True joy comes only from God and He shares this joy with those who walk in fellowship with Him. —Jerry Bridges
Apr. 22, 2015
It’s Earth Day, but that isn’t stopping Republican presidential candidates from questioning whether global warming is real, whether humankind is causing it or whether plans to address the problem will bankrupt the economy.
President Obama will deliver a warning about climate change in Florida, where the Republican governor and two potential presidential candidates from the state have questioned the human impact on global temperatures.
President Obama said his fellow Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, have been wrong and misleading in their criticism of the trade deals he is negotiating with Asian and European countries.
The U.S. Justice Department has opened a preliminary civil-rights inquiry into the death of a Baltimore man after his arrest by police, as the Obama administration scrutinizes law enforcement practices nationwide. Freddie Gray suffered severe spinal-cord injuries while in police custody, the Washington Post reported, and he died at a local hospital on April 19.
President Obama is asking Congress to renew an agreement with China that would allow the two nations to continuing the exchange of nuclear material, equipment and technology over the next three decades.
Payrolls dropped in 31 U.S. states in March, led by a slump in energy producers such as Texas and Oklahoma. The unemployment rate fell in 23.
U.S. house prices rose 0.7 percent, more than economists estimated in February, as the strongest labor market in seven years gives Americans the confidence to bid on property.
China has a $28 trillion problem. That’s the country’s total government, corporate and household debt load as of mid-2014, according to McKinsey & Co. It’s equal to 282 percent of the country’s total annual economic output.
Oil companies are warning there will be a price to pay — a much higher price — for all the cost cutting being done today to cope with the collapse in the crude market. Big projects intended to start pumping oil and natural gas 5 to 10 years from now are being canceled or put on hold as the price crash forced $114 billion in spending cuts on the industry.
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Amid tears and cries for justice, demonstrators poured into the streets of Baltimore carrying signs emblazoned with the name of a man who died from a spinal injury he suffered while in police custody. Tuesday’s demonstration marked the beginning of a week of protests and rallies planned across the city.
An IT student allegedly planning a church attack in France has been arrested, the country’s interior minister said, just over three months after Paris was hit by a jihadist killing spree.
One person has died and at least 20 others were sick with symptoms of foodborne Botulism following a weekend church potluck in Ohio, hospital officials said on Tuesday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Islamic State group was Moscow’s greatest enemy, notwithstanding the strained relations with the United States over the Ukraine conflict.
The Afghan Taliban said their annual “spring offensive” will begin on Friday, vowing nationwide attacks in what is expected to be the bloodiest fighting season in a decade as NATO forces pull back from the frontlines.
US and Chinese sailors faced off on Chinese soil Tuesday, in sporting clashes between their navies aimed at building trust despite rising tensions over Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
A village council in northern India allegedly ordered a woman, whose husband ran off with their neighbor’s wife, to live with the abandoned man or pay him compensation, police said Tuesday.
“IS executed two men in south Damascus by beheading” after they were accused of being traitors, the Britain-based Observatory said.
Leaders of Asian and African nations called for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the “obsolete ideas” of Bretton Woods institutions in the past.
As the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week, NASA and its international partners are building an even more powerful tool to look deeper into the universe than ever before. The James Webb Space Telescope will be 100 times more potent than Hubble, and will launch in 2018 on a mission to give astronomers an unprecedented glimpse at the first galaxies that formed in the early universe. “JWST will be able to see back to about 200 million years after the Big Bang,” NASA said
Saudi-led coalition jets have bombed Houthi rebels in Yemen’s third city of Taiz, hours after announcing the end of a military campaign against them.
A report by Amnesty International and Global Witness has alleged that nearly 80% of US firms are failing to adequately check their supply chains for conflict minerals. Conflict mineral purchases often include tin, tungsten, and gold.
A flawless 100-carat diamond has sold for $22.1m at Sotheby’s auction house in New York.
“The schools are actually doing exactly what they were designed to do: dumb down the American people,” declared international journalist and teacher Alex Newman.
Law schools across the country are facing their lowest enrollment numbers in years, causing some to slash their budgets and revamp their programs in an effort to attract students worried about finding a job in a diminished legal industry.
In New Orleans, midnight sounded on last call – for smoking. A new law just took effect banning cigarettes, cigars and other forms of tobacco smoking from all bars.
A spokesman for a Muslim couple in Alabama on Monday said their 20-year-old daughter fled a Birmingham suburb to join Islamic State militants in Syria after being recruited via the Internet.
Bombshell As Obama And Erdogan Slated To Open New Mega-Mosque Together In Maryland
In fact Erdogan visited the mosque when he was here in May of 2013, promising to come back for the opening. Well that time has apparently arrived and now Erdogan and Obama will be together at the mosque for the big opening ceremony: The presidents of Turkey and the U.S. will open the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Maryland, Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday.
NASA Soil Moisture Mission Produces First Global Maps
SMAP radar image acquired from data from March 31 to April 3, 2015. Weaker radar signals (blues) reflect low soil moisture or lack of vegetation, such as in deserts. Strong radar signals (reds) are seen in forests. SMAP’s radar also takes data over the ocean and sea ice.
Is Obama Indirectly Assisting Islamists to Destroy America?
Seems that by hook or crook, Obama is determined to get a nuclear deal in order to bolster his dismal legacy but it’s a February headline that bothers me the most: “Obama rejects as ‘ugly lie’ notion that West is at war with Islam.” Perhaps Obama isn’t at war with Islam, but Islam is certainly at war with America, Israel and the West.
Israeli Leaders Snub Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter is expected in the Holy Land sometime in the next two weeks, but he’ll only succeed in fulfilling half of his mission to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, following consultations with the Foreign Ministry and Israel’s National Security Council, have declined invitations to meet with Carter.
Scottish parliament discusses recognition of Palestinian state
A Scottish parliament debate on Monday on the recognition of a Palestinian state as a means to revive peace negotiations drew sharp condemnations from Jerusalem. Noting that the debate took place on the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day, one Israeli official called the discussion “pointless” and “shameful.”
Washington prepares for diplomatic war of attrition with Russia
The US reportedly expects that the ongoing confrontation with Russia would continue until at least 2024 and involve many directions. Washington wants to rally support of its European allies to continue mounting pressure on Moscow.
Officials giving mixed messages on why US aircraft carrier shadowing Iranian convoy
An American aircraft carrier and its warplanes are shadowing an Iranian convoy approaching Yemen, as the U.S. beefs up its presence in the region — but back in Washington, officials can’t seem to agree on why.
Jeb Bush staying on campaign sidelines — but not for long?
At every stop along the undeclared campaign trail, Jeb Bush studiously reminds voters that he is not yet running for president. “I’m not a candidate, and if I am a candidate, this is a long journey,” Bush told a crowd at a recent event in New Hampshire.
CHANCE OF STORMS, CONTINUED
Already energized by the action of a high-speed solar wind stream, Earth’s magnetic field could receive an additional jolt on April 22nd from an incoming CME.
Have Muslim authorities just carpeted over the Lost Ark?
Israeli scholars furious after new flooring is fitted ‘behind their backs’ at the Dome of the Rock where ancient artefact is rumoured to be buried
Taliban announce plans to ramp up attacks in Afghanistan
The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced the start of its annual spring offensive, warning it would ramp up attacks on foreign embassies and government officials, as well as military targets, starting on Friday. The Islamist militant group has been fighting the Afghan government and its foreign backers since it was ousted from power by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in 2001.
Thousands of Ethiopians march against Islamic extremism
More than 100,000 Ethiopians on Wednesday protested the killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya and their own government’s failure to raise living standards of the poor, with poverty fueling the flow of migrants through dangerous areas. The government-supported march at Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square turned violent as stone-throwing protesters clashed with the police, who arrested at least 100 people.
Yemen conflict: Saudi-led coalition resumes air strikes
Saudi-led coalition jets have bombed Houthi rebels in Yemen’s third city of Taiz, hours after announcing the end of a military campaign against them. The strikes followed the fall of the base outside Taiz of an army unit loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Fighting was also reported in the second city of Aden, Lahj’s provincial capital Huta, and the town of Daleh.
Poland to buy US Patriot missiles amid Russia tensions
Poland has announced a deal to buy US Patriot surface-to-air missiles, amid rising tension with Russia. President Bronislaw Komorowski said Poland would start talks with the US to finalise the multibillion contract. The move follows reports that Russia has deployed missiles in its exclave of Kaliningrad, which borders Poland.
France police foil ‘church attack plot’
French police have arrested a man suspected of planning an attack on “one or two churches”, the country’s interior minister has said. The man, 24, an Algerian national, was known to security services as having expressed a wish to travel to Syria, Bernard Cazeneuve said. He is also suspected of the murder of a woman found dead near Paris.
Storm kills 32 in India’s Bihar state
At least 32 people were killed in a storm which hit the eastern Indian state of Bihar late on Tuesday, a government official told BBC Hindi. Fierce winds uprooted trees and electric poles and caused widespread damage in three districts. Five other districts near the Kosi river were also affected, a disaster management official said.
Netanyahu: Our enemies need to know that they won’t break us
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the Remembrance Day ceremony for fallen soldiers at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery on Wednesday, and said that Israel’s celebration of Independence Day on Wednesday evening, comes thanks to Israel’s soldiers who have sacrificed their lives. …”Our enemies need to know that they won’t break us, that despite the pain we will continue to defend our state. We will remain here,” he said.
Obama warns US could ‘penetrate’ Iranian S-300 missiles if needed
US President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that if Russia sold an advanced missile defense system to Iran, the United States could “penetrate” Tehran’s stockpile if needed. Speaking on the MSNBC program “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” Obama underlined that the US objected to Russia’s decision to lift a ban on the sale to Iran of the S-300 air-defense missile system.
Judge orders NY transit agency to run ‘Killing Jews’ ad
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite terrorism or imminent violence.
Saudis end air campaign in Yemen, seek political solution
Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes against the Houthi rebels who seized large areas of Yemen and said it would back a political solution to bring peace to its war-ravaged neighbor.
Former Egyptian president Mursi jailed for 20 years
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on Tuesday on charges arising from the killing of protesters, nearly three years after he became Egypt’s first freely elected president.
Greek bank shares slide to record low as ECB considers pulling the plug
Shares in Greece’s stricken banks fell to an all-time low on Tuesday amid fears the European Central Bank was planning to finally pull the plug on the country’s lenders.
Japan, China leaders set to meet at summit, MPs visit controversial shrine
Final arrangements are being made for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of an Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia on Wednesday, NHK public TV reported, in the latest sign of a thaw in troubled ties.
Daughter of American-Islamic relations leader flees family to join Islamic State
A 20-year-old woman from a Birmingham, Alabama suburb has left the United States to join the Islamic State militant group in Syria, local broadcaster WIAT reported on Monday.
Is The U.S. Food Supply Cursed?
Why are so many catastrophes hitting U.S. food production? This week, we have learned that more than 7 million turkeys and chickens have already been killed as the result of a devastating bird flu outbreak here in the United States. This particular strain of the bird flu has already spread to the states of Minnesota, Iowa, California, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin, and scientists are mystified as to why it is moving so rapidly. But what we do know is that this flu has the potential to kill an entire flock of chickens or turkeys in just 48 hours. This pandemic is quickly becoming a major national crisis all by itself, but when you combine this with all of the other disasters hitting our food supply, a very troubling picture emerges. Could it be possible that the U.S. food supply is cursed? (Read More...)
Grexit: Remaining In The Eurozone Is No Longer ‘The Base Case’ For Greece
According to the Wall Street Journal, Greece staying in the eurozone is no longer “the base case” for European officials, and one even told the Journal that “literally nothing has been achieved” in negotiations with the new Greek government since the Greek election almost three months ago. In other words, you can take all of that stuff you heard about how the Greek crisis was fixed and throw it out the window. Over the next few months, a big chunk of Greek government bonds held by the IMF and the European Central Bank will mature. Unless negotiations produce a load of new cash for Greece, there will be a default, and right now there is very little optimism that we will see an agreement any time soon. In fact, as I wrote about the other day, behind the scenes banks all over Europe are quietly preparing for a Grexit. European news sources are reporting that the Greek banking system is on the verge of collapse, and over the past couple of weeks Greek bond yields have shot through the roof. Most of the things that we would expect to see in the lead up to a Greek exit from the eurozone are happening, and now we will wait and see if the Greeks actually have the guts to pull the trigger when push comes to shove. (Read More.…)
The McAvany Intel Memo
[Continuing from last week the quotation of a Russian blogger regarding Russia’s establishment of an alternative to the American-based SWIFT global payments system,] “The Russians seem to have finally realized to what extent the playing field has been slanted against them. They have been forced to play by Washington’s rules in two key ways: by bending to Washington’s will in order to keep their credit ratings high with the three key Western credit rating agencies in order to secure access to Western credit; and by playing by the Western rule-book when issuing credit of their own, thus keeping domestic interest rates artificially high.
“The result was that US companies were able to finance their operations more cheaply, artificially making them more competitive. But now, as Russia works quickly to get out from under the US dollar, shifting trade to bilateral currency arrangements (backed by some amount of gold should trade imbalances develop) it is also looking for ways to turn the printing press to its advantage. To date, the dictate handed down from Washington has been: ‘We can print money all we like, but you can’t, or we will destroy you.’ But this threat is ringing increasingly hollow, and Russia will no longer be using its dollar revenues to buy up US debt.
“One proposal currently on the table is to make it impossible to pay for Russian oil exports with anything other than rubles by establishing two oil brokerages, one in St. Petersburg, the other, seven time zones away, in Vladivostok. Foreign oil buyers would then have to earn their petro-rubles the honest way – through bilateral trade – or, if they can’t make enough stuff that the Russians want to import, they could pay for oil with gold (while supplies last). Or the Russians could simply print rubles, and, to make sure such printing does not cause domestic inflation, they could export some inflation by playing with the oil spigot and the oil export tariffs. And if the likes of George Soros decides to attack the ruble in an effort to devalue it, Russia could defend its currency simply by printing fewer rubles for a while-no need to stockpile dollar reserves.”
In other words, it’s quite possible Russia will make a play to undermine the US dollar with sound money principles-selling oil for gold. It’s economic warfare at its finest. Putin is turning the gold bugs’ cry into his personal leadership mantra. The end result could be devastating for the US economy.
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, December 2014
April 22, 2015
“We may look up to armies for defense, but virtue is our best security. It is not possible that any state should long remain free, where virtue is not supremely honored.” —Samuel Adams, Letter to Joseph Warren, 1775
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The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists might want to move the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock a few minutes closer to midnight because of Barack Obama’s lies over how close Iran is to nuclear breakout. For months, the official talking point of the administration has been that Iran is a year away from placing fissile material in a warhead. But the assessment of U.S. Intelligence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has always been that Iran is months away from becoming a state sponsor of terrorism armed with nukes. Now, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz admitted to Bloomberg News that Iran is spinning nearly 10,000 centrifuges and could reach nuclear breakout in two to three months. Yet even with this knowledge, Obama discouraged Israel from acting militarily and continued to send John Kerry to craft a lousy deal with the Iranians.
The U.S. has repositioned ships in the waters off Yemen, partially because Iran is sending a flotilla to supposedly arm Yemeni rebels. Meanwhile, Iranian aircraft are buzzing U.S. naval ships. And all the while, Obama keeps insisting climate change is the gravest threat we face. More…
Are you feeling green this Earth Day? You should. The White House would have you believe our days are numbered because we’ve failed to enter another ice age (take a moment to shiver in the irony), but statistics suggest we’re in unprecedented times — in terms of energy efficiency. But here’s the kicker: Neither Earth Day nor government intervention have anything to do with our greener ways. Based on data from the Energy Information Administration, American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry writes, “In 2014, it required only 6,110 BTUs of energy (petroleum, natural gas, coal, nuclear and renewables) to produce each real dollar of GDP, which was the least amount of energy required to produce a dollar of real GDP in US history.” That’s even more extraordinary when you consider how much the economy has expanded. “[T]he US economy was 28% larger last year than 14 years ago, even though slightly less total energy was required in 2014 than in 2000 (98.324 vs. 98.819 quadrillion BTUs) to produce $3.5 trillion more real output,” says Perry. “That would be like adding an economy about the size of Germany’s to the US, but without requiring any additional energy to produce 28% more output!” And consider this even crazier statistic: It cost a whopping 15,930 BTUs in 1949 to squeeze out just $2 trillion in GDP. So next time you hear demagogues claiming we’re dirtying up our planet, tell them we’re living in remarkably efficient times relative to yesteryear using the same old fossil fuels. And tell them they can thank capitalist innovators for the progress.
After stalling a bill to fight human trafficking because Republicans wanted to strengthen its provisions forbidding federal funds for abortions, Democrats finally relented so the Senate could get around to its confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. To stall a bill that would help society’s most vulnerable women is one thing. To stop that opposition just to get a fellow leftist into an appointed seat is another. It’s surely part of the Democrats’ strategy to advance in incremental steps.
“I’m glad we can say there is a bipartisan proposal that will allow us to complete action on this legislation so we can provide help to the victims who desperately need it,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said from the floor of the Senate. “As soon as we finish the trafficking bill, as I’ve indicated for some time now, we’ll move to the president’s nominee for attorney general.” As Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air, the Left may spin this as a political victory, but Senate Democrats backed down from their obstructionism over “abortion rights.” Meanwhile, the winds coming from Congress indicate Lynch will be confirmed — even though she supports Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. More…
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Jim Harrington
Raisin growers Marvin and Laura Horne have run afoul of one of those federal agencies you’ve never heard of, but it could have far-ranging consequences. The Supreme Court will soon decide the reach of federal power over food growers.
Horne, a former tax auditor, retired to raise raisins in Kerman, California, a farming community just outside Fresno. He soon discovered that he’s required to hand over a large percentage of his raisins to the federal government — specifically, the Raisin Administrative Committee, a grandchild of the price stabilization programs adopted by FDR’s “brain trust.” The original intent was arguably noble — to stabilize farm prices for people struggling to keep their farms. But as with all socialist programs, noble beginnings lead to evil ends.
Thus in 1949 when the government stopped buying massive quantities of raisins for our overseas troops, raisin prices plummeted. To correct this imbalance in the economy, the Department of Agriculture promulgated Marketing Order 989 requiring serfs, er, farmers to fork over a significant portion of their crops to the Raisin Administrative Committee, the intent being to artificially raise raisin prices.
“An elected board of bureaucrats known as the Raisin Administrative Committee decide what the proper yield should be in any given year in order to meet a previously agreed-upon price,” writes Reason’s Zach Weissmueller. The committee then gives a percentage of each farmer’s crop to packers working for the committee. The raisins go into a holding vat and sit. They can’t be sold in the United States, but they can eventually be sold overseas or to school lunch programs.
Weissmueller says farmers theoretically “get a percentage of the money raised from the [confiscated] raisins, but as profit margins dwindled … so did the return to farmers. The tipping point [for Horne] came in 2003 when farmers received zero dollars in return for the 47 percent of the crop they had surrendered.”
Horne decided enough was enough. In 2002 he stopped giving up his grapes. The regulation specifies “raisin handlers,” and the Horne’s consider themselves “raisin farmers” for whom the rule doesn’t apply. The government, however, sees otherwise. One of the most annoying aspects of this sorry story is that this law should have been sunsetted long ago. Instead it was actually renewed in 1989 with some legislators voting with greased hands.
Now the government is demanding the Hornes pay at least $650,000 (some sources say $1 million) in fines and surrender 1.2 million pounds of raisins, or about four years’ worth of harvest.
Outraged, Marvin decries the government’s thievery. “The hell with the whole mess,” he said, “It’s like being a serf.” Indeed it is. The Hornes and other growers tried to challenge the USDA’s seizure of their crops without payment as an unconstitutional taking in violation of the Fifth Amendment, but the USDA claimed the issue should be heard in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Instead, the Hornes took the USDA to an administrative court, but they were shot down there, too. Next they took their case to a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court and lost again. Challenging that ruling, they asked for a hearing before the entire Ninth Circuit. After hearing the case, the court surprisingly declared it had no jurisdiction in the matter. But the Supreme Court disagreed and sent it back to the Ninth Circuit to decide on the merits.
This time the Ninth Circuit almost seemed to retaliate to being challenged. They found that, as The Wall Street Journal put it, “the Takings Clause was meant to address the seizure of land, not other personal private property. And even if the government did take raisin farmers’ property, the confiscation created raisin scarcity which raised raisin prices, so the Hornes were compensated for their property in that way.”
Even for the Ninth Circuit, this is a bizarre ruling. By its logic, any company could be ordered to hand over a percentage of its profits, or even its holdings. And there’s no end to this line of reasoning. No end, that is, except the crystal clear language of the Fifth Amendment: “No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
In the case of the Raisin Administrative Committee, its actions are unconstitutional because Congress did not create it and endow it with the powers it wielded. Beyond that, government has no power to seize the raisins without due compensation.
The Court that wrongly decided Kelo v. New London could go some way toward correcting that blatantly improper eminent domain decision. Each day brings news of yet another attack on the Bill of Rights. Unfortunately, too few Americans understand what’s at stake in these cases. We’re thankful for Patriots like the Hornes who not only stood up to a bullying federal agency, but also had the strength of will and the stamina to get the case into the hands of the Supremes for the final decision. Let’s just hope the nine robed justices get it right.
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Columnist Ben Shapiro: “Headless bodies lie in the sand. Above those corpses stand the black-clad minions of ISIS, outlined against the coastline of Libya. This is the second video in three months depicting Islamic terrorists cutting the heads off of Christian captives. Bodies float in the Mediterranean Sea, face down. Twelve Christian bodies, thrown from a rubber boat by 15 Muslims. Their launch point: Libya. Approximately 700 more bodies float face down in the Mediterranean, victims of a smuggling operation gone wrong when their rickety craft sunk as it made its way to Italy. Its source location: Libya. Four American bodies in Benghazi, Libya. These are the wages of Hillary Clinton’s war. … Vox.com, a leftist outlet, points out, 1,600 migrants ‘have drowned in the Mediterranean this year.’ Why? Again, according to Vox.com, when Moammar Gadhafi ‘ruled Libya, his government had an agreement with Italy to try to intercept and turn back ships leaving for Europe. … And in the utter chaos that’s engulfed Libya over the past few years, there’s no government entity really capable of patrolling the Mediterranean.’ Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy has promoted chaos around the world. Nowhere is that better illustrated than in her signal foreign policy legacy, the collapsed state of Libya.”
On this date in history: “In God We Trust” — Congress first authorized the official use of this phrase; it became the national motto in 1956
Non Compos Mentis: “People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race.’ This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back. And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’ I will say yes.” —Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison (She wants to see a white unarmed teenager get shot? Isn’t that, by definition, racism? For the record, police are more likely to kill whites than blacks.)
Dezinformatsia: “Mitch McConnell and others who are trying to obstruct climate protections will be regarded one day in the same way we think of 19th-century apologists for human slavery: How could economic interests blind them to the immorality of their position?” —Lexington Herald-Leader editorial
The BIG Lie: “It is not true that regulation holds poor people down or regulation keeps the middle class from advancing. That’s kind of patently bulls—.” —former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Wayne Crews estimates the regulatory state cost the economy $1.863 trillion in 2013. And we’re supposed to believe that doesn’t have any affect on economic mobility?)
Demo-gogues: “[T]here actually is probably less war and less violence around the world today than there might have been 30-40 years ago. It doesn’t make it any less painful. But things can get better.” —Barack Obama (See, his foreign policy is awesome!)
Late-night humor: “An intruder was arrested at the White House [this week] after trying to jump the fence. Authorities aren’t releasing the fence jumper’s identity, but they did say that she tore her pantsuit.” —Seth Meyers
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|Why Google Is the New Evil Empire
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 08:02 AM PDT
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a Galactic Empire, a beady-eyed Emperor and his heavy-breathing sidekick, Darth Vader. Ever since, we’ve identified the corporate villains we love to hate. We had AT&T (T) in the 70s, IBM (IBM) in the 80s, and the evil empire of the 90s was of course Microsoft (MSFT)and Bill “The Conqueror” Gates. Today we have Google (GOOGL). Don’t let the geeky façade, whimsical multicolored logo and “don’t be evil” mantra fool you. Google may very well be the most sinister threat and wicked incarnation of them all. In an interview with the Atlantic almost five years ago, the search empire’s dark lord himself, Eric Schmidt, said, “Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.” He said, “I would argue that implanting things in your brain is beyond the creepy line … at least for the moment until the technology gets better.” Then things got even creepier when Schmidt said, “We don’t need you to type at all because we know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less guess what you’re thinking about.” Then he paused and asked, “Is that over the line?” FULL REPORT
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|Russia Wants to ‘Redesign’ the Middle EastPosted: 22 Apr 2015 07:51 AM PDT
Under the radar last week, Vladimir Putin met with Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow. The meeting was not considered remarkable as Abbas has started to visit the Kremlin on an annual basis. The timing, though, corresponded with Putin’s definitely remarkable announcement Russia would reinitiate its sale of S-300 missiles to Iran. According to Sarah Fainberg of the Institute for National Security Studies, it is hard to ignore the correlation. “The official announcement that Putin was lifting the ban happened a few hours after Russia received Abbas in Moscow. It might be just a coincidence. But at this level of decision-making, coincidences are rare. It is sending a message about Russia’s intentions in the Middle East.” Russia’s goals in the region have been opaque for analysts, even more so for people unfamiliar with Russian politics. Spokesman for the White House Josh Earnest belittled the Russians by suggesting the missile sale was all about badly needed currency. But Fainberg says that that is hardly the entire picture. The money Russia would make from the deal is extremely limited and cannot hope to make a massive impact on a Russian economy in its sixth year of recession. “Basically we often quote economic reasons and these are valid, real reasons. But the ultimate and decisive reason is of a geopolitical nature meaning Russia wants to ultimately redesign the Middle East to its best interests and this explains the intensification of its activities in the past weeks whether in Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen or Iran. For Russia it is also about containing the spread of Sunni fundamentalism through its Southern borders. The number of Chechen fighters in Iraq and Syria has been on the rise.” FULL REPORT
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|Asian, African nations challenge obsolete” World Order”Posted: 22 Apr 2015 07:40 AM PDT
Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the “obsolete ideas” of Bretton Woods institutions in the past. Their calls came at the opening of a meeting of Asian and African nations in Jakarta to mark the 60th anniversary of a conference that made a developing-world stand against colonialism and led to the Cold War era’s non-aligned movement. Among the leaders listening were Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who were expected to meet on the sidelines of the conference, the latest sign of a thaw in relations between the Asian rivals. Sino-Japanese ties have chilled in recent years due to feuds over the two neighbors’ wartime past, as well as territorial rows and regional rivalry. Bilateral talks in Jakarta on Wednesday could promote a cautious rapprochement that began when Abe and Xi met at a summit in Beijing late last year. Abe, in an apparent reference to China’s growing military assertiveness, told the conference that the use of force by the “mightier” should never go unchecked. The Japanese prime minister also said Japan had pledged, “with feelings of deep remorse over the past war”, to adhere to principles such as refraining from acts of aggression and settling international disputed by peaceful means. FULL REPORT
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|‘Like the end of the world’ – Beijing blanketed in red dustPosted: 22 Apr 2015 07:32 AM PDT
Beijing was covered in a thick blanket of dust on Tuesday and Wednesday in one of the worst sandstorms the city has seen in more than a decade. As the evening set in, residents rushed to get home from work in the dust, as visibility continued to drop and traffic came to a standstill. It followed a yellow alert from China’s weather bureau, which warned that visibility would drop below 1,000 meters and air quality would deteriorate. The country has a four-tiered, color-coded system for weather events: red, orange, yellow and blue. Although in terms of scale, the sandstorm wasn’t of the highest level, it is believed to have been the worst in Beijing in 13 years. In some areas, the pollution was recorded at a hazardous level of so-called particulate matter, which can enter the lungs and worsen respiratory and heart problems, and even contribute to deaths. The dust storm mixed together a toxic brew of pollution, given that China has some of the worst air quality of anywhere on Earth, and dust particles, making the air even less breathable than normal. The concentration of dangerous particulate matter, known as PM10, hit 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter at one point, well above safe levels. FULL REPORT
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|Avian flu crisis grows for poultry producers throughout USAPosted: 22 Apr 2015 07:26 AM PDT
Poultry producers in several states are bracing for more losses as a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza forced producers to kill millions of chickens and turkeys in the USA in recent weeks. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that turkeys at four more commercial facilities–three in Minnesota and one in South Dakota–were confirmed to be infected with the fast moving H5N2 virus. The agency estimated that more than 390,000 turkeys between the plant would be lost to the disease or have to be euthanized as a precaution to prevent spread of the virus. The latest cases come one day after USDA officials announced that H5N2 was found at a chicken laying facility in Osceola County, Iowa. Some 3.8 million layer hens at the farm affiliated with Sonstegard Foods Company will be euthanized to try to prevent the spread of the disease, according to the company. The USDA had initially estimated that 5.3 million hens were affected. But the company has since confirmed that it was operating below capacity at the time avian flu was detected at its Iowa farm, said USDA spokeswoman Joelle Hayden. “We went to great lengths to prevent our birds from contracting AI (avian influenza), but despite best efforts we now confirm many of our birds are testing positive for AI,” the South Dakota-based Sonstegard Foods said in a statement. Meanwhile, mega turkey producer Hormel Food Corp. confirmed that avian flu is causing significant supply chain problems in its Jennie-O Turkey Store segment as 17 turkey flocks owned or processed by the company have been hit by avian flu. In addition to losing turkeys, those affected facilities are also quarantined, so they can undergo thorough cleanings. Hormel CEO Jeffrey Ettinger warned investors on Monday that the avian flu problem will likely result in company falling on the lower-end of its projected earnings target of $2.50 to $2.60 per share. FULL REPORT
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|Is The U.S Food Supply Cursed?Posted: 22 Apr 2015 06:48 AM PDT
Leviticus 26:18- 20 – ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.
Why are so many catastrophes hitting U.S. food production? This week, we have learned that more than 7 million turkeys and chickens have already been killed as the result of a devastating bird flu outbreak here in the United States. This particular strain of the bird flu has already spread to the states of Minnesota, Iowa, California, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin, and scientists are mystified as to why it is moving so rapidly. But what we do know is that this flu has the potential to kill an entire flock of chickens or turkeys in just 48 hours. This pandemic is quickly becoming a major national crisis all by itself, but when you combine this with all of the other disasters hitting our food supply, a very troubling picture emerges. Could it be possible that the U.S. food supply is cursed? Before we talk about the bird flu some more, let’s first review some of the other ways that our food supply is under assault. -Due to the worst drought in the recorded history of the state, much of California is turning back into a desert. And considering the fact that California produces nearly half of all the fresh produce grown in the entire nation, that is a very frightening thing. Prices for many fruits and vegetables have already gone up substantially in our grocery stores. -The multi-year drought in the southwest United States has also had a crippling impact on many ranchers. At this point, the size of the U.S. cattle herd is the smallest that it has been since the 1950s, and the price of beef has doubled since the last recession. FULL REPORT
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|JPMorgan Chase Bans Storage of Cash in its Safety Deposit BoxesPosted: 22 Apr 2015 06:35 AM PDT
Some JPMorgan Chase customers are receiving letters informing them that the bank will no longer allow cash to be stored in safety deposit boxes. The content of a post over on the Collectors Universe message board suggests that we may be about to see a resurgence of the old fashioned method of stuffing bank notes under the mattress. My mother has a SDB at a Chase branch with one of my siblings as co-signers. Last week they got a letter outlining a number of changes to the lease agreement, including this: “Contents of the box: You agree not to store any cash or coins other than those found to have a collectible value.” Another change is that signatures will no longer be accepted to access the box. The next time they go in they have to bring two forms of ID and they will be issued a four-digit pin number that will be used to access the box then and in the future. The letter, entitled “Updated Safe Deposit Box Lease Agreement,” was sent out to customers at the beginning of the month. “Hide your wallets, the banksters are on the move,” warns the Economic Policy Journal. As of last month, Chase has also instituted a new policy which, “restricts borrowers from using cash to make payments on credit cards, mortgages, equity lines, and auto loans,” writes Professor Joseph Salerno of the Mises Institute. The news arrives on the back of comments by Citi’s Willem Buiter, who recently advocated abolishing cash altogether in order to “solve the world’s central banks’ problem with negative interest rates”. FULL REPORT
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|Pacific Ocean life devastated by Fukushima radiation: Fisheries populations have crashed 91 percentPosted: 22 Apr 2015 06:29 AM PDT
With environmentalists and activists still reeling and trying to remedy the chemical annihilation of pollinator populations, they now have a new crisis to manage and investigate to prevent another important ecosystem from crashing — the West Coast fisheries. Earlier this week, Michael Snyder sent an urgent warning that the bottom of our food chain is going through a massive collapse, with 91% of the sardine population being wiped out in just the last eight years. Due to the extremity of the decline, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to direct the NOAA Fisheries service to halt the current season immediately, which will affect approximately 100 fishing boats with sardine permits. Like colony collapse disorder, this is not a simple matter of managing a minor problem so that the ecosystem and benefits related to it can be enjoyed in the future. This is a NOW issue, which was reflected by the emergency closure of fisheries along the West Coast in mid-April.Furthermore, this is not just an issue of seeing your next can of sardines explode in price. With such a dramatic change in this part of the food chain, it undoubtedly reverberates through all other creatures that are affected by the sardine population. This includes predators like the California sea lion as well as microscopic organisms that sardines feed on like various species of zooplankton. FULL REPORT
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|Europe turns up pressure as cash runs outPosted: 22 Apr 2015 06:21 AM PDT
More pressure has been heaped upon Athens, as reports suggested the European Central Bank is looking at placing greater restrictions on the use of its emergency lending facilities by Greece’s domestic banks. Greek banks have tapped around €74bn (£53bn) in emergency liquidity assistance from the ECB to replace the deposits that nervous domestic savers have pulled out of the financial system in recent months. Without that lifeline, the country’s banks would rapidly collapse. Greek financial stocks duly sold off heavily after the report emerged that the ECB is considering increasing the interest rate – or “haircut” – on their ELA borrowing, with the banking index shedding 5.5 per cent. Greece’s three-year borrowing costs also jumped to just shy of 30 per cent, reflecting rising concerns about the solvency of the country’s banking system and the lack of progress towards a deal between Athens and its eurozone creditors. Greece needs a €7.2bn bailout from its partners in order to service its maturing debts and to carry on paying public sector workers. It also needs to make an €800m payment to the International Monetary Fund early next month. FULL REPORT
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|Drone containing radioactive material lands on roof of Japanese PM’s residencePosted: 22 Apr 2015 06:16 AM PDT
BREAKING NEWS – Japanese authorities have launched an investigation after a small drone reportedly containing traces of radiation was found on the roof of the prime minister’s office, sparking concerns about drones and their possible use for terrorist attacks. No injuries or damage was reported from the incident on Wednesday. The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who is at present in Indonesia, works at the building during the day and commutes from his own private home roughly 15 minutes away. Police said it was not immediately known who was responsible for the drone. The significance was not immediately clear, but a Japanese court on Wednesday approved the restart of a nuclear power station, rejecting nuclear power safety worries in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima radiation disaster.The chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said the incident was a wakeup call to the potential dangers of drones, including possible terror attacks when Japan hosts the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. FULL REPORT
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Lesbian Teacher: How I Indoctrinate Kids To Accept Gay ‘Marriage’, Starting At 4-Years-Old
A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships.
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: We at NTEB have been warning for years now about the concerted push by the LGBTQ to force-indoctrinate young schoolkids to accept the LGBTQ’s radical agenda and same-sex marriage. In this story today, we have one teacher proudly admitting that she does this with the full blessing of the school she teaches in. This is being emulated in public schools all across America and Canada. Adolf Hitler was able to capture Nazi Germany in 1933 because he began indoctrinating young German schoolkids starting in 1921. This is no different. This is how the LGBTQ is growing their ranks, with Nazi-style brainwashing. And because America’s Christians have no guts and are afraid to open their mouths, it’s working quite well.
TORONTO, April 20, 2015 – “And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference.
The conference, hosted by the homosexual activist organization Jer’s Vision, now called the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, focused on the implementation of Bill 13 in Ontario classrooms. Bill 13, called by critics the ‘homosexual bill of rights,’ passed in June 2012 and gave students the right to form pro-gay clubs in their school, including Catholic ones, using the name Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).
Strong, who is in an open relationship with another woman and who has been a teacher for about five years, focused her workshop on what she called the “power of conversation” for promoting LGBTQ issues in an elementary classroom. She began her talk by relating how she reacted the first time one of her students called another student ‘gay’ as a putdown.
“With the principal’s encouragement, we decided that I would go from class to class and talk about what ‘gay’ means, what does ‘LGBTQ’ mean, what do ‘I’ mean,” she told about 40 attendees, all educators, at her workshop.
Strong related how she began LGBTQ indoctrination with the junior kindergarten class.
“And I read a pro-gay child’s book, King and King, and I started to realize that conversations can be very difficult, and they can have the most power when they are the most difficult.”
“But difficult conversations are a part of what we do as teachers, right? And when these conversations are properly supported by teachers within the safety of the classroom, they provide a rich environment for our students as they unpack these complex social issues and they reflect on their own preconceptions, rights, of gender, sexuality, love, all these different things,” she said.
Strong related that as she was reading “King and King” in the junior kindergarten class as a springboard to discuss her sexuality with the kids, she got to the part where the two princes become ‘married’ when one of the boys suddenly shouted out: “They can’t do that! They can’t get married. They’re two boys.”
Recounted Strong: “And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, they can. It’s right here on page 12.”
Read the rest of the story on LifeSite.com
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Obama White House In Stunning Admission That Iran Only 2-3 Months Away From Nuclear Bomb
President Obama stressed to the world that Iran’s breakout time to have enough fuel to make a bomb was a year, and now it is being reported that he has known for a long time that Iran only needed 2-3 months to obtain enough fuel for a bomb.
EDITOR’S NOTE: As you read this story where the Obama White House now fully and freely admits that Iran is only 2-3 months away from achieving a nuclear weapon, compare that with the video below where he promised 28 times that he would never allow this to ever happen. Under any circumstances. Well, guess what? It is happening right now, and he is doing nothing to stop it.
Writing in Bloomberg View on Monday, journalist Eli Lake says US President Barack Obama has known for years that Iran needed only 2-3 months to produce enough fuel for a nuclear bomb, but purposely avoided saying so publicly, stressing instead that a full year was needed for Iran to build a nuclear bomb.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday acknowledged that the US has known for years that Iran is just two to three months form having enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb.
When asked how long the Obama administration has known this, he responded, “Oh, quite some time. They are now, they are right now spinning, I mean enriching with 9,400 centrifuges out of their roughly 19,000. Plus all the…R&D work. If you put that together it’s very, very little time to go forward. That’s the 2-3 months.”
Lake spoke with Brian Hale, a spokesperson of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, who confirmed that the two to three month estimate on fissile material was only declassified on April 1.
Interestingly, the April 1 juncture in time almost exactly dovetails with the date at which the US reached a framework agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. According to the paper, Obama declassified the information so as to urge Congress and the public to accept the deal, claiming it would “extend” Iran’s breakout time.
That claim notwithstanding, Iran will be left with all of its nuclear facilities under the deal, and be allowed to continue enriching. Iran has also made clear that in contrast with the US version of the agreement, it intends to keep all its enriched uranium stockpiles, not let “foreigners” inspect its nuclear facilities, and start using advanced IR-8 centrifuges that are 20-times as effective as standard ones as soon as a deal is reached.
Since the information was declassified this month, Obama has been pressing the fact that Iran is only two to three months away from enough materials for a nuclear bomb, as part of its efforts to push a deal through.
However, when he began his second term in 2013, he stressed that Iran was over a year from producing a nuclear bomb.
That position was apparently a deft act of disinformation, as according to the US intelligence community, both assessments may have been true: Iran may indeed have been a year from having an operational nuclear weapon, but it was only two or three months from having enough fuel to make one, a process that is much easier to detect and respond to.
Watch Obama lie through his teeth 28 times in saying he would never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon:
Obama appears to have been making use of the fact that the term “breakout time” is alternatively used for describing how long it would take to obtain enough fissile material, and how long it would take to complete a bomb. Obama repeatedly disagreed directly with Israel over assessments on Iran’s breakout time by emphasizing it was over a year away even as Israel insisted the time was actually a mere matter of months.
It is estimated that the 2013 emphasis on the one year breakout time frame was meant to buy time for nuclear negotiations with Iran, both before and after a November 2013 interim agreement was reached.
If he had admitted that Iran was as little as two months from having the means to create a nuclear weapon, Obama likely anticipated he would not have as much freedom to negotiate or as much footing to oppose proposals of a strike to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities before it was too late.
“A year ago,” writes Lake, “after the nuclear talks started, Secretary of State John Kerry dropped the first hint about the still-classified Iran breakout estimate. He told a Senate panel, ‘I think it is fair to say, I think it is public knowledge today, that we are operating with a time period for a so-called breakout of about two months.’”
As far as creating a full nuclear weapon, it has been noted that Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and warhead programs, both needed in producing a functional nuclear bomb, are not included in the scope of the nuclear deal.”
Once again, the American people and the world have been lied to by this diabolical tyrant. Why is he still in office? What is going to happen to us now? Will we be placed in camps? Is the upcoming “Jade Helm 15” military exercise actually a sinister plot to begin Martial Law in America?
I believe we have come to a place of no return in America. We are under the righteous judgment from our Holy God. May He send His Son very soon to take us away from this earth.
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1) ‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ asks forgiveness, reminder of magnitude of crime
Trial of Former Auschwitz Guard, 93, Opens in Germany, New York Times (Alison Smale)
Ex-Nazi ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ asks for ‘forgiveness’, Agence France-Presse (Coralie Febvre)
2) Chimps granted day in court, exposing dangerous worldview confusion over dignity of humans
Chimps given human rights by U.S. court for the first time, Washington Post (Rachel Feltman)
In other news…
Dr. Oz Accused of Medical “Quackery” While His New Age/Spiritual “Quackery” Goes Unaddressed by Rick Warren and the Church
Islamic extremist accidentally shot self before he could turn arsenal on churchgoers
Is U.S. Israel’s Ally “When It Matters”?
Is U.S. Israel’s Ally “When It Matters”?
Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, says the U.S. will no longer automatically exercise its veto in the UN Security Council to protect Israel.
Creflo Dollar Says There is No Such Thing as the Prosperity Gospel
Yet he is a leader in this movement . . .
Creflo Dollar, the televangelist who was recently criticized for asking supporters to fund the purchase of a $65 million private jet, has said that there is no such thing as the prosperity gospel.
Speaking on the show “Your World with Creflo,” the evangelist said that money belongs to God, not man.
As Israel Mourns, Palestinians Celebrate Terror
Yet Israel is to make peace with monsters . . .
Even as Israel on Wednesday mourned the 23,320 killed defending this nation or as victims of terrorism, the Palestinian Authority (PA) was in the midst of a media campaign honoring the very terrorists who have so long plagued the Jewish state with death and destruction.
Tracking the Trail of the Tyrant
About 1954 a spokesman for the United Nations is alleged to have made this astounding statement, or plea: “What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the alliances of all people and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.”
· In the search for that man, Kennedy failed them, as did Lyndon Johnson, Jimmie Carter and Bill Clinton. One from the opposite side of the aisle, however, openly spoke of a vision in his departing speech, as he finished his term as president: He was looking forward to a “New World Order.” 
Yearning for a President to Respect, Admire, and Be Proud of!
The big question as we head into another critical presidential election: Can the hurt and anger visited upon the American people during the latest presidency be overcome?
Can we re-unite as a people and elect a man or woman whom we can respect, admire, and be proud of, regardless of party affiliation?
Christians Worldwide Unite: Wearing Orange, ‘The New Color of Martyrdom’
American Christians are being urged to wear the color orange – either on a ribbon or as part of their clothing – to focus attention on their brothers and sisters being killed for their faith around the world.
The color is a reference to the orange jumpsuits that Islamic State (ISIS) militants have forced beheading victims to wear.
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Thoughts on Economic Collapse and Tribulation economy
Someone asked me about the economy in the Tribulation, and wondered if the global and American economy will collapse prior to the Tribulation or not.
It’s speculation, because the Bible doesn’t specifically say how we will get from here to there, only what will be. I do like to be aware of what the bible says about the seemingly near event on the prophetic timeline, the 7 years of Tribulation. (The rapture is the very next event. I also enjoy thinking about the Millennium which will occur after the Tribulation such as the peaceable kingdom, and the temple and the King’s Highway, and New Jerusalem, etc).
Operation Wakeup Call – THE PROPHECIES ARE COMING!
By Bill Salus
Whoever came up with the idea that people should wake up each morning to the frightening sound of an “alarm clock?” That annoying intermittent buzzing sound raises our anxiety level before we set foot out of bed. It suggests that the new day is something to be alarmed about.
Fortunately, some alarm clocks greet us with soothing music, which is much more inviting but, why the name; alarm clock? Why not alert clock, or better yet, wake up clock? Even the hotels offer wakeup calls. How disconcerting it would be if they were labeled alarm calls.
Boko Haram Adopts ISIS’ Religious Cleansing Strategy
Mark Driscoll Makes Comeback with Online Leadership Videos
Therapists to Obama: Stay Out of the Counseling Office
5 Arguments to Watch as the Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage
Conservative Anglican Group Backs Away from Split with Anglican Communion
Niger Christians Forgive Extremists that Destroyed Dozens of Churches
Angie’s List CEO Resigns over Religious Freedom Debate
Controversial California Sex-Ed Class Spurs Parental Rights Law
Al-Shabab Militants Create Chaos, Pain for Somalis
Parents Angry after Children Read Transgenderism Book in School
To Move Beyond Abortion Stalemate, Reporters Must Ask Tough Questions
Kirsten Powers: Christians thrown overboard left to drown by Obama
Tim Tebow and the Power of Courage
Remembering Chuck Colson’s Vision
Mother Forgave Aaron Hernandez for Killing Her Son
Tony Campolo, Former Spiritual Adviser to Bill Clinton: Christians Should Vote for Hillary
by Marsha West
Christian News Network reports:
Tony Campolo, false teacher and former spiritual adviser to Bill Clinton, is urging Christians to vote for Hillary as president, claiming that she is a Christian woman who will help to lower the abortion rate in America.
“I like Hillary Clinton. We are personal friends,” he wrote in a recent article for Religion News Service. “I am more than willing to do all I can to help Hillary Clinton get elected. Should she ask me to organize an Evangelicals for Hillary committee, I would be more than willing to do so. I believe in her. And you should too.”
The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches
by Marsha West
According to Quinn Hillyer of National Review, the IRS “acting with the whole power of government behind it, seems to be saying it can monitor and presumably punish churches for the content of their sermons, but the churches can’t know exactly if, how, and why they are being monitored.”
Pitiable Capitulating Pro-Family Leaders – part 2
by Marsha West
In part 2 of her series, Marsha West addresses some of the flaws in the “family values” movement. One such flaw is the cleverly contrived manipulation tactics conservative leaders, i.e. evangelicals, resort to in their effort to raise money to “take back America.” Notable evangelicals and so-called Christian musical artists have no qualms about appearing on stage with apostates for some “cause” or another. In this piece Marsha reveals the names of some of the prominent professing Christians who are partnering with apostates, even heretics, in the culture war.
Bible News Roundup – Week of April 19, 2015
Our Time is Short
Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)
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Who do you think that I am?
With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more
Look to Jesus
Have you ever felt a little lost and wished there was a quick-start guide to your relationship with God? This is it!
30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.
New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.
Know Jesus Christ and your life will be transformed
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