Every christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it. —John Stott
May 14, 2015
The U.S. House passed a rewritten version of a bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy — the second Republican attempt at advancing the measure.
U.S. Senate leaders agreed on a deal to move forward with President Barack Obama’s legislation to speed approval of trade agreements following a one-day rebellion by Democrats.
With the U.S. and NATO no longer fighting alongside them, Afghan security forces are struggling. Their spotty performance against an insurgency that shows no sign of flagging threatens President Obama’s promise to end America’s longest war before he leaves office.
The New York-bound Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing seven and injuring more than 200, was traveling 106 miles per hour just before the accident; more than double the speed limit, according to U.S. regulators.
Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average over the past month to the lowest level in 15 years and underscoring labor-market strength. Jobless claims decreased by 1,000 to 264,000 in the seven days ended May 9.
Since New York’s spring sales started last week, at least $2.1 billion of art has been sold at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, with the top 10 lots accounting for almost $800 million.
Wholesale prices in the U.S. unexpectedly declined 0.4 percent in April from the prior month, indicating inflation is well-contained as Federal Reserve officials weigh when to raise the benchmark interest rate.
In the more assertive Saudi Arabia that’s emerging after the Arab Spring, war is no longer taboo as an instrument of policy and Washington’s approval isn’t required.
College enrollment in the spring semester dropped 2 percent from the year before, to 18.6 million. The steepest drop was among students in their mid-20s and older who are re-entering the workforce.
President Vladimir Putin is stockpiling dollars again, suggesting Russia’s first recession in six years can’t keep him from rebuilding his war chest. The Bank of Russia said it plans to buy $100 million to $200 million a day to replenish its reserves after last year’s plunge.
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A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons has kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13 on Wednesday.
Poland and the Baltic states said on Thursday they were seeking permanent NATO deployments on their soil to counter increased Russian military activity, and a Polish internal document suggested the matter may be raised at a Warsaw summit next year.
Pakistan’s biggest city of Karachi was brought to a standstill Thursday following the massacre of 44 minority Shiite Ismaili Muslims in the first attack officially claimed by the Islamic State group in the country.
Beijing police are patrolling the city’s subways and trains to stop people wearing face masks, strange costumes and forming flash mobs, warning commuters that such actions could jeopardize public safety by causing stampedes.
The family of a 19-year-old Indian girl has been ostracized and fined 1.6 million rupees ($25,000) by a village council after she rejected a marriage arranged when she was a baby, the girl and her parents said on Wednesday.
The search continues for the six Marines and two Nepalese who had been delivering supplies after the fatal earthquake.
About 350 Myanmar migrants on a boat stranded for a week in the Andaman Sea with no food or water say 10 people have died, while some are resorting to drinking urine.
Islamic State (IS) militants are reportedly mounting an assault on the Syrian town of Tadmur, where Palmyra – one of the greatest archaeological sites in the Middle East – is located.
The US House of Representatives has voted to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.
Rescue workers are trying to reach at least 15 miners trapped in a flooded gold mine in north-western Colombia.
Aid agencies are attempting to reach areas of Yemen hardest hit by seven weeks of air strikes and fighting, as a humanitarian ceasefire largely holds.
The Vatican will formally recognize Palestinian statehood in a treaty that will be signed shortly, officials say.
The engineer who sped around a train track curve at 106 miles per hour, resulting in the derailment of seven cars and death of seven, says he doesn’t remember a thing – and he’s now hired an attorney to represent him. Brandon Bostian’s also a noted “gay”-rights activist who once lived in San Francisco.
The U.S. is bringing in 100,000 Muslims from Somalia and other African nations every year through legal channels such as the United Nations refugee program and various visa programs, but new reports indicate a pipeline has been established through the southern border with the help of the federal agency whose job it is to protect the homeland.
Days of rioting in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s death caused an estimated $9 million in damage to homes and 284 businesses.
More than two out of five (42.1 percent) American honeybee colonies died in the past year, and surprisingly the worst die-off was in the summer, according to a federal survey.
A Florida Democrat in Congress is proposing legislation that would require all public-school students in America to be vaccinated, preventing parents with religious or other objections from opting out their children.
Top News – 5/14/2015
In these days of desperation and confusion, hopelessness and helplessness, when mountains are collapsing, nations are warring, people are rioting, the earth is quaking, and the enemy is threatening, it’s time to cry out to the Lord! Now!
Iranian official says Saudi king ‘traitor to Islam,’ iterates support for Assad
A senior Iranian official branded Saudi Arabia’s King Salman a traitor to Islam on Thursday and equated the Gulf state’s military assault on Iranian-allied fighters in Yemen with Israeli actions against Palestinians. Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran’s national security and foreign policy committee, speaking in Damascus, also reiterated his country’s support for the Syrian government, which is battling an insurgency backed by Saudi Arabia.
Japan Set to Launch Iris-Scanning Smartphone
Japanese cellphone manufacturer NTT Docomo is set to launch a new smartphone later this month complete with iris-scanning authentication.
PLO Rejects American Mediaton in ‘Peace Talks’
A senior official of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the senior body of the Palestinian Authority, declared Thursday that there will be no return to talks with Israel without a declared date on “ending the occupation.” Wassal abu Yousef said that the Palestinian Authority “will not be satisfied with American mediation” because the Obama administration is biased towards Israel.
DHS caught busing in illegal Somalis from Mexican border
new reports indicate a pipeline has been established through the southern border with the help of the federal agency whose job it is to protect the homeland. They are coming from Somalia and other African nations, according to a Homeland Security official who was caught recently transporting a busload of Africans to a detention center near Victorville, California.
Your Life, and Your Future, Predicted by Data
Just a decade ago, it would have been unthinkable to use data to make everyday decisions. Now, such “predictive analytics” are the norm: Simply type a query into Google and it magically suggests what you were searching for.
Pope Francis to Canonize First ‘Palestinian Saints’
Pope to canonize two Arab nuns who lived in Israel under Ottoman rule as ‘Palestinian’ saints in the Vatican this month.
New Netanyahu gov’t stresses desire for peace with Palestinians
Coalition guidelines presented to Knesset include emphasis on Jewish people’s ‘indisputable right to sovereign state in Israel’ and intent to ‘advance the diplomatic process.’
Op-Ed: The Vatican Against the Jews
The Vatican’s decision should be read as an historic stance against the rights of the Jewish people to their own land. For over forty years after the Jewish State won independence in 1948, the Vatican adopted a diplomatic policy copying that of Israel’s enemies: total non-recognition of the Jewish statehood.
Vatican officially recognizes Palestine, while Israel fumes
The Vatican has become the latest country to recognize the state of Palestine, after a new treaty was finalized on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly Israel has hit out at the move, saying that it damages prospects for peace in the region.
Saudi Arabia prepares to hang opposition Shia cleric amid large protests
Human rights activists worldwide are demanding clemency for cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for taking part in Shia Muslim minority protests in 2011. They warn the execution could inflame the whole of the Middle East.
A woman claiming to be an ‘Ambassador for God’ is suing all gay people
An American woman who claims to be an “ambassador for God” has filed a lawsuit against all the world’s gay people for allegedly breaking religious law. “I’m 66 years old and I never thought that I would see the day in which our great nation or our great state of Nebraska would become so compliant of some people’s lewd behaviour,” she wrote.
Jerusalem Day: March of the Faithful Movement Commemorating the Greatest Moment in History
On Sunday, May 17, 2015 / 28 Iyar, 5775, the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement will conduct an historical event that will on one hand commemorate the greatest moment in the history of Israel and the entire world. It was the great victory that G—d gave to His people Israel in June 1967 when G—d, together with His brave Israeli soldiers, liberated the Holy Temple Mount and biblical Jerusalem.
HSBC WARNS: The world economy faces a ‘titanic problem’
HSBC chief economist Stephen King is already thinking about the next recession. In a note to clients…Whereas previous recoveries have enabled monetary and fiscal policymakers to replenish their ammunition, this recovery — both in the US and elsewhere — has been distinguished by a persistent munitions shortage. This is a major problem.
Obama trade bill revived after bipartisan deal sets new votes
Senate leaders reached a deal Wednesday to revive trade legislation…though House Democrats vowed a tougher fight still awaits. The new agreement paves the way for passage of the deal through the Senate, but Mr. Obama’s own troops in the House said their opposition is intensifying, and they blamed the president for mishandling the politics of his top second-term priority.
Nicaragua volcano Telica spews ash
The Telica volcano in north-west Nicaragua has been spewing large clouds of ash. There have been more than 60 explosions since it started erupting on Thursday, covering nearby towns in a dusting of ash. The 1,061m-high (3,475ft) volcano, one of Nicaragua’s most active, is located 110km (68 miles) north-west of the capital, Managua.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins key China visit
Indian PM Narendra Modi has begun a three-day visit to China as the two countries seek to boost economic co-operation. Mr Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Xian, capital of Mr Xi’s home province of Shaanxi, and will later travel to Beijing and Shanghai. The leaders of the world’s two most populous nations are expected to sign deals worth billions of dollars.
PLO: We will not resume negotiations until a deadline for end of Israeli ‘occupation’ is set
Wasal Abu Yousef, a member of the PLO leadership, said Thursday that Palestinians would not return to the negotiation table with Israel unless a deadline for the end of the Israeli “occupation” is set, London-based newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported. He also said that, should negotiations resume, Palestinians would not rely solely on American mediation due to their “bias” towards Israel.
Israel says Egypt buying advanced Russian air defense system
TEL AVIV – A senior Israeli intelligence official who tracks the regional arms balance said on Wednesday that Egypt was buying Russia’s advanced S-300 air defense system, a deal reported in Russian media but not confirmed by Cairo.
Lava lake drops, earthquakes increase at Kilauea
The deflation at Kilauea began Sunday and the lava lake dropped about 10 yards below its rim on Monday and receded further Tuesday. The drop in the lava lake level was accompanied by a higher frequency of earthquakes in the upper Southwest Rift Zone, including a magnitude 3.1 event at 3:40 p.m. Monday
Strong Quake That Hit Japan Is Aftershock of Devastating 2011 Temblor
A magnitude-6.8 earthquake that shook northeast Japan on Wednesday was an aftershock of the devastating 2011 quake that triggered a massive tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown. “We consider this morning’s earthquake to be an aftershock of the 2011 Northeastern Pacific Earthquake,” said Yohei Hasegawa, an official at the Japanese meteorological agency.
UN Watch Condemns Saudi Bid to Head UN Rights Council
GENEVA, – The fundamentalist Saudi monarchy is seeking to head the world’s top human rights body, a move liable to be “the final nail in the coffin for the credibility of a body that already counts dictatorships like China, Cuba, and Russia as members, and whose top advisor is co-founder of the Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights group.
Obama’s Middle East Debacle
I had to laugh when I heard that the new King of Saudi Arabia, Salmon, told the White House he wasn’t going to attend Thursday’s photo-op get together of Arab leaders. Some lesser Saudi officials will attend. The message is clear enough, so long as Obama continues to make nice with Iran, the center of the problems in the Middle East, the Saudis and the others are going to be wary of any proposal that comes out of the White House.
Former Pentagon Official: U.S. Subsidizing Russia’s Nuclear Weapons Buildup
In an interview with Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman revealed that the United States is, in effect, subsidizing Russia’s increasing nuclear weapons capacity—weapons that could be used against the U.S. in any major war with the West. Gertz’s report describes how the “Energy Department plans to spend more than $60 million in Russia for nuclear security activities at the same time U.S. and European Union sanctions are punishing Moscow for aggression against Ukraine.”
Arab Leaders Revolt Against Iran Nuke Deal
There appears to be a small problem with President Barack Obama’s summit of Persian Gulf states taking place at Camp David on Thursday: Arab leaders want virtually nothing to do with it. Only the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait, two out of the six leaders of countries that comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), will attend.
Barack and Michelle the Poverty Pimps
The picture of Barack Obama when he was still Barry Soetoro on his tricycle, age 4, circa 1965, tells the true-life story about Obama and his claim of knowing what it’s like to be poor. Obama was never poor. He lived a charmed and privileged life, including the photographed chapter where he was the spoiled and spiffy little darling of his well-heeled maternal grandparents.
Pope Ponders Paganism
Not since the rule of Emperor Constantine, during the Roman Warm Era, have pagan gods been tolerated in Rome. Before Constantine, Romans worshipped 12 main gods including Apollo (the Sun), Diana (the Moon), Flora (the plants), Uranus (the sky), Ceres (the crops), Gaia (the Earth) and of course Bacchus (wine), Venus (love) and Mars (war). Some of these gods demanded tribute and sacrifice.
Top Headlines – 5/14/2015
Cliff Kincaid – The Catholic Church Has Gone Socialist
Will a UN Security Council resolution formally recognizing the establishment of a Palestinian state be passed by the end of 2015? Now that the Vatican has formally recognized a Palestinian state, there is a tremendous amount of international momentum for precisely such a UN Security Council resolution. In fact, France plans to push really hard for one by the end of this year. At this point, the only thing that could derail those plans is Barack Obama. For years, the threat of a Security Council veto has been the one thing stopping a resolution from moving forward. But now that Benjamin Netanyahu has been re-elected and has put together a cabinet that does not seem inclined to negotiate with the Palestinians, the Obama administration is pledging to “reevaluate our approach” and says that it will not “prejudge” what it will do if a vote comes up at the United Nations. And as you will see below, one news source is now reporting that behind the scenes Barack Obama has already given the “green light” for France to go ahead with a resolution on a Palestinian state at the UN. If this is truly what Obama plans to do, it will absolutely shatter U.S. relations with Israel and plunge the entire Middle East into chaos. (Read More…)
May 14, 2015
“[T]he government must be a weak one indeed, if it should forget that the good of the whole can only be promoted by advancing the good of each of the parts or members which compose the whole.” —John Jay, Federalist No. 64, 1788
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Regarding the Philadelphia train crash, the blood of the seven dead was not dry on the tracks before Democrats attempted to convert this tragedy into political capital. Congress was deliberating Amtrak funding and, in keeping with Rahm Emmanuel’s maxim to “never let a good crisis go to waste,” Democrats immediately asserted that the crash was related to an “infrastructure failure.” Obama’s White House mouthpiece Josh Earnest got in on the act, saying, “The president has been a leading advocate … for investing in our infrastructure.” He added, “Unfortunately, we have seen a concerted effort by Republicans for partisan reasons to step in front of those kinds of advancements.” According to investigators, the train was traveling over 100 mph, or twice the posted track speed. Notably, this was very similar to the crash in Spain last year, when another train was traveling into a leftward turn at twice the posted track speed. Fortunately, Republicans have not (yet) bowed to Demo tactics, and Amtrak, which is as inefficient and bankrupt as the Post Office, has not yet received even more taxpayer funds. Isn’t $1 billion a year enough?
The NSA’s mass metadata collection efforts have come to a head. Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the program violated the Patriot Act, despite the NSA claiming Section 215 authorized it. Indeed, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), primary author of the original Patriot Act, said, “That program is illegal and based on a blatant misinterpretation of the law.” But the law is up for renewal by June 1, so Congress has to act. The House on Wednesday voted 338-88 to pass the USA Freedom Act, which specifically ends bulk data collection. That sets up a fight with the Senate, where Republicans are more eager to actually authorize the NSA’s phone metadata program. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned the House bill would put undue limits on intelligence collection and said the Senate won’t vote on it. House Speaker John Boehner promised not to let the Patriot Act expire because it’s “critically important to keep Americans safe.” But the fundamental debate is how much power the government needs to do that. How much Liberty do we give up for security?
It’s devilishly hard for someone in America to successfully sue a publication for libel. Not only does the plaintiff have to convince the court that what was published was false and caused harm, but the plaintiff also has to prove that the publication acted with malicious intent. In response to Rolling Stone’s grossly irresponsible false report on a supposed rape on the University of Virginia campus, the college’s Associate Dean of Students Nicole Eramo filed a $7.5 million suit against the magazine and the author of the story, Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Based on the complaint, it appears Eramo has a case. She alleges Erdely never attempted to get documents that would have disproven “Jackie’s” story. And the reporter hid her work by using pseudonyms to describe people in the story she didn’t talk to and dismissed concerns by a Rolling Stone copy editor who wondered why Erdely didn’t talk to the accused. The complaint alleges even Jackie was uncomfortable with how the magazine portrayed Eramo. But Erdely was trying to fit this story into a template, the one she used in the past when writing about rape — a template that produced several factually challenged stories. As Jonah Goldberg wrote last month, journalistic ethics are “all based on a very simple rule: Tell the truth.” More…
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Nate Jackson
“Blacks die sooner than whites. How many votes has this cost Democrats?” So headlined The Washington Post over the weekend. It’s not so much that black lives matter, you see, as black votes matter to Democrat politicians.
Writing in the Post, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Professor Dean Robinson takes a look at the research of Javier Rodriguez, Arline Geronimus, John Bound and Danny Dorling, four university professors who attempt to calculate how different election outcomes might have been if the voting-age blacks who died between 1970 and 2004 had lived and voted (Democrat).
According to Robinson, “Rodriguez and colleagues estimate that excess deaths among blacks totaled 2.7 million between 1970 and 2004, that 1.74 million would have been of voting age, and that 1 million would have voted in the 2004 election. Combining excess mortality with the consequences of felon disenfranchisement, they find that about 1 in 7 blacks (15 percent) did not have the opportunity to vote in 2004 for one of these two reasons.”
While the study authors conclude the 2004 presidential election would not have turned out different, they assert the “[o]utcomes of 7 senate and 11 gubernatorial races could have been reversed.”
Then Robinson lays out the familiar narrative about racial inequality. “Research has shown that blacks are not dying in excess because of differences in genetic endowment or health behavior,” he says. “Instead, health disparities reflect racial and class inequality and an accumulation of stressors, including segregation, discrimination, exposure to pollution and unequal access to health-care resources, to name a few.”
He didn’t get into the disparity in incarceration rates, but that’s been a bugaboo of the Left for years, too. Never mind that blacks commit crime at a rate far higher than other races, and that the overwhelming majority of crime is intra-racial, not interracial.
We certainly would not argue that there hasn’t been any racial inequality. Slavery was a horrific thing, and, ever since its end, the nation has endured 150 years of racial discrimination and bitterness.
But blacks have been a monolithic voting bloc for Democrats — the party of slavery and Jim Crow, by the way — for half a century. Particularly in cities like Baltimore, Chicago and Ferguson, to pick three at random, Democrats have been running the show for at least that long. And blacks in those cities remain mired in failing schools, poor housing and low-wage jobs.
Might there be not just correlation but causation?
Yet according to Political Research Quarterly, “Historical legacies provide deeply rooted ties between blacks and the Democratic Party. These ties may simply render it impossible for Republicans — black or otherwise — to move public opinion or mobilize among blacks.” Translation: Blacks aren’t going to vote GOP any time soon, no matter what.
Robinson concludes, “The tragic deaths of unarmed black men have again generated conversations about racial inequality in the United States.”
He neglects, of course, the thousands of tragic deaths of armed black men at the hands of other armed black men through gang violence in inner cities. This social breakdown and family collapse is largely the result of subsidizing fatherlessness through the Democrats’ “Great Society,” which left blacks enslaved on urban poverty plantations.
Nor did Robinson mention that 37% of aborted babies are black. If blacks, at 12% of the population, accounted for a similar percentage of all abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973 — not even as far back as the researchers go — that’s roughly 21 million people who never had a chance at life, never mind voting. Yet abortion is a sacred plank of the Democrat platform.
Do black lives matter only when taken by police officers?
The ugly truth is that Democrats need blacks to win elections, and this demographic decline is worrisome to leftist politicos. Perhaps that’s why they seek to flood the country with immigrants.
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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Tony Perkins: On Poverty, President Shows Poor Judgment
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- Larry Elder: State Sen. Obama Had an Urban Agenda, and It Failed
- Victor Davis Hanson: The Forgotten Realities of World War II
- George Will: In Childhood, Risk Is Inherent
OPINION IN BRIEF
Tony Perkins: “This President is accusing the church — the most effective social outreach program in the history of America — of ignoring the poor to fight a war on social issues that, oh by the way, he started? That’s not only ignorant of the church’s activities — it’s insulting. The religious community hasn’t ignored the poor. On the contrary, there’s no more generous segment of society than Christian conservatives and the ministries that their giving makes possible. … If the President cares more about poverty than his social agenda, why did he sacrifice a program for thousands of sex trafficking victims on the altar of his radical abortion policy? Or make allegiance to same-sex ‘marriage’ a condition of nonprofits’ tax exemption? In the hostile environment created by this administration, Christians are spending precious time defending their faith, when they could be putting it in practice. Frankly, we’d love to focus on strengthening families and ending poverty — but the President won’t lay down his weapons of sexual radicalism long enough for us to try.”
On this date in history: The State of Israel is formally recognized in 1948.
Upright: “If all whites tomorrow were to move to Canada and Europe, tell me how it would affect the black on black crime rate, how would it affect the out-of-wedlock births, how would it affect the spread of AIDS. How would it affect those issues? What I’m saying to Black America [is that] we must stop victimization. We must stop complaining about what white folks have done to us in the past. … There’s nothing more lethal than a good excuse for failure — institutional racism, whatever that means.” —Center for Neighborhood Enterprise President Robert Woodson
Dezinformatsia: “The shock and tragedy of what happened in Philadelphia made a long-standing battle over Amtrak funding more raw and emotional. … Democrats had asked for $2.5 billion, Republicans actually approved a cut to $1.1 billion.” —NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell (“Maybe if the train had been weighed down with big piles of taxpayer money, it wouldn’t have been able to go so fast…” —National Review’s Jim Geraghty)
Non Compos Mentis: “The only one to fix the infrastructure of our country is me — roads, airports, bridges. I know how to build, pols only know how to talk! … TRAIN WRECK just the beginning. Our roads, airports, tunnels, bridges, electric grid — all falling apart. I can fix for 20% of pols, & better.” —Donald Trump on Twitter
Race bait: “If police were being killed with any type of routine sanction by the system or, worse off, being killed by the system, asking why people aren’t protesting their deaths would be an entirely fair and morally urgent question. But, of course, they’re not.”—Adam Johnson in a Salon article titled, “Dear Facebook ‘friends’: No, we shouldn’t protest when police are killed”
And last… “Obama’s solution for the Baltimore rioters: ‘making investments so they can get the training they need to find jobs.’ Yes. For example, training them not to loot the businesses where the jobs are.” —Fred Thompson
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1) Utah anti-discrimination law already considered insufficient compromise by LGBT community
Some LGBT residents critical of Utah anti-discrimination law, Associated Press (Michelle Price)
2) Concerns over religious liberty rise as liberals urged to be magnanimous in victory
The new culture war, The Economist
3) Attack on conservative view of marriage conflates historic shifts with radical redefinition
Conservatives say marriage has always been between a man and a woman. They’re wrong., Washington Post (Trevor Burrus)
4) Silicon efforts to solve mortality right recognition of death as the Last Enemy
Tech titans’ latest project: Defy death, Washington Post (Ariana Eunjung Cha)
In other news…
An Honest Debate About Abortion Needs More Voices, TIME (Kate Bryan)
The Saudi-Iranian Proxy War in Yemen :: Spyer audio lecture
A briefing by Jonathan Spyer
April 30, 2015
IW News Brief: French Food Fight, CAIRless Lawmaker
by David J. Rusin • May 13, 2015 at 11:04 am
Economist: Force Everyone to Have a Government-Controlled Bank Account
(INFOWARS)—A former Bank of England economist has called for a total ban on cash and its replacement with credit accounts controlled directly by governments.In a column for the London Telegraph, fund manager Jim Leaviss all but advocates economic fascism as a means of enabling authorities to…
Why The Trans-Pacific Partnership is Dangerous
Author(s): Phyllis Schlafly
Congress, led by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), is preparing to betray American workers, and the grassroots 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. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), one of the few Members of Congress who have actually read and studied Fast Track plus its companion trade bill called Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has compiled a list of objections to it that are downright…
Psychiatric Drugs Kill 500k+ Western Adults Annually, Few Positive Benefits
Research director at Denmark’s Nordic Cochrane Centre, Professor Peter Gøtzsche, says the use of most antidepressants and dementia drugs could be halted without inflicting harm on patients. The Danish scientist’s views were published in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday.
His scathing analysis will likely prove controversial among traditional medics. However, concern is mounting among doctors and scientists worldwide that psychiatric medication is doing more harm than good. In particular, they say antipsychotic drugs have been overprescribed to many dementia patients in a bid to calm agitated behavior.
Gøtzsche warns psychiatric drugs kill patients year in year out, and hold few positive benefits. He says in excess of half a million citizens across the Western world aged 65 and over die annually as a result of taking these drugs.
Hillary hath spoken: Change your beliefs!
Yes, you read that right. Your “deep-seated religious beliefs,” where they do not conform to liberal and progressive narratives of victimhood and unfairness, must be “changed.” No woman in the United States is being “denied access” to reproductive health care and safe childbirth. There is no “war on woman,” despite how hard liberals work to perpetuate this myth and hang it around the necks of conservatives. Yet these fictional crimes are all the justification Hillary Clinton needs to tell you to your face that you bitter religious fanatics desperately clinging to your guns and religion (to paraphrase His Eminence, Lord High Emperor Barack Obama) must change your ardently held beliefs.
Krauthammer explains Arab leaders’ snub of Obama
A renowned author and conservative commentator says it’s understandable why Saudi Arabia’s king is not attending a “summit” hosted by President Obama.
“That’s a real slap in the face to Obama when King Salman said, No, I’m not coming,” Charles Krauthammer tells OneNewsNow.
Ann Graham Lotz: Judgment Has Begun–We are in the Days of Noah
According to Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, the United States – and the world in general – is actively incurring the wrath of God in much the same way as it did prior to the great flood of the Old Testament.
During a recent speech, Lotz paraphrased Jesus Christ’s prophesy regarding the state of a sinful world during its final days:
The Catholic Church Has Gone Socialist
by Marsha West
Berean Research has been reporting on Pope Francis’ move into socialism with articles such as Vatican to Recognize Palestinian State in New Treaty and Catholic Church Warms to Liberation Theology as Founder Heads to Vatican. Now Cliff Kincaid, Director of Accuracy in Media, offers compelling reasons for why he believes that the Catholic Church has gone […]
FDA proposes 1-year abstinence for gay, bisexual men to donate blood
by Marsha West
According to The Washington Times:
The federal government on Tuesday proposed its plans to permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have abstained from sex for a year.
The policy is aimed at safeguarding the blood supply for hemophiliacs and other users. It is similar to those of several nations, which also have a one-year or multiple-year sexual abstinence policy for men who have sex with men (MSM).
The policy is denounced by gay-rights groups who say MSM who are married or in monogamous relationships have less risk for transmitting diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis than heterosexuals who have multiple female sex partners.
New Pew Research Poll: Apostate “Christians” Leaving Church
by Marsha West
Christian News Network (CNN) informs us that the current Pew Research Center report stated that mainline groups have experienced the greatest drop in numbers and “may have fallen by as few as 3 million or as many as 7.3 million between 2007 and 2014.” According to CNN, these groups include the “United Methodist Church, the American Baptist Church (U.S.A.), the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Episcopal Church— denominations that have largely been considered to be apostate by evangelical Christians because of their liberal and unorthodox stances on abortion and homosexuality.” The good news is that those who identify as evangelical Christians have declined less than one percent.
Countdown To ‘Disaster’: 4 Months To Shemitah
As the climax of the “Shemitah” year draws near, the man who popularized the once-obscure Hebrew word sees more cause than ever for concern. The Shemitah year began on Sept. 25, 2014, and will hit its climax on Sept. 13, 2015. That is exactly four months away, when the Hebrew calendar lands on Elul 29, the same biblical day of reckoning that brought record stock-market crashes in September 2001 and September 2008. …………. Click here for full story
Temple Mount Faithful To Commemorate Jerusalem Day With March For Rebuilding Third Temple
On Sunday, May 17, 2015 the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement will conduct an historical event that will commemorate the great victory that G-D gave to His people Israel in June 1967 when G-D, together with His brave Israeli soldiers, liberated the Holy Temple Mount and Biblical Jerusalem. …………. Click here for full story
America Going Secular? Survey Says – Yes
Christianity is still the dominant religion in America, with seven in 10 claiming affiliation with the belief, but those touting no particular religion – the “nones” – are rapidly taking over the country ………… Click here for full story
Iris Scanners, Widely Used By US Military, Could Be Coming To A Police Department Near You
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 ……….. Click here for full story
North Korean Submarines ‘Could Fire Nuclear Missiles At America Within TWO YEARS’
Dictator Kim Jong-un was pictured watching the offshore test launch at the weekend, which came just days after the volatile and secretive nation threatened to attack sworn enemy America with nuclear weapons ……….. Click here for full story
Christians Lose Ground, ‘Nones’ Soar In New Portrait Of U.S. Religion
The percentage of people who describe themselves as Christians fell about 8 points — from 78.4 to 70.6. This includes people in virtually all demographic groups, whether they are “nearing retirement or just entering adulthood, married or single, living in the West or the Bible Belt,” according to the survey report.
Academy Award-Winning Actor Gives College Grads His No. 1 Piece of Advice: ‘Put. God. First!’
During the rest of his brief commencement address — just over 10 minutes long — Washington urged graduates to “fail big” and take chances. But in regard to material things, he cautioned that “you will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse.” “I pray that you put your slippers way under your bed tonight,” the actor noted toward the end of his time behind the podium, “so that when you wake up in the morning you have to get on your knees to reach them.
Senate Breaks Gridlock, Passes Human Trafficking Bill
“Help is finally on the way for the thousands of enslaved victims who suffer unspeakable abuse in the shadows,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act boosts law enforcement’s ability to pursue perpetrators, strengthens penalties, and establishes a domestic fund to help trafficking victims.
Liberal speakers dominate college commencements, conservative group says
by Marsha West
Fox News Reports:
Northwestern UniversityAs cap-and-gown season gets underway at American colleges and universities, graduates and their loved ones will be getting an earful from left-wing commencement speakers, according to a report.
Liberal speakers will outnumber conservatives by at least 6-to-1 at the nation’s top 100 schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, according to conservative watchdog group Young America’s Foundation. Among the top 10 of the list–which includes schools such as Princeton, the University of Chicago and Duke–none is hosting conservative speakers.
“Our 2015 survey shows the conservative blackout on college campuses has only gotten worse,” Ron Robinson, president of Young America’s Foundation, said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “While conservatives won the national elections by a wide margin, campuses have doubled down on liberal speakers–with zero elected conservative officials scheduled to speak at our nation’s top schools.”
Vatican to Recognize Palestinian State in New Treaty
by Marsha West
According to Berean Research:
The Vatican said Wednesday that it had concluded a treaty to recognize Palestinian statehood, a symbolic but significant step welcomed by Palestinians but upsetting to the Israeli government.
Formal recognition of a Palestinian state by the Vatican, which has deep religious interests in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories that include Christian holy sites, lends a powerful signal of moral authority and legitimacy to the efforts by the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, to achieve statehood despite the long paralyzed Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Vatican to Recognize Palestinian State in New Treaty
ROME — The Vatican said Wednesday that it had concluded a treaty to recognize Palestinian statehood, a symbolic but significant step welcomed by Palestinians but upsetting to the Israeli government. Formal recognition of a Palestinian state by the Vatican, which has deep religious interests in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories that include Christian holy sites, lends […]
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Pope Francis Signs Treaty From The Vatican Officially Recognizing The State Of Palestine
The Vatican said Wednesday that it had concluded a treaty to recognize Palestinian statehood, a significant step welcomed by Palestinians but upsetting to the Israeli government.
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.” Revelation 17:15-17 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Pope Francis is almost certainly the False Prophet mentioned in the book of Revelation. From a prophetic stand point, he has accomplished more in the last two years than the last 20 popes combined. And like all popes before him, he is absolutely the enemy of the state of Israel. As shocking as this is, it is only a warmup for the 7 Year Peace Treaty that will be brought by the False Prophet’s buddy, the Antichrist. The signing of today’s treaty advances the prophecy time clock forward by a huge leap. Achtung, Juden.
ROME — Formal recognition of a Palestinian state by the Vatican, which has deep religious interests in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories that include Christian holy sites, lends a powerful signal of moral authority and legitimacy to the efforts by the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, to achieve statehood despite the long paralyzed Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Israel has grown increasingly alarmed about the increased international acceptance of Palestine as a state since the United Nations upgraded the Palestinian delegation’s status in 2012 to that of a nonmember observer state. A number of European countries have also signaled their acceptance of Palestinian statehood.
A statement from a joint commission of Vatican and Palestinian diplomatic officials, posted on the Vatican news website, said “the work of the commission on the text of the agreement has been concluded,” and that it would be submitted for formal approval and for signing “in the near future.”
Hanna Amireh, head of a Palestinian committee on church affairs, said the treaty was a broad one regarding the Vatican’s interests in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, including the standing of churches and church courts and taxes on church charities, institutions and lands, as well as other cultural and diplomatic matters. He said it had been under negotiation for about a year.
“The Vatican is the spiritual capital of the Catholics, and they are recognizing Palestine, that’s the chief importance,” said Mr. Amireh, who is also a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee. The move counters an image of Palestinians as militants or terrorists, he added, as a “recognition of the Palestinian character that has a clear message for coexistence and peace.” source
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Posted: 14 May 2015 06:36 AM PDT
This week, Israel celebrates two separate milestones of events that took place a generation apart, but which are interrelated and part of God’s promise being played out before our eyes. Or maybe they are simply interesting coincidences. See what you think. First, on May 14 1948, the day Israel declared independence, Israel’s modern founding fathers anchored the rebirth of the Jewish state in God’s promise, the voices of our prophets, and our history in a document that included this passage: “The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books…
The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations Placing our trust in the Almighty, we affix our signatures to this proclamation at this session of the provisional Council of State, on the soil of the Homeland, in the city of Tel-Aviv, on this Sabbath eve, the 5th day of Iyar, 5708 (14th May, 1948).” MORE
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|7 Traits of False Prophets in Sheep’s Clothing
Posted: 14 May 2015 06:30 AM PDT
A false teacher can be anyone in a position of spiritual authority or claiming to be. Wolves don’t often attack wolves, but they do go after sheep. They bring destructive teachings and lies into the church, often, by telling people what they want to hear (cf. Jer. 23). They provide layers of truth mixed with error, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:15-16b).
“Beware” means to be on alert … to discern what is being said. False teachers take advantage of the fact that many people are not well educated in fundamental biblical truths. To detect a counterfeit, one must first know what the original looks like. It’s impossible to gain a clear picture of absolute truth without going directly to God’s Word. Unless one is firmly grounded in God’s Word and led by His Spirit, one can easily be led astray.
Wolves don’t advertise, instead, they “look” like sheep. False teachers aren’t dressed in red holding a pitchfork. They often look the same as everyone else. They subtly challenge the inerrancy and authority of Scripture, and they add to salvation … it’s not in Christ alone. Legitimate teachers recognize the deity of Christ. False teachers promote salvation through works and not through faith alone. One must belong to their Society, Institution or Church in order to be saved. This is a false gospel.
Jesus encourages His followers to be fruit inspectors. I came across a great article from the Gospel Coalition written by Colin Smith entitled, “7 Traits of False Teachers.” This precise article identifies the fruit of false teachers. The link is at the bottom for those who want to read Colin’s complete piece. I’m going to spend the next few minutes quoting directly from it. He compares the authentic with the counterfeit from 1 and 2 Peter. Colin wrote … FULL REPORT
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|Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here
Posted: 14 May 2015 06:24 AM PDT
An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway. The cop sits in the car a moment, runs the plates—they’re fine—and gets out of the car. As he or she approach the driver’s side window, the driver pulls out a gun, shoots the officer, and flees. This is something close to what happened in Long Island earlier this year, when a Suffolk County police officer was shot during a traffic stop. Unlike the recent traffic-stop shooting in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the suspect in the New York case, police told CBS, was a “known gang member.”
Marios Savvides, a Carnegie Mellon engineering professor, says he’s invented the fix: a long-range iris scanner that can identify someone as they glance at their rear-view mirror. In other words, it’s technology that could potentially identify a dangerous suspect before the cop even gets out of the car. It is the first effective long-range iris scanner, he says. MORE
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|China launches ‘mystery object’ into space
Posted: 14 May 2015 06:20 AM PDT
In what could ring alarm bells for the Indian security establishment, a report of the United States Department of Defence (DoD), has warned about China “destructive” space programme of stalling or destroying satellites of other countries and how its nuclear-powered submarines now make forays into the Indian Ocean.
The “object” re-entered Earth’s orbit 9.5 hours after launch. The US report failed to indentify it and stated: “The launch profile was not consistent with traditional space-launch vehicles, ballistic missiles or sounding rocket launches used for scientific research. It could, however, have been a test of technologies with a counterspace mission.” “China continues to develop a variety of capabilities designed to limit or prevent the use of space-based assets by adversaries, including the development of directed-energy weapons and satellite jammers”, the US report warned. The US expressed concern “China’s continued development of destructive space technologies represented a threat to all peaceful nations”. FULL REPORT
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|Japan Set To Launch Iris-Sanning Smartphone
Posted: 14 May 2015 06:15 AM PDT
Produced in conjunction with fellow technology manufacturer Fujitsu, the Arrows NX F-04G smartphone will utilize a user’s iris pattern to carry out a multitude of tasks. Captured using both the phone’s infrared camera and LED, the iris scan will allow a user to unlock their device, confirm payments, and access several built-in Docomo services. A promotional video from Docomo featuring disgruntled password attemptees boasts the phone’s convenience and security. “Have you had trouble with a password?” the video asks. According to the International Business Times, the feature gives users greater peace of mind than fingerprint scanners used on other leading smartphones.
“Unlike fingerprint scanners such as those found on the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6, the iris scanner lets users unlock their phones without the need to take off their gloves or worry about unsavory characters making copies of their fingerprints,” the Times reports.
Although security researcher Jan Krissler was able to successfully recreate the thumbprint of Germany’s federal minister of defense last year using publicly-available photos, a more recent hack by Krissler also produced a similar method for bypassing iris scans as well. MOREThe post Japan Set To Launch Iris-Sanning Smartphone appeared first on .
|Tracking Kids Via Microchip ‘Can’t Be Far Off,’ Says Expert
Posted: 13 May 2015 08:18 PM PDT
It’s a thought that is just a little too Orwellian for most people — putting a microchip inside your body. But there are people who are doing just that already. For most of those who have, it’s a matter of convenience. Now, they can log onto their computer, lock or unlock their front door, or even start their car with a wave of a microchip implanted in their hand. Now let’s take the technology one step further. What if you could implant a chip in your child which could help bring him or her home in the event they were lost or worse — kidnapped?
Experts are working on that possibility right now. There are already working on products you can buy, like watches or bracelets or tracking bug,s to drop into a backpack which can be tracked by GPS. But tracking a microchip, placed inside a human body is another matter. “I just might be one of those mothers who would do it”, says Trish Dickerson. Her 3 and a half-year-old son, Elliott, never stops. “He has no fear, of anybody or anything. He has no stranger danger,” Dickerson said. Are human microchips in our future? Dickerson said she though one day, “I microchip my dog, why couldn’t I microchip my son?” Stewart Lipoff said that’s the “ick factor” most people cannot get over. MORE
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|Planet reeling from a series of earthquake strikes – may be indicator more quakes are on the horizon
Posted: 13 May 2015 08:04 PM PDT
As the above map indicates, seismic stress factors appear to be building along the Alpide Belt and across the ever-volatile Pacific Ring of Fire. 97% of the earthquakes on the planet occur in these two densely-populous regions.
The occurrence of large earthquake events could continue, as tectonic plates across the globe readjust to the recent flurry of seismic unrest. People living in the regions of Mexico and Central America should also remain alert for the outbreak of moderate to large-scale seismic events that could come on the heels of these recent events. EP
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|Molten lava gushes out of Sicily’s Mount Etna volcano
Posted: 13 May 2015 07:59 PM PDT
Molten lava is seen spewing from Mount Etna in Sicily in this dramatic photo that captured one of the most active volcanoes on Earth acting up again. The Strombolian activity – in which incandescent matter is propelled in relatively low-level eruptions – occurred at the New SE crater, according to volcanodiscovery.com. The event, captured in the photo by Barcroft Media, was accompanied by a “rising tremor,” the site reported.
“The current pattern is very similar to many past episodes which often culminated in violent explosive (lava fountain) and effusive (lava flow) paroxysms and could very well build up to a new one,” the site said. Mount Etna is the largest and most active volcano in Europe, with frequent eruptions that are often accompanied by large flows of lava – though they rarely endanger inhabited areas. The volcano, which towers above the city of Catania, has been erupting periodically for the past 2,000 years. EP
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|Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano lava lake drops out of public view – earthquakes continue
Posted: 13 May 2015 07:54 PM PDT
As the summit of Kilauea volcano continues to deflate, the lava lake is dropping out of view. Over the past few weeks, the volcanic spectacle of the rising lava lake has been drawing thousands of visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where for the first time the lava could be seen from the Jaggar Museum overlook.
Before that, the lava could only be observed on USGS webcams stationed around Halema’uma’u crater. The rise – and occasional overflow – of the lava lake coincided with a steep inflation at the summit, as recorded by continuously operating electronic tiltmeters. But this weekend, that inflationary trend reversed, and the lava lake began to recede. MORE
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|Why Are Exchange-Traded Funds Preparing For A ‘Liquidity Crisis’ And A ‘Market Meltdown’?
Posted: 13 May 2015 07:48 PM PDT
Some really weird things are happening in the financial world right now. If you go back to 2008, there was lots of turmoil bubbling just underneath the surface during the months leading up to the great stock market crash in the second half of that year. When Lehman Brothers finally did collapse, it was a total shock to most of the planet, but we later learned that their problems had been growing for a long time. I believe that we are in a similar period right now, and the second half of this year promises to be quite chaotic. Apparently, those that run some of the largest exchange-traded funds in the entire world agree with me, because as you will see below they are quietly preparing for a “liquidity crisis” and a “market meltdown”.
About a month ago, I warned of an emerging “liquidity squeeze“, and now analysts all over the financial industry are talking about it. Could it be possible that the next great financial crisis is right around the corner? According to Reuters, the companies that run some of the largest exchange-traded funds in existence are deeply concerned about what a lack of liquidity would mean for them during the next financial crash. So right now they are quietly “bolstering bank credit lines” so that they will be better positioned for “a market meltdown”…MORE
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Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, May 14, 2015
Report: At Least 5,000 Catholics Killed by Boko Haram in Nigeria
Lecrae Writing Book about Struggles with Drugs, Alcoholism
College President: Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage May Lead to Christian School Closings
Carly Fiorina: If Supreme Court Legalized Gay Marriage, I Wouldn’t Reverse It
House to Vote on 20-Week Abortion Ban
Human Trafficking Thrives in Thailand
Seattle Student Uncovered as Prominent ISIS Recruiter
Judge Rules Dementia Patient Must be Euthanized
Senate Votes to Save Saeed Abedini
Boston Bomber Expresses Remorse to Catholic Nun
Good News for Born-Again Christians
What the Western Church Can Do about ISIS
Can You be a Christian without Believing in Christ?
Tom Brady and the ‘Win at All Costs’ Mentality
How Did We Come to the ‘Me First’ Culture?
Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?
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