Jul. 31, 2015
President Obama said opponents of the nuclear accord with Iran are “putting the squeeze on Congress” as the administration works to keep supporters in line.
Wages and salaries in the U.S. rose in the second quarter at the slowest pace on record, dashing projections that an improving labor market would boost pay.
Beijing was chosen Friday to host the 2022 Winter Games despite one big hurdle to its candidacy: little natural snow.
The destructive force of a collapse in world coal prices has been underlined by the sale of a mine valued at $624 million three years ago for just a dollar.
The Jeep Cherokee brought to a halt by hackers last week exposed wireless networks as the weakest link in high-tech vehicles, underscoring the need to find fast over-the-air fixes to block malicious intrusions.
The State Department is set to post online its next batch of e-mails that Hillary Clinton sent and received on a personal account while she was secretary of state.
Five Democrats, 17 Republicans in Presidential race.
Facebook Inc.’s plan for connecting rural areas to the Internet involves using balloons to lift drones to an altitude of 90,000 feet, where they will fly for up to three months and transmit information using lasers.
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The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion was a “foreign poacher” who paid for an illegal hunt and he should be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said on Friday.
Malaysian authorities confirmed Friday that plane wreckage washed up on an Indian Ocean island was from a Boeing 777, meaning the part is almost certainly from missing flight MH370. The debris, part of a plane wing, could provide the first tangible clue towards unlocking the mystery surrounding the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March last year with 239 people on board.
At least 100 jihadist fighters have been killed in an operation against Boko Haram Islamists holed up on the islands of Lake Chad, the Chadian army said in a statement Friday.
A senior Iranian official is accusing the U.S. of violating the nuclear deal with his country through comments indicating that the accord would make any attack on Tehran’s atomic program more efficient because it would result in greater insight about potential targets.
MSNBC said Thursday that it is canceling three of its afternoon programs, part of a network-wide shift to a straight news focus during the daytime hours.
Gunmen fired more than 100 shots to kill a police commander Thursday in the capital of Mexico’s troubled southern state of Guerrero, while three other people died in another shootout.
Possible smoke in the cabin forced 146 passengers on AA flight to exit using emergency slides and on Spirit, a landing gear tire caught fire after landing in Orlando.
Two incidents on separate airplanes at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport led to evacuations on Thursday, with three people suffering minor injuries on one flight, airport officials said.
A teenage girl suffocated her just-born baby boy before putting his body in a shopping bag, then going on a trip to a Victoria’s Secret store the next day.
In the 17 days since Sandra Bland was found dead from an apparent suicide in her jail cell, four black women have died in police custody in the United States.
Astronomers said Thursday they had found a planetary system with three super-Earths orbiting a bright, dwarf star — one of them likely a volcanic world of molten rock. The four-planet system had been hiding out in the M-shaped, northern hemisphere constellation Cassiopeia, “just” 21 light years from Earth, a team reported.
The newest ocean liner from Costa Cruises will be able to host the population of a small town and, when complete, will nab the title of largest guest capacity ship, capable 6,600 passengers.
More than 7.4 million borrowers were still “seriously” underwater on their mortgages at the end of June, according to RealtyTrac.
A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection and could transform the way Ebola is tackled, preliminary results suggest.
The government in El Salvador has provided military and police escorts for bus drivers forced to go on strike by powerful criminal gangs.
HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show. The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus in the bloodstream but leaves “HIV reservoirs” untouched.
Hundreds of students in Taiwan have stormed the education ministry, protesting against proposed changes to the curriculum. The students want revisions to Taiwan’s textbooks, which they say promote a pro-China view, to be retracted.
France has agreed to pay compensation to Russia for cancelling the sale of two warships.
Israeli police have arrested a man after six people were wounded in a stabbing at the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem.
A secret NSA map obtained exclusively by NBC News shows the Chinese government’s massive cyber assault on all sectors of the U.S economy, including major firms like Google and Lockheed Martin, as well as the U.S. government and military.
Christians in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province have launched a cross making and wearing campaign amid a year-long “clean-up movement” by the local government to remove exterior church crosses.
Trump Is Hillary’s Best Friend – His Record of Support for Liberal Causes Has Eluded Media Scrutiny
Hillary Clinton has long had good reason to like Donald Trump. The real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star-turned-Republican presidential candidate was a major donor to her campaigns for the Senate. He also gave $100,000 to the thinly-disguised political slush fund that is the Clinton Family Foundation, bestowing on himself the unique status as both a potential Hillary opponent and an enabler of the Clinton Cash scandals.
‘Third World War would be last for humanity’ – Duma speaker
“World War III would be the last for the humanity. And strengthening of Russia’s defense potential, including the budgetary decisions passed by the State Duma is done only for one purpose, which is to prevent the war,” Naryshkin stated in a major interview with Izvestia daily, published on Thursday in connection with the anniversary of Russia’s joining WWI on Serbia’s side.
Op-Ed: The Middle East They Wanted
Like so much that has been done by the Obama administration, including the diplomatic recognition of Cuba, the agreement demonstrates how safe it is to be America’s enemy. The administration’s policies toward Israel and Ukraine demonstrate how risky it is to be America’s ally.
Hamas Calls for All Arabs to Attack ‘All Soldiers, Settlers’
Hamas leader in Judea-Samaria calls ‘all soldiers, settlers legitimate targets’ after arson and before attacks – all amid ceasefire talks.
CO-ROTATING INTERACTION REGION
NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on July 31st when a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field.
5.0-magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan
An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale hit parts of Pakistan’s southern Sindh province on Friday afternoon, the MET office said. The earthquake jolted Jacobabad and Sukkur districts and its adjoining areas, said the report.
California Drought Could Wipe Cities Off Map If Their Water Runs Out
The epicenter of California’s drought crisis is in the Central Valley, where there are growing fears the drought could wipe entire towns off of the map. Wells are going dry, jobs are harder to come by and families are already moving, either to different states or even Mexico in search of work. “It’s dire, it’s dire here, it’s dire straits,” said Antonio Alvarez.
4.4-magnitude earthquake felt across Dead Sea
The tremor, which measured 4.4 on the Richter scale, struck at 5:39 a.m, according to the Israel Geophysical Institute, which monitors seismic activity. There were no reports of damage or injuries in Israel or Jordan. The epicenter was in the southern area of the Dead Sea, several kilometers inside the part of the sea controlled by Jordan.
Earthquake detected in east Mediterranean, frightens locals in south Turkey
A 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit the east Mediterranean at 01:00 am local time (10:00 pm GMT) on July 30th, terrifying locals in Turkey’s southern provinces.
Cecil The Lion Stirs More Outrage Than Abortion Mogul Cecile The Lyin’
Society has a funny way of deciding when to express outrage. Millions of innocent humans (aka pregnancy tissue) are slaughtered, and their fully intact body parts are sold. Crickets. A single lion, which was unknown to most of us, gets hunted for sport. International drama.
Planned Parenthood Received Millions of Dollars After Lobbying Clinton’s State Department
Planned Parenthood lobbied the Department of State many times during Hillary Clinton’s tenure there and received tens of millions of dollars from foreign policy agencies over the past few years, according to a new report. As secretary of state, Clinton attacked the Mexico City Policy, which bans federal funding of abortion overseas.
Swarms of Locusts Trigger State of Emergency in Southern Russia
Thousands of locusts swarming the Russian village Achikulak in Stavropol krai are destroying crops, according to local reports . The Ministry of Agriculture of Stravropol Territory reported that swarms of migratory locusts in the south of Russia began on July 20 and have since spread to cover an area of about 90,000 hectares, leading officials to declare a state of emergency in three regions.
‘Abortion pill’ legalised in Canada
Canadian health authorities have approved the drug RU-486, commonly known as the abortion pill. The pill, a combination of misoprostol and mifepristone, had been pending approval by Health Canada since 2012. It has been in use in the United States since 2000 and in France since 1988.
Chad reintroduces death penalty for acts of terror
MPs in Chad have voted to reinstate the death penalty for acts of terrorism six months after it was abolished. The unanimous vote by 146 of the 189 members of parliament present followed recent attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants from neighbouring Nigeria. Officials in the mainly Muslim nation have already banned the full Islamic veil in response to suicide bombings.
Hamas: ‘Every Israeli is now a legitimate target’ following Duma terror attack
Hamas said Friday that every Israeli is now a legitimate target following the deadly terror attack in the village of Duma in which a Palestinian toddler was killed, Israel Radio reported. In an official message to the public, Hamas also called for a “day of rage” to protest the deadly terror attack and “in order to protect al-Aksa mosque.”
New Report Confirms Findings of Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi
Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) member Clare Lopez, believes that in 2011 Hillary Clinton’s State Department was orchestrating its own gun running operation to the Libyan rebels—and that arms dealer Marc Turi has been set up to take the fall for these “illicit arms deals.”
Zionist Chief: Obama Has ‘Shocking Sympathy to Radical Islam’
President Barack Obama has “a painful, unpleasant, shocking sympathy to radical Islam,” Morton Klein, president of Zionist Organization of America and former economist for Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, tells Newsmax TV.
Al-Qaida kills 6 captured Yemeni rebels north of Aden
Al-Qaida fighters have publicly shot to death six Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in a town north of Aden, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said Thursday. The witnesses, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said al-Qaida made the captured Houthi fighters, who were in their early 20s, kneel and kiss their hands before shooting them Wednesday afternoon in Dar Saad.
Greece’s Tsipras prevails over rebels at party meeting
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has defeated a bid by dissenters in his left-wing Syriza party to push for an end to bailout talks and an exit from the euro currency.
India ‘to overtake China’s population by 2022’ – UN
A new UN study of global population trends predicts that India will overtake China to become the world’s most populous nation by 2022. The report also says that Nigeria will replace the US as the world’s third most populous country by around 2050.
Religious assailant attacks Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, wounding six
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed and wounded six participants, two of them seriously, in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, with police saying the suspect was jailed for a similar attack 10 years ago.
Afghan Taliban name a new leader, but peace talks delayed
The Taliban have chosen late supreme leader Mullah Omar’s longtime deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government had been postponed.
70,000 Liberian births unrecorded in Ebola crisis: UNICEF
More than 70,000 Liberian babies were born without being registered as the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaged the impoverished west African nation, leaving them without healthcare and vulnerable to trafficking, UNICEF said Friday.
Headlines – 7/31/2015
Putin to Netanyahu: Iran deal will improve security in the Middle East
Iran says it will ban US experts from UN nuclear inspections
White House Says IAEA Will Release Report on ‘Past Military Dimensions’ of Iran Nuclear Program
GOP Rep. Rohrabacher proposes bill authorizing Obama to detain Iranian officials
Obama urges supporters to lobby for Iran deal
Iran: Obama Admin Lying About Nuclear Deal for ‘Domestic Consumption’
McCain: ‘Absolutely astounding’ that US hasn’t seen Iran side deal
Top French Official Contradicts Kerry on Iran Deal
Netanyahu: John Kerry ‘Has No Reason to Come Here’
Israel readies Iron Dome on Lebanon border as Hezbollah anticipates arms from Iran
Israel slams Amnesty report accusing IDF of war crimes
‘Abbas significantly contributing to stability’ in West Bank, senior security source says
Joint List says Israel’s force-feeding law ‘authorizes torture of Palestinian prisoners’
Palestinian baby dies in fire ‘started by Israeli settlers’
Netanyahu on Duma attack: Israel deals harshly with terror, no matter the perpetrator
IDF head Eisenkot holds emergency security meeting following Duma terror attack
Hamas: ‘Every Israeli is now a legitimate target’ following Duma terror attack
Erekat calls on international community to protect Palestinians from Israelis after toddler killed
Arabs Destroy Holocaust Survivor Site in Land Grab Attempt
Survivors appeal to Pope to intercede with Germany over Holocaust reparations
Foreign Ministry calls Sunni Arab states ‘Israel’s allies’
Iraqi MP: ‘Iraq should establish ties with Israel, we share interests’
Islamic State Threatens to Behead Statue of Liberty, Extend Its Territory to New York City
Cheating evil: Chechen women con ISIS by posing as wannabe terror brides
Al-Qaida kills 6 captured Yemeni rebels north of Aden
Blast kills at least 5 in Nigeria market – police, rescue worker
Zionist Chief: Obama Has ‘Shocking Sympathy to Radical Islam’
China, Russia to hold military drills in Sea of Japan
UK terror suspect allegedly tried to buy enough ricin to kill 1400
Alaska Airlines test program replaces boarding passes with fingerprints
CISA: the dirty deal between Google and the NSA that no one is talking about
Facebook wants to offer Internet service to remote areas by drone
Feds: 664,607 illegals granted amnesty, some linked to terrorism, gangs
Puerto Rico nears default as debt restructuring beckons
IMF will refuse to join Greek bailout until debt relief demands are met
Prepare for gold prices to plunge…as low as $350
‘Blue Moon’ To Grace Skies Friday In Rare Phenomenon
5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near the Kermadec Islands region
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Kerman, Iran
4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Israel, No Injuries, Damage Reported
Papua New Guinea’s Manam volcano erupts, sending ash 65,000 feet into air
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 15,000ft
Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 15,000ft
Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft
Suwanosejima volcano in Japan erupts to 10,000ft
Piton De La Fournaise volcano in the Indian Ocean erupts to 10,000ft
Deadly monsoon landslides spotlight Nepal’s post-quake challenges
Tropical Storm Guillermo quickly intensifies east of Hawaii
Tropical Storm Soudelor tracking toward Marianas
Heavy Flooding Swamps City in Russia
At least 26 dead in flash floods in western India
Iran city hits suffocating heat index of 154 degrees, near world record
Record-Challenging Heat Wave Bakes Seattle and Portland, Oregon
Astonishing drought unveils lost towns that have sat submerged under Lake Mead for decades
Northern California wildfire forces hundreds to flee
Drones impede air battle against California wildfires. ‘If you fly we can’t,’ pleads firefighter
Jeb: Humans contribute to climate change
Sierra Leone faces Ebola setback; 500 under quarantine
70,000 Liberian births unrecorded in Ebola crisis: UNICEF
4th Video Catches Planned Parenthood VP Discussing How to Break the Law to Sell Aborted Babies
Planned Parenthood Abortionist Talks ‘Intact Specimens’ in 4th Undercover Video: Look, ‘It’s a Baby… It’s Another Boy’
Call it ‘research,’ not ‘business,’ Planned Parenthood doc says in latest sting video
Planned Parenthood president: These extremist videos are nothing short of an attack on women
Indiana Clears Planned Parenthood of Wrongdoing After Videos
Planned Parenthood Received Millions of Dollars After Lobbying Clinton’s State Department
Planned Parenthood backlash could fuel new shutdown standoff in DC
Abortion opponents plan nationwide Planned Parenthood protest
Man stabs six people at Jerusalem gay pride parade; suspect carried out similar attack in 2005
Jerusalem stabber’s letter week before attack: ‘Stopping gay pride march is a test from God’
Hours before stabbing: Lehava accuses homosexuals of harming Jewish nation
Netanyahu: Justice will be dealt to Jerusalem gay pride parade attacker
Rivlin on gay pride parade attack: A lack of tolerance will lead us to disaster
Erdan: Stabbing attack at Jerusalem gay pride is ‘hate crime that cannot be forgiven’
Education Minister Bennett announces extra funds for LGBT youth
‘Exorcism: Live!’ to air on TV in October
Pope Warns of ‘Genocide’ As Persecution Of Christians Rises Worldwide
Less than a fifth of Americans believe the US is a Christian nation
Mississippi school district fined $7500 for opening assembly with prayer
‘What lion?’ Zimbabweans ask, amid global Cecil circus
‘Another boy!’ Planned Parenthood staff sifts through aborted ‘baby parts’ in new tape
Todd Bentley’s School of Revival?
Driscolls Comeback Continues – Sheds Tears in Softball Interview with Brian Houston
Priest performs exorcism from a helicopter to banish evil from Italian town
‘Exorcism’ at public park caught on camera
Exorcism to Air on Live TV
Orthodox Jew stabs six people at Jerusalem gay pride march
Palestinian infant killed in apparent Jewish arson attack
‘Shadow council’ speaker pushes Church acceptance of contraception, gay sex
July 31, 2015
“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.” —James Monroe, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
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The status quo remains unchanged. Newly released figures from the Commerce Department show that in the second quarter — encompassing the months of April, May and June — the U.S. economy grew by just 2.3%, while first quarter growth was adjusted to 0.6%. No matter how you spin it, this isn’t progress. In fact, GDP so far in 2015 trails 2014, a year that continued the trend of underperformance. But there was another interesting aspect to the report that is being largely ignored. “The second-quarter report is the first to include new methodology meant to make GDP more accurate,” explains MarketWatch. “Over the past several years GDP has slightly underestimated growth in the first quarter and sharply overestimated growth in the third quarter, leading to big swings that confused Wall Street and Washington.” After taking into account the new methodology, the results are even less stellar: “Under the new approach, the government has found that the U.S. economy grew somewhat slower from 2012 to 2014: An average of 2% a year instead of 2.3%. That means the slowest recovery since the end of World War II is even weaker than previously believed.” The Obama “Recovery” was never as robust as this administration has consistently claimed, as further underscored by new government figures. Maybe that’s why so many Millennials are living at home.
Finally, some good news for a change. The College Board, the nonprofit organization that administers AP exams to high school students, has announced yet another revision to its history framework. But this time it’s for the better. Previously, the College Board painted American history in far too negative a light, emphasizing our nation’s sins while ignoring or minimizing its uniqueness and greatness. Some Founders, such as Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson and Constitution writer James Madison, were mentioned; that’s it — mentioned. But they were taught as examples of Western class, gender and racial evil. And while teachers could choose to teach the Constitution as it’s written, they would disadvantage their students by doing so because the real Constitution wasn’t on the test. After numerous scholars objected in an open letter, however, the College Board worked to make revisions. Neglected Founders are back, and there’s even a new section on the concept of “American exceptionalism.” A College Board official insisted they meant no harm, and that American exceptionalism was previously omitted because they assumed they didn’t need to spell it out. We don’t buy it, and the changes don’t go nearly far enough, but perhaps the episode proves that strong, principled voices on the Right can make a difference.
Massive unfunded debt is not what the progressive politicians who created Medicare and Medicaid 50 years ago this week told the country their programs would bring. The “Great Society” was supposed to banish poverty from the land while providing care for the elderly and disabled. Today, over a third of the U.S. population is on Medicare and Medicaid, and federal spending has a tendency to be sucked into the programs’ gaping maws. Today, more than quarter of every dollar the federal government spends goes to the two programs. They are also the biggest expense for state governments. But for all that spending, the programs’ trust fund is on track to run out of money in 15 years. Meanwhile, the Baby Boomer generation is signing up in droves, and $60 billion is lost every year to waste and fraud. This is not what the programs’ architects wanted Americans to think would happen. Fifty years ago, they estimated the programs would cost $12 billion in 1990, but it actually cost the government $90 billion. Another government program, now five years old, also promised to trim health care costs through more government intrusion and regulation. Just wait until ObamaCare turns 10, much less 50.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Michael Swartz
|Breaking the union bonds
When Michigan shocked the nation and passed its right-to-work law three years ago, there was no question that Big Labor wouldn’t take it lying down. The tentacles of Big Labor run deep in the state, not only in the obvious automotive-related businesses but also in the state employees organized under the United Auto Workers (UAW) banner. It was on behalf of those workers, who fall under the auspices of the state’s Civil Service Commission, that the UAW filed suit to maintain its hold on the agency fees it has routinely extracted from these workers.
But the move backfired. The Michigan Supreme Court upheld the 2012 right-to-work law even for public-sector employees. The 4-3 decision fell mainly along party lines — five of the seven members of the court are Republicans, and the two Democrats were among the dissenting trio.
The court found, “Although the [Civil Service] Commission had authority over civil service employees’ rates of compensation, conditions of employment, and grievance procedures under [the state Constitution], the Commission’s power to regulate the conditions of employment through public collective bargaining agreements did not encompass the specific authority to tax or appropriate, which generally rested exclusively with the Legislature unless the Constitution affirmatively provided that power to another constitutional body.”
About 36,000 workers are affected by the decision, along with millions of dollars that will stay in the workers’ wallets rather than fattening the coffers of Big Labor. If the trend from other states adopting similar right-to-work provisions holds true, as many as 20,000 of those workers could walk away from the union.
It could also set a precedent for a class-action suit. Patrick Wright, the vice president of legal affairs for Michigan’s Mackinac Center, stated, “The majority correctly noted that state employees unions have illegally been receiving agency fees from state employees for decades.” He added, “Agency fees for state employees have been illegal since the adoption of the 1963 Constitution.” Yet for nearly 50 years the UAW and other unions were basically unchallenged.
In most states, this likely would have been a slam-dunk for worker freedom, but we’re talking about Michigan here. The close decision against the UAW was a bit surprising, and given the cash involved it’s certain the unions will be loaded for bear once the judges who ruled against them come up again on the ballot. (Nor are they likely to give any quarter to the Republican who ruled in their favor.)
Michigan isn’t the only state facing problems with unions. Underfunded pensions are crushing many states. Some experts estimate the liabilities to be somewhere between $1 trillion and $4 trillion.
And despite the legal slap to organized labor in Michigan, their New Jersey counterparts are trying to get their pension shortfalls addressed by Garden State jurists. Facing a budget crunch last year, Gov. Chris Christie backed away from a promise to fully fund the state’s pension fund, and the public sector unions are demanding over $3 billion to fix it. This despite the plain language of the state constitution that prohibits taking on debts of more than 1% of the state’s budget.
The ruse is simple, though. As a Public Employees Retirement System spokesperson said, “We want a judgment answered so we are to the front of the line getting our money before anyone else gets it, because it is our money.” And that’s the way it is to Big Labor. Just ask a former GM or Chrysler bondholder or non-union pensioner how their place in the creditor line worked out for them.
But we’ll take a win where we can get one, and the story out of Michigan is a good step in the right direction.
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Michael Barone: “Republican voters have been seething with discontent toward their party’s officeholders and have not become enchanted with any one of 15 more or less conventional politicians who are running. Democratic voters support their officeholders with lockstep loyalty and seem untroubled by the serious flaws of their party’s clear frontrunner. This asymmetry helps explain some otherwise puzzling things. One is why polls have continued for several years to show the Republican Party being disliked more than the Democratic Party, even as both parties get roughly the same number of votes. The reason is that while virtually no Democrats express negative feelings about their party, many Republicans do. Those negative feelings don’t, however, prevent Republicans from voting, however grudgingly, for their party’s old-timers in general elections. … The asymmetry between the parties’ voters reflects their different media environments. Talk radio, conservative websites and Fox News bristle with criticism of Republican officeholders and complaints about their squishiness. That helps sustain a critical frame of mind and a sense, particularly outside metropolitan centers, that ordinary people’s concerns are being ignored by a manipulative establishment. In contrast, Democrats, who fancy themselves as critical thinkers, are comfortable consumers of ‘mainstream’ media in which their ‘smelly little orthodoxies’ (George Orwell’s term) are rarely challenged. So supposedly docile Republicans increasingly behave like an unruly mob while supposedly freethinking Democrats keep acting like a regimented army. Curious.”
Insight: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” —Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Upright: “Ladies, open your eyes and hearts. Watch the [Planned Parenthood] videos for yourselves. Get the facts. Unmask the lies. The cackling profiteers of Planned Parenthood don’t care about your breasts. They’re too busy putting price tags on the baby hearts, livers, lungs and limbs swirling around in bloody pie plates, stacked in their ‘research’ labs, subsidized with your tax dollars and sold to the highest bidders. For ‘preventative care,’ of course.” —Michelle Malkin
The BIG Lie: “[T]here’s reason to think that this is merely the tried and true tactic that we have seen from extremists on the Right: To edit this video and selectively release it so that it grossly distorts the position of the person who is actually speaking on the video. Planned Parenthood has indicated that’s what has occurred here.” —Planned Parenthood Obama spokesman Josh Earnest
Braying Jenny: “I am impatient and I sometimes come across as impatient, which is not always attractive, and [I] get really frustrated with people who don’t understand what I think it’s going to take to make our country great tomorrow just like we were yesterday.” —Hillary Clinton on her greatest weakness, which, evidently, is Americans opposed to her being president
Non Compos Mentis: “I’m confident because of the nature of the [Iran] agreement. This is a diplomatic masterpiece.” —Nancy Pelosi
Late-night humor: “A recent study shows that standing at work for long periods of time is bad for you, after earlier research indicated that sitting for too long at work is bad for you. So really the only thing we know is, work is bad for you.” —Jimmy Fallon
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July 30, 2015
— Time magazine is out with a colorful and glossy “Inside the New Cuba” special edition, featuring smiling Cuban kids wearing Communist garb on the cover. Page 64 has a photo showing “Cuban fans” holding up “their national flag” at a baseball game. It turns out that the really happy Cubans are those who have been defecting from the island “paradise,” as Time magazine calls the prison camp country… (more)
July 30, 2015
— Secretary of State John Kerry testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday that the U.S. government will not be revealing to the American people the contents of “secret side deals” made with Iran on its nuclear enrichment program…. (more)
July 30, 2015
— Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz has doubled-down on his biting criticism of a nuclear pact with Iran, reiterating his charge that if the deal is enacted, it will give Iran a $50 billion signing bonus that Tehran will use to fund terrorism…. (more)
July 30, 2015
— Congressional Republicans are headed toward summer recess in turmoil, and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says it’s because Republican leaders are acting like big-spending liberals and conservatives have had enough of it…. (more)
July 30, 2015
— House Speaker John A. Boehner shrugged off an attempted conservative coup Wednesday, calling it “no big deal,” but the rebellion threatens to drown out Republicans’ message during Congress’ upcoming summer vacation and could stymy GOP plans for a big finish for 2015…. (more)
July 30, 2015
— Could the aborted baby parts tapes actually be the undoing of Planned Parenthood, one of the very institutional foundations of the modern “progressive” movement? Could they actually inflict real damage to other “progressive” movements, institutions, parties and politicians?… (more)
July 29, 2015
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
— President Obama told the African Union Tuesday that he felt he had been a “pretty good” president and if he were allowed to run for a third term, he’d probably be victorious. Obama made the remarks while criticizing leaders on the continent who wouldn’t step aside at the conclusion of their terms…. (more)
July 29, 2015
— Tea party champion Rep. Mark Meadows filed a motion Tuesday to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner from his leadership post, escalating the feud between a faction of conservative lawmakers and the Republican leadership…. (more)
July 29, 2015
— Two encouraging signs from CNN this morning… First, check out these poll numbers on the Iran deal: “Most say they would like to see Congress reject it. Overall, 52 percent say Congress should reject the deal, 44 percent say it should be approved.”… (more)
July 29, 2015
— A decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay leaders was met with indignation by the largest U.S. Protestant group on Tuesday along with criticism from a leading gay rights group that the move did not go far enough…. (more)
July 29, 2015
— A third undercover video sparked new outrage Tuesday by following the money behind the fetal-organ supply chain, starting with Planned Parenthood, and prompting GOP presidential candidates to raise the pressure on the group’s federal and corporate funding…. (more)
July 29, 2015
— Commissioners in Rowan County, North Carolina, have gone to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to preserve their tradition of opening meetings with prayer, citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a similar case that affirmed the practice…. (more)
July 29, 2015
— “Americans combine…Christianity and…liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other” – – Tocqueville Alexis de Tocqueville was born July 29, 1805…. (more)
July 29, 2015
— The IRS sent one of its intrusive scrutiny letters to a nonprofit group in order to throw up a smokescreen and prevent the group from complaining to Congress about poor treatment, according to one of Lois G. Lerner’s apparently lost emails, which were recovered by auditors and released by an interest group Tuesday…. (more)
July 29, 2015
— Last summer, Dr. William Thompson, a senior epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control, admitted that he had helped the CDC hide data from a study which linked the MMR vaccine to autism. Holistic doctor David Brownstein tells Newsmax Health the CDC is still not owning up to Dr. Thompson’s charges that they found data that links the vaccine to a spike in autism. “The CDC is still not coming clean,” Dr. Brownstein says. “They want to keep it quiet, but it’s time the cover-up ended.”… (more)
July 28, 2015
— Leaders of Boy Scouts of America voted – – and ratified – – a proposal to change its adult membership policy to admit gay and lesbian adults as leaders, employees and volunteers…. (more)
July 28, 2015
— Asked directly by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer whether she would vote to support President Obama’s Iran deal, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz demurred, saying: “I am in the middle of really reviewing it and looking at all of the moving parts to the Iran deal… (more)
July 28, 2015
— The Iran deal will provide Iran with a cash windfall as sanctions are eased and assets are unfrozen. The total amount is estimated to be as high as $150 billion. If so, the Iran deal would give more cash to Iran than the $124.3 billion U.S. has given in total aid to Israel since 1948…. (more)
July 28, 2015
— Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Monday refused to back down from his comments comparing the Iran nuclear deal to the Holocaust, even as some of his former co-workers at Fox News Channel chided him over it…. (more)
July 28, 2015
— The Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own disability payments – – a move the NRA is calling the “largest gun grab in American history.”… (more)
July 28, 2015
— Donald Trump’s poll numbers are continuing to climb “because the people of this country are understandably fed up” with Republican leaders who don’t stand up for conservative principles, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Monday…. (more)
July 28, 2015
— House Speaker John Boehner has failed to advance conservative policies and allowed President Barack Obama to drive the agenda and, therefore, must be driven from his position of power, Citizens United President David Bossie writes in an op-ed on Breitbart.com…. (more)
July 28, 2015
— Just days after publicly calling the majority leader a liar on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has upped the stakes in his war on GOP brass by accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of spearheading the effort to keep taxpayer funds going to Planned Parenthood…. (more)
July 28, 2015
— Even as public horror over the abortion industry surges in reaction to videos revealing Planned Parenthood executives negotiating the prices of the body parts of unborn babies, another development is emerging that could impact abortion in a much more fundamental way…. (more)
Margaret Sanger’s “Negro Project” is alive and well, with over 76% of all Planned Parenthood facilities located in the poorest, inner-city neighborhoods where there is a large black population.
“Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” – Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood
“The most obvious practitioner of racism in the United States today is Planned Parenthood, an organization founded by the eugenicist Margaret Sanger and recently documented as ready to accept money to eliminate black babies” – Dr. Alveda King
On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted in abortion mills across America every day, with the majority of those abortions being performed by Planned Parenthood. It has been estimated that since 1973 black women have had about 16 million abortions. Current black population in the US is about 36 million, so the missing 16 million black babies means that without abortion, the black population would be 36% larger than what it is today.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? Isn’t that genocide?
Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? The founder of Planned Parenthood said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” Is her vision being fulfilled today? Sure looks like it is.
Margaret Sanger creates “The Negro Project”
In 1926, Sanger spoke at a meeting hosted by the women’s auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in Silver Lake, New Jersey. Following the invitation, Sanger describes her elation after receiving multiple speaking requests from white supremacy groups. She writes of the experience on page 366 of her book, An Autobiography:
“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan … I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses … I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak … In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.”
Like Adolf Hitler, Sanger believed strongly in a master race of humans, a white master race of genetically-superior humans to rule the planet. And the means by which this would accomplish is called Eugenics, the science of “weeding out” the inferior to make room for the superior. Eugenics is just a fancy word for genocide. About this, Sanger said this:
“By all means, there should be no children when either mother or father suffers from such diseases as tuberculosis, gonorrhea, syphilis, cancer, epilepsy, insanity, drunkenness and mental disorders. In the case of the mother, heart disease, kidney trouble and pelvic deformities are also a serious bar to childbearing No more children should be born when the parents, though healthy themselves, find that their children are physically or mentally defective.” (“Woman and the New Race,” 1920, Chapter 7).
The Negro Project was initiated in 1939 by Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood. It was a collaborative effort between the American Birth Control League and Sanger’s Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau. Her goal was to greatly reduce the growing population of black babies through birth control, sterilization and abortion. In her book, “The Pivot Of Civilization“, Sanger wrote that blacks were “…human weeds, reckless breeders, spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”
Sanger realized her need to cover her bases lest people got wise to what her true intentions were, and wrote this in 1939:
“It seems to me from my experience…that while the colored Negroes have great respect for white doctors they can get closer to their own members and more or less lay their cards on the table which means their ignorance, superstitions and doubts. We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, December 10, 1939 (read the whole letter here)
We invite you to Google for yourself the incredible and shocking true history of the racist organization known as Planned Parenthood. Margaret Sanger’s “Negro Project” is alive and well, with over 76% of all Planned Parenthood facilities located in the poorest, inner-city neighborhoods where there is a large black population. Everything reported in this article is verifiable truth, but it is only a meager percentage of the truth about the sinister roots of the racist, baby-killing organization known as Planned Parenthood.
‘Exorcism’ at public park caught on camera
Posted: 31 Jul 2015 05:46 AM PDT
Witnesses say three people performed an exorcism at a public park in Texas on Thursday morning. “They start getting louder and louder,” witness Sherri Jackson said. “She was on the ground and they were standing over her with hands on her and screaming ‘Satan, I demand that you depart,’ and it went on and on.
It was very bizarre.” Jackson says she normally starts her day at the park, called Memorial Gardens, with a perusal of the Bible and a quick prayer, but this day was just a little different.“No Bible was read, no prayer, because it got a little too crazy,” she said. Eyewitnesses who were at the park during the incident say the three were originally sitting on a bench, but they eventually moved to the ground in front of a pond. “Jesus can heal anybody but it’s just not something you expect to see at the duck pond, but I’m glad to know everybody’s OK,” Jackson said. MORE
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|Secret NSA map shows China cyber attacks on U.S. targets
Posted: 31 Jul 2015 05:41 AM PDT
A secret NSA map obtained exclusively by NBC News shows the Chinese government’s massive cyber assault on all sectors of the U.S economy, including major firms like Google and Lockheed Martin, as well as the U.S. government and military. The map uses red dots to mark more than 600 corporate, private or government “Victims of Chinese Cyber Espionage” that were attacked over a five-year period, with clusters in America’s industrial centers. The entire Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston is blanketed in red, as is California’s Silicon Valley, with other concentrations in Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, L.A. and Detroit.
The highest number of attacks was in California, which had almost 50.Each dot represents a successful Chinese attempt to steal corporate and military secrets and data about America’s critical infrastructure, particularly the electrical power and telecommunications and internet backbone. And the prizes that China pilfered during its “intrusions” included everything from specifications for hybrid cars to formulas for pharmaceutical products to details about U.S. military and civilian air traffic control systems, according to intelligence sources. MORE
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|Iran city hits suffocating heat index of 154 degrees, near world record
Posted: 30 Jul 2015 08:43 PM PDT
Wherever you live or happen to travel to, never complain about the heat and humidity again. In the city of Bandar Mahshahr (population of about 110,000 as of 2010), the air felt like a searing 154 degrees (67.8 Celsius) today, factoring in the humidity. Its actual air temperature was 109 degrees (42.8 Celsius) with an astonishing dew point temperature of 90 (32.2 Celsius).
(If you use NOAA’s calculator, that actually computes to a heat index of 159 degrees). Bandar Mahshahr sits adjacent to the Persian Gulf in southwest Iran where water temperatures are in the 90s. Such high temperatures lead to some of the most oppressive humidity levels in the world when winds blow off the water. MORE
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|Israel’s Dead Sea Is Disappearing At A Shockingly Fast Rate
Posted: 30 Jul 2015 05:35 PM PDT
THE SURFACE AND SHORES OF THE DEAD SEA ARE 1,388 FT BELOW SEA LEVEL, MAKING IT LITERALLY THE LOWEST POINT ON EARTH
“All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.” Genesis 14:3
Roads, caravans and power lines are being swallowed up by giant sinkholes appearing at a rapid rate because the Dead Sea is shrinking from Israeli shores in a man-made phenomenon. Hundreds of sinkholes, some the size of a basketball court and some two storeys deep, are wreaking havoc by devouring land where the shoreline once stood.
A neglected grove of date palms line a section of a two-lane desert road – a main north-south artery that cuts through Israel and the Palestinian West Bank – that was shut down six months ago when a gaping hole opened up beneath the asphalt. Workers had stopped tending the date grove, fearing the earth might swallow them up. Once a rarity, hundreds of new sinkholes are appearing every year, and the rate is expected to rise.
Officials have not come up with a figure for the extent of the damage, but power lines have been downed and caravans and bungalows swallowed. On at least one occasion, hikers were injured falling into one of the pits. MORE
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|UN: Gov’t Must Control Private Schools Because of “Human Rights”
Posted: 30 Jul 2015 04:25 PM PDT
The United Nations wants its member states, mostly dictatorships and repressive regimes, to clamp down hard on educational freedom under the guise of “human rights.” Concerned that students in private schools around the world are not receiving sufficient doses of globalist indoctrination prescribed by various global agreements, the dictator-dominated UN “Human Rights Council” passed aresolution this month calling on governments worldwide to “monitor” and “regulate” non-government education. Governments and dictators should also impose “standards” on private schools, the UN bureaucrats and government representatives said in the deeply controversial document.
Incredibly, the resolution even speaks of “protecting education from commercialization.” What it really means, of course, is protecting government-run monopoly “education” from competition by superior providers. After all, why would parents spend money on a private school if the tax-funded “education” provided by government was just as good or better? Obviously they would not. So what the UN pseudo-human rights bureaucracy is really saying is governments must prevent parents from choosing better alternatives. Of course, following the prescriptions outlined by Karl Marx, some members of the UN body actually ban any forms of non-government-run education already. MORE
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|University of New Hampshire: Using the Word “American” is Offensive
Posted: 30 Jul 2015 01:28 PM PDT
Using the words “American,” “obese,” “normal,” “mothering,” “fathering,” “homosexual,” “illegal alien,” and “senior citizens,” is offensive and should be discouraged, according to a “Bias-Free Language Guide” posted on the University of New Hampshire website. The guide, first uncovered by Campus Reform, “is meant to invite inclusive excellence in [the] campus community.” The word “American” is “problematic” according to the guide because it “assumes the U.S. is the only country inside [the continents of North and South America].” Calling people “illegal aliens” is also politically incorrect, with the preferred term for undocumented immigrants being “person seeking asylum,” or “refugee,” while the word “foreigner” is discouraged and replaced with “international people.” More banned words and phrases include;
– “Caucasian (replaced with “European-American individuals”);
– “Mothering” and “fathering” (replaced with “parenting” and “nurturing” so as to “avoid gendering a non-gendered activity”);
– “Homosexual” (replaced with “gay,” “lesbian,” “same gender loving”);
– “Obese” or “overweight” (replaced with “people of size”);
– Saying a person is “poor” (replaced with “person who lacks advantages that others have”);
– Saying the word “healthy” because it’s offensive to disabled people, who can’t be called disabled, they must be called a “person who is wheelchair mobile”). MORE
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|Iran to build 4 reactors within a decade
Posted: 30 Jul 2015 01:23 PM PDT
Iran intends to construct at least four new nuclear plants in the country within a decade, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said on Tuesday.Ali Akbar Salehi briefed the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee on the details of the nuclear deal reached with the P5+1 on July 14, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
According to committee spokesman Nozar Shafi’i, Salehi said that Iran needed to find new sources of natural uranium and has already surveyed 60 percent of the country to that end, Iran’s Arabic al-Alam news service reported on Wednesday.Salehi also praised the agreement signed with the superpowers for enabling Iran to develop its “peaceful” technological capabilities in ways that were previously impossible. MORE
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|Iran says will ban US experts from UN nuclear inspections
Posted: 30 Jul 2015 01:18 PM PDT
Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Iran will only allow inspectors from countries that have diplomatic relations with it. The previously undisclosed remarks were made during a Sunday meeting with parliamentarians.
“American and Canadian inspectors cannot be sent to Iran,” said Araghchi. “It is mentioned in the deal that inspectors should be from countries that have diplomatic relations with Islamic republic of Iran.” He also said inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will not have access to “sensitive and military documents.” Iran and world powers reached a historical deal earlier this month aimed at curbing Tehran’s disputed nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. Western nations have long suspected Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons alongside its civilian atomic program, allegations denied by Tehran, which insists its nuclear activities are entirely peaceful. MORE
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|Russia and China are building hypersonic missiles and it’s ‘complicating’ things for the US
Posted: 30 Jul 2015 01:07 PM PDT
China and Russia are developing maneuvering high-speed strike vehicles that pose new threats to the United States, U.S. Strategic Command leaders said Wednesday. Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Strategic Command’s (Stratcom) senior leader, said during remarks at a nuclear deterrence conference that despite arms control efforts, hypersonic weapons are among several threatening strategic trends emerging in the world.
China has conducted four flight tests of a 7,000 mile-per-hour maneuvering strike vehicle, and Russia is developing high-speed weapons and reportedly tested a hypersonic weapon in February. “Nation states continue to develop and modernize their nuclear weapon capabilities,” Haney said. “Nuclear and non-nuclear nations are prepared to employ cyber, counter-space, and asymmetric capabilities as options for achieving their objectives during crisis and conflict, and new technologies such as hypersonic glide vehicles are being developed, complicating our sensing and defensive approaches.” MORE
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|Plagues of Locusts Darken Skies, Threaten Crops in Southern Russia
Posted: 30 Jul 2015 12:56 PM PDT
Plagues of locusts are swarming large areas of southern Russia, threatening thousands of acres of crops and in some places darkening the skies. A video shot by a local man in Achikulak, a village in the Stavropol region, shows thousands of the bugs swarming towards a church. Other videos, screened by local TV channels, showed clouds of locusts flying overhead. “It was very frightening,” Lubov Timus, a local woman who lives in Achikulak, told ABC News. “Some were as big as your finger! They came like a clouds.”
The waves of locusts began around July 20, according to Stavropol’s regional agricultural ministry. Vasilii Yegorov, a deputy agricultural minister, told ABC News that locusts appear in the region every year but normally they are able to exterminate them before they hatch. This year though, Yegorov said, locusts had migrated from neighboring Russian regions, meaning authorities were unable to halt them easily, threatening what is one of Russia’s major farming areas. MORE
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Only Two Religions!
I don’t know if you know this but there are only two religions in the entire world.
You might say I’m nuts. There are hundreds if not thousands!
But there is one religion that likes to put on hundreds if not thousands of different masks on, and so ultimately there are only two: the religion of Human Achievement and the religion of Divine Accomplishment.
You see Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Judaism and every single religion that you have ever heard of, ultimately teaches some form of a works-based salvation. They say that you have to be a little more good than bad in order to make it to heaven. These religions encourage you to hand God a resume when you face Him one day. The resume will be filled with all your accomplishments. It will list everything you’ve done for other people, every penny you’ve given to charity and every good deed you’ve done. God will look over this resume and say, “Good job! You’ve made it into heaven”.
The problem is that if you were to enter into heaven because of a resume based on your accomplishments God would get no glory; you would be the one who gets all the praise. In fact, Ephesians 2:9 would say that salvation is not of works lest you should boast! Genesis chapter one shows us that God created the entire universe including you. Everything He created is designed to bring Him glory. The problem is that sin has entered the world, and from birth we all have replaced exalting God with exalting ourselves. Everything we do from birth is geared towards bringing us glory and bringing praise to ourselves. We all have a throne in our hearts that God should be sitting and reigning on, but instead we are born with ourselves sitting on it. We are so used to it we don’t even notice it to the point where we all think that our resumes are good enough to get us into heaven.
Of course we are going to think that we are good people! Of course my mom is going to tell me I’m a good person! But what does your Creator think? He says in Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned and fall short of His glory. He also says in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. So if we stand before God and start listing accomplishments or hand Him a resume we might as well slap Jesus in the face because God is going to look at the resume and say, “I killed my only Son because you were not good enough to get to me!”
And that’s where the only other religion comes in.
The religion of Divine Accomplishment. God saw your situation, and decided that since man was so sinful and could not save himself, that He would come Himself and take the form of a man. He humbled himself, spent nine months in a womb he created, grew up with every temptation you and I face every day, but without sinning. He then died on the cross for our sins, and then rose from the dead and defeated death. He made it possible for human beings to stand before God one day and not hand Him a resume and condemn themselves further, but rather, tell God that they deserve His wrath but have placed their faith and trust in the work that Jesus did on their behalf on the cross and through His resurrection.
You see we need someone to be a substitute for us because no matter how hard we try, we can never bridge the gap between God and us. And the substitute can’t be merely a human. It must be God Himself.
Do you see the difference between Christianity and every other religion?
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The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?
There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to cast his lot with Jesus. But this makes absolutely no sense of the text and the context.
In this conversion we have a specific fulfillment of Christ’s first words on the cross. No sooner had Christ spoken the words, “Father, forgive them,” had the Father answered that prayer by turning a once-reviling criminal into a Christ-glorifying saint. While the soon-to-be converted criminal was not directly responsible for Christ’s death, he nevertheless joined with those who were and was thus indirectly addressed when Christ asked for God to forgive “them.”
Christ, the sinless one, was numbered with or counted among the transgressors (Isa. 53:12; Luke 22:37), all of whom have a bigger problem than the day-to-day sins they commit. They hate Christ, the God-man. Anyone who has a master other than the Lord Jesus hates him (Lk. 16:13; Gal. 4:8). That these two criminals loathed him is clearly manifested during the crucifixion: “And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way” (Matt. 27:44).
When the criminal who was converted was doing his worst against Christ, Christ was doing his best for this criminal.
The conversion of the one criminal was most extraordinary and testifies to the power of Christ’s prayer and the grace of God. Why?
This criminal’s faith did not come at a time such as when Christ turned water into wine; or performed miracles, such as walking on water, opening the eyes of a blind man, or raising Lazarus from the dead. No! The criminal believed on the Messiah while he was hanging as one cursed upon a tree. The criminal trusted in and boldly defended the one whose disciples had abandoned him. Jesus was at his lowest when this criminal asked to be remembered in Christ’s kingdom.
When he was on the cross, did anyone publicly cry out, as John the Baptist did, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29)? But this is essentially what the dying thief did. Little wonder, then, that Christ should promise him a place in his kingdom: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).
The criminal acknowledged he was guilty; he acknowledged that Christ was not (“this man has done nothing wrong”); he feared God; but, and here is the key: the criminal did not merely want to be in a better place. He wanted to be with Christ in a better place: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The criminal believed “against all hope”.
Heaven is a better place because that is where Christ is. Everyone wants to go to heaven, but not everyone wants to go to Christ’s heaven. Not so with this criminal: he saw, with his eyes, Christ at his worst; but with the eyes of faith, he believed that Christ would soon be at his best, and so put his faith in a dying king.
Christ is always – always! – willing to save even the most miserable of sinners. A recognition of guilt (Lk. 23:40) and a confidence in him and not ourselves (Lk. 23:42) will always lead to the most assuring truth a sinner can receive: the Savior welcomes such into his paradise!
“One is saved, and we may not despair; the other is lost, and we may not presume.” Spurgeon
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