August 21, 2015 Truth2Freedom US and World Briefing Report

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Aug. 21, 2015

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President Obama wrote a letter to a lawmaker saying the U.S. could take military action against Iran or reinstate sanctions if the country doesn’t comply with a nuclear agreement, part of an effort by the administration to build enough support to ensure the deal survives.

Federal judge at hearing says “there was a violation of government policy” in the storing of Hillary Clinton’s official e-mails on private server during her tenure as secretary of State, Politico reports.

Student-loan borrowers are flocking to relief programs touted by President Obama that lower their monthly payments and put them on a path to debt forgiveness. Almost 3.9 million former students signed up for income-based repayment plans as of June 30, a 56 percent increase from a year earlier

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his army to prepare for war after an exchange of fire with South Korea, ratcheting up the rhetoric as the latest skirmish between the two nations intensifies.

Macedonia deployed its army and police used stun grenades to stop thousands of migrants from entering the country via Greece, its Interior Ministry said, a day after declaring a state of emergency over Europe’s immigration crisis.

Hong Kong stocks entered a bear market as a rout in global equities deepened and the weakest Chinese manufacturing data since the financial crisis added to concerns about the world economy.

Novartis AG agreed to buy the rights to an experimental multiple sclerosis drug from GlaxoSmithKline Plc for as much as $1 billion as it races to catch up with a competing treatment being developed by Roche Holding AG.

Oil rig inspection is a dangerous business. Traditionally roughnecks dangled from a wire, in gale-force winds if needed, to manually log wear and tear on the girders. Assessments include giant chimneys – called flare stacks – that belch fire during million-dollar-a-day shut-downs. Increasingly, the industry has found that swapping abseiling humans for small drones equipped with high-definition and thermal cameras can save time, cut costs and improve safety.

About 40 percent of directors at Standard & Poor’s 500 Index companies are 64 or older, up from 33 percent in 2010 and 18 percent in 2005, according to new data from executive recruiter Spencer Stuart. Another new report from Ernst & Young’s EY Center for Board Matters shows that almost 20 percent of board members are older than 68 and have served for more than a decade.

AP Top Stories

The second release by hackers of data from infidelity website Ashley Madison is authentic and included the source code for the website.

The world can breathe easy. A giant asteroid is not hurtling towards Earth about to wipe out much of the Americas; NASA has felt compelled to explain following a swirl of online rumors.

Mexican archaeologists believe they have found the main trophy rack of sacrificed human skulls at Mexico City’s Templo Mayor Aztec ruin site.

Two Philippine coast guard men on Friday trembled and cried as they recalled their harrowing four-month captivity under Islamic extremists who beheaded one of their fellow hostages.

More than 10 countries including Russia will join China for a massive military parade through central Beijing next month commemorating the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II, Chinese officials said.

Islamic State militants have destroyed an ancient monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs, according to a monitor and pictures published by the jihadist group.

Rockets hit an Israeli village near the Lebanese border on Thursday and Israel struck back in the Syrian Golan Heights, saying the rare salvo had been launched there by an Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group.

A second group of rebel fighters trained in Turkey by the U.S.-led coalition could be deployed to Syria within weeks as part of a campaign to push Islamic State insurgents away from the border.

BBC

Macedonian police have fired tear gas to disperse thousands of migrants trying to enter from Greece. It comes a day after Macedonia declared a state of emergency in two border regions to cope with an influx of migrants, many from the Middle East.

One of America’s largest cinema chains, Regal, is now searching bags of film-goers following several attacks on movie theatres across the US.

The Peruvian Congress has approved legislation that allows the country’s air force to shoot down small planes suspected of carrying illegal drugs.

The US has formally asked Australia to expand its role fighting against Islamic State (IS) to include Syria, local media reported.

WND

Data from the Justice Department obtained by Breitbart News, 96 percent of Central Americans caught illegally crossing into the country last summer are still in the United States.

Just one day after Planned Parenthood was exposed cutting up a live baby for body parts for sale, Democrats in the House of Representative are launching their own investigation after the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Instead of looking into the abortion giant, they are probing the pro-life group behind the series of expose’ videos.

On August 22, simultaneous rallies will be held at local Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide. So far, pro-life advocates in 180 cities in 43 states have committed to protesting at Planned Parenthood abortion and abortion referral clinics to speak up against it aborted of unborn babies and selling their body parts.

Henderson State University in Arkansas has removed signs instructing students not to wear saggy pants after they were criticized as racist, but administrators say the policy will remain in effect.


Top News – 8/21/2015

The Big List Of 33 Things That Are Going To Happen In September 2015
Is September 2015 going to be a month that changes history? For months, there has been an unprecedented amount of buzz all over the Internet about what is going to happen in September.

Saudi MERS infections soar ahead of hajj pilgrimage
MERS coronavirus infections have soared in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, killing three people and forcing a Riyadh hospital to close its emergency ward, officials and newspapers said Thursday. The Saudi Gazette said authorities shut the emergency ward at one of the capital’s largest hospitals… “after at least 46 people, including hospital staff” contracted the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

China factory data fuels slowdown fears
Factory activity in China shrank at its fastest pace in more than six years in August, data suggests. The private Caixin/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) dropped to 47.1 from 47.8 in July. A figure below 50 indicates contraction. The data triggered another sell off in Chinese shares, which ended the day down more than 4%.

North Korea orders troops on war footing after exchanging fire with South
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his frontline troops to be on a war footing, state media says, after an exchange of fire with the South across their heavily fortified border. The KCNA report said Mr Kim declared a “semi-state of war” at an emergency meeting late Thursday. It threatened action unless Seoul ends its anti-Pyongyang border broadcasts.

US troubled by Israeli escalation of Palestinian home demolitions
The United States said Thursday it was concerned by the number of illegal Palestinian residential structures Israel demolished this month in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. “We are also very troubled by the…demolitions and evictions, which include…dozens of structures and the displacement of over 150 people in the West Bank and east Jerusalem…” US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said on Thursday.

IDF: Islamic Jihadists responsible for rocket attack killed in second airstrike in Syria
Less than a day after an exchange of fire on the Syrian border, the IDF struck Syria for a second time on Friday morning… “We orchestrated an airstrike on a car carrying four or five men identified as members of the cell responsible for the rocket shooting on Thursday in the North. We know at least four of them were killed,” said an IDF official.

Jared Fogle Will Be ‘Marked’ Man in Prison, Expert Says
Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle’s life is about to take a radical turn, and according to one prison expert, that turn will be very unpleasant. Fogle appeared in federal court in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Wednesday and agreed to plead guilty to distribution and receipt of child pornography and unlawful sex acts with minors. Hollywood jail consultant Larry Levine says Fogle’s guilty plea will make him a “marked” man behind bars.

Greece crisis: PM Alexis Tsipras quits and calls early polls
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced he is resigning and has called an early election. Mr Tsipras, who was only elected in January, said he had a moral duty to go to the polls now a third bailout had been secured with European creditors.

Obama promises to keep pressure on Iran
President Barack Obama is promising Democratic lawmakers that the U.S. will continue to keep economic pressure on Iran — and keep military options open — if his administration’s nuclear deal with Tehran goes through.

N Korea orders troops on war footing
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his frontline troops to be on a war footing, state media says, after an exchange of fire with the South across their heavily fortified border.

A strange editorial in China’s state-run newspaper is spelling trouble for Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping’s wide-ranging reform push, covering everything from politics to the military, has come up against “unimaginably” fierce resistance, according to a tersely worded commentary carried by state media on Thursday.

Stock market endures worst day in 18 months
The U.S. stock market endured its worst performance in 18 months on Thursday, driven lower by another slump in Chinese shares and heavy selling by technical traders. The global rout started in China, where sharp declines in energy and property stocks pushed the Shanghai Composite down more than 3 percent. That selling soon spread to European and U.S. markets, where the Standard & Poor’s 500 index moved further below a closely watched trading level.


Top Headlines – 8/21/2015

IDF strikes targets in Syria as rockets launched into northern Israel Thursday

Second IDF attack in Syrian Golan Heights kills 4 Islamic Jihadists

Netanyahu on airstrikes: ‘Anyone who tries to harm us we will hit’

Islamic Jihad denies involvement in Syrian rocket attack

Senior official: Iran funded the rockets fired at Israel

Jerusalem concerned UN inspectors in Iran will let ‘criminals deliver the evidence’

IAEA: Suggestions Iran would do nuclear inspections ‘misrepresentation’

State Department: Iran ‘In No Way’ Inspecting its Own Sites

26 Former Jewish Leaders Call on Congress to Approve Iran Deal

Obama to address Jewish community via webcast to discuss Iran deal

Obama lays out case for Iran nuclear deal in letter to Congress

Obama promises to keep pressure on Iran

Obama vows to up Israel defense aid if nuke deal approved

War with Iran is the only alternative to a deal: Anne Marie Slaughter

Abbas courting Iran is like riding a tiger, terror expert says

Hamas gunmen abducted in Sinai

Palestinians attack Tony Blair for helping Israel strike ‘secret peace deal’ with Hamas

Hamas: Israel has sent us numerous truce offers

Israel-Palestine: “two-state solution not now, Israel stabbed prospects”, Jimmy Carter

Chris Matthews Cheers: Jimmy Carter ‘Stuck it to Netanyahu’ in Presser

Carter says cancer has spread to his brain

Jimmy Carter on cancer: Future in God’s hands

Zionist Union: Netanyahu a coward in the face of terror

Huckabee: Israel’s claim to Judea and Samaria stronger than US tie to Manhattan

UN official blames Israeli settlement activity for Duma deaths

Israel defense chiefs see war with Hezbollah as matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’

As South Sudan bloodies itself, Israeli arms sales questioned

Slovakia to Welcome Christian Migrants but Reject Muslims; Insists Controversial Decision Is Not Discriminatory

ISIS razes monastery as oppression of Christians continues

After Escaping ISIS, a Second Crisis Looms – Starvation

Message to Iran? 3 years after ‘red line,’ Syria chem weapons charges unresolved

Australia considering US request to join air strikes in Syria

Report: UK to reopen embassy in Tehran this weekend

Pakistan Anti-Taliban Airstrikes Kill At Least 43 In North Waziristan As

Germany refugee riot over torn Koran leaves 17 hurt

North Korea orders troops to prepare for war

South Korea evacuation after shelling on western border

U.S. government, police working on counter-drone system – sources

FAA records detail hundreds of close calls between airplanes and drones

Court says Hillary Clinton emails broke ‘government policy’

‘Black Friday For Firms’: Divorce Lawyers Expect Surge In Clients Following Ashley Madison Hack

Josh Duggar admits cheating on wife after Ashley Madison hack

Mexican cartels in Arizon desert

Crowds gather to protest St. Louis police shooting, but no outrage for murder of girl, 9

US cinema chain Regal introduces bag search after attacks

Greek bailout: Alexis Tsipras steps down to trigger new elections

China’s Richest Traders Flee Stocks as the Masses Pile In

World stock markets fall again amid China worries

Stock market endures worst day in 18 months

S&P erases gains for year as stocks plunge 2% on Fed, growth concerns

Dow closes down 358 points as oil slides

Feels like 1986: Oil on track for longest weekly losing streak in 29 years

Credit Traders Gird for the Worst as Fed Loses Its Grip on Debt

Home sales soar in July to fastest pace since early 2007

Nasa: Giant asteroid is not going to end world in September

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Kota Ternate, Indonesia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Popondetta, Papua New Guinea

3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Southern Colorado Overnight

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador eruptst to 28,000ft

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 24,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 18,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 12,000ft

10 Stunning Images of Super Typhoon Atsani and Typhoon Goni

Hurricane Danny Is the First Hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season; Potential Threat to Lesser Antilles Next Week

Tropical Depression Three-C Forms in the Central Pacific; May Threaten Hawaii as Hurricane Kilo

Tropical Depression Four-C Forms in the Central Pacific

Wildfires rage in U.S. Northwest, army and foreign crews called in

July was Earth’s hottest month in recorded history

Islamic Leaders Want A Jihad Against Global Warming

Thousands of Dead Fish Wash Up on Tianjin’s Shores, a Week After the Blasts

Dozens of birds found dead in downtown Tulsa

Biblical Wave of Bugs Takes Over Burning Man Site

Selfies could be linked to head lice

Saudi MERS infections soar ahead of hajj pilgrimage

Planned Parenthood Recognizes 16 Media Journalists with Awards Amid Aborted Baby Organ Trafficking Videos

Planned Parenthood and the Aztecs

Brain model with maturity of 5-week-old fetus grown in a lab

People increasingly mutilate themselves to look demonic as transhumanist movement grows

God’s Super-Apostles? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement

Police investigating sexual and physical abuse arrest Jesus Army members

United Church of Christ Pastor Blesses Planned Parenthood After It Sells Aborted Babies

Morrissey Describes Battle With Depression, Calls Suicide ‘Admirable’

Bold Iraqi Pastor Won’t Back Down or Flee From Islamic Extremist Death Threats


The Briefing

1) Impressive advance in gene editing expose lack of boundaries to ‘progress’ in Western worldview

The age of the red pen, The Economist

Editing Humanity, The Economist

2) Marijuana’s rising approval neglects reality of consequences and harm of its legalizaiton

How Gay Marriage Is Like Legalizing Pot, Politico (Barney Frank)

Colorado rebrands anti-pot campaign for kids, Washington Post (Kristen Wyatt)

The terrifying timeline of how a Colorado teen ate a pot cookie and then jumped to his death, Washington Post (Ariana Eunjung Cha)

3) Denver councilmen express moral concern over religious values of Chik-Fil-A owners

Chick-fil-A location at DIA paused after Denver Council cites chain’s LGBT stances, Denver Post (Jon Murray)

In other news…

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Calls for New Elections, New York Times (NIki Kitsantonis and Jim Yardley)
Judge Pushes FBI to Look for Any Deleted Clinton Emails, Wall Street Journal (Devlin Barrett)
Right-Wingers Deny Constitutional Reality, Washington Post (Jennifer Rubin)
The Battle for Voting Rights Continues, Washington Post (E.J. Dionne Jr.)
Hillary Clinton’s Depressing Defeatism, CNN (S.E. Cupp)

2 Women Set to Graduate From Ranger School Are Experienced Officers, The New York Times ( Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Dave Phillips)When Vegans Won’t Compromise, New York Times, (Bob Fischer and James McWilliams)


August 20, 2015

CLIFF KINCAID — Thom Hartmann, a paid agent of the Russian government’s main propaganda channel, Russia Today (RT) television, is strongly supporting career politician and socialist Bernie Sanders for U.S. president… (more)


August 20, 2015
POLITICO — America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one – -except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers – -would know how this was accomplished… (more)

August 20, 2015

BREITBART — In the latest video produced by the Center for Medical Progress, Holly O’Donnell describes a medical technician using scissors to cut through the face of a newly aborted but nearly fully developed baby boy at a Planned Parenthood facility so that his intact brain could be extracted…. (more)


August 20, 2015
BRYAN FISCHER — In all the dust-up over Planned Parenthood participating in a scheme to cannibalize the dead and dismembered bodies of unborn babies, it should not be forgotten that Planned Parenthood supports infanticide…. (more)

August 20, 2015
BREITBART — Parents say that ten babies were found dead between Saturday and Sunday morning, with another seven dying between Monday and Friday of the week before. All the parents were told their children died from a “bacterial infection”; most of the victims were premature, having been on average seven months into their gestation…. (more)

August 20, 2015
NEWSMAX — Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press…. (more)

August 20, 2015
GARTH KANT — “Absolutely insane,” was the succinct reaction of Iran expert Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy on the latest revelations about President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Equally succinct, “Enough,” is what U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, declared in a statement given to WND before it was released to the general public…. (more)

August 20, 2015
REP. DONALD NORCROSS — Iran must never be allowed to become a nuclear threat to the world. Not today. Not 10 or 15 years from now. Never. The Iranian regime is a known sponsor of terrorism that has made no secret of its hatred for both the Unites States and Israel… (more)

August 20, 2015
NEWSMAX — Dick Morris tells Newsmax TV that Bill and Hillary Clinton are convinced the mushrooming email scandal threatening to destroy Hillary’s presidential run has been orchestrated by President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and his senior adviser Valerie Jarrett…. (more)

August 20, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — Could the 2016 race for the Oval Office get any crazier? On the GOP side, there’s a long list of experienced politicians with long lists of accomplishments to their names seeking the presidency – – senior governors, senators and statesmen – – and they’re all trailing Donald Trump, a shoot-from-the-hip billionaire with a knack for saying what many people across the country are feeling…. (more)

August 20, 2015

BREITBART — An investigative blogger has accused Shaun King, a key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, of misleading media icon Oprah Winfrey by pretending to be biracial in order to qualify for an “Oprah scholarship” to historically black Morehouse College. The blogger says King is white and has been lying about his ethnicity for years…. (more)


August 20, 2015
BREITBART — “Nobody does,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told Breitbart News when asked who has operational control of this region of the United States of America…. (more)

August 20, 2015
CHARLES HURT — That giant sucking sound you hear right now is the entire political establishment reacting in shock to Donald Trump’s deeply informed and comprehensive plan to address the rampant illegal immigration that has plagued America for more than a quarter century…. (more)

August 20, 2015
THOMAS SOWELL — One of the most lame excuses for doing nothing is that we can’t do everything. Such excuses have been repeated endlessly, even by some conservatives, when it comes to illegal immigration…. (more)

August 20, 2015

WASHINGTON TIMES — With the Obama administration’s attention focused on crises elsewhere, the 6-month-old fragile cease-fire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russia separatists has deteriorated steadily in recent weeks, reigniting fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin is poised to greenlight a fresh offensive to seize more territory across the border…. (more)


August 19, 2015

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) came out against the recently inked Iran deal on Tuesday and said he would vote to reject it, dealing a major blow to the White House, which has been aggressively lobbying key Democrats to support the accord…. (more)


August 19, 2015
POLITISTICK — After The Blaze founder and conservative radio talk show host Glenn Beck wrote a Facebook post on Friday, perplexed that fellow top conservative talk show hosts, as well as Republican commentator Ann Coulter, were giving so much credence to Donald Trump’s candidacy for the GOP nomination, Sean Hannity wrote back to Beck in a several page response…. (more)

August 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — Mexico’s former ambassador to the United States said Tuesday there are 30 million “undocumented immigrants” currently living in the United States, far more than the U.S. government’s claim of around 11 million…. (more)

August 19, 2015
KIEV UKRAINE NEWS BLOG — As Russia flexes its foreign policy muscles against the West and President Putin enjoys record approval ratings, the Kremlin is turning its attention to schools to instil a new sense of nationalism in children…. (more)

August 18, 2015
BYRON YORK — Donald Trump set off yet another wave of anguish and frustration among Republican political elites Sunday with more provocative statements about immigration, along with the release of a Trump immigration plan influenced by the Senate’s leading immigration hawk. But there are indications Trump’s positions on immigration are more in line with the views of the public – – not just GOP voters, but the public at large – – than those of his critics…. (more)

August 18, 2015

PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — “If it weren’t for me,” Donald Trump told the Fox News moderators at the first Republican presidential debate, “you wouldn’t even be talking about illegal immigration.” The record-breaking audience of 24 million, which is 10 times Fox’s usual nightly viewership, had to agree…. (more)


August 18, 2015
YOUNG CONSERVATIVES — As we draw ever closer to the end of the Obama presidency, many folks have already begun looking at the president’s “accomplishments” and wondering what exactly his legacy is going to be. Especially in the realm of foreign policy…. (more)

August 18, 2015
JOSEPH FARAH — Anyone who reads the English-language version of the Huffington Puffington Post would get the idea there is no higher calling than to be “gay.” Not so the new Arabic version…. (more)

August 18, 2015
AARON KLEIN — Hamas’ political leadership tentatively accepted the terms of an eight-year truce with Israel, according to sources within Hamas. The sources, speaking to WND from the Gaza Strip, said Israel gave support to Egypt to accept a Hamas delegation for further talks on the proposed long-term cease-fire…. (more)

August 18, 2015
DAILY SIGNAL — Family and friends of a Christian cake designer hope to help him with a fundraising campaign after a Colorado court ruled Thursday that he must create cakes for same-sex weddings despite his religious beliefs…. (more)


Daily Digest

August 21, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“How could a readiness for war in time of peace be safely prohibited, unless we could prohibit, in like manner, the preparations and establishments of every hostile nation?” —James Madison, Federalist No. 41, 1788

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Slain Ferguson Girl Was A Life That Mattered

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Jamyla is on the left; Photo courtesy of Eric Kayne

Another life was lost in Ferguson this week, and hers was indisputably innocent. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, “A 9-year-old girl doing homework on her mother’s bed was killed when someone fired shots into a Ferguson home Tuesday night, according to police and family. Jamyla Bolden’s grandmother said she ran into the bedroom after someone opened fire about 9:30 p.m. Jamyla’s mother was hit in the leg. Jamyla was fatally wounded. ‘I was holding her the whole time,’ the grandmother said of the child Wednesday. She did not want her name used because she feared for her safety. ‘I kept holding and holding her,’ the grandmother told the Post-Dispatch. ‘I still have her blood on my hands. She was still breathing. I was telling her to just breathe.'” Such senseless acts of violence are all too common in the St. Louis suburb where the radical group “Black Lives Matter” was born. Yet they’d rather protest and riot over the death of another man killed by police — after he pointed a gun at them. Just one man is marching for Jamyla. The police aren’t always blameless, of course, but the real blame lies with thugs who are young, male, urban and all too often black. To these killers, black lives don’t matter at all — not even the life of a nine-year-old girl. But there is a bit of good news: Ira DeWitt, wife of St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt, is going to pay for the funeral. Rest in peace, Jamyla.

EPA’s McCarthy Admits Clean Power Plan Hits Minorities Hardest

In June 2014, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the Clean Power Plan, which the Obama administration finalized earlier this month, “is about environmental justice … because lower-income families and communities of color are hardest hit.” Why, then, is the EPA enacting standards that adversely affect minorities? Last week, McCarthy similarly remarked, “We know that low-income minority communities would be hardest hit.” But there was one important distinction: She wasn’t referring to environmental hazards but the plan itself. In other words, the EPA’s massive power grab, which ostensibly “is about environmental justice,” instead hurts those it’s supposedly intended to protect. That’s not the surprising part — independent studies have already warned about the consequences. What’s surprising is hearing the head of Barack Obama’s EPA admit it.

McCarthy counters by arguing that consumers will see substantial savings by 2030 and that the government intends to help minorities neutralize the initial impacts by giving states that invest in new and upcoming energy efficiency programs a 2-for-1 federal credit. But as The Daily Signal’s Nicolas Loris writes, existing energy efficiency programs have failed to live up to expectations. And just because the government wants to make purchasing decisions for you doesn’t mean consumers are better off: “Arguing that increasing energy prices with regulations will save money by forcing energy-efficient product purchases is equivalent to cutting employees’ salaries and telling them that they will save money by shopping at Target. Just as the option to save money at Target existed before the pay cut, families and businesses already have an incentive to purchase energy-efficient products. When the government mandates efficiency, it removes that choice and makes consumers worse off.” No one is against energy efficiency, but that’s best attained through innovation in the free market. When the government gets involved, the results are bad for everyone.

Los Angeles VA Found Shredding Unprocessed Claims

Working off a tip, the VA’s inspector general in February sprung a surprise inspection on the VA Regional Office in Los Angeles. He found that employees were about to shred nine unprocessed claims that veterans filed with the agency. Of those claims, two of them were from homeless veterans who were seeking disability compensation, The Washington Times reports. Another was from a veteran who said he could not be employed because of the severity of his PTSD. In short, the VA’s action would have entrapped those veterans in a bureaucratic morass. The IG’s report could not verify that VA supervisors had ordered the paperwork destroyed, nor could it determine how many unprocessed claims passed through the shredder. In response to its findings, the IG made surprise inspections in 10 other VA offices to see if the paperwork problem is systematic. Secret wait lists are one thing. Document destruction and the resulting denial of care is another.

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

About That Reset With Russia…

By Patriot Post Staff

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Barack Obama famously made resetting relations with Russia one of his very first foreign policy initiatives, even deploying then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a ridiculous photo-op with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Lavrov can be seen in the photo above laughing in what could fairly be interpreted as genuine amusement that any U.S. president could be so naïve). Now, six years later, it’s apparent that we have indeed reset relations with Russia — to about 1977. From snapping up Crimea to fomenting insurrection in Ukraine to propping up Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin hasn’t missed an opportunity to poke us in the eye.

And now the latest such poke. This week, Russia and Iran announced the completion of a deal for the S-300 surface-to-air missile, one of the most capable such missiles in the world. Iran had originally attempted to acquire the S-300 in 2009, but Russia eventually backed out of the deal in the face of international pressure during the ongoing UN sanctions process over Iran’s nuclear program. But with sanctions now conveniently lifted thanks to Obama’s Iran deal, that same Sergei Lavrov has just wrapped up meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in which the S-300 deal was confirmed.

The S-300 is a very low- to very high-altitude missile, able to intercept aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles out to nearly 200 miles. Iran has reportedly contracted for four battalions’ worth at a cost of just under $1 billion, out of an annual defense budget estimated between $11-14 billion. Both Iran and Russia say the system will be delivered before the end of the year.

And we’re essentially paying for it with the $100 to $150 billion in sanctions relief through the deal.

Iran will almost certainly deploy two of the four battalions to cover its nuclear sites in central Iran and one battalion to protect Tehran. Each battalion comprises six launchers and a total of 24 missiles, plus a targeting radar, all of which are mobile. The S-300 will complicate enormously any attempt to fly into Iran’s airspace and attack its nuclear sites, which is Russia’s goal as well as Iran’s.

Why is Russia going through with this sale to a pariah nation like Iran? Partly because military systems are one of the very few Russian export items anyone wants to buy, but mainly because propping up those nations opposed to the United States has been Russian policy since 1945. As we said in 2009, Russian national interests were not going to change suddenly just because a neophyte in the Oval Office wished it were so — especially with a former KGB goon holding the reins of power in Russia. Anywhere Putin can cause headaches for the U.S. he will do so, which was obvious to everyone in 2009except the community organizer and his secretary of state. The S-300 deal is just the latest such move, but it won’t be the last. Reset, indeed.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Charles Krauthammer: “Birthright citizenship is a symptom, not a cause. If you regain control of the border, the number of birthright babies fades to insignificance. The time and energy it would take to amend the Constitution are far more usefully deployed securing the border. Moreover, the real issue is not the birthright babies themselves, but the chain migration that follows. It turns one baby into an imported village. Chain migration, however, is not a constitutional right. It’s a result of statutes and regulations. These can be readily changed. That should be the focus, not a quixotic constitutional battle. … [I]t is estimated by the conservative American Action Forum that mass deportation would take about 20 years and cost about $500 billion for all the police, judges, lawyers and enforcement agents — and bus drivers! — needed to expel 11 million people. … [O]f course, it won’t ever happen. But because it’s the view of the Republican front-runner, every other candidate is now required to react. So instead of debating border security, guest-worker programs and sanctuary cities … they are forced into a debate about a repulsive fantasy. Which, for the Republican Party, is also political poison. Mitt Romney lost the Hispanic vote by 44 points and he was advocating only self-deportation. Now the party is discussing forced deportation. … Yes, I understand. The anger, the frustration, etc., etc., that Trump is channeling. But how are these alleviated by yelling ‘I’m mad as hell’ — and proceeding to elect Hillary Clinton?”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The ordinary man is passive. Within a narrow circle, home life, and perhaps the trade unions or local politics, he feels himself master of his fate. But otherwise he simply lies down and lets things happen to him.” —George Orwell

Upright: “Some laws that regulate legal immigration may need adjustment. But our immigration system is not broken. The politicians charged with enforcing it are. It is illegal to sneak across the border. It is illegal to overstay a visa. It is illegal to work in the United States unless you are a citizen, a legal permanent resident or have a visa that authorizes you to work. It is illegal to use a false or stolen Social Security Number, and it is illegal to use fraudulent documents to obtain work. But the laws that immigrants here illegally routinely violate are not routinely enforced — even in Washington, D.C., and its immediate surroundings.” —Terence Jeffrey

Amending the Constitution is unconstitutional? “It turns out that an amendment aiming to change the Constitution to end birthright citizenship for the children of immigrants — a move that squarely targets Latinos — could theoretically be found unconstitutional long before it could make it into the document in the first place.” —Huffington Post legal affairs writer Cristian Farias

Non Compos Mentis: “Britain built an empire on the slave trade. Germany perpetrated the greatest genocide in human history. Who says the Islamic State won’t be a U.S. ally someday? … [I]f Western history is any guide, the Islamic State could well be on its way to global legitimacy.” —former State Department advisor Rosa Brooks

Circling the wagons: “[Y]ou want me to indict and damn Hillary Clinton? I’m not going to do that.” —New York Times’ Jeremy Peters

Late-night humor: “Hillary Clinton released an ad that emphasizes her humble economic background. In the ad she says, ‘Just 15 years ago, my family and I were evicted from our house.'” —Conan O’Brien

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Are your health care records safe? Private?

Brase says she and Health Freedom are warning the public that their electronic record is not safe and does not protect their privacy, and it can leave both patients and doctors in trouble if the information goes offline.

“It doesn’t follow the typical way that doctors and nurses take care of patients,” she further explains. “Therefore they should let their members of congress know, they should let their state legislators know, that this should not be mandated.”

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WVW-TV Presents: Global Economic Report for Summer 2015: The Greek Crisis, China, The BRICS, IMF, Naked-Shorts & Bail-ins

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We Have Already Witnessed The First 1300 Points Of The Stock Market Crash Of 2015

New York Stock Exchange - Photo from Wikimedia CommonsWhat has been happening on Wall Street the past few days has been nothing short of stunning.  On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 358 points.  It was the largest single day decline in a year and a half, and investors are starting to panic.  Overall, the Dow is now down more than 1300 points from the peak of the market.  Just yesterday, I wrote about all of the experts that are warning about a stock market crash in 2015, and after today I am sure that a lot more people will start jumping on the bandwagon.  In particular, tech stocks are getting absolutely hammered lately.  The Nasdaq has fallen close to 3.5% over the past two days alone, and it has dropped below its 200-day moving average.  The Russell 2000 (a small-cap stock market index) is also now trading below its 200-day moving average.  What all of this means is that the stock market crash of 2015 has already begun.  The only question left to answer at this point is how bad it will ultimately turn out to be. (Read More….)


Muslim Practice Of Drinking Camel Urine Causing Huge Spike in Saudi MERS Infections

MERS coronavirus infections have soared in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, killing three people and forcing a Riyadh hospital to close its emergency ward, officials and newspapers said Thursday.

The Saudi Gazette said authorities shut the emergency ward at one of the capital’s largest hospitals, King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC-R), “after at least 46 people, including hospital staff” contracted the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

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The health ministry has said it registered 21 confirmed MERS infections, all but one of them in Riyadh, between August 9 and 15.

What a lot of people don’t know is that the main reason why MERS infections are insanely high in Muslim countries is due to the Islamic practice of drinking camel urine. In the Hadith, it tells of the Prophet Mohammad ordering his followers to “drink camel urine for medicine”, and that’s why they do it. This disgusting practice spreads disease like crazy, and has gotten so bad that the Saudi Health Ministry had to issue a warning against camel contact.

Muslim drinks camel urine, the prophet Muhammad’s miracle medicine

Muhammad prescribed camel urine as medicine to his followers from the tribe of Uraynah. Because Muslims believed Muhammad to be a prophet who received a divine revelation, they continue to prescribe camel urine as medicine despite the lack of evidence proving there is any medicinal value in camel urine and indications that drinking camel urine is actually harmful.

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BDS Profs vs. the Muslim Leadership Institute

by Cinnamon Stillwell
FrontPage Magazine
August 21, 2015

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North Korea leader orders army to be ready for war

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 10:18 AM PDT

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his frontline troops to be ready for war, against a backdrop of rising military tensions between his country and South Korea. The announcement follows an exchange of artillery shells across the two countries’ heavily fortified border. The Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) is a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said the move came during an emergency meeting late on Thursday of the powerful Central Military Commission of which Kim is the chairman. During the meeting, Kim ordered frontline, combined units of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) to “enter a wartime state” from Friday 5pm local time (08:00 GMT). The troops should be “fully battle ready to launch surprise operations” while the entire frontline should be placed in a “semi-war state,” KCNA quoted him as saying. FULL REPORT

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Apocalyptic 100ft ‘Firenado’ Sprouts from Idaho Wildfire

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 05:55 AM PDT

A giant “firenado” – a twister of smoke, fire and burning debris – was filmed shooting into the air above Idaho’s Soda Fire late last week, and the footage of apocalyptic tornado is now spreading across the Internet with a slightly less deadly force. “This sucker was shooting flames 100ft (30m) in the air before it passed right in front of the line,” Idaho firefighter Craig Fluer wrote on Instagram, “all while dropping hot dirt and ash on our helmets.”

A truly unique phenomenon, the fire twister formed due to intense rising heat under strong wind conditions, sucking in burning debris and combustible gases. A twister consists of a fire core in addition to an invisible rotating pocket of air. At its peak “firenado” can reach up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,090 degrees Celsius). Fluer filmed the Idaho fire tornado last week during the ongoing wildfire in Idaho. The natural disaster has now consumed over 285,000 acres in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon, prompted by high temperatures and low moisture. FULL REPORT

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Scientists Fear Massive Solar Storm Could Hit Earth

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 05:38 AM PDT


We all know that major storms can wreak havoc, flooding cities and decimating infrastructure. But there’s an even bigger worry than wind and rain: space weather. If a massive solar storm hit us, our technology would be wiped out. The entire planet could go dark. “We’re much more reliant on technology these days that is vulnerable to space weather than we were in the past,” said Thomas Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He told Gizmodo, “If we were hit by an extreme event today, it’d be very difficult to respond.”

Revelation 16:8 – Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire.

“Solar storm” is a generic term used to describe a bunch of stuff the Sun hurls our way, including x-rays, charged particles, and magnetized plasma. A massive solar storm hasn’t hit the Earth since the mid-19th century, but space weather scientists are very worried about the possibility of another. A solar storm usually starts with a solar flare — a giant explosion on the surface of the sun that sends energy and particles streaming off into space. Small, C-class flares occur all the time and are too weak to affect the Earth, while mid-sized M-class flares can produce minor radio disruptions. X-class flares, meanwhile, are the largest explosions in the solar system, releasing up to a billion hydrogen bombs worth of energy. These eruptions occur very rarely, but when they do, they’re an epic sight. FULL REPORT

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Have We Already Witnessed The First 1300 Points Of The Stock Market Crash Of 2015?

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 05:28 AM PDT

What has been happening on Wall Street the past few days has been nothing short of stunning.  On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 358 points.  It was the largest single day decline in a year and a half, and investors are starting to panic.  Overall, the Dow is now down more than 1300 points from the peak of the market.  Just yesterday, I wrote about all of the experts that are warning about a stock market crash in 2015, and after today I am sure that a lot more people will start jumping on the bandwagon.

In particular, tech stocks are getting absolutely hammered lately.  The Nasdaq has fallen close to 3.5% over the past two days alone, and it has dropped below its 200-day moving average.  The Russell 2000 (a small-cap stock market index) is also now trading below its 200-day moving average.  What all of this means is that the stock market crash of 2015 has already begun.  The only question left to answer at this point is how bad it will ultimately turn out to be. When stocks were booming, tech stocks were leading the way up. But now that the market has turned, tech stocks are starting to lead the way downFULL REPORT

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Russia’s Got a Mysterious New Submarine

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 05:21 AM PDT

On Aug. 11 at the port of Severodvinsk in northern Russia, a gigantic and forcing dark shape rose up out of a dry-dock, saw by positions of formally dressed dignitaries. The Russian naval force’s most recent submarine is 574 feet long, uproots no less than 18,000 tons of water and packs two atomic reactors. Named Moscow, she’s really a renovated, 1980s-vintage ballistic-rocket sub that once sneaked underneath the Arctic ice, supporting atomic tipped ballistic rockets, anticipating Armageddon.

Today, as best as any outside eyewitness can tell, the Moscow has another mission. She seems, by all accounts, to be part science vessel, part spy boat, part commando transport, and part “mothership” for small subs and automatons. Be that as it may, nobody outside of the Kremlin and the Moscow’s future group knows without a doubt. “There’s a considerable measure of inquiries here,” says Eric Wertheim, a main maritime investigator in the United States and creator of Combat Fleets of the World, the conclusive maritime reference guide. FULL REPORT

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Despite Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories and Rumors, Asteroid will not destroy Earth next month

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 05:16 AM PDT

The world can breath easy. A giant asteroid is not hurtling towards Earth about to wipe out much of the Americas, NASA has felt compelled to explain following a swirl of online rumors. Blogs and off-beat news sites have claimed a major asteroid will impact earth in mid-to-late September near Puerto Rico, causing major destruction throughout the region. But that theory is entirely baseless, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a post this week, trying to damp down the Doomsday predictions.

“There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates,” said the manager of the Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Paul Chodas. The lab explained that all known hazardous asteroids have a less than .01 percent chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years. “If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now,” he said. FULL STATEMENT

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God Is Bringing Divine Reconnections Full Circle in This Hour

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 05:07 AM PDT

Divine connections. We all want them. Many of us pray for them. We certainly hear a lot of prophecies about them. Hopefully, you’ve had a few along your narrow path. Divine connections—those God-breathed relationships that seemingly come out of nowhere and have the potential to radically impact your life—are vital to fulfilling Father’s call on your life. To be sure, these relationships can be absolutely life changing, even if they are only seasonal in intensity.

Divine connections are Scriptural and necessary. Moses and Joshua had a divine connection. Samuel and David had a divine connection. Elijah and Elisha had a divine connection. Paul and Timothy had a divine connection. In each case, we see destiny arising from those relationships. Joshua took the Promised Land baton from Moses. Samuel anointed David as king. Elisha grabbed Elijah’s mantle. And Timothy carried on Paul’s gospel mission. FULL REPORT

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Harbinger Man: ‘The Time is Now to Prepare’

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 05:02 AM PDT

Author and Bible teacher Jonathan Cahn says he has been so swamped with questions and concerns about the looming end of the Shemitah year on Sept. 13 that he can’t answer them all. “We have been deluged with people calling, emailing, asking questions from all over the country, wanting to know what’s happening. So we decided to put out a video,” Cahn told WND via email.

In the message, posted to YouTube, Cahn calls for a period of national prayer and repentance leading up to the pivotal month of September. He also issued a new warning about a “desecration” that often precedes judgment and is already present in American society. He calls for Christians to prepare for persecution and get ready to stand for God in a coming period of strife that will increasingly be devoid of “gray areas” or middle ground. In the video, he says his main theme continues to be that of judgment visiting America. This will bring a “shaking” in the financial and economic realms. These tremors may spread beyond the economic realm. FULL REPORT

 

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James Robison Talks About ‘Terrifying Expectation of Judgment’

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 08:37 PM PDT

America refusing to pursue righteousness will force the country into bondage, evangelist James Robison says. The summer of 2015, alone, saw the Supreme Court support gay marriage, Americans turning a blind eye to Planned Parenthood mutilations and nearly 37 million affair revelations exposed through a data hack.

“It is only the grace and mercy of God that prevents our nation from being destroyed,” Robison says. “God is still our shelter, but if as a nation we continue on the present rebellious course, the hedge of protection will come down. We are already seeing it happen.” With the presidential elections around the corner, Robison says believers should push to elect leaders who understand the foundations of freedom.

The secular portion of America is pushing for “tolerance” while persecuting the religious freedom of Christians. To ignore the cries of persecution will force America to remain in darkness. Robison points to the words of Hebrews to back up his point. FULL REPORT

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Is God About to Remove Prophetic Watchmen From America’s Walls?

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 08:32 PM PDT

It started with a supernatural vision in India in the early 2000s. Now, the prophetic implications have reached America. Why India? Perhaps few in the States were willing to listen. “We have turned out back on God, plain and simple. That’s what we’ve done,” TruNews Rick Wiles tells Jim Bakker. The commentator says that the barbarians have now entered the city, and God is removing His watchmen. CHARISMA

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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!

wearing masksBut 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 patting-self-on-back-1should 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.

my mom thinks im coolOf 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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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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