Sep. 8, 2015
President Obama signed his latest executive order on Labor Day, which extends the number of paid sick leave days mandated for federal contractors. The executive order means that federal contractors will now earn one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, with a cap at seven days of paid time off per year. In total, the new regulations will extend paid sick leave to 300,000 federal contractors who currently do not have such benefits.
As divisive as the U.S. congressional debate on the Iran nuclear deal has been, all sides can say they got something they wanted. President Obama has locked up enough Senate votes to keep lawmakers from scuttling the accord. Republicans may end up voting it down in both chambers, even if they can’t override Obama’s veto. And Democrats can show their pro-Israel supporters they don’t all love the deal either — without endangering a key foreign policy initiative.
China’s government has spent $236 billion trying to shore up its stock market since a rout began three months ago, according to Goldman Sachs Group.
Moscow Exchange PJSC, Russia’s main bourse, said stocks and bonds trading will resume at 4:50 p.m. Moscow time after a nearly two-hour outage. Equities, ruble, bonds and derivatives trading was shut down due to a network equipment failure, the bourse said.
Google will start testing a delivery service for fresh food and groceries in two U.S. cities later this year, stepping up competition with online retailer Amazon.com and startup Instacart.
Harvard University’s endowment, the largest in the world, had the worst performance of any of the eight Ivy League schools in 2013. Its chief executive officer at the time, Jane Mendillo, got the biggest raise.
Oil and financial sanctions on Iran will probably be lifted within the first three months of 2016, according to four western diplomats familiar with the nuclear monitoring process.
China is considering a circuit breaker tied to shares of the nation’s biggest companies, following an equities rout that wiped out about $5 trillion. Trading of stocks, stock options and index futures would halt for 30 minutes when the CSI 300 Index rises or falls 5 percent, according to a statement.
AP Top Stories
Pope Francis revolutionized the procedure for Roman Catholics to get marriage annulments, making them faster and simpler and calling on bishops to provide greater help to divorced couples. The most substantial changes to Catholic marriage annulment procedures in centuries again showed Francis’ desire for the Church to be more merciful to Catholics in difficulty. The 1.2 billion member Church does not recognize divorce.
Syria has denied reports of increased military activity by Russian troops on its soil, after Washington said it was following up on claims of ramped up support from Moscow.
Police in Chicago have confirmed the discovery of a child’s head, hands, and feet in the waters of Garfield Park. According to local authorities, the victim is believed to be between two and four years old.
Around 700 refugee children are arriving every week without their parents in Sweden, many injured in accidents and some bearing the physical and psychological scars of beatings or rape by their smugglers.
Authorities in Colombia said they seized over 1 metric ton of cocaine disguised as printer ink and bound for Mexico.
Indications of increased Russian involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad are prompting a reassessment in Israel about how to handle fall-out from the conflict without risking a clash with Moscow.
Police are searching a river in Nepal where the body of a 27-year-old teacher from Austin, Texas, was thrown after she was hammered to death, an official said Tuesday.
A court in Mexico formally charged four criminal justice workers for their alleged role in the July prison escape of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Turkish warplanes launched a massive air operation early Tuesday against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, killing as many as 40 rebels.
Last Friday when NYPD officers got in a gun fight with an attempted murder suspect in Bushwick. As the Huffington Post reports, out of the 84 shots fired at the man, only one actually hit him.
Germany can cope with at least 500,000 asylum seekers a year for several years, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said. Germany expects more than 800,000 asylum-seekers in 2015 alone – four times the 2014 figure.
Thousands of Australians have held candlelit vigils for Syria as pressure mounts for Australia to offer to take in more refugees.
The world is running out of one of the most effective snakebite treatments, putting tens of thousands of lives at risk, warn experts.
Police in Afghanistan are investigating the suspected poisoning of hundreds of schoolgirls in Herat province. About 600 students from different schools have been taken to hospital in the past two weeks, complaining of nausea, pain and shortness of breath.
Colorado police departments in Aurora and Denver are on high alert after a mystery caller telephoned 911 with a chilling warning, threatening to “start striking fear” and shooting “all the cops” caught alone in the community.
U.S. intelligence agencies, worried about the growing Chinese and Russian presence in the northern hemisphere, have now sent in scores of analysts to determine how best to defend the Arctic space from those nations least friendly to America.
Almost a full year of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes couldn’t stop Syria’s last major oilfield from falling into the hands of the Islamic State group.
BREMMER: Putin is serious about entering Syria — and not to go after ISIS
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday inspecting reconstruction of houses for people who suffered from wildfires in the village of Krasnopolye at the Siberian Khakasiya region in Russia. The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is weakening, and one of Assad’s primary backers — Russian President Vladimir Putin — is upping the ante. “Assad has lost significant territory over the past months; Putin is not about to tolerate his ouster,” geopolitical expert Ian Bremmer, the president of Eurasia Group, told Business Insider in an email. The regime has recently lost significant territory to Al Qaeda-led rebels in the north, Islamic State militants in the country’s center, and nationalist rebels in the south.
Iranian Warships Confront U.S. Navy On ‘Daily Basis’
U.S. naval forces operating in and around the Strait of Hormuz, a critical shipping lane, are “routinely approached by Iranian warships and aircraft” on a “nearly daily basis,” according to a Pentagon official familiar with operations in the region.
US agencies plan research-ethics overhaul
On 2 September, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a proposal to address concerns that have emerged since the regulations — known collectively as the ‘Common Rule’ — took effect more than two decades ago. These issues include the need for overlapping ethics reviews of studies conducted at multiple sites, and the rise of genomic technologies that can identify the donors of anonymized samples.
Refugees in Europe: Christians welcome – Muslims keep out
More and more European countries have abandoned the continent’s famous policy of political correctness in recent days, and admit unabashedly: They are willing to take in only Christian refugees, not Muslims.
Two 5.5 earthquake close to New Zealand and Mexico rocked Pacific region
Two strong 5.5 earthquakes hit within the last hour. The first quake was measured in the L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand region in the Pacific Ocean.
UN chief seeks to breathe fresh life into peace talks
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a ministerial meeting of key global players trying to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Sept. 30 during the annual high-level session of the General Assembly, the United Nations announced Friday.
Hell of a hail! 9 injured as storm ravages Kazan, Russia, damaging cars & buildings
Hell of a hail! 9 injured as storm ravages Kazan, Russia, damaging cars & buildings A heavy hail storm hit the city of Kazan on Monday, causing considerable damage to the city’s infrastructure.
At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves
Hundreds embrace Christianity in possible effort to boost chances of winning asylum, although most claim to be true believers. “Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?” pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. “Will you break away from Islam?” “Yes,” Zonoobi fervently replies. Spreading his hands in blessing, Martens then baptizes the man “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.” Mohammed is now Martin — no longer Muslim, but Christian.
Planned Parenthood faces unexpected challenge from Obamacare
“Some people relied on us because they were uninsured prior to the Affordable Care Act. Now they can go anywhere for care, and some of them have been,” expects to treat 58,000 patients in 2015, down about 15 percent from the 68,000 it treated in fiscal 2012, before major parts of the law went into effect.
Israel shrouded in dense sandstorm
Officials ask Israelis — especially the elderly, young, sick and pregnant — to remain indoors; heatwave predicted. The storm has been making its way to Israel from Iraq and Syria over the past week. It is expected to remain in Israel’s skies throughout the day, and possibly until Wednesday morning, according to meteorologists.
Modern Revival of Lost Biblical Commandment Paving theWay for the Third Jewish Temple
Every year, each Jewish male over the age of 20 was obligated to give a compulsory donation of half a shekel (Exodus 30:15). Regardless of status or wealth, the same amount was given by each man. Since it is forbidden by Torah law to actually count Jews, counting the coins took place of a national census. The half-shekels that were collected were used as a form of tax to support the Jewish Temple.
Heavenly Warning of Imminent War in Israel a WakeupCall from God to Repent
Breaking Israel News reported Rabbi Vaknin’s warning, leaving many frightened and wondering what can be done to avert the decree of war. Speaking with Rabbi Vaknin’s English spokesperson, Gil Nachman, Breaking Israel News followed up on the rabbi’s heavenly message, wanting to know how people around the world should respond to the threat of war. “When Hashem (God) doesn’t see that people are waking up, He has to wake them up,” Nachman explained to Breaking Israel News. “The rabbi is here to ensure that the message comes in rachamim (mercy), not din (strict judgement).
Bulgaria denies airspace use for Russian supply flights to Syria – Reuters
Bulgaria has denied use of its airspace for Russian aid flights to Syria due to doubts about the nature of the cargo Moscow sends to the war-torn country, Reuters reported. It comes on the heels of a similar Washington request to Greece.
Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Hits Near Hawthorne and Yerington
The Nevada Seismological Laboratory is reporting a 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit near Hawthorne, Yerington and Schurz at 7:15PM on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. The laboratory, located at the University of Nevada Reno, reported the earthquake’s epicenter was about 29 miles southeast of Yerington and 13 miles northwest of Hawthorne.
5.5 magnitude quake strikes off Mexican coast
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale has struck off the Pacific coast of Mexico, the US Geological Survey reported. The quake occurred near the towns of Pijijiapan and Mapastepec.
U.S., tech industry fight over email privacy heads to appeals court
A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday will consider whether U.S. law enforcement can make American technology companies hand over customers’ emails held overseas… Microsoft Corp is challenging a U.S. search warrant seeking the emails of an individual stored on a server in Ireland as part of a drug investigation. Details of the probe, including the identity of the person, have not been made public.
Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican
…A staunch conservative and Vatican bureaucrat, Burke had been demoted by the pope a few months earlier, but it did not take the fight out of him. Francis had been backing…progressive voices on divorced Catholics as well as gays and lesbians. In front of the camera, Burke said he would “resist” liberal changes — and seemed to caution Francis about the limits of his authority. “One must be very attentive regarding the power of the pope,” Burke told the French news crew.
Apple and Other Tech Companies Tangle With U.S. Over Data Access
In an investigation involving guns and drugs, the Justice Department obtained a court order this summer demanding that Apple turn over, in real time, text messages between suspects using iPhones. Apple’s response: Its iMessage system was encrypted and the company could not comply.
Conservatives prepare to make stand on Planned Parenthood
The make-or-break moment for House conservatives to defund Planned Parenthood is here. Outraged by undercover videos on fetal tissue donation, conservatives are pushing to cut all federal funding for Planned Parenthood as part of legislation that would avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1.
Iran, budget, highways and national debt on tap for Congress
Congress returns on Tuesday with a critical need for a characteristic rarely evident through a contentious spring and summer – cooperation between Republicans and President Barack Obama. Lawmakers face a weighty list of unfinished business and looming deadlines, including a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open beyond Sept. 30.
Turkey ‘bombs PKK in northern Iraq’ after Hakkari attack
Turkish warplanes have launched a wave of air strikes on Kurdish PKK rebel bases in northern Iraq after a deadly attack on the army in south-east Turkey, reports say. Dozens of jets were involved in six hours of bombing in the early hours of Tuesday, Anadolu news agency reported. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pledged to “wipe out” rebel strongholds in response to Sunday’s PKK attack.
US weighs refugee response, including ‘resettlement’, as criticism mounts
As Europe grapples with a flood of refugees from the Syrian war and the pope urges Catholics to help them, the US government may lack the political appetite to offer American soil as a safe haven to more than the current trickle of Syrians. Refugee and immigrant groups had urged the United States to admit more Syrian refugees long before the crisis erupted this summer in Europe.
Headlines – 9/8/2015
Frontrunning: September 08
- Sure, why not: China Rebounds as Trade Data Disappoints (Read More)
- Oh, that’s why: China’s Stock-Rescue Tab Surges to $236 Billion, Goldman Says (Read More)
- Can’t make this up: German finmin says must avoid reliance on debt, cenbank stimulus (Read More)
- Stocks rise after contrasting China, Germany trade data (Read More)
- Euro zone second-quarter GDP revised up as Italy grows faster (Read More)
- Brent oil rises on European, Chinese data; oversupply weighs (Read More)
- Corporate Prosecution Deals Headed for a Legal Test (Read More)
- Fallon Says U.K. Will Carry Out More Syria Strikes If Necessary (Read More)
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1) Waves of migrants fleeing to Europe overwhelm Europe, world
Shocking image of drowned boy crystallises Europe migrant crisis, Financial Times (Erika Solomon)
Hundreds Surge Past Police Near Hungary Border, March North, New York Times (AP)
Exodus of Syrians Highlights Political Failure of the West, New York Times (Anne Barnard)
Who Failed Aylan Kurdi?, New York Times (Ross Douthat)
The Burden Carried by ‘Refugee’, Wall Street Journal (Ben Zimmer)
Europe Must Reform Its Deadly Asylum Policies, New York Times (Editorial Board)
2) Judge’s ruling on Kim Davis denies natural law higher than rulings of courts
Legally, ‘God’s authority’ is a tough issue, Washington Post (Robert Barnes and Katie Zezima)
3) Celebration of marijuana legalization leads to college pot consumption exceeding tobacco
Study: Pot More a Habit for College Students Than Cigarettes, New York Times (AP)
In other news…
France Prepares Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Syria, Wall Street Journal (Matthew Dalton and William Horobin)
Kim Davis asks Kentucky governor to free her in same-sex marriage case, CNN (Ralph Ellis and Ed Payne)
North, South Korea agree to hold family reunions in October: South, Reuters (Ju-Min Park)
Holy Orders, New Yorker (Alexander Stille)
Why I believe assisting people to die would dehumanise our society for ever, The Guardian (Justin Welby)
September 8, 2015
“Men, to act with vigor and effect, must have time to mature measures, and judgment and experience, as to the best method of applying them. They must not be hurried on to their conclusions by the passions, or the fears of the multitude. They must deliberate, as well as resolve.” —Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
Some of the most recent violence in New York City hit close to home for the Empire State’s governor. On Monday, one of Andrew Cuomo’s lawyers, Carey Gabay, was in a crowd when probable gang members fired into the crowd, hitting Gabay in the head. According to the New York Daily News, Gabay is hospitalized, but he doesn’t have any brain activity. It was from the hospital where Cuomo gave his knee-jerk reaction by calling for more gun control. “We passed the toughest gun control law in the nation, called the SAFE Act, and I am proud of it,” Cuomo said. “Anyone who doesn’t believe we need to do something about gun control is delusional.”
Not simply satisfied with their own tough gun control laws, some New York politicians are calling for similarly strict measures nationally. The Daily News reported that New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton blamed gun laws in the South, which actually respect the Second Amendment, for NYC’s crime problems. But if you take drug and gang violence out of national murder statistics, the numbers drop nearly as low as those in European nations where guns are incredibly rare. Clearly, it’s not a gun problem. And then there’s the law of unintended consequences — if an individual doesn’t have a semiautomatic rifle with which to kill three or five people, the next step is to use a pipe bomb to kill 50. If government were to take away all guns, we would simply see other means of committing mass murder. Furthermore, gangs have festered in part because of Barack Obama’s open borders policies — something the Big Apple, which has declared itself a sanctuary city, might do well to remember.
Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who abandoned his post in Afghanistan only to be held captive by the Taliban until Barack Obama traded five jihadis for his release last year, was charged with both desertion and now also a rarer crime — misbehavior before the enemy. CBS News explains the significance: “Bergdahl could face a life sentence if convicted of the charge, which accuses him of endangering fellow soldiers when he ‘left without authority; and wrongfully caused search and recovery operations.’ Observers say the misbehavior charge allows authorities to allege that Bergdahl not only left his unit with one less soldier, but that his deliberate action put soldiers who searched for him in harm’s way.” That is indisputable as far as we’re concerned. But the next sentence in the CBS report is astounding: “The Pentagon has said there is no evidence anyone died searching for Bergdahl.” That’s preposterous. Beyond the soldiers who died fighting and capturing the Taliban Five, at least six Americans lost their lives in operations to recover Bergdahl. Their names are PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Chance Murphrey and 2LT Darryn Andrews. Perhaps these men weren’t killed directly by the jihadis holding Bergdahl, but they were on missions related to the search. Operations were put on hold and resources diverted to find Bergdahl. Lives were lost. And for someone at the Pentagon to be giving political cover to Obama in such a way is despicable.
We’re not sure what’s less surprising: That a renewable energy endeavor turned out to be a Ponzi scheme, or that it has ties to the Clintons. The Associated Press reports, “Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and ‘carbon-negative’ housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said. … Prosecutors said the trio lied to investors that their ‘biochar’ technology and ‘carbon-negative’ housing in Tennessee made millions, but they had almost no earnings and used the money to repay earlier investors and for themselves.” According to U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger, “The scheme alleged in this indictment offered investors the best of both worlds — investing in sustainable and clean energy products while also making a profit. Unfortunately for the investors, it was all a hoax and they lost precious savings. These defendants preyed on the emotions of their victims and sold them a scam.” Sounds like the entire Obama climate change charade. The criminal charges come years after a separate civil lawsuit. “The scam allegedly ran from 2005 until 2009, even after the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil lawsuit against Wragg and Knorr’s Mantria Corp. They were ordered in 2012 to pay $37 million each,” the AP adds. The kicker? “Two months before the SEC civil lawsuit, the company was publicly recognized for its stated commitment to ‘help mitigate global warming’ by former President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative. The company was cited for its plans to develop the biochar technology that it said would sequester carbon dioxide and reduce emissions in developing countries. Wragg appeared on stage with Clinton at the event in September 2009.” Envirofascists slam Big Oil for ostensibly putting profits before principle, yet that’s exactly what happened in this case. And wouldn’t you know it? The defendants are in good company with the Clintons.
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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Lewis Morris
The signatories of the 2014 Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) held their first annual meeting at a spa in Cancun, Mexico, at the close of last month. First item on the agenda: Put pressure on the United States to pony up and support the largest international gun grab in history. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is sweeping under the rug its role in running guns to Mexican drug cartels.
The ATT, as you may recall, is the United Nations’ effort for a global gun control treaty in which the world body would monitor and regulate the international trafficking of firearms. The UN, and fellow gun grabbers in the U.S. like Barack Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry, sold the treaty as a way to stop criminal gangs and terrorists from obtaining weapons. Thankfully, Liberty-loving Americans who support the Second Amendment saw through this ruse.
As we stated last week, restrictive gun control laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining guns; they only prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves. This is true in the United States, and it is most certainly true overseas, where Rule of Law is rarely spoken of or practiced.
Let’s not forget that the ATT was put together by an international body that includes rogue and terrorist states whose principal goal is the reduction of U.S. power and sovereignty. Research by the UN’s Coordinating Action on Small Arms stated that guns have been “misused by lawful owners” and held that “arms trade therefore be regulated in ways that would … minimize the misuse of legally owned weapons.”
Obama and Kerry lamented America’s rejection of the treaty, but they’re more than willing to subvert U.S. sovereignty to see their gun grabbing agenda to fruition. They continue to maintain that the treaty won’t impact domestic American laws, but there is no reason to believe them given their contempt for the Second Amendment.
There are currently 72 nations signed on to the ATT, and their meeting in Mexico — closed to the prying eyes of the public — was the first attempt to hammer out an agenda for getting control over the international arms trade. Its interesting that they choose to put pressure on the U.S. in this regard when the trafficking of illegal weapons in Asia, Africa and the Middle East is where the real problem resides.
Mexico has taken the position that since it shares a border with the U.S., all American guns need to be controlled for the sake of the ATT. Of course, the twisted irony of this view is that the federal government under Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder played no small part in trafficking illegal guns into Mexico during the nefarious Fast and Furious operation.
The U.S. government is now trying to pretend that ATF’s ridiculous plan to let illegal guns slip into the hand of drug cartels to track their movement never happened.
Two drug dealers are on trial for the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in Arizona in 2010. Guns from Fast and Furious were found at the scene, but the Justice Department is attempting to block any mention of its operation in the trial.
Federal prosecutor Laura Duffy states, “Informing the jurors in this case of the connection between the firearms and the ‘Fast and Furious’ investigation will serve no legitimate purposed because that connection is irrelevant to the charges against the defendants.”
In investigating a murder, when is the murder weapon and the question of how it was obtained ever deemed irrelevant?
The real reason for keeping that information from jurors is to bury the fact that Obama and his underlings were both incompetent and malfeasant. In addition, it doesn’t fit their larger narrative that gun control is best left to the federal government.
Fast and Furious was crafted specifically to further that narrative. The idea was to demonstrate that there were all these deaths from guns going across the border. That was followed by a push to lock down gun sales within 50 miles of the border. And the ultimate objective in this progression was setting a precedent for “appropriate” gun restriction measures to stop violence in various areas.
Some 1,400 guns were lost during the Fast and Furious debacle, and a U.S. law enforcement officer wasn’t the only person killed by these weapons — ICE agent Jaime Zapata, as well as hundreds of Mexicans, lost their lives too. Of course, Holder was never held accountable for his raw stupidity in the matter, or the fact that he lied on several occasions about what he knew of the operation.
So, the hypocrisy continues, as does the fight to protect the Second Amendment.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Michael Barone: “I’ve seen this movie before. And for the last 25 years, I thought I’d never have to watch it again. But now it’s playing, not in theaters, but all over mainstream media, with something like rave reviews from the president and his administration. The theme of the movie is that there is an epidemic of racist white policemen, gunning down innocent black people. The movie’s message, implicit but unambiguous, is that the police must be restrained from vigorous enforcement of the law. That was the message of the Black Power movement half a century ago, and it is the message of the Black Lives Matter movement today. … [T]he most important BLM demand is the first: ‘end “broken windows” policing.’ The evidence is that this is already happening — at the cost of black lives. Even The New York Times has noticed. So far this year, murders are up 76 percent in Milwaukee, 60 percent in St. Louis, 56 percent in Baltimore and 44 percent in Washington, D.C. While murders are up, arrests are down. … The tragedy is that the ‘broken windows’ policing BLM decries has saved thousands of black lives. From 1990 to 2014, murders declined from 2,262 to 333 in New York, from 987 to 251 in Los Angeles, from 943 to 413 in Chicago. Now they’re up again. I’ve seen that movie before, when violent crime tripled between 1965 and 1975. I hope its ends differently this time.”
Insight: “Dignify and glorify common labor. It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top.” —Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
Alpha Jackass: “In [Republicans’] world, the only way to help the country grow and to help people get ahead is to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires, loosen up rules on big banks and polluters, and then you just wait and you look up at the sky and prosperity will come raining down on us from the top of the whatever high rise is in your city.” —Barack Obama, in whose world “prosperity” rains down from government
The BIG Lie: “What I did was allowed. It was allowed by the State Department. The State Department has confirmed that. I did not send or receive any information marked classified. I take the responsibilities of handling classified materials very seriously and did so.” —Hillary Clinton
Upright: “Europeans who dislike an America they think is overbearing should note what happens when the world’s policeman decides to take a vacation and let the neighbors fend for themselves. In the modern world of instant communications and easy transportation, the world’s problems will wash up on the wealthy West’s shores one way or another. If Europe isn’t prepared to handle nearby crises, militarily if necessary, be prepared to accept the refugees.” —The Wall Street Journal
Observations: “It may be no accident that President Obama is up in Alaska, talking about changing the name of Mount McKinley, while this massive human tragedy is unfolding in the Middle East and in Europe. … Obama does not want to get involved in the refugee crisis that his own policies did so much to create. Talking about renaming Mount McKinley seems far safer politically.” —Thomas Sowell
And last… “This has always been the anecdote in Obama’s foreign policy: 1) show up 2) demand the world follow him 3) world leaders balk at his demands 4) he shrugs his shoulders and goes and plays with his selfie stick somewhere.” —Stephen Miller
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Egypt’s Two Years Under Sisi :: Stock audio lecture
by Raymond Stock
September 8, 2015
Raymond Stock, a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, is a Middle East political analyst and scholar. A resident of Cairo for two decades, he has written extensively about Egypt and the Middle East in the Middle East Quarterly, The Financial Times, and International Herald Tribune, among many other venues. Dr. Stock briefed the Middle East Forum in a conference call August 27, 2015.
The Islamists have enabled Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Sisi to consolidate his domestic standing and gain widespread international legitimacy.
Though no more tolerant of political dissent than his predecessors, Sisi is a liberal in the sense that he wants a more open, tolerant, and religiously equal Egypt as evidenced by his uncompromising fight against Muslim Brotherhood violence. The only Egyptian president to demand that Al-Azhar clerics end their militant interpretation of Islam and societal discrimination of non-Muslims, Sisi made overtures to the Coptic Christians and toned down religious extremism in the education curriculum.
Pro-Sisi demonstrators celebrate the third anniversary of Mubarak’s overthrow, January 2014.
The president’s success in restoring order has been eroded by the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the resurgence of Muslim Brotherhood violence, and spreading lawlessness in Sinai. The recent opening of the new Suez Canal and encouragement of foreign investment are attempts to revive Egypt’s economy and boost its international standing.
Yet American involvement with the regime has been minimal due to President Obama’s affinity with the deposed Muslim Brotherhood government; and while Washington has lifted the freeze on aid to Egypt, it no longer extends credit for military aid and strategic assistance, which in turn forced Sisi to turn to Russia and France for armaments and warships.
It was a strategic and moral mistake for the Obama administration to abandon Mubarak without attempting to arrange an adequate successor who would arrest Egypt’s slide to anarchy, from which it has only partially recovered; and just as it supported the Islamist Morsi after Mubarak, it should have endorsed the more moderate and pragmatic Sisi after the latter’s downfall. At a time when ISIS spreads its tentacles across the region, the Egyptian president presents an opportunity to influence the debate by promoting a more traditional Islam, albeit at great risk to himself.
Summary account by Marilyn Stern, Middle East Forum Board of Governors
Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican
“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:1,4,5 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Catholic Church has long bragged that since it’s creation in 325 AD it has “never changed”. Maybe that’s true, right up until the moment that Francis became Pope. Since then, the winds of change have blown so hard that many Conservative Cardinals can barely recognize it anymore. What they fail to realize is why Pope Francis is making so many changes so quickly. He is fulfilling end times bible prophecy. Revelation 17 and 18 firmly declare that the Vatican is the “Mother of Harlots”, ruled over by a False Prophet who prepares the way for Antichrist.
VATICAN CITY — On a sunny morning earlier this year, a camera crew entered a well-appointed apartment just outside the 9th-century gates of Vatican City. Pristinely dressed in the black robes and scarlet sash of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church, Wisconsin-born Cardinal Raymond Burke sat in his elaborately upholstered armchair and appeared to issue a warning to Pope Francis.
A staunch conservative and Vatican bureaucrat, Burke had been demoted by the pope a few months earlier, but it did not take the fight out of him. Francis had been backing a more inclusive era, giving space to progressive voices on divorced Catholics as well as gays and lesbians. In front of the camera, Burke said he would “resist” liberal changes — and seemed to caution Francis about the limits of his authority. “One must be very attentive regarding the power of the pope,” Burke told the French news crew.
Burke’s words belied a growing sense of alarm among strict conservatives, exposing what is fast emerging as a culture war over Francis’s papacy and the powerful hierarchy that governs the Roman Catholic Church.
Yet as he upends church convention, Francis also is grappling with a conservative backlash to the liberal momentum building inside the church. In more than a dozen interviews, including with seven senior church officials, insiders say the change has left the hierarchy more polarized over the direction of the church than at any point since the great papal reformers of the 1960s.
The conservative rebellion is taking on many guises — in public comments, yes, but also in the rising popularity of conservative Catholic Web sites promoting Francis dissenters; books and promotional materials backed by conservative clerics seeking to counter the liberal trend; and leaks to the news media, aimed at Vatican reformers.
In his recent comments, Burke was also merely stating fact. Despite the vast powers of the pope, church doctrine serves as a kind of constitution. And for liberal reformers, the bruising theological pushback by conservatives is complicating efforts to translate the pope’s transformative style into tangible changes.
“At least we aren’t poisoning each other’s chalices anymore,” said the Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, a liberal British priest and Francis ally appointed to an influential Vatican post in May. Radcliffe said he welcomed open debate, even critical dissent within the church. But he professed himself as being “afraid” of “some of what we’re seeing”
“We have a serious issue right now, a very alarming situation where Catholic priests and bishops are saying and doing things that are against what the church teaches, talking about same-sex unions, about Communion for those who are living in adultery,” the official said. “And yet the pope does nothing to silence them. So the inference is that this is what the pope wants.” source
It’s all Pope Francis, all the time.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We have been reporting for months now that Pope Francis American trip will be a political one as he pushes his New World Order agenda. Now global news conglomerate Time-Warner Cable is launching a 24-hour Pope channel to drive his message home.
Time Warner Cable is unveiling a 24-hour channel devoted to Pope Francis’ impending visit to the U.S., which will broadcast to 15 million households from Sept. 20 through Sept. 27. It will be available for most subscribers on Channel 199, and also online and on the TWC News app, according to the New York Times.
The papal network will feature analysis and commentary on the Pope’s visit, plus a twist on NY1’s call-in show and a nightly 10 p.m. news broadcast. When the Pope isn’t speaking, TWC will air papal coverage repeats.
One Time Warner exec said that many people want to watch the Pope, but only to an extent. Those who don’t want to miss a papal moment can switch to the new channel.
“At a certain point, when you’re a news channel, you still want to be giving weather on the 1s and providing the coverage people want,” Steve Paulus, Time Warner Cable’s senior vice president for news, told the Times. source
Here are some of Pope Francis talking points that the new Pope cable channel will be running night and day:
As he travels all over the world, at each stop he is building his political power base, using Vatican influence to grant favors, and seducing gullible American Christians back into the tent of the Harlot herself, Mother Rome. Even Chrislam founder Rick Warren calls Francis “our pope”. On September 23, Pope Francis will make his boldest move yet when he addresses Congress. A feat never been done by any pope in the entire history of the United States. Here is a preview of what you can expect he will talk about:
Pope Francis is a Socialist, with Communist overtones, and as such he will chastise America for not allowing more illegal aliens through our borders. Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, a top adviser to Francis, told an audience at Georgetown University, that Francis would have liked to enter the U.S. by crossing the border with Mexico to make a point about welcoming immigrants, not building walls to keep them out. He said that while time did not allow for a border stopover, the pontiff was certain to raise the issue on Capitol Hill.
“Capitalism is not a god. It is not a divinity. It is not a system that is perfect and does not need any modification,” he said during a luncheon meeting. “This system is fostering tremendous inequalities.” Socialism is not compatible with Capitalism because you cannot have successful people in the New World Order. Everyone needs to be dragged down to the same level of mediocrity, while the ruling elites live like kings.
“The free market economy is not complete. We need a social market economy. This is the big contribution of the Catholic faith to the system — to try to have this social component that will bring more justice to the system,” he said. “It is not fair that a system that is producing so much richness could walk side by side with so much poverty.”
FORCING THE CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA
To deal with climate issues, he has also called for an “Earth Constitution that would transcend the UN Charter” along with the creation of a “Global Council…elected by all the people on Earth” and a “Planetary Court..a transnational legal body open to appeals from everybody, especially with respect to violations of the Earth Constitution.” The two main issues of “protecting the earth” are climate change and global depopulation. Expect Francis to bring out all the big guns on this favorite hobby horse of the Liberal Socialists who run America. source
ISIS terrorists are arriving in Europe hidden among migrants crossing the Mediterranean on boats, warns EU’s top prosecutor
You have to hand it to the Muslims, they crafted an excellent plan of attack, have stuck with it no matter the opposition, and now they have been rewarded for their efforts with the grand prize they have sought. Germany just became a Muslim nation, and all they had to do was to execute biological jihad by swarming the borders. For every 6 legitimate Muslim “migrant refugees”, you have 4 ISIS terrorists in hiding slithering alongside with them. So out of a group of 800,000 migrant refugees, approximately 360,000 of them have terror connections.
It will only be a matter of months, maybe even mere weeks before this teeming sea of Muslim migrants begin to demand concessions to Islam, halal foods, and eventually Sharia Law within the German court system. Germany just sealed their own doom with a stroke of the pen. Peace in our time.
Germany will spend around $6.6 billion to cope with some 800,000 mostly Muslim migrants and refugees expected to have crossed into the country by the end of 2015, the government said early Monday. The announcement by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government came after Germany and neighboring Austria threw open their borders to the wave of refugees making their way north and west from the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. Hungary has been letting the human tide move on after holding it up for days.
“We had to give a strong signal of humanity to show that Europe’s values are valid also in difficult times. Hungary’s handling of the crisis is unbearable,” said Germany’s Secretary-General Yasmin Fahimi.
The McAvany Intel Memo
With Obama’s blatant disregard for the American system and Constitution, it’s apparent that he has no desire to simply regulate the Internet. Indeed, the overreach by the President in this case is unparalleled in presidential history. The FCC is supposed to be an independent agency. However, that is rapidly changing because of Obama’s demands. According to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, “I think the White House changed the landscape dramatically with the president’s announcement shortly after the midterm elections that he wanted the FCC to adopt Title II regulations and said – and it’s still on his website – ‘I ask the FCC to implement this plan.’
“It is a break (with past presidential protocols) in my experience. I’ve served under a number of different chairmen during administrations of Republican and Democratic affiliation. I’ve never seen anything as high profile as this. There have been other examples of presidents weighing in with a letter or a phone call, that kind of thing. But creating a YouTube video on a website with very specific prescriptions as to what this agency should do, followed by the agency suddenly changing course from where it was to mimic the president’s plan, I think suggests that the independence of the agency has been compromised.”
The reason President Obama pushed the FCC so hard to change its course is now obvious. He doesn’t want an open or free Internet. He doesn’t want a fairer Internet for the people. He doesn’t want to make sure the Internet runs the same for everyone. As we’ve seen in so many other areas, he wants fascism to reign – he wants complete control and censorship of all information on the Internet.
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, April 2015
The fall of Rome was a culmination of several external and internal factors. Now it seems America is falling down the same path ……….. Click here for full story
Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced legislation that would deal a tremendous blow to the U.S. dollar. If Putin gets his way, and he almost certainly will, the U.S. dollar will be eliminated from trade between nations that belong to the Commonwealth of Independent States………… Click here for full story
Despite strong denials from Moscow, Russian airborne troops are preparing to land in Syria to fight Islamic State forces. The surprise attack on Monday, Aug. 31, by ISIS forces on the Qadam district of southern Damascus, in which they took over parts of the district – and brought ISIS forces the closest that any Syrian anti-Assad group has ever been to the center of the Syrian capital – is expected to accelerate the Russian military intervention…….. Click here for full story
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a ministerial meeting of key global players trying to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Sept. 30 during the annual high-level session of the General Assembly, the United Nations announced Friday ……….. Click here for full story
It’s a new city pilot program to track how you drive, when you drive, how fast your drive and how much gas you use. The Department of Transportation says it will help fix street problems. Others say its like Big Brother is watching you.…… Click here for full story
Posted: 08 Sep 2015 10:25 AM PDT
EDITOR’S NOTE: We all know that the top-secret government development facility known as Area 51 has nothing to do with space aliens or UFO’s, right? It’s all just propaganda from conspiracy theorists, right? So why, pray tell, is the US Gov’t demanding the owners of the property around Area 51 surrender it immediately? Hmmm…
The U.S. Air Force is giving an ultimatum to owners of a remote Nevada property that over time has been surrounded by a vast bombing range including the super-secret Area 51. They’re being told to take a $5.2 million “last best offer” for their property by Thursday — or the government will seize it through condemnation. The owners include descendants of a couple who lost their hardscrabble mining enterprise after the Air Force moved in in the 1940s. Nuclear tests then began in 1951, their mine mill mysteriously exploded in 1954 and they ran out of money to seek reparations from the government in 1959. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 08 Sep 2015 06:35 AM PDT
A non-profit legal organization is urging an Ohio school district to reverse its recent decision to allow “transgender” students to use restrooms for the opposite sex. Late last month, a female student at Troy Junior High School, asked if she could use the school’s male restroom, claiming that she identified as a male.
After meeting with the student’s parents and discussing the matter with the board of education, the school district’s superintendent, Eric Herman, announced that students would be allowed to use the restrooms of their choice, based not on sex but rather “gender identity.” “Troy City Schools is committed to providing a safe learning environment to all students, including an environment free from sex discrimination,” Herman explained in an automated phone call to all parents in the school district, according to local reports. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 08 Sep 2015 06:19 AM PDT
A new clinical study has found that just 15 minutes of cell phone talk time radiation exposure can alter the structure and function of the brain, including brain wave activity that is connected to cognition, mood and behavior. Thirty-one healthy females took part in the study, published in PLOS ONE; all participants were measured twice. On one of the days, the mobile phone was attached to the women’s ears with a sham phone being placed on their chests. On the other day, the mobile phone was attached to the chest and the sham phone to the ear. During each assessment, EEG activity and radio-frequency radiation were recorded.
The study found significant results when the cell phone was placed next to the ear. The studies authors concluded that “the results support the notion that EEG alterations are associated with mobile phone usage and that the effect is dependent on site of placement.” This is the first placebo-controlled, single-blind study of its kind to show that as little as 15 minutes of 3G cell phone exposure directly to the ear “is associated with increased activity of the alpha, beta, and gamma frequency bands in nearly every brain region.” FULL REPORT
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Posted: 08 Sep 2015 05:57 AM PDT
It appears that the presence of Chinese and Russian vessels outside of U.S Shores has rattled the nerves of the White House as a new report indicates that, U.S. intelligence agencies, worried about the growing Chinese and Russian presence in the northern hemisphere, have now sent in scores of analysts to determine how best to defend the Arctic space from those nations least friendly to America. The Arctic Newswire reported that in the past 14 months, fully 16 U.S. spy and intelligence agencies have dispatched full time analysts to study the region.
On top of that, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence put together a “strategy board” so these analysts would have a formal meeting place to discuss their findings, the newspaper reported. The analysts are tasked specifically with taking the raw intelligence that comes from a newly configured Canadian listening post by the North Pole, and the intel from the Norwegian spy ship, Marjata, and processing it for use. They also tap into U.S. spy satellites and Navy sensors that are located beneath the ocean waters, and process and disseminate that data. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 08 Sep 2015 05:47 AM PDT
U.S. naval forces operating in and around the Strait of Hormuz, a critical shipping lane, are “routinely approached by Iranian warships and aircraft” on a “nearly daily basis,” according to a Pentagon official familiar with operations in the region.
During these interactions between U.S. and Iranian forces, American aircraft and ships are routinely photographed by the Iranians for intelligence purposes, according to the official, who said that most confrontations between the sides are “conducted in a safe and professional manner.” The disclosure of these daily run-ins comes following the release of footage by the Iranian military purporting to show a reconnaissance mission over a U.S. aircraft carrier station in the Strait of Hormuz. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 07 Sep 2015 08:01 PM PDT
Lightning has killed at least 22 people – most of whom were farm labourers working in fields – in southeast India. The people were killed on Sunday evening as the state of Andhra Pradesh was lashed by thunderstorms and heavy rain. Among others who had a narrow escape were two women’s cricket teams who were playing when a tree nearby was hit by lightning.
A district cricket official in the town of Guntur, where the women were playing, said: “It was a miraculous escape for the players and the people at the grounds.” The deafening sound caused by the strike left players and spectators fleeing the ground in panic, the official said. The friendly match between the women’s teams Andhra and Tripura was abandoned, The Hindu newspaper said. Among those who died were Satish Kumar from Madhya Pradesh, who was killed while he was drilling a borewell in a farm, The Hindu said. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 07 Sep 2015 07:51 PM PDT
The “baseball size hailstones” fell from thunderstorms at a speed of “at least 75 miles per hour,” according to Jonathan Erdman, a senior meteorologist for the Weather Channel. “It’s no wonder you can see the magnitude of smashed windshields and structural damage,” he added. Video footage shows the gigantic hailstones pummeling a car windshield, shattering the glass. FULL REPORT
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Posted: 07 Sep 2015 12:33 PM PDT
A fresh report by Zero Hedge will definitely give a sobering reality to the attempt to dump the US Dollar by China! According to reports, Shortly after the PBoC’s move to devalue the yuan, we noted with some alarm that it looked as though China may have drawn down its reserves by more than $100 billion in the space of just two weeks. That, we went on the point out, would represent a stunning increase over the previous pace of the country’s reserve draw down, which we began documenting months ahead of the devaluation (see here, for instance).
We went on to estimate, based on the projected size of the RMB carry trade unwind, how large the FX reserve liquidation might need to be to offset capital outflows and finally, late last week, we suggested that China’s official FX reserve data was set to become the new risk-on/off trigger for nervous, erratic markets. In short, the pace at which Beijing is burning through its USD assets in defense of the yuan has serious implications not only for investors’ collective perception of market stability, but for yields on core paper, for global liquidity, and for US monetary policy. FULL REPORT
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