Man was never meant to be a god, but he is forever trying to deify himself. —Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Mar. 4, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to consider the fate of President Barack Obama’s health-care law for the second time in three years, weighing an attack on tax credits designed to help millions of people afford insurance. An hour-long argument Wednesday in Washington will provide the first real clues about the justices’ views on an appeal by four Virginia residents who would block the subsidies in at least 34 states.
By a wide margin, sixty-two percent, Americans voters support sending ground troops to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Seventy-two percent said the government should never pay ransoms.
Eight of the biggest U.S. technology companies added a combined $69 billion to their stockpiled offshore profits over the past year, even as some corporations in other industries felt pressure to bring cash back home. Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc., Google Inc. and five other tech firms now account for more than a fifth of the $2.10 trillion in profits that U.S. companies are holding overseas. The total amount held outside the U.S. by the companies was up 8 percent from the previous year, though 58 companies reported smaller stockpiles.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requires drillers to calculate the value of their oil reserves every year using average prices from the first trading days in each of the previous 12 months. Because oil didn’t start its freefall to about $45 till after the OPEC meeting in late November, companies in their latest regulatory filings used $95 a barrel to figure out how much oil they could profitably produce and what it’s worth. Of the 12 days that went into the fourth-quarter average, crude was above $90 a barrel on 10 of them.
More than 8,200 Americans-an average of 23 people each day-died of heroin overdoses in 2013. The rate of overdose deaths in 2013 is almost triple what it was in 2010.
Iraqi forces entered Tikrit from the north and south, and took control of several sites including the police academy and hospital, Khalid al-Khazraji. Another three or four days may be needed to gain full control of the city.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, countering criticism from members of Congress, said the central bank is trying to avoid being too cozy with the Wall Street firms it supervises and wants to ensure that regulators aren’t afraid to confront the financial industry. “The risk of regulatory capture is something the Federal Reserve takes very seriously and works very hard to prevent.”
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Wednesday he had found one of Japan’s biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II.
A homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police was living under a stolen French identity and was wanted for violating probation terms for a bank robbery conviction.
Two Australian drug smugglers were taken Wednesday to an Indonesian island where they will be executed despite frantic diplomatic efforts to save them, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia was “revolted” by their looming deaths.
The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton’s official emails when she was secretary of state traced back to a residential Internet service registered to her family’s home in Chappaqua, New York. The practice of Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential candidate, physically running her own email as a Cabinet-level official is highly unusual.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed aside criticism from President Obama of his speech to Congress, in which he warned Washington was paving the way to a nuclear-armed Iran.
Federal agents raided about 20 Southern California locations on Tuesday suspected of involvement in “maternity tourism” schemes offering travel and lodging services to pregnant foreign women seeking to give birth in the United States, U.S. immigration officials said.
Close to 700 koalas have been killed off by authorities in southeastern Australia because overpopulation led to the animals starving, an official said.
Nigerian troops backed by civilian vigilantes on Tuesday claimed to have killed more than 70 Boko Haram fighters in a foiled attack to capture the strategic town of Konduga near Maiduguri. Around 150 Boko Haram fighters entered the fishing town with a large herd of cattle pretending to be herders and opened fire on troops stationed in the town, leading to a six-hour gun battle.
The hot topic at a major US conference is materials that can be designed with surprising properties, from programmable rubber to springy ceramics.
The Colombian authorities arrested the captain of a Chinese ship on its way to Cuba after finding undeclared gunpowder and cannon shells aboard.
Islamist militants have seized two oil fields in central Libya, officials said, as rival factions reportedly carry out air strikes.
China’s military budget will rise by about 10% in 2015, in another double-digit increase.
Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded an end to “shameful” political killings in Russia, after the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.
Ten more drones were spotted flying over Paris and reports said police are searching for four men after a chase in the east of the city.
Call it Common Core for police. But the White House, in cahoots with the Department of Justice, has set in motion a plan that will expand federal control of community police forces, via standards handed from above called the “Task Force on 21st Century Policing.”
The White House has come out swinging against criticisms of its proposed ban of a certain type of bullet, saying the measure is needed in order to keep police safe.
Helsinki Airport has become the first in Europe to offer sleeping pods for worn-out travelers.
The Breakdown Of U.S.-Israeli Relations Brings Us Several Steps Closer To World War III
In the past 40 years, we have never been closer to World War III than we are today. If you ask Americans to name what area of the globe they believe World War III will begin, the number one choice by a landslide would probably be the Middle East. And thanks to the stunning breakdown of U.S.-Israeli relations, we are now closer to that war than we have been in decades. Since the 1970s, the United States has served as the major buffer between Israel and her Islamic neighbors. Israel has trusted the United States to protect it, and Israel’s enemies have known that an all-out assault on Israel would be fruitless because the U.S. military would step in. When a minor conflict has erupted in the region, the United States has always rushed in diplomatically to settle things down. But now the relationship between the Israeli government and the Obama administration is near a breaking point, and tensions in the Middle East just continue to intensify. At this moment, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu no longer trusts Barack Obama to do what is right for Israel, and it is an open secret that Obama pretty much despises Netanyahu. And during his speech to Congress on Tuesday, Netanyahu once again made it abundantly clear that his government will never, ever allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel believes that Iran is even getting close, Israel will attack. But instead of trying to prevent this from happening, Barack Obama is negotiating a deal with Iran that would give the Iranians pretty much everything that they want and would allow them to build all the nukes they desire in about ten years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that this is a “bad deal”, and he is right. (Read More….)
“What Antidote to Radical Islam?” – Pipes in NRO, #1395
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Mar 3, 2015
Cross-posted from National Review Online: The Corner
Netanyahu responds to Obama: We did indeed present practical alternative to Iran deal
Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Israel on Wednesday after his two-day trip to Washington saying that “many around the world heard what Israel has to say about the bad deal with Iran.” Apparently pushing back against those saying that there was no tactical alternative in his speech, Netanyahu said that he did indeed present a practical alternative that would extend Iran’s break out time by adding new restrictions.
U.N. special envoy:Netanyahu recognizes signs of times
A U.N. special envoy says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday made clear he is thinking in “scriptural terms” and believes himself to be called to protect his people at this critical time.
The Hillary Cover-Up and the End of Democracy
Democracies die not with a whimper or a bang but with a shrug. When we don’t care enough about the system to stop its breakdown — when we’re happy with our dictators so long as we agree with them — the constitutional order collapses. But so what? By electing Hillary Clinton the presidency, we’ll strike a blow against non-existent generalized sexism in American society. And that’s far more important than having an answerable, accountable government.
Hillary Clinton Evaded Benghazi Coverup Scrutiny By Illegally Using Private Email Account
Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests For Benghazi Coverup
WASHINGTON — In 2012, congressional investigators asked the State Department for a wide range of documents related to the attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The department eventually responded, furnishing House committees with thousands of documents.
But it turns out that that was not everything.
The State Department had not searched the email account of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because she had maintained a private account, which shielded it from such searches, department officials acknowledged on Tuesday.
It was only last month that the House committee appointed to investigate Benghazi was provided with about 300 of Mrs. Clinton’s emails related to the attacks. That was shortly after Mrs. Clinton turned over, at the State Department’s request, some 50,000 pages of government-related emails that she had kept on her private account.
Mrs. Clinton’s aides on Tuesday sought to play down the significance of her exclusive use of a personal email account for State Department business. But an examination of records requests sent to the department reveals how the practice protected a significant amount of her correspondence from the eyes of investigators and the public.
Mrs. Clinton’s exclusive use of personal email for her government business is unusual for a high-level official, archive experts have said. Federal regulations, since 2009, have required that all emails be preserved as part of an agency’s record-keeping system.
In Mrs. Clinton’s case, her emails were kept on her personal account and her staff took no steps to have them preserved as part of State Department record. source – NY Times
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The Day the Canary Became an Eagle!
No representative from the White House was present. President Obama apparently was on a video conference call with European leaders. Vice President Biden was in South America and John Kerry was in Geneva discussing the very Iranian deal that was the topic of Bibi’s visit and speech. Over 50 democrats chose to boycott Bibi’s speech. The absence of the leader of the Free World and his entire cabinet spoke tons. It makes one wonder what Mr. Obama really means when he says that he would always have Israel’s back? Are we talking about watching out for the Jewish state’s safety or are we talking about stabbing in the back?
Obama Wants ‘Like-Minded Leftist’ In Israel – Mark Levin
Levin continued, “Netanyahu is a warrior, he’s a combat veteran, he is a leader he takes his commander-in-chief responsibilities seriously, and he knows if he and his country make a mistake, it’s over. Barack Obama is a community activist. He’s a rabble-rouser, he’s an ideologue, and he’s an appeaser. That’s the difference. So, what Obama wants is a like-minded leftist in Israel, and they’re there, to work with, to accommodate his agenda.”
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“The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern, some of them in our country and under our own eyes.” –George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
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(Read on for the full analysis of Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks below.)
In a rebuttal to Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, Barack Obama petulantly insisted, “As far as I can tell, there was nothing new. … The prime minister didn’t offer any viable alternatives.” But neither has Obama, which is precisely the reason for Netanyahu’s visit. The problem isn’t that Israel has no strategy for halting Iran’s nuclear program; rather Obama doesn’t agree with the military response it would likely entail. He claimed, “Iran has in fact frozen its program, rolled back some of its most dangerous, highly enriched uranium, and subjected itself to the kinds of verifications and inspections that we had not previously seen.” What delusional absurdity. Iran is doing the complete opposite, much of it underground, but Obama nevertheless says his plan is working and nuked Netanyahu for opposing the deal that prompted negotiations: “When we shaped that interim deal … Netanyahu made almost the precise same speech about how dangerous that deal was going to be.” Well, yeah. Look at where we are now. Amping up the tough-talk even further, Obama promised, “What I can guarantee is that if it’s a deal I sign off on, I will be able to prove that it is the best way for us to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.” And you can also keep your health insurance.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suffered mightily through Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech. And it had barely concluded before she released a statement: “The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests. … That is why, as one who values the U.S.-Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.” Netanyahu’s speech was of value because Barack Obama has so spectacularly failed when it comes to nuclear negotiations with Iran. Pelosi can cry about insults to her intelligence, but the real crying shame is her party is so partisan that many Democrats refused to stand even when Netanyahu declared there must never be another Holocaust. Astoundingly shameful.
Left with no viable alternative, the House voted 257-167 Tuesday to pass a full-year funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. More than two-thirds of Republicans voted “no.” The vote essentially ends the fruitless standoff over Barack Obama’s unconstitutional immigration actions, as the Senate passed the same bill, 68-31, last week. Unfortunately, Republicans spent more time fighting each other than countering Obama, and from the outset they chose an unwinnable strategy. As the old adage goes, never take a hostage you’re not willing to shoot, and Republicans clearly forgot that advice. Again. Speaker John Boehner blamed the Senate: “Unfortunately, the fight was never won in the other chamber. Democrats stayed united and blocked our bill, and our Republican colleagues in the Senate never found a way to win this fight.” But he also offered a silver lining. “I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president,” Boehner told House Republicans during a conference meeting. “I believe this decision — considering where we are — is the right one for this team, and the right one for this country. The good news is that the president’s executive action has been stopped, for now. This matter will continue to be litigated in the courts, where we have our best chance of winning this fight.” Time will tell, but Obama has proved he’s not willing to bow to anyone. More…
Today the Supreme Court will hear the arguments in King v. Burwell, a challenge to ObamaCare that contends subsidies granted via the federal health exchange are illegal under the “Affordable” Care Act because the law permits them only under state exchanges. The pressure is on Chief Justice John Roberts, who was the deciding vote when the court upheld ObamaCare in 2012. In his last opinion on ObamaCare, Roberts — to paraphrase Charles Dickens — made the law into an ass, declaring the federal government could compel people to buy goods (a.k.a. health insurance) by calling it a tax. Because he showed himself susceptible to political intimidation in 2012, the Left is now running editorials claiming that, if Roberts allows SCOTUS to strike down ObamaCare this time, it will show itself to be a bench of activist judges. In The Washington Post, leftist reporter Robert Barnes wrote, “[T]he eponymous head of the Roberts court has the most to lose. After all, its decisions cannot be respected if the court is not respected.” In his nomination hearing, Roberts said he was an umpire that called “balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat.” But if Roberts ends up being the meek umpire at home plate scared of the crowd, he may redefine “state” to mean any level of government. And that ruling will not only cement ObamaCare into law, it will open up a flood of federal government expansion. More…
Warren Buffett may be the poster child for the Left’s goal of taxing the rich through a “Buffett rule,” but it doesn’t mean the man likes the law when the political speech is stripped away. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been griping about the rich, not hiding the fact she wants to strip Wall Street of its money. Buffett doesn’t like it and he put down a Coke long enough to air his grievance to CNBC. “She would do better if she was less angry and demonized less,” Buffett said. “I believe in hate the sin, love the sinner. And I also believe in praising by name and criticizing by category. … I do think it’s a mistake to get angry with your — with people that disagree with you. I mean, in the end we do have to work together.” Looks like Buffett wants the government to ask politely if it could just take his money. Notably, Warren attained her position by playing people like him against a jealous middle and lower class. In other words, it’s Warren’s style that made the “Buffett rule” popular. More…
In a much-anticipated and contentious address to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday spoke bluntly about the threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. He was downright presidential — something our nation has sorely lacked for the last six years.
Netanyahu’s 45-minute speech recounted Iran’s past acts of terror, its continued call for the destruction of Israel, its recent success in spreading malign influence and control through the Middle East, and its track record of cheating and lying to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Netanyahu drew a line in the sand, and Barack Obama’s response will no doubt be on the wrong side.
Indeed, Obama immediately claimed there was “nothing new” in the prime minister’s speech, and in a sense he’s right: The facts about Iran are not new, nor are they in dispute, even among those currently negotiating with Iran. The key point is that Netanyahu and like-minded people believe the deal toward which Obama is working rewards Iran with a path to nuclear weapons rather than preventing Iran from obtaining them — something even the Obama administration still says would be “unacceptable.”
Obama obviously resents that a leader of Netanyahu’s stature would attempt to upset the diplomatic apple cart by speaking the plain truth at a time when the Obama administration seems determined to ignore the truth in pursuit of a deal —any deal.
Netanyahu raised three key points that the Obama administration is loath to acknowledge: The current Iranian regime is and will always be an enemy of the United States; Iran has proven time and time again that it cannot be trusted; and this is a bad deal we are better off without. These three points are unassailable.
Here’s the most critical excerpt of the speech:
“Don’t be fooled. The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn’t turn Iran into a friend of America.
“Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire. … So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.
“The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs. We must always remember — I’ll say it one more time — the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war. We can’t let that happen.
“But that, my friends, is exactly what could happen, if the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran. That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons — lots of them. …
“The foremost sponsor of global terrorism could be weeks away from having enough enriched uranium for an entire arsenal of nuclear weapons and this with full international legitimacy.”
The Iranian regime is not just a regular dictatorship that hates and fears the United States. It is not Cuba, or Venezuela, or even North Korea. The senior clerics and office-holders in Iran are not just in power to enrich themselves and kill off their political enemies (although there is plenty of that in Iran). The entire leadership chain in Iran, from Supreme Leader Khamenei down through the legislative body and the parallel body of clerics that shape policy, are all true believers in the Islamic Revolution and as such are reflexively, congenitally anti-America. The “Death to America” signs so popular in Iran are not just political theater; they express the true feelings of the hard-liners who have ruled Iran since 1979. Despite all the swooning Western media talk about current Iranian President Hassan Ruhani’s “reformist” nature, he is of a kind with Khamenei, with his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and indeed even with Old Whiskers himself — Ruhollah Khomeini.
Regarding Iran’s trustworthiness in any deal we might reach, we have said it so many times we’ve lost count: We are in the nuclear mess with Iran precisely because it has lied, cheated and obfuscated repeatedly under the previous deal known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Twelve years of work through the UNSC, the P5+1, the EU-3 and the IAEA Board of Governors were all about getting Iran to meet its sworn obligations under the NPT and demonstrate it was only working on peaceful nuclear energy.
In report after report the IAEA offered the same assessment going back to 2003: “We are unable to verify that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.” But the Obama administration tells us with a straight face that somehow Iran can be held to the terms of a new deal.
As for the deal itself, political analyst Charles Krauthammer explained that it would allow Iran to finish the work necessary for an industrial-scale nuclear complex, including all the stages of mining, converting, processing, enriching and fabricating uranium. Only the final step of weaponization is left out of this deal, and Iran’s unresolved past and present weapons-related work is one of the largest points of concern at the IAEA. In other words, with the blessing of the United States and our negotiating partners, Iran would be allowed 10 years to build up its infrastructure without fear of sanctions or other penalties, and would suffer no penalty for splitting apart the NPT. This is a bad deal, and Netanyahu is right that we are better off without it.
Netanyahu ended his speech with a familiar refrain, but one that should not be taken lightly: “The days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over. … For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves. This is why, as a prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.”
The Israelis have watched and waited as the United States and the rest of the world tried to convince Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions, but Israel will not wait forever. If Iran is not held to its NPT obligations to verify the peaceful nature of its nuclear program, a day will come, perhaps far earlier than any of us imagine, when Israel will decide it cannot wait any longer.
Finally, a post script of sorts. House Speaker John Boehner showed leadership in inviting Netanyahu to speak. He also very appropriately presented Netanyahu with a bust of Winston Churchill. In contrast, Barack Obama came into the Oval Office in 2009 to find such a Churchill bust, given by the British to George W. Bush. Obama promptly returned it to England.
Hillary Clinton is reportedly telling donors she will enter the presidential race in April. She sees it as a move that would assuage worries within her party and prime the fundraising pumps. But Mrs. Clinton has far greater problems than when to announce her coronation bid.
Illustrating everything voters don’t like about the Clintons, The New York Times broke the story that Clinton did not use or even set up an official government email account during her entire tenure as secretary of state. Instead, she used private email for all her official correspondence. Furthermore, the Times reported, her staff did nothing to preserve her personal emails on department servers. Failing to use a government email account for all correspondence is a violation of the National Archives and Records Act.
According to Jason Baron, former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration, “It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business.”
The Times reports Hillary’s staff turned over 55,000 pages of her emails to Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Select House Committee on Benghazi. But Gowdy responded that only “several hundred of these emails were … turned over” to his committee. He said also Clinton seems to have used multiple personal accounts. The primary one, clintonemail.com, was set up on the day her Senate confirmation hearings began in 2009. In other words, she had a plan.
“It was not as if she had both an official and a private email account,” Gowdy said. “She did not use personal email in addition to government email. She used personal email in lieu of government email. And she had more than one private email account.”
“[O]nly she has the complete record,” Gowdy continued. “And the committee is going to have to go to her, her lawyers and her email providers to ensure we have access to everything.”
Gowdy added, “One should also be concerned about the national security implications of former Secretary Clinton of using exclusively personal email accounts for the conducting of official U.S. foreign policy.”
By filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Judicial Watch recently obtained a number of emails that prove the State Department knew immediately that our embassy in Benghazi was under attack by terrorists. The emails tell the story in a chilling series of short messages that describe the worsening events that occurred Sept. 11-12, 2012, as well as reveal the administration’s series of lies about what really happened. Not being privy thus far to Clinton’s own emails, we are left to wonder if the thousands of emails she generated on private servers over her four years as secretary of state will completely discredit her — that’s no doubt why she employed the method.
Clinton is by no means the first or only public official to use private email for public business, but she might be the first to do so exclusively. And media outlets Left and Right are attacking her for it.
Jonah Goldberg at National Review asked a particularly salient question about all the investigations into Benghazi. With the multi-thousands of pages of paper floating around, he said, “[Y]ou’d think the non-existence of an official e-mail account would have been noticed. Why did it take so long?” Goldberg credits Gowdy for being the first to notice the missing account.
But Ron Fournier, writing in National Journal, had harsher words for the aspiring first woman president: “Two weeks ago we learned that the Clinton Foundation accepted contributions from foreign countries. Assurances from … Obama … that [none] were made during her tenure … were false.” Both Clinton’s and Obama’s actions were “sleazy and stupid,” Fournier added. “We’ve had sleazy and stupid — and, now, with these emails, suspicious. If she runs, are we going to have a full Seven Dwarfs? Seedy. Sanctimonious. Self-important. Slick.”
Fournier concluded that it may be time for Clinton to abandon her White House bid.
Naturally, Hillary is defiant. Tuesday night at an EMILY’s List party, she repeated ad nauseam her usual sermon about women’s empowerment and hammered away at “that old trickle-down economics” class warfare. She said nothing about the emails. After all, the presidency is her right, and she will continue to pursue it.
We hope Gowdy’s committee throws a wrench in the gears of Clinton’s election machine. He’s determined to get the emails, while she’ll do whatever she can to stop him. But many Democrats who’ve already been whispering about dumping Hillary (again) might decide the timing is right to find a better candidate.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Philosopher Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626): “It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty, or to seek power over others and to lose power over a man’s self.”
Columnist Jim DeMint: “Despite the fact that Republicans have majorities in both the House and the Senate that were elected on a pledge to fight against President Obama’s executive amnesty, and despite forcing through a big spending bill at the end of 2014 with the promise they would fight later on Homeland Security appropriations, they are now punting the issue entirely. … The absurdity of this situation is that fighting the president’s executive amnesty through Department of Homeland Security appropriations was the strategy created by Republican leaders. Now that the time to fight has arrived, the generals are running from the battlefield and blaming the infantry they told to lead the charge. If the Republican majority in both houses of Congress is not willing to take a stand and fight against the government takeover of America’s healthcare system or the president’s arrogant usurpation of the constitutional powers of Congress, then what will they fight for? Who will stand with freedom-minded Americans who sent this majority to Washington to fight for them? I hope my former colleagues will ask themselves: ‘If not us, who? If not now, when?'”
Columnist Ben Shapiro: “On Monday, The New York Times reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never — not once — used her official State Department email address for her official communications. … Welcome to the most transparent administration in American history, where the Federal Communications Commission can regulate the Internet and keep those regulations secret before a vote, where top government officials can deliberately hide their emails from the public, but where your health records, income and emails are all government business. … What possible violations of the Constitutional system will Americans actually fight? The list of possibilities grows short. Reports emerged this week suggesting that President Obama will consider banning bullets by executive order, effectively castrating the Second Amendment by fiat. Shrug. The Obama White House announced this week that Obama was ‘very interested’ in unilaterally raising taxes. Shrug. Democracies die not with a whimper or a bang but with a shrug. When we don’t care enough about the system to stop its breakdown … the constitutional order collapses. But so what? By electing Hillary Clinton the presidency, we’ll strike a blow against non-existent generalized sexism in American society. And that’s far more important than having an answerable, accountable government.”
Comedian Argus Hamilton: “Washington, D.C., officially legalized the possession and home growing of marijuana at midnight on Thursday. The city is now the only national capital in the world where pot is legal. The next day the president confronted Michelle and claimed half of her White House garden as community property.”
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‘The Fosters’ breaks ground with Youngest Ever same-sex kiss between characters
Posted: 04 Mar 2015 08:08 AM PST
Well the U.S pushes the boundaries once again and the “Days of Lot” are accelerating as two teen actors have made history this week by sharing what is believed to be the youngest same-sex kiss ever on U.S. television. The Historical moment took pace on Monday’s episode of The Fosters, Jude (Hayden Byerly) and Connor (Gavin MacIntosh) kissed after weeks of struggling with their feelings for each other. The characters are 13 years old but in real life, Byerly is 14 and MacIntosh is about to turn 16. MacIntosh told Just Jared the storyline is important because many young people can relate” FULL STORY
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|6 NATO ships to stage war games in Black SeaPosted: 04 Mar 2015 07:54 AM PST
More “War Games” are taking place as reports indicate Six NATO warships arrived in the Black Sea on Wednesday to take part in exercises with the Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish navies, the Alliance’s Maritime Command (MARCOM) said in a statement. The assignment of the vessels is Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2), which is headed by US Rear Admiral Brad Williamson. SNMG2 currently consists of flagship US cruiser guided missile, the USS Vicksburg, as well as Canada’s HMCS Fredericton, Turkey’s TCG Turgutreis, FGS Spessart of Germany, Italian frigate ITS Aliseo and ROS Regina Maria of the US. FULL REPORT
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|100,000 ducks killed due to avian flu in Fuzesgyarmat, HungaryPosted: 04 Mar 2015 07:39 AM PST
Reports out of Hungary indicate that at least 100,000 ducks were killed at a poultry farm in Fuzesgyarmat, a town in southeastern Hungary, after bird flu was discovered there, wire service MTI reported on Monday. Reports indicate that This flu, type H5N8, is not known to have infected humans. National chief veterinarian Lajos Bognar told MTI that the bird flu was found on only a single farm in Bekes County, albeit at all four of its sites. All birds on the farm, more than 100,000 ducks, were culled over the weekend and disinfection would take most of the week, Bognar said. A 3 km-deep protected area and a 10 sq km area of observation have been set up around the farm. Animals on all farms within 3 km are undergoing thorough and repeated testing, and all poultry shipments from a 10 km area have been restricted. FULL REPORT
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|Thousands of TONS of shellfish have died off during past few years in Whangarei Harbour, New ZealandPosted: 04 Mar 2015 07:24 AM PST
The volume of pipis on Mair Bank has slumped from 10,000 tonnes to less than 100 tonnes. Photo / Thinkstock
An alarming report is coming out of New Zealand indicating a massive pipi bed in Whangarei harbour is dying generating fears that the change could destabilise the harbour – and Marsden Point itself, Radio NZ reports. The volume of pipis on Mair Bank has slumped from 10,000 tonnes to less than 100 tonnes, sparking fears the massive sandbank, which protects the harbour entrance, will disappear. The sandbank, shaped similar to a shark’s tooth, lies just off Marsden Point. Locals previously waded out at low tide to scoop up the daily limit of 150 of the shellfish in a couple of minutes. But no more. FULL REPORT
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|Hillary Clinton Evaded Benghazi Coverup Scrutiny By Illegally Using Private Email AccountPosted: 04 Mar 2015 07:15 AM PST
“With all due respect, the fact is, we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or because of guys out for a walk one night who decide to kill some Americans, what difference at this point does it make?”
USING PRIVATE EMAIL, HILLARY CLINTON THWARTED RECORD REQUESTS FOR BENGHAZI COVERUP
In 2012, congressional investigators asked the State Department for a wide range of documents related to the attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The department eventually responded, furnishing House committees with thousands of documents.
But it turns out that that was not everything.
The State Department had not searched the email account of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because she had maintained a private account, which shielded it from such searches, department officials acknowledged on Tuesday.
It was only last month that the House committee appointed to investigate Benghazi was provided with about 300 of Mrs. Clinton’s emails related to the attacks. That was shortly after Mrs. Clinton turned over, at the State Department’s request, some 50,000 pages of government-related emails that she had kept on her private account. Mrs. Clinton’s aides on Tuesday sought to play down the significance of her exclusive use of a personal email account for State Department business. But an examination of records requests sent to the department reveals how the practice protected a significant amount of her correspondence from the eyes of investigators and the public. FULL REPORT
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|Prophetic Pioneer Bill Hamon Calls Out Sin in the ChurchPosted: 04 Mar 2015 07:08 AM PST
Dr. Bill Hamon’s latest book answers a question that lingers in the hearts of many, particularly with regard to ministers committing major sin in their personal lives. Yet these leaders pastor major churches, healing the sick and ministering to the congregation. Dr. Hamon reminds us of Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name? And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” He notes that when a sinful preacher prospers, “God is not confirming their ministries at all.” Instead, “He is confirming His word.” God allows the ministry to be successful because He cares about the people who are listening and wants them to be saved and healed. Dr. Hamon also answers other important questions like, “Are these ministers still guaranteed Heaven since they were saved once? Dr. Hamon says, “No.” Can their names be erased from the book of life? Dr. Hamon says, “Yes.” FULL MESSAGE
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|BBQ Pitmasters Told to Take Down American FlagsPosted: 04 Mar 2015 07:04 AM PST
When will the madness stop in America? Another attack on U.S patriotism is coming out of Alabama. That’s because in the name of “Political Correctness” Jeff Petkevicius the founder of “Give it to God” competition barbecue — a professional barbecue team that smokes meat and shares the love of Jesus was told by organizers of an Alabama barbecue competition along with other competitors to take down the American flags hanging from their barbecue trailers. “The sport of professional barbecue is extremely American and family oriented,” said pitmaster Jeff Petkevicius. The incident took place on Feb. 27th at the Sam’s Club National BBQ Competition in Daphne, Ala., sponsored by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. SOURCE
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|Study finds nearly one million U.S. children may be misdiagnosed with ADHDPosted: 04 Mar 2015 06:50 AM PST
A shocking report is coming out from a research study conducted by a Michigan State University economist that has found that nearly one million children in the United States may have been misdiagnosed with ADHD. According to reports diagnoses were often triggered by the child being the youngest (and therefore most immature) student in their kindergarten class. According to the study published in the Journal of Health Economics, these students are more likely to be prescribed medication to modify their behavior than their older classmates. According to lead researcher Todd Elder, this can waste between $320 million and $500 million per year on unnecessary medication. Between $80-$90 million of that is paid by Medicaid. FULL REPORT
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|Top U.S. general says it is time to consider arming Ukrainian forcesPosted: 04 Mar 2015 06:40 AM PST
According to reports from the Washington Post a top U.S. military officer expressed openness Tuesday to providing U.S. weapons to Ukrainian forces, joining a growing number of senior American officials who say greater U.S. involvement may be needed in Kiev’s fight against Russian-backed separatists. This comes on the heels of Russia threatening Military action if the US begins to arm Ukraine! The General went on to say “I think we should absolutely consider providing lethal aid,” said Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “And it ought to be in the context of our NATO allies because [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s ultimate objective is to fracture NATO.” If this happens it will be interesting to see how Russia will respond. FULL REPORT
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|U.S. will hit debt limit in October or NovemberPosted: 04 Mar 2015 06:27 AM PST
This Fall will be time to “Pay the Piper” for the United States! That’s because the US Treasury Department will exhaust its capacity to borrow in October or November if the debt limit isn’t raised, which i’m pretty sure will be raised, after all what’s the limit right? The non-partisan CBO had previously estimated that “extraordinary measures” Treasury could use to continue borrowing would last until September or October.Read CBO’s latest estimate. The debt limit is suspended until March 15. After that date, so-called extraordinary measures available to the Treasury to keep borrowing include deferring new investments in federal retirement and disability funds. FULL REPORT
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1) Netanyahu’s Congress address exposes wide differences in view of challenge of Iran
Netanyahu, in Speech to Congress, Criticizes ‘Bad Deal’ on Iran Nuclear Program, New York Times (Peter Baker)
Obama lays out Iran nuclear deal conditions as Netanyahu visit begins, Los Angeles Times (David Lauter and Evan Halper)
2) Gay marriage plaintiffs claim the ‘right side of history’ before Supreme Court
Gay marriage proponents claim ‘right side of history’, USA Today (Richard Wolf)
3) California GOP recognition of gay group too little, too late to get on ‘right side of history’
State GOP formally welcomes gays to the party, Los Angeles Times (Seema Mehta and Melanie Mason)
It was long past time for state GOP to recognize gay fundraising group, Los Angeles Times (Editorial Board)
In other news…
WVW-TV Presents: Why The Heaven Tourist Reports Contradict Scripture (Part One)
by Worldview Weekend News Team
March 3, 2015
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