Sep. 30, 2015
Members of the U.S House Intelligence Committee are pressing FBI Director James Comey for more details of the bureau’s recovery of e-mail messages that Hillary Clinton said had been deleted from a private computer server.
Iranian hard-liners wasted no time labeling Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as “unrevolutionary” for shaking hands with Obama. It’s the first gesture of its kind between a U.S. president and a high-ranking Iranian official in more than three decades. It took place at the United Nations General Assembly in New York and overnight caused a stir back in Tehran.
With Russia and the U.S. sparring over how to fight Islamic State and end Syria’s bloody civil war, European nations besieged by refugees are trying to bridge the gap.
President Vladimir Putin began air strikes to support his beleaguered Syrian ally Bashar al-Assad in Russia’s first use of force in the Middle East since the 1980s. Russia carried out its first air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, hitting arms and ammunition stores and transport and communication means, the Interfax news service reported.
A business unit of Tsinghua University agreed to pay $3.8 billion for 15 percent of hard-drive maker Western Digital, in what would be China’s biggest technology share purchase in the U.S.
Bank of America Corp. is cutting about 200 jobs in its trading and investment-banking units around the world, including dozens in the U.S., after Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan pledged to trim expenses amid a decline in trading revenue.
China’s central bank cut the minimum home down payment to 25 percent from 30 percent required of first-time buyers for the first time in five years, stepping up support for the property market after five interest-rate reductions failed to reverse an economic slowdown.
A report that China may be ready to launch its first domestically made aircraft carrier by the end of the year is credible, though the warship isn’t likely to enter service for four years. The non-nuclear-powered carrier will be launched on Dec. 26 to mark the 122nd birthday of Mao Zedong.
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The only woman on Georgia’s death row was executed early Wednesday morning, making her the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened a “fierce” reaction Wednesday if Saudi Arabia does not quickly repatriate victims of last week’s hajj stampede.
Pope Francis secretly met a Kentucky county clerk last week who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and gave her words of encouragement, her attorney said.
Pope Francis raised eyebrows in Italy on Tuesday by slapping down the left-leaning mayor of Rome as someone who “pretends to be Catholic”.
House Republicans advanced legislation Tuesday to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health law that could actually reach the president’s desk.
The Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday it had seized an Iranian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea loaded with weapons destined for Shiite rebels it is fighting in Yemen.
Kurdish forces attacked Islamic State in northern Iraq on Wednesday in the latest of several offensives aimed at driving the militants away from the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
Oil prices slipped on Wednesday after an unexpectedly big build in U.S. crude inventories, further evidence of an oversupply that has helped halve global spot prices over the last year.
A 50-year-old man in northern India has been killed in a mob lynching allegedly over rumors that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home. Uttar Pradesh is among a number of Indian states who have tightened laws banning cow slaughter and the sale and consumption of beef. The beef ban has also provoked outrage with many questioning how the government decides what is on their plate.
Peru declared a 30-day state of emergency in the Apurimac region on Tuesday after four people were killed during anti-mining protests.
A suspected Islamist militant accused of destroying cultural sites in Timbuktu has appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC), in the first case of its kind.
At least six people have been killed and dozens were injured in a series of explosions in a small town in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi.
An activist group has said France’s first air strike on Islamic State (IS) militants in Syrian territory killed 30, including 12 child soldiers.
A new study commissioned by Democrats and Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee finds the White House has failed to keep Americans from traveling overseas to join ISIS due to an overall lack of counter-terrorism vision and strategy.
Now, a political party in the United Kingdom wants to solve the dispute, at least in government, by eliminating references to gender on official forms. “A ‘male’ or ‘female’ tickbox on official documents should be phased out or replaced with an ‘x’ option.” The party says its goal is to reduce discrimination against “transgender and intersex people.”
Emerging evidence ties endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure to two of the biggest public health threats facing society – diabetes and obesity.
Hundreds of irate parents are planning to attend the Walton County, Georgia, school board meeting Oct. 10 to convey their outrage over their children being taught the religious beliefs of Islam in middle-school social studies.
At the London Acorn School there are no smartphones, no iPads, no expensive ICT suites, interactive whiteboards or television screens. What’s more, parents who enroll their children have to commit to the same strict regime at home, with no television, computers or films, either during term-time or holiday.
Top News – 9/30/2015
DNA Studies Trace Jewish Priestly Lineage From Biblical Times
Scientists have discovered a gene which can be traced from the Biblical figure of Aaron, the first High Priest (kohen) of the Jewish people, to a segment of the Jewish population today which carries the priestly lineage.
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.
Abbas: Peace process must be multilateral effort
Palestinian leader calls for a change in tactics by international community, looks to UN to end conflict with Israel.
Russian boy finds 3,000-year-old artifact in earth salvaged from Temple Mount
“The dating of the seal corresponds to the historical period of the Jebusites and the conquest of Jerusalem by King David, as well as the construction of the Temple and the royal official compound by his son, King Solomon. “What makes this discovery particularly significant is that it originated from upon the Temple Mount itself.”
Tens of thousands receive Priestly Blessing at Western Wall
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation estimated Wednesday morning’s crowd at 50,000, while media reports put the number in attendance at between 50,000 and 150,000. The mass blessing, called Birkat Kohanim in Hebrew, is held on an intermediate day during Sukkot and Passover, two of the three Shalosh Regalim, or pilgrimage festivals, when the Jews would ascend to the Holy Temple.
Exclusive: UN ignores science council warnings in creating vast Sustainable Development Goals
A better description of the SDGs than a “transformative vision” might be a sprawling and shapeless bid to establish a truly global socialist and progressive agenda, not to mention a blank check required for trillions of dollars annually in development spending to achieve—if even achievable.
Russians tell US to remove warplanes from Syria, senior official says
The official told Fox News that Russian diplomats sent an official demarche ordering U.S. planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory. U.S. military sources told Fox News that U.S. planes would not comply with the Russian demand.
Stone-throwing, riots and arrests in Jerusalem continue
Police on Tuesday arrested a number of Palestinians suspected of throwing stones, rioting, and attacking Jews, following two consecutive days of violent confrontations on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The secret victories in the war against ISIS
Behind-the-scenes cooperation between CIA, Joint Special Operations Command, NSA create unprecented web of intelligence in Iraq, Syria, leading to victories that few realize are happening.
Israel has some true friends in Europe
As the BDS movement grows, there are people working hard to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism within the European Union.
UN is an ‘entirely corrupt body’ – Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters to RT
British recording artist, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame, told RT that US media is entertainment used to sell soap powder and doesn’t give Americans the news of the world. He also claimed that the UN is a corrupt body, with the US controlling most voting decisions.
Pentagon to open ‘lines of communication’ with Russia over strikes in Syria
The US will open “lines of communication” with Russia to avoid “misjudgment and miscalculation” as a US-led coalition conducts strikes against ISIS in Syria. Moscow is assisting government forces in their fight against the terror group
Aden’s war devastation shows extent of Yemen’s human crisis
Even before the shells started to fall in Yemen early this year it was one of the poorest Arab states, suffering malnourishment, illiteracy, scant medical care, unemployment and weak infrastructure.
Putin wins parliamentary backing for air strikes in Syria
Vladimir Putin on Wednesday secured parliament’s unanimous backing to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, paving the way for imminent Russian military intervention in its closest Middle East ally.
CHANCE OF FLARES
NOAA forecasters estimate a 70% chance of M-class solar flares and a 25% chance of X-flares on Sept. 30th.
If sunspot AR2422 does not explode today, something else might. A spectacular prominence is dancing along the western limb of the sun…
World set for emerging market mass default, warns IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a double warning over higher US interest rates, which it said could trigger a wave of emerging market corporate defaults and panic in financial markets as liquidity evaporates. The IMF said corporate debts in emerging markets ballooned to $18 trillion (£12 trillion) last year, from $4 trillion in 2004 as companies gorged themselves on cheap debt.
Liberals Sign Petition to Ban Talking About Politics & Religion in Public
Mark Dice’s latest ‘man on the street’ stunt…illustrates how people are…ignorant of their…right to free speech under the First Amendment. “We don’t really need people talking about politics or religion out in public,” Dice tells one man who signs the petition… “We’re just trying to mute people’s political and religious speech,” says Dice as the man’s partner signs the petition.
Palestinian flag to be raised at United Nations
The Palestinian flag is to be raised for the first time at the United Nations later in what the Palestinian leader says will be “a most emotional and proud day”. Earlier this month, the UN General Assembly passed a motion to raise the Palestinian and Vatican flags. Israel criticised the move and voted against it, along with the United States and six other countries.
New EU union could tap investor funds across Europe
Britain’s EU Commissioner, Lord Hill, believes his Capital Market Union (CMU) could free up investment across Europe. Most European companies rely on banks to provide capital. CMU aims to encourage alternatives, from crowd funding to investment funds. And this week 17 countries demanded that the European Commission accelerate progress towards a single market.
Taliban attack: Afghan forces struggle to retake Kunduz
Heavy fighting is continuing in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, a day after government forces launched an attack to reclaim it from the Taliban. Two US air strikes on Tuesday halted an attempt by insurgents to seize the airport, the army’s stronghold. The Taliban deny the strikes killed their leader in the province and his deputy. An unspecified number of Nato special forces have now reached the city.
Russian parliament grants Putin right to use military force in Syria
The Russian parliament on Wednesday unanimously granted President Vladimir Putin the right to deploy the country’s military in Syria, a move a top Kremlin aide said related only to the air force. Russia has been building up its military presence in Syria, where it supports the government forces of President Bashar Assad in a conflict that pits him against Islamic State militants and Western-backed rebels.
Report: Russia demands that American planes stay out of Syrian skies
Russia has demanded that American warplanes exit Syrian airspace immediately, a US official told Fox News on Wednesday. The official said that Russian diplomats sent an official message to the US ordering American planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory, according to the report.
The United Nations’ Green Economy Isn’t
Sustainable Or Green!
The United Nations intends to replace Capitalism and Free Enterprise with its Green Economy, or Sustainable Development. However, its concepts of development and economy are deeply flawed and reminiscent of fringe ideas from the Great Depression era. (For a full discussion of Technocracy in the 1930s, see Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation.) Sustainable Development, as most recently promoted by the UN’s 2030 Agenda Conference in New York at the end of September 2015, blatantly promises to end poverty everywhere, provide work with dignity and life-long education for all.
Major Afghan city falls to Taliban fighters during Obama UN address
At just about the same time the news media swooned over President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations on Monday, hundreds of Islamist terrorists from the group the President boasted about was on the decline during a bloody ambush that recaptured the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan.
President Obama Repeats His Failed Foreign Policy Mantra at the UN
President Obama delivered his annual speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 28th. He spoke mostly in generalities, with his usual platitudes extolling the benefits of multilateral cooperation, diplomacy and international law rooted in what he called “universal,” “self-evident” truths. He condemned “the belief that power is a zero-sum game; that might makes right; that strong states must impose their will on weaker ones; that the rights of individuals don’t matter; and that in a time of rapid change, order must be imposed by force.”
Cruz Fights Alone to Stop Senate from Funding Planned Parenthood and Iran Nuclear Deal
Last night Ted Cruz couldn’t get his Republican Senate colleagues to back his proposed amendment to stop funding Planned Parenthood for one year and to prevent the Obama administration from using funds to implement the Iran nuclear deal until Congress can examine the additional agreements or “side deals” between the terrorist state and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Politician Says Homeless People Should Be Put Down By Lethal Injection
A Mexican councillor has provoked outrage after that homeless people should be put down like animals to keep the number of them on the streets down. Olga Gutierrez Machorro believes that beggars should be culled with lethal injection, believing it to be in their best interests.
Top Headlines – 9/30/2015
Netanyahu calls on Abbas to resume direct peace talks as he heads to UN
Abbas: No bilateral talks with Israel while it’s an occupying power
Abbas’ Coming UN Announcement: Bombshell or Gimmick?
Abbas to Tell UN: If Stalemate Continues, PA Will Cease Honoring Past Agreements With Israel
Obama Snub Likely to Set Tone for Abbas’ UN Speech
The First-Ever Raising of Palestine’s Flag at the U.N. Is Our Moment of Hope
Gazan rocket downed by Iron Dome over Ashdod
IDF strikes four Hamas military targets in response to Gaza rocket fire
Heading to UN, Netanyahu says he will speak ‘truth’ to world powers
Netanyahu to tell Palestinians to stop ‘incitement’ in UN speech
Netanyahu: Palestinians rioters to blame for Temple Mount disturbances
Netanyahu: Palestinians using Temple Mount to incite against Israel
Sisi: Temple Mount clashes show peace still faces hurdles
Leading Rabbi: Time for Synagogue on Temple Mount
Thousands to Descend on Jerusalem Over Sukkot Holiday to Perform Rare Biblical Commandment of Hakhel
Labor MKs warn of Corbyn’s ‘disastrous’ anti-Israel stances at UK Labor conference
Political furor erupts after Arab MK berates Jews on Temple Mount
Intelligence minister: ISIS reign in Gaza more likely than Abbas
“If Israel gives up Assad, he’s finished”
Ya’alon Hints Russia ‘Shouldn’t Test’ Israel in Syria
Ya’alon: We made it clear to Russia that Israel will continue to protect its interests
Defense Minister: We’re not coordinating Syria response with Russia
Russian parliament grants Putin right to use military force in Syria
Kremlin says use of Russian force in Syria would be to help Assad, fight terrorism
Indications that Russia has begun airstrikes in Syria, US official says
Russia says Baghdad center helps coordinate air strikes, ground troops in Syria
Syria says it asked Putin for military support
Russia, Iran Draw Close Over Syria at UN
Obama has turned Putin into the world’s most powerful leader
Putin’s new world order
Imperial overreach: How Putin’s move into Syria could bring his government down
Russians tell US to remove warplanes from Syria, senior official says
Across Middle East, ‘Obama Doctrine’ shows signs of failure
US suspends Syria rebel training program
US expands terror blacklist, revealing sprawling IS network
U.S. sanctions Islamic State supporters, targets finances
Study finds increase in foreign fighters heading for Syria, Iraq
Shattered Syria May Never Be Put Back Together
China again calls for political solution for Syria
Egypt’s el-Sissi calls for regional front against Islamic terrorism
Kurds launch offensive against ISIS in north Iraq
Germany’s Merkel warns of risks of ‘safe zone’ in northern Syria
German, Austrian Jews worried about anti-Semitism from refugees
France investigates Syria’s Assad for crimes against humanity
Report: ISIS Has Crucified, Tortured Thousands of Christians in Iraq, Syria
Divided Cyprus’ top Muslim cleric says Christians, Muslims can again live in peace as in past
Ben Carson on Muslim President: I’ll Change My Position If You Show Me Islamic Text Opposed to Shariah
Iran’s leader demands Muslim world probe haj deaths
Pastor Saeed Abedini Won’t Be Set Free Until the US First Releases 19 Iranian Criminals, Says President Rouhani
Afghan assault to retake Kunduz from Taliban collapses as militants surround airport
U.S. troops dispatched to Kunduz to help Afghan forces
Maldives Wants U.S. to Help It Fight Terrorism
Liuzhou, China, Rocked by ‘Massive’ Explosions; 6 Reportedly Dead
President Obama Confronts Russia, China and Iran In Speech to UN
White House says it looks like Congress is on track to avert shutdown
UK press: World set for emerging market mass default, warns IMF
The number of drones expected to sell during the holidays is scaring the government
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Abepura, Indonesia
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Lorengau, Papua New Guinea
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bathsheba, Barbados
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia
Pennsylvania will monitor for earthquake activity linked to fracking
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft
Ubinas volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft
Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft
Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft
Deadly Typhoon Dujuan Batters China After Lashing Taiwan
Hurricane warning issued for Bahamas as Tropical Storm Joaquin nears
Tropical Storm Joaquin to Track Near East Coast, Escalate Flood Threat
Tropical Storm Joaquin could impact N.J., pose biggest threat since Sandy
Tropical Depression Marty Lashes Southwest Mexico With Downpours
Warmest September on Record for NYC, Boston and Others
Video shows dramatic water drop in California lake
U.K. experiencing highest tides in more than 18 years
Scientists to bypass brain damage by re-encoding memories
Mexican Politician Says Homeless People Should Be Put Down By Lethal Injection
Republicans, Planned Parenthood square off in Congress
Planned Parenthood leader: Video allegations are ‘offensive’ and ‘untrue’
Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Do Mammograms, Cecile Richards Finally Admits Under Oath
Pope met Kentucky clerk who refused to give gay marriage licenses secretly to avoid interfering with the pope’s broader message
New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade allows second gay group
TLC’s ‘Sex in Public’ too much?
Joel McDurmon – John Hagee: False Prophet (and the antidote)
J.D. Hall – Four Blood Moons and Shemitah Bring Judgment…Upon Charismatics
Matt Walsh – My balanced and objective analysis of the Planned Parenthood hearings.
Donald Trump prayed for by D. Jeremiah, Paula White, K. Copeland & others
Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist Officials Sign Statement Backing Planned Parenthood
Frontrunning: September 30
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- Global Rally Shows Relief at End of $11 Trillion Stocks Meltdown (Read More)
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- Putin wins parliamentary backing for air strikes in Syria (Read More)
- China Cuts Minimum Home Down Payment for First-Time Buyers (Read More)
- German Unemployment Unexpectedly Rises in Sign of Economic Risks (Read More)
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1) Planned Parenthood president finally appears before Congress
Planned Parenthood leader: Video allegations are ‘offensive’ and ‘untrue’, Washington Post (Sandhya Somashekhar)
2) Bill Nye’s defense of abortion attempts to use ‘science’ as independent moral authority
Bill Nye Brings Down Hammer of Science on Abortion Opponents, Newsweek (Paule Mejia)
Back to Science Class for the Science Guy, National Review (Robert P. George and Patrick Lee)
3) As Chinese consume American culture, American moral messaging spreads
Chinese Embrace America’s Culture but Not Its Policies, New York Times (Chris Buckley)
In other news…
September 30, 2015
“The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.” —Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 11
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Russia’s parliament Wednesday unanimously gave Russian President Vladimir Putin the authority to use military force in Syria. Unlike the United States, Russia has committed to the conflict, which will result in the defeat of the U.S.-backed Syrian rebels — a Pax Russiana through Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship — and less American influence in the Middle East. While the Obama administration hoped that moderate Syrian rebels would topple the Assad regime and defeat the Islamic State, Obama lacks the fortitude to play Putin’s diplomacy game. As Obama said Monday, “Ultimately, however, it is not going to be enough to defeat ISIL in the battlefield.” While Russia wants the defeat of the Islamic State, Putin told “60 Minutes” last Sunday the only way peace can come to the country is through the Kremlin-backed Assad regime. As commentator Charles Krauthammer said, “This isn’t about the Russians taking on ISIS; this is about the Russians taking over Syria and keeping Assad as a client in place. That’s what happened even as the administration sputters because it has no idea what to do.”
From Democrats and their political operatives to Hollywood glitterati and Miss America contestants, one of the more pervasive and oft-repeated myths about Planned Parenthood is that it provides mammograms. Whenever an abortion advocate defends the nation’s largest abortion provider — especially arguing that it should continue to receive half a billion taxpayer dollars every year — inevitably, they bring up all the great women’s services Planned Parenthood provides. Like mammograms. Except the organization doesn’t have a single mammogram machine in any of its offices. Don’t take our word for it. Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards told Congress Tuesday, “There aren’t any Planned Parenthood clinics — I believe, to the best of my knowledge, not any have mammogram machines at their facility.” She was answering a question from Rep. Cynthia Lummis, who asked, “How many Planned Parenthood clinics have mammogram machines?” That question, in turn, followed the sycophantic cooing of Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who included mammograms in her list of the wonderful services provided. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirms that, out of more than 8,700 licensed mammogram facilities in the country, exactly zero are run by Planned Parenthood. So why is the myth so prevalent? First, abortion advocates are always fast and loose with the facts because abortion is so abhorrent it can’t be defended on the merits. Second, Planned Parenthood is perfectly content with the false narrative — it boasts of helping women “get access to mammograms” — because it makes the organization look like it just cares about women. Tell that to the 438 unborn baby girls Planned Parenthood kills every day.
Joining three other ObamaCare health care co-ops that already found themselves unable to operate in the current health care landscape, Health Republic, the co-op servicing the State of New York, started closing down its operation Friday, Sept. 25. “[A]fter coordinating with state and federal regulators, Health Republic will begin winding down operations in an orderly manner starting today,” CEO of Health Republic Debra Friedman wrote to the co-op’s members. “While we are deeply disappointed with this outcome, we believe it is in the best interests of our members. Starting a new insurance company is a daunting task in any environment, but the systemic challenges placed on us by the structure of the CO-OP program were simply too difficult to overcome.” In other words, ObamaCare’s worst enemy in this case was its own regulations. As The Daily Signal reported, the government loaned out $265 million to get the co-op off the ground. You shall know the program by its fruits: In this case, an effort by ObamaCare to provide more solutions and health care “competition” yielded government waste and failure. Surprise!
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Paul Albaugh
|U.S. forces should be allowed to stay and do good
Recent events in Afghanistan indicate that Barack Obama seriously needs to reconsider his plans to withdraw all U.S. forces from the country over the next 16 months. (Not that he will reconsider…) Several major cities that were once held and governed by Afghan forces have been captured by the Taliban. All is not well and it would be foolish and irresponsible for the United States to withdraw too soon. Need evidence? Just look at Iraq.
On Monday, the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan’s sixth largest city, was overrun by the Taliban — the first city taken by the Taliban since it was ousted from Kabul in 2001. Afghan forces mounted a counteroffensive with the aid of U.S. airstrikes and special forces. Afghan forces have retaken the police station, but are still facing fierce resistance from approximately 500 Taliban fighters.
“Obviously, this is a setback for the Afghan security forces,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook. “But we’ve seen them respond in recent weeks and months to the challenges they face, and they’re doing the same thing in Kunduz right now.” The fact that Afghan forces are fighting to take back Kunduz is a good thing — they are doing what the U.S. military trained them to do. But that’s all the more reason why pushing to draw down forces too soon would be catastrophic. Afghan forces still need U.S. backing if they are to be successful.
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), chairman of the House Armed Services committee, noted, “The fall of Kunduz to the Taliban is not unlike the fall of the Iraqi provinces to ISIL. It is a reaffirmation that precipitous withdrawal leaves key allies and territory vulnerable to the very terrorists we’ve fought so long to defeat.”
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is optimistic about the Afghan forces’ success, but noted a particular problem that has plagued operations for the last 14 years. During a recent news conference Ghani said, “The treacherous enemy is using civilians as a human shield.” That’s why the government of Afghanistan cannot and will not simply bombard the cities.
Indeed, no responsible government would want to harm its own citizens in the quest for destroying the enemy, which is precisely why the U.S. military has been limited to targeted airstrikes and ground forces have been operating in a training and advisory role. To make matters even more difficult, the Taliban has taken to the streets and the mosques and told residents of Kunduz that they are safe. The residents are of course terrified — and torn between whether to trust the Taliban or risk being caught in the urban gun fire that will be coming soon.
The situation is more complex though. On the one hand we have the Taliban, which is notorious for looting, killing, enslaving and terrorizing the Afghan people. On the other hand, we have a morally bankrupt culture that is causing significant problems for our troops. One recent example is the revelation that there have been instances of “Bacha Bazi” — translated as “boy play” — being perpetrated by members of the Afghan armed forces.
Yes, sadly, the same Afghan forces that Americans have trained.
So what exactly is to be expected of U.S. military personnel who witness or discover the heinous act of a man raping a boy? Is the service member to do nothing, or is he to intervene?
One particular Green Beret, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, chose to intervene — and was discharged from the Army for body slamming and beating an alleged child rapist. Martland’s team leader, Capt. Daniel Quinn, was also stripped of his command for being involved in the same incident.
We don’t know all of the facts about this incident — whether direct orders were disobeyed or whether these soldiers went too far (if there is such a thing when dealing with a child rapist). So what is U.S. policy for its service members to respond to such egregious acts?
One recent report reveals that U.S. Marines and Soldiers have been instructed not to intervene in cases of sexual abuse. Yes, you read that right.
Which brings up another point. Sharia law, which is practiced in Afghanistan, forbids sodomy and sex before marriage. Yet it’s happening and even being tolerated by the very people we have helped to put in positions of power. Is it any wonder the Afghan people can’t quite decide who to trust? The Taliban has cracked down on anyone engaging in “Bacha Bazi,” but the Taliban cracks down on everything to the point of severe oppression.
So our troops are put in harm’s way to fight the Taliban while simultaneously being asked to ignore child rape coming from those we are supposed to be fighting alongside. Quite the dilemma.
Where are Obama and the top brass in the military on this? Why are they turning a blind eye to those who have been punished for intervening on behalf of young boys? For a sitting commander in chief who frequently speaks out against human rights violations, he certainly has not backed up his words with decisive action. Nope, he is still more concerned about fighting climate change and making sure homosexuals can serve openly.
Perhaps the main question should be this: Where do we go from here? Do we continue to fight the Taliban while simultaneously propping up morally bankrupt officials? This president certainly hasn’t shown any indication that he is willing to intervene, which is why he wants to withdraw all troops before he leaves office. It’s better for him to leave it to the next guy. Thanks, Obama — said no Afghan citizen ever.
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Terence Jeffrey: “In its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood revealed that it killed 327,653 unborn babies in its abortion clinics in fiscal 2013. It also stated that in the year that ended on June 30, 2014, it received $524.8 million — or 41 percent of its total funding — from the government. … For Americans who respect innocent life, one obvious question is this: Why is Congress taking hard-earned money from American families struggling to raise their own children in a safe and decent environment and handing it over to a group that kills hundreds of thousands of babies per year and sometimes cuts out their organs? … Planned Parenthood, right now, is waging a war against defenseless unborn girls and boys. It is denying these children their equal opportunity to enjoy what ought to be the blessings of being born in a nation founded on the principle that the right to life is God-given and unalienable. When Rep. Gerry Connolly was mocking members of his committee for questioning Cecile Richards for her salary at a government-funded organization, he did not mention what that salary was. She did: It is $523,000 per year. Thanks to Congress, if you pay taxes, you helped pay that salary.”
Insight: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” —John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
Upright: “Leadership isn’t defined by polls or head counts. It is defined by principles and courage. If polls that reflect what happened yesterday are left to determine what happens tomorrow, why do we need leaders? If politics is the art of the possible, it is leadership that takes what seems impossible and brings it into the realm of the possible. Facts appear to bear out that it is not conservatives but the absence of principled leadership that has hurt the Republican Party.” —Star Parker
Non Compos Mentis: “I do not believe in a God who would consider abortion a sin. God created abortion. As he did all of us. God created choice for all to DECIDE.” —”comedian” Margaret Cho
Annals of the absurd: “I don’t think we do children a favor by forcing women to give birth.” —Rep. Gwen Moore
Braying Jenny: “[I]t’s terrible to see a woman, the only woman running for president, attack Planned Parenthood that helps so many millions of women. It’s a sad day, but it’s the way it is. Not all women are going to fight for women. Carly Fiorina does not.” —Sen. Barbara Boxer
Dezinformatsia: “On my Twitter feed yesterday there was a woman who tweeted at me that said thanks to Planned Parenthood I’m still alive.” —Washington Post editor Jonathan Capehart (“Jonathan, have you given any thought to the six million people who will never be able to tweet you because their lives were ended by Planned Parenthood abortions?” —Newsbusters’ Mark Finkelstein)
Good question: “If the videos were selectively edited, if this was entrapment, all untrue, then why did you apologize?” —Rep. Jim Jordan to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards during congressional testimony
Late-night humor: “Hillary Clinton went on ‘Meet the Press’ yesterday, and I saw that Chuck Todd actually showed her a video of all the times she’s flip-flopped on issues. At first Hillary said she felt bad about it, but now she says she feels OK about it.” —Jimmy Fallon
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The McAvany Intel Memo
The elements of people control – the goal of all dictators, would-be dictators, and global socialists – are actually rather simple: 1) They must control all food and food production – a goal that the global socialists hope to achieve on a global basis via GMOs and the tight production and control of all food seeds (i.e., non-reproducible seeds). Even simple gardening is now being prohibited in some parts of America, and food storage (called “hoarding” by the socialists) may soon be outlawed. Total control of all water resources – which are dwindling on a global basis – is an essential part of total food control. If they control the water, they can control what you grow – even in your garden. No water – no growing of food or raising of livestock!
2) They must control all medical care and treatment – because sick people are much easier to control, and a 75% global depopulation is the stated goal of the globalists. Hence, the uber-socialist control of medical treatment in America, Europe and many parts of the world – especially the Western world. (i.e., think Obamacare). Hence, the government war against alternate medicine and its practitioners and against the health supplements industry (i.e., think CODEX). Hence, the unholy alliance (i.e., monopoly) between the government (i.e., the FDA), the giant pharmaceutical industry, and the AMA – that is working overtime to stamp out all natural medical treatment and natural substances that they do not completely control and to force vaccinations and inoculations on the public. Here we see an interesting parallel between the Fascist partnership between the Nazi government and IG Farben and other German chemical/pharmaceutical giants in the 1930s and ’40s, and the Fascist partnership between the US government and the large pharmaceutical and ag giants (including Monsanto) now in place here in America today.
[List of people control elements to be continued next week.]
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, May 2015
The Obama administration allowed 1,519 terror-stained foreign refugees into the U.S. last year because their crimes were allegedly committed “while under duress.”…………. Click here for full story
France is still very much interested in introducing such a resolution, but they are not going to do it unless they have the support of the United States. In other words, the fate of a UN resolution setting the parameters for a Palestinian state is in the hands of Barack Obama. ………….. Click here for full story
Hundreds of irate parents are planning to attend the Walton County, Georgia, school board meeting Oct. 10 to convey their outrage over their children being taught the religious beliefs of Islam in middle-school social studies. Perhaps most disturbing to Christian parents was the “correct” answer on a quiz given to students that the Muslim god Allah is the “same god” that is worshiped by Christians and Jews.
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A lot of people out there expected something to happen in September that did not ultimately happen. There were all kinds of wild theories floating around, and many of them had no basis in reality whatsoever. But without a doubt, some very important things did happen in September. As I warned about ahead of time, we are witnessing the most significant global financial meltdown since the end of 2008. All of the largest stock markets in the world are crashing simultaneously, and so far the amount of wealth that has been wiped out worldwide is in excess of 5 trillion dollars. In addition to stocks, junk bonds are also crashing, and Bank of America says that it is a “slow moving trainwreck that seems to be accelerating“. Thanks to the commodity price crash, many of the largest commodity traders on the planet are now imploding. I wrote about the death spiral that has gripped Glencore yesterday. On Tuesday, the stock price of the largest commodity trader in Asia, the Noble Group, plummeted like a rock and commodity trading giant Trafigura appears to be in worse shape than either Glencore or the Noble Group. The total collapse of any of them could easily be a bigger event than the implosion of Lehman Brothers in 2008. So I honestly do not understand the “nothing is happening” crowd. It takes ignorance on an almost unbelievable level to try to claim that “nothing is happening” in the financial world right now. (Read More….)
Russia has begun carrying out air strikes in Syria against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.
“And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:” Ezekiel 38:4 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Less than 24 hours after the Russian leader appeared to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Vladimir Putin has ordered massive air strikes to begin in Syria. Interesting note, reports are coming in that Russia is not really attacking ISIS so much as they are the multiple enemies of the Assad regime. Is Putin defending Syria, or is he laying the groundwork to advance on Israel? Buckle up, kiddies, things are about to get crazy.
The strikes reportedly hit rebel-controlled areas of Homs and Hama provinces, causing casualties. The US says it was informed an hour before they took place. Russian defence officials say aircraft targeted the Islamic State group, but an unnamed US official told Reuters that so far they did not appear to be targeting IS-held territory.
Syria’s civil war has raged for four years, with an array of armed groups fighting to overthrow the government. The US and its allies have insisted that President Assad should leave office, while Russia has backed its ally remaining in power.
New satellite imagery shows that Russia’s air combat power in Syria has exploded over the last 48 hours, with 12 Su-25 Frogtfoots adding to the four Su-30SM Flankers and about a dozen or so combat helicopters already stationed at Latakia Air Base in Syria. A dozen Russian Su-24 Fencers are also said to be on the ground there now as well.
Russia’s decision to intervene with its air power greatly complicates the Syrian crisis while probably offering little additional chance of a diplomatic resolution.
Russian sources indicate that Sukhoi Su-24 warplanes were involved, operating out of an airbase near Latakia.
There are serious questions about who exactly the Russian aircraft are targeting. US officials believe that the initial Russian strikes are not in IS-held territory, raising the possibility that Russian air power is being utilised more in the form of close air support for Syrian government forces against the multiple enemies of the Assad regime.
The Bible Believer’s Guide To The Two Different Wars Of Ezekiel 38 And 39
Of course, many of these enemies are supported by the West’s Arab allies or Turkey. The warning time given by the Russians to the Americans announcing the start of their operations may also raise some eyebrows, suggesting that much more detailed co-ordination may be needed in future to avoid incidents in Syrian airspace.
The upper house of the Russian parliament granted President Vladimir Putin permission to deploy the Russian air force in Syria.
The Russian defence ministry said the country’s air force had targeted IS military equipment, communication facilities, arms depots, ammunition and fuel supplies. Syrian opposition activists said Russian warplanes had hit five towns – Zafaraneh, Rastan, Talbiseh, Makarmia and Ghanto – resulting in the deaths of 36 people, including children.
None of the areas targeted were controlled by IS, activists said. A US defence official said: “A Russian official in Baghdad this morning informed US embassy personnel that Russian military aircraft would begin flying anti-Isil [IS] missions today over Syria. He further requested that US aircraft avoid Syrian airspace during these missions.” source
Cold Atlantic ‘Blob’ puzzles scientists
Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:55 AM PDT
At first glance, it stands out like a sore thumb. That blob of blue and purple on the map. One of the only places on the globe that is abnormally cold in a year that will likely shatter records as the warmest globally. It’s being called the Atlantic “blob.” It’s a large area in the North Atlantic that is seeing a pronounced cooling trend. The ocean surface is much cooler than normal and in fact record cold in some locations. Scientists began to notice it developing over the last couple of years, this cooling in the Atlantic is the complete opposite of the warming over in the Pacific.
Much of the warming is attributed to El Nino, a natural process where warm water sloshes over the Central Pacific and extends to South America, but scientists are unable to completely explain what has been dubbed the Pacific Blob. This pronounced warming over large areas of the entire Pacific basin has fueled a well above average season for hurricanes and typhoons over the entire Pacific, and could have contributed to everything from the California drought, impacts on the salmon industry, and even tropical sharks seen in waters further north than ever before. FULL REPORT
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|WWIII One Giant Step Closer After B61-12 Nukes Reach Europe
Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:46 AM PDT
Washington’s decision to station 20 next-generation advanced nuclear bombs of Type B61-12 is threatening to turn the specter of WWIII into a terrifying reality, F. William Engdahl warns. Although the Pentagon has advertised its B61-12 as a life extended version of the standard strategic US nuclear bomb, it is in fact a brand new nuclear weapon with vastly improved military capabilities, and the most expensive nuclear bomb project ever, Engdahl, an American-German economic researcher, emphasizes, citing Hans M. Kristensen, Director, Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists.
The deployment of new nuclear weaponry in Germany by Washington “is no minor affair as it brings the likelihood of nuclear war by miscalculation between the United States and Russia one giant step closer and it makes the German Republic a direct high-priority target in any such escalation. Ashton “Ash” Carter and the war-hawks running the US Defense Department appear to be losing all contact with reality,” Engdahl noted in his article for New Eastern Outlook. On July 1, 2015 the Pentagon tested its new B61-12 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, prompting sharp criticism Russia. FULL REPORT
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|Russian military forces start airstrikes in Syria
Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:27 AM PDT
The Russian Air Force has begun carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the country’s Defense Ministry said. “In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin, warplanes of the Russian Air Space Forces today [Wednesday] have started an aerial operation, involving pinpoint strikes on ground targets of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in Syria,” spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said.
The Russia airstrikes are targeting military equipment, communication centers, vehicles, arms and fuel depots, belonging to IS terrorists, Konashenkov added. Earlier, a US official told Reuters that Moscow gave Washington one-hour advanced notice of its operations. The bombing is taking place in western Syria, near the city Homs, the official added. A Pentagon official also told Russia’s RIA Novosti that urged the US to clear the skies for the operation. FULL REPORT
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|DNA Studies Trace Jewish Priestly Lineage From Biblical Times
Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:24 AM PDT
Scientists have discovered a gene which can be traced from the Biblical figure of Aaron, the first High Priest (kohen) of the Jewish people, to a segment of the Jewish population today which carries the priestly lineage. The nation of Israel’s priestly class, which is passed down from father to son, began with Aaron (Exodus 28:1). Despite 2,000 years of diaspora, modern science has now proved that the Biblical concept of kohanim has genetic evidence which has allowed the priestly heritage to maintain its integrity, leading to speculation that when the Third Temple is built, modern-day kohanim will be fully qualified to preside over the rituals and rites of the Holy Altar.
Originally, the firstborn of Israel were intended to serve God after He saved them from the plague that killed all of the firstborn sons in Egypt (Exodus 11). When the firstborns participated in the sin of the Golden Calf in the desert (Exodus 32), they disqualified themselves from serving in the Jewish Temple. The tribe of Levi (the tribe of Moses and Aaron) refrained from the sin, so they took the place of the firstborns, serving in the Tabernacle and later in the Temple as musicians, guards, and in several other roles. FULL REPORT
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|World set for emerging market mass default, warns IMF
Posted: 30 Sep 2015 06:18 AM PDT
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a double warning over higher US interest rates, which it said could trigger a wave of emerging market corporate defaults and panic in financial markets as liquidity evaporates. The IMF said corporate debts in emerging markets ballooned to $18 trillion (£12 trillion) last year, from $4 trillion in 2004 as companies gorged themselves on cheap debt. It said the quadrupling in debt had been accompanied by weaker balance sheets, making companies more vulnerable to US rate rises.
“As advanced economies normalise monetary policy, emerging markets should prepare for an increase in corporate failures,” the IMF said in a pre-released chapter of its latest Financial Stability Report. It warned that this could create a credit crunch as risks “spill over to the financial sector and generate a vicious cycle as banks curtail lending”. In a double warning, the IMF said market liquidity, or the ease with which investors can quickly buy or sell securities without shifting their price, was “prone to sudden evaporation”, particularly in bond markets, when the Federal Reserve started to raise interest rates. FULL REPORT
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|September 30th historically worst day of year for stock-market investors.
Posted: 30 Sep 2015 05:39 AM PDT
We may want to pay close attention to the Stock Market today as September has been tough for stock investors. But if history is any guide, the last day of September may deliver one more blow to already battered markets, according to the financial blog Bespoke. Looking at data as far as 1945, the S&P 500 has posted positive returns just 38% on the last day of September, making it one of the worst trading days of the year, according to Bespoke (as the included table illustrates).
Earlier this month, financial blogger Ryan Detrick pointed out that the 38th, 39th and the 40th weeks of the calendar—which fall in September—tend to be the weakest of the year dating back to 1950. September has marked a particularly rough stretch for the S&P 500 SPX, +0.12% with only the week of Sept. 11 closing higher as China’s slowdown, global economic uncertainties, and lack of clarity on the timing of the Federal Reserve’s expected interest-rate hike have shaken investor confidence. According to FactSet, weekly performance in 2015 for the S&P 500 was among the worst in September. FULL REPORT
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|Hurricane Joaquin to Track Near East Coast, Could Cause Massive Flooding
Posted: 30 Sep 2015 05:32 AM PDT
Joaquin may converge with another slow-moving storm in the East to add to a serious flooding situation into early next week. According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, “The dry spell and local drought conditions will be washed away by heavy rain and flooding.” Small stream and urban flooding are a given in this case.
How significant river flooding becomes will depend on duration, intensity and location of the subsequent rounds of rain. The nearly week-long pattern has the potential to put some neighborhoods of major cities under water and can flood some communities along streams. According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun, “Very heavy rainfall fell across a large portion of the East on Tuesday, causing localized flash flooding.” FULL REPORT
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|Pope Francis met with Davis in Private Meeting
Posted: 29 Sep 2015 08:05 PM PDT
Pope Francis allegedly met with embattled Rowan County court clerk Kim Davis during his recent visit to the United States, according to Davis’ attorney Mat Staver. Staver said the two had a brief, private meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C. Staver said the pope told Davis to “stand strong.” The attorney said the pope gave Davis and her husband rosaries that he blessed. The Vatican has not yet confirmed the meeting. CONTINUE WITH FULL STORY
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Our Time is Short
Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)
What is The Gospel?
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.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.
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Who do you think that I am?
With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
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