Oct. 2, 2015
After Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin walked out of a tense 90-minute meeting in New York, U.S. officials expected direct military-to-military consultations with the Russians to avoid a conflict over the skies of Syria. Instead, they got a one-hour notice to stay out of the way and no details on targets as Russian aircraft struck inside Syria for the first time on Wednesday, adding a new risk for the U.S. and its coalition partners battling Islamic State. The sudden raid left the Americans surprised and angry at Russia’s handling of the situation but with few options on how to respond, according to a U.S. official.
Morgan Stanley is readying an offer for a 12 billion-pound ($18 billion) mortgage portfolio being sold by the U.K. government, said three people with knowledge of the matter, increasing competition ahead of a deadline next week.
Albertsons plans to raise about $1.53 billion in an initial public offering to pay down debt after the deal that brought the U.S. supermarket chain together with Safeway.
There’s no big bank failure on the horizon. The housing market is booming, not melting. Yet for a handful of well-known hedge fund managers, 2015 is looking a lot like 2008, when their industry suffered record losses and investor withdrawals.
Once the grease of global growth, international commerce failed to rebound completely from the 2009 recession and now is slowing anew. Chinese exports tumbled 5.5 percent in August from a year earlier, while those of the U.S. fell 3.5 percent. South Korea and Singapore witnessed double digit declines.
Oil is holding near $45 while the bad news keeps coming. For investor Jim Rogers, that’s usually a sign a rebound is near.
Israel sent four army battalions to the West Bank after Palestinian gunmen killed two Israeli settlers in a drive-by shooting that also wounded their children.
AP Top Stories
President Obama on Thursday angrily called for stricter U.S. gun laws after the latest mass murder in Oregon and took aim at the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby for blocking reform.
The man killed by police on Thursday after he fatally shot nine people at a community college in southern Oregon was a nervy 26-year-old who lived close to the campus and described himself as shy, according to neighbors, media and online reports.
The Oregon sheriff investigating the execution-style killing of at least nine people in a college classroom refused to identify the suspect on Friday, saying he wanted to deny the shooter notoriety, the ultimate prize he sought in the bloodshed.
The new leader of the Afghan Taliban said Friday that the capture of the northern city of Kunduz this week was a “symbolic victory” that showed the strength of the insurgency – even though the Taliban pulled out of the city after three days.
Hundreds of Israeli troops were searching the West Bank Friday for the suspected Palestinian killers of a Jewish settler couple shot in their car before their young children’s eyes, the army said.
After exhausting all his appeals, convicted serial killer Alfredo Prieto was put to death by lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Virginia.
Russia said on Friday it had carried out new rounds of air strikes in Syria, hitting 12 Islamic State targets.
Democrats on Thursday blocked the Senate from turning to a $78 billion spending measure for the Department of Veterans Affairs and military base construction.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has disclosed that his record property tax hike plan entails significant cuts for nearly 300,000 homeowners, leaving Chicago businesses predicting they will face hikes of up to 50 percent.
The Croatian sun has given way to rain and the temperature has dropped, but refugees and migrants continue to stream into the country, forcing officials and charities to scramble to prepare for wintry conditions.
U.S. employers slammed the brakes on hiring over the last two months and wages fell in September, raising new doubts the economy is strong enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by the end of this year. Payrolls outside of farming rose by 142,000 last month and August figures were revised sharply lower to show only 136,000 jobs added that month.
Members of the US-led coalition against Islamic State have called on Russia to cease air strikes they say are hitting the Syrian opposition and civilians.
Five young girls were behind a series of deadly explosions in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Thursday evening, security sources said. Fourteen people, including the girls, died and 39 were injured in the attacks at a mosque and house of vigilante leader.
Hackers have stolen personal information on about 15 million T-Mobile US customers and applicants. The breach was at a unit of the credit agency Experian, which T-Mobile uses to process information on subscribers. Names, birth dates and social security numbers are among data stolen, but not financial details.
A 15-year-old British boy who plotted to behead police officers at an Anzac Day parade in Australia has been sentenced to life imprisonment. The Blackburn teenager will serve at least five years for inciting terrorism.
An Army veteran was shot seven times while trying to save other students during the deadly Oregon community college rampage, according to his aunt.
“[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and if you’re a Christian stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them,” Stacy Boylen, the New York Post reported.
Top News – 10/2/2015
Alaska storm drops 11.2 inches of snow in Fairbanks
Thousands of Alaska residents are without power after a major snowstorm socked the Fairbanks area and forced a grocery to store frozen food outside
Oregon college shooter: ‘Are you a Christian?’
Chris Harper-Mercer, a student at Umpqua college, first kills the teacher, then tells victims ‘because you are a Christian you’re going to see God in about one second’;
DARK PLASMA ERUPTION, EARTH-DIRECTED?
There is a chance the CME will deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on Oct. 3rd. If so, the impact will probably cause G1-class geomagnetic storms.
Obama’s Real Legacy: Creating a Global Haven for Terrorists
At the global level, scholars will long debate just who and what policies are fueling the “steeper-than-exponential rise of terrorist attacks.” But one thing is clear: President Barack Obama’s legacy will likely be the establishment of a global haven for terrorism.
Afraid Yet? WWIII One Giant Step Closer After B61-12 Nukes Reach Europe
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.
Over 200 earthquakes gone and more to come
Since the 6.6 magnitude quake that shook Barbados in mid-July, there have been more than 200 earthquake events recorded northeast of the island – though most of them very minor – and Barbadians can expect more, some of them almost as big as the one earlier this year.
A dozen buildings damaged in Polish earth tremor
An earth tremor in southern Poland caused damage to a number of buildings in the region on Wednesday.
Putin Cutting Obama Down To Size
If the humiliation of the Obama administration continues at this rate, by this time next week you should expect to see Secretary of State John Kerry on all fours at the United Nations, getting paddled by the Russian foreign minister and shouting, “Thank you, comrade! May I have another?”
Alabama Sheriff Just Removed These Four Biblical Words From Patrol Cars — and Atheists Are Now Claiming Victory
An Alabama sheriff has reportedly decided to comply with demands…that he remove a decal featuring a Bible verse that was placed on patrol cars earlier this year. Despite only being added to Houston County Sheriff’s Office vehicles a few months ago, Sheriff Donald Valenza decided to remove the decals, which included the sheriff office’s badge along with words from Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
Top EU official warns of rising anti-Semitism in Europe
A senior European Union official has warned of rising anti-Semitism in Europe as attacks and threats against Jews continue in EU member countries. European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said Thursday that “in the last couple of years you’ve seen this age-old monster come up again in Europe.”
Oregon college shooting: Gunman kills nine in Roseburg attack
Nine people have been killed and seven injured in a shooting at a college in the US state of Oregon, say police. The gunman, 26, opened fire at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning and was killed in a police shootout. There were conflicting reports on casualties but Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said 10 dead, including the gunman, was “the best” figure.
Syria conflict: Russia strikes ‘will fuel extremism’
Members of the US-led coalition against Islamic State have called on Russia to cease air strikes they say are hitting the Syrian opposition and civilians. In a joint statement on Friday, the US, UK, Turkey and other coalition members said Russian strikes would “only fuel more extremism”. Russia, which according to witnesses launched fresh strikes on Friday, says it is targeting IS.
Nigerian city of Maiduguri ‘attacked by five girl bombers’
Five young girls were behind a series of deadly explosions in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Thursday evening, security sources say. Fourteen people, including the girls, died and 39 were injured in the attacks at a mosque and house of vigilante leader, the military said. More than 100 people died in similar attacks in the city two weeks ago.
We don’t understand the universe: Scientist at IdeaFestival explains how science is failing us
“What do we know about the universe?” asked astronomer Bob Berman to a crowded room at IdeaFestival 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. “Why aren’t the answers satisfying? Where do they go wrong?” There’s a lot of hard and fast data, he says, but it doesn’t always give us the right answers. “It’s important to know when science is working,” said Berman, “and when it’s not.”
Russia launches media offensive on Syria bombing
“Russian air force begins bombing terrorist positions in Syria,” screams the front of Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda. Coverage of Russian air strikes in Syria has been leading news bulletins on Russian state television. Reports spoke of jets targeting the Islamist al-Nusra Front as well as so-called Islamic State (IS).
Syria conflict: US says Russian air strikes ‘indiscriminate’
The White House says Russian air strikes against militants in Syria are “indiscriminate” and threaten to draw Russia more deeply into the crisis. Spokesman Josh Earnest said Russia was carrying out random air strikes against the Syrian opposition.
Israeli intel thwarts first known ISIS plot inside Jewish state
An ISIS cell that trained in the forests near Galilee while plotting to attack Israeli police and military facilities — as well as liquor stores — was shattered by the intelligence agents in what experts say is the first known case of the black-clad terrorist army operating within the Jewish state, sources told FoxNews.com Thursday.
Iranian troops arrive in Syria ahead of major ground offensive
Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria in the last 10 days and will soon join government forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies in a major ground offensive backed by Russian air strikes, two Lebanese sources told Reuters.
Bahrain withdraws ambassador from Iran after bomb-factory find
Bahrain said on Thursday it had recalled its ambassador to Iran, a day after it said security forces had discovered a large bomb-making factory and arrested a number of suspects linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
Top Headlines – 10/2/2015
Frontrunning: October 02
- U.S., Allies Demand Russia Stop Attacks on Syria Opposition (Read More)
- Russian Airstrikes Defend Strategic Assad Regime Stronghold on Syria’s Coast (Read More)
- Emerging Stocks Head for Weekly Advance Before U.S. Jobs Data (Read More)
- Wage Strife Clouds Car-Sales Boom (Read More)
- Oregon town reels from classroom carnage (Read More)
- Oregon shooter came from California, described as shy and skittish (Read More)
- At Glencore, a Mining Emperor Tries to Save His Realm (Read More)
- Ackman, Einhorn Lead Hedge Funds on Track to Rival ’08 Slump (Read More)
- Chipmaker AMD to cut 500 global jobs, take $42 million charge (Read More)
- Sprint Expected to Cut Jobs, Up to $2.5 Billion in Costs (Read More)
- China Billionaire With Canal Dream Confronts Biggest Loss of ’15 (Read More)
- Gundlach’s DoubleLine Capital posts 20th month of inflows in Sept (Read More)
- Oil Ignoring Bad News Usually Means a Rebound Is Near, Says Jim Rogers (Read More)
- Hurricane Joaquin May Miss U.S. Coast After Pounding Bahamas (Read More)
- EU Regulators Weigh Seeking Concessions on FedEx-TNT Deal (Read More)
- ECB President Mario Draghi Says Eurozone Returning to Growth After Policy Moves (Read More)
- The Only Banker Sued for the Housing Crisis Prepares Her Appeal (Read More)
1) Oregon community college shooting tragic demonstration of evil and sin
Gunman in Oregon college shooting killed; multiple fatalities reported, Washington Post (Joseph Hoyt, Mark Berman, and Jerry Markon)
Oregon shooting: Gunman dead after college rampage, CNN (Dana Ford)
2) Obama’s call to combat ISIS ideologically rejected by UN intimidated by strength of Islam
Obama’s Call at U.N. to Fight ISIS With Ideas Is Largely Seen as Futile, New York Times (Gardiner Harris and Eric Schmitt)
3) Majority of Harvard freshman class secular, foreshadowing future of American elites
There are more atheists and agnostics entering Harvard than Protestants and Catholics, Washington Post (Sarah Pulliam Bailey)
Class of 2019 by the numbers, Harvard Crimson
4) In light of secular confusion, important for evangelicals to assert biblical basis of value of all living creation
It’s time for evangelicals to speak up for animals, USA Today (Kirsten Powers)
Every Living Thing: An Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care for Animals, Every Living Thing
In other news…
Arsonist tries to burn down Planned Parenthood office in Thousand Oaks, officials say, LA Times (Veronica Rocha and Brittny Mejia)
Church of England schools increasingly failing to appoint heads of the same faith, says study, The Independent (Richard Garner)
October 2, 2015
“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson, 1781
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Mark Alexander
On Thursday evening, Barack Obama interrupted the East Coast primetime news hour with a 15 minute press conference.
Obama called the conference to acknowledge the death of six American military personnel, who were killed when an Air Force C-130 crashed in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, three hours before his press conference. Except that’s not actually why he called the press conference — in fact, their commander in chief didn’t even mention them from the podium.
That’s right. In a crass pivot away from the catastrophic crisis he created in the Middle East, which we learned Wednesday is now putting American and Russian fighter pilots on a collision course for direct confrontation, Obama preempted the primetime news to address the tragic murder of 10 adult students at a Roseburg, Oregon, community college, and the wounding of seven others.
Saying “We should politicize this,” Obama devoted only 80 of his 1,306 word diatribe to the families of those murdered. That would be 6% of his message. His other 1,226 words were about his political gun control agenda and the need for more firearm regulation.
He did not mention what law he wanted to add to the more than 10,000 currently on the federal and state books, but he did mention needing “states and legislatures” on board, which sounded a bit like he was calling for some revision of our Constitution.
According to early accounts, the Oregon assailant targeted Christians for execution, but Obama did not mention that either.
Moments after Obama’s remarks, Steve Hayes, senior editor for The Weekly Standard, boldly expressed my own sentiments: “[Obama] has had an avalanche of bad news over the past 36 hours and I think he is using this shooting to get out from under it. … He’s the one that said we should ‘politicize’ this. Well he did. He’s distracting attention from his other problems.”
Indeed, he disgracefully did just that.
Most of the media talkingheads noted variations on this theme: “Obama is passionate about this issue.” No, Obama and his Leftist NeoCom cadres are passionate about increasing the power of the state, and the biggest obstacle to subordinating the American people to this statist agenda is the Second Amendment. When they say “commonsense gun laws” they mean “gun confiscation laws.”
The inconvenient truth about guns is, as the number of legally owned guns has increased, violent crime has decreased, according to the FBI’s statistics — continuing a 12-year decline.
Of course, in those states and cities with the most restrictive gun laws, violent crime is thriving. In Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago, almost 3,000 people have been murdered since Obama took office — and almost all of those murders were related to gang violence. However, Chicago ranks high among those cities with the most restrictive gun laws in the nation.
Likewise, Oregon has universal background checks, and Umpqua Community College was the latest of “gun free zones” where victims are prohibited from the most effective means of self defense.
In his parting remarks, Obama said, “[T]ally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks over the last decade and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and post those side-by-side.” He lamented the fact that we spend so much on counterterrorism efforts.
But if Obama really wants to “tally up some numbers,” how about starting with the fact that in five states alone (Arizona, California, Florida, New York and Texas), more than 5,400 people have been murdered by illegal aliens. That is more than all Americans killed defending our nation against terrorism in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Or maybe Obama would like to post a comparison with the 327,000 children who are killed on abortion tables every year, 900 of whom died just yesterday.
For the record, “The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … [T]he advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any.” —James Madison (1788)
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Where is America’s moral high ground now? The Obama administration justified its abandonment of Iraq by saying the young government had to solve the problem of the Islamic State on its own. And that’s exactly what it’s trying to do. Reuters reports the country has aligned itself with the coalition that has sprung up to support Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria — a coalition that includes Russia, Lebanon, Hezbollah and Iran. While the U.S. worried terrorism would fill the void Barack Obama’s weak leadership created, it was a stronger leader that ultimately took America’s place — Russian President Vladimir Putin. The not-exactly-American-friendly coalition is preparing for a ground campaign against the rebels — some armed with U.S. weapons — backed with Russian airpower. Obama won’t admit it, but Moscow’s interests are different than American interests. While the U.S. would like the Great Bear to strike the Islamic State, Russian aircraft struck rebel areas that threatened Assad strongholds. So far, the Obama administration’s response is to complain about Russia’s “indiscriminate military operations against the Syrian opposition,” per Obama spokesman Josh Earnest. Don’t they understand this is no longer just about “degrading and ultimately destroying” the Islamic State? No, the long arc of history doesn’t naturally bend toward peace and justice. The “international community” doesn’t just iron out its differences to stop evil. Putin the Machiavel just swept over Obama’s hope-for-change foreign policy.
The U.S. needs to add more than 150,000 jobs per month just to keep pace with population growth. So September’s number — 142,000 jobs — was not only below expectations but below what we need just to tread water. It also follows August’s terrible report of 136,000 jobs added (revised down from 173,000), making for the worst back-to-back numbers in three years. But in the last two years, just seven months have cracked 250,000 jobs created. It seems the only number going up these days is the number of Americans leaving the workforce entirely — another 350,000 gave up in September, and a record 94.61 million Americans are not working. The labor participation rate fell to 62.4%, the lowest since October 1977. When you read that the unemployment rate held steady at 5.1%, remember low participation is the biggest reason why.
And Barack Obama has 16 months remaining in office.
Exactly one month ago, 20 scientific researchers with the Institute of Global Environment and Society penned an open letter calling on the White House to prosecute global warming skeptics under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. That letter, which appeared on the institution’s website, went strangely missing this week — likely in response to severe criticism, and not just from the Right. The authors are now probably wishing they hadn’t written anything at all. The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology launched a probe into IGES after it was revealed the institution is heavily taxpayer-subsidized. And Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the committee, wants to get to the bottom of it. In his own letter to IGES President Jagadish Shukla, Smith writes, “IGES appears to be almost fully funded by taxpayer money while simultaneously participating in partisan political activity by requesting a RICO investigation of companies and organizations that disagree with the Obama Administration on climate change. In fact, IGES has reportedly received $63 million from taxpayers since 2001, comprising over 98% of its total revenue during that time.” And since “IGES’s recent decision to remove documents from its website raises concerns that additional information vital to the Committee’s investigation may not be preserved,” Smith outlined steps Shukla should follow “so that a full and complete record of relevant communications can be produced.” Talk about a backfire.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Charles Krauthammer: “Why is Putin moving so quickly and so brazenly? Because he’s got only 16 more months to push on the open door that is Obama. He knows he’ll never again see an American president such as this — one who once told the General Assembly that ‘no one nation can or should try to dominate another nation’ and told it again last Monday of ‘believing in my core that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old ways of conflict and coercion.’ They cannot? Has he looked at the world around him — from Homs to Kunduz, from Sanaa to Donetsk — ablaze with conflict and coercion? Wouldn’t you take advantage of these last 16 months if you were Putin, facing a man living in a faculty-lounge fantasy world? Where was Obama when Putin began bombing Syria? Leading a U.N. meeting on countering violent extremism. Seminar to follow.”
Insight: “Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of a moral existence. … Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims.” —Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
Upright: “If the reports are correct, men and women [in Oregon] declared their faith and died for it. That is the classic definition of a martyr, and may their families be comforted by the words of the Savior: ‘Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.'” —David French on the Oregon shooting
Observations: “Perhaps instead of the President politicizing the deaths of around a dozen Americans, killed for professing their religion, he should first answer a simple question: why are there more mass shootings like this under his watch than under George W. Bush’s watch? I really don’t think the man presiding over a cultural suicide should really be the man who leads on this issue, particularly when his ‘common sense gun control’ policy solutions would not have stopped this tragedy.” —Erick Erickson
Gun grabbers: “[T]he Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.” —Hillary Clinton
Village Idiots: “It is just beyond my comprehension that we are seeing these mass murders happen again and again and again. And as I have said, we have got to get the political will to do everything we can keep people safe. I know there is a way to have sensible gun control measures that help prevent violence, prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands and save live. I am committed to doing everything I can do accomplish that.” —Hillary Clinton
Non Sequitur Award: “The Second Amendment doesn’t say you can own a bazooka, it doesn’t say you can own an F-15 with hellfire missiles. There’s the ability of government to limit the type of weapon that is available.” —Joe “Double-Barrel Shotgun” Biden (And what does it say about abortion or marriage?
Dezinformatsia, part I: “[Barack Obama] was embarrassed of the United States in front of the world saying every other industrialized country, every other Western country, they don’t have these kinds of mass shootings every few weeks as we have here in the United States.” —CNN’s Wolf Blitzer (What Obama should be embarrassed of is leftist ideology and policies that foster this carnage.)
Dezinformatsia, part II: “I’m politicizing the hell out of this and I don’t care.” —liberal commentator Charles Pierce on the Oregon shooting
Late-night humor: “NSA leaker Edward Snowden joined Twitter yesterday, and immediately got more followers than the NSA. Which raises an interesting question: Who’s following the NSA on Twitter?” —Jimmy Fallon
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis!
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Lying about Islam’s Doctrine of Deception :: Ibrahim at Gatestone
by Raymond Ibrahim
The Gatestone Institute
September 28, 2015
The Most Dangerous Man In the World
…is neither Russia’s Vladimir Putin nor China’s Xi Jinping, nor at this time, Ayatollah Khamenei – it’s none other than America’s Barack Hussein Obama.
DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that China sent word to Moscow Friday, Oct. 2, that J-15 fighter bombers would shortly join the Russian air campaign that was launched Wednesday, Sept. 30. Baghdad has moreover offered Moscow an air base for targeting the Islamic State now occupying large swathes of Iraqi territory
Russia’s military intervention in Syria has five additional participants: China, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hizballah.
The J-15 warplanes will take off from the Chinese Liaoning-CV-16 aircraft carrier, which reached Syrian shores on Sept. 26 (as DEBKAfile exclusively reported at the time). This will be a landmark event for Beijing: its first military operation in the Middle East as well the carrier’s first taste of action in conditions of real combat.
Posted: 02 Oct 2015 06:49 AM PDT
Russia’s launch of airstrikes in Syria is prompting discussions within the Pentagon about whether the U.S. should use military force to protect U.S.-trained and equipped Syrian rebels if they come under fire by the Russians. U.S. officials said Thursday that senior military leaders and defense officials are working through the thorny legal and foreign policy issues and are weighing the risks of using force in response to a Russian attack. Defense Secretary Ash Carter declined to discuss the problem when asked about it this week. But U.S. officials acknowledged that this is one of the questions being asked as they debate the broader dilemma of how the administration should respond to what White House press secretary Josh Earnest described as Russia’s “indiscriminate military operations against the Syrian opposition.”
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss ongoing deliberations publicly. Tensions between the U.S. and Russia are escalating over Russian airstrikes that apparently are serving to strengthen Syrian President Bashar Assad by targeting rebels — perhaps including some aligned with the U.S. — rather than hitting Islamic State fighters it promised to attack. CONTINUE
|Rare ‘sofa shark’ stuns scientists
Posted: 02 Oct 2015 06:40 AM PDT
Marine biologists landed an unusual catch off the coast of Scotland recently – a so-called ‘sofa shark’ or false catshark. Experts were stunned by the rare shark, which was discovered during a recent deep sea survey by scientists from Marine Scotland.
“This is not a species that has previously been found in Scottish waters,” explained the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme, in a statement. The elusive creatures can grow up to 10 feet long, but this one was around 6 feet, according to media reports. The strange-looking shark has drawn unfavorable comparisons to the blobfish, which was dubbed the world’s ugliest animal in 2013. CONTINUE
Posted: 02 Oct 2015 06:29 AM PDT
Russia has carried out its first air strikes in Syria shortly after receiving an official request of help from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and approval from the Russian parliament authorizing Vladimir Putin to send military troops into Syria. Similar to the slow mission creep in the Ukraine, Russia’s rapid deployment to Syria for the first time in three decades is a far cry from the earlier excuse that Russia was only providing weapons and training to help the Syrian government army combat ISIS. Russia has sent more than two dozen fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, surface-to-air missile defense systems and hundreds of troops to its only naval facility outside the former Soviet Union in the Syrian port of Tartus. However, new satellite images suggest two new military bases may be in the works to host Russian troops which suggest a much-expanded presence.
Russia has defended her actions as part of its national interests (Russia claims hundreds of its citizens are in Syria helping ISIS and could return home as a threat) and that it would only use its air force to strike ISIS. This is already being contradicted by the French Defense Minister who claims that the Russian strikes were in the Western part of the country where ISIS militants are not based and new reports suggest that the air strikes hit an area primarily held by anti-Assad rebels who are backed by the Central Intelligence Agency. Russia has as much motivation to hit other rebel groups as it does ISIS in order to keep Assad in power and keep US supported groups from expanding their influence and reach. Syria’s main Western-backed opposition leader, Khaled Khoja, president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, has already called Russia’s military involvement in the region an “invasion”. CONTINUE
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|College Claims allowing Bible Verses would be a violation of the First Amendment
Posted: 02 Oct 2015 06:23 AM PDT
A Colorado college lost its cool over a couple of Bible verses and now faces a legal challenge to its authority to censor the speech of a graduate, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF said Thursday its lawyers filed a lawsuit after the Colorado School of Mines in Golden offered donors to an athletic facility the opportunity to put a message on a nameplate but rejected a donor’s request for a reference to a Bible verse. “Public colleges and universities should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas, especially in a forum like this.
The school initially imposed no restrictions – or even guidelines – on the type of message a donor could include, and contrary to what the school is arguing, the First Amendment protects – not restricts – a simple reference to a Bible verse,” said ADF Legal Counsel Natalie Decker. “It’s patently ridiculous to argue that a Bible reference that doesn’t include the text of the verse is somehow inappropriate simply because someone might look it up and see that ‘Lord’ is mentioned there,” she said. School officials declined to comment. CONTINUE
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|The Prophesied Exodus of Saints From Churches That Quench the Spirit’s Power
Posted: 02 Oct 2015 06:05 AM PDT
“My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:4-5). I had a dream recently of a pastor who was worshipping the Lord in a service, but all around him there were distractions. People were not paying attention, and hardly anyone was focusing on the service. Then the Spirit of the Lord showed me that there was no expectation in the service because the pastor had built a low ceiling. This is the present hour situation in many churches today, and this is an important word for ministers and saints.
The Word alone is not enough to equip the saints. The demonstration of the Spirit and power of God is necessary too. Why else would God set them in the church? When the Spirit is released and the power of God is demonstrated, it ignites the saints to do the work of the ministry. This is when a body of believers is the strongest. The demonstration of God’s Spirit and power even ignites the service gifts and what is commonly called the ministry of helps. CONTINUE
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Posted: 02 Oct 2015 05:58 AM PDT
Dozens of dead birds were discovered all over a west Nashville church ground’s property Thursday morning. The birds scattered Highland Park Church’s parking lot, sidewalks and roof. Church members, animal lovers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services were all called to the property after the discovery was made.
“We pulled into the parking lot and all over the place there were little green things coming. The birds were on their way down from Canada. It was a sea of green on the ground and asphalt with green spots on it,” church member Greg Levenduski said. According to Tarcila Fox of the Nashville Ornithological Society, the birds were migrating south. “I’m sad. I am very sad,” Fox said. “That just shows there were a lot of birds migrating last night.” CONTINUE
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|WW3 BUILDING? Chinese warplanes to join Russian air strikes in Syria. Russia gains Iraqi air base
Posted: 02 Oct 2015 05:48 AM PDT
Are we seeing World War 3 shaping up in the Mideast? Things are getting extremely interesting as Russia’s military intervention in Syria has expanded radically in two directions. According to reports, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that China sent word to Moscow Friday, Oct. 2, that J-15 fighter bombers would shortly join the Russian air campaign that was launched Wednesday. F-22A Raptors belonging to the 199th Fighter Squadron, which is part of the 154th Wing of the Hawaiian Air National Guard have been deployed to the Middle East yesterday.
Along with this Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s government and Russia is calling up 150,000 Military reserves to enter the conflict in Syria as well. According to a recent report Iraq may be in the cross-hairs in the coming days as Baghdad has moreover offered Moscow an air base for targeting the Islamic State now occupying large swathes of Iraqi territory Russia’s military intervention in Syria has five additional participants: China, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hizballah. The J-15 warplanes will take off from the Chinese Liaoning-CV-16 aircraft carrier, which reached Syrian shores on Sept. 26 . So we are now seeing Russia, Syria, Iran and now China all coming together in the Middle East leaving Israel and America on the sidelines watching intently.
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Posted: 02 Oct 2015 05:28 AM PDT
According to reports F-22A Raptors belonging to the 199th Fighter Squadron, which is part of the 154th Wing of the Hawaiian Air National Guard have been deployed to the Middle East yesterday. This comes as tensions are hot between the U.S. and Russia over Syria and as the F-22 seems to be in demand around the globe.
Deployments of F-22s to the Middle East are nothing new. The stealth fighters, at least about a half dozen of them, have had a seemingly constant presence there for the last half decade or so. Based out of Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE,forward deployed Raptors were called into action during the opening airstrikes against ISIS and Al-Nusra targets in Syria last year. They are said to have had sporadic presence over the embattled country ever since.
It is not clear if the 199th Fighter Squadron’s deployment has been long planned as a replacement for F-22s already in the region, or if it will be to bolster the force. It would make great sense that additional Raptors would have been ordered to the theater considering Russia’s rapid buildup of air power in Syria over the last month. CONTINUE
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Our Time is Short
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?
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