It is not the doctrine of justification that does my heart good, it is Christ, the justifier. —C.H. Spurgeon
May 12, 2015
Barack Obama made it official Tuesday: His presidential library and museum will be built in Chicago while his foundation will have a presence at Columbia University in New York.
Two-thirds of likely general-election voters in the state that holds the nation’s first presidential primary, including about half of Republican primary voters, say same-sex marriage should be legal in every state, according to a new Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire Poll.
The record drought plaguing California isn’t limited by lines on a map. Arid conditions caused by dwindling rainfall and snowpack are stretching across the West. A severe drought grips almost 40 percent of the West. Outside California, conditions are at their worst in neighboring Nevada. That state is followed by Oregon and Washington.
Telsa’s new line of big, stackable batteries for homes and businesses started with a bang. The reservations reported in the first week are valued at roughly $800 million. If Tesla converts even a fraction of those reservations into actual sales, the battery roll-out could measure up as one of the biggest ever for a new product category.
Count Bill Gross among the world’s biggest philanthropists. The bond investor has already given away as much as $700 million and eventually will donate his remaining $2 billion fortune, a figure that’s “staggering, even to me,” Gross said.
The Spanish government told Airbus Group to cease flying new A400M transport planes following Saturday’s fatal crash, halting deliveries from Europe’s costliest defense program.
Russia has 8,000 to 10,000 soldiers in eastern Ukraine as the numbers swelled this year amid denials from Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a report
Pablo Picasso’s dynamic 1955 painting, “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ”O”),” fetched $179.4 million, the highest price paid for any artwork at auction.
Job openings in the U.S. fell in March from a 14-year high, a sign companies may have held off on posting vacancies amid slowing growth in the first quarter. The number of positions waiting to be filled decreased by 150,000 to 4.99 million in March from a revised 5.14 million the month before.
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A major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal, killing at least 37 people while triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.
Verizon is buying AOL for about $4.4 billion, advancing the telecom’s push in both mobile and advertising fields.
At least 220 Russian soldiers have been killed in east Ukraine, opposition activists said on Tuesday in a report offering what they called “ample evidence” to rebut President Vladimir Putin’s denial his troops are fighting there.
The remains of at least four more victims have been found in a wooded area behind a strip mall that police described Monday as the dumping ground for a serial killer suspected in seven deaths.
The leader of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, Massud Barzani, said on Monday his forces had “broken the spine” of the Islamic State (IS) group with the help of international allies.
Growing sea ice surrounding Antarctica could prompt scientists to consider relocating research stations on the continent.
The number of Americans who don’t affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study. At the same time, Christians dropped from about 78 percent to just under 71 percent of the population. Protestants now comprise 46.5 percent of what was once a predominantly Protestant country.
Brent crude futures rose towards $66 on Tuesday, lifted by a weaker dollar and the Yemen conflict, but concerns of oversupply weighed on prices amid news of record high output from Saudi Arabia in April and Iraqi plans for record exports in June.
French President Francois Hollande has met Cuba’s 1959 revolutionary leaders Fidel and Raul Castro on a historic trip to Havana. Mr Hollande also called for an end to the decades-long US trade embargo against Cuba.
Chad’s President Idriss Deby has said the fight against Boko Haram militants is being hampered by poor co-ordination between his country and Nigeria.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has been meeting President Vladimir Putin during his first visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began in early 2014.
Greece was forced to tap into an emergency account to make a debt interest payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it has emerged.
Many Gulf heads of state have said they will not attend this week’s summit of US and Arab leaders at Camp David.
One-hundred and thirteen members of Congress – including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and former House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith – are telling a federal court that President Obama’s amnesty-for-illegal aliens program is unacceptable and violates the U.S. Constitution.
Ann Graham Lotz, the daughter of America’s most famous evangelist, Billy Graham, says God is “clearly warning that His judgment is coming on America, and it’s going to be ugly.”
South Korean officials claimed the communist country could perfect the devastating ballistic missile technology – with capability of reaching US mainland from an undetectable distance – within two to three years.
Top News – 5/12/2015
Weather Pattern Government, which has persisted since last Wednesday, has brought a variety of unpleasant weather from the Rocky mountains to the Atlantic Coast.
Why China Is Taking Control of Physical Gold Pricing
The country is currently lobbying to be including in the International Monetary Fund’s reserve currency and gold has a lot to do with that process. Estimates say China has amassed thousands of tons of gold reserves that could rival the United States in the future.
Top Arab Generals Plan Libyan Intervention; Will France & Italy Join?
As world leaders continue to grapple over how to resolve the chaos left in post-Qaddafi Libya, high-ranking military personnel from Arab countries will discuss the matter in Cairo on May 18. The talks could also include France and Italy, which played key roles in the coalition’s bombing campaign.
Worst drought in 1200 years drains America’s biggest reservoir
IF CALIFORNIA’S prolonged dry spell is eventually recognised as a megadrought, no one can say we weren’t warned. Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the US, has hit its lowest level ever. Feeding California, Nevada and Arizona, it can hold a mind-boggling 35 cubic kilometres of water. But it has been many years since it was at capacity, and the situation is only getting worse. “We’re only at 38 per cent full. Lake Mead hasn’t been this low since we were filling it in the 1930s,” said a spokeswoman for the US Bureau of Reclamation in Las Vegas.
First baby born with IVF that uses stem cells to pep up old eggs
He has been called the world’s first stem cell baby. Zain Rajani was born three weeks ago in Canada after his parents opted for a new type of IVF marketed under the name Augment. The procedure is supposed to enhance the quality of a woman’s eggs by injecting them with mitochondria taken from her ovarian stem cells.
ISIS goes undercover to catch homosexuals
ISIS terrorists have taken to subterfuge to root out homosexuals, get them to admit their homosexual tendencies – and then kill them.
Federal judge agrees to reopen Hillary Clinton email lawsuit
Judge Reggie B. Walton’s decision Friday came after the State Department and Judicial Watch, which brought the lawsuit, agreed that the documents that Clinton kept on her own email server separate from the government should be turned over. “This is the first case that’s been reopened,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch told The Washington Times. “It’s a significant development. It points to the fraud by this administration and Mrs. Clinton.”
Nicaraguan volcano dusts towns in ash
The volcano has registered 30 small eruptions since it rumbled to life on Thursday, the strongest yet occurring on Sunday night, according to the Nicaraguan Geological Institute. ‘It spat hot rocks, gas and ash, reaching a height of 400 metres,’ the agency said in a statement.
Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemen capital hours before ceasefire
Saudi-led air strikes pounded the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Tuesday, hours before a five-day truce was set to begin between the alliance of Gulf Arab nations and the Iran-allied Houthi militia which controls much of the country.
FBI: Number of Police Officers Killed On-Duty Up By 89 Percent In 2014
Preliminary statistics released today by the FBI show that 51 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2014. This is an increase of almost 89 percent when compared to the 27 officers killed in 2013. (Note: From 1980–2014, an average of 64 law enforcement officers have been feloniously killed per year.
Nepal rocked by 7.3-magnitude earthquake near Mount Everest
Nepal has been hit by another strong earthquake, causing widespread panic and casualties just over two weeks after a devastating tremor killed more than 8,000 people, injured 18,000 and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes.
BREAKING: 7.3-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Nepal
A powerful earthquake, 7.3 in magnitude, struck Nepal on Tuesday, just weeks after an even stronger quake devastated large areas of the country. The epicenter of Tuesday’s earthquake was located 76 km (47 miles) east of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Drought Transcends State Lines as U.S. West Turns Ever-More Arid
The record drought plaguing California isn’t limited by lines on a map. Arid conditions caused by dwindling rainfall and snowpack are stretching across the West. In Washington’s Yakima Valley, popular for growing wine grapes and beer hops, officials are cutting off water to about 1,700 farmers for three weeks starting today. At Lake Mead…water sinks to the lowest since the reservoir was filled in 1937.
Drug-resistant typhoid ‘concerning’
Antibiotic-resistant typhoid is spreading across Africa and Asia and poses a major global health threat, warn experts. Researchers from the Wellcome Trust, who have been tracking the hard-to-treat infection, say it is replacing regular typhoid in many countries.
‘Substantial’ El Nino event predicted
The El Nino weather pattern, which can drive droughts and flooding, is underway in the tropical Pacific for the first time in five years, say scientists. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology predicted that it could be a “substantial” event. The phenomenon arises from variations in ocean temperatures and can have big impacts on global weather.
Gulf leaders back out of Camp David summit in ‘snub’ to Obama
Many Gulf heads of state have said they will not attend this week’s summit of US and Arab leaders at Camp David. Their substitution with more junior leaders is seen by some analysts as a rebuff to President Obama’s talks with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. Saudi officials denied this, saying King Salman said he needed to stay home to oversee a ceasefire in Yemen.
Ukraine crisis: John Kerry to meet Putin in Russia
US Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his first visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis began in early 2014. Mr Putin’s spokesman called the visit a “positive step” and said the Russian leader was prepared for “extensive” discussions at the meeting in Sochi. Mr Kerry is also meeting his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
China-Russia drills in Med show shifting strategies
The Russian and Chinese navies have begun their first joint exercises in the Mediterranean that will last for about a week. Though small scale, it is a signal of growing defence ties between Beijing and Moscow and a demonstration that China’s maritime horizons are broadening.
Nepal earthquake, magnitude 7.3, strikes near Everest
A major earthquake has struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, two weeks after more than 8,000 died in a devastating quake. At least four people have been killed and an unknown number injured, according to aid agencies. The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar, near Mount Everest.
Yesh Din petitions High Court to return land to Palestinians
Yesh Din on Monday filed a petition to the High Court of Justice seeking to return to the Palestinian village of Anata several hundred dunams of land, which the IDF seized in 1975 primarily for the creation of the West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim. The actual 1975 seizure order was for 30,000 dunams…but the court case has focused only on those dunams which the Ma’aleh Adumim Municipality never used.
This is what it’s like when ISIS takes over your city
By the time Iraqi forces liberated Tikrit, Al-Ali reports, the city’s prewar population of 200,000 had been reduced to “a few hundred locals in the city, and few thousand in the surrounding countryside.” It’s easy to see why. Al-Ali’s account of life in ISIS-occupied Tikrit depicts a parable of horrors, ranging from the total collapse of basic social services to brutal summary executions.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un commanded aunt’s killing by poison: report
North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un directed senior officials in his autocratic government to poison his own aunt last year, a defector from the regime told CNN on Monday. The so-called “Supreme Leader” ordered the death of Kim Kyong Hui in May 2014, only months after Kim executed her husband Jang Song Thaek, said the former high-level government official whose identity the news channel concealed.
TPP means Congress giving away its authority to ‘global busybodies’
Congress, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is preparing to betray American workers, and the grass roots should rise up and say, “No, you don’t.” The secretive underhanded deal is called “fast track,” and that’s an appropriate title because, indeed, it puts Americans on a fast track to lower wages and fewer available jobs.
n Yemen, children — possibly thousands of them — join ﬁght
Abdullah Ali’s 15-year-old son disappeared from home one morning three months ago. A week later, the boy called his horrified family to say he had joined the Shiite insurgents known as Houthis — becoming one of a growing number of underage soldiers fighting in Yemen’s civil war.
72 dead as Syria army battles to free loyalists: monitor
At least 72 fighters were killed in a single day as the Syrian army battled to relieve some 250 besieged regime loyalists under rebel assault, a monitoring group said Monday.
China is destined to intervene in the conflict between Israel and Palestine
In June 1954, the leaders of China, India, and Burma (now Myanmar) issued a joint statement affirming the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence—mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence—as the basis for conducting international relations. Since then, China has adhered strictly to the principle of non-interference in other countries’ domestic turmoil, as displayed prominently over the past several years in Beijing’s response to the Syrian civil war.
Top Headlines – 5/12/2015
Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has uncovered one of the biggest lies in modern American history. It turns out that much of what the American public was told about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was a blatant lie. According to Hersh, Osama bin Laden had been captured by Pakistan all the way back in 2006, and he was being held by the ISI as a prisoner at the Abbottabad compound that the Seals ultimately raided in 2011. In addition, Hersh says that the ISI and Pakistan’s military knew about the Seal raid in advance. Arrangements were made so that the Black Hawk helicopters could travel through Pakistani airspace safely, and the ISI guards at Osama bin Laden’s compound were pulled away before the Seals got there. And by that time, Osama bin Laden was reportedly in such bad health that he was essentially a cripple. There was no “firefight” at all – only a turkey shoot. Afterwards, Osama bin Laden’s body never made it to the USS Carl Vinson for a “burial at sea”. That was all just part of the cover story according to Hersh. Of course the White House and Obama’s lackeys at CNN are strongly denying all of this, and they will continue to deny the truth for as long as they possibly can. But there are individuals in the U.S. military and in the U.S. intelligence community that can come forward and tell us what really happened. Let us hope that at least some of those individuals still care enough about this country to do that. (Read More…)
The UN plans to launch a brand new plan for managing the entire globe at the Sustainable Development Summit that it will be hosting from September 25th to September 27th. Some of the biggest names on the planet, including Pope Francis, will be speaking at this summit. This new sustainable agenda focuses on climate change of course, but it also specifically addresses topics such as economics, agriculture, education and gender equality. For those wishing to expand the scope of “global governance”, sustainable development is the perfect umbrella because just about all human activity affects the environment in some way. The phrase “for the good of the planet” can be used as an excuse to micromanage virtually every aspect of our lives. So for those that are concerned about the growing power of the United Nations, this summit in September is something to keep an eye on. Never before have I seen such an effort to promote a UN summit on the environment, and this new sustainable development agenda is literally a framework for managing the entire globe. (Read More….)
May 12, 2015
“[T]he most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.” —James Madison, Federalist No. 35, 1788
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How’s Barack Obama doing on the counterterrorism front? Not very good, according to his own DHS secretary. Jeh Johnson warned Sunday that the U.S. faces an increased threat from so-called “lone-wolf” terrorists, who he says could “strike at any moment.” He added, “We’re very definitely in a new environment, because of ISIL’s effective use of social media, the Internet, which has the ability to reach into the homeland and possibly inspire others. Because of the use of the Internet, we could have little or no notice in advance of an independent actor attempting to strike.” Tom Ridge, the first DHS secretary, agreed, saying, “The threats are much more serious and much more complicated than on Sept. 12, 2001.”
But it’s worth repeating what Mark Alexander wrote: “Describing Islamist assailants as ‘lone wolf’ actors or ‘radicalized’ constitutes a lethal misunderstanding of the Jihadi threat.” That’s because “these attacks and those to come were and will be directly tied to worldwide Jihad by way of the Qur’an, the foundational fabric linking all Islamist violence.” As long as Obama continues to be more concerned about the Crusades than radical Islamic terrorism, however, this threat won’t be effectively countered.
What happens when a president holds a summit and no one comes? That wasn’t entirely the case with Barack Obama’s Middle East powwow at Camp David this week, but four of the six invited leaders declined to attend, including one particularly notable absence: New Saudi King Salman, who took power earlier this year. The New York Times reports, “Both countries insisted on Monday that the king’s absence was not a snub, even as it was hard to ignore four powerful factors that have led to rising tensions between the two nations: the administration’s pursuit of a nuclear accord with Iran, the rise of the Islamic State in the region, the regional unrest that came to be known as the Arab Spring and the transformation of world energy markets.” At least two of those things could be translated as Obama mucking things up with an ally, and the Times might add Obama’s Yemen “success” story to that list since the Saudis are trying to stop Iranian terrorist proxies there. His foolish nuclear deal with Iran even has the Saudis promising to pursue nuclear weapons themselves as a deterrent. Obama might be content with increasing Iranian hegemony in the Middle East, but the Saudis are not. And they know that as long as Obama is “leading from behind,” they’re on their own.
The wild creation of regulations by the Obama administration has stalled economic growth and made the nation’s rulemaking the responsibility of unelected bureaucrats. Two reports released this week show the staggering extent of how debilitating these regulations are. Every year, the Competitive Enterprise Institute releases its report on the nation’s “Ten Thousand Commandments”. This year, Clyde Wayne Crews, the vice president for policy for CEI, reports that the regulatory burden averages out to $14,976 per American household. If America’s regulations were a country, it would have the 10th largest economy, beating out India. Barack Obama has tied the country in red tape because, while 224 laws were passed in 2014, the government plastered up 3,554 regulations. Furthermore, “A problem with cost-benefit analysis is that it relies primarily on agency self-reporting. Having agencies audit their own rules is like asking students to grade their own exams. Regulators are disinclined to emphasize when a rule’s benefits do not justify its costs,” CEI’s study says.
These regulations make the federal deficit unmanageable, and The Wall Street Journal pins the problem of America’s stalled economy on too much regulation in the system. Meanwhile, a Heritage Foundation study finds that Obama’s major regulations cost Americans $80 billion a year — and there’s more regs in the works, such as another redesign of the light bulb. To fix the problem, Congress needs to insist that it is the lawmaking body of the country, not nameless bureaucrats in the executive branch.
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Paul Albaugh
Terrorism has again become one of the foremost concerns for Americans today. People are generally worried about the increased jihadi threat and look to government to ensure safety and security. While the Constitution certainly empowers the federal government to provide for the common defense of our nation, including counterterrorism measures, what it should not do is infringe on the rights of American citizens — specifically, the Fourth Amendment.
Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the National Security Agency’s massive telephone metadata collection efforts are not authorized by the Patriot Act. However, the court did not rule the NSA’s actions are unconstitutional and it did not issue an order for the NSA to stop its data collection because the Patriot Act’s Section 215, which the NSA cites as its authority, is set to expire June 1. In other words, Congress must act soon anyway, and a vote is expected by May 22.
That the NSA is collecting phone records on all Americans may not seem terribly important — especially the more the public becomes accustomed to the idea — but it’s a critical issue. Like so many other things during this administration’s tenure, it pertains to the very real potential, if not actual, abuse of power.
Recall that the Patriot Act was passed following the September 11 terrorist attacks. The law was sold as a necessary counterterrorism measure to provide for better security. By and large, the law is a good one, aimed in the right places. But as with so many other laws, sometimes the consequences are less freedom and more government overreach.
There has already been squabbling in Congress over the NSA’s data collection, and the Patriot Act debate is sure to resemble a hornet’s nest. It will also pit Republicans against each other.
Already, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who had hoped to avoid defending the NSA, announced his unwavering support for the Patriot Act. He touted Section 215 in particular as “an important tool to prevent the next terrorist attack.” He also said, “Section 215 helps us find a needle in the haystack. But under the USA Freedom Act [which ends bulk metadata collection], there might not be a haystack at all.” He is hoping for a short-term extension that will allow the Senate to negotiate reforms.
Joining McConnell will be several other Republicans, led by the “nobody out-hawks us” John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Graham is expected to announce his candidacy for president on June 1, and may very well use his support of the Patriot Act as a launch pad for his national-security-based campaign.
Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), another 2016 presidential candidate, staunchly opposes the NSA surveillance program. In fact, after the Second Circuit’s ruling, he declared, “Congress should immediately repeal the Patriot Act provisions and pass my Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act.” He intends to mount a filibuster against reauthorizing the Patriot Act.
Paul won’t be alone, as other conservatives are likely to join the fight and at least one Democrat, Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon, has voiced opposition to the NSA surveillance program as well.
In 2013, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), chief author of the Patriot Act, explained the difference between the law itself and the NSA’s interpretation: “This is the difference between using a rifle shot to get the phone records of somebody that we have great suspicion is involved in terrorist activity [and] using a blunderbuss to grab the whole haystack and to try to find the needle in it.” His metaphor wasn’t the best, but he clearly never intended the NSA’s broad reading of Section 215.
After all, as Reason’s Jacob Sullum notes, “Usually when someone says a proposal is like looking for a needle in a haystack, he is not recommending it; he is suggesting the idea is misguided and bound to fail.”
While we don’t like to see GOP infighting, at least they will be wrestling over an issue that pertains to the Constitution.
With all of the Obama administration’s scandals and abuse of power, why should Congress trust that the NSA surveillance program won’t be abused for political means? There is certainly a place for tough counterterrorism measures, but such sweeping collection of phone records when there is no relevance or reasonable grounds to believe a call is linked to terrorism is unwarranted, unconstitutional and unwanted by those of us who cherish Liberty. The Patriot Act has its place, but the balance between Liberty and security is paramount.
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- Predictably, Hollywood Leftists Continue to Run Water
- Gitmo Changing Radio Station Because It Might Offend Castro
- ‘I Can’t Bake That Cake Because It Would Offend Muslims’
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Stephen Moore: How to Rescue Families Trapped in Violence, Despair and Joblessness
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- Ed Feulner: Ruled by Rules
- Michael Barone: Big Surprise in Britain
OPINION IN BRIEF
Stephen Moore: “What can be done to rescue families trapped in an inner-city culture of violence, despair and joblessness? There are no easy answers, but down the road from Baltimore in Washington, D.C., an education program is giving children in poor neighborhoods a big lift up. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which George W. Bush signed into law in 2004, has so far funded private school tuition for nearly 5,000 students, 95 percent of whom are African-American. … These families have now pulled together to brace for a David vs. Goliath fight to save the program. For the seventh straight year, President Obama has proposed eliminating this relatively tiny scholarship fund, which at $20 million accounts for a microscopic 0.0005 percent of the $4 trillion federal budget. … [W]hen the Opportunity Scholarship Program was created, the feds gave $20 million for the vouchers and an extra $20 million for the public schools. This meant more money for the public schools — and unionized teachers still opposed the program. … The left’s rote response to rotten schools is to call for more money, but the D.C. scholarship program shows that a quality education can be had for less money. … Democrats say they want to make the 2016 election about income inequality, but they stand united in opposition to one of the most effective ways of reducing the gap between rich and poor: better education.”
Insight: “Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost.” —American writer Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
Upright: “Unfortunately, Eric Holder, the previous attorney general, had a war on police. He spent more time investigating police departments than he did investigating criminals.” —former NYPD Commissioner Howard Safir
Dezinformatsia: “Senator [Cruz], people are really interested in you and your identity. … Do you have a favorite Cuban food? Do you like Cuban music? Do you have a favorite Cuban singer? I wanted to give you the opportunity to welcome your colleague Senator Sanders to the race, and I’d like you to do it, if you would, en Español.” —Bloomberg News’ Mark Halperin race baiting Ted Cruz (Halperin later reneged, claiming, “In no way was I asking Senator Cruz to ‘prove’ he was an ‘authentic’ Latino.”)
Demo-gogues: “We’re going to have to tackle climate change. We’ve got some folks in the center right now who think because we get a snowy day, they bring in snowballs into the chambers and think that’s science. I’m not a scientist, but I know a lot of scientists. I can understand science. And what the science says is that our planet is warming.” —Barack Obama (“After all, you hang out with scientists all day. You know… scientists like Bill Nye and Neil Tyson. Just because one is a washed up host of children’s shows and the other is a cosmologist who seems a bit out of his lane when speaks about climatology, don’t let that bother you.” —Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw)
Race bait: “The road ahead is not going to be easy. It never is, especially for folks like you and me… We’ve both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives. The folks who crossed the street in fear of their safety. The clerk who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores. The people at formal events who assumed we were help.” —Michelle Obama
And last… “Hillary would be indicted already If the press used the same standard of circumstantial evidence against her it’s using against Tom Brady.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor
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1) In opposition to abortion restrictions concept of ‘baby’ disappears
Premature Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks if Treated, Study Finds, New York Times (Pam Belluck)
State Legislatures Put Up Flurry of Roadblocks to Abortion, New York Times (Frances Robles)
2) Gender neutral title proposed presents impossibility of honorific titles in such a society
What’s it like to be a Mx?, Telegraph (Olivia Goldhill)
3) Amazon removal of gender specific toy categories will not pass muster with children
Amazon appears to remove its ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ toy categories, The Telegraph (Radhika Sanghani)
Amazon drops gendered listings for toys, customers can no longer search for items for ‘boys’ and ‘girls’, The Independent (Andrew Griffin)
4) Reality TV industrial complex creates redefinition of celebrity and reality
Where Would the Kardashians Be Without Kris Jenner?, New York Magazine (Taffy Brodesser-Akner)
5) Sexuality statistics used by media often unreliable due to nature of subject matter
The problem with sexed-up statistics, Financial Times (Tim Harford)
In other news…
US army wives: the most sought-after surrogates in the world, The Telegraph (Sally Howard)
Mario Testino: ‘I Believe Men Have Changed’, TIME Magazine (Ye Ming)
Posted: 12 May 2015 06:37 AM PDT
Urban unrest expert Dr. Max Herman says that the United States is on the “cusp” of a wave of domestic disorder and that the country will see more race riots. Herman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at New Jersey City University, told the New Republic’s Joel Gillin that the economic downturn, in addition to incidents of police brutality, have provided fertile conditions for civil unrest. He sees the re-emergence of a 60’s-style “protest ideology” amongst black communities which will lead to more disorder. “It’s very clear from studying history that these things tend to run in cycles,” said Herman, adding, “I think we are at the cusp of another cycle.”
Herman’s verdict correlates with a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released earlier this month which found that a whopping 96 per cent of Americans said they expected to see more racially-driven unrest this summer. Dan Braha, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, also said that such riots are foreseeable based on social media trends, arguing that a “prediction regarding ‘when’ and ‘where’ becomes more precise on short time scales.”
The article points to numerous different studies which suggest that the numerical size of an area’s black population is a key determining factor as to where riots will take place, taking precedence over other factors such as income differences, the unemployment of blacks compared to whites, and the responsiveness of the political system towards blacks. MORE
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|Cashless Denmark: Should total e-commerce be embraced?
Posted: 12 May 2015 06:30 AM PDT
With Denmark moving towards a completely cash-free economy there has been a heated debate between the experts who think it’s a natural thing caused by technological development and those who warn that total traceability has a dark side. The Danish government has proposed that certain businesses such as petrol stations, restaurants and clothes retailers should no longer be legally required to accept cash. Moreover, a third of the Danish population already uses a mobile payment app when making transactions. Is this trend a natural pace of progress or are officials blinded by seemingly posh perspectives?
RT has spoken to George Harrap, CEO of Bitspark, a Bitcoin startup, and Robert David Steele, IT strategic analyst and innovator, whose biography can be found on robertdavidsteele.com. “Most countries these days already have an electronic money supply. Ninety percent of the currencies are actually electronic. I think it’s already there in some respect. However it’s all about user adoption. So it seems like [in] Denmark and Sweden, there is a large percentage of the population using electronic money. So it all comes down to getting users on board, getting people familiar with using that sort of form of currency and also getting businesses on board. FULL REPORT
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|Iris Scanners, Widely Used By US Military, Could Be Coming To A Police Department Near You
Posted: 12 May 2015 06:24 AM PDT
Iris scans could become part of a routine traffic stop, thanks to technology being developed by researchers at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University that can grab an image from a distance of 40 feet. The technology would allow police to take an image the second a driver glances into the rear-view mirror. “It’s no different than a camera taking a picture of you,” said Marios Savvides, a research professor at CMU’s computer engineering department and the director of the CyLab Biometrics Center. “You could be anywhere within a 6- to 12-meter radius and it will find you and zoom in and capture your iris.” The technology would be a major development for iris biometric scanners, which have been hampered for years by accuracy at long distances. But adoption also would create legal questions by relying on technology that’s similar to the local license plate databases that have been in use in Virginia, California and other municipalities.
“It could be used surreptitiously,” said Jennifer Lynch, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is monitoring the development of the technology. “That could lead to the ability of law enforcement officers to collect a person’s biometric information without their knowledge.” The U.S. military has been using iris scan technology for more than a decade in the Middle East, in part to help determine who is authorized to enter military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. soldiers in combat zones often take a snapshot of an individual 6 inches from their face, at which point the data is uploaded to a wide-ranging database that includes everything from scar information and mug shot images to height and eye color data. FULL REPORT
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|New Report Reveals Chinese ballistic missiles can target nearly the entirety of the US
Posted: 12 May 2015 06:16 AM PDT
China now has dozens of nuclear-capable missiles that could target almost the entirety of the US, according to the Department of Defense’s 2015 report on the Chinese military. The annual report to Congress focuses on China’s military modernization, possible invasion plans for the self-governing and US-allied island of Taiwan, advances in space technology, and Beijing’s rapidly advancing missile capabilities.
China’s conventional capabilities are improving. But Beijing also now has what could be considered the ultimate military asset for a rising superpower: the ability to deliver nuclear warheads nearly anywhere on earth (outside of South America, at least). The following map from the report highlights the maximum missile ranges of China’s medium and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The longest-ranging of the missiles, the CSS-4, can target almost the entirety of the US (except for Florida). FULL REPORT
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|2015 El Nino to Produce Deadly and Costly Climate Extremes
Posted: 12 May 2015 06:09 AM PDT
Australian scientists on Tuesday forecast a “substantial” El Nino weather phenomenon for 2015, potentially spelling deadly and costly climate extremes, after officially declaring its onset in the tropical Pacific. El Nino had been expected last year when record-breaking temperatures made 2014 the hottest in more than a century. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said while the thresholds were not met until now it was expected to be a significant event. The Japan Meteorological Agency also confirmed the phenomenon had begun and forecast it would continue into late 2015.
“There’s always a little bit of doubt when it comes to intensity forecasts, but across the models as a whole we’d suggest that this will be quite a substantial El Nino event,” David Jones, from the bureau’s climate information services branch said. “Certainly the models aren’t predicting a weak event. They are predicting a moderate-to-strong El Nino event. So this is a proper El Nino event, this is not a weak one or a near miss as we saw last year.” The El Nino phenomenon — which is associated with drought conditions in Australia — can cause havoc for farmers and global agricultural markets, hitting economies heavily dependent on the land. FULL REPORT
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|Denzel Washington Tells Graduates to Put God First
Posted: 12 May 2015 06:04 AM PDT
With graduation season upon us, commencement speakers are lauding those who have taken the final steps in their education. Speeches are filled with advice and woes, but one speech is particularly stirring: Oscar-winner Denzel Washington giving sound wisdom to the graduates of Dillard College.
“True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you sent beforehand to indicate that it’s yours already,” Washington says in the speech. “When you get it, reach back [and] pull someone else up. Each one, teach one. Don’t just aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference.” Charisma
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|UK’s version of Obamacare nears breaking point, finances ‘cut to the bone’
Posted: 12 May 2015 05:58 AM PDT
It ought to be “Exhibit A” in the case against transforming the American healthcare system into a single-payer version of Obamacare: The collapsing state of Britain’s National Health System. As reported recently by the Daily Mail, the pride of Britain — it’s healthcare system — is close to total disintegration, and officials who run it have had to cut services “to the bone” in order to keep it afloat. That, they say, will only work for so long. The Mail quoted from an open letter published in the country’s most prestigious medical publication, the British Medical Journal, by Dr. Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of the magazine, and her colleagues.
The NHS is “stretched close to [the] breaking point,” as its finances have been “cut to the bone,” the letter noted. The doctors said that the public’s safety is increasingly at risk and the next five years will prove to be the “most challenging” to NHS that England has ever faced. The blame game begins, but the fact is the system is collapsing The letter came a day after The BMJ published a piece stating that efforts to cut the amount of salt in food have been “derailed” by ministers in a way that may have cost 6,000 lives; the article apparently said nothing about the fact that the government wanted to mandate food content in the first place, and therefore mandate personal behavior (which is what governments do when they are fully in charge of services and have limited resources). FULL REPORT
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|Rainwater collection being criminalized in U.S. to solidify total government dependence
Posted: 12 May 2015 05:53 AM PDT
You might be aware that it is illegal to collect rainwater on your own property in some states, but did you know that doing so could actually land you in jail? That is exactly what is happening to Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Oregon. He is now facing a 30-day jail sentence and fines of more than $1,500. His crime? Harrington has been collecting rainwater in three reservoirs on his property, and the government doesn’t like it. In Oregon, all water is considered property of the state whether it flows from the tap or falls from the sky.
Collecting, storing and using rainwater is permitted if you obtain a permit from the state, but Harrington’s permits were revoked. The reasons why are not clear. Harrington has been wrangling with Oregon’s Water Resources Department for more than ten years. In 2002, the state informed him that they had received “complaints” regarding three reservoirs located on his property. The reservoirs were used to collect and store rainwater and snow melt. One of the reservoirs has been on the property for nearly four decades.
When Harrington received notice from the Water Resources Department, he applied for the appropriate permits required to house storm and snow water runoff. In 2003, the permits were granted, but the state later reversed the decision. Harrington told CNSNews.com:
They issued me my permits. I had my permits in hand and they retracted them just arbitrarily, basically. They took them back and said ‘No, you can’t have them,’ so I’ve been fighting it ever since. Harrington is planning to appeal the conviction, which consists of nine misdemeanor charges against him for having “three illegal reservoirs” on his property. He maintains that the charges are based on a 1925 law that says that the city of Medford owns all of the water in the Big Butte Creek watershed and its tributaries. FULL REPORT
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|In September, The UN Launches A Major Sustainable Development Agenda For The Entire Planet
Posted: 12 May 2015 05:43 AM PDT
The UN plans to launch a brand new plan for managing the entire globe at the Sustainable Development Summit that it will be hosting from September 25th to September 27th. Some of the biggest names on the planet, including Pope Francis, will be speaking at this summit. This new sustainable agenda focuses on climate change of course, but it also specifically addresses topics such as economics, agriculture, education and gender equality. For those wishing to expand the scope of “global governance”, sustainable development is the perfect umbrella because just about all human activity affects the environment in some way.
The phrase “for the good of the planet” can be used as an excuse to micromanage virtually every aspect of our lives. So for those that are concerned about the growing power of the United Nations, this summit in September is something to keep an eye on. Never before have I seen such an effort to promote a UN summit on the environment, and this new sustainable development agenda is literally a framework for managing the entire globe. If you are not familiar with this new sustainable development agenda, the following is what the official United Nations website says about it…
The United Nations is now in the process of defining Sustainable Development Goals as part a new sustainable development agenda that must finish the job and leave no one behind. This agenda, to be launched at the Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, is currently being discussed at the UN General Assembly, where Member States and civil society are making contributions to the agenda.
The process of arriving at the post 2015 development agenda is Member State-led with broad participation from Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders. There have been numerous inputs to the agenda, notably a set of Sustainable Development Goals proposed by an open working group of the General Assembly, the report of an intergovernmental committee of experts on sustainable development financing, General Assembly dialogues on technology facilitation and many others. FULL REPORT
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|Nearly 6 million hear warning to Supreme Court
Posted: 12 May 2015 05:37 AM PDT
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s warning to U.S. Supreme Court justices not to judge God has become viral, with nearly 6 million people having watched a video of his remarks. Cahn, author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Harbinger” and the inspiration behind the “Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” movie, spoke at the recent 2015 “Washington: A Man of Prayer” service at the U.S. Capitol. “If a nation’s high court should pass judgment on the Almighty, should you then be surprised God will pass judgment on the court and that nation?” he asked.
The speech came only hours after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to mandate same-sex “marriage” nationwide in opposition to voters in dozens of states who affirmed in ballot measures that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. If the court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, it would be, as James Dobson wrote last week, the first time it “elevated to a constitutional right that which Christianity and all major religions consider to be a sin.” Dobson is founder of the the highly influential groups Focus on the Family and Family Research Council and now runs Family Talk. Cahn said: “The justices of the Supreme Court took up their seats [in a hearing] on whether they should strike down the biblical and historic definition of marriage. That the event should even take place is a sign this is America of [George] Washington’s warning … a nation at war against its own foundation.” FULL REPORT
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The Washington Post has a story on extreme tracking devices that are coming for “ordinary people to ‘quantify’ themselves using wearable fitness gadgets, medical equipment, headcams, traditional lab tests and homemade contraptions, all with the goal of finding ways to optimize their bodies and minds to live longer, healthier lives — and perhaps to discover some important truth […]
Seems the Cuban dictator was all enamored with Pope Francis. Castro told reporters that the pope “is a Jesuit, and I, in some way, am too.
I think God has allowed it, because America has already collapsed, we just don’t know it yet. This would be why our world seems is becoming more upside down and lawless. It is why we keep anticipating some calamitous event to transpire, yet, we trudge on mysteriously. As if something, or rather, SOMEONE, is restraining events until the Father deems fit. (2 Thess. 2:7-8) In other words, we are living in borrowed time.
How Obama’s Made Sure to Leave Every Part of the World More Dangerous than He Found It
The bottom line: The president has never been a comfortable commander-in-chief when placing American lives and military assets in harm’s way; yet, the reflexive peace candidate seems ever-ready, willing, and able to negotiate with the world’s most notorious bad guys — always from a position of weakness, always leaving the world just a bit more insecure than he found it.
‘Prophetesses’ Who Claim They Can Predict the Future and Heal the Sick Are the Focus of New Lifetime Reality Show Titled ‘Preach’
Apostate Christianity never takes a vacation . . .
Lifetime network has announced the premiere date for a new reality show, or “docuseries” featuring four Christian women who believe God has given them powers “to heal the sick, see the future and rid people of their addictions.”
Obsession: Today’s Technology
In segment one, Jan Markell and Eric Barger respond to the overwhelming outpouring of condemnation due to the program’s interviews with Michele Bachmann a few weeks ago. Then Jan talks to a young woman who was obsessed with social media. When it was taken away, she threatened to take her life. How can technology that has a bright side turn so evil as it addicts tens of millions? Mariah shares how she was set free. A must-hear for anyone growing too close to today’s electronic world—and too far away from God. We use the mobile app found at http://www.oneplace.com.
Christians drop, ‘nones’ soar in new religion portrait
The shrinking numbers of Christians and their loss of market share is the most significant change since 2007 (when Pew did its first U.S. Religious Landscape survey) and the new, equally massive survey of 35,000 U.S. adults. (Grossman, Religion News Service/USA Today)
The McAvany Intel Memo
In every declining civilization there is a small “Remnant” of people who adhere to the right against the wrong; who recognize the difference between good and evil and who will take an active stand for the former and against the latter; who can still think and discern, and who will courageously take a stand against the political, social, moral, and spiritual rot or decay of their day.
Members of the Remnant in every declining civilization are always a small minority; they are defined by quality, not quantity. They are often unpopular or ridiculed for the stands they take and the principles they adhere to. They often feel alone in the context of where they live, work, go to school, etc., like “a voice crying in the wilderness.” This writer has spoken and written for 40 years on many of the topics that are regularly analyzed in MIA, addressing over 1,500 audiences around the world on the political, financial, and spiritual decline of America.
For a long time it bothered this writer that only a small percentage of the people he addressed understood the message, felt a sense of urgency, and acted upon it. However, as the idea “the majority is always wrong” began to sink in, that there is only a small minority of thinking people who will take a stand for good and against evil (i.e., the Remnant) in any country or civilization, then this writer began to forget the numbers (the masses) and to concentrate on reaching the Remnant. [To be continued next week.]
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, January 2015
FBI Director Says Islamic State Influence Growing In U.S.
In a dramatic assessment of the domestic threat posed by the Islamic State, FBI Director James Comey said today there are “hundreds, maybe thousands” of people across the country who are receiving recruitment overtures from the terrorist group or directives to attack the U.S. …………. Click here for full story
China Preparing For Drone Warfare
China’s military plans to produce nearly 42,000 land-based and sea-based unmanned weapons and sensor platforms as part of its continuing, large-scale military buildup, the Pentagon’s annual report on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) disclosed Friday …………. Click here for full story
Our Goal Is An EU Army Says Germany’s Defense Chief
An EU army is Germany’s ‘long term goal’ according to one of its ministers. Ursula von der Leyen called for defence cooperation to be strengthened so that the continent can respond quickly to international crises ………… Click here for full story
Concerns Of Muslim Immigration Surge Into Western World Come Into Focus
The Muslim immigration warnings offered by Dutch politician Geert Wilders—who was in the facility in Garland, Texas, that was attacked by terrorists last weekend—seem to be coming true ……….. Click here for full story
Christians Who Have Avoided The Culture Wars May No Longer Have A Choice With Religious Freedom In Jeopardy, Legal Scholar Says
Christians who have so far avoided controversial “culture war” issues will likely be pulled into those battles as their religious freedom becomes threatened due to gay marriage, Dr. John Inazu warned Monday ……….. Click here for full story
Gay-themed traffic lights get Vienna into mood for Eurovision Song Contest
by Marsha West
Gay-themed traffic lights are getting Vienna into the mood for the annual Eurovision Song Contest, one of the world’s most popular kitsch cultural events which this year is being hosted by the Austrian capital.
Dozens of traffic lights in central Vienna have been programmed to show male or female gay couples with hearts — in red for stop and green for go — replacing the usual single, gender-neutral figure.
Founder of Liberation Theology Will Be Welcomed at the Vatican
by Marsha West
Pope Francis is once again up to his eyeballs in controversy. This time for inviting the founder of liberation theology to the Vatican. Evidently he’s warming up to it, even though it’s theology is steeped in Marxism. Those who are unfamiliar with liberation theology can visit Berean Research to find out what the brouhaha is all about.
Report: Christianity Most Persecuted Faith Worldwide
Christians continue to be the most persecuted faith, though the gap has dropped over time. In 2007 Christians were penalized or harassed in various ways in 107 countries. That peaked at 111 in 2010, dropped and then rose again to 110 in 2012, and dropped to 102 in 2013. Muslims were mistreated in the second most number of countries. They were at 96 in 2007, peaked at 109 in 2012, and dropped to 99 in 2013. Jews suffered in 51 nations in 2007 and have steadily increased, with a large jump from 71 in 2012 to 77 in 2013. Persecution of others stood at 38 in 2013; Buddhists were at 12 and Hindus at 9. The second group facing persecution in more countries in 2013 than 2012 was folk religions, rising from 26 to 34. What makes Jewish persecution numbers so striking and frightening is that Jews make up just .2 percent of the world’s population.
Christian Headlines Daily – Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Good News in Nigeria, But Not for Chibok Girls, Yet
Meriam Ibrahim Says Unauthorized Book about Her Life is ‘a New Persecution’
Denzel Washington Tells Graduates: ‘Put God First’
In This Modern Family, Exes Battle for Custody of Frozen Embryos
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Kicks Off Presidential Campaign
Ben Carson Proposes Tax Plan Based on Biblical Tithing
Boko Haram Survivors Face Severe Food Shortages
Pro-Life Groups Work to Keep Millennials Involved after College
For-Profit College Collapse Could Create Massive Bill for Taxpayers
Huckabee Opens Campaign with Strong Stances on Marriage, Abortion
Washington and Jefferson: America Needs God
Do We Have Freedom of Religion or Freedom of Worship?
A Challenge for Christian Graduates
Celebrate All Women This Mother’s Day
Why Mothers Need Encouragement
Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?
“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime
9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.
The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?
Our Time is Short
Ready to start your new life with God?
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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