Jun. 8, 2015
President Obama’s meeting Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel is an opportunity for the pair to champion an issue dear to them both: climate change. The pair will talk upon Obama’s arrival at the site of the Group of Seven meeting in the Bavarian Alps, one of the last, best opportunities for the leaders from some of the world’s largest industrialized economies to shore up support for a global climate accord before the Paris climate conference in December.
Americans want the Supreme Court to leave Obamacare premium subsidies alone, even as they disapprove of the law generally, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Respondents said they oppose the law by a margin of 54 to 39 percent. But 55 percent said the justices should not block subsidies from Americans enrolled through the federal Affordable Care Act exchange, rather than a state exchange. Thirty-eight percent said they should.
Apple is assembling a high-speed network and upgrading how it builds data centers, a push to be more competitive with Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft in cloud services.
Verint Systems Inc., which makes software that sifts through communications such as text messages, phone calls and e-mail to help combat terrorism and crime, is touting its intelligence expertise to help companies defend themselves against hackers.
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New Jersey State Police blocking gates outside of a major hip-hop concert at MetLife Stadium had bottles thrown at them by angry people in the crowd who were trying to get inside – some without tickets – and they later used tear gas to try to disperse them.
A Texas police officer who drew his gun on unarmed teenagers while responding to a disturbance at a pool and threw a bikini-clad teen girl to the ground has been placed on administrative leave.
China has told Israel it will not allow migrant builders to work on settlements in the occupied West Bank, a senior Israeli government official said.
The U.S. soldier who murdered 16 Afghan villagers in 2012 says he had lost compassion for Iraqis and Afghans over the course of his four combat deployments. “My mind was consumed by war,” Bales wrote late last year.”
It has become a recurrent moment in Hillary Clinton’s speeches as she campaigns for the presidency: softening her voice to a hush, she says she wants to end the “quiet epidemic” of Americans dying from overdoses of painkillers and other drugs. Often, she remarks how surprised she is to find herself discussing the problem, which is now among the leading causes of injury death in the United States.
Several hundred bikers protested Sunday outside a courthouse in Waco over the continued jailing of more than 100 bikers, friends and family members three weeks after a deadly shootout at a restaurant.
One of China’s top military officers left for an official visit to the United States amid tension between the two countries over the South China Sea and cybersecurity.
At least 49 civilians, including six children, were killed on Monday in Syrian government air strikes on a town in Idlib province in the country’s northwest, a monitoring group said.
South Korean authorities will track the cellphones of hundreds of people under quarantine to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and reported a fifth death in the outbreak, with the number of infections rising to 64.
Ukraine’s defence minister on Monday accused pro-Russian rebels backed up by Moscow’s forces of assembling a 40,000-strong army sufficient for a “mid-sized European state”.
A 15-year-old Michigan boy completed a three-day, 57-mile walk across the state, carrying his younger brother on his back, as part of a campaign to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy.
Asia’s most visited cities such as Bangkok and Singapore are also the most vulnerable to declines in arrivals and any drop in tourism revenues because of their lack of diversification in visitors and growing dependence on Chinese tourists. Asia was home to 70 percent of the fastest-growing cities by visitor arrivals last year.
An American began a 6,000-mile (9,656-km) voyage on Sunday in Japan, attempting to become the third person and the first woman to cross the Pacific Ocean by herself in a rowboat.
Oil prices fell on news of a slide in China’s fuel imports and as markets digested OPEC’s decision to maintain its production target, which analysts said could prolong a supply glut for the rest of the year. China, the world’s biggest net oil importer, bought nearly a quarter less crude in May than it did in the previous month.
Seventeen former and serving cabin crew are planning legal action against British airlines saying they have been poisoned by contaminated cabin air.
China has completed the DNA collection needed to identify the 432 bodies recovered so far from last week’s deadly Yangtze boat disaster.
Downing Street has denied that David Cameron has ordered his ministers to back him in the EU referendum or leave the government. The PM had told journalists everyone in government had “signed up” to his plans as set out in the Tory manifesto.
Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment on blogger Raif Badawi, despite a foreign outcry. Badawi was arrested in 2012 for “insulting Islam through electronic channels”.
Not content to redefine consent to mean asking permission before every step of the sexual process, California is now on the path to teaching high school students the proper way to have sex – because human nature is now wrong. I have no doubt that California students will soon be taught how to have government-approved sex.
Under a new law in Scotland, parents will be reported to authorities for not giving a child enough “love, hope and spirituality,” according to a government health adviser who is helping craft rules for the law, which is scheduled to go into effect next year.
Top News 6/8/2015
Strong earthquake 6.2 mag, 64 km ENE of Mutsu, Japan
A earthquake magnitude 6.2 (mg/mb) has struck on Monday, 64 kilometers (40 miles) from Mutsu in Japan. The temblor was reported at 15:01:08 / 3:01 pm (local time epicenter) at a depth of 44.27 km (28 miles). Global time of event 08/06/15 / 2015-06-08 06:01:08 / June 8, 2015 @ 6:01 am UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Obama’s Plans for Illegals in Deep Freeze After Court Rulings
But while the government has halted its activities, community groups continue to mobilize to get ready for the programs, educating immigrants and training volunteers to help them apply for relief.
European Allies Fight Obama on Iran Nuke Deal
Obama participated in the final day of the Group of Seven summit under the strain of an intimidating list of global pressures and little signs of movement to address them among the world’s largest industrial democracies.
Plunged into uncertainty, Turkey could face early election
Turkey faced the prospect of weeks of political turmoil after the ruling AK Party lost its parliamentary majority in weekend polls, dealing a blow to President Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions to acquire sweeping new powers.
Right rising? Pegida comes 4th in Dresden mayoral election with 9.6%
Supporters of the German right-wing movement PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident) hold up a poster showing German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a uniform with an Euro-logo-armband as they attend a PEGIDA rally on June 1, 2015 in Dresden, eastern Germany.
SOLAR WIND SPARKS AURORAS
A solar wind stream hit Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of June 7th, sparking a brief but strong geomagnetic disturbance around the Arctic Circle. Northern Lights spilled across the Canadian border into several US states.
Netanyahu: Palestinians Setting a ‘Perfect Trap’ for Israel
Our goal is prosperity, peace and security,” he said. “That’s a difficult order in the Middle East which sees states collapsing before our eyes.” “Syria no longer exists; Iraq no longer exists; Libya no longer exists; Yemen no longer exists,” he continued. “And every one of those places that collapses sees the emergence of militant Islam….
Palestinian Authority Unveils TV ‘Fifth Column’ Weapon against Israel
The channel will air mainly cultural and social affairs programs designed to forge a connection between the descendants of the Arabs who stayed in Israel after it was established in 1948 and those who left or were expelled.
Israeli-Azeri Economic Partnership: Shifting Balance of Power Away From Iran, ISIS, and Al Qaida
“Trade between Israel and Azerbaijan now totals $4 billion annually, the highest figure for Israel’s business with any of the now-independent countries that were part of the former Soviet Union…” (Albawaba, 2012). Israel has no better ally than Azerbaijan in terms of economic and military capability in the region.
A Professor Speaks Out – How Coddled, Hyper Sensitive Undergrads are Ruining College Learning
Things have changed since I started teaching. The vibe is different. I wish there were a less blunt way to put this, but my students sometimes scare me — particularly the liberal ones. I once saw an adjunct not get his contract renewed after students complained that he exposed them to “offensive” texts written by Edward Said and Mark Twain. His response, that the texts were meant to be a little upsetting, only fueled the students’ ire and sealed his fate. That was enough to get me to comb through my syllabi and cut out anything I could see upsetting a coddled undergrad, texts ranging from Upton Sinclair to Maureen Tkacik — and I wasn’t the only one who made adjustments, either.
Saudi-led coalition strikes Yemen’s army headquarters in rebel-held capital, killing 22 people
Saudi-led airstrikes before dawn Sunday targeted the headquarters of Yemen’s armed forces in the rebel-held capital, killing at least 22 people, officials said. They said the dead were mostly soldiers and that the airstrikes damaged several nearby homes, shaking Sanaa. Residents said at least three airstrikes hit the headquarters, a short distance from the city’s centre.
Turkey ruling AKP loses majority in surprise result
Turkey’s governing AK party has lost its parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years, near-complete election results show. The surprise outcome also sees the pro-Kurdish HDP crossing the 10% threshold, securing seats for the first time.
US-led raids hit IS battling rebels, Qaeda in Syria
US-led aircraft bombed Islamic State group fighters as they battled rival Syrian rebels, including Al-Qaeda loyalists, in a first such intervention, a monitoring group said on Sunday.
Israeli minister calls on world to recognise Golan annexation
A far-right Israeli minister on Sunday called for the international community to endorse his country’s 1981 annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights, where he called for increased Jewish settlement.
Greenspan: US ‘Way Underestimating’ the National Debt
Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, said a Social Security Trust Fund does not exist and that the U.S. is “way underestimating” the size of its national debt. “The notion that we have a trust fund is nonsense – that trust fund has no meaning whatsoever except for the fact as an all private fund to benefit programs, if it runs out of money, you can only pay out in cash flows that come in but the probability that will happen is not particularly high,” Greenspan recently told the Fiscal Summit held by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, PJ Media reported.
Top Headlines 6/8/2015
Mike Oppenheimer – The Most Dangerous of all False Teachings – part 2 Shout at the Devil
June 8, 2015
“[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their, own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.” —Thomas Jefferson, letter to Abigail Adams, 1804
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“If [the Iraqis] are not willing to fight for the security of their country, we cannot do that for them,” Barack Obama declared again, though he reiterated his commitment to helping train Iraqi troops over a “multi-year” period. According to State Department official and Islamic State expert Brett McGurk, “It’s a three-year campaign to degrade the organization.” And as National Journal puts it, “Three years marked from mid-2014, of course, falls after Jan. 20, 2017, the date Obama leaves office. Translation: The strategy is to avoid sending ground troops for the remainder of his term. So stop asking.” Indeed, Obama campaigned in 2008 on ending the Iraq war. In 2011, having rejected the Bush strategy of establishing a status of forces agreement (SOFA) to secure our hard-won gains in Iraq and the region, Obama declared, “Everything Americans have done in Iraq, all the fighting, all the dying, the bleeding, the building and the training and the partnering, all of it has led to this moment of success. … We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq.” And a narcissist can’t admit he’s wrong. He’s going to stubbornly stand pat, keep declaring victory, and leave the Islamic State for the next commander in chief to clean up.
Indeed, his spokesman Josh Earnest explicitly said just that: “In 2017, there will be a new commander in chief and someone else who will have a responsibility to evaluate the situation on the ground and determine what steps are necessary to continue to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL. That’s something that we’ll leave to the next president.” But what will the next 18 months bring?
Now that the NSA is done scraping up the nation’s phone data, it should get on the task of protecting the U.S. from intrusions like the one that happened last December. U.S. investigators said that the personal data of four million current and former federal employees were stolen by hackers — most likely from China. While the Chinese Embassy in DC denied the allegation that the country was responsible for the intrusion, U.S. intelligence says the Chinese military is collecting a massive database on Americans, possibly as a way to find and recruit Americans as spies. “The breach is yet more evidence that Beijing sees the U.S. as an adversary and is unworried about any response aggression will elicit from the White House,” writes National Review’s Michael Auslin. “Whether it’s economic espionage, security challenges, or now hacking U.S. government websites, Beijing is testing, probing, and undermining America in any way that they can.” While the Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal has some questions and drawbacks, a trade deal with the nations near China is a natural opportunity, a good first step, to diminish China’s influence in the Pacific. More…
For years, environmentalists have seen hydraulic fracturing — also known as fracking — as an insidious threat. Energy companies have used the technique to reach oil and gas deposits previously out of reach of traditional extraction methods. It’s a big reason why the nation has surged forward as one of the top oil producers in the world. After spending years studying fracking’s effect on drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft report concluding, “We did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States. … The number of identified cases [where fracking led to contamination], however, was small compared to the number of hydraulically fractured wells.” This is a fire hose of water on the ecofascists’ heated rhetoric. Last year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, listening to the fear mongering of environmentalists, used an executive order to ban fracking in The Empire State. “EPA’s conclusion really is remarkable,” writes The Wall Street Journal. “The agency has yearned for an excuse to take over fracking regulation from the states, which do the job well. So if there was so much as a sliver of evidence that fracking was dangerous, the EPA would have found it.” More…
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Robin Smith
With her roots in Roman mythology, Lady Justice represents morality and virtue through three symbols. First, she holds a set of scales in her left hand, to weigh evidence with reason and in light of the law. Second, she wields a double-edged sword in her right hand, representing the remedy impartially provided after the facts are laid bare before her. And third, she wears a blindfold, signifying that the law must be applied with objectivity and equality.
Yet too often politicians seek to lift this blindfold, wanting to redefine justice based on the year’s election cycle or to subvert it through delays, denials and tactics that advance their agenda.
Let’s examine two cases in which the Internal Revenue Service has been used as a tool for political revenge and harassment, and how they reflect an assault on justice that should offend all.
Consider the identical approaches of Richard Nixon and Barack Obama. One a Republican and the other a Democrat, both illustrate power’s ability to corrupt to the extreme, instituting a false democracy where disagreement and disloyalty are silenced by heavy-handed tactics.
Nixon’s legacy as the 37th president is often defined by his impeachment. Posterity’s view of Obama is still being penned, but both will be remembered for their unconstitutional misuse of government and for the tenured bureaucrats who willingly complied.
In the Articles of Impeachment adopted by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in 1974, most remember Article I, which declared Nixon “impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors” committed surrounding the break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel on June 17, 1972.
The charges leveled by Congress state, “Subsequent thereto, Richard M. Nixon, using the powers of his high office, engaged personally and through his close subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or plan designed to delay, impede, and obstruct the investigation of such illegal entry; to cover up, conceal and protect those responsible; and to conceal the existence and scope of other unlawful covert activities.”
The break-in and burglary were indeed illegal and brought disgrace to the office of the president. But the obstruction, delays and attempts to conceal the covert activities all demonstrated an egregiously deliberate abuse of the power afforded the president of the United States.
Yet those same Articles of Impeachment issue a second damning charge, accusing Nixon of “using the powers of the office of President of the United States … in violation of his constitutional oath.” Nixon “repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.”
Specifically, Nixon, “acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service” information of citizens he had on his “enemies list” who he deemed politically dangerous to his ambitions.
Today’s ongoing IRS scandal involves conservative political groups whose applications for tax-exempt status were deliberately slowed. This similar flagrant abuse of authority commenced during Obama’s first term, helping him win a second, and it features the Nixonian ingredients of willing participants who delay, obstruct and lie to protect the crimes against innocent citizens.
Last week, Mary Howard, the head Freedom of Information Act officer at the IRS, testified to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that the agency set up a secret “special project team” comprised of “hundreds of attorneys,” including the IRS Chief Counsel (one of only two politically appointed positions at the IRS by the president himself). She said her “understanding was that it started soon after the request came from Congress and other investigators asking for documents around this whole issue,” which she surmised meant around spring 2013.
Not only were law-abiding citizens targeted by an agency of the U.S. government for their political and religious views, but Obama’s henchmen implemented a plan to cover up this activity and delay information from getting into the hands of investigators. Key to this malfeasance is IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins — appointed by Obama — whose office has been directly connected in this harassment and abuse, which includes illegal requests and access to donor information.
Ironically, this unquestionable presidential corruption — the same as the misuse of power that ended in impeachment for Nixon — now leaves Republicans in fear of the political consequences for seeking justice. Democrats simply protect themselves through vindictive attacks and accusations of racism.
There was a day when the law was equally applied regardless of partisan stripe. And history has shown that both Republicans and Democrats can pursue justice for the honor and sake of our nation and Constitution. It’s only a matter of time before future generations declare Obama and his administration as lawless, dishonorable deceivers of the American public, corrupt for the sake of ambition and political power.
Justice may be blind, but she’s not stupid.
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Tony Perkins: “‘Gay Pride Month’ is just beginning — but we can’t say the same for the administration’s pandering. … [T]he Air Force is taking its radicalism to new heights — announcing that it was easing the discharge policy on transgenders in advance of the pride event [on] Tuesday. … Going where no branch has gone before, the Air Force will let high-ranking officials decide the fate of known transgenders in their ranks. … ‘There must be a commander determination that the condition interferes with duty requirements,’ the Air Force pointed out. In other words, branch leaders can opt to keep open transgenders in their units — despite the fact that it violates military policy and U.S. law. By putting the decision in commanders’ laps, the entire process becomes more politicized — where before, it was a simple medical determination. … [T]ransgenderism is at its root a serious mental disorder (one classified as such — not just by Johns Hopkins — but the military’s own Defense Department!). If these men and women are confused about their gender, what’s to keep them from being confused about their mission? With the world falling to pieces and the margin of error so slight, can we really afford these distractions? By letting people create their own realities, Washington is losing its grip on its own.”
The Gipper: “Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, ‘What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power.’ But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.”
Blame game: “I’m tired of funerals of babies, while [the] NRA, manufacturers, and [gun stores], run to the bank making profits from death. … At the end of the day you can argue with us [and] you can call us names, but you got to deal with God. And the blood of our children is on your hands. And you will pay for the murder of our children.” —Chicago “Reverend” and Obama buddy Michael Pfleger, who did not blame gang culture or the ones actually pulling the trigger
Village Idiots: “[The EPA] will stick with the [oil] industry till all our water is contaminated, our air polluted and climate change has made our planet unlivable. … What the EPA presented to the public [about fracking being harmless for drinking water] was PR, not science and proof of the widespread, systemic contamination of our regulatory bodies by the oil and gas industry.” —documentarian Josh Fox, who thinks the EPA isn’t ecofascist enough
Braying Jackass: “We have a democracy problem in this country. We have declining voter turnout. Secretary Clinton put forward [the] notion [that] we need a national strategy to energize voting again, to get people involved. Obviously, to address the many efforts made by Republicans to repress voter involvement. … Let’s face it, a lot of the people in the political class have tried to discourage voter involvement and a lot of incumbents prefer a very small electorate.” —New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
Friendly fire: “I think [the reason Hillary Clinton] is running so aggressively on policy is because she can’t really run on character.” —The Atlantic’s Molly Ball
“A new poll shows that 53% of Democrats think illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote. I’m guessing the other 47% think it should be a requirement.” —Fred Thompson
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Does the Army expect that there will soon be “disaster stricken” areas all over the country? As you will see in this article, a job advertisement has been posted on a federal website seeking workers that “will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US“. This was originally reported by Shepard Ambellas of Intellihub, but it is not receiving nearly as much attention as it perhaps should. What parts of the nation does the U.S. Army believe will soon be “disaster stricken”? By itself, this job ad wouldn’t be raising that many eyebrows, but when you combine this with the unusual number of “military training exercises” that are taking place all around the country and with the very strange movements of military equipment that have been reported recently, it gives the appearance that the U.S. military is feverishly making preparations for something big. (Read More…)
It is a crying shame that this country started down the socialized medicine road under LBJ. The introduction of government into healthcare was probably one of the 5 worst decisions we have made policy-wise as a country. And now we’ve doubled down with the crony capitalist Obamacare.
Who would want to become a doctor these days? The pay has been good. But the debt on the way to that pay is significant for most. And there is the very real possibility that salaries and fees for doctors will be federally regulated – down – at some point anyway. Throw in acres of paperwork, kilometers of red tape, and all this while working for a massive government connected healthcare company which controls your paycheck?
It won’t take long for “the best and the brightest” to adjust their career preferences. It’s probably happening already.
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Posted: 08 Jun 2015 04:55 AM PDT
What makes the gathered church different? Unique? What are our distinctives? From the outside, many of our modern churches don’t look too different than the nightclub down the street. So, what sets us apart? It can’t be our musical quality. The world has plenty of that. It can’t be our production. The world has plenty of that. It can’t be how much fun we have. The world has more than enough of that. That’s not to say quality, production, and fun is wrong or unimportant. But it’s not enough to justify church.
If all we’re doing is entertaining people with amazing music, flashy production, and good times, we’re not fulfilling our mission as the church. That’s the hard truth. The argument has been made that the church should be the most creative place on the planet. On one hand, I agree with this. We as Christians should have a massive imagination because of the God we serve. He is beyond glorious. But at the same time it’s not enough. Is there a way to combine crazy creativity and yet still maintain who we are as the gathered church? It is an important question to answer. FULL REPORT
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|Pope’s ‘feeling’ about short papacy fuels speculation
Posted: 08 Jun 2015 04:41 AM PDT
Are we witnessing the last pope before the reign of the Antichrist? Will there be another Pope before the coming of the Lord? On several occasions, Pope Francis has indicated to reporters he has “a feeling” his papacy may be short, ending either with his death or by following in Pope Benedict’s rare footsteps with retirement. Last August, then 77 years old, he discussed the subject with reporters on a return flight to the Vatican from South Korea, as the Guardian of London reported.
“I see it as the generosity of the people of God,” he replied when asked to explain his global popularity. “I try to think of my sins, my mistakes and not to be proud. Because I know it will last only a short time. Two or three years, and then I’ll be off to the Father’s house.” In a March interview with the Mexican TV broadcaster Televisa he again said he thought his papacy would be short. “I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief – four or five years, even two or three,” he said. “Two have already passed. It’s a somewhat strange sensation. I feel the Lord has placed me here for a short time.” But he said he’s open to emulating Benedict, who in 2013 became the first head of the Roman Catholic Church in 600 years to resign. FULL REPORT
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|Ada County Dog Tests Positive For Plague, Ground Squirrels Likely The CausePosted: 08 Jun 2015 04:32 AM PDT
A dog in Ada County has tested positive for plague. It’s the first case – human or canine – of the bacterial disease since officials reported an outbreak in ground squirrels south of Boise two weeks ago. Epidemiologist Sarah Correll is with the Central District Health Department. She says a preliminary test came back positive, which means the dog likely has the plague. Results from a second test will come back next week.
“The dog had been in the affected area, out near Pleasant Valley Road. It was roaming freely and did have contact with the ground squirrels,” says Correll. When the domesticated animal became ill and started running a high fever, its owner took it to a local veterinary clinic. They suspected plague and had the dog tested. The canine was put on antibiotics and is feeling better. Correll says now the concern has turned to people the dog came into contact with, so the owner and clinic workers are being evaluated for possible exposure to the disease. FULL REPORT
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|ISIS considers transporting nuclear weapon to U.S. through NigeriaPosted: 08 Jun 2015 04:27 AM PDT
ISIS, the jihadist group in Syria, Iraq and Libya, has claimed it could purchase a nuclear device and transport same to the United States, through a network of countries including Nigeria, up to Mexico. In its latest propaganda magazine, Dabiq, published two weeks ago, the group said the plan is workable the same way banned drugs are transported through West Africa to Western countries, saying it could even be easier with the presence of Boko Haram, the Nigeria-based group that recently pledged allegiance to ISIS.
ISIS also described the Nigerian Army as “an exhausted and smashed national army that is now in a virtual state of collapse”. Currently, it said Boko Haram insurgents have taken control of much of Nigeria and their attacks are intensifying and pushing back the military. That claim contradicts recent successes recorded by the Nigerian military which has recovered several towns seized by the militant group in the last. FULL REPORT
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|U.S. vulnerable to North Korean nuke attackPosted: 07 Jun 2015 08:07 PM PDT
The U.S. anti-missile nuclear defense system established to defend against a North Korean missile attack is plagued with technical flaws that make it inadequate, a new U.S. government report concludes. However, even if the technical problems were resolved, former Strategic Defense Initiative director Ambassador Henry Cooper warns in a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin that a North Korean satellite could come over the undefended South Pole and detonate a high-altitude nuclear weapon, causing an electromagnetic pulse event for which the U.S. is virtually defenseless.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office report said there are serious technical flaws in the anti-missile interceptors in the U.S. defense system, which focuses on an attack from the north, raising U.S. vulnerability to a North Korean nuclear attack. The report said that all 33 interceptors now deployed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and in Alaska have one or more of the technical defects. This includes some eight additional interceptors which are to be delivered later this year. “The fielded interceptors are susceptible to experiencing … failure modes,” which would result in “an interceptor fleet that may not work as intended,” the GAO report said. The flaws could disrupt sensitive on-board systems that steer the interceptors toward an enemy missile in space. FULL REPORT
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|Did ISIS give a clue about Jade Helm 15?Posted: 07 Jun 2015 08:00 PM PDT
I’ve echoed in a recent column that I don’t think Jade Helm 15, the largest domestic military exercises involving every branch of service in seven states this summer, is a security risk to Texas. Even the Pentagon isn’t that stupid to mess with the Lone Star State. However, I have also said that I believe Jade Helm 15 is more than “just a training exercise,” and I think ISIS just gave us the clue. The exact words in my past column about Jade Helm 15 were: “I do believe, in addition to the largest domestic military training, it is also a display of power (near the southern border) intended for deterrence of enemies like ISIS and other terrorists, whom the FBI has already said have tentacles in all 50 states.”
And guess who just released its intent to smuggle nuclear weapons across the U.S.-Mexico border? You guessed it. Granted, ISIS is a band of liars following the father of lies, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a nugget of truth in its propaganda, especially when experts agree. ISIS even has a nuclear plan. The International Business Times reported: “The Islamic State group claims it could purchase a nuclear device from Pakistan and transport it to the United States through drug-smuggling channels. The group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, would transfer the nuclear weapon from Pakistan to Nigeria or Mexico, where it could be brought to South America and then up to the U.S., according to an op-ed allegedly written by kidnapped British photojournalist John Cantlie and published in Dabiq, the group’s propaganda magazine.” FULL REPORT
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|Cash-Strapped Kansas Moves to Limit ATM Withdrawals for Residents on WelfarePosted: 07 Jun 2015 10:59 AM PDT
Kansas is in trouble. After slashing income taxes in 2012, the state faces a revenue gap of more than $400 million. Republican Governor Sam Brownback and state legislators are debating how to make up the shortfall. So far they’ve agreed on one way to control how state money is spent. Starting in July, people on the dole will be limited to a single ATM withdrawal of no more than $25 per day. The law also prohibits spending public-assistance cash at movie theaters, swimming pools, and video arcades. Nail salons and tattoo parlors are out, too.
“The primary focus is to get people back to work, because that’s where the real benefit is—getting people off public assistance and back into the marketplace with the dignity and far more income there than the pittance that government gives them,” Brownback said when he signed the Kansas bill into law in April.
Kansas is among several Republican-controlled states that have recently cut or limited public-assistance funds. In Arizona, which faces a $1 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers voted on May 18 to limit welfare to a year, the shortest window in the nation. On May 5, Missouri’s Republican legislature overrode Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s veto to enact a bill that cut thousands of low-income families from aid rolls by reducing how long people can claim cash from five years to fewer than four. Michigan’s GOP-controlled legislature passed a bill on June 2 that strips cash assistance from families with chronically truant children. “During the recession there were lots of blue states, for fiscally driven reasons, that were cutting welfare,” says Liz Schott, a senior fellow at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington think tank. “This year’s cuts feel more ideologically driven.” FULL REPORT
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|Israeli premier criticizes world’s ‘silence’ on Gaza rocketsPosted: 07 Jun 2015 10:53 AM PDT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticized what he described as the world’s “silence” over recent rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, drawing a quick response from his country’s closest ally, the U.S. “It will be interesting to see if this silence continues when we use all our strength in exercising our right to defend ourselves,” Netanyahu said. “It should be clear: the hypocrisy that is sweeping the world will not chain our hands from defending the citizens of Israel.”
In Germany, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. officials had spent “a lot of time talking about this” during Israel’s recent war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. “This is not the first time that I’ve stood at a podium like this and strongly condemned rocket attacks by extremists in Gaza against innocent Israeli citizens,” Earnest said. “Clearly, the United States stands with the nation of Israel as they defend their nation and their people from these attacks.” Netanyahu’s comments come amid strained relations with U.S. President Barack Obama. FULL REPORT
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1) Transgender and feminism agendas collide over admission policies at women’s colleges
Barnard will admit transgender students. Now all ‘Seven Sisters’ colleges do., Washington Post (Susan Svrluga)
Barnard College, After Much Discussion, Decides to Accept Transgender Women, New York Times (Elizabeth Harris)
What Makes a Woman?, New York Times (Elinor Burkett)
2) Children’s books important tools in furthering transgender agenda
Transgender Children’s Books Fill a Void and Break a Taboo, New York Times (Alexandra Alter)
3) Gospel and prosperity theology incompatibilities evidenced in Creflo Dollar jet decision
Pastor Creflo Dollar might get his $65 million private jet after all, Washington Post (Abby Ohlheiser)
Statement From the Board of Directors, Creflo Dollar Ministries
In other news…
Kurds thwart Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans, Sydney Morning Herald (Ercan Gurses)
Abortion Falls in Nearly Every U.S. State, Survey Says, TIME (Jack Linshi)
Ending discrimination in workplace, other areas is next gay rights battle, Washington Post (Sandhya Somashekhar)
The Real Christian Debate on Transgender Identity, The Atlantic (Emma Green)
The Coming Financial Tsunami – What Will You Do If The ATM’s Run Out Of Money?
Our financial system could take a surprising and catastrophic twist that almost nobody imagines, let alone anticipates. What we use as money today is mostly credit. It exists as zeros and ones in electronic bank accounts. We never see it. Touch it. Feel it. Count it out. Or lose it behind seat cushions. What cash do you hoard when most transactions are done on credit? Do you hoard a line of credit? Do you put your credit card in your vault? …………. Click here for full story
White House to Order Faith-based Grant Recipients to Accept LGBT Applicants
by Marsha West
Center For Family & Human Rights reports:
A source within the federal government has informed the Friday Fax that the White House is quietly moving forward with a policy change that will require charitable humanitarian groups to accept LGBT applicants in order to qualify for government funding, even those religious groups that might have religious objections.
The policy change is linked to an executive order President Obama issued last July that prohibits federal contractors from discriminatory hiring practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Faith-based groups were already wrestling with that order.
Things are about to get exponentially worse for faith-based groups who perform humanitarian tasks and receive not contracts but financial grants for doing so.
Gallup: Pro-lifers at lowest number since 2008
by Marsha West
According to Baptist Press:
Abortion pro-choicers significantly outnumber pro-lifers in the U.S. for the first time in seven years, according to the Gallup 2015 Values and Beliefs poll.
Half of Americans identified themselves as pro-choice in the poll that has since 2001 tracked Americans’ views on abortion. The last time pro-choicers accounted for such a large chunk of the populace was in 2008, when they also numbered 50 percent.
Of those polled, 44 percent identified themselves as pro-life, the same percentage found in 2008, Gallup reported.
Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt ‘Bail-In’ Legislation By The End Of The Summer?
When the next great financial crisis hits Europe, banks are not going to get “bailed out” this time. Instead, we are going to see “bail-ins”. So precisely what is a “bail-in”? Essentially, what happens is that wealth is transferred from the “stakeholders” in the bank to the bank itself in order to keep it solvent. That means that creditors and shareholders could potentially lose everything if a major bank in Europe fails. And if their “contributions” are not enough to save the bank, those holding private bank accounts will have to take “haircuts” just like we saw in Cyprus. In fact, the travesty that we witnessed in Cyprus is being used as a “template” for much of the new legislation that is being enacted all over Europe. The bottom line is that not a single bank account in the European Union will ever be truly safe again. …………. Click here for full story
A Massive, Silent Cultural Revolution Has Changed America
In the past decade or so, there’s been a silent revolution in American culture, one at least as profound as the ’60s upheavals. We’ve hardly taken notice of it, because it happened in people’s minds instead of in the streets, happened in ordinary people instead of in the elites and the punditocracy. Compared to just a few years ago, we have a completely different set of ideas about what constitutes acceptable behavior. ………… Click here for full story
Transhumanism And War
The search for performance optimization via human enhancement in the military is not new. Stimulant drugs have been used in the army for decades. Apart from the use of such enhancements in the military, we are increasingly witnessing the rise of technologies that can alter human biology irreversibly, especially by incorporating technology within the human body. Such technologies are radically different from previous eras as they are much more invasive and potentially irreversible, marking a new phase in the quest to create super soldiers. ……….. Click here for full story
The Slow Motion Fulfillment Of Isaiah 17 & The Destruction Of Damascus
In the past couple of years it has become even clearer that Isaiah’s prophecy of the destruction of Damascus will soon come to fulfillment, perhaps being part of the Psalm 83 scenario I’ve written about. If so, it would explain why Syria is not included among the coalition of Moslem nations who will gather against Israel in the Battle of Ezekiel 38. even though at least part of the attack on Israel will come through land currently occupied by Syria………… Click here for full story
Christian Headlines Daily – Monday, June 8, 2015
New York Times Forced to Correct Itself After It Misstates When Unborn Babies are Viable
Fighting Baltimore’s Violence Through Prayer
Bill Maher Slams Conservatives, GOP For Playing Persecuted Christian Card
Women of Faith™ Celebrates 20 Years as Nationwide Farewell Tour Visits 18 Cities in 2015
Duggars Open Up to Fox-TV’s Megyn Kelly on Family Sex Scandal
Billy Graham’s Grandson Says This About Sexual Abuse in the Church
Praying to Jesus in the House Opening Prayer
Hillsong church drops controversial US preacher Mark Driscoll from conferences
5 Things Christians Should Know about Rick Perry’s Faith
Single Mom Prays for Miracle to Afford New Car, Stranger Comes Forward to Pay in Full
Why the Duggars serve as a warning against fundamentalist Christianity
Bruce Jenner: Christianity and Transgenderism Debate
Shepherds or Shamers? The Rise of Church Discipline in America
Plumber Almost Misses $136M Lottery Payday
Who Was Alopen and How Did He Change Christianity?
“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime
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Who do you think that I am?
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