We cannot embrace the doctrines of grace without embracing the disciplines of grace. —Curtis Woods
Apr. 10, 2015
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will end the suspense on Sunday, announcing that she is running for president before heading to Iowa and New Hampshire.
The U.S. is trying to stabilize Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria using a tactic that’s rarely worked: training and equipping foreign forces.
The California heat of the past 12 months is like nothing ever seen in records going back to 1895. The 12 months before that were similarly without precedent. And the 12 months before that? A freakishly hot year, too. What’s happening in California right now is shattering modern temperature measurements-as well as tree-ring records that stretch back more than 1,000 years. It’s no longer just a record-hot month or a record-hot year that California faces. It’s a stack of broken records leading to the worst drought that’s ever beset the Golden State.
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The presidents of the United States and Cuba have spoken by phone for only the second time in more than 50 years, setting the stage for a historic encounter between the two leaders at a regional summit starting Friday in Panama.
Apparently, a handful of goldfish dumped into a lake in Boulder, Colorado, just three years ago have reproduced and now number in the thousands.
Texas prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted in the slaying of a Dallas-area police officer during a 2002 shootout that followed the killing of a customer outside a convenience store.
A methane “hot spot” over the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest is undergoing serious scrutiny as scientists work to figure out why levels of the gas in the area are so high.
A Washington state man has been convicted of environmental violations after he used an excavator and a bulldozer to try to fill a section of the Tahuya River and change the waterway’s course, the state’s top lawyer said on Thursday.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter promised Friday that the US would deploy state of the art weaponry in Asia, including the latest stealth bombers and cyber warfare units, to counter threats posed by the likes of North Korea.
The number of enslaved fishermen found on a remote Indonesian island has now reached nearly 550, after a fact-finding team returned for a single day to make sure no one had been left behind nearly a week after more than half of the men were removed in a dramatic rescue. Many of the 210 identified Thursday were Burmese who wanted to leave, but there were a few holdouts – men who claimed they were owed years of back pay from their bosses.
An oil exploration firm said Thursday that it had discovered 100 billion barrels of oil in the ground next to Gatwick Airport outside London. Although only between three and 15 percent of the total is likely to be extractable.
A man who admitted his role in a powerful Mexico-based drug cartel and said “it’s very hard to get out” was sentenced Thursday in a federal court in New Hampshire to 10 years in prison.
The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday.
A Georgia firm called millions of consumers attempting to collect on “phantom” debts, and tricked consumers by citing personal information purchased from payday loan lead generators, federal investigators allege.
South Carolina officials have released a new video showing the moments before a US police officer killed an unarmed black man by shooting him in the back.
The suspected mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, has been released on bail from a Pakistani jail, officials said.
Oklahoma is set to become the first state in the US to allow the use of nitrogen gas as a method of execution. Under the new law, nitrogen gas chambers will become Oklahoma’s primary backup method of execution if lethal injection drugs are unavailable or ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Electrocution and firing squad are the backup methods currently available to the state.
At least 17 people are believed to have drowned in a shipwreck off the northern coast of Haiti. The bodies of 11 men and six women washed ashore in the coastal town of Le Borgne, about 100 miles north of Port-au-Prince
Many Ebola survivors are likely to face further health issues including eye and joint problems, the World Health Organization has warned. The organization said there had not been enough focus on this so far.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has ruled out asking the Syrian government to launch military action in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.
Long-suffering victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings are finally going to receive Purple Hearts – but at least one said said he’s not getting any accompanying benefits, despite the fact he still carries two bullets in his body from attacker Nidal Hasan’s gun.
White House has opened its first gender-neutral restroom. The initiative is the latest in a series of actions by Obama to support the LGBT community. On Wednesday, the president issued an executive order barring companies that do business with the federal government from discriminating against LGBT staff.
ISIS terrorists say they’ll release hundreds of Christians they took hostage in Syria in exchange for $30 million.
Student loans have increased by 84% since the recession (from 2008 to 2014) and are the only type of consumer debt not decreasing. In total, a staggering $1.2 trillion is bleeding students dry.
Signs of alien life will be found by 2025, NASA’s chief scientist predicts
Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.
Ten Americans exposed to Ebola virus were flown to the United States for observation
At least 10 Americans possibly exposed to the deadly Ebola virus were being flown to the United States from Sierra Leone for observation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.
Palestinian envoy: ‘Military’ option agreed for Syrian camp
Official says agreement reached to use military force to expel Islamic State militants from Yarmouk refugee camp, as Red Cross demands access.
Iran not trusted to uphold deal by most in the US, NBC poll finds
68 percent of Americans do not believe Iran will uphold its part of a final nuclear accord with six major powers.
How Wall Street captured Washington’s effort to rein in banks
Intense lobbying of regulators, many of them veterans of the industry themselves, helped ensure that practices the Dodd-Frank law was meant to stop would remain in place.
Abbas to meet Putin in Moscow on Monday
They two leaders will discuss the long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians as well as other issues relating to the Middle East.
UN urged to ban ‘killer robots’ before they can be developed
Fully autonomous weapons, already denounced as “killer robots”, should be banned by international treaty before they can be developed, a new report urges the United Nations.
Oklahoma passes bill to allow nitrogen gas executions
Oklahoma is one step closer to becoming the first state to allow executions by nitrogen gas after the state Senate on Thursday passed legislation legalizing the method. The bill was unanimously passed 41-0.
Google and the Obama White House, sitting in a tree? The search giant’s relationship with the president stretches back to 2007 and is cozy as can
When President Barack Obama dined with a dozen technology business leaders in California four years ago, it was Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt who sat at the head of the table. Obama sat on one side, between the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Facebook pioneer Mark Zuckerberg, but the place of honor was no accident.
Man kills judge, two others on rampage through Milan courthouse
A trial defendant shot dead a judge and two others on Thursday on a rampage through a Milan courthouse, casting a harsh spotlight on public security measures that Italy tightened earlier this year.
Large tornado causes significant damage in central Illinois
At least one large tornado touched down Thursday night in central Illinois, causing significant damage and prompting reports of more than a dozen people rescued from a collapsed restaurant. The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado was on the ground and on Twitter urged residents to “seek shelter immediately if in the path of this dangerous storm.”
Palestinian police deploy near Jerusalem for first time
Palestinian police have for the first time been deployed in three areas of the West Bank near annexed east Jerusalem, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Thursday.
April 10, 2015
“I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people. It is the stale artifice which has duped the world a thousand times, and yet, though detected, it is still successful.” —Fisher Ames, letter to George Richard Minot, 1789
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The National Rifle Association’s annual convention kicks off today in Nashville, and our own Mark Alexander is there (say hello!). But the event is also a cue for Leftmedia hackery. The New York Times editorial board points and misfires at what it perceives to be hypocrisy: “Seventy-thousand people are expected to attend the National Rifle Association’s convention … and not one of them will be allowed to come armed with guns that can actually shoot. After all the N.R.A. propaganda about how ‘good guys with guns’ are needed to be on guard across American life, from elementary schools to workplaces, the weekend’s gathering of disarmed conventioneers seems the ultimate in hypocrisy.” Except the Times’ editors are exactly wrong — per Tennessee law, attendees with a valid carry permit can carry “guns that can actually shoot” in the convention hall. The crack shot editorial team moves on to criticize the NRA for removing firing pins from guns on display, which is also utter nonsense. The logical conclusion of their argument is that all guns on display ought to be loaded, which as any responsible gun owner would tell you is absurd. Besides, it’s a trade show, not a retail expo. The Times wants to pretend the NRA is loaded with hypocrites, while gun exhibitors are merely proving they aren’t reckless.
Besieged by criticism for his disastrous deal with Iran, Barack Obama sought a shiny object to distract — even for just a moment — from more pressing concerns. Thus, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett issued a statement on conversion therapy for the gender disoriented. “The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm,” the statement said, also warning of “potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth.” Therefore, “As part of our dedication to protecting America’s youth, this administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.” Recall that until a couple of years ago, Obama was (ostensibly) opposed to same-sex marriage. Now, however, he’s riding a political wave of growing support — or should we say tired and coerced concession — to the homosexual agenda. (Oh, and by the way, the White House will now feature an “all gender bathroom,” too.) This isn’t to evaluate conversion therapy one way or the other, but why on earth would Obama need to offer his opinion other than as a political distraction?
Yesterday, Al Sharpton was sending mixed messages about his response to the police shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina. At first, he was rip-roaring ready to make the town Ferguson 2.0. “[National Action Network]’s South Carolina chapter leaders have been with the family since Saturday and our thoughts and prayers are with them and the entire community of North Charleston,” Sharpton said in a statement Friday. “I have spoken with the Scott’s family attorney, Chris Stewart, and plan to visit North Charleston very soon.” But that’s not how Sharpton described the conversations to the New York Daily News. He told the paper he talked with the family, but “we had no plans to go down.” Sharpton continued, “They are in mourning and we would never come unless they asked. We’re willing to be helpful to the family but only when needed.” By the sounds of it, Sharpton learned about the shooting and started preparing for another race-bait crusade before reading the tea leaves. As a person close to the Scott family told NY Daily News, “We don’t want another Ferguson type of circus here.” More…
A female infantry experiment implemented by the Obama administration has come to a close without the results many wanted to see. The Marine Corps Times reports, “The two-and-a-half year period in which the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course became gender-integrated for research will end without a single female graduate. The final iteration of IOC to accept female Marines on a volunteer basis began April 2 with two female participants. One was a volunteer and one was a member of the newly integrated ground intelligence track. Both were dropped that same day during the grueling initial Combat Endurance Test.” All told, 27 women volunteered alongside two other mandatory participants — well short of the Corps goal of 100 — and all failed to pass the entirety of the course. As for the program’s future, the Pentagon will have the final say. According to the Times, “[D]ata will be taken alongside other research points, including the much higher success rate for enlisted female Marines in passing the Infantry Training Battalion course at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. As of February, 358 women had attempted the course, with 122 graduates, for a pass rate of 34 percent. … All this information will be compiled this summer and used to inform Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford’s recommendation to the secretary of Defense on whether or not to open remaining ground combat units to female troops.” Let’s hope that, rather than playing the sexist card, the Pentagon concedes to common sense — namely, that men and women are created equal, but that doesn’t mean they’re interchangeable. More…
Republican-Turned-Independent-Turned-Democrat Lincoln Chafee is set to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democrat presidential nomination. (Clinton will likely announce Sunday.) Chafee was a liberal Republican senator from Rhode Island before winning the governor’s seat there as an independent. He then made the switch official and became a Democrat in 2013. In his video announcing that he’s “considering” a run for president, he slams Republicans for economic failure before Barack Obama came in and “led admirably” and “revived our economy.” But then he immediately warns of the chaos in the Middle East. Uh, who’s been in charge of foreign policy for the last six years? That may Chafee’s angle for attacking Hillary, as are his boasts about having opposed the Iraq war and resisted Wall Street influence. Will it be enough to challenge Hillary’s coronation? Don’t bet on it. After all, he’s still Lincoln Chafee.
|Angry man with gun|
Anti-Second Amendment zealots are sure to be stirred up by a new study that claims 22 million Americans have severe anger issues and access to guns. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard, Columbia and Duke universities, goes on to identify these angry people as generally young or middle-aged men living in suburban areas and having a history of impulsive and explosive anger issues. Next up: Gun confiscation.
The study’s authors note that, while laws are already on the books limiting gun access for people with felony convictions or misdemeanor domestic violence convictions, there have been few attempts to limit access for people with documented anger management issues or alcohol abuse.
In recent years, newly minted federal and state laws focused on limiting gun access to people with mental illness, but so far the results have been mixed. While it has been possible to prevent some mentally ill people from owning firearms, there are also cases where perfectly healthy individuals have had their guns confiscated after being swept up in this dragnet. Furthermore, the study’s authors point out that, even if mentally ill people are removed from the equation entirely, it would reduce violent crime by only 4-5%.
The study concludes that it’s time to widen gun restrictions to include people with other misdemeanor convictions and documented behavior that, according to its findings, indicate the potential for gun violence. The anti-gun lobby is sure to latch onto this study as it continues its fight to remove firearms from private ownership.
Certainly there are people so mentally unstable that they shouldn’t own guns. But who gets to decide just how angry people must be before we revoke their Second Amendment rights? Is it, for example, throwing a rock through a neighbor’s window, or is it something mundane like raising one’s voice in a heated discussion about picking up the trash? Everyone expresses anger, and, while the study defines an “anger problem” through a series of aberrant behaviors like repeatedly destroying property or getting into physical altercations, lawmakers may not adhere to such a strict definition. Nor does it instill confidence that the execution of laws meant to curb gun ownership by so-called angry people will be administered without prejudice. We need only look at the gun-grabbing effect of laws already on the books to prove this point.
Take the case of Michael Roberts, a law-abiding citizen in California who had his 21 firearms, including some irreplaceable family heirlooms, confiscated in 2010 when his doctor filed a restraining order against him. The matter was peacefully resolved, but the police refused to return Roberts’ guns despite a court order instructing them to do so. In the end, he sued for and received the cash value of his guns, but the police, who had no such authority under the law, destroyed the firearms.
Sadly, the Roberts case is not unique. States with strict gun laws — California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, et al. — often operate on a confiscate-first, ask-questions-rarely mentality. These types of cases happen under the radar and often go unreported in the media, leading people to think lawful gun owners needn’t fear having their guns confiscated and destroyed by government officials.
The gun grabbers who hide behind state and federal laws count on the bureaucracy to mask their actions and to prevent people from seeking restitution if their guns are confiscated. Oftentimes, the cost of litigation, fees and fines are too great for gun owners to pay, and they have little recourse as their firearms are seized for ginned up reasons.
The right to own firearms is protected by both the Second Amendment and the Fifth Amendment, which covers private property. But if government officials and anti-gun zealots are making the rules, the status of legal gun ownership will remain on precarious ground.
To those with common sense, and to those who have followed the continuing comedy that is our nuclear negotiation with Iran, this will come as no surprise. But it seems the Obama administration was caught flat-footed when it was learned that the Iranians expect all economic sanctions against them to be lifted once a deal is concluded in June.
Even more grating to Iranian leaders, the American summary of the deal states that “sanctions on Iran for terrorism, human rights abuses, and ballistic missiles will remain in place under the deal.” For that, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali “Yes, Of Course, Death To America” Khamenei claimed the fact sheet was “wrong on most of the issues.” Of course, Khamenei also revealed he “was never optimistic about negotiating with America,” and this tends to reflect our opinion about Iran as well. Yet the Obama administration is choosing to believe that the sheer force of their negotiating skills can keep Iran one year away from going nuclear for the next decade.
Skeptical as well, for different reasons, are former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz. They penned a stinging op-ed in The Wall Street Journal dismantling the deal. In it, they noted, “Absent the linkage between nuclear and political restraint, America’s traditional allies will conclude that the U.S. has traded temporary nuclear cooperation for acquiescence to Iranian hegemony.”
The pair also point out that the two sides have divergent interests elsewhere, even when ostensibly working together as they are against the Islamic State. “Even while combating common enemies, such as ISIS, Iran has declined to embrace common objectives,” write Kissinger and Shultz. Iran’s goal in Iraq, for example, is one of spreading its influence all the way to the Mediterranean Sea, putting Israel in peril. On the other hand, one of the strategic interests to our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan was to place American allies to either side of Iran, which we’ve known to be a bad actor ever since the Shah was deposed in 1979.
That same grand game is being played in Yemen, which had often been touted as a success by the Obama administration until it no longer was successful or even a viable state. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels are now the target of a Saudi-led coalition for whom we’re playing a minor support role.
Given the ramshackle framework for the current nuclear “deal,” it seems Iran is using its typical delaying tactics to edge closer to arming itself with nuclear weapons. The mullahs realize the sanctions won’t return once lifted, giving them a final victory in their quest to go from a rogue nation the world determined would never be nuclear to joining the North Korea club.
As for the rest of the region, Kissinger and Shultz warn the future’s not bright. “Some of the chief actors in the Middle East are likely to view the U.S. as willing to concede a nuclear military capability to the country they consider their principal threat. Several will insist on at least an equivalent capability. Saudi Arabia has signaled that it will enter the lists; others are likely to follow. In that sense, the implications of the negotiation are irreversible.”
Age-old differences in religious belief are one thing when fought with conventional armaments, but add nuclear weapons to the mix and the unthinkable becomes much more probable.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Jonah Goldberg: Tsarnaev Conviction Puts Death Penalty Opponents in an Awkward Spot
- Charles Krauthammer: The Iran Deal: What We’ve Given Up
- Mona Charen: Still Worth Arguing About the Financial Crisis
- Brent Bozell & Tim Graham: Shocking Primetime Balance on CBS
- Burt Prelutsky: Obama Strikes Out Again
OPINION IN BRIEF
Author Eric Hoffer (1902-1983): “Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep. The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity.”
Columnist Jonah Goldberg: “There are capital offenses for crimes other than murder because the integrity and effectiveness of the armed forces is a priority. We are not a martial society, but I could make a similar argument about police officers who murder and lie about it. Faith in the fairness of the justice system is simply indispensable to a democracy and social peace. Lack of such faith may be why [Walter] Scott ran from Officer [Michael] Slager. If so, his mistrust was tragically well-placed. … People claim, usually tautologically, that retribution is illegitimate because revenge is illegitimate. Maybe that’s true. But it seems to me that what some people call revenge many others see plainly as justice. Deterrence is often a distraction. Capital punishment clearly doesn’t deter every murderer, but does it deter any would-be murder? It seems obvious it must. Deterrence is a red herring because the function of the death penalty isn’t simply to scare a would-be murderer with the corpse of a convicted one; it is also to inform an entire society about what we take seriously.”
Columnist Charles Krauthammer: “With sanctions lifted, its economy booming and tens of billions injected into its treasury, why would Iran curb rather than expand its relentless drive for regional dominance? An overriding objective of these negotiations, as Obama has said, is to prevent the inevitable proliferation — Egypt, Turkey, the Gulf states — that would occur if Iran went nuclear. Yet the prospective agreement is so clearly a pathway to an Iranian bomb that the Saudis are signaling that the deal itself would impel them to go nuclear. You set out to prevent proliferation and you trigger it. You set out to prevent an Iranian nuclear capability and you legitimize it. You set out to constrain the world’s greatest exporter of terror threatening every one of our allies in the Middle East and you’re on the verge of making it the region’s economic and military hegemon. What is the alternative, asks the president? He’s repeatedly answered the question himself: No deal is better than a bad deal.”
Comedian Argus Hamilton: “The White House said that Russian hackers made it into the White House’s computers last year through State Department computers. They gained access to Obama’s top-secret daily schedule. The Russians not only knew what golf course he was at, they knew what hole he was on.”
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Rush Limbaugh: Left Has ‘Fear and Hatred of Christianity’
The left’s “fear and hatred of Christianity” and religion in general has driven America’s culture wars for the past 30 years, Rush Limbaugh told his radio audience.
“That is what people on the left just have the biggest struggle with. It’s a giant enemy,” he said in comments reported by Breitbart.
Why the Left Wants Iran to Get the Bomb
A stronger Iran means a weaker America.
Soviet nuclear weapons were never the problem. Now anti-nuclear activists are defending Iran’s nuclear program because they were never really opposed to nuclear weapons; they were opposed to America.
The anti-nuclear crowd isn’t against nuclear power plants or even nuclear missiles; otherwise it would be on the front lines campaigning against Obama’s nuclear sellout to Iran, instead of supporting it.
Your Politics are Literally Killing Us
Most of us believe God creates every life in His image. This is not merely a social, financial, or political issue. It is a moral issue. Our tax dollars should not help fund something we know is sin and that we strongly oppose. The abortion business seems to help doctors and the Democratic Party leaving millions of women in anguish. They’ve done some excellent (read: evil) marketing through the years.
The Rise and Fall of the Antichrist – Is He Alive Today?
By Dr. David Reagan
He will begin his rise to power as a dynamic, charismatic, insightful, visionary leader who will astound the world with the cleverness of his solutions to world problems. He will appear to be the savior of the world. But as he consolidates his power, his true nature will be revealed. He will emerge as a Satan possessed and empowered person who hates God and is determined to annihilate both Christianity and Judaism. For this reason, he is identified in scripture as the Antichrist (1 John 2:18), for he will stand against God and His anointed one, Jesus Christ.
19 Signs That American Families Are Being Economically Destroyed
The systematic destruction of the American way of life is happening all around us, and yet most people have no idea what is happening. Once upon a time in America, if you were responsible and hard working you could get a good paying job that could support a middle class lifestyle for an entire family even if you only had a high school education. Things weren’t perfect, but generally almost everyone in the entire country was able to take care of themselves without government assistance.
Obama Calls Out ‘Less Than Loving’ Christians at Prayer Breakfast
by Marsha West
President Barack Obama veered in and quickly out of a national debate over religious freedom legislation, calling out Christians as “less than loving” at an annual Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday in Washington, Mediaite reported.
“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love,” Obama told the group, gathered at the Washington Hilton hotel, turning from his scripted speech.
“And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned,” he said as the murmur in the crowd turned audible, Mediate said.
Business leads the way in the fight for LGBT rights
by Marsha West
CBS News reports:
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.
Christian fights to clear name over ruling that she ‘bullied’ Muslim by praying for her
by Marsha West
Victoria Wasteney claims she was branded a “religious nutcase” and suspended from her senior occupational therapist job in east London.
Her colleague Enya Nawaz, then aged 25, claimed in 2013 that the born-again Christian had tried to convert her.
Last year Miss Wasteney, 38, was handed a written warning by her employers. She still works for the East London NHS Foundation Trust – but not in her specialist field. Miss Nawaz has left the hospital.
NYT WRITER: CHRISTIANS ‘MUST BE MADE’ TO EMBRACE GAY LIFESTYLE
by Marsha West
According to Britbart:
In the wake of the Indiana donnybrook over religious liberty, which somehow was transformed overnight into a question of gay rights, it couldn’t be long before the New York Times weighed in against Christians.
Yet who could have expected the draconian measures the Times would propose? Either Christians fully embrace the gay lifestyle, or you will be coerced into doing so.
Op-ed writer Frank Bruni, onetime Times restaurant critic and a gay activist, has written that Christians who hold on to “ossified,” biblically-based beliefs regarding sexual morality have no place at America’s table and are deserving of no particular regard.
Posted: 10 Apr 2015 07:49 AM PDT
A number of Christians countered a pagan prayer delivered on Thursday before the Iowa state legislature by a local Wiccan priestess. “We call this morning to God, goddess, universe—that which is greater than ourselves to be here today,” Deborah Maynard, 43, a Unitarian Universalist and the leader of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, opened her invocation. “By the earth that is in our bones and centers us, may all here remember our roots and those whom we are here to represent.” “We call this morning to spirit, which is ever present, to help us respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Be with this legislative body and guide them to seek justice, equity and compassion in the work that is before them today,” she continued. “Blessed be, aho and amen.” Rep. Liz Bennett (D-Cedar Rapids) had extended the invitation to Maynard, and told the Associated Press that she “met with some people on both sides of the aisle just to let them know that the invocation or the prayer Deb will be offering will be very inclusive.” But approximately half of lawmakers chose to skip out the invocation because they did not wish to join a witch in prayer, and the Family Leader organized an alternative Christian prayer gathering at the capitol as a counter to Maynard’s presence. “We feel that this is completely out of sync with the traditions of our state and our nation to seek guidance from the occult,” Michael Demastus, pastor of Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, told reporters. “We believe it is just not a good idea.” He said that as Maynard spoke, “I was praying for her salvation. I was praying that she would come to know the one true God.” FULL REPORT
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|Storms, Tornadoes Sweep From Texas to Michigan
Posted: 10 Apr 2015 07:39 AM PDT
A widespread severe outbreak spanning multiple days has battered communities across the Central U.S. with tornadoes, hail and deadly flooding. As severe storms marched across the Central U.S. on Wednesday, eight reported tornadoes touched down on Wednesday evening in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Spotters across the Plains observed hail up to 4 inches in diameter as strong downpours blasted communities from Oklahoma to Iowa. Flooding claimed the life of a woman in Hendricks County, Indiana, as heavy rain fell across the area for a second day in a row. While attempting to clear debris from Tuesday’s storm, she was swept into an overflowing stream, WTHR reports. In Villa Ridge, Missouri, a mobile home park was flooded the second straight day after heavy rain inundated the community Tuesday and Wednesday. Water was reported up to 2 feet high, and local officials were called in to assist residents. Devastating tornadoes ripped through Illinois on Thursday as storms churned across the Central U.S. Additional tornadoes touched down in Iowa and Missouri. A 67-year-old woman died and seven others were injured after the tornado in Fairdale, Illinois, DeKalb County and Rockford officials said at Friday morning news conference.
|Prepare for the epic total solar eclipse hitting the US in 2017
Posted: 10 Apr 2015 07:25 AM PDT
You may have seen a solar eclipse before, but the odds are good that you haven’t witnessed anything like the total solar eclipse that will roll across the contiguous United States a little over two years from now. In fact, if you haven’t already started making your plan for the first great American eclipse of the century, you might already be behind. If you’ve seen an eclipse in the US, it was probably just a partial eclipse, which astronomy enthusiasts will tell you is nothing compared with seeing a solar eclipse in totality, when our star goes completely black save for its eerie corona, the sky dims and stars can become visible in the daytime. The last time such a thing was witnessed in the US was 1991, and that was only from certain parts of Hawaii. The contiguous 48 states haven’t seen a total eclipse since 1979, when one sort of drifted through the northwest quarter of the country — we haven’t had one coast-to-coast since 1918. The total solar eclipse will first become visible from the Oregon coastline on August 21, 2017, at 10:17 a.m. between Lincoln City and Newport, and then march all the way to the Atlantic near Charleston, S.C.. While at least a partial eclipse will be visible from all of North America and parts of other continents, to experience the the full solar disappearing act, you’ll need to be somewhere along the narrow corridor in the map above at just the right time, and ideally with clear skies. Notable potential viewing locations include Salem, Ore.; Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming; parts of St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.; Nashville and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn. — and finally Charleston, S.C., will also see anywhere between a few seconds and a few minutes of a total solar eclipse. Bizarrely for me personally, the path of the eclipse will cast its long shadow on both of the small towns where I attended college in Oregon and in Missouri. FULL REPORT
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|California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead
Posted: 10 Apr 2015 06:49 AM PDT
California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed forward a bill that would ban parents from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let their school-going children remain unvaccinated. The measure passed the state Senate health committee by a vote of 6-2, the bill’s co-author, Democrat Richard Pan, said in a statement. “I’ve personally witnessed the suffering caused by vaccine-preventable diseases, and all children deserve to be safe at school,” said Pan, who is also a pediatrician. “The personal belief exemption is now putting other school children and people in our community in danger.” Pan proposed the bill, which would leave in place medical exemptions to vaccinations, in the wake of a major measles outbreak in the state that began at Disneyland in December. All told, more than 150 people across the United Sates have been diagnosed with measles in recent months, 126 of them in California. The outbreak renewed debate over the so-called anti-vaccination movement, in which fears about potential side effects of vaccinations, fueled by now-debunked research suggesting a link to autism, prompted a small minority of parents to refuse them for their children. FULL REPORT
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|Greece met its latest IMF debt payment – but no one is sure where the money is coming from
Posted: 10 Apr 2015 06:34 AM PDT
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|FBI Says Islamic State Wants to Hack WordPress Websites
Posted: 09 Apr 2015 07:07 PM PDT
Earlier this week the FBI issued a warning that hackers sympathetic to the Islamic State will use WordPress plugin vulnerabilities to compromise websites. “These individuals are hackers using relatively unsophisticated methods to exploit technical vulnerabilities and are utilizing the ISIL name to gain more notoriety than the underlying attack would have otherwise garnered,” the FBI public service announcement states. “Methods being utilized by hackers for the defacements indicate that individual Web sites are not being directly targeted by name or business type. All victims of the defacements share common WordPress plug-in vulnerabilities easily exploited by commonly available hacking tools.” The FBI says “ISIS-branded attacks” have targeted news organizations, commercial entities, religious institutions, federal, state, and local government institutions, foreign governments, and assorted other domestic and international websites, according to ZDNet, a business technology news website published by CBS Interactive. On Wednesday, the “Islamic State Hacking Division” allegedly took down the French-language TV station TV5Monde’s website and Facebook page, halting operations. The suspected perpetrators referred to themselves as the “CyberCaliphate.” The station is broadcast in over 200 nations around the world, including the U.S., Canada and Britain. FULL REPORT
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|‘Britain in danger of being outflanked by growing Islamic population’ says church leader
Posted: 09 Apr 2015 06:54 PM PDT
And the Reverend David Robertson, who will soon take over as Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, also says there is no such thing as “secular Islam”. His comments come as debate rages throughout Britain as to how to tackle the issue of radical proponents of the religion without alienating minority communities. But the minister stressed that although he opposes “racist, jingoistic Islamophobia, the fear of Islamophobia is blinding many of our politicians to the threat we face from Islam”. Mr Robertson has accused politicians of leading the country down a “path of destruction away from the Christian foundations of our nation” by appeasing Muslims. Writing on the Christian Today website, he said that politicians are either ignorant of the nature of Islam, or frightened of being labelled racist for speaking out about it. He said: “Christianity is the bedrock and foundation of our secular society. Islam is different. Islam has no doctrine of separation of the spiritual from the political. Islam is, and has always been, a political movement. “There can be no such thing as secular Islam. “The narrative is that Islam is the same as Christianity, that ISIS and others are just fundamentalists who are not really part of the ‘religion of peace’ and that Christians have their own ISIS equivalents. All untrue. “However, the main point is that mainstream Islam does not and cannot fit in with the worldview and doctrines of our liberal secularists. And because our politicians do not see that, they cannot deal with it.” FULL REPORT
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|Strapped Americans Headed for “Civil Unrest and Riots
Posted: 09 Apr 2015 06:33 PM PDT
It is clear that the economic realities falling upon the masses in America are driving us towards a crisis point. Even with substantial government subsidies, the bottom 10% of Americans are beyond struggling, spending more than 60% of their meager incomes on the bare essentials. According to the latest official numbers, the poorest in the United States are spending 42% of their income on housing and another 17% on food, statistics that are unsustainable for individuals and families. For many Americans, the rise in food and housing prices is a tough squeeze. That’s because—even in an era with low overall inflation—low-income Americans spend a disproportionate share of their money on food and housing. New data from the Labor Department show the extent of the discrepancy. The bottom 10% of Americans, by income, devote 42% of their spending to housing and an additional 17% to food–nearly 60% of their total spending, according to the Consumer Expenditures Survey. By contrast, the wealthiest 10% of Americans dedicate only 31% of their spending to housing and 11% to food–closer to 40% of total spending. FULL REPORT
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|Peru’s Ubinas volcano explodes, spreads ashes over nearby village
Posted: 09 Apr 2015 06:23 PM PDT
Nearly on the anniversary of the evacuation of 28 thousand camelids from its pastures, the Ubinas volcano erupts once again. The Ubinas volcano of the Moquegua region erupted this morning at 4:24 a.m. causing a layer of ash to fall over nearby villages minutes later, according to Perú21. On March 31, 2014, the volcano’s eruption caused Querapi residents to be evacuated as it sits just five kilometers from the volcano. Days later on April 21, Peru ordered the evacuation of the camelid animals, as the volcano posed a threat following further activity. Today the Ubinas volcano erupted after about four months of calm. The National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology of Peru (SENAMHI) calculated that the 2.5 km column of ash above the crater could reach more than 15 kilometers to the southeast. Escacha and Ubinas Valley therefore will be receiving a layer of ash on their homes, cars, sidewalks, and buildings today following the eruption. Scientific institutions advise that the local populations protect themselves with masks and goggles and to protect water resources and food to prevent contamination. For about 40 years the volcano had been inactive, until 2006 when it began to register more activity. Since then, seismic activity, small eruptions, rocks and ash spewing from its crater have been a common occurrence. Extinction Protocol
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|Why Obama’s All-Out Attack on Christians Should Concern You
Posted: 09 Apr 2015 06:02 PM PDT
President Obama, who won’t call out radical Islam for beheading Christians, is spewing verbal vitriol against Christians. President Obama began his remarks at an Easter Prayer Breakfast this week saying he is “concerned” about “less-than-loving” Christians. He used the day we as Christians celebrate our risen Savior—the day love conquered death—to call Christians unloving. Christians around the world are suffering and dying each and every day at the hands of brutal radical Islamic jihadi genocide, and the leader of the free world finds the need to attack Christians. But this wasn’t the first time. Just a few short months ago at the National Prayer Breakfast he used his bully pulpit to excoriate Christians for getting on “our high horse” about the persecution of Christians. At a time when Christians are being slaughtered, raped, and decapitated simply for being a Christian, or in some regimes hung simply for expressing the love of Christ to others, President Obama repeatedly puts Christians in his rhetorical crosshairs. He’s spent more time calling out Christians than acknowledging that radical Islamists are inflicting genocide. It’s more than offensive to the millions of Christians across the globe who seek to live out our lives following Christ’s example of love, his statements are just plain false. Christians are not responsible for radical Islamic jihadists seeking to wipe out the global Christian Church. We are not unloving. Christians who serve in our Armed Forces are not—as his Administration has previously asserted—”extremists.” FULL REPORT
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How Hitler And Obama Used Neuro Linguistic Programming To Deceive The Masses (VIDEO)
Hitler, Obama and Neuro Linguistic Programming
“Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.” Psalm 52:2 (KJV)
I first heard about Barack Obama from my two sons, who had heard him speak at the DNC in 2004. I had listened to some of his speech, but my sons watched the entire thing. My boys had never shown any interest in politics, so it did surprise me when they spoke of this “amazing guy” they had just heard make a speech. They went on and on about him.
In 2008, during the primary campaign, I noticed that there was something about the way that Mr. Obama spoke; something different, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Whatever it was that made me take notice, only intensified during the pre-election speeches.
I remember telling my husband that there was something that wasn’t normal about the way he talked. It became so oppressive to me, that I had to leave the room or turn off the TV. I knew that I did not like the man, and that I categorically disagreed with him, but not being able to even hear him was bizarre.
It absolutely shocked me when one of my sons told me that he was driving up to Philadelphia to see Obama in person. I felt sick. My children knew how I felt about this man, and they knew that his close ties to Planned Parenthood was a major factor in my dislike of him. But my son was determined to see him. I prayed that the Lord would break this power that Obama had over my boys. I had no idea that there really was a power at work, and it had to do with his voice.
I watched a video back in 2008 which exposed what Obama was doing to the masses during his speeches. I think that the Lord showed me clearly that something was happening, when I could not listen to him. The video was about an article by AAPS – Association for American Physicians and Surgeons.
AAPS has since taken the article down, no doubt as a result of pressure from Obama’s minions. But as nothing is ever lost on the Internet, we have it here to show you right now. It will be well worth your time to view it and consider what’s being said:
Now I could go into detail about NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) but you can look it up and see how powerful this covert form of hypnosis really is. But I’m thinking that this unethical technique of mental manipulation is more evil than people realize. I believe it is Satanically inspired.
Hitler was able to move the masses to hysteria in their love of him. He was successful in getting children to adore him. Remember Youth for Hitler? Liberals are enraged when we compare Obama to Hitler, but that is only because they are still in their trance – unable to see that this president is evil. Some have snapped back to reality, and are remorseful for their stupidity, but most are still glassy eyed worshipers of Obama.
Think about thoughts that come into your mind, seemingly out of nowhere, that make you sad or angry or jealous. If you are born again, you soon realize that Satan whispered lies to you. That’s his specialty. His playground is our mind. He lies and confuses and accuses.
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2nd Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)
There’s the word – subtlety. It’s not a scream, or even a stern voice. It’s subtle and crafty. It’s just a “Did God really say……??” I can just imagine the evil one saying that to Eve in such a soft and gentle voice. He knew that Eve was just flesh and blood, and there was a vulnerability there.
When Obama learned the craft of covert hypnosis, he knew that he would be able to influenced people; especially young people. He knew that he might even shape history with the combination of his oratory skills and NLP.
I believe that this man has a demon. When I think back to his voice that was offensive to me, and the arrogance since he entered the world stage, it is so apparent that we are not looking at just a man. Satan has been leading this man for many years — grooming him for the office he now holds, and for the evil things he has done.
Listen to the intense rhythm patterns and repeating phrases Obama uses in his speeches:
His rapid hatred of Israel and PM Netanyahu confirms his demon possession to me. I believe that Hitler was possessed as well. The common thread is Jew hatred. There are many people who hate Jews in this world, but Hitler was able to do something about his loathing of God’s people. In the same way, Obama is able to directly affect Israel with his threats and viscousness. His friendship with the Muslim Brotherhood and intense love for Islam makes it clear that he is being led by the evil one.
While researching for this article, I kept coming up with New Age terms like guided imagery and meditation, when I would simply type in NLP. Suddenly I realized that these were all interrelated.
What we see, hear and think has a great effect on us. When people meditate (the mystical kind) they empty their minds. That’s a dangerous thing to do when the evil one is able to put all sorts of impure and ungodly thoughts into our heads. That’s why Yoga and meditation is not for the Christian. We are called to meditate upon God’s Word – to fill our minds with His truths.
At the last two Christian events that Obama attended – the National Prayer Breakfast, and the Easter Breakfast, Obama took those opportunities to disparage Christians. He calls himself a Christian, and then turns around and speaks ill of them. Not ONE word spoken about the thousands of Christians who are dying in the name of Islam and by their hands. Obama is deceptive in all of his ways.
I believe that Obama is part of God’s judgment against America. We have removed God from schools, government and public places. One of our political parties voted God out of their platform, and booed Him. There have been over 60 million babies aborted in our country. Marriage is no longer defined as between one man and one woman.
Yes, there are still born again believers, but America as a whole has become a nation of pagans. God help us.
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On today’s Episode of The Briefing
1) Obama opposition to gay conversion therapy collides with Christian hope of transformation
Response to Your Petition on Conversion Therapy, The White House (Valerie Jarrett)
Obama to Call for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth, New York Times (Michael D. Shear)
2) Rand Paul points to urgency of asking abortionists when abortion might be immoral
AP Interview: Paul won’t spell out abortion ban exceptions, Associated Press (Phillip Elliott)
3) On 40th anniversary of parenting book, damage of dismissing parental roles evident
The Kids Aren’t Alright, Weekly Standard (Abby Shachter)
4) Reader’s Digest condensation of the Bible exposed danger of abridging the full counsel of God
John E. Walsh, Who Distilled the Bible, Dies at 87, New York Times (Sam Roberts)
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