May 29, 2015
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert was indicted on charges of evading currency-reporting requirements and lying to the FBI as part of a hush-money scheme.
The Obama administration is set to pledge $100 million Friday to expand the use of special fuel pumps that allow drivers to blend more ethanol into their gasoline, according to people briefed on the announcement.
Republican and Democratic supporters of a fast-track trade bill are confident the U.S. House will pass the measure, sending it to President Barack Obama’s desk, two House aides said.
Consumer confidence in the U.S. fell to a six-month low in May as Americans became less sanguine about the prospects for the economy.
The world’s largest economy hit a bigger ditch in the first quarter than initially estimated, held back by harsh winter weather, a strong dollar and delays at ports. Gross domestic product in the U.S. shrank at a 0.7 percent annualized rate.
Carl Icahn may be on to something in his push for Apple to continue to send more money back to shareholders. According to new research from Citigroup, companies that have been making higher payouts to their investors have been heavily rewarded by the market.
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Air France faces its second safety investigation in as many weeks after pilots were forced to recover in mid-takeoff after entering the wrong data into the computer of a cargo jet, airline and safety officials said.
Four commercial planes leaving Kennedy airport were targeted by a laser.
Singapore’s prime minister called on countries on Friday to break the “vicious cycle” of the South China Sea row, as the United States and China exchanged increasingly angry barbs over reclaimed islands in the disputed waterway.
The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a development that Republican Sen. John McCain called “disturbing and escalatory.”
A 31-year-old woman and a young boy were shot in the head Thursday, becoming Baltimore’s 37th and 38th homicide victims so far this month, the city’s deadliest in 15 years.
China destroyed more than six hundred kilograms of ivory as it seeks to shed its image as a global trading hub for illegal elephant tusks.
Eureka! After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese. Despite what you may have been told as a child, they are not caused by mice nibbling away inside cheese wheels. Experts from Agroscope, a state center for agricultural research, said the phenomenon was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought. They found that the mystery holes in such cheeses became smaller or disappeared when milk used for cheese-making was extracted using modern methods.
California transit officials have determined that a second high-strength steel anchoring rod for the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a key seismic “pull” test, and officials were due to meet on Thursday to address the issue.
The US is split over right-to-work laws-literally. Exactly half of the 50 states are now right-to-work states, and the next will tip the balance.
According to PNC Financial Group’s latest Household Economic Stress Index (HESI), financial stress faced by U.S. households is moderating. The index, which measures the amount of stress household budgets are feeling in response to changing macroeconomic conditions, declined to 2.2 percentage points in Q4 of 2014, down from 2.7 in Q3.
Islamic State militants in Libya said they have seized the airport in the city of Sirte, as the group continues to make advances in the country.
A Ukrainian man suspected of being a Nazi war criminal has died in Canada. Vladimir Katriuk was second on a most wanted list compiled by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a US organisation which investigates Nazi war criminals.
Brazil’s economy shrank 0.2%in the first quarter of the year as severe droughts held back growth, the country’s statistics agency reported.
As many as 12 young women have tried to leave Melbourne to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group, according to Australian police. The women, aged between 18 and 29, have been recruited on social media.
Asian countries have agreed to work together to try to stem the region’s migrant crisis, as Myanmar brought to shore another boat full of 727 migrants.
India’s economy grew 7.5% in the three months ending in March, higher than the previous quarter and above expectations.
A bomb has exploded outside a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia, reportedly killing four people.
Boko Haram has killed dozens of people, including many Christians, in a slew of separate attacks carried out in raids on villages in Nigeria in the past week.
ISIS terrorists have conducted mass executions in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, killing a reported 250 since they took the city, including 13 children.
The Charlie Charlie Challenge is a cheaper version of an Ouija board that needs just two pencils and a piece of paper. There is a dangerous game going around on social media which openly encourages impressionable young people to summon demons.
Researchers may have discovered fountain of youth by reversing aging in human cells
Their research indicates that the issue may not be that mitochondrial DNA become damaged, but rather that genes get turned “off” or “on” over time. Most intriguing, the team led by Professor Jun-Ichi Hayashi was able to flip the switches on a few genes back to their youthful position, effectively reversing the aging process.
Some Troubling Results In Latest Jerusalem Survey
In exchange for a peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority, half the Israeli public would agree to divide the Holy City, giving the Arab neighborhoods to the PA. Nearly a quarter would even hand over the Muslim and Christian quarters, as well as the Temple Mount.
After Giving ‘Space To Destroy,’ Baltimore Mayor Wants Americans To Save Her Skin In Big Way
The dollar costs of the recent Baltimore riots are starting to be added up, and they’re staggering. Not only are these figures climbing into the tens-of-millions of dollars, but Baltimore officials are looking for outside help to pay the bills — that means they want U.S. taxpayers to shell out to bail out the budget of a city criticized by many for doing little to stop the mayhem.
Blast outside mosque in Saudi Arabia, fatalities reported
Four people were killed in eastern Saudi Arabia after a suicide bomber tried to enter a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers. Islamic State has reportedly claimed responsibility. It is the second attack of its kind in a week.
Russia stockpiling weapons on Ukraine border
Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week. Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues.
Cameron, Merkel in EU reform talks
Cameron’s post-election tour of European capitals ends with a lunch at which he is likely to ask Merkel’s help in securing a deal of concessions that he could sell to a divided British public before the referendum by the end of 2017. French President Francois Hollande told Cameron on Thursday he wanted Britain to stay in the world’s biggest trading bloc while Cameron said the status quo in Europe was “not good enough”.
NORAD jets train in Arctic as Russian flights close to North America increase
U.S. and Canadian fighter jets are to practise intercepting foreign aircraft high over the Arctic in the coming days as Russian military flights up to the edge of North American airspace increase.
Researchers prove magnetism can control heat, sound
Phonons—the elemental particles that transmit both heat and sound—have magnetic properties, according to a landmark study supported by Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) services and recently published by a researcher group from The Ohio State University.
Europe No Longer has to Kowtow to Saudis
It seems that the EU has not yet internalized the fact that Saudi Arabia is not as powerful as it used to be. Since the 1973 oil crisis, Europe has gotten used to dancing to the tune of the Saudis. Yet as time passes, standing-up to Saudi Arabia becomes economically sustainable. Saudi Arabia is no longer the world’s largest oil producer, having been displaced by the United States thanks to the technological revolution of shale oil.
7.0 magnitude quake strikes offshore Alaska: USGS
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake’s epicenter was 104 km (64 miles) south-southeast of Ugashik and 61.7 km deep. The agency upgraded the temblor to a 7.0 after initially stating it was slightly weaker.
Radioactive leak at India’s Delhi airport
Radioactive material leaked from a medical shipment on Friday at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, …the incident had been contained and there was no risk to passengers. The leak was found at the airport’s cargo-handling complex in a consignment of sodium iodide 131 – a radioactive liquid used in so-called nuclear medicine – that had been on board an inbound Turkish Airlines passenger flight.
More rain pounds Texas as residents try to clean up
At Horseshoe Bend along the Brazos River in Parker County, residents hope their luck holds. Authorities say…the floodwaters have begun to recede — for now. …Brazos River Authority closed the floodgates on the Possum Kingdom Lake dam upstream, allowing the river to crest at 23.6 feet about noon Thursday, almost 3 feet above flood stage.
Syrian Islamist rebels ‘seize Ariha in Idlib province’
An Islamist coalition that includes Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front has taken over one of the last government strongholds in western Idlib province, activists say. The Jaish al-Fateh, or Conquest Army, took control of the city of Ariha after a “lightning offensive”, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Young Australian women trying to join IS, say police
As many as 12 young women have tried to leave Melbourne to join the Islamic State (IS) militant group, according to Australian police. The women, aged between 18 and 29, have been recruited on social media. Five of them are now living with IS militants in the conflict zones, according to a special investigation by Victoria Police.
Home Front Command drill simulating multiple-front conflict set to begin on Sunday
A nationwide Home Front Command drill simulating conflict on multiple fronts will begin on Sunday, lasting through the week. On Tuesday, air raid sirens will go off across the country at 11:05 a.m. to test school responses to heavy rocket attack, and again at 7:05 p.m. to prompt civilians to seek cover in preselected safe areas.
Al Qaeda-led rebels take Syrian regime bastion
A rebel coalition led by the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda stormed and seized the last regime-held city in Idlib province on Thursday, as Iraq exhumed the remains of 470 jihadist victims.
Greece could use ‘Zambia’ option as progress on deal unclear
Greece and rescue lenders remained at odds over whether the two sides are close to a breakthrough in negotiations, as the International Monetary Fund confirmed Thursday that Athens had the right to ask for “bundled” repayments next month.
Volcano erupts on southern Japanese island
A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing black clouds of ash and rock towering into the sky and prompting authorities to tell residents to evacuate the island.
Iran, N. Korea ‘collaborate’ on nuclear arms: Iranian opposition
An exiled Iranian opposition group accused Tehran Thursday of a “vast collaboration” with North Korea in developing nuclear arms, alleging that experts from both countries made regular intelligence-sharing visits.
Israeli Military: Iran Is Not Most Dangerous Threat
Israel’s military doesn’t consider Iran to be the greatest threat to the Jewish state, according to a new report.
Martial law in Ukraine can be declared within hours – Poroshenko
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko says he can declare martial law in his country within hours, in case there is an advance on the Ukrainian army’s positions.
Headlines – 5/29/2015
According to Gallup, America is now fatter than it has ever been before. But how can this possibly be? After all, Americans spend an astounding 60 billion dollars a year on weight loss programs and products. After putting so much time, effort and energy into losing weight, shouldn’t we be some of the healthiest people on the entire planet? Sadly, the truth is that obesity has become a national epidemic, and we are known around the globe for our huge size. The term “fat Americans” has become synonymous with overweight tourists, and other cultures mock us for our apparent sloth. But could there be more to this than just the fact that we eat too much? Could it be possible that we have been fattened up by design? (Read More…)
Did you really think that Baltimore would return to normal after everything that has happened? On Thursday, a mother and her 7-year-old son were both shot in the head in a double murder that has shocked the entire nation. Police believe that the son may have been shot in order to prevent him from identifying the individual that shot his mother. So is this what America is turning into? A place where 7-year-old kids are executed in cold blood? That mother and son were the 37th and 38th murder victims in the city of Baltimore so far this month. That makes this the deadliest month in Baltimore in 15 years, but because of all the controversy surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, police in Baltimore are afraid to do their jobs at this point. In some areas of the city, young men boldly smoke weed in public and wave guns around at innocent bystanders without any worry that police will intervene. Baltimore has descended into a state of lawlessness, and this is just the beginning. As I discussed just the other day, the same kind of lawlessness will soon sweep all across this country. (Read More….)
May 29, 2015
“The best service that can be rendered to a country, next to that of giving it liberty, is in diffusing the mental improvement equally essential to the preservation, and the enjoyment of the blessing.” —James Madison, letter to Littleton Dennis Teackle, 1826
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
The Department of Justice unveiled an indictment against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Thursday, accusing him of lying to the FBI and withdrawing cash in such a way as to hide the fact he was paying someone “$3.5 million in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct.” It’s stunning enough that federal prosecutors brought charges against a politician of Hastert’s caliber. But the question of the hour is why he was so willing to pay someone $3.5 million. Before entering politics, Hastert taught high school history and coached wrestling in Yorkville, Illinois. Someone in the U.S. attorney’s office apparently believes paying a bribe is a greater crime than Hastert’s misconduct. So they covered up the information because it’s embarrassing to the former politician. He was once one of the most powerful politicians in the country and we are denied the ability to know whether this affected his leadership. More…
A month ago, the government pegged GDP growth at a tentative 0.2% for the first quarter of 2015. However, as we noted at the time, revisions knocked last year’s first quarter GDP down by a staggering two percentage points — from 0.1% to -2.1% — meaning the economy actually contracted to start off 2014. That inevitably raised the question: Is a repeat in the offing? We now know the answer to that question, and it’s a resounding yes. Today, Commerce Department revisions showed first quarter GDP was lower than initially reported. Instead of 0.2% growth — an already sluggish number — January-March GDP now stands at -0.7%. The Wall Street Journal reports, “The latest downgrade came after new data showed a wider trade deficit and a slower pace of restocking by firms than earlier estimates, damping demand at factories and service providers. Those developments added to an already bleak picture of weak consumer spending and a downturn in business investment.” And according to Reuters, “With growth estimates so far for the second quarter around 2 percent, the economy appears poised for its worst first-half performance since 2011.” A myriad of rehashed excuses are already flooding in — from winter weather woes to flawed government methods to a mere hiccup — but it’s not like the economy ever gained much footing under the Obama recovery to begin with.
Oh the irony. Fourteen Los Angeles council members recently voted to incrementally raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Considering a whopping 50% of the city’s workforce makes minimum wage, the new law is bound to have significant ramifications — which may explain this oddity from the Los Angeles Times: “Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.” Rusty Hocks with the Federation of Labor defended the proposed exemption by opining, “With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them.” Yet, as the Times notes, “For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business owners, such as restaurateurs, who said they would have trouble complying with the mandated pay increase.” In other words, labor leaders want the flexibility to negotiate a mutually fair hourly wage — one that may very well fall below $15 — while forcing non-unionized businesses to comply with an admittedly harmful law. The Left, it seems, doesn’t want to raise the minimum wage so much as coerce businesses into joining a union, which would then translate into political capital.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Lewis Morris
Nebraska lawmakers voted Wednesday to make that state the 19th to ban the death penalty. Republican Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed earlier in the week the bill that sought to repeal the state’s death penalty statute. According to Nebraska law, it takes 30 of 49 senators in the unicameral legislature to override a gubernatorial veto. And 30 votes are exactly what death penalty opponents got. The original bill was passed last week and sent to Ricketts with 32 votes.
Ricketts stated in his veto of the original legislation, “Repealing the death penalty sends the wrong message to Nebraskans who overwhelmingly support capital punishment and look to government to strengthen public safety, not weaken it.”
The governor burned phone lines and called in favors in an effort to sustain his veto, but he was ultimately unable to do so. Still, with a thin majority supporting the original ban, and the thinnest of majorities overriding Ricketts’ veto, it is almost guaranteed that this issue will come up again next term. The governor vowed, “While the legislature has lost touch with the citizens of Nebraska, I will continue to stand with Nebraskans and law enforcement on this important issue.”
Nebraska’s rejection of the death penalty is certainly being heralded in liberal circles as a victory. Advocates for the rights of convicted criminals — often acting without any regard for the rights of victims and their families — have been marching forward to make America a death penalty-free country for decades. And they have been experiencing some success lately.
Of the states without the death penalty, a third have banned it after 2007. Many of those actions have been motivated by concerns that capital punishment is cruel and unusual, grossly misapplied across various cases, and inherently racist. (This last reason is patently false. White defendants make up 55% of all executions since 1976, with blacks and Latinos comprising 34% and 8%, respectively. Seventy-five percent of the victims have been white, with 15% black and close to 7% Latino.)
Just the same, Nebraska’s case is unique. It is the most conservative state to ban the death penalty, and the reasons that motivated lawmakers to support the ban are varied.
State Sen. Mark Kolterman, a self-professed conservative, reasoned that support for the death penalty ran afoul of his commitment to protecting life. He also expressed fiscal concerns: “The state has spent approximately $100 million on death penalty related cases since 1976, but has only executed three people.”
The fiscal argument rang true for a number of senators who supported the ban, but the lawmakers who wanted to keep the punishment in place reasoned that Nebraska has executed few criminals under the statute. Ricketts wrote in the Omaha World-Herald, “In Nebraska, there are only 10 inmates on death row. Unlike California or Texas, which have hundreds on death row, we use the death penalty judiciously and prudently. Retaining the death penalty is not only important to the integrity of criminal prosecutions but also vitally important to good prison management and protecting our prison officials.”
A majority of Americans support the death penalty, although that margin has been declining over time. As might be expected, Republicans overwhelmingly support it, while a majority of Democrats do not.
Liberals should not be heartened by Nebraska’s sudden turn as a conservative state. The reasons for voting against the bill are practical in scope — consider the fiscal arguments. This is something Democrats are not known for. The final chapter in Nebraska’s death penalty saga remains unwritten despite this latest vote. Like many states across the country, the battle in Nebraska will continue to rage over whether capital punishment is just or cruel.
Recent advances in DNA research have exonerated a number of people wrongly accused of crimes that would have led to their execution, casting a dark shadow over the judicial system and its application of the death penalty. Additionally, there is the argument over method, with many now claiming that lethal injection is a cruel form of execution. Some states such as Utah, Tennessee and Oklahoma have looked into alternative methods.
Nebraska’s ban of the death penalty is not the beginning of the end of capital punishment in the United States, nor is it a last gasp for the movement to end it. It is, more appropriately, another salvo in an ongoing battle in which both sides air their grievances and continue their work.
TODAY AT PATRIOTPOST.US
- ANALYSIS: SCOTUS Agrees to Define ‘One Person, One Vote’
- George Pataki Faces Impossible Odds to the Presidency
- Al-Qaida in Syria Says It’s Not About to Attack the West
- Hillary: We Democrats Inherit Republican-Caused Messes
- Here’s How the Clinton Foundation Took Care of Blumenthal
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Mona Charen: Obama Not Offended Enough by Anti-Semitism
- Charles Krauthammer: Why Doctors Quit
- Jonah Goldberg: Absence of a Smoking Gun Doesn’t Equate to Innocence
- Michael Barone: Colleges and Universities Have Grown Bloated and Dysfunctional
- Michelle Malkin: Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge?
OPINION IN BRIEF
Mona Charen: “Iran’s leaders are infected by a disease of the mind that prevents them from perceiving the world accurately. Their anti-Semitism is Nazi in intensity. They believe, as Hitler did, in a worldwide Jewish conspiracy that is responsible for wars, sectarian conflict among Muslims (!), disease and oppression. The regime hosts Holocaust denial conferences. They ceaselessly refer to Israel and Jews as ‘cancers’ or ‘rabid dogs.’ What do you do to cancers and rabid dogs? You kill them. … It’s profoundly worrying that Obama can shrug off the abundant evidence that the Iranian regime is in the grip of dangerous illusions about Jewish power and Jewish evil, and casually compare it to the kind of anti-Semitism found in modern-day Europe and America. It’s also morally offensive. The mullahs’ anti-Semitism, along with their threats, should be enough to cause Obama, or any decent person, to recoil in disgust. Instead, he has made it the cause of his second term to reach a rapprochement with Iran. He has invited the regime to take the ‘path’ he’s offering to become “a very successful regional power. …Obama’s morality is always in service of his politics, not the other way around.”
Insight: “We do not consider an individual disciplined when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.” —Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952)
The BIG Lie, Part I: “At minimum, the recent downpours in Texas probably offer a glimpse of what certain parts of the U.S. can look forward to in the coming decades. As the planet continues to get hotter, in large part due to human activity, warmer air in the atmosphere will hold more moisture. This is expected to alter weather patterns and lead to more frequent and more intense instances of extreme precipitation.” —The Huffington Post’s James Gerken (Ironic, considering most of the state was in the midst of a severe multi-year drought.)
The BIG Lie, Part II: “The best climate scientists in the world are telling us that extreme weather events like hurricanes are likely to become more powerful. When you combine stronger storms with rising seas, that’s a recipe for more devastating floods. Climate change didn’t cause Hurricane Sandy, but it might have made it stronger.” —Barack Obama (How then do we explain the Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635 — nearly 380 years ago — that was considerably stronger than Sandy? Or any number of similarly strong pre-21st century storms?)
Demo-gogues: “It is a liberating feeling in the sense that the amount of time I have left, it concentrates the mind, and I think a lot of folks have been surprised at the degree to which we are moving and pushing and trying whatever we can to advance the goals of making sure that every American in this country and every child in this country, if they’re willing to work hard, can get ahead, and that opportunity and prosperity is broad-based.” —Barack Obama, a.k.a. The Food Stamp President
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1) FIFA corruption charges exposes incompetence of humans to self-police sin
Global soccer corruption case deeply rooted in USA, USA Today (Kevin Johnson)
Sepp Blatter Says FIFA Must Police Itself, New York Times (Sam Borden, et al.)
Scandal Creates a Tricky Spot for FIFA Sponsors, New York Times (Richard Sandomir)
2) Attempt to blame infidelity on genes part of human conspiracy to excuse immorality
Infidelity Lurks in Your Genes, New York Times (Richard Friedman)
Blame Genes for Extramarital Affairs?, New York Times
3) Naturalists inadequately struggle attempt to explain experience of awe
Why Do We Experience Awe?, New York Times (Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner)
In other news…
How to break free from monogamy without destroying marriage Washington Post (Caitlin Dewey)
The fight for LGBT equality: ‘It’s not over’ no matter what Supreme Court does Washington Post (Jonathan Capehart)
‘Born Bad’: How the idea that we’re all sinners has shaped Western culture, Washington Post (Michael Dirda)
The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out on a case concerning a Marine Corporal who was court-martialed for refusing to remove a Bible verse from her computer at work, stating that it shows that there is no tolerance in culture for Christians.
Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling was court-martialed earlier this week after she was convicted Feb. 1, 2014, for refusing to remove the verse “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17) from her computer.
“Unbelievably, she was criminally prosecuted by the U.S. government for displaying this encouraging scripture on her computer in her workspace. Give me a break, really? Can our society be at a point where a supervisor can order a young Marine to remove a Bible verse from her computer? Others are able to display secular messages without any opposition, but Sterling was targeted by her supervisor,” Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
Secret meeting on cash elimination to take place in London
An American financier Martin Armstrong, best known for his economic predictions, is deeply concerned over the cash elimination.
The European countries are reportedly to eliminate cash in favour of electronic transactions, which will be easily controlled by the government.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore calls for Ruth Bader Ginsburg impeachment
by Marsha West
Christian Examiner informs us that the very liberal Supreme Court Justice “gave a sly look and emphasized the word ‘Constitution’ when she pronounced the two men married by the powers vested in her by the United States Constitution.” So according to Judge Moore this means she’s “actually commenting on a case that is the same issue that is before her – the constitutionality vel non of same-sex marriage, and she’s pronouncing a marriage by saying under the authority of the Constitution.”
Catholic group exposes Red influence in the Vatican
by Marsha West
(Accuracy In Media) Doing the research and investigative work that the major U.S. media have all but abandoned, an organization called the American Life League (ALL) has uncovered dramatic evidence of links between the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church and an international communist group known as the World Social Forum. The evidence suggests […]
Marine Court-Martialed For Refusing To Remove Bible Verse
“This is a very scary time when you are not allowed to have a very small printed Bible verse in your own personal workspace because it might offend other Marines,” Sasser told me. “Our Marines are trained to deal with some of the most hostile people on the planet. I don’t think they are afraid of tiny words on a tiny piece of paper.”
7 Reasons I’m Not a Christian Dominionist
NOTE: Dominionism is a false teaching that says the church will make the world perfect. It is promoted by the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), IHOP, Latter Rain, and many, many more. — OTM
7. I do not believe all nations will be Christianized before the bodily return of Christ.
The Bible teaches us that Jesus will not return until the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21) and all His enemies are under His feet (Ps. 110:2). Furthermore, Jesus as the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45) came to fully implement the cultural mandate given to the first Adam (Gen. 1:28), which is why He called believers to disciple whole nations (Matt. 28:19). While some Christians (some, not all Christian dominionists) have interpreted these passages to mean that every nation will eventually become Christian before He returns, I do not agree.
Pastor spills secret on kids summoning ‘demons’
‘We are seeing more of this because it was predicted in the Word of God’
Parents should not overreact if their children are participating in the “challenge” and should instead encouraging them to show what a simple con it really is, Gallups said. However, he also notes that the old parlor game, framed in its new context as an attempt at demonic conjuration, could lead to real dangers.
Gallups warned: “This is the Ouija board of our time in the sense that it is a trick, but also a gateway drug. This is a gateway to the occult.
Posted: 29 May 2015 08:31 AM PDT
A large 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the shores of Alaska. Measuring at a magnitude 6.8 (some services showing 7.0M), this large event follows a week of major activity along the West coast of the United States, and multiple unexpected Pacific eruptions in Japan, and Central America.
Also, worthy to note the THREE additional 6.8M earthquakes which struck Papua New Guinea this past week. See the unexpected volcanic blast which just occurred a few hours ago in South Japan: FULL REPORT
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|5.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Northern California near Mount Shasta volcano, directly at Trinity Lake DamPosted: 29 May 2015 08:23 AM PDT
A noteworthy 5.1 magnitude earthquake has struck Northern California near Mount Shasta volcano, directly at Trinity Lake Dam. The Northern California earthquake directly followed an even larger 6.8M which struck just minutes before off the coast of Alaska. The Alaska earthquake was just a few hours after a large unexpected volcanic blast from a volcano in South Japan. The Japan blast, the Alaska earthquake, and this California earthquake all occurred within less than 12 hours time.
A review of the surrounding area shows the earthquake in California is very close to Mount Shasta, and also the Lassen Volcanic center (seen with multiple dark lava flows to the East). This activity is a sign of the greater unrest happening in the Pacific due to the “global seismic unrest event” currently taking place across the planet. FULL REPORT
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|Is The 505 Trillion Dollar Interest Rate Derivatives Bubble In Imminent Jeopardy?Posted: 29 May 2015 08:15 AM PDT
All over the planet, large banks are massively overexposed to derivatives contracts. Interest rate derivatives account for the biggest chunk of these derivatives contracts. According to the Bank for International Settlements, the notional value of all interest rate derivatives contracts outstanding around the globe is a staggering 505 trillion dollars. Considering the fact that the U.S. national debt is only 18 trillion dollars, that is an amount of money that is almost incomprehensible. When this derivatives bubble finally bursts, there won’t be enough money in the entire world to bail everyone out.
The key to making sure that all of these interest rate bets do not start going bad is for interest rates to remain stable. That is why what is going on in Greece right now is so important. The Greek government has announced that it will default on a loan payment that it owes to the IMF on June 5th. If that default does indeed happen, Greek bond yields will soar into the stratosphere as panicked investors flee for the exits. But it won’t just be Greece. If Greece defaults despite years of intervention by the EU and the IMF, that will be a clear signal to the financial world that no nation in Europe is truly safe. Bond yields will start spiking in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and all over the rest of the continent. By the end of it, we could be faced with the greatest interest rate derivatives crisis that any of us have ever seen. FULL REPORT
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|Powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off southwest coast of AlaskaPosted: 29 May 2015 05:22 AM PDT
BREAKING NEWS – An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake’s epicenter was 104 km (64 miles) south-southeast of Ugashik and 51. km deep. The quake was originally measured as a 6.8 magnitude event, but was later upgraded to a 7.0 event by the USGS.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that based on its available data, no tsunami was expected. The USGS said the quake had a low likelihood of causing casualties and damage, and there were no immediate reports of such. The area near the quake, centered some 400 miles (643 km) southwest of Anchorage, is lightly populated, according to the USGS. Reuters
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|Australia’s businesses take out full-page ad backing same-sex partnershipsPosted: 28 May 2015 08:17 PM PDT
Some of Australia’s biggest businesses have thrown their weight behind the push for gay marriage, with a full-page newspaper advertisement today. Corporations including Google, Qantas, Optus and the ANZ and Commonwealth banks have put their names to a list of Australian businesses backing marriage equality.
Others supporters include law firms Slater and Gordon and Gilbert and Tobin, and the Football Federation of Australia. Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said the corporations approached the organisation send the message that Australia’s business community was behind marriage equality.
“It was about corporate saying it’s not just about us individually supporting this, we want to do it collectively and send the strongest possible message,” Mr Croome said. FULL REPORT
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|J.P. Morgan Chase expected to lay off more than 5,000 by next yearPosted: 28 May 2015 08:11 PM PDT
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has begun layoffs that are expected to total more than 5,000 by next year, people familiar with the matter said. This latest phase of cuts started earlier this year and would eliminate at least 2% of the bank’s JPM, -0.41% workforce over the next year.
The moves come as the nation’s largest bank overhauls its 5,570 branches to rely more on technology and less on human tellers. Chairman and Chief Executive James Dimon said Wednesday that the average J.P. Morgan Chase branch would lose one employee over the next two years, mostly through attrition.
The layoffs on the other hand are more broad-based, affecting all four of the bank’s major business units: corporate and investment banking, consumer and community banking, asset management and commercial banking. FULL REPORT
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|ECB warns of contagion risk as Greece delays continuePosted: 28 May 2015 08:07 PM PDT
A failure to reach an agreement on Greece’s aid program soon may drive yields on bonds issued by other euro-area countries higher, the European Central Bank said. “In the absence of a quick agreement on structural implementation needs, the risk of an upward adjustment of the risk premia demanded on vulnerable euro-area sovereigns could materialise,” the ECB said in its twice-yearly Financial Stability Review published Thursday in Frankfurt.
“The lengthy and uncertain process of negotiations between the newly formed Greek government and its creditors” has already contributed to bouts of extreme volatility in Greek markets, it said. Three months after taking office, the new Greek government has still failed to reach agreement with its creditors to unlock bailout funds, bringing it ever closer to default. While ECB policy makers have claimed the region is better insulated against a disorderly Greek outcome than previously, a failure to meet payments could still create spillover effects for bond markets in neighboring countries as well as domestic banks. FULL REPORT
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|China Warns Of World War 3 Unless The US Backs Down On South China SeaPosted: 28 May 2015 08:00 PM PDT
An increasingly assertive China has warned that World War 3 is “inevitable” unless the United States stops meddling in the South China Sea affairs. Earlier this week, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said in a new white paper that it is going to up the ante in the South China Sea. In a sign of its growing self-confidence, Beijing said that it would now focus less on defensive capabilities, and step up efforts to build offensive capabilities.
China is aggressively building artificial islands in the disputed Spratly Islands. The construction includes runways and port facilities that could harbor military planes and warships. Islands in the region are also claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam, who have all protested against China’s expansion.
Last week, a U.S. military plane ignored repeated warning from the PLA to fly a reconnaissance mission over the disputed islands. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has refused to recognize artificial islands as “maritime zones control by a nation.” He said Washington was determined to protect the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, as is allowed under International conventions. FULL REPORT
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|Telica volcano in Nicaragua shaken by explosive eruption – ejects ash cloud 3 km highPosted: 28 May 2015 07:56 PM PDT
BREAKING NEWS – After a week of calm, a new phase of explosive activity occurred yesterday at the volcano, beginning with a moderately large explosion at 12:02 local time. An ash plume rose approx. 3 km above the summit: Several smaller explosions and phases of calm ash venting followed this event. Ash falls were noted in up to 15 km distance to the SW, in areas of the villages Posolega and Quezalguaque.
So far it is unclear whether the explosions are the result of phreatic or hydrothermal activity, i.e. caused by pressurized fluids in the shallow hydrothermal system, or whether they are result of new magma reaching the surface. For now, INETER has not found evidence of fresh magmatic material in the deposits of the explosions – all ash and blocks are fragmented older rocks from near the surface – and the accompanying seismicity has been very shallow. This would favor the first scenario. FULL REPORT
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|Indonesia’s Mt. Sinabung volcano ceaseless eruptions for 5 years – driving some local residents to mental institutionsPosted: 28 May 2015 07:48 PM PDT
Monitoring officials have warned residents to remain alert as Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra continues with intense volcanic activity. A local chief reported that ongoing eruptions had taken a mental toll on residents, with two people being sent to mental institutions. The volcano erupted twice early on Wednesday, at 1:21 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., and sent hot clouds southward. The Sinabung observation station recorded at least 87 tectonic quakes and lava flow from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Observation station staff member Deri Alhidayat said the volcanic intensity over the past few days had shown a significant increase, evident from the tectonic quakes occurring thus far. “Tectonic shock waves have been detected almost every day. As many as 20 tectonic and volcanic quakes have taken place today alone,” said Deri on Wednesday. He added the eruptions were expected to continue for a long time.
He urged residents living around the mountain to raise their awareness until the government issued an official announcement on the volcano’s status. Residents in Karo regency, especially those living around the volcano, are said to be depressed as the volcano has continued to erupt for almost five years with no sign of stopping. Pelin Sembiring, the chief of Guru Kinayan village, which is also affected by the eruption, said many residents had suffered from depression from the impacts of the eruptions. Two of his residents had to be treated at the Simalingkar mental hospital in Medan, North Sumatra, for severe depression as all their belongings had been destroyed and their farms, which they relied upon as a source of income, had been damaged by volcanic ash and pyroclastic flows. “Many residents are mentally depressed because they couldn’t stand facing the impacts of the eruption disaster which prevails up until now,” said Pelin. FULL REPORT
Pamela Geller Is Right About Islam And Why You Should Support Her (VIDEO)
I will say one thing for the left — they are consistent. They are always up for the fight against anyone who is trying to expose and destroy evil. They have a obsession with Islam. It defies reason, logic and common sense.
Pamela Geller is attempting to show the American people that if we succumb to the political correctness of the left wingers, we will be like the frogs in the pot, who happily jump around, oblivious to the fact the temperature of the water is very slowly being increased. They continue to play, until that temperature reaches boiling and then it’s too late. Poor guys didn’t see it coming.
We Christians know that political correctness is simply shutting down those on the right. The left make the rules, and when we don’t abide by them, we are labeled racist, islamophobes and a danger to our country.
This president is the stuff that nightmares are made of. I always knew he was evil, but I guess not to this extent. What do we hear from the White House in response to the news which reported that ISIS is converging on Baghdad, and quite possibly will take all of Iraq.
The Caliphate which is their goal is solidifying right before our eyes. The White House makes a wishy washy statement about their air strikes, and then more drivel about training those on the ground in Iraq to deal with ISIS. PLEASE!!! Don’t talk to us like we are idiots. BHO should never have pulled completely out of Iraq, in a military capacity, in the first place!!
Back to Pam Geller and her fight to preserve our Constitutional rights. I say “YOU GO, GIRL!”. Some are saying that it will put Americans in harms way on the buses who agree to display Pam’s advertisement. Don’t these people see that this thinking of theirs is backwards??
Our Constitution was designed to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. LIBERTY – that’a a word upon which whole books have been written. Without Liberty, we are not the shining beacon on the hill. Why do you think that so many people from all over the world wanted to come to America? Liberty and Capitalism were the two main attributes of American life. For many who had been pushed down by communism and tyrannical governments – America was the country they dreamed about.
I watched Pamela Geller be interviewed by the lame stream media. The man kept saying to her that doing the things that she has been doing, is offensive to the Muslims. REALLY??? Are not the beheadings of hundreds, (maybe thousands) of Christians and others which ISIS deem as not worthy to live…..THIS is not offensive?? It is not offensive when these people cry out in unison “Death to America.?”
Pamela Geller BATTLES Chris Cuomo over Muhammad Cartoon Ads Compared to N-Word
The Left does not understand Sharia Law. They don’t believe that these who are following the Qur’an want world domination. They still call them “peaceful” and insist that ISIS is not representative of Islam! They heard that from their leader, Obama, and they take their cues from him.
If America is given the chance to come back to the greatness which she once possessed in the world, only then will this ridiculous political correctness be tossed aside and replaced with common sense.
Unfortunately, America’s sins are so great— it leads me to think that we are close to physical destruction. God only strives for so long with a country like America.
So, I say to Pamela Geller – God bless you and keep you safe in your great work to save this once great country from total destruction.
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ISIS Boldly Announces That Southern Israel Will be Attacked In Coming Days
ISIS terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula linked to the radical Islamic State group reportedly threatened Thursday to strike the port in Israel’s southern city of Eilat “in the coming days,” according to Egyptian media.
“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.” Psalm 83:4 (KJV)
According to reports, the Islamist group Sinai Province, formerly knows as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, “threatened to strike the Eilat Port, following coordination with Islamic State’s wing in the Gaza Strip.”
“ISIS will begin operations against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip,” the Egyptian reports added. Tensions between the Islamist group ruling the coastal Palestinian enclave and ISIS have mounted amid waves of arrests by the former of Salafi-jihadists in Gaza linked to Islamic State.
Abu Othman Al-Mosley, one of the leaders of the northern Sinai group took to the ‘Sinai Province’ Facebook page, calling for its members to “enlist new members from jihadist factions and the Muslim Brotherhood organization in other provinces of Egypt.” In addition, he called for new recruits to emigrate to the Sinai region in order to operate against opposing Egyptian security forces.
In addition, the call urged the ISIS-aligned terrorists in Sinai to “make their way to the Gaza Strip to fight against Hamas’s military branch, the Izzadin al-Kassam Brigades, and takeover control of the Strip.”
Sinai Province changed its name from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis after pledging allegiance to Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria.
Egypt is facing a Sinai-based insurgency that has killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers since the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests against his rule in 2013. source
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Christian Headlines Daily – Friday, May 29, 2015
Al Sharpton Asks: Are Texas Floods God’s Judgment on America?
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Family Christian Stores Lives On, For Now
Hillsong pastor: If you don’t like our song, don’t sing it
Netanyahu: Nuclear Iran Far Exceeds ISIS Danger
Franklin Graham Says There Is No Tolerance for Christians in Culture After Marine Court-Martialed for Keeping Bible Verse on Her Computer
The faith of Denzel Washington in 8 quotes
‘Gay’ Activist’s Call for Churches to Be Forced to Take Homosexuality Off ‘Sin List’ Draws Concerns
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Matt Chandler, The Village Church offer apology to Karen Hinkley
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