Top News 6/10/2015
Greece: 5.3 Richter earthquake shakes up coast of Crete
An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale occurred at about 00:49 on Wednesday morning, in the area between Kasos and Crete, according to the Institute of Geodynamics of the National Observatory of Athens.
U.S. Debt by President: By Dollar and Percent
Why the Winner Is…Barack Obama. The debt grew the most dollar-wise during President Obama’s term. He added $6.167 trillion, a 53% increase, in six years.
Magnitude-6.0 earthquake strikes northern Chile; no damage reported
SANTIAGO, Chile – A magnitude-6.0 earthquake has struck northern Chile, but authorities say they’ve had no reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake’s epicenter was 35 miles (57 kilometers) north-north-west of San Pedro de Atacama. It occurred Wednesday at 10:52 a.m. local time (9:52 a.m. EDT; 1352 GMT).
3 Tremors Recorded in Earthquake-Hit Nepal
Kathmandu: Three mild tremors were felt across quake-hit Nepal today after the number of aftershocks decreased over the past week.
US Diplomats Reveal EU Sanctions Assault After Iran Deal
Senior diplomats expose EU sanctions list all ready to force Israel into ‘peace talk’ concessions; Obama is threatening to let it happen.
Shiekh Pronounces Blood Libel During Sermon On The Temple Mount
Palestinian Media Watch translated a lecture that had been published online, in which Mughrabi accused Jews of the age-old European anti-Semitic claim of slaughtering gentile children and draining their blood for use in Passover matzot. Mughrabi went on to say that the reason why the Nazis killed Jews in the Holocaust is that Jews use Christian blood in Matzot.
Climate change: Mr. Obama, 97 percent of experts is a bogus number
Never let facts get in the way of a good story. The paper is a treasure trove of how-not-to lessons for a graduate class on survey design and analysis: the sample was not representative, statistical tests were ignored, and the results were misinterpreted.
‘Fed Up’ Black Voters May Help Elect Republican President in 2016
Obama built up ridiculous expectations among blacks just as he did among Middle East Muslims. The disappointment among blacks towards President Obama is similar to Middle East Muslims’ frustration with the President two years after his “reaching us to Muslims” speech in Cairo, except that American blacks have not reacted with the type of violent Arab Spring rebellions that turned to ashes whatever stability that existed in several Middle East countries.
Pentagon bars discrimination against gays, lesbians in uniform
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday the Pentagon has updated its equal opportunity policy to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation, putting it in the same category as discrimination based on race, religion, color, age and sex.
WHO team urges South Korea to reopen schools as more close in MERS crisis
South Korea’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday two more people had died from MERS and announced 13 new cases, lifting the total number of patients to 108 and prompting President Park Geun-hye to postpone a visit to the United States.
U.S. prepares plans for more troops, new base in Iraq: officials
The United States is expected to announce on Wednesday plans for a new military base in Iraq’s Anbar province and the deployment of around 400 additional U.S. trainers to help Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State, a U.S. official said.
Negotiators in talks with Iran clash over ‘undeclared’ nuclear facilities
Over the past 20 months, world powers seeking a nuclear deal with Iran have worked out tentative agreements to monitor and secure the country’s known nuclear facilities to prevent it from building a bomb. But as negotiations head for a June 30 deadline, diplomats are still at odds over a tougher issue: how to keep tabs on military bases and other sites where the Iranians might secretly work on a weapon.
Wi-Fi signals can help count people in a crowd
A Wi-Fi signal can be used to count the number of people in a given space, leading to diverse applications such as energy efficiency to search-and-rescue operations. Researchers from University of California-Santa Barbara…”Our approach can estimate the number of people walking in an area, based on only the received power measurements of a Wi-Fi link,” said Yasamin Mostofi, professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Africa to create TFTA – Cape to Cairo free-trade zone
Africa’s largest free-trade zone is to be created, covering 26 countries in an area from Cape Town in the south to Cairo in the north. The deal, to be signed in Egypt, is intended to ease the movement of goods across member countries which represent more than half the continent’s GDP. Since the end of colonial rule, governments have been discussing ways to boost intra-African trade.
Daesh kidnaps 88 Eritrean Christians in Libya
Islamic State’s [Daesh] Libya branch has carried out another kidnapping, targeting a large group of Eritrean Christians who were traveling to Libya in hope of boarding a migrant boat to Europe. The news was confirmed by a US defense official. Local media reports claim the migrants were kidnapped by militants south of the city of Tripoli, last Wednesday.
Pentagon recommends sending 400 additional US troops to Iraq
The Pentagon has recommended sending 400 more U.S. troops to Iraq to aid in the fight against ISIS, a senior U.S. military official told Fox News late Tuesday. The official said that the White House had not made a final decision on the recommendation, which would bring the total number of American troops in Iraq to approximately 3,400. That number includes trainers, advisers, security and other logistical personnel.
Disney Blacklisted Displaced American Workers
The American tech workers Disney laid off in January after forcing them to train their foreign replacements were put on a “black list” that disqualified them from hire by any contractor that works with Disney, emails obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation between one of the laid off workers and a recruiting firm show.
France moves closer to adopting expansive surveillance law
Just a week after President Obama signed a US law dialing back post-9/11 surveillance measures, France has taken a major step toward giving its spy agencies vast new powers in the wake of the deadly Charlie Hebdo attack.
Palestinian poll shows discontent with Hamas, Gaza war
Gaza residents are unhappy with the territory’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers and their war with Israel last summer, a new Palestinian poll released Tuesday shows. The poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research shows that half of Gaza residents want to emigrate, compared to 25 percent in the West Bank.
American Pharoah: What A Perfect Description For The Guy In The White House
A horse named “American Pharoah” just won the Triple Crown. Is this some sort of a sign for America? The office of the presidency was greatly strengthened under previous administrations, but now Barack Obama has grabbed an unprecedented amount of power for himself.
Another clear sign Assad is getting desperate to hold on in Syria
The Syrian civil war has continued unabated into its fourth year, and the Assad regime is beginning to seriously feel the toll of the years of constant conflict. The Syrian army has recently lost territory to rebels in the country’s northwest and to ISIS in the country’s center.
Top Headlines 6/10/2015
Nearly three quarters of Israeli Jews feel that the ‘whole world is against us’
Ehud Barak: Let us not wallow in victimhood: Zionism has allowed Israel “to take our destiny in our hands”
Israel’s regional military edge is safe, top US general assures
Israel’s statesmen must put forward strategy to avoid next war, president says
Northern Command Chief: We must prepare for war in the north
Counter Punch: Hezbollah Seeks to offset recent setbacks with retaliatory offensive
Poll: 63% of Palestinians unhappy with achievements of Hamas-Israel war
Security forces fire at Palestinian attempting to detonate explosive
Netanyahu calls on Palestinians to return to talks
Netanyahu to Czech FM: Palestinians set ‘perfect trap’ on peace talks
‘United Jerusalem is eternal capital of the Jewish people’
Arab-Jewish party declares support for boycotting Israeli companies in settlements
Diplomats: EU has Israel sanctions ready, and Uncle Sam may not be able to help
Netanyahu hails Israel hi-tech innovation during meeting with Google chief
‘Holocaust’ cocktail in Belarus, ‘Hitler’ ice cream in India cause uproar
White House welcomes Jerusalem passport ruling as a matter of presidential prerogative
State Dept: US officials not meeting with Muslim Brotherhood
Suicide bomber in Egypt detonates outside tourist site
Two militants killed, four wounded in suicide attack on ancient Egyptian temple
Egyptian ISIS affiliates fire rockets towards airport used by multinational peacekeepers
Syrian pilot shoots self to avoid fiery ISIS execution
Moderate rebels take key southern base in Syria, dealing blow to Assad
Another clear sign Assad is getting desperate to hold on in Syria – Assad is reaching out to Tehran
Obama weighs sending several hundred more US troops to Iraq
George W. Bush was wrong to impose democracy on Iraq, Rumsfeld says
Iraq: Despite thousands fleeing ISIS, churches are full of new believers
Turkish government accused of deliberately ignoring violence in Kurdish region
ISIS Stages Attacks in Iraq and Libya, Despite U.S. Airstrikes
Libya crisis: UN presents ‘unity’ plan to factions
Saudi summons Iran ambassador over mass poisoning
Heads of CIA and US military visit Israel ahead of Iran deadline
Netanyahu: Those with the most at stake in Iran deal are not allowed at the table
Netanyahu warns of Iran’s five-layered threat
Dempsey: Iran may use some sanctions relief for military, proxies
Former Mossad chief: Iran using Obama’s desire for deal to extort concessions
White House, Senate rooms briefly evacuated over bomb threats
Obama, family not evacuated during White House briefing room threat
Secret Service officers at White House lacked security clearances, officials say
US army shuts website after hacking attack
NSA spying may cost US companies over $35bn & do lasting harm to economy
France moves closer to adopting expansive surveillance law
Forget the G7 summit – Bilderberg is where the big guns go
Big business set to lobby politicians on the future of the EU at Bilderberg Group meeting
4 things we know about the secretive Bilderberg Group and 1 thing we’ll never know
Just who exactly is going to the Bilderberg meeting?
Homeland Security looks for leaker of report on airport-checkpoint failures
SpaceX founder files with government to provide Internet service from space
PayPal wants to replace passwords with brain implants and computers you swallow
Survey: Obama’s Trade Proposal a Tough Sell for Most Americans
Jack Ma: World War III is coming, but in a good way
Greece submits new reform plan to EU and IMF
Growing Body of Law Allows Prosecution of Foreign Citizens on U.S. Soil
U.S. frees hundreds of Cuban criminals because Havana won’t take them back
Kremlin chief of staff: If Western sanctions stay, so will Russian ban on Western food
Everything you need to know about the South China Sea conflict in 5 points
China military says conducted drills near Taiwan, Philippines
5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Miyako, Japan
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Palaikastron, Greece
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji
Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft
Volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra unleashes burst of hot ash down slopes; no injuries reported
Oman Likely Target of Tropical Cyclone Ashobaa
Cuba suspends U.S. chicken imports over bird flu: traders
Bird flu found in Michigan geese, officials confirm
California lawmakers pass vaccine bill amid contentious debate
Nation of Islam Joins Anti-Vaccine Bill Protest in Sacramento
Nearly 50 Indiana students test positive for tuberculosis
South Korea President Park to delay US visit due to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak
Obama makes moral case for preserving his health care law
With legal marijuana, more little kids are accidentially consuming drug
Colorado sees 1st camp resort for pot users
U.S. Abortion Rate Drops 12 Percent due to pro-life laws
Court upholds key parts of Texas’ strict anti-abortion law
Baby born from ovary frozen in mother’s childhood
iOS 9: iPhone will now track sexual activity
UN draft report finds sexual exploitation by peacekeepers underreported
Pentagon bars discrimination against gays, lesbians in uniform
Church Is ‘Not Gay Bashing’ in Sign Denouncing Gay Scout Leaders, Says Florida Pastor
Transgender ‘female’ MMA fighter gives female opponent concussion, broken eye socket
Man dressed as a woman peeps on women in bathroom at Wal-Mart
‘Blessing of the bikes’ helps churches make climate change a local issue
Vatican makes history: Pope allows Islamic prayers, Koran readings
World Elite Gather to Plot Future (God laughs!)
Justice Dept. Orders Website to Turn Over Names of Commenters
Army Gen. Randy Taylor introduces his husband at Pentagon Gay Pride event
Pakistani Christians Threatened With Blasphemy Charges for Refusing to Hand Over Property to Muslims
Why you should care that Robert Prechter is warning of a ‘sharp collapse’ in stocks
June 10, 2015
“The danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defense of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.” —Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
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In a speech before the Catholic Health Association Tuesday, Barack Obama bent the narrative of history to fit his will. In the days leading up to when the Supreme Court will decide whether it’s legal for the federal government to provide subsidies for health insurance not purchased on a state exchange, Obama is leveraging every rhetorical trick, trying to convince the Court to allow him to rewrite ObamaCare. On Monday, he told a group of reporters that SCOTUS shouldn’t have taken up King v. Burwell. But since it has, he said, “This should be an easy case” because legal scholars side with his interpretation.
The next day, Obama ramped up his attack on the impartiality of the Supreme Court when he used the Bully Pulpit to defend ObamaCare using religious and historical rhetoric, evoking the names of Teddy Roosevelt and Ted Kennedy. In his speech at the Catholic conference, Obama said, “The rugged individualism that defines America has always been bound by a shared set of values, an enduring sense that we’re in this together, that America is not a place where we simply turn away from the sick, or turn our backs on the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. It is a place sustained by the idea: I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper — that we have an obligation to put ourselves in our neighbor’s shoes and see each other’s common humanity.” What Obama left out: This law he says is couched in historical precedent was rammed through Congress with a midnight, party-line vote, and now he’s rewriting it to suit his purposes. As for values, the freedom from coercion is a pretty strong American value, running through the nation since the rebellion against the Stamp Act. More…
Is this the Obama administration’s “smart power” and “reset,” not embarrassing Russia as it violates nuclear arms treaties? Every year, the State Department releases a report about how the U.S. and other countries are upholding or violating the various treaties governing arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament. In this year’s report, State discloses, “In 2014, the Russian Federation continued to be in violation of its obligations under the INF Treaty not to possess, produce, or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) with a range capability of 500 km to 5,500 km.” Disturbing news, right? Not to State, which believes the violation is not a big deal. The report continues: “The Administration believes that it is in the mutual security interests of all the Parties to the INF Treaty that Russia and the other 11 successor states to the Soviet Union remain Parties to the Treaty and comply with their obligations.” Obviously, if Russia believed it was in its best interest to stop development of intermediate-range missiles, it would stop. Furthermore, the government knew of the INF violations for three years before disclosing them publicly. U.S. officials lied about Russia and continue to obfuscate the extent of Russia’s violations. Guess it’s easier than, well, wielding power smartly.
Iconic actor Clint Eastwood made the terrible mistake of stepping outside the bounds of political correctness during the taping of Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards. The self-described libertarian, who has been in Hollywood timeout ever since he eviscerated Barack Obama in his illustrious “empty chair” rendition at the 2012 Republican National Convention, was introducing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson when he made an obscure — or what the Leftmedia is calling “insensitive” — reference to Bruce Caitlyn Jenner. According to HollywoodLife.com, Eastwood “compared the San Andreas star to former athletes who have become actors, like ‘Jim Brown and Caitlyn Somebody.'” The audience didn’t find it very funny, and neither did Spike TV. The network says it “will remove the reference in the version that will air” June 18. Aside from the obvious question — what exactly was so derogatory about Eastwood’s remark? — there lies a double standard. Liberals thought it was hilarious when Barack Obama used the “lipstick on a pig” reference against Team McCain in 2008, and they smirk every time Democrats describe right-wingers as terrorists, to name just a couple. In other words, not only must we call Bruce a girl, but we must not make fun of him or any other protected class; meanwhile, the Right is fair game.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Nate Jackson
The plural of anecdote is not data. And yet when anecdotes repeatedly fit a narrative, it becomes ever more difficult to separate the two — especially when those pushing the narrative control the media.
The latest story of cops versus minorities comes from McKinney, Texas, where Cpl. Eric Casebolt of the city’s police department took down a black teenage female while being videoed. As the video went viral, the narrative was reinforced: Racist white cops target blacks.
As usual, however, it’s a bit more complicated.
First, a quick rundown of the facts: Residents say a woman invited a group of teens to the neighborhood pool for a birthday party, but the homeowners’ associations limits homeowners to two guests. When 130 unruly teens descended on the pool, hopping fences and engaging in fights, concerned residents called the police. Casebolt was among three officers (at least on film) who responded.
A few of the teens bolted from the officers, who gave chase. Several teens ended up in handcuffs, with others trying to explain themselves and still others jawing at the cops. Most of them largely ignored police instructions, though otherwise presented no perceivable threat.
But the real brouhaha centered on Casebolt’s treatment of one bikini-clad girl, whom he pulled from a group and wrestled to the ground while cursing at her. Several teens rushed forward, prompting Casebolt to briefly draw his sidearm and chase off two large boys. He then held the girl down by kneeling on her back while continuing to curse at numerous other teens.
Second, let it be acknowledged that all we see are seven minutes of footage; we don’t know all the details that prompted the police call or their response. The police department issued a statement indicating they responded to a disturbance “involving multiple juveniles at the location, who do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave.” Beyond that and the explanations of residents and teenagers, the story is hazy. One resident claimed the kids “assaulted” security guards near the pool, and well as accosted a mom and her kids. The teens in the video claim to merely be there for a birthday party.
Now, the lessons. For all of us citizens, follow (reasonable) instructions and don’t run from the police. Officers don’t take kindly to having to chase down even innocent bystanders — who they don’t know are innocent and must assume, based on the behavior of fleeing, may be guilty of a crime. Or, in the not-so-eloquent phrasing of Cpl. Casebolt, “Don’t make me f—ing run around here with 30 pounds of G—d—ed gear on in the sun!”
For officers, assume you’re always on camera and that your actions will be evaluated based on the footage. Casebolt surely knows the rationale for his actions beyond what we see, but it’s hard to come away from the video sympathizing with his severely agitated and bullying response.
In fact, Casebolt resigned Tuesday evening. Announcing that at a press conference, McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley called Casebolt’s actions “indefensible.”
A pseudonymous California officer pondered, “In watching the video, one can’t help but observe that Casebolt is alone among the officers in being exercised about what is happening. Was he aware of facts his colleagues were not? If so, and if these facts somehow warranted his actions, did he share his knowledge with the other officers? And what of the girl in the bikini? What was it that motivated Casebolt to choose her, among all the others, to be detained?
“And as for Casebolt drawing his pistol, in this — and only this — there appears to be some justification. The two young men who rushed forward were both at least equal in size to the officer, and it isn’t unreasonable to suppose they might have been preparing to attack Casebolt had he not reacted as he did. The brandishing of the weapon had the desired effect of making the young men run away.”
It’s easy to assume Casebolt acted with undue force given that no one (on video) was resisting arrest or behaving violently, and his takedown of a girl was preemptive at best. Then again, cops are facing unusually high tension across the nation, especially when dealing with blacks, and that is arguably due to overheated race-bait rhetoric from those who benefit politically from unrest.
Clearly, we have a deep cultural problem: Many citizens feel entitled and aggrieved, and they have no guiding moral standards for encounters with the law. And many cops feel either under siege or overly powerful — or both. Until these variables shift in a better direction, every law enforcement encounter will be magnified.
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Walter Williams: “Politicians who fight against school choice behave the way teachers do. Fifty-two percent of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus who have school-age children have them enrolled in private schools. Thirty-seven percent of members of the House of Representatives and 45 percent of senators who have school-age children have them enrolled in private schools. The education establishment says more money is needed, but more money does not produce higher quality. New York City spent $20,331 per student in fiscal 2013. Washington, D.C., spent $17,953, and Baltimore allocated $15,050. Despite being among the nation’s highest-spending school districts, their education quality is among the lowest. Parents, given vouchers and choice, could do a far superior job in the education of their children — and at a cheaper cost.”
Insight: “If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.” —English statesman John Lubbock (1834-1913)
Demo-gogues: “There’s something deeply cynical about constant efforts to roll back progress. I understand folks being worried before [ObamaCare] was passed and there wasn’t a reality there to examine. But once you see folks having health care, you’d think it’d be time to move on.” —Barack Obama, the ultimate cynic
Race bait: “In 2015 America, African-American parents cannot possibly send their children out to play without genuine fear for their safety and lives, from the very authorities tasked with protecting them. … Being a kid is (or should be) one of our society’s most privileged positions, and there are few privileges of childhood more meaningful than the opportunity to play without worries, to enjoy a summer day on its own relaxed terms. This childhood luxury is becoming painfully, unmistakably intertwined with white privilege.” —Fitchburg State University professor Ben Railton
Turning the narrative inside out: “We have a significant population gap among African-American males because so many of them have spent time in jail and, as such, we can’t hire them.” —New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton
Friendly fire: “It strikes me that awarding the Arthur Ashe Award to Caitlyn Jenner is just a crass exploitation play — it’s a tabloid play. In the broad world of sports, I’m pretty sure they could’ve found someone … who was much closer actively involved in sports, who would’ve been deserving of what that award represents.” —sportscaster Bob Costas
Late-night humor: “Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton supported raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. She said every American should be able to afford to attend one of her speeches.” —Conan O’Brien
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1) Opposition to upheld Texas abortion law reveals entrenched nature of abortion movement
Controversial Texas abortion law upheld by federal appeals court, Los Angeles Times (James Queally)
Court Upholds Texas Law Criticized as Blocking Access to Abortions, New York Times (Manny Fernandez)
2) Responses to Campolo statement on homosexuality historic moment for evangelicalism
Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights, New York Times (Laurie Goodstein)
Breaking News: 2 Billion Christians Believe in Traditional Marriage, Christianity Today (Mark Galli)
3) Democratic appeal to party base an overreading of leftward trend in American people
The Mobilization Error, New York Times (David Brooks)
In other news…
Embattled Texas police officer resigns following pool party video
, Washingotn Post (Peter Holley)
Iraqi veteran who fled Mosul a year ago: ISIS will never, ever leave my city, CNN (Ben Wedeland)
Woman Charged With Murder After Taking Abortion Pill, ABC News (Russ Bynum)
Hastert Makes 1st Court Appearance in Hush-Money Case, New York Times (AP)
The Search for the Best Estimate of the Transgender Population, New York Times (Claire Cain Miller)
This 1783 Volcanic Eruption Changed The Course Of History
Posted: 09 Jun 2015 06:18 PM PDT
Volcanoes are not an unusual sight on Iceland, but the eruption that began on June 8, 1783 in the southern district of Síða was something that had never seen before. During the next eight months, an estimated 14 km³ (about 3.7 quadrillion gallons) of lava poured out from 135 fissures near the town of Klaustur. The lava from the fissures ended up covering an estimated 2,500 km² (965 sq mi) of land, which threatened to overrun not only many farms, but also the entire town.
Fortunately, the lava flows stopped in time, ending the danger. So it seemed, anyway. It tuned out, however, that the lava wasn’t the only threat to Iceland. Volcanic ash from the eruptionwas carried away by the wind and poisoned the land and sea. Animals suddenly developed “ridges” and “growths” on their legs. Observers also noted they became “bloated” and their mouths swelled. This “pestilence” – a severe fluorine-intoxication from the ash – killed half of the Icelandic cattle population and a quarter of the sheep and horse population. FULL REPORT
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|Why is the Pentagon shipping anthrax all over the place in the first place?
Posted: 09 Jun 2015 06:10 PM PDT
In late May, it was reported that the Defense Department had inadvertently shipped a few live samples of anthrax to several labs – most of them in the U.S., but at least one sample to a U.S. military base in South Korea. CNN further reported that the military not only sent live anthrax recently to facilities in the U.S. and South Korea but may have also inadvertently sent live samples to Australia in 2008 or 2009. The shipments all originated from an Army lab in Utah.
However, in recent days, the Pentagon has been forced to admit that it actually shipped live anthrax to dozens more labs in the U.S., in addition to more countries. As reported by the L.A. Times: Officials said… that the labs identified so far are scattered across 17 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Australia and South Korea, suggesting a systemic lapse in the military’s program to study and build defenses against biological weapons agents, including anthrax. FULL REPORT
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|Franklin Graham goes to war against ‘Gay’-Friendly companies
Posted: 09 Jun 2015 06:04 PM PDT
World renowned Christian leader Rev. Franklin Graham told his Facebook followers to stop doing business with stores and corporations that advance unbiblical principles – that the power of the purse can be used to advance God’s will. And as example, he announced his own evangelical organization will cut ties with Wells Fargo because of advertising featuring lesbians.
Graham specifically objected to a Wells Fargo TV and online ad that features a lesbian couple learning sign language for their adopted daughter. “Hello, beautiful,” the couple in the ad tell the little girl in sign language. “We’re going to be your new mommies.”He wrote: “Have you ever asked yourself – how can we fight the tide of immoral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and that gay & lesbian community? Every day it is something else!” FULL REPORT
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|Todd Starnes: Army: We Can Provide Honor Guards For Gay Pride Parade, But Not Church Service
Posted: 09 Jun 2015 05:49 PM PDT
For nearly two decades, the U.S. Army has provided an honor guard for an Independence Day celebration at a Baptist church that predates the founding of the nation. But this year – that tradition has come to an end. Officials at Fort Gordon say they will not be able to send an honor guard to a July 5th service at Abilene Baptist Church because it violates a military policy banning any involvement in a religious service.
While the Pentagon won’t allow an honor guard to set foot in a church, they have no problem allowing them to march in a gay pride parade. Last year the Department of Defense gave permission for an honor guard to participate in Washington, D.C.’s gay pride parade – a historic first. An honor guard is also expected to march in the 2015 Capital Pride parade. FULL REPORT
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|Army General Introduces His Husband At 4th Annual Pentagon Gay Pride Event
Posted: 09 Jun 2015 05:43 PM PDT
The Pentagon Queer Pride event kicked off with the National Anthem, sung by the Rock Creek Singers, who are with the Gay Men’s Chorus.
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27
A married Army general on Tuesday introduced his male spouse at a Pentagon Gay Pride event that featured lots of top brass, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as the keynote speaker. What made this seemingly routine introduction noteworthy is that Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor introduced his husband, Lucas.
“My husband Lucas is sitting up front here,” Gen. Taylor said of the man in the same row as Mr. Carter, Army Secretary John McHugh and other senior officials. He said Lucas has subjugated his own career to support the general’s frequent moves over an 18-year relationship. FULL REPORT
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|Greece officially starts using term ‘Palestine’
Posted: 09 Jun 2015 05:29 PM PDT
Although they haven’t affirmed full, official recognition of a Palestinian state, Greek officials recently started referring to “Palestine.” The country’s prime minister actually used the term “State of Palestine” in a tweet Monday that was later deleted.“At the Greek Foreign Ministry, we decided to issue instructions throughout the Greek public administration for the uniform use of the term ‘Palestine’ when we refer to our friendly country,” Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said Monday during a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki.
“Palestine is a country that is in our hearts, in our minds,” Kotzias said at the Foreign Ministry in Athens. “It has followed us since the years of our adolescence and youth as a dream of freedom, democracy and rights.”During a press conference with al-Maliki, Kotzias referred to his guest as “His Excellency, the foreign minister of Palestine,” and promised to create a “Friends of Palestine” group in the European Union. FULL REPORT
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|Russia Successfully Test-Fires Defense Shield Anti-Missile System
Posted: 09 Jun 2015 03:41 PM PDT
The Russian military has successfully test-fired a short-range anti-missile system, the Russian defense ministry announced Tuesday. The latest move comes four days after Pentagon officials said that the United States was considering deploying missiles in Europe to counter potential threats from Russia. “The launch was aimed at confirming the performance characteristics of missile defense shield anti-missiles operational in the Aerospace Defense Forces,” the defense ministry said, according to Russia’s TASS news agency.
According to Lieutenant General Sergei Lobov, deputy commander of the Aerospace Defense Forces, “an anti-missile of the missile defense shield successfully accomplished its task and destroyed a simulated target at the designated time.” The test’s timing is crucial as the U.S. government is considering aggressive moves, including deploying land-based missiles in Europe, in response to Russia’s alleged violation of a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty, the Associated Press (AP) reported. FULL REPORT
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|Kamchatka’s Zhupanovsky volcano spews ash 6 km above sea level
Posted: 09 Jun 2015 03:35 PM PDT
Zhupanovsky Volcano in Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka Territory has spewed ash to a height of six kilometers above sea level, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) of the Institute of Volcanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences told TASS on Tuesday. “The ash column reached six kilometers above sea level. The plume of ash has been taken by the wind to a distance of 30 kilometers in the southerly direction,” a KVERT spokesman said.
The volcano poses no threat to populated localities. Nonetheless, it has been assigned an orange aviation color code. It is not ruled out that the volcano may spew more ash up to eight kilometres high. Zhupanovsky Volcano, which takes its name from a river of the same name flowing in its vicinity, is located in eastern Kamchatka, some 70 kilometers north of the Kamchatka capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Zhupanovsky is one of the least studied volcanoes in the region despite its proximity to a large city. It is a complex volcano composed of four overlapping cones aligned on a roughly east-west oriented axis, with the highest cone reaching 2,958 meters high, and the lowest one being 2,505 meters high. The giant mount has been active since October 2013. EP
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|Japan struck by 6.1 and 4.5 magnitude earthquakes – no tsunami warnings issued
Posted: 09 Jun 2015 03:28 PM PDT
A magnitude 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck of the eastern coast of northern Japan early Monday. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at 2:01 a.m. ET, and was located around 27.5 miles below ground. Despite the shaking, there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries. There were also no current tsunami warnings issued from NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center or the Japan Meteorological Agency. Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone nations in the world.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 struck Tokyo and its surrounding region on Tuesday morning, the Meteorological Agency said, No tsunami alert was issued. The 5:44 a.m. temblor occurred in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture at a depth of about 50 kilometers, registering 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7 in Moka, Tochigi Prefecture, and 2 in central Tokyo. EP
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|4 things we know about the secretive Bilderberg Group and 1 thing we’ll never know
Posted: 09 Jun 2015 11:32 AM PDT
The Bilderberg Group has long been the subject of speculation. But what do we really know about the secretive international meetings between top politicians and bosses? The location of the meetings is now public. Last year, the Danish capital of Cophenhagen was the venue of choice. This year, the world’s elites will travel to the Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol in the Austrian Alps.
The group releases a list of attendees. From the UK this year George Osborne and Ed Balls are attending. Other people going to the 2015 meet-up include José Barroso, the former EU Commission President, and executives from firms including Google, BP, Shell, and Deutsche Bank. FULL REPORT
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Internet buzz about a giant meteor that is going to strike our planet in September has become so intense that NASA has been forced to issue a statement publicly denying that it is going to happen. NASA insists that the agency knows of “no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth”, and that “no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years”. To be honest, NASA should perhaps hold off on making such bold statements concerning what will happen in the future considering the fact that the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia in 2013 took them totally by surprise. In any event, what we do know is that our region of space is absolutely packed with meteors and asteroids. At this point, approximately 10,000 major near earth objects have been discovered by scientists, and about 10 percent of them are one kilometer or larger in size. If any of those big ones were to hit us, we would be looking at another Tunguska event or worse. Very large meteors have struck our planet before, and they will hit us again. It is only a matter of time. (Read More…)
Most Americans are deathly afraid to go to the hospital these days – and it is because of the immense pain that it will cause to their wallets. If you want to get on a path that will lead you to bankruptcy, just start going to the hospital a lot. In America today, hospitals and doctors are blatantly ripping us off and they aren’t making any apologies for it. As you will read about below, some hospitals mark up treatments by 1,000 percent. In other instances, basic medical supplies are being billed out at hundreds of times what they cost providers. For example, it has been reported that some hospitals are charging up to 30 dollars for a single aspirin pill. It would be difficult to argue that the extreme greed that we see in the medical system is even matched by the crooks on Wall Street. These medical predators get their hands on us when we are at our most vulnerable. They know that in our lowest moments we are willing to pay just about anything to get better or to make the pain go away. And so they very quietly have us sign a bunch of forms without ever telling us how much everything is going to cost. Eventually when the bills come in the mail, it is too late to do anything about it. (Read More….)
Army General Introduces His Husband At 4th Annual Pentagon Gay Pride Event
The Pentagon Queer Pride event kicked off with the National Anthem, sung by the Rock Creek Singers, who are with the Gay Men’s Chorus.
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:26,27 (KJV)
A married Army general on Tuesday introduced his male spouse at a Pentagon Gay Pride event that featured lots of top brass, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as the keynote speaker.
What made this seemingly routine introduction noteworthy is that Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor introduced his husband, Lucas.
“My husband Lucas is sitting up front here,” Gen. Taylor said of the man in the same row as Mr. Carter, Army Secretary John McHugh and other senior officials. He said Lucas has subjugated his own career to support the general’s frequent moves over an 18-year relationship.
Gen. Taylor was the master of ceremonies for the Pentagon’s 4th Gay Pride celebration that showcases a month of gay-themed posters and history.
A panel discussion featured a gay Marine officer, a gay Army sergeant who is a criminal investigator, a lesbian chaplain and a transgender, Amanda Simpson, who is executive director of the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives. source
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Bill Maher’s Malignant Mockery of Persecuted Christians is Repugnant to Humanity
Pray for the shameful, deluded, atheistic Left. — OTM
“We’re a long way from them getting eaten by lions in the coliseum”
With the backdrop of a Fox News banner Reading “Christians Under Attack” and “War on Christians Around World,” Bill Maher sprays his vitriolic venom for Christians, running his own headline, “Witless for the Persecution.”
While I can take a good (even bad) joke and Maher’s (speaking of witless) attempts to get a cheap laugh while proselytizing his leftist, elitist brand of angry atheism don’t send the Christian community into a fit of rage, his hostile hypocritical vile rancor went far beyond his HBO reputation for insolence.
The attempt at drawing a parallel between ISIS and Israel shouldn’t be missed AND shouldn’t be dismissed either. It is a new low in Christian Palestinianism. To be sure, the parallel was already attempted by CaTC superstar Stephen Sizer, when he compared Israel to ISIS and even said that Christian Zionists were Christian Jihadists.
We should not be surprised in the least.
Some 2000 years ago Jesus and the disciples warned us quite clearly that many would fall away, many would sell out on the faith, many would fall for lies and deception, and many would seek to lead others astray.
They made it so very plain that false prophets, false shepherds and false apostles would freely roam among believers, leading many away from the Word of God and biblical morality.
The four Colombian high school students were brought to the emergency room two weeks ago screaming and babbling.
There was nothing physically wrong with them. Instead doctors diagnosed a case of ‘mass hysteria’.
The cause? They had been trying to summon a ‘Mexican demon’ with two pencils balanced on a piece of paper, like a modern version of the ouija board.
Franklin Graham is doing his part in calling on his fellow believers to stop doing business with companies that feature homosexual relationships in their commercials.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has decided to close its accounts at Wells Fargo, following the bank’s decision to feature a same-sex couple in a television ad. The one-minute commercial (see below) features a lesbian couple learning sign language in preparation for adopting a young girl who is deaf. At the end of the ad, one of the women – using sign language – tells the child: “We’re going to be your new mommies.”
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“My Last Day” — the Jesus Anime
9 powerful minutes of animation that begins with a thief behind bars watching the scourging of Jesus, and it ends with the thief dying next to Jesus, and waking to see Him in a beautiful place.
The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?
There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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