One proof of the inspiration of the Bible is that it has withstood so much poor preaching. —A.T. Robertson
Feb. 20, 2015
There’s an “undeniable” link between oppression and the alienation that gives rise of terrorism, President Obama said in remarks to officials from more than 60 countries gathered in Washington for a summit on countering extremism.
A new startup by two Harvard seniors finds that women have been considerably more likely than their male counterparts to get bills through, and to achieve that near-unicorn of modern Washington: bipartisan agreement.
The former New York City Mayor called into Bloomberg Politics’ With All Due Respect on Thursday to try and walk back comments he made a day earlier at New York’s 21 Club where he stated, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.” When pressed over whether he stood by his remarks about Obama’s love of the country, Giuliani softened his tone.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address a major United Nations gathering on women’s rights next month, just as the Clinton Foundation releases a major report on women and girls more than a year in the making.
What do gun rights activists working to get firearms on campus have in common with the gun control activists campaigning to keep guns away from potentially dangerous individuals? Both are using women’s issues to promote new gun legislation.
Americans should pay taxes on sugary sodas and snacks as a way to cut down on sweets, though they no longer need to worry about cholesterol, according to scientists helping to revamp dietary guidelines as U.S. obesity levels surge.
U.S. and private security specialists are trying to expel unidentified hackers from the unclassified portion of the U.S. State Department’s e-mail system
Every year at least 23,000 Americans die from bacterial infections that don’t have effective treatments, including two patients killed in a recent outbreak in a Los Angeles hospital that has spurred new attention on the issue.
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A 3-year-old Toronto boy died Thursday after wandering away from an apartment building into bitterly cold weather overnight.
Kiev accused Russia on Friday of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine and said they were heading towards the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk on the southern coast, expanding their presence on what could be the next key battlefront.
Nigerian warplanes bombarded training camps and caches of weapons and vehicles belonging to the Islamist group Boko Haram in the northeasterly Samibisa forest, the military said.
On February 20, 1792, President George Washington officially created the modern United States Postal Service by signing a sweeping act that promoted a free press and put privacy safeguards in place.
Ukraine’s military said on Friday more than 20 Russian tanks, 10 missile systems and bus-loads of fighters had crossed Ukraine’s border and headed towards Novoazovsk, a rebel-held town east of the strategic southeastern port city of Mariupol.
After years of avoiding confrontation, the U.S. labor movement is reasserting itself. From the ports of Los Angeles to the car plants of Detroit, unions are demanding payback for sacrifices they say helped revive the economy.
A group of 158 women and children abducted by Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria last month were reunited with their families.
Fears are growing over three London schoolgirls who have flown to Turkey, amid concerns they may cross the Syrian border and join the Islamic State terrorist group.
Bitterly cold air from Siberia is bringing dangerously low and possibly record-setting temperatures to the eastern half of the US and Canada.
A prominent rabbi in the US pled guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism after secretly filming women prepare to take ritual baths.
The mayor of Venezuela’s capital was arrested amid accusations of a coup attempt, with President Nicolas Maduro saying he must “answer for his crimes”.
Some 20 people, including senior officials, were killed in an al-Shabab attack during Friday prayers in the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses said.
The first rapid blood test for Ebola has been approved for use by the World Health Organization. It should allow patients to be identified, isolated and cared for as quickly as possible in an attempt to bring an end to the outbreak that has killed more than 9,300 people. It is less accurate than conventional tests, but takes minutes rather than hours to get a result.
A diamond trader paid $690,000 for a suit with pinstripes spelling the name of Indian PM Narendra Modi.
Drug-resistant malaria has spread in Myanmar and has now reached the border with India, scientists reported.
The ISIS policing unit in Mosul severely disfigured the faces of 15 Iraqi women by pouring acid on them as a form of punishment after the women were caught without their faces being veiled appropriately, by ISIS standards, last weekend.
California issued 59,000 driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally during the first month their applications were accepted, state officials said.
The world’s best drug for treating malaria, a medicine that is the key to saving millions of lives in Africa and beyond, is losing its efficacy in a larger swath of territory than previously known.
Common Core continues to be a top concern in the states, with Mississippi and Wisconsin being the latest states taking steps to distance themselves from the controversial standards.
The U.S.-Backed Government In Ukraine Is Starting To Lose The Civil War
The mainstream media in the U.S. is being very quiet about this, but the truth is that the U.S.-backed government in Kiev is starting to lose the civil war. This week, the separatists captured the very important railway junction of Debaltseve despite the fact that a ceasefire is supposed to be in place. Buoyed by a constant influx of Russian weapons and supplies, the separatists have gained a clear upper hand in the conflict. But this was not supposed to happen. When protest groups that were funded, organized and advised by organizations in the United States violently overthrew the democratically elected Ukrainian government, the Obama administration was hoping that the Ukrainian people would rapidly embrace their new pro-western leaders. Instead, the nation was plunged into a very bitter civil war that could go on for many years. And as the battlefield stands right now, the government in Kiev will probably be forced to concede even more territory in the months ahead as more weapons and fighters arrive from Russia. The Obama administration could decide to intervene by shipping large amounts of weapons and supplies to the Ukrainian government, but that could turn the civil war in Ukraine into a proxy war between the United States and Russia. And the thing about proxy wars is that sometimes they turn into real wars. (Read More…)
It’s Germany vs. Greece, And The Very Survival Of The Eurozone Is At Stake
Is this the beginning of the end for the eurozone? On Thursday, Germany rejected a Greek request for a six-month loan extension. The Germans insisted that the Greek proposal did not require the Greeks to adhere to the austerity restrictions which previous agreements had forced upon them. But Greek voters have already very clearly rejected the status quo, and the new Greek government has stated unequivocally that it will not be bound by the current bailout arrangement. So can Germany and Greece find some sort of compromise that will be acceptable to both of them? It certainly does not help that some Greek politicians have been comparing the current German government to the Nazis, and the Germans have fired back with some very nasty comments about the Greeks. Unfortunately for both of them, time is running out. The Greek government will run out of money in just a couple of weeks, and without a deal there is a very good chance that Greece will be forced to leave the euro. In fact, this week Commerzbank AG increased the probability of a “Grexit” to 50 percent. And if Greece does leave the eurozone, it could spark a full blown European financial crisis which would be absolutely catastrophic. (Read More….)
February 20, 2015
“Besides, to lay and collect internal taxes in this extensive country must require a great number of congressional ordinances, immediately operation upon the body of the people; these must continually interfere with the state laws and thereby produce disorder and general dissatisfaction till the one system of laws or the other, operating upon the same subjects, shall be abolished.” –Federal Farmer, Antifederalist Letter, 1787
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A day after Barack Obama insisted at his White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, “We must never accept the premise” ISIL and al-Qaida put forward about their Islamic motivation, he blamed his critics for inflaming ISIL by drawing the connection. “All of us have a responsibility to refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam, because that is a falsehood that embraces the terrorist narrative,” he explained. “That narrative becomes the foundation upon which terrorists build their ideology and by which they try to justify their violence. And that hurts all of us, including Islam, and especially Muslims, who are the ones most likely to be killed.” He’s right that Muslims in the Middle East are the ones perhaps suffering most under ISIL, but it doesn’t help them to deny the role of radical Islam as ISIL’s motivation. Obama can insists all he wants that this is a “very distorted impression” of Islam, albeit with “legitimate grievances,” but if even 5% of the world’s one billion Muslims hold to a radical and violent interpretation of the Koran, that’s millions of what he might call “violent extremists.” For him to blame conservatives for reinforcing this “narrative” only further exposes his cynical and craven political purposes.
Any student of history knows that, if a defensive force learns it will be attacked, it will dig trenches deeper. By the time the first skirmishers engage, artillery will be zeroed in on the main roads and sniper nests will litter the area. On Thursday, an anonymous U.S. Central Command official told a group of Washington reporters that before Ramadan (which starts June 17) a force of 25,000 fighters made up of the Iraqi Army and the Kurdish Peshmerga will attack ISIL at the city of Mosul. While it might work out well to have these jihadis gather in one spot, this is a bad move. Not only does this endanger the lives of the soldiers actually fighting ISIL, the Obama administration announced this plan for selfish political reasons. Barack Obama needs to justify his proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force to defeat ISIL and save the world all without a single boot on the ground. This announcement also reframes Obama as a tough actor on the world stage when it comes to national security. Yet his performance over the last few months show that he’s anything but. However, let’s waltz on to Mosul, where 25,000 fighters will march into the muzzles of the waiting ISIL fighters. Announcing D-Day two months ahead of time. Brilliant. More…
Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani believes Barack Obama hates America. “I very rarely hear [Barack Obama] say the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America,” he explained. “I do hear [Obama] criticize America much more often than other American presidents. … [I]t sounds like he’s more of a critic than he is a supporter. You can be a patriotic American and be a critic, but then you’re not expressing that kind of love that we’re used to from a president.” Obama’s rhetoric is not the only indication. Actions speak louder than words, and his malfeasant approach to national security combined with his fervor to roll back the nation’s immigration laws and to hamstring the economy with environmental regulation shows he has no respect for this nation. And, Giuliani later pointed out, “We haven’t even mentioned some of the other communists and leftists who educated [Obama] as a young man. But all we need is Reverend [Jeremiah] Wright — 17 years in that church and that man condemned America over and over and over again. And [Obama] remained a member of that church?” That does speak volumes. You don’t seek to “fundamentally transform” something you love. More…
The Florida Court of Appeal held Wednesday in Norman v. State that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a firearm outside the home. “After Heller I, McDonald, and [other recent rulings],” the court ruled, “it is clear that a total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home cannot survive a constitutional challenge under any level of scrutiny.” The ruling quoted Peruta v. County of San Diego, in which the Ninth Circuit Court (yes, that Ninth Circuit) said a right is essentially “destroyed [if the] exercise of [that] right is limited to a few people, in a few places, at a few times.” The Florida court did uphold the right of states to determine the manner of carry (open or concealed): “The Legislature is permitted to regulate the manner in which arms are borne for the purpose of maintaining public peace and safety, so long as any such regulation leaves available a viable carry mode.” The court also didn’t handle the question of limits to where a gun can be carried — only that the overall right extends outside the home. We’re glad to see another court rule in favor of the Second Amendment — it’s an encouraging trend. More…
During remarks at the White House Summit on Countering All Forms of Violent Extremism Including That of Quakers and Fundamentalist Bingo Groups, Joe Biden said some of his best friends are Muslims. Well, sort of. “Somalis have made my city of Wilmington, Delaware, [their home] on a smaller scale,” he explained. “There is a large, very identifiable Somali community. I might add if you ever come to the train station with me you’ll notice I have great relationships with them because there’s an awful lot driving cabs and are friends of mine. For real. I’m not being solicitous. I’m being serious.” The Washington Post makes short work of Biden’s buddy claim, noting, “More than 75,000 Somali refugees have settled in the United States since 2004, according to the Office of Refugee Settlement. But the detailed annual reports show that since 2000, exactly zero have arrived to live in Delaware.” There’s also no truth to the rumor that Biden was aboard Brian Williams’ helicopter when it was shot down.
At the White House Summit on Countering Religious Extremism, Barack Obama demanded we “refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam, because that is a falsehood that embraces the terrorists’ narrative.” He added, “No religion is responsible for terrorism,” ignoring that the aggressors in the overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks this century have had their roots in radical interpretations of Islam, whether through al-Qaida or the Islamic State.
Obama seems to hold a millennium-long grudge against all Christians for the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition, but he isolates the blame for terrorist acts to a small percentage of misguided radicals (who are in no way Muslim). That minority is on the march, however, slaughtering other Muslims who don’t conform with their strict interpretation of Islam along with Jews and Christians, like the 21 Coptic Christians recently beheaded in Libya — the ones Team Obama dismissively referred to as “Egyptian citizens.”
Obama, though, hasn’t weighed in on the cultural clash occurring right here at home. In 2013, the owners of an Oregon bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to bake a cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony because doing so conflicted with their religious beliefs. Rather than respect the owners’ religious liberty and choose another bakers in the area, the lesbian couple filed a formal complaint with the state. That led to a recent ruling that the bakers denied the couple “full and equal access to a place of public accommodations.”
It’s the latest in a growing number of instances where those who believe marriage is solely between a man and a woman are being hounded by radicals demanding full recognition of same-sex “marriage.”
In Washington, a florist cited her religion in refusing to create arrangements for a same-sex ceremony — though she had previously served the couple. As Family Research Council President Tony Perkins explained, “[H]ere’s the catch. [Barronelle] Stutzman didn’t deny the men flowers, as the media wrongly suggests, but arrangements — which would have required Barronelle to use her personal artistry to express what she believes is a sinful message.”
Speaking after the state ruled against Stutzman, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner put her finger on the fundamental message of the Rainbow Mafia: “Celebrate us or else.” She warned, “The ruling basically said that if you dare to not celebrate same-sex marriage because it violates your religious convictions, that the government has a right to bring about your personal and professional ruin.”
The florist herself said, after she pays all the fines and legal fees, “There won’t be anything left. They want my home, they want my business, they want my personal finances as an example for other people to be quiet.”
Muslims call this tax on non-believers the jizya. American leftists call it tolerance.
So, while Obama tries to excuse those whose religious dogma includes the wholesale slaughter of anyone who doesn’t buy the Islamist cake, American citizens who hold sincere religious beliefs — whose actions might be inconvenient to the “victims” but certainly aren’t fatal or even dangerous — find their livelihoods destroyed by the state in the name of fighting discrimination. That’s what happens when those in government think they grant rights instead of God.
It’s worth noting that, in areas controlled by ISIL, homosexuality is punishable by death. Somehow, that makes one’s inability to purchase a customized cake or flower arrangement from a particular business seem a bit less inconvenient.
Tax season is in full swing, and over the next several weeks millions of Americans are going to experience first hand just how much “free” health care really costs. This is the year that the IRS begins punishing those who have chosen to go without insurance.
The numbers are still sketchy, but estimates are that between four and six million people could face fines this year for not purchasing health insurance during 2014. H&R Block believes that some 3.4 million people who received subsidies will end up owing the IRS money this year.
The Obama administration is trying to take the public’s mind off this unwelcome news by trumpeting the surge in ObamaCare signups. Officials from the 14 state-run insurance exchanges say the surge is due to fear of facing a 2% penalty for not having insurance. But according to the Urban Institute, “More than 4 in 10 uninsured adults who may be subject to the penalty have heard little or nothing about it.” So, never mind then.
Supposedly, only 11.4 million people have signed up for health care coverage across the country. But that’s a far cry from covering the 30-some-odd million uninsured Barack Obama kept telling us were suffering. And it isn’t clear just how many of those 11.4 million people previously had insurance but lost it thanks to ObamaCare.
Conveniently, enrollment closed on Feb. 15 — a full two months before Income Redistribution Day. But enough of their constituents will suffer that Democrat lawmakers have asked the Obama administration to ease up on penalties and expand open enrollment until April 15 so people can avoid the penalty for 2015. Obama’s HHS is considering it.
It’s a bit comical that Democrats like Sander Levin and Jim McDermott are now shedding crocodile tears for constituents who are going to get nailed with unexpected tax bills. Democrats alone passed ObamaCare — without a single Republican vote. They own this law like no other, and they made ObamaCare happen through a relentless campaign of lies.
If the situation wasn’t so serious it would be amusing to watch these politicians wake up to reality. The 2% penalty is not just a slap on the wrist for most. For example, a person making $50,000 a year without insurance faces a $1,000 fine. That is, this taxpayer will have to pay the IRS $1,000 above what he is already forking over in taxes just because he didn’t buy what the government told him to buy.
And let’s not forget the people who for one reason or another were overcompensated with government subsidies to help pay for their insurance. The IRS will be looking to reclaim that money, even though the federal government knew from the beginning that its formula for doling out subsidies (essentially the honor system) was broken.
The organization that arguably stands to benefit most from all of this foolishness is the IRS — the same bureaucracy that helped re-elect Obama in 2012 by targeting his political opponents. While the IRS has been complaining about supposed budget cuts, the agency received a $2 billion budget increase this fiscal year, and it will enjoy an 11% staff increase next year. The additional 9,000 employees will be brought on board to enforce 46 new tax provisions that come directly from ObamaCare. When a law grows the IRS that much, you know there’s trouble.
A larger IRS with a broader mandate to intrude into people’s lives should scare every American to the core. If Obama does nothing else to shore up his signature law before leaving office, he is sure to fund the IRS to the greatest extent possible. He will leave behind an organization that is even bigger than the bloated, out-of-control monstrosity that it is today.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Michael Barone: Obama Is America’s King James II
- David Limbaugh: The Unwitting Recruiter
- David Harsanyi: The Last Thing the Middle East Needs Is More Democracy
- Tony Perkins: Judge Rules Against Christian Florist’s Liberty
- L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham: Fifty Shades of Sickness
OPINION IN BRIEF
American historian Richard Hofstadter (1916-1970): “A university’s essential character is that of being a center of free inquiry and criticism — a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else.”
Columnist Michael Barone: “The [Supreme] Court ruled 9-0 that Obama couldn’t make recess appointments when the Senate said it was not in recess. It ruled 9-0 that the government couldn’t decide whom a church could classify as clergy. It ruled 9-0 that the government couldn’t fine landowners $75,000 a day to appeal an administrative order blocking construction in an alleged wetland. The Constitution authorizes Congress to pass laws and requires the president to faithfully execute them. Obama seems to take that as not so much a requirement as a suggestion, one he sees fit to ignore when he wants to ‘change the law.’ The Constitution’s framers wrote the faithful execution clause because they remembered that King James II claimed and exercised the power to suspend laws passed by Parliament whenever he liked. James was forced to flee England in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, and in 1689 Parliament passed a Bill of Rights declaring ‘that the pretended power of suspending the laws or the execution of laws by regal authority without consent of Parliament is illegal.’ There is a continuum between lawful exercise of discretion and unlawful suspension of the law. Time and again, Obama has lurched toward the wrong end of it.”
Columnist David Limbaugh: “[Obama] says the Islamic State group and other jihadis are not truly Islamic but attempting to hijack the religion. If he is sincere about that, then why does he want to let the worst of that bunch out of Guantanamo Bay and shower them with civil rights? If he is determined to convince peaceful Muslims that we recognize they are not like the terrorists, why does he insult them by coddling the ones he claims are aberrant? If Obama believes that the violent ones are not representative of the religion, why does he insist on treating them like the peaceful ones or assume the peaceful ones would want the radicals treated delicately? After all, if peaceful Muslims don’t identify with the radicals, how would treating those radicals as enemies and enemy combatants alienate the peaceful ones? And if he believes that the billion-plus Muslims he talks about are so peaceful, why does he act as if they are on a hair trigger to become terrorists, to the point that we can’t even call out the radicals among them without fear of every Muslim’s turning into one?”
Comedian Conan O’Brien: “Obama has appointed a new head of the Secret Service. The new Secret Service director was so excited that he jumped over the White House fence for joy.”
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Posted: 20 Feb 2015 05:35 AM PST
Australia’s northern coasts are being battered by two severe tropical cyclones on Friday, the first time meteorologists have seen twin storms of such intensity making near-simultaneous landfall. Cyclone Lam crossed the Northern Territory coast about 20 kilometres east of the town of Milingimbi as a category 4 cyclone overnight, knocking out two wind monitors in the process. It has been downgraded to a category 3 as the storm moves inland. About 2000 kilometres to the south-east, Cyclone Marcia has now crossed the coast near Yeppoon, close to Rockhampton, on the central Queensland coast. The storm was rated as a category 5 cyclone, the highest ranking. Cyclone Marcia was downgraded to category 4 by the Bureau of Meteorology at its 11am briefing. While twin cyclones reaching Australia are uncommon, Friday’s combination may be the first involving storms of category 3 or higher, said Phil Perkins, a meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology in Darwin. “It’s the first time that we have seen two severe cyclones occurring at the same time,” Mr Perkins said. Category 3 storms have sustained wind speeds of 118-159 km/h, with peak gusts of 165-224 km/h, according to the bureau’s definitions. Cyclone Lam knocked out a wind station at Elcho Island late on Thursday, with 150km/h winds the highest recorded at the site. A second station at Milingimbi also halted operations, recording winds at 93km/h at the time. Wind speeds reached 260km/h at their peak, with sustained winds of 175-185km/h, Mr Perkins said. A storm surge has reached all parts of the Gulf of Carpentaria, with some areas recording seas more than one metre above the astronomical highs, he said. MORE
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|Greece is on the brink of exiting the European Union as concerns growPosted: 20 Feb 2015 05:29 AM PST
Germany and Greece face a dramatic eurozone showdown which could see Athens abandon the single currency to ease crippling austerity. Euro finance ministers will hold crisis talks as a deadline for Greece to request an extension to its €240 billion (£176bn) bailout program looms. The last tranche of rescue money destined for Athens will be withheld unless the Greeks agree to more spending cuts and tax hikes. Surrendering the lifeline would leave Greece unable to pay its debts – paving the way for a “Grexit”. Germany has rejected Greek requests for a fresh six-month assistance package that would have reduced Berlin-backed austerity. The decision means Athens is likely to run out of money by the end of the month if a deal is not reached. The fall-out from a Greek exit would unleash a disastrous ripple effect, eventually hitting Britain and impacting on the UK economy. Its last-ditch plea for a new settlement came less than four weeks after the left-wing Syriza coalition swept to power promising to end austerity. But Berlin said it was “not a substantial proposal for a solution” – opening a rift with the European Commission which had branded the request “positive” only moments earlier. Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis had written to the “Eurogroup” promising to use the six months “to attain fiscal and financial stability”. He said a deal would “enable the Greek government to introduce the substantive, far-reaching reforms that are needed to restore the living standards of millions of Greek citizens through sustainable economic growth, gainful employment and social cohesion”. MIRROR
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|Worried depositors rush to pull cash out of Greek banksPosted: 20 Feb 2015 05:21 AM PST
In the midst of the dramatic showdown in Brussels between the new Greek government and its European creditors, many Greek depositors—spooked by the prospect of a Greek default or, worse, an exit from the euro zone and a possible return to the drachma—have been pulling euros out of the nation’s banks in record amounts over the last few days. The Bank of Greece and the European Central Bank won’t report official cash outflows for January until the end of the month. But sources in the Greek banking sector have told Greek newspapers that as much as 25 billion euros (US $28.4 billion) have left Greek banks since the end of December. According to the same sources, an estimated 900 million euros flowed out of Greek banks on Tuesday alone, the day after the talks broke up in Brussels, sparking fears that measures will be taken to stem the outflow. On Thursday, by mid-afternoon, deposits had shrunk by about 680 million euros (US $773 million). “If outflows reach 1 billion euros, capital controls might need to be imposed,” said Thanasis Koukakis, a financial editor for Estia a conservative daily, and To Vima, an influential Sunday newspaper. On Thursday, Germany rejected Greece’s application to extend its loan agreement for four months and renegotiate the terms of its bailout, raising the threat of Athens’ running out of money in the coming weeks. Under the current program, the country has received 240 billion euros, or $272 billion, in exchange for pursuing various overhauls. This came just one day after the European Central Bank extended for two weeks a 68 billion euro emergency liquidity package for Greek banks. According to a source close to the banking community, Greek banks must report cash outflows to the ECB and the Bank of Greece three times a day. The situation remains volatile, as the Greek government and its European creditors have not yet managed to reach a deal over financing arrangements concerning the bailout. Greece’s proposal included language that indicated it would not comply with the conditions set in that agreement. The loan agreement formally expires on Feb. 28. More
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|Spies Can Track You Just by Watching Your Phone’s Power UsePosted: 20 Feb 2015 05:09 AM PST
Smartphone users might balk at letting a random app like Candy Crush or Shazam track their every move via GPS. But researchers have found that Android phones reveal information about your location to every app on your device through a different, unlikely data leak: the phone’s power consumption. Researchers at Stanford University and Israel’s defense research group Rafael have created a technique they call PowerSpy, which they say can gather information about an Android phone’s geolocation merely by tracking its power use over time. That data, unlike GPS or Wi-Fi location tracking, is freely available to any installed app without a requirement to ask the user’s permission. MORE
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Seven Problems with John Kerry’s Iranian Nuclear Clock :: Gambill at FPRI
by Gary C. Gambill
Foreign Policy Research Institute
How Believing In The Bible Can Get You Canned In Today’s America
If you want to get fired, sued or lose your business in today’s America, stand with Biblical convictions …………. Click here for full story
Obama Won’t Back New ISIS War
Two longtime allies are attacking ISIS—and growing frustrated with one another. That’s good news for the so-called Islamic State. The Obama administration was given multiple chances Wednesday to endorse a longtime ally’s airstrikes on America’s biggest enemy at the moment, the so-called Islamic State ………. Click here for full story
Getting Paid to Kill Jews With US Tax Dollars?
It is by now no secret that the Palestinian Authority uses large portions of the international financial aid it receives to provide salaries and other payouts to terrorists who kill Jews……….. Click here for full story
Italy Fears ISIS Invasion From Libya
As ISIS makes inroads into Libya, officials in Rome are panicking about an Islamic State just across the sea—but have no idea how to combat the crisis……….. Click here for full story
It’s Official: Global Economy Back In Contraction For First Time Since 2012 According To Goldman
One can feel it. The initial optimism which spiked in this country with falling gas prices already feels long in the tooth. And the USA is basically the best there is. Pretty much every other major economy in the world is in recession or near recession.
Obama accused of skirting Islamic extremist threat, at ‘summit without substance’
“Sadly, this was a summit without substance,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. “Americans understand we are not at war with Islam. But, we will not defeat these fanatics if we refuse to define them for what they are — violent Islamist extremists.”
Obama: ‘Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric of Our Country Since Its Founding’
We hear a lot about the United States’ Judeo-Christian heritage, but according to President Obama, “Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.” That’s what the president told a White House conference on “countering violent extremism” on Wednesday.
Israel’s Netanyahu: ‘What is there to hide’ in Iran deal
Israel’s prime minister said Thursday that he knows the details of the deal being forged with Iran over its nuclear program and asked “what is there to hide” after the U.S. said it was withholding some information on the talks.
Obama: We really need to address the terrorists’ grievances
You listen to this, and your first instinct – which is not wrong – is that you’re listening to class mushbrained left-wing blather about how we all just need to understand each other, etc. But I think Obama’s narcissism may be an even bigger factor here. Following Marie Harf’s bizarre statement that we can’t defeat ISIS by killing them, here comes Obama to say this:
Jobs for Jihadists
arxists and radical Muslims go together like camels and deserts. They’re now the nightmarish frick and frack of the 21st century. With the shock of YouTubes still going the rounds showing the ISIS beheading of 21 Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya, Barack Obama is taking the Muslim Brotherhood under his protective wing; these poor wretches only need to be given jobs and be shown tolerance by citizens who just don’t understand their righteous grievances.
Obama Readying USA for Islamic Takeover?
Tragically and with full malice aforethought, the beauty, simplicity and essential to thought subject of Logic is no longer taught in the US Public school system. As a note, little else that matters is now taught either. It was taught when I attended school. For the purposes of this column, I will deal with two forms of logic, as defined by the current on-line Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “A particular mode of reasoning viewed as valid or faulty” and “interrelation or sequence of facts or events when seen as inevitable or predictable.” I hope that these will assist those people who still cannot—according to their own words seem to fathom why Barack Hussein Obama does what he does and says what he says.
Christian Florist Found Guilty of Discrimination for Declining ‘Gay Wedding’ Could Lose Home, Life Savings
A florist from Washington is in jeopardy of losing her business, home and life savings after a judge ruled against her on Wednesday for declining to fulfill an order for a same-sex ceremony, but rather provided a referral for the regular customer.
‘Mohammed is Dead and Buried…Christ is Alive,’ ‘Do you Want to Follow the Dead or the Living?’ – Franklin Graham
“Mohammed is dead and buried in Medinah,” said Rev. Graham in a Feb. 18 Facebook post.
“Jesus Christ is alive and He is sitting at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven,” he said. “Who do you want to follow, the dead or the living?”
Get Ready for Persecution, Warns Moody Bible Institute President
It looks like a recipe for depression. Our beloved nation wracked by cultural change, once-protected freedoms evaporating, the persecution of believers looming. Anyone with sense would either stock up on Valium or claim a cave in Montana. But as Christians we have reason to hope.
Obama Withholds Iran Negotiation Info from Israel
The betrayal ensues.
In yet another deplorable display of betrayal, the Obama administration belatedly acknowledged that it is withholding information from Israel pertaining to the P5 + 1 talks with Iran. The administration’s shocking announcement followed initial denials by both the State Department and the White House that they were engaged in this type of duplicitous conduct against a strategic ally.
Fifty Shades of Shame — The Evolution of Pornography – Albert Mohler
By Dr. Albert Mohler
The explosive sales of the Fifty Shades book series alerted many Christians to the fact of female-oriented pornography. While far more attention had been devoted to the visual nature of most male-oriented pornography, the Fifty Shades phenomenon underlined the public mainstreaming of pornography that would find a primary audience among women — narrative pornography in book form.
While many had noted the attraction of so-called “romance novels” to many women, the arrival of the Fifty Shades series announced that the culture at large was ready to shift to what can only be described as explicitly pornographic.
REAL ID to Launch in 2016: TSA Will Force Airline Passengers to Show National ID Before Flying
Most Americans use a state-issued driver’s license as their primary identification card. However, federal-level politicians have pushed throughout history for the implementation of a national ID card, which privacy and states’ rights advocates have argued against as a threat to citizens’ private information or an affront to state authority. Reports of a move towards a national ID card were often dismissed by skeptics as conspiracy theories until 2005, when the REAL ID Act passed into law. However, the REAL ID has experienced significant pushback from many non-compliant states, forcing federal officials to delay its implementation.
Britain’s Top NATO Commander Warns Russia May Be Provoking WWIII
Britain’s top NATO commander today warned that current tensions with Russia represent an ‘existential threat to our whole being’ and could escalate into all out war.
“Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:” Ezekiel 38:2,3 (KJV)
During a speech in London, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin could use ‘Soviet-style’ tactics to seize former Baltic states such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
General Bradshaw, a former director of British special forces and the deputy supreme allied commander Europe, backed plans to set up NATO force integration units in eastern Europe designed to counter a ‘range of hybrid threats’ claiming they would ‘send a strong signal’ to the Kremlin.
He said: ‘The threat from Russia and the risk it brings of a miscalculation resulting in a strategic conflict, however unlikely we see it as being right now, represents an existential threat to our whole being.’
The general claimed Russia may use both traditional Soviet-tactic of escalation dominance as well as hybrid warfare techniques to seize NATO territories.
He pointed to the take-over of Crimea as an example of ‘hybrid warfare’ – where the use of un-uniformed soldiers of unknown nationality and propaganda blurred the true extent of their involvement. He said that this makes it difficult to judge the true extent of Russian involvement and it therefore becomes hard for all 28 NATO member states to agree on the appropriate response.
He explained: ‘The resulting ambiguity [makes] collective decisions relating to the appropriate responses more difficult’. The takeover of Crimea was preceded by Russia conducting large-scale military exercises along their border with Ukraine.”
NATO believes that as the unrest began Russian soldiers in unmarked uniforms were secretly sent into Ukraine to bolster separatist forces. It is also believed that Russia has been secretly arming the separatists, something which the Kremlin denies.
Today Secret services in Ukraine accused a senior political aide to Vladimir Putin of directing the snipers in Kiev who sparked the bloodshed that lead to last year’s revolution.
The increasingly fragile ceasefire appeared close to breaking point amid claims by the U.S. that pro-Russian rebels had fired on Kiev forces 49 times in the last 48 hours and more than 250 times since the start of the truce on Sunday.
Read the rest of this story on Daily Mail UK…
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Former Megachurch Pastor Rob Bell – Christianity Irrelevant If It Continues Quoting The Bible
Former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor and best-selling author Rob Bell told media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Sunday that the American church is “moments away” from embracing gay marriage and thinks “it’s inevitable.” ……… Click here for full story
New research shows where church attendance is highest and lowest
It’s often warmly referred to as “the Bible Belt” but church attendance is actually higher in one Western state than in the South, according to new research released this week. (AOL News)
Court rules ‘God bless America’ not unconstitutional
by Marsha West
Christian Headlines reports:
The Florida high school that told a student not to say “God bless America” during morning announcements said this week that the student did not violate the U.S. Constitution.
“Upon consultation with legal counsel and review of legal advisories, the Nassau County School District has taken the position that a student’s use of the phrase “God Bless America” during the morning announcements at Yulee High School does not violate the Constitution of the United States,” the school district said in a statement.
Buying a bestseller
by Marsha West
In 2014 WORLD Magazine revealed that Seattle’s Mars Hill Church paid a California-based marketing company somewhere around $250,000 to ensure that a book by its pastor Mark Driscoll and coauthored with his wife, Grace made the New York Times best-seller list. Some say the practice is “dishonoring to the Lord.” The magazine now reports that popular pastor and author David Jeremiah’s ministry, Turning Point, purchased copies of at least three of Jeremiah’s books to ensure that they would make the New York Times bestseller list. Last year WORLD asked Jeremiah about his book marketing practices, to which he replied: “You can’t just write a book and say I’m not going to have anything to do with marketing. If you don’t care enough about it to try and figure out how to get it in the hands of other people, nobody else is going to either.” In the acknowledgments section of his 2012 book God Loves You, Jeremiah even credits the man who got Driscoll in so much trouble – the president of Result Source, Kevin Small – as the “genius behind the plan.”
Rob Bell: we’re moments away from the church embracing gay marriage
by Marsha West
Former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor and Emergent leader Rob Bell is a controversial figure. Recently, Bell was invited by Oprah Winfrey to host The Rob Bell Show on her OWN channel. Bell denies the existence of hell, promotes “Mother God,” and insists that homosexuality is not a sin, thus our “homosexual brothers and sisters” must be accepted by the Church. Therefore, it is no surprise that he is reportedly thrilled by the idea that same-sex ‘marriage’ may soon become legal in America. Amy Spreeman, co-host of Stand Up For The Truth, offers Christians this advice:
When it comes to heretical teachers like Bell, we are NOT to “eat the meat and spit out the bones (advice found nowhere in Scripture), but instead we are to follow the command to mark and avoid false teachers.
Christian florist found guilty of discrimination for declining ‘gay wedding’; could lose home, life savings
by Marsha West
Christian News Network reports:
A florist from Washington is in jeopardy of losing her business, home and life savings after a judge ruled against her on Wednesday for declining to fulfill an order for a same-sex ceremony, but rather provided a referral for the regular customer.
Matzo Bread At Communion?
Q. When, as believers, we break bread at the Lord’s Supper should we use Unleavened Bread, or normal everyday bread? I can understand using Matzos (unleavened bread) at Passover, but the rest of the year? A secondary question is:- Do we need to use Matzos even at Passover as this is a Jewish Feast under the Law?
More On the Lamb’s Book Of Life
Q. In your book “Understanding Revelation” you explain “predestination” very nicely. It got me to thinking about all that and it made me wonder if the list of names in the Lambs Book of Life is the “full number” of believers. Would the full number be complete when the last person in the book believes?
Free Will, Really?
Q. I have a question that’s been bothering me like crazy lately. If God knows everything before it happens, then He knows what we are going to do before we do it, so how is that free will? Its like He knows this person is going to hell and that one to heaven and He cannot be surprised, so why was he mad at Adam and Eve if he knew they were going to eat from the tree?
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