Jul. 7, 2015
President Obama said the fight against Islamic State won’t be over quickly, while saying the group’s strategic weaknesses mean it will eventually succumb to a sustained campaign of economic and military pressure.
The U.S. is in an “inevitable relative decline in worldwide influence” due to the rise of China, India, and other developing economies, former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday. “As they increase in economic and cultural influence, it will replace a lot of the power and preeminence the U.S. has enjoyed in the past.”
U.S. cities are hiring thousands of police officers as they recover from the recession that emaciated department ranks, putting more cops on neighborhood beats who could ease racial tensions between police and communities.
Puerto Rico lost its bid to revive a restructuring law that investors argue conflicts with U.S. bankruptcy code, a blow to the commonwealth as it falls deeper into a fiscal crisis.
The U.S. trade deficit widened in May as exports declined by the most in three months, showing businesses were having trouble drumming up sales to overseas customers. The gap grew 2.9 percent to $41.9 billion from the prior month’s revised $40.7 billion.
Chinese companies have found a guaranteed way to prevent investors from selling their shares: suspend trading. Almost 200 stocks halted trading after the close on Monday, bringing the total number of suspensions to 745, or 26 percent of listed firms on mainland exchanges.
The El Nino forming across the Pacific has been turbocharged by a series of tropical cyclones that helped to shift the direction of trade winds, potentially adding to warming that’s evoking parallels with the record 1997-98 event.
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Iran nuclear talks busted through their second deadline in a week Tuesday, casting new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy. But the parties agreed to continue their talks.
Syrian Kurdish fighters have recaptured more than 10 villages seized by Islamic State north of its de facto capital of Raqqa city, aided by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday.
Hundreds of lawyers have registered to defend two women who went on trial in Morocco accused of “gross indecency” for wearing dresses considered provocative, an activist said.
Mexican marines killed six suspected criminals after the gunmen shot at their Black Hawk helicopter in the drug violence-plagued northern state of Tamaulipas over the weekend, the navy said Monday.
A U.S. appeals court affirmed a lower court decision to strike down Puerto Rican legislation aimed at granting local municipalities the right to enter bankruptcy, but said excluding the U.S. territory’s public entities from federal bankruptcy law was unconstitutional.
Three North Koreans wanted to defect after they were rescued from a small fishing boat which had drifted into South Korean waters off the east coast, officials said Tuesday.
The world’s largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba. Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to the Caribbean island nation, the company announced Tuesday. Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit Cuba since the 1960 trade embargo. The trips will be through its new brand, fathom, which focuses on trips where passengers sail to a destination in order to volunteer there.
Nearly 2,000 climate scientists gathered in Paris, just five months before the deadline for a historic carbon-curbing pact, to remind politicians it is not too late to limit dangerous planet warming.
After jubilant celebrations by ‘No’ voters, Athens returned to a reality of ATM queues on Monday and the shock news that the finance minister, champion of the victorious anti-austerity camp, had quit.
The International Monetary Fund told Greece on Monday it could not provide funds to countries that had missed payments due to the international lender, an IMF representative said.
At least 37 Islamic State fighters were killed and scores injured in air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition and in clashes with Kurdish YPG militia in northeastern Syria near the border with Turkey, a monitor said.
France will do all it can to keep Greece in the eurozone, because allowing it to leave would be too risky, PM Manuel Valls has said.
The Ebola crisis proves the World Health Organization (WHO) lacks the “capacity and culture” to deal with global health emergencies, says a damning independent report, commissioned by the WHO itself.
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the Ecuadorean port city of Guayaquil on Monday to greet Pope Francis.
Australia’s Presbyterian Church says it could opt out of conducting legal wedding ceremonies if same-sex marriage became law. The church’s New South Wales (NSW) arm asked its national branch to withdraw from the Marriage Act if the change goes ahead. This would mean ceremonies it performs would not be legally recognized.
A NATO convoy and an Afghan intelligence agency office have been targeted in two suicide attacks hours apart in the Afghan capital Kabul.
As police departments across the country adopt body cameras, an Iowa school district is following suit by outfitting administrators with clip-on video cameras.
First it was one church. Then a second joined. Now there’s an online presence and a campaign for people of faith across the nation to recognize that God comes first, ahead of nation, and that means the Stars and Stripes will be accorded second place, below the Christian flag.
Top News – 7/7/2015
Iran’s Rafsanjani Reiterates ‘Israel Will Be Wiped Off The Map’
Once again, a top Iranian leader is speaking out and vowing the Jewish State will be obliterated. However, in the meantime the West makes a lot of money by taking advantage of its existence, he says.
Scientists think a GMO version of one crop might be the key to feeding 3.5 billion people
in two new studies, both of which were published Monday, June 6 in the journal Nature Genomics, researchers identified a single gene that they can tweak to improve rice’s quality without sacrificing the amount that farmers get from each crop. Up until now, attempting to grow higher quality rice using genetic hybrids and mutations was only possible so long as farmers sacrificed the amount of rice they ended up with.
Strong earthquake, 6.3 mag has occurred near Shikotan in Russia
A earthquake magnitude 6.3 (ml/mb) strikes 99 km ENE of Shikotan, Russia (62 miles) on Tuesday. The epicenter was at a depth of 38.15 km (24 miles). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 07/07/15 / 2015-07-07 05:10:27 / July 7, 2015 @ 5:10 am. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).
6.2 earthquake hits northern Japan
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 jolted Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Saudi Arabia to invest record $10bn in Russia
The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia in partnership with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has agreed to invest $10 billion into Russian projects. It is the largest foreign investment in Russia.
Syrian Kurds retake northern villages from Islamic State: monitor
Syrian Kurdish fighters have recaptured more than 10 villages seized by Islamic State north of its de facto capital of Raqqa city, aided by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday. Intensified air strikes across northern Syria and clashes on the ground have killed at least 78 Islamic State fighters since Sunday night, the Britain-based Observatory said.
Chicago’s Fourth of July rituals: fireworks, gun deaths
The boy was the youngest of 10 people killed and more than 50 injured in gun violence over the Independence Day weekend, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner and local media reports. Chicago, with 2.7 million people, is the most violent large city in the United States, with poverty, segregation, dozens of small street gangs…
Religious Services Minister: Reform Jews aren’t Jews
“Those of the Reform denomination living in the Diaspora are in the majority people who have erred,” he repeated. “We would like for them to return to the lap of Judaism and we will accept them gladly and with blessings.”
During the past 48 hours, sunspot AR2381 has more than quadrupled in size. If the sunspot’s development proceeds apace, it could soon pose a threat for strong M-class solar flares.
I Told You Things Are Getting Crazier
The world is upside down, inside out, sideways, crazy, nutso. Bad is good; up is down. Left is right; right is wrong. Evil is good; insanity is sanity. Abnormal is normal. Circles are squares. Hot is cold. Luke warm is red hot — among Republicans, anyway. Common sense is uncommon. The world is otherworldly. Dissent is “hate.” Diversity means conformity. The good guys are the bad guys; virtue is vice;
Good Luck Finding a Place to Hide as Global Markets Crumble
Investors tend to respond to impending doom by selling risky stuff and hiding out in safer assets — namely, bonds in places such as Germany and the U.S. There’s a problem with that formula this time around: Traders aren’t so sure they can find anything that’s truly safe right now. So, instead of piling into sovereign debt of developed nations, traders are pulling their money out of those places…
Russian Bombers Fly Near U.S. on July 4th
As Americans were celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, four Russian long-range bomber aircraft flew close enough to the US shores that they were intercepted by military fighter jets. The first set of two bombers flew near Alaska and just 30 minutes later a separate set flew far off the west coast of California.
Russia claims to have developed secret ‘superweapon’ capable of switching off foreign satellites and enemy weapons
Russia has claimed to have built a revolutionary new weapon system that can render enemy satellites and weapons useless. Its Russian makers say it is a ‘fundamentally new electronic warfare system’ which can be mounted on ground-based as well as air- and sea-borne carriers. However, it has refused to reveal how the system works.
Australia Presbyterian Church ‘may stop legal weddings’
Australia’s Presbyterian Church says it could opt out of conducting legal wedding ceremonies if same-sex marriage became law. The church’s New South Wales (NSW) arm asked its national branch to withdraw from the Marriage Act if the change goes ahead, a spokeswoman told the BBC. This would mean ceremonies it performs would not be legally recognised.
UN tribunal to begin South China Sea deliberation
A United Nations tribunal is to begin deliberations on whether it can hear a legal challenge over territorial claims in the South China Sea. In 2013, the Philippines asked the Permanent Court of Arbitration to declare invalid most of China’s maritime claims in the disputed area. China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea angering several Asian neighbours.
WHO ‘unfit for health emergencies’
The World Health Organization (WHO) lacks the “capacity and culture” to deal with global health emergencies, says the chair of a new independent report on Ebola. Dame Barbara Stocking says WHO failed in its handling of the deadly disease outbreak, which has killed more than 11,000 people, mostly in West Africa. But the ex-head of Oxfam says WHO is not solely to blame.
Hamas rebuilding Gaza tunnels and weapons arsenal, IDF commander says
Despite reports that Hamas is interested in maintaining the cease-fire with Israel, military officials remain convinced that the Islamist group is working to rebuild its system of underground tunnels in the Gaza Strip. …IDF Col. Nochi Mandel…said on Tuesday that Hamas is hard at work in rehabilitating its military capacity, which took a severe beating during the 50-day Operation Protective Edge.
Air strikes kill nearly 100 in Yemen, cast shadow on truce talks
Nearly 100 people were killed on Monday in air strikes across Yemen, the Houthi-run state news agency reported, as a Saudi-led coalition stepped up attacks that are likely to weigh on efforts to broker a humanitarian truce.
Obama: U.S. to increase support for Syria opposition
President Barack Obama on Monday pledged to increase U.S. support for the moderate opposition in Syria’s civil war and said the United States needed to do more at home to prevent attacks and combat Islamic State efforts to recruit followers.
Germany, France press Greece to make fast, credible proposals
France and Germany told Greece on Monday to come up with serious proposals in order to restart financial aid talks, a day after Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject more austerity.
Israel and Egypt: The next ISIS conquests?
Israel and Egypt, which share the Sinai border and cooperate on security and intelligence matters, were both caught off guard. The troops of Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi launched a bloody and successful counterattack, but that engagement was just the beginning of what appears to be a new theater of Caliphate conquest.
The US’s response to Iran’s cheating is a very bad omen
If it is reached in the coming days, a nuclear deal with Iran will be, at best, an unsatisfying and risky compromise. Iran’s emergence as a threshold nuclear power, with the ability to produce a weapon quickly, will not be prevented; it will be postponed, by 10 to 15 years.
6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Tonga
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck today Tonga, in the Pacific Ocean. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, no injuries or damage were reported. The source also said, that the epicenter was located at a depth of 10 meters, and 84 kilometers east-northeast of Nuku’alofa, capital of Tonga.
Top Headlines – 7/7/2015
July 7, 2015
“Our legislators are not sufficiently apprized of the rightful limits of their power; that their true office is to declare and enforce only our natural rights and duties, and to take none of them from us.” —Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Francis W. Gilmer, 1816
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Barack Obama should be more up front with what he’s trying to do to the Islamic State. Why doesn’t he just say he’s practicing a strategy of non-intervention? On Monday, Obama touted the “success” of his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State. Still, he had one caveat: “Our strategy recognizes that no amount of military force will end the terror that is ISIL unless it’s matched by a broader effort — political and economic — that addresses the underlying conditions that have allowed ISIL to gain traction. … Ultimately, in order for us to defeat terrorist groups like ISIL and al-Qaida, it’s going to also require us to discredit their ideology. This broader challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort. Ideologies are not defeated with guns; they’re defeated by better ideas — a more attractive and more compelling vision.” Clearly, we didn’t win independence from Britain with superior debating skills, nor did we defeat the Nazis or Soviets with speeches. Debate works amidst a civil society, but not when one side is enslaving minorities, burning prisoners alive and beheading others, while vowing further violence against people with whom it disagrees. On the flip side, if Obama believes no further debate can be had and the gloves must come off, there’s always the IRS.
The nation is one step closer to finally solving the racism Rubik’s cube once and for all. No, not really, but the South Carolina Senate did just vote 37-3 to remove what’s commonly known as the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds. After a formality of a third vote, the measure moves to the state House, and what Republican Gov. Nikki Haley recently said was not “going to be easy” or “painless” will have turned out to be rather easy and relatively painless. The debate over the flag began with the horrific murders of nine blacks at a church in Charleston by a racist thug who took a picture with a Confederate flag. As far as public debate was concerned, that cemented the connection between the flag and racism. It’s one thing to remove the flag from state grounds — a flag put there by a Democrat governor, by the way, and kept there in a compromise supported by slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney. But it’s something else entirely to try to purge the flag from every store shelf, TV show or NASCAR race, while leaving untouched symbols of Nazism and Communism — ideologies that still exist and are still killing people. The bottom line is that the Left is intent on blaming all Southerners — especially Republicans — for slavery and all racism.
In 2009, then-Sen. John Kerry said, “Scientists project that the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer of 2013.” In that same year, Al Gore reiterated the claim: “Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap during some of the summer months will be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years.” Without ice, polar bears have a tough time surviving, and sadly we had to bid farewell to this wonderful creature a few short years ago because we failed to heed the warning. Actually, no, that’s not at all true. Not only has the Arctic retained a considerable amount of ice in recent summers, but polar bears are thriving. Earlier this year, Dr. Susan Crockford of the Global Warming Policy Foundation discovered, “On almost every measure, things are looking good for polar bears. Scientists are finding that they are well distributed throughout their range and adapting well to changes in sea ice. Health indicators are good and they are benefiting from abundant prey.” With roughly 25,000 polar bears estimated to be roaming the Arctic, up from 5,000 in the ’60s, the alarm should over. But it’s not.
According to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey, computer models suggest nearly one-third of polar bears could be wiped off the planet in 10 years as greenhouse gas emissions rise. Let’s get this straight: The same scientific lobby that warned decades ago polar bears would be extinct by now — but which instead grew in population — are now telling us that a significant percentage of bears could face eradication within a decade based on computer models. The same computer models that utterly failed to forecast the current 18-year-old global warming hiatus. That kind of logic is enough to make even a polar bear do a facepalm.
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Paul Albaugh
Last Wednesday in San Francisco, an illegal immigrant named Francisco Sanchez murdered Kathryn Steinle. While Sanchez alone is responsible for his crime, Steinle just might be alive had it not been for bad immigration policy from the Obama administration, and likewise the city of San Francisco.
The fact is Sanchez should not have been in the United States at all. Sanchez had already been convicted of seven felonies and deported five times before this murder. Yet he chose San Francisco as his dwelling because it’s a “sanctuary city.”
Sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, that is. Cities like San Francisco that adopt such policies typically don’t necessarily seek out undocumented immigrants, but they also don’t enforce deportation, which yields the same result. These cities — primarily run by Democrats — have a policy in place that benefits illegal aliens at the expense of citizens. Such a policy is detrimental to these communities, as evidenced by this recent killing, and the politicos responsible for this terrible policy should be held accountable.
Democrats, of course, claim creating sanctuary cities is good policy. One such enlightened progressive is Hillary Clinton, who claimed in a 2007 speech at Dartmouth College that sanctuary cities help to ensure the “personal safety and security of all the citizens.” (Note the particular irony of using the word “citizens.”) Furthermore, she claimed that if local police officers acted like immigration enforcement officers, then people would be hiding from the police instead of reporting crime.
We’re still waiting for the Leftmedia to question Hillary on her continued support of this policy, but the noise from Donald Trump’s recent bombast on immigration seems to be drowning that out. It would be a prime opportunity for serious conservative candidates to say something about the failed policy of sanctuary cities, but so far most of them are missing it.
Sanctuary cities aren’t the only problem with immigration policy. There is a massive problem at the federal level too, which is one of the reasons Sanchez wasn’t kept out of the U.S. for good. Yet he is just one of the many illegal immigrants who remain in or return to the U.S. because of a faulty deportation process.
Recent documents from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) show that “about 900,000 undocumented immigrants, including 170,000 criminals, have been ordered deported ‘in absentia,’ meaning a judge kicked them out without them even knowing it.” How can someone be deported for being here illegally when they don’t even know they have been ordered to leave?
Jessica Vaughn, director of policy studies at CIS, notes, “[E]ven those immigrants who are in court to receive their removal orders are not immediately removed. Instead, they are often told to report in with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement — but often vanish.”
Certainly there could be more and better detention centers to hold these illegal aliens. After all, does anyone really think that someone who is here illegally would turn themselves into Immigration and Customs Enforcement? Apparently the Department of Homeland Security doesn’t see the need for more detention facilities, as it has sought new rules that will loosen detention policies.
According to a recent DHS release, “[O]nce a family has established eligibility for asylum or other relief under our laws, long-term detention is an inefficient use of our resources and should be discontinued.” Can the Department of Homeland Security explain how this bolsters homeland security?
Not surprisingly, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest took to the stage Monday to not only defend the administration’s immigration policies but to blast Republicans for blocking “common-sense” immigration reform.
Of course, Obama’s version of common-sense immigration reform was nonsense. Democrats have made the issue of immigration a divisive one for their own political benefit. Forget security, they are worried about votes.
Republicans, on the other hand, need to do a better job at explaining how they are going to fix immigration policy. And there are basically four points to drive home:
First, the “immigration reform” pledges by Obama and his Democrat lackeys are disingenuous because they would undermine the Left’s entire “living wage” platform. Allowing 5-10 million immigrants to compete for low-wage jobs is certainly not consistent with that agenda.
Second, Obama is willing to trash the Constitution in order to advance his ruinous policies. Republicans need to use his abject abuse of power and the threat it poses to Liberty as a constitutional teachable moment.
Third, any debate about immigration is useless unless it begins with a commitment to securing our borders first. That includes eliminating sanctuary cities. As Ronald Reagan declared, “A nation without borders is not a nation.” Likewise, it must address the issue of so-called “birthright citizenship,” which is a gross misinterpretation of our Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
And last, Republicans need to embrace the fact that Liberty is colorblind. It’s not a “white thing.” Essential Liberty is timeless. And because it transcends all racial, ethnic, gender and class distinctions, it will appeal to all freedom-loving people when properly presented.
In the end, Americans like Kathryn Steinle shouldn’t pay the ultimate price for Democrats’ vote-buying schemes.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Cal Thomas: “The ‘culture wars,’ while well-intentioned, were a mistake from the beginning. Evangelical Christians, whose Leader said, ‘My Kingdom is not of this world,’ thought they could organize people of like mind and like faith and create a voting bloc to elect people who would impose something resembling that other kingdom on people who do not see themselves as members of that kingdom. Given the number of politicians who seem to have difficulty imposing a moral code of any sort on themselves, such a strategy was doomed from the start. Why didn’t they learn from previous ‘moral improvement’ movements that if one wants to change culture, one must first change individuals? For evangelical Christians that can only be done by the transformation of the heart, soul and mind, something that is beyond the power of secular — or even religious — politicians. … The country grows increasingly secular in part because conservative evangelicals gave the impression that being born again means instant adoption into the Republican Party. … [T]his isn’t about surrender; it is about enlisting in a different ‘army,’ using more powerful nonpolitical weapons. Google ‘Beatitudes’ and see what I mean. Practice them and observe the impact they have on the culture.”
Insight: “All our liberties are due to men who, when their conscience has compelled them, have broken the laws of the land.” —English philosopher William Kingdon Clifford (1845-1879)
Upright: “Today the moral horror of slavery is so widely condemned that it is hard to realize that there were thousands of years when slavery was practiced around the world by people of virtually every race. Even the leading moral and religious thinkers in different societies accepted slavery as just a fact of life. … What was special about America was not that it had slavery, which existed all over the world, but that Americans were among the very few peoples who began to question the morality of holding human beings in bondage. That was not yet a majority view among Americans in the 18th century, but it was not even a serious minority view in non-Western societies at that time.” —Thomas Sowell
Gun rights: “The discussion over the debate to own a gun is just ridiculous. As Americans we have the right to bear arms and as humans the right to protect ourselves. I’m sure that the man who shot my husband did not have a gun permit. Criminals will always have guns. The rest of us legally obtain our gun permits. If you don’t want to carry, please don’t. Then, shut the f— up about it.” —former CNN anchor Lynne Russell, whose husband killed an armed assailant last week
And last… “Solution to Supreme Court is make it like jury duty. Grab people off the street to rule based on plain meaning of language in Constitution. The Constitution is a frick’n six page document. Doesn’t require years as a judge to understand anymore than rules to Monopoly.” —Frank Fleming
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What you are watching unfold in Greece right now is eventually going to come to your own neighborhood. Someday, people living all around you will be storming the supermarkets in a desperate attempt to secure the food and supplies that they neglected to store up when they had the chance. Of course the Greeks never thought that it would happen to them either. Their civilization had endured for thousands of years, and they were a part of the most powerful economic alliance on the face of the planet. Most Greeks never imagined that they would be plunged into a multi-year economic depression that would ultimately lead to “bank holidays”, long lines at ATM machines, and people diving into dumpsters in a frantic search for something to sell. And this is just the beginning of the chaos in Greece – things are going to get much, much worse for them. Hopefully, this will serve as a wake up call for millions upon millions of clueless Americans out there, because we are on the exact same path that Greece has gone down. The sad truth is that no amount of “American exceptionalism” is going to prevent us from suffering the consequences of decades of very foolish decisions. We are steamrolling toward our own version of economic collapse, and when that time arrives you don’t want to be caught totally unprepared for it. (Read More…)
Did you notice that Greece’s creditors are not rushing to offer the Greeks a new deal in the wake of the stunning referendum result on Sunday? In fact, it is being reported that the initial reaction to the “no” vote from top European politicians was “a thunderous silence“. Needless to say, the European elite were not pleased by how the Greek people voted, but they still have all of the leverage. In particular, it is the Germans that are holding all of the cards. If the Germans want to cave in and give the Greeks the kind of deal that they desire, everyone else would follow suit. And if the Germans want to maintain a hard line with Greece, they can block any deal from happening all by themselves. So in the final analysis, this is really an economic test of wills between Germany and Greece, and time is on Germany’s side. Germany doesn’t have to offer anything new. The Germans can just sit back and wait for the Greek government to default on their debts, for Greek banks to totally run out of cash and for civil unrest to erupt in Greek cities as the economy grinds to a standstill. (Read More….)
America’s Slippery Slope to Physician-Assisted Suicide and Polygamy
The two words that come to mind after reading about the Supreme Court making same-sex marriage the law of the land are “anything goes.”
Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion has positioned our culture near the top of a generously-greased slope and there are plenty of people ready to give that culture a shove.
Record Number of Jews Flee Russia
Jewish citizens of Russia are fleeing to Israel at a record pace amid concerns for their safety and the Kremlin’s aggressive foreign policy, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
Government Crusade Against Churches Begins with Removal of Non-Profit Status
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision mandating that states reward same-sex marriages throughout the nation, churches across the country prepare for the inevitable assault on their tax-exempt statuses.
The left wishes for a nation where same-sex couples are given tax benefits for participation in a homosexual lifestyle, but where churches are punished for rejecting that lifestyle.
Is This the End of Christian America?
Cahn, speaking at the annual Messiah Conference at Messiah College in Pennsylvania on America’s Independence Day, said the U.S. and the world are undergoing “tectonic shifts” in terms of attitudes and beliefs.
Even those who consider themselves “Christian” will continue to stray from right doctrine, he said, choosing instead to blend in with the ways of Western culture.
He said the world has entered what the apostle Paul called the “falling away” or the apostasy. This period, which marks the beginning of the “end of the age” and the soon return of Jesus Christ, will be similar to the period at the beginning of the age, when pagan Rome viciously persecuted the followers of Jesus.
Evangelist Who Said His Movie Would Change Minds About Whether People Are Born Gay Accuses YouTube of Censorship
Ray Comfort, who previously told TheBlaze that the film presents the biblical view of homosexuality, said that someone notified him on Sunday that the trailer — which had already amassed 130,000 views — was no longer available.
The McAvany Intel Memo
We live in a time when almost everything coming out of government, the Obama Administration, the Fed, Wall Street, or the mainline media is completely false, deceptive, and manipulative – all self serving lies. It has been said that “truth is the first victim of war,” and that is true. It is also true that “truth is the first victim of socialism, tyranny, and despots” and that is incredibly true in our day as well.
As the political left has almost completely taken over America in recent years, the government/Fed/Wall Street/media lies and distortions have exploded. Think about what Wall Street has told the gullible public over the past 15 years – about the dot-com bubble, about the real estate and credit default derivatives bubbles, and the US economy – all self-serving lies.
Think about what the government told us about WMDs in Saddam Hussein’s hands, about the Ukraine, about its support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, about Benghazi and Libya, about Obamacare, about total surveillance “for our protection,” and 1001 other lies and deceptions – all self-serving lies. Think about the non-stop manipulation in the gold market right up to this very day and all the government/Fed/Wall Street lies and distortions regarding gold and all markets.
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2015)
Obama should not try to push his gay agenda in Kenya, lawmakers warn
EDITOR’S NOTE: Having turned America into a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah, US president Barack Obama wants to bring his rainbow gospel to Africa. But the Africans, who are very pro-family, anti-abortion and anti-same sex marriage, have a stern warning for him should he try to do that. They said “we shall tell him to shut up and go home”. Amen.
NAIROBI – Mobs of Kenyans rallied in Nairobi on Monday against homosexuality and a lawmaker warned U.S. President Barack Obama should not push a pro-gay agenda when he visits the country later this month.
Obama has hailed last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage but few share his views in Kenya or other African countries, where more socially and religiously conservative views generally prevail.
African MP’s and religious leaders stage anti-gay protest ahead of Obama visit
“We are telling Mr Obama when he comes to Kenya this month and he tries to bring the abortion agenda, the LGBT gay agenda, we shall tell him to shut up and go home,” lawmaker Irungu Kangata told the demonstrators outside parliament.
Many of the Nairobi demonstrators wore t-shirts with the slogans “Protect The Family March” and “Stand with the Family“. source
Oregon silences bakers who refused to make cake for gay wedding
Todd Starnes, host of Fox News and Commentary, once predicted that when gay marriage was legalized, LGBTQIA supports would attempt to silence all dissent. Well, the rainbow dust hasn’t settled yet and the powerful homosexual lobby is moving full throttle to achieve their goals, one of which is to silence anyone who speaks for God. What they don’t realize–yet–is that God always wins. Accroding to Starnes:
the state ordered owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple they turned away in 2013.
The state also slapped a gag order on the evangelical Christian bakers – banning them from speaking publicly about their refusal to participate in or bake wedding cakes for same-sex unions.
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Guess What Happened The Last Time The Chinese Stock Market Crashed Like This?
The second largest stock market in the entire world is collapsing right in front of our eyes. Since hitting a peak in June, the most important Chinese stock market index has plummeted by well over 20 percent, and more than 3 trillion dollars of “paper wealth” has been wiped out………… Click here for full story
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Top Israeli Official: Nuke Deal Will Set Up Iran To Take Over Middle East
The prospective nuclear deal with Iran would empower it to take over the Middle East and trigger a regional nuclear arms race, a senior Israeli official warned in an interview published Friday………… Click here for full story
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Oregon Plan To Tax By The Mile Means Tracking And Storing Your Car’s Every Move
David Hastings is a rare American. This long-time hybrid car owner from Oregon wants to pay higher taxes for roads and bridges and says the current 30 cents per gallon state gas tax barely affects him ……… Click here for full story
|Christian Worldview and Issues
Christian Denomination Officially Embraces Gay Marriage, Axing ‘Man And A Woman’ From Canon
The Episcopal Church officially joined Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United Church of Christ this week in becoming the third mainline denomination to embrace gay marriage rites — a move that comes just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex unions……….. Click here for full story
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Baptist Scholar Says Mormonism Is Evolving Towards Christianity With ‘Biblical,’ Views of ‘Christ and Salvation’
A Baptist theologian, who’s spent years studying the works of leading Mormon scholars, said he has noticed a shift in “Mormonism” that can potentially lead to the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one day being viewed as a Christian denomination, much like what occurred in the evolution of the Worldwide Church of God……. Click here for full story
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 07:47 AM PDT
A group of pastors in Detroit plan to protest the unveiling of a Satanic statue later this month, which was sought to be placed next to a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol building. As previously reported, the New York-based Satanic Temple issued a news release about its intentions in 2013 following the filing of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which asserted that the presence of the Ten Commandments display on government property violated the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.
The Satanic Temple said that it offered to to donate a statue of Baphomet to be placed near the Ten Commandments display in order to “appease the ACLU’s concerns.” “The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” spokesperson Lucien Greaves explained in his application to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.” FULL REPORT
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|El Nino Gets Reinforced by Cyclones as Event to Last Until 2016
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 07:42 AM PDT
The El Nino forming across the Pacific has been turbocharged by a series of tropical cyclones that helped to shift the direction of trade winds, potentially adding to warming that’s evoking parallels with the record 1997-98 event. Several cyclones, including a rare storm in the Southern Hemisphere this month, resulted in a strong reversal of trade winds near the equator, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said on its website on Tuesday. That’s set to increase temperatures below the surface, which then may raise sea-surface temperatures further in the coming months, it said in a fortnightly update.
El Ninos can affect weather worldwide by baking Asia, dumping rain across South America and bringing cooler summers to North America. This year’s pattern, the first since 2010, will probably bring warmer, drier weather to palm oil regions in Southeast Asia, Malayan Banking Banking Bhd. warned on Tuesday. Tropical commodities including palm oil are to be favored over other raw materials such as gold and copper this half as the El Nino raises risks, according to Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. FULL REPORT
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|Children’s Mysterious Paralysis Tied to New Virus
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 07:36 AM PDT
Mysterious cases of paralysis in U.S. children over the last year have researchers searching for the cause of the illness. Now, a new study suggests that a new strain of a poliolike virus may be responsible for some of the cases. So far, more than 100 children in 34 states have suddenly developed muscle weakness or paralysis in their arms or legs, a condition known as acute flaccid myelitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Previously, researchers linked a virus called enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which can cause respiratory illness similar to the common cold, with some of these cases. But only about 20 percent of children with paralysis tested positive for EV-D68, and even in these cases, it wasn’t clear if EV-D68 was the cause of the child’s condition. FULL REPORT
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|DONALD TRUMP – ‘Infectious disease pouring across border’
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 07:31 AM PDT
Donald Trump doubled down on his controversial comments about illegal immigration from Mexico on Monday, saying that “infectious disease is pouring across the border.” Trump issued a lengthy — nearly 900 word — statement invoking the death of a San Francisco woman shot and killed last week by a suspect who had previously been deported to Mexico five times. “This is merely one of thousands of similar incidents throughout the United States,” Trump said Monday.
“In other words, the worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government.”The 2016 Republican presidential candidate said that Mexican drug cartels are using immigrants to smuggle heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs into the United States. “The Border Patrol knows this. Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border,” Trump continued. FULL REPORT
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|Economic hardships in Puerto Rico spur mass exodus to USA mainland
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 07:23 AM PDT
Yessenia Puente is disenchanted with the Isla del Encanto. She became a widow six years ago. Public schools don’t provide a safe environment for her three children. Her income as a hotel manager barely covers living expenses, much less private school tuition. And every two days, she must contend with no running water at home due to water rationing measures imposed by the government in response to a prolonged drought.
So on the same day that a new 11.5 percent consumer tax took effect last week , a moving truck showed up at Puente’s apartment in the Carolina suburb of San Juan to load up her belongings for shipment to Orlando. The boxes were marked with “#1465” — that is the number of families this one moving company, La Rosa del Monte, has packed for Orlando since January. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while because I’ve seen how things are deteriorating,” said Puente, 35. “But with everything happening now, I decided it’s time to go. The system doesn’t work here.” FULL REPORT
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|Man rips Confederate flag off semi truck — in middle of moving traffic…
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 07:18 AM PDT
Some people are so whipped up over the Confederate flag — and eager to silence the free speech of others — they’re willing to be run over by moving vehicles to do it. Video captures a man running up to a semi in slow-moving traffic on the highway to rip off a Confederate flag from the truck’s tailgate. The Grio, a black news website, grabbed the video from Twitter and posted it, adding James Brown’s “The Payback.”
The video shows the unidentified man trotting behind the truck, struggling to remove the flag. After several moments, he rips it off and gets out of the road. The site reports the truck “appears to be a part of ‘TRIBE Transportation, Inc.,’ a company ironically owned by a Native American woman.” For whatever reason, Grio called the company to tell on the driver and get reaction. FULL REPORTThe post Man rips Confederate flag off semi truck — in middle of moving traffic… appeared first on .
|Strong 6.2 magnitude Earthquake strikes east of Kuril Islands, Russia
Posted: 07 Jul 2015 07:11 AM PDT
The quake occurred at 05:10 GMT east of the Kuril Islands, Russia, at a depth of 10 kilometers. No immediate information about a possible tsunami has been reported.Three minor tremors near Russia’s Kuril Islands preceded the earthquake, all of them not exceeding 4.7-magnitude.
The most powerful took place some 440 kilometers northwest of Paramushir Island at a depth of 33 kilometers.Tremors have also been registered at Japan’s second largest Hokkaido Island and the country’s biggest Honshu Island. FULL REPORT
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|The New World Order Message In Terminator Genisys Movie Reveals Global Plan
Posted: 06 Jul 2015 07:43 PM PDT
TERMINATOR GENISYS IS A REAL-TIME WARNING TO A SLEEPING WORLD, DARING US TO WAKE UP AND ADDRESS IT.
“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Revelation 16:14
Let me start by saying that this is not a movie review in the typical sense. Last night, I took my kids to see Terminator Genisys starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and as we expected it was a non-stop action thriller. But the message that was contained within the plot was more exciting than anything having to do with the movie itself. Terminator Genisys is a real-time message from the New World Order, and it’s “coming soon to a theater near you”, as the old saying goes. Terminator Genisys is a warning to a sleeping world, daring us to wake up and address it. FULL REPORT
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|SC Senate votes to remove Confederate flag; House OK still needed
Posted: 06 Jul 2015 07:37 PM PDT
The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration. A second vote will be needed Tuesday to send the proposal to the House, where it faces a less certain future. But Monday’s 37-3 vote was well over the two-thirds majority needed to advance the bill.
If the House passes the same measure, the flag and flagpole could be removed as soon as Gov. Nikki Haley signs the papers. The flag would be lowered for the last time and shipped off to the state’s Confederate Relic Room, near where the last Confederate flag to fly over the Statehouse dome is stored. The vote came at the end of a day of debate in which several white senators said they had come to understand why their black colleagues felt the flag no longer represented the valor of Southern soldiers but the racism that led the South to separate from the United States more than 150 years ago. FULL REPORT
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|The German Siege Of Greece Begins
Posted: 06 Jul 2015 07:23 PM PDT
Did you notice that Greece’s creditors are not rushing to offer the Greeks a new deal in the wake of the stunning referendum result on Sunday? In fact, it is being reported that the initial reaction to the “no” vote from top European politicians was “a thunderous silence“. Needless to say, the European elite were not pleased by how the Greek people voted, but they still have all of the leverage. In particular, it is the Germans that are holding all of the cards.
If the Germans want to cave in and give the Greeks the kind of deal that they desire, everyone else would follow suit. And if the Germans want to maintain a hard line with Greece, they can block any deal from happening all by themselves. So in the final analysis, this is really an economic test of wills between Germany and Greece, and time is on Germany’s side. Germany doesn’t have to offer anything new. The Germans can just sit back and wait for the Greek government to default on their debts, for Greek banks to totally run out of cash and for civil unrest to erupt in Greek cities as the economy grinds to a standstill. FULL REPORT
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Christian Headlines Daily – Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Most Americans Don’t Believe the US is a Christian Nation
Survey: 9 Out of 10 Evangelicals Disagree with Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling
Obama Administration Appears to Side with Iran as Nuclear Talks Continue
How Gay Marriage Ruling May Impact Christian Colleges
What One Israeli Couple Found while Undergoing a Home Renovation
Entire Staff of Tennessee County Clerk’s Office Resigns Over Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling
Suicide Bomber Kills 6 in Nigeria Church Attack
Oregon Issues Gag Order against Christian Bakers
Once Patrons, Now Landlords — Churches Rehab Buildings for Artist Spaces
Report: Fire at Black Church in S.C. was Not Arson, Feds Say
How Did Male Friendship Become “Bromance?”
It’s July 4th Every Day
Were Christians Who Campaigned for Same-Sex Marriage Duped?
Is Involuntary Euthanasia in Our Future?
America’s Slippery Slope to Physician-Assisted Suicide and Polygamy
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