Jul. 22, 2015
Gun control’s weary warriors have been searching for a way to appeal to Republicans and give the issue a pulse in Congress. A couple of Midwestern women Democrats may have found a way to do it, by tying it to domestic violence.
The Republican who heads the congressional committee considering a measure to remove the Mississippi state flag from the House side of the U.S. Capitol says she wants to hear from the Mississippi legislature—which does not convene until 2016.
U.S. home prices rose in May as a limited supply of properties for sale failed to meet demand from first-time buyers. Prices climbed 0.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from April.
The biggest technology rally since October was knocked cold, as disappointing earnings reports punished Microsoft Corp. and left Apple Inc. in danger of its worst-ever loss of market value.
Gold’s slump to a five-year low this month is squeezing the world’s biggest producers of the precious metal, already struggling to rein in costs and pay down debt.
As education companies shrink amid government allegations that they misled students about the value of their degrees, tens of thousands of students may be able to walk away from their obligations, a scale of college-loan forgiveness unprecedented in U.S. history. The unwinding may cost taxpayers billions, touching off debate in Washington about fairness and personal responsibility.
More than 1,000 security officers, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants at New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports voted unanimously to authorize a strike starting Wednesday night.
The selloff in gold is infecting metal markets from copper to zinc and tin. Copper, zinc and lead fell more than 1 percent. The worst losses were in tin, which fell as much as 4.9 percent, the most this month.
Global art auctions cooled in the first half of 2015 but collectors chasing Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Andy Warhol ignored the slowdown. Auction results slid 5.8 percent to $8.1 billion from the same period in 2014 because of weak sales in China, the U.K., France and Germany.
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Iran will not accept any extension of sanctions beyond 10 years, an official said on Wednesday, in the latest attempt by its pragmatist government to sell a nuclear deal with world powers to skeptical hardliners.
A burned 1,500-year-old Hebrew scroll found on the shore of the Dead Sea was recently deciphered, 45 years after archaeologists discovered it, researchers in Israel have announced. The Ein Gedi parchment scroll is the oldest scroll discovered from the Hebrew Bible since the Dead Sea Scrolls, which date to the end of the Second Temple period, about 2,000 years ago. The parchment scroll was so charred that it was illegible to the naked eye. Only with advanced technology did the scroll reveal the opening verses of the book of Leviticus, the third book of the Hebrew Bible.
According to the latest data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the first six months of 2015 were the warmest six months across land and ocean surface in our recorded history of Earth. The average global sea surface temperature of +0.65°C (+1.17°F) for the year-to-date was the highest for January–June in the 136-year period of record.
A Florida gun store is in the social-media spotlight this week after making a video announcing a new policy banning Muslims from the premises.
The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was investigating a viral Internet video showing a home-made “drone” firing a handgun in the Connecticut countryside.
Confirmation from two reputable organizations this week that the Islamic State used chemical weapons against Kurds in Iraq offers clues into the group’s capabilities and intentions.
When it comes to long-term investments, real estate is still preferred over cash or the stock market, Bankrate.com reports in a new study. For long term investments over 10 years or more, 27 percent chose real estate, 23 percent preferred cash investments, and 17 percent opted for the stock market. Gold and precious metals came in fourth at 14 percent, and bonds debuted at 5 percent.
What may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence. The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognized in the university library for almost a century.
Several car infotainment systems are vulnerable to a hack attack that could potentially put lives at risk, a leading security company has said. NCC Group said the exploit could be used to seize control of a vehicle’s brakes and other critical systems.
Australia’s opposition is set to adopt a motion to change the nation’s constitution and cut ties with the British monarchy, a group of MPs said.
Nigeria’s new president has said he is willing to negotiate with Boko Haram leaders for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last year.
The Supreme Court in Pakistan has suspended the execution of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy who has been on death row for nearly five years.
The United States said it has killed a senior al-Qaeda militant in an air strike in north-western Syria.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday said it will no longer require incoming U.S. citizens to pledge that they will “bear arms on behalf of the United States” or “perform noncombatant service” in the Armed Forces as part of the naturalization process.
Ever since President Obama took office, the poverty rate among children has soared to 22 percent, with three million more children living in poor conditions.
Top News – 7/22/2015
More black babies aborted than born in New York City
Black lives matter? Apparently not in New York City. A “Pregnancy Outcomes” report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals in 2013, more black babies were aborted than born in the city. A chart on page 7 shows 24,108 “non-Hispanic black” babies were born while 29,007 faced “induced terminations” — or abortions.
Why is Pope Francis so obsessed with the devil?
His tweets and homilies about the devil, Satan, the Accuser, the Evil One, the Father of Lies, the Ancient Serpent, the Tempter, the Seducer, the Great Dragon, the Enemy and just plain “demon” are now legion. For Francis, the devil is not a myth, but a real person. Many modern people may greet the Pope’s insistence on the devil with a dismissive, cultural affectation, indifference, or at the most indulgent curiosity.
More rain expected for flood-hit Pakistan
More rain is forecast in north Pakistan after flash floods inundated several villages in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces. At least three people have died, Pakistani media reported, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced.
After EU labeling of West Bank goods, paper proposes banking steps on Israel
The European Union agreed this week to push ahead with labeling Israeli goods made in settlements in the West Bank, a move that has alarmed the Israeli government; but now there are proposals to go much further, including targeting Israeli banks. …EU is in breach of its own laws and must move much more firmly to distinguish its dealings with Israel from Israel’s activities in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
North Korea may be preparing to launch a new, long-range rocket
North Korea is preparing to launch a new, long-range rocket, possibly in October, having completed an upgrade at its main satellite launch base, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday.
Heavy storms in California signify return of El Nino
On Tuesday, construction crews began fixing the highway bridge washed out by heavy weekend rains in California. Scientists say such rare summer storms are a preview of a potentially record-breaking wet winter in the west. NASA climate scientist Josh Willis says the storms are fueled by the phenomenon called El Nino.
China’s Record Dumping Of US Treasuries Leaves Goldman Speechless
We then put China’s change in FX reserves alongside the total Treasury holdings of China and its “anonymous” offshore Treasury dealer Euroclear (aka “Belgium”) as released by TIC, and found that the dramatic relationship which we first discovered back in May, has persisted – namely virtually the entire delta in Chinese FX reserves come via China’s US Treasury holdings. As in they are being aggressively sold, to the tune of $107 billion in Treasury sales so far in 2015.
Obama’s secret database forces ‘racist’ smear on innocent citizens
A government obsessed with imaginary racism is the soul-killing legacy Barack Obama is leaving Americans. Obama has come up with an ongoing plan in which the 330 million American population will be corralled into a cattle pasture from which there doesn’t seem to be any escape.
UN Security Council Enshrines Disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal into International Law
The United Nations Security Council approved unanimously a resolution endorsing the final Iran nuclear deal agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The resolution, which will go into formal effect 90 days after its passage on July 20th, incorporates the JCPOA as an attachment.
The President is ‘The Other’
here’s some bad news: the ‘fundamental transformation of America’ is in full swing and as they used to say in show biz, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” That’s because the last 18 months of this corrupt narcissist’s rule will make the first six-and-a-half years look like a high school civics lesson in good governance.
Terrorist mollycoddled but no flags lowered to half-staff
Why do major television networks continue to get away with mollycoddling murdering radical terrorists in the very wake of their evil carnage? Within four days of the attack that claimed the lives of four US Marines and a Navy sailors slaughtered in the Chattanooga shooting spree, ABC is portraying poor Mohammod Abdulazeez—not as a radical Islamic terrorist—but as a “disturbed, suicidal young man using drugs, preparing for bankruptcy and facing an appearance in criminal court”.
Top Headlines – 7/22/2015
July 22, 2015
“We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, and not in conscience” —Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the state of Virginia, 1782
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Five families came to Capitol Hill Tuesday to tell lawmakers how the nation’s immigration policies led to the death of their loved ones, and the Left can only play a political game. The father of Kathryn Steinle, the woman who was murdered in July by a five-time deported illegal immigrant, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with four other families. “Everywhere Kate went throughout the world, she shined the light of a good citizen from the United States of America,” Jim Steinle said in his written statement. “Unfortunately, due to the unjointed [sic] laws and basic incompetence of the government, the US has suffered a self-inflicted wound in the murder of our daughter by the hands of a person that should have never been on the streets of this country.” The hearing coincided with a bill the committee’s chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, introduced that would strip state or local jurisdictions of federal law enforcement grants if they continue sanctuary city policies. Furthermore, the law would require a minimum five-year jail sentence for any illegal immigrant who was previously deported but still returned. But the Left is rallying against the effort to fix the problem. “Good policies are made over time,” wrote a coalition of leftist immigration groups to Congress. Ranking member on the Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy rebutted the families’ testimonies by writing, “We must resist the urge to hastily adopt legislation that has the unintended consequence of making us less safe.” In other words, collateral damage is okay in the pursuit of Obama’s immigration vision.
In the wake of another episode of Planned Parenthood’s evil and twisted ways, here are a few more things to consider. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards responded to the first video with an “apology” that spent a few seconds lamenting the “tone” of the abortionist and more than two minutes lauding the abortion mill’s supposed virtue and slamming opponents for objecting in any way. The second video opened with one of her claims: “I want to be really clear: The allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true.” That’s especially powerful since the entire second video is about the organization profiting from “tissue donation.” As for the second video, Planned Parenthood continues to insist that nothing in the “heavily edited” videos contain nothing “to suggest any violation of the law or improper activity.”
The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes eviscerated Planned Parenthood and its defenders: “Let’s be clear what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the extraction of infants, many of whom could live outside of the womb were this not done to them — the taking of their body parts and then selling them for profit. This is not morally ambiguous. This isn’t one of those discussions where there are two sides to the discussion. What we’re talking about is wrong. It’s morally reprehensible. I mean, I thought on the scale of things in the world that are morally reprehensible, infanticide is just about the worst. This is worse! It’s infanticide for profit!”
Politicians who receive donations from Planned Parenthood should be made to answer for its practices, as should the numerous businesses that donate to the organization. Republicans in Congress are working to strip more than $500 million in federal funding from Planned Parenthood — as well they should. Even aside from constitutional questions, such a morally bankrupt organization should have no claim to Americans’ tax dollars.
In 2007, 4.6 million Americans possessed a permit to carry a handgun. Now, eight years later, that number is 12.8 million Americans, or 5.2% of the population, according to a study by the Crime Prevention Research Center. And contrary to the stereotype leftists hold of gun owners — that they’re white males bitterly clinging to guns and religion — the body of armed citizens is growing more and more diverse. CPRC reports that there is evidence gun ownership is growing among minorities at a greater rate than among whites. Furthermore, gun ownership among women increased 270% from 2007 levels opposed to the 156% rate for men. While these numbers are heartening for lovers of Liberty and advocates for the right to self-defense, they are also probably low. After all, CPRC notes that there are 10 states in the union that allow some kind of permitless handgun carry (with Maine most recently joining those ranks). And there are signs that these gun owners aren’t just exercising their hunting and fishing rights. At the SHOT Show in January, the National Shooting Sports Foundation released a study that found the number one reason women get a gun is for self-defense — all inconvenient truths for those who want to impose more gun control.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Nate Jackson
Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced his bid for the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday, becoming the 16th — and likely final — major candidate in the 2016 race. Can the 63-year-old two-term governor gain traction?
Kasich brings to the race more experience both in Washington and in executive leadership than many of his competitors. He served as a congressman from 1983-2001, chairing the House Budget Committee when Congress last managed a balanced budget in the ’90s. After a stint as a Fox News host and investment banker, he took the helm in Ohio in 2011, steering its economic and fiscal revival — an $8 billion deficit became a $2 billion surplus. He’s worked to cut the income tax across the board (from 6.2% to 4.9%), and he wants to phase it out altogether. He eliminated the death tax.
Under Kasich’s leadership, Ohio’s 2.1% economic growth outpaced all other Great Lakes states, and the state’s unemployment rate fell from 9.1% to 5.2%. Earlier this month, Kasich explained his basic plan for economic recovery at the national level: “What I’m going to focus on is the business investment. This is the single biggest thing, in my judgment, that would help us to overcome wage stagnation.”
Unfortunately, Kasich’s conservatism isn’t always thorough or consistent. For example, he’s a proponent of Barack Obama’s Common Core standards that many conservatives see as a federal intrusion into education. He also largely offset his tax cuts with tax hikes in other areas, including raising the state sales tax from 5.75% to 6.25%.
But perhaps his most troubling move was that he circumvented the Buckeye State’s Republican-controlled legislature to expand Medicaid in Ohio as part of ObamaCare. He did so after the legislature rejected the expansion, and after he ran for election in 2010 as an ObamaCare opponent.
“Medicaid’s quality of care, access to physicians and outcomes continue to decline,” notes The Wall Street Journal. “Meanwhile, Medicaid spending will consume 49% of Ohio general revenue funds in 2016, 51% in 2017.”
Of his expansion, Kasich took on a decidedly “compassionate conservative” tone, telling his “hard-hearted” critics, “When you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor.”
Democrats are the ones who want to turn Jesus into a socialist, claiming His instruction to care for the poor applies to government as opposed to Christians. It’s sorely disappointing to see a Republican parroting that statist thinking.
Kasich doesn’t personally practice what he preaches, either. In 2008, the most recent tax return Kasich has released publicly, he made charitable contributions of $27,326. That sounds generous, but it’s less than 2% of his $1.4 million income and a fair bit below average for his income group.
Moreover, Kasich has made other excuses for the Medicaid expansion — from states’ rights to Medicaid being totally separate from ObamaCare (it’s not). The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein has a good breakdown of each excuse and why they fail to hold up.
Kasich’s biggest strength might be the state from which he hails and where the GOP convention will occur. Ohio is, of course, a critical swing state, and Kasich won re-election in 2014 with 86 of 88 counties and 64% of the vote. Then again, he defeated a particularly weak and scandal-ridden Democrat candidate, and his campaign team features some of the same guys that brought us Jon Huntsman’s bash-the-GOP message in 2012.
As for his reportedly fiery temperament, Reason’s Elizabeth Nolan Brown writes, “If you talk to Ohioans — and Ohio is my home state, so I do — you’ll find that most people don’t really like Kasich, not even Republicans. They might like his stance on spending, or taxes, or abortion, but Kasich himself? Arrogant. Condescending. Manipulative.”
We in our humble shop are looking forward to getting those characteristics out of the White House.
In the end, Kasich doesn’t bring anything attractive to the table that other candidates don’t have, and he brings some negatives that make a victory unlikely. He’s a long shot, and deservedly so.
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L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham: “Back in March, the pundits expressed horror at the alleged extremism of the Conservative Political Action Conference. … On PBS, ‘conservative’ pundit David Brooks said, ‘There’s conservatives … and then way over on the other side of the room is CPAC … this is like the hardest of the hardcore.’ But when the hardest of the hardcore left met in Phoenix for Netroots Nation, the networks didn’t see a problem, when socialist Bernie Sanders actually gets bum-rushed off the stage early for not being leftist enough. ABC, CBS and NBC couldn’t locate that story. … The lesson? Never let the media decide for you where the center is and where the fringes are. They can’t find them with both hands.”
Insight: “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” —Mark Twain
Spot on: “It’s frustrating to watch [the rise of the Islamic State]. I go back to the work we did in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and we got [Iraq] to a place that was really good. Violence was low, the economy was growing, politics looked like it was heading in the right direction. … If we had stayed a little more engaged, I think maybe it might have been prevented. I’ve always believed the United States played the role of honest broker between all the groups and when we pulled ourselves out we lost that role. … I think it would have been good for us to stay.” —retiring Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno
The BIG Lie: “We’re pursuing a new kind of leadership — a smarter, broader vision of American strength, one that relies not only on our outstanding military, but on all elements of our national power. And that starts with the recognition that our strength in the world depends on our economic strength here at home.” —Barack Obama, who has done more to undermine both our military and economy than any other president
Iran deal not winning all Democrats: “How’s the verification going to work? How can we be assured that Iran sticks to what they’ve agreed to? How are the sanctions going to snap back into place if they don’t?” —Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Repent, for the end is near: “We conclude that continued high emissions will make multi-meter sea level rise practically unavoidable and likely to occur this century. Social disruption and economic consequences of such large sea level rise could be devastating. It is not difficult to imagine that conflicts arising from forced migrations and economic collapse might make the planet ungovernable, threatening the fabric of civilization.” —former NASA climate alarmist James Hansen
“Robot in NY passes ‘self-awareness’ test. You know what’s next: Obama’s teleprompter and auto-pen will demand the right to marry.” —Fred Thompson
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Just when you think that the depravity of the United States cannot possibly get any worse, something else comes along to surprise us. Many of the things that you are about to read about in this article are incredibly disturbing, but it is important that we face the truth about how far this nation has fallen. There are times when I will be having a conversation with someone else about the state of our country, and the other person will say something like this: “Wow – America is really going down the toilet.” At one time, I would have totally agreed with that. But at this point I would have to say that we have already circled the bowl and have made it all the way through to the other end. Our society is absolutely addicted to entertainment (most of which is utter trash), tens of millions of us are hooked on drugs (both legal and illegal), and we have murdered more than 56 million of our own babies. Our financial system is consumed with greed, we treat our military veterans like human garbage, and most of our “leaders” in Washington D.C. are deeply corrupt. In America today, 64 percent of all men view pornography at least once per month, it is estimated that one out of every four girls is sexually abused before they become adults, and we have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the entire industrialized world. We like to think that we are an “example” to the rest of the world, but the only example that we are setting is a bad one. The following are 11 signs that America has already gone down the toilet… (Read More…)
Did you know that the percentage of children in the United States that are living in poverty is actually significantly higher than it was back in 2008? When I write about an “economic collapse”, most people think of a collapse of the financial markets. And without a doubt, one is coming very shortly, but let us not neglect the long-term economic collapse that is already happening all around us. In this article, I am going to share with you a bunch of charts and statistics that show that economic conditions are already substantially worse than they were during the last financial crisis in a whole bunch of different ways. Unfortunately, in our 48 hour news cycle world, a slow and steady decline does not produce many “sexy headlines”. Those of us that are news junkies (myself included) are always looking for things that will shock us. But if you stand back and take a broader view of things, what has been happening to the U.S. economy truly is quite shocking. The following are 12 ways that the U.S. economy is already in worse shape than it was during the depths of the last recession… (Read More….)
Seattle officials join push for Sharia-compliant mortgages, loans
Is this the beginning of a push for Sharia-compliant mortgages across the country?
“We will work to develop new tools for Muslims who are prevented from using conventional mortgage products due to their religious beliefs,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said during a press conference July 13.
“Sharia,” which comes from the Koran and means “the right path,” prohibits the payment of interest — the primary way lenders earn.
HUD’s ‘Disparate Impact’ War on Suburban America
Your safe suburban community will now be history. The Left’s rampage against good people knows no bounds.
Disparate impact. It’s a legal doctrine that may be coming soon to your suburb (if you’re part of the national majority living in suburbs).
Bringing it there will be the Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing program. It has been given a green light to impose the rule from Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project.
The President Of France Wants Eurozone Members To Transfer Their Sovereignty To A United States Of Europe
The President of France has come up with a very creative way of solving the European debt crisis. On Sunday, a piece authored by French President Francois Hollande suggested that the ultimate solution to the problems currently plaguing Europe would be for every member of the eurozone to transfer all of their sovereignty to a newly created federal government. In other words, it would essentially be a “United States of Europe”. This federal government would have a prime minister, a parliament, a federal budget and a federal treasury. Presumably, the current national governments in Europe would continue to function much like state governments in the U.S. do. In the end, there may be some benefits to such a union – particularly for the weaker members of the eurozone. But at what cost would those benefits come?
Amid epic drought, California farmers turn to witches
Vern Tassey doesn’t advertise. He’s never even had a business card. But here in California’s Central Valley, word has gotten around that he’s a man with “the gift,” and Tassey, a plainspoken, 76-year-old grandfather, has never been busier.
Farmers call him day and night — some from as far away as the outskirts of San Francisco and even across the state line in Nevada.
President Obama won’t allow Congress to review two key aspects of the Iranian Nuclear deal, Republican lawmakers learned from international partners last week.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Barack Obama has a sinister power behind him, how else do you explain his success? He forced Congress to vote on Obamacare without even reading what was in it, and they passed it through with flying colors. Now he is doing the exact same thing with the awful, demonic Iranian Nuclear Deal. Hiding key concessions from Congress, yet still somehow getting them to vote on it. You are watching the Devil in action.
Under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the International Atomic Energy Agency would negotiate separately with Iran about the inspection of a facility long-suspected of being used to research long-range ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.
“The Obama administration has failed to make public separate side deals that have been struck for the ‘inspection’ of one of the most important nuclear sites—the Parchin military complex,” said Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) in a statement Tuesday. “Not only does this violate the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, it is asking Congress to agree to a deal that it cannot review.” The IAEA has been trying to gain access to the Parchin site since 2005, but Iran has refused, even as it apparently demolished various parts of the complex. “The hardliners do not want to grant any concessions unless Iran is suitably rewarded,” International Institute for Strategic Studies director Mark Fitzpatrick told the BBC in 2014, after reports emerged of explosions at the base.
The terms of the current agreement wouldn’t allow Congress to review any concessions the IAEA makes to get into the site. “Even members of Congress who are sympathetic to this deal cannot and must not accept a deal we aren’t even aware of,” said Pompeo.
The IAEA will also separately negotiate “how the IAEA and Iran will resolve outstanding issues on possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program,” according to a release from Pompeo’s office. Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Pompeo, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, learned of the arrangement while meeting with the IAEA in Vienna, Austria last week. “That we are only now discovering that parts of this dangerous agreement are being kept secret begs the question of what other elements may also be secret and entirely free from public scrutiny,” Cotton said in a statement to the press. source
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Posted: 22 Jul 2015 05:56 AM PDT
But many residents have come together in support of the “Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins” sign, holding a revival on Sunday that included music, signs, hats and other public gestures urging politicians to keep the message in its current location, rather than transfer it to private property. “We decided that we need to stand up for the civil liberties of Christians in America to say we have as much freedom of speech as anyone else,” sign supporter Justin Lane told KYTX-TV. It appears that at least one public official agrees with locals.
“The constitution is very clear about freedom of religion, not freedom from it,” Hawkins Mayor Will Rogers told the outlet, noting that there is some debate over whether the sign is on public or private property. ”I think we have to stand up for the foundation of our country. I mean, we’re built on God and Jesus. I’m sorry if people don’t like that, but it’s true.” Rogers previously told KLTV-TV that the sign doesn’t reference a particular church and that it invokes Christ, a figure who is “the most googled and most popular man in the world.” “To me and many others, Jesus is not a religion, Jesus is in every religion across the globe,” Rogers said in June. “He’s in Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism. He represents love and kindness.” MORE
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|France Pushes A United States Of Europe To Solve Financial Woes
Posted: 22 Jul 2015 05:36 AM PDT
The President of France has come up with a very creative way of solving the European debt crisis. On Sunday, a piece authored by French President Francois Hollande suggested that the ultimate solution to the problems currently plaguing Europe would be for every member of the eurozone to transfer all of their sovereignty to a newly created federal government.
In other words, it would essentially be a “United States of Europe”. This federal government would have a prime minister, a parliament, a federal budget and a federal treasury. Presumably, the current national governments in Europe would continue to function much like state governments in the U.S. do. In the end, there may be some benefits to such a union – particularly for the weaker members of the eurozone. But at what cost would those benefits come?
When I first learned that French President Francois Hollande had proposed that the members of the eurozone should create their own version of a federal government, I was quite stunned. But I shouldn’t have been surprised. For the global elite, the answer to just about any problem is more centralization. The following comes from a Bloomberg article that was posted on Sunday… MORE
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|Hoax or Lying Signs and Wonders? Virgin Mary’s lips ‘move’ on painting during prayer
Posted: 22 Jul 2015 05:24 AM PDT
Hundreds of Christians are flocking to church to witness a ‘miracle’ painting of the Virgin Mary who appears to join in with the Lord’s prayer. Stunned believers filmed the astonishing moment her lips appeared to move on the artwork during Mass last Sunday. Footage shows the congregation saying the ‘Our Father’ prayer but after several seconds it’s clear several Christians are distracted by something else.
If you look closely, the Virgin Mary’s mouth appears to move during the biblical reading, becoming clearer towards the end of the video. Baffled George Akary filmed what he believes is a ‘miracle’ in St Charbel’s church, Sydney, before posting it on Facebook.
He said: “To clarify for the viewers I saw this during mass and at the end of mass the rosary is prayed. “I went to the altar and wanted to confirm via recording it.” Sceptics poured scorn on his viewpoint, claiming that it’s a trick of the light coupled with the movement of the camera. FULL REPORT
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|USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected ‘Any Day Now’
Posted: 22 Jul 2015 04:53 AM PDT
The fault that produced a 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Fremont early Tuesday morning is expected to produce a major earthquake “any day now” and Bay Area residents should be prepared, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said. The 2:41 a.m. earthquake on the border of Fremont and Union City occurred on the Hayward Fault at a depth of 5 miles. The epicenter was at a spot just north of the intersection of Niles Canyon Road and Mission Boulevard.
The quake caused some BART delays early Tuesday while work crews checked the tracks, but appears to have caused no major damage. At least 13 smaller quakes or aftershocks had been reported near the same location as of 6:42 a.m., the largest of which was a 2.7-magnitude at 2:56 a.m.While damage from the quake was minimal, scientists warn that a much larger one is expected on the Hayward Fault, which extends from San Pablo Bay in the north to Fremont in the south and passes through heavily populated areas including Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward and Fremont. The last big earthquake on the fault, estimated to have a 6.8-magnitude, occurred in 1868, according to the USGS. MOREThe post USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected ‘Any Day Now’ appeared first on .
|Woman to marry her pet Dog after the death of Cat
Posted: 22 Jul 2015 04:42 AM PDT
Dominique Lesbirel was devastated after the death of her husband from kidney failure. They had been together for 16 years and did everything together. Happily she has now found love again – but still believes it is too soon to marry, remaining loyal to her first love Doerack. It is a predicament many people can relate to – except for a couple of small details. Dominique’s first husband Doerack was her CAT – and her new love is her DOG Travis.
She wed her soul-mate, pet cat Doreack, eight years ago, but sadly he had to be put down at the age of 19. “Putting Doerack to sleep was horrible, I’ve had him since he was three, but I feel lucky to have had 16 lovely years with him,” she said, “It sounds strange but I wouldn’t marry Travis just yet,” she said. “It’s still too soon after the death of Doerack. “I’ve had Travis for years. He was a stray I rescued when I lived in Greece. MORE
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|Kerry says Iran vow to defy U.S. is ‘very disturbing’
Posted: 22 Jul 2015 04:35 AM PDT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program was “very disturbing”. “I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy,” he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, parts of which the network quoted on Tuesday.
“But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling,” he added. Ayatollah Khamenei told supporters on Saturday that U.S. policies in the region were “180 degrees” opposed to Iran’s, at a speech in a Tehran mosque punctuated by chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”. MORE
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|Heaven’s Timing and the Nuclear Deal with Iran
Posted: 22 Jul 2015 04:31 AM PDT
The Iran Nuclear Deal was signed on July 14, 2015 by the P5+1 – a group comprised of representatives of the governments of the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – and the Islamic Republic of Iran. This date falls during a particularly significant time in the Jewish calendar known as The Three Weeks. The Three Weeks are a mourning period that the Jewish people observe each year for the destruction of the Holy Temples in Jerusalem. The period starts on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz and ends on the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av and always falls in the summer. The 9th day of Av, which this year is July 26, is called Tisha B’Av and is the saddest day in the Jewish calendar.
It was the day that both Holy Temples were set on fire.
In comparing the deal with Iran to the Munich Agreement between British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and Hitler in 1938, world-renowned lecturer Rabbi Lazer Brody wrote: “Now, 77 years later, during the notorious ‘Three Weeks’ between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av, the USA has reaffirmed its commitment to hedonism by appeasing Iran and signing a nuclear agreement that is not worth the skin of a garlic clove.” MOREThe post Heaven’s Timing and the Nuclear Deal with Iran appeared first on .
|1,700 Churches Band Together in New York City to Fight This
Posted: 21 Jul 2015 02:29 PM PDT
In New York City’s iconic Central Park, world evangelist Luis Palau shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with thousands of people representing multiple languages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds in an extraordinary display of the diversity of the body of Christ. It was a fitting capstone to NY CityServe & CityFest, a historic campaign that brought together 1,700 churches and reached 180,000 people in person through more than 115 events in one of the most influential cities in the world.
Luis and his son Andrew partnered with local pastors Gabriel Salguero and A.R. Bernard, former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, and musical guests Amanecer, Israel Houghton, Mandisa, Rescate, Matt Redman, Hezekiah Walker, Marcos Witt and TobyMac to put on a high energy program. Surprise guests who took the stage during the night included musical artist and good friend Chris Tomlin, as well as New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. “This is such a beautiful scene of people coming together under a common cause,” de Blasio said in his greeting from the stage. “CityFest is now part of our history. You are showing how much communities of faith contribute to civic life.” MORE
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|Is It Time for Hell Fire Preaching Again?
Posted: 21 Jul 2015 02:20 PM PDT
We need a fresh wave of great awakeners—those who will unapologetically preach hell fire in today’s dire end times. To the shame of much of today’s church there has been a firm and steadfast rejection of any truth that doesn’t result in people feeling happy affection for God. While a core message of mine has to do with enjoyable and permeating intimacy with Jesus, I understand that it is not a mutually exclusive one. That teaching when it stands alone apart from the full counsel of God’s Word produces a people who don’t understand the fear of the Lord, the severity of their lifestyle decisions or the intensity and nearness of eternity. It results in an overly confident and casual church that presumes God’s primary focus is our satisfaction as it forsakes the realities of holiness, standards, scriptural expectations, judgment and how those who are truly saved are hanging on to that position by a thread.
“If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Pet. 4:18).
This Christian culture of positivity depicts a God who is so enamored by us that judgment is contrary to his nature. The deception is that God so values us individually that our enjoyment in life is primary to him. This lie has fueled sanctioned perversion in the church through the “gay Christian” movement and the affirmation of homosexual marriage by many leading denominations. I’ll say it as clearly as I can: God is much more interested in the establishment of His name and His Word than He is in the feelings or desires of individuals, or even of entire regions. This is God’s nature. This is love. MORE
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|Obama’s Shocking Response to Chattanooga Shootings
Posted: 21 Jul 2015 02:13 PM PDT
President Obama did not sing “Amazing Grace” at a Chattanooga church over the weekend. Instead, he took in a Broadway show and played a round of golf. Governors in a number of states lowered the American flag to honor those lost—but the flag was not lowered at the White House. Five members of the Armed Forces were gunned down by a Muslim terrorist on American soil last week and yet the flag was not lowered to half-staff at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
I’d like to know why. My Fox News colleagues reached out to the White House Press Office, but so far their questions have gone unanswered. It was an affront, whether intentional or not, to the families of those lost in the terrorist attack. And it was quite noticeable by many Americans. “I think the position of the flag tells you a lot about the priorities of this White House,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, the Republican congressman from Texas, told me. I asked our readers to do what President Obama would not: lower the flag that flew outside their homes and business. FULL REPORT
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