpatrick and Rukmini Callimachi)

ISIS Attacks Iraqi Base Used by U.S. Trainers, Wall Street Journal (Julian E. Barnes)

2) Fallout from President’s Prayer Breakfast remarks reveals divide in understanding of faiths

The President at the Prayer Breakfast, AlbertMohler.com

Folly of good vs. bad religions, USA Today (Stephen Prothero)

3) Scandal leading to Oregon governor’s resignation exposes moral priorities of America

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber quits amid criminal probe, USA Today (Hannah Hoffman)

John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes face mounting exposure to criminal charges as investigations expand, The Oregonian (Les Zaitz)

Meet Kate Brown, Politico (Jonathan Topaz)

 

In other news…

Is Your Pastor or Pastor’s Wife a Sociopath?

Take Me to Church? Half of Pastors Believe Faith Will Become Online-Only Experience

FCC Commish: Obama Taking Unprecedented Direct Control Over Internet Changes

HHS Wants Churches to Push Obamacare in Talking Points and Bulletins

TN Supreme Court lets faith-healing conviction stand

Muslim student admits making up claim that gunman threatened her

Possibility that depression meets criteria for doctor-assisted suicide raises ethical concerns

Yemen’s last Jews eye exodus after Islamist militia takeover

ISIS Beheads 21 Coptic Christians in ‘Message to Nation of the Cross’


More Signs

Mr. Ischinger rightly said there has been “an unprecedented upsurge in global crises in the past year.” He rightly said the international order is collapsing. But he is wrong to say that world government is needed to solve these problems. Revival in the church is the solution to these problems, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.

And that is a fourth sign—a lukewarm church.

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Christians Concerned as Focus on the Family Watches, Reviews Porn Film ’50 Shades of Grey’

“Why is the Christian populous even thinking about it? Why do they even know what ’50 Shades of Grey’ is? Why do Christian leaders even have to tell us not to watch it—shouldn’t it be obvious?” she asked.

“Plugged In—in their unfortunate choice to bring pornographic films into their scope of film criticism—have committed the error of conflating porn as art. I hope and pray that those in control of such things repent of their blasphemy and of causing brothers and sisters to stumble,” Dodson said. “The Lord Jesus Christ warned of a horrible fate for those who would cause a believer to stumble (Mark 9:42). Focus on the Family should heed that warning, because there is more than just their credibility on the line here.”

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Concerned Women for America Call for National Day of Prayer and Fasting Against Jihad

Nance characterizes the devastation that is going on against Christians, women, and children in the middle east and elsewhere as a “battle between good and evil.” She believes that the war against those responsible for the death and suffering of innocent people has to be physically fought, “but they are also to be fought on our knees in prayer.”

The CWA is calling for a “road to Damascus kind of retention from these evil men. We are calling for justice to prevail for their victims and the countries around them, in Israel, Jordan, Chad, Nigeria and for all countries that are coming under assault.”

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Take Me to Church? Half of Pastors Believe Faith Will Become Online-Only Experience

The key phrase Hozier sung at the Grammys last Sunday from his hit song, “Take Me to Church,” will grow outdated for many, nearly half of Protestant senior pastors believe. Today 47 percent agree that at least some people will experience their faith exclusively through the internet within the coming decade …………. Click here for full story


‘First I’m Going to Pay My Tithes,’ Says Single Mother of Four Claiming $188 Million Lottery Win; But Should Christians Play the Lottery?

A North Carolina woman with four children says that the first person to get a cut of her $188 million Powerball lottery win will be the Lord “because I wouldn’t have none of it if it wasn’t for God.” ………. Click here for full story


It is 2,000 BC Again

And yet, the targeting of Jews around the globe is having the effect of driving Jews toward their homeland. In fact, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is openly saying that very thing, telling European Jews that the attacks will continue and even get worse…and that Israel is their home.

Is this not a remarkable fulfillment of prophecy?

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WVW-TV Presents: Eight Transformational Steps to a Global False Church (Part One) With Host Brannon Howse

WVW-TV Presents: Eight Transformational Steps to a Global False Church (Part One) With Host Brannon Howse. Watch now before this rolls into the Situation Room for members only. Click here to watch now:
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Did Paul Write Paul’s Epistles?

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Q. My sister’s church is having a Bible study and the instructor has told them every seminary and those who attend them know that Paul didn’t write all the epistles in the New Testament, that one was even written several years after his death, I know there are attempts all the time to try to discredit the Bible but I was caught off guard with this teaching.

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The Resurrection of Tribulation Saints

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Q. My question is in regards to the tribulation saints. I believe that when Jesus come in the rapture, we and all others who died in Christ will get perfected bodies. The ones that died will be resurrected right? If so, does this mean that there will be a second resurrection for the tribulation believers who die? Thank you for your help.

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Q. I really enjoy your website, thanks for all the work you do.  Here is my question.  In Psalms 51:11 David says” Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me”. First off, I thought believers were not given the Holy Spirit until after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.  My next question is why did he pray “take not thy Holy Spirit from me”? It sounds to me as if the Holy Spirit could be taken back.  Any insight into this scripture would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Our Time is Short

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February 16, 2015 Truth2Freedom Daily Blogroll Collection

The Heretic Hunters of Liberal Christianity

No religion, however liberal, can do without the concept of heresy (nor can a political party). Heresy is simply the drawing of lines. As ever, though, the galling thing is that the liberal mind so often draws stark and uncompromising lines while concealing from itself its own line-drawing and heretic-hunting. This is why whenever I see one of those COEXIST bumper stickers, I assume that the person driving that car imagines herself to be a paragon of religious tolerance, but is in fact as dogmatic and as humorless a religious liberal as you can imagine.

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How to Debate Vaccines* and Still Come Out a Christian

One of the hardest lessons of parenthood is learning that you can’t protect your child from suffering;an even harder lesson is learning that your own parenting failures will cause some of that suffering. Just as the world around you is broken, so too, are you. You are sinful and limited. If your parenting philosophy relies on your ability to make the “right” decision, you’re going to end up one massive ball of anxiety or worse, self-righteousness. And in the end, you’ll model a works religion for your children.

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What’s in a Name?

In the Scriptures, we also are given the names by which we are to refer to God. God reveals to us the names which we are to use for Him – we are not free to just make up and use any names that we like. Throughout the Old Testament, God reveals several different names for Himself. For instance, He is Adonai (Lord or Master, Psalm 38:22), Yahweh (the great ‘I am,’ Exodus 3:14),Yahweh Nissi (The Lord My Banner, Exodus 17:15), and Yahweh Yireh (The Lord Will Provide, Genesis 22:14). These are just some of the names that God gives us which we may use in addressing Him or speaking about Him. They describe His nature.

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Wright Wrong on Adam

Yes, we need an historical Adam. But we need more than an Adam who was historical. We, like Warfield before us, need to affirm the authority of Scripture by taking our stand on what it says about the unity of the human race in Adam that we might also take seriously what it says about the One Man, Jesus Christ.

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Do I Want My Wife To Be A Proverbs 31 Woman? Sorta, Kinda, Maybe.

Husbands, listen up: if you are using Proverbs 31 as a diagnostic godliness checklist for your wife, you are misusing the passage and hurting your wife. These verses are not a cattle prod for a husband to use to goad his wife toward godliness. These verses are a springboard for a husband to shower encouragement on his wife. If you’re using these verses as a checklist, read them again and let them serve as a swift punch to the throat.

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Ash Wednesday: Picking and Choosing our Piety

When Presbyterians and Baptists and free church evangelicals start attending Ash Wednesday services and observing Lent, one can only conclude that they have either been poorly instructed in the theology or the history of their own traditions, or that they have no theology and history. Or maybe they are simply exhibiting the attitude of the world around: They consume the bits and pieces which catch their attention in any tradition they find appealing, while eschewing the broader structure, demands and discipline which belonging to an historically rooted confessional community requires.

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Shootout in an OP Corral

Since Dr. Hobbs’ article was posted at The Aquila Report, there has been a lot of discussion of it on Facebook. One man, who is not a member of the Presbytery but says he has close knowledge of the case, objected that, despite the accurate statement of the charges, Dr. Hobbs’ misrepresented what the case was really about. To this I responded: …let’s assume that there are inaccuracies in the report. I don’t say that there are, but let’s assume it. How in the world does a Presbytery ever entertain such charges to say nothing of convicting? Just on the face of the charges it seems a case of far overreach of a Presbytery’s authority.

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Quo Vadis: PCA?

Some reflections on this letter are in order. The first thing that struck me was the very strong emphasis on confessional Presbyterianism. Indeed, it was because the PCUSA was NOT being confessional that the PCA (then NPC) emphasized it so much. This contrasts sharply with some recent attempts to downplay the confessional moorings of our forefathers.

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Antinomianism and the Hyper Grace Error

by Bill Muehlenberg

There really is not much new under the sun theologically speaking, and if we understand how the church of old dealt with these various heterodoxies and heresies, we will be better equipped today to both spot them and deal with them. This is certainly true of the hyper grace error.

This is all the rage at the moment, whether by people like Joseph Prince or Paul Ellis or Clark Whitten. But their errors have long ago been dealt with. Those who pushed the line that Christians have nothing to do with the moral law of God, and should not be concerned with it, have been challenged by the Reformers, the Puritans and others.

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Question of the Week – Indonesia Air Asia QZ8501 and the Problem of Evil

Still, having responses to the intellectual problem of evil can help us to deal with those emotional problems when they arise. So in response to your questions:

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The Eyes Have It

If you think that no one but conspiracy theorists talk about cyber terrorism and global surveillance, you would be mistaken. In fact, that was the very topic discussed at the World Economic Forum called Davos, where the world’s top minds and leaders convene every January. The reality is that we’re all being watched via a growing […]

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ISIS beheads 21 Christian hostages

A video released on Sunday by militants in Libya claiming loyalty to the Islamic State terror group purports to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages. The video, which appeared on the Twitter feed of a website that supports Islamic State (ISIS), depicts several men in orange jumpsuits being led along a beach, each […]

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A Shift in the Way We Think about the Gospel

Tullian Tchividjian

A shift has taken place in the Evangelical church with regard to the way we think about the gospel and it’s far from simply an ivory tower conversation. This shift effects us on the ground of everyday life.

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Not Your Father’s Ash Wednesday

by Christopher Ames

Carl Trueman offers a potent reminder to those who desire to conserve Biblical Christianity: not every ancient form or ritual is yours to conserve. Furthermore, not all modern refashionings of ancient forms or rituals arise from conservative sentiments or principles.

As a friend keenly pointed out, Trueman makes his critique from a more stable and robust tradition than many of us enjoy. I think his point holds for all of us, however. We should be aware that we may be inclined to adopt an ancient form or ritual for the same reason that others would hasten to adopt a novel form or ritual: our consumer-driven culture engenders in all of us a love of novelty, even if the source of that sense of novelty is ancient.

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Catholicism or Consumerism? A Question to Carl Trueman about Ash Wednesday and Lent (Guest blogger)

It’s that time of year again: when we catholic Christians brace ourselves for the blizzard of blog posts by chilly Puritans who hope to warn their flocks against the vices of Ash Wednesday and Lent.


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20 Lessons on Dating & Love

by Samantha Loucks | 2/16/15

I’m really excited. Because I get to chat with you about Christ-centered love.

I’ve been dating this really cool guy for almost three years now, and we’re saying “I do” this summer. God has taught us a whole bunch of incredible things about His love—and this list of twenty lessons on dating and love just scratches the surface.

First, I have three disclaimers for you:

  • 1 Corinthians 13 is God’s Word on true love. Those verses will never fail you! I’m not trying to add to what God has already told us about love. My goal is to share truth and practical advice that reflects what 1 Cor. 13 tells us. Sound good?
  • You may be single right now, and this list may leave you thinking, Uhh . . . I don’t have a man to love in the first place! That may be true, but learning these things before you ever enter a relationship could be crazy awesome.
  • I’m still enrolled in True Love 101. I don’t know everything there is to know. We’ll always keep learning more and more about Christ’s love. So I’m not claiming to be a love expert. I’m just offering to you what I’ve learned so far.

Here we go!

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Edge of Extinction

Ecclesiastes says there is a time for war and a time for peace. If Christianity is to survive in the Middle East, the time for war may have come.
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Foundations of Assurance

Many Christians base their assurance of salvation on false premises. This Scriptural guide reveals the certain hope that is provided in Christ himself.

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Ash Wednesday: Picking and Choosing our Piety – This is a very strong bit of writing from Carl Trueman. “I suspect that the reasons evangelicals are rediscovering Lent is as much to do with the poverty of their own liturgical tradition as anything.”

Why Are Christian Movies So Painfully Bad? – Here’s an interesting look at why Christian movies are (so often) just so bad. “Often for Christian consumers of art, the question isn’t ‘Is this artwork Christian?’ Instead, it becomes, ‘Is it Christian enough?’”

W-32 Engine – Sometimes you just have to marvel at other people’s skill and ingenuity, like the guy who made this amazing miniature engine.

A Sex Film Revival? – It looks like 50 Shades of Gray was a box office smash, leading to speculation that it may usher in a whole lot more films oozing with overt sexuality.

Islamic State Beheads 21 Christians – Joe Carter has an FAQ on the sad situation in Libya.

A Superbowl Blessing – “Some of you will remember the 2010 Super Bowl commercial, produced by Focus on the Family and featuring a prolife message from Pam Tebow about her son, Tim.” Here’s a glimpse of how God used it.


Our Time is Short

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JAS: The Coming Tribulation

The Bible discusses a terrible future time called the Tribulation. When will this time period take place? Will it be before Christ’s returns in the Rapture or after? In this session, we’ll look at some of the other differences between the Rapture and Second Coming, especially as they relate to this future Tribulation Period.

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NTEB: Common Core Is Global Reeducation Indoctrination From The United Nations

Common Core is all about molding and re-shaping the children of America to be “obedient globalists.”

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)

By now, most people have heard of “Common Core.” Many students and families have been negatively impacted by this so-called “National Education Initiative.” Kids who where A and B students before Common Core was implemented in their schools, are now struggling and their grades falling.

This has hit our family personally. Our grandson who is 15, and very smart, has been struggling with the new curriculum since it came out. He was an honor roll student up to that point, and has been talking to me for a couple of years about his frustrations. Today, while speaking with my grandson, he told me that it’s all over social media about Common Core.

I have researched Common Core, and my findings, though shocking and despicable, should not really surprise those of us who know what is happening in this incredibly evil world. And as many of my articles have shown, this too is traced back to the United Nations.

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“The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.” Psalm 36:1-3 (KJV)

THINGS PARENTS HATE ABOUT COMMON CORE

The senseless infuriating Math. See video on how to add 9 +6:

The Lies

“The American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess recently wrote about Common Core’s “half-truths,” which Greg Forster pointedly demonstrated he should have called “lies.” These include talking points essential to selling governors and other state leaders on the project, such as that Common Core is: “internationally benchmarked” (“well, we sorta looked at what other nations do but that didn’t necessarily change anything we did”); “evidence based” (“we know there is not enough research to undergird any standards, so we just polled some people and that’s our evidence“); “college- and career-ready” (“only if you mean community-college ready“); “rigorous” (as long as rigorous indicates “rigid”); and “high-performing nations nationalize education” (so do low-performing nations).”

Obliterating Parent Rights

“Common Core has revealed the contempt public “servants” have for the people they are supposedly ruled by—that’d be you and me. Indiana firebrand Heather Crossin, a mom whose encounter with Common Core math turned her into a nationally known activist, went with other parents to their private-school principal in an attempt to get their school’s new Common Core textbooks replaced.”

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Dirty Reading Assignments

“A red-haired mother of four kids read to our Indiana legislature selections from a Common Core-recommended book called “The Bluest Eyes,” by Toni Morrison. I’m a grown, married woman who enjoys sex just fine, thank you, but I sincerely wish I hadn’t heard her read those passages. I guess some people don’t find sympathetically portrayed rape scenes offensive, but I do. So I won’t quote them at you. If you have a perv-wish, Google will fill you in. Other objectionable books on the Common Core-recommended list include “Make Lemonade” by Virginia Euwer Wolff, “Black Swan Green” by David Mitchell, and “Dreaming in Cuban” by Cristina Garcia.”

Distancing Parents and Children

“A recent study found that the Common Core model of education results in parents who are less engaged in their kids’ education and express more negative attitudes about schools and government. Does it need to be noted that kids desperately need their pre-existing, natural bond with their parents to get a good start in life, and anything that attacks this is bad for both the kids and society?” [1] – source

Much of the findings about Common Core in this article, come from a very gifted and faithful journalist, Alex Newman of newamerican.com. The title of his piece is:

“UN, Obama, and Gates Are Globalizing Education Via Common Core”

“For over a year now, Americans have been up in arms over the Obama administration’s unconstitutional efforts to bribe and bludgeon state governments into surrendering control over K-12 education through the controversial so-called “Common Core” national standards — and the outrage is still growing. A peek beneath the surface, however, reveals that the nationalization of American schools is actually just one component of a much broader global agenda being pushed by the Obama administration, the United Nations, Bill Gates, and others: the globalization of education.”

In fact, just this week, an invitation-only conference hosted by former Florida Governor and pro-Common Core ringleader Jeb Bush entitled “Globalization of Higher Education” took place in Texas. Among the attendees: Hillary Clinton, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, UNESCO officials, university presidents, and more. While higher education appears to be the next target of reformers, the globalization of K-12 schooling is on the verge of completion — at least if the American people do not rise up and stop it.” [2] – source

Are you surprised that Jeb Bush is promoting Common Core at every turn? I’m certainly not. I believe that he is following in the footsteps of his father, as an eager participant in ushering in the New World Order. Do NOT let this man fool you.

The globalists at the UN have been very busy, openly plotting to impose what many call the “World Core Curriculum” and at the same time, eugenicists are working to drastically reduce the world’s population. Don’t you find it interesting that these globalists, and their plans for our world, are not exposed by the National news media? I think it’s time for those of us who do care about these NWO initiatives, to state the truth – that the people who report the news are TOLD what to say. They are given the narrative, and commanded to stick to it.

We hear people say that George Soros controls the news. That is not here say – it’s TRUTH! The billionaires DO control what is divulged to the public. The useful idiots are there to do the bidding for those who own them. If you are not using the Internet, and credible websites to get the REAL news — you are deluded.

COMMON CORE WAS PUT IN PLACE FOR KIDS TO FAIL

That’s a pretty strong statement, right? I will prove this to be true.

On January 22 of this year, the Washington Post ran a story on a teacher who is finally speaking out about Common Core. Jennifer Rickert is a 6th grade teacher of 22 years in NY State. She has had it with the curriculum, and she is speaking her mind. She may very well pay a high price for doing so. I have the utmost respect for this woman.

The title of the article in the Washington Post is:

TEACHER: COMMON CORE TEST SET KIDS UP TO FAIL

“Clearly, this is a set-up for the kids to fail. As students learn, they make sense out of new information through schema. Schemata are cognitive frameworks to which they can add to, or modify, as they learn new information. One could compare the requirement for children to understand these passages to expecting them to master algebra before establishing number sense; there is no foundation to build knowledge upon.”

Over the last few years, I have seen many parents cry about their child’s New York State test scores, and I have seen students cry because they can’t complete the tests. I began to question the validity of the assessments as they became more and more daunting for my students, but I believed that if I continued to incorporate the Common Core Learning Standards and provide the highest quality instruction, my students would be evaluated fairly. During this period, I kept the faith in our great state of New York and our educational leaders, hoping that there would be a fair resolution for the children.

Optimistically, I thought that if I remained professional, continuing to comply with the mandates, eventually things would change. So, I remained quiet. ​Today, I am a broken woman.” [3] – source

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COMMON CORE – GREEN, GLOBAL AND SO POLITICALLY CORRECT

“As the Obama administration, Bill Gates, the United Nations,…and other forces seek to finalize the decades-old effort to nationalize – and even globalize – education by bribing and bludgeoning state governments to impose Common Core, one of the key agendas behind the deeply controversial standards has been largely overlooked.

In essence, official UN documents and statements by top administration officials reveal a plan to transform American children, and students around the globe, into what globalists refer to as “global citizens” ready for the coming “green” and “sustainable” world order.” [1] – source (Emphasis mine)

MOLDING THE CHILDREN OF AMERICA TO BE GLOBALISTS

You see, Common Core is all about molding and re-shaping the children of America to be “obedient globalists.” The rights and interests of the individual are pushed aside, and the students are being indoctrinated and brainwashed to believe that they must only consider themselves part of the greater good.

We know that this “greater good” is the coming New World Order. Global warming and Green energy are merely a means to an end. The “end” here refers to the sustainable world order; a world where the population is controlled (under 500 million) and the minds of the people are also controlled by the coming One World Government.

This is why faith in God is in direct conflict with Agenda 21 and Common Core Initiative. Why would a government which plans to control the people, want to compete with a belief in, and allegiance to God? That is why all communist governments demand that their people be atheists. They want complete CONTROL over the masses.

“To prepare humanity for their vision, however, requires a new form of “education,” globalists admit. UNESCO calls it “Education for Sustainable Development.”

On its website, UNESCO, the self-styled global education agency, actually boasts of its plans. “The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) seeks to mobilize the educational resources of the world to help create a more sustainable future,” the UN outfit explains.

“Many paths to sustainability… exist and are mentioned in the 40 chapters of Agenda 21, the official document of the 1992 Earth Summit. Education is one of these paths. Education alone cannot achieve a more sustainable future; however, without education and learning for sustainable development, we will not be able to reach that goal.” Before the term “sustainability” was in vogue, the late UN Deputy Secretary General Robert Muller, the architect of UNESCO’s “World Core Curriculum,” also offered some insight into the purpose of UN-led, globalized pseudo-education.

The goals:
“Assisting the child in becoming an integrated individual who can deal with personal experience while seeing himself as a part of ‘the greater whole.”

In other words, promote growth of the group idea, so that group good, group understanding, group interrelations and group goodwill replace all limited, self-centered objectives, leading to group consciousness.”
Put another way, smash individualism and notions of individual rights, replacing them with collectivism.” [2] – source

WHY WOULD THE U.N. WANT CHILDREN TO FAIL?

“In a stunning admission posted directly on UNESCO’s website in a document about the agency’s “Education for Sustainable Development” machinations, the outfit makes that abundantly clear.

“Generally, more highly educated people, who have higher incomes, consume more resources than poorly educated people, who tend to have lower incomes,” the UN “toolkit” for global “sustainable” education explains.

“In this case, more education increases the threat to sustainability.”

Read that sentence again, and again. More education threatens their vision of “sustainability” (as do freedom, prosperity, humans, and more).” [2] – source

Are you beginning to see the vision of the U.N. and the horrific impact it is already having on children in our public schools??

Brethren, the evil of this shakes me to my core. I wrote this article, in hopes that people wake up! GO to your PTA meeting and open up a dialogue about Common Core. Write letters to the Board of Education of your school district. Write to your State Senators!! Write letters to the editor of your town newspapers!

I want to give a special thanks to Alex Newmam. He has become a friend and provided me with additional information for this article. He is also a brother in Christ! Alex co-wrote a book which is called “Crimes of the Educators” published by WND Books, and will be available in late March or early April of this year. Thanks, brother!

MARANATHA!!

 

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A Prelude to Apostasy: Habitual Avoidance of Public Worship

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Hebrews 9-13 (Word Biblical Commentary) Sadly, some Christians do not make it a habit or custom to regularly worship God together with other Christians.  For various reasons (a majority of them sinful!) some Christians simply skip corporate worship Lord’s Day after Lord’s Day.  Scripture is clear, however: God’s people must regularly worship him with others!  Hebrews 10:25 talks about “not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some” (NASB).  Below is William Lane’s helpful commentary on this verse in Hebrews – and notice the seriousness of regularly avoiding public worship.

The failure of the writer [of Hebrews] to specify why some members of the community had stopped taking an active part in the meetings of the house church has invited a wide range of conjectures.  The reference to ‘custom’ or ‘habit’ …implies a situation of indifference and apathy, which is consistent with other indications throughout the sermon (2:1-3; 3:7-15; 4:1…

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Till He Comes: Help me Rescue Girls from Forced Prostitution

From Till He Comes Blog:

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Rather than write a bunch of words about the dire problem of human trafficking and forced prostitution, I decided to just post some pictures and infographics. Sex slavery and forced child prostitution a bigger issue than most realize, and it is is huge problem right here in the United States. You most likely have human trafficking and child prostitutes right in your own town.

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GodLife: Why Do I Keep Repeating the Same Sin?

Why Do I Keep Repeating the Same Sin?

Scripture: “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.” Romans 7:15
Do you ever feel like you keep repeating the same sins over and over? We are all sinners and we cannot stop ourselves from doing wrong. Fortunately, God can renew our minds to help us avoid repeating the same sins.

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Coptic Christians Not Christians, Evangelical Leaders Need Reminded

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Twenty-one Egyptians who were being held by Islamic extremists were executed yesterday. They were decapitated. They were killed because they were not Muslims and because that’s what the extremists do…they kill people, savagely, brutally, horribly, sinfully.

Regardless of the religion of those twenty-one people, the world should be outraged. The western world should be horrified. Americans should be disgusted. American evangelicals should be saddened and brought to our knees in sorrow and prayer. We should be brought to our knees in sorrow and prayer not because the Coptic Christians – as they’ve come to be known – are Christians who share our saving faith in Jesus. Coptic Christians (by their confession) do not share our saving faith in Jesus. That should make no difference to the sadness of this tragedy…except, perhaps, make it sadder and even more tragic.

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BREAKING: Egypt’s President el-Sisi orders military strikes after ISIS beheads 21 Egyptian Christians. Details & analysis.

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ISIS jihadists prepare to behead 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. (source: screen capture from new ISIS video) ISIS jihadists prepare to behead 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. (source: screen capture from new ISIS video)

>> On Sunday evening April 19th, I’m doing a special simulcast event for churches: “Do Christians In The Middle East Face Genocide? How Serious Is The Threat of ISIS & Radical Islam? What Can Christians In The West Really Do To Make A Difference?” With so much interest in these topics, I hope your church or small group Bible study will take advantage of this special event. Please register today.

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UPDATED: Much of the West remains asleep or lethargic concerning the threat posed by the Islamic State, even as the movement’s gruesome killing spree continues unabated.

The latest: an Islamic State affiliate has beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were working in Libya, according to a new ISIS video released on Sunday. “In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to…

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New Testament grace is coupled with the person and work of Jesus Christ

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

17 ὅτι ὁ νόμος διὰ Μωϋσέως ἐδόθη, ἡ χάρις καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐγένετο. (John 1:17 NA28)

17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17 NASB)

Without a doubt the “visible church” in our time is in a great deal of confusion. Why? It is because there are scores of so-called “Christian leaders” who have compromised the truth in order to make their ministries more acceptable to the world. As our Lord stood before Pilate and said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” Pilate said what to our Lord? He said, “So you are a king?”

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