Jul. 27, 2015
Senate Democrats blocked a proposal to repeal President Barack Obama’s health-care law that Republicans sought to add to a U.S. highway funding bill. Senators voted 49-43, with 60 required to advance the amendment.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has missed 42 votes, or more than a third of roll calls on Senate floor since announcing his candidacy for president in April, Politico reports.
Hillary Clinton on Sunday set two “bold national goals” to combat climate change, promising that if she’s elected president, she would set the United States on a path toward producing enough clean renewable energy to power every home in America within a decade.
In the wake of two recent mass shootings, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said Sunday he does not support declaring certain public spaces “gun-free zones.”
China’s stocks tumbled, with the benchmark index falling the most since February 2007, amid concern a three-week rally sparked by unprecedented government intervention is unsustainable.
Orders for business equipment rose in June for just the second time this year as U.S. factories start to regain their footing after a weak spell. Bookings for non-military capital goods excluding aircraft climbed 0.9 percent last month after decreasing 0.4 percent in May.
Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said he was authorized by the country’s Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, to come up with an emergency plan for a parallel payment system, which could lead the country to the drachma, according to a recording of a call with investors.
The Bloomberg Commodity Index last week reached a 13-year low and has plunged 61 percent since its peak in 2008. That matters a lot in, say, Wyoming, Louisiana, Texas and Nebraska. Not so much in New Jersey or Massachusetts, for example.
Speculators’ conviction that oil will rally weakened at the fastest pace in three years, just before futures tumbled into a bear market. The net-long position in West Texas Intermediate contracted 28 percent in the seven days ended July 21.
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North Korean officials warned the United States that another war on the Korean Peninsula would leave no Americans alive to sign a surrender document as the country marked Monday’s anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War more than six decades ago.
Forced after months of hesitation to take decisive action against Islamic State jihadists, Turkey has seized the chance to also attack Kurdish militants in strikes that put a fragile peace process at risk.
Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls.
The search for 43 missing college students in the southern state of Guerrero has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies over the last 10 months.
The military and a private organization have brought home the remains of 36 Marines killed in one of World War II’s bloodiest battles.
Police have arrested 11 villagers on charges of murdering a 10-year-old boy in southwestern Nepal, an official said Sunday, in what villagers described as a case of human sacrifice.
A Satanic organization unveiled a controversial bronze Baphomet sculpture in Detroit just before midnight on Saturday, after trying in vain to have it installed near a 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma.
Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted a sizable gain in June, while business investment rebounded after two months of declines. Orders for durable goods jumped 3.4 percent in June from May.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia failed to report more than 1,000 alleged child sex abusers to the police, an inquiry has heard.
Concerns have been raised about the fate of 42 asylum seekers who have been allegedly sent back to Vietnam. A small wooden boat, the first “illegal” vessel entry into Australia since June 2014, was spotted off country’s north-west coast, last week.
Nine people have died in the Indian state of Punjab after a siege at a police station was brought to an end by security forces. All three attackers were killed, along with six other people, including the Punjab state police superintendent.
Russia will strengthen its naval forces in the Arctic and Atlantic as a response to Nato activities close to Russia’s borders, the Kremlin said.
Iraqi forces have launched an attack against the Islamic State-controlled University of Anbar complex in the city of Ramadi, US officials said.
The governing board of the Boy Scouts of America is expected Monday to lift its ban on openly gay employees and adult volunteers, a decision that is likely to keep the massive youth organization out of court but could divide it further.
The state of Kentucky has begun imposing a religious test on volunteer pastor counselors in its youth division, insisting that they refrain from calling homosexuality “sinful” and dismissing those who cannot bend their religious faith to accommodate the state requirements.
Greek banks are set to keep broad cash controls in place for months, until fresh money arrives from Europe and with it a sweeping restructuring, officials believe.
Emphasizing the importance of Millennial voters in upcoming elections, progressive activists spoke to a nearly empty auditorium at the College Democrats of America annual conference on Friday.
Top News – 7/27/2015
Architectural Plans for Third Temple Have Begun
The Temple Institute has released a modern three-dimensional architectural rendition of the future Third Holy Temple, utilizing the latest building material and techniques. The vivid, three-minute video walks viewers through the main sanctuary, showcasing decades of research and tens of innovative Halakhic (Jewish law) solutions to various perplexing issues that were resolved to create fully functional, ready-to-use plans. While staying true to the Halakhic requirements and dimensions, the project also adds some clear modern twists.
‘Jewish Holy Temples Never Existed’ Says Israeli Arab MK
On the anniversary of the destruction of the two Jewish Holy Temples in Jerusalem, Tisha B’Av, an Israeli Arab lawmaker insisted in a radio interview that neither ever existed.
Freedom of Speech? 2nd Jew Arrested for Calling Mohammed a Pig
Jerusalem district police arrested a Jewish youth on Monday for his “crime” recorded on video the day before, when he said while leaving the Temple Mount that “Mohammed is a pig,” in reference to the founder of Islam.
Magnitude 6.9 Strikes off Alaska Coast
A strong 6.9 magnitude quake hit off the coast of western Alaska…
Yehuda Glick Vows: We Won’t be Scared off the Temple Mount
Veteran Temple Mount activist calls on ‘all Jews, all non-Muslims’ to defy Islamist violence by visiting holiest site in Judaism.
European shares slide taking cues from Asia
European stocks and major commodity prices fell hard on Monday as concerns over China dominated financial markets in the wake of the biggest drop in Shanghai shares in eight years.
Chinese shares tumble 8.5 percent in biggest one-day drop since 2007
Chinese shares tumbled more than 8 percent on Monday as an unprecedented government rescue plan to prop up valuations abruptly ran out of steam, throwing the viability of Beijing’s efforts to stave off a deeper crash into doubt.
GROWING CHANCE OF FLARES
Solar activity is low, but the quiet could soon be interrupted by an M-class solar flare. Fast-growing sunspot AR2390 has an unstable ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that harbors energy for moderately strong explosions. Any such flare on July 27th will likely be geoeffective because the sunspot is directly facing Earth.
IDF calls up thousands of reservists in massive three-day drill
The IDF General Staff launched a large-scale three-day drill on Monday, testing the military’s ability to rapidly transition itself from routine activities to an emergency war footing. In the course of the drill, hundreds of thousands of IDF reservists will receive mock telephone messages asking them to confirm that the call-up system works, and thousands of reservists will be physically called up to bases at short notice.
Al-Shabab suicide truck bomb hits main Somali hotel, kills 9
A suicide bomber rammed a truck rigged with explosives into the blast walls around one of Mogadishu’s most secure hotels, severely damaging the building and killing nine people including a Kenyan diplomat and a Chinese embassy guard, Somalian and Chinese officials said.
Gold’s Two Stories: Paper Markets Collapse… While The Retail Public Buys At A Record Pace
The paper market is telling one story. But the actual physical bullion market is telling quite another. The U.S. Mint has sold over 100,000 ounces of American Eagle gold coins so far in July. That’s the highest monthly demand volume registered since April 2013.
Oklahoma Takes A Hard Look At What Police Seize — And How It’s Spent
In Oklahoma, some people in charge of enforcing the law seem to be skirting it. State audits have found people in district attorney offices have used seized money and property to live rent-free and pay off student loans.
A Supreme Blunder: The Bad, The Good, The Ugly
On June 26, 2015 everything changed… It was on that day that five unelected Justices, redefined what marriage is. Last week I attended the Alliance Defending Freedom Pastors Conference in California, where I was blessed to have heard some of the sharpest Christian lawyers give us the new lay of the “legal land.”
Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits near Tonga: USGS
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the South Pacific Island nation of Tonga on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Top Headlines – 7/27/2015
Jackie Mason: NYC restaurants subject to tougher inspections than Iran under nuclear deal
Rouhani mocks US claim that all options are still on the table
US candidate Huckabee says Obama marching Israelis to ‘door of the oven’
Prime Minister’s Office gears up for battle in US against Iran accord
Tisha B’Av poll: Israelis believe Iran biggest threat to security of State of Israel
Israel could send Iran ‘back to the stone age’ with electromagnetic bomb
Hamas calls Israeli response to Palestinian rioting on Temple Mt. ‘a dangerous escalation’
PA official dismisses report Abbas planning to resign within two months
Sinai’s ISIS offshoot is most effective in Mideast, senior IDF official say
Shortage of troops takes toll on Assad
Turkish prime minister says no plans for ground troops in Syria
Turkey calls for NATO meeting to discuss security threats
U.S. troop withdrawal let Islamic State enter Iraq, military leaders say
Where is Jihadi John? Rumours fly serial ISIS killer has fled terrorist group
Attorney General Lynch: Thought of ISIS cyber-attack on US ‘keeps me… up at night’
Report: Gunmen storm police station in India’s Punjab, take hostages
Spy-in-the-sky terror threat to Prince William
Judge orders Obama administration to release illegal immigrants from ‘deplorable’ facilities
Greece’s headache: how to lift the capital controls?
Secrecy around TPP trade deal fuels suspicions and worries
Gold’s Two Stories: Paper Markets Collapse… While The Retail Public Buys At A Record Pace
5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Dadali, Solomon Islands
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bitung, Indonesia
Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft
Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft
Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft
Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft
Hillary Clinton’s climate change goals include plan to ‘decarbonize’ America
Republicans Alter Script on Abortion, Seeking to Shift Debate
Rand Paul plans to keep pushing to defund U.S. Planned Parenthood
Just How Much Do Taxpayers Give To Planned Parenthood?
Boy Scouts expected to end ban on gay scout leaders
Mass held to protest over Satan statue
How Juanita Bynum Failed Hope For Bobbi Kristina Brown
Epic fail: Kris Vallotton’s 5 non-biblical tests for a true prophet
Rob Bell Promotes ‘Mother God’ & ‘Apophatic Meditation in New Liturgists Show
Boy Scouts to end ban on gay leaders
Episcopal Priest shocks flock by leaving wife for younger man
State Forbids Volunteer Counselors From Saying Homosexuality is Sin
General Hospital Star Michelle Stafford Has Sneaked Scientology into Nickelodeon
Group To Unveil Satan Statue In Detroit During Largest Public Satanic Ceremony Ever
July 27, 2015
“If [the People] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.” —Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, 1787
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After last Thursday’s Lafayette theater shooting, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called on the nation to bolster background checks for anyone seeking to purchase a firearm. “I think every state should strengthen their laws,” the Republican presidential candidate said. “Every state should make sure this information is being reported in the background system. We need to make sure that background system is working. Absolutely, in this instance, this man never should have been able to buy a gun.” John Houser cleared his background check when he bought a .40-caliber High-Point handgun from an Alabama pawn shop. But this was after Houser was denied a concealed cary permit in 2006 after he was charged with domestic violence and soliciting arson. It was also after his family committed him involuntarily for psychiatric care in Georgia in 2008. Jindal continued, “In Louisiana, we toughened our laws a couple of years ago. If he had been involuntarily committed here, if he had tried to buy that gun here, he wouldn’t have been allowed to do that.” While Jindal used the inexact phrase “strengthen their laws,” his view is similar to that of Nick Leghorn at The Truth About Guns blog, as both of them believe the current system is broken and must be fixed. Houser likely lied about his history of mental illness on ATF Form 4473, but that lie should have been caught. The system failed because of human error, like it did before the Charleston shooting.
The Most Transparent Administration in History™ decided that “privacy” is more important than allowing the independent inspectors general to do their jobs. The Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Council issued an opinion declaring the organizations within the federal government designed to ferret out waste, fraud and corruption must seek permission from the head of the agency before collecting “statutorily protected information,” like grand jury or wiretap information. “In reaching these conclusions,” the opinion read, “our Office’s role has not been to decide what access [inspectors general] should receive as a matter of policy. Rather, we have endeavored to determine as a matter of law, using established tools of statutory construction, how best to reconcile the strong privacy protections … with the interest in access reflected in … the IG Act.” There has been bipartisan condemnation from Congress regarding DOJ’s decision, saying that the Obama administration has played verbal gymnastics over a statute that was intended to be plainly read. Think a cabinet member will be beholden more to the bureaucracy than an independent review? It already happened under Eric Holder’s DOJ when the inspectors general tried to investigate the Fast and Furious gun walking scandal.
The leaders of the Democrat Party in Connecticut voted unanimously to remove the names of Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson from an annual fundraiser. At the behest of the NAACP, the enlightend progressives in the Nutmeg State decided to scrub all mention of the two founders of the Democrat Party because Jefferson owned slaves and Jackson instigated the Trail of Tears. Nick Balletto, the recently elected chair of the state party, said, “I see it as the right thing to do. I wasn’t looking to be a trailblazer or set off a trend that’s going to affect the rest of the country. Hopefully, they’ll follow suit when they see it’s the right thing to do.” As pundit Dan McLaughlin notes, this is also the party of Franklin Roosevelt, the man who signed off on the Japanese internment, and Woodrow Wilson, the anti-Semite who segregated the federal government. Under Barack Obama’s leadership, race relations are in the tank, as The New York Times reports about 60% of Americans think race relations are generally poor — down from the two-thirds of Americans who thought race relations were good when Obama first entered office. Thanks Obama. So what’s the solution? For the enlightened leftist Nutmeggers, the first step is erasing their party’s history and denying that their intellectual forbearers had anything to do with where the country is today.
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By Robin Smith
Could it be? Could the downfall of the Clinton Crime Family, a political machine that makes Boss Tweed’s Tammany Hall corruption of the late 19th century look like a middle school 4-H club, finally be near?
“I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email,” Hillary Clinton said of her secret servers in March. “There is no classified material. So I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.”
But last week, I. Charles McCullough, inspector general of the intelligence community, contacted the FBI about a “potential compromise of classified information” through Clinton’s email. The IG found four instances where Clinton handled information labeled “secret” — classified information that he noted should “never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system.” And that was out of a sample size of just 40 emails. Imagine what he’ll find in the rest of the 30,000 emails she didn’t already destroy.
In March, the nation discovered that Clinton used a personally owned email server housed in her New York residence to conduct official business on behalf of the State Department. At long last, after five months of curtailed information and growing controversy, it appears Hillary and Bill’s habits of disregarding the law might catch up with them. At least we hope so.
As The Wall Street Journal notes, “Other senior officials have faced criminal charges for misusing classified information. Former CIA Director David Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor this year for disclosing classified information to his mistress, while Clinton-era National Security Adviser Sandy Berger copped a misdemeanor plea in 2005 for walking off with classified documents from the National Archives.” Or how about the sailor facing prison for taking photos of a U.S. submarine?
Could the same be in store for Hillary? Following the sputtering start of her campaign, investigatory hearings, and enough versions of events surrounding her email use to rival Baskin Robbins’ 31 flavors, have the Clintons finally been exposed as the corrupt, self-serving political hacks they are?
Throughout months of investigations, serving up whoppers seems like standard operations for Team Hillary:
- The notion that the NY home-based server was to eliminate redundancy has been proven false.
- Hillary’s assertion to have “fully complied” with the strenuous requirements of the State Department and intelligence community is embarrassingly laughable.
- Her claim to have “turned over all” of her emails is a lie.
- She also possessed multiple email addresses linked to the server, not just one singular account as originally stated — another lie.
This latest revelation may prove impossible for the American public and the loyal media presstitutes to ignore. But the lie followed the Clintons’ standard buffet-style approach to the truth: Pick and choose what you like; omit the rest. The inspector general announced some of the emails “were classified when they were sent and are classified now.”
Hillary has been proven a liar. But in addition to her dishonesty, she also stands as a manipulative tyrant with incredibly poor judgment, one who believes in distinct Rules and Laws for Thee but Not for Me. And now the voting public, tired of the swill served out of DC, is rejecting her toxic brew.
Peter A. Brown, assistant director of a Quinnipiac University Poll conducted in June to survey Hillary’s trustworthiness, revealed that “Clinton’s numbers have dropped among voters in the key swing states of Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia. She has lost ground in the horserace and on key questions about her honesty and leadership.”
Tim Malloy, another assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll, put it more succinctly: “Hillary Clinton’s numbers on honesty and trust may border on abysmal.”
Not only that, but she trails three GOP candidates in three key swing states. It’s early, so take that for what you will.
These negative polling numbers, with up to 62% of respondents questioning Clinton’s honesty, came several weeks prior to the newest twist in her email scandal. If only we had a Department of Justice rather than a nest of political legal activism, these wrongdoings would result in criminal charges and not just falling poll numbers.
Hillary dismissed the whole story, saying, “[T]here have been a lot of inaccuracies” in the news. You don’t say. She then suggested, “Maybe the heat is getting to everybody.” Let’s hope she does feel the heat.
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Burt Prelutsky: “The truth is that Neville Chamberlain had a far better reason to sign his pact with Hitler than we have for capitulating to the Ayatollah. For one thing, Hitler hadn’t spent the previous twenty years killing Englishmen. For another, England couldn’t rely on America, which was in the clutches of pacifists and the German-American Bund, and he certainly couldn’t count on France, which had anti-Semitism in common with Hitler and nothing in common with England. For his part, Obama’s role model is obviously Humpty Dumpty, who told Alice that words meant whatever he wanted them to mean. President Dumpty forges a treaty with Iran, but insists it isn’t really a treaty, because that makes it easier for him to bully the Senate into compliance. In Obama’s world, treaties aren’t treaties; and, as we’ve seen with Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, traitors aren’t traitors; and as we saw in Baltimore and Ferguson, thugs aren’t thugs and mobs aren’t mobs. It took Pearl Harbor before the majority of Americans came to their senses in 1941. I hate to think what it will take to wake up Americans these days, but I fear it will be something like the incineration of Tel Aviv.”
The Gipper: “How can we not believe in the greatness of America? How can we not do what is right and needed to preserve this last best hope of man on Earth? After all our struggles to restore America, to revive confidence in our country, hope for our future — after all our hard-won victories earned though the patience and courage of every citizen — we cannot, must not and will not turn back.”
Defending gruesome: “This has been a three-year, well-funded effort by the most militant wing of the anti-abortion movement of this country to entrap doctors. They were completely unsuccessful, so now they’re using very highly edited videos, sensationalized videos, to try to impugn and smear the name of Planned Parenthood. They have zero credibility. … These militant anti-abortion activists do nothing to improve the health and safety of women.” —Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood
Defending gruesome II: “It is unfortunate that Planned Parenthood has been the object of such a concerted attack for so many years and it’s really an attack against a woman’s right to choose. I’m hoping this situation will not further undermine the very important services that Planned Parenthood provides across the country.” —Hillary Clinton
Non Compos Mentis: “Being female is a wound that never heals.” —Salon’s Sonia Saraiya
The BIG Lie: “[Capitalism] needs to be reinvented, it needs to be put back into balance.” —Hillary Clinton (Capitalism already has been reinvented, courtesy of Democrats, and that’s exactly the problem.)
Village Idiots: “I’m just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain. And I know what’s happening in the world is going to have a big effect on my daughter and especially on my granddaughter. It’s hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate change — who would rather remind us they’re not scientists than listen to those who are.” —Hillary Clinton
And last… “Global warming experts are saying that sea levels could rise 20 feet. Apparently their strategy for surviving this is to stand on top of a pile of government research grant money.” —Fred Thompson
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Huckabee has come under fire from both Jewish groups and the Democratic party after making the comparison between the Holocaust and the Iran deal. However the Republican presidential candidate refused to back down, continuing to make his case against the Iran deal on Twitter. He tweeted a series of messages Sunday with quotes from Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in which they threaten Israel with a holocaust.
US President Barack Obama on Monday condemned rhetoric about the Iran deal from leading members of the Republican party, including GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, who has drawn criticism for comparing the accord to the Holocaust.
Huckabee called Barack Obama “feckless” and “naive” in an interview with Breitbart News on Saturday, adding that by signing the deal the President “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
Speaking at a press conference in Ethiopia on Monday, Obama said that such “outrageous attacks” have become “all too commonplace” among Republican politicians.
The US president described Huckabee’s comments as “part of just a general pattern we have seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.”
Huckabee has come under fire from both Jewish groups and the Democratic party after making the comparison between the Holocaust and the Iran deal.
However the Republican presidential candidate refused to back down, continuing to make his case against the Iran deal on Twitter.
He tweeted a series of messages Sunday with quotes from Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in which they threaten Israel with a holocaust.
Iran is run by fundamentalist, apocalyptic mullahs who have no qualms about using violence to promote their expansionist designs throughout the Middle East, from Syria and Lebanon to Iraq and Yemen. The regime persecutes its own people, dealing out death sentences to homosexuals, oppressing religious minorities such as the Baha’is and incarcerating journalists, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.
US President Barack Obama openly admits that the Islamic Republic is anti-Semitic and promotes terrorism around the world. He is well aware that Iran’s leaders regularly call for the destruction of the US and Israel. One of them is Qassem Suleimani, head of the Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guards expeditionary unit, who is responsible for exporting Iranian terrorism and training Shi’ite forces that killed US military personnel in Iraq. Another is Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who during a recent rally in Tehran again praised his people for calling for the demise of the US and Israel.
Yet it is Israel that US Secretary of State John Kerry is threatening, for daring to try to protect itself from the existential threat presented by the Islamic Republic’s warmongering leaders.
In two appearances last week, he warned Israel that it would be blamed if it dared to act against Iran.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., is sponsoring the Equality Act, which would expand protections against discrimination to members of the LGBT community.
LGBT groups and their allies in Congress are pushing for a sweeping piece of legislation that if enacted would, according to critics, limit religious freedom in the United States.
Known as the Equality Act, the bill would add the classifications of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as well as expand the level of businesses that must adhere to the Act.
Congressman David N. Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat who is an openly gay member of Congress, introduced the anti-discrimination legislation last Thursday.
“In most states, you can get married on Saturday, post your wedding photos to Facebook on Sunday, and then get fired on Monday just because of who you are. This is completely wrong,” stated Rep. Cicilline.
“Fairness and equality are core American values. No American citizen should ever have to live their lives in fear of discrimination.”
Joining Cicilline are over 160 House cosponsors, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and Congressman John Lewis.
The word “cascade” comes to mind. China is the world’s second largest economy. The continued crash has real implications for the rest of the world economically and probably politically. What those implications are at his point we do not know but it is certainly time now to keep one’s eyes on the horizon.
Was last week a preview of things to come? There are quite a few people out there that believe that the stock market would begin to decline in July, and that appears to be precisely what is happening. Last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by more than 530 points. It was the biggest one week decline that we have seen so far in 2015, and some are suggesting that this could only be just the beginning. By just about any measurement that you might want to use, the stock market is overvalued. But we have been in this bubble for so long that many people have come to believe that this is “the new normal”. In fact, earlier today someone that I know dropped me a line and suggested that our financial overlords may be able to use the tools at their disposal to get this current bubble to persist indefinitely. Unfortunately, the truth is that no financial bubble ever lasts forever, and right now some very alarming things are starting to happen behind the scenes. Over the past couple of weeks, the smart money has been dumping stocks like crazy, and the lack of liquidity in the bond markets is beginning to become acute. Could it be possible that another great financial crisis is just around the corner? (Read More….)
There is very little that the entire world seems to agree upon, but there is one very frightening trend that is now taking hold literally all over the globe. A passionate hatred of Christianity is sweeping across the planet, and very few global leaders have been willing to step forward and speak out against this rising persecution of Christians. In many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, believers are being relentlessly attacked by extremists, churches are being destroyed, and laws are being passed to try to prevent the spread of the Christian faith. In some areas, the violence has become so extreme that Christians knowingly risk their own lives just to go to church services each week. Would you risk your life to go to church? In North America and Europe, the persecution is often more subtle. Even though violent attacks are still fairly rare, Christian beliefs are being undermined by new laws, comedians and television shows regularly mock the Christian faith, and many employers will immediately mentally disqualify a potential candidate for a job if they discover that an individual is a Bible-believing Christian. Sadly, this is just the beginning. In the years ahead, those that choose to be followers of Jesus Christ will face even greater persecution than we have seen already. (Read More…)
Markell says people questioned last year if such a story was really true – and now it seems “official,” she tells OneNewsNow.
“Now it is official because I think personally America has just become Israel’s number one enemy,” she says. “And I didn’t think I’d live to see that.”
Architectural Plans For The Third Temple Have Begun
Today, on the Fast of Av, Jews throughout the world mourn the destruction of the two Holy Temples of Jerusalem and pray for the rebuilding of the Third Temple. But one organization has been doing a lot more than just praying. The Temple Institute has released a modern three-dimensional architectural rendition of the future Third Holy Temple, utilizing the latest building material and techniques………….. Click here for full story
Iran Buys 100 Russian Refueling Aircraft For Its Air Force To Reach Any Point In The Mid East
Iran last week placed an order with Moscow for a huge fleet of 100 Russian IL78 MKI tanker aircraft for refueling its air force in mid-flight, thereby extending its range to 7,300 km. These tanker planes can simultaneously refuel six to eight warplanes. Their acquisition brings Israel, 1.200km away – as well the rest of the Middle East – within easy range of Iranian aerial bombardment…………… Click here for full story
Kerry Warns Israel: Strike On Iran Would Be ‘Enormous Mistake’
Chances of an Israeli airstrike against Iran are reaching a key point, after a top Iranian general announced last week that Iran will unveil new missile defense systems in September including its own version of the Russian advanced S-300 system, which may be able to block a strike on the nuclear facilities… .…….. Click here for full story
Explaining the Evangelical Attraction To Donald Trump
I get this question a lot so I figured I better write about it. Here it is: “Why are evangelical voters attracted to Donald Trump? I don’t get it.” Well, you may think the answer is a complicated one but actually it’s not. Let me explain………….. Click here for full story
Report Predicts Drones And Supersoldiers Are The Future Of Warfare
Robots calling the shots in the skies, while technologically advanced supersoldiers patrol the ground — this is the future of warfare according to a new report predicting combat over the coming decades….…… Click here for full story
State Obamacare Exchanges Struggling With High Costs and Disappointing Enrollment
According to CNS News:
State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states.
Hawaii’s marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million in federal startup grants. It has spent about $139 million and enrolled 8,200 customers for individual coverage in 2015. Unable to sustain itself, the state marketplace is turning over sign-ups to the federal HealthCare.gov for 2016.
Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, offers some encouraging news in regards to social issues. According to Bozell, a recent survey found less of a social revolution in America than the liberal media would have us believe. CNS News has the report: The end of the Supreme Court term was depressing for conservatives. The […]
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Musk, Hawking warn of “inevitable” killer robot arms race
A global robotic arms race “is virtually inevitable” unless a ban is imposed on autonomous weapons, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and 1,000 academics, researchers and public figures have warned.
In an open letter presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aries, the Future of Life Institute signatories caution that “starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control”.
Although the letter, first reported by the Guardian, notes that “we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many ways, and that the goal of the field should be to do so”, it concludes that “this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow”.
California AG to review group behind Planned Parenthood videos
Fox News has this report:
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Friday she plans to review two undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists aimed at discrediting Planned Parenthood’s procedures for providing fetal tissue to researchers to see if any law was broken in the filming.
Harris made the announcement in a letter to four Democratic members of Congress who had requested the investigation, saying she’ll use her office’s authority to regulate charity organizations to see if the organization that made the videos violated registration or reporting requirements, or broke any other rules.
Baphomet Statue Unveiled in Detroit to Shouts of “Hail Satan,” Satanist Men Kissing
According to Christian News Network:
At least 100 people attended the unveiling of a Satanic statue depicting Baphomet being flanked by children on Saturday—a statue that was originally intended to be placed at the Oklahoma state capitol and now may be the subject of an effort to erect it next to a Ten Commandments monument in Arkansas.
As previously reported, the New York-based Satanic Temple had scheduled the unveiling for July 25th in Detroit, Michigan. The group says that it chose Detroit because it has a “good community” of followers, with over 200 members, billing the event as “a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery.”
“Come dance with the Devil and experience history in the making,” its invitation read.
Down, down, down the slippery slope America slides. We’re traveling at warp speed and at the rate we’re going we’ll hit rock bottom sooner than we anticipated. So brace yourselves, brethren. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. In this piece, Ryan T. Anderson, columnist for The Daily Signal, tackles the subject of polyamory. We knew that the High Court’s decision to legalize […]
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Obama Pledges to Use Last 18 Months in Office Pushing Gun Control
Posted: 27 Jul 2015 05:11 AM PDT
President Obama on Thursday pledged to use his last 18 months in office to work on gun control, calling it “the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied.” “If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient, common-sense gun safety laws – even in the face of repeated mass killings,” he told the BBC in an interview.
“And if you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it’s less than 100. If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it’s in the tens of thousands,” Obama continued. “For us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing, but it is not something that I intend to stop working on in the remaining 18 months.” MORE
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|The Persecution Of Christians Is Intensifying As Anti-Christian Hatred Sweeps The Entire World
Posted: 27 Jul 2015 05:07 AM PDT
There is very little that the entire world seems to agree upon, but there is one very frightening trend that is now taking hold literally all over the globe. A passionate hatred of Christianity is sweeping across the planet, and very few global leaders have been willing to step forward and speak out against this rising persecution of Christians. In many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, believers are being relentlessly attacked by extremists, churches are being destroyed, and laws are being passed to try to prevent the spread of the Christian faith.
In some areas, the violence has become so extreme that Christians knowingly risk their own lives just to go to church services each week. Would you risk your life to go to church? In North America and Europe, the persecution is often more subtle. Even though violent attacks are still fairly rare, Christian beliefs are being undermined by new laws, comedians and television shows regularly mock the Christian faith, and many employers will immediately mentally disqualify a potential candidate for a job if they discover that an individual is a Bible-believing Christian. Sadly, this is just the beginning. In the years ahead, those that choose to be followers of Jesus Christ will face even greater persecution than we have seen already. MORE
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|More green cards issued in year than entire population of original 13 colonies
Posted: 27 Jul 2015 04:58 AM PDT
A remarkable transformation is underway in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The birthplace and final resting place of George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson—and once one of the most reliably-red of red states—is being rapidly turned into a progressive stronghold. These changes are not the result of an inside agency, or a natural evolution in political thinking, but rather the result of one of the most impactful yet least-discussed policies of the federal government.
Each year the federal government prints millions of visas and distributes these admission tickets to the poorest and least-developed nations in the world. A middle-aged person living in parts of Virginia today will have witnessed more demographic change in the span of her life than many societies have experienced in millennia. MORE
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|Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes Alaska’s Aleutian Islands
Posted: 27 Jul 2015 04:51 AM PDT
BREAKING NEWS – A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands late Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake occurred 58 miles (94 kilometers) east-southeast of Yunaska Island, in the Fox Islands — which are in the middle of the Aleutians. The earthquake struck at a depth of 16.8 miles (27.1 kilometers). There was no immediate reports of injuries or of a tsunami warning. CNN
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|Architectural Plans For Third Temple Have Begun!
Posted: 26 Jul 2015 05:51 PM PDT
Today, on the Fast of Av, Jews throughout the world mourn the destruction of the two Holy Temples of Jerusalem and pray for the rebuilding of the Third Temple. But one organization has been doing a lot more than just praying. The Temple Institute has released a modern three-dimensional architectural rendition of the future Third Holy Temple, utilizing the latest building material and techniques.
The vivid, three-minute video walks viewers through the main sanctuary, showcasing decades of research and tens of innovative Halakhic (Jewish law) solutions to various perplexing issues that were resolved to create fully functional, ready-to-use plans.
While staying true to the Halakhic requirements and dimensions, the project also adds some clear modern twists. SOURCE
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|Obama To Force Charities To Promote Abortion Or Lose Funding
Posted: 26 Jul 2015 04:22 PM PDT
Religious and other pro-life charity organizations that aid sex trafficking victims will longer be awarded federal grants if they are unable to offer abortion counseling services due to religious convictions come this fall after the Obama administration passed a new Department of Health and Human Services grant requirement last month. According to the Washington Examiner, a change to HHS guidelines passed in June explains that the department is now disqualifying aid organizations that do not offer “the full range of legally permissible gynecological and obstetric care,”
which also includes abortion counseling and referrals. The report adds that groups that refuse to offer abortion counseling services to trafficking victims have the option to ensure that abortion counseling is provided through a third-party in order to remain eligible for the grant funding. Pro-life opponents of the new guidelines say this is just another instance in which the Obama administration is trying to force abortion at the cost of women in dire need of assistance. MORE
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|Copper, China And World Trade Are All Screaming That The Next Economic Crisis Is Here
Posted: 26 Jul 2015 04:14 PM PDT
If you are looking for a “canary in a coal mine” type of warning for the entire global economy, you have a whole bunch to pick from right now. “Dr. Copper” just hit a six year low, Morgan Stanley is warning that this could be the worst oil price crash in 45 years, the Chinese economy is suddenly stalling out, and world trade is falling at the fastest pace that we have seen since the last financial crisis. In order not to see all of the signs that are pointing toward a global economic slowdown, you would have to be willingly blind. In recent months,
I have been writing article after article detailing how the exact same patterns that happened just before the stock market crash of 2008 are playing out once again. We are watching a slow-motion train wreck unfold right before our eyes, and things are only going to get worse from here. Copper is referred to as “Dr. Copper” because it does such an excellent job of indicating where economic conditions are heading next. We saw this in 2008, when the price of copper started crashing big time in the months leading up to the stock market implosion. MORE
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|Obama Jokes About Birth Certificate During Kenya Visit
Posted: 26 Jul 2015 04:05 PM PDT
U.S. president Barack Obama attended a state dinner in his honor in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday (July 25). He made jokes about his birth certificate in his father’s homeland. “I suspect that some of my critics back home are suggesting that I’m back here to look for my birth certificate. That is not the case,” Obama quipped as the room broke out in laughter and applause.
Obama made his birth certificate public in 2011 after opponents questioned his birthplace and eligibility to be president, claiming he was not a U.S. citizen. The certificate lists Honolulu, Hawaii, as his place of birth. MORE
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|Documents Prove That the IRS Targeted Conservative Groups
Posted: 26 Jul 2015 03:55 PM PDT
It’s been a rough week for the IRS. On Monday it was revealed that during the last tax season, the IRS phone system hung up on 8.8 million callers looking for help with their taxes, a massive increase from the half a million hangups that were experienced the year before. The IRS is also being criticized for levying outrageous fines on businesses that reimburse their employees for health insurance; fines that are 12 times higher than the statutory limit written in the Affordable Care Act.
But the latest news on a long running IRS scandal takes the cake. Judicial Watch announced earlier this week, that they had obtained documents that prove the IRS used donor lists of tax exempt organizations to target them with audits. These were largely conservative organizations opposed to the Obama administration. The IRS attempted to issue a “gift tax” of 35% on some of these donors, despite the fact that a gift tax on donations was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, and hasn’t been used since 1982. While many of these organizations are hardly saints, (the documents show that Crossroads GPS was targeted, an organizations that is associated with establishment heavyweight, Karl Rove) this scandal reveals the awful truth about our government. MORE
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|Mideast expert: Israel forced to consider attack on Iran
Posted: 26 Jul 2015 03:43 PM PDT
The nuclear agreement with Iran leaves Israel with little alternative but to launch a military attack against the Islamic regime’s nuclear facilities, a leading Middle East expert says in a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. “Assuming the (agreement) goes through the U.S. government and the U.N. Security Council, it’s hard to see what the Israelis can do to protect themselves other than attack the Iranian facilities,” said Middle East Forum president Daniel Pipes in an interview with G2. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been outspoken in his opposition to the agreement.
Pipes, a historian, writer and political commentator, said that he sees such an attack as “the next stage” and suggests Israel could receive the assistance of Saudi Arabia. “The now-open relationship between Riyadh and Jerusalem makes the prospect of Saudi assistance less far-fetched than it once was,” Pipes said He added that “leaks of Saudi documents shows how preoccupied the leadership is with the Iranian threat.” MORE
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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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