Jun. 18, 2015
The fatal shooting by a white gunman of nine people in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, will be investigated as a possible hate crime by federal authorities. Police Chief Greg Mullen said three men and six women were killed Wednesday night, and there were three survivors inside the church.
The U.S. plans to feature a woman on its currency for the first time since Martha Washington adorned silver certificates more than a century ago. Treasury Secretary Lew and his advisers will solicit public comment at town hall meetings and other events in coming months about the planned redesign of the $10 bill and announce the selection later this year,
Republican Senator Rand Paul’s plan to overhaul the U.S. tax system calls for a 14.5 percent federal flat tax for consumers and companies, the elimination of almost all deductions and the abolition of several other levies. “My tax plan would blow up the tax code and start over.”
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make a payment at the end of the month as Chancellor Angela Merkel said there’s still time to reach a deal on aid.
Consumer confidence stabilized after falling a record nine straight weeks as Americans became less downbeat about the economy.
The IRS recently released its latest income data on U.S. households. The numbers, which go through 2012, show that the top sliver of taxpayers recovered quickly from the recession. That’s not what happened for everyone else.
The cost of living in the U.S. excluding food and fuel rose less than forecast in May, a sign inflation may take time to meet the Federal Reserve’s goal. The so-called core measure increased 0.1 percent, the smallest gain this year.
Fewer Americans than forecast filed for unemployment benefits last week, a sign labor market momentum continues to strengthen. Jobless claims declined by 12,000 to 267,000 in the period ended June 13, the lowest since the week ended May 9.
Candidates had to wait about 22.9 days for an offer or rejection in 2014, up from 12.6 days four years earlier, according to survey data from online job-search network Glassdoor Inc.
AP Top Stories
The Philippines is to hold simultaneous naval drills next week with key allies the United States and Japan, the military said Thursday, as Chinese building continues on the disputed South China Sea reefs.
R.I. – More than a dozen children at a day care have been given preventative antibiotics as a precaution after a toddler there died of a suspected bacterial infection.
The United States and its allies are weighing the possibility that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may soon narrow his focus on defense of more limited areas of the country.
Chad said its warplanes bombed Boko Haram positions in neighboring Nigeria to avenge twin suicide bombings in the capital this week blamed on the jihadists.
Despite White House veto threats, the House is ready to vote to repeal taxes on medical devices and kill a Medicare advisory board that foes say would ration health care as the chamber aims its latest whack at President Barack Obama’s health care law.
China’s government has passed new guidelines requiring civilian shipbuilders to ensure their vessels can be used by the military in the event of conflict, state-run media said on Thursday.
A Catholic church near the Sea of Galilee frequented by religious pilgrims and tourists was heavily damaged by fire Thursday in a possible attack by Jewish extremists.
Bank repossessions rose last month, driving overall U.S. foreclosure activity to a 19-month high on an annual basis. A total of 126,868 homes across the country were in the foreclosure process in May, up 1 percent from April and up 16 percent from the same time last year
U.S. consumer prices in May recorded their largest increase in more than two years as gasoline prices surged, suggesting an energy-driven disinflationary trend had probably run its course.
Police in the Mexican city of Reynosa in north-eastern state Tamaulipas state have dismantled 39 surveillance video cameras installed by a local gang. The cameras were used to monitor the movements of the security forces.
Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Farc, has blown up a pipeline leaving at least 16,000 people without water, authorities said.
An attack by suspected Islamist Boko Haram fighters in Niger has killed at least 38 people.
Pope Francis has blamed human selfishness for global warming in his long-awaited encyclical calling for action on climate change. He urged the rich to change their lifestyles to avert the destruction of the ecosystem.
A former Boy Scout confessed in emotionally charged Newton, New Jersey court testimony to killing his former troop leader, but said it was due to the repeated sexual abuse and rape he suffered at the hands of the man, beginning at the tender age of 8.
A few congressmen are fighting to block the planned importation of thousands of Syrian refugees into American cities and towns, arguing that they present a grave security risk because many Syrians have ties to the Sunni rebel groups ISIS and al-Nusra Front.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, donated $5 million to help illegal immigrants living in the San Francisco Bay area attend college.
UK – Traditional Christian teaching could effectively be “criminalized” in some settings under David Cameron’s plans for new anti-extremist banning orders, a top Anglican theologian warned.
Eating up to 100 g of chocolate every day is linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk, finds research published online in the journal Heart.
Top News – 6/18/2015
Villagers fear earthquake gods still angry after ‘blue lights’ appear over Mount Kinabalu
“The sky was bright as if there was a rainbow, but unlike a rainbow, it was all striking blue. We have not seen anything like this before.” The blue rays are known as the ‘blue rainbow’ and are believed to be a phenomenon that is usually associated with areas recently hit by earthquakes.
The Next Great European Financial Crisis Has Begun
The Greek financial system is in the process of totally imploding, and the rest of Europe will soon follow. Neither the Greeks nor the Germans are willing to give in, and that means that there is very little chance that a debt deal is going to happen by the end of June.
7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Mid-Atlantic Ridge
The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong earthquake struck in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday morning, but a tsunami is not expected.
Army shipped live anthrax for 10 years, couldn’t effectively kill bacteria – CDC
A US Army research facility mistakenly shipped live anthrax to labs in the US and abroad for more than 10 years because of ineffective sterilization methods for killing the deadly bacteria, according to a federal report obtained by USA Today.
SPECTACULAR EXPLOSION MISSES EARTH
Departing sunspot AR2365 erupted on June 18th at 0130UT, producing a spectacular prominence on the sun’s western limb. Debris from the explosion flew away from the sun in the form of a massive CME. The storm cloud is moving well off the sun-Earth line, however, and is not expected to hit our planet.
US to abandon Chinese-owned Waldorf at UN General Assembly
The State Department is bailing out on a decades-long tradition of putting up US diplomats at The Waldorf-Astoria only months after it was sold to a Chinese company.
What happens when an entire country becomes infested with demons?
Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so. And as a result, they called for a nation-wide exorcism of Mexico, carried out quietly last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí. High levels of violence, as well as drug cartels and abortion in the country, were the motivation behind the special rite of exorcism, known as “Exorcismo Magno.”
Inside Islamic State group’s rule: Creating a nation of fear
Inside the Islamic State’s realm, the paper testifying that you have “repented” from your heretical past must be carried at all times. Many people laminate it just to be safe. It can mean the difference between life and death.
Number displaced worldwide hits record high – UN report
The number of people displaced by war, conflict or persecution reached a record high of nearly 60 million around the world in 2014, a UN report says. The document by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says the number of people forced to flee their homes rose by 8.3 million from the previous year.
Islamic State car bombs kill or injure 50 in Yemeni capital
Car bombs killed or injured at least 50 people near mosques and the headquarters of Yemen’s dominant Houthi group in Sanaa on Wednesday, in coordinated attacks claimed by Islamic State.
Southern Baptists urged to reject any laws legalizing gay marriage
Prepare for civil disobedience. That’s the message one prominent pastor is sending to some 16 million members of the Southern Baptist Convention. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas, said American Christians should be prepared for massive fallout if the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex unions.
Iranian women are taking to social media to declare freedom from hijab
What began as a humble post by a journalist online is sparking a quiet movement in Tehran. “My Stealthy Freedom,” a Facebook page created by an Iranian journalist and activist, is being amplified by the public support of Iranians who are taking part in its powerful message: shed the compulsory hijab in a country where it is illegal to do so.
An Overstretched Hezbollah Facing an Israeli Preemptive Strike?
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says his group is currently involved in an “existential battle” against insurgents inside Syria. While reports maintain that Hezbollah is currently winning the decisive battle in Qalamoun, on the Lebanese eastern border, analysts believe they are showing signs of being stretched thin. This situation can only worsen, as the group plans to expand and intensify its operations deep inside Syria, from the Lebanon-Syria border as far as Aleppo.
Top Headlines – 6/18/2015
June 18, 2015
“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” —James Madison, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
Due to EPA regulations, you’ll start to notice that your electricity bill is more expensive this summer. The Energy Information Administration predicted that Americans will spend 4.8% more on electricity this year than the last. Is global warming causing air conditioners to run more? Nah, it’s just EPA regulations that are causing power plants to close because they are not deemed green enough. “Consumers are receiving the dim news as utilities take tens of thousands of megawatts of coal-generated power offline to comply with a host of EPA regulations and because of the sharp increase in cheap, domestic natural gas,” The Washington Times reports. “Regulations such as the EPA’s mercury and air toxic standards already are having an effect on the power sector, utilities and analysts say, and the impact will be greater after the agency releases further limits on carbon emissions from power plants this summer.” The EPA argues the effects will be minuscule — people will hardly notice the bill. It’s all part of a fight against the boogey man of “global warming,” and old electricity plants must shutter to make way for politically correct plants — an expensive undertaking. But when has the EPA ever acted in the best interests of U.S. citizens?
Donald Trump would be a mere sideshow curiosity in the 2016 elections if it were not for his name recognition and entertainment factor. According to Real Clear Politics, Trump is polling higher than Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham and Bobby Jindal. But even if he’s fired in the end — and we hope he is — he will provide some much-needed humor. After Tuesday’s announcement, Politico pulled Trump’s 10 best lines. Notably, however, Politico missed the best one: “When did we beat Japan at anything?” Well, there was that whole WWII thing in the Pacific… But to put things in perspective, as absurd as the Trump vanity campaign is, he is far more qualified than Barack Obama was in 2009 — or today! For example, Obama put Joe Biden on his ticket. When Trump was asked who he wanted as a running mate, he replied, “I think Oprah would be great. I’d love to have Oprah.” Frankly, presidential elections could use a little levity. It’s been a long time since the last billionaire vanity campaign kept us amused, compliments of Ross Perot!
A young white male in his early 20s murdered nine blacks who were attending a Wednesday night prayer service in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. It’s still a developing story, as the murderer has not yet been apprehended and the names of the victims have not yet been disclosed, but according to Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen, “We believe this is a hate crime; that is how we are investigating it.” But already some anti-Second Amendment crusaders are exploiting the tragedy to advance their pet policy proposals. Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley was the first to do so, wasting no time advocating for greater gun control as a diversionary ploy. “I personally believe there are far too many guns out there, and access to guns, it’s far too easy,” he said. “Our society has not been able to deal with that yet.” Make no mistake: This story is newsworthy. But it’s also worth noting that, on average, there are between 30 and 40 homicides every day in America, most of which are black-on-black. If “black lives matter” to the Leftmedia, why aren’t these other victims covered in the news?
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
In the early days, fighting “global warming” was environmentally responsible; fast-forward a few years, and addressing “climate change” was socially just. Now, with only so much rhetoric left in the eco-friendly arsenal, battling supposed anthropogenic climate change has become economically advantageous.
At least, that’s what EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy argues in a piece published this week on Medium, in which she claims the administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) — a pleasant sounding name for sweeping additional government regulations of carbon emissions — is important to America’s economic strength. Notwithstanding the fact this administration doesn’t have the best track record on policies leading to economic robustness, McCarthy points to a study by the liberal Economic Policy Institute that found “the CPP is likely to lead to a net increase of roughly 360,000 jobs in 2020, but that the net job creation falls relatively rapidly thereafter, with net employment gains of roughly 15,000 jobs in 2030.”
Those jobs are the new regulators who will be hired to enforce the new regulations, nothing more.
In other words, forget hoping a free market will drive economic growth; what’s really needed is new regulations on carbon emissions! As McCarthy writes, “When we set ground rules to limit carbon pollution, we send a long-term market signal that propels innovation and investment in cleaner energy technologies, expanding new industries and creating good-paying jobs.” She’s right that the administration is sending a market signal, but it’s not the one she claims.
Indeed, according to labor union leader Cecil Roberts, president of United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), “The proposed rule … will lead to long-term and irreversible job losses for thousands of coal miners, electrical workers, utility workers, boilermakers, railroad workers and others without achieving any significant reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.” The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers echoed this concern, cautioning against “focus[ing] solely on the environmental aspect of public policy at the expense of balancing our nation’s economic and energy needs” and noting, “The jobs of thousands of working men and women and the well-being of their communities are also worthy of saving.”
Furthermore, per a study commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, CPP’s regulations “threaten to suppress average annual U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $51 billion and lead to an average of 224,000 fewer U.S. jobs every year through 2030, relative to baseline economic forecasts.” And according to The Heritage Foundation, the economic impact would be even worse, with EPA regulations eliminating an average of $155 billion annually in GDP through 2030.
Of course, before the EPA rams regulations down the nation’s throat, the administration wants to hear from Americans — sort of. When the public comment period opened regarding the then-proposed regulations on coal power plants last year, McCarthy wrote, “We expect great feedback at these sessions. And unfortunately, we also expect a healthy dose of the same tired, false and worn out criticism that commonsense EPA action is bad for the economy.” Ah, yes, agree with us or else you’re wrong.
But as Brooking Institution Fellow Phil Wallach wrote in Newsweek, by the time the comment period closed in December 2014 more than four million comments had been submitted. By comparison, Clean Air Act regulations usually garner a few dozen to a hundred. Instead of ceding that millions of Americans may have serious concerns with CPP, however, Wallach proposed that the “barriers to ‘participating'” in commenting might be a “bit higher, thereby saving our public servants a great deal of unnecessary work.” Yes, nothing like wasting the government’s time addressing the people’s tired, false and worn out petitions.
Public concern notwithstanding, the administration is plowing ahead with CPP, effectively claiming that by picking winners (solar and wind energy) and losers (fossil fuels, including petroleum, coal and natural gas) Washington regulators can create a strong economy. Because, you know, this approach has worked oh so well before.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Victor Davis Hanson: “In 1945, after some 60 million had perished in World War II, the Western democracies blamed themselves for having appeased and empowered fascist empires. That sadder but wiser generation taught us two lessons: Small sacrifices now can avoid catastrophic ones later on, and dictatorial regimes on a roll never voluntarily quit playing geostrategic poker. If the present trajectories continue, a reconfigured Middle East will be bookended by radical Islamic empires — the Islamic State caliphate and a new Persian empire. China will control most of the Pacific and adjudicate trade, commerce and politics west of Hawaii and to the south and east of India. The client states of a new Russian empire will border central Europe and be under constant pressure to leave the EU, NATO or both. How does all this end? One of two ways. America and its allies can reawaken, gradually restore deterrence and re-establish the old postwar order without a global war. Or the United States will not be bothered — at least until this new generation of dictators bothers us at home.”
Insight: “Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.” —American journalist William Allen White (1868-1944)
Upright: “The Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority nor is the culture itself.” —Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, on the church’s resolution on same sex marriage: “Resolved, that Southern Baptists recognize that no governing institution has the authority to negate or usurp God’s definition of marriage; and be it further resolved no matter how the Supreme Court rules, the Southern Baptist Convention reaffirms its unwavering commitment to its doctrinal and public beliefs concerning marriage.”
Alpha Jackass: “As hard as it is to believe, [Republicans] continue to deny the reality of climate change. They also deny gravity. But they also deny there is such a thing as climate change. That’s the problem. The point is the safety and security of the United States of America and every community across the country.” —Joe Biden
Non Compos Mentis: “I finally had a chance to read Caitlyn Jenner’s piece in the magazine. … I cried. Because I resonated with some of the themes of isolation, of being misunderstood — to not know if you have a conversation with somebody, will that relationship then end because they have seen you as one way.” —Rachel Doleful
Annals of the absurd: “[W]e’re not fixated on Iran specifically accounting for what [it] did at one point in time or another. … What we’re concerned about is going forward. It’s critical to us to know that going forward, those activities have been stopped and that we can account for that in a legitimate way.” —John Kerry
Village Idiots: “I hope that at the end of my two terms as president, I will have overseen an even bigger peacetime expansion of the economy than my husband did.” —Hillary Clinton
And last… “We’re coming up with new things to be offended by at a much quicker rate than we’re retiring old things. This is not sustainable.” —Frank Fleming
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1) Culture no longer asks ‘whether’ but ‘when’ gender reassignment should occur
The New Girl in School: Transgender Surgery at 18, New York Times (Anemona Hartocollis)
Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution, Wall Street Journal (Paul McHugh)
2) Rachel Dolezal furor reveals race as far more fixed than gender in modern society
Rachel Dolezal, in Center of Storm, Is Defiant: ‘I Identify as Black’, New York Times (Kirk Johnson, Richard Pérez-Peña, and John Eligon)
Black Like Who? Rachel Dolezal’s Harmful Masquerade, New York Times (Tamara Winfrey Harris)
3) 200th anniversary of Waterloo reminder of the sin of hubris
Battle of Waterloo, Wikipedia
In other news…
Things have never been this dry for this long in the recorded history of the state of California, and this has created an unprecedented water crisis. At this point, 1,900 wells have already gone completely dry in California, and some communities are not receiving any more water at all. As you read this article, 100 percent of the state is in some stage of drought, and there has been so little precipitation this year that some young children have never actually seen rain. This is already the worst multi-year drought in the history of the state of California, but this may only be just the beginning. Scientists tell us that the amount of rain that California received during the 20th century was highly unusual. In fact, they tell us that it was the wettest century for the state in at least 1000 years. Now that things are returning to “normal”, the state is completely and total unprepared for it. California has never experienced a water crisis of this magnitude, and other states in the western half of the nation are starting to really suffer as well. In the end, we could very well be headed for the worst water crisis this country has ever seen. (Read More…)
As Greece plunges even deeper into economic chaos, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says that his government is prepared to respond to the demands of the EU and the IMF with “the great no” and that his party will accept responsibility for whatever consequences follow. Despite years of intervention from the rest of Europe, Greece is a bigger economic mess today than ever. Greek GDP has shrunk by 26 percent since 2008, the national debt to GDP ratio in Greece is up to a staggering 175 percent, and the unemployment rate is up above 25 percent. Greek stocks are crashing and Greek bond yields are shooting into the stratosphere. Meanwhile, the banking system is essentially on life support at this point. 400 million euros were pulled out of Greek banks on Monday alone. No matter what happens in the coming days, many believe that it is now only a matter of time before capital controls like we saw in Cyprus are imposed. (Read More….)
Americans’ confidence in religion hits a new low
Americans have less confidence in organized religion today than ever measured before — a sign that the church could be “losing its footing as a pillar of moral leadership in the nation’s culture,” a new Gallup survey finds. (Grossman, Religion News Service)
Michael Oren sees a US alliance in tatters, and Israel ‘on our own’
Obama is one challenge. The press is another challenge. The American Jewish community is another challenge. What isn’t a challenge? There are objective challenges. There is America that is starting 2009 in the depths of the worst financial crisis since the Depression. There is America that is bogged down in political polarization such as they’ve never experienced. Nothing can get done. There is America that is traumatized by two wars in the Middle East, exhausted. It doesn’t like to hear about the Middle East. It’s sick of us, wants to go home.
Study Marxism to Understand Hillary
I interviewed Olson on December 8, 2000, when I hosted a radio show in the Washington, D.C. area. What follows is an edited transcript of that interview.
Q: Do you believe that Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Marxist?
A: I believe she has a political ideology that has its roots in Marxism. In her formative years, Marxism was a very important part of her ideology…But when you look at her ideas on health and education, you see more government and less individual control. You see very little regard for families…
Q: Do you see Hillary as in favor of Socialist-style thinking at the global level?
Global Trends 2020
In Mr. Bremmer’s estimation, there were really only three options left for the United States, and we must decide which of the three the collective we, need to choose if we want to retain the title, superpower. So boiling down Mr. Bremmer’s three estimations into bite-sized reading, we ultimately come down to these three options, plus adding the bottom line pros and cons of each position.
10 Ways the World is Biased Against Israel
It’s appalling to see how Israel is treated by a totally different standard than other countries in the international system. Of course, Israel deserves scrutiny, as does every other nation. But it also merits equal treatment — nothing more, nothing less.
First, Israel is the only UN member state whose very right to exist is under constant challenge.
Pope Francis Calls for a New Global Political Authority
Pope Francis says that global warming is a fact and that a new global political authority is necessary in order to save humanity from utter disaster. The new encyclical that was scheduled to be released on Thursday has been leaked, and it is being reported that this new global political authority that Pope Francis envisions would be in charge of . . .
Imported Muslims arriving now in these U.S. cities
Since January, more than 70 U.S. cities have been on the receiving end of a Syrian visitation.
WND has compiled a complete list of cities (see chart below) that received Syrian refugees since Jan. 1. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has as many as 11,000 Syrians in a pipeline waiting for admission into the U.S., which is responsible for screening them for criminal and terrorist activity.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, wrote President Obama warning that the Syrian refugee program could become a ‘back door for jihadists” to enter the U.S.
And therein lies the problem.
Former Israeli Ambassador: Obama Has a Problem–with America
Struggling to understand how Obama, Oren says–could adopt policies and postures so hostile to the Jewish state, Oren turns to Obama’s first memoir, Dreams from My Father.
What he reads shocks him:
More alarming for me still were Obama’s attitudes towards America. Vainly, I scoured Dreams from My Father for some expression of reverence, even respect, for the country its author would someday lead. Instead, the book criticizes Americans for their capitalism and consumer culture, for despoiling their environment and maintaining antiquated power structures.
The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide and Brainwashing
Conservative Betrayal: Republican Leadership Now Doing Obama’s Dirty Work For Him
The House is on the brink of scheduling a standalone vote on giving President Barack Obama fast-track trade authority without accompanying worker assistance legislation, according to multiple sources familiar with the plan.
EDITOR’S NOTE: When voters handed the GOP a November Surprise landslide victory last year, it was on the mandate of stopping the current damage and working to undo previous damage foisted upon this country by Barack Obama. In a stunning betrayal, not only is the GOP-controlled Congress not working to stop Obama, they are working feverishly to enable and empower him to receive more raw power than any other president in American history.
The House could vote on Trade Promotion Authority as early as this week, the sources said. The House Rules Committee, which sets parameters for the consideration of legislation, meets late Tuesday afternoon. A final decision has not been made, and top Congressional aides are in negotiations to chart a course forward. Boehner was set to meet with pro-trade Democrats at 3 p.m.
Under the current plan, House Republican leadership would likely use an already-approved Senate bill to move fast-track authority, which would allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) chamber to avoid a round of votes.
The Senate would amend a trade “preferences” bill with Trade Adjustment Assistance, a job-training and worker aid program, and send it to the House. This would serve to separate the two key priorities, and allow them to be sent to Obama’s desk separately.
The vote would certainly be a gamble. House Republicans would need Democrats to pass the legislation, and it’s not clear how many of them would vote for a fast-track bill without a measure to help workers who lose their jobs to trade directly attached. TAA failed last week after 144 Democrats voted against it.
“It’s going to be shared responsibility to get this done,” said Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), a leading Democratic supporter of TPA. “It’s going to require bipartisan effort, both sides willing to cooperate a little bit more than what we’ve had so far. I know there’s all eyes on the [Democratic] Caucus right now on TAA, but last time I checked, 48 Senate Republicans voted for TAA when it came up with TPA. So there’s a strong Republican support, at least in the Senate, of getting TPA passed with their votes.”
It’s not clear, however, that fast-track authority can muster enough support in the Senate without the job-training legislation
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who sees the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement as crucial, said he and Obama spoke “several” times Monday about a path forward. He is weighing how to proceed.
“There are a lot of options on the table,” Boehner said Tuesday, when asked about moving TPA on its own.
Meanwhile, the House moved Tuesday to preserve last week’s fast-track vote. Embedded in a procedural vote Tuesday was language that allows Boehner to bring up the TAA vote any time before July 30. That resolution passed, 236-189, with six Republicans voting no. source
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S.C. massacre “demonic,” Baptist pastor says
by Marsha West
Baptist Press reports:
Christians are uniting in prayer and benevolence across racial distinctions in Charleston, S.C., after a 21-year-old man massacred nine Christians in a June 17 prayer service at historic Emanuel AME Church, said neighboring Southern Baptist pastor Keith Biggs.
“Everyone together — white, black, Hispanic, everybody — we’re coming together in unity to see this not only [as] an attack on people, but an attack on the body of Christ,” said Biggs, associate pastor of Citadel Square Baptist Church, which neighbors the site of the crime. “I mean, who can walk into a church and sit for an hour and have prayer, and then just begin to kill everybody?”
The FBI identified the shooter as 21-year-old Dylann Roof of Columbia, S.C., whose uncle told police he believes Roof received a .45-caliber handgun as a birthday present, Reuters reported. Roof was arrested late Thursday morning in Shelby, N.C.
Teacher Who Read Homosexual Book to Third Graders Resigns Following Parental Outrcy
by Marsha West
As previously reported in Homosexual teacher reads “gay fairy tale” to 3rd graders a gay teacher in Efland S.C. read King & King, a book promoting homosexuality, to his class without the consent of parents, a decision he now regrets.
Christian News Network reports:
An elementary school teacher who read a book about homosexuality to third graders has resigned following outcry from parents who were upset that their children were exposed to the material.
Both teacher Omar Currie and Assistant Principal Meg Goodhand have resigned from their positions at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School following the incident, which occurred in April of this year.
According to reports, Currie decided to read the book to his class after a student chided a male classmate during gym class and told him that he was acting like a girl. Currie, a homosexual himself, said that because “the word gay was used in a derogatory way,” he believed that students should be taught a lesson.
Bible Teaching Could Soon Become A Crime With ‘Anti-Extremism Banning Orders’
Traditional Christian teaching could effectively be “criminalized” in some settings in Britain under David Cameron’s plans for new anti-extremist banning orders, a top Anglican theologian and former Parliamentary draftsman has warned……….. Click here for full story
The Next Great European Financial Crisis Has Begun
The Greek financial system is in the process of totally imploding, and the rest of Europe will soon follow. Neither the Greeks nor the Germans are willing to give in, and that means that there is very little chance that a debt deal is going to happen by the end of June. So that means that we will likely see a major Greek debt default and potentially even a Greek exit from the eurozone………… Click here for full story
Pope Francis Calls For A New Global Political Authority To Save Humanity
Pope Francis says that global warming is a fact and that a new global political authority is necessary in order to save humanity from utter disaster. The new encyclical that was scheduled to be released on Thursday has been leaked ……… Click here for full story
China And US On Collision Course Over South China Sea
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……….. Click here for full story
Got Tattoos? Government Could Soon Track You Down
The government is working on ways to identify people by their tattoos. “People are being identified remotely without their knowledge—and right now the Fourth Amendment doesn’t really say anything about that,”……. Click here for full story
Does CAIR Represent American Muslims?
by Johanna Markind
June 14, 2015
Miley Cyrus: Belief in Noah’s Ark is ‘Insane’
by Marsha West
Hannah Montana has completely changed her tune about Christianity and the Bible. The popular child star once declared herself a born again Christian but has recently become vocal about her rejection of the Bible’s teaching — especially when it comes to what it says about issues such as sex, homosexuality, and God’s plan for marriage. When it comes […]
Posted: 18 Jun 2015 08:19 AM PDT
Alaska’s remote Cleveland volcano is growing restless again, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Satellite images have detected elevated surface temperatures on Cleveland’s summit for the past week, and a light dusting of ash was visible in an image taken Sunday, the agency wrote on its website. “The volcano has entered a renewed period of unrest,” AVO reported, prompting the agency to raise its alert level to advisory and its aviation code to yellow.
The increased temperatures are “consistent with renewed growth of the small lava dome within the summit crater,” and “the possibility of sudden explosions has increased,” AVO said. Roughly 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, the volcano forms the west part of uninhabited Chuginadak Island in the east-central Aleutian chain. Cleveland is one of Alaska’s most active volcanoes and has been in a near-constant state of eruption since 2006, AVO geologist Tina Neal told Alaska Dispatch News in September. FULL REPORT
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|Indonesian volcano set to blow but thousands of villagers refuse to flee
Posted: 18 Jun 2015 08:15 AM PDT
Thousands of villagers are refusing to leave their homes on the slopes of one of Indonesia’s most volatile volcanoes despite warnings that it is poised for a powerful eruption. Mount Sinabung, one of about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, has been at the highest alert level for nearly two weeks. On Tuesday, at least 48 avalanches of hot ash barreled down its slopes, with the biggest reaching 2.5 km (1.5 miles) southeastward. The volcano in northern Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands, has also been shooting smoke and ash more than 700 meters (2,300 feet) into the air. Several thousand people, including women carrying babies in slings, have left the mountain in police trucks since Monday after the volcanic activity intensified over the weekend. Some streamed down the scorched slopes on motorcycles, their faces caked in ash.
But Subur Tambun, who heads the local disaster mitigation agency, said only 10,000 of about 33,000 people living within the main danger zone have moved into tent camps or government buildings a safe distance from the volcano. No injuries have been reported from the recent eruptions. “The villagers insisted on tending crops,” Tambun said. “They are confident of being able to escape a major eruption. All we can do is ask them to leave.” The 2,460-meter (8,070-foot) Mount Sinabung has erupted sporadically since 2010, when it caught scientists off guard and blew after being quiet for four centuries. Last year, a powerful explosion heard hundreds of kilometers (miles) away destroyed villages around its slopes and killed at least 17 people. For days, authorities have pleaded with villagers in the main danger zone, which stretches 7 km (4 miles) to the south and southeast of the peak, to move to the temporary shelters, but have faced resistance. FULL REPORT
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|Stephen Curry: I Knew God Was Preparing Me for a Bigger Stage to Be a Witness for Him
Posted: 18 Jun 2015 08:04 AM PDT
Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors captured their first NBA title since 1975 last night in a 105-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry and Andre Iguodala, the Finals’ MVP who called the Warriors a “team of believers” in post-game interviews, teamed up for 50 points, while the Cavs’ LeBron James added 32. Even after the greatest achievement in basketball, Curry knows there’s a much bigger prize in life, long after the buzzer sounds. In 2013, Curry talked to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the March issue of its bi-monthly magazine, writing that his faith identifies him more than his jersey.
“Congratulations to Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors on an incredible season and an amazing playoff run—and to LeBron James and the Cavaliers for a stellar season as well,” said FCA President and CEO Les Steckel. “We are so elated for Steph and his commitment to his team, his fans, his family and his Savior. Steph gave God all the glory last night. He is a wonderful role model to young athletes, who we hope will learn that when God is in charge of their life, they’re always undefeated because God never loses.” FULL REPORT
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|Amazing 1927 Smith Wigglesworth Message
Posted: 18 Jun 2015 08:01 AM PDT
On Aug. 11, 1927, Smith Wigglesworth stood in Angelus Temple to preach on preparing for the Second Coming of Christ. He told the audience that liquid fire was consuming him. Then Wigglesworth made this opening statement: But there will be things that will happen prior to His coming that we shall know. You can tell. I am like one this morning that is moving with a liquid, holy, indispensable, real fire in my bosom, and I know it is burning and the body is not consumed.
It is real fire from heaven that is making my utterances come to you to know that He is coming. He is on the way. God is going to help me tell you why you will know. You that have the breath of the Spirit, there is something now moving as I speak. As I speak, this breath of mighty, quickening, moving, changing, desirable power is making you know and it is this alone that is making you know that you will be ready. FULL MESSAGE
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|‘Supernatural’ Prophetic Voice Points Toward End-Time Revival
Posted: 18 Jun 2015 07:57 AM PDT
A crowd of 550 people sing, clap and even dance in rhythm to the upbeat Jewish melodies played by LaDonna Taylor, a gifted violinist. The venue, an auditorium in the heart of Jerusalem, is filled nearly to capacity with local Jewish people who have come, not only to hear the 30-minute violin concert, but also a lecture on the topic of, “The Supernatural.” What they don’t realize is that tonight most of their lives and destinies will forever be changed.
There are no outward religious trappings of banners, flags, shofars or Bibles, but the atmosphere of heaven begins to invade the auditorium. The lecturer, an American-born Jew named Sid Roth, takes the stage and begins to speak out “words of knowledge” of healings that are taking place. Many in the auditorium stand to confirm that they have been healed of pain in their back, neck or other parts of their body.
Roth then begins to speak on the promised topic of the supernatural. He shares his personal testimony of how he was deeply involved in the occult, the counterfeit supernatural of Satan, and how he received total deliverance and freedom through a supernatural encounter with Yeshua, the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ. Most who have come to the lecture have never heard the gospel before, but when Roth gives an altar call, 525 of the 550 people in the auditorium stand, almost in unison, to boldly proclaim Yeshua as their Messiah and Lord. FULL REPORT
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|The Economic Depression In Greece Deepens As Tsipras Prepares To Deliver ‘The Great No’
Posted: 18 Jun 2015 07:51 AM PDT
As Greece plunges even deeper into economic chaos, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says that his government is prepared to respond to the demands of the EU and the IMF with “the great no” and that his party will accept responsibility for whatever consequences follow. Despite years of intervention from the rest of Europe, Greece is a bigger economic mess today than ever. Greek GDP has shrunk by 26 percent since 2008, the national debt to GDP ratio in Greece is up to a staggering 175 percent, and the unemployment rate is up above 25 percent.
Greek stocks are crashing and Greek bond yields are shooting into the stratosphere. Meanwhile, the banking system is essentially on life support at this point. 400 million euros were pulled out of Greek banks on Monday alone. No matter what happens in the coming days, many believe that it is now only a matter of time before capital controls like we saw in Cyprus are imposed. Over the past several months, there have been endless high level meetings over in Europe regarding this Greek crisis, but none of them have fixed anything. And even Jeroen Dijsselbloem admits that the odds of anything being accomplished during the meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Thursday is “very small”… FULL REPORT
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|Time is running out! It’s Deal or Default For Greece!
Posted: 18 Jun 2015 07:47 AM PDT
Greek officials essentially have told creditors who are owed billions of euros that they need to be given a deal, or they’ll simply default. The development came Wednesday, according to a report in the Guardian, when Athens announced it had no money and would not pay the 1.6 billion euros due to the International Monetary Fund by the end of the month. The remaining option appeared to be a meeting of eurozone finance ministers that was looming, but analysts held little hope a sudden solution would be found.
The economic crisis has been developing for years, following the high expenses, massive borrowing and lavish spending by Greece over time. Despite new austerity measures that have been demanded by lenders in recent years, the light at the end of the tunnel now appears to be an oncoming train for the nation. The Guardian reported the governor of the Greek central bank warned of an “uncontrollable crisis” and said it could even leave the eurozone as well as the European Union. FULL REPORT
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|UK Police Scanned The Faces Of 100,000 People At A Music Festival
Posted: 18 Jun 2015 07:40 AM PDT
Leicestershire Police used this weekend’s event to do a test run of their new facial recognition tech, trying to catch “organised criminals” who specifically target music festivals to “steal mobile phones,” according to a report in Police Oracle. The collected footage is compared against a database of custody images to identify the criminals — in this case, an alleged musicfest phone robbing crime ring.
Facial recognition is increasingly being used by law enforcement. In the US, it’s used by the FBI and a spattering of local police departments, though generally in a more limited setting — specific to an ongoing investigation or in a controlled environment like a store. Scanning a throng of faces at an outdoor public event is taking it to a new level, which is why the local Police Oracle article got the attention of Noisey, TechDirt, and the BBC. FULL REPORT
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|A Restless Volcano Puts Ecuador on Edge Once More
Posted: 18 Jun 2015 07:34 AM PDT
Cotopaxi, located only ~60 kilometers from Quito in Ecuador, has been silent for almost 75 years. Prior to this three-quarter century quiescence, the volcano was vociferous, producing dozens of potent eruptions over the two centuries. Most of these explosive eruptions where fairly small. However, in 1744, 1768 and 1877, the volcano unleashed larger eruptions that were on the same scale as the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull or Pelée in 1902 — in other words, big.
The 1877 eruption sent volcanic mudflows (lahars) over 100 kilometers from Cotopaxi. Then, after 1940, Cotopaxi went quiet*, and since has been a sentinel looking over the valley were Quito lies. However, Cotopaxi is starting to show signs of restlessness. Now, it is unclear whether this restlessness might be the prelude to a new eruption, but in any case, Ecuador isn’t taking any chances in preparing for the eventual awakening of Cotopaxi. FULL REPORT
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|US sees ‘New World Order’ as Bird Flu goes global
Posted: 17 Jun 2015 09:08 PM PDT
The global poultry industry is facing “a new world order” as avian influenza continues to spread within the US, and further afield. In an interview with sister publication World Poultry, James Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, says that no country is immune from high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), with the virus now mixing in the wild bird population.
“It will eventually find its way into all migrating flyways and this is what we fear the most,” he said. “Our global poultry industry has to learn how to coexist with avian flu continuously present in the environment.” The arrival of HPAI had taken the US poultry sector by surprise, he said. “The country which has probably the best biosecurity in the world is now being ravaged by this virus. FULL REPORT
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Christian Headlines Daily – Thursday, June 18, 2015
9 Killed in Horrific South Carolina Church Shooting
Franklin Graham Urges Obama to Secure Saeed Abedini’s Release
Evangelicals Remain Committed to Traditional Marriage, Despite Tony Campolo’s Gay Marriage Statement
Southern Baptist President: God, Not Supreme Court, has ‘Final Authority’
Donald Trump Says He Collects Bibles and Distributes Them to Others
Florida Sheriff Under Fire for Speaking at Church in Uniform
Democratic Foundations Spend Millions Peddling ‘Climate ‘Action’ Message to Young Evangelicals
5 Things Christians Should Know about Donald Trump’s Faith
Anne Graham Lotz: God Allows Terrorism because We Don’t Turn to Him until We’re Desperate
New Michigan Law Protects Christian Adoption Agencies from Gay Adoption
CEO Will Pay College Tuition for Employees’ Kids
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Does Being Pro-Life Cost Votes?
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