Jun. 16, 2015
The White House has secured at least $4 billion in commitments from private companies and foundations to invest in clean energy technology, double the goal it set in February.
Artificial trans-fat will be banned from the U.S. food supply over the next three years under a ruling by regulators that the products pose health risks that contribute to heart disease, the leading killer of Americans.
California’s Democrat-controlled legislature approved a $117.5 billion budget Monday even though Governor Jerry Brown has said the spending plan relies on overly optimistic revenue projections.
For the top U.S. House lawmaker on transportation to succeed in turning the government-run air-traffic-control system into a nonprofit corporation, he will have to overcome decades of opposition from private pilots and some Democrats.
The Federal Open Market Committee meets this week to discuss the path of monetary policy. Any possibility of a rate hike at the meeting’s conclusion on Wednesday was already crushed under the weight of weak data early in the year. To be sure, the data support the transitory nature of the weakness, justifying Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s optimism last month, but it remains too little, too late.
The U.S. home-building industry enjoyed its best two months in more than seven years as it headed into its busiest season, even as it began work on fewer houses last month following an April surge.
Almost seven years after the financial crisis, bond investors are rediscovering their appetite for new debt tied to the U.S. housing market. Issuance of home-loan securities that don’t have government backing has accelerated this year to more than $32 billion from $18 billion a year ago
The U.S. Department of Justice actually has two separate counts of deaths in police custody — one by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and one by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Each count misses half of all deaths; the department hoped that by combining them, it would get a reasonably accurate number. Its hope was misplaced. The department pretty much acknowledges that its number — arrived at through complex algorithms — is unreliable.
AP Top Stories
A U.S. airstrike has killed Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader, who commanded its powerful Yemeni affiliate, dealing the global network its biggest blow since the killing of Osama bin Laden and eliminating a charismatic leader at a time when it is vying with the Islamic State group for the mantle of global jihad.
Young people who use marijuana and are looking for a new way to get high may be increasingly turning to “dabbing,” a new paper suggests. Dabbing is inhaling the vapors from a concentrated form of marijuana made by an extraction method that uses butane gas. Dabs, also known as butane hash oil (BHO) – which are sometimes called “budder,” “honeycomb” or “earwax” – are more potent than conventional forms of marijuana because they have much higher concentrations of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, than is found in regular cannabis
The Taliban warned the leader of the Islamic State group against waging a parallel insurgency in Afghanistan, after a string of defections and reported clashes with militants loyal to IS.
North Korea has been hit by its worst drought in a century, state media said Tuesday, sparking fears of worsening food shortages in the impoverished communist country.
Kurdish militia, backed by Syrian rebel forces, seized full control of a key border town from Islamic State group jihadists early on Tuesday, a monitoring group said.
A Finnish court on Monday sentenced a 36-year-old woman to life in prison for killing her five newborns between 2005 and 2013 and hiding them in a freezer.
A California judge has ruled the state is obligated to pay $331 million in mortgage relief funds it used to bolster its finances, but stopped short of ordering that the money be turned over to homeowners hard hit by the mortgage and foreclosure crisis.
China had four million millionaire households in 2014, the second-highest in the world after the United States, as the country’s stock market boom boosted private wealth, an independent survey showed.
President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will put more than 40 new, inter-continental ballistic missiles into service this year.
Venezuela and the US on Monday praised diplomatic talks aimed at reducing tension between the two countries.
The US said it will give $5m towards a multi-national task force being set up to fight Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
South Korea will begin trials of an experimental plasma treatment for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) which has now killed 19 people.
Democrats are pushing a ban on all guns at airport areas – even those areas that are located before travelers hit the specified security check-in spots – and say it’s nonsensical to think anyone but police could carry firearms around airplanes.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday against strengthening marriage rights for binational couples who wish to live together in the United States.
Saudi Arabia has reportedly taken its number of executions for the year to 100, far exceeding last year’s tally and putting it on course for a new record.
A new documentary airing in the United Kingdom called “Exposure: Jihad” is putting a new twist on the reasons young men join ISIS, alleging many are simply the products of too-strict parents, sexually frustrated and seeking the love and concern they didn’t find at home.
Pope Francis Ready To Talk About Climate Change, Global Depopulation And World Government
Pope Francis has been working on his “sermon” all year, and it’s one that will thoroughly delight Bible prophecy watchers. Francis is going to preach on the need to massively reduce the world’s population, stopping climate change, and having a One World Government to rule the planet.
Ebola cases increase in W Africa
The pattern was similar in Sierra Leone, where 12 new cases were found in the last week of May compared to only three the previous week. However, with continuous increases in Ebola cases, Sierra Leone and Guinea are unlikely to be declared Ebola-free in the coming months, the Agence France Presse reported.
Rare Inscription from King David Discovered in Jerusalem Hills
A rare inscription from the time of King David was discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafain the Elah Valley, southwest of Jerusalem and near Beit Shemesh.
Greek standoff saps Europe, dollar swings ahead of Fed
European shares hit a near four-month low and yields on lower-rated euro zone sovereign debt climbed to their highest point since November, as financial markets braced for the possibility of Greece defaulting on its debt.
Far-right parties form group in EU Parliament
The far-right parties in the European Parliament announced Tuesday they have mustered enough unity to form a political group under the leadership of France’s National Front of Marine Le Pen.
Average American woman now weighs as much as average 1960s man – CDC
New statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that American women are heavier than they have ever been before.
MERS patient dies in Germany, 1st case in more than 2 years
The 65-year-old man, who died of MERS-related complications in a hospital in Lower Saxony on June 6, was infected during a trip to Abu Dhabi in February.
Philippine volcano spews ash, no violent eruption expected
Mount Bulusan ejected ash up to a kilometer (0.6 mile) high for about 10 minutes and a smaller explosion hours later lasted a minute, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology director Renato Solidum said. There were no indications that the activity involved magma rising from below, he said.
US Lawmakers Call on Obama to Recognize Jerusalem as True Capital of Israel
Lawmakers belonging to the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus (CIAC) criticized the decision and lambasted the president’s refusal to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital. “The sad and unfortunate truth is that this president has done all he can to diminish the standing since he walked into office,”
Earthquake jostles Belu regency
An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale rocked Timor Island, in the Belu regency in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) on Tuesday, Sudaryono, the head of the Kupang office of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BKPMD) said.
Rabbi Receives Heavenly Message in the Cave of Elijah the Prophet
The rabbi received a message for the Jewish people from Eliyahu haNavi (Elijah the Prophet) that there is a decree from Heaven that war will be starting in the south of Israel, will move to the north of Israel and will continue inside of Israel. Thousands of people will die, God-forbid.”
Mount Asama volcano erupts near Tokyo
A volcano near Tokyo erupted early on Tuesday, the latest in a series of volcanic incidents to hit Japan in recent months. …A warning against the dangers of falling rocks within a mile radius of the mountain, which is located 87 miles northwest of the capital, was subsequently issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
Navy to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence Development for Warfighting, Support Roles
The Navy wants to integrate robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) into more of its workload, from warfighting missions to non-combat support roles, and is seeking fleet input on what types of AI research are worth investing in. …Kozloski’s office released a memo on June 5 outlining the path forward in identifying opportunities to integrate robotics and AI into Navy operations…
Obamacare Database Keeps Personal Info “Forever”
In the wake of a security breach last month…of personal taxpayer data, experts are now raising concerns over a government data warehouse that keeps the information of Obamacare enrollees forever. The system, known as the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System, or MIDAS is vaguely described…as a “perpetual central repository.” When asked…how many people have direct access to the database, officials refused to say.
Alaska wildfires: ‘Explosive’ flames force evacuations
Thousands of people have been urged to leave their homes as “explosive” wildfires rage across Alaska in the United States, officials have said. Fire crews are battling flames on the Kenai Peninsula and around the city of Anchorage, with emergency shelters set up for evacuees. About 500 sled-dogs have also been rescued, Associated Press reports.
Mexico’s south-west braces for Tropical Storm Carlos
Residents of south-west Mexico are preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Carlos. Schools were ordered to stay closed and shelters have been set up in the states of Guerrero and Michoacan. Carlos was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday, but meteorologists said it could again reach hurricane-level strength by Tuesday.
China to ‘complete’ South China Sea land reclamation
China will complete a series of controversial land reclamation projects in the South China Sea “soon”, the foreign ministry says. The US and countries with competing claims in the area maintain that China is creating artificial islands to use as military bases. The ministry says they are for defence, but also maritime search and rescue, disaster relief and research.
Report: Islamic Jihad threatens to break Gaza ‘cease-fire’ if Israel stops new flotilla
A senior official from the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad has reportedly threatened to break the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that ended last summer’s conflict in Gaza if Israel stops any new flotillas attempting to break the naval blockade of the Strip. …Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batash said his group was closely monitoring a Swedish ship that has set sail toward the coastal Palestinian enclave.
Bird flu prompts first shipment of EU eggs to US in decades
It has lost about 35 million laying hens – 10% of its national flock – to avian influenza since January, creating an acute supply shortage. As a result, it has granted access to the Netherlands for egg product sooner than expected. It is understood that Germany may also be sending egg to the US. On 1 June, the United States Department of Agriculture granted approval for five Dutch companies to export their egg for the first time since 1987.
Israel’s Netanyahu says boycott efforts recall Nazi Germany
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a Palestinian-led campaign to boycott Israeli goods was reminiscent of Nazi Germany’s campaign against Jews.
Marijuana ‘Dabbing’ Is ‘Exploding onto the Drug-Use Scene’
Young people who use marijuana and are looking for a new way to get high may be increasingly turning to “dabbing,” a new paper suggests. Dabbing is inhaling the vapors from a concentrated form of marijuana made by an extraction method that uses butane gas. Dabs, also known as butane hash oil (BHO) are more potent than conventional forms of marijuana because they have much higher concentrations of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, than is found in regular cannabis, according to the paper.
ATF To Join NYPD In Fighting New York City Gun Crimes
Bullet-riddled windows, yellow crime scene tape, and evidence markers denoting where shell casings fell on the sidewalk are becoming all-too-familiar sights on New York City streets. Now in an unprecedented move, a federal agency is joining the effort to get gun crimes under control, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Monday.
90 Days: Treasury Says Debt Has Been Frozen at $18,112,975,000,000
The portion of the federal debt that is subject to a legal limit set by Congress closed Thursday, June 11, at $18,112,975,000,000, according to the latest Daily Treasury Statement, which was published at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. That, according to the Treasury’s statements, makes 90 straight days the debt subject to the limit has been frozen at $18,112,975,000,000.
Headlines – 6/16/2015
1) Jeb Bush unsurprisingly announces candidacy, leaving both parties with question of dynasty
Jeb Bush announces presidential bid: ‘We will take command of our future once again’, Washington Post (Ed O’Keefe)
Full text of Jeb Bush’s presidential announcement, Politico (Staff)
Hillary Clinton’s Silence on Trade Proved to Be Untenable, Wall Street Journal (Peter Nicholas)
2) Journalist argues marriage merely political reality preventing poor from success
Jeb Bush and Single Mothers, New York Times (Charles M. Blow)
3) Ohio legislature considers conversion therapy ban, viewing sexuality as unchangeable
Some Ohio legislators want to ban conversion therapy for gay, transgender teens, Columbus Dispatch (Emily Ockerman)
4) Author presents evolutionary argument for dominance of human species, undermining its uniqueness
Species succeeds because it can work toward big things, Washington Post (Michael Gerson)
In other news…
June 16, 2015
“[Emigrants] will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth; or, if able to throw off, it will be in exchange for an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to another. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty.” — Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
Regardless of how Democrat sympathizers see it, illegally crossing the U.S. border is a crime, but that’s not preventing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from letting unauthorized immigrants back onto the streets — including some who went on to become murderers. According to The Washington Times, “More than 100 immigrants whom the Obama administration released back into the community went on to be charged with subsequent killings, according to government data released Monday that raises more questions about whether immigration authorities are doing enough to detail illegal immigrants awaiting deportation. … All told, 121 immigrants who were held but eventually released by ICE went on to commit ‘homicide-related offenses’ from 2010 through 2014, the agency said.” Those are only known offenders, though, meaning the actual figure is probably even more alarming. ICE said in a statement, “When making custody determinations, ICE performs an individualized review of the individual’s immigration history and criminal history, pursuant to the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA). In accordance with the requirements of the INA, not all criminals are subject to mandatory detention and thus may be eligible for bond.” And, thus, eligible to take other people’s lives. America’s lax immigration policies aren’t just ridiculous; they’re proving to be deadly. More…
In what CBS New York describes as the “first-ever anti-gun initiative,” federal agencies in collaboration with the NYPD are cracking down on escalating “gun crime” across the City of New York. ATF agent Charles Mulham said, “There’s going to be an increase in federal arrests — no doubt.” He added, “Of course, when the ATF gets involved … we’ll be able to figure out if [any] weapon is part of an interstate trafficking operation.” That’s a bold statement coming from an agency that intentionally put weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. And considering New York boasts lower than average crime rates, why aren’t they asking why violent behavior is increasing instead of positing this as an “anti-gun” initiative? For the same reason the question is being avoided in cities like Ferguson and Baltimore. As Mark Alexander has pointed out, blaming weapons serves an agenda: “The ‘gun violence’ rhetoric comports with the errant Leftist assertion that guns are the problem and the Democrats’ next gun control measure is the solution. Most assuredly, the epidemic of crime in American urban centers is not a ‘gun problem,’ but rather a cultural problem.” Getting the federal government involved in New York, ostensibly to ward off potential offenders, won’t get us any closer to tackling the core problem — especially via an agency embroiled in its own questionable behavior. More…
The Obama administration continues to play whack-a-mole with terrorists in the Middle East, using American aircraft as the gavel. Over the weekend, al-Qaida in Yemen confirmed that its number two leader, Nasir al-Wahishi, was killed in a U.S. airstrike. This is the biggest blow against the terrorist group since SEAL Team Six drilled Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound. Meanwhile, U.S. planes dropped 500 lb. munitions in Libya, possibly killing Mokhtar Belmokhtar, “the one-eyed sheik” who split from al-Qaida to form his own terrorist outfit. The implications are that we have some decent intelligence. The strikes are good news, but it’s not a game changer but rather a place-holder by the administration, which has no coherent or comprehensive policy in the region. Obama’s objective is to pass this buck to the next administration. For that reason, GOP candidates better get the history of OIF and OEF right, because, if the next president is a Republican, he is going to have to implement a policy to contain and diminish this metastasizing threat.
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Robin Smith
After a six-month “exploratory” window that served as the acceleration ramp up to his real campaign, Jeb Bush — the brother of President George W. Bush — formalized his candidacy for president June 15.
“I have decided,” Bush told a crowd at a community college in Miami, “I am a candidate for President of the United States.”
In his campaign, Bush brings a strong Catholic faith, a credible voice in the Latino community in Florida and the baggage that comes when your brother and father both served as commanders in chief.
Jeb indirectly acknowledged that some conservatives believe he is the “establishment pick” by noting, “It’s nobody’s turn, it’s everybody’s test, and it’s wide open — exactly as a contest for president should be.”
Bush’s candidacy was inevitable. As former governor of Florida, the third most populous state in the U.S., “Jeb!” showed off his gift of policy over politics in a rich vein of electoral votes. In the GOP tribe, however, this inevitability is not without its concerns — the Bush name has been gleefully lambasted by the presstitutes. The liberal media loves to invoke partisan animosity toward previous Bush presidencies, diverting scrutiny from controversies involving Barack Obama and his robotic, scandal-ridden heir apparent — Hillary Clinton.
The Jeb Bush campaign will certainly have plenty of funding. That guarantees a mass-marketed, micro-targeted message integrated across all platforms of media designed to reach a vast range of voters. But his key trait — widespread recognition of his family name — might be a liability among many Republicans and virtually all Democrats, thanks to the negatives of Bush 41 and 43.
But he isn’t just another clone of his brother. Jeb Bush is considered by some as a prominent member of the Latino community. Fellow presidential contender Marco Rubio considers Bush a mentor. Fluent in Spanish, Bush decided to reach out directly to Spanish-speaking constituents in his speech. “Ayúdenos en tener una campaña que les da la bienvenida,” he said, a phrase that’s translated to mean, “Help us to have a campaign that welcomes them.”
According to every poll conducted thus far, the GOP presidential primary is wide open. No frontrunner has emerged to doggedly prevent another Clinton White House. The sheer size of the pool of GOP candidates gives the Democrats a whole lot of cover behind which to hide their lack of effective policies, opposed to the authentic race and political choices found in the GOP presidential primary.
For Bush, the bar is extremely high. His successful tenure as governor in Florida displays his talent for leadership. The crucial task of Jeb and his campaign team will be to remind GOP voters of his effective conservative policies implemented during his time as Florida’s top elected official. These victories include a few issues that are inarguably crowd-pleasers for the Right, even the far-Right:
- Passed parental school choice and rigorous school reform that raised the reading level of fourth graders by 11 points
- Enacted tax cuts that totaled $19 billion with an actual reduction in the size of his state’s government by 6.6%
- Supported parental notification of abortions requested by minors
- Pushed through Medicaid reforms with private insurance solutions emphasizing personal health and accountability
- Ended civil service protections of long-time unelected state bureaucrats and eliminated racial preferences in state-government contracting
- Signed the nation’s first “Stand Your Ground” law
- Called five special sessions of the legislature to pass medical liability and trial lawyer reforms to eradicate jackpot justice in Florida
Yet to win the eventual party nomination, Bush must explain his post-gubernatorial stances on a few hot-button topics. First, he backs immigration reform that emphasizes assimilation through access to services, not by enforcing existing law and prioritizing a secure border. He has also been a vocal proponent of Common Core, a set of educational standards originally written by our nation’s governors but soon sullied by the federal government, which established massive testing requirements and strings attached for funding access.
Jeb also must consider a few factors about the composition of the GOP that he’s not seen as a candidate before: In his last election, Bush did not face the Tea Party.
But as Politico writes, “Jeb’s stances on immigration and Common Core distance him from the GOP base, but his Catholic faith brings him back into the flock.”
While the Left is arguing that Religious Liberty is a limited right, one that should be eroded for holier rights such as same-sex marriage or abortion, Bush believes the opposite.
“The most galling example is the shabby treatment of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Christian charity that dared to voice objections of conscience to Obamacare,” Bush said. “The next president needs to make it clear that great charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor need no federal instruction in doing the right thing. It comes down to a choice between the Little Sisters and Big Brother, and I’m going with the Sisters.”
Governor Bush’s early message and targeted contrasts could make him a heavyweight in the Republican primary, and his name recognition and depth of resources are advantages in the crowded field. Only time will reveal whether we’ll find ourselves rallying to unite against the Left with a nominee declaring, “Third time’s a charm.”
TODAY AT PATRIOTPOST.US
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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Cal Thomas: China’s Big Hack Attack
- Michael Barone: Obama Fails to Pass Trade Bill Backed by Majorities in Both Houses
- Dennis Prager: The Left Rejects Painful Truths
- Stephen Moore: The Fantasy That ObamaCare ‘Is Working’
- Thomas Sowell: Micro-Totalitarianism
- Arnold Ahlert: I Am Who I Say I Am
OPINION IN BRIEF
Cal Thomas: “It doesn’t take a spy novelist to come up with a scenario in which a Chinese government agent approaches someone with a top security clearance and threatens to expose a dark secret in his or her past, possibly destroying family and career, unless he or she cooperates and hands over information to Beijing. The Chinese agent would likely have details about medications his target is taking to ward off depression, or some other malady, possibly making him more vulnerable to pressure. The former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, says another possible use of the hacked information could be to shape fake emails crafted to look legitimate while injecting spyware and other viruses on the networks of government agencies or businesses the Chinese wish to penetrate. … If any humor can come from a serious situation, it was in a statement by OPM spokesman, Samuel Schumach. When asked to provide more details on the damage caused by the hacking, Schumach said: ‘For security reasons, we will not discuss specifics of the information that might have been compromised.’ What possible ‘security’ reasons could there be when clearly there was insufficient security at OPM? Perhaps reporters should ask this of the Chinese, since they now appear to be in possession of all the pertinent information.”
Insight: “[T]he human mind is seldom at stay: If you do not grow better, you will most undoubtedly grow worse.” —English writer Samuel Richardson (1689-1761)
Upright: This country and the left has made it profitable to become a victim of something — primarily a victim of an evil, faceless majority. If you become a member of a minority are automatically a victim, and the victim gets goodies. … The victim gets excused for all kinds of aberrant, weirdo behavior and instead is the recipient of sympathy. So it’s clear that this is a purposeful and studied move that [Rachel Dolezal] made.” —Rush Limbaugh
Friendly fire, part I: “The question is for all politicians, including [Hillary Clinton] today, when you live in a bubble of privilege, surrounded by and marinating in the worldview of elites, business elites, rich donors, can you really connect with the policy concerns of people outside of the bubble?” —New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore
Friendly fire, part II: “The Hillary of a year ago was for the trade deal. The Hillary of Saturday’s announcement was against the trade deal. We’ll have to see what Hillary she is when the trade deal comes up for the next vote. I mean that’s the reality of it, right? This is just political positioning.” —Slate’s Jacob Weisberg
Friendly fire, part III: “[Hillary] has not been consistently saying anything for 30 years. … [A]t some point there has got to be an acknowledgment that there hasn’t been a straight line between [her youth and political career].” —New Republic senior editor Rebecca Traister
Friendly fire, part IV: “Let’s be blunt, the Obama-Clinton foreign policy is not something to brag about, I would argue. The growth of ISIS, the failures in Iraq.” —NBC’s Perry Bacon
And last… “A new report shows that the federal government paid almost $10 million in medicaid benefits to 200 dead people. It really helped, though. Afterwards, most of them were spry enough to vote in Chicago.” —Fred Thompson
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Pope’s Climate Change Message Leaks; Calls for Urgent Action
by Marsha West
News Max reports that even though a growing body of evidence indicates that climate change is not occurring, Rome’s controversial pope is calling for urgent action on alleged global warming to be taken:
A draft copy of Pope Francis’ eagerly awaited encyclical on the environment calls for urgent action to protect the Earth and fight global warming, which the pope says is “mostly” due to human activity and the burning of fossil fuels.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the Italian document that was leaked to the Italian newsweekly L’Espresso and published on its website Monday was not the final version and that the official encyclical would still be released as scheduled on Thursday.
The L’Espresso draft, which was published in galley form, makes many of the same points that Francis and his advisers have been making in the months-long rollout of the document.
In the draft, Francis lays out both the scientific and the moral reasons for protecting God’s creation, noting that the poor are already suffering the most from air pollution and toxic dumping and will continue to bear the brunt of rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions. The draft says population growth isn’t to blame for ecological problems but rather the consumerist, wasteful behavior of the rich.
The McAvany Intel Memo
When our Founding Fathers wrote the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, which dictates that all powers not expressly given to the federal government would be the responsibility of the individual states, they recognized the states’ authority over education. Gradually, the federal government started taking some of that authority away from the states. (This push for Federal control of education began in the 1960s – today it is complete.) The federal government eventually outlawed prayer in government (public) schools. It outlawed Bibles. It outlawed the 10 Commandments. And in recent years, it has outlawed expressly Christian Christmas songs – and even Christmas itself is prohibited. Various laws enacted by Congress have placed education under the complete authority of the federal government. The creation of the Department of Education was the first step to ensure this.
Then, when President Bush created No Child Left Behind, the socialist push was fully implemented. No Child Left Behind brought in standardized tests for all grade levels, including kindergarten through grade 12. These tests emphasized certain subjects (reading) and de-emphasized others (math and science). However, schools started to realize that No Child Left Behind doesn’t work, largely because it completely ignores how children learn and tries to force a single agenda and way of learning on each child. As a result, our children weren’t learning. So the call came about for another program. This set the stage for the rise of Common Core.
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2015
7 Key Events That Are Going To Happen By The End Of September
Is something really big about to happen? For months, people have been pointing to the second half of this year for various reasons. For some, the major concern is Jade Helm and the unprecedented movement of military vehicles and equipment that we have been witnessing all over the nation. For others, the upcoming fourth blood moon and the end of the Shemitah cycle are extremely significant events……….. Click here for full story
Hidden Gold Treasure In Israel To Be Used To Build Third Temple?
A treasure-trove of raw gold worth billions of dollars is believed to be sitting under Mount Eilat in southern Israel. In an exclusive interview, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, the Executive Director of The Temple Mount Heritage Foundation in Jerusalem, revealed the news, which had been kept under wraps for the last several years………… Click here for full story
America’s Role In The Coming Geo-Political Order
Anytime I get off into my own speculations, I tend to get it wrong. If I stick with the broad view the Bible presents as the geo-political picture of the last days, I get it right. So here are the Global trends that the Bible states, will come to pass in the last days. In fact, I would venture to say, the US today, is very unrecognizable to the US of September 10th, 2001. Think about that for a second. The US five years from now, will largely be unrecognizable from even today’s standards if we are even still here……… Click here for full story
Biden, Hagel Obsessed With Creating ‘New World Order’
Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have been in the news in recent days for envisioning the creation of a “new world order.”. The two politicians have a long history of using the phrase to advocate a global rebalancing through shared values, diplomacy and participation in international organizations……….. Click here for full story
Christianity Quickly Growing In The Muslim World
In a recent “Breakpoint This Week” broadcast, my colleague John Stonestreet spoke with David Garrison and Paul Filidis about the upcoming “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World,” which starts on June 18. Garrison traveled more 250,000 miles around the Islamic world chronicling what’s probably the most underreported important story of our time: waves of Muslims converting to Christianity……. Click here for full story
Does U2’s Bono, a professing Christian, believe the Bible?
Looking at the things Bono has said (I’m coming to that) although he professes a belief in Christ clearly he doesn’t believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. Moreover, his social views are decidedly “progressive.” In fact, his religious beliefs blend nicely with emergent gurus such as Brian McLaren, Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo. These men are leftists who are leading the Church away from Sola Scriptura into what Ken Silva referred to as the “emerging cult of the new liberal theology.” The controversial movement, called the Emerging/Emergent Church (EC), seeks to reach the unchurched with their unbiblical version of the Christian message. In so doing they have cooked up a cauldron of syncretism stew.
Why Jewish People Can Never Again Rely on the World to Come to Its Defense
Elisabeth Elliot enters gates of splendor
Elliot became well-known after publishing, in 1957, Through Gates of Splendor, about her husband Jim Elliot’s attempt to take the gospel to an unreached tribe of Auca Indians (now known as the Waodani or Huaorani) in the jungles of Ecuador. Another of Elliot’s popular works, Passion and Purity, described her five-year courtship with Jim.
Net Neutrality Hits – The Media Misses, Badly
And incredibly Socialistic. Unlimited Internet – no matter how much you use – and the gracious government has mandated that the evil companies can’t charge you more.
Which are price controls. And will lead to where Socialism always leads – everyone having equal amounts of nothing.
Posted: 16 Jun 2015 08:11 AM PDT
SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS – An asteroid that has been hurtling towards earth amid fears it could wipe out all life is due to fly past the planet TOMORROW. Many people around the globe have spent the last week preparing for the ‘asteroid apocalypse’, and this latest rock will reach us tomorrow – but speed right past. The massive space rock has been closed monitored by scientists at NASA as it has the potential to completely devastate the entire world. An internet channel, the Slooh telescope, is monitoring the rock’s movements tomorrow and is planning to show its journey live online.
A Slooh spokesman said: “Slooh will be showing live views of Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Icarus, on the day of its closest approach, as it passes within just 5 million miles of Earth. “Like its namesake, this space rock is getting in trouble for flying too close. Join Slooh for a live show to have a look at this 1 km long asteroid and learn why it’s an important object for astronomers to study and understand.” Although this asteroid will miss, there have been claims another is due to hit the Earth in September. FULL REPORT
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|Another Possible plague case found west of Caldwell, Idaho|
Posted: 16 Jun 2015 08:06 AM PDT
There is another possible case of the plague in southwest Idaho. This one was found near Highway 19, immediately west of Caldwell. This possible case is not connected to the plague found southeast of Boise last month. This newest case involves a different animal. The plague found in the desert southeast of Boise involved ground squirrels. This new potential case of the plague is tied to voles. Voles are also commonly called meadow mice.
State health officials say they tested dead voles found in the area near Highway 19 west of Caldwell and initial results indicate possible plague. They say the case appears to be localized and not widespread. However, people are urged to take precautions. Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents that can cause serious illness to people and pets, if not treated quickly. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 16 Jun 2015 08:01 AM PDT
The FBI is looking into a series of deliberate cuts of fiber optic cables in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the past year, there were 10 instances on four separate nights when telecom cables were intentionally cut in Fremont, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Berkeley and San Jose, the agency said Monday. FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich said it’s unclear if the incidents are unrelated or the work of a single person or group, but the FBI is keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious. “We are hoping for anybody that has seen anything out of the ordinary,” he said. The perpetrators may have worn uniforms to make themselves look like workmen, “so even if it looked like normal uniforms, we’d like to hear so we can vet them out.”
The first two cuts occurred on July 6, 2014, when cables were severed at a location in Berkeley, and another at the intersection of Niles Canyon Road and Mission Boulevard in Fremont. The following night, three additional cuts occurred, including one on Niles Canyon Road near Alameda Creek, a short walk from one of the previous night’s incidents. Then on Feb. 24 this year, fiber optic cables were cut again at each of the same Niles Canyon locations. The most recent incidents occurred last week. At 11pm on June 8, a fiber cable was cut near the corner of Danville Boulevard and Rudgear Road in Alamo, then 40 minutes later near Overacker Avenue and Mowry Avenue in Fremont. At 1:38pm the following day, a cable was cut near Jones Road and Parkside Drive in Walnut Creek. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 16 Jun 2015 07:56 AM PDT
North Korea’s desire to play with the big boys seems to be edging closer to reality after fresh claims it has acquired new weaponry. The country’s leader Kim Jong-un announced today his navy fired its first anti-ship missile that is capable of destroying a target 120km away, hailing it as “another fresh milestone” in North Korea’s bid to bolster its naval force.
According to the state-run KCNA news agency, the bizarre leader watched the tests before delivering his verdict. He “noted with great pleasure that it marked another fresh milestone in bolstering up the Juche (self-reliance)-based naval force”, it said. “Ultra-modern strike means of Korean style have been studied and developed one after another recently to completely contain the hostile forces,” Kim was quoted as saying. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 16 Jun 2015 07:51 AM PDT
WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS – A plan by Washington to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia’s border would be the most aggressive US act since the Cold War, and Moscow would retaliate by beefing up its own forces, a Russian defence official said on Monday. The United States is offering to store military equipment on allies’ territory in eastern Europe, a proposal aimed at reassuring governments worried that after the conflict in Ukraine, they could be the Kremlin’s next target.
Poland and the Baltic states, where officials say privately they have been frustrated the NATO alliance has not taken more decisive steps to deter Russia, welcomed the decision by Washington to take the lead. But others in the region were more cautious, fearing their countries could be caught in the middle of a new arms race between Russia and the United States. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 16 Jun 2015 07:45 AM PDT
WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS – A quiet battle lingering over the South China Sea just got a whole lot more dangerous after reports China tested hypersonic glide vehicles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The vehicle, dubbed the WU-14, was the fourth test of the missile in 18 months, RT News reports. The weapon is extremely advanced and can travel at 10 times the speed of sound. And it’s ticking off the Americans. The US has labelled the testing as an “extreme manoeuvre” amid tensions in the South China Sea, the South China Morning Post reports.
But China has been quick to dismiss any suggestion the tests were anything other than a normal exercise. “The scheduled scientific research and experiments in our territory is normal, and those tests are not targeted at any country and specific goals,” the ministry told the Post. Tensions between the two military superpowers have been increasing due to a cluster of tiny islands in the South China Sea. And the US and China have been doing a lot of peacocking about them. US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter has previously warned the US would not shy away from confronting Beijing about the continued expansion. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 15 Jun 2015 07:06 PM PDT
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. But of most immediate concern to lots of people out there are the various theories that are floating around about September. The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in a British news source just this week…FULL REPORT
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Posted: 15 Jun 2015 05:50 PM PDT
On Thursday, Franklin Graham clarified his stance on why he’s moving Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s financial accounts to a new bank. Franklin first outlined his position in a short post to his Facebook page on June 5. To date, the post has garnered nearly 100,000 “likes” and tens of thousands of shares but also drew anger from critics. In an opinion piece submitted to USA Today, Franklin Graham explained the thoughts and the heart behind the decision to switch banks:
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association did not decide to move our ministry bank accounts from Wells Fargo simply because the San Francisco-based bank is “gay-friendly.” Indeed, the bank we transferred our accounts to—BB&T based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina—is also widely considered gay-friendly. In fact, it may surprise some to learn that I think every business should be gay-friendly. By that I mean businesses—like individuals—should be friendly to gay customers and citizens. We should be friendly to everyone, even if or when we disagree with them. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 15 Jun 2015 05:43 PM PDT
Wells Fargo already lost a multi-million-dollar customer last week. Now, the bank can expect to lose a few more. American Family Association (AFA) has sent an Action Alert to its hundreds of thousands of friends and supporters, urging Christians to close their Wells Fargo accounts, as the financial institution becomes an even more staunch supporter of the LGBT lifestyle. “For years, Wells Fargo has supported a lifestyle that is not in line with biblical standards, so now it’s time for Christians to pull their business from the bank,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon.
“Franklin Graham said it best. Banks should focus on interest rates and charges, rather than moral and social issues. AFA wholeheartedly agrees, and is calling on Christians to stand for God’s truth with action.” In its alert, AFA reminded readers that in 2003, AFA warned that Wells Fargo was beginning to show public support for homosexuality—one of the first companies in America to do so. Then in 2005, Dr. James Dobson and Focus on the Family announced it was withdrawing funds from Wells Fargo after the company threw its support behind homosexual activist organizations. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 15 Jun 2015 05:35 PM PDT
Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who co-hosted “Fox & Friends” before landing her own daytime show called, “The Real Story,” recently told The Church Boys podcast that her biggest challenge has been overcoming the stereotypes that have surrounded her. “After becoming Miss America at only 22 years old, I never envisioned the hate that would come with that … and, specifically, getting into TV news,” Carlson said.
“It was like my whole resume just fell off the face of the Earth — and being a graduate of Stanford, and valedictorian of my high school class, and an accomplished violinist — it was like … nobody wanted to talk about that.” She continued, “They just wanted to call me a bimbo who had become Miss America.” Carlson, who discusses these subjects among many others in the book, described the wonderful life lessons that she learned growing up in a Minnesota church that her grandfather pastored. FULL REPORT
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Georgia High School Principal Fired For Holding Voluntary Bible Study
A Georgia high school principal says he was fired after he read the Bible and prayed with a group of students during a volunteer Christian group meeting.
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Since Obama has been president, the rise of persecution against Bible believing Christians is off the charts. From bakers and florists who have been bankrupted for not servicing LGBT weddings, to school teachers being fired for reading the Bible, the climate in America has changed. Soon it will be illegal to hold a bible study, even in your own home. This is what the future looks like in Obama’s America.
Regardless, the school district superintendent put him on indefinite administrative leave just two days after the meeting and informed him that his contract would not be renewed.
“I want prayer in this school,” outraged parent Angila Waddell said. “I am proud to see our football team take a knee and pray before and after games. And also in clubs. And we’re just shocked.”
Lehr is reportedly now focused on finding on a new job in order to support his family.
Meriwether County Superintendent Carol Lane told News 3 in an email, “ I never comment on personnel issues. I’m sorry that I cannot provide you with any information. Possibly at a later date. Thank you for your inquiry.”
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Pope Francis Ready To Talk About Climate Change, Global Depopulation And World Government
He has also called for an “Earth Constitution that would transcend the UN Charter” along with the creation of a “Global Council…elected by all the people on Earth”
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4 (KJV)
On June 18th, just three days from today, Pope Francis and the Vatican State are ready to launch a summer-long campaign which will reach it’s zenith in an unprecedented tour of America. Pope Francis has been working on his “sermon” all year, and it’s one that will thoroughly delight Bible prophecy watchers. Francis is going to preach on the need to massively reduce the world’s population, stopping climate change, and having a One World Government to rule the planet.
Meet Professor John Schellnhuber
Professor John Schnellnhuber, founding director of the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, is one of three scientists hand-picked by the Vatican to help advance this new tri-fold agenda. Schnellnhuber is also author of what’s called the “two-degree target” that says governments must not allow the temperature to rise more than 2 degrees higher than at the start of the industrial revolution. Any higher, the theory holds, and much life on earth would either perish or be gravely harmed.
To deal with climate issues, he has also called for an “Earth Constitution that would transcend the UN Charter” along with the creation of a “Global Council…elected by all the people on Earth” and a “Planetary Court..a transnational legal body open to appeals from everybody, especially with respect to violations of the Earth Constitution.” The two main issues of “protecting the earth” are climate change and global depopulation.
The much-anticipated Papal Encyclical
Italian Magazine L’Espresso leaked Pope Francis’ hotly anticipated encyclical on climate change on its website on Monday, breaking an embargo on the document set for Thursday.
The 192-page document is Pope Francis’ first major teaching letter on climate change and its effects on the planet’s poor. Hailed by some as the “pope of the poor,” Francis’ linkage of environmental and economic issues puts the Vatican out front on a closely watched topic.
A Vatican official told Bloomberg News that the leak was a “heinous act.”
The False Prophet of Revelation
Make no mistake about it, Pope Francis has a full-on political agenda, and he is going to use his pulpit to advance it. He is not content to merely be the Pope of the world’s Catholics, he craves raw political power as well. Revelation 17 and 18, talking about the Vatican and the Catholic Church, clearly show her to also be a political force that reigns over the world’s kings. Francis is doing his best to bring that about here and now.
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Christian Headlines Daily – Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Lindsey Graham Pushing to Ban Late-Term Abortion with New Bill
Nude Trekkers Atop Mount Kinabalu Deported for Offending Religious Sensibilities
5 Faith Facts about Jeb Bush: Catholicism ‘Resonated with Me’
Armed Robber Returns Phone, Wallet When Victim Prays for Him
Most Expect Gay Marriage Will Sweep the US
North Carolina Enacts Religious Protections for Marriage Officials
Chaplain Violated Army Rule in Promoting Christian Book
Rick and Kay Warren Renew Vows after 40 Years, Open Up about Past ‘Marital Hell’
Missionary and Author Elisabeth Elliot Dies at 88
Pope Francis to Open 30-Bed Homeless Shelter a Few Steps from Vatican Walls
Jurassic World: One of 30 Sequels This Year
Why We Celebrate the Magna Carta
How Mike Huckabee Fails His Christian Duty
Gay Atheist Rebukes Church for Moral Slide
Americans Substitute Comedy for News
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