I am certain that the safest way to defend your character is never to say a word about it. —C.H. Spurgeon
Apr. 7, 2015
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul formally began his presidential campaign on Tuesday, writing on his website that he is “running for President of the United States of America because I want to defeat the Washington machine.”
Whether it’s Rahm Emanuel or Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, the victor in Chicago’s mayoral runoff will face the unenviable task of reversing a fiscal decline that’s left the city’s credit rating on the cusp of junk.
U.S. railroad cars used to haul oil should be upgraded or replaced within five years with sturdier models better able to prevent explosions after derailments, federal safety investigators said in a proposal made public Monday.
Russian inflation accelerated in March to the fastest on an annual basis since 2002 even as slowing weekly readings may allow the central bank to cut borrowing costs further. Consumer prices rose 16.9 percent from a year earlier.
Starting in June, defense companies including Thales SA and Multicon Solar AG will join NATO to test the military’s ability to use renewable power in combat and humanitarian operations. About 1,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organization soldiers will spend 12 days deploying wind turbines, solar panels and self-contained power grids in Hungary
More than $1 trillion in U.S. real estate debt from the last decade’s property boom is starting to come due as oil prices stagnate, squeezing property owners in cities and towns centered around the energy business. The 50 percent plunge in crude values since June is already dragging down property prices in Texas.
AP Top Stories
A Kansas man was sentenced Monday to four years and two months in prison for beheading another man with a guitar string after a plea deal that prosecutors said they accepted because of problems with the case.
Eight Iranian border guards have been killed in a clash with Sunni rebels who had infiltrated from neighboring Pakistan, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.
Just days after becoming the world’s oldest documented person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver died Monday in Arkansas.
Eight family members, including seven children between the ages of 6 and 16, were found dead in a Maryland home, possibly due to carbon monoxide poisoning, local media and police said.
Loyalist forces backed by Saudi-led naval shelling thwarted a new rebel assault in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden early Tuesday as medics and officials reported 18 dead in fighting across the south.
NJ – Prosecutors say a 100-year-old man apparently killed his wife with an ax as she slept in their home, and then killed himself in the bathroom with a knife.
Islamist Boko Haram militants disguised as preachers killed at least 24 people and wounded several others in an attack near a mosque in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, a military source and witness said.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a drought emergency on Monday in three southern and central Oregon counties, expanding upon earlier drought declarations the Democrat made in March, as the state faces record low snowpack levels.
Radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said on Monday.
A recent UCLA study shows that wealthier neighborhoods in Los Angeles are less likely to cut back on water usage during the state’s historic drought.
Airline passengers left behind nearly $675,000 in loose change last year, according to the Transportation Security Administration’s 2014 fiscal year report released Monday. In 2005, Congress gave the agency the ability to use the forgotten money to help fund security operations.
The Greek government said Germany owes Greece nearly $303bn in war reparations for the Nazi occupation during World War Two.
A Russian nuclear submarine was on fire at an Arctic naval shipyard and firefighters are tackling the blaze, Russian media report. The Oryol-class submarine’s reactor is not at risk at the Severodvinsk base.
The original manuscript of Don McLean’s American Pie sold for $1.2m at a New York auction.
About 2,500 people have marched in Kenya’s Garissa town in a show of defiance against militant Islamist group al-Shabab following its deadly assault on a local university.
The UN Security Council has demanded humanitarian access to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus. One UN official described the situation for the 18,000 refugees there as “beyond inhumane”.
Rasmussen released a new survey on immigration, and eighty-three percent believe applicants should have to prove they are in the country legally before receiving any federal, state or local services. Sixty-two percent say deportation is not aggressive enough in the U.S., 10 points higher than a year ago.
A “gay” activist contends churches that lobby to preserve the right of religious believers not to promote homosexual behavior should lose their tax-exempt status.
Millennials, the generation weighed down with student loans that abhors taking on more debt, are embracing a once-derided financial product: Prepaid debit cards.
A new law to encourage gun owners to turn in their weapons to local police departments by rewarding them with tax credits is moving through the halls of Congress.
April 7, 2015
“The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.” –John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Barack Obama can’t help but boast about his terrible deal with Iran, even if his boasts are empty. He called it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to stop nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Wrong — the Saudis will see to that. Furthermore, Obama insisted, for Israel it means “we’ve got their backs.” How so? “This is our best bet by far to make sure Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. “What we will be doing even as we enter into this deal is sending a very clear message to the Iranians and to the entire region that if anybody messes with Israel, America will be there.” Somehow we doubt his sincerity, even if he complains it’s “personally difficult” for him to hear people don’t believe he loves Israel. He also said, “I would consider it a failure on my part, a fundamental failure of my presidency, if on my watch, or as a consequence of work that I had done, Israel was rendered more vulnerable.” Well, it’s a failure. “There is no formula, there is no option,” he added, “to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon that will be more effective than the diplomatic initiative and framework that we put forward — and that’s demonstrable.” Actually, the experts say the deal is not verifiable. But nothing will burst Obama’s fantasy bubble.
Obama also defined the “Obama Doctrine”: “The doctrine is we will engage but we preserve all our capabilities. I’ve been very clear that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon on my watch.” What does that mean? Well, this “deal” ensures that Iran will have the capability to develop a nuclear weapon under the next administration. Even Obama later admitted as much.
As for Congress, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said, “If the president feels like this is something that’s good for the nation, surely he can sell this to the United States Senate and the House.” No wonder Obama doesn’t want to even try.
Meanwhile, don’t miss what Charles Krauthammer calls the fundamental problem with the deal.
Last week, Islamic militants murdered 150 Christians in Kenya, explicitly because of their faith. According to the Associated Press, “The attackers separated Christian students from Muslim ones and massacred the Christians.” But Barack Obama couldn’t be bothered to mention faith at all. The White House statement denounced “terrorist atrocities” against “men and women” and “students,” but there was nary a peep about “Muslims” or “Christians.” Likewise, Obama neglected to mention the 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded by ISIL earlier this year were anything but “citizens.” It would seem the only time Obama doesn’t mind mentioning Christians is when he’s lecturing them about the Crusades.
“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Rand Paul announced on his website this morning. For days, Paul has dropped heavy hints to his 1.8 million fans on Facebook. And at noon today in Louisville, the Kentucky Republican will make a speech announcing his candidacy for president. For years, a devoted group of conservatives backed his father, Ron Paul, when he ran for the White House. Now the son is here, and with him is an already established grassroots network — Paul supporters were in the crowd as Sen. Ted Cruz announced his own presidential candidacy. Already, Paul has begun to reach out to constituencies not normally attracted to the Republican Party — namely, college students and blacks — making him a good person to grow the Republican base and setting him apart from other candidates. A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll asking about primary voters’ opinions on GOP candidates placed Paul in the top five potential candidates. It’s still a wide-open field, and the primaries are a year away. More…
Retired Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who once worked in intelligence, told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that he heard from two senior sources that Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl was trying to contact people to take him out of Afghanistan. “He was going to go off to Uzbekistan,” Shaffer said. “He had made contact with local Afghans and wanted to be moved to Uzbekistan and then made contact with the Russians because he wanted to talk to Russian organized crime.” According to Shaffer, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service discovered this after it examined Bergdahl’s computer. Shaffer continued, “I think we’re going to see more and more as this report is made public that there were a number of disconcerting things within Bergdahl.” According to the Military Times, the Army has to follow an obscure regulation. It either had to grant Bergdahl an honorable discharge and $200,000 back pay, or bring charges against him. There’s wiggle room for the Obama administration to bestow benevolence on its favorite soldier. Meanwhile, six soldiers died looking for Bergdahl, and not one of their parents got a White House Rose Garden reception. More…
The stigma plaguing today’s Republican Party on matters of economic policy is the result of a craftily orchestrated attack on capitalism. By associating the entrepreneurial free market with “corporate greed,” the Left frames conservatives as being against middle class America. It’s a strategy that has a long record of success. Recall that in 2009, Democrats approved another massive entitlement program — ObamaCare — in part by rallying behind a false narrative: that millions of Americans were uninsured because “selfish” insurers were swimming in massive profits. In truth, insurers were operating on a 2% profit margin. Democrats knew their PR stunt was a lie, but they successfully swayed public perception at a pivotal moment. Indeed, every progressive cause has traces of gross distortion, and, similar to how leftists overhauled the health care industry, they’re fabricating the war on corporate America. The American Enterprise Institute’s Mark J. Perry writes, “When a random sample of American adults were asked the question ‘Just a rough guess, what percent profit on each dollar of sales do you think the average company makes after taxes?’ for the Reason-Rupe poll in May 2013, the average response was 36%!” The reality? Memo to Occupy Wall Street: “Not surprisingly they are off by a huge margin,” Perry notes. “According to [a] Yahoo!Finance database for 212 different industries, the average profit margin for the most recent quarter was 7.5% and the median profit margin was 6.5%.” If this teaches us anything, it’s that Republicans must dismantle the Left’s big lies. The propaganda machine is not conquered by twiddling thumbs. More…
Pop music rag Rolling Stone had a story to tell, and the writer and editors weren’t going to let pesky facts get in the way. That’s the sum total of the magazine’s University of Virginia fraternity gang rape feature story back in November. Police investigated and found no evidence to support the tall tale recounted by “Jackie,” the pseudonymous “victim.” This week comes Rolling Stone’s official retraction after an independent report revealed the extent of the magazine’s false journalism.
At the request of Rolling Stone, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism conducted a review, and the ensuing 12,000-word report concluded what we and many others expected: There were “lapses in standard journalistic procedure at every level of the magazine during the reporting and editing of the story.”
Actually, “lapses” is not quite the right word; it’s more like willful deception. It wasn’t an accident, or a breakdown in protocols. It was all a lie. But it sold, as it was “hip” to illustrate a campus “rape culture” so emotionally. Evidently, Jackie’s story was just far too good to worry about checking the facts.
Rolling Stone Managing Editor Will Dana responded to the report, “It’s not like I think we need to overhaul our process, and I don’t think we need to necessarily institute a lot of new ways of doing things. We just have to do what we’ve always done and just make sure we don’t make this mistake again.”
What exactly went wrong? When writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely pressed Jackie to give key details involving the perpetrators of the “rape,” Jackie repeatedly dodged questions. No red flag. Erdely informed Jackie that she needed names, but Jackie refused to give her any. At one point, Erdely attempted to call and text Jackie for two weeks but never got a response, so after leaving a voicemail stating that she could use pseudonyms instead of real names, Jackie quickly called her back. No red flags. Jackie also mentioned to Erdely that she had talked to one of the perpetrators named Ryan, but informed Erdely he would not talk to reporters for fear of tearing down the fraternity. Apparently, this was satisfying enough for Erdely, as neither she nor anyone else attempted to contact Ryan. It turns out Jackie made up the whole line about talking to Ryan, but, hey, no red flags for the Rolling Stone editors, so why bother to consult anyone other than Jackie?
In essence, they kept rolling right through every caution light. But after all that there is no need to change anything? Normally, someone would be fired for this level of failure in reporting. Yet Rolling Stone’s mantra seems to be that Erdely tried but Jackie lied so no one on staff will be punished.
Rolling Stone did eventually retract the story on April 5 and Erdely apologized. But the accuracy and accountability of the story was missing, and the fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, that faced “physical and reputational damage” is more than likely going to sue Rolling Stone.
What about University of Virginia President Theresa Sullivan? According to University of Tennessee law professor Glynn Reynolds (known as blogger “Instapundit”), “She essentially found the fraternity guilty based on a story in a music tabloid.” Worse, Reynolds said, “She hastily imposed a group punishment on the entire Greek system, and pretty much stood by while angry crowds mobbed and vandalized the fraternity house.”
Sullivan is angry with Rolling Stone, and rightfully so, but shouldn’t she at a minimum issue an apology? She found the frat boys guilty until proven innocent and hung them out to dry. To put it mildly, that was very poor judgment.
Meanwhile, despite the fact that Jackie lied the entire time Erdely questioned her, Erik Wemple, a Washington Post “fact checker,” had the audacity to identify Jackie as the number one victim of the false Rolling Stone exposé. He might want to check his “facts” again, because it seems very evident that the whole rape story would have never been told in the first place if she hadn’t lied. Instead of Jackie being the number one victim, she should be crowned as the number one liar. That’s not to discount the horrendous “journalism,” but really, the entire blame can’t just go to Rolling Stone.
Perhaps the lesson here is that Rolling Stone should stick to being a music tabloid. With revelations of this story, and with no sign from the editor that they intend to change anything, it will be interesting to see how they will cover serious things like presidential candidates for the next year and a half or so. One thing’s for sure: Every “fact” they publish will need independent checking.
It’s getting harder for Barack Obama to use Yemen as a model of successful U.S. foreign policy as al-Qaida and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels made significant military gains in the beleaguered state in recent days. Last week, al-Qaida militants claimed the key Yemeni port city of Mukalla, freeing nearly 300 prisoners and delivering a setback to the 10-nation coalition led by Saudi Arabia that has been engaged in an air and land campaign there. Among those freed were Khaled Batarfi, a senior leader of al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). So much for al-Qaida being “on the run.”
The Saudi-led coalition, which began operations in late March, has been aided by U.S. intelligence, but America is still standing on the sidelines. Even as the civilian casualties mount and U.S. diplomats and military personnel have fled the country, the White House continues to insist Yemen is a success story in its deeply flawed foreign policy strategy.
According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Obama’s strategy is to “try to mitigate the threat that is posed by extremists and to prevent them from establishing a safe haven.” Too late.
Mukalla, one of the largest cities in Yemen, fell to AQAP after that group rose to take advantage of the power vacuum left when President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi fled the country. Of course, according to the Obama White House, al-Qaida is not a serious threat, so perhaps they don’t believe losing a major port city to a terrorist organization they don’t take seriously is a problem.
Similarly, Obama would have us believe that the Houthi rebels in Yemen aren’t a big issue either. This group has received strong support from the Iranian government, including tanks and heavy weapons that have complicated Saudi attempts at a ground assault to retake the country. While John Kerry replays the role of Neville Chamberlain with the Iranians over the so-called nuclear agreement, Iran is deeply engaged in removing one of the remaining strategic footholds the U.S. had in the Arabian Peninsula.
The Saudis are now shouldered with the thankless job of trying to prevent the establishment of a terrorist state on their southern border as Obama continues to pat himself on the back. Yet public support in Yemen for the Saudi-led airstrikes is quickly eroding as civilian casualties mount and more damage is inflicted on the country’s infrastructure. In another twist that only further illustrates Obama’s inept foreign policy, Saudi airstrikes are pinpointing stores of U.S. weapons to keep them from falling into the hands of al-Qaida or the Houthi rebels.
So, to sum up the situation, Yemen, which was once considered a strategic base of operations in the U.S. fight against jihadis in the Arab Peninsula, has basically fallen into the hands of the Houthis, a Shiite rebel group supported by Iran, a country that has gained a major diplomatic victory over the White House in its attempt to develop a nuclear weapon. Additionally, al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula, a terrorist organization Obama wrote off as “decimated,” is claiming territory in Yemen and using the country as a recruitment center and base to launch more deadly terrorist attacks.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration remains comfortable in its assertion that everything is under control. The big question is, under whose control?
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Ed Feulner: Getting Religious Freedom Right
- Thomas Sowell: The Iran ‘Agreement’ Charade
- Arnold Ahlert: Christians: Unite Behind Your Economic Clout
- Dennis Prager: America’s Decay Is Speeding Up
- David Limbaugh: All Politicians Don’t Lie Equally, and Lying Does Matter
OPINION IN BRIEF
Author Bruce Barton (1886-1967): “What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.”
Columnist Ed Feulner: “Unfortunately, our hashtag-addicted, ADD culture doesn’t grasp nuances well. We’d rather, say, bully a pizzeria into closing for honestly answering a question about whether they’d be willing to cater a same-sex wedding. We won’t listen. We’d rather shout. Had we listened, we’d know the owners of Memories Pizza hadn’t refused service to a soul. They were responding to a hypothetical situation. And they never said they’d turn away a customer who ordered a pizza. They said they wouldn’t cater a same-sex wedding, which they feel would imply that they condoned the union. You can agree or disagree with that belief. But what could be more American than respecting their right to believe it and act upon it, free of persecution? Now, if a case goes to court, and the government proves that it has a compelling reason to insist that the owners act in defiance of their beliefs, so be it. Due process has been followed. But to simply say their beliefs are garbage? That they aren’t to be respected because they don’t align with our own ideas of political correctness? That’s wrong.”
Columnist Thomas Sowell: “Comparing Obama to Chamberlain is unfair – to Chamberlain. There is no question that the British prime minister loved his country and pursued its best interests as he saw it. He was not a ‘citizen of the world,’ or worse. Chamberlain was building up his country’s military forces, not tearing them down, as Barack Obama has been doing with American military forces. … Barack Obama dismissed the thought of America being vulnerable to ‘a small country’ like Iran. Iran is in fact larger than Japan was when it attacked Pearl Harbor, and Iran has a larger population. If Japan had nuclear bombs, World War II could have turned out very differently. If anyone examines the hard, cold facts about the Obama administration’s actions and inactions in the Middle East from the beginning, it is far more difficult to reconcile those actions and inactions with a belief that Obama was trying to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons than it is to reconcile those facts with his trying to stop Israel from stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons. This latest ‘agreement’ with Iran – with which Iran has publicly and loudly disagreed – is only the latest episode in that political charade.”
Comedian Argus Hamilton: “Hillary Clinton leased two floors of a Brooklyn office building from a major campaign donor believed to be her future presidential campaign headquarters. Clinton political headquarters are traditionally two stories. One story you tell the New York Times, and one story you tell House investigators.”
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The EMP Threat: All It Would Take Is A Couple Of Explosions To Send America Back To The 1800s
Our entire way of life can be ended in a single day. And it wouldn’t even take a nuclear war to do it. All it would take for a rogue nation or terror organization to bring us to our knees is the explosion of a couple well-placed nuclear devices high up in our atmosphere. The resulting electromagnetic pulses would fry electronics from coast to coast. Of course this could also be accomplished without any attack. Scientists tell us that massive solar storms have hit our planet before, and that it is inevitable that there will be more in the future. As you will read about below, the most recent example of this was “the Carrington Event” in 1859. If a similar burst from the sun hit us today, experts tell us that life in America could suddenly resemble life in the 1800s, and the economic damage caused could potentially be in the trillions of dollars. This is one of the greatest potential threats that we are facing as a nation, and yet Barack Obama has essentially done nothing to get us prepared. (Read More….)
Obama’s Iran deal falls on ominous Bible date
When President Obama announced a “framework” nuclear agreement with Iran – which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns threatens the very existence of his nation – few noticed the significance of the date. On the Jewish calendar this year, April 1 coincided with Nisan 13, the date in history when a Persian king signed an agreement calling for the destruction of the Jews.
Ancient Petra sees few visitors as Jordan tourism declines
It’s high season in Petra, an ancient city hewn from rose-colored rock and Jordan’s biggest tourist draw. Yet nearby hotels stand virtually empty these days and only a trickle of tourists make their way through a landmark canyon to the Treasury building where scenes of one of the “Indiana Jones” movies were filmed.
America’s Decay Is Speeding Up
With few exceptions, every aspect of American life is in decline. “Decay” is the word.
Huckabee Quotes Blogger: There Have Been More Sanctions On Indiana Than Iran
“They’ve never kept a deal they’ve ever made,” Huckabee said. “For them to have nuclear…even capability is illegal. You’re talking about a country whose primary leader has been leading chants ‘death to America!’ and has vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the map.”
Franklin Graham Delivers Chilling Easter Message
He explained that “millions in many countries risk their freedom and their very lives to worship Him and claim His name.” He continued by acknowledging that American citizens are increasingly on the receiving end of such rhetoric despite constitutionally protected religious liberty.
NY’s Schumer Not Puppet for Obama on Iran ‘Deal’
Schumer’s support is considered essential for an override of President Obama’s promised veto of proposed legislation to insert Congress into the review process of any nuclear power deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Such review is embodied in what is known as the Corker bill after its sponsor, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Southern California reportedly faces cut in water deliveries this summer
Southern California’s water wholesaler reportedly is planning to cut deliveries of imported water to 26 cities and districts in response to the state’s ongoing drought.
Turrialba eruption spews large quantities of ash onto nearby communities, Costa Rica
Column of ash reached 500 meters into the sky and rained large quantities of ash. Winds have carried it southwest where it has reached the outskirts of the capital San Jose located about 50 km SW.
Gay Group Demands Christian Churches Be SHUT DOWN for Opposing Same-Sex Marriage
The largest gay group in one Western state is demanding that Churches who follow the Bible be shut down by the government.
Baltic States Buckling Down For Russian Action
In response to increasingly aggressive Russian military moves, Lithuania announced Friday that it will increase defense spending by one third — more than the nation has allocated to defense since becoming a NATO member in 2004. Lithuania isn’t the only Baltic state that’s gearing up in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine last summer.
Palestinians want UN timetable to ‘end Israeli occupation’
The Palestinians are “ready and willing” to see if the UN Security Council has “the political will” to adopt a resolution with a deadline for ending Israel’s occupation and establishing a Palestinian state, the Palestinian UN ambassador said Monday. Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters that adoption of a resolution with a timetable would be “one of the most effective measures to combat extremism in our region…
Intent of Russian military aircraft near U.S. shores remains unclear
The air is frigid and the wind is howling as Air Force Col. Frank Flores lifts a pair of foot-long binoculars and studies a hazy dot about 50 miles west across the Bering Strait. “That’s the mainland there,” he shouts above the gusts. It’s Siberia, part of Russia, on the Asian mainland.
Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat
NATO aircraft scream across eastern European skies…armored vehicles rumble near the border with Russia… In Poland, doctors, shopkeepers, lawmakers and others are heeding a call to receive military training in case of an invasion. Neighboring Lithuania is restoring the draft and teaching citizens what to do in case of war. Nearby Latvia has plans to give university students military training next year.
UN Climate Change Official Says “We Should Make Every Effort” To Depopulate The Planet
Officials within the UN are pushing the notion that the human population should be reduced in order to effectively combat climate change. The long standing notion has been continually pushed by Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). In 2013, Figueres had a conversation…regarding “fertility rates in population,” as a contributor to climate change.
UN demands access to Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus
The UN Security Council has demanded humanitarian access to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus. One UN official described the situation for the 18,000 refugees there as “beyond inhumane”. The situation has deteriorated since 1 April, when Islamic State (IS) fighters launched an offensive.
‘Arab League to submit timetable for an end to Israel’s occupation’
Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, said on Monday that a special committee of Arab League ministers will publish a detailed timetable “for an end to Israel’s occupation.” The committee’s formation is in line with a decision taken by the Arab League during its recent summit in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Fighting rages at Yarmouk refugee camp
Islamic State (IS) extremists were trying to consolidate their hold on Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus yesterday after three days of clashes that have seen the terror group make its deepest foray yet into the Syrian capital.
Obama nixes Israel clause in Iran nuclear deal
President Obama on Monday rejected an Israeli demand that a final nuclear deal with Iran include recognition of the Jewish state’s right to exist. Basing a deal on recognition of Israel is like “saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms,” Obama said in an interview Monday with NPR. “And that is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment.”
Kenya says it destroys two al Shabaab camps in Somalia
The Kenyan air force has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, it said on Monday, in the first major military response since the Islamist group massacred students at a Kenyan university last week.
French Muslim leader calls for doubling of mosques
One of France’s top Muslim leaders has called for the number of mosques to double over the next two years to remedy a shortage of places of worship for the country’s millions of faithful.
Israel official: Military action against Iran still possible
A senior Israeli government minister on Monday warned that taking military action against Iran’s nuclear program is still an option — despite last week’s framework deal between world powers and the Islamic Republic.
“How Much Can Air Power Achieve?” – Pipes in NRO, #1400
by Daniel Pipes
Apr 6, 2015
Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner
“Decoding the Obama Doctrine” – Pipes in NRO, #1401
by Daniel Pipes
April 6, 2015
The West seems to have lost the capacity and the will to criticize political Islam. While “peace-loving” liberals in the West show support and sympathy for Hamas, and have removed Hamas from Europe’s terror list, Hamas leaders have been busy expressing
The McAvany Intel Memo
With gold selling at its lowest price in four years, Putin is buying…. According to Andrew Critchlow, the commodities editor at the British newspaper The Telegraph (11/13/14): “Russia has taken advantage of lower gold prices to pack the vaults of its central bank with bullion as it prepares for the possibility of a long, drawn-out economic war with the West. The latest research from the World Gold Council reveals that the Kremlin snapped up 55 tonnes of the precious metal-far more than any other nation-in the three months to the end of September as prices began to weaken.
“Vladimir Putin’s government is understood to be hoarding vast quantities of gold, having tripled stocks to around 1,150 tonnes in the last decade. These reserves could provide the Kremlin with vital economic firepower and to offset the sharp declines in the ruble.” In July, August, and September, the Russian central bank bought more than half of the gold purchased by central banks. In the last year, Russia’s gold reserve has increased 25%, which makes it the fifth largest in the world. And the country’s gold position has tripled in the past decade.
In addition to setting up a savings account to handle adversity, Russia is buying gold to undergird its currency. Gold bugs have been urging the US to make these kinds of moves for 40 years. It’s very strange to be talking about Russia making these moves. The actions of Putin are hardly the actions of a madman. It is interesting that Russia and China have emerged as the hard money/Austrian economics countries, and America, the UK, and the EU as the Keynesian socialist fiat money countries. History is full of such contradictions.
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2014
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Even among true evangelicals (increasingly outnumbered, seemingly, by those afflicted with itching ears), issues divide us, baptism (water/ Holy Spirit), musical instruments, eternal security. The most fervently debated topic, however, is, arguably, the rapture. Specifically its timing.
Obama ‘Cleverly Using’ Jewish Dems to Defend Iran Deal
President Barack Obama uses Jewish Democrats to hawk his agenda on Iran, and that’s why California Sen. Dianne Feinstein lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, says Rabbi Aryeh Spero.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Sen. Feinstein is a hit man for the administration,” Spero said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”
America’s decay is speeding up – Dennis Prager
Dennis Prager: Universities have become secular seminaries for dissemination of leftism
As one who loves America – not only because I am American, but even more so because I know (not believe, know) that the American experiment in forming a decent society has been the most successful in history – I write the following words in sadness: With few exceptions, every aspect of American life is in decline.
“Decay” is the word.
Jewish People Need Jesus Christ to be Saved
After my article on Rabbi Eckstein and his International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, I received a few emails which prompted me to write this article. Most of the responses to the piece were positive, though many were very remorseful for the amount of money they have given to IFCJ over the years.
One lady said that her family even gave up the summer vacation and sent the money which it would have cost to Rabbi Eckstein. Another lady said that when she went to search for “Christians for Israel” online, it took her to Rabbi Eckstein’s website. The real “Christians for Israel” was further down. The Rabbi had used an alias for his site. It read “Christians for Israel – IFCJ.” That is deceitful.
Obama’s Iran deal falls on ominous Bible date
‘When it looks as if there’s no deliverance for the Jewish people, the hand of God begins to move’
When President Obama announced a “framework” nuclear agreement with Iran – which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns threatens the very existence of his nation – few noticed the significance of the date.
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 06:04 AM PDT
BREAKING NEWS – A fire has reportedly broken out at a Russian nuclear submarine during repair work at a shipyard in Severodvinsk. The cause of the fire is believed to be related to welding work on the sub. The United Shipbuilding Company confirmed the incident, adding that nobody was hurt in it. According to the the shipyard’s spokesperson, the submarine’s nuclear reactor was shut down and its weapons unloaded before the repair started. “There is no open fire at the moment, but there is heavy smoke,” reported Itar-Tass citing its own source. FULL REPORT
|Top Christian groups to Supremes: Protect marriage
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:59 AM PDT
Some of the top names in Christian ministry – including the National Religious Broadcasters, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the Chuck Colson Center, Albert Mohler and Charles Stanley – are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect marriage as God defined it. In a brief filed in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, the leaders ask the high court to affirm the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that residents of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee can define marriage for themselves. The 6th Circuit ruling conflicts with several other appeals court decisions in which federal judges defined marriage for states. The brief was filed by the Liberty Institute on behalf of the National Religious Broadcasters, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse, In Touch Ministries, Pathway to Victory, The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Dallas Theological Seminary, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Daniel L. Akin, Mark L. Bailey, Francis J. Beckwith, Robert A.J. Gagnon, Robert Jeffress, Byron R. Johnson, Eric Metaxas, Albert Mohler Jr., Charles F. Stanley, John Stonestreet and Owen Strachan. “In reaching its decision, this court should reaffirm that the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment protects religious dissenters who disagree with state-recognized same-sex marriage and to reaffirm the importance of free debate and free inquiry in this democratic republic,” the brief states. FULL REPORT
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|Fukushima disaster caused at least 1,232 fatalities last year as radiation death rate accelerates
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:47 AM PDT
According to the most recent report, deaths in Japan attributable to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster have continued to increase. Last year, the number of deaths increased by 18 percent over the year before. A March 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Japan’s northeast coast, in what has become the worst nuclear disaster in history. A massive radioactive plume was released by the meltdowns, and the crippled plant has continued to leak radiation into the surrounding environment, including into the Pacific Ocean. A total of about 160,000 people were evacuated as a result of the Fukushima disaster. FULL REPORT
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|New film highlights NASA’s warning of a potential Solar Armageddon that knocks out power grids across the globe
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:43 AM PDT
Perhaps, as a tech-savvy citizen, you are worried about the financial cost of data breaches, or our increased vulnerability to terrorist hackers, or the erosion of our digital civil liberties. Don’t be. Instead, worry about the complete collapse of our power grid. NASA is warning that there’s a 12 percent chance an extreme solar storm will hit Earth in the next decade, sending out massive shock waves that would knock out grids across the world. The economic impact of this doomsday scenario could exceed $2 trillion — or 20 times the cost of Hurricane Katrina, according to the National Academy of Sciences. NASA first made this warning in 2009, when a study it funded detailed what might happen to our high-tech society in the event of a super solar flare — essentially the equivalent of bad space weather. An extreme geomagnetic storm would follow, melting copper windings of transformers at the heart of many power distribution centers. But few listened. And there was very little news coverage. Then in 2012, NASA’s prediction almost came true, with Earth experiencing a close shave by a solar storm that tore into our orbit. The storm hit a solar observatory that was equipped to measure the impact, providing precious data that confirmed NASA’s previous warnings of the severe consequences these storms pose. But again, few noticed. Recently, commemorating the two-year anniversary of the near-miss, NASA put out a press release with even more research, noting there’s a 12 percent chance that such a catastrophic solar storm will actually hit Earth in the next decade, with ramifications to modern society lasting for years. And again, no one noticed. It turns out scientists are really bad at PR. To be fair to them, society’s appreciation for science is abysmal anyway. FULL REPORT
|USGS Confirms 5 Earthquakes in 1 Day for North Texas
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:39 AM PDT
A total of five earthquakes were confirmed by the U.S. Geological Survey to have hit North Texas in a single day last week. The largest struck an area about two miles northeast of Irving registered a magnitude of 3.3 on Thursday, April 2. NBC 5 viewers reported feeling the earthquake in Dallas, Fort Worth, Keller, and Denton. No damage or injuries were reported in any of the earthquakes. Here is a time-line of all five:
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|Potential new typhoon system may be developing over Pacific Ocean
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:36 AM PDT
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) is monitoring another weather disturbance which could further intensify into a typhoon. As of Monday morning, forecast tracks showed that tropical storm “Haishen” (International name) remains almost stationary over Pacific Ocean near Micronesia. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the storm has maximum sustained winds of more than 60 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 90 kilometers per hour. Glaiza Escullar, weather forecaster of Pagasa, said Haishen may further intensify and become the fourth storm from the Pacific Ocean to reach typhoon category this year — following Mekkhala (Amang), Bavi (Betty), and Maysak (Chedeng). FULL REPORT
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|U.S. scientists celebrate the restart of the Large Hadron Collider
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:31 AM PDT
Earlier today, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator began its second act. After two years of upgrades and repairs, proton beams once again circulated around the Large Hadron Collider, located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. With the collider back in action, the more than 1,700 U.S. scientists who work on LHC experiments are prepared to join thousands of their international colleagues to study the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved in the laboratory. These collisions – hundreds of millions of them every second – will lead scientists to new and unexplored realms of physics, and could yield extraordinary insights into the nature of the physical universe. A highlight of the LHC’s first run, which began in 2009, was the discovery of the Higgs boson, the last in the suite of elementary particles that make up scientists’ best picture of the universe and how it works. The discovery of the Higgs was announced in July 2012 by two experimental collaborations, ATLAS and CMS. Continuing to measure the properties of the Higgs will be a major focus of LHC Run 2. “The Higgs discovery was one of the most important scientific achievements of our time,” said James Siegrist, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Associate Director of Science for High Energy Physics. “With the LHC operational again, at even higher energies, the possibilities for new discoveries are endless, and the United States will be at the forefront of those discoveries.” FULL REPORT
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|Ebola-like outbreaks to become more frequent in the future, warns UN
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:24 AM PDT
The Ebola crisis created more than 25,000 orphans in a little over a year in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The U.N. Secretary-General Ebola specialist David Nabarro warned Sunday that because of climate change, outbreaks like Ebola could become more frequent. Nabarro told British newspaper The Independent that diseases which can be transmitted from animals to humans were a “local and global threat to humanity.” Almost 10,500 people died from the recent Ebola outbreak, the vast majority of whom were from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. The disease is believed to have come from fruit bats. “There will be more: one, because people are moving around more; two, because the contact between humans and the wild is on the increase; and maybe because of climate change. The worry we always have is that there will be a really infectious and beastly bug that comes along,” Nabarro said. Before 2013, there had never been an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Some scientists have suggested that the increase in population, deforestation, and the change in rainfall has affected the behavior and numbers of fruit bats, which may have led to the outbreak. Humanitarian aid workers have reported that Ebola epidemic, which began in December 2013, has created more than 25,000 orphans, after the disease killed their parents. The average age of the orphans is eight years old. They see this as the largest generation of orphans since the Liberia and Sierra Leone civil wars 20 years ago. UNICEF’s regional director for West and Central Africa, Manuel Fontaine, said, “As the Ebola-affected countries head towards recovery, we should take the opportunity to improve child protection services for all vulnerable children … We have a chance to address other forms of vulnerability that existed before the Ebola crisis, such as child marriage, child labor, sexual violence and exploitation.” Fontaine added, “Since overcoming their initial fears and misconceptions about Ebola, families have been showing incredible support, providing care and protection for children whose parents have died.” FULL REPORT
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|Why you should be worried about earthquakes if you live in Oklahoma
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:22 AM PDT
The ground shook in Oklahoma Monday as seven earthquakes struck the state. The frequency of seismic activity in the state has been so high that it now outranks California for earthquakes of magnitude-3.0 or greater. Sandra Ladra experienced the strongest, a 5.6, that hit the town of Prague in 2011. Ladra told CBS News it was hard to believe what was happening at the time because she had never been in an earthquake like that before. A rock that fell from her fireplace injured her leg and shattered her sense of safety. “If you don’t feel safe in your home, what do you do?” Ladra said. Since late 2009, the U.S. Geological Survey found Oklahoma has had 300 times more earthquakes than in previous decades. The latest study says 300 million-year-old fault lines have been reactivated and are capable of producing a magnitude-6.0 quake. “The reason for the study is to identify regions most likely able to produce a magnitude 6.0 earthquake and how that may affect infrastructure in the buildings in the region,” said Dan McNamara with the U.S.G.S. FULL REPORT
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|Business leads the way in the fight for LGBT rights
Posted: 07 Apr 2015 05:19 AM PDT
No group seemed to play a bigger role in convincing Indiana lawmakers to alter their religious freedom law to ensure it wasn’t used to discriminate against gays and lesbians than the business leaders who went public with their feelings. Between Apple CEO Tim Cook’s op-ed decrying the law in the Washington Post and the Indianapolis-based Angie’s List putting a $40 million expansion on hold, the swift and stern reaction of the business community grabbed the attention of lawmakers. In spite of victories in Indiana and Arkansas, however, CEOs are pushing ahead with efforts to block other state religious freedom bills they see as discriminatory. But even more significant is the fact that a powerful group of business leaders, especially from the tech community, are urging states to add special protections for gays and lesbians. “Religious freedom, inclusion, and diversity can co-exist and everyone including LGBT people and people of faith should be protected under their states’ civil rights laws,” a group of more than 100 technology leaders said in a joint statement. “To ensure no one faces discrimination and ensure everyone preserves their right to live out their faith, we call on all legislatures to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to their civil rights laws and to explicitly forbid discrimination or denial of services to anyone. Anything less will only serve to place barriers between people, create hurdles to creativity and inclusion, and smother the kind of open and transparent society that is necessary to create the jobs of the future.” FULL REPORT
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On today’s Episode of The Briefing
1) Frank Bruni demands Christian theology capitulate to standards of modern age
Your God and My Dignity, New York Times (Frank Bruni)
Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana, New York Times (Frank Bruni)
2) NY Scout group hires openly gay scout in direct challenge to Scouts’ halfway policy
With Hire, Boy Scouts Affiliate in New York Defies Ban on Gays, New York Times (James Barron)
3) Concern over ISIS destruction of art curiously overshadows same threat to human life
Use Force to Stop ISIS’ Destruction of Art and History, New York Times (Hugh Eakin)
4) Defense of college ‘protections’ against free speech fails to justify campus restrictions on speech
What makes free speech uncomfortable, Wall Street Journal (Joseph DiZoglio)
In other news…
Cardinal Walter Kasper, ‘the pope’s theologian,’ reveals the brains behind Francis’ heart, Religion News Service (David Gibson)
‘Promote gay relationships as positives in schools,’ teachers say, The Telegraph (Javier Espinoza)
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