September 22, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Sep. 22, 2015

BLOOMBERG

Disputes over what’s acceptable behavior in cyberspace threaten to overshadow the agenda when Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama meet in Washington this week.

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to open his country to greater foreign investment and accelerate structural reforms, speaking on the eve of a gathering with U.S. business leaders that kicks off a U.S. trip.

The stunning collapse and exit of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday provided a jolt to a Republican establishment staring at a presidential primary field dominated by three political novices and led by a populist billionaire.

Islamic State threatened to carry out a cyber-attack against the U.K. on Wednesday, according to SITE Intel Group, which monitors jihadist social media. The group made its threat in a video posted on the Internet that opens with images of militants picking up long knives as they forced a group of Western hostages to march forward and kneel in the dirt. The video goes on to make the cyber-attack threat.

Starbucks’s mobile-ordering service, which lets customers select coffees and danishes on their phones before walking into a store, is now available nationwide.

Microsoft’s new Office software will incorporate Internet-connected features such as Skype and the Cortana digital assistant in both its cloud and packaged versions, underscoring the importance of installed software even as the company focuses on moving customers to subscriptions.

The haze from Indonesian forest fires intensified, driving the pollution gauge in parts of the country to hazardous levels and blanketing downtown Singapore with a layer of smog.

Former Peanut Corp. of America Chief Executive Officer Stewart Parnell was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for his role in shipping salmonella-tainted products linked to nine deaths in 2009. His brother Michael Parnell, a company food broker, was sentenced to 20 years.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will propose raising property taxes by $543 million over the next four years to help cover soaring pension-fund costs that have triggered downgrades to the city’s bond rating.

AP Top Stories

The county clerk from Kentucky who went to jail rather than issue marriage licenses to gay couples said the licenses being granted by her staff are invalid.

Russia has delivered new arms including warplanes to Syria as the regime increases attacks on jihadists, officials said Tuesday, in a sign that Moscow’s growing support for its ally is having an effect.

India cleared a $2.5 billion deal to buy 37 military helicopters from aviation giant Boeing, on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States, a government source said.

At least 38 Islamic State group fighters were killed in air strikes by the Damascus regime against three jihadist-held towns in central Syria, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

Georgia plans to carry out its first execution of a woman in 70 years next week following repeated delays, the Georgia Department of Corrections said on Monday.

Archaeologists have discovered a Pre-Roman era tomb in perfect condition at Pompeii, the team at the archaeological site buried in a 79AD volcanic eruption announced Monday.

Syria’s civil war has prompted the first withdrawal of crop seeds from a “doomsday” vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies, officials said on Monday. The seeds, including samples of wheat, barley and grasses suited to dry regions, have been requested by researchers in the Middle East to replace a collection in the Syrian city of Aleppo that has been damaged by the war.

The family of a 14-year-old Muslim student who got in trouble over a homemade clock mistaken for a possible bomb withdrew the boy Monday from his suburban Dallas high school.

Sergei Pugachev, a tycoon once dubbed “Putin’s banker” because of his influence in the Kremlin, has filed a claim against Russia for more than $10 billion after his business empire was carved up when he fell out of favor with President Vladimir Putin.

BBC

European Union ministers are meeting to try to resolve a dispute over how to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers who have recently arrived in Europe.

The head of a US pharmaceutical company has defended his company’s decision to raise the price of a 62-year-old medication used by Aids patients by over 5,000%. After Turing’s acquisition, a dose of Daraprim in the US increased from $13.50 to $750.

Egypt has demolished more than 3,255 homes and other buildings in the Sinai peninsula in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said.

WND

The first self-driving electric shuttle for use on public roads has been delivered to the Netherlands. The “WEpod” will take passengers between the two towns of Wageningen and Ede in the province of Gelderland from November.

A top Islamic preacher has come up with an idea on how Muslim migrants can show thanks to Europe and America for taking them in: Breed and conquer.

Law enforcement authorities say those scrambling to get in the pope’s presence during his U.S. visit need to be on alert – that terrorists dressed as police officers and emergency responders could be hiding among the crowds, waiting to strike.

The University of California Santa Barbara’s “Homosexuality and Religion” guide warns students how “one of the most prominent and outspoken views on homosexuality is seen in Christianity,” while Islam offers “a great deal of variety.”

Six runners and one race official suffered heart attacks during yesterday’s Beijing Marathon.


Top News – 9/22/2015

‘Most expensive regulation in history’
The Obama administration is just weeks away from imposing a new ozone particulate standard that manufacturers say will cripple jobs and productivity in the U.S. and leave some firms and industries clinging to life.

Is Turkey Secretly Working on Nuclear Weapons?
Some months ago it became known that the German Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst – BND) was spying on Turkey. Turkey’s political leadership was none too happy. Yet the BND has good reasons to keep a watchful eye on Ankara. It is not only the crises in Iraq and Syria, drug-smuggling, people-trafficking and the activities of the PKK that make Turkey a legitimate target for German intelligence. For quite some time, evidence is mounting that Ankara is trying to acquire nuclear weapons.

France ready to bomb Syria ‘in self-defense’ – foreign minister
On Monday, French President Francois Hollande said French military sorties in Syria would soon expand to include airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

U.N. picks four Europeans to lead groups in Syria talks
Ban Ki-moon has appointed the heads of four working groups on Syria, the United Nations said on Tuesday, signaling a step toward talks where warring parties are expected to discuss how to implement a roadmap for peace.

Ben Carson: I Wouldn’t Support a Muslim President
Responding to a question on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Carson said, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” He added said that Islam, as a religion, is incompatible with the Constitution.

Vatican to Raise Flag at UN ‘Without Fanfare’
The Vatican flag will be raised for the first time at the United Nations on Friday ahead of Pope Francis’ address, but there will be no ceremony, the Holy See’s mission said Monday, according to AFP.

Where is Putin leading the Middle East?
Beyond his clear goal of saving Syria’s Assad, the Russian president is keeping his cards close to his chest. His meeting with Netanyahu will be closely followed by Washington too, and may affect the way the Israeli prime minister is received in the White House – as an ally or as a client.

Putin to Netanyahu: Russia’s Actions in Mideast Will Always Be Responsible
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow earlier today to address the changing security situation near Israel’s northern border, with respect to the recent arrival of Russian forces arriving in Syria. “Israel and Russia share a common interest to ensure stability in the Middle East.

Israel Moves to High Alert for Yom Kippur
Thousands of security personnel and police forces have moved to high alert in advance of the start tonight of the most solemn holy day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. As happens every year and for every major Jewish holiday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has ordered the complete closure of crossings with Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

Commercialization Of Legal Pot Has Led To ‘Epidemic’ For Colorado Kids
The results of a new study about the impact of Colorado’s marijuana legalization is raising troubling questions for parents. The study cites a significant increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths, hospital visits and school suspensions. The parents…say they’re concerned about their children seeing messages promoting pot all over town. Activists say it’s the way pot is marketed and sold that has started to create some serious problems.

The left has its pope
Pope Francis has created political controversy, both inside and outside the Catholic Church, by blaming capitalism for many of the problems of the poor. We can no doubt expect more of the same during his visit to the United States. Pope Francis is part of a larger trend of the rise of the political left among Catholic intellectuals. He is, in a sense, the culmination of that trend.

Parents of ‘Baby Doe’ arraigned, say daughter was possessed by demons
On Monday arraignment will begin for the parents of the young girl who was found dead in a trash bag along a harbor in Boston in June. The girl’s mother and her boyfriend will be arraigned on murder and accessory charges after the case of “Baby Doe” was solved. She was identified as 2-year-old Bella Bond late last week, following a tip to law enforcement. Her identity had been a mystery for months.

Russia starts Syria drone surveillance missions: U.S. officials
Russia has started flying drone aircraft on surveillance missions in Syria, U.S. officials said on Monday… The beginning of Russian drone flights underscored the risks of U.S.-led coalition planes and Russian aircraft operating within Syria’s limited airspace, without agreeing on coordination or objectives in Syria’s civil war.

US pharmaceutical company defends 5,000% price increase
The head of a US pharmaceutical company has defended his company’s decision to raise the price of a 62-year-old medication used by Aids patients by over 5,000%. …After Turing’s acquisition, a dose of Daraprim in the US increased from $13.50 (£8.70) to $750. The pill costs about $1 to produce, but Mr Shkreli…said that does not include other costs like marketing and distribution.

Presidents agree to reopen Colombia-Venezuela border
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, have agreed to gradually reopen their common border. Venezuela closed the border a month ago and launched a major anti-smuggling operation. Mr Maduro says smuggling has led to shortages in parts of Venezuela.

Egypt ‘demolishes thousands of homes’ for Sinai buffer zone
Egypt has demolished more than 3,255 homes and other buildings in the Sinai peninsula in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch says. Troops began razing homes along the Gaza border in 2013 to create a “buffer zone” and eliminate smuggling tunnels, after a surge in attacks by militants. But those evicted are given little or no warning, no temporary housing and inadequate compensation, HRW alleges.

Rouhani suggests Iran’s military is best defense against ISIS
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic’s military is the biggest force combating terrorism in the Middle East. The Iranian president stated that Tehran was prepared to assist others in the region as it has aided Syria and Iraq, in reference to the battle against the Sunni Islamic State terror group.

Not a Joke – Saudi Arabia Chosen to Head UN Human Rights Panel
If you were trying to put together a global all-star team of the most authoritarian, human rights abusing nations on earth, not only would Saudi Arabia be at the top of the list, it would be captain of the squad.

Boy withdraws from school that suspended him over clock
The family of a 14-year-old Muslim student who got in trouble over a homemade clock mistaken for a possible bomb withdrew the boy Monday from his suburban Dallas high school.

Why Syrian refugees don’t flee to Islamic State caliphate
People around the world have reacted differently to images of refugees desperately trying to reach Europe from Syria’s four-year civil war. Yet one group, Islamic State (IS), may be the most unsettled. Since last year, the jihadi group has tried to set up an idealized Islamic society, or caliphate, and attract Sunni Muslims with its anti-Western message. Instead, hundreds of thousands of Syrian Muslims are now choosing to flee to Western countries.

Israel, Russia to coordinate military action on Syria: Netanyahu
Israel and Russia agreed on Monday to coordinate military actions over Syria in order to avoid accidentally trading fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a visit to Moscow.

Israeli archaeologists say they may have found fabled tomb of biblical Maccabees
Israeli archaeologists may be one step closer to solving a riddle that has vexed explorers for more than a century: the location of the fabled tomb of the biblical Maccabees.


Top Headlines – 9/22/2015

UN observes International Day of Peace with call for global ceasefire

Fury after Saudi Arabia ‘chosen to head key UN human rights panel’

Poll: Majority of Palestinians want Abbas to resign, no longer support two-state solution

Premature detonation of grenade kills Palestinian in attempted attack on Israeli soldiers

Palestinian woman shot after attempted stabbing of IDF soldiers in Hebron

Report: Israel tells Jordan that it’s breaching Temple Mount status quo

Erdogan: Israel Defending Temple Mount ‘A Red Line’

Tight security and high tensions in Jerusalem ahead of Yom Kippur

Israelis brace for hot Yom Kippur

Israeli archaeologists may have found fabled Maccabees tomb

Egypt ‘demolishes thousands of homes’ for Sinai buffer zone

Putin meets Netanyahu, says Russia’s actions in Mideast will always be ‘responsible’

Putin indicates to Netanyahu that Syria in no position to open front against Israel

‘Israel, Russia to coordinate in air, sea, and electromagnetic arena’

US officials: Russia starts drone surveillance missions in Syria

Russia deploys 28 combat planes in Syria: US officials

Russia urges ‘action’ after shell hits Damascus embassy compound

Rebels see tougher war with Russians in Syria, evoke Afghanistan

Syrian army bolstering Iranian terrorism, Netanyahu tells Putin

Iran says will work with Russia to help end Syria crisis

Rouhani suggests Iran’s military is best defense against ISIS

Syrian war spurs first withdrawal from doomsday Arctic seed vault

Baghdad car bomb kills at least 12 – police and medics

Islamic State report: How fear keeps disillusioned defectors in check

Study: Brutality, corruption lead to defections from Islamic State

Balkans backup: Refugees stranded in southeastern Europe as EU doors close

ISIS Using Churches as Torture Chambers, Forcing Christians to Convert or Be Killed

China calls for border stability in Myanmar ahead of elections

Colombian, Venezuelan leaders meet to try to ease tensions over border conflict

Asia Currencies Slide After Fed Officials Signal Rate Increase Possible in 2015

FBI refuses to cooperate in Hillary Clinton email server probe

Hackers Launch Balloon Probe Into the Stratosphere to Spy on Drones

This Week’s Night Sky: A Lunar Eclipse and Mars Meets a Lion

Aftershock quake of 6.5 magnitude shakes Chile, no damage reported

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Illapel, Chile

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Illapel, Chile

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ovalle, Chile

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Bereeda, Somalia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Macquarie Island

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia

Earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes ridge

Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Bagana volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Advocacy Group: Commercialization Of Legal Pot Has Led To ‘Epidemic’ For Colorado Kids

Franklin Graham: ‘Blood of Children’ Will Be on Obama’s Hands If He Vetoes Defund Planned Parenthood Bill

The Canaanites, Child Sacrifice and Abortion

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Tells ABC News She’s Been Called ‘Hitler’ and ‘Homophobe’

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is Meddling and Altering Marriage Licenses, ACLU Says

Gay couples want Kentucky clerk to reissue marriage licenses

Transgenderism and the Church: Christian Counselors Combat Gender Confusion With Biblical Support

Vatican outraged by Obama’s invite of LGBT activists to pope’s White House ceremony: report

In Francis, Obama Finds an Ally to Amplify His Agenda to Public

‘She was a demon’: Suspect in ‘Baby Doe’ murder obsessed with occult, prosecutors say

Gangs of thieves spark panic on famous Brazil beaches

Bill Randles – not with a bang, but a whimper…The Islamic Refugee Trojan Horse

Statue of Billy Graham will likely replace a white supremacist’s statue in the U.S. Capitol
Trading one idol for another

Why Angry Christians in Israel Are Crying Discrimination


Frontrunning: September 22

  • Pressure builds on Volkswagen CEO as emissions-cheating probe spreads (Read More)
  • Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Relates to 11 Million Cars (Read More)
  • Volkswagen Emissions Investigations Should Widen to Entire Auto Industry, Officials Say (Read More)
  • Germany’s Bosch makes VW’s U.S. diesel components (Read More)
  • Volkswagen scandal will have personnel consequences – state economy minister (Read More)
  • Glencore Falls to Record as Mining Shares Lead Stock Losses (Read More)
  • Despite Slump, China’s Xi Jinping Pledges Economic Reforms (Read More)
  • Hacking Allegations Threaten to Overshadow Xi-Obama Summit (Read More)
  • Five Things on the Agenda When China’s Xi Goes to Washington (Read More)
  • China SOE default warning highlights urgency of reform (Read More)
  • Jeb Bush to Propose Rollback of Regulations (Read More)
  • Islamic State Threatens Cyber-Attack Against U.K., SITE Says (Read More)
  • Facebook’s Restrictions on User Data Cast a Long Shadow (Read More)
  • American Muslims fear a new wave of Islamophobia (Read More)
  • Asian Currencies Slide After Fed Officials Signal Rate Increase Possible in 2015 (Read More)
  • ‘Putin’s banker’ Pugachev files 7.7 billion pounds claim against Russia (Read More)
  • India turns to Israel for armed drones as Pakistan, China build fleets (Read More)
  • Former peanut company CEO sentenced to 28 years for salmonella outbreak (Read More)

The Briefing

1) Pope’s caution in Cuba exposes tension between roles as religious leader and head of state

Pope Takes Cautious Stance in Cuba on Dissidents, Wall Street Journal (Francis X. Rocca)

2) Pope sets pattern of liberalizing Catholicism’s effect without formally adjusting teaching

How the Pope Might Renew the Church, New York Times (Francis Quinn)

The Pope’s Marriage Endgame, New York Times (Ross Douthat)

3) Tennnessean schools instruct students on Islam, separating religious facts from beliefs

Islam in schools: What parents should know, USA Today (Melanie Balakit and Jason Gonzales)

In other news…

Scott Walker suspending presidential campaign, Washington Post (Jenna Johnson, Dan Balz, and Robert Costa)

Ex-Ordain Women leader Kate Kelly joins Planned Parenthood of Utah, Salt Lake Tribune (Annie Knox and Rachel Piper)

 


September 21, 2015
Diluting Judge Jeanine’s feisty punch
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST — Eight years ago in this space, we raised the question as to whether the Rupert Murdoch media empire could possibly switch its ideological moorings from conservative to liberal… (more)

September 21, 2015
Electoral College as ‘search committee’ for president
ALAN KEYES — The present so-called two-party system in the United States is a factious overlay intended to keep the U.S. Constitution’s actual provisions for our national elections from functioning as intended. The wise arrangements of America’s founders have literally been turned upside down… (more)

September 21, 2015
ROBERT KNIGHT — If you think that the politicians who now run our government are bad, how about a system with leaders chosen by people too lazy even to register to vote?… (more)

September 21, 2015
SYLVIA THOMPSON — I recently read an interesting article in WND Magazine by Kent G. Bailey, Ph.D., titled “Donald Trump: Warrior Male Extraordinaire.” Bailey’s article addresses the feminization of the culture and how Trump defies that negative trend. I agree fully with his assessment that the Trump phenomenon is a good thing…. (more)

September 21, 2015
NEWSMAX — President Barack Obama has agreed to endorse a presidential campaign by Vice President Joe Biden if he is allowed to pick Biden’s running mate, author and journalist Ed Klein reports…. (more)

September 21, 2015
AARON KLEIN — President Obama’s faith is taking center stage again after ABS’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos grilled Donald Trump over the presidential candidate’s lack of response to a question he received during a campaign event last week where a man claimed Obama was a Muslim…. (more)

September 21, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — Angry over President Obama’s abandonment of Israel in the Iranian nuclear deal, several commentators are now proposing that Israel work with Russia in the Middle East for their mutual interests and concerns. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is too knowledgeable about the roots of international terrorism to fall into such a trap… (more)

September 21, 2015
F. MICHAEL MALOOF — With world attention removed from the rise of ISIS in Afghanistan, there is mounting concern that its capital, Kabul, will fall after U.S. troops leave at the end of 2016, according to a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin…. (more)

September 21, 2015

NEWSMAX — Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony. With a convert’s indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false, and deeply reactionary…. (more)


September 20, 2015
GREG COROMBOS — The House of Representatives passed two pro-life bills on Friday, one to freeze funding for Planned Parenthood pending a thorough investigation and the other to uphold the rights of babies who survive attempted abortions…. (more)

September 20, 2015

ROLL CALL — Talk of deposing John A. Boehner has reached such a crescendo that one frustrated House Republican stood up in a closed-door meeting Wednesday night and said she was tired of would-be leadership candidates contacting her about supporting them…. (more)


September 20, 2015
NEW YORK TIMES — Hillary Rodham Clinton turned to New Hampshire Democratic officials and county leaders on Saturday for help in fighting the surging campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who holds a steady lead over her in state opinion polls in the 2016 presidential primary race…. (more)

September 20, 2015

WASHINGTON TIMES — Late-night talk show host Bill Maher blasted liberals’ reaction this week to reports of a Texas Muslim teen who was arrested for bringing a clock that looked like a bomb to school, saying Ahmed Mohamed deserved an apology, but there’s nothing wrong with teachers being cautious…. (more)


September 20, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — ‘Why on earth would Republicans do that?” That is a question I’ve been asked at least a dozen times since illustrating that the GOP has played a cynical game in connection with President Obama’s Iran deal. “Follow the money” is a common answer to questions about political motivation. It may not explain everything in this case, but it is certainly relevant…. (more)

September 20, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — A federal appeals court has struck down as unconstitutional several of the District’s handgun registration laws, including requirements that gun owners reregister firearms every three years and a prohibition on registering more than one pistol per month…. (more)

September 20, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Common Core, the federal education-standards initiative, can’t stay out of the headlines. Black leaders have called it racist, and it’s been slammed by politicians such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal…. (more)

September 19, 2015

CLIFF KINCAID — An ordinary citizen who identified President Barack Obama as a Muslim at a Donald Trump town hall meeting in New Hampshire showed that media brainwashing on the subject has been futile. The people understand that Obama asserts he is a Christian, but they just aren’t buying it. Obama has done too many things to benefit Muslims to convince people that he is not one of them…. (more)


September 19, 2015

WASHINGTON POST — President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services…. (more)


September 19, 2015
BOB UNRUH — The Obama administration’s plan to put women in combat positions is meeting resistance, with a member of Congress calling on the Navy secretary to resign over the issue and an independent watchdog arguing the defense of the nation should be the priority, not a social agenda…. (more)

September 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — House Republicans Friday slammed Planned Parenthood after voting to immediately strip it of federal funding in light of undercover videos showing top medical officials discussing the sale of fetal body parts…. (more)

September 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — Anti-Islamist activist Pamela Geller says the fury over the arrest of a Muslim student, whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb, flies in the face of America’s terror-fighting credo, “If You See Something, Say Something.”… (more)

September 19, 2015
NEWSMAX — Cody Full, a former roommate and platoon member who was serving with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he disappeared in Afghanistan, said Friday that he wishes the soldier would take the stand and “tell the truth” about why he had left his unit…. (more)

September 19, 2015
BILL FEDERER — “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolken describes man’s insatiable lust for “the Ring of Power”: “Always remember Frodo, the Ring is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be found.” Power wants to concentrate…. (more)

September 19, 2015
GARTH KANT — The Empire strikes back? First, the Republican Party made Donald Trump sign an oath of loyalty by pledging to support its eventual presidential nominee and not run as a third-party candidate…. (more)

September 18, 2015

BOB UNRUH — Republican members of Congress have overcome attempts by abortionists to keep secret the statements they made to undercover investigators looking into Planned Parenthood’s body-parts business…. (more)

 Sen. Cruz: Planned Parenthood a ‘criminal enterprise” (WND)


Daily Digest

September 22, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1801

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Exit Scott Walker

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Once the frontrunner of the GOP presidential race, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has called it quits. When he launched his campaign, Walker’s conservative record in Wisconsin and his tough-as-nails approach to leftist opposition had many conservatives excited about his candidacy. But it wasn’t to be. Good governance didn’t translate into good preparation for the national stage or a good campaign. Numerous self-inflicted wounds — including obviously pandering flip-flops on immigration and the ethanol mandate, as well as lackluster debate performances — and the entry of a certain celebrity apprentice sapped Walker’s lead. In fact, polling after last week’s Reagan Library debate had Walker’s support not even registering on the scale. He thus concluded he no longer had a path to the nomination. He wasn’t going to win back conservatives disillusioned with the establishment, and he wasn’t going to assure the establishment it could settle on him. Donors were heading for other candidates. Coming on the heels of Rick Perry’s departure last week, we find it notable that the first two candidates to exit the field are two governors with established records of reform. Isn’t that what the GOP base is supposed to want this year? Nevertheless, Badger State residents will benefit from his full and unencumbered return to the governor’s chair, and that’s no small thing.

On a final note, Walker encouraged other low-polling candidates to drop out so conservatives could coalesce and beat Trump. “I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider [leaving the race] so the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current frontrunner. This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and — ultimately — to the future of our country.”

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Obama Uses Pope for Political Point

In a rare instance when someone comes to the U.S. from Cuba not floating on a homemade raft, Pope Francis will arrive at John Base Andrews at 4 p.m. today for his six-day visit to the United States. In his first visit to the U.S., Francis will address the UN, visit a correctional facility in Philadelphia and meet with Barack Obama. Francis is controversial, not necessarily because of his doctrine — which does raise questions — but because of how the media, which does a dismal job covering religion, has portrayed him. For example: In July 2013, the media breathlessly reported that Francis, when asked about homosexuality, responded, “Who am I to judge?” But the larger context was that Francis started his statement saying, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and he has good will…” See, morality and faith are still in play, and the pope opposes same-sex marriage. Still, many people reject the nuance of Francis’ statements, one of them being Obama. When the executive greets the pope, by his side will be LGBT advocates, openly homosexual Episcopal priest Vicky Imogene Robinson and a group of nuns that helped lobby for ObamaCare. While the pope speaks of liberation theology, a similar philosophy embraced by Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright, the Holy See objected to these guests, saying images from the event could imply that the pope endorses those practices. But everything is political for Obama. Nuance or no, he will use Francis’ visit as a way to further his ideology.

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Climate Alarmists Want Dissenters Imprisoned

On Sept. 1, twenty professors and climate scientists wrote a letter to Barack Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and science czar John Holdren praising their regulatory assault on fossil fuels. That wasn’t the point of the letter, however. The disgruntled authors encouraged a more crushing strategy the White House should use to speed up compliance to Obama’s climate change agenda. The group stated, “We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress.” But… “One additional tool — recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse — is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change.” In other words, why not just prosecute and imprison those darn skeptics getting in the way?

Specifically, the authors cite RICO’s success in taking on the tobacco industry, adding, “[I]t is imperative that these misdeeds be stopped as soon as possible so that America and the world can get on with the critically important business of finding effective ways to restabilize the Earth’s climate, before even more lasting damage is done.” As climate blogger Steve Goddard retorted, “They might want to consult with the Pope about this. The Vatican has considerable experience arresting heretics.” Investor’s Business Daily’s Kerry Jackson put it best: “[W]e could be wrong about global warming. It might all be as the alarmists claim. We acknowledge this. Science is not static but always moving. Let’s see what it tells us. Yet has any true believer ever renounced his global warming faith or conceded that there is even the slightest chance that he might be just a bit wrong?” Who exactly are acting like cultish fanatics?

Oh, and by the way, George Mason University Professor Jagadish Shukla, a leader of the letter writers, reportedly profited from government climate grants to the tune of $1.5 million.

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

Trump, Carson and the Islamic Controversy

By Paul Albaugh

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Obama loves feeding perceptions

Over the last several days, the Leftmedia have worked themselves into a tizzy over two particular presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ben Carson, following comments that were made — and not made — about Muslims. It’s one of those “gotcha” moments when a candidate must choose between speaking what he believes, dodging the question or simply not saying anything. Regardless of how the candidate answers, they will catch heat for it, primarily because they are Republicans.

During a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, a questioner accused Barack Obama of being a Muslim, of not being American and stated, “We have [Muslim] training camps growing where they want to kill us, that’s my question. When can we get rid of them?”

Trump didn’t respond the way many in the Leftmedia thought that he should have. He didn’t rebut the questioner’s accusations about Obama’s religion or citizenship. (After all, Trump himself once questioned Obama’s citizenship.) Instead, Trump answered the question vaguely, stating, “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things, and a lot of people are saying that and saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things.”

To be sure, Trump could have answered the question better, and he could have taken the bait to address the man’s accusations. But he didn’t — or rather, deliberately chose to ignore the accusations from the man because he foresaw the media onslaught that would surely follow. In his own words, Trump told ABC News, “If I would have challenged the man … to put it mildly the media would have accused me of interfering with that man’s right of free speech. … A no win situation, do we agree?”

Perhaps Trump could have responded to the man’s accusation by recalling Hillary Clinton’s own veiled Obama-is-a-Muslim claim in 2008, or reminding voters of Obama’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in which Obama mentions “my Muslim faith.” But Trump didn’t address it, and the media are having a field day.

None of this is to say that Obama is a Muslim. But his claim that he is a Christian is just as far fetched. Obama spent 20 years attending the “church” of the Marxist black liberation theology-spouting Jeremiah Wright. It’s far more likely, based on his actions, rhetoric and narcissism, that he worships himself, and will say or do whatever is politically expedient.

As columnist David Limbaugh writes, “It’s true we can’t know for sure what’s in a person’s heart, but we can observe his statements and behavior. … This is not a man with a track record of authenticity.”

“You will recognize them by their fruits,” Jesus said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ben Carson stirred up controversy following an interview because of what he did say.

Keeping this question in context with Trump not correcting a questioner, when asked if a president’s faith should matter, Carson responded, “It depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter.” He added that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”

He answered the question, but it clearly wasn’t what “tolerant” leftists wanted to hear. The Leftmedia have tried for more than a decade to convince Americans that Islam is the Religion of Peace™, so how could Carson say such a thing? Is he an Islamophobe? No, he just happens to understand that Sharia law, which is part of Islam, is inconsistent with the values and principles enshrined in the Constitution.

National Review’s Andrew McCarthy offers an outstanding explanation:

“Islam’s sharia is a code premised on the principles that Allah has prescribed the ideal way for human life to be lived; that people are required to submit to that prescription; and that Islamic governments exist to enforce that requirement. Our Constitution, to the contrary, is premised on the principles that we are free to choose how we will live; the laws we make are not required to comply with the principles of any religion; and that government is our servant, not our master.”

McCarthy further notes that Islam should be understood by public figures as both a religion and an all-encompassing political-social ideology. And that’s the very reason why Carson answered the question the way he did. Sharia law is the antithesis of the Constitution. It’s also why when Carson was asked if he would consider voting for a Muslim for Congress he replied that it would “depend on who that Muslim is and what their policies are.”

For Carson, if a practicing Muslim’s political ideology reflects that of the Constitution, rather than Sharia law, then that person is eligible for office. If not, then there is no place in American politics for them.

Of course, there is no Muslim running for president. But Americans should welcome this debate as we consider what it takes to sit in the executive seat of constitutional government. Remember what that is?

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Thomas Sowell: “Any serious look at the history of human beings over the millennia shows that the species began in poverty. It is not poverty, but prosperity, that needs explaining. Poverty is automatic, but prosperity requires many things — none of which is equally distributed around the world or even within a given society. … In 1900, only 3 percent of American homes had electric lights but more than 99 percent had them before the end of the century. Infant mortality rates were 165 per thousand in 1900 and 7 per thousand by 1997. By 2001, most Americans living below the official poverty line had central air conditioning, a motor vehicle, cable television with multiple TV sets, and other amenities. A scholar specializing in the study of Latin America said that the official poverty level in the United States is the upper middle class in Mexico. The much criticized market economy of the United States has done far more for the poor than the ideology of the left. Pope Francis’ own native Argentina was once among the leading economies of the world, before it was ruined by the kind of ideological notions he is now promoting around the world.”

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Insight: “Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is a merge of state and corporate power.” —Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (1883-1945)

For the record: “The pope’s alliance with radical environmentalists is unsettling, to say the least. The green movement has a satanic track record when it comes to promoting human life and dignity. These are the people whose radical ‘Earth first’ theology gave us the barbaric one-child policy in China and such population-control measures as forced abortions and mass sterilizations in India and Africa. It would be helpful for the pope to distance Christians from pagan values. God gave man dominion over this planet, and the pope is right to caution that we have a moral obligation to be good custodians for future generations. But the primacy of every single human life must come before saving polar bears and trees. Free-market capitalism promotes environmental improvement.” —Stephen Moore

Upright: “Half of U.S. Muslims believe that Sharia law trumps the Constitution, and they would prefer to be governed by Sharia law. That is inconsistent with the Constitution. I wish Dr. [Ben] Carson had told host Chuck Todd, ‘Instead of trying to create a controversy with that question, what you should be asking is whether it is conceivable that any Muslim nation would elect a Christian as president.’ If the liberal media is looking for intolerance, it should look at the Muslim world. Six of the top 10 worst violators of human rights are Islamic nations.” —Gary Bauer

Confessions: “Democrats are ready to sit down and negotiate with Republicans right now. But it should be over legitimate issues like how much do we invest in education, job training, and infrastructure — not unrelated ideological issues like Planned Parenthood.” —Barack Obama, seemingly admitting that funding PP is entirely ideological

Pro-abortion, not pro-choice: “I think that the kind of late-term abortions that take place are because of medical necessity. And, therefore, I would hate to see the government interfering with that decision. I think that, again, this gets back to whether you respect a woman’s right to choose or not.” —Hillary Clinton, who declined to cite any abortion restrictions she might support

Forward! “I’m not going to let [Republicans] tear up [ObamaCare] kick 16 million people off their health coverage and force the country to start the health care debate all over again. Not on my watch. I want to build on the progress we’ve made.” —Hillary Clinton

And last… “New city population rankings puts Houston above Chicago. Chicago angrily disputes the rankings, pointing out the survey only counts those who are living.” —Fred Thompson

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The September 28 Blood Supermoon, The Ring Of Fire And The Coming Great Japan Earthquake

Blood Moon - Public DomainOn September 28th, we will witness the last of the four blood moons that fall on Biblical festival dates during 2014 and 2015.  This blood moon will be a “supermoon” and it will be clearly visible from the city of Jerusalem.  According to Google, a supermoon is “the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.”  In recent years, there have been some that have suggested that there is a link between supermoons and increased seismic activity on our planet.  But others have written articles that claim to debunk this theory.  Personally, I have read what both sides of the argument have to say, and I do not know which side of the argument is correct.  But what I do know is that seismic activity along the Ring of Fire has picked up dramatically in recent years.   (Read More…)


There Are Indications That A Major Financial Event In Germany Could Be Imminent

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Is something about to happen in Germany that will shake the entire world?  According to disturbing new intel that I have received, a major financial event in Germany could be imminent.  Now when I say imminent, I do not mean to suggest that it will happen tomorrow.  But I do believe that we have entered a season of time when another “Lehman Brothers moment” may occur.  Most observers tend to regard Germany as the strong hub that is holding the rest of Europe together economically, but the truth is that serious trouble is brewing under the surface.  As I write this, the German DAX stock index is down close to 20 percent from the all-time high that was set back in April, and there are lots of signs of turmoil at Germany’s largest bank.  There are very few banks in the world that are more prestigious or more influential than Deutsche Bank, and it has been making headlines for all of the wrong reasons recently. (Read More….)


How conservative is Carly Fiorina?

Since the last debate, Carly Fiorina has been the flavor du jour among Republicans who have concluded that the zeitgeist demands an outsider and who are beside themselves at the possibility that the outsider might be Donald Trump. RedState is in a unique position to discuss this because in 2010 we supported Chuck Devore in the Republican primary against Carly Fiorina.

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Sex Reassignment Is Latest Company Benefit in Equality Push

Bloomberg has this report:

U.S. companies are swiftly adding health insurance benefits for employees who want to transition to another gender, a fairly inexpensive way to show they’re serious about a diverse workforce because so few people actually use them.

More than 415 of about 780 firms surveyed for their friendliness toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers now cover related procedures, including hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgeries, according to the Human Rights Campaign. That’s more than double the number in 2012, and up from just 49 in 2009.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-21/sex-reassignment-is-latest-company-benefit-in-push-for-equality


U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Sexual Abuse of Boys

Christian News Network reports:

In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Sexual Abuse of Boys


The McAvany Intel Memo

Advocates for Net Neutrality say that the government won’t increase its control of the Internet, it will just regulate the companies that control the Internet and give everyone equal access to it. However, the simple move to put the Internet under Title II control will instantly give oppressive governments around the world the freedom to increase their control of content in their countries. This move, which is definitely about controlling content, is an instant enemy of freedom.

FCC Commissioner Pai said, “On the international stage, a lot of foreign governments, especially oppressive governments, would love nothing more than to have more direct control over both the infrastructure of the Internet and the content that rides over those networks – as well as to monitor the communications of dissidents.” The FCC’s new regulations will make it impossible for the US to be the bastion of freedom it has been on the Internet. And once it makes that compromise, nothing will hold our government back (under Obama and the political left) from controlling content. Indeed, as we shall see below, the censorship of the Internet in the US is already beginning.

(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, April 2015


As Russia Takes Syria, Israel Is Forced To Form Shaky Alliance With Putin

Israel and Russia agreed on Monday to coordinate military actions over Syria in order to avoid accidentally trading fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a visit to Moscow.

“And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:” Ezekiel 39:2 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Wow, here it comes, get ready. In the Bible, the prophet Ezekiel mentions two upcoming wars that will be fought by Russia against the nation of Israel specifically. One is the Battle of Armageddon fought at the end of the Tribulation, and the other the Battle of Gog and Magog at the end of the 1,000 Year Reign of Jesus Christ. So for Israel, right now in 2015, to be forced to form an alliance with Russia who is allies with Iran is actually unbelievable from  a prophecy perspective. These are truly the days of prophecy.

Recent Russian reinforcements for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which regional sources say include warplanes and anti-aircraft systems, worry Israel, whose jets have on occasion bombed the neighboring Arab country to foil suspected handovers of advanced arms to Assad’s Lebanese guerrilla ally Hezbollah.

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Briefing Israeli reporters after he met Russian President Vladimir Putin, Netanyahu said he had come with the goal of “preventing misunderstandings between IDF (Israel Defense Force) units and Russian forces” in Syria, where Assad is fighting Islamist-dominated insurgents in a civil war.

Netanyahu added that he and Putin “agreed on a mechanism to prevent such misunderstandings”. He did not elaborate. There was no immediate comment from the Kremlin.

In earlier remarks as he welcomed Netanyahu to the presidential residence of Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, Putin said Russian actions in the Middle East would always be “responsible”. Underlining the importance of Netanyahu’s one-day visit to Moscow, Israel’s premier took along the chief of its armed forces and the general in charge of Israeli military intelligence.

Putin, who shares Western concern about the spread of Islamic State influence, has pledged to continue military support for Assad, assistance that Russia says is in line with international law. Russia has been focusing forces on Syria’s coast, where Moscow keeps a big Mediterranean naval base.

The United States, which along with its allies has been flying missions against Islamic State insurgents in Syria, has also been holding so-called “deconfliction” talks with Russia.

KEEPING U.S. INFORMED

Netanyahu told Israeli reporters that he had informed the Americans “on each and every detail” of his Moscow visit, adding: “Everyone has an interest in avoiding an unnecessary clash” over Syria.

A U.S. official told Reuters that U.S.-Israeli coordination allowed the allies to share classified technologies for identifying Russian aircraft over Syria: “We know how to spot them clearly and quickly,” the official said.

Separately, U.S. officials said Russia had started flying surveillance missions with drone aircraft in Syria in what appeared to be Moscow’s first air operations there since beginning its build-up. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, could not say how many aircraft were involved.

A former Netanyahu adviser said Israel was concerned that Russia’s help for Assad in battling an insurgency now in its fifth year could create a de facto axis between Moscow, Iran and Hezbollah.

Iran, Israel’s arch-foe, is Assad’s other foreign backer and patron of Hezbollah, which fought Israel to a standstill in the 2006 Lebanon war. Israel worries that top-of-the-line Russian military hardware being deployed in Syria could end up in Hezbollah’s arsenal.

“Our policy is to do everything to stop weapons from being sent to Hezbollah,” Netanyahu told Putin at their photo-op. He also set out Israel’s policy of striking at guerrillas suspected of preparing to attack it from the Syrian Golan, on the northern frontier – an apparent signal to Russia to steer clear there.

The former Netanyahu adviser, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the issue, said any understandings reached with Putin “could come down to Israel and Russia agreeing to limit themselves to defined areas of operation in Syria, or even that they fly at daytime and we fly at night”. source


Endless Waves Of Muslim Migrants Are Breaking Down The Doors Of Europe

The Hungarian Prime Minister said that millions of refugees are now ‘breaking down the doors’ of Europe

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jihad has been proclaimed on Europe and from the looks of things, the Muslims are winning handily . Day after day they arrive, endless waves of hostile, angry, Muslims pretending to be “refugees” from Syria. In fact, only 20 % of all Muslim migrants are actually people fleeing the fighting in Syria. 80% of them are Muslim jihadis. Europe cannot win and will not win because they do not possess the collective will to identify and label Islam for the evil that it truly is. Pay attention, America, we are up next. Obama is stocking all of the contiguous 48 states with hordes of Muslim jihadis who will attack when the signal is given. 

Thousands of Muslim migrants continued to arrive in the Balkans today, despite the Hungarian government posting adverts in Lebanese and Jordanian newspapers warning them that entering the country illegally is a crime punishable by imprisonment.

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Speaking shortly before the Hungarian parliament voted to give the army additional powers to deal with the migrant crisis, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said ‘They are over-running us…They’re not just banging on the door, they’re breaking the doors down on top of us,’ he said.

In a full-page advertisement in several newspapers, including Lebanon’s leading An-Nahar and Jordan’s Al-Rai, the government said ‘the strongest possible action is taken’ against people who attempt to enter Hungary illegally.

This afternoon Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban followed up the adverts with incendiary language, insisting that Europe’s borders are threatened by the refugees, who he claimed were ‘breaking down the doors’. He subsequently granted the Hungarian army additional powers to deal with the crisis.

The news comes as the German interior minister proposed plans the European Union to take in a fixed number of refugees directly from crisis-hit areas, in the hope of calming the crisis-hit Balkans states and limiting the number of refugees risking their lives at sea to reach Europe.

Hungary trying desperately to contain the Muslim migrants: graphic video warning

Thomas de Maiziere said his ‘personal initiative’ would see ‘generous’ EU quotas to bring in refugees from crisis-hit regions and spread them around the continent. If the quotas are exceeded, his plan is still to rescue those in need, but to take them to ‘safe regions’ outside Europe.

But still they keep coming. For many fleeing violence and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Hungary is the easiest-to-reach member of the Schengen Zone – the 26 European countries that have abolished passport and border controls at their common borders – effectively allowing refugees to travel on to more desirable Western European countries, such as Germany and Sweden.

Speaking shortly before the Hungarian parliament voted to give the army additional powers to deal with the migrant crisis, Prime Minister Viktor Orban used incendiary language to talk up the threat posed to Europe by the refugees. source


Is The LGBT About To Add Pedophilia As Another Protected Sexual Orientation?

Nickerson claims pedophilia is a ‘sexual orientation’ in an op-ed for Salon.com

“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” Luke 17:2 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The other day we published an article on the new LGBT-themed Doritos Rainbows tortilla chips which garnered a lot of attention from the LGBT community. I debated with one gay man on the idea that the LGBT was about to add pedophilia to their umbrella of protected sexual deviations. He laughed, mocked and castigated me for even suggesting such a thing could ever happen. Yet, as you will read today, it’s obviously beginning to come together. Pedophilia is no more a sexual ‘orientation’ that being gay or lesbian, the Bible says it’s a sin. Will the LGBT soon be adding a “P” to their umbrella? Sadly, yes, they absolutely will.

A liberal news website has published an essay by a self-described pedophile asking Americans to ‘learn to accept’ people like him and attempting to raise awareness about their ‘sexual orientation’. The controversial op-ed was written by Tennessee-based graphic designer Todd Nickerson and appeared on Salon.com on Monday. In it Nickerson explains how being being a pedophile is a ‘curse of the first order’.

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I’ve been stuck with the most unfortunate of sexual orientations, a preference for a group of people who are legally, morally and psychologically unable to reciprocate my feelings and desires,’ Nickerson wrote.

Nickerson continued: ‘To confess a sexual attraction to children is to lay claim to the most reviled status on the planet, one that effectively ends any chance you have of living a normal life.’

The point of the essay is to try and debunk the concept that all pedophile’s are predators.

Nickerson maintains he has never given into his urges and assaulted a child or used child pornography. ‘Yet, I’m not the monster you think me to be,’ he wrote. ‘I’ve never touched a child sexually in my life and never will, nor do I use child pornography.’

In trying to make a case that pedophilia is a sexual orientation, Nickerson explains how he became introverted as a child after being born without his right arm. A ‘bladder problem’ throughout elementary school also forced him to retreat inside himself.

A pinnacle moment was being sexually assaulted by an older male gentleman when he was seven-years-old.

Nickerson said it was around 12 that he realized he was attracted to young people. ‘As I turned 13 it occurred to me that what I initially took as a phase had begun to solidify into something more troubling,’ he wrote.

Nickerson questions theories of whether pedophilia is linked to abuse or whether it might be genetic, and says he believes its likely a combination of both, with other factors also involved.

‘I think it’s safe to say that many pedophiles have deep-seated feelings of inferiority in one way or another, or at least we did when our sexuality was forming, and this becomes a downward spiral during puberty and beyond,’ Nickerson wrote.

It was during this time Nickerson found ‘an unhealthy pedophile forum’ online, where members believed in having sex with children and advocated the elimination of age of consent laws.

Nickerson joined and even outed himself as a pedophile, saying he ‘wanted desperately to be friends with people who shared my sexual orientation, even if they held crazy beliefs, but I could never quite reconcile with their viewpoint’.

‘No matter what, some small part of me still holds out hope that things will go back to normal, or as close to normal as a celibate pedophile with little prospect of a future can get.  ‘Besides, like I said earlier, I just couldn’t allow myself to foist this abomination onto another human being.’

Nickerson finished the op-ed with praise for the website Virtuous Pedophiles, which she describes as the opposite of the forum he first joined. Nickerson works as a moderate for the site and said it has been a ‘life-saver’ for him.

I have other pedophiles in my life that I’m actually proud to call friends, people I would trust my children with if I had any, knowing they’d be safe there,’ Nickerson wrote. ‘So, please, be understanding and supportive. ‘It’s really all we ask of you.

‘Treat us like people with a massive handicap we must overcome, not as a monster. If we are going to make it in the world without offending, we need your help.’ source


Florida City Opts to End Prayer at Council Meetings Over Threat of Suit From Satanist

Posted: 22 Sep 2015 06:29 AM PDT

Another one bites the dust as , Officials in a Florida city have opted to end the presentation of prayers at city council meetings altogether rather than face a possible lawsuit from a Satanist who is seeking to lead an invocation. Activist Chaz Stevens had submitted a request to city leaders in Coral Springs and other Florida cities to lead a Satanic invocation during the city council meeting. Stevens, known for erecting a Festivus Pole made of beer cans at the Florida Capitol Rotunda, submitted the requests to make a point: If you allow representatives of one religion to pray, you must allow them all.

“My project is named Satan or Silence. That sums it up,” he told reporters. He has threatened to file a lawsuit against any city that refuses his request. In Coral Springs, officials stalled for several weeks in replying to Stevens’ request, but have now announced that they have decided to discontinue the prayer portion of the meeting altogether instead of accommodating or refusing the Satanist. Mayor Skip Campbell says it was partially because he doesn’t want to use public funds to fight Stevens in court. FULL REPORT

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The collapse of American education continues as rich families pull their kids out of private schools

Posted: 22 Sep 2015 06:24 AM PDT

Many Americans are aware that the nation’s public education system is bloated, expensive and incompetent, turning out millions of high school graduates who can’t read, write or speak well, cannot accurately recite U.S. history, and know very little about civics and government. As a result, more and more Americans are pulling their children out of public schools and either placing them in private secular or religious schools or home-schooling them. That hasn’t traditionally been the case for wealthier Americans, however. For years, most of them have avoided sending their children to public schools, opting instead to send them to pricey, exclusive private schools where they presumably received better educations than their public school counterparts.

All of that seems to be changing now. As reported by CNBC, the wealthy are increasingly pulling their kids out of private schools and opting instead to hire private tutors for in-home instruction. As the financial news network reported, part of the reason appears to be that competition at elite schools is becoming more fierce – so much so that even exclusive private educations won’t adequately prepare the children of the elite: FULL REPORT

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‘Blood Moon’ on Sukkot sparks Doomsday Fears

Posted: 22 Sep 2015 06:19 AM PDT

A rare astrological event set to take place next week could herald the “end of days,” according to some who have been following the blood moon phenomenon. The internet is awash with forecasts, from cataclysmic catastrophes to the Rapture, as a fourth lunar eclipse in two years — the series is known as a tetrad — will fall on the first night of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot taking place on September 28. Some Christians believe the celestial event could mark the start of disaster, based on a passage from the Book of Joel, which reads:

“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes.” Blood moons are full lunar eclipses in which the sun’s rays entering through the earth’s atmosphere make for a red, or blood-like, appearance. The first three instances of the current tetrad have already occurred on Jewish holidays, on April 15, 2014 (Passover) and October 8, 2014 (Sukkot) and April 4, 2015 (again on Passover). FULL REPORT

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California Wildfire Now Third-Largest in History

Posted: 22 Sep 2015 06:12 AM PDT

It is now official, The California Wildfire responsible for so much devastation right now is one of the deadliest California wildfires and the third-largest in the state’s history. burning thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes. While firefighters have increased containment, the fire continues to grow. The Valley Fire began burning near Cobb, California, located less than 100 miles north of San Francisco.As of Monday evening, over 1,900 structures have been claimed by the 75,781 acre Valley Fire with an additional 3,103 residential structures being threatened, according to CAL Fire.

This fire surpassed the Witch Fire from October 2007 as the 3rd most damaging wildfire in California history. The 197,990 acre Witch Fire destroyed 1,650 structures.One of the reasons why it has burned so many structures is the rapid expansion of the fire within the first 24 hours of igniting and its close proximity to communities. By Sunday Sept. 13, the wildfire had grown to over 30,000 acres, giving some people just minutes to evacuate their homes. FULL REPORT

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September 23, 2015: Why Are So Many Warning That This Date Is An Extremely Significant Deadline?

Posted: 22 Sep 2015 06:05 AM PDT

Over the past year or so, there has been an unprecedented amount of buzz on the Internet about the month of September 2015.  And of all the days during that month, no date has gotten more attention than the date of September 23rd.  So precisely what will happen on September 23, 2015?  Well, we do know that it is Yom Kippur – the most solemn of all the festival days that we find in the Scriptures.  September 23rd is also the last day of the summer, and as I have discussed previously, it is when Pope Francis will be arriving at the White House to meet with Barack Obama.  Other than that, I do not know of any specific major event that either will or will not happen on that day, but I do believe that September 23rd is going to be extremely significant.

In this article I am going to share with you some of the thoughts that I recently shared in a conversation that I had with author John Shorey.  I believe that we have just come out of a period of time during which America was shown exactly why judgment is coming.  For example, I am convinced that it was no accident that the undercover Planned Parenthood videos came out this summer.  Since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, more than 56 million babies have been purposely destroyed in this nation.  Now these undercover videos have shown the entire world that Planned Parenthood is harvesting organs from these babies and selling them off to the highest bidder where they are used in some of the most bizarre scientific experiments imaginable, and the federal government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to fund this activity. FULL REPORT

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There Are Indications That A Major Financial Event In Germany Could Be Imminent

Posted: 22 Sep 2015 06:02 AM PDT

Is something about to happen in Germany that will shake the entire world? According to disturbing new intel that Michael Snyder from the “Economic Collapse” received, a major financial event in Germany could be imminent. He goes on to say “Now when I say imminent, I do not mean to suggest that it will happen tomorrow.” But I do believe that we have entered a season of time when another “Lehman Brothers moment” may occur. Most observers tend to regard Germany as the strong hub that is holding the rest of Europe together economically, but the truth is that serious trouble is brewing under the surface.

As I write this, the German DAX stock index is down close to 20 percent from the all-time high that was set back in April, and there are lots of signs of turmoil at Germany’s largest bank. There are very few banks in the world that are more prestigious or more influential than Deutsche Bank, and it has been making headlines for all of the wrong reasons recently. Just like we saw with Lehman Brothers, banks that are “too big to fail” don’t suddenly collapse overnight. The truth is that there are always warning signs in advance if you look closely enough. FULL REPORT

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Cataclysmic collision that could bring down the curtains in that galaxy

Posted: 22 Sep 2015 05:56 AM PDT

Last winter, a team of Caltech astronomers reported that two supermassive black holes appeared to be spiraling together toward a cataclysmic collision that could bring down the curtains in that galaxy. The evidence was a rhythmic flickering from the galaxy’s nucleus, a quasar known as PG 1302-102, which Matthew Graham and his colleagues interpreted as the fatal mating dance of a pair of black holes with a total mass of more than a billion suns. Their merger, the astronomers calculated, could release as much energy as 100 million supernova explosions, mostly in the form of violent ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves that would blow the stars out of that hapless galaxy like leaves off a roof.

As the black holes and their attendant disks swing around each other at high speeds, the light from the disk that is coming toward us receives a boost from relativistic effects — a so-called Doppler boost — the way a siren grows louder and more high-pitched as it approaches, giving rise to a periodic increase in brightness every five years. The Columbia astronomers’ model predicts that the variation would be two or three times greater in ultraviolet light than in visible light. And that is exactly what they found when they compared archival data from the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Galex space telescope to the visible-light data previously analyzed by Dr. Graham’s group. FULL REPORT

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Kim Davis faces new charges of non-compliance

Posted: 22 Sep 2015 05:50 AM PDT

Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in compliance with a judge’s order – and who resumed work a few days ago – is still not doing her court-ordered job, say couples who’ve tried to get their proper wedding documentation. And they’ve taken their case back to court, saying Davis needs to fully comply or face fines. Reuters reported Davis is issuing forms that contain material changes, not the original, official ones.

Specifically, she’s taken the documents pertaining to marriage licenses and removed the references to Rowan County and her clerk’s office. “Gay” couples seeking marriages are instead given forms that list deputy clerk Brian Mason – the entity who issued the licenses during Davis’s jail time – as a notary public. But “gay” couples say: that substitution won’t suffice. They’re charging Davis is still violating U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order, particularly the part where he said she could leave jail, but only on the condition she not interfere with the issuance of marriage licenses any more. FULL REPORT

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God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

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