October 12, 2015 US and World Briefing Report

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Oct. 12, 2015

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Saturday making it against the law for concealed carry permit holders to bring handguns onto school campuses. The new law bolsters existing restrictions in the state that prohibit the possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or college campus without written permission from administrators

Dell Inc. agreed to buy EMC Corp. for about $67 billion in the largest technology acquisition ever, creating a corporate-computing giant that will use a wider product lineup to woo customers as demand slows and competition stiffens.

Investors added $936 million to U.S. exchange-traded funds that buy emerging-market stocks and bonds, erasing two weeks of losses. Deposits into emerging-market ETFs that invest across developing nations as well as those that target specific countries totaled $936 million in the week ended Oct. 9, compared with withdrawals of $828 million over the two previous periods

Google led an investment of more than $100 million in Symphony Communication Services in a fundraising round that saw backers of the messaging startup expand to include three more investment banks and venture capital firm Lakestar.

Angus Deaton of Princeton University was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics for his analysis of consumption, poverty and welfare, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.

Chinese regulators are planning to increase their oversight of algorithmic traders, extending a campaign to stabilize the equity market that some analysts say has resulted in shrinking volumes and an exodus by foreign investors.

Arcam Chief Executive Officer says the Swedish maker of 3-D printers may soon have trouble keeping up with orders as airplane and engine makers start using the technology to make parts.

A gallon of gas costs about $2.25, on average, meaning Americans are saving more than $1 per gallon compared with this time last year. Even with that discount, a retailer on the East Coast has figured out the formula for increasing gas sales and making customers more loyal: Offer even more discounts through an app.

Bad news on the global economy has been good for precious metals. Money managers increased their net-long position in gold, silver, platinum and palladium for a third straight week, helping to fuel rallies for the metals amid signs of a flagging U.S. labor market, a drop in German factory orders and a forecast by the International Monetary Fund for slower global expansion.

AP Top Stories

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been detained in Iran for more than a year on charges including espionage, has been convicted, a spokesman said.

Moscow’s military intervention in Syria will have “dangerous consequences”, escalating the war there and inspiring militants from around the world to join in, senior Saudi Arabian officials told Russia’s leaders on Sunday, a Saudi source said.

Lebanese group Hezbollah mourned one of its top commanders who was killed fighting alongside Syrian army forces in Idlib province, in a funeral procession broadcast live.

Syrian army and allied forces supported by Russian warplanes made further advances as they pressed an offensive against insurgents on Monday, in the fiercest clashes for nearly a week.

A Kurdish militia that has been fighting Islamic State in Syria with help from U.S.-led air strikes has joined forces with Arab groups in an alliance announced on Monday that may be a prelude to an attack on the jihadists’ base of operations in Raqqa.

Doctors are worried about the recent approval of OxyContin for use in children as young as age 11. The drug, which is a powerful painkiller, has been linked to the rise in heroin addiction and drug overdose deaths. The FDA approved its use in children in August.

Glencore is preparing to unveil asset sales in Australia and Chile, prompting a halt in trading of its Hong Kong listed shares on Monday morning.

BBC

The mayor of a town in western Guatemala has been lynched by a group of locals who accused him of ordering an attack on his political rival. Mayor Basilio Juracan died after being beaten and set alight in Concepcion, Solola province, on Sunday. The residents believed he was behind an earlier attack in which two women were killed and five other people injured.

A Somali woman who became pregnant after allegedly being raped on Nauru has arrived in Australia. The woman, 23, had requested weeks ago to be transferred from Nauru, to Australia so she could have an abortion.

Staying in the EU can be the “patriotic course for Britain”, former M&S boss Lord Rose said as he launched the campaign for the UK to remain a member.

President Vladimir Putin has defended Russia’s military operations in Syria, saying the aim is to “stabilize the legitimate authority” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Four Israelis have been stabbed in Jerusalem – the latest in a string of such attacks.

WND

New START nuclear warhead and delivery system numbers made public Oct. 1 reveal that since the 2010 arms accord went into force, Moscow increased the number of deployed nuclear warheads by a total of 111 weapons for a total of 1,648 deployed warheads. That number is 98 warheads above the treaty limit of 1,150 warheads that must be reached by the 2018 deadline of the treaty.

U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration’s urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups.

The pronouns “he” and “she” are being joined on American college campuses by “e/ey,” “em,” “eir/eirs,” “eirself/emse” “hu,” “hum,” “hus,” “humself,” “per,” “per,” “per/pers,” “perself, “themse,” “ze,” “hir,” “hir/hirs,” “hirself,” “ze,” “zir,” “zir/zirs” and “zirself.” “Such social accommodations finally have reached the level of “social madness.”


 

Top News – 10/12/2015

Pork Used to Bar Palestinian Terrorist from Heavenly Reward
While pig flesh is considered impure by both Jews and Muslims, Jews are only prohibited to eat the flesh of the animal. However, according to some opinions in Muslim tradition, being in contact with or being buried with part of a pig’s flesh or blood could prevent a Muslim from receiving Allah’s blessing in the afterlife.

Obama Administration Ends Effort to Train Syrians to Combat ISIS
The Obama administration on Friday abandoned its efforts to build up a new rebel force inside Syria to combat the Islamic State, acknowledging the failure of its $500 million campaign to train thousands of fighters and announcing that it will instead use the money to provide ammunition and some weapons for groups already engaged in the battle.

US Losing Its Positions of World Power – Former US Military Official
Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to the US Secretary of State, argued that the US is losing its importance as a world power. According to him, the use of mercenaries instead of regular soldiers has always been typical for the decline of an empire, DWN reported.

India, US, Japan kick off naval drills likely to annoy China
India, Japan and the United States will hold joint naval exercises each year, Indian government sources said on Monday, as the three countries kicked off the first such drills in the Bay of Bengal in eight years, a move likely to concern China.

Powerful, conservative Republican caucus open to Ryan as next speaker
The leader of the House Republicans’ most powerful conservative caucus said Sunday that his group would consider Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan as the chamber’s next speaker. “Paul Ryan is a good man,” Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told “Fox News Sunday.” “If he gets in the race, certainly our group would look favorably on him.”

Turkey would talk with Russia and Iran on political solution in Syria
Turkey would hold talks with Russia and Iran to work towards a political solution in Syria but would not take a foreign policy stance which “legitimises the Syrian regime”, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.

Iraq Says Air Strike May Have Killed ISIS Chief Al-Baghdadi
Iraq says its troops may have eliminated Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi this weekend in an air raid near the Syrian border, as Turkish leaders blame the terror group for a suicide bombing in the capital city of Ankara.

Ex-Pastor to Obama Says ‘Jesus Was a Palestinian’ at Farrakhan Rally
Jeremiah Wright, who was President Barack Obama’s pastor before it was too politically uncomfortable for him, bellowed that “Jesus was a Palestinian” at a Saturday rally featuring Islamic leader and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

Syrian army, Russian jets drive back rebels in fiercest clashes for days: monitor
Syrian army and allied forces supported by Russian warplanes made further advances as they pressed an offensive against insurgents on Monday, in the fiercest clashes for nearly a week, a monitor said.

5.4 earthquake hits 150km from New Zealand’s capital
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake has shaken the area near Castlepoint, North Island, New Zealand, US Geological Survey has reported. The epicenter is about 155 kilometers from the country’s capital Wellington. Conflicting reports by local sources put the magnitude at 5.8.

UK police says witchcraft, exorcism cases on rise
Britain’s Metropolitan Police have reported an increase in the number of child abuse cases that involve allegations of witchcraft and exorcism. Police said Sunday a specialist unit received 46 such cases in 2014, more than twice as many as the year before.

Syria conflict: Putin defends Russia’s air strikes
President Vladimir Putin has defended Russia’s military operations in Syria, saying the aim is to “stabilise the legitimate authority” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia wants to “create conditions for a political compromise” in Syria… On Monday the EU’s foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, called Russia’s role “a game-changer”. She said: “It has some very worrying elements.”

Iran test-fires new generation long-range ballistic missiles, state media report
Iran has successfully test-fired a new precision-guided, long-range missile, state-run media reported on Sunday. The Emad (Pillar) surface-to-surface missile, designed and built by Iranian experts, is the country’s first long-range missile that can be precision-guided until it reaches its target, said Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan, Iran’s defense minister.

Iranian-American journalist convicted, Iran news agency says
A court in Iran has convicted Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Iran’s ISNA news agency said on Sunday, but the U.S. newspaper said Tehran was working a political angle by not disclosing details.

Syrian troops gain as Putin defends strikes
Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes advanced against insurgents in the center of the country as President Vladimir Putin defended Moscow’s intervention in the conflict, saying it would aid efforts to reach a political settlement.

El Nino curbs Australian cyclone threat to iron ore, coal miners
Australian exports of commodities such as iron ore and coal face a less-than-average chance of being disrupted by cyclones in the upcoming cyclone season due to the El Nino weather pattern. That would mark a rare beneficial effect from El Nino, which often brings drought to some regions while prompting flooding in others.

Obama Tells ’60 Minutes’ He Could Win a Third Term, Says Trump Won’t Win
It is truly nothing for our current president to stunt. When President Barack Obama was asked on ’60 Minutes’ if he thought he could win a third term if he were allowed to run again, he had a simple reply: “Yes.”


Top Headlines – 10/12/2015

Rocket launch attempt into Israel fails, falls in Gaza territory

Hamas warns Israel against ‘foolishness’ after deadly strike

Palestinians: Hundreds injured in West Bank and Gaza demonstrations

Shin Bet to cabinet: Abbas not behind terror but Fatah officials involved in incitement

Shin Bet: Abbas working to deescalate situation in West Bank

Abbas: Israel responsible for current wave of violence

Anti-Arab attacks on the rise amid recent terror wave

Liberman: Problem among Arab-Israelis is not just a ‘few bad weeds’

Israelis call up more police officers amid continued violence

Sharp increase in firearms applications across Israel as terror wave continues

India pres. ahead of Israel trip: ‘Palestine belongs to Arabs like England belongs to English’

Is Islamic Movement orchestrating terror attacks?

Why don’t our leaders care? ISIS threatens to execute 250 Assyrian Christians

ISIS touts baby boom as key to caliphate’s future

Hospital: ISIS leaders killed in Iraq airstrike, Baghdadi not among them

Supporters say ISIS will survive even if Baghdadi killed

Turkey says two male suicide bombers behind Ankara blasts

Bomb attack deepens divisions as Turkey faces bitter election

Obama defends Syria strategy, criticizes Putin’s leadership role

American missiles supplied to rebels give conflict in Syria the semblance of a proxy war between the U.S. and Russia

Putin Says Russia’s Campaign in Syria More Effective Than U.S.

Syrian army advances with help of Russian strikes; Putin reaches out to Saudis

Group preparing terrorist attack arrested in Moscow

Meanwhile, Putin Is Also Arming Iran

Iran test-fires new generation long-range ballistic missiles, state media report

Iran’s parliament reportedly approves outline of bill on nuclear deal

Reeling from protests and quakes, Nepal chooses new prime minister

New tool can identify soldiers most likely to commit violent crimes, study shows

Gold near 7-week high as traders see delay in US rate hike

Lower gas prices means no Social Security increase next year

About that doomsday asteroid that was supposed to hit Earth today… it missed by 15 million miles

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Illapel, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Illapel, Chile

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Kuril Islands

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 26,000ft

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Tropical Storm Nora to Add to Record-Breaking Central Pacific Tropical Activity

In rare event, remnants of Pacific hurricane hit Alaska

Fines Over Water Use Rankle Californians

UK police says witchcraft, exorcism cases on rise

A mob recently killed a 50-year-old Muslim man. His alleged crime? Eating beef in a Hindu culture that worships cows.

California to ban ‘Redskins’ for school sports, keep Confederate building names

Hundreds rally against Confederate sign on Mississippi flag

Pre-crime is here. Get ready for real-life “Minority Report.”

Creflo Dollar: One Tweet Says It All!

Heretical Hillsong Conference 2015 speaker Rick Warren exposed by Pulpit & Pen

The occult practice of automatic writing and A.A.’s twelve steps

eBible Fellowship Leader Surprised World Didn’t End Oct. 7th – Vows to Keep Guessing

Former ROC pastor Geronimo Aguilar faces sentencing in Texas Today

President Obama’s ex-pastor Jeremiah Wright: ‘Jesus was a Palestinian’

Sharia USA: Obama BANS PORK products from federal prisons to accommodate Muslims

California opens the door to more voter fraud with new motor voter law


Frontrunning: October 12

  • Central Bankers Urge Fed to Get On With Interest-Rate Increase (Read More)
  • Bond Market Casualties Leading Biggest S&P 500 Revival Since ’11 (Read More)… on hopes of more easing
  • U.S. Patrols to Test China’s Pledge on South China Sea Islands (Read More)
  • Merkel Under Fire: German Conservatives Deeply Split over Refugees (Read More)
  • Assault Weapons Ban Before U.S. Supreme Court (Read More)
  • Hedge Funds Are Playing ‘Dangerous Game’ With Copper (Read More)
  • What Scandal? Fantasy Sports Sites Just Had Their Biggest Weekend Ever (Read More)
  • Hillary Clinton Prepares for Crucial Campaign Stretch (Read More)
  • Why the Carnage in Ankara Has Left Turkey Even More Divided (Read More)
  • Islamic State is prime suspect in Turkey bombing: PM Davutoglu (Read More)
  • Fury towards Erdogan intensifies after Ankara attack (Read More)
  • Cyberwar Ignites a New Arms Race (Read More)
  • Define irony: China’s quality watchdog ‘highly concerned’ by VW diesel emissions scandal (Read More)
  • VW Loans for Clean Engine Development Under Scrutiny, EIB Says (Read More)
  • SEC Trims Use of In-House Judges (Read More)
  • Saudi Arabia Interprets Anti-ISIL Campaign in Syria as Russia-Iran Alliance  (Read More)
  • Enforcing a global climate deal: speak loudly, carry no stick (Read More)
  • Princeton’s Angus Deaton Wins Nobel Prize for Economics (Read More)

The Briefing

1) California bill undermining liberty of crisis pregnancy centers, requiring abortion promotion signed

Brown signs bill requiring pregnancy centers to provide abortion information, Associated Press

2) Journalist attempts to place responsibility of sex ed on schools, not parents, for sake of moral agenda

Pregnancy rate, STD stats show sex ed in U.S. not working, USA Today (Greg Toppo)

3) Secretary of Education resignation reminder of political nature of national education agenda

Arne Duncan, Education Secretary, to Step Down in December, New York Times (Gardiner Harris and Motoko Rich)

Notable & Quotable: Hamilton Jordan, Wall Street Journal

4) Embarrassment over false prediction of end of the world detracts from seriousness of cause of Christ

Leader of Christian group adjusts incorrect doomsday prediction: ‘Soon’, The Guardian (Adam Gabbatt)
In other news…


Daily Digest

October 12, 2015

THE FOUNDATION

“It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station [of President] filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.” — Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 68

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Biden Gets Key Endorsement. Again.

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Barack Obama took to CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night to hang Hillary Clinton out to dry. “She made a mistake,” Obama said, speaking about Clinton’s private email server. “She has acknowledged it. I do think that the way it’s been ginned up is in part because of politics. I think she’d be the first to acknowledge that maybe she could have handled the original decision better and the disclosures more quickly.” Having dismissed the issue as “politics,” he also called the server a “legitimate” issue — and then denied any security implications. “Well, I — there’s no doubt that there had been breaches, and these are all a matter of degree. We don’t get an impression that here there was purposely efforts … to hide something or to squirrel away information.” He then smirked and added, “I’m gonna leave it to … Hillary when she has an interview with you to address all these questions.” Clearly, Obama’s not happy with her decision and is content now to leave his old rival to deal with political accountability and an FBI investigation.

Meanwhile, he had nothing but glowing things to say about his vice president. “I think Joe [Biden] will go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history, and one of the more consequential,” he said. “He has done great work.” Just a couple of months ago, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest gushed, “The president has indicated that his view that the decision that he made … to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision that he has ever made in politics. And I think that should give you some sense into the president’s view into the vice president’s aptitude for the top job.” It seems pretty clear that Obama’s old rivalry with the Clintons is still fresh, and that he’d love nothing more than for his No. 2 to win the Democrat nomination.

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The Left Is Simplifying the Message of Columbus Day

Today is the only day of the year when the Left loathes remembering the arrival of a group of undocumented immigrants looking for economic opportunity in America. The history of Christopher Columbus and the European explorers is certainly mixed — for example, with Hernán Cortés and his conquistadors on one side, and cannibalistic sacrifice by the natives on the other — but the Left would rather, er, whitewash the uncomfortable and nuanced discussions for a simplistic view of history. Nine cities across the country issued declarations celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day this second Monday in October instead of the federal holiday remembering ol’ Columbus. In addition to the furor to wipe out the legacy of the Confederate States of America and other “politically incorrect” chapters of our nation’s history, the Left wants to control how we think about Native Americans. As CBS News reports, “Columbus Day supporters say the holiday celebrates centuries of cultural exchange between America and Europe, commemorates an iconic explorer and honors Italian-Americans, a group that has endured its own share of discrimination.” This bickering comes as California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Sunday banning the state’s schools from using the name “Redskins” for any team names and mascots. After all, how can the arc of history bend toward justice unless it’s tweaked?

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Appeals Court Checks EPA’s Clean Water Act Interpretation

In yet another check on the Obama administration’s power, the Appeals Court for the Sixth District ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency needs to stop implementing its encroachment of small waterways nationwide. In August, a federal judge stayed the EPA’s action after a conglomerate of 13 states filed suit. The states took issue with an expanded interpretation of the Clean Water Act that would, in the words of the judge in August, make states “lose their sovereignty over intrastate waters.” The agency responded by saying the stay only applied to the states named in the suit, not the rest of the nation, and continued its implementation. However, the appeals court put that bureaucratic overreach to rest Friday by ruling the stay applied to the whole of the United States. “A stay allows for a more deliberate determination whether this exercise of executive power, enabled by Congress and explicated by the Supreme Court, is proper under the dictates of federal law,” the court wrote. How about a little humility, EPA? This legal smackdown comes as the EPA triggered yet another wastewater spill from a mine in Colorado. The agency assumed that any questions of its actions would not be legitimate. Now there’s mud on its face from more than one direction.

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FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS

‘Settled Science’ Strikes Again

By Lewis Morris

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The federal government is finally walking back its dietary guidelines on fat consumption. This year, federal bureaucrats are engaging in a periodic rewrite of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and it appears this time they may finally be listening to what the research is telling them — because the science isn’t settled.

Since 1980, the assumption held by the federal government was that a reduction in total fat content would reduce the risk of heart disease, which has long been the number one killer of Americans. As years passed, however, independent scientists discovered that it wasn’t necessarily a reduction in total fat that was at issue, but better management of the sources of fat in one’s diet.

For decades, federal bureaucrats led people to believe they could reduce the risk of heart disease if they lowered their fat intake. to only 20-35% of their diet, regardless of the source. As a result, people ate more carbohydrates and sugars to fill up, which led to higher rates of obesity. People also reduced their consumption of beneficial monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like fish and nuts. Consequently, heart disease continued to rise.

The federal government also told Americans that whole milk was bad, and people began drinking more skim and low-fat milk. Unfortunately, in their zeal to eat less fat, people neglected the beneficial nutrients whole milk had to offer. Children in particular missed out because the nutrients found in whole milk have been proven to be highly beneficial to the body during growth phases.

“If we are going to make recommendations to the public about what to eat, we should be pretty darn sure they’re right and won’t cause harm,” said Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and epidemiologist at Tufts University. “There’s no evidence that the reduction of saturated fats should be a priority.”

Penny Kris-Etherton, professor of nutrition at Penn State and the chair of the American Heart Association’s nutrition committee, added, “A lot of people still look at how much fat [is in foods], and we’re now saying don’t focus on that: Look at the quality of fat you’re consuming.”

It turns out the milk fat government said was bad for us actually lowered incidents of heart disease. Studies have been mounting for years disproving the long-standing guidelines that the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services refused to revisit. Perhaps they believed the science was settled. It’s just one more example of a terrible trend by the government to entrench itself in a debate in which it really should have no voice.

Just why we are listening to the federal government tells us regarding our diets is anybody’s guess. Being elected to public office or being appointed to a government board does not automatically make one an expert in any field, particularly medicine.

Now, consider the “settled science” on climate change and other similar arguments over the production and consumption of energy. Democrats claim they want to free science in the name of scholarly debate, but they reject the idea that the driving force of science is discovery. It’s about analyzing data and looking at the evidence as it is currently understood, not arbitrarily announcing a conclusion, then looking for favorable data that fits the narrative while ignoring contrary evidence — all in support of massive government economic interference.

There’s a lot of money riding on the government’s actions. There is a huge cost in health care to be paid for the higher incidences of heart disease that resulted from wrong-headed government action. But the money doesn’t seem to matter. And no one is learning the lesson.

Michelle Obama’s crusade for healthier school lunches is based on the same questionable data that have backed the federal dietary guidelines for decades. The USDA estimates that school districts will have to pay $1.22 billion in new food and administrative costs in Fiscal Year 2015. Additional costs for FY 2014 were $362 million. Rather than let local school nutrition experts determine what works, public schools across the country are forced to listen to the First Lady, whose own experience in the matter extends to planting a vegetable garden on the White House grounds.

But hey, it’s “settled science.”

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Marvin J. Folkertsma: “[I]n 2011 … a group of Green Berets, which included Captain Danny Quinn and Sergeant First Class Charles Martland, were faced with reprehensible acts that pitted them against some local officials in a classic episode involving a clash of civilizations. … Martland proclaimed that they morally could not tolerate Afghan soldiers committing atrocities against their own people in the presence of U.S. forces, and the two men made their point clear by body-slamming the soldier [raping a young boy] and kicking him off the post. … [A]lthough Quinn has since left the military, Martland is currently fighting to keep his position before he is discharged, effective November 1. Without question, these American soldiers represent the best that our country has to offer, sterling exemplars of moral rectitude and courage. However, they are currently facing an enemy that is arguably more insidious than anything they have faced so far on the battlefield. What enemy is that? It is the reigning multiculturalist ideology, a witch’s brew of moral relativism that over the past two generations has morally castrated Western civilization by expunging efforts to make principled judgments defending our values. At best, multiculturalists believe in nothing in particular. And as the West’s enemies know, something always beats nothing, and it doesn’t matter how reprehensible that something is. In short, multiculturalism represents the suicide of Western civilization.”

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SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “The size of the federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern.”

Braying Jenny: “[T]he 15 Republican candidates that are left … [are] saying, ‘Yeah, let’s kick women out. Let’s kick immigrants out of this country. Let’s take away health care from women.’” —Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Identity crisis: “No, [I’m not a capitalist]. I’m a Democratic Socialist. … Look, when one of your Republican colleagues gets on the show, do you say, ‘Are you a capitalist?’ Have you ever referred to them as capitalists?” —an agitated Bernie Sanders on “Meet the Press”

The BIG lie: “It is my understanding that they made a decision, a business decision that regulations didn’t shut them down. They didn’t want to live within the regulations. So they decided to go elsewhere. That was a private sector decision on their part to do that.” —Nancy Pelosi on San Francisco’s only gun shop closing

Village Idiots: “Jesus was a Palestinian.” —former Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright

Non Compos Mentis: “If you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in, in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we’ve got a different definition of leadership. My definition of leadership would be leading on climate change, an international accord that potentially we’ll get in Paris. My definition of leadership is mobilizing the entire world to make sure that Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon.” —Barack Obama, who contends Vladimir Putin’s recent provocations aren’t “an indication of strength”

And last… “Note to self: Remind Obama not to talk about ‘limiting gun ownership’ & ‘releasing thousands of dangerous prison inmates’ on the same day.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

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Managing Editor Nate Jackson

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Are The United States And Russia Actually Fighting Each Other In A Proxy War?

It’s a covert effort and it’s technically deniable, but that’s what proxy wars are.”

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Matthew 24:6 (KJV)

A very interesting dynamic is beginning to take shape as the current “fog of war” begins to lift a little. Over in Syria, for the past two weeks, Russia has been ostensibly fighting ISIS but in reality fighting the Syrian rebels opposed to the Assad regime. For the past two and a half years, the United States has been training and equipping the Syrian rebels. So using the rebels as proxy pawns, it would appear the the US and Russia are indeed fighting each other.

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Putin smirks and shrugs while Obama bows, who is the real super power here?

Since Wednesday, when Syrian troops launched their first offensive backed by the might of Russia’s military, dozens of videos have been posted on YouTube showing rebels firing the U.S.-made missiles at Russian-made tanks and armored vehicles belonging to the Syrian army. Appearing as twirling balls of light, they zigzag across the Syrian countryside until they find and blast their target in a ball of flame.

It’s a proxy war by happenstance,” said Jeff White of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who counted at least 15 tanks and vehicles destroyed or disabled in one day. “The rebels happen to have a lot of TOWs in their inventory. The regime happened to attack them with Russian support. I don’t see it as a proxy war by decision.”

Whether it will become one is one of the key questions confronting the Obama administration in the wake of President Vladimir Putin’s decision to throw Russia’s support behind Assad’s regime. It was no accident, say U.S. officials and military analysts, that the first targets of Russian airstrikes in Syria were the locations where the rebels armed with TOW missiles have made the most substantial gains and where they most directly threaten Assad’s hold over his family’s heartland in the coastal province of Latakia.

Russian BTR-82A spotted in Syria:

Several Russian made (and driven) BTR-82A has been spotted shelling positions held by forces that are opposing Al-Asad

The supplies of the missiles, manufactured by Raytheon, are sourced mainly from stocks owned by the Saudi government, which purchased 13,795 of them in 2013, for expected delivery this year, according to Defense Department documents informing Congress of the sale. Because end-user agreements require that the buyer inform the United States of their ultimate destination, U.S. approval is implicit, said Shahbandar, a former Pentagon adviser.

Russian Airforce Sukhoi SU 34 is the main fighter jet in Syria right now:

But no decision is required from the Obama administration for the program to continue, Shahbandar said. “It doesn’t need an American green light. A yellow light is enough,” he said. “It’s a covert effort and it’s technically deniable, but that’s what proxy wars are.”


Houthi Retreat in Yemen Shows the Limits of Iranian Power

by Jonathan Spyer
The Jerusalem Post
October 11, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5557/yemen-iran


Turkey is the Next Failed State in the Middle East

by David P. Goldman
Asia Times Online
October 10, 2015

http://www.meforum.org/5558/turkey-failed-state


Why Are The IMF, The UN, The BIS And Citibank All Warning That An Economic Crisis Could Be Imminent?

Question Sign Red - Public DomainThe warnings are getting louder.  Is anybody listening?  For months, I have been documenting on my website how the global financial system is absolutely primed for a crisis, and now some of the most important financial institutions in the entire world are warning about the exact same thing.  For example, this week I was stunned to see that the Telegraph had published an article with the following ominous headline: “$3 trillion corporate credit crunch looms as debtors face day of reckoning, says IMF“.  And actually what we are heading for would more accurately be described as a “credit freeze” or a “credit panic”, but a “credit crunch” will definitely work for now.  The IMF is warning that the “dangerous over-leveraging” that we have been witnessing “threatens to unleash a wave of defaults” all across the globe… (Read More….)


Obama says Clinton Emails not a threat and Putin’s Stance not as important as “Climate Change”

Posted: 12 Oct 2015 09:56 AM PDT

President Obama said during a nationally televised interview on “60 Minutes” on CBS News he didn’t think Hillary Clinton’s private email server was a threat to America’s security – that she simply made a mistake. He also made somewhat shocking statements about his perception of climate change and its importance on the international stage when compared to Russia’s aggression into Syria. But first, the Clinton email scandal. Obama said: “We don’t get an impression here that there was purposely efforts … to hide something or to squirrel away information,” he said, explaining Clinton’s set-up of a private server in her New York home to send secretary of state-related messages was different from those who’ve been caught in the past storing classified information on their personal computers.

Senate investigators, meanwhile, have found Clinton’s private server had been under cyberattack several times by sources in China, South Korea and Germany, the Associated Press reported. The FBI is still looking into her server, trying to determine what information, if any, was compromised. Obama then said the controversies surrounding her use of the server have been “ginned up” by political opponents for campaign season. Obama also spoke briefly of Russia and Syria. When CBS host Steve Kroft questioned Obama about Russia president Vladimir Putin, the topic quickly turned to climate change. CONTINUE

 

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8 Things the Church Should Do to Prepare for Societal Collapse

Posted: 12 Oct 2015 09:46 AM PDT

(Joseph Mattera) For the past several years, a growing number of prophetically and culturally astute leaders are predicting the decline of the USA. Books like the New York Times best-seller The Harbinger have issued dire warnings to America based on biblical principles and Old Testament prophetic passages. There have been predictions as dire as the total breakup of our union preceded by mass rioting and chaos (catalyzed by runs on banks and economic calamities), to a severe economic crisis far worse than what happened globally in 2008! All in all, most people I speak to say a major financial correction is soon coming in the market. Since the 2012 presidential election, there have been many ominous signs of huge American decline in global influence:

China and Russia have been saber-rattling and spewing out military threats; the NSA spy scandal has alienated our allies and further validated our ideological enemies; the military experiences mass cutbacks in spending; Iran continues to move forward with their nuclear program with impunity; and the federal government continues to pump billions of printed dollars into the economy to superficially keep the nation afloat. In many ways, I believe the greatest call of the church today is to prepare to serve communities in the event our state and federal agencies go bankrupt and cannot function at capacity any longer. The church needs to almost function as a shadow government and be ready in the same way the church leadership and bishops took the lead in serving cities in the late fifth century after the Roman Empire’s infrastructure collapsed! CONTINUE

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Believers or not, most say ‘I believe in a creator’ in U.S.

Posted: 12 Oct 2015 05:54 AM PDT

According to the latest results from a study conducted by Lifeway Research, most Americans believe that the universe was designed by a creator who also defines the moral code of mankind. The Lifeway survey found that an overwhelming majority of Americans (72 percent overall) agree with the following statement: “Since the universe has organization, I think there is a creator who designed it.” This statement was also in agreement with 46 percent of the 1,000 American participants who registered as “nones” (atheists, agnostics and other non-religious individuals).

And which Americans are most likely to strongly agree with the aforementioned statement? Two groups were pointed out at the top of the list — Evangelicals and older adults. Another statement put before those participating in the survey found relatively similar results. When presented with the argument, “The fact that we exist means someone created us,” 79 percent of all Americans taking the survey agreed.

USA Today’s journalist on relgion, Cathy Lynn Grossman, contends that the results should not be surprising. “After all, three in four U.S. adults identify with a religious denomination,” Grossman points out. “The surprise is that so many people who don’t identify with a religion — so-called nones — agree.” Unexpected by many, it was discovered that more nonreligious Americans believe that logic points to a creator than those who don’t. “And although the nonreligious are less likely than other Americans to see evidence of a creator, they are more likely to agree (46 percent) than disagree (40 percent) with the statement: ‘Since the universe has organization, I think there is a creator who designed it,’” Facts & Trends magazine’s Lisa Cannon Green reports. CONTINUE

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Russia Demands Explanation After Newspaper Reports British Planes Have Permission to Shoot Down Russian Jets

Posted: 12 Oct 2015 05:31 AM PDT

Russia’s ambassador to Britain said he has requested an urgent explanation from the British government after a media report Sunday said that British pilots flying anti-ISIS missions have been given permission to shoot down Russian aircraft if threatened. Calling the report in the London Sunday Times “worrying,” Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko said in a statement issued by the embassy, “We have urgently requested explanations from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.” The newspaper quoted defense sources as saying that Royal Air Force Tornados, up until now armed with satellite-guided bombs for use in the anti-ISIS mission, will be equipped also with air-to-air missiles in case threatened by Russian warplanes that are operating in the area.

“The first thing a British pilot will do is to try to avoid a situation where an air-to-air attack is likely to occur – you avoid an area if there is Russian activity,” a source from Britain’s defense Permanent Joint Headquarters in north London told the paper. “But if a pilot is fired on or believes he is about to be fired on, he can defend himself,” the source said. “We now have a situation where a single pilot, irrespective of nationality, can have a strategic impact on future events.” Russia launched airstrikes in Syria on September 30, in a campaign ostensibly targeting ISIS but seen as primarily designed to prop up the Assad regime. CONTINUE

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Are ‘House’ Churches a Fad?

Posted: 11 Oct 2015 08:44 PM PDT

In 2007, in the book Small Is Big!: Unleashing the Big Impact of Intentionally Small Churches (originally The Rabbit and The Elephant) which I co-authored with my husband, Tony, and George Barna, I wrote the following under the subtitle, “A fashionable fad”: “Another hazard we face is that of becoming fashionable, the latest phenomenon in church statistics, the trendy alternative to traditional church. There will always be people who hop onto the bandwagon because they want to be part of the latest thing, not because the Holy Spirit is leading them.”

That has proved to be very true. When house church, or organic church, or simple church became a buzz word, many people jumped in. But, as I go on to say, if people don’t truly live out the DNA, they will soon find that what they have is only a pale substitute for the real thing. Thankfully, those days are over. We’re no longer a fashionable fad. I was very encouraged to read a recent blog post by entrepreneur and author, Seth Godin. (His blog is well worth following. He is able to clarify thoughts, especially about the digital age, in an extraordinary way.) The post is very short, and so I quote it in its entirety. CONTINUE

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Legal Stands Against Same-Sex Marriage Could Spark Revival

Posted: 11 Oct 2015 08:42 PM PDT

Since the Supreme Court struck down gay-marriage bans, same-sex couples across the country threatened and enacted lawsuits, attempting to bully Christians into kowtowing to immoral marriages. But in Florida, Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, created a bill to protect clergy members from performing ceremonies that violate religious beliefs. “Theoretically, religious beliefs should be protected,” Plakon says. “But we think it’s a good idea to further clarify Florida statutory law. The more clarity, the better.” Plakon looks to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s response to Obergefelle v. Hodges as the basis for his bill.

“Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned,” Kennedy writes. If passed, Plakon’s House Bill 43 would prohibit legal action against pastors or churches who refused to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. At a committee meeting this week, “Everyone there, including LGBT groups, agreed pastors should be able to not perform ceremonies like that, but they disagree should be put in law” Plakon says. CONTINUE

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The Fatal Mistake of Pastors Who Don’t Preach About Hell

Posted: 11 Oct 2015 08:38 PM PDT

(Brian Jones) At first glance you’d probably think I’m resistant to change. I don’t drink Starbucks coffee. I’m still not used to women having tattoos. I’m not getting an earring any time soon. And my wife says I still have the same haircut I had when I was in fifth grade. I assume she thinks that’s a bad thing. By all appearances, you’d think I’m someone that wants to keep things just the way they are. But I’m not. I love change.

I love the thrill of staying current, or even staying one step ahead. I love anticipating trends. I’m usually not too concerned with running with the pack. But there is one change that troubles me: It’s the lack of talk about hell by pastors. I’m not troubled by who is going to hell. Unfortunately for Boston Red Sox fans, this is one thing we all agree upon. I’m troubled by the lack of talk about, writing about, preaching about, and deeply held conviction regarding the reality of hell by pastors today. Why is this happening? CONTINUE

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WAR DRUMS: Russia ‘left FURIOUS’ after RAF pilots cleared to shoot down Moscow warplanes

Posted: 11 Oct 2015 08:01 PM PDT

Outraged Russian officials asked UK ministers “to provide an official explanation” of reports that RAF Tornados operating over Iraq have been fitted with heat-seeking missiles designed for ariel combat. The Russian ambassador in London, Alexander Yakovenko, said he had “urgently requested explanations” of the reports from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He said: “These reports are worrying, as they refer to senior cabinet members. We have urgently requested explanations from the Foreign and Commonwealth office.

“The very premise of a potential conflict of UK and Russian combat aircraft over Iraq is incomprehensible.” It emerged last night that RAF fighter pilots have been granted permission to shoot down Russian jets if they come under attack while completing missions over Iraq.  Pilots were given the shocking order as UK ministers wanted Russia is making the situation in the Middle East “much more dangerous”.  RAF jets will be armed with advanced short range air-to-air missiles and British and Nato pilots have been told to fight for their lives if they are fired upon by Vladimir Putin’s air force. Senior defence sources said it is likely British fighter jets will become embroiled in a deadly air battle with Russian aircraft sooner rather than later. CONTINUE 

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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.


Ready to start your new life with God?

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.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more


Resource Links

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Look to Jesus
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30 Day Next Steps
John Beckett, a leading Christian businessman, has written a series to read over 30 days for new believers.

New Believers Guide
The New Believer’s Guide is a series of articles designed to show you how to walk in the new life Christ has given you— a life of faith and freedom.

Jesus Booklet
Jesus is the Savior of the world. Discover who Jesus is today in this series.

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