What keeps most of us from God is not the sin we know we have, but the righteousness we think we have. —Nate Larkin
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.
Virulently Anti-American: 81 Percent Of Russians Now View The United States Negatively
Russians view the United States much more unfavorably today than they did during the end of the Cold War era. As you will read about below, an astounding 81 percent of all Russians now view the United States negatively, and only 13 percent have a positive opinion of this country. In all of the years when Russians have been surveyed on their attitudes toward the U.S., they have never been this negative. But of course Americans generally do not view the Russian people unfavorably. So why is this happening? Well, it all comes down to the actions of the Obama administration. The Russian people are convinced that U.S. organizations organized, funded and armed the rebels that violently overthrew the democratically-elected Ukrainian government. And once it was overthrown, the Obama administration immediately recognized the rebels as the legitimate government of Ukraine. And now most Russians are convinced that the U.S. government is trying to promote a similar revolution inside Russia. In recent years, the Russian people have become increasingly nationalistic, and at this point they view U.S. meddling in their affairs as a direct threat to their way of life. Even while most Americans are extremely apathetic about what is going on over in Russia, an increasingly large chunk of the Russian population is angry enough to go to war. (Read More…)
7 Signs That A Stock Market Peak Is Happening Right Now
Is this the end of the last great run for the U.S. stock market? Are we witnessing classic “peaking behavior” that is similar to what occurred just before other major stock market crashes? Throughout 2014 and for the early stages of 2015, stocks have been on quite a tear. Even though the overall U.S. economy continues to be deeply troubled, we have seen the Dow, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq set record after record. But no bull market lasts forever – particularly one that has no relation to economic reality whatsoever. This false bubble of financial prosperity has been enjoyable, and even I wish that it could last much longer. But there comes a time when we all must face reality, and the cold, hard facts are telling us that this party is about to end. The following are 7 signs that a stock market peak is happening right now… (Read More….)
March 10, 2015
“Is there a legislative power in fact, not expressly prohibited by the Constitution, which might not, according to the doctrine of the Court, be exercised as a means of carrying into effect some specified power?” –James Madison, Letter to Spencer Roane, 1819
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Hillary Clinton has addressed her private email scandal so far only with a lone tweet, although she reportedly plans to publicly address the issue today. But Barack Obama has already taken plenty of flak on the subject. Over the weekend, CBS News asked Obama when he learned of Clinton’s private account. “The same time everybody else learned it — through news reports,” Obama replied. “The policy of my administration is to encourage transparency, which is why my emails, the BlackBerry I carry around, all those records are available and archived.” But that little untruth was undermined by Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, who admitted Monday that Obama emailed Hillary at her private account. Earnest told reporters, “The president, as I think many people expected, did over the course of his first several years in office trade emails with his secretary of state. I would not describe the number of emails as large, but they did have the occasion to email each other.” Unlike Technology subcommittee member Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Obama knows how to use email; his oft-repeated story of incompetence can’t help him in this instance.
It was the logical next step. If illegal immigrants are getting Social Security numbers, then they are going to collect benefits. Stephen Goss, chief actuary for the Social Security Administration, wrote a letter to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) claiming that by 2017 some 16,000 illegal immigrants amnestied by Barack Obama’s executive action would start receiving Social Security benefits. Furthermore, Goss admitted the agency is ignoring the injunction blocking the implementation of Obama’s executive decrees. In the letter, Goss wrote, “Based on the best advice and counsel we have gotten, we’re working on the assumption that these [mass amnesty actions] will persist. Most indications we seem to get are that it’s likely that this will get back on track, with some delay.” This is the administration that has 6.5 million active Social Security numbers for people 112 years old or older. Put another way, the administration is rife with bad record keeping, fraud and a host of illegal immigrants who are using stolen numbers to stay in the country. More…
Raise the debt ceiling? No problem, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “I made it very clear after the November election that we’re certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt,” McConnell said Sunday. “We will figure some way to handle that. And, hopefully, it might carry some other important legislation that we can agree on in connection with it.” At issue is, yet again, the legal limit on the nation’s debt. Last year, lawmakers opted for a “debt ceiling holiday” instead of a specific statutory limit increase, but the holiday ends March 15. The national debt stands at nearly $18.2 trillion, up from $10.6 trillion at Barack Obama’s inauguration, but it’s still not enough. Instead of putting up a fight after gaining control of both chambers of Congress, McConnell said the GOP would rather just play nice. It’s not that shutting down the government is the desirable strategy every time Republicans disagree with Obama, but they have repeatedly shown deathly fear of the very idea. Obama knows that, which only strengthens his resolve and makes each of these fights more of a farce. Republicans gained exactly nothing last time, and now they appear to be chickening out in advance.
Before the Hobby Lobby case, the court system told the University of Notre Dame it had to comply with ObamaCare’s contraception mandate — even if doing so violated the Catholic university’s collective conscience. But in a ruling by the Supreme Court Monday, the case was sent back to the lower court with instructions that the court must decide the case based on the Hobby Lobby ruling. Mark Rienzi, senior counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said, “This is a major blow to the federal government’s contraception mandate. For the past year, the Notre Dame decision has been the centerpiece of the government’s effort to force religious ministries to violate their beliefs or pay fines to the IRS. As with the Supreme Court’s decisions in Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby, this is a strong signal that the Supreme Court will ultimately reject the government’s narrow view of religious liberty.” The court is willing to buck the Obama administration on ObamaCare for the sake of religious Liberty. Hopefully, it will, in a similar manner, decide to buck politics in its King v. Burwell ruling. More…
Brian and Valerie Wilson are at the forefront of the effort to change foster care policies in Nevada. The couple — who started carrying handguns after an attempted home invasion — wanted to become foster care parents, but they were denied because Nevada rejects applications from couples if they have gun permits. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who cosponsored a bill changing the foster care polices, said, “I don’t know if some of my peers have toured Child Haven or have been in Child Haven, but we have children in need of great foster care, and we have had people that are law-abiding citizens that have gotten their background checks, that have their CCWs, literally denied to foster a child because they have a concealed-weapons permit.” It’s an unjust policy. Couples like the Wilsons are law-abiding citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights, yet the foster care system rules that gun ownership is somehow less lawful. More…
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A number of potential Republican presidential candidates descended on the Iowa Ag Summit this past weekend to shore up their bona fides with the state’s agricultural industry. Unfortunately, when it came to the subject of ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), most of the White House hopefuls resorted to pandering to voters rather than speaking truth about failed policy.
The hard-charging environmental lobby rallies around corn-based ethanol as a fuel alternative because ecofascists have great faith that it’s better for the environment (spoiler alert: it’s not). Farmers, particularly those in Iowa, embrace the policy mandating ethanol as a fuel additive because it raises demand for corn and puts more money in their pockets.
The environmental and agricultural lobbies have been strong enough to keep the RFS alive even after a number of scientists and economists have disproven the effectiveness and benefits of ethanol.
Sure, ethanol combustion in automobiles does produce less CO2 than fossil fuel combustion, which gives climate change fanatics warm fuzzies. However, growing all the corn necessary to meet Washington’s arbitrary mandate (and its subsequent effect on food prices), along with the intensive production process of manufacturing ethanol, heavily outweighs any benefits we experience through ethanol use. And that’s not to mention the fuel’s destructiveness for engines, or that CO2 is not a pollutant.
An Associated Press investigation into ethanol production revealed that, in their rush to clear land to plant corn, farmers “wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies.” Wetlands were devastated, and billions of pounds of fertilizers contaminated rivers. Had manufacturers of any other product taken these actions, the Obama White House would be calling for investigations and fines. Instead, the administration plows ahead with current policy.
And as Mark Alexander wrote last year, “More than 90% of our nation’s corn crop went toward feeding people and livestock in the year 2000, with less than 5% of the crop going toward ethanol. In 2013, however, a whopping 40% went toward ethanol. To illustrate this grossly inefficient use of our natural resources, the amount of grain required to fill a 25-gallon automotive fuel tank with ethanol is enough grain to feed one person for an entire year.”
Nevertheless, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad played the role of Captain Obvious when he stated that any candidate who publicly opposes the ethanol mandate would probably not win the Iowa caucus next year. In truth, it’s tough to stand in front of a crowd of potential supporters and tell them you are against their favorite policy. But no one ever said having the courage of your convictions was easy.
Almost all of the major GOP White House contenders failed the conviction test in Iowa.
Rick Perry said, “I don’t think you pull the RFS [Renewable Fuel Standard] out and discriminate against the RFS and leave all these other subsidies.” In other words, subsidies are good because subsidies exist.
Chris Christie and Lindsey Graham voiced full-throated support for the RFS, and Mike Huckabee claimed ethanol was good for national security policy by reducing dependence on foreign imports. Rick Santorum argued ethanol “creates jobs in small-town and rural America, which is where people are hurting.”
Even Scott Walker, who opposed ethanol in 2006, said that while he is opposed to government intervention he will support the ethanol mandate. “Right now we don’t have a free and open marketplace,” he asserted, so why not keep the mandate going? He did add that eventually there will be “no need to have a standard,” but his squishiness was palpable.
Jeb Bush was less objectionable, but also ducked making any substantive statements. “The markets are ultimately going to have to decide this,” he said, though he equivocated by refusing to set a firm deadline for phasing out the RFS.
Only Ted Cruz managed to get it right. “I recognize that this is a gathering of a lot of folks where the answer you’d like me to give is, ‘I’m for the RFS, darn it,'” he said. “But I’ll tell you, people are pretty fed up, I think, with politicians who go around and tell one group one thing, tell another group another thing, and then they go to Washington and they don’t do anything that they said they would do.”
Cruz added, “I don’t think Washington should be picking winners and losers. When it comes to energy, we should have an all-of-the-above approach, but it should be driven by the market.” Exactly right.
The audience applauded Cruz’s candor for coming out against the RFS, but no doubt many also made a mental note to scratch him off their short list for 2016.
Republicans don’t seem to have a problem speaking out against ObamaCare’s mandate that Americans buy health insurance. Why do they then embrace the mandate that Americans buy ethanol?
The answer is simple: Iowa is always an important state for presidential candidates as its caucus kicks off the primaries. But the ethanol debacle illustrates why this privilege should no longer reside in the Hawkeye State. GOP candidates should be standing by free market principles instead of corporate welfare, but thanks to the primary structure they’re forced to pander to Iowa farmers.
Problems continue to abound for Barack Obama in dealing with the Islamic State and other jihadists in the Middle East. He claims he wants congressional support, and he boasts there is a united front to combat the Islamic State, but, given the current situation in the Middle East and Obama’s record of failed foreign policy, few are lining up to follow his lead.
Early last month, Obama submitted to Congress his request for an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to fight the Islamic State. As we noted then, his request prohibits any enduring offensive combat operations and sets a timetable for three years, which in his warped view will show the world our resolve in countering the Islamic State.
In reality, the 2001 AUMF against al-Qaida and the 2002 AUMF for military operations in Iraq allow Obama to pursue the Islamic State. But those AUMFs were during the Bush administration, and since Obama doesn’t want to commit to a ground campaign, or for that matter have any part of Bush’s war strategy, he wants his own AUMF.
It appears, however, that due to his numerous failed strategies in the Middle East (Libya, Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Iraq) he can’t even convince Senate Democrats to approve his AUMF request. Obama obviously wants Congress to share responsibility for his strategy debacle against the Islamic State, but lawmakers aren’t taking the bait.
If Congress was to grant his AUMF request and things deteriorate further, Obama would shift the blame on Congress. At the same time, if Congress doesn’t grant his AUMF request, he will blame Congress for not giving him authorization. But remember, he already has authorization under the 2001 and 2002 agreements, yet he won’t commit to putting boots on the ground. For now, we will just have boots in the air.
Speaking of boots in the air, the U.S. air campaign has had some success in Syria, but is also doing the lion’s share of work. According to The Washington Post, “Of the 2,738 airstrikes the coalition has conducted in Iraq and Syria since last summer, the Americans have carried out 2,203.”
The Post adds that “the picture on the ground in Iraq is similar,” with U.S forces of just under 3,000 troops far outnumbering other countries such as Australia and France. This despite Obama saying there would be no ground troops. Move along; nothing to see here. They are strictly advisers and trainers, the administration says — that is until they’re shot at and must fight back. But we digress.
Meanwhile, there are no members of the Arab alliance who have announced they will send advisers to Iraq. Since the Iraqi government can’t seem to muster support for its fight against the Islamic State, who then to turn to but the United States? Well, kind of.
The Iraqi government is asking for the U.S. to start dropping bombs on Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit, which is currently held by ISIL. Baghdad wants Tikrit back, but it isn’t happy with Washington. An aide to the prime minister complained, “The Americans continue procrastinating about the time it will take to liberate the country.” If the Iraqis are waiting for Obama to admit he left too soon or is acting too slowly, they will be waiting forever.
While Baghdad waits for Obama to act, the Iran-Iraq coalition — yes, you read that right — has made little progress. According to World Affairs’ Michael Totten, “The Iraqi armed forces consist partly of Iraqi Shia militias led by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.” But, he writes, “The Iranian-Iraqi coalition has made almost no progress at all in Tikrit. ISIS laced the area with mines and is dispatching suicide bombers with reckless abandon — another bit of irony. Iran’s Lebanese client Hezbollah pioneered suicide bombings in the Middle East during the 1980s, and now that very deplorable tactic is being used against its own architects closer to home.”
With Tikrit consisting primarily of Sunni Muslims, and with a deep distrust for Iran, is there any reason to believe more sectarian violence won’t erupt? For Iraqis in Tikrit, it’s essentially a choice between being slaughtered by ISIL or taken over by Iran.
The violence, political chaos and instability in the Middle East is made worse when a sitting president with no foreign policy experience fails to recognize, deal with, or at the very least contain the spread of radical Islam. Given the circumstances in Syria and Iraq and the fact that Iran is seeking to expand its influence (while pursuing nuclear weapons), what good would Obama’s AUMF request do anyway?
He has not decimated al-Qaida and the Islamic State is still growing. In fact, Boko Haram recently announced its allegiance to the Islamic State. When Obama declared terrorists were on the run, he must have meant that they were running to join forces.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Ed Feulner: Time to Hit ‘Delete’ on Net Neutrality
- Arnold Ahlert: America Faces a Long Two Years
- Thomas Sowell: The ‘Disparate Impact’ Racket
- Michael Barone: King v. Burwell’s Very Existence Says a Lot About ObamaCare
- William Murchison: What Happened to Obama’s Moral Authority?
OPINION IN BRIEF
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD): “Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.”
Columnist Ed Feulner: “[T]he FCC has assured the public that it won’t resort to regulating broadband providers as fully as the law would allow. They’ll still have a large degree of autonomy, we’re to believe. But you don’t have to be as skeptical of government promises as I am to view this assurance with a heavy dose of suspicion. I’m not saying the FCC is necessarily being disingenuous. But consider the government’s track record. President Lyndon Johnson, for example, told us that the welfare system he signed into law in the 1960s would be a ‘hand up,’ not a handout. Yet until the 1996 reform, it was impossible to view as anything but a handout. More recently, we have …. Dodd-Frank and Obamacare. Policymakers can have all the good intentions in the world, but it doesn’t change what can and does happen when their so-called solutions are put into practice. … [W]e’ve been here twice before, once in 2006 and again in 2010. Both times, net neutrality didn’t survive a court challenge, and that’s where we look now. … Sorry, but net neutrality is like a virus or a bad line of code. It needs to be eradicated, not embraced. The government is here, all right, but not to help. Time to hit ‘delete.'”
Columnist Arnold Ahlert: “Iran is the Shi’ite side of the terrorist equation. The Sunni side is equally problematic. Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has reportedly pledged its allegiance to ISIS. ISIS itself has expanded operations in Libya, resulting in the beheading of eight guards after last week’s assault on an oil field. Nine foreigners were also abducted. Eight was the ‘magic number’ in Iraq as well, as in eight dead bodies hung by their feet in Iraq’s Kirkuk province. ISIS was equally busy destroying antiquities dating back to 717 BC. … It bears repeating for the terminally addled members of the Obama administration and their equally clueless sycophants: Every day ISIS remains viable is another day they remain inspirational to domestic jihadists who have already made it clear that places like Paris, Sydney, London, Cophenhagen, Oklahoma, Canada and New York can be converted into killing fields. Nevertheless, Obama and company remain in second gear as his promise to ‘degrade and destroy’ what he once referred to as a ‘JV team’ rings increasingly hollow.”
Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest: “[Obama] stays informed by watching mainstream media news telecasts. No wonder he thinks he has no scandals.”
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Suppression: Brian Williams ‘covering for Obama’
Just as talk of Brian Williams’ tall tales and suspension from NBC has died down, allegations that the network TV anchor tailored his reporting to protect President Obama have arisen.
The McAvany Intel Memo
It needs to be remembered that both [major political] parties are controlled by the same Liberal Eastern Establishment/globalist crowd. Yes, there are more conservatives in the Republican Party (i.e., Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Michelle Bachman, Ted Cruz, and a number of Tea Party types), but they are a small minority of the party. Aside from rousing speeches condemning the liberals and proposed legislation that never makes it out of committee, the conservatives’ influence is minimal. The hierarchy of the Republicans is very liberal and dominated by the establishment. They will block (with help from the leftist media) any conservative candidate from getting the nomination for the presidency. Think of how they blocked (or trashed) Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum, and have run only liberals like George Bush Sr., Bob Dole, George Bush Jr., John McCain, and Mitt Romney – all liberal establishment Republicans and globalists of the Kissinger/Nixon/Rockefeller genre….
It should be remembered that the US buildup (industrialization) of the People’s Republic of China and transfer of America’s manufacturing base (and high-technology) to the PRC (i.e., the de-industrialization of America and the permanent destruction of tens of millions of American jobs) was commenced under the Republicans (think Nixon, Kissinger, Bush Sr.) and only accelerated under the Democrats (think Clinton and Obama). It should be remembered that the greatest number of people-control regulations in US history were launched under Republican George Bush Sr.’s presidency, and that the machinery for a total American surveillance society and police state (including Homeland Security) were set up under Republican George Bush Jr.’s two terms – under the guise of fighting terrorism.
It should be remembered that the push for the New World Order (one world government) began under Bush Sr. (who publically advocated its establishment dozens of times in concert with Mikhail Gorbachev) and that that globalist initiative accelerated as Bush Jr. pushed hard for the establishment of the North American Union (the merger of the US, Canada, and Mexico – a clone of the socialist European Union). The truth is that the greatest push for a socialist one-world government always comes from the Republican hierarchy.
It should be remembered that America’s endless and senseless wars in the Middle East started under Republican George Bush Jr. – whose administration falsely accused Saddam Hussein of involvement in 9/11 and fabricated the bogus Weapons of Mass Destruction issue as an excuse to invade Iraq. (The truth was that Hussein did have chemical weapons, but those were sold or given to him by Bush Sr. during the Iran/Iraq War between 1985 and 1990 and transferred to Syria in Russian Spetsnaz convoys weeks before the American invasion.) Because of the Neocon wars that are the hallmark of the Republican Party, the GOP has become known as the “War Party.”
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2014)
On today’s Episode of The Briefing
1) Footage of OU fraternity’s racist anthem exposes persistence of racism in ‘modern people’
University of Oklahoma Fraternity Closed After Racist Video Is Posted Online, New York Times (Liam Stack)
University of Oklahoma fraternity closed after racist chant, Washington Post (Justin Moyer)
Oklahoma loses 4-star OT’s commitment after racist fraternity video surfaces, report says, Times-Picayune (Amos Morale III)
2) Lesson for evangelical institutions to hire according to convictions underlined by San Francisco controversy
Morals Clause in Catholic Schools Roils Bay Area, New York Times (Carol Pogash)
S.F. archdiocese teachers overwhelmingly reject moral strictures, Los Angeles Times (Lee Romney)
3) Secular media shocked by theological shape of evangelical support for Israel
Christians Loving Jews, New York Times (Frank Bruni)
In other news…
ISIS and the Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon The Atlantic (Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger)
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Are the Nations of the World collaborating to remove benjamin Netanyahu from office? According to a report from reuters Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks on Tuesday there was a “huge, worldwide effort” to ensure he loses next week’s closely contested election. The reports indicate that Army Radio, which aired what it said were comments he made on Monday to activists of his right-wing Likud party, interpreted them as referring to foreign funding for advocacy groups campaigning for a change of government in Israel. “It is a very tight race. Nothing is guaranteed because there is a huge, worldwide effort to topple the Likud government,” said Netanyahu, who received rousing applause in the U.S. Congress last week during a speech against a potential nuclear deal with Iran sought by the administration of President Barack Obama. FULL REPORT
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|Terrorist Hears Gospel Radio, Rejects Jihad for Jesus Christ
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 06:33 AM PDT
Even as the the radical Islamic terrorist group in Nigeria and Boko Haram continue blazing a swath of terror across northern Nigeria, resulting in the postponement of the nation’s presidential election from Feb. 14 to March 28 the Tide global radio ministry is helping Nigerians keep Jesus as the center focus of their hearts. And according to reports, one Muslim listener heard The Tide ministry program in the Hausa language, the official language of Islam in Nigeria. Although a believer in jihad, he was challenged by the message of hope and peace that only Christ can offer. He responded to the gospel message, called the number at the end of the program and is now a follower of Christ. The Tide ministry began broadcasting in Nigeria in 2009 in the Efik language, spoken by approximately 2 million Nigerian people. Today, The Tide radio programming can be heard in eleven languages in Nigeria: Efik, Hausa, Ijaw, Igbo, Annang, Yoruba, Tiv, Ibibio, Nupe, Amo and Agwagune. FULL REPORT
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|The Shemitah Unraveled: What 2015-2016 Could Bring
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 06:24 AM PDT
New York Times best-selling author Rabbi Jonathan Cahn has issued a warning to prepare for economic calamity, war in the Middle East or even worse. Why? Because we have entered the “Shemitah Cycle” on the Hebraic Calendar! “I will state a warning which I have stated before,” Cahn told hundreds of people gathered at the Prophecy in the News conference in Orlando, Florida, this weekend. “Whether it comes in this time parameter of the Shemitah or the year following or not, I believe a great shaking is going to come to this land and to the world that will involve the collapsing of the American economy … and the removal of its blessings and prosperity. “Whether it begins with the economic realm or not, I believe it’s going to be bigger than the economic realm and it may have the effect of famine or cutting off infrastructure for a time. The shaking doesn’t have to take place in the Shemitah (year), but I believe we need to be ready.” Cahn’s warning has to do with what is known as the biblical Shemitah, or the Sabbath Year. During this year, according to Exodus and Leviticus, there was to be no working of the land. The last day of the Shemitah, Elul 29, is considered the “wipeout day” when all debts were “wiped clean.” The Shemitah is meant to be a blessing, but when Israel turned away from God it became “a sign of judgment on a nation that has driven God out of its life.” FULL REPORT
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|Christian Printer Takes Hard Stand for Bible, Refuses to Print Gay Ceremony Invitations
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 06:18 AM PDT
A Christian printing company in the Republic of Ireland has become the latest business to take a stand for traditional marriage. According to reports Beulah Print & Design declined to print invitations for a gay couple’s civil partnership ceremony. The incident comes after calls by the Council of Europe for member states to support the principle of reasonable accommodation. The owners of the Print Company said that because of their Christian faith they could not print material for John Keirans and Jonathon Brennan’s civil partnership ceremony. A statement released by the company stressed that their decision was not a personal attack on the customers, whom they had happily served for four years, but was due to their opposition to same-sex marriage. FULL REPORT
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|Russia’s ‘Dark’ Warplanes Are Spooking Europe
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 06:08 AM PDT
Here we go again with more reports of Russia carrying out stealth flights possibly performing “Dry Runs” for future Military Action? According to recent reports two Russian bombers, flying with their transponders turned off to avoid detection, swooped so close to the Irish coast that Dublin’s control tower delayed the takeoff of one passenger plane and ordered another to alter its route to steer clear of the bombers. The Feb. 18 incident, disclosed last week by the Irish government, was only the latest in an alarming series of close calls with Russian warplanes in the skies over Europe The report goes onto indicate that In December, a Russian military intelligence plane nearly collided with an SAS passenger jet over southern Sweden, according to the Swedish air force chief. Earlier in the year, a Russian plane flew close to another SAS jet that had just taken off from Copenhagen. Russia has denied that its aircraft were dangerously close to either plane. FULL REPORT
|Economist Tells Congress: U.S. May Be in ‘Worse Fiscal Shape’ Than Greece
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 06:02 AM PDT
While many of us in the US are not worried about Greece and believe they are far worse economically than us, we may want to pay close attention to what an economists recently revealed to the Congress. According to the report the U.S. has a $210 trillion “fiscal gap” and “may well be in worse fiscal shape than any developed country, including Greece,” Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff told members of the Senate Budget Committee in written and oral testimony on Feb. 25. “The first point I want to get across is that our nation is broke,” Kotlikoff testified. “Our nation’s broke, and it’s not broke in 75 years or 50 years or 25 years or 10 years. It’s broke today. “Indeed, it may well be in worse fiscal shape than any developed country, including Greece,” he said. “We have a $210 trillion fiscal gap at this point,” Kotlikoff told the senators, which amounts to 211 percent of the U.S.’ $18.2 trillion GDP, making it higher than Greece’s 175 percent debt-to-GDP ratio. FULL REPORT
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|Upcoming ‘Supermoon’ eclipse will dazzle Britain, but hit Europe’s power grids hard
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 05:49 AM PDT
Britain is set to experience its deepest solar eclipse in 15 years, as well as a Supermoon, all at the same time – an event that will plunge the island into twilight for two whole hours. The Supermoon eclipse is known as an astronomical alignment where the Moon is sent on a trajectory between the Sun and the Earth, depriving us of light. The event will occur on March 20 at around 8:40GMT. Scotland will experience 98 percent of the sky darkened, compared to about 85 percent for the south of England. For best results the Scottish need to look up starting 9:36 am. Other areas in Britain will only get around 30 percent. Similar events took place in 2006, 2008 and 2011, but neither of them can touch the upcoming Supermoon eclipse, except an event that occurred in 1999. According to to research We’ll have to wait three years for the next one in 2018. However, only 2026 will present us with a deep solar eclipse once again. As for the magnitude, it won’t be until 2090 that we get to see anything like the 1999 and upcoming March 20 events. FULL REPORT
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|Kuwaiti preacher, ISIS call for demolition of Egypt’s Sphinx, pyramids
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 05:39 AM PDT
ISIS isn’t threw with destroying monuments and ancients artifacts anytime soon in fact according to new reports an Islamist preacher from Kuwait has called to destroy Egypt’s Sphinx and pyramids, stating it is time for Muslims to erase the pharaohs’ heritage. This decree comes as Islamic State jihadists ramp up their attacks against historic sites. According to the islamists preacher All these must be “destroyed” by Muslims, putting an end to the worship of images, preacher Ibrahim Al Kandari said, according to Al-Watan daily. FULL REPORT
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|Italy sets new world one-day snowfall record, 8 Feet in 18 Hours
Posted: 10 Mar 2015 05:32 AM PDT
An amazing story is coming out of Italy this morning as sources indicate that Capracotta and Pescocostanzo, between Abruzzo and Molise in central Italy are officially the snowiest places in the world! Capracotta, in the province of Isernia, has set the new world one-day snowfall record with 256 cm (8.34 feet) of snow in about 18 hours on Thursday, March 5, 2015, Pescocostanzo measured almost equally impressive 240 cm (7.84 feet). According to records the previous world one-day snowfall record was set in Silver Lake, Colorado, US when 193 cm (6.33 feet) of snow fell between April 20 to 21, 1921. FULL REPORT
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|Is the New Lil’ Lager Baby Bottle Training Your Infant To Grow Up To Be An Alcoholic?
Posted: 09 Mar 2015 07:18 PM PDT
FOR SOME, A NOVELTY BABY BOTTLE MADE TO RESEMBLE A BEER BOTTLE IS THE PERFECT GAG GIFT, BUT NOT EVERYONE IS LAUGHING.
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1 (KJV)
It is stunning, actually, when you consider the intense amount of demonic mental condition that our society places on people to do the wrong thing. Things that were once considered scandalous rarely raise an eyebrow in our generation. There is certainly nothing funny about training babies to reach for a beer bottle and associate that with the pleasure of food at the earliest of ages. Anyone raised in an alcoholic family who has struggled to break free of those liquid chains knows what I am talking about. Alcohol has destroyed more families than all the other drugs on the face of the earth combined. And no, Jesus never drank alcohol. Not even once. The wine He drank in the bible was “new wine”, the pure, sweet, unfermented juice of the grape. On the Perpetual Kid.com website, we read the following description of their latest product: “Double-takes are guaranteed when your kid starts knocking back their favorite beverage with our hilarious Chill, Baby Lil’ Lager Baby Bottle. No it’s not beer, it’s just good old smooth and creamy baby formula served up in a BPA-free, phthalate free plastic bottle with a food-grade silicone nipple.” FULL REPORT
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Franklin Graham: Muslims Kill Christians to Emulate Muhammad
The Rev. Franklin Graham says that just as he tries to “emulate” Jesus, who was “a man of peace,” Muslims try to emulate their leader, who “was a man of war.”
Economist Tells Congress: U.S. May Be in ‘Worse Fiscal Shape’ Than Greece
The U.S. has a $210 trillion “fiscal gap” and “may well be in worse fiscal shape than any developed country, including Greece,” Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff told members of the Senate Budget Committee
Franklin Graham Warns Christians in America ‘Persecution Is Coming’
Graham also expressed his concerns about the Obama administration’s foreign policy, which has been to rebuke the nation’s allies, such as Israel, while countries known to be hostile to the U.S. are attempting to shape policy by gaining influence in the Democratic Party and by giving large donations to entities such as The Clinton Foundation.
“I believe we’re going to see persecution in this country,” Graham said during an interview on “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Sunday. “We’ve already seen many laws that have been passed that restrict our freedom as Christians. I believe it’s going to get worse, and we see no question gaining influence in Washington by those that represent the Islamic faith.
Islam, False Prophets, & the Daze of Deception
We play Pastor Jack Hibbs’ message from “Understanding the Times Fall 2014”. The title is “Islam, False Prophets, & the Daze of Deception.” Jack hits on major issues of the day as indicated in the title. Other speakers included Dr. Ed Hindson, Jan Markell, and Steven Khoury. Then Eric Barger talks to science expert Jay Seegert. They discuss how we might use creation to share our faith. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.
The Modern Era of Christian Martyrs
While martyrdom for Western Christians is not even on our radar, we must accept its reality in the rest of the world, and the very real possibility that we will soon face our own crisis of faith. Although the growth of the Church has leveled off in the West, it is exploding elsewhere in the world; and all amidst the extraordinary stories of Christian martyrdom at the hands of hate-filled extremists like ISIS and Boko Haram. Rapes, beheadings, and kidnappings are all being carried out against Believers in the Middle East, and a new generation of martyrs is being documented.
The Dangers of Chrislam
For several years a number of conservative Christian evangelicals have warned of a new (and heretical) doctrine dubbed Chrislam which, as the name suggests, is a hybrid of Christianity and Islam. At first glance, the idea seems preposterous and alarmist. But there is growing evidence that some kind of pernicious cooperation between some Christians and Muslims is really happening. And it’s not good news for the Jews.
Barack Obama Loves America, His America
The devil’s fingerprints are all over the decisions being made today and it greatly concerns me what is coming our way. Since Bible prophecy predicts massive persecution for all believers in the Tribulation hour, our proximity to the last of the last days should be a concern to every Christian.
Hardship has always been the best thing that could happen to the church. Under tranquility, Christianity has a natural tendency to become lazy and complacent. If you want to find robust Christianity, you need to go to China, Iran, or North Korea.
The Bible does not provide an absolute guarantee that everything will be sunny for believers right ahead of the Rapture.
“Why Politicians Pretend Islam Has No Role in Violence” – Pipes in Wash. Times, #1396
by Daniel Pipes
The Washington Times
March 9, 2015
We No Longer Have a Free Press, Only a Homosexual Press
by Bill Muehlenberg
Once upon a time there existed what was known as a free press. Back in those days the media actually tried to report the news, and do so in a fairly objective, impartial and neutral fashion. Those days are long gone. Today what we have is the mainstream media fully in the advocacy business.
Not only are they in the business of pushing the worldview of secular humanism; not only are they all about pushing political correctness; but they are obsessed with pushing the radical causes of the minority activist groups. And there is no greater group that they bow down and worship than the militant homosexual lobby.
Thus we can say that a free and neutral press really does not exist anymore. Instead we have everywhere homosexual propaganda rags force-feeding the homosexual agenda on to the masses whether they like it or not. I just wrote recently that the media only covers one side of the story nowadays when it comes to homosexuality. As I wrote,
More than 300 Republicans call on Supreme Court to recognize gay ‘marriage’ nationally
by Marsha West
More than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday.
The amicus brief, organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, was filed for the four same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear on April 28 that could legalize the unions nationwide. In 2013, Mehlman marshaled a similar effort for the case that overturned California’s Proposition 8, which had banned same-sex marriage in the state.
No judging allowed: Planet Fitness drops member after gender identity complaint
by Marsha West
Fox 8 reports:
It’s a business that sells itself on being non-judgmental but Planet Fitness has allegedly revoked the membership of a woman for complaining, according to WNEM.
Yvette Cormier, a member at the Midland location, says she had no idea what that meant until a few days ago.
“I was stunned and shocked. He looked like a man. He did not look like a woman,” says Cormier. Cormier is talking about a person who walked into the woman’s locker room while she was getting undressed. She says she couldn’t believe her eyes.
Photos of Baby Walter, miscarried at 19 weeks, help save children from abortion
by Marsha West
Christian News Network shares this touching story:
Photographs of a baby boy that was born at 19 weeks have been making an impact around the world for life as they demonstrate to viewers the humanity and perfection of the unborn child.
“I shared these photos so my friends and family could see my perfect child,” Lexi Fretz of Greencastle, Pa. wrote in a blog post. “I never, ever could have imagined that it would spread across the world like this.”
Fresh Calls For Creation Of European Army
The European Union needs its own army to help address the problem that it is not “taken entirely seriously” as an international force, the president of the European commission has said …………. Click here for full story
Russia’s Anti-American Fever Goes Beyond The Soviet Era’s
Thought the Soviet Union was anti-American? Try today’s Russia. After a year in which furious rhetoric has been pumped across Russian airwaves, anger toward the United States is at its worst since opinion polls began tracking it. From ordinary street vendors all the way up to the Kremlin, a wave of anti-U.S. bile has swept the country, surpassing any time since the Stalin era, observers say ………. Click here for full story
Venezuela To Install Finger Scanners In Supermarkets To Tackle Hoarding, Panic Buying Amid Shortages
Venezuela will begin installing some 20,000 fingerprint scanners at supermarkets nationwide in a bid to stamp out hoarding and panic buying, which the government blames for long lines and widespread shortages of basic goods ……….. Click here for full story
Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance To ISIS
An oath of allegiance from Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based militant group, to the Islamic State on Saturday reinforces Western fears that the terrorist group is growing beyond its base in Iraq and Syria. These worries have prompted American and allied commandos to rush to train African counterterrorism troops to fight extremists on the continent ……….. Click here for full story
Put CCTV In EVERY Home: Householders Should Help Us Trap Burglars, Says Scotland Yard Chief
Homeowners should consider fitting CCTV to trap burglars, the country’s most senior police officer declared yesterday. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said police forces needed more crime scene footage to match against their 12million images of suspects and offenders ……… Click here for full story
How Obama Continues To Fool Black America
He is by far the most racially divisive individual to ever occupy the White House.
Today was a sparkling, clear, sunny day in Selma, Alabama at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” a civil rights march in which protesters were beaten, tear-gassed and trampled by State Troopers as they walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Approximately 40,000 blacks from all over America assembled to remember those who suffered on that day in the name of equality and freedom.
There were various speakers on hand, some of whom marched across that bridge back then, and had every reason to feel a nostalgic sense of pride at how far this county has come in race relations since that turbulent day. On the other hand, front and center was Barack Hussein Obama, a man who has endured about as much oppression as the Queen of England.
Oh, of course he was there in all his resplendent glory, speaking in front of that adoring crowd of American blacks in his fakey-Southern-preacher dialect. The hair on the back of my neck stands straight up when he does that. It’s insulting and an obvious tool to pander to those who look to him as some kind of demi-god simply because of his skin color.
Your “black” President doesn’t have one blessed thing in common with you. Not a thing. He’s never known economic disadvantage. He grew up attending the most prestigious private school in Hawaii. He had enough disposable income to buy, sell and smoke enough marijuana and crack to open his own business.
Then, as he was about to start at Columbia University, he magically scraped up enough money to enjoy a lengthy trip to Indonesia, Pakistan then on to India. How many struggling college kids are able to do that?! He went on to attend the extremely prestigious and expensive Harvard Law School. Hmm. Want to know who paid for that?
It wasn’t his Daddy, that’s for sure. Actually, it’s been revealed that the parents of Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, were partially responsible for financing his college education. Know who else did? The government of Saudi Arabia. No kidding. That’s one reason he bowed to the Saudi king right after he was elected President, while on his world-wide ‘I-Hate-America’ tour.
Obama’s voice changes dramatically when he gives speeches to predominantly black audiences:
I wonder how many of the black folks in that crowd in Selma, Alabama today grew up with those kind of advantages. Heck, how many Americans of any color do? I sure didn’t! Apparently being white ain’t everything. But let me continue to point out the differences between you and your so-called black President.
In the 18th century, Muslim slave traders moved into Kenya to take advantage of the feuds between competing African tribes. Obama’s ancestral tribe, the Luo, captured prisoners of war and sold them to the Muslim slave traders for export to the Middle East.
According to Obama’s own memoir, his Grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was Arab. His African Grandmother, Akuma, was kidnapped, raped and enslaved by Onyango until she was able to escape, like many girls he had before her. Again, Obama’s African Grandmother was a slave to his Arab Muslim Grandfather.
Did you get that? Your President’s ancestors didn’t come here as slaves—no, Obama’s ancestors were selling your ancestors! And Arab Muslims are the leading purveyors of the human slave trade to this day, including child sex-slavery.
Yet this man has the unabashed gall to stand up in front of you, presenting himself as a person who can identify with the historical struggle of the average black person in America. Exactly what, pray tell, has your President done for the black community? A big fat nothing, that’s what! He lied to you, promising the sun, moon and stars to get elected and what has he done since?
He’s taken 38 luxury vacations in the last 6 years, totally more than $33,441,728.00 in taxpayer money, that’s what. That doesn’t take into account all the trips Michelle and the girls have taken by themselves. You see? While millions of you are scrimping by on food stamps and unemployment, he’s on the golf course with Tiger Woods and rubbing shoulders at cocktail parties with Jay-Z and Beyoncé. And, believe me, he doesn’t give YOU a second thought.
How on earth could you listen to him today as he spewed his contrived nonsense? “The single most powerful word in our democracy is ‘we.’ We the people. We will overcome. Yes, we can. Fifty years from Bloody Sunday, our march is not yet finished. But we are getting closer.”
Who’s “we?!” Who is he talking about? It sure isn’t himself! He’s never known a day of struggle in his entire pampered, narcissistic life! He doesn’t know you! He looks down his privileged nose and laughs at how easily he can manipulate you, simply because he’s got darker skin than any other President before him.
He is by far the most racially divisive individual to ever occupy the White House. I sincerely pray you will open your eyes and see this usurping liar for what he is. Stop listening to him! He doesn’t know you, and he never will.
Black America, you deserve better. We all do.
Coalition Of Black Pastors Outraged At Obama’s Comparison Of Gay Marriage To Civil Rights
The president of a black pastors coalition has expressed his anger that President Barack Obama compared the civil rights movement to that for same-sex marriage at the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march, when black American citizens were beaten while demanding voting rights they were being denied.
“Ask your gay friend if it’s easier to be out and proud in America now than it was 30 years ago,” Obama said in Selma, Alabama, on Saturday, as he characterized the movement for same-sex marriage as another civil rights struggle.
“I marched with many people back in those days and I have reached out to some of my friends who marched with me, and all of them are shocked,” Rev. William Owens of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) told Breitbart News. “They never thought they would see this day that gay rights would be equated with civil rights. Not one agreed with this comparison.”
In February of 2014, CAAP issued a press release in which it announced a campaign to call for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder on the basis that he has violated his oath of office by “attempting to impose same-sex ‘marriage’ throughout the nation.”
“President Obama is a disgrace to the black community,” Owens said. “He is rewriting history. We didn’t suffer and die for gay marriage. We marched for opportunity, equality, justice, freedom from oppression. We are the true heirs of the civil rights movement. We have a new movement to reclaim the ‘real’ civil rights movement.”
Read the rest of the story on Breitbart.com…
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