Aug. 7, 2015
Friday’s labor-market report showed that the number of full-time U.S. jobs as a share of total employment rose to 81.7 percent, the highest level since November 2008. For those worried (including not a few presidential candidates) that this economic recovery has been one that’s created only low-quality jobs, this should be really good news.
Bill Gross, money manager at Janus Capital Group Inc., said the global economy is “dangerously close to deflationary growth.”
The Obama administration said the U.S. can reimpose sanctions against Iran “in a matter of days” if Iran violates terms of its nuclear accord, as Republicans sparred further with officials over the deal.
A group of China-linked hackers that has mowed through the databanks of major American health insurers and stolen personnel records of U.S. military and intelligence agencies has struck at the heart of the nation’s air-travel system, say people familiar with investigations of the attacks.
Record-high egg prices in the U.S. are forcing restaurants to get creative with their advertisements. Denny’s Corp. is pushing burgers instead of omelets, while Dunkin’ Donuts is advertising smoothies and iced coffees. Panda Express has swapped in corn for the eggs in its fried rice. Blame bird flu for the changes. The worst U.S. outbreak of the disease killed more than 48 million fowl in the six months through mid-June. That sent prices surging 31 percent to a record $2.57 for a dozen large eggs in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Consumers paid just $1.96 in May.
China has been struggling to tame its shadow banks for years. Now, a stock market crash has hamstrung some of the fastest growing ones in a matter of weeks. Loans from sources such as online lenders for equity purchases have plunged by at least 700 billion yuan ($113 billion), a drop of 61 percent from this year’s peak, after authorities banned them from funding stock buying in July.
From another economic recession to a juicy corruption scandal embroiling President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil has had a tough 2015. It’s now looking down the barrel of another likely event: a junk rating of its government bonds.
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It looks like Russian hackers made a significant breach into the Pentagon’s email system. Officials tell NBC News that Russia has launched a “sophisticated cyberattack” against the unclassified email system of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The US Coast Guard said it has seized $181 million worth of cocaine from a submarine-like vessel in the eastern Pacific Ocean, but even more drugs sank during the bust.
The remains of two Japanese climbers who disappeared in the Swiss Alps in 1970 have been found after emerging from melting ice, police said Thursday.
A team of U.S. regulators probing contamination at a Colorado gold mine accidentally released a million gallons of orange-hued waste water containing sediment and metals into a local river system. Media images showed a trio of kayakers floating down a mustard-yellow stretch of the Animas River, near Durango.
For the first time in decades, the U.S. government is authorizing a wide range of large-scale sea travel to Cuba. Since declaring detente in December, the Obama administration has issued permits to dozens of sailboats, at least five ferry companies, four cruise lines and the Palm Beach-based yacht broker that chartered out the Still Water. The 78-foot yacht features satellite Internet, four staterooms and a wet bar.
China’s top policy maker on Taiwan warned the self-ruled island on Thursday it would soon have to choose between continuing the peaceful development of ties, or returning to the “evil ways” of independence, which would threaten the peace.
North Korea announced Friday it was moving its clocks back 30 minutes to create a new “Pyongyang Time” — breaking from a standard imposed by “wicked” Japanese imperialists more than a century ago.
A Thai man was jailed for 30 years on Friday for “insulting” the monarchy on Facebook, in one of the toughest known sentences passed under the junta-ruled kingdom’s draconian lese majeste law.
An extraordinary collection of shipwrecked 17th and 18th century Spanish treasure discovered off the coast of Florida has sold in New York for about $2 million, an auction house said
The UN has adopted a resolution aimed at identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
A Bangladeshi blogger known for his atheist views has been hacked to death by a gang armed with machetes in the capital Dhaka, police said.
Doctors in Ghana have stopped providing emergency services in a strike over better allowances and free training.
Russia has bulldozed a pile of Western-produced cheese and tons of other foodstuffs imported in violation of sanctions. The country has also steamrollered fruit and burnt a huge pile of bacon. The destruction has caused an outcry from anti-poverty campaigners who say it should have been given to the poor.
Terrorists with ISIS stormed a town in the central Syrian province of Homs and took at least 230 people hostage, including dozens of Christians who were attending church.
While some Texans were planning to monitor American soldiers during Jade Helm exercises, three men in North Carolina were plotting to kill them. The FBI used wire taps, visual surveillance and a secret informant to track the alleged terrorists as they stockpiled weapons and gathered components to make explosives. According to court documents, apparent ringleader Walter Eugene Litteral owned 99 acres in South Carolina and “intended to booby-trap the camp and draw government forces into the camp and kill them.”
Top News – 8/7/2015
5.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near Cabo San Lucas
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Gulf of California, about 92 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at 9:34 p.m. on Thursday. Tucson is about 600 miles to the northeast of the epicenter.
1st food and drink on moon: Holy communion
I wondered if it might be possible to take communion on the moon, symbolizing the thought that God was revealing Himself there too, as man reached out into the universe. For there are many of us in the NASA program who do trust that what we are doing is part of God’s eternal plan for man.”
Reported Russian Cyber Attack Shuts Down Pentagon Network
Russia successfully conducted a “sophisticated cyberattack” on the Pentagon in late July, shutting down the unclassified email system for the Joint Staff for nearly two weeks and affecting roughly 4,000 federal employees, officials tell NBC News.
China set to provide Iran with fighter jets in $1 billion deal
According to a report in the Taiwanese press, China is set to provide the Islamic Republic with 24 J-10 fighter jets. In exchange, Iran will permit China access to its largest oil field for the next 20 years. The total estimated value of the deal is $1 billion.
Top Iranian Terror Commander Meets with Putin
Iranian Revolutionary Guards leader Qassem Soleimani met with Russian officials last month, senior Western intelligence officials leaked to the press Friday, despite a travel ban from the UN. Soleimani met with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and President Vladimir Putin on July 24, Fox News reported.
BIG SUNSPOT TURNS TOWARD EARTH
What a difference a few days can make. Earlier this week, sunspot AR2396 was completely invisible. Now it has grown into a behemoth more than 120,000 km wide.
‘Where is the outrage?’ asks family of ‘unarmed’ white teen shot dead by police
More than a week after Hammond’s death, his family’s attorney says race is almost certainly playing a role in the disconcerting silence. Unlike the victims in the highest-profile police shootings over the past year — in cities from Ferguson and Cleveland to North Charleston and Cincinnati — Hammond was white. “It’s sad, but I think the reason is, unfortunately, the media and our government officials have treated the death of an unarmed white teenager differently than they would have if this were a death of an unarmed black teen,” Mr Bland told The Washington Post this week. “The hypocrisy that has been shown toward this is really disconcerting.”
Strong quake hits Rwanda
A strong earthquake struck Rwanda and shook most of the capital Kigali on Friday morning. The magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Rwanda at 3.25am local time (01.25 GMT), the United States Geological Survey reported. The epicentre of the earthquake was located 35 km north of Cyangugu city in western Rwanda, occurring at a shallow depth of 10 km.
5.3 quake in Mexico Sea of Cortez, 119km northeast of San Jose del Cabo – USGS
The tremor took place 142 kilometers from the city of La Paz at 04:34 GMT. The town has a population of about 200,000 people and is 148 kilometers from Cabo San Lucas with nearly 70,000 inhabitants.
DR Congo earthquake kills two children in Bukavu
A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has hit eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing two children, Information Minister Lambert Mende has said. It was also felt in neighbouring Rwanda were authorities reported minor injuries. The epicentre of the quake was near Lake Tanganyika and Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province in DR Congo, the Associated Press news agency reports.
Islamic State abducts dozens of Christians from Syrian town
Islamic State militants have abducted dozens of Christian families after seizing a strategically located town in the central Syrian province of Homs, a monitor said on Friday. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 230 people were kidnapped, including dozens of Christians, some of whom were taken from a church in Qaryatain, the town captured overnight after heavy fighting with the Syrian army.
Commander of elite Iranian force met with Russian leaders despite US sanctions
According to reports…in July, the chief of Iran’s elite Quds Force visited Moscow to meet with senior Russian figures, violating international sanctions and travel restrictions placed on key members of the Iranian regime. Qassem Suleimani…was allegedly in Russia between between July 24 and July 26, shortly before Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony before a Senate Armed Services Committee…
Egypt unveils Suez Canal extension with pomp-filled ceremony
In a defining moment of his young presidency, Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi presided Thursday over the unveiling of a major extension of the Suez Canal that he hailed as a historic feat needed to revive the country’s ailing economy after years of unrest.
Trump jolts first GOP debate, rivals scramble for attention
A combative Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman-turned-presidential candidate, jolted the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign by warning he might run as an independent if denied the GOP nomination. His startling declaration left his onstage rivals scrambling to compete for attention the rest of the night.
Police say truck bomb in Kabul kills 7 people, wounds 400
A bomb hidden in a truck exploded in the center of the Afghan capital, killing seven people and wounding about 400, police and health officials said Friday.
French Government: Woman Kidnapped in Yemen Set Free
France said a woman who was kidnapped in Yemen in February has been freed. Isabelle Prime, 31, had been working in Yemen for the World Bank for about a year when she was kidnapped. She is now in the hands of French authorities and will be returned to France “in the coming hours,” according to a statement early Friday from the presidential Elysee palace.
The Saudi Oil Price War Is Backfiring
Saudi Arabia has long enjoyed the status of being the top crude oil exporter in the world. With record production of 10.564 million barrels per day in June 2015, Saudi Arabia has been one of the major driving forces behind the current oil price slump. The Saudis have kept their production levels high since last year in order to drive other players (especially U.S. shale drillers) out of business. Equally clear is the fact that this strategy of maintaining the glut and driving out rivals hasn’t worked so far.
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August 7, 2015
“[T]here are particular moments in public affairs, when the people stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn.” —James Madison, Federalist No. 63, 1788
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Mark Alexander
OK, the “debates” Thursday were endurance exercises, given the number of candidates on both the early and then prime-time stage. We heard from a lot of great Republicans, most of whom are conservatives and connect well with grassroots Patriots across the nation. Because, in both instances, they were answering different questions, there is not an easy “apples to apples” comparison but, as promised, I have compiled a handful of remarks from candidates on the prime-time stage that best represent their platforms.
I commend Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace for asking many good and tough questions — which you would not have heard from CNN moderators if only Democrats were on stage. I note there were some fratricidal bait questions, but most of the candidates avoided attacking each other, and focused on the serious issues threatening Liberty — the result of Barack Obama’s failed domestic policies, and the abysmal failure of Obama/Clinton foreign policies.
In the next 72 hours, the media will be saturated with polls, but as I noted Wednesday in my introduction for this first round matchup of Republicans, “Polls at this stage of a primary are not particularly relevant. I equate them with the weather in Alaska: If you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes.” But reputable polls are somewhat more relevant now that all the candidates have appeared on stage.
I have only one observation about the debate between the second-tier candidates. In my assessment there was one candidate who absolutely shined above all others, and that would be Carly Fiorina, who has earned her way into the first tier. Among other things, she is the “corporate” alternative to Don Trump.
The most consequential question of the whole night was the opener from Bret Baier, who asked for a show of hands from anyone who would not pledge their support for the eventual nominee and instead, run as an independent — and in all probability deliver the presidency to their Democrat opponent. As I noted in “The Trump Card” two weeks ago, “Trump has the potential of being a spoiler in 2016 if his populist campaign lasts beyond 2015 [because] he is a textbook pathological narcissist. He could launch a third ticket and hand the election to Hillary Clinton.”
Predictably, Trump was the only person on stage who raised his hand in response to Baier’s question, and I will leave his supporters to consider the implications.
So in order of their poll rankings entering the first debate, here are just a few remarks that say something significant about each candidate, followed by my own brief assessment of who gained ground on the main stage. (You can read a full annotated transcript of the debate is posted at The Washington Post.)
Donald Trump: “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. … We don’t have time for tone. We have to go out and get the job done. … We need to build a wall, and it has to be built quickly. And I don’t mind having a big, beautiful door in that wall so that people to come into this country legally. … [A single-payer health care system] works in Canada, it works incredibly well in Scotland. … I gave to many people, before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me. I’ll tell you what, with Hillary Clinton, I said, ‘Be at my wedding,’ and she came to my wedding. You know why? She didn’t have a choice because I gave.”
Note: I chose these remarks because Trump’s popularity is based almost solely on his indifference to “PC” and “tone.” However, the most telling thing about Trump was not in his answers, but in this question from Kelly: “Mr. Trump, in 1999, you said you were, quote, ‘very pro-choice,’ even supporting partial-birth abortion. You favored an assault weapons ban as well. In 2004, you said in most cases you identified as a Democrat. Even in this campaign, your critics say you often sound more like a Democrat than a Republican, calling several of your opponents on the stage things like clowns and puppets. When did you actually become a Republican?” In response, Trump said, “As far as being a Republican is concerned, I come from a place, New York City, which is virtually, I mean, it is almost exclusively Democrat. And I have really started to see some of the negatives.”
Jeb Bush: “I’m going to have to earn this. Maybe the barrier — the bar’s even higher for me. That’s fine. I’ve got a record in Florida. I’m proud of my dad, and I’m certainly proud of my brother… I am my own man. I governed as a conservative, and I governed effectively. And the net effect was, during my eight years, 1.3 million jobs were created. We left the state better off because I applied conservative principles in a purple state the right way, and people rose up. … The new normal of 2% [GDP] that the Left is saying you can’t do anything about is so dangerous for our country. There’s six million people living in poverty today, more than when Barack Obama got elected. 6.5 million people are working part-time, most of whom want to work full-time. We’ve created rules and taxes on top of every aspiration of people, and the net result is we’re not growing fast, income is not growing. A 4% growth strategy means you fix a convoluted tax code. You get in and you change every aspect of regulations that are job killers. You get rid of ObamaCare and replace it with something that doesn’t suppress wages and kill jobs.”
Scott Walker: “Let’s be clear, we should be talking about Hillary Clinton … because everywhere in the world that Hillary Clinton touched is more messed up today than before she and the president [came to power]. … It’s sad to think right now, but probably the Russian and Chinese government know more about Hillary Clinton’s email server than do the members of the United States Congress. … This is not just bad with Iran, this is bad with ISIS. It is tied together, and once and for all, we need a leader who’s going to stand up and do something about it.”
Mike Huckabee: “It seems like this election has been a whole lot about a person who’s very high in the polls, that doesn’t have a clue about how to govern. A person who has been filled with scandals, and who could not lead. Of course, I’m talking about Hillary Clinton. … The problem is we have a Wall Street-to-Washington access of power that has controlled the political climate. The donor class feeds the political class who does the dance that the donor class wants. And the result is the federal government keeps getting bigger. Every person on this stage who has been a governor will tell that you the biggest fight they had was not the other party. Wasn’t even the legislature. It was the federal government, who continually put mandates on the states that we had to suck up and pay for. And the fact is there are a lot of things happening at the federal level that are absolutely beyond the jurisdiction of the Constitution.”
Ben Carson: “America became a great nation early on not because it was flooded with politicians, but because it was flooded with people who understood the value of personal responsibility, hard work, creativity, innovation. And that’s what will get us on the right track now, as well. … If I was trying to destroy this country, what I would do is find a way to drive wedges between all the people, drive the debt to an unsustainable level, and then step off the stage as a world leader and let our enemies increase while we decreased our [military capability].”
Ted Cruz: “I believe the American people are looking for someone to speak the truth. If you’re looking for someone to go to Washington, to go along to get along, to agree with the career politicians in both parties who get in bed with the lobbyists and special interests, then I ain’t your guy. … We see lots of ‘campaign conservatives.’ But if we’re going to win in 2016, we need a consistent conservative, someone who has been a fiscal conservative, a social conservative, a national security conservative. … We need a commander in chief that speaks the truth. We will not defeat radical Islamic terrorism so long as we have a president unwilling the utter the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.'”
Marco Rubio: “This election cannot be a résumé competition. It’s important to be qualified, but if this election is a résumé competition, then Hillary Clinton’s going to be the next president because she’s been in office and in government longer than anybody else running here tonight. … Here’s what this election better be about: This election better be about the future, not the past. It better be about the issues our nation and the world is facing today, not simply the issues we once faced. … God has blessed us. He has blessed the Republican Party with some very good candidates. The Democrats can’t even find one. … What I have advocated is that we pass law in this country that says all human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection. In fact, I think that law already exists. It is called the Constitution of the United States. Future generations will look back at this history of our country and call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies who we never gave the chance to live. … I run for president because I believe that we can’t just save the American dream; we can expand it to reach more people and change more lives than ever before.”
Rand Paul: “This is what’s wrong. [Mr. Trump] buys and sells politicians of all stripes… He’s already hedging his bet on the Clintons. He’s already hedging his bets because he’s used to buying politicians. … The Fourth Amendment was what we fought the Revolution over! John Adams said it was the spark that led to our war for independence, and I’m proud of standing for the Bill of Rights, and I will continue to stand for the Bill of Rights. … I don’t want my marriage or my guns registered in Washington.”
Chris Christie: “I’m the only person on this stage who’s actually filed applications under the Patriot Act, who has gone before the … Foreign Intelligence Service court, who has prosecuted and investigated and jailed terrorists in this country after September 11th. … This is not theoretical to me. I went to the funerals. We lost friends of ours in the Trade Center that day. … I will make no apologies, ever, for protecting the lives and the safety of the American people. We have to give more tools to our folks to be able to do that, not fewer, and then trust those people and oversee them to do it the right way. … If we don’t deal with [entitlement reform], it will bankrupt our country or lead to massive tax increases — neither one that we want in this country.”
John Kasich: “The court has ruled [on same-sex marriage], and I said we’ll accept it. And guess what, I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because somebody doesn’t think the way I do, doesn’t mean that I can’t care about them or can’t love them.”
Finally, before giving my assessment of this first matchup, I am going to do what no other analyst will do today and disclose my own bias. I come into this first round thinking that the most competitive presidential ticket in 2016 would be Walker/Rubio. I am not set on that ticket. That being said, I have subjectively rated the performance of each candidate as either better than I expected, flat or worse than I expected, going into the debate.
So in order of their poll rankings entering the first debate: Donald Trump, flat; Jeb Bush, flat; Scott Walker, flat; Mike Huckabee, better; Ben Carson, flat; Ted Cruz, better; Marco Rubio, better; Rand Paul, worse; Chris Christie, worse; and John Kasich, worse.
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
Welcome to the new normal. Just as The Wall Street Journal predicted, the U.S. added 215,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate remained at 5.3%. For the last few months, the economy has been plodding along, adding 200,000 or so jobs every month, and if you were to tally the words used in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ press releases, “unchanged” would rank high. The labor force participation rate sits at 62.6% — with a record 93,770,000 Americans not working. The great machine of the American economy still has not begun to roar after the 2008 crash. Yet to the Federal Reserve Bank, there may be some encouraging numbers, enough for them to possibly pull the lever and raise interest rates in the coming months. According to BLS’s July jobs report, the U-6 measure of unemployment edged down 0.1 percentage point to 10.4% — a number well above pre-recession levels. Wages, an economic indicator lagging for months despite job growth, increased 5 cents to a $24.99 hourly wage for the average American worker. Furthermore, BLS revised up the jobs numbers for May and June, saying there were an additional 14,000 jobs added in those two months. This may be enough for the Fed to decide that it’s time raise interest rates. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has news conferences scheduled for Sept. 12, Dec. 16 and March 16. Look for “unchanged” to change.
Russia is “our number one geopolitical foe,” Mitt Romney said repeatedly in 2012. Barack Obama dismissed it out of hand at the time, saying, “Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors, not out of strength, but out of weakness. Russia’s actions are a problem [but] they don’t pose the number one national security threat to the United States.” He both underestimated the problem and misstated Romney’s assertion. Instead, he and his administration — led in part by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — pursued a strategy of what they arrogantly called “smart power.” That included the infamous “reset” button Hillary presented to her Russian counterpart. She later boasted of it being a “brilliant stroke” that “succeeded.” But fast forward to today, and U.S. officials say Russia recently launched a “sophisticated cyberattack” against the Pentagon’s email system. Specifically, an unclassified system used by some 4,000 employees of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The attack was detected in July (though only just reported) and the network remains offline as the Pentagon works to seal the breach. Maybe they just need to fix it with another “reset” button.
A significant ruling was made this week regarding Texas’ voter ID law, though there does appear to be somewhat of a silver lining. The Wall Street Journal has the lowdown: “A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled Texas voter-identification requirements must be relaxed because they illegally obstruct blacks and Hispanics from casting ballots. But the decision, by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, also said a lower court erred in finding that the Texas Legislature intended its 2011 voter-ID law to harm minorities. The appeals court returned the case to the district judge to reconsider that question under standards more favorable to the state.” And that’s important. The Journal explains, “[A] finding [of discriminatory intent] can lead to the invalidation of the entire law. A finding of disparate impact, however, may result in a less stringent remedy, the court said. While it is possible the district court could still conclude the legislature intended to harm minorities, the Fifth Circuit suggested such a finding would be unlikely. So it laid out suggestions for a remedy the district judge could consider in addressing the voter-ID law’s impact on minorities while still respecting the legislature’s aim of reducing ‘the risk of in-person voter fraud by strengthening the forms of identification presented for voting.'” In summary, despite the Fifth Circuit striking down the law based on “disparate impact” nonsense, at least the judges didn’t perpetuate the myth that the law is intentionally racist. Let’s hope the lower court agrees.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Charles Krauthammer: “It is only because so many Democrats are defecting [from the Iran nuclear deal] that Obama gave [a] speech in the first place. And why he tried so mightily to turn the argument into a partisan issue — those warmongering Republicans attacking a president offering peace in our time. Obama stooped low, accusing the Republican caucus of making ‘common cause’ with the Iranian ‘hard-liners’ who shout ‘Death to America.’ Forget the gutter ad hominem. This is delusional. Does Obama really believe the Death-to-America hard-liners are some kind of KKK fringe? They are the government, for God’s sake — the entire state apparatus of the Islamic Republic from the Revolutionary Guards to the supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei who for decades have propagated, encouraged and applauded those very same ‘Death to America’ chants. Common cause with the Iranian hard-liners? Who more than Obama? For years, they conduct a rogue nuclear weapons program in defiance of multiple Security Council declarations of its illegality backed by sanctions and embargoes. Obama rewards them with a treaty that legitimates their entire nuclear program… With this agreement, this repressive, intolerant, aggressive, supremely anti-American regime — the chief exporter of terror in the world — is stronger and more entrenched than it has ever been. Common cause, indeed.”
Insight: “We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Upright: “I really don’t know if fiery debates like Thursday evening’s will wind up building interest and excitement in the Republican field, or wearing and tearing it down. I don’t know if we’ll look back on this as the beginning of a making or a breaking. Maybe the former. Anyway, it was alive. I wonder if Hillary Clinton is wondering how she can look alive.” —Peggy Noonan
Alpha Jackass: “Essentially, when you watch [the GOP] debate, just imagine if you are one of the wealthiest people in this country and extremely greedy and selfish, and you’re going to have 10 candidates more or less talking about your needs and not the needs of the working people.” —Bernie Sanders
Braying Jenny: “I’m tired of women being shamed and blamed and dismissed… When you attack Planned Parenthood, you attack women’s health. And when you attack women’s health, you attack America’s health.” —Hillary Clinton
A hit from the Left: “I think [Jon] Stewart’s show demonstrated the decline and vacuity of contemporary comedy. I cannot stand that smug, snarky, superior tone. I hated the fact that young people were getting their news through that filter of sophomoric snark. … Stewart is certainly a highly successful TV personality, but I think he has debased political discourse.” —liberal academic dissident and feminist social critic Camille Paglia
Late-night humor: “A new study came out and it finds that Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ program may have caused people to actually gain weight. Apparently many mistook the slogan to mean, ‘Let’s move next door to a Cinnabon.'” —Conan O’Brien
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1) Republican debates offer insights into American mind more than candidates’ minds
2) Opposing journalists both call for honesty from abortion supporters
How to Really Defend Planned Parenthood, New York Times (Katha Pollitt)
There is No Pro-Life Case For Planned Parenthood, New York Times (Ross Douthat)
3) American romanticization of Cecil the Lion neglects reality of danger of lions
n Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions, New York Times (Goodwell Nzou)
4) Robert Conquest, exposer of Stalin’s murderous regime and fruit of Communism, dies
The Triumph of Robert Conquest, Wall Street Journal
In other news…
If you didn’t like “Agenda 21″, then you really are not going to like “The 2030 Agenda”. Next month, the United Nations is going to launch “The 2030 Agenda” at a major conference that will be held from September 25th to September 27th in New York City. The Pope is actually traveling to New York to deliver an address which will kick off this conference. Unlike Agenda 21, which primarily focused on the environment, the 2030 Agenda is truly a template for governing the entire planet. In addition to addressing climate change, it also sets ambitious goals for areas such as economics, health, energy, education, agriculture, gender equality and a whole host of other issues. As you will see below, this global initiative is being billed as a “new universal Agenda” for humanity. If you are anything like me, alarm bells are going off in your head right about now. (Read More…)
In an eerie repeat of what we witnessed in 2008, U.S. stocks are steadily sliding throughout the summer as we head toward the month of September. From August 1st, 2008 to September 1st, 2008 the Dow fell by nearly 700 points. And of course we all remember what happened the following month. Right now, we are watching a similar thing happen. The Dow has plummeted nearly 700 points since July 16th, and it is down nearly 900 points from the peak of the market back in May. At this point the Dow has now fallen for six days in a row and eleven of the last thirteen. Of course most of the talking heads on television are still insisting that everything is going to be just fine and that a repeat of 2008 is not possible. So what do you think? Should we trust them? (Read More….)
“Kind of a debt supernova.”
It’s a bold statement from a guy who makes bold statements. He’s of course been bearish for a good long while as readers of this site know. However, he is speaking in broad terms here. He is putting together pieces on a global scale. Plus he understands that the market booms we’ve experienced, driven by central banks are not fundamentally sound. That is the key.
Posted: 07 Aug 2015 06:46 AM PDT
In an eerie repeat of what we witnessed in 2008, U.S. stocks are steadily sliding throughout the summer as we head toward the month of September. From August 1st, 2008 to September 1st, 2008 the Dow fell by nearly 700 points. And of course we all remember what happened the following month. Right now, we are watching a similar thing happen. The Dow has plummeted nearly 700 points since July 16th, and it is down nearly 900 points from the peak of the market back in May.
At this point the Dow has now fallen for six days in a row and eleven of the last thirteen. Of course most of the talking heads on television are still insisting that everything is going to be just fine and that a repeat of 2008 is not possible. So what do you think? Should we trust them Personally, I find that I put a lot more faith in cold, hard numbers than in what the talking heads on television have to say. And at this moment, the cold, hard numbers are telling us that another financial crisis in imminent. FULL REPORT
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|Why So Many People Think Obama Is the Antichrist
Posted: 07 Aug 2015 06:39 AM PDT
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If you type in “is Obama the Antichrist” into Google, you’ll get about 822,000 results in .34 seconds. By way of comparison, if you ask “is Bush the Antichrist” you get 454,000 results in .43 seconds. (Last week, we learned if you type “is Pope Francis Antichrist” into Google, you’ll get about 425,000 results in .37 seconds. And you ask Google the same question about Pope Benedict you only get 137,000 and it takes a little longer—.47 seconds.)
So just as I asked why so many people think Pope Francis is the Antichrist last week, I’ll ask another pointed question: Why do so many people think President Obama is the Antichrist? Could it be for some of the same reasons his popularity is declining? His approval rating in the United States has dropped from 86% in January 2009 to 44% in August 2015, according to Rasmussen Reports. Indeed, even some Democrats are cooling off to Obama, the first-ever African-American to take office. In fact, the once-hated President George Bush is now more popular than Obama. Fifty-two percent have a favorable opinion of Bush, despite the fact that over 100,000 questioned if he was the Antichrist during his term, according to a CNN/ORC poll. FULL REPORT
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|Can the LGBT Community be Church Members?
Posted: 07 Aug 2015 06:27 AM PDT
Charisma News recently ran the headline, Does Brian Houston Allow Gay Members at Hillsong or Not?
Houston said that all “are welcome to attend, worship, and participate as a congregation member with the assurance that they are personally included and accepted within the Hillsong community—but cannot take active leadership roles.” Although I appreciate Brian’s heart—we must love and help everyone—if we tell people that they can be members and participate in all aspects of church life even while embracing the homosexual lifestyle, we are sending the wrong message. Would we also say that someone who is actively engaging in adultery can become a member, help on the worship team, or serve in other areas?
Leaders are held to a higher standard, but so are members. Members of a church share a common faith—a right heart before God should always be sought. There is an enormous difference between someone struggling in sin and someone who embraces it wholeheartedly. There is no wiggle room when it comes to 1 Corinthians 5:1-13. Paul is crystal clear that sin in the camp eventually needs to be dealt with. The purpose of loving confrontation is ultimately restoration, not legalism. FULL REPORT
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|Commander of elite Iranian force met with Russian leaders despite US sanctions
Posted: 07 Aug 2015 06:19 AM PDT
According to reports from FOX News, in July, the chief of Iran’s elite Quds Force visited Moscow to meet with senior Russian figures, violating international sanctions and travel restrictions placed on key members of the Iranian regime.
Dassem Suleimani, whose wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is only answerable to Ayatollah Khameini, and who has emerged as a pivotal on-the-ground figure spearheading Iran’s broader regional ambitions in the Middle East, was allegedly in Russia between July 24 and July 26, shortly before Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony before a Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the nascent nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and international powers. FULL REPORT
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|Warning for Nepal: April Earthquake Didn’t Unleash All Its Energy
Posted: 06 Aug 2015 08:42 PM PDT
The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April released only a fraction of the energy still trapped in the underlying fault, meaning the area has the potential to host another large earthquake in the future, researchers say. In April, a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu, killing more than 9,000 people and flattening entire villages. Geologists thought this quake originated on the Main Himalayan Thrust.
“The Main Himalayan Thrust is a fault that has produced large earthquakes every century or so,” said study lead author Jean-Philippe Avouac, a geophysicist at the University of Cambridge in England. “Nepal lost two kings to these quakes, one in 1255, another in 1344. The last large earthquake to hit Nepal, a magnitude-8.2 earthquake in 1934, destroyed Kathmandu, as did a magnitude-7.6 earthquake in 183.” FULL REPORT
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|A Sign of the Times? Bubonic Plague Strikes US
Posted: 06 Aug 2015 08:36 PM PDT
One by one, the bubonic plague is striking down people in the United States. This week, Colorado confirmed a second victim died of the disease largely associated with the Middle Ages. The state’s first victim was a star athlete who was initially thought to have the flu. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the vast majority of plague cases have been reported in the West, with an average of seven people affected in the U.S. each year.
Public health officials are suggesting the disease is transmitted from fleas or rodents, USA Today reports. While the disease has not been eradicated, it has largely been contained, and Health officials say doesn’t have to be deadly if caught and treated in time. During its hey day, the Black Death was considered the “greatest catastrophe ever.” With symptoms of unsightly buboes, or swollen glands, the re-emergence of a historic disease could be what John prophesied about in Revelation 16:2. FULL REPORT
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|Japanese scientists find signs of radiation poisoning in 17 dead dolphins near Fukushima
Posted: 06 Aug 2015 08:30 PM PDT
Seventeen dolphins found mysteriously beached near the site of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have died from radiation-induced heart damage, a scientific analysis has suggested. In March 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns at three of the Fukushima reactors. The ensuing explosions ejected massive amounts of radiation into the air, most of which later settled into the Pacific Ocean.
Since then, groundwater has continued to leak into the failed reactors, becoming radioactive from contact with the nuclear material there. Much of this water has made it back to the sea, either accidentally or through deliberate releases by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). FULL REPORT
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|Everybody preparing for a ‘September event’ that coincides with Shemitah
Posted: 06 Aug 2015 08:25 PM PDT
For those old enough to remember Y2K, you may recall that there was widespread concern around the globe that the world’s computer systems were not set up to convert properly to the year 2000, an unforeseen glitch many feared would crash systems that managed financial and social infrastructure. Obviously, the collapse did not occur and, right on time, the world’s computer systems joined humanity as we waltzed into the 21st century without losing modernity. But as September approaches, some are warning of a much more provable threat – one rooted in the Jewish religion and in history – called the Shemitah Year, a 3,000-year-old mystery that is remains part of the Jewish faith. FULL REPORT
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|Kentucky hospital invokes Isolation Lockdown over patient with chickenpox
Posted: 06 Aug 2015 08:17 PM PDT
Officials at a regional medical center in Kentucky ordered the facility locked down days ago after a patient presented in the emergency room with two strains of chicken pox, prompting many to criticize the move as a gross overreaction driven by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-hyped fear. As reported by WTVQ, hospital officials at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville claimed the lockdown was necessary and that the patient had to be isolated to ensure the public’s safety. Following the lockdown, patients and visitors were not permitted to leave the facility until they were tested.
“Emergency Department and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center followed appropriate policies and procedures to assure that there was no risk to the community,” the hospital’s public relations division said in a statement. “We worked closely with local and state health officials and the Center for Disease Control throughout the entire process.” FULL REPORT
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|Satellite images show Iran scrubbing nuke facility?
Posted: 06 Aug 2015 08:11 PM PDT
New satellite images of a contested Iranian military facility suggest officials may be scrubbing down the site to remove signs of nuclear activity. Images released by the Institute for Science and International Security reveal a number of new crates, vehicles and oil spills at the Parchin military facility, which could indicate that Iran is trying to clean up the site before international inspectors arrive. “This renewed activity occurring after the signing of the [Iran nuclear agreement] raises obvious concerns that Iran is conducting further sanitization efforts to defeat [International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)] verification,” the think tank said in a statement.
“Although it is difficult to fathom Iran’s motivations for its recent actions at Parchin, this renewed activity may be a last ditch effort to try to ensure that no incriminating evidence will be found.” The images match up with reports on Wednesday that U.S. intelligence officials have discovered that Iran is trying to sanitize the Parchin site, where Iran is suspected of having conducted tests on materials related to a nuclear bomb. MORE
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Only Two Religions!
I don’t know if you know this but there are only two religions in the entire world.
You might say I’m nuts. There are hundreds if not thousands!
But there is one religion that likes to put on hundreds if not thousands of different masks on, and so ultimately there are only two: the religion of Human Achievement and the religion of Divine Accomplishment.
You see Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Judaism and every single religion that you have ever heard of, ultimately teaches some form of a works-based salvation. They say that you have to be a little more good than bad in order to make it to heaven. These religions encourage you to hand God a resume when you face Him one day. The resume will be filled with all your accomplishments. It will list everything you’ve done for other people, every penny you’ve given to charity and every good deed you’ve done. God will look over this resume and say, “Good job! You’ve made it into heaven”.
The problem is that if you were to enter into heaven because of a resume based on your accomplishments God would get no glory; you would be the one who gets all the praise. In fact, Ephesians 2:9 would say that salvation is not of works lest you should boast! Genesis chapter one shows us that God created the entire universe including you. Everything He created is designed to bring Him glory. The problem is that sin has entered the world, and from birth we all have replaced exalting God with exalting ourselves. Everything we do from birth is geared towards bringing us glory and bringing praise to ourselves. We all have a throne in our hearts that God should be sitting and reigning on, but instead we are born with ourselves sitting on it. We are so used to it we don’t even notice it to the point where we all think that our resumes are good enough to get us into heaven.
Of course we are going to think that we are good people! Of course my mom is going to tell me I’m a good person! But what does your Creator think? He says in Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned and fall short of His glory. He also says in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. So if we stand before God and start listing accomplishments or hand Him a resume we might as well slap Jesus in the face because God is going to look at the resume and say, “I killed my only Son because you were not good enough to get to me!”
And that’s where the only other religion comes in.
The religion of Divine Accomplishment. God saw your situation, and decided that since man was so sinful and could not save himself, that He would come Himself and take the form of a man. He humbled himself, spent nine months in a womb he created, grew up with every temptation you and I face every day, but without sinning. He then died on the cross for our sins, and then rose from the dead and defeated death. He made it possible for human beings to stand before God one day and not hand Him a resume and condemn themselves further, but rather, tell God that they deserve His wrath but have placed their faith and trust in the work that Jesus did on their behalf on the cross and through His resurrection.
You see we need someone to be a substitute for us because no matter how hard we try, we can never bridge the gap between God and us. And the substitute can’t be merely a human. It must be God Himself.
Do you see the difference between Christianity and every other religion?
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