Jun. 29, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider letting states require evidence of citizenship when people register to vote for federal elections, rejecting an appeal from Arizona and Kansas.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from former Representative Rick Renzi of Arizona, leaving intact his conviction for public corruption, insurance fraud and racketeering. Renzi, a Republican, argued unsuccessfully that his prosecution violated the Constitution’s speech-or-debate clause, which limits investigations into the legislative work of members of Congress.
David Cameron said the U.K. can’t hide from terrorists after the deadliest attack against Britons since 2005. Eighteen Britons are confirmed to have died in the June 26 attack in the Tunisian beach resort of Sousse and this number is likely to rise to around 30.
Prices on Puerto Rico’s newest general obligations sank to record lows after Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said investors should be prepared to sacrifice if they want the cash-strapped island’s economy to grow.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande signaled they’ve reached the limits of their ability to safeguard Greece, offering the government no further concessions to step back from the brink.
Chinese stocks tumbled, sending the benchmark index into a bear market, as signs of an exodus by leveraged investors overshadowed the central bank’s effort to revive confidence with an interest-rate cut. The Shanghai Composite Index dropped 3.3 percent to 4,053.03 at the close, taking declines from its June 12 peak to more than 20 percent.
On June 30, time will stand still. Just for a second — a leap second. It’s scheduled for 8 p.m. in New York, just when markets in Asia are opening, and exchanges around the world are taking no chances. U.S. stock markets are ending some after-hours trading early and others from Sydney to Tokyo are recalibrating their clocks ahead of time. Trading firms also have to be prepared
An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. exploded within minutes after launch Sunday over the skies of Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket, with supplies and equipment, was destined for the International Space Station.
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A three-week manhunt that began when two convicted murderers staged a brazen prison break involving stolen power tools and hacksaw blades hidden in frozen hamburger meat ended Sunday when a single state police sergeant spotted a suspicious man walking down on a rural road near the Canadian border.
The atrocities committed by ISIS are so horrific that a high-profile al Qaeda member, an American citizen, purportedly addressed the group directly in a new al Qaeda publication and lectured them that if they keep it up, Allah will not grant them paradise in the afterlife.
As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border – a move that will also outflank any Kurdish attempts to create a state along Turkey’s southern frontier.
In a surprise meeting with Syria’s foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his support Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on all Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State militants.
A revolutionary solar-powered aircraft was past “the point of no return” and flying over the Pacific Ocean bound for Hawaii Monday, on the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe.
The gruesome “selfie” taken by a man who has confessed to beheading his boss during an attack on a gas factory in France was sent to Syria, sources close to the investigation said Sunday.
More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May, as pending sales climbed to their highest level in more than nine years.
Texas’ top law officer has called the US Supreme Court decision legalising gay marriage in all 50 states a “lawless ruling” and vowed to support state workers who refuse to marry couples on religious grounds.
Tunisia has made its first arrests over the massacre of 38 people, mainly tourists, by a gunman at the beach resort of Sousse on Friday, the country’s interior minister has said.
Stock markets in Europe and the US have fallen after Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls.
U.S. officials have warned local authorities to be on the alert for terrorist attacks over the July Fourth weekend in the wake of deadly attacks Friday by the Islamic State that killed more than 60 people on three continents.
At least six predominantly black places of worship have burned under suspicious circumstances in the span of just a few days and authorities from Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas are warning arsonists could be on the prowl.
Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said the ruling from the Supreme Court on “gay marriage” is going to reverberate for some time – and in fact, lead to an uprising of sorts from the Christian camps. “I don’t think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice. They either are going to follow God, their conscience and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law.”
Churches could lose their tax-exempt status with the IRS if they refuse to recognize the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts warned in his dissenting opinion.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing a new rule to ban cigarette smoking in residents’ homes.
Top News – 6/29/2015
Epicenter of latest earthquake also near Nissan Plant
(Mississippi News Now) – USGS has confirmed a 3.2 magnitude earthquake hit about 4.3 miles southwest of Canton at 8:23 am. The epicenter of today’s earthquake is just east of I-55, near the Nissan Plant, within less than a mile of one that happened in May.
Deadline likely missed in nuclear deal – Hayden says Iran has ‘upper hand’
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden said Sunday that the United States has lost its edge going into the final days of a nuclear negotiation with Iran. “I would actually fear that the Iranians have the upper hand right now,” Hayden said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I actually fear we have painted ourselves into a corner where we believe that any deal is better than no deal at the present time.”
Russia’s Putin reaffirms supposrt for Syrian Leadership
Vladimir Putin said at the start of talks with Syria’s foreign minister on Monday that there was no change in Russia’s support for the Syrian leadership. Putin said he hoped for an end to Syria’s 4-1/2 year-old conflict, adding: “We are convinced that in the end the Syrian people will win.”
Greece in shock as banks shut after snap referendum call
Greeks struggled to adjust to shuttered banks, closed cash machines and a climate of rumours and conspiracy theories on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its creditors plunged the country deep into crisis.
US Officials Warn of ISIS Attacks on July 4
American police forces from coast to coast are on alert from federal officials that the Islamic State (ISIS) is planning to terrorize the country during the July 4 Independence Day holiday.
Earthquake of 5 magnitude rocks Nepal
A 5-magnitude earthquake on Monday rocked Nepal, triggering panic among the people already battered by the two devastating earthquakes two months ago and over 330 aftershocks.
Earthquake of 5.8 magnitude strikes off Peru: USGS
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday, the United States Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake’s epicentre was 145 kilometres (90 miles) south of Puquio and 34 kilometres deep.
Puerto Rico governor says island can’t pay its public debt
The governor is warning that Puerto Rico can’t pay its $72 billion public debt, delivering another jolt to the recession-gripped U.S. island as well as a world financial system already worrying over Greece’s collapsing finances.
Greece imposes capital controls, banks to remain shut
Greece’s five-year financial crisis took its most dramatic turn yet, with the cabinet deciding after an 8-hour session that Greek banks would remain shut for six business days and restrictions would be imposed on cash withdrawals.
Earthquake Hits Sinai Coast, Felt From Eilat to Tel Aviv
An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale occurred off the coast of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday and was felt all the way from Eilat at the southernmost tip of Israel to the greater Tel Aviv area in central Israel.
The green mirage—and con job
Elon Musk and his fellow barons of Climate Crisis, Inc. recently got a huge boost from Pope Francis. Musk et al. say fossil fuels are causing unprecedented warming and weather disasters. The Pope agrees and says Catholics must “ask God for a positive outcome” to negotiations over another UN climate treaty.
President who opposed gay marriage three years ago turns White House into rainbow extravaganza
It’s not Barack Obama’s style to win a victory with any sort of humility, you understand. That’s not in his makeup. And there’s really little point in mentioning that he was “opposed” to gay marriage as recently as 2012 when he announced his big evolution on the issue, because everyone knows he wasn’t really opposed at all. He pretended to be until he sensed correctly that the politics of the country were changing and it was OK to admit he was for it – which he had been all along.
The Supreme Court Has Ruled: Principled People Will Not Obey!
Following the Supreme Court’s illegal, immoral, and incredible “gay” rights decision, the White House (owned by the American people, not the President) was flooded with rainbow-color lights in celebration of that disgusting, dangerous, and decadent decision. Such impudence and defiance was an insult to America and a goading of God. However, be assured that God sees the evil and the good and He is involved in our world. Sometime His judgment seems slow, but it is always sure and severe. Judgment is on the way!
Top Headlines – 6/29/2015
1) Ending of New York prison break reminder sin is never as beautiful as it promises
David Sweat shot and captured alive after New York manhunt, CNN (Deborah Feyerick, Alexandra Field and Dana Ford)
2) Outrage directed at social conservatives, not terrorist attacks, exposes priorities
Terrorist Attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait Kill Dozens, New York Times (Ben Hubbard)
Love Among the Ruins, Wall Street Journal (Bari Weiss)
3) Religious liberty immediately denigrated, questioned following Supreme Court decision
What’s Next in the Fight for Gay Equality, New York Times (Evan Wolfson)
Next Fight for Gay Rights: Bias in Jobs and Housing, New York Times (Erik Eckholm)
4) Presentation of tax exemption as government subsidy threatens separation of church and state
Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions, TIME (Mark Oppenheimer)
In other news…
Texas AG: State workers can deny marriage licenses to gay couples, Politico (Hanna Trudo)
It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy, Politico (Fredrik DeBoer)
Celebrating Marriage; Mourning the Queer Revolution, Slate (Jordan Alexander Stein)
Amid gay pride marches, where is the ‘religious extremism’ many feared after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling?, Washington Post (Judd Birdsall)
“The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded.” —Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 33, 1788
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On Friday, Barack Obama delivered the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the slain pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Naturally, he exploited the occasion — metaphorically stood on Pinckney’s casket — to repeat the need for his policy preferences, namely more gun control. “For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation,” Obama thundered. “Sporadically, our eyes are open: When eight of our brothers and sisters are cut down in a church basement, 12 in a movie theater, 26 in an elementary school. But I hope we also see the 30 precious lives cut short by gun violence in this country every single day; the countless more whose lives are forever changed. … The vast majority of Americans — the majority of gun owners — want to do something about this. … None of us should believe that a handful of gun safety measures will prevent every tragedy. … But it would be a betrayal of everything Reverend Pinckney stood for, I believe, if we allowed ourselves to slip into a comfortable silence again.” In this instance, he did mention the lives lost every day — though he neglected the fact that they’re black lives lost to the gang culture festering on his own party’s urban poverty plantations. But he doesn’t speak at their funerals. That’s because he couldn’t make the blacks who murder other blacks into the supposed carbon copies of the racist Charleston murderer, as he did with whites across the nation that twice elected him president. Obama’s race-baiting, anti-gun tirade was despicable, and all the more so because of the true grace shown by the families of the Charleston victims.
In theory, declaring a caliphate should have painted a huge target on the Islamic State’s back. But after the group (née “the JV team”) announced that it established a caliphate in Iraq and Syria last June, it has continued to hold onto its territory as the coalition fighting the jihadists slowly picks away at the “state.” Indeed, Islamic State-linked jihadists have launched attacks as far away as Pakistan, Algeria and Yemen, and those inspired by the Islamic State have struck both the U.S. and Europe. Now, officials in Afghanistan say the group is in that country, placing the Islamic State in competition with the Taliban over whose caliphate should be established. However, the Islamic State’s strategy has made it less of a threat to the United States than al-Qaida, writes Scott Stewart for Stratfor Global Intelligence. “Al Qaeda argues that the caliphate can be established only after the United States and its European allies have been defeated, to the extent that they can no longer interfere in Muslim lands… The Islamic State takes the opposite tack. It has adopted a more urgent ‘why wait?’ approach and concentrates its efforts on immediately taking, holding and governing territory.” This comes as the levels of terrorism at home and abroad are on the rise and as Independence Day weekend coincides with the month of Ramadan. So much for Barack Obama’s campaign to degrade and decimate our jihadist foes.
Fourteen years ago, Greece entered the Eurozone by using a Trojan Horse: It doctored its finances to make them appear more stable than they actually were. For a run of a few years, the country let its finances go. The party ended during the Great Recession as the country needed bailout after bailout to keep the partial-archipelago afloat. Now, the piper must be paid. But instead of tightening belts and making the tough decisions to get out of debt and onto firm footing, the Greeks elected the Syriza Party to power because it promised that it would lessen the burden of debt by resisting the demands for reform and negotiating further with the nation’s creditors. But those talks with the creditors broke down over the weekend and Greece may be booted from the Eurozone. On hearing the news, Greeks started lining up at ATMs, withdrawing as much money as they could before the cash ran out. In response, Greece started capital controls, keeping banks closed this week. “Appeasing Syriza’s demands could spread political contagion to Spain, Portugal and other countries that might think they too can avoid reform and still be rescued,” writes The Wall Street Journal editorial board. “A last-minute reprieve is possible, but if not the Greeks will have committed suicide by ignoring economic reality. Voters in Europe, Japan and the U.S., take note.” As we watch the slow-motion crash of Greece, we should remember that this nation has a growing debt that is being made larger by growing entitlement spending. Someday, the piper must be paid here, too.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Robin Smith
1-2-3-4-5. Five leftist lawyers, currently abusing their authority as Supreme Court Justices, unleashed their activism upon the U.S. Constitution Friday and created a non-existent right to same-sex marriage. The Fourteenth Amendment may provide equal protection under the law, but by applying it to expand the definition of marriage the Court has created a constitutional crisis in America. The First and Tenth Amendments, which respectively promise freedom of individual religion and award jurisdiction to the States of all powers not enumerated in the Constitution, have now been placed in direct conflict with the Fourteenth Amendment.
“Love Wins”? Not here it doesn’t, nor does anything but the will of five judicial despots, followed by the bullying mob rule of the Left and its Rainbow Mafia. Need proof?
In 2008, before the Saul Alinsky-ite Barack Obama and his Chicagoland gang occupied the White House and began “fundamentally transforming” our nation, there was debate, dissent and dialogue about all sorts of issues, including those issues fomented by the hard Left in order to label the response of the Christian Right as extremist.
In 2008, homosexual couples could enter into a legal, binding contract for shared property, power of attorney for making health care decisions, probate of wills, etc., and were, in most cases, receiving health care benefits from employers. These same homosexual couples were consummating their relationship in the privacy of their own domicile without harassment.
In 2008, Christians could speak their opinions and stand on their faith while understanding their voice was respected in the public square.
In 2015, however, those same Christians are in grave danger of losing legal standing because their beliefs are pitted against a brand new, heretofore undiscovered constitutional right. Tolerance is only for those who agree with the mob-rule Left.
What changed in seven years?
If you ask a moderate Republican, he or she might say, “Elections have consequences,” and shrug, since they never viewed this as meaningful anyway. If you ask the Bible-believing Democrats who voted for Ronald Reagan, they shudder at the exchange of timeless principles for sexual license. If you ask a libertarian, you might get the response that devout Christians are the “recalcitrant minority.” But if you ask someone who identifies as Christian first, American second, and is conservative politically, you’ll hear sorrow for a nation that worships the secular triune of me, myself and I rather than our Creator.
Millions of votes cast around the country to support the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman have now been nullified. How will this tyrannical disregard for the enumerated powers of the Constitution play out in the everyday lives of Christians?
In your place of worship, there’s now a government-approved theology that the God-rejecting Left expects to be preached. Whereas Bible-centric congregations stand on Holy Scripture, which does not include one single advocacy of sexual sin or perversion, the homosexual agenda demands that this view be rejected. One of the five black-robed tyrants, Justice Anthony Kennedy — considered the “swing vote” — laughingly attempted to reassure those whose lives revolve around their faith in the Judeo-Christian God by writing, “Those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned.”
Get that? We can advocate our opposition, but there is little legal standing in such a weak word. As Chief Justice John Roberts put it, “The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to ‘advocate’ and ‘teach’ their views of marriage. The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to ‘exercise‘ religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses.”
Let’s not forget the Christian bakers, florists, photographers and other business owners who have been financially ruined and litigiously challenged by the Rainbow Mafia. Already, Christians have been forced to either comply with the government-approved theology or face persecution.
What about the tax-exempt status of Christian organizations such as schools, faith-based charities, hospitals and other institutions with religious beliefs?
The Obama administration has already indicated this provision as a likely stick to enforce the mandatory bowing to the altar of government-sanctioned faith. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, arguing conjured-up rights before the Supreme Court back in April, tipped their hand in response to an inquiry by Justice Samuel Alito. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Verrilli promised. “I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.”
Chad Griffin, president of the Human (read: Homosexual) Rights Campaign, likewise said, “No question, the work is not done. … We still have a long ways to go.”
Cultural icons like Star Trek actor George Takei, who is homosexual, made the same veiled threat after the ruling. Some, he said, are “going to try to use the shroud of religious freedom” to disobey the Court’s decree. “I believe in religious freedom, and people who argue that are entitled to their freedom,” Takei said. “But” — yes, there was bound to be a “but” — “they do not have the freedom to impose their religious values on to others.”
Yet that’s exactly what the Court and the Rainbow Mafia are doing. The mob-rule Left, characteristically using its ends to justify any means, is wielding its political and legal prowess acquired over the last seven years to openly oppress Judeo-Christians.
Yet there are glimmers of hope that will endure.
Cultural and casual Christians, the ones who believe philanthropy and showing up for a holiday service is their only necessary spiritual response, will quickly self-identify and want to change the subject. Eventually, these fair-weather believers will either deepen their faith or more explicitly abandon it to avoid social stigma or name-calling.
But the greatest outcome of this conflict threatening the Liberty of the faithful and devout will be the growth of strength and community. Think of redwoods, trees that soar to heights of over 350 feet and can live thousands of years. These natural giants have roots of only five to 13 feet deep, but spread outward to 100 feet, interlocking with the roots of neighboring trees in the grove. Unseen bonds within these titans of the forest provide stability and support when the storms howl.
As Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, reminds us, “[T]he church often thrives when it is in sharp contrast to the cultures around it.”
And Congress isn’t idle. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which Lee writes “would prevent any agency from denying a federal tax exemption, grant, contract, accreditation, license, or certification to an individual or institution for acting on their religious belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.”
This battle has been won through activism and deception. The war, however, is not over.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Tony Perkins: “For 11 years, homosexual activists have hidden behind the black robes of the court, trying to force their will on America before people wake up to the devastation. [Friday], in the court’s arrogance, they succeeded — swatting away the democratic expression of 50 million people like gnats on a humid day. ‘Today’s decree,’ Justice Antonin Scalia fumes, ‘says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact… This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.’ … As more Americans see and feel the erosion of religious liberty, of parental rights, of children’s innocence, and of conscience rights, their opinions will no longer be swayed by emotions and popular opinion — but by transcendent truth and inevitable consequences that come from its rejection. With this ruling, there is no doubt the Court has set in motion some dark days for religious liberty. But in that darkness will come a great Light, if believers hold firm to faith and continue speaking into the culture the uncompromising word of God.”
Insight: “I urge you to beware the temptation … to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of any evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil.” —The Gipper
Non Compos Mentis: “What we’re not going to do is unravel what has now been woven into the fabric of America.” —Barack Obama, not on traditional marriage but ObamaCare
Political games: “Sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.” —Barack Obama, who opposed same-sex marriage until it became politically convenient in 2012
Demo-gogues: “[Friday’s same-sex marriage] ruling is a victory for Jim Obergefell and the other plaintiffs in the case. It’s a victory for gay and lesbian couples who have fought so long for their basic civil rights. It’s a victory for their children, whose families will now be recognized as equal to any other. It’s a victory for the allies and friends and supporters who spent years, even decades, working and praying for change to come. And this ruling is a victory for America.” —Barack Obama
The inevitable next steps: “It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy” —Politico Magazine
And: “Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions” —New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer
Braying Jenny: “Fear and hatred are far from finished. … Across the board, [Republicans] are the party of the past.” —Hillary Clinton
Late-night humor: “The Supreme Court ruled to preserve the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, so we now can do anything we want. We could drink, smoke, jump mini-bikes off bridges, or play chainsaw tag if we want to. If we get hurt, it’s not our problem. It’s America’s problem, together.” —Jimmy Kimmel
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Barack Obama’s Unholy Alliance: A Romance With Islamism
Daniel Greenfield’s new pamphlet reveals how Obama’s soft spot for Islam has disastrously undermined America’s security.
What we know about Barack Obama’s attitude toward Muslims and the Muslim world, in other words, is bad enough. But what we don’t know about him is even worse and this is the subject of Shillman Fellow Daniel Greenfield’s new Freedom Center pamphlet “Barack Obama’s Unholy Alliance: A Romance with Islamism.”
Greenfield’s pamphlet is a work of deep scholarship and legitimate outrage.
|Greece on Countdown to Collapse, Contagion Could Spread Fast!
Posted: 28 Jun 2015 08:48 PM PDT
Greek Crisis Ignites As Banks Shut For Next 6 Days – Banks in Greece and the country’s stock exchange will be shut all week in a sign of the deepening financial crisis. The drastic move comes after people rushed to withdraw their cash amid panic ahead of the referendum on bailout terms. Under the controls, there will be a daily €60 limit on withdrawals from cash machines, which will reopen on Tuesday. The euro fell sharply against the dollar amid investor jitters of a Greek debt default and exit from the eurozone. Speaking in a televised address, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged calm and insisted bank deposits were safe. MORE
As referendum looms, many in country hoard groceries, gas The sun shone, as usual, with clouds floating in a brilliant blue sky above the Acropolis. Hotels were mostly full, shops sold T-shirts and the cafes along the narrow alleyways in the Plaka tourist district were bustling. It was a seemingly normal Sunday — except it was anything but normal. For many people in Athens, it was time to prepare for an approaching storm. A short walk from Plaka, a line of people waited to withdraw cash from an A.T.M., hours before the official announcement that banks would be closed starting on Monday. Some bank machines in central Athens had run out of money or were out of service, as screens blamed “technical difficulties.” MORE
BRINK OF MELTDOWN – Greek banks were on the brink of meltdown last night after the shock announcement that its crisis-hit government would hold a referendum on the terms of a fresh international bailout. Long queues formed outside the country’s cashpoints after prime minister Alexis Tsipras accused the International Monetary Fund and eurozone of trying to blackmail his country – and pledged to give the Greek people the final say in a vote next weekend. Mr Tsipras described the bailout plan as ‘humiliation’, condemned ‘unbearable’ austerity measures demanded by creditors and said he would campaign for a ‘no’ result. FULL REPORT
World ‘defenseless’ against next financial crisis –The world will be unable to fight the next global financial crash as central banks have used up their ammunition trying to tackle the last crises, the Bank of International Settlements has warned. The so-called central bank of central banks launched a scatching critique of global monetary policy in its annual report. The BIS claimed that central banks have backed themselves into a corner after repeatedly cutting interest rates to shore up their economies. These low interest rates have in turn fuelled economic booms, encouraging excessive risk taking. Booms have then turned to busts, which policymakers have responded to with even lower rates. FULL REPORT
World markets hit as Greek crisis intensifies –The crisis in Greece now has the full attention of investors around the world — and they don’t like what they see. Asian markets quickly entered negative territory on Monday, led by Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index, which dropped 2% in morning trading.Australia ASX All Ordinaries was down 2%, while Seoul’s KOSPI Composite lost 1.5%. The euro tumbled against other major currencies, losing 2% against the Japanese yen and 1.3% against the dollar. MORE
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|Berlin Holds Massive LGBT Pride Rally After US Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage
Posted: 28 Jun 2015 08:32 PM PDT
SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE FILLED THE STREETS OF BERLIN FOR THE CITY’S GAY LGBT PRIDE PARADE ON SATURDAY, A DAY AFTER THE US SUPREME COURT LEGALISED SAME-SEX MARRIAGE NATIONWIDE.
“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:28,29
The crowds were a riot of colour under grey skies, with many demonstrators in costume — including US embassy staffer Tim Standaert, who painted his torso blue with an enormous red heart as he waved a rainbow-hued Stars and Stripes flag. “We are all different, we are all the same,” was the theme of this year’s march, which comes a day after the landmark Supreme Court ruling that all 50 US states must carry out and recognise same-sex marriages. FULL REPORT
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|Bavarian school warns girls should dress ‘Modestly,’ due to Syrian refugees nearby
Posted: 28 Jun 2015 07:10 PM PDT
A school in Bavaria, Germany, has sent a letter to parents, asking them to ensure their daughters refrain from wearing revealing clothes, because refugee accommodation has been set up next to the school’s gym. Two hundred Syrian refugees have been living for a week near the Wilhelm-Diess-Gymnasium’s gym, Die Welt reported. The gym was shut down and PE lessons relocated to a primary school in the vicinity.
The head teacher also rushed to inform parents about additional security measures. “For the refugees, access to the school gardens and buildings is strictly forbidden. The same goes for the school grounds during the day. The number of teachers on duty during breaks has been increased,” Martin Thalhammer wrote.He went on to warn the students against wearing immodest clothes. FULL REPORT
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|Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country
Posted: 28 Jun 2015 06:22 PM PDT
Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now. No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically. It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.
Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives a realistic sense of how weak our position is in post-Christian America. The alarm that the four dissenting justices sounded in their minority opinions is chilling. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia were particularly scathing in pointing out the philosophical and historical groundlessness of the majority’s opinion. Justice Scalia even called the decision “a threat to democracy,” and denounced it, shockingly, in the language of revolution. FULL REPORT
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|NASA cuts live feed as UFOs fly past Earth
Posted: 28 Jun 2015 06:04 PM PDT
Mysterious footage said to depict three UFOs racing by Planet Earth is causing an out-of-this-world discussion on YouTube, as some people think it’s proof-positive of alien life. The 4-minute long video titled “UFO Mysteries: UFOs, Angels Or Biological Creatures Seen Leaving The Earth?” was uploaded a week ago and has more than 214,000 views. The video, reportedly shot from the International Space Station, shows three unidentified flying objects shooting upward out of Earth’s atmosphere.
Just when the lights appear to blast off the planet, the video feed is cut by NASA, with a message subsequently displayed on screen stating: “Please stand by. The High Definition Earth Viewing experiment is either switching cameras, or we are experiencing a s temporary loss of signal with the International Space Station.” FULL REPORT
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|TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL: Marriage Ruling ‘Lawless’
Posted: 28 Jun 2015 06:00 PM PDT
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday called the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges marriage ruling “lawless” and pledged to uphold religious liberties in his state and fight any attempts to use coercion that would violate the conscience of those who oppose same-sex marriage by forcing them to participate in such unions.
In a blistering critique of the landmark decision, Paxton wrote: “Friday, the United States Supreme Court again ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist. In so doing, the Court weakened itself and weakened the rule of law, but did nothing to weaken our resolve to protect religious liberty and return to democratic self-government in the face of judicial activists attempting to tell us how to live. “Indeed, for those who respect the rule of law, this lawless ruling presents a fundamental dilemma: A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court is considered the law of the land, but a judge-made edict that is not based in the law or the Constitution diminishes faith in our system of government and the rule of law.” FULL REPORT
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|Legislation Introduced To Make All Single-Person Bathrooms Gender Neutral In NYC
Posted: 28 Jun 2015 02:59 PM PDT
Aiming to curb gender bias and harassment in New York City, officials are readying a plan that would require businesses to convert one-person restrooms into gender-neutral facilities. Legislation is being introduced that would require publicly available, single-occupancy restrooms in both public and private buildings to be designated as gender-neutral.
It would also amend the language of some city laws, including the plumbing code, which requires separate lavatories for men and women. “We must look to help trans-gender individuals who quite frankly, have fears,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer told WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola. FULL REPORT
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|Momentum grows to scrap Pentagon’s ban on transexual troops
Posted: 28 Jun 2015 02:54 PM PDT
There is renewed energy on Capitol Hill to lift the Defense Department’s ban on transgender troops. Lawmakers view recent steps by the Pentagon and some of the armed services to expand protections for gay and lesbian troops as an opportunity to do away with the decades-old prohibition on allowing transgender troops to serve openly. They are also taking note of other societal changes in calling for the ban on service by transgender trips to be lifted.
“In politics, I think it’s always appropriate to take advantage of timing. Whether it’s taking down the Confederate flag or creating equality in the military for transgender persons,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). She plans to introduce legislation next month that calls on the Pentagon to immediately grant anti-discrimination protection for all service members, and their dependents, who identify as transgender. FULL REPORT
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|Franklin Graham Warns Gay Marriage Ruling Will Lead To Christian Persecution
Posted: 28 Jun 2015 02:45 PM PDT
One of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders issued a dire warning for the nation in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage. “I believe God could bring judgment upon America,” said Franklin Graham in an exclusive interview. Graham told me that Christians should be prepared for persecution in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage.
“You better be ready and you better be prepared because it’s coming,” Graham said just moments after the court handed down its ruling. “There will be persecution of Christians for our stand.” Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, said he was disappointed in the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling. FULL REPORT
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|Rare Strong Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Strikes Big Island Of Hawaii
Posted: 28 Jun 2015 02:40 PM PDT
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck the south eastern portion of the Big Island near Pahoa Saturday evening, shaking nearby communities but causing no threat of a tsunami. According to the United States Geological Survey, the 5.0 magnitude quake hit around 10:10 pm with its epicenter located about eight miles south of the volcano.
There are no immediate reports of significant damage or injury, but tune into KITV 4 Morning News Sunday for the latest on the quake. FULL REPORT
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Several hundred thousand people filled the streets of Berlin for the city’s Gay LGBT Pride parade on Saturday, a day after the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage nationwide.
The crowds were a riot of colour under grey skies, with many demonstrators in costume — including US embassy staffer Tim Standaert, who painted his torso blue with an enormous red heart as he waved a rainbow-hued Stars and Stripes flag.
“We are all different, we are all the same,” was the theme of this year’s march, which comes a day after the landmark Supreme Court ruling that all 50 US states must carry out and recognise same-sex marriages.
Germany introduced civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in 2001, but they do not have the right to marry and are still also forbidden from jointly adopting children. Earlier this month the upper house of the German parliament adopted a resolution calling for the legalisation of same-sex marriage, which is opposed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
Saturday’s pride march was a typically festive affair, with lashings of sequins, fake eyelashes, wigs and feather boas, rainbow flags, and even one reveller who appeared to have dipped his penis in gold paint.
“A day without lesbians is like a day without sunshine,” read one placard that seemed especially fitting for the miserable weather.
The parade came as tens of thousands of revellers also gathered in Dublin for the Irish capital’s pride event, a month after that country became the first in the world to vote by referendum in favour of legalising gay marriage. source
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