Jun. 24, 2015
Japan sees agreement on a landmark Pacific trade pact as “possible” next month, after the U.S. Senate paved the way for a final vote Wednesday on a bill to give President Obama enhanced authority to complete free-trade deals.
U.S. senators said they doubt the government’s personnel office understands the breadth of a computer hack that exposed the records of more than 4 million federal workers, or that the agency can stop another breach.
Kentucky Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, suggested taking down the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from his state’s Capitol.
Republican tensions over Obamacare rose Tuesday after Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint ramped up pressure on the party not to extend health insurance subsidies-even temporarily-that the Supreme Court could erase within days.
Hedge-fund managers and investors expect Greece to remain in the euro area after they “war-gamed” the crisis in a 90-minute role-playing exercise at an industry conference in Monaco.
If you believe the rhetoric, 18 to 25 year-olds in Greece are more likely to support a return to the drachma than their parents and grandparents. Some say this anti-euro sentiment sprouts from desperation for change, from a demographic where at least one of every two people is out of work. The surprising thing is that the number of young people wanting to keep the euro outnumber those who don’t.
The world’s largest economy shrank less 0.2 percent in the first quarter than previously estimated, aided by a bigger gain in consumer spending.
Demand for automobile debt in the U.S. is enabling lenders to make longer loans to people with spotty credit, stoking concern that car shoppers are being lulled into debt loads they won’t be able to sustain. Of the subprime vehicle loans bundled into securities, 73 percent now exceed five years, up from 64 percent during the first three months of 2014.
Ikea Group, the world’s largest furniture retailer, will raise the hourly minimum wage it pays workers in the U.S. by 10 percent to $11.87, seeking to keep employees from moving to other merchants that have boosted pay recently.
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Angry and embarrassed, France summoned the U.S. ambassador to respond to the revelations by WikiLeaks that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on three successive French presidents and other top officials.
Fishermen off Australia who accidentally caught a whopping basking 20 foot shark — smaller only than the whale shark — have provided scientists with a rare opportunity to study the second-biggest fish on the planet.
A north Texas woman went blind in one eye after competing in a mud run earlier this month, reports Dallas TV station KTVT. The cause – a flesh-eating bacteria.
An IS group video released Tuesday showed the jihadists murdering 16 men by drowning them in a cage, decapitating them with explosives and firing a rocket-propelled grenade into a car.
Queen Elizabeth II may have to move out of Buckingham Palace during much-needed renovations to the residence, which has not been substantially redecorated since she took the throne in 1952.
Almost half a billion dollars worth of smuggled frozen meat — some of it rotting and more than 40 years old — has been seized in China.
The sparse expanses above Alaska are a little more crowded this month as nearly 200 military aircraft are taking part in an annual training exercise.
A girl thought to be aged just 12 detonated explosives she was carrying at a market in northeast Nigeria, killing 10 people and injuring dozens, a relative of one of the injured told AFP.
In 2013, almost half of all renters were spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, with more than a quarter paying half their income to their landlord, according the “State of the Nation’s Housing 2015”. One in five renters earning $45,000-$75,000 is paying at least a third of their income in rent.
Prosecutors in Peru say they have found a mass grave containing 17 bodies high in the Andes, in the Ayacucho region. The bodies are believed to be those of local farmers kidnapped by the Shining Path rebel group in the 1980s.
Spanish police have arrested a Venezuelan vet who allegedly tried to smuggle drugs from Colombia to the US by implanting them into puppies.
The Australian government introduced amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to parliament that would prevent dual nationals involved in terrorist acts overseas from returning to Australia, and deport dual nationals who engage in terrorism in Australia.
Boko Haram militants have killed at least 40 people in north-eastern Nigeria.
The death toll from a heatwave in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province has passed 800, hospital officials say, as mortuaries reached capacity.
A massive solar storm is pummeling Earth – the largest such natural occurrence in months – and weather experts are warning: GPS navigation tools and power grids could see serious disruptions.
According to a report, U.S. troops are not just cohabitating with Iran’s Shiite militia units, “But the U.S. is flying close air support missions for those forces.”
The three women who remain in the Army’s gender-integrated assessment of Ranger School have passed – for the second time – the grueling physical fitness test that kicks off every cycle of the course.
Top News – 6/24/2015
Dawn zooms in on white spots, finds pyramid-like mountain on Ceres
The spots have baffled scientists who are unable to discern their nature or composition. To add to the intrigue the probe has spotted a solitary, unusual pyramid-like mountain jutting out of the otherwise relatively smooth surface.
White House: “Assault Weapons” Not “Family Heritage,” Should Be Banned
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest reiterated the Obama administration’s stance on gun control, specifically regarding so-called “assault weapons” (typically, sporting rifles with specific cosmetic features). In response to a reporter’s inquiry, Earnest stated that President Obama is still making an argument for a ban on assault weapons, “increasing” background checks, and other gun control measures.
Uproar After Obama Uses the N-word
Obama raised something of a media storm in a teacup in an interview released Monday when he used the N-word while discussing race relations in the US.
Limbaugh: American Flag is Next in Left’s Crosshairs
Don’t think the left will stop at banning the Confederate battle flag, Rush Limbaugh warned his radio audience on Tuesday — the American flag is next. “The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag,”
Red sky at night, astronaut’s delight: Three solar storms combine and crash into Earth’s atmosphere – creating spectacular but dangerous displ
•Astronauts at the International Space Station captured incredible images of a rare red aurora caused by the phenomenon •It is expected to be visible tonight from Europe and the US/Candian border •But the storms may affect Earth’s electricity supplies and aircraft radios
Why Is NASA Working On A Way To Destroy Asteroids Using Nuclear Weapons?
Yes, I know that headline sounds like it comes from the 1998 movie “Armageddon” starting Bruce Willis, but this is actually happening. NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration are teaming up to try to figure out a way to use nuclear weapons to either destroy threatening asteroids or to at least nudge them off course. This seems very odd considering the fact that just a couple of weeks ago NASA publicly announced that it knew 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“.
CDC tests for plague in Colorado after teen’s death
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to determine how prevalent the plague is in a rural area of northern Colorado where a 16-year-old boy died of the disease.
‘No One is Surprised Anymore that Israel is Singled Out’
“Israel is treated differently than any other country in the world,” he continued. “Israel is singled out, it’s remarkable. I always ask one question: What would any country do if their cities were being bombarded with missiles every single day, every single hours for weeks? And your enemy places the missiles among civilians.”
Secret Document Reveals US to Give Iran Nuclear Equipment
A confidential paper obtained by the Associated Press and revealed Wednesday outlines some of the concessions the US and other world powers are offering Iran in the nuclear talks that are approaching a June 30 deadline. According to the eight-page paper, which is dated June 19 and entitled “Civil Nuclear Cooperation,” the US and world powers will give the Islamic regime state-of-the-art nuclear equipment in return for Iran stepping down its nuclear weapons program.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Nixing Terms for Nuclear Deal
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made it clear Tuesday that he has ruled out any freeze on sensitive nuclear work, state television reported.
GEOMAGNETIC STORM WARNING
NOAA forecasters estimate a 80% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on June 24th when another CME is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field. The intensity of the storm is hard to predict. It could range from mild to severe.
Tsipras flies to Brussels to try to bridge gaps with Greece’s creditors
Greece’s international lenders demanded on Wednesday that it improve proposed tax and reform measures in a last-minute race to clinch a deal to unlock aid and avert a debt default next week.
Magnitude 6.9 quake hits south of Tokyo
A strong 6.9 earthquake on the Richter scale today struck off an island chain south of Tokyo, but no danger of a tsunami was announced.
LGBT Studies Course At San Francisco High School May Be 1st In Nation
A San Francisco high school may be the first in the country to offer an LGBT studies course. The course at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts will cover terminology, and the broad history of LGBT issues. “We’ll look at what it’s been like for gay men, what it’s been like for lesbian women, what it’s been like for transgender people,” social studies teacher Lyndsey Schlax said.
Manchin, Toomey both interested in reviving gun control push
In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are considering ways to renew their failed push to pass meaningful gun-control legislation. …“We want to make sure we have the votes. Pat’s going to have to, and I’ll work with him, to get some of our colleagues on the Republican side,” Manchin said, adding that he hasn’t talked directly to Toomey about a revival.
Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China, Russia
The Pentagon and intelligence community are developing war plans and an operations center to fend off Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government satellites. The ops center, to be opened within six months, will receive data from satellites belonging to all government agencies…
Iran nuclear talks: Khamenei rejects key US demands
Iran’s supreme leader has hardened his stance on the nuclear negotiations with world powers, with the deadline for a comprehensive agreement only days away. In a speech on Tuesday night, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insisted Iran would only dismantle its nuclear infrastructure if economic sanctions were lifted first. He also ruled out a freeze on research and development for 10 years, as well as inspections of military sites.
Australia to join China-led AIIB as founding member
Australia has said it will join a China-led infrastructure bank as a founding member, contributing 930m Australian dollars ($718.5m; £455m) over five years. The move will make Australia the sixth biggest shareholder of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). More than 50 members have signed up to the lender, which is widely seen as a rival to the Western-led World Bank.
How will Australia’s citizenship changes work?
The Australian government wants to strip Australian citizenship from dual nationals who engage in terrorism. On Wednesday, it introduced amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to parliament that would prevent dual nationals involved in terrorist acts overseas from returning to Australia, and deport dual nationals who engage in terrorism in Australia.
Shocking UN Report Calls for Arrest of Israelis Around the World
Arrest Benjamin Netanyahu and any other “suspected” Israeli war criminals wherever and whenever you can get your hands on them. That is the shocking bottom line of a scandalous report released today from the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
A Cancer across the Earth Called Globalism
I just returned from a two week trip to Romania and, I am sad to say, what many have warned us about years ago, has come to pass even in Romania, the country that had suffered so much under four decades of communist dictatorship. They managed to replace one evil master, the communists, with another, the globalists/corporatists/statists.At one of the empty truck stops and restaurants where we stopped for a soda, a southern Romanian was telling us how afraid people are of their children’s uncertain future, of their finances, and of the dwindling opportunities for success that seem to vanish more each day.
The one picture to which Obama and #blacklivesmatter never point
President Barack Obama, capitulating South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Al Sharpton and the rank and file of #blacklivesmatter seek to draw everyone’s attention to the wrong picture. All of the above are pointing to the picture of the Confederate Flag, blaming it as the killer of nine innocent souls who came to pray at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church one week ago tomorrow.
Obama Talks DNA-based Racism on Comedy Show
Our pro-cross dressing President apparently doesn’t think people have DNA that makes them male or female. But he has just told an interviewer that white people and others have DNA that makes them racist and that American institutions are racist, too. These claims are described by our media as “bold” rather than bizarre racial slurs.
Palestinians fire rocket at southern Israel: army
Jerusalem – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Tuesday night, the army said, the fifth such attack in under a month.
Top Headlines – 6/24/2015
1) Supreme Court’s leftward trend under Roberts shaped by kinds of questions Court faces
The Roberts Court’s Surprising Move Leftward, New York Times (Alicia Parlapiano, Adam Liptak and Jeremy Bowers)
2) Kennedy’s gay marriage rulings result of long-term concern for the ‘right side of history’
Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Tolerance Is Seen in His Sacramento Roots, New York Times (Sheryl Gay Stolberg)
Predicting Justice Kennedy, Weekly Standard (Robert F. Nagel)
3) Legacy of Allen Weinstein reminder the truth will out eventually
Allen Weinstein, Historian of Alger Hiss Case, Dies at 77, New York Times (William Grimes)
In other news…
Confederate Flag Debate Spreads to Other States New York Times (Richard Fausset and Frances Robles)
June 24, 2015
“[T]he present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes — rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments.” —Alexander Hamilton, letter to James Bayard, 1802
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
The Office of Personnel Management has officially said only 4.2 million federal employees were affected by the database intrusion by China. But CNN is reporting that number is much, much higher, as the FBI Director told the Senate recently that an estimated 18 million Americans were affected. This number includes former and current government employees and even people who only applied for government work.
Let’s be clear: The Obama administration’s lack of leadership contributed to this intrusion and its lack of leadership will make the situation worse. In a June 17 press conference, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Obama is standing behind OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, who just happened to be National Political Director for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. “Director Archuleta, in one of her first priorities that she identified after taking that job, was to upgrade the OPM computer network, particularly their cyber defenses,” Earnest said. “And this is obviously an ongoing process, and the president does have confidence that she is the right person for the job.” Archuleta had a job, but she didn’t do the job. Now some of the most sensitive employee data in the nation is in Chinese hands.
Obama could have prevented the hack — or at least lessened the effect of the attack — by being a strong leader, making tough decisions, following through with his promises and nominating qualified leaders. But his character is only emboldening enemies.
Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) are at it again. After the Sandy Hook massacre, Toomey — a gun-owning, NRA A-rated politician — jumped on Barack Obama’s bandwagon and introduced legislation that would toughen the nation’s background check legislation. The bill was defeated 54-46 in 2013, but Manchin and Toomey told The Washington Post Tuesday night that they would like to revive the bill in response to the massacre in Charleston. Nothing like standing on the caskets of victims to advance a few extra yards in the political game. Toomey, when he appeared on MSNBC Wednesday morning, admitted the bill is mostly a crapshoot. “Honestly, I don’t want to build up any false expectations,” he said, “I’m not aware that we have the votes to do what Sen. Manchin and I attempted. Is it possible that some portion of that, some subset of what we focused on is possible? Honestly, probably not likely.” Still, it shows the tenacity of the forces driving gun control. Every time a front page blares that a crime was committed with a gun, there will be another call for gun restrictions. And the politicians will blow the dust off their tired gun control bills in hopes that maybe this atrocity will have the emotional clout to carry it through.
It seems that if we only figured out how to control the climate, humankind would figure out how to rid itself of all the ills plaguing us for the last few decades — or more, probably depending on who you ask. The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change issued a report Monday claiming that climate change is nothing short of a “medical emergency,” according to the commission’s co-chair, Hugh Montgomery. “Although vector-borne diseases will expand their reach and death tolls, the indirect effects of climate change on water, food security, and extreme climatic events are likely to have the biggest effect on global health,” said the report’s executive summary. “A new advocacy and public health movement is needed urgently to bring together governments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations, communities, and academics from all disciplines to adapt to the effects of climate change on health.” First, climate change was going to hurt the polar bears, then drown Florida. Listen enough to government rhetoric and you’ll hear climate change being blamed for everything from a sluggish economy to the war in Syria. Indeed, it seems that the world’s politicians are promising too much as they push for doing something on climate change, telling us that if they could only control the planet and the people on it, then we’d have peace, security and happiness.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Paul Albaugh
For veterans seeking care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, let’s just say that this year isn’t going to be any better than the last. Despite all of the promises from Barack Obama, Congress and unelected bureaucrats that the government would “fix” the problems with the VA, little to nothing has been done. Unless you count making things worse.
About a year ago, news broke that veterans were dying while on secret VA waiting lists. Obama promised that his administration would fix the problems. We were told by incoming VA Secretary Robert McDonald that “he would fire over 1,000 VA employees over the wait time scandal.” Yet the fixes and firings didn’t happen. Nope, we were lied to again.
Perhaps the VA simply needed more money to operate more efficiently. In keeping with the status quo for every government agency that is failing, Congress pumped $16.3 billion into the VA to give it some help — that after its budget nearly tripled between 2000 and 2012. How’d that all work out? Fast forward to today, and the results are pathetic. In fact it’s worse now than it was a year ago.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is facing a new crisis. The number of veterans waiting one month or more for care is actually 50% higher than it was during last year’s problems, and the VA is also facing a nearly $3 billion budget shortfall.
To address this continuing crisis the VA is considering furloughs, hiring freezes and “significant moves” to close the budget shortfall. It’s also considering rationing Hepatitis C treatments, specifically for those who are in more advanced stages of illness or advanced dementia. How’s that for veteran care?
On a positive note, doctors and nurses within the VA have handled 2.7 million more appointments than in any previous year and sent an additional 900,000 patients to see physicians in the private sector. With these numbers, what’s the problem?
The VA has seen a massive increase in veterans seeking care, primarily aging Vietnam vets and those who have returned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. With this increase in demand for care comes a need for more doctors and nurses to provide the treatment that our veterans deserve. But according to many experts there is a shortage of doctors and nurses. In addition there has also been an increase in the cost of drugs and medication, and the largest driver of costs has been from patients seeking medical attention from physicians in the private sector. Thanks, ObamaCare.
“Something has to give,” conceded VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson. “We can’t leave this as the status quo. We are not meeting the needs of veterans, and veterans are signaling that to us by coming in for additional care, and we can’t deliver as timely as we want to.”
Why not? The VA has more money and more people, yet we’re supposed to believe that still more money is the answer? No doubt most Americans would rather see their tax dollars go to fund the VA’s operations than to most any other federal project. But the problem isn’t the lack of money, it’s the ineptitude of bureaucrats who don’t know how to properly manage the money or personnel that they have.
As Mark Alexander suggested last year, perhaps Congress should consider another piece of legislation to improve services at the VA: Make the commander in chief and all of his cabinet level appointees get in line for VA medical services instead of the VIP medical treatment they now receive. Let’s add Congress to that list as well. Can anyone imagine our elected officials and their staff having to wait like veterans do for treatment? We doubt that this will happen anytime soon, but if it could, we bet there would likely be some significant, real changes to the VA.
Meanwhile, ObamaCare was passed to give all Americans access to medical care and is funded by taxpayers. Yet it is unaffordable, unsustainable and un-American. It’s certain that within a few years, as ObamaCare grows and takes deeper root, all Americans will be on waiting lists to receive care. There will be calls for reform, to pump more money and people into it. But these “reforms” won’t fix the problem, either — because the problem is federal bureaucrats who insist on spending more of our dollars to increase their power and take away freedom from individuals. Need proof? Just look at the VA.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Jonah Goldberg: “If it were left to me, I would take the [Charleston Confederate] flag down (for the reasons South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley laid out Monday). But this kind of cheap moral preening is galling. Is it really too much for people to muster the moral imagination that the issue isn’t nearly as simple as that? A November poll of South Carolinians found that 61 percent of blacks wanted it down. That means nearly 4 in 10 blacks felt differently. Are they deluded? Are they the moral equivalent of self-loathing Jews, happy to live under a swastika? … If we’re going to offer ridiculous flag comparisons, a better one would be the Japanese imperial flag. After World War II, the U.S. banned it until 1949. Douglas MacArthur then opted to let a defeated, once-authoritarian society keep a few symbols of its past in order to build a better future. Can anyone argue that the South hasn’t done likewise? White Northern liberals explain how the South is an irredeemable cesspool of hate, while ignoring the fact that blacks are abandoning the Northern blue states in huge numbers to move to the South. Demographer Joel Kotkin found that 13 of the 15 best cities in the country for African-Americans to live in are now in the South. … No, the South isn’t perfect; name a region that is. But it does have good manners, which is why it routinely acts with more dignity — and in Charleston, with more grace — than its critics to the north.”
Insight: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Can’t count very high: “[Barack Obama] has talked to more members than I can count, more senators than I can count.” —Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Trade Promotion Authority
Demo-gogues: “Well within our children’s lifetimes, on our current pace, the oceans go up maybe two, maybe three, maybe four feet.” —Barack Obama, who promised in 2008 that his election would stop the oceans rising
Braying Jenny: “[I]n any democracy, it’s not [skeptics] that carries [sic] the day. It is normal human beings that haven’t put their stake into politics above science. It’s normal human beings that want us to do the right thing, and we will if you help us.” —EPA Chief Gina McCarthy, who thinks you’re not normal
Alpha Jackass: “Our history of racialized violence means that everything white people have, they have in part because they are white. We have to disrupt that status quo. That’s what the president meant when he said that racism is part of our DNA. Our DNA has got to be changed.” —Georgetown University professor Paul Butler
Village Idiots: “I know it’s tempting to dismiss [the Charleston] tragedy as an isolated incident, to believe in today’s America that bigotry is largely behind us, that institutional racism no longer exists. But despite our best efforts and highest hopes, America’s long struggle with race is far from finished.” —Hillary Clinton
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Israelis have increasingly lost faith in US President Barack Obama, with the commander-in-chief taking a greater hit to his image in the Jewish state than in any other country in the world, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Confidence in Obama slipped in Israel from 71% in 2014 to 49% in 2015, while half of Israelis said they have no confidence in the president’s leadership in international affairs, according to the 2015 Spring Pew Global Attitudes Survey.
The findings reverse a several-year trend of rising support for Obama in Israel, amid increasingly cool relations between the two states over US foreign policy in the Middle East and tensions between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran’s nuclear program.
According to the survey, which spoke to 1,000 people in the country during April and May, 80% of Israelis disapprove of how Obama is dealing with Iran’s nuclear program.
Tylenol Trying to Change the Face of the Family
The decision makers at Tylenol, a popular pain killer, are now attempting to kill God’s design for the family. As you will see in this ad, the company decided to include a gay couple along with traditional families and has portrayed sinful homosexuality as normal and natural.
‘What Horrors Must ISIS Commit Before World Takes Action?’
“What horrors must ISIS commit before the world will take greater action to stop the murderers?” he asked. “Syrian Christians are in grave danger; we may disappear soon.”
State of fear: Survivors tell of life under IS rule
The “caliphate,” declared a year ago, demands obedience. Untold numbers have been killed because they were deemed dangerous to the IS, or insufficiently pious; 5-8 million endure a regime that has swiftly turned their world upside down, extending its control into every corner of life to enforce its own radical interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah.
The Communist Pope
Pope Francis emerges as a Marxist while the Christian world burns.
Two years into his reign, Pope Francis has emerged as an extreme socialist obsessed with the usual phony leftist problems such as manmade global warming, American institutional racism, and income inequality.
Muslims are indiscriminately slaughtering Christians around the world while Christianity itself seems on the verge of being eclipsed globally by Islam, but these things barely register with this pope.
Europe’s Jews decry ‘beast’ of anti-Semitism overtaking continent
Community heads bemoan increasing prevalence of anti-Israel efforts and a Europe ‘fed up’ with the Holocaust
European Jewry is all in the same boat, and that boat is slowly but surely sinking. That, at least, was the impression from a roundtable conversation Tuesday at the Jerusalem Press Club with leaders from 25 of the continent’s Jewish communities.
The McAvany Intel Memo
Common Core isn’t a fix. As Wendy Lecker, senior attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity project at the Education Law Center, wrote (March 6, 2014): “To make matters worse, the drafters of the Common Core ignored the research on child development. In 2010, 500 child development experts warned the drafters that the standards called for exactly the kind of damaging practices that inhibit learning: direct instruction, inappropriate academic content and testing. These warnings went unheeded.
“Consequently, the Common Core exacerbates and forces the developmentally inappropriate practices on the rise since No Child Left Behind. Teachers report having to post the standards in the room before every scripted lesson, as if 5-year-olds can read or care what they say. They time children adding and subtracting, and train them to ask formulaic questions about an ‘author’s message.’ All children are trained in the exact same skill at the same time.” This is the essence of socialism. Because these students don’t learn, it’s not uncommon for 70% of them to fail Common Core exams. This gives the government an open door to push for even further standardization – saying “See, we need more government” – when the obvious solution is less government.
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2015
Pope says weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian
Reuters reports that Pope Francis aimed both barrels at weapons manufactures. However, a large number of Catholics pay no attention to their pope on controversial topics such as this one as they realize that the beliefs he personally holds are steeped in Liberation Theology.:
People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.
Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.
“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.
“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause.
He also criticized those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”
Scant evidence that medical pot helps many illnesses
Fox News has a comprehensive analysis of a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association on medical marijuana that shows that the promised benefits of pot smoking for chronic pain, anxiety, sleep disorders and Tourette’s syndrome is all smoke and mirrors.
You’re being secretly tracked with facial recognition, even in church
Kashmir Hill, columnist for Fusion, writes:
We know that Facebook has a vast facial recognition database so good that it can recognize you when your face is hidden, that the FBI has built a millions-strong criminal facial recognition system, and that Google’s new Photos app is so effective at face recognition that it can identify now-adults in photos from their childhood. But now facial recognition is starting to pop up in weird and unexpected places: at music festivals (to identify criminals); at stadiums (to weed out “sports troublemakers“) and at churches. Yes, churches.
Republicans Give Obama Expanded Powers With Fast-Track Trade Promotion Authority Bill
The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority.
The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law. Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal.
Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) voted against the procedural motion.
The Democrats cast “yes” votes even though the trade package did not include a workers assistance program for people displaced by increased trade. The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program was a part of the last fast-track package approved by the Senate in May, but became a key part of opposition to the package among Democrats in the House.
To move fast-track forward, the White House and GOP leaders in both chambers decided to break TAA away from fast-track and to try to approve both in separate votes.
After the Senate votes Wednesday on final passage for fast-track, it will take a procedural vote on a package that includes TAA and trade preferences for African countries known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
McConnell has promised both bills, as well as a customs and enforcement bill favored by Democrats, will reach Obama’s desk by the end of the week.
“If we all keep working together and trusting each other, then by the end of the week the President will have TPA, TAA and AGOA and Preferences on his desk — with Customs in the process of heading his way too,” he said on the floor.
The House has already passed fast-track but it must still vote on the package including TAA, which faces opposition from conservatives.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterated on Tuesday his pledge to vote again on TAA as soon as it clears the upper chamber.
“The House will consider TAA once it passes the Senate as part of a new trade preferences bill. And we are ready to go to conference on the customs bill. Our goal is to get TPA and TAA to the president’s desk this week and deliver this win for the American people,” he said in a statement.
The Senate vote to end a filibuster against fast-track appeared in doubt until the final moment as a group of pro-trade Democrats balked at McConnell’s decision to split it off from TAA, a move made necessary to circumvent opposition in the House. source
|Strong Earthquake Hits Japan Islands South Of Tokyo, No Tsunami Warning
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 08:36 PM PDT
A strong earthquake has struck off an island chain south of Tokyo, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the earthquake hit Tuesday evening and measured a preliminary magnitude of 6.9. It said it was located very deep, about 480 kilometers (300 miles) below the ocean’s surface.
Deep earthquakes generally cause less damage. The agency said it was centered west of the Ogasawara island chain in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) south of Tokyo. Some islands in the chain were shaken strongly by the quake, but it was hardly felt in Tokyo. Japan sits along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanoes are common. FULL REPORT
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|Mexico’s Colima Volcano unleashes huge blast of ash and steam
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 08:25 PM PDT
The Colima Volcano in Western Mexico blasted a column of ash and smoke into the air early Tuesday morning. The volcano, also known as the ‘Fire Volcano,’ is one of the most active in Mexico. It is included in the Colima Volcanic Complex, a prominent center of the Western Mexican Volcanic Belt. As of now, the renewed activity has not affected nearby cities.
Colima volcano is one of the most active in Central America and one of the potentially most dangerous ones. It has had more than 30 periods of eruptions since 1585, including several significant eruptions in the late 1990s. Scientific monitoring of the volcano began about 20 years ago. Explosions continue to occur from time to time. On 16 May an ash plume rose from Colima to an altitude of 5.5 km (18,000 ft). EP
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|ISIS mints coins, currency soon to be in circulation
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 08:19 PM PDT
Photos on social media are circulating that are purportedly of the newly minted coins of Islamic State, the brutal Sunni Muslim extremist organization that has taken over large swaths of Syria and Iraq. Anti-ISIS activists living under ISIS rule said that the group’s currency will soon be in use, The Mirror reported.
The photos of the coins show sheaths of wheat, a map of the world, and Arabic inscriptions. According to the report, the design of the coins are based on the original dinar coins of the Caliphate of Uthman from around 650 CE.The coins are thought to range from around 700 US dollars to just five cents, The Mirror reported. FULL REPORT
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|Pakistan heat wave kills nearly 700: victims ‘dying on the streets’ – ‘This is like the Day of Judgment’
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 08:12 PM PDT
Karachi’s poor learned long ago to cope with the many adversities that afflict Pakistan’s most crowded and chaotic city, including flooding, street violence and political crises. But since a suffocating heat wave descended on Karachi three days ago, killing at least 650 people, they have found no respite and no escape. “It’s so hot,” said a security guard, Shamim ur-Rehman, 34, as he sat on a cot, beleaguered. “There is no fan, there is nothing. I can’t sleep at night or during the day.”
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared an emergency on Tuesday as the death toll from the heat wave soared, with overwhelmed hospitals struggling to treat a surge of casualties and morgues filling to capacity. The army set up emergency treatment centers in the streets and the provincial government closed schools and city offices. The Edhi Foundation, which runs an ambulance service and Karachi’s largest morgue, said it had collected over 600 bodies in recent days. “The first to die were the people on the streets — heroin addicts, beggars, the homeless,” said Anwar Kazmi, a spokesman for the service. “Then it was the elderly, particularly those who didn’t have anyone to take care of them.”
In many ways, the emergency is the product of a perfect storm of meteorological, political and religious factors in Karachi. Chronic shortages of water and electricity have exacerbated the impact of the heat wave, which has brought temperatures up to 45 Celsius, or 113 degrees Fahrenheit, in a crowded city of 20 million people that is normally ventilated by a sea breeze. The health dangers are further exacerbated by the demands of the annual Ramadan fast, when most Muslims abstain from eating or drinking water during daylight hours. In Karachi, that means about 15 hours with no source of hydration — a factor that has particularly affected manual laborers and street vendors, who work outside under the sun. FULL REPORT
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|Britain facing ‘Mini Ice Age’ as Tropical Storm Bill threatens heavy downpours
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 08:00 PM PDT
Enjoy the summer, if we get one, as Britain faces a new ‘mini Ice Age’. Climate experts are warning the amount of light and warmth released by the sun is nose-diving to levels “not seen for centuries”. But first we need to get through Tropical Storm Bill – which threatens to unleash “tropical” downpours this weekend. The storm – which battered the US claiming three lives – is set to hit the UK on Thursday with humid air pushing temperatures towards 28°C in places.
But colliding with another stormy system, monsoon conditions could sweep in from the southwest bringing heavy showers. Although parts of the country will enjoy a dry and fine few days, unsettled conditions will spread from the north towards the weekend.After that, the big chill is being forecast, with experts fearing a repeat of the so-called ‘Maunder Minimum’ which triggered Arctic winter whiteouts and led to the River Thames freezing 300 years ago. FULL REPORT
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|CDC Tests For Plague In Northern Colorado After Teen’s Death
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:54 PM PDT
BREAKING NEWS – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to determine how prevalent the plague is in a rural area of northern Colorado where a 16-year-old boy died of the disease. Taylor Gaes of Livermore died June 8, but the cause was only made public late Friday when health officials, at the urging of the boy’s parents, put out a warning to make sure others who may have visited his family’s rural home northwest of Fort Collins hadn’t been sickened by fleas that could have infected him.
Those visitors are now considered safe because the incubation period for the disease passed on Monday. Gaes likely was infected with a rare form of the disease, septicemic plague, by fleas that put the bacteria directly into his bloodstream, making it difficult to spot in time to stop its spread.Larimer County and CDC officials said Tuesday they likely won’t ever know how Taylor was infected but were canvassing the area to try to gauge the plague’s presence. They warned residents to take common precautions to avoid flea bites and to stay away from dead animals and rodents. FULL REPORT
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|New York bar considered birthplace of U.S. gay rights movement declared a landmark by Officials
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:47 PM PDT
The Stonewall Inn, a New York City bar widely recognized as the birthplace of the U.S. gay rights movement, was granted historic landmark status by city officials on Tuesday. The unanimous vote by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission was hailed by gay activists and supporters of the designation who cheered and embraced in an emotional scene. “This building is a symbol of a time when LGBT New Yorkers took a stand and vowed that they would no longer live in the shadows,” said commission chair Meenakshi Srinivasan.
The Stonewall Inn became an instant gay rights symbol when riots spontaneously erupted on June 28, 1969 following a police raid at the Greenwich Village tavern known for serving a gay clientele in an era of intolerance toward homosexuality. The episode was later dubbed the “Stonewall Rebellion.” “The designation of the Stonewall Inn as an individual landmark represents one of the city’s most powerful movements in our era to change the nation,” Srinivasan said. FULL REPORT
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|Here Comes the Push For More Gun Control!
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 07:43 PM PDT
In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are considering ways to renew their failed push to pass meaningful gun control legislation. In separate interviews Tuesday night, at a reception before a ceremony hosted by Sandy Hook families where Toomey was honored, the senators discussed their desire to find a new way forward.
“We want to make sure we have the votes. Pat’s going to have to, and I’ll work with him, to get some of our colleagues on the Republican side,” Manchin said, adding he hasn’t talked directly to Toomey about a revival. Manchin specifically mentioned an effort aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of people diagnosed with mental illness.Though the effort is far from being fully formed, Toomey also said he’s looking for opportunities to reintroduce something related to combating gun violence. FULL REPORT
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|Evangelist Believes He’s About to Do Something That Will Change Minds About Whether People Are Born Gay
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 12:43 PM PDT
Evangelist Ray Comfort is gearing up for the release of “Audacity” — a film about the Bible and homosexuality that could become his most controversial project to date. Comfort first revealed plans for the movie last September, admitting at the time in an interview that he has, to date, intentionally avoided tackling homosexuality through film, instead focusing on subjects like abortion, evolution and Noah’s ark.
But “Audacity” changes all that, with Comfort telling TheBlaze on Monday that the new scripted film, which will be released online starting on Wednesday, presents the biblical view of homosexuality — and that it does so with love. “Someone cynically wrote to me recently and said that there is no way any Christian can believe the Bible and not be hateful,” he said. “Well, I can’t wait for him to see that movie. It’s going to stop his skeptical mouth.” FULL REPORTThe post Evangelist Believes He’s About to Do Something That Will Change Minds About Whether People Are Born Gay appeared first on .
|Experts Warn of More Cyber Attacks Coming to the U.S
Posted: 23 Jun 2015 12:33 PM PDT
Recent foreign hacking into federal government systems – impacting at least 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees and threatening national security – is not the equivalent of a cyber Pearl Harbor, but experts say the feds are badly behind the private sector when it comes to addressing the threat. A series of reported hacks from China and Russia into federal personnel databases is triggering the concern, as millions of government employees had their personal data compromised. Applicants for federal positions are also at risk.
“I don’t know whether I’d call it the Pearl Harbor. The cyber analysts have been trying to use that term for quite a while now. I guess this is one of those times you could theoretically use the term,” said Heritage Foundation cyber security expert Riley Walters. In an interview with WND/Radio America, he said the data breach of millions of people is very serious and could lead to plenty of problems, but he said the most vital national security assets are much better protected and are not compromised. “I think it comes down to risk,” Walters said. “When you’ve got [the Defense Department], you’ve got technical equipment, actual undercover agents, state secrets and methods for security in the future. It’s very direct, kinetic security information.” FULL REPORT
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Yes, I know that headline sounds like it comes from the 1998 movie “Armageddon” starting Bruce Willis, but this is actually happening. NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration are teaming up to try to figure out a way to use nuclear weapons to either destroy threatening asteroids or to at least nudge them off course. This seems very odd considering the fact that just a couple of weeks ago NASA publicly announced that it knew 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“. If what NASA told us previously is true, than it would seem that it would be a tremendous waste of time, money and resources to work on a way to destroy asteroids using nuclear weapons. Why is NASA suddenly so interested in the threat of large asteroids if one is not likely to hit us “any time in the next several hundred years”? Could it be possible that they know something that they are not telling us? (Read More…)
When it comes to geopolitics, there are often wheels working within wheels that are working within wheels. Once in a while we get a peek behind the scenes, but for the most part the machinations of the global elite remain shrouded in mystery most of the time. And sometimes the global elite appear to be doing things that, on the surface, do not seem to make much sense at all. What is going on in Europe is a perfect example of this. If everyone was negotiating honestly, I believe that a Greek debt deal would have been reached by now. As this endless crisis has stretched on month after month, it has become increasingly apparent that more is going on here than meets the eye. In particular, the IMF has been standing in the way of a deal time after time. So what do IMF officials want? Are they looking for the “unconditional surrender” of this new Greek government in order to send a message to other governments that would potentially defy them? Or could it be possible that the IMF actually wants a Greek debt default for some other insidious reason? (Read More….)
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Joel Osteen Says He Sells Many of His Books in Muslim Countries
Women’s World Cup Star Hopes Fans Recognize Love for Christ
Franklin Graham: America Needs Spiritual Healing, Not More Gun Laws
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Mennonite Couple Fined for Refusal to Host Gay Weddings Close Business
Charleston Church Shooting: Is Religion to Blame?
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