Because of the gospel, I no longer live for approval; I live from approval. —Dave Harvey
Mar. 9, 2015
Obama’s administration for the first time urged the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage nationwide, throwing its weight behind same-sex couples seeking a historic civil rights ruling.
Members of a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack tussled Sunday over whether they should release the committee’s cache of messages from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail account.
A Russian court indicted five men in connection with the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, after his death sparked protests and brought condemnation from world leaders.
The European Central Bank started buying government bonds under its expanded quantitative-easing plan designed to boost price growth in the region.
Solar Impulse, an ultralight plane powered only by the sun’s rays, took off from Abu Dhabi at 7:12 a.m. today in an attempt to fly around the world without using fuel.
Niger’s army crossed the border into Nigeria to join a regional offensive against Boko Haram as the militant group pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
Goldman Sachs said it didn’t expect oil demand to recover so quickly and its forecast for crude at $40 a barrel may be too low.
Revenue generated by illegal exports of gold, diamonds and other resources is fueling a conflict that has engulfed Central African Republic. At least 3,000 people have died, the United Nations says. More than 2.5 million need urgent humanitarian assistance and about 1 million have fled their homes to neighboring countries or camps.
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The FBI is investigating a string of hacks that defaced US websites with imagery from the Islamic State jihadist group, NBC News reported.
The US delivered more than 100 pieces of military equipment to vulnerable NATO-allied Baltic States in a move designed to provide them with the ability to deter potential Russian threats.
Republican senators warned Iran that any nuclear deal made with President Obama could last only as long as he remains in office, in an unusual intervention into U.S. foreign policy-making.
Vowing never to give up on the desperate search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, family members of those aboard the plane wore symbolic T-shirts and released white balloons Sunday as they marked the anniversary of the jet’s disappearance.
An 18-month-old girl survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for some 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, officers said.
Relatives of two Australian drug smugglers visited them Monday for the first time on an Indonesian prison island where they will be put to death, as their prime minister urged Jakarta to rethink the planned executions.
About ten Chadian soldiers died in fighting to free two towns in northern Nigeria previously held by BOKO Haram, the first gains against the militants made in a joint offensive launched with Niger at the weekend, military sources said.
More than two million migratory birds were killed in Cyprus last autumn to feed an illicit taste for the delicacy on the Mediterranean island, a conservationist group said.
A decision by the student body government of the University of California at Irvine to ban the display of all flags – including the United States flag – has been vetoed. The university’s executive cabinet has voted to overturn the ban, which prompted outrage nationwide and led one state legislator to consider an amendment to the California constitution to ensure the American flag could be flown on the campuses of state schools.
A laser weapon called ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset), made by Lockheed Martin can stop a small truck dead in its tracks from more than a mile away, the company announced.
Venezuela is installing fingerprint scanners in supermarkets, in a move designed to help reduce food hoarding and panic buying.
Police in north-eastern India said they have charged 42 people in connection with the lynching of a suspected rapist who was taken from prison by a mob.
The Colombian army and Farc rebels agreed to work together to remove landmines that have killed and injured thousands in five decades of conflict.
The Kenya government identified the body of a man found in a national park as would-be International Criminal Court witness (ICC) Meshack Yebei.
A 19-year-old German woman was the first female foreign fighter to be killed fighting Islamic State alongside Kurdish militia groups.
Members of the Republican Party angry with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives over a proposed bullet ban now say the heck with it – the agency is so “scandal-ridden,” power-hungry and out-of-control it ought to be closed.
Saudi Arabian authorities are increasing the number of their beheadings to the point that three were carried out on a single day this past week – all part and parcel of the government’s attempt to showcase itself as powerful and in control.
Microsoft has issued a security warning about a bug, FREAK, that could let attackers spy on your data. The bug uses software to encrypt data passing between web servers and web users. The computer giant suggests millions may be at risk of losing data.
A Midland County woman’s gym membership was canceled after she refused to stop telling fellow gym members “a man” was using the woman’s locker room. “I was blocked, because a man was standing there.” “It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?” An employee at the front desk told her that the individual identifies as a woman.
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Prior to the speech of the Israeli Prime Minister to Congress, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria sang the praises of a story from the pro-Edward Snowden publication, The Intercept, suggesting that Benjamin Netanyahu just can’t be trusted. The story claimed Netanyahu has been “crying wolf” about the Iranian nuclear weapons program by changing his estimate of how close the Iranians are to getting the bomb.
Nearly At ‘Full Employment’? 10 Reasons Why The Unemployment Numbers Are A Massive Lie
On Friday, we learned that the official “unemployment rate” has fallen to 5.5 percent. Since an unemployment rate of 5 percent is considered to be “full employment” by many economists, many in the mainstream media took this as a sign that the U.S. economy has almost fully “recovered” since the last recession. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, some Federal Reserve officials believe that “the U.S. economy is already at full employment“. But how can this possibly be? It certainly does not square with reality. Personally, I know people that have been struggling with unemployment for years and that still cannot find a decent job. And I get emails from readers all the time that are heartbroken because they are suffering through extended periods of unemployment. So what in the world is going on? How can the government be telling us that we are nearly at “full employment” when so many people can’t find work? Could it be possible that the government numbers are misleading? (Read More….)
The WHY of Obama
The president is not a stupid man. He may be cunning, devious, easily given to retribution, a monstrous ideologue, an Islamic terrorist denier, and a socialist at heart. But he is not stupid. On the other hand he is not that smart. His actions betray his intellect. What he does with executive orders and lawless edicts and vetoes shows that he is more of an accomplice than a leader.
Israel Critic and Hamas Defender Named As Obama’s New Mideast Coordinator
Three days after Israel’s prime minister stood before Congress questioning the wisdom of a key Obama administration foreign policy initiative, National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Friday named as head of her Mideast desk an official who has stoked controversy with past criticisms of Israel and by meeting with Hamas terrorists.
March 9, 2015
“[T]he Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution.” –Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 81, 1788
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Barack Obama thinks it’s way too easy to buy a gun, and he wants to “fix” that. “As long as you can go in some neighborhoods and it is easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book — there are neighborhoods where it is easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable — as long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence,” Obama warned at a town hall meeting at Benedict College. Clearly frustrated with Congress for not fully exploiting the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 to pass gun control, Obama complained, “I thought … what happened at Sandy Hook would make us think about it. You would have thought that’s got to be enough of a motivator. But we couldn’t get it done.” Without Congress, he said, “It is difficult to reduce the availability of guns.” That is his goal, after all. However, he added, “We’ve tried to get as much done administratively” as possible.
Indeed he has. The ATF is considering a ban on M855 ammunition, which is widely used in AR-15s. And “considering” is probably not strong enough a word, as the ATF recently published the new regulation in its 2014 Regulation Guide, released in January. When Townhall’s Katie Pavlich called them out, the ATF backtracked and claimed it was a “publishing mistake” — that the regulation was not finalized. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the ban won’t take effect, just that the ATF announced prematurely. Obama has 700 days, a phone and a pen. He won’t stop with green-tip ammo.
Speaking in Selma Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march there, Barack Obama told marchers that today’s voter ID laws are commensurate with what plagued blacks 50 years ago. “Right now, in 2015, 50 years after Selma, there are laws across this country designed to make it harder for people to vote,” Obama complained. “As we speak, more of such laws are being proposed. Meanwhile, the Voting Rights Act — the culmination of so much blood, so much sweat and tears, the product of so much sacrifice in the face of wanton violence — the Voting Rights Act stands weakened, its future subject to political rancor. How can that be? The Voting Rights Act was one of the crowning achievements of our democracy, the result of Republican and Democratic efforts. President [Ronald] Reagan signed its renewal when he was in office. President George W. Bush signed its renewal when he was in office. One hundred members of Congress have come here today to honor people who were willing to die for the right to protect it. If we want to honor this day, let that hundred go back to Washington and gather four hundred more, and together pledge to make it their mission to restore that law this year. That’s how we honor those on this bridge.” Requiring that voting citizens prove who they are — just as if they were buying alcohol — is not “suppressing the vote.” That’s especially true in a nation in which Obama has just legalized nearly five million illegals. He’s misrepresenting history for political gain. More…
Read the headline and examine the picture of The New York Times’ front cover after political leaders commemorated the 50-year anniversary of the march at Selma, and you’d think the whole event was all about Barack Obama. The Times highlighted his quote, “We know the march is not yet over,” in the headline, and the photo of the event featured a white-shirted Obama linking arms with Rep. John Lewis, who was at the original march. Obama’s speech linked what happened 50 years ago to the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Yet the Times’ coverage all but ignored the GOP presence at the march. George W. Bush was in the front line of marchers, but The Times cropped him out of the picture. The media lambasted GOP leaders for skipping the march, though Bush and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy were there. One notable absence was Hillary Clinton, who decided it was more important to attend a Clinton Global Initiative event in Florida than commemorate a seminal moment in the civil rights movement. The Left tried to co-opt the event for two purposes: First, to smear Republicans who stayed home. Second, to mold the civil rights narrative for political ends. And, as always, the New York Times helped them do it. More…
In the wake of the Justice Department’s predictable findings of racist police in Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder fired a shot across the bow. “We are prepared to use all the powers that we have, all the power that we have, to ensure that the situation changes there,” Holder said Friday. “That means everything from working with them to coming up with an entirely new structure.” In other words, the Ferguson Police Department is on notice. But not just Ferguson. “I hope [police departments around the nation are] listening to these comments, and understand the intensity with which the feelings are felt at the federal government level to ensure that we use all the tools that we can to make sure that what happened in Ferguson is uncovered and simply does not happen in any other part of the country,” Holder added. “But I also want to make people understand, there are 18,000 police departments in this country, and I think what we saw in Ferguson was an anomaly.” We’d say that’s a pretty clear sign of what will be on incoming AG Loretta Lynch’s agenda.
Hillary Clinton borders on paranoia when it comes to documenting her work, as if she considers transparency and oversight the enemy. In 1994, she said she didn’t even keep a diary. “It could get subpoenaed! I don’t write anything down,” she said. Recently, a video surfaced of a 2001 ABC report that shows Clinton saying she didn’t use email: “As much as I’ve been investigated and all of that, you know, why would I — I don’t even want — why would I ever want to do email?” But now, it turns out that crafty grandma was running her own email server — which can permanently delete emails. Head of the House committee investigating the attack on the Benghazi consulate in 2012, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), said Clinton has kept emails from his committee’s investigation. “There are gaps of months of months of months,” he said. “If you think to that iconic picture of her on a C-17 flying to Libya … we have no emails from that day. In fact we have no emails from that trip.” Unlike Lois Lerner’s emails, Clinton’s may be gone for good. As “clueless” as ever, Barack Obama distanced himself from the former secretary of state, trotting out his tired old excuse that he learned about the scandal “through news reports.” Sure thing.
A funny thing happened in the South Florida city of Lake Worth. It appears the local government has given churches the idea they must pay a fee to exercise their constitutionally protected right to worship as they please. In fact, in a move that smacks of totalitarianism, one particular church was singled out for “observation” by a hoodie-wearing code enforcement officer who compiled an official Case Narrative that reads like a bad detective novel.
In the city’s crosshairs is a Southern Baptist institution known as the Common Ground Church. The church owns and operates a coffee house in the downtown area, and for the last three months it has used it to hold weekly worship services. Previously the congregation rented space at other facilities in the area.
Common Ground Pastor Mike Olive spoke with Fox News’ Todd Starnes and told him problems began arising last month following an encounter with City Commissioner Andy Amoroso. “After we opened up the coffee bar and started doing services, I heard that he told people we were anti-gay,” Olive told Starnes. “So I went to his shop to ask him about that.” Despite Olive’s insistence that his church is all about loving God and loving people, and that his message to the gay community “is the same as it is to the straight community,” Amoroso remained unconvinced, warning the pastor that he’d “better not have a church down there.”
Amoroso may have a personal axe to grind. According to the Keep the Faith News website, Amoroso runs a newsstand and a gay-pornography business in Lake Worth. Shortly after Olive and Amoroso’s meeting, an “anonymous complaint” was lodged, precipitating the compliance officer’s visit last month.
That city-code enforcement officer is Gerard A. Coscia, who spent two Sundays in a row watching Common Ground Church hold services at the Common Ground Coffee House. On Feb. 8, Coscia secretly filmed the service. The following Sunday he came back, handed Olive’s associate pastor his business card — and told him the church has one week to vacate the building.
As his report indicates, Coscia brought his inner author and CIA wannabe tendencies to the task. “I walked back to the Coffee Bar and was able to visualize, in my opinion what appeared to be a ministry in progress,” his report states. “There was the following going on inside the Coffee Bar: Someone speaking from a podium. A [sic] overhead TV or projection with scripture verse on it. Rows of people sitting in chairs on both sides like a gathering setting. People holding what appeared to be bibles or religious books as one had a cross on it.”
Coscia further revealed he conducted a Google search, discovering that the church actually existed at the address he investigated, that Olive was a preacher, and that there was a calendar of service times. Coscia’s ultimate analysis? “I inspected the property and found the following violations: Business rental property found without a current City of Lake Worth Business license, specifically to operate as a church, or a house of Worship.”
Lake Worth community sustainability director William Waters insisted the city had nothing against the church and was merely responding to the aforementioned complaint. Waters further claimed the city “couldn’t give preferential treatment to churches versus other businesses.”
A church thus becomes a business, and Waters explained that every business in the community received letters regarding permits and fees. Joan Abell, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, confirmed that reality, producing a letter from the city warning, “[I]t shall be unlawful for any person or business, directly or indirectly, to engage in or conduct any business profession or occupation in the city, without first making an application for, and having obtained a city of Lake Worth business license.”
Abell was upset, saying, “We’ve been there 99 years and we’ve never had to have a license. Where do you all of a sudden say the church has to have a license to gather and pray?”
After this story became national news, the city backtracked, denying claims it had threatened anyone. “This is entirely a big misunderstanding,” said Mayor Pam Triolo. “The city’s intention is not to penalize churches in any way, shape or form. No, there’s no fee to pray.”
The report by Coscia and the letter sent to Abell say otherwise.
Adding to the city’s woes is attorney Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, a law firm specializing in religious liberty. He sent a letter to City Manager Michael Bornstein, explaining that churches are not businesses and don’t need licenses to operate, that the city’s own laws exempt churches regardless, and that even the occupational licenses and taxes they are now attempting to collect “are an exclusive prerogative of the Florida legislature.” He asks the city to stop collecting business fees, refund those they have collected, and provide written assurance of both.
“Government employees are public servants and prohibited by the Constitution from inhibiting religious freedom,” he explains.
Nevertheless, the city insists the congregation still needs a use and occupancy certificate for “safety purposes” separate from the one for the coffee bar.
The Patriot Post spoke with Olive, who remains optimistic about his future in the city despite local blogger Wes Blackman taking him to task for a “ridiculous non-story,” one “giving our little City a black eye on the national stage.”
“We’re not mad at the city,” Olive explained. “I live here. I work here. We love the city and when people ask me why we’re giving the city a black eye, I tell them were not. The city has a black eye and we want be the ‘ice’ that brings healing to Lake Worth.”
Such healing may be temporary. Oliver also revealed that “police have told us we can’t hand out Gospel tracts because it violates Lake Worth’s panhandling law, which is one of the most aggressive in Palm Beach County.” Handing out what Christians believe is the word of God constitutes panhandling? You’ve got another “misunderstanding” to address, Mayor Triolo.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday signed right-to-work legislation, making “America’s Dairyland” the 25th state with laws preventing mandatory union membership and payment of dues. It’s both good for Wisconsin’s economy and is a feather in Walker’s presidential cap.
Through a section of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, states were permitted to enact legislation that allowed contracts to be signed between unions and businesses requiring workers at the particular company to pay labor fees, and legally binding those companies to fire workers who refused to join the union. Section 14B of this Act specifically noted that a right-to-work law would prevent such extortion.
Union members make up about 8% of Wisconsin’s current labor force. Just 30 years ago that number was 22%. Indeed, nationwide, labor unions are losing the muscle that once made them mighty — because their numbers have dwindled for the last three decades.
Walker’s tenure as Wisconsin governor has been marked by freeing the entire labor market from the chokehold of union membership. Upon his initial election in 2010, Walker went to work with the State Assembly to dismantle public-sector unions. The Wisconsin Act 10 eliminated collective bargaining for state workers, including teachers, addressed extravagant benefits and pension promises, and protected the state from a $3.6 billion budget deficit. That battle sent Walker to national prominence.
The 2011 Republican-led reform successfully implemented by Walker hit the same funding mechanism in public-sector unions as will now impact private-sector unions: forced dues payment.
Currently, detractors of right-to-work laws argue wage suppression will result without mandatory labor union representation. But that’s just not backed up by the facts.
For example, in 2012, Michigan became a right-to-work state under the leadership of Republican Governor Rick Snyder, also elected in 2010, and the Michigan Legislature. By 2013, its per-capita personal income rose to $39,215 from $38,291 in 2012. And by 2014, more than 8,000 teachers had made the decision not to pay union dues, while total union membership dropped almost two percentage points in the first full year of the law’s implementation.
It’s certainly interesting that as soon as people have the right to work without union interference union participation drops and incomes rise. It implies that, unless unions have some legal leverage enabling forced participation and extortion, they are undesirable and ineffective.
The reason is simple: Right-to-work laws give workers the opportunity to pursue employment without having to pay dues to unions, who frequently use that money to secure political power at the expense of worker protections. Right-to-work allows for greater access to jobs, while a government mandated minimum wage prices some prospective workers out of those jobs. Which one makes more sense if creating jobs is the objective?
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Peggy Noonan: Stuck in Scandal Land
- Star Parker: Pass the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act
- Tony Perkins: Patriots Deflate Marriage
- Burt Prelutsky: Bait & Switch
- George Will: Obama Needs GOP for TPP
OPINION IN BRIEF
The Gipper: “I’ve always believed that we are, each of us, put here for a reason, that there is a plan, somehow a divine plan for all of us.”
Columnist Peggy Noonan: “The press is painting all this as a story about how Mrs. Clinton, in her love for secrecy and control, has given ammunition to her enemies. But that’s not the story. The story is that this is what she does, and always has. The rules apply to others, not her. She’s special, entitled, exempt from the rules — the rules under which, as the Federalist reports, the State Department in 2012 forced the resignation of a U.S. ambassador, ‘in part for setting up an unsanctioned private e-mail system.’ Why doesn’t the legacy press swarm her on this? Because she is political royalty. They are used to seeing her as a regal, queenly figure. They’ve been habituated to understand that Mrs. Clinton is not to be harried, not to be subjected to gotcha questions or impertinent grilling. She is a Democrat, a star, not some grubby Republican governor from nowhere. … An aspect of the story goes beyond criticism of Mrs. Clinton and gets to criticism of us. A generation or two ago, a person so encrusted in a reputation for scandal would not be considered a possible presidential contender. She would be ineligible. Now she is inevitable.”
Columnist Star Parker: “Why do we need a new federal law to protect those whose religious convictions see marriage as it has been understood for our whole national history? Because a war is taking place in our country to delegitimize religion and to use every means of legal aggression to make it impossible for those with traditional biblical faith to live according to their convictions in their public lives. … Can it really be, now that homosexual activists have won victories to redefine the meaning of marriage, that anyone adhering in their public life to their traditional religious convictions breaks the law? Will one day a pastor preaching from the pulpit wind up in a lawsuit? Can it really be that it is not enough for homosexual activists to legally do what they want? That they won’t rest until those that refuse to accept these lifestyles are destroyed? This is not freedom and this is not America. This is a fight for the heart and soul of our country. Politicians who give lip service to American freedom but who will not fight for the very values that make our freedom possible, the values on which our nation was built, don’t belong in positions of leadership.”
Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest: “The [National Transportation Safety Board] scolded Harrison Ford for his emergency landing. Sure, he saved lives, but a golf course landing anywhere endangers Obama.”
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Posted: 09 Mar 2015 07:57 AM PDT
According to a new report coming out of New York the Economy isn’t approving very much because the homeless population in the nation’s largest city has exploded to an all-time high, forcing officials to provide shelter to desperate families in dilapidated tenements that have been identified by housing authorities as dangerous. New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at City Hall following his election on promises to turn the desperation around, but in reality, reports the Daily News, he has had difficulty addressing an age-old problem that has only gotten worse during the Obama years. The report went on to indicate that the paper, on its website, reported that, by mid-December, NYC’s homeless population had swollen to a record 59,068, or larger than the populations of scores of mid-sized cities around the country. One organization, the Coalition for the Homeless, told the paper that its homeless count was higher, at 60,352. FULL REPORT
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|Planet Fitness Revokes Woman’s Membership After Speaking Out About Man in Womens’ Locker RoomPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:45 AM PDT
How would you feel if you were a woman and saw men in the women’s locker room at your gym? Well a report from a Planet Fitness in Michigan has revoked the membership of a woman who complained—and then warned other women at the gym—about a man who identifies as a woman who uses the womens’ locker room. Yvette Cormier, 48, told reporters that she walked into the locker room last Saturday to find a man wearing makeup and a wig in the womens’ locker room. “I just stopped right there in my tracks,” she told ABC News. “It was a man for sure.” Cormier then went to the front desk to express concern. She states that she was told that others have complained, but that the facility allows patrons to use the locker room with which they identify. According to the witness she went back to Planet Fitness a few days later, at which time she began to warn other female club members that there was a man changing in the womens’ locker room. The next day, the corporate office of Planet Fitness called Cormier and informed her that she had violated their “no judgment” policy and that it had decided to revoke her membership. FULL REPORT
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|H1N1 breaches 800 mark in MumbaiPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:34 AM PDT
Mumbai has just breached the 800 mark on Sunday, taking it statistically close to the 2010 situation when a global swine flu pandemic was raging on. That year, Mumbai reported 847 confirmed cases and 30 deaths. While in terms of fatalities the city is better placed with seven deaths this time, it has already reported 802 confirmed cases, that too within two months and a week since the start of the year. In addition, another 13 deaths and 121 cases have been attributed to people who came to the city for treatment. Experts are wary of equating the severity of the situation with the 2009-10 phase, though they agree that this is one of the most aggressive H1N1 bouts since then. FULL REPORT
|British Army could be slashed to smallest number in 250 yearsPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:29 AM PDT
According to a new report coming out of Britain it appears that the United States isn’t the only Nation dramatically cutting their Military Force, According to reports the British Army could be reduced to just 50,000 soldiers – its smallest size in 250 years – a report has warned. This report indicates that troop numbers are already being slashed from 102,000 to 82,000, but a report from the Royal United Services Institute suggests this number could be cut yet again by a further 30,000. The report says the cuts could be made after the election as part of a continuing austerity drive and because of a lack of commitment from any of the major parties to protect defence spending. FULL REPORT
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|China developing new DF-31 for multiple warheadsPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:21 AM PDT
China appears to be developing a new variant of the solid-fuel, road-mobile DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying multiple warheads. The new report came from US admiral Cecil D Haney during a session of the US House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee on Feb. 26, according to a recent report from the UK-based Jane’s Defence Weekly. Haney also said that images of a Chinese transporter erector launcher suggest that the People’s Liberation Army is “enhancing existing silo-based ICBMs, conducting flight tests of a new mobile missile and developing a follow-on mobile system capable of carrying multiple warheads.” FULL REPORT
|Iran’s New Missile Puts Israel ‘in Range’Posted: 09 Mar 2015 07:14 AM PDT
It appears that Iran isn’t flinching on the their Military advancements and their intentions to keep Israel in their crosshairs as a new report indicates that, as the US and its allies continue to discuss limiting Iran’s nuclear program with Tehran, the Iranian military on Sunday announced that it had developed a new long-range cruise missile with a range of some 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) – putting Israel well within its reach, Israeli sources said. The missile, called the “Soumar,” features “different characteristics in terms of range and pinpoint accuracy in comparison with the previous products,” Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said at the unveiling of the missile Sunday. The missile, Dehqan said, was developed based on the needs of the Iranian Armed Forces, and is “a crucial step towards increasing the country’s defense and deterrence might.” FULL REPORT
|Mysterious drone spotted over military site near ParisPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:06 AM PDT
A mysterious drone has been spotted over a sensitive military site south-west of Paris, in the latest in a series of flights that has stumped authorities. according to reports the drone was seen late on Saturday over a base in Seine-Port from which France’s navy communicates with its submarines, a source close to the inquiry said. Authorities are on edge as Drones have been seen over several high-profile areas of the French capital in recent weeks, as Paris remains on high alert after three gunmen killed 17 in three days in January. Mysterious sightings have been made near the US embassy, the Eiffel Tower and several major thoroughfares leading in and out of the French capital, police said. FULL REPORT
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|5,000 Military Servicemen to Take Part in Norway Drills Near Russian BorderPosted: 09 Mar 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Roughly 5,000 servicemen and 400 units of military equipment will be involved in the “Joint Viking” exercises that kick off on Monday in the north of Norway, not far from the Russian border as tensions continue to mound in that region. According to reports these drills are the largest to take place in the region since 1967, Lt. Col. Aleksander Jankov, a spokesman for the Norwegian Armed Forces, said in an interview with Nordlys, a local newspaper, adding that all types of weapons will be used in the exercises. FULL REPORT
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|French PM warns that 10,000 Europeans may swell ISIS ranks by end of 2015Posted: 09 Mar 2015 06:51 AM PDT
A shocking report is coming out of Europe this morning as the number of Europeans swelling the Islamic State group’s ranks could reach 10,000 by the end of 2015 according to the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls suggested on Sunday in an interview with French television, AFP reported Sunday. “There are 3,000 Europeans in Iraq and Syria today. When you do a projection for the months to come, there could be 5,000 before summer and 10,000 before the end of the year,” Valls warned, addressing the near three-fold increase of foreign born Islamic State militants. FULL REPORT
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|Netanyahu says Israel will not cede land to PalestiniansPosted: 08 Mar 2015 07:26 PM PDT
Benjamin Netanyahu may have just derailed Obama’s attempt to bring peace to the Middle East anytime soon because on Sunday Netanyahu said that Israel will not cede any territory due to the current climate in the Middle East, appearing to rule out the establishment of a Palestinian state. Netanyahu’s comments, which came as he sought to appeal to hard-liners ahead of national elections next week, rejected a key goal of the international community and bode poorly for reviving peace efforts if he is re-elected. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that any evacuated territory would fall into the hands of Islamic extremism and terror organizations supported by Iran. Therefore, there will be no concessions and no withdrawals. It is simply irrelevant,” read a statement released by his Likud party. FULL REPORT
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On today’s Episode of The Briefing
1) 50th anniversary of Selma march points to importance of Christian worldview to civil rights
‘Bloody Sunday’ Commemoration Continues in Selma, NBC News (Elisha Fieldstadt and Amber Payne)
Revisiting Selma, New York Times (Malin Fezehai)
2) Lingering mystery of Malaysia Flight 370 reminder of untold secrets of human heart
To Explain Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight, ‘Rogue Pilot’ Seems Likeliest Theory, New York Times (Michael Forsythe and Keith Bradsher)
3) Rise of ‘new’ secular religions point to spiritual nature of humanity
The Case for Old Ideas, New York Times (Ross Douthat)
California is too far out for politics, Financial Times (Gary Silverman)
In other news…
States Weigh Legislation to Let Businesses Refuse to Serve Gay Couples, New York Times (Richard Fausset and Alan Blinder)
Michael Youssef – What I Fear More Than Islamic Jihadists
Dwight McKissic Calls on Dr. Jerry Young and the National Baptist Convention to Hold American Baptist College President, Dr. Forrest Harris, Accountable for Inviting a Lesbian Bishop to Be Guest Speaker
Netanyahu Says Israel Will Not Be Divided To Create Palestinian State
The international community has long pushed for the creation of a Palestinian state on lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war.
“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3:2 (KJV)
Jerusalem, Israel — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will not cede territory due to the current climate in the Middle East, appearing to rule out the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Netanyahu said “any evacuated territory would fall into the hands of Islamic extremism and terror organizations supported by Iran. Therefore, there will be no concessions and no withdrawals. It is simply irrelevant.”
The statement was released by his Likud party Sunday. Netanyahu is seeking to appeal to hard-liners ahead of elections next week.
Party spokesman Elie Bennett says Netanyahu’s 2009 speech calling for a Palestinian state alongside Israel is not currently relevant.
The international community has long pushed for the creation of a Palestinian state on lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war.
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Evangelicals Must Resist Mainline Protestant Mistake
But parts of American Evangelicalism, which has become America’s largest religious demographic in the wake of Mainline collapse, accounting for perhaps one third of Americans, is now succumbing to the same theological, ethical, cultural and political patterns that marginalized Mainline Protestants. Liberal hegemony over most Mainline Protestant denominations took about a century. But for some Evangelicals, the same process is unfolding far more quickly.
Is It Wrong for a Christian to Attend a Gay Wedding?
You might as well prepare yourself now. Someday soon, the invitation will pop into your mailbox. Gay marriage has been legalized by vote, legislative action, or (more often than not) judicial fiat in 36 states at the time of this writing, with many more still in question. Whereas a decade ago, state after state passed laws or constitutional amendments affirming marriage as between a man and woman, those winds have changed quickly.
But this change isn’t all theoretical or “out there.” It’s down-on-the-street, in-your-family close. Many Christians, in fact, will face the important question of whether we should attend a gay wedding or not.
What Does The Bible Say? Tribulation and Wrath
By Jack Kelley
Recently I was reading a new book on Revelation by an author who subscribes to the pre-wrath Rapture position. I don’t recommend this or any other mid-Trib, pre-Wrath, or post-Trib book. I only read them myself because my belief in the pre-Trib position is solid enough to not be shaken, and I feel the need to know about the current thinking on other positions in case I’m asked.
When you depart from a literal, contextual interpretation of Scripture, as you have to do when you’re trying to justify the other rapture positions, anything becomes possible. For that reason some of these books, like the one I just read, are so far off the mark as to be ludicrous.
The End Times According to Islam
Nine years ago, then president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated in an interview that he experienced a supernatural experience during a speech he gave at the United Nations the previous year. Ahmadinejad claimed that he was bathed in a light from heaven at the outset of his talk, with the light remaining on him for the full length of the speech.
Ahmadinejad made a number of references during that U.N. speech to the “mighty Lord” who will hasten the emergence of “the promised one,” the one who “will fill this world with justice and peace.” Exactly who was Ahmadinejad referring to?
WVW-TV Presents: (Part Four) Eight Transformational Steps to a Global False Church
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Praying For Our Enemies
Q. The Bible tells us to pray for our enemies. Please tell me how I can pray for someone for whom I have no trust or respect? When I try to pray, my words are flat, my heart is cold and my feelings go against everything in the prayer. God knows my heart. He knows that I am not sincere. What does God expect from a simple human? Please help me understand how I am to obey this difficult instruction from my Father.
In The Image And Likeness Of God, Or Of Adam?
Q. I was reading and came across this verse in Genesis 5:3. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth. Why is this worded like this?
Seeing Ourselves As Hell Deserving
Q. Looking at different articles on the internet, they say that we have to see ourselves as hell deserving before we can get saved. What is your view on this? I’m not denying that sin leads to death or anything, just wondering whether something like this would be an obstacle for salvation?
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