Jun. 3, 2015
The California Senate voted Tuesday to allow undocumented workers living in the state to obtain medical insurance through its Obamacare health exchange.
The U.S. Senate is on course to pass legislation that would revive expired anti-terrorism programs with new limits, though any changes would require another House vote before a final version can go to President Barack Obama.
Service industries expanded in May at the slowest pace in 13 months as orders eased, signaling tempered improvement in the biggest part of the U.S. economy.
Vladimir Putin is allocating unprecedented amounts of secret funds to accelerate Russia’s largest military buildup since the Cold War. The part of the federal budget that is so-called black — authorized but not itemized — has doubled since 2010 to 21 percent and now totals $60 billion, the Gaidar Institute, an independent think tank in Moscow, estimates.
The trade deficit in the U.S. narrowed more than forecast in April as imports receded, signaling merchandise flows were returning to normal following a port-related surge. The gap shrank by 19.2 percent to $40.9 billion from the prior month’s $50.6 billion that was the widest in more than six years.
A presidential declaration in December started the gradual normalization of relations-just last week, in a sign of progress, the U.S. removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism-and touched off a rush in the tourism trade.
Australians saved the least since the global financial crisis last quarter, helping the economy grow faster than expected even as business investment waned. The nation’s savings ratio dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest since 2008.
U.S. companies are borrowing money faster than they’re earning it — and they’re doing it at the quickest pace since the aftermath of the financial crisis. Instead of deploying the debt to build factories, hire new workers or expand product lines, companies are funneling more of their money to shareholders or using it to fund deals. Stock buybacks reached an all-time high last year and the volume of global mergers and acquisitions announced so far this year would make it the second-busiest ever.
After Russia’s finance ministry rejected a draft law last month that would have paved the way for more so-called alternative finance, including Shariah-compliant transactions, the Russian Orthodox Church said it’s working with the lower house of Parliament and consulting with experts in a bid to develop a system of finance that eschews the payment of interest.
AP Top Stories
A terror suspect who was shot and killed by a Boston cop was under 24-hour surveillance because he had made statements indicating he desired to attack police officers.
More than 10,000 jihadists have been killed in air strikes against the Islamic State group over a nine-month coalition campaign, US deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.
Massive undersea earthquakes off the coast of California could send a tsunami crashing into Los Angeles or San Diego, new research suggests.
Separatist forces have renewed an attack on the town of Maryinka in eastern Ukraine and parts of the town are on fire.
Texas is set on Wednesday to execute Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on the state’s death row who says he was wrongly convicted of killing four men in 1983 and has spent three decades trying to halt his capital punishment.
For the second time in three weeks, a bison seriously injured a tourist in Yellowstone National Park who apparently underestimated how quickly the big, burly animals can move when they’re miffed.
South Korea, on Wednesday, test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent bellicose boasts from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities.
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded a man convicted of murdering his wife, along with a Syrian drug smuggler, adding to a toll that activists called a “stain” on the kingdom’s rights record.
The Large Hadron Collider has re-started scientific investigations after a two-year pause. Scientists are waiting for the first new data to begin flowing from the underground particle smasher, paving the way to a new era in physics.
The US Senate has voted to limit the government’s ability to collect phone data, a policy that had been in place since the attacks of 11 September 2001.
Lawmakers in Colombia passed a bill imposing tough sentences for hate crimes against women.
Archaeologists have said that a round natural pearl unearthed in a remote part of western Australia is more than 2,000 years old. The pearl is described as “irreplaceable” by one of the senior researchers on the project, as it’s the only one ever recovered from an ancient site in Australia.
A growing band of hacktivists is helping Islamic State spread its message by attacking media organizations and websites, a security company suggested.
California leaders are considering a program to purify toilet water for drinking, an eleventh hour approach to combat the state’s long-running drought.
In Baltimore, courtesy of the taxpayers, all breakfasts and lunches in all schools in city boundaries are being offered to all students, regardless of income level.
With only one month left before a deadline to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, international inspectors have reported that Tehran’s stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, partially undercutting the Obama administration’s contention that the Iranian program had been “frozen” during that period.
Top News – 6/3/2015
Jews try to block Christian rite at Jerusalem holy site
The Jewish protestors said the Christian worshippers were desecrating the holy site and violating the Jews’ right to pray there, but Vatican representatives denied the claims and referred to the incident as “grave.” The protest around the David’s Tomb compound was expanded last year in light of different reports that the Israeli government and the Vatican were in talks to hand control of the site over to the Church, reports which were denied by both sides.
Assad Collapse Deemed Near as Rebels, ISIS Advance
The Syria rebels and the ISIS forces have had a series of accomplishments lately, writes Yaari, and Assad has not been in worse shape since the cruel civil war began four years ago. The forces opposing him have made advances in the north, south and east, his military force is dwindling and his ability to deal with the challenges facing him is “very limited.”
State Dept. ‘Perplexed’ by Negative NY Times Report on Iran
With only one month left before a deadline to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, international inspectors have reported that Tehran’s stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, partially undercutting the Obama administration’s contention that the Iranian program had been ‘frozen’ during that period.
Netanyahu: All You Need to Know About BDS Is It Doesn’t Boycott ISIS
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tore into British students Wednesday for joining the Boycott Israel movement, while a British official tried to cover up a government boycott action by promising a “commitment” to trade with Israel.
OPEC to pump flat-out for months more
With oil prices having stabilized, at around $65 a barrel, some $20 above their January lows, there’s little appetite within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to modify production limits.
Earthquake of 4.7 magnitude shakes western Nepal
A fresh earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale shook western Nepal, early Wednesday. The epicentre of the earthquake was in Humla, about 600 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu, according to the National Seismological Centre
Chile Earthquake 2015 Today Strikes West of San Antonio
A Chile earthquake today 2015 has struck west of San Antonio. The terremoto en Chile hoy, a 5.3 magnitude temblor, struck just after 3:32 am PST. Damage assessment is pending. The quake is the latest in a series of significant quakes to hit the country in recent days.
Obama raises possibility of allowing U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood
President Obama took…tougher line with Israel in an interview…raising the possibility that the U.S. will allow a United Nations vote on issues related to the Palestinians… …Obama noted that his administration …“up until this point” quashed such efforts at the U.N…he said it is a challenge for the U.S. to keep demanding that the Palestinians negotiate in good faith if no one believes the Israelis are doing the same.
Congress sends NSA phone-records bill to president
Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency’s disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies’ hands. …the Senate’s 67-32 vote sent the legislation to President Barack Obama, who signed it Tuesday night.
Warnings over growing IS cyber-threat
A growing band of hacktivists is helping Islamic State spread its message by attacking media organisations and websites, a security company suggests. Supporters of IS were helping it with opportunistic attacks and more sophisticated operations…
Drought fears after lower monsoon forecast
Media and experts are fearing a drought after India’s metrological department lowered its monsoon rains forecast to 88% this year. Monsoon rains between June to September are crucial for India’s farmers and also for the economy. The forecast in April was about 93% of the long-term average.
UN’s Ban calls on Israel, Palestinians to halt unilateral actions undermining peace
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday called on “all parties with influence” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to immediately desist from taking unilateral actions that undermine trust and urged them to resume peace negotiations. Speaking at an UNRWA (Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians…) conference, Ban stressed…past political failure “must not lead to a humanitarian and indeed, moral failure.”
Obama: Netanyahu’s Palestine stance erodes Israel’s credibility
U.S. President Barack Obama said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s terms for diplomacy that might lead to a Palestinian state meant Israel had lost international credibility as a potential peacemaker.
Bernanke blames Congress as China flexes economic muscles
Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday rebuked US lawmakers for allowing China to steal a march with a new Asian bank that threatens to upend Washington’s oversight of the world economic order.
Iran’s military mastermind promises a ‘surprise’ in Syria
Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani has vowed that upcoming developments in Syria will soon “surprise” the world, Al-Quds al-Arabi reported. “The world will be surprised by what we and the Syrian military leadership are preparing for the coming days,” the state Islamic Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) quoted him as saying, according to the London-based daily.
FBI Reveals It’s Operating Own Surveillance Air Force Over US Cities
The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology – all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes’ surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge’s approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country, an AP review found.
CERN’s Large Hadron Collider to resume smashing particles in hunt for dark matter
Nobody knows quite what the LHC might reveal with its new particle collisions — mini-versions of the Big Bang primordial blast that brought the universe into being 13.8 billion years ago — but scientists hope it will produce evidence of what has been dubbed “new physics”. This concept includes…”dark matter”,
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June 3, 2015
“In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend.” —Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 31, 1788
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
The Senate passed the USA Freedom Act Tuesday without amendment, and Barack Obama signed it, curbing the NSA’s mass collection of every American’s phone records. While it’s a victory for privacy advocates, work remains in ensuring that the U.S. government respects the Fourth Amendment. Instead of scraping up records on every call in the U.S., the act dictates that private phone companies will keep the records and the government can request the information. The Senate’s 67-32 vote split the Republican Party between its leadership and the more libertarian-leaning lawmakers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell complained, “There are a number of us who feel very strongly that this is a significant weakening of the tools that were put in place in the wake of 9/11 to protect the country.” But Rep. James Sensenbrenner, the author of the Patriot Act, said some of those “tools” (i.e., mass data collection) were never meant to be given. Notably, Sen. Rand Paul, perhaps the most prominent advocate for NSA reform, voted against the USA Freedom Act, saying it didn’t go far enough. With Sen. Ron Wyden, Paul proposed nine amendments that would have required the government to offer greater justification before it spied on a citizen. For over a decade, the country has been in a constant state of war, allowing an erosion of Fourth Amendment rights because it feared a “lone-wolf terrorist” attack or another 9/11. But a state of fear is not a mark of a free people.
In a recent internal investigation into the TSA’s airport screening process, “red teams” working for the Department of Homeland Security were able to sneak bombs and other weapons through the TSA’s line 95% of the time. In other words, of the 70 times DHS tested the system, the TSA caught only three attempts. For an agency with “security” as its middle name, that’s a dismal and dangerous track record. In a statement, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson tried to downplay the findings. “The numbers in these reports never look good out of context,” he said, “but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security. … The Inspector General’s preliminary test results are classified, and it is not appropriate or prudent to publicly describe these results.” But the findings were serious enough for Johnson to order a special briefing on the report. Then the axe fell swiftly, as the acting head of the TSA was reassigned Monday. Acting Deputy Director Mark Hatfield Jr. will take over. As Reason’s J.D. Tuccille notes, the vulnerabilities in TSA’s security net have been “revealed, complained about, and baked in for years.” The Heritage Foundation’s David Inserra argues that perhaps it’s time for the TSA to step aside and let private security firms do the job cheaper, friendlier and better. Clearly, bureaucrats groping grandma didn’t make us more secure.
Say it ain’t so! Time magazine reports on the demise of the movement to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president: “Six months after launching ‘Run Warren Run,’ a quixotic campaign to draft Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 presidential race, the two progressive organizations behind it will call it quits and focus more broadly on a populist agenda in the 2016 presidential race, according to a spokesman.” Warren has long been the great “Native American” hope for leftists who can’t stomach Hillary Clinton, but she’s been pretty consistent in saying she won’t run. Ironically, Warren is more powerful in the Senate and among Democrats in general because of her decision not to run. Had she challenged Hillary and failed, she would’ve quickly been relegated to backbencher status. But now she can benefit from the unquenched thirst of her acolytes. And she didn’t even have to build that.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Nate Jackson
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it.'” This isn’t a treatise on faith, but, for Christians, those words are where any discussions of gender and marriage begin. For those who don’t share our faith, we’d simply point to the Declaration of Independence, in which the Founders acknowledged that Liberty comes from our Creator. And family is the third pillar of Liberty.
But Bruce Jenner didn’t start with objective truth. He started with Bruce Jenner.
Before the aptly named Vanity Fair’s upcoming cover story on the former Olympic Decathlon champion’s transition from Bruce to Caitlyn, Jenner described his view of how God created him: “God’s looking down, making little Bruce. … He says, ‘Okay, what are we gonna do with this one? Make him a smart kid, very determined.’ … And then when he’s just finishing he says, ‘Let’s wait a second.’ God looks down and chuckles a little bit and says, ‘Hey, let’s give him the soul of a female.’”
Jenner insists he’s only coming to terms with who God really made him to be: “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.”
God’s Word actually has a lot to say about the subject, and the voices in Bruce’s head are completely at odds with all of it.
So how does 21st century American pop culture respond to his very public and self-congratulatory — yet still physically incomplete — sexual transition?
Mostly with fawning accolades. Media stories erupted everywhere, giving deference to Bruce’s chosen gender instead of his God-given biological one. His Wikipedia entry has been altered to reflect that “she” won Olympic medals — 40 years before this transition. ESPN will award him the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the July ESPYs. Even Barack Obama found time between rounds of golf to tweet, “It takes courage to share your story.” Jenner quickly set a Twitter record for reaching one million followers — beating Obama’s record.
And, hey, he’s a Republican!
In short, our world includes an ever-increasing population of broken people who celebrate brokenness, while attacking the broken people (like us) who say there’s a better way and a higher truth.
Which prompts the question: What’s courageous about basking in the glory of the media spotlight?
Based on Jenner’s revelations, he is clearly a troubled soul. Compassion, prayer and treatment are appropriate responses. But affirmation? Few things could be less compassionate or helpful.
The comparisons to other mental illnesses and destructive behaviors are numerous and illustrative, albeit imprecise.
RedState’s Erick Erickson focused on behavior, arguing, “[I]f an alcoholic told you that his authentic self was to drink, you would not encourage that. If a person told you his authentic self was to be attracted to small boys, you would not encourage that. If a person told you that his authentic self was to mutilate his body, you would not encourage that.”
Columnist Ben Shapiro recounted a personal story regarding the mental illness aspect, writing, “My grandfather was deeply mentally ill. He spent nearly a year in a psychiatric institution after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder; he heard the radio talking to him. He became suicidal. He spent years battling the condition, until he was prescribed lithium. For the next several decades, the medication brought his mental illness under control. Nothing would have been crueler to my grandfather than had society told him that his delusions were correct — that the radio was, in fact, talking to him; that the curtains were indeed threatening him; that he was normal, and that it was the stereotypes of the world inducing his paranoia. … It’s cruel to allow a mentally ill person to exploit himself in public, but the political left is happy to do so in order to perpetuate the pseudo-scientific nonsense that a man can magically turn into a woman.”
Also, Canada’s National Post had a story this week about people who become disabled by choice, cutting off limbs they don’t want. These supposed “transabled” people are mentally ill.
These comparisons illustrate a painful truth: Leftists don’t care about Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner; they care about an agenda to remake our culture without good or bad, right or wrong, up or down — and most certainly without God. To them, Jenner is merely a tool who normalizes aberration. Leftists are tired of feeling guilty, so, instead of turning to their Creator, they glory in their brokenness. Dysfunction becomes virtue.
Meanwhile, the Left has duped more than half the American public into thinking homosexuals make up a far bigger part of the population than is true. Therefore, Americans are left to conclude as they checkout at the supermarket next to all those tabloids that Jenner is perfectly normal.
Ironically, while the culture celebrates Jenner’s transition, conversion therapy (which can actually help homosexuals who want to go straight) is illegal in some states. Ponder that one.
Indeed, The Washington Times reports, “The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidelines Monday suggesting that employers allow transgender employees access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity.” Just wait until this is no longer a suggestion.
Jenner’s story is about far more than celebration and tolerance. It’s about coerced compliance and mandated approval. Jenner is merely a pawn in the Left’s ongoing “coexist” game.
In conclusion, let’s consider another passage of Scripture: “God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” We shouldn’t worship Jenner. We should pray for him, for he needs his Creator’s healing redemption.
TODAY AT PATRIOTPOST.US
- ANALYSIS: Beware Revising American History Education
- Iran’s Latest Violation Is Hardly Surprising
- CT Governor Eroding Home Rule Over Rail Line
- SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Hijab-Wearing Job Applicant
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Ben Shapiro: Left Exploits Mental Illness to Push PC Agenda
- Michelle Malkin: The College Board’s Sabotage of American History
- Tony Perkins: On the Magistrate and Narrow…
- John Stossel: Socialist ‘Justice’
- Walter Williams: Intellectual Dishonesty
- Joe Bastardi: Disaster Du Jour, Part II
OPINION IN BRIEF
Tony Perkins: “When the courts struck down the Tar Heels’ 2012 marriage amendment, North Carolina’s Administrative Office of the Court decided to chuck the First Amendment along with it, issuing a decree that officials would either perform same-sex ‘marriages’ or clean out their offices. … [Gov.] Pat McCrory (R) vetoed a perfectly reasonable opt-out for the state’s officials. Under the measure passed by the House and Senate, magistrates could exempt themselves from same-sex ‘weddings’ if they agreed to recuse themselves from all weddings for at least six months. If a judge declined to officiate, another one would be brought in to perform the service — meaning that no harm would be done to the state or the couples by this law. … Unfortunately for America, the Left isn’t satisfied with compromise, even genuinely sensible ones like North Carolina’s. Their goal is to tyrannize and terrorize until the country fully submits. As a result, 2.3% of the population gets 100% of the protection. Once again, liberals want ‘tolerance’ but refuse to give it. It’s like driving around with a ‘coexist’ bumper sticker while you run over people with different beliefs.”
Upright, Part I: “I wonder how one goes about determining whether a person is privileged. White privilege can’t be based on median income. Why? It turns out that Asian-American households had the highest median income ($68,636) in 2012. Median income for white households was $57,000. Maybe our academic elite should condemn Asian privilege instead of white privilege. But there’s another problem. My income puts me in America’s top 5 percent. If those who condemn white privilege could not see my dark brown skin color, they would also condemn me for white privilege. The bottom line to this campus nonsense is that ‘privilege’ has become the new word for ‘personal achievement.'” —Walter Williams
Upright, Part II: “A ‘liberal paradise’ would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive health care, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities and only law enforcement personnel have guns. And, believe it or not, such a liberal utopia does indeed exist. It’s called prison.” —Maricopa County AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio
The BIG Lie: “One of my core principles is that I will never engage in politics in which I’m trying to divide people.” —Barack Obama
Advice from a narcissist: “[W]hen I look at other political careers that I admire, I think the most important thing is to have a sense of principle and why you’re in public service. I think sometimes people want to be in public service just because they like seeing their name up in lights; they like being important. And that’s a bad reason to go into politics.” —Barack Obama
Demo-gogues: “Fossil fuel companies and their allies are funding a massive and sophisticated campaign to mislead the American people about the environmental harm caused by carbon pollution. … The parallels between what the tobacco industry did and what the fossil fuel industry is doing now are striking.” —Sheldon Whitehouse
And last… “What is it about trains that makes them objects of endless fascination to small children and Democrats?” —Frank Fleming
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1) OSHA regulations on transgender restroom use keep up with moral insanity of sexual revolution
2) Church of England group calls for right to name God ‘She’
Is God a woman? To ask the question is to miss the point, The Guardian (Kate Bottley)
Church Of England Group Wants To Call God A ‘She’, Huffington Post (Lydia O’Conner)
The God Who Likes His Name, AlbertMohler.com (R. Albert Mohler, Jr)
The God Who Names Himself, AlbertMohler.com (R. Albert Mohler, Jr)
3) Sepp Blatter resigns as FIFA corruption spreads, inability to clean up own sin made evident
Sepp Blatter, Under Investigation, to Resign as FIFA President, New York Times (Sam Borden, Michael S. Schmidt, and Matt Apuzzo)
Bribery Inquiry Drawing Closer to FIFA’s President, Sepp Blatter, New York Times (William K. Rashbaum and Matt Apuzzo)
In other news…
Survivor recounts harrowing ordeal aboard sinking Chinese cruise ship, Wasington Post (Simon Denyer)
Anti-ISIS Coalition Makes Little Progress at Paris Meeting, New York Times (Alissa J. Rubin)
Why are we really interested in Caitlyn Jenner?, CNN (Peggy Drexler)
The Campus Crusaders, New York Times (David Brooks)
At the age of 65, Caitlyn Jenner has become far more famous than Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner ever was. She is the most high-profile American to ever identify as transgender, and right now she is getting a global tsunami of media attention – most of it extraordinarily positive. When Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair cover was released on Monday, it was front page news for almost every major news source in the western world. But it isn’t just the media that is fawning over her. Within just a few hours, Caitlyn Jenner received more than 100,000 likes on a brand new Facebook page that she set up for her new identity. On Twitter, the euphoria was even greater. Within fours hours and three minutes of setting up her new Twitter account, she had a million followers. That beat the official world record that had previously been held by Barack Obama. As I write this, she now has more than 2.2 million followers. So precisely why has Caitlyn Jenner become such an overnight sensation, and could it be possible that she is now the most popular woman in America? (Read More…)
If we are not heading into a recession, why does our economy continue to act as if that is precisely what is happening? As you will see below, we learned this week that factory orders have declined year over year for six months in a row. That is something that has never happened outside of a time of recession. We have also seen new orders for consumer goods fall dramatically. In fact, the only time we have seen a more dramatic decline in that number was during the last recession. And when you add these two items to what I have written about previously, the overall economic picture becomes even more disturbing. Corporate profits have fallen for two quarters in a row, our exports fell by 7.6 percent during the first quarter of 2015, and U.S. GDP contracted by 0.7 percent during Q1. Even though Barack Obama and the mainstream media are willingly ignoring them, the truth is that these numbers are absolutely screaming that we are going into a new recession. (Read More….)
Obama Misses the Mark on Iranian Anti-Semitism :: Herf in Times of Israel
by Jeffrey Herf
The Times of Israel
June 2, 2015
Once Taboo, Some Behaviors Now More Acceptable in U.S.
by Marsha West
According to a recent Gallup poll:
While a select few actions remain deeply taboo for much of the country, there has been an increasing shift to moral acceptability for some of these over time. Such actions include suicide (which 19% of Americans call “morally acceptable”), polygamy (16%) and cloning humans (15%). On the other hand, “married men and women having an affair” has remained at the bottom of a list of 19 moral behaviors Gallup has measured, with only 8% considering it morally acceptable.
Obama Threatens To Cut US Support At UN In Israeli Interview
US President Barack Obama gave an interview with Israeli media on Tuesday, in which he threatened that an Israeli refusal to renew peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) will “make it hard” for the US to veto motions in the UN against Israel …………. Click here for full story
Coming Soon: UN Resolution To Establish Palestinian State
There has been a lot of talk about things that are going to happen in September, but something that has been almost totally overlooked is the fact that the UN Security Council is likely to be voting on a UN resolution which will establish a Palestinian state at that time …………. Click here for full story
Is ‘San Andreas’ A Cryptic Warning About What Is Going To Happen In America’s Future?
Hollywood has a long history of inserting political messages, social commentaries, subliminal effects and even cryptic warnings about the future into big budget films. So is someone attempting to use “San Andreas” to tell us something? ………… Click here for full story
Obama To Force Faith-Based Grant Recipients To Hire LGBTS
The Obama Administration is poised to require faith-based recipients of federal grants to accept applications from LGBT individuals, according to a report published today by the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) ……….. Click here for full story
United Church of Canada to Investigate ‘Effectiveness’ of Minister Who Professes Atheism
A regional body of the United Church of Canada will interview a clergywoman who is an outspoken atheist to see about her “effectiveness.”………… Click here for full story
Scientists Push for Rights for Plants, But It’s Okay to Kill Babies in Abortions
We are in the evil “days of Noah” . . .
Plants, say the authors, are highly responsive, attuned to gravity, grains of sand, sunlight, starlight, the footfalls of tiny insects and to slow rhythms outside our range. They are subtle, aware, strategic beings whose lives involve an environmental sensitivity very distant from the simple flower and seed factories of popular imagination.
Levin on Bruce ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner, America: ‘We Are Losing the Culture’
“We are losing the culture, there’s no question about it. We are losing our traditions; we’re losing our customs; we’re losing our civil institutions — people, even on our favorite cable network — but everywhere, congratulating Bruce ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner for having the courage to do whatever it is that he’s doing. Really? Courage?” Levin challenged.
Paul Harvey: ‘If I Were the Devil’
Report: Obama Forcing Faith-Based Organizations to Hire Homosexuals and Transsexuals
The bottom line, as Staver calls it, is this: Not only will Christian youth programs be required to hire homosexuals, the facilities will be required to open housing, locker rooms and restrooms to people of the opposite sex who subjectively say they are the opposite of their obvious biological sex.
“Islamic State of Jerusalem” supporters sighted on Israeli border
ISIS fighters were spotted for the first time this week on the Gazan-Israeli border. They have threatened to target Eilat Port.
Obama’s boast: ‘I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat’ in the Oval Office
Barack Obama is consumed with strong delusion. — OTM
“You know, I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office,” the president told Mr. Axelrod. “For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.”
If Your ‘Authentic Self’ Requires Plastic Surgery and Hormone Therapy, You Need Help, Not Affirmation.
I hope a lot of people are praying for Bruce Jenner. It seems most of Hollywood and the White House are applauding him decided that he is now a she.
Bruce Jenner certainly has issues, but society itself has gotten mentally sick when it confuses compassion with celebration.
Posted: 03 Jun 2015 06:30 AM PDT
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s inconsistent views on Palestine could cost Israel its world “credibility,” US President Barack Obama has warned. This is the latest jab at Netanyahu in the ongoing US-Israeli rift over Palestinian statehood. “The danger here is that Israel as a whole loses credibility,” Obama told Israel’s Channel 2 in an interview on Tuesday. “Already the international community does not believe that Israel is serious about a two-state solution.”
Obama was responding to a question regarding Netanyahu’s contradictory comments made about the creation of a Palestinian state before and after the March’s general election. During the campaign, Netanyahu first ruled out Palestinian statehood and then later backpedaled on the issue. In one of his most recent comments, Netanyahu claimed he supported a creation of a Palestinian state, calling for peace talks to resume. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 03 Jun 2015 06:22 AM PDT
Just weeks after Pastor Creflo Dollar, founder of World Changers Church International, offered a fiery defense of his controversial campaign to raise millions for the purchase of a highly coveted aircraft, the board of his ministry is apologizing over the “confusion” that was created by a video appeal that Dollar released earlier this year. “We fully acknowledge that the campaign video did not do a good job of communicating the request, and we apologize for any confusion it may have caused – it is in the process of being revamped and will be re-released when complete,” reads a statement on Dollar’s website.
But the ministry seemingly has no plans to back away from its quest to purchase a $65 million Gulfstream G650 aircraft — one that Business Insider recently called, the “biggest, fastest, and overall best private jet money can buy.”
“We plan to acquire a Gulfstream G650 because it is the best, and it is a reflection of the level of excellence at which this organization chooses to operate,” the statement continues. “We, the World Changers family, so value the lives, the safety and the well-being of our pastors and leaders that we wish to provide to them the best air travel experience possible.” FULL REPORT
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Posted: 03 Jun 2015 06:17 AM PDT
President Obama took a step toward a tougher line with Israel in an interview released Tuesday, raising the possibility that the U.S. will allow a United Nations vote on issues related to the Palestinians if the two sides make no meaningful movement toward peace. In an interview with an Israeli television station, Obama noted that his administration has “up until this point” quashed such efforts at the U.N. while insisting that the Israelis and Palestinians must negotiate a resolution. But he said it is a challenge for the U.S. to keep demanding that the Palestinians negotiate in good faith if no one believes the Israelis are doing the same.
“How do we move off what appears right now to be a hopeless situation and move it back towards a hopeful situation?” Obama asked in the interview. “That will require more than just words. That will require some actions. And that’s going to be hard work, though, because right now I think there’s not a lot of confidence in the process.” The comment was the latest sign that Obama has concluded that the U.S. must rethink its stance on the Mideast peace process if it is to maintain credibility in the world. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 03 Jun 2015 06:12 AM PDT
Tropical Storm Blanca’s increasing airstreams and cooling cloud temperatures are two reasons meteorologists are expecting the storm system off the coast of Mexico to develop into a hurricane. The International Space Station’s RapidScat device and NASA’s Aqua satellite aided meteorologists in coming to that conclusion this week, Phys.org reported. Blanca developed early Monday morning and turned into a tropical cyclone late in the day. The system is currently centered about 365 miles southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and is moving west around 1 mph, The Associated Press reported.
Information from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core observatory showed Monday that several areas of powerful precipitation were situated east of Blanca’s midpoint. The storm’s top altitudes also touched heights of more than 9.3 miles, indicating strong thunderstorms, Phys.org noted. Later in the day, the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder device that hovers onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite collected measurable data on Blanca. AIRS figures from the flyover revealed that cloud top temperatures were cooling, showing an additional uplift in the atmosphere. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 03 Jun 2015 06:08 AM PDT
More than 6,000 residents living near the Mount Sinabung volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island were told to evacuate Wednesday following a sharp increase in volcanic activity. Mount Sinabung has erupted intermittently since late 2013. Sixteen people were killed and tens of thousands were temporarily displaced during an intense period of eruptions early last year. The alert for Sinabung has been raised to the highest level, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency. The lava dome at Sinabung has grown in volume to more than 3 million cubic meters, making it unstable, Mr Sutopo said.
“There is a risk for the collapse of the dome followed by block-and-ash flows as far as 7 kilometers to the south-east,” he said. Mr. Sutopo said 2,053 families, or 6,179 people, living in eight hamlets on the southeastern slope of the volcano were affected by the evacuation order. “Priority will be given to 370 families within the radius of three kilometers,” he said. Nearly 2,000 people are still living in temporary shelters as a result of last year’s eruptions. Others either returned to their homes or were relocated elsewhere. EP
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Posted: 03 Jun 2015 06:04 AM PDT
Don’t think your kids are just messing around with their imagination when they cross two pencils on a piece of paper and pretend to summon spirits, Pat Robertson says. “Folks, like it or not, demons are real,” the 700 Club host says. “… They’re not playthings, and they’re certainly not parlor games.”
Robertson says they’re disembodied spirits looking to possess people, and the Charlie Charlie Challenge is just opening a door for them. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 03 Jun 2015 05:59 AM PDT
While low benchmark rates around the world have led to more economic liquidity, they have also been linked to “severe market illiquidity,” Nouriel Roubini, co-founder of financial analysis firm RGE Monitor, said Monday in an op-ed published on The Guardian. This “paradox,” Roubini explained, has become apparent during several events over the last few years, including the “flash crash” of 2010, an event which saw U.S. stocks plummet nearly 10 percent in 30 minutes, the taper tantrum of 2013 and the almost-instant rise of 10-year German bund yields from 5 basis points to nearly 80 last month.
The economist also said this divergence between economic and market liquidity has been caused by a number of factors, including the rise of high-frequency traders. “In equity markets, high-frequency traders (HFTs) … account for a larger share of transactions,” he said. “Indeed, trading in the U.S. nowadays is concentrated at the beginning and the last hour of the trading day, when HFTs are most active; for the rest of the day, markets are illiquid, with few transactions.” FULL REPORT
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Posted: 03 Jun 2015 05:54 AM PDT
Iris biometrics firm Iris ID has been chosen by an unnamed African country to help create a fraud-free voter registration list and ensure fair 2015 national elections. Iris ID wrote in a statement that the country’s election commission has chosen iris as a solution over fingerprint for the country’s 1.2 million registered voters.
The Iris ID product was selected due to its accuracy at detecting duplicate registration attempts and its speed of enrolment, as well as the speed with which the system identifies registered voters based on the unique characteristics of the iris. “This is the first time iris recognition technology has been selected for voter registration and its adoption is now spreading widely,” said Mohammed Murad, vice president, global sales and business development for Iris ID. “The Iris ID system provides this country with one of the most sophisticated registration systems in Africa – really in the world.” FULL REPORT
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Posted: 03 Jun 2015 05:49 AM PDT
The Obama Administration will soon require faith-based, charitable groups which receive federal grants to hire homosexuals and transsexuals. That disturbing revelation comes straight out from published reports from the Center for Family and Human Rights. Here’s the backstory: Last summer, Obama inked an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide what Congress refused to pass, namely civil rights status for sexual behavior or subjective gender identity.
Now Obama is reportedly adding the “sexual orientation and gender identity” mandate to humanitarian groups that receive federal grants as well. Federal contracts are awarded when a federal agency is acquiring something; grants are awarded when a federal agency is providing assistance. “Faith-based organizations are providing assistance in communities across America, such as adoption, youth centers, child care and development programs, youth counseling, shelter and much more,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 03 Jun 2015 05:46 AM PDT
Burning oil fields, smaller holocausts, the destruction of the World Trade Center 14 years ago—it all points to an American economic downfall. Or so says author John Shorey on the Jim Bakker Show. Shorey is deep-diving into what he calls the “lost prophecies” of David Wilkerson, which are seemingly lining up with the economic Shemitah in September.
“I shared this with a friend of David Wilkerson, who agreed that this is what David was seeing, even if he didn’t know what he was seeing,” Shorey says. FULL REPORT
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Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Online Petition Seeks to Drop ‘Lucifer’ TV Show Portraying Satan as Good
Scant Evidence Produced against Two South Sudanese Pastors in Sudan, Lawyer Says
Female Priests Campaign to Call God ‘She’ in Services
Americans Lose Trust in Hillary Clinton as Jeb Bush Surrenders GOP Frontrunner Status
Kenya: 95 Public Schools Close after 2,000 Christian Teachers Quit for Fear of Attacks
Iran Pastor Fathi’s Appeal Fails, against Extra Year in Prison and 74 Lashes
5 Faith Facts about Sen. Lindsey Graham: Religious Right Spear Carrier
West Virginia Man Sues Educators for Teaching Daughter Evolution
Kansas Student Sacrifices Self to Save Hundreds from ISIS Attack in Saudi Arabia
Students Banned from Dinosaur Museum Field Trip after Anti-Creationists Threaten Lawsuit
ISIS Rapidly Becoming Global Movement
Can ‘Mad Men’ Teach Us Christian Chivalry?
Who is the World’s Most Powerful Woman?
Why You Can’t Always Trust Science
Why Do You Work?
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