Morality may keep you out of jail, but it takes the blood of Jesus Christ to keep you out of hell. —C.H. Spurgeon
Apr. 2, 2015
Our office will closed tomorrow for the observance of Good Friday.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said he won’t sign a religious-freedom law that opponents said sanctions discrimination against gays and lesbians, following pressure from businesses concerned the measure would sully the state’s reputation. Indiana’s Pence was besieged by pressure from businesses, including Indiana-based Eli Lilly & Co., Anthem Inc. and Angie’s List Inc., before he asked lawmakers to revise the law. “We’ve got a perception problem here,” he said. “We intend to correct that.”
The troubled U.S. agency responsible for delivering news around the world is being outgunned in Eastern Europe by Russian outlets unrestrained by notions of fact-based journalism. The unequal competition raises fears among U.S. officials that Moscow is winning the information war about events in Ukraine, even as the Russian economy staggers under economic sanctions imposed after the takeover of Crimea.
Consumer confidence rose for a third straight week, capping the best quarter in almost eight years as greater purchasing power boosted Americans’ views of their finances and buying climate.
Iran said diplomats failed to bridge differences over its nuclear program in a marathon round of overnight negotiations, and may only release a statement that falls short of the blueprint they had sought to end a 12-year standoff.
The fewest Americans in nine weeks filed applications for unemployment benefits, a sign of further strength in the labor market that will continue to support the U.S. expansion. Jobless claims dropped by 20,000 to 268,000 in the week ended March 28.
At least 22 people were killed and hostages have been taken in an attack on a university campus in eastern Kenya claimed by al-Qaeda-linked gunmen, police said. Fifty-six people were hospitalized in the Thursday assault on Garissa University.
The secrecy surrounding Europe’s new capital targets is unsettling some investors and analysts who say they’re being kept in the dark about the health of the region’s banks.
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The second black box from the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps last week has been found after a nine-day search, prosecutors said on Thursday.
An Atlanta area teenager who said a heart transplant two years ago gave him a second chance at life died this week when he lost control of the car he was driving while fleeing police.
China’s Foreign Ministry expressed anger after two U.S. fighter jets landed in Taiwan, in a rare official contact between the militaries of the United States and the self-ruled democratic island.
A suburban Philadelphia man killed his wife with a chain saw and then turned the machine on himself in a grisly murder-suicide.
A spurned Chinese woman sobbed in court after being accused of killing a four-year-old boy in Australia with garden shears before lying in wait for his grandmother and stabbing her to death.
A Russian fishing trawler sank in minutes early Thursday in the icy waters off Russia’s Far East coast, killing at least 56 of the 132 people onboard, rescue workers and investigators said.
Tens of thousands of American yachts could descend on Cuba if US President Barack Obama authorizes boat travel to the island, which is not ready for the influx, an official said Wednesday.
California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a sweeping executive order that imposes mandatory water restrictions across the state as California copes with a historic drought and water shortage.
Houthi rebels and their allies in Yemen have stormed the presidential palace in Aden following heavy clashes, officials said. The rebels pushed through to the heart of the port city using tanks and armored vehicles, despite air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition.
A top US senator, Democrat Bob Menendez, has been charged with 14 counts of corruption.
Home holiday rental site Airbnb has added Cuba to its list of destinations. More than 1,000 properties in the Caribbean nation are already listed, but can only be booked by users in the US.
Australian officials have voiced shock over reports a Canberra school built a cage-like structure in a classroom for a child with special educational needs.
Militants have reportedly killed 17 people in the north of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, near the Israel-Gaza border.
Prominent Bahrain human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has been arrested over tweets about torture practices in a prison, his wife said. Sumaya Rajab said that more than 20 police vehicles had been sent to detain him.
A major sandstorm has hit the United Arab Emirates, blotting out Dubai’s famous skyline. High winds have whipped up desert sands, severely reducing visibility and causing residents to suffer breathing difficulties. The storm has led to flight diversions from Dubai’s International Airport.
More than 25,000 foreign fighters from 100 nations have travelled to join militant groups such as al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS), a UN report said. It said the number of foreign fighters worldwide had soared by 71% between the middle of 2014 and March 2015.
Terrorists with al-Qaida stormed into a southeastern Yemen prison on Thursday, freeing roughly 300 inmates – including one of their leaders.
The Islamic State terrorist group likely will launch an attack on Italy within weeks, not months, according to a senior Libyan government official. One likely method of attack would be to use stolen Libyan airliners now believed to be in the hands of Islamists in Libya.
Militants from ISIS stormed Damascus’ Palestinian neighborhood of Yarmouk Wednesday and took over “wide areas” of the devastated, besieged area from rebel fighters.
The owners of a family-owned and -operated pizza shop in Indiana say they won’t cater same-sex weddings, because the newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act gives them the right to refuse such services.
April 2, 2015
“This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.” –Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) cleared a federal grand jury Wednesday, which itself smacks of political corruption inside the Department of Revenge Justice. According to the DOJ’s allegations, Menendez accepted bribes from a Florida eye doctor. Menendez said it was only a friendship. Former federal prosecutor Adam Lurie told The Wall Street Journal, “I think the government’s real challenge here is going to be overcoming the friendship evidence. Doing something for a friend is not a crime, and doing something because you also have a real policy concern about something is not a crime. And I think the government is going to have to deal with both of those issues here.” Attacking Menendez could solidify the Democrat Party behind Obama, as the senator was a vocal opponent of the Obama administration’s diplomatic actions with Iran and Cuba. Meanwhile, former IRS official Lois Lerner, who helped Obama win re-election by targeting conservative groups, will not be charged with contempt of Congress. According to The Hill, a DOJ attorney said it would be “inappropriate.” Indeed, Obama doesn’t send the DOJ after his friends.
How much time does it take America to work to pay off taxes? It will take 114 days for Americans to earn enough to pay off their tax debt to all levels of government. Good job, America! You’re almost to Tax Freedom Day. The Tax Foundation named April 24 as the day when taxpayers have finished paying off Big Brother and can get on to actually making money for themselves. The cost of feeding the leviathan is so high that Americans will spend more in paying taxes then they do in housing, clothing and food combined. Tax Foundation economist Kyle Pomerleau told CNS News, “Tax Freedom Day gives us a vivid representation of how much we pay for the goods and services provided by governments at all levels. Arguments can be made that the tax bill is too high or too low, but in order to have an honest discussion, it’s important for taxpayers to understand cost of government.” Of course, different states have different tax burdens, and you can see when you’ll be hypothetically free from taxes in the map below. It’s good news if you live in Louisiana, not so much for people in Connecticut. More…
Surprise, surprise. It appears the Obama administration is stopping its all-out war against oil production, or at least putting it on pause. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior approved the sale of exploratory drilling rights in the Chukchi Sea to Shell Oil Co. The Arctic “is an important component of the administration’s national energy strategy,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. “We remain committed to taking a thoughtful and balanced approach to oil and gas leasing and exploration offshore Alaska. This unique, sensitive and often challenging environment requires effective oversight to ensure all activities are conducted safely and responsibly.” Of course, the administration is keeping tight-fisted control over the whole enterprise, still arguing renewable energy sources are somehow better than tried and true methods of energy production. But Obama seems to be listening to the Department of Energy’s advisory council, which recommended the U.S. develop its oil production in the waters off Alaska. And the recent success of America’s shale oil boom, which drove gas prices low and boosted foreign policy, is a powerful argument that shows the black liquid isn’t all that bad. More…
The ongoing global warming hiatus, per satellite measurements, surprised climatologists because computer climate projections never indicated a short- or long-term reprieve. Scientists anticipated temperatures to move in tandem with steadily increasing levels of CO2 — which didn’t happen — and nevertheless they insist that it’s only a matter of time before warming re-emerges. That’s what the data reveals. According to NOAA, the data also shows that global carbon dioxide measurements for the last seven days average around 400 parts per million, up from 380 ppm during the same period in 2005. Without question, CO2 measurements continue to climb, which begs the question: Why haven’t temperatures? A damning new study reinforces what skeptics have long suspected: The relationship between the two isn’t as clear-cut as we’re led to believe. In what would otherwise be labeled a “game changer” outside the mainstream media, The Daily Caller writes, “A study by scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Meteorology found that man-made aerosols had a much smaller cooling effect on the atmosphere during the 20th Century than was previously thought. Why is this big news? It means increases in carbon dioxide emissions likely cause less warming than most climate models suggest.” The study is even listed on the American Meteorological Society website. As significant as the finding is, however, expect the study to receive the same conniving response from man-made global warming evangelists as do skeptics offering their viewpoint.
The cost/benefit analysis on Barack Obama’s climate pledge isn’t adding up. The Obama administration introduced its pledge to the United Nations saying that America would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% by 2025 from 2005 levels. The EPA says this proposal will cost the U.S. $8.8 billion a year, but that’s a conservative estimate, as National Economic Research Associates estimates the regulations will cost $41 billion a year. And for what? Chip Knappenberger, a climate scientist at Cato Institute, says for all that effort the U.S. will only prevent the earth from warming 0.001 degree Celsius per year. But Obama wants everyone to think he has everything under control. When asked if Congress should have a say in the United States’ negotiations at the UN over a climate treaty, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said Congress should stay out because they’re stupid. “Well, these are individuals, at least many of them, [who] deny the fact that climate change even exists,” Earnest replied. “So I’m not sure that they would be in the best position to decide whether or not a climate change agreement is one that is worth entering in to.” It’s typical of the Left to frame the conversation thusly: Either you agree with our solution to the problem, or you want the end of the world. Same as Obama and Iran — either you want his deal, or you want war. There is no compromise. More…
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In a race to see who can cave the fastest, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson reneged on his promise to sign his state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), instead sending it back to state legislators with a request to “recall it and change the language.” Perhaps he was upset that Indiana Governor Mike Pence was getting all the attention for wimping out on his own state’s religious freedom protections. Why should Republicans cave once when they can cave twice? Clearly, the beatings have been effective.
The brouhaha in Arkansas stems from the RFRA bill that passed the legislature on Tuesday and dares to assert, “[N]o human authority can, in any case or manner whatsoever, control or interfere with the right of conscience.” Furthermore, the state “shall not substantially burden a person’s right to exercise of religion … unless it is demonstrated that applying the substantial burden … (1) Is essential to further a compelling governmental interest; and (2) Is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”
Sounds reasonable enough, but when has reason ever stopped the Left? Indeed, to the ever-classy New York Times, such a bill can only be “driven by bigotry against gays and lesbians.”
Never mind that neither Arkansas’ bill nor Indiana’s says a whit about the “LGBT community.” To a hammer, everything is a nail, and to the Left, everything is anti-gay. And leftists have deliberately hijacked the term “religious liberty” in order to redefine it from a God-given right to be cherished and preserved into a smoke screen for hate and discrimination. Indeed, the Times continued, “Religious-freedom laws, which were originally intended to protect religious minorities from burdensome laws or regulations, have become increasingly invoked by conservative Christian groups as gay rights in general — and marriage equality in particular — found greater acceptance nationally.”
It’s all well and good until Christians are protected.
And the Times isn’t alone. The leftist cultural assault on religious liberty has extended from the mainstream media to social media, to the point that laws in no way permitting discrimination are being framed as driven by discrimination.
Corporate CEOs have joined in the hazing, with Apple’s Tim Cook blasting Indiana’s law and Walmart’s Doug McMillon taking on Arkansas’. Both companies, of course, have no problem doing business in nation’s like China that have horrendous human rights records.
Hutchison’s and Pence’s inglorious retreats only give credence to the Left’s claims. By ceding the point that their state’s RFRAs require clarification and fixes, the gubernatorial duo practically endorsed the Left’s claim that the bills are discriminatory and allowed the opposition to define the laws. While the best offense might very well be a good defense, a pathetic defense with no offense is a recipe for loss, and that’s exactly what Republicans offered this past week.
Instead of rushing to retreat, Pence, Hutchinson and Republicans across the country should have gone on an immediate and aggressive offense, publicizing the multiple cases of small business owners who have been penalized, fined and even forced out of business for refusing to participate in same-sex ceremonies in direct violation of their faith and conscience. Republicans should have shown how advocates for the homosexual agenda are working relentlessly to take away 70-year-old grandmother Barronelle Stutzman’s business and are also threatening her home and life savings. Or how the supposed “tolerant” pro-homosexual crowd targeted Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a family-owned bakery that may now have to pay up to $150,000 in fines. Or how the Left cheered when a Catholic couple, Robert and Cynthia Gifford, were fined and ordered to put their staff through sensitivity training (a.k.a., re-education camp) for declining to host a same-sex marriage ceremony at their farm.
But instead of pointing out not only the utter hypocrisy but also the blatant fascism of the “tolerant” Left, Republicans asked, “How high?” when Democrats hollered, “Jump!” With a losing strategy like this, who needs enemies?
Meanwhile, Republicans’ inability to communicate effectively is racking up losses. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, Americans are divided on this issue, with 49% saying businesses should be required to serve same-sex weddings and 47% saying businesses should be allowed to decline service for religious reasons. A public that understands Liberty would never be so evenly split.
Unfortunately, the Left has translated religious liberty — and most other rights, for that matter — into something Americans enjoy at the pleasure of the government rather than something government infringes at its own peril. And this translation is a danger to all Americans.
Nuclear talks with Iran are still going, as negotiators missed Tuesday’s “deadline.” Who could have predicted that? Clearly, extending the deadline on April Fools’ Day bears some significance.
Yet again, Barack Obama has erased a red line. The New York Times reports Obama instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to ignore the deadline, because, as one senior official put it, “[The Iranians] were turning our own deadline against us to see if we would give ground.”
Wait — the Iranians can’t be trusted?
That’s exactly the point. As Thomas Sowell writes, “Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn’t matter what the terms of the agreement are, if Iran can cheat.”
Worse, Sowell said, “It is amazing — indeed, staggering — that so few Americans are talking about what it would mean for the world’s biggest sponsor of international terrorism, Iran, to have nuclear bombs, and to be developing intercontinental missiles that can deliver them far beyond the Middle East.”
A nuclear Iran increases the likelihood that al-Qaida or the Islamic State could gain access to a nuclear weapon, which these jihadis would surely love to detonate in an East Coast city.
But as Mark Alexander wrote yesterday, “Make no mistake, this ‘deal’ is not designed to prevent nuclear terrorism, and at best may just delay it.” That threat means no deal is better than a bad deal.
That echoes the warnings of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose nation lives under constant threat of annihilation by Iran. This week, Netanyahu said, “[A]n Iranian general brazenly declared and I quote: ‘Israel’s destruction is non-negotiable,’ but evidently giving Iran’s murderous regime a clear path to the bomb is negotiable. This is unconscionable.”
Netanyahu added, “Iran’s claim that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes doesn’t square with Iran’s insistence on keeping underground nuclear facilities, advanced centrifuges and a heavy water reactor. Nor does it square with Iran’s insistence on developing ICBMs and its refusal to come clean … on its past weaponization efforts.”
What the West should be pressing for is simple, Netanyahu says: “Iran must stop its aggression in the region, stop its terrorism throughout the world and stop its threats to annihilate Israel. That should be non-negotiable and that’s the deal that the world powers must insist upon.”
Obama’s political agenda — the need for a crowning foreign policy “achievement” — will almost surely override these concerns. He has so badly bungled policy in the Middle East that the entire region is collapsing in chaos. And that’s saying something.
“The central issue,” as Alexander put it, “is not whether Iran can be trusted, but that Obama can’t be trusted.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Cal Thomas: Indiana and the Culture Wars
- Tony Perkins: Indiana Groans and the Template of Doom
- Ann Coulter: Hands Up, Don’t Discriminate Against Gays!
- Victor Davis Hanson: The Ghastly Shadow of Munich
- Rebecca Hagelin & Kristin Carey: What Is Good About ‘Good Friday?’
OPINION IN BRIEF
British economist Herbert Spencer (1820-1903): “The Republican form of government is the highest form of government; but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature — a type nowhere at present existing.”
Columnist Cal Thomas: “The uproar about Indiana’s law is political theater. It is also a trap set by the Left, which Republicans risk falling into. It works this way: Find a Republican state (Gov. Pence is a Republican and the legislature is overwhelmingly Republican); pick an issue you can twist to your political advantage – and Republicans’ disadvantage; enlist the help of a gay-friendly media; threaten a boycott of the state by prominent individuals and businesses; use this issue in the next presidential campaign to brand Republicans as racists, bigots and homophobes. In this theater of the absurd, any defense becomes indefensible. The die has been cast; the scarlet letter attached. … One potential good has emerged from this, however. Miley Cyrus has announced she won’t be bringing her ‘twerking’ self to Indiana, which is bound to have a positive effect on the state’s moral climate.”
FRC president Tony Perkins: “[L]ost in all of this back-and-forth is the reality that this isn’t about standing up for homosexual rights — it’s about standing up for everyone’s rights. In a civil society, the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. But that’s exactly the problem. America, under this administration, is less and less civil — particularly to men and women of faith. There’s no room for polite debate or even coexistence. Instead, the LGBT movement that once said they didn’t want the government to tell them how to live, now wants the same government to tell us what to believe and punish those who fail to comply. Where’s the tolerance in that?”
Comedian Jimmy Fallon: “The White House announced that President Obama will attend a summit in Kenya this July. When asked if he’s ever been to Kenya, Obama said, ‘Of course. I was born — no, bored — over there. There’s nothing to do in Kenya.'”
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2015 Hurricane Season Forecast: Start of Less-active Era?
-A hint that this year’s hurricane season will be below average came Tuesday from Phil Klotzbach, of the well-known Colorado State University prognostication team. “It’s looking like it’s going to be a pretty boring year for us,” Klotzbach told a session at the National Hurricane Conference, meeting this week in Austin, Texas.
USGS: Magnitude 4 earthquake hit near Steele, MO
The United States Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4 earthquake hit near Steele, MO Wednesday night, April 1. The USGS said the earthquake was about 2 miles south-southwest of Steele and occurred around 10:51 p.m.
Super typhoon expected to weaken before reaching Philippines
A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines later this weekend.
California governor orders statewide water cutbacks to combat drought
Governor Jerry Brown, in his most sweeping action to combat a devastating multi-year drought, ordered residents and businesses on Wednesday to cut water use by 25 percent in the first mandatory statewide reduction in California history.
BIG SOLAR PROMINENCES
The face of the sun is quiet; no sunspots are flaring. The edge of the sun is a different matter. Amateur astronomers are monitoring a network of huge prominences rising above the sun’s western limb.
Russia threatens to use ‘nuclear force’ over Crimea and the Baltic states
The Russians told the meeting, which took place in Germany last month, that an attempt to return Crimea to Ukraine would be met “forcefully including through the use of nuclear force”.
Mahdi to return by 2016, followed by Jesus?
In the latest evidence of this messianic fervor, a mainstream Sunni Muslim website has decreed that the Islamic messiah, called the Mahdi, will appear this year or in 2016 and that the Muslim Jesus will return in 2022 to conquer the world for Islam.
4.0 earthquake slightly rattles Mid-South
Many people in Downtown Memphis felt the earth shake, and calls from viewers around the region flooded the WMC Action News 5 newsroom to confirm what they felt was real.
Islamic State ‘seizes most of south Damascus Palestinian refugee camp’
Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant stormed the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near central Damascus on Wednesday, capturing large parts of the camp and demonstrating the group’s ability to attack the Syrian capital. Isil fighters launched a lightning assault on the camp, said Anwar Abdel Hadi, the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s political affairs director in Damascus.
Blood Moon With Total Lunar Eclipse & Eerie Biblical Message Rising Over U.S. Easter Weekend
…For the third time in less than a year, the moon will dip into Earth’s shadow, turning its bright white globe a deep coppery red in a matter of minutes. The action begins at 3:16 a.m. PST on the morning of April 4… For the next hour and 45 minutes, Earth’s shadow will move across the lunar disk, ultimately covering the entire moon at 4:58 a.m. PST.
DHS Launches “Family Reunification,” Refugee Program for Central Americans
To facilitate the often treacherous process of entering the United States illegally…the Obama administration is offering free transportation…and a special refugee/parole program with “resettlement assistance” and permanent residency. Under the new initiative…illegal immigrant minors…will be officially known as Central American Minors (CAM) and they will be eligible for a special refugee/parole…
US makes climate pledge to UN
The US has pledged to tackle climate change by cutting its carbon emissions 26-28% by 2025. It made the formal offer to the UN as a step towards a global deal in Paris in December. The EU has already promised to cut its emissions by a roughly similar proportion.
Ukraine agrees cheaper short-term gas deal with Russia
Ukraine has signed a new short-term agreement to buy gas from Russia at a lower price, despite the ongoing conflict in the east of the country. Ukraine will pay $248 per thousand cubic metres over the next three months down from the $329 it had been paying in the first quarter of this year. Talks will continue to find a permanent solution to the long-running pricing dispute.
Thailand martial law replacement criticised by US
The US says the replacement of martial law with new emergency measures in Thailand does little to restore democracy in the military-run country. Thailand’s army, which took power in a coup in May, declared martial law over on Wednesday after almost a year. But a section of the new constitution has been invoked instead under which the military retains significant power.
Kenya Garissa students ‘taken hostage’ by al-Shabab
Gunmen from the militant Islamist group al-Shabab have killed at least 15 people and taken students hostage at a university in north-eastern Kenya. Reports say 65 others were wounded when gunmen stormed a university in Garissa. Troops are engaging the gunmen. Witnesses said masked attackers fired indiscriminately and there are fears there could be more casualties.
The Struggle in Yemen: A Test for the Arab Collective
While the action of the Arab coalition in Yemen may be in its initial stage, it is already possible to draw some conclusions and assess their significance for Israel and the region. One, it has been a long time since Arab countries managed to unite for the sake of taking substantive action, especially military, in order to defend their own interests. However, Iran’s efforts to penetrate various arenas and expand its influence throughout the region are an ominous threat to at least some Arab states.
Apple CEO: Hates Indiana Christians but does business with countries that execute gays, stone women
Apple CEO Tim Cook is making a particular point this week to attack Christians in Indiana calling them “dangerous” but it seems he has no problem at all selling his products in Muslim-led countries that kill gays for being gay and stone women when they are raped. Nor does he have a problem making his product in China, the world’s leading violator of human rights.
Obama’s Virtual War on Israel
This is hardly the best week to demonstrate his intense hatred of Israel, but since he has devoted 18 months to a fruitless and foolish negotiation with Iran, one can understand why Barack Hussein Obama is in a bad mood. His foreign policy “legacy” is close to being flushed down the Iranian toilet.
Obama’s Surrender to Iran Postponed
According to an Associated Press report, the Iranian nuke negotiations have engendered an agreement—to continue taking in hopes of reaching a final agreement by the end of June. As an unnamed senior U.S. official put it, talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers (the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany) would continue past yesterday’s deadline for the outline of an agreement if enough progress was made to justify that extension. By late yesterday that contention was confirmed: talks will continue through today.
Syrian girl raises hands in ‘surrender’ in heartbreaking photo
The photo of a little girl in a refugee camp with her arms raised in surrender with a look of fear on her face has become a symbol of the human cost of the bloody war in Syria that has entered its fifth year.
Boko Haram uses children as human bombs, UN says
Boko Haram Islamist militants in northern Nigeria are using children as human bombs and targeting women and girls for particularly horrific abuse, including sexual slavery, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday.
Yemeni rebels gain ground in vital port city of Aden
Shiite rebel forces backed by tanks and heavy machineguns pushed deeper into Yemen’s second-largest city on Wednesday in a bid to strengthen their hold even as Saudi-led air strikes attempt to cut off their supply lines and cripple their capabilities.
Bulgaria drops $4bn Westinghouse nuclear deal
Bulgaria has dropped a deal with US-based firm Westinghouse Electric to build a new reactor at its only nuclear plant because of financial pressures, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced Wednesday.
Iranian General: ‘Erasing Israel Off the Map’ Is ‘Nonnegotiable’
The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said in an interview that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable,” The Times of Israel reported. Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi’s comments were made public as Iran and six world powers chose to extend nuclear negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June.
California unveils historic water restrictions over drought crisis
California announced sweeping statewide water restrictions for the first time in history Wednesday in order to combat the region’s devastating drought, the worst since records began.
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges
Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors. Menendez predicted he would be “vindicated” and, in a defiant statement before reporters and cheering supporters Wednesday evening, said, “This is not how my career is going to end.”
What Would Happen If Martial Law Was Declared In America?
In recent weeks, there has been a lot of concern that an upcoming eight week military exercise on U.S. soil known as “Jade Helm” is actually a dress rehearsal for the imposition of martial law in this country. One of the reasons for the high level of concern is that we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of “urban warfare exercises” conducted by the U.S. military in major U.S. cities over the past decade – including exercises where “dissidents” are hunted down, arrested and hauled away. As our world becomes increasingly unstable, and as our society rapidly decays from within, many believe that it is only a matter of time before the executive branch will have sufficient excuse to use the extensive martial law powers that it has been accumulating since 9/11. When that day arrives, what will our nation look like? What would actually happen if martial law was declared in America? (Read More…)
If Anyone Doubts That We Are In A Stock Market Bubble, Show Them This Article
The higher financial markets rise, the harder they fall. By any objective measurement, the stock market is currently well into bubble territory. Anyone should be able to see this – all you have to do is look at the charts. Sadly, most of us never seem to learn from history. Most of us want to believe that somehow “things are different this time”. Well, about the only thing that is different this time is that our economy is in far worse shape than it was just prior to the last major financial crisis. That means that we are more vulnerable and will almost certainly endure even more damage this time around. It would be one thing if stocks were soaring because the U.S. economy as a whole was doing extremely well. But we all know that isn’t true. Instead, what we have been experiencing is clearly artificial market behavior that has nothing to do with economic reality. In other words, we are dealing with an irrational financial bubble, and all irrational financial bubbles eventually burst. And as I wrote about yesterday, the way that stocks have moved so far this year is eerily reminiscent of the way that stocks moved in early 2008. The warning signs are there – if you are willing to look at them. (Read More.…)
After Indiana Pizzeria Said They Wouldn’t Cater Gay Weddings, the Backlash Was So Extreme It May Not Be Safe to Re-Open
What is America turning into?
Crystal O’Connor, the co-owner of Memories Pizza in Indiana, says it may not be safe to re-open their pizzeria after they said they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding.
“I don’t know if we will re-open, or if we can, if it’s safe to re-open,” O’Connor said on TheBlaze TV’s Dana. “We’re in hiding basically, staying in the house.”
Anti-Semitism in US Spikes After Nearly a Decade of Decline
Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked 21 percent last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League, unsettling many American Jews who had thought that hatred of Jews and Judaism was on the decline, at least here at home.
White House: Obama Finds Religious Freedom Laws “Unthinkable”
Huckabee: Christians Must Stand Up to Attacks on Religion
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says it is Christians, not gay people, who are being discriminated against in the current religious freedom debate, and he thinks it’s time they stood up for themselves.
Blood on the Doorposts
The smearing with blood was a one-time ritual. Every Passover thereafter, the blood of the Passover lambs was splashed on the altar in the Tabernacle/Temple as a remembrance of the plague of the firstborn and the blood on the doorposts of Israelite homes in Egypt.
Try to imagine the Passover in the Temple on the day the Master died. While His precious body hung dying on the tree, a short distance outside the city walls pilgrims were flooding the Temple courts, leading their lambs to slaughter. While His blood stained the stones beneath that tree, the priesthood of Israel was splashing basin after basin of Passover blood against the stones of the Temple altar. While the women wept at the foot of the dying Messiah, the Levites in the Temple courts were chanting the songs of the Hallel: Psalms 113-119.
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 06:10 AM PDT
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that the decision on whether humans live or die will be left to artificial intelligence when self-driving cars become a reality. Speaking at a forum hosted by the National Automobile Dealers Association, Buffett said that he thought self-driving cars wouldn’t be widely adopted for a long time but that when they were, moral considerations in traffic accidents could be taken out of human hands. “There’s some interesting questions. I mean, let’s just say you have got a self-driving car and you are going down the street and a 3-year-old kid runs out in front of the car and there’s another car coming the other direction with four people in it and the computer is going to make the decision as to whether to hit the kid or hit the other car,” said Buffett. “And I am not sure who gets sued under those circumstances, you’re going to kill somebody, and it will be the computer that makes the decision in a nanosecond and it will be interesting to know who programs that computer and what their thoughts are about the values of human lives and things,” he concluded. FULL REPORT
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|FBI warns of cyber-attack on Israel|
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 06:04 AM PDT
The FBI is warning U.S. companies that cyber terrorists from the Middle East and North Africa are planning to conduct cyber attacks against Israeli and Jewish interests next week. The Bureau stated in a security notice to U.S. industry on Sunday that, as of early March, “several extremist hacking groups indicated they would participate in a forthcoming operation, #OpIsrael, which will target Israeli and Jewish Web sites.” “Given the perceived connections between the government of Israel and Israeli financial institutions, and those of the United States, #OpIsrael participants may also shift their operations to target vulnerable U.S.-based financial targets or Jewish-oriented organizations within the United States,” the FBI warning said. “Based on historical attacks, the FBI assesses that attacks which may spawn from #OpIsrael to target U.S.-based systems will likely constitute only a small percentage of overall activity.” The FBI said members of at least two extremist hacking groups it did not identify are currently working to recruit hackers for the attacks next week, which will coincide with the second anniversary of the first #OpIsrael cyber attacks. Those were launched on April 7, 2013, and timed to coincide with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins the evening of April 15. FULL REPORT
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 05:59 AM PDT
As the world prepares to look skyward to witness a spectacular “blood moon” this weekend, pastor Mark Biltz says judgment is already under way on Earth. And more is on the way. “The Bible talks of the times we are living in. Here we have the re-establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948 and the return of Jerusalem into Israel’s hands in 1967. Now we have the signs in the heavens where the sun is turning to sackcloth and the moon to blood on the biblical holy days, warning both the nations and Israel against a two state solution,” he said. The discoverer of the blood-moons phenomenon, Biltz says there’s no way to get around the fact that Israel is at the center of God’s plans for events to come. In an exclusive interview with WND, the author of the theological blockbuster, “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” suggested astronomical signs show Americans are living in “prophetic times” and the fate of the Jewish state is central to God’s plan. “People need to realize the Middle East problem is not a political one but a religious one. They need to realize that Allah and the God of the Bible are not the same being. One hates and wants to destroy Israel, and the other loves Israel. Until this is understood, you will never have peace in the Middle East.” The “blood moon” occurring this weekend is a lunar eclipse that will make the moon appear blood red for a short time on Saturday morning, April 4. It is the third in a tetrad of four blood moons taking place on Jewish holy days during 2014 and 2015, with this particular eclipse taking place on a date which serves as both Holy Saturday for Christians and Passover for Jews. The Passover blood moon is also occurring on the Shabbat, or the Jewish day of rest. FULL REPORT
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 05:48 AM PDT
An audio recording was circulated online of the man who presides over the holiest site for Muslim around the world. The caption on photo accompanying the recording read, “Imam of the grand mosque in Mecca calls for all-out war against Shiites.” “Our war with Iran, say that out loud, is a war between Sunnis and Shiites,” Sunni preacher Abdul Rahman al-Sudais says in the nearly seven-minute clip. “Our war with Iran…is truly sectarian. If it was not sectarian, we will make it sectarian… The Jews and cross” – meaning Christians – “I swear by Allah that they will have their days…The prophet said that Rome will be conquered …Our disagreement with Rafidha” – another word for Shiites – “will not be removed, nor our suicide to fight them… as long as they are on the face of the earth….” While cursing Jews is part of Friday prayers and speeches in many parts of the Islamic world, most Muslim imams avoid calling for all-out war with Shiites and Christians. Hearing that call from al-Sudais in the grand mosque in Mecca is an unprecedented escalation of hate speech (though, for what it’s worth, Al-Sudais’ page on Facebook didn’t confirm his alleged comments). FULL REPORT
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 05:44 AM PDT
Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Thursday that all options including military action were on the table in the face of the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. Speaking to public radio as crunch talks on Iran’s nuclear programme continued in Switzerland, Steinitz said Israel would seek to counter any threat through diplomacy and intelligence but “if we have no choice we have no choice… the military option is on the table.” Asked about possible US objections to Israeli military action, Steinitz pointed to Israel’s unilateral attack against the Osirak nuclear reactor in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 1981. “This operation was not carried out in agreement with the United States,” he said. Steinitz, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the Israeli leader had left no doubt as to the country’s response to nuclear-armed Iran. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 02 Apr 2015 05:39 AM PDT
The higher financial markets rise, the harder they fall. By any objective measurement, the stock market is currently well into bubble territory. Anyone should be able to see this – all you have to do is look at the charts. Sadly, most of us never seem to learn from history. Most of us want to believe that somehow “things are different this time”. Well, about the only thing that is different this time is that our economy is in far worse shape than it was just prior to the last major financial crisis. That means that we are more vulnerable and will almost certainly endure even more damage this time around. It would be one thing if stocks were soaring because the U.S. economy as a whole was doing extremely well. But we all know that isn’t true. Instead, what we have been experiencing is clearly artificial market behavior that has nothing to do with economic reality. In other words, we are dealing with an irrational financial bubble, and all irrational financial bubbles eventually burst. And as I wrote about yesterday, the way that stocks have moved so far this year is eerily reminiscent of the way that stocks moved in early 2008. The warning signs are there – if you are willing to look at them. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 02 Apr 2015 05:27 AM PDT
The producer of an acclaimed documentary that recently hit theaters across the country and is currently being shown in churches nationwide is sharing his story of how he came to Christ as a result of his work on the film. Brian Ivie, 24, is the director of the film “The Drop Box,” a documentary that tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak, who is credited with saving countless abandoned babies who might have otherwise have died after being left on the streets by their mothers. While facing health issues with his own son, Jong-rak began taking “unwanted” children into his home, and soon built a heated dropbox with an in-home buzzer alert in case other mothers sought to leave their babies in his care. He now operates an orphanage at his home, where he cares for 20 abandoned children, and has made himself available to help save as many babies as he can. Ivie had read about Jong-rak and decided to create a short film about his work. But that the time, he wasn’t a Christian, although he thought he was. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 02 Apr 2015 05:24 AM PDT
A former New York mob boss whose life was changed by the power of Jesus Christ is set to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Santa Clarita Valley Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast in California. Michael Franzese is the son of the underboss of the infamous and violent Columbo crime family, and is considered “one of the biggest money earners the mob had seen since Al Capone,” formerly raking in millions a week from illegal activity. In the 1980’s, he was indicted on over a dozen criminal counts surrounding racketeering, extortion and tax fraud surrounding his involvement in a gasoline sales scheme, and was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay $14 million in restitution. While in prison, Franzese turned from a life of crime and turned to Jesus Christ. “I got convicted [in my spirit]. It’s almost as if God was with me in that 6 by 8 cell,” Franzese told evangelist Greg Laurie in an interview last year. “He said, ‘You know, are your ways really pleasing to Me or is this all a facade for you?’” FULL REPORT
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Posted: 02 Apr 2015 05:20 AM PDT
For the first time in history, the California government has declared mandatory water restrictions designed to save the state from a water collapse. (But it still won’t work, see below…) An order went out yesterday from Governor Brown’s office, requiring water agencies to “…implement new pricing models that discourage excessive water use,” reports the LA Times. In other words, your water consumption costs are about to get even higher if you live in California. The directive aims to reduce water consumption by 25% across the state — an aggressive restriction that clearly qualifies as an emergency reduction goal. Also included in the directive is:
• A ban on non-drip irrigation systems for all new homes.
• A requirement for golf courses and cemeteries to “reduce water consumption.” (And yet, the very idea of green golf courses in the middle of a California desert is insane to begin with…)
• Force farmers to report more details on their water usage so that the state government can figure out where all the water is going (and where to restrict it even further).
• Outlawing the watering of grass on public street medians.
• Discussions are also under way to throw “water wasters” in jail for up to 30 days, according to another LA Times article. The most likely source of intel for incarcerating water wasters will be neighborhood snitches who monitor water usage of nearby homes and call the authorities if they see too much water being used.
Will California soon fill its prisons with “water criminals?” If a cop drives by a yard where two people are standing around, and one of them is smoking a joint while the other is watering his yard, guess which one will be arrested? FULL REPORT
Posted: 02 Apr 2015 05:14 AM PDT
Marking the start of “sinkhole season” in Toronto, a car was eaten up by a huge one at a Black Creek Dr. and Eglinton Ave. W. parking lot on Wednesday morning. The driver, who didn’t have time to get out of his vehicle, a black Jaguar, before it sank deep into the dirt, was able to escape unharmed. “He got out through his window and climbed onto the roof of his car,” said Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins. Aikins had sent a crew out to the Todd Baylis Blvd. and Industry St. area to make sure the sinkhole was not caused by nearby construction of the Eglinton Crosstown. The crew was able to confirm the sinkhole was unrelated to the construction. Police are advising drivers to use caution in the area. SOURCE
LGBT Mafia Continues To Terrorize Elderly Female Christian Flower Shop Owner (VIDEO)
In February, I wrote an article about a 70 year-old Christian florist in Washington State named Barronelle Stutzman, who was being sued by a sodomite couple because she had politely turned down their request to furnish flowers for their so-called ‘nuptials.’
Gov. Brown Imposes Historic First-Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions As California Dries Up
Brown ordered the California Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory restrictions to reduce water usage by 25%. The water savings are expected to amount to 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months.
Israel Ready To Launch ISS Tanin Submarine With Nuclear-Tipped Cruise Missile Capability (VIDEO)
The Israel Navy’s fourth submarine, the ISS Tanin, is expected to become fully operational in a few weeks and participate in naval operations.
Russian Military Sciences Expert Says Putin Should Nuke Yellowstone Park And The San Andreas Fault.
The Russian president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems urged Russia’s military to attack Yellowstone Park and the San Andreas Fault.
The Next-Generation Weapons That Russia Will Use Against The United States In World War III
The Russian military is in the midst of a sweeping modernization program, and it is currently developing some incredibly impressive offensive and defensive next-generation weapons that are designed to be used in a future war with the United States. The key to winning World War III will be to strike hard and to strike fast, and the Russians understand this …………. Click here for full story
Mahdi To Return By 2016, Followed By Jesus?
It’s not only evangelical Christians who are sensing that something has changed in the world, and that we may be entering the very last days. Muslims are also eagerly awaiting their messiah………. Click here for full story
Leaked Document Reveals Upcoming Biometric Experiments At US Customs
The facial recognition pilot program launched last week by US Customs and Border Protection, which civil liberties advocates say could lead to new potentially privacy-invading programs, is just the first of three biometric experiments that the feds are getting ready to launch ……….. Click here for full story
Is ISIS Building A Drone Army?
As U.S.-led coalition forces confirm they shot down an ISIS drone this week, experts warn the extremists could soon adapt the technology for battle purposes ……….. Click here for full story
I Spy…Then Sell The Data: Orbital’s Bet On Satellites And Drones
Imagine making an investment decision based on intelligence gathered from a satellite or drone image. James Crawford is betting people will do exactly that ……… Click here for full story
Al-Shabab Muslim Terrorists Holding Christian College Students Hostage In Kenya
by Geoffrey Grider
Al-Shabab gunmen have attacked a college campus in the town of Garissa in northeast Kenya, shooting indiscriminately in dormitories and killing at least 15 people and wounding 65 others, police said.
Christians Attacked at Kenya College
Al-Shabaab reportedly claimed responsibility for an attack at Garissa University in eastern Kenya Thursday that left at least 15 people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds of students unaccounted for.
The National Disaster Operations Center said on Twitter that three of four dorms at the university have been evacuated, with the gunmen cornered in one dorm.
On today’s Episode of The Briefing
1) Separation of powers threatened by increasing influence of Supreme Court
The high court reigns supreme, USA Today (Richard Wolf)
Notable & Quotable: Anthony Kennedy, Wall Street Journal
2) Religious beliefs of Supreme Court Justices affect their interpretations of law
Do the Religious Beliefs of Supreme Court Justices Influence Their Decisions?, Moment Magazine (Rachel E Gross, et. al)
3) Legalization of same-sex marriage will not resolve aims of sexual revolutionaries
What to Do When ‘I Do’ Is Done, Prospect Magazine (Peter Montgomery)
4) Canadian MP quits conservative party, protesting anti-Christian disposition of politics
B.C. MP quits Conservatives to defend views on evolution, Globe and Mail (Steven Chase)
5) Revision of Russian history in exhibitions reveal absence of value neutrality in history
Russian History Receives a Makeover That Starts With Ivan the Terrible, New York Times (Neil MacFarquhar and Sophia Kishkovsky)
In other news…
The Misdirected Zeal of Same Sex Marriage Converts, The Atlantic (Conor Friedersdorf)
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