May 19, 2015
About 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s State Department e-mail would be made public in January under an agency proposal.
Additional restrictions on pesticides may be needed to save honeybees and other pollinators crucial to agriculture that have been devastated over the past decade.
Islamic State’s seizure of the Iraqi city of Ramadi threatens to unravel President Obama’s strategy for defeating the Sunni extremist group without sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq.
New residential construction in the U.S. surged in April to the highest level in more than seven years, indicating the industry regained its footing after the soft patch at the beginning of the year. Housing starts jumped 20.2 percent to a 1.14 million annualized rate, the most since November 2007.
A U.S. combat ship used agreed codes for unplanned encounters when it met a Chinese vessel during a recent patrol of the contested South China Sea, according to the vice chief of naval operations.
Greece will probably struggle through June before finally running out of money in early July.
The U.S. is about to change the global LNG market forever. When the first tanker carrying liquefied natural gas from shale fields leaves the Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana in December, it will turn consumers into traders with more bargaining power. That will transform a market dominated by long-term contracts into one where spot trading gains prominence, similar to oil.
Some 61 million fewer people were employed in 2014 than there would have been had pre-crisis employment growth trends continued. The global financial crisis of 2008-10 had a big impact on jobs. Employment growth has stalled at a rate of about 1.4 percent per year since 2011. While this compares favorably with the crisis period when that rate averaged 0.9 percent, it is below the 1.7 percent annual rate between 2000 and 2007.
AP Top Stories
The remains of an American pilot who died in a plane crash in Cameroon last year are still in the cockpit even though villagers discovered the wreckage of his anti-poaching aircraft more than a month ago, officials and the pilot’s family said.
Saudi Arabia advertised vacancies for eight executioners after beheading nearly as many people since the start of the year as it did in the whole of 2014. The civil service ministry said that no qualifications were necessary and that applicants would be exempted from the usual entrance exams. It said that as well as beheadings, the successful candidates would be expected to carry out amputations ordered by the courts under the kingdom’s strict version of Islamic sharia law.
Funeral services were set for Monday for three victims of the deadly Philadelphia train derailment last week, as Amtrak commuter service resumed on the busy Northeast Corridor.
A 10-year-old girl drowned in a swimming pool aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the Carolinas and the ship immediately sailed to a nearby port in Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
A schoolteacher who gained permission to have an additional child in her hometown in one Chinese province has been ordered to have an abortion because the province where she is teaching has different rules, a family planning officer confirmed.
Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation. Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off after just 12 months.
A French court has acquitted two police officers who were accused of contributing to the deaths of two teenagers in a blighted Paris suburb a decade ago.
Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.
An Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the corpse of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend at a funeral home viewing last month was taken back into custody Monday after bond was set on an additional charge accusing her of removing body parts of the dead woman.
Federal water managers released a report Monday projecting that Lake Mead’s water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.
About half of students expect to be supported financially by their parents for up to two years after graduation, according to a new survey.
Eleven Afghan policemen have been sentenced to one year in prison for failing to protect a woman beaten to death by a mob after being accused of burning a copy of the Koran in the capital Kabul in March, although witnesses said she did not.
Egyptian security forces are using sexual violence against detainees on a massive scale, according to the International Federation for Human Rights. A report by the organization suggests men, women and children are being abused “to eliminate public protest”.
A general election in Thailand is to be delayed following a decision by the military government to hold a referendum on a new constitution.
Teachers across France are going on strike against government reforms to the education system. The government wants to reduce teaching of Latin and ancient Greek, scrap an intensive language scheme and change the history curriculum.
Government schools are warring on Christianity and real education, warns an education expert and one of America’s most influential Christian authors.
Researchers have figured out how to get yeast to produce morphine, codeine and other similar drugs and have immediately urged regulators to control these drug-brewing yeasts before people start trying to make them at home.
An estimated 100,000 Christians are killed each year around the world solely because of their faith, one bishop found.
Top News – 5/19/2015
Police cash confiscations still on the rise
The case of an aspiring Michigan businessman has reignited the debate over limits to the federal government’s ability to seize property of those it suspects of being involved in criminal activity.
While US scales back Mideast peace goals, Europeans talk of re-launching diplomacy
On eve of regional visit, EU foreign policy chief says coming with message that European Union is ready to support a restart of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Ollie North: Obama Invites Iraq ‘Bloodbath of Biblical Proportions’
Despite White House assurances to the contrary, the loss of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State (ISIS) forces is not a minor setback, retired Lt. Col. Oliver North says. U.S. forces fought “every day” in Ramadi between 2004 and 2007 because of the city’s strategic importance, North said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”
What IS this strange sound from the sky? Noise heard across the globe for nearly a DECADE – but nobody has an explanation
Sounding like a trumpet….from a brass section of an orchestra.
Stranded sea lion pups fall victim to California’s ‘ocean deserts’
In an environment without easily accessible nutrients, sea lions are forced to forage farther afield to find food for their pups, and the results can be fatal. Mothers may be gone for up to a week, leaving pups to strike out on their own in search of food, with many arriving on shore.
Netanyahu: Protecting Israel against enemies is new government’s top priority
He said that the first task of the new government will be to protect the country against threats from Israel’s enemies in the region. Netanyahu also said that lowering the cost of living is a top priority.
Jeb Bush sees no constitutional right to gay marriage
Republican Jeb Bush said in a weekend radio interview that he does not believe the Constitution grants a right to gay marriage, emphasizing his support for “traditional marriage.”
Illinois Passes Anti-BDS Bill
Bill requires State of Illinois to divest from all companies that boycott Israel.
The Hasmoneans and the Pope
To understand the position of the church, one needs to consider the Hasmonean period. ..the Hasmoneans ushered in the eventual demise of the Commonwealth of Israel. Our rabbis teach us this negative aspect of their rule was a direct result of their assuming the “crowns” of both kingship and priesthood.
Greek Debt Settlement Deal Within Reach – Finance Minister
“We are almost there now… I would say this is a matter of just one week,” Bloomberg quoted Yanis Varoufakis as telling the Greek Star TV channel on Monday.
UNSETTLED SOLAR WIND
Earth is passing through a stream of unsettled solar wind, and this is causing intermittent geomagnetic storms around the poles. May 19th began with a G2-class storm that is subsiding now, but could flare up again in the hours ahead.
The oil price war has just begun
The first, issued on May 12 by OPEC, says, in essence, that Saudi Arabia’s effort to keep its own oil production at near-record highs is succeeding in wresting market share back from US producers of shale oil, also called “light, tight oil” (LTO). The second, issued a day later by the International Energy Agency (IEA), agrees, but only up to a point.
IS says German carried out Iraq suicide mission
A German national carried out a suicide bombing against Iraqi security forces near the city of Baiji Monday, the Islamic State group claimed in a statement posted on jihadist forums.
Iran uses maritime confrontations to project power in Gulf
Iran is using its sea power in the Gulf to show it will not be cowed by Washington’s newly assertive Arab allies, prompting critics to accuse Tehran of destabilizing the region. Iranian ships fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker which it said damaged an Iranian oil platform, causing the vessel to flee, and seized a container ship in the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil route, over a debt row.
Greek debt deal within next week, says Varoufakis
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has said he expects an agreement with the country’s international creditors within the next week. Greece is fast-approaching bankruptcy and is due to make a payment of €1.5bn (£1.09bn) to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 5 June.
Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz to leave magazine
Charlie Hebdo cartoonist “Luz” who designed the magazine’s cover image of Muhammad after the Paris attacks has said he is leaving the publication. Renald Luzier told the French newspaper Liberation that his job had become “too much to bear” following the deaths of his colleagues. Twelve people were murdered when two Islamist gunmen burst into the Charlie Hebdo offices on 7 January.
Top Headlines – 5/19/2015
Netanyahu says he wants talks with Palestinians to resume, sources claim
While US scales back Mideast peace goals, Europeans talk of re-launching diplomacy
‘No alternative’ to Saudi peace plan, says expert
‘Netanyahu’s exclusionary rhetoric on Jerusalem will only ignite further strife’
Minister Ariel: Jerusalem Will be Rebuilt, Not Divided
Palestinian Authority advances bid to file lawsuits against Israel at ICC
PM to meet FIFA head as Palestinians try to kick Israel out of world soccer association
Israeli-Ethiopian protesters return to Tel Aviv to rally against police brutality, racism
IDF arrests 17 suspects – including 7 Hamas members in security sweeps across the West Bank
Palestinian Authority continues crackdown on Hamas supporters
Turkey to Help Hamas Rebuild 19 Destroyed ‘Missile Mosques’
Warm Vatican welcome for PA president sparks ire in Jerusalem
US calls death sentence for former Egyptian president Morsi’s ‘unjust’
It’s Not Just Boko Haram, Fulani Muslim Herdsmen Are also Killing Christians in Nigeria; More Than 70 Murdered in One Month
ISIS now controls a supply route from Syria’s largest city to Iraq’s capital
ISIS capture of Ramadi renews concerns about US troop pullout, weapons left behind
UN: Nearly 25,000 Iraqis have fled ISIS-controlled Ramadi
Islamic State advances east from Iraq’s Ramadi towards army base
ISIS Fighters Seized Advantage in Iraq Attack by Striking During Sandstorm
IS says German carried out Iraq suicide mission
Yemen conflict: Saudi-led air strikes resume as truce ends
Iran uses maritime confrontations to project power in Gulf
Iran eyeing full-force return to oil market once nuclear deal passes
Officials say US drone strike kills 3 militants in Pakistani tribal region near Afghanistan
British ‘White Widow’ rises in Al-Shabaab, reportedly had role in 400 murders
‘Innocence of Muslims’ Ruling Reversed by Appeals Court in Favor of Google
Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz to leave magazine
Ukraine says it will prosecute captured Russian soldiers for terrorist acts
Organized crime charges filed against 170 motorcycle gang members after Texas shootout
Bikers put out ‘green light’ against officers following Waco shooting
NYPD Commissioner Considering Granting Amnesty To 1.2 Million Low-Level Offenders
Obama seeks to end immigration enforcement by local, state police
Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate
Rand Paul: ‘I Call For The President to Obey the Law,’ End NSA’s Unlawful Spying on Americans
Kerry: Internet ‘Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly’ – Calls for more international Internet laws
Senate fight looms as law allowing NSA to collect Americans’ phone data set to expire
Skyrocketing Medicaid signups stir Obamacare fights
Dow, S&P close at record highs as rate-hike angst abates
Greek debt deal within next week, says Varoufakis
The oil price WAR has just begun
ISS may gain a laser cannon for blasting space debris
5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Champerico, Guatemala
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
Minor 4.3 magnitude quake felt in several Alaska communities; no damage
Dallas Area Has 3.3 Magnitude Earthquake; Nobody Hurt
More earthquake monitors being deployed in Ohio
Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 18,000ft
Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,500ft
Kilauea’s Southwest Rift Heading Towards Eruption?
Fierce flood turned mudslide kills 58 in Colombia
Record-Setting Drought Forces California Salmon to Take to the Highway
Bill Nye Paid $35K To Tell Students To Dismiss Global Warming ‘Skeptics’
New Study Threatens To Unravel Obama’s Global Warming Agenda
World population-food supply balance is becoming increasingly unstable
World Trade Organization rules to remove ‘country of origin’ meat labels
Mystery over 1,300 birds found dead on Chilean beach
WHO chief announces shake-up of organisation after Ebola crisis
Terminal Single Mother Fights To Validate ‘Die With Dignity’ Law In California
On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Obama Vows to ‘Keep Fighting’ for LGBT Rights
Hundreds of Kenyan pastors to Obama: Stop preaching homosexuality
High school students watch ’50 shades’ in class as a reward
Virtual reality porn? We’re cool with it, Oculus exec says
During the Iraq war more than 4,000 U.S. soldiers died, countless others were severely injured, and the total cost to U.S. taxpayers was more than 2 trillion dollars. But now whatever the U.S. military accomplished during that war is being completely undone by ISIS. On Monday, we learned that ISIS had fully taken control of the strategically important city of Ramadi. Despite nine months of airstrikes by the U.S. military, ISIS continues to move forward and take new territory. Just a few years ago, American soldiers fought some incredibly bloody battles on the streets of Ramadi, but now that city is in the hands of the most ruthless terror organization on the entire planet. And since it is only about 70 miles from Baghdad, Ramadi is going to make a fine staging area for an all-out assault on the capital. No matter how you cut it, the cold, hard reality of the matter is that the United States is losing in Iraq and ISIS is winning. So what will the U.S. do if ISIS actually takes control of the entire country? (Read More…)
Do you remember what happened when Cyprus decided to defy the EU? In the end, the entire banking system of the nation collapsed and money was confiscated from private bank accounts. Well, the nation of Greece is now approaching a similar endgame. At this point, the Greek government has not received any money from the EU or the IMF since August 2014. As you can imagine, that means that Greek government accounts are just about bone dry. The new Greek government continues to insist that it will never “violate its anti-austerity mandate”, but the screws are tightening. Right now the unemployment rate in Greece is over 25 percent and the banking system is on the verge of collapse. It isn’t going to take much to set off a panic, and when it does happen there are already rumors that the EU plans to confiscate money from private bank accounts just like they did in Cyprus. (Read More….)
I hate the term “elite.” This implies some sort of extraordinary skill, which in my experience in Washington, at least with the media and definitely in politics is not apt. But you get the point. Statist, entitled, usually wealthy (though typically not rich) folks who like to frequent the Georgetown cocktail circuit and get a thrill when Politico comes calling. The folks who actually care about Washingtonian Magazine.
They aren’t elite, but they are the political class. And they are protected. The Stephanopoulos kerfuffle is a great example. Why does this guy still have a job?
1) Irish same sex marriage referendum shows division between radical Catholics and evangelicals
Ireland’s Marriage Equality Moment, New York Times (Fintan O’Toole)
‘New Irish’ Christians mobilise to vote no to gay marriage, The Guardian (Henry McDonald)
Ireland could be first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote, Washington Post (Griff Witte)
Pope Francis and the Art of Joy, New York Times (Timothy Egan)
2) Protestant church distinctives affirmed by political disasters made by Vatican
Castro: Pope Francis so impressive I might return to church, Washington Post (AP)
Vatican Officially Recognizes State Of Palestine, NPR (Krishnadev Calamur)
3) Luxembourg Prime Minister becomes first European leader to marry same sex partner
Luxembourg Premier Is First E.U. Leader to Marry Same-Sex Partner, New York Times (Aurelien Breeden)
4) Justice Ginsberg presiding at same sex wedding affirms view of gay marriage as constitutional
Presiding at Same-Sex Wedding, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Emphasizes the Word ‘Constitution’, New York Times (Maureen Dowd)
In other news…
May 19, 2015
“Stability in government is essential to national character and to the advantages annexed to it, as well as to that repose and confidence in the minds of the people, which are among the chief blessings of civil society.” —James Madison, Federalist No. 37, 1788
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The State Department knew that al-Qaida-backed jihadists perpetuated the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the Benghazi consulate the day after the attack that killed four Americans. On Sept. 12, State released a secret memo including “not finally evaluated intelligence” that had none of the Obama administration’s false narrative about a spontaneous protest over a YouTube video. “The attack was planned ten or more days prior on approximately 01 September 2012,” the memo said. “The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for U.S. killings of Aboyahiye ((ALALIBY)) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings.” The document was pried loose from State by Judicial Watch, which also released documents showing the Obama administration knew of the looming threat of Syrian violence before the civil war broke out. Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton asserted that if the public knew in 2012 what it knows now regarding the Obama administration’s conduct surrounding the Benghazi attack, “Mitt Romney might very well be president.” More…
Last year, Hillary Clinton bemoaned her impoverished state upon leaving the White House at the end of Bill’s second term. “[W]e came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt,” she lamented. “We had no money when we got there and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education — you know, it was not easy.” Even if that were completely true, they didn’t waste much time winning, as Barack Obama recently put it, “society’s lottery.” The Associated Press reports, “Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton reported Friday that they earned more than $30 million combined in speaking fees and book royalties since January 2014.” That’s more than $1 million per month. Nice work if you can get it. Bill justifies it all, saying, “I gotta pay our bills” — they did pay off a mortgage of up to $5 million — and that he gives most of his income to the Clinton Foundation anyway. Never mind that the Foundation’s pay-to-play setup is grossly corrupt. Meanwhile, Hillary complained in Iowa, “There’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker.” She might not be the best messenger for that one.
In what has become an all-too familiar story, more blood was spilled on the streets of Chicago over the weekend after a barrage of shootings claimed nearly 50 victims, two of whom succumbed to their injuries, according to the latest available data. The Chicago Tribune reports that felonious shootings were already up 22% compared to 2014 before this latest episode: “Through May 10, there were 627 shooting incidents, up from 516 for the same year-earlier period, the police department said. Last year saw shooting incidents rise to 2,084, up nearly 12 percent from 1,866 in 2013.” In all, 49 residents were shot between Friday afternoon and Monday morning, and at least one of the victims was a 14-year-old. Even more sadly, the escalation in violence is not confined to Chicago. According to The Baltimore Sun, four more people also were murdered in Freddie Gray’s hometown over the weekend. All told, “At least 87 people have been killed in Baltimore this year, 22 more than at this time last year,” the Sun reported. “Nonfatal shootings are up nearly 50 percent across the city.” Both of these cities, and other megalopolises for that matter, have two identical themes: tight gun control laws, and deep-rooted poverty. But as we’ve seen over and over again, no number of laws on the books will alleviate the broader symptoms that culminate in lethal urban mayhem.
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By Paul Albaugh
On Monday, Barack Obama announced a ban on some of the surplus military style gear that has been transferred to police departments over the last several years. The announcement is surprising, given Obama’s track record of being on the wrong side of almost every policy. As with all of his policy decisions, though, this move is entirely for political reasons.
We have previously expressed concern about the militarization of police forces across our nation. Is it really necessary for local police forces to use military gear and vehicles in their duties to serve and protect? Perhaps one might point to violence and rioting in Ferguson and Baltimore as a reason for this military equipment, but it’s also arguable that — at least in Ferguson — it only made things worse.
None of this is to say there aren’t legitimate concerns for officers who seek protection from violent criminals. “We need to only look back to Baltimore to see what happens when officers are sent out ill-equipped in a disturbance situation,” said James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, in response to Obama’s order. “Because you don’t like the optics, you can’t send police officers out to be hurt or killed.”
Indeed, our society has devolved in dangerous ways and law enforcement officers are on the front lines. That said, this escalation and war-like view of civilian law enforcement is troubling for those who love Liberty.
Police departments have been able to arm themselves in recent years through the Defense Department’s 1033 Program for excess property. Since its inception in 1997, more than $4.3 billion worth of equipment has been transferred to local police departments with at least half a billion dollars’ worth transferred in 2013 alone.
We can’t blame police departments for accepting surplus military gear. Think about it; in an era of budget constraints amongst police forces across the nation, who wouldn’t accept such a sweet deal? On another note, at least some of the military gear was staying in our own country instead of being sold or given to our past, future or even present enemies. Oh, wait, that’s still happening.
The Washington Post highlights that “banned items are tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, ammunition of .50-caliber or higher and some types of camouflage uniforms. … Other equipment, including tactical vehicles [such as MRAPs], explosives and riot equipment, will be transferred only if local police provide additional certification and assurances that the gear will be used responsibly.”
Two points: First, other than bayonets, everything on this list was already banned. Second, as Reason’s Scott Shackford notes, however, the layer of certification is merely “another layer of bureaucracy.” And with a federal bribe to the tune of $163 million to get law enforcement agencies on board, who will be first in line?
Speaking before a crowd in Camden, New Jersey, Obama stated, “We’ve seen how militarized gear sometimes gives people a feeling like they are an occupying force as opposed to a part of the community there to protect them. … Some equipment made for the battlefield is not appropriate for local police departments.”
In the wake of protests against police across the nation, Obama’s remarks reveal his political motivation. He’s saying, “I’m with you, the people of these cities who are the victims of out of control cops, and I’m going to do something about it.”
But, per his standard divisive tactics, he’s pitting the police against the people. That only exacerbates the problem. Is it really out of control cops with military gear that cause lawlessness, or is it failed government policies that stifle economic opportunities and prevent people from leaving poverty plantations and drug zones?
Again, we aren’t disputing Obama’s executive action to demilitarize police forces, as it may open the door for further action to be taken through Congress. But it’s his intentions behind doing it now that cause concern. Recently, several on the far Left, most notably Al Sharpton, have called for federalizing police forces, an unconstitutional idea that Obama had floated on the campaign trail in 2008. Let’s hope his effort to supply or not supply local police isn’t a step toward that goal.
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Cal Thomas: “Many of today’s ‘journalists’ do not have to run the gauntlet I and others of my generation had to run. Many don’t have to pull all-nighters on a stakeout, cover local school board and city council meetings, or rush to the ER to report on the aftermath of a gun or knife fight, all while earning low pay. These assignments honed our talent and judgment; they forced us to grow up. These qualities were once considered vital for creating good journalists, but today, it appears that if you are blonde, have great legs, or worked in the White House and can read a teleprompter, bammo, you are a journalist. George Stephanopoulos had no journalism background when he joined ABC News. He has a degree in theology, which might be appropriate given the media’s self-worship and sense of its own importance. If he had come up through the ranks, he might have been more attuned to the ethical problem of donating money to a foundation headed by people for whom he used to work and whose policies he promoted as a top White House aide, and then not disclosing the donation while engaged in an interview with someone critical of that foundation. Most media outlets have printed codes of ethics. It would be a good idea for journalists and journalistic pretenders to re-read and practice them.”
Insight: “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” —John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
Alpha Jackass: “We have almost 7.3 billion people breathing and burning an atmosphere, which is, in the planetary scheme of things, quite shallow. We all share the same air. That’s why our climate is changing. Denying it is in no one’s best interest. If you know any climate deniers, I’m sorry. But, try asking them this question: ‘Do you believe that it’s a conspiracy of health professional that is duping the world into believing that cigarette smoking causes cancer?’ The scientific consensus on climate change is at least as strong as the consensus on smoking. Climate change is a real deal. So, hey deniers — cut it out, and let’s get to work.” —Bill Nye to Rutgers University graduates
Class warfare: “Look, the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top. We know that, and so we have to be especially focused on how we’re going to bring about the changes that will ignite opportunity for everybody willing to work hard for it.” —Hillary Clinton
Non Compos Mentis: “Members deserve to be paid, staff deserves to be paid and the cost of living [in DC] is causing serious problems for people who are not wealthy to serve in this institution. … We aren’t being paid properly.” —Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) complaining about his roughly $174,000/year salary
Late-night humor: “Former New York Governor George Pataki may enter the race for president. It’s not definite, but he tweeted that he’ll announce his 2016 plans on May 28 in New Hampshire. Well, what’s he gonna do, go to New Hampshire to say he’s NOT running? That’s like getting down on one knee and saying, ‘I think it’s time to see other people.'” —Jimmy Fallon
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How Obama Lost Ramadi :: Spyer in PJ Media
by Jonathan Spyer
May 18, 2015
Vienna’s gay-themed traffic lights
by Berean Researcher
In Austria, city officials in its capital, Vienna, are striving to be the leader in progressive tolerance. So for the next few weeks, motorists and pedestrians will be treated to homosexual-themed traffic lights. Two guys, two gals, and heart-shaped symbols tell people when to go and stop: The Austrian capital, Vienna, has replaced dozens of the […]
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“Q” Is Cool
by Marsha West
Respected Bible scholar Peter Jones of truthxchange has written a piece that every Bible believing Christian should read. In it he reveals the reasons the Evangelical movement is in theological crisis mode right now. In April 2015 1,300 Christian leaders sat through teaching by “Q” founder David Gushee and homosexual activist Matthew Vines defending the “Christian Gay” movement. One of […]
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French, Scottish churches cave in on gay marriage
by Marsha West
PARIS – Two years after France legalized same-sex marriage, the United Protestant Church of France (EPUF) has authorized its clergy to bless same-sex marriages, the French news service RFI has reported. The EPUF, formed from the union of Lutheran and Reformed churches in France in 2013 and currently the nation’s largest Protestant group, is the […]
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School district awaits Supreme Court after Walmart attorney pushes transgender “rights”
by Marsha West
According to ChristianExaminer:
In the Northwest Arkansas seat of Walmart’s home office, a company lawyer has engaged the local school board in the gender identity/sexual orientation debate in a way that Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver said in a letter could mean more that what appears on the surface. The school board is considering adding clauses to its nondiscrimination policy – but according to a local news report will await the Supreme Court’s announcement on same sex marriage next month. So, when the Supreme Court announces it decision on marriage next month, not only will it define marriage, “it will affect how children as young as kindergartners are taught, how Christian businesses are run, and even whom churches and Christian schools can hire,” Liberty Counsel said in a news release.
The McAvany Intel Memo
[Continued from last week.] Many (perhaps most) of the readers of MIA are unofficial members of the Remnant: conservative, God-fearing, pro-family, pro-sound money, pro-Constitution, pro-traditional values individualists who see the socialist/secular humanist/globalist juggernaut that is descending on America and who hate it and will oppose it with every fiber of their being. Many MIA readers have written to describe how they feel that they are like “a voice crying in the wilderness” at home, at school, at work, and how friends or family either ignore or laugh at their concerns about the country and its direction. Many have described the flak they have received from people to whom they have given copies of MIA.
If you ever feel alone and get discouraged about the direction of the country, or your friends’ or family’s indifference to it, the following article by the late Albert Jay Nock, originally published by the Foundation for Economic Education, should pick you up a bit, as it does this writer when he reads it. The message is: You are not alone!
[An annotated and abridged version of Nock’s article was published in the February MIA. You can read the entire original article without Don’s annotation here.]
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, February 2015
The Debt To GDP Ratio For The Entire World: 286 Percent
Did you know that there is more than $28,000 of debt for every man, woman and child on the entire planet? And since close to 3 billion of those people survive on less than 2 dollars a day, your share of that debt is going to be much larger than that …………. Click here for full story
Push To Court-Martial General For Thanking God
A civil-liberties group is demanding a two-star Air Force general be court-martialed for mentioning God at a National Day of Prayer Task Force speech on May 7 …………. Click here for full story
Christian Churches And Schools Better Prepare For The End Of Tax Exempt Status
Justice Alito posed a predictable, but revealing question to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr., in the recent Supreme Court same-sex marriage oral argument: “In the Bob Jones case, the court held that a college was not entitled to tax exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage or interracial dating. So would the same apply to a university or a college if it opposed same-sex marriage?” ………… Click here for full story
Town Installs License Plate Scanning Cameras In Cactuses
The town of Paradise Valley in Arizona has installed license plate scanning cameras in fake cactuses with no public consultation whatsoever, just days after the DHS announced its intention to revive a nationwide version of the program ……….. Click here for full story
Maybe Christianity In America Is Dying Because It’s Boring Everyone To Death
I recently attended a service that might help solve the riddle of the fantastic decline of American Christianity……….. Click here for full story
Movieguide props up profane preacher
May 19, 2015
Anyone who follows the news knows that mega pop-star Justin Bieber has made headlines for behaving badly. What some of you may not know is that Justin’s a professing Christian. Don’t stop reading here. This isn’t about bad-boy Bieber. What it’s about is his pastor, Judah Smith, who is a rising star in Christendom . . . [Click for more]
SBC’s International Mission Board will no longer disqualify candidates who speak in tongues
by Marsha West
According to ChristianExaminer:
The Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, which selects and trains missionaries for the denomination and has more than 4,700 field personnel under appointment, has changed its personnel qualifications to allow “new pathways” for service to those who previously could not be assigned to long-term overseas posts, Baptist Press, the convention’s news agency, has reported.
David Platt, elected IMB president in August 2014, told the mission board’s trustees earlier this week that the organization’s changes to its appointment policy represent a new “unified statement of qualifications” that will apply to all new applicants.
“We’re talking about limitless possibilities that God has providentially arranged for His people to go around the world with the gospel. And as the IMB, we want to send Southern Baptists through as many pathways as possible, which necessitates that we open up the pipeline for people to come through those pathways,” Platt said, according to Baptist Press.
I can imagine the leading liberal scholars of the day completely dismissing the very thought of Israel becoming a nation again. I can just imagine them mocking “dispensationalists” and others who took the bible literally. I can just imagine the endless teachings and preachings from these Ivy League seminary professors poo-pooing the very thought of a national Israel again, after 1,900 years of diaspora. They mocked men like C.I. Scofield, Clarence Larkin, and James Inglis, who were a just few that publically declared that Israel would become a nation again. Clarence Larkin, in his Magnus Opus “Dispensational Truth”, (written in 1918), not only foretold that Israel would be gathered together back as a nation, but that they would be gathered back in unbelief. Mr. Larkin didn’t come to that conclusion based on his own mental prowess, but because he took seriously the prophetic Scriptures in what they had to say about the subject.
No one has solid explanation for sounds heard since 2008
In the final book of the New Testament known as the Book of Revelation, angels are shown to be sounding trumpets, accompanied by a variety of supernatural plagues upon Planet Earth.
And now, mysterious, unexplained sounds in the sky that some are likening to trumpet blasts are puzzling people all over the world, including the United States.
‘It’s going to get a lot worse if Americans don’t rise up, put a stop to this lunacy’
Government schools are warring on Christianity and real education, warns an education expert and one of America’s most influential Christian authors.
Pastor Carl Gallups and educator and author Alex Newman charge there is a deliberate and unified agenda to dumb down U.S. school children and remove Christianity from schools and public life.
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French Mayor Forced Into Mental Institution For ‘Islamophobic’ Comments?
Posted: 19 May 2015 06:47 AM PDT
If this story turns out to be accurate, it appears as though the spirit of “Je Suis Charlie” is very much dead in France. A French Mayor was reportedly committed to a mental institution against his will after he posted ‘Islamophobic’ comments on Twitter. The story began when Robert Chardon, mayor of the southern French town of Venelles, became embroiled in a Twitter debate with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Chardon insisted that France “ban the Muslim faith in France” and instead “promote the practice of the Christian faith.” While Chardon’s remarks may be seen as bigoted and offensive to many, what reportedly happened next was infinitely more shocking. A translated version of an AFP story states that Chardon was “forcibly hospitalized” as a result of “incoherent statements” made on Twitter. Press reports about Chardon’s comments in English-language media contained no details of Chardon being detained in a psychiatric ward. Local officials subsequently denied the AFP report and claimed that Chardon had been hospitalized for cancer treatment, although the mayor had been undergoing such treatment for months. FULL REPORT
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|Atlanta Woman spots mysterious drone hovering outside high-rise windowPosted: 19 May 2015 06:39 AM PDT
A channel 2 action news viewer says she has privacy concerns concerns after seeing a drone flying near her residential building in midtown Atlanta. Charlie Rose grabbed her cell phone and recorded video of a drone. She saw it the night of April 22 outside her apartment on Spring Street.“Not exactly sure why it was there but it didn’t look like it had any other purpose other than to look into our units,”
Rose told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri A Channel 2 Action News employee also recorded video of a similar looking drone earlier this month, flying through midtown. Rose told Viteri she’s not against legitimate uses for drones, but this sighting left her uneasy.“I don’t want them encroaching on my privacy so there has to be some balance and regulation,” Rose said. State Rep. Patty Bentley was one of several sponsors of a bill introduced last legislative session related to drones. It would make it illegal for unmanned aircraft to capture images considered an invasion of privacy. FULL REPORT
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|Are They About To Confiscate Money From Bank Accounts In Greece Just Like They Did In Cyprus?Posted: 19 May 2015 06:30 AM PDT
Do you remember what happened when Cyprus decided to defy the EU? In the end, the entire banking system of the nation collapsed and money was confiscated from private bank accounts. Well, the nation of Greece is now approaching a similar endgame. At this point, the Greek government has not received any money from the EU or the IMF since August 2014. As you can imagine, that means that Greek government accounts are just about bone dry.
The new Greek government continues to insist that it will never “violate its anti-austerity mandate”, but the screws are tightening. Right now the unemployment rate in Greece is over 25 percent and the banking system is on the verge of collapse. It isn’t going to take much to set off a panic, and when it does happen there are already rumors that the EU plans to confiscate money from private bank accounts just like they did in Cyprus. Throughout this entire multi-year crisis, things have never been this dire for the Greek government. In fact, Greece came thisclose to defaulting on a loan payment to the IMF back on May 12th. And with essentially no money remaining at all, the Greek government is supposed to make several large payments in the weeks ahead…FULL REPORT
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|Giant Sinkhole Opens in Turkey, Terrifies localsPosted: 19 May 2015 06:27 AM PDT
Residents of Konya Province in southern Turkey have spoken of their terror when a giant sinkhole suddenly appeared in a local field. “We are very afraid (for) our lives.
It is luck that no one fell into it,” said one local farmer. Measuring 10 metres wide and 90 metres deep, the crater is thought to have formed in the space of 24 hours. No one was injured as a result of the ground caving in. FULL REPORT
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|Ocumetics Bionic Lens could give you vision 3x better than 20/20Posted: 19 May 2015 06:22 AM PDT
Imagine being able to see three times better than 20/20 vision without wearing glasses or contacts — even at age 100 or more — with the help of bionic lenses implanted in your eyes. Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist in British Columbia who invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, says patients would have perfect vision and that driving glasses, progressive lenses and contact lenses would become a dim memory as the eye-care industry is transformed.
Webb says people who have the specialized lenses surgically inserted would never get cataracts because their natural lenses, which decay over time, would have been replaced. Perfect eyesight would result “no matter how crummy your eyes are,” Webb says, adding the Bionic Lens would be an option for someone who depends on corrective lenses and is over about age 25, when the eye structures are fully developed. “This is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before,” he says, showing a Bionic Lens, which looks like a tiny button. “If you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away,” says Webb, demonstrating how a custom-made lens that folded like a taco in a saline-filled syringe would be placed in an eye, where it would unravel itself within 10 seconds. FULL REPORT
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|Leaders call on Boy Scouts of America to end ban on openly Gay AdultsPosted: 19 May 2015 06:17 AM PDT
Were all the merit badges for naught? For Brian Peffly, a life teaching eager Boy Scouts to tie knots, start fires and build their character ended with a phone call. The vague communique told him that the Boy Scouts of America didn’t want a gay man in their midst. “I didn’t learn that discrimination was a scouting value when I was growing up,” said Peffly, 35, who has been both scout and scout leader for the better part of 20 years. “Being told I can’t be a part of my family is very devastating,” Peffly said of Troop 192, the Westerville, Ohio, group with which he has been active for much of his life.
Two years after the storied organization amended its standards to prevent the expulsion of any youth member on the basis of his sexual orientation, openly gay adult members and volunteers are still in a bind. The organization made an explicit distinction between youth and adults, and leaders from the Boy Scouts of America have said there were no plans to subject the membership standards to further review. FULL REPORT
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|Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in Minnesota and IowaPosted: 19 May 2015 06:13 AM PDT
Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in the economies of the two states hardest hit, Minnesota and Iowa, agricultural economists said Monday, and the virus is still spreading. Iowa, the nation’s leading egg producer, has lost about 20 million chickens that lay eggs for food use, more than a third of the total. Minnesota, the top turkey state has lost more than 8 million birds. So far the U. S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed the bird flu has claimed nearly 37 million birds in 15 states but the number is significantly larger because additional farms in Iowa and Minnesota recently discovered are not yet on the list.
The figures include birds killed by the virus as well as those killed to prevent its spread. On Saturday, Rembrandt Foods announced that chickens at its second farm, an egg facility in Renville, Minnesota, had tested positive for the virus. About 2 million chickens will be euthanized. The company, one of the largest egg producers in the U.S., had to destroy 5.5 million chickens on its Rembrandt, Iowa, farm after the flu turned up there last month. FULL REPORT
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|China could crash US dollar with 30,000 tons of goldPosted: 19 May 2015 06:08 AM PDT
China has the ability to crash the unstable US dollar with 30,000 tons of gold reserves, says Chinese economic observer Jin Zihou. In a commentary posted online, Jin noted that former US Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan once said that the renminbi could become unexpectedly powerful in today’s financial system if Beijing would convert its US$4 trillion in foreign reserves into gold. With the US dollar growing more unstable and China being America’s largest creditor, Beijing could potentially crash the US dollar with 30,000 tons of gold, Jin said.
The US dollar still accounts for 60% of global foreign reserves, though there are many countries hoping to become less reliant on the US dollar. If China really wants to challenge America’s place in the global trade and finance markets, it will have to do so via a significant amount of gold, Jin said. Bloomberg estimates that since the last official announcement in April 2009, gold reserves held by China’s central bank may have doubled to 3,510 tons. This would make China the second largest keeper of gold in the world behind the United States’ 8,133.5 tons. FULL REPORT
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|Yellowstone Magma chamber earthquake activity — Sign of Western US pressurePosted: 18 May 2015 07:21 PM PDT
Two volcanic earthquakes have struck Idaho , and Wyoming over the past 12 hours. Both earthquakes related to the volcanic chambers below the famous Yellowstone Super-Volcano. Both seismic events registered in the 3.0M+ range, and occurred directly along the line of the Yellowstone Magma chamber.
One of the earthquakes struck directly inside of Yellowstone national park. The underground magma chamber for the Yellowstone Supervolcano has now been confirmed to reach far West into Idaho, and North into Montana. FULL REPORT
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|United Methodist Lobby Proposes Divesting From Israel, Investing In North Korea, Legalizing ProstitutionPosted: 18 May 2015 06:58 PM PDT
The world’s lone Jewish state must be singled out for punitive divestment campaigns, while we should at the same time promote economic investment in North Korea, whose government has done absolutely nothing in the area of human rights worthy of specific criticism. And we should take our broad support for sex outside of marriage one step further by advocating legalizing prostitution. This was the moral vision offered by our United Methodist Church’s apportionment-funded D.C. lobby office, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) at its Spring 2015 board of directors meeting.
The main business of this semi-annual meeting was adopting, rather hastily, dozens of petitions and resolutions that will be submitted for consideration at our denomination’s 2016 General Conference. The GBCS’s head staffer, since early 2014, is the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, while its board president is Bishop Robert Hoshibata of the Desert-Southwest Conference.
A resolution they adopted on the ongoing conflict in the Korean Peninsula manages to run over 3,000 words while awkwardly avoiding any specific acknowledgement of the brutal human-rights abuses by the world’s most repressive dictatorship, the North Korean regime. The statement purports to “adequately acknowledge the Korean people’s long suffering” but places the blame entirely on “external powers fighting for colonial expansion and military hegemony,” while avoiding acknowledgement of the suffering inflicted by the North Korean government. FULL REPORT
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Facebook-Owned Oculus VR Set To Launch Into The Virtual Porn Industry
Facebook-owned Oculus VR has no plans to prevent the adult entertainment industry from using its Rift virtual reality headset, which is scheduled to launch as a consumer product within the first quarter of 2016, according to Oculus founder Palmer Luckey.
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” Colossians 3:5 (KJV)
Asked about plans to block any X-rated content or apps during a panel at the first Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, Luckey responded: “The rift is an open platform. We don’t control what software can run on it,” adding: “And that’s a big deal.”
Luckey’s remarks stood out as most of his fellow panelists tried to dodge controversial questions around topics like adult entertainment as well as motion sickness and other side effects of using virtual reality headsets.
If you think that crack is bad and destroys lives, just wait until 3D virtual porn gets a hold of people. If Facebook was really so concerned about “creating safe communities” they could easily block porn from being run on their new device. But they don’t want to do that. They will not allow photos of breastfeeding mothers on your Facebook page, but 3D porn fed directly into your brain from a futuristic new device? No problem.
Facebook is sliding into the porn business passively. They are not actively doing it, but “hey, if you want to use our new platform for porn we throw our hands up in the air and claim helplessness.”
Hopefully, Oculus VR, like Google Glass before it, will be a spectacular failure that people reject. Pray that it is.
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John Kerry Calls For The Internet To Be Placed Under The Authority Of The United Nations
In a speech today in South Korea, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Internet “needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly.” This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for “a technology founded on freedom.”
Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet. “As I’ve mentioned, the basic rules of international law apply in cyberspace. Acts of aggression are not permissible. And countries that are hurt by an attack have a right to respond in ways that are appropriate, proportional, and that minimize harm to innocent parties. We also support a set of additional principles that, if observed, can contribute substantially to conflict prevention and stability in time of peace. We view these as universal concepts that should be appealing to all responsible states, and they are already gaining traction,” said Kerry.
“First, no country should conduct or knowingly support online activity that intentionally damages or impedes the use of another country’s critical infrastructure. Second, no country should seek either to prevent emergency teams from responding to a cybersecurity incident, or allow its own teams to cause harm. Third, no country should conduct or support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, trade secrets, or other confidential business information for commercial gain. Fourth, every country should mitigate malicious cyber activity emanating from its soil, and they should do so in a transparent, accountable and cooperative way. And fifth, every country should do what it can to help states that are victimized by a cyberattack.
“I guarantee you if those five principles were genuinely and fully adopted and implemented by countries, we would be living in a far safer and far more confident cyberworld.
“But even with these principles, ensuring international cyber stability will remain a work in progress. We still have a lot of work to do to develop a truly reliable framework – based on international law – that will effectively deter violations and minimize the danger of conflict.
“To build trust, the UN Group of Governmental Experts has stressed the importance of high-level communication, transparency about national policies, dispute settlement mechanisms, and the timely sharing of information – all of them, very sound and important thoughts. The bottom line is that we who seek stability and peace in cyberspace should be clear about what we expect and intend, and those who may be tempted to cause trouble should be forewarned: they will be held accountable for their actions. The United States reserves the right to use all necessary means, including economic, trade and diplomatic tools, as appropriate in order to defend our nation and our partners, our friends, our allies” source
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Christian Headlines Daily – Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Boko Haram, Fulani Muslim Herdsmen Target Christians in Nigeria Attacks
Air Force General Who Credited God for Success Should be Court-Martialed, Group Says
Pastor, More than 70 Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria
Two South Sudan Pastors Face Death Penalty in Khartoum
Homeschoolers Win Televised Quiz Bowl Against Michigan Schools
Mark Driscoll Speaks at Seattle Church while Protesters Picket Outside
Jeb Bush Says Christian Businesses Should be Allowed to Refuse Gay Weddings
Southern Baptists to Open Their Ranks to Missionaries Who Speak in Tongues
Pew Study: Highly Educated Women are Having More Children
Ireland Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Sets Government Against Church
The Eclipse of Religious Liberty and the Threat of a New Dark Age
Are Computer Tattoos in Our Future?
What the Intellectually Disabled Have to Give
104-Year-Old Man Hasn’t Used Soap in 50 Years
How Christianity Made Children Human
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?
There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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