Jul. 29, 2015
Congress is moving to consider a three-month extension of U.S. highway funding after Speaker John Boehner said the House would pass a short-term bill and leave for a summer break without taking up the Senate’s plan.
The problem for gold isn’t just that prices are dropping. For many, the metal also has lost its charisma. Sentiment means a lot in the bullion market, where only about 60 percent of what gets mined or recycled each year is used in jewelry and industrial applications. The rest is sold as coins or bars, so when demand from investors dries up, there can be painful consequences for the bulls who remain.
The hackers who stole data on tens of millions of U.S. insurance holders and government employees in recent months breached another big target at around the same time — United Airlines. United, the world’s second-largest airline, detected an incursion into its computer systems in May or early June.
Russia’s central bank halted purchases of foreign currency to replenish the country’s international reserves, a move that may lay the groundwork for a fifth interest-rate cut this year at a meeting on Friday.
The introduction of Windows 10 on July 29 is much quieter: no ringing the Nasdaq opening bell, no promos with sitcom stars or Rolling Stones songs—just 13 parties around the world to thank volunteers who’ve helped debug and refine the operating system during the past year
Mullah Omar, the reclusive cleric who founded Afghanistan’s Taliban guerrilla movement and sheltered al-Qaeda leaders as they plotted the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., is dead, an Afghan government official said.
Through its partnership with Toronto-based HigherEdPoints, Air Canada’s loyalty program, Aeroplan, lets members use miles for tuition—and sometimes room and board—at 70 colleges and universities in Canada. Aeroplan members can redeem 35,000 miles to buy a $250 certificate that is credited directly to a student’s account.
For the first time, a majority of U.S. speculative-grade debt issued this year was done through private offerings, accounting for a record 60 percent of all sales in 2015, up from 40 percent last year.
Days after the U.S. and Turkey announced a breakthrough deal to fight together against the Islamic State, U.S. officials are insisting that — contrary to reports — there are definitely no U.S. plans for a “safe zone” inside Syria. In fact, there really is no “zone,” and there is no plan to keep the area “safe.”
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An Israeli air strike on a government-held village on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights ceasefire line killed five pro-regime forces, a monitoring group said.
Preparing for and taking the SAT and ACT tests has become a stress-filled rite of passage for American high school students. But on Monday, one of the nation’s most prestigious and competitive universities, The George Washington University, joined the ranks of colleges that will no longer require the high-stakes tests for admission. The reason for the shift: boosting the enrollment of disadvantaged students.
An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday.
Houston police are investigating the deaths of two suspects in their custody in the past 10 days, incidents that have come as national attention has been focused on Texas police after a black woman was found hanged in a jail cell in a nearby county.
Germany’s transition from coal- and oil-fired power to carbon-free electricity hit a new milestone on July 25, when solar, wind, and other sources of renewable energy met 78 percent of the day’s energy demand.
Archaeologists make an “important discovery” in identifying four lost founders of the Jamestown colony from the time of early English America over 400 years ago.
Unemployment remains stubbornly high in Greece, with an estimated million jobs lost since 2009. Those who do have jobs have found that they often need to work longer hours and wait weeks or months for their paychecks to arrive.
Multinational troops fighting Boko Haram in West Africa will be able to pursue the militants across borders. There was now trust between those contributing troops since the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in May.
The Peruvian army says it has rescued 39 people from a farm where the Shining Path rebel group kept them as slaves. Some of the captives said they had been kidnapped some 30 years ago. The defense ministry said 26 of them were children, some of whom were born in captivity.
The United States has removed Cuba from its list of countries that fail to combat human trafficking.
An Australian father is one of eight men charged with 503 child sex offences, including sexual slavery, against his 13-year-old daughter.
A man has been killed as at least 1,500 migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais.
Underscoring dangerous shortcomings of the nuclear agreement with Iran, a prominent missile expert contends there is no way now to verify that an Iranian missile-launched satellite doesn’t contain a nuclear weapon that can be exploded over the United States at a high altitude.
The principal of an innovative West Harlem public school killed herself the day after her students took the state Common Core exams — which were later tossed out because she cheated.
A Baytown, Texas, would-be burglar got the shock of his life when he tried taking off with a stash of electronics from the Church of New Beginnings, but was stymied by the pastor – who was packing a pistol.
Top News – 7/29/2015
Laughing Over Dead Babies?
The Center for Medical Progress has now issued a third recording of Planned Parenthood officials explaining their grotesque trafficking in baby body parts. It is even more devastating than the first two.
Thync review: Where we just say yes to a drug-like, brain-zapping wearable
Meet Thync, a wearable that zaps your brain to change your mood – like a drug that replaces chemicals with technology.
U.S. State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution
During the height of one of the most brutal months of Muslim persecution of Christians, the U.S. State Department exposed its double standards against persecuted Christian minorities.
Messianic Predictions Upon Jonathan Pollard’s Release from Prison
“You are a cosmic key to the redemption of the Jewish people. Your release is synonymous with the release of the Shechinah [the Divine presence] from galut [exile]. Your release is tied up with the Moshiach Ben David’s [Messiah son of David’s] return to the Land. Your release is bound to the redemption of the land and people of Israel.” Jewish and Christian believers agree that the judges and lawyers involved in the case 30 years ago could not have anticipated the confluence of events.
Nicaragua Alert to the Phenomenon of Earthquake Swarm
The authorities and the people of Nicaragua remain on alert today after an earthquake swarm, located among the fault lines of Tiscapa, Zogiab and Escuela in this capital. The coordinator of the Communication and Citizenship Council, Rosario Murillo, urged Nicaraguans to remain calm and follow all the information about the phenomenon.
Nationwide Boycott Called As Boy Scouts Of America Adopt The LGBT Agenda
In 2015, the BSA has been hijacked by the LGBT Mafia, and as such, we call for an immediate nationwide boycott and rejection of the Boy Scouts of America. Where is the voice of the Christian Church in this nation to rise up and condemn this? I’ll tell you why, because the useless, silent, end times Laodicean Christian Church is too busy “asking for blessings” instead of standing on the Bible.
Outrage In Nevada As LGBT Rainbow Flag Replaces American Flag Over Reno City Hall
Sunday in Reno, Nevada, the infamous gay-pride rainbow flag replaced the American flag over City Hall. The outrage was immediate.
U.S. State Depratment Bars Christinas From Testifying About Persecution
During the height of one of the most brutal months of Muslim persecution of Christians, the U.S. State Department exposed its double standards against persecuted Christian minorities.
Illegal Aliens Outnumber Unemployed Americans
the Pew Research Center says that the number of illegal aliens in the country currently outnumber unemployed Americans. The number of illegal immigrants in the United States totaled 11.3 million in 2014, outnumbering the 9.6 million Americans who were unemployed in the same year, according to data from Pew Research Center and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Top Sunni Muslim cleric al-Qaradawi does about-face, opposes suicide bombings
In a post on his web site, al-Qaradawi wrote that the use of suicide bombers was only permissible to those living under Israeli occupation.
US Willing to be as ‘Flexible’ With North Korea as With Iran
US envoy says Obama administration hopes Pyongyang will take note of Iran nuclear agreement and return to negotiating table.
Taliban’s Supreme Leader Dead
Omar has been in hiding since 2001, when a U.S.-led coalition woke up after 9/11 and waged war on the terrorist organization, and it is possible that the report of his death comes two years after the fact.
Fed expected to push ahead with rate hike plan
The U.S. central bank is scheduled to issue its latest policy statement at 2 p.m. EDT following a two-day meeting, spelling out how policymakers feel the economy has progressed since they last met in June.
Ukraine struggles to control maverick battalions
“I would like Ukraine to lead the crusades,” said Korchynsky, whose battalion’s name is Saint Mary. “Our mission is not only to kick out the occupiers, but also revenge. Moscow must burn.”
USGS says 5.9-magnitude earthquake shakes region along Colombia-Panama border
A strong earthquake shook a sparsely populated region along the border between Colombia and Panama on Tuesday evening. There were no early reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Service said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9, while Colombia’s seismological institute put it at 6.1.
Crescent quake makes, breaks history
“We had a lot of stuff fall from shelves and off the walls,” Frontier Country Historical Museum volunteer Vickey Howard said of the 4.5-magnitude quake, among the largest recorded in the state.
6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Alaska; no major damage reported
The quake’s epicenter was about 150 miles from Anchorage to the west of Cook Inlet, near the Chigmit Mountains. The area is southwest of Redoubt Volcano. It was recorded some 70 miles below the earth’s surface.
Mind-Blowing Temperature Fraud At NOAA
The measured US temperature data from USHCN shows that the US is on a long-term cooling trend. But the reported temperatures from NOAA show a strong warming trend. They accomplish this through a spectacular hockey stick of data tampering, which corrupts the US temperature trend by almost two degrees.
China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet
As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party. Ye Zheng…said the Internet represented a new form of global control, and the U.S. was a “shadow” present during some of those popular uprisings. Beijing had better pay attention.
Gaza: ‘Israeli war crimes’ followed soldier’s capture – Amnesty
Amnesty International says there is “strong evidence” Israel committed war crimes in Gaza following the capture of a soldier by Hamas in last year’s war. Its report says at least 135 civilians were killed in a bombardment of Rafah after Lt Hadar Goldin was seized on 1 August. He was later declared dead. Amnesty said Israel employed a “‘gloves-off’ policy with devastating consequences for civilians”.
Report: Israeli Air Force strikes target in Syria, killing at least 2 people
Arab media reported on Wednesday that the Israeli Air Force struck a target in Syria, killing at least two people. According to a report on the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen news portal, an Israeli air force jet struck a car in the countryside of Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights, killing three people.
Israel’s High Court orders demolition of homes in West Bank settlement
The High Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered the state to raze two apartment buildings in the West Bank settlement of Beit El… Settlers and security forces held a tense standoff late Tuesday night in Beit El, as they waited for the High Court ruling which effectively sealed the fate of the disputed apartment buildings known as “the House of Draynof.”
Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence
Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.
Pollard to be freed; US analyst spied for Israel
Jonathan Pollard, the former Navy intelligence analyst whose conviction of spying for Israel stoked fierce international passions, has been granted parole and will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years.
Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattles south-central Alaska
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattled a wide area of south-central Alaska, including Anchorage, on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The tremor struck about 40 miles south of Mount Redoubt, an active volcano near Cook Inlet, and 140 miles southwest of Anchorage, the state’s largest city, and was felt 150 miles from its epicenter, the USGS said.
Mexico sentences 5 men to 697 years for killings of 11 women
Mexican prosecutors announced Tuesday that they had won “historic” convictions and sentences of 697 years in prison against five men for killing 11 women near the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
Did White House influence ‘Daily Show’ coverage?
As Jon Stewart begins his final run on the “Daily Show,” a pair of scandals threaten to besmirch his reputation with his left-leaning fans. A report by Politico suggests the influential Comedy Central comic may have been influenced by the White House on a number of occasions, possibly shaping what issues he discussed and what viewpoint he adopted on his popular satirical news show.
Rev. Graham: USA ‘Now Exporting The Acceptance of Immorality Via Our President’
n reference to President Barack Obama’s trip to Kenya where, during a press conference he expressed support for gay rights and equated legal restrictions on homosexuality to Jim Crow laws and slavery, Reverend Franklin Graham said the United States was “now exporting the acceptance of immorality” through Obama.
Top Headlines – 7/29/2015
Key U.S. House Democrat cites troublesome issues in Iran nuclear deal
Key US House Republican says Iran deal ‘cash bonanza’ for Tehran
Zarif: No Concern that Deal Won’t be Implemented
On their terms? Iran wants to take own soil samples at suspected nuclear site
Kerry tells US House Foreign Affairs C’tee that Iran deal makes Israel safer
Kerry: Iran ‘May’ Kill Americans or Israelis
New Survey of Jewish Americans Shows Opposition to Iran Deal Increases With More Knowledge of Arguments
Netanyahu: Iran and Hezbollah have terrorist network throughout Europe
Netanyahu, Abbas may address the EU in bid to reinvigorate peace process
PA Sources: Cyprus Initiating Resumption of Peace Talks
Israel and Cyprus to expand energy cooperation, link to European markets
Joint List MKs threaten ‘war’ in visit to Temple Mount
Third Jew arrested on Temple Mount for insulting Prophet Muhammad
Arab man condemns sheik on Temple Mount for teaching children about ‘martyrdom’
PLO to investigate reports of secret talks between Palestinian and Israeli officials
Tense standoff in West Bank settlement over demolition orders
Hezbollah 3.0: How Israel’s No. 1 enemy is preparing for the next Lebanon war
Report: Nasrallah beefs security over ISIS threats
Islamic State recruitment document seeks to provoke ‘end of the world’
FBI: Islamic State sympathizer charged in backpack bomb plot
Pathway to defeating ISIS runs through Kurdistan – and starts in America
Surge of Syrian refugees into US stirs security concerns
IS conflict: Nato discusses Turkey-Syria border crisis
United Nations warns Turkey against calling buffer a ‘safe zone’
UN says it could reach 3 million in Yemen with aid if a humanitarian pause can take hold
Suicide bombing in Benghazi kills three
German Islamist resident suspected in deadly Somalia car bombing
Five Muslim girls arrested for ‘attacking’ bikini-clad French woman
Obama tells African leaders to respect presidential term limits
Obama: I could win 3rd term if I ran again
China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet
Facebook’s Use of Facial-Recognition Tool Draws Privacy Ire
Amazon proposes drones-only airspace to facilitate high-speed delivery
‘Extreme fear’ is back for the stock market
John Hussman: Stocks Show 4 Signs of Major Decline Ahead
Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence
‘Alien in Chelyabinsk’: 2,000-yo skeleton with cone head dug up at Russian Stonehenge
6.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Redoubt Volcano, Alaska
Magnitude 6.1 quake hits Panama-Colombia border
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Yunaska Island, Alaska
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern East Pacific Rise
More and bigger drilling-linked earthquakes rattle Oklahoma
Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft
Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft
Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft
Record Rains Trigger Dangerous Flooding in India, Pakistan; Rain to Dwindle in August
Heavy Flooding Swamps City in Russia
Cold front brings rare July snow to Northern Rockies
Snow piles from record-breaking Buffalo storm still melting
Fires in US West threaten thousands of structures
Prince Charles extends climate doomsday deadline by 33 years
Milloy: Despite Climate Alarmism, Polar Ice Refuses to Go Away
Mind-Blowing Temperature Fraud At NOAA
New Flu Vaccine Made from Insect Cells Approved Early for Upcoming Flu Season
3rd Shock Video Catches Planned Parenthood Vice President Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies
Reno mayor apologizes for LGBT flag replacing American flag above city hall
Rev. Graham: USA ‘Now Exporting The Acceptance of Immorality Via Our President’
3rd Planned Parenthood Sting Video Reveals Profit Strategy, Insider’s Gruesome Account
Satanic Temple Requires Attendees of Event to Sign Over Soul to Devil
The man who thinks he’s Jesus: Queensland cult leader claims to be the messiah……..
Sheriff’s office: Man dies from snake bite at church service
Pistol Packing Pastor Thwarts Would Be Burglar
Jeb Bush Endorses Unlimited Amnesty in Spanish Telemundo Interview
You will NOT BELIEVE who was best man at John Kerry’s daughter’s wedding
July 29, 2015
“Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.” —Alexander Hamilton, Pacificus, No. 6, 1793
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
Barack Obama is proud of his numerous “accomplishments,” but on the issue of gun control, his success rate is admittedly off target. “[T]he one area that I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied … is the fact that the United States is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient, common-sense gun safety laws,” he lamented last week — a reality made more bitter by the fact Democrats strategically, and unsuccessfully, blame every nefarious shooter’s behavior on the weapons used to inflict harm. Their continuous gratuitous assault on the Second Amendment has America’s gun owners equally if not more frustrated. A new report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has found, “[U]nder President Obama, gun production has spiked 140 percent to 10.8 million firearms in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available,” The Hill reported. If the Left’s goal is to reverse gun figures in America, it’s utterly failing. Erich Pratt, a spokesperson with Gun Owners of America, quips, “The ATF report confirms what we already know, that Barack Obama deserves the ‘Gun Salesman of the Decade’ award. People have been rushing to buy firearms because they’re afraid that Obama will take away their Second Amendment rights.” And for good reason. The administration is attempting to prohibit Social Security recipients from owning firearms if they are judged mentally incompetent. “[T]his amount[s] to the largest gun grab in American history,” according to the National Rifle Association. In his final 18 months, Obama will do all he can to ensure his legacy won’t go down as a gun salesman but as a gun confiscator. And that’s all the more reason to remain vigilant.
The Environmental Protection Agency is beginning to realize that it might be asking a bit too much from the American economy. Sources at the EPA have told The Washington Post that it is extending the deadline for when coal plants must reduce their greenhouse gas output. The EPA has yet to release the final version of the regulation, but it said coal plants have until 2022 instead of 2020 to conform to the gospel of green and avoid too much stress on the electrical grid. By ceding ground, the EPA admits the Clean Power Plan demanded too much. On a related note, the new ozone standards that the EPA is working on would set the standards so low on the naturally occurring gas that Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon would be in violation, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Things have gone too far when an agency supposedly established to protect the environment finds nature in violation of its decrees.
In the age of sequestered military spending — reduced forces, grounded Thunderbirds, Blue Angels stripped of their wings and even blockaded memorials — Barack Obama thinks nothing of pulling nearly $6 million from the Air Force budget to fund the 29-hour Air Force One flight to and from Kenya and Ethiopia. Presidential trips abroad are classified information, and no one quite knows how much Obama spent on this trip to visit his extended family and attend the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. When he visited Africa in 2013, the trip cost an estimated $100 million. Typically, presidents spend more time abroad in their second term. Currently, Obama is not the executive with the most frequent flyer miles — that platinum membership belongs to Bill Clinton — but Obama is close. Michael Tasselmyer, policy analyst at the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, wrote, “The last official accounting of any Presidential travel was conducted over a decade ago in GAO’s 1999 report on President Clinton’s trips to Africa, Chile, and China. … There are understandable security considerations to keep in mind, but until more information is made available, there can be no public debate on the costs and benefits of international travel.” It’s not so much the travel money, it’s the priorities.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Nate Jackson
Everybody loves the Olympics, right? The grit, the feats, the glory, the decathlon champ who later decides he’s a woman. All kidding aside, every two years (summer and winter, respectively), the world gathers its best athletes to compete for sport and national pride. But is it worth the price of admission?
Boston and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) came to an agreement of sorts: No, it isn’t worth the enormous cost for Boston to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
It’s revealing that both parties agreed because neither wanted to be liable for the inevitable cost overruns. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh refused to sign a host city contract with the United States Olympic Committee that would put Boston’s taxpayers on the hook for the extra costs (i.e., absolving the IOC), so the committee cut Boston out of the running. Walsh said, “This is me letting the taxpayers of Boston know … that I will not sign a document that puts one dollar of taxpayers’ money on the line for one penny of overruns for the Olympics.”
Walsh is right in a sense; the spectacle of the Olympics is an expensive façade, and there are always cost overruns. Cities and countries spend billions of dollars updating or building infrastructure, with the accompanying traffic delays and detours for citizens, all for two weeks of glory on the world stage. That isn’t to say those two weeks aren’t really fun and glorious…
As a side note, this phenomenon is certainly not limited to the Olympics. American taxpayers fork over billions of dollars in what are essentially subsidies to our own major national sports. For example, the National Football League, a “nonprofit” until it dropped the charade in April, has secured billions for stadiums around the country, which are then replaced a couple of decades later when they’re deemed “outdated.”
The last time the summer Olympics were held in the U.S. was 1996 in Atlanta. But what of the Olympic venues in Atlanta today? Turner Field, formerly known as Olympic Stadium, is home to Major League Baseball’s Braves, but it will be demolished when the team moves in 2017 to another venue built with $450 million in taxpayer money in suburban Cobb County. And Turner Field is the only Olympic venue in Georgia’s biggest city still in operation. So much for the “investment” in 1996.
What about more recent years? Mark Alexander described his first-hand experience at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which cost China $40 billion:
“China put on its best face, rather like a movie set. Beijing’s new airport is among the world’s finest. Every main Olympic thoroughfare was newly paved, signed, landscaped and lighted. Even the primary rural routes outside the city had makeovers, with fresh paint and greenery covering 100 feet on either side of those roads. Beyond that makeup, however, was the dirt and dilapidation that makes up most of China’s rural areas.
“The new Olympic structures were certainly impressive, though few of the 250,000 people who were ejected from Soviet-era block housing that formerly blighted the Olympic green were adequately compensated. Indeed, many of them did not receive alternate housing.”
Just four years later, Beijing’s shining venues looked no different than much of the rest of the country — worn and abandoned monuments to failed central planning. And the subjects of the “People’s Republic” are certainly no better off, which is why Chinese activists are pushing the IOC to reject Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics bid.
Finally, remember when the IOC rejected Chicago’s (and, by extension, Barack Obama’s) bid for the 2016 games? The Windy City blew $100 million on that rejection.
All that said, there is a spirit about the Olympics that’s tough to quantify with a price tag. National Review’s Jay Nordlinger, for one, is sorry to see Boston give up. “Generations ago,” he writes, “when we were a much poorer country than now, we did things like host the Olympics, because we felt we should. We wanted to. Such deeds comported with our sense of ourselves — with the way we thought of our place in the world, and what we had to offer mankind.”
Who can forget the overwhelming national pride after the 1980 USA hockey team defeated the mighty and heavily favored Soviets in the “Miracle on Ice” at Lake Placid? Is there a price tag applicable to such a moment?
Perhaps it’s the utter waste of the last decade in Washington that has left so many Americans feeling like saving rather than spending. Perhaps no one thinks all that much of Barack Obama’s America any more — that was his goal, after all — and they conclude the Olympics just aren’t worth hosting. We’d only note this irony: The Olympics are becoming unaffordable because other nations are driving up the cost with Obama-style “stimulus” bids. America can do better. But it won’t happen in Boston 2024.
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Jonah Goldberg: “Basically, working teaches young people how to work. There’s no substitute for it. That’s one reason I find the race to raise the minimum wage across the country so problematic. I understand the good intentions underlying it. But the idea that the minimum wage — at least for young workers — should be a ‘living wage’ is absurd, even immoral. Employers are taking a risk when they hire people with no work experience. Why further discourage that? Subsidize something and you get more of it. Tax it and you get less. There are plenty of ways to subsidize low-skill hiring — an expanded earned-income tax credit, for instance. Instead, a higher minimum wage taxes the employers who hire low-skill workers. That’s nuts. … America is raising a whole generation of ‘leaders’ who see the people they are supposed to represent as abstractions rather than as individuals they have served, worked with or worked for. Just as we want civilian leaders who know what it’s like to wear the uniform, we want policymakers who know what it’s like to work — and hire — in the trenches.”
Insight: “[Tyrannical] power is absolute, minute, regular, provident and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing.” —French historian Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)
Demo-gogues: “Coming from a rural state, I think I can communicate with folks coming from urban states, where guns mean different things than they do in Vermont, where [they are] used for hunting. … I believe that we need to make sure that certain types of guns used to kill people exclusively — not for hunting — they should not be sold in the United States of America.” —Bernie Sanders
Village Idiots: “[Keystone XL] is President Obama’s decision, and I am not going to second-guess him because I was in a position to set this in motion and I do not think that would be the right thing to do.” —Hillary Clinton, who refuses to reveal her position on Keystone
Not a vote of confidence: “[N]othing in [the Iranian nuclear] agreement is based on trust. Nothing is based on an expectation of some change of behavior.” —John Kerry
Cashing in on evil: “Right now, Republicans in Washington are pushing legislation allowing employers to fire single women for getting pregnant — AND they’re leading an ‘investigation’ to undercut Planned Parenthood. This makes my head explode. I’m confident that if we had more women leading in Washington, we would not still be dealing with the right wing’s efforts to trample women’s health care.” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in a fundraising email
And last… “59% of poll respondents said wedding-related businesses with religious objections should be allowed to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples. The other 41% think it’s super smart to eat food made by someone you just finished bullying.” —Fred Thompson
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Thanks to the “Obama recovery”, the rate of homeownership in the United States has fallen to the lowest level in 48 years. The percentage of Americans that own a home is widely considered to be a key indicator of the health of the middle class, and we have just learned that during the second quarter of 2015 that number dropped from 63.7 percent to 63.4 percent. It is now the lowest that it has been since 1967. Unlike a lot of other government economic statistics, this one is fairly difficult to manipulate. Either someone owns a home or they do not. And what the homeownership rate is telling us is that the percentage of Americans that can qualify for a mortgage has been falling dramatically. Just take a look at the following chart. This is not just a decline – this is a complete and utter collapse… (Read More…)
What I am about to share with you is quite stunning. A well-respected financial expert that correctly predicted the last two stock market crashes is now warning that we are right on the verge of the next one. John Hussman is a former professor of economics and international finance at the University of Michigan, and the information in his latest weekly market comment is staggering. Since 1970, there have only been a handful of times when a combination of market signals that Hussman uses have indicated that a major market peak has been reached. In 1972, 2000 and 2007 each of those peaks was followed by a dramatic stock market crash. Now, for the first time since the last financial crisis, all four of those signals appeared once again during the week of July 17th. If Hussman’s analysis is correct, this could very well mean that the next great stock market crash in the United States is imminent. (Read More….)
It hasn’t GONE global. It’s long been global and on a massive scale. But China is freaking people out.
Play this game if you want. But understand that it is a game which is run by cronies, for cronies, and that cronies are very fallible. Can you handle the kind of downdraft which may come when reality catches up with the hubris of central bankers?
It’s an important question, and one which should be asked when things (in the USA) are still relatively calm.
(The Daily Signal / Kate Scanlon) March of Dimes, an organization that seeks to end premature birth, is facing criticism from its supporters for donations local chapters made to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. The controversy comes amid the release of undercover videos about Planned Parenthood’s alleged sale of aborted fetal body parts. Lawmakers in […]
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via DHS: Calling Islamic Terrorism ‘Islamic’ Offends Muslims – Investors.com. h/t Eye on the World After a Muslim terrorist gunned down unarmed Marines in Tennessee, the head of Homeland Security revealed a policy to downplay any Islamic role in such terror. The feds are now blindfolding each other on the threat. Homeland Security chief Jeh […]
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The McAvany Intel Memo
This writer has long been fascinated by the parallels between the rise of Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship in Germany in the 1930s, and what is happening in America today as we move toward a totalitarian police state. Sadly, today, just as in Germany in the 1930s, most American’s are totally clueless that they are losing their freedom and moving rapidly toward a socialist dictatorship very similar to the Third Reich – except in the present case, a very high-tech police state.
The parallels between Nazi Germany in the 1930s and the psychology of the German people and America and the psychology of the people circa 2015 are very ominous. So gradual was the strangulation of freedom in Germany in the ’30s (i.e., the slow boiling of the frog) that they never even knew they had lost their freedom until near the end of the war. The same thing is happening in America today – and people who try to sound a warning in America today are likewise seen by the government and the great majority as alarmists, extremists, anti-government radicals, and perhaps even “potential domestic terrorists.” As in Nazi Germany, they may one day be locked up, silenced, or worse.
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2015
Senator Ted Cruz on Monday challenged President Obama to debate the “substance” of the Iran deal.
“Since Obama’s not willing to discuss the substance, I’ll make an invitation right here tonight, which is I invite President Obama at any time and place of his choosing to debate the substance of the Iran deal,” he said on Fox News’s “Hannity.” “Let’s do it in front of the American people.”
“If he’s unwilling to show up, he can send as a proxy John Kerry,” he added. The 2016 presidential candidate starkly opposes Obama’s Iran deal, and said that if it passes through Congress, “the Obama administration will become quite literally the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism.” source
To a liberal, one lion’s life has more value than 327,653 human babies in their mother’s wombs.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)
Liberals in America and abroad are horrified at the hunting death of Cecil the Lion in South Africa by American dentist Dr. Walter J. Palmer. Social media has lit up in outrage over someone who would dare kill the beloved lion for sport. In the headlines today, Palmer is being lambasted as a “coward and a killer” and is receiving multiple death threats. PETA has said on it’s Twitter account that Palmer should “hang himself” for what he did. Wow, truly a hardcore reaction. But evidently, killing human babies is ok.
I am writing this article at 11:48 AM EST on July 29, 2015. Since midnight last night, 1,470 abortions were performed in America with 53, 983 performed worldwide. From the time that I started to type just this very sentence, 30 abortions have been completed with the blood still flowing from their mothers wombs. 30 dead babies in the time it took to write that one sentence! Yet, there is no liberal outrage, no calls for abortion doctors to “hang themselves”, no lit candles and stuffed animal memorials set up anywhere by liberals in any walk of life.
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, when discussing the fate of Cecil the Lion on his show last night, became so overwhelming with emotion that he actually cried on-air. I, too, think it’s a sad thing and I agree Cecil should never have been shot. If there was wrongdoing by the dentist, then he should have to explain that in a court of law. But why can’t liberals have this same kind of reaction at the slaughter of defenseless human beings? Listen as Jimmy Kimmel describes in great, graphic detail how Cecil was killed:
So, Jimmy Kimmel, if you are reading this, in the interest of equal time how about describing this on your show tomorrow night?
The cervix must be dilated before the abortion. Usually Laminaria sticks are inserted into the cervix. These are made of sterilized seaweed that is compressed into thin sticks. When inserted, they absorb moisture and expand, thus enlarging the cervix. A pliers-like instrument is inserted through the cervix into the uterus. The abortionist then seizes a leg, arm or other part of the baby and, with a twisting motion, tears it from the body. This continues until only the head remains. Finally the skull is crushed and pulled out. The nurse must then reassemble the body parts to be sure that all of them were removed.
Since the time that I started to write this article at 11:48 AM EST on July 29, 2015, over 500 babies have been aborted worldwide. Where is the liberal outrage for that?
Kerry to Visit Middle East – but Not Israel
Posted: 29 Jul 2015 06:38 AM PDT
United States Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Middle East next week but will be skipping Israel, his spokesman said on Monday. In his daily briefing, State Department spokesman John Kirby announced that Kerry would be in Cairo on August 2 to discuss bilateral ties with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. From there, Kirby added, Kerry will travel to Qatar, where he will meet with the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the capital Doha for discussions of the Iran deal, among other issues.
Asked why Kerry would not be visiting Israel during the trip, the spokesman responded, “It’s just not part of the parameters for this trip. It’s not – it wasn’t a deliberate decision not to go. It’s literally – it’s an around-the-world trip.” Kirby added that Kerry “has been in touch with Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu many, many times over the last several weeks in terms of discussing the deal and the parameters of it. So it’s not as if we aren’t in constant communication with Israeli counterparts about this.” The last call Kerry and Netanyahu held was on July 16, Kirby said in response to a question from a reporter. MORE
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Earth Will Only Have 12 Hours To Prepare For Massive Solar Storm
Posted: 29 Jul 2015 06:28 AM PDT
Trains will be disrupted, power will go out, satellite signals will go wonky – that’s what we have to look forward to when the sun next has a melt down, and we’re unlikely to get more than 12 hours warning. In a new government document, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has laid out its Space Weather Preparedness Strategy, outlining the risks of unsettled space weather as well as what it plans to do about them.
The document explains that the worst case scenario is a ‘coronal mass ejection’ – huge eruptions on the sun which cause parts of its corona to detach. The corona is the pearly glow around the sun that you can only usually see during a total solar eclipse, made up of plasma and rarefied gases. The worst case scenario is based on the Carrington event of 1859, which caused solar-flare related x-rays and radiation storms. In 2015, a similar event could cause the national grid to fail, satellite operations to shut down, increased radiation on flights and upset to electronic systems. MORE
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|Why So Many People Think Pope Francis Is the Antichrist
Posted: 29 Jul 2015 06:22 AM PDT
If you type “is Pope Francis antichrist” into Google, you’ll get about 425,000 results in .37 seconds. By way of comparison, if you ask Google the same question about Pope Benedict you only get 137,000 and it takes a little longer—.47 seconds. So why do so many people think—or at least ponder—that the Latin American pontiff is the Antichrist (or at least the end-time False Prophet mentioned in Revelation 19:20)? It could be for some of the same reasons his popularity is declining. His approval rating in the United States has dropped from 76 percent a year ago to 56 percent today, according to Gallup.
Indeed, even Roman Catholics are cooling off to Francis, the first-ever Jesuit pope who emerged as a darling among the evangelical community when he took over for the retiring Benedict. Some Pentecostal onlookers suggested he was Spirit-filled. And Kenneth Copeland and James Robison met privately with the pope in Rome and exchanged high-fives. So what gives? Reuters’ Scott Malone points out: “The decline comes as Francis has changed the focus of his public remarks from that of his immediate predecessors, concentrating less on the Church’s opposition to abortion and gay marriage and spending more of his time discussing social inequity and poverty.” MORE
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President Obama to Abortionists: ‘Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God Bless You.’
Posted: 29 Jul 2015 06:16 AM PDT
Planned Parenthood pays no taxes. Under President Obama, made more than $500 million in profits, but they claim to be a “non-profit” organization. They Abort more 800 children every day. And they have from the earliest days targeted minority women. They once had a “Negro Ministers” project designed to recruit black pastors to push first birth control and then abortion in minority neighborhoods. Now, in two startling videos, we have seen Planned Parenthood leaders engaged in a ghoulish traffic in the organs of unborn children whom they have killed.
My colleague at Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, discussed this horror on his recent radio show in an interview with former Pennsylvania senator and presidential candidate, Rick Santorum. “Hearts, lungs, livers” are the sought-after treasures of these scavengers. Deborah Nucatola is Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research. Nucatola is seen on this video casually discussing the mechanics of death and dismemberment of children in the womb. Nucatola sips her glass of red wine as she offers this, from John McCormick’s Weekly Standard article: MORE
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|Satanist Bows to Jesus, Gets Filled With the Holy Spirit and Preaches the Gospel
Posted: 28 Jul 2015 09:41 PM PDT
“He can make your back feel better,” his mother said. And she was right. The “doctor” healed 9-year-old Pedro Ochoa’s back—the excruciating pain was gone! But this was no ordinary Honduran doctor. The man was a self-described “new age white magic” doctor—a Satan worshipper. Little did the young boy know that from that moment on, Satan had plans for Pedro’s life.
Pedro’s father was a businessman who traveled extensively. He divorced Pedro’s mother after she had an affair. Pedro, now 14, and his two younger sisters chose to stay with her. Two months later, Pedro’s mom walked out on the children, leaving Pedro in charge of his sisters and an infant cousin she had been caring for. “I felt so vulnerable,” Pedro recalls. “So incredibly hurt.”
Feeling powerless to change his situation and that he needed protection from the world crashing in around him, Pedro remembered the doctor who healed him through white magic.”When I told him about my situation, the doctor said he could help me,” Pedro recalls. “He told me that he could give me power and a god who is going to care about me and make me rich. He said that I would be able to grow a lot in this religion and become so powerful that I would be invincible if I would study the materials and consecrate myself to this god.” MORE
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|Genetics Expert Confirms the Reality of Adam and Eve
Posted: 28 Jul 2015 09:36 PM PDT
Modern-day DNA research is confirming the biblical account of Adam and Eve, according to one genetics expert. Answers in Genesis’ Georgia Purdom has recently released a documentary explaining her findings and the scientific support for the records presented in Genesis. “One of the most compelling genetic evidences for an original human couple created by God is mitochondrial DNA research done by creation geneticist, Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson,” Purdom says.
“He clearly shows that the common human female ancestor of us all (biblical Eve) lived within the biblical timeframe of several thousand years ago.” Jeanson has also done research disproving the evolutionary timescale. What the scientific jargon breaks down to is this: If evolution were true, if men and women had been roaming the planet for years, there would be more genetic diversity. MORE
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|Obama Confident He Could Win a Third Term: Is He Prophesying?
Posted: 28 Jul 2015 09:31 PM PDT
Barack Obama told African leaders that he thinks he would win a third term if given the chance to run again. “I actually think I’m a pretty good president—I think if I ran, I could win—but I can’t!” Obama said. But since 1951, a Congressional law has prohibited any person from taking more than two four-year terms. Obama, however, has a track record for bypassing Congress and issuing executive orders. In 2015 alone, the president has issued 13 decrees addressing everything from North Korea to cyber security to court-martialing. With this summer’s Operation Jade Helm—
a massive military training exercise across the southwest—questions arise about the commander in chief’s intentions in office, and if he plans to vacate or declare another executive order giving himself power over the American people. Even the Washington Post picked up on the rumblings of Obama’s potential martial law and the theories behind the exercises. “The idea there was that this was an American response to the imminent start of World War III, since ‘drills are always the way that operations are designed to position men and materials ahead of an operation,’” The Post’s Philip Bump wrote earlier this month. MORE
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|Prophecy: Donald Trump Shall Become the Trumpet
Posted: 28 Jul 2015 09:23 PM PDT
WRITTEN BY JEREMIAH JOHNSON – In His great wisdom throughout the course of human history, God has chosen not only to fulfill His plans and purposes through men and women who have yielded to the sound of His voice, but He has also chosen to accomplish His will through men and women who have ignored and rebelled against Him. One such man was King Cyrus mentioned in Isaiah 45. Isaiah prophesied of Cyrus and speaks as a mouthpiece of the Lord when he declared, “I have even called you by your name [Cyrus]; I have named you, though you have not known Me. I am the Lord and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.
I strengthen you, though you have not known Me, so that they may know from the rising of the sun and from the west that there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other” (Is. 45:4-6). What a powerful and profound prophetic declaration to a man who did not know or serve the Lord! Could God not use the wicked and ungodly to bring about His plans and purposes thousands of years ago and can He not still do the same thing again, especially in the midst of the crisis that we find America in today? MORE
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|China Pushes To Rewrite Rules Of Global Internet
Posted: 28 Jul 2015 09:13 PM PDT
As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party. Ye Zheng and a Chinese researcher, writing in the state-run China Youth Daily, said the Internet represented a new form of global control, and the U.S. was a “shadow” present during some of those popular uprisings.
Beijing had better pay attention. Four years after they sounded that alarm, China is paying a lot of attention. Its government is pushing to rewrite the rules of the global Internet, aiming to draw the world’s largest group of Internet users away from an interconnected global commons and to increasingly run parts of the Internet on China’s terms.It envisions a future in which governments patrol online discourse like border-control agents, rather than let the U.S., long the world’s digital leader, dictate the rules. MORE
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|An Expert That Correctly Called The Last Two Stock Market Crashes Is Now Predicting Another One
Posted: 28 Jul 2015 09:04 PM PDT
What I am about to share with you is quite stunning. A well-respected financial expert that correctly predicted the last two stock market crashes is now warning that we are right on the verge of the next one. John Hussman is a former professor of economics and international finance at the University of Michigan, and the information in his latest weekly market comment is staggering.
Since 1970, there have only been a handful of times when a combination of market signals that Hussman uses have indicated that a major market peak has been reached. In 1972, 2000 and 2007 each of those peaks was followed by a dramatic stock market crash. Now, for the first time since the last financial crisis, all four of those signals appeared once again during the week of July 17th. If Hussman’s analysis is correct, this could very well mean that the next great stock market crash in the United States is imminent. MORE
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Christian Headlines Daily – Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Christian Man Fired for Calling Homosexuality ‘Immoral’ Files Suit against Ford
Are Lawsuits Ahead for Church-Based Boy Scout Troops?
Court Rules Christian-Owned Pharmacy Must Stock Plan B despite Religious Beliefs
Kentucky Juvenile Department Bans Biblical Counseling
Geneticist Says Scientific Evidence Confirms Biblical Adam and Eve
Mark Driscoll Confirms Move to Phoenix, Sparks Speculation of Church Plant
Arab Parliament Member Denies Jewish Claim to Temple Mount, Sparking Israeli Outrage
Ciara Responds to Russell Wilson’s Celibacy Announcement
Armed Texas Pastor Shoots Church Intruder
Maryland Church Stabbing Leaves Man Dead, Wife Injured
What Satanic Statue in Detroit Says about Us
How Relativism is Destroying the Christian Worldview
Is Russia Preparing for War in Space?
‘The Colson Way’ Inspires a New Generation of Evangelicals
The Truth Behind Asia Bibi’s Stay of Execution
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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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