Sep. 1, 2015
President Obama pledged the U.S. will combat the “urgent and growing threat of climate change” and take measures to address the impact of warming temperatures on the Arctic. Climate change will “define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other challenge,'” the president said Monday.
President Obama, who said last week that he’s feeling “feisty” as he heads toward his final year in office, plans to show off a bit of his wild side. Obama will appear on NBC’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” a survivalist reality show that will take the leader of the free world on a trek through the Alaskan wilderness.
Canada’s economy shrank again in the second quarter as an oil shock widened, pressuring the central bank to cut interest rates next week.
New York’s first real estate project financed significantly though crowdfunding is set to open, a step forward for a nascent investing model that has yet to prove itself in commercial property.
The unemployment rate for the 19-nation region dropped to 10.9 percent in July from 11.1 percent in June.
The U.K. National Crime Agency’s website was shut down by a massed online attack in apparent retaliation for arrests last week in its investigation into the Lizard Squad hacking group. Lizard Squad’s Twitter account posted a link to the NCA site with the message “#offline” this morning.
The El Nino that’s changing weather across the globe is now the strongest since the record event almost two decades ago.
In a survey of more than 1,800 human resource professionals, 76 percent said they’re more accepting of hiring former employees than they were five years ago. Nearly two-thirds of managers agreed. Employees also reported feeling less anxiety about returning to a company, with 40 percent of those surveyed saying they would consider boomeranging.
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A county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, invoking her religious beliefs and “God’s authority” – this time in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.
Pope Francis declared Tuesday he is allowing all priests in the church’s upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve women of the “sin of abortion” if they repent with a “contrite heart.”
President Obama vowed to push for police officer safety after a Texas sheriff’s deputy was gunned down from behind and shot multiple times at close range.
A fragile truce between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists appeared to be holding on Tuesday as both sides made a renewed effort to silence their guns and make the much-abused ceasefire work.
After three years of scrutinizing the elusive Higgs boson closely, scientists say they’ve determined that the “God particle” behaves just as predicted.
A global survey of over 3,000 people suggests healthcare could be at a turning point to cater to Millennials — who overtook Baby Boomers this year as the largest living generation and who approach their health differently from their parents. One key finding is that 70 percent of Millennials select their doctors based on referrals from family and friends, whereas only 41 percent of those over age 65 do so. What’s more, 51 percent of patients over 65 express dissatisfaction with their care directly to their doctors, while 60 percent of Millennials shout out their unsatisfactory experiences to their friends.
Now that Cuba has restored diplomatic ties with the United States, teaching English in schools will be a priority, the communist party newspaper Granma reported Monday.
Hundreds of migrants have been protesting outside a major railway station in the Hungarian capital after police sealed off the terminal to stop them travelling through the EU.
Thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails while US secretary of state have been released, including many that have been censored after being deemed classified.
Fighters from the al-Shabab militant Islamist group have overrun an African Union military base in southern Somalia, inflicting heavy casualties, witnesses have told the BBC.
A new method of applying insecticide to netting has proved 100% effective against some strains of mosquito, an international study reports. The electrostatic coating allows the netting to carry much higher doses of insecticide.
China’s factory activity contracted at its fastest pace in three years in August, confirming fears that the country’s growth is continuing to slow.
Russia has opened a laboratory in Siberia devoted to the study of extinct animal DNA in the hope of creating clones, it’s reported.
A satellite image confirmed the main temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria has been destroyed by Islamic State (IS) militants, the UN said.
Syrian rebel forces have come under attack from Islamic State (IS) on the outskirts of Damascus.
Several Democrat candidates for president are complaining that their party is protecting Hillary Clinton from scrutiny by limiting the number of debates this election season.
China and Russia are both taking advantage of the hack attacks against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Ashley Madison adultery website, tasking experts to sift the data and see who’s cheating, who has security clearances and who’s vulnerable to blackmail.
“Hundreds of thousands” of people joined Ashley Madison last week, including 87,596 women.
Pope Francis is expected to enthusiastically endorse a new U.N. document that promises to wipe out poverty by 2030 by reordering the world economy along the lines of socialist principles.
Top News – 9/1/2015
Three major hurricanes pictured over the Pacific for the first time EVER and it could be thanks to this year’s mega-El Nino
Three major hurricanes are simultaneously making their way across the Pacific Ocean for the first time in history. Hurricanes Ignacio, Kilo and Jimena were pictured together by NASA and astronauts from the International Space Station this weekend as they straddled the Pacific from Mexico to Hawaii. It is the first time that three storms classed as Category 3 or higher, meaning they have the potential to cause major damage, have been pictured together at the same time.
Milwaukee Sheriff: Obama ‘Started This War on Police’
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. strongly criticized what he called the “black lies matter” movement and stressed that President Barack Obama himself had “started this war on police.” Sheriff Clarke said, “Judge, I am too pissed off tonight to be diplomatic about what’s going on and I’m not going to stick my head in the sand about it.”
El Niño strengthens but a warm Indian Ocean
The 2015 El Niño is now the strongest El Niño since 1997–98. The tropical Pacific Ocean and atmosphere are fully coupled, with sea surface temperatures well above El Niño thresholds, consistently weak trade winds, and a strongly negative Southern Oscillation Index.
Thousands Gather at South Carolina State House to ‘Stand with God’ Against Sin
“The purpose of ‘We Stand With God’ is to encourage and empower God-fearing citizens to stand in this evil day. Timing is critical,” the event website reads. “The landscape of this great republic is eroding daily and the floods of change are seeking to assassinate the moral fiber of the land we love. Crime rates are rising, civil unrest is abounding and perversion is growing exponentially.”
A Giant Glob of Deadly Algae Is Floating off the West Coast
From the air, the Pacific algal bloom doesn’t look like much of a threat: a wispy, brownish stream, snaking up along the West Coast. But it’s causing amnesia in birds, deadly seizures in sea lions, and a crippling decline in the West Coast shellfish industry. “These are the highest levels of toxicity we’ve ever seen,” says one expert.
The sunspot number is plummeting, and the Earth-facing side of the sun is almost blank.
Doomsday Countdown: US Hawks Pushing World to the Brink of Nuclear War
Washington is moving back toward a Cold War-style confrontation with Moscow over Ukraine, apparently forgetting that Russia still possesses a nuclear arsenal as large and as deployable as the US’,
European Islamic Migrant Crisis At ‘Unprecedented Proportions’
“For us today, what is at stake is Europe, the lifestyle of European citizens, European values, the survival or disappearance of European nations, and more precisely formulated, their transformation beyond recognition. “Today, the question is not merely in what kind of a Europe we would like to live, but whether everything we understand as Europe will exist at all.”
Iran and the ‘Francis Factor’
Members of Congress trying to derail the Iran nuclear deal will have to contend with the “Francis Factor.” By sheer scheduling luck — let’s just say it probably wasn’t what House Speaker John Boehner intended — Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 24.
Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks
The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks… The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no final decision had been made on imposing sanctions, which could strain relations with Russia further and, if they came soon, cast a pall over a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September.
Obama pleads for Paris climate change deal
US President Barack Obama has called on world leaders to agree to cut carbon emissions at crucial talks in Paris later this year. Speaking in Alaska, he said countries including his own were not doing enough to stop global warming. World powers meet in Paris in December with the aim of agreeing to curb global temperature rises.
Hurricane Fred hits Cape Verde islands
A hurricane with winds of up to 120km/h (75mph) has hit the island nation of Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa. The government grounded all flights as heavy rain and winds lashed north-western islands in the archipelago. No hurricane has ever been recorded further east in the tropical Atlantic.
Somalia attack: Al-Shabab attacks African Union Janale base
Fighters from the al-Shabab militant Islamist group have overrun an African Union military base in southern Somalia, inflicting heavy casualties, witnesses have told the BBC. The militants said they have killed 70 AU soldiers at the Janale base, 90km (55 miles) south-east of the capital. AU forces have insisted they are still in control of the base.
New Ebola death in Sierra Leone sets back efforts to beat epidemic
A woman who died last week in northern Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola, the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) said Monday, in a setback for the country’s bid to gain Ebola-free status.
U.S. military deploys drones to Latvia on training mission
The U.S. military has deployed two MQ-1 Predator reconnaissance drones and 70 airmen to Latvia on a training mission as part of U.S. efforts to reassure European allies the United States is committed to their security, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Rise of the bizarre ‘cannabis vomiting syndrome’: Heavy users suffer from severe nausea and pain
A bizarre syndrome that makes heavy cannabis users violently ill and leads them to take frequent hot baths to ease the pain has been reported by doctors. Symptoms of the illness include severe stomach pain, nausea and vomiting – and bathing in very hot water up to five times a day for relief.
Ukraine guardsman killed in nationalist protest outside parliament
A Ukrainian national guardsman was killed and nearly 90 others wounded by grenades hurled from a crowd of nationalist protesters on Monday as they were guarding parliament where lawmakers backed giving more autonomy to rebel-held areas.
Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will have to choose whether to issue marriage licenses, defying her Christian conviction, or continue to refuse them, defying a federal judge who could pummel her with fines or order that she be hauled off to jail.
Dow posts worst August decline in 17 years
The month of August can be pretty rough for stock investors. But this August has earned its place in the record books, as stocks were unsettled by uncertainty over the state of affairs in the world’s second largest economy, China.
Top Headlines – 9/1/2015
Washington prepares for pivotal September vote in Congress on Iran nuclear deal
Cheney: Iran deal likely to lead to first use of nuclear weapon since WWII
Former Intel chief: US, Israel should reach parallel Iran agreement
‘Big embarrassment for Obama’ as DNC chair blocks support for Iran nuclear deal
Obama: It ‘Hurts’ when I’m Accused of Being Anti-Semitic
Over 1,000 US Rabbis Pen Open Letter to Congress Opposing Iran Deal
Iran’s Rouhani: Israel founded on intimidation, terror, occupation
Merkel: Unacceptable how Iran continues to talk about Israel
Iran unveils 15-year nuclear enhancement program
Obama: US and Israel must improve Intel cooperation to stop Hezbollah from getting missiles
Netanyahu vows to increase security after attacks in Jerusalem, Samaria
‘Threats and dangers changing shape and direction,’ commander of key IDF West Bank brigade says
Israel Asks Egypt: Stop Move to Monitor Our Nuclear Facilities
Egypt launches project to fill Gaza border area with water to stop militant activity
ISIS affiliate in Gaza claims failed rocket launch
Map: There are 10 world heritage sites in Iraq and Syria. Nine are in danger.
Russian jets in Syrian skies
Oldest Koran ‘Destabilises’ Islamic History, Scientists Say It Pre-dates Mohammed
Turkish court charges reporters with terrorism links
Nigeria’s Boko Haram ‘spreads to Lagos’
S.Sudan rebels accuse government of breaking ceasefire
Islamist militants attack African Union base in southern Somalia
Three killed, dozens wounded, in suicide attack on Pakistan forces
Thai police award themselves $84G for arrest of bombing suspect
‘Never again!’ Japanese hold massive rally to protest Abe’s foreign wars bill
China Restores 800 World War II Movies Ahead of Vast Military Parade
Another Massive Explosion Rocks Industrial City in China
Ukraine village for Jewish refugees to officially open Monday
Grenade explodes during Ukraine clashes; 1 officer killed, around 100 injured
In Ukraine, 141 still hospitalized after violent protests
NATO kicks off naval drills in Black Sea with Ukraine
U.S. military deploys drones to Latvia on training mission
Police worry about their own safety after killings: ‘It’s a different world’
New college course on 9/11 sympathizes with terrorists
U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks
State Department releases thousands of Clinton emails, 125 contain classified information
Mystery deepens into how classified emails got onto Clinton’s unclassified server
Dow posts worst August decline in 17 years
Europe shares set to follow Asian losses as China PMIs stoke growth fears
A Chinese journalist has appeared on state television ‘confessing’ to causing the stock market chaos
Central banks can’t save the markets from a crash. They shouldn’t even try
World to Fed: We’re prepared for U.S. rate hike, so don’t delay
Printing Money Goes Haywire in Venezuela
80 Year Old Woman Trampled To Death In Venezuela Supermarket Stampede
Venezuelan leader says Colombia plotting his assassination
Russia, Venezuela to Discuss Potential Steps to Stabilize Oil Prices
Why $40 oil is killing Iraq, Venezuela and others, but not Russia
Russian economy, shoppers hit by falling global oil prices
Nepal honours quake victims in festival of the dead
Geologist: Earthquake called the ‘Really Big One’ isn’t hoax
Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 26,000ft
Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft
West African archipelago hit in rare hurricane strike
Former hurricane Fred weakens to a tropical storm
Erika Unleashes Flooding Rain From Florida to Carolinas
Asia Fall Forecast 2015: El Nino to Boost West Pacific Typhoons, Intensify Drought From India to Indonesia
Monsoon storm causes heavy damage and flooding in Phoenix
Obama says world must reach climate deal in Paris ‘while we still can’
Cash crunch for Paris conference: UN climate chief
‘Denali’ controversy: Obama makes waves by renaming Mount McKinley
New Ebola death in Sierra Leone sets back efforts to beat epidemic
Cannabis Vomiting Syndrome: U.K. Doctors See Rise In Cases Due To Heavy Marijuana Use
Ben Carson’s perplexing stance on abortion
Reports: Pope blesses lesbian authors for their “excellent Christian values”
Rich Gay Men Wanted: Spain’s Conservatives Make Tourist Appeal
Clerk Must Issue Gay-Marriage Licenses After High Court Rebuff
March For Life Defeats Obama Administration In Court
Univ. of Tennessee tells students to use gender neutral pronouns
Sex cheats’ Ashley Madison website says it has never been busier
Outrage after Auschwitz installs showers to ‘cool down’ visitors
1) Enduring nature of temptation to idolatory illustrated in current events
ISIS Damages Temple of Baal in Palmyra, New York Times (Kenneth Rosen)
Indian Scholar Who Criticized Worship of Idols Is Killed, New York Times (Swati Gupta)
Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali, New York Times (Julie Hirschfield Davis)
Seeing Freedom in Their Future, Psychics Reveal All: ‘It’s a Scam, Sir’, New York Times (Michael Wilson)
2) Indiana editorial’s celebration of total non-discrimination exposes pervasiveness of sexual revolution
Rights for all — it’s time for Indiana to act, Indianapolis Star (Editorial Board)
3) Polygamy lawsuit depends on Supreme Court gay marriage ruling for defense
‘Sister Wives’ clan uses same-sex marriage ruling in polygamy case, Reuters (Curtis Skinner)
In other news…
August 31, 2015
Believers need to assert ‘the power of Jesus’ name’
— During the GOP’s mock-up of a debate on Fox recently, Donald Trump stood out by refusing to pledge his support for the eventual GOP nominee. For some conservatives, this added credibility to his pose of adamant opposition to the GOP’s quisling leadership… (more)
August 31, 2015
— Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz blocked a resolution during the party’s summer meeting that would have backed President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, The Washington Post reports…. (more)
August 31, 2015
— The timing of the execution-style of murder of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth on Friday night may not be purely random. Suspect Shannon J. Miles, 30, of Houston, is accused of shooting Goforth in the head from behind as he fueled his vehicle, then firing several rounds into his body as Goforth lay on the ground…. (more)
August 31, 2015
— Chrissie Hynde, the lead singer of the Pretenders, was raped more than 40 years ago. She still believes it was her fault…. (more)
August 31, 2015
— Outside of evangelical circles, the names Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick are likely to be met with blank stares…. (more)
August 31, 2015
— Tie her tubes, or we’ll sue you for sex discrimination, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) told a Catholic-affiliated hospital in California. After first declining to do so, Mercy Medical Center in Redding has now slated a tubal ligation for a woman after her scheduled C-section to deliver a baby in late September…. (more)
August 30, 2015
— “Go back to Univision” is how Donald Trump handled Mexican-American “journalist” Jorge Ramos when he tried to disrupt a Trump news conference. When Hillary Clinton compared Republicans to terrorists, the Republican National Committee asked for an apology. This contrast demonstrates why Trump is doing so well and the Republican Party, in general, is doing so poorly…. (more)
August 30, 2015
— Following his daughter’s death in a live broadcast shooting in Moneta Va. on Wednesday morning, Andy Parker, who vowed to campaign for stricter gun control laws, has said he will probably have to get a gun to defend himself…. (more)
August 30, 2015
— A defiant Environmental Protection Agency on Friday put into effect controversial new water regulations, despite a federal judge’s decision to place a temporary hold on the rule for fear it would harm states…. (more)
August 29, 2015
— After months of financial hardship, the coffers of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization are set to overflow with Iranian financing as Tehran officially reconciles with Islamic Jihad leadership, Middle Eastern defense officials told WND…. (more)
August 29, 2015
— In a highly anticipated TV event with two of the GOP’s biggest celebrities, Donald Trump told Sarah Palin on Friday that his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is “bringing back the silent majority” of Americans who “want to see America be great again.”… (more)
August 29, 2015
— Hillary Clinton is so dishonest she leaves a cloud of dust behind her – – just like Pig-Pen in the comic strip “Peanuts,” political law attorney and conservative activist Cleta Mitchell tells Newsmax TV…. (more)
August 29, 2015
— A challenge to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone-call data was dealt a setback Friday when a U.S. appeals court said a judge shouldn’t have moved to block the program, which he called “almost Orwellian.”… (more)
August 29, 2015
— Holier-than-thou liberals on the Denver city council are waging war on Chick-fil-A in the name of tolerance and diversity. Now, let me tell you what the squawking is really all about: It’s a distraction, a feint, a mile-high smokescreen…. (more)
August 28, 2015
JOAN SWIRSKY, RA ANALYST
— Most people, including me, know that Megyn Kelly is not only gorgeous, but also smart, sassy, incisive in her interviews, and genuinely funny. But the interview she conducted Wednesday night, August 26, with Jorge Ramos was disgraceful – – the kind of toadying and biased interrogation that should be Exhibit #1 in journalism schools across the country about how not to be a legitimate journalist… (more)
August 28, 2015
— James Dobson, the high-profile Christian commentator, author and broadcaster who warned the U.S. Supreme Court before it created “same-sex marriage” that it was about to constitutionalize sin, says the fight isn’t really about marriage…. (more)
August 28, 2015
— A county clerk in Kentucky continues to defy the state’s Democrat governor by not issuing marriage licenses despite a new appeals court ruling ordering her to do so…. (more)
August 28, 2015
— In a letter to Congress intended to defend its practices and attack its hidden-video critics, Planned Parenthood wound up lending credence to accusations that it manipulates rules on selling fetal organs to maximize profit…. (more)
August 28, 2015
— Secretary of State John Kerry once again signed the United Nations Arms Treaty on Wednesday, a move that supporters say will help stop weapons from getting into the hands of criminals and terrorists worldwide but critics contend is is a backdoor assault on law-abiding gun owners…. (more)
August 28, 2015
— House Speaker John Boehner fired a stunning blast at Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, reportedly calling him a “jackass” during a Colorado fundraiser…. (more)
August 28, 2015
— A federal judge in North Dakota acted late Thursday to block the Obama administration’s controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was due to take effect…. (more)
August 28, 2015
— Call it a public display of political affection: Sen. Ted Cruz has invited Donald Trump to Washington next month for a rally against the Iran nuclear deal. The two Republican rivals are set to appear at an event organized by the Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Politics, and the Zionist Organization of America, according to the Cruz campaign…. (more)
August 28, 2015
— Pakistan could have 350 nuclear warheads, the world’s third largest stockpile, within the next decade if it continues its current addition of 20 nuclear warheads annually, according to a new report released by two Washington-based think tanks…. (more)
August 28, 2015
— A shocking new study suggests there is a clear link between the disease and the number of times a patient has been prescribed the drugs. Those given five or more prescriptions over a period of up to 15 years are up to 53 per cent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those given anti biotics just once or never, scientists have found…. (more)
August 27, 2015
— On Aug. 25, RenewAmerica columnist Cliff Kincaid was interviewed by Kevin Boling of Knowing The Truth Radio about the possibility that Pope Francis will endorse socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for president. The pope, who has been outspoken in condemning capitalism, will be visiting the U.S. for six days in September…. (more)
September 1, 2015
“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.” —Mercy Warren, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, 1805
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|The Coast Guard Cutter HEALY (WAGB – 20). Photo courtesy USCG
Barack Obama has no long-term, consistent strategy for Alaska. Well, other than his climate agenda. He’s visiting The Last Frontier this week to plug for an even more aggressive approach to “man-made” global warming, as he spoke before an international conference in Anchorage Monday. As The Washington Post pointed out, Obama simply used the wilderness as a visual aid for his arguments. Ahead of the conference, titled GLACIER, NASA said sea levels are rising faster than expected, and Obama matched that level of alarm. “We’re not moving fast enough,” Obama warned. “None of the nations represented here are moving fast enough.” Obama’s comments quickly descended into adolescent sniping, as he completely belittled skeptics to his regulation-heavy, Big Government “solutions” to climate change. “The time to heed the critics and the cynics and the deniers is past,” he continued. “The time to plead ignorance is surely past. Those who want to ignore the science, they are increasingly alone. They’re on their own shrinking island.”
If Obama wants to talk about shrinking islands, he should reconsider the threat Russia poses in Arctic waters. Just like the situation in Ukraine, Russia is pushing boundaries in the Arctic, trying to grab the natural resources that lie under the ice. Currently, Russia operates 40 icebreakers and is making 11 more. The U.S.? It has only two and Obama proposes the U.S. buy one more. But Obama ignores the long-term significance of Alaska and its waters for our nation’s security and energy policies to yammer about the temperature and to take a hike with reality TV star Bear Grylls.
Apparently, the psych science is not settled. The Guardian reports, “Of 100 studies published in top-ranking journals in 2008, 75% of social psychology experiments and half of cognitive studies failed the replication test.” There are many reasons why an experiment might fail to replicate, but more than this the study has highlighted some issues with academic publishing and modern science. University of Virginia psychology professor Brian A. Nosek, who led the effort to reproduce the experiments, told the Guardian, “The key caution that an average reader should take away is any one study is not going to be the last word. Science is a process of uncertainty reduction, and no one study is almost ever a definitive result on its own.” And while the media might want to breathlessly report on a study that displays some kind of psychological quirk, the real scientific process is much more involved than one study. Climate alarmists take note…
Some presidential candidates have pointed to Canada as a model for things like single-payer health care. (That would be Donald Trump, for those keeping score.) Of course, to keep a single-payer system running costs a lot of money, and that money has to come from somewhere. Or nearly everywhere, as it turns out. Reuters reports, “Canadians spend more on taxes than on food, clothing and shelter combined, according to a report released on Thursday, as increases in an average family’s tax bill have outpaced the cost of basic necessities in the last five decades.” The Frasier Institute report says the average Canadian family brings in about $60,000 (in U.S. dollars), of which 36% goes to cover basic needs and 42% is confiscated by the government. Fifty years ago, those numbers were 56% and 33%, respectively. Oh, and by the way, Canada is now arguably in recession. Call us old fashioned, but the new model doesn’t sound like the one best for America.
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By Nate Jackson
|Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth
Deputy Darren Goforth was gunned down at a Harris County, Texas, gas station Friday evening when he stopped to fill up his squad car. He was 47. The execution appeared unprovoked, though there is an unmistakable angle of racism and anti-cop hatred.
Security footage shows the murderer, who is black, come up behind and shoot 15 rounds into Goforth, who is white. Law enforcement has a theory to why the killer did it. In a press conference, an obviously emotional Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman pinned the blame for this murder on the angry rhetoric surrounding the Black Lives Matter protests. “This rhetoric has gotten out of control,” Hickman said. “We’ve heard ‘black lives matter,’ ‘all lives matter.’ Well, cops’ lives matter, too. So why don’t we just drop the qualifier and just say ‘lives matter’?”
To be sure, blacks aren’t the only ones killing law enforcement personnel. A deranged white man in Louisiana brutally murdered a state patrol officer last weekend. Fourteen officers were killed in August by perpetrators of different races.
Barack Obama condemned the “completely unacceptable” targeting of police officers as “an affront to civilized society,” and he promised to “continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that police officers show in our communities every single day.” Yet he has also driven some of the anti-police sentiment with his irresponsible rhetoric.
Late last year, after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Obama and then-Attorney General Eric Holder launched the 21st Century Policing Task Force, which Mark Alexander labeled “a $265 million charade based on the underlying assumption that cops generally have racial biases.”
They claimed their goal is an “honest conversation” about disparate treatment of blacks by law enforcement. “When anybody in this country is not being treated equally under the law, that is a problem,” Obama said then. “And it’s my job as president to help solve it.”
After reading the Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, it’s hard to conclude there isn’t a real problem in at least that police department, and likely many others. Police are human, after all. But, as Alexander also noted, “This ‘problem’ of ‘not being treated equally’ is Obamaspeak for ‘cops are racists.'” It’s far too broad a brush.
To further illustrate those assumptions, Obama said, “A combination of bad training [and] departments that really are not trying to root out biases, or tolerate sloppy police work; a combination in some cases of folks just not knowing any better, and, in a lot of cases, subconscious fear of folks who look different — all of this contributes to a national problem that’s going to require a national solution.”
So while it’s appropriate and welcome for Obama to express outrage at Goforth’s murder, it’s a stark contrast to his previous rhetoric.
Indeed, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke blasted Obama, saying, “I’m disgusted there’s been no sense of urgency by the president of the United States over these cop killings. Look, he breathed life into this anti-cop sentiment, this cop hatred, and he stands by as it goes on. He went out and visited a federal prison, for heaven’s sake — federal prisoners and he pardoned 46 of them.”
That said, it goes too far to lay the blame for these murders squarely on Obama’s shoulders. Each cop killer is responsible for his own actions. To argue differently falls into the same line of thinking that causes leftists to blame Sarah Palin’s Facebook page for the killer in Phoenix who wounded Rep. Gabby Giffords, or the race-baiting hoards that blamed a flag for the Charleston murders.
But there’s an unmistakable thread of racial hate being fomented among blacks by the nation’s first black president — a man whose election was supposed to herald a new age of racial harmony. Instead, our cities are suffering race riots reminiscent of the 1960s and tension between blacks and law enforcement is at a boiling point. A deranged and angry black homosexual just murdered two white journalists on live TV last week because he followed through on hateful racist sentiment.
For some blacks in the “Black Lives Matter” movement, this is about revenge — revenge for real oppression like slavery and Jim Crow but also every perceived slight or different outcome.
Just two weeks before Goforth was murdered, armed Black Panthers shouted, “We will start creeping up on you in the darkness” — exactly what Goforth’s killer did. Another Black Lives Matter rally featured protesters chanting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.” An LA “life coach” tweeted after Goforth’s murder “this is what justice looks like.” We can only hope such abhorrent ideas are held by a tiny minority.
What justice looks like is proper punishment for crimes. What justice looks like is cooperation between law enforcement and the general population. What justice looks like is no longer aborting more black babies than are born alive. An astounding 16 million preborn black lives have been snuffed out since 1973. Do those black lives matter?
The bottom line is, as Sheriff Hickman put it, lives matter. But in a culture of death, that’s a more difficult message to get through than it should be.
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Stephen Moore: “Famously in the 1920s, the U.S. Department of Interior projected less than a few decades’ worth of recoverable oil in the United States. Jimmy Carter declared in 1980 that by 2000 we’d be nearly out of oil — running on empty. Last month, the Department of Energy reported that the U.S. hit a new energy milestone: We produced 9.52 million barrels a day. That was very close to the highest output level in recorded history. So much for running out. Something else has happened in recent weeks that almost no one — least of all President Obama — would have predicted. The price of oil fell below $40 a barrel. Adjusted for inflation, that makes oil cheaper today than at almost anytime in history. Adjusted for wages, we work less to buy gasoline and oil today than nearly ever before. … The reason we never run out of ‘finite’ resources is that human ingenuity runs forward at a far faster pace than the rate we use up oil, gas or food. … Then why do we listen to the same crowd of doomsayers who still say we are running out of oil or that the earth is going to heat up into a fireball? Their credibility and their ‘scientific consensus’ have rarely been right. They are like the boy who cries wolf over and over. … Paul Ehrlich once said that one thing the world will never run out of ‘is idiots.’ Alas, he was right for once.”
Insight: “To be controlled in our economic pursuits means to be controlled in everything.” —Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992)
Upright: “Only weeks after a hack exposed the names and other confidential information about Ashley Madison’s mostly male clientele, it’s hard to see how the company can recover. By contrast, Hillary Clinton remains the Democratic Party’s likely 2016 nominee for president, even though … she conducted State Department business over her private email. … Seems the market for adulterers has more exacting standards than the market for a Democratic presidential nominee.” —William McGurn in The Wall Street Journal
Observations: “Hillary Clinton actually presents two distinct but mutually reinforcing problems for the Democrats: 1) She’s a lousy politician and 2) she represents a Washington establishment and corrupt status quo that is under siege by populists on the left and the right. Subbing-in Biden might fix some of the first problem but it would do little to fix the second. Any way you slice it, the fact that Biden is the best the Democrats can come up with is a perfect illustration of the damage Obama has done to his party.” —Jonah Goldberg in National Review
Fratricidal infighting: “This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before. … We are the Democratic Party, not the undemocratic party!” —Martin O’Malley complaining about the lack of debates
Gun grabbers: “I do not accept the fact that I have been weak on this issue. In fact, I have been strong on this issue. And in fact, coming from a rural state which has almost no gun control, I think I can get beyond the noise and all of these arguments and people shouting at each other, and come up with real, constructive gun control legislation which most significantly gets guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.” —Bernie Sanders
The wrong question: “Is anything — anything — likely to happen when it comes to guns given the power of the NRA in the country?” —Fox News host Megyn Kelly
And last… “Right now we have a president who just flew 4,200 miles from Washington, D.C., to Alaska to rename a mountain, who sits down for interviews with internet stars famous for bathing in cereal, and prances all over the White House with a selfie stick. Is a Kanye [West] presidency really that much of a step down for us and our culture?” —IJReview’s Stephen Miller
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Did You Know That The U.S. No Longer Has Any Strategic Grain Reserves At All?
Article: Signs Of The Last Times
Once upon a time, it was popular to say that the U.S. government only had enough wheat stored up to provide everyone in America with half a loaf of bread. But that is not true anymore. Recently, I discovered that the U.S. does not have any strategic grain reserves left at all. Zero. Nada. Zilch. As you will see below, the USDA liquidated the remaining reserves back in 2008. So if a major food crisis hit this country, our government would have nothing to give us. Of course the federal government could always go out and try to buy or seize food to feed the population during a major emergency, but that wouldn’t actually increase the total amount of food that was available. Instead, it would just give the government more power over who gets it.
The U.S. strategic grain reserve was initially created during the days of the Great Depression. Back then, the wisdom of storing up food for hard times was self-evident. Unfortunately, over time interest in this program faded, and at this point there is no strategic grain reserve in the United States at all. The following comes from the Los Angeles Times
As for all that wheat held in storage, it became part of the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust, a food bank and global charity under the authority of the secretary of Agriculture. The stores were gradually depleted until 2008, when the USDA decided to convert all of what was left into its dollar equivalent. And so the grain that once stabilized prices for farmers, bakers and American consumers ended up as a number on a spreadsheet in the Department of Agriculture.
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Pope Francis’ advice to altar servers: Let Christ draw near to you
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
In his first public audience in a month, Pope Francis told thousands of young altar servers on Tuesday that they should be open to Christ, who isn’t someone far off, but is close to us in the Eucharist and the other sacraments.
“You do not encounter Jesus placed on an inaccessibly high throne, but in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. His word does not shake the doorposts, but rather caresses the strings of the heart,” the Pope said Aug. 4 in St. Peter’s Square.
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For Pope Francis, Mary’s greatness comes down to this one virtue
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Francis said that faith is the defining virture of her greatness and that the mysterious way she was taken into heaven is a foreshadowing of what awaits each of us. Dogmatically defined in 1950, the assumption of the Virgin Mary’s body into heaven is celebrated Aug. 15 every year, and is one of the most important Marian feast days in the Catholic Church.
Francis pointed to the famous canticle Mary uttered in response, called the “Magnificat,” in which she praises God for the marvelous deeds he has done both in her own life and throughout history. In this prayer Mary expresses her joy, because she is fully aware of what all the great works in her life at that point mean, namely that through her the Lord will accomplish the salvation her people have long been waiting for, the Pope said.The prayer also shows us the full meaning of Mary’s life, he added, explaining that “if the mercy of the Lord is the engine of her story (then) she who bore the Lord of life (could not be touched by) the corruption of the tomb.”
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Iran’s Ayatollah: America is the ‘Enemy.’ ‘We Will Confront Them With All Our Power’
Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars
Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, gave a speech on Aug. 17 in which he said that the United States of America was the “enemy” and that Iran would confront the United States with all its power.
“We will not allow the Americans to have economic or political influence in our country, nor will we allow them to have a political presence and cultural influence in our country,” said the ayatollah. “We will confront them with all our power which is thankfully great in the present time.
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Israel must be annihilated, top Iranian official declares
Article: Israel And The Last Days
Iran’s anti-Israel policies remain strongly in place, Hossein Sheikholeslam, the international affairs adviser to the speaker of the Iranian parliament, said on Tuesday. “Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all,” Sheikholeslam said. “Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan.”
Sheikholeslam’s comments came following British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s visit to Tehran, during which Hammond claimed that the current Iranian government, led by President Hassan Rouhani, has displayed a more nuanced approach toward Israel than previous Iranian governments.
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Nearly 900 US Rabbis Urge Congress to Reject Iran Deal
Article: Israel And The Last Days
Nearly 900 American rabbis have signed a petition urging the US Congress to reject the recently-signed nuclear deal with Iran. The online petition hopes to garner 1,000 signatures by September 7 – the date Congress is set to vote on the agreement. So far 887 “ordained rabbis” from various denominations have signed.
A majority vote against is almost inevitable given the Republican majority in both houses, but so too is a presidential veto, which Barack Obama has clearly said he will use in the event the deal is voted down. The challenge then for opponents of the deal is to gain a two-thirds majority in both houses of congress to overturn the veto – an achievement that is looking increasingly unlikely as Democratic legislators have mostly rallied behind the president.
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Would you get yourself chipped?
Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System
Cats have them. And plenty of other pets have NFC (near-field communications) chips implanted so that they can be identified. So why don’t humans? Imagine the convenience. No need to carry keys or credit cards; your car can recognize you by the special identification number carried in the chip. Terminals for chipped credit cards like they have in Canada and Europe let you tap directly from bank account to store. No more entering passwords for your computer or phone. It’s an electronic business card. If you get mugged and your wallet and phone are stolen, you can still be identified, just like your puppy. Then there’s our aging population. After all, a chipped wandering grandma would be a lot easier to find and identify.
In Stockholm, they are trying out chips at a co-working space, installing card readers at the door and on the copier so you can walk around like you own the place.
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Australia to launch national facial recognition matching system in 2016
Article: One World Government
The Australian government is expected to roll out a new biometric system next year that will allow law enforcement agencies to share facial images amongst themselves, according to a report by ZDNet.
The facial recognition system will deploy a one-to-one matching functionality to confirm identities of known individuals before gradually introducing additional functionality to match unknown individuals, said the Attorney-General’s department.
“The technical architecture of the capability will adopt a hub-and-spoke model to facilitate ‘query and response’ matching requests between participating agencies,” the department said. “The capability will allow agencies with a lawful authority to collect and share existing holdings of facial images (via the Hub) to check the validity of images presented to them with facial image holdings of other agencies. There are currently over 100 million facial images held by agencies that issue identity documents.”
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The McAvany Intel Memo
To really understand what Obama wants with Net Neutrality (the name given to the FCC takeover of the Internet), you have to remember that he doesn’t like the press, he doesn’t like freedom, he doesn’t like criticism, he doesn’t like competition, and he doesn’t like the power and understanding of the times that the Internet gives ordinary people. Once you understand those facts, you begin to see what this is really about. President Obama has made it clear that our Constitution frustrates him. He can’t do things the way he wants. So he’s doing everything he can through regulation.
In fact, in his first five years in office, President Obama issued 157 major federal regulations. By comparison, President Bush enacted only 62 major federal regulations. In other words, President Obama has enacted 153.2% more regulations than Bush. And Bush was not a small-government president. What’s more, the regulations surrounding Obamacare are still phasing in. And we haven’t seen any of these new FCC regulations on the Internet enacted yet. So the number continues to skyrocket. It is through these regulations that the federal government continues to centralize power.
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, April 2015
Is the nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran a good or bad deal? Would it be harder or easier for Iran to develop nuclear weapons? Would it make Iran and its terror proxies stronger or weaker? Should the U.S. Congress support or defeat the deal? Dennis Prager answers these questions and more.
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U.S. visit converges with end of Shemitah, Jade Helm, blood moon
As the choppy waters of September 2015 move ashore, all eyes will be on Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, jittery stock markets and signs in the heavens.
Jonah Goldberg writes about a little girl who got in trouble with school authorities for bringing a Wonder Woman lunchbox to school. Why the trouble? Because the school’s policy is that children may not wear clothes or carry gear with pictures of persons who use violence to solve problems. So Wonder Woman was ruled out of order. Jonah Goldberg’s commentary is spot-on. He writes:
If you know anything about superheroes, the underlying morality is pretty much everything. Supervillains use their powers for evil ends. Superheroes use theirs to protect the vulnerable and uphold the good. Teaching kids that there’s no difference between the two is the very opposite of moral education.
It reminds me of William F. Buckley’s famous retort to those who claimed there was no moral distinction between the United States and the Soviet Union. If you have one man who pushes old ladies in front of oncoming buses, Buckley explained, and you have another man who pushes old ladies out of the way of oncoming buses, it simply will not do to describe them both as the sorts of men who push old ladies around.
A country, and a civilization, that actively chooses to render such distinctions meaningless has lost the confidence to sustain itself.
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“The revolution is on… Off the pigs,” and “Oink Oink… Bang Bang!,” was the message leveled by the heavily armed Black Panthers directly at Harris County deputies
Armed Black Panther members marched in front of the Waller County jail and shouted, “You’re gonna stop doing what you’re doing, or we will start creeping up on you in the darkness.” The statement was made just two weeks prior to the assassination of a Harris County deputy sheriff.
Shannon Miles, a black male, allegedly came “creeping up” behind Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth in the darkness on the night of August 28. While Goforth stood at a convenience store pumping gas into his patrol vehicle, Miles allegedly raised a pistol and shot him dead.
The comments, made by a leader of the Houston-based chapter of the New Black Panther Party, were captured on a short video clip (above) from the scene by the Houston Chronicle. The writers from the Chronicle made no mention of the threat in their article published that same day.
Not part of a chant, the march leader, wearing the rank of colonel, shouted directly to Harris County mounted deputies through a megaphone. “You think we’re not pissed off a bunch about y’all killing our sisters? You think it’s okay? We’re the wrong n***ers to mess with. You’re gonna stop doing what you’re doing, or we will start creeping up on you in the darkness.”
The rally, also covered by Breitbart Texas, took place at the Waller County Jail where inmate Sandra Bland took her own life by hanging herself with a trash bag after her arrest following a traffic stop in the town of Prairie View. She was accused of an illegal lane change and assaulting a police officer. After being left in jail by her family for three days, Bland hung herself.
In the video above, Breitbart Texas recorded several other violent statements towards police. “The revolution is on… Off the pigs,” and “Oink Oink… Bang Bang!,” was the message leveled by the heavily armed Black Panthers directly at Harris County deputies who had been asked by the Waller County Sheriff to come out to help keep the peace.
Two weeks later, a black man, Shannon Miles, allegedly walked up behind Deputy Goforth and shot him in the head and back fifteen times, according to a Breitbart Texas report on Miles’ first court appearance.
The Waller County jail is located just over 30 miles from the Chevron station where Goforth was executed. The alleged killer, Shannon Miles, also attended the same university as Sandra Bland. It is possible that her arrest and subsequent suicide could have played a role in Miles’ possible motivation. source
Historians now say that the parchment may predate Muhammad and believe that this discovery could rewrite the early history of Islam
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-8 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: When Muhammed wasn’t busy borrowing characters from the Bible like the Angel Gabriel, it turns out that he also may have been borrowing the entire Qu’ran itself from another author who lived around the same time he did. If this recent discovery turns out to be true, it will expose the entire early history of Islam as completely fabricated from the way Muhammed said it happened. Turns out that maybe Muhammed and Mormon founder Joseph Smith have more in common than we had suspected with their shared love of magical visits from imaginary angels.
Muslim tradition teaches that the Prophet Muhammed received the “Holy Qu’ran” directly from the Angel Gabriel, memorized it and passed it on orally to his followers. But carbon dating on the world’s oldest Qu’ran may just prove that the Qu’ran was already written and published by someone else who lived right around the same time as Muhammed did. Is the entire religion of Islam actually based on a plagiarized document?
Fragments of what is believed to be the world’s oldest Koran. Several historians have said it could even predate the Prophet Muhammad
Fragments of the world’s oldest Koran, found in Birmingham last month, may predate the Prophet Muhammad and could even rewrite the early history of Islam, according to scholars. The pages, thought to be between 1,448 and 1,371 years old, were discovered bound within the pages of another Koran from the late seventh century at the library of the University of Birmingham.
Written in ink in an early form of Arabic script on parchment made from animal skin, the pages contain parts of the Suras, or chapters, 18 to 20, which may have been written by someone who actually knew the Prophet Muhammad – founder of the Islamic faith.
Historian Tom Holland, told the Times: ‘It destabilises, to put it mildly, the idea that we can know anything with certainty about how the Koran emerged – and that in turn has implications for the history of Muhammad and the Companions.’
Keith Small, from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, added: ‘This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Koran’s genesis, like that Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven. source
Preparing for a Potential Economic Collapse in October
There’s no question that the world economy has been shaky at best since the crash of 2008. Yet, politicians, central banks, et al., have, since then, regularly announced that “things are picking up.” One year, we hear an announcement of “green shoots.” The next year, we hear an announcement of “shovel-ready jobs.” And yet, year …
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Did you know that a magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit the New Madrid fault about a week ago? According to Fox News, the New Madrid fault line is approximately twenty times larger than the San Andreas fault in California, and it is starting to wake up. Most people don’t realize this, but this fault zone has produced some of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history. In 1811 and 1812, immensely powerful earthquakes along the New Madrid fault rang church bells in Boston and permanently changed the course of the Mississippi River. If we had similar earthquakes today, the devastation would be unimaginable. Unfortunately for us, earthquake activity in the middle part of the country is becoming much more common. The USGS says that the number of significant earthquakes in the middle part of the country has more than quintupled in recent years, and the USGS has publicly admitted that the New Madrid fault zone has the “potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought“. Very few Americans are talking about this right now, but as you will see below, the threat is very, very real. (Read More…)
Is September 2015 going to be one of the most important months in modern American history? When I issued my first ever “red alert” for the last six months of 2015 back in June, I was particularly concerned with the months of September through December, and not just for economic reasons. All of the intel that I have received is absolutely screaming that big trouble is ahead. So enjoy these last few days of relative peace and quiet. I mean that sincerely. In fact, that is exactly what I have been doing – over the past week I have not posted many articles because I was spending time with family, friends and preparing for the national call to prayer on September 18th and 19th. But now as we enter the chaotic month of September 2015 I have a feeling that there is going to be plenty for me to write about. (Read More….)
KENTUCKY CLERK STILL WON’T ISSUE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: The days that we thought we would never see in America, the days of the wholesale persecution of Christians for their faith in Jesus Christ, has begun. Just like in Nazi Germany, the persecution has begun with legal challenges and lawyers wrangling in a court of law. But it will end in modern-day Fema concentration camps that will hold all those who name the Name of Jesus. Are you ready for what comes next?
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, invoking her religious beliefs and “God’s authority” – this time in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.
On Tuesday morning, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office denied the licenses to at least two couples. At first, Davis was in her office with the door closed and blinds drawn. But she emerged a few minutes later, telling the couples and the activists gathered there that her office is continuing to deny the licenses “under God’s authority.”
Keep in mind that the LGBT have never wanted “tolerance” or “acceptance”, what they are after is control of the narrative, and this is exactly what Obama and the Supreme Court have handed them on a silver platter.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in the case, leaving Davis no legal grounds to refuse to grant the licenses. A district judge could now hold her in contempt of court, which can carry steep fines or jail time. As an elected official, Davis can’t be fired.
Davis asked David Moore and David Ermold to leave her office after they were denied a license Tuesday morning – the couple’s fourth rejection. They refused, surrounded by reporters and cameras.
“We’re not leaving until we have a license,” Ermold said.
“Then you’re going to have a long day,” Davis told him.
From the back of the room, Davis’ supporters said: “Praise the Lord! … Stand your ground.” Other activists shouted that Davis is a bigot and told her: “Do your job.”
Davis has said her deeply held Christian beliefs don’t let her endorse gay marriages.
She stopped issuing all marriage licenses in the days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the nation. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her, arguing that she must fulfill her duties as an elected official despite her personal religious faith. A federal judge ordered her to issue the licenses, and an appeals court upheld that decision. Her lawyers with the Liberty Counsel filed a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court on Friday, asking that they grant her “asylum for her conscience.”
Justice Elena Kagan, who oversees the 6th district, referred Davis’ request to the full court, which denied the stay without comment. After Tuesday’s denials, the rejected couples’ supporters called the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit on their behalf. They asked that the attorneys file that day to have Davis held in contempt.
Shortly after Davis’ remarks in her office, the sheriff’s office cleared the room and building of those gathered to support both sides of the issue.
The two groups lined up on the lawn, on either side of the courthouse entrance to chant at each other. Davis’ supporters have told her to “stand firm,” while gay-rights activists shouted “do your job.”
Randy Smith, leading the group supporting Davis, said he knows following their instruction to “stand firm” might mean Davis goes to jail.
“But at the end of the day, we have to stand before God, which has higher authority than the Supreme Court,” he said.
Ermold hugged Moore, his partner of 17 years, and they cried and swayed as they left the clerk’s office. Davis’ supporters marched by, chanting.
“I feel sad, I feel devastated,” Ermold said. “I feel like I’ve been humiliated on such a national level, I can’t even comprehend it.” source
Posted: 01 Sep 2015 08:06 AM PDT
The El Nino that’s changing weather across the globe is now the strongest since the record event almost two decades ago. Sea temperature anomalies in the central Pacific Ocean are now at their highest since 1997–98, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said in a fortnightly update on its website. The values are still below the peak observed in the period, it said. Forecasters in the U.S. predict the El Nino may be the strongest in records going back to 1950. It has already brought torrential rains to parts of South America and dryness to Southeast Asia.
The Philippines plans to boost rice imports to prepare for potential shortages, while Rabobank International warned that the weather event is a key risk to Australian wheat crops. “Most of the eight international climate models surveyed by the bureau indicate there is likely to be some further warming of central Pacific Ocean during the coming months,” the Australian forecaster said. “About half the models indicate the event may begin to plateau during spring to early summer.” FULL REPORT
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Posted: 01 Sep 2015 06:49 AM PDT
The husband of a Kentucky county clerk who’s refusing to issue gay marriage licenses despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling says his wife is committed to her faith and is “standing for God.” Joe Davis arrived at the Rowan County courthouse Tuesday morning to check on his wife, clerk Kim Davis, shortly after she again denied the licenses to several couples.
Joe Davis says his wife has received death threats, and the couple changed their phone number. But he says he’s not afraid, and he believes in the Second Amendment. He said: “I’m an old redneck hillbilly, that’s all I’ve got to say. Don’t come knocking on my door.” On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to intervene, leaving Kim Davis no legal grounds to refuse to grant licenses. A district judge could now hold her in contempt, which can carry steep fines or jail time. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 01 Sep 2015 05:31 AM PDT
Note: This article ran in the December 2001 issue of Charisma magazine. There are now seven books in the Harry Potter series and they have sold more than 450 million copies. Have things gotten worse in this area in the the last 14 years?
One day I opened the pages of USA Today and noted two children’s books on one of the New York Times Best-Seller lists. Both books, from the Harry Potter series, had occult-sounding titles. I later noticed one of them, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, in a prominent place in a local chain bookstore. Curious, I picked up a copy. The seduction of the Harry Potter series, written by an English woman named J.K. Rowling, is potent because the story pulls on one’s heartstrings. Its hero, Harry, is a 10-year-old orphan who is actually a powerful wizard.
He lives a miserable existence with his cruel uncle and spoiled cousin. His life changes on his 11th birthday, when he finds out who he is and is accepted into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for aspiring wizards. Harry’s classes include creating potions, casting spells and performing other occult practices, as well as lessons in riding a magical broomstick. The occult influence is wrapped in a clever plot meant to captivate and thrill. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 01 Sep 2015 05:21 AM PDT
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said Sunday that Russia has agreed to begin delivering its advanced air defense system to Iran “by the end of the year. ”The Lebanese Al Mayadeen news outlet quoted Dehghan as confirming the delivery date of the Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile system. The report added that Tehran officials were in talks with Moscow regarding the acquisition of 30 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets.
Reports of the finalized deal come several months after Russia repealed its embargo on Iran, when both countries began to expand military ties the wake of a historic nuclear deal reached between Iran and six world powers last month.The talks were held last week on the sidelines of the Moscow MAKS 2015 air show, and were attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari, Iranian media reported. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 01 Sep 2015 05:16 AM PDT
No it won’t be the “End of the World”, The world itself will never end. However we could very well be moving ever closer towards the “End of the Age”.
Matthew 24:3 – Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
The word “Age” in the passage comes from the Greek word aion, it has a variety of meanings, but for this context it refers to a large period of time or an epoch. The end of the Church Age and the transition to the “Kingdom Age”
Be prepared for something extraordinary on the night of 27 to 28 September: both the brightest full Moon of the year – and the dimmest full Moon. First, we are due a supermoon. Our celestial companion travels round the Earth in an orbit that’s distinctively oval. Every month, the Moon swings from a distance of 360,000km out to 405,000km. When it’s nearest, the Moon naturally looks bigger.
Most months, we’re not really aware of the Moon’s changing diameter. But it’s different when the Moon is closest at the same time as it’s full because its proximity makes the illuminated Moon even more brilliant. Everybody’s now calling this phenomenon a Supermoon – a phrase dreamt up not by astronomers but an astrologer.
On the night of 27 to 28 September, the Moon is closest to us at 2.46am, only an hour before it’s full. As a result, this supermoon will appear 14 per cent bigger in the sky than the Moon at its most distant and smallest, and it should be 30 per cent brighter. The Moon will certainly look unusually big and brilliant around 2am. But at 2.07am you’ll see a small chunk being nibbled out of its brilliant disc by the Earth’s shadow. Sinking deeper and deeper into the darkness, the Moon is totally eclipsed by 3.11am. It remains completely in the shadow of the Earth until 4.23am, when the full Moon gradually begins to emerge. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 01 Sep 2015 04:51 AM PDT
Hundreds rallied in St. Petersburg Sunday to protest the destruction of a demon statue ripped down last week. A group calling itself the “Cossacks of St. Petersburg” has claimed responsibility. The figure of a bat-winged creature on Lakhtinskaya Street dated to around 1910 and was ripped down and apparently destroyed by vandals. “What happened is awful,” 35-year-old protester Anna Astakhova told the AFP news agency. “If it’s true that the bas relief was destroyed for religious reasons, then we are descending into the Middle Ages.”
In an open letter, the previously unknown Cossack group said the figure encouraged “open worship of Satan” and was unacceptable because it was opposite a church. However, established Cossack groups in the city denied any knowledge of the activist group.
But a spokesman for the powerful Russian Orthodox Church said the attack was an understandable reaction to a malevolent nuisance. “Mephistopheles embodies evil in this world and this person decided to act, most likely, to kill evil,” spokesman Roman Bagdasarov told pro-Kremlin daily Izvestia. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 31 Aug 2015 08:45 PM PDT
Is September 2015 going to be one of the most important months in modern American history? When I issued my first ever “red alert” for the last six months of 2015 back in June, I was particularly concerned with the months of September through December, and not just for economic reasons. All of the intel that I have received is absolutely screaming that big trouble is ahead.
So enjoy these last few days of relative peace and quiet. I mean that sincerely. In fact, that is exactly what I have been doing – over the past week I have not posted many articles because I was spending time with family, friends and preparing for the national call to prayer on September 18th and 19th. But now as we enter the chaotic month of September 2015 I have a feeling that there is going to be plenty for me to write about.
At this time last month, I declared that we were entering “the pivotal month of August 2015“, and that is exactly what it turned out to be. August was the worst month overall for stocks in three years, and it was the worst month of August for U.S. financial markets in 17 years. Throughout history, there have only been 11 times when the S&P 500 has declined by more than five percent during the month of August. When that has happened, the stock market has almost always fallen in September as well…FULL REPORT
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Posted: 31 Aug 2015 08:28 PM PDT
In just two weeks China has cut its property of US government bonds worth around $100 billion. Beijing advocated the progression as a measure to bolster the yuan. On the other hand, the move can likewise be seen as a reasonable cautioning to the United States, DWN composed. China has greatly diminished its possessions of US Treasuries in the most recent two weeks. Beijing educated the US government about the business, however has not showed the careful extent of the transfers, DWN reported.
The Chinese national bank sold the US government bonds, both straightforwardly, and in a roundabout way Bloomberg reported, alluding to insider data. Inside of the most recent twelve months, the bank likewise decreased their remote trade property by 315 billion dollars. This stride is apparently intended to help China to balance out its money related business sector. On August 11, China began to depreciate the national coin and offer US Treasuries to bolster the degrading. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 31 Aug 2015 08:19 PM PDT
According to Prophecy News Watch, The Financial Times has published an anonymous article which calls for the abolition of cash in order to give central banks and governments more power. Entitled The case for retiring another ‘barbarous relic’, the article laments the fact that people are stockpiling cash in anticipation of another economic collapse, a factor which is causing, “a lot of distortion to the economic system.” “The existence of cash — a bearer instrument with a zero interest rate — limits central banks’ ability to stimulate a depressed economy. The worry is that people will change their deposits for cash if a central bank moves rates into negative territory,” states the article.
Complaining that cash cannot be tracked and traced, the writer argues that its abolition would, “make life easier for a government set on squeezing the informal economy out of existence.” Abolishing cash would also give governments more power to lift taxes directly from people’s bank accounts, the author argues, noting how “Value added tax, for example, could be automatically levied — and reimbursed — in real time on transactions between liable bank accounts.” The writer also calls for punishing people who use cash by making users “pay for the privilege of anonymity” so they will, “remain affected by monetary policy.” Dated bank notes would lose their value over time, while people would also be charged by banks for swapping electronic reserves for physical cash and vice versa. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 31 Aug 2015 08:09 PM PDT
According to a new report, Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms — to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said. At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has been compromised as a result, according to two U.S. officials.
The Obama administration has scrambled to boost cyberdefenses for federal agencies and crucial infrastructure as foreign-based attacks have penetrated government websites and email systems, social media accounts and, most important, vast data troves containing Social Security numbers, financial information, medical records and other personal data on millions of Americans. FULL REPORT
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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.
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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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