Oct. 15, 2015
The U.S. will keep about 5,500 troops in Afghanistan into 2017, slowing the administration’s withdrawal timetable and ensuring that America’s longest war will endure beyond President Obama’s term in office.
Russian President Vladimir Putin continued a war of words with the U.S. over Syria, calling its policy weak and lacking in objectives as his air force carried out fresh bombing raids in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
A new Gallup national poll finds that 28 percent of American adults surveyed had a “very favorable” view of Planned Parenthood, while 31 percent said they had a “mostly favorable” opinion. In contrast, 14 percent said they held a “mostly unfavorable” view of the women’s health provider, and another 23 percent said they had a “very unfavorable” view. When Gallup conducted the same poll in 1993, 81 percent of Americans held a favorable view of Planned Parenthood.
The number of Americans submitting applications for jobless benefits unexpectedly declined last week to match the fewest in four decades. Initial unemployment claims dropped by 7,000 to 255,000 in the week ended Oct. 10.
It’s more expensive for even the most creditworthy companies to borrow or refinance even as the Fed has kept its benchmark at near-zero the last seven years. Companies have loaded up on debt. They owe more in interest than they ever have, while their ability to service what they owe, a metric called interest coverage, is at its lowest since 2009.
The German government forced Volkswagen AG to recall about 2.4 million diesel cars after throwing out the carmaker’s proposal for voluntary repairs, setting off a chain reaction by authorities across Europe.
China’s broadest measure of new credit exceeded estimates in September, suggesting the government’s efforts to boost lending are gaining traction.
The person named as a suicide bomber in Turkey’s deadliest terror attack was the owner of an Islamic State gathering place well known to Turkish authorities and Turkish media, which had been sounding the alarm about his cell for more than two years.
Shares of Boeing and Airbus tumbled after Delta Air Lines said a surge of wide-body passenger jets are coming off lease, creating investor concern that the plane makers face pressure on pricing and orders for new aircraft.
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An engine of a Boeing 747 operated by Iran’s Mahan Air detached from the plane shortly after takeoff from Tehran, causing terror among passengers but no injuries.
Russia’s air force hit 32 Islamic State positions in Syria over the past 24 hours, reducing the intensity of its air campaign to focus on new targets as militants regroup on the ground.
Big storms are expected this winter, prompting warnings of El Nino in Southern California.
Russia said Wednesday that one of its fighter jets had approached a US-led coalition warplane in Syrian airspace for identification purposes, as it sought to allay US fears of mid-air collisions.
One of Europe’s biggest glaciers, the Great Aletsch, coils 14 miles through the Swiss Alps – and yet this mighty river of ice could almost vanish in the lifetimes of people born today because of climate change.
A protein, known as GPR3, that appears to be key in the development of Alzheimer’s disease has been identified by scientists who say the discovery could provide a new drug target for dementia.
The White House informed Congress today that is has begun to deploy 300 armed U.S. Forces personnel to Cameroon as part of an effort to bolster that central African country’s fight against the violent extremist group Boko Haram.
Bank repossessions, the final stage of the foreclosure process, jumped 66 percent year over year in the third quarter of this year, according to RealtyTrac, a foreclosure sales and analytics company. It’s the largest annual rise ever recorded in bank repossessions by RealtyTrac. More than 123,000 homes went back to the bank in just three months.
One of New York’s most prominent restaurateurs plans to eliminate tipping in his eateries, a move that could inspire others to follow suit.
Ebola persists in the semen of male survivors much longer than previously thought. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine found two-thirds of men had Ebola in their semen up to six months after infection, and a quarter after nine.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and Amnesty International have called for justice after the violent death of a transgender activist.
Two suicide bombers who carried out Saturday’s attacks in Ankara are thought to have links to Islamic State (IS), Turkish officials have told the BBC.
Attacks have continued in parts of Jerusalem only hours after Israeli forces launched a major security operation in Arab areas of the city.
Iran’s powerful Guardian Council has approved a deal on its nuclear programme agreed with six world powers, state media reports.
Sheriff Brad Rogers, the top-ranking law enforcement official for Elkhart County, Indiana, said during a panel appearance on WNIT’s “Politically Speaking” segment that he wouldn’t abide government orders to register weapons from private citizens within his jurisdiction, no matter what President Obama presses.
The U.S.-led bombing campaign has killed an estimated 20,000 Islamic State fighters, an increase from the 15,000 the Pentagon reported in July, according to a senior military officer.
West Bloomfield, Michigan’s Police and DEA agents raided the home and office of an abortionist after a car accident revealed plastic containers filled with human tissue inside his vehicle.
Top News – 10/15/2015
New Anti-Terror Guidelines for Police: Shoot Them Now, Talk Later
“Shoot now and negotiate later” is the new directive for police when confronting terrorists in a closed place, such as a bus or building, Haaretz reported Thursday. The new guidelines change the tactic whereby a negotiating team would arrive before a SWAT team could do what it came to do and eliminate any threat of terror by killing the terrorist.
Indiana top cop to Obama: I won’t register guns
Sheriff Brad Rogers, the top-ranking law enforcement official for Elkhart County, Indiana, said during a panel appearance on WNIT’s “Politically Speaking” segment, that he wouldn’t abide government orders to register weapons from private citizens within his jurisdiction, no matter what President Obama presses. And he went on, saying citizens should always resist the idea of registrations for firearms.
DARPA developing vehicles that can literally disappear
One of the big challenges when fighting a battle is all the equipment left behind that could end up in the hands of an enemy. Well, DARPA, a research agency of the Department of Defense, may have come up with a solution. It is testing out a flock of small, single-use, unpowered vehicles delivering critical supplies like food or medicine that literally disappear after being dropped from an aircraft.
Syrian army and Russian jets target rebel towns north of Homs
The offensive that began before dawn expands on over a week of ground attacks launched with Russian air support in areas of western Syria that are crucial to Assad’s survival and held by rebel groups other than Islamic State.
Islam Plans to Destroy Israel by 2022
There is a date recurring obsessively in the proclamations of the leaders of the Arab-Islamic world: 2022. It is the year that they have reserved for the end of Israel. “By 2022, possibly earlier, Israel will be destroyed” has just said Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi of Iran’s Supreme Council for the Revolution, the right arm of Khamenei.
Hubble’s planetary portrait captures changes in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
Scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have produced new maps of Jupiter that show the continuing changes in its famous Great Red Spot. The images also reveal a rare wave structure in the planet’s atmosphere that has not been seen for decades.
DOJ Creates New Position to Tackle Domestic Terror Threat
The new lawyer, who the DOJ declined to name, will assist the department in identifying trends “to help shape our strategy, and to analyze legal gaps or enhancements required to ensure we can combat these threats.”
Swarm of small quakes rattles San Ramon area
San Ramon has had more than 20 small earthquakes in the past 20 hours, which is quite the coincidence because Thursday is the Great California Shakeout, a day to bring attention to earthquake preparedness. The quakes keep shaking the East Bay city. The latest was a 2.6 magnitude quake at 3:44 p.m. The biggest Wednesday just a bit over magnitude 3.0. Residents said they felt the largest quake, a magnitude 3.2, among a swarm of at least 20 little ones.
China economic growth seen slowing despite policy easing
China’s economic growth is expected to slow to 6.5 percent in 2016 from an expected 6.8 percent in 2015, even as the central bank eases policy further to ward off a sharper slowdown, a Reuters poll showed. A 25-basis-point reduction in benchmark interest rates and another 50 basis points of cuts in banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR) are expected by year-end, analysts surveyed by Reuters said.
Obama to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016
President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017…casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands the conflict off to his successor. Obama had originally planned to pull out all but a small, embassy-based U.S. military presence by the end of next year, a timeline coinciding with the final weeks of his presidency.
Iran broadcasts footage of underground missile base
Iranian state television broadcast unprecedented footage Wednesday of a deep underground tunnel packed with missiles and launcher units, which officials said could be used if “enemies make a mistake”. Related Stories The pictures were released just three days after Iran tested a new long-range missile that the United States said may have breached a UN Security Council resolution.
Attacks continue in Jerusalem despite new checkpoints
Attacks have continued in parts of Jerusalem only hours after Israeli forces launched a major security operation in Arab areas of the city. On Wednesday morning police blocked entrances to Jabal Mukaber, a district that was home to three men accused of killing three Israelis on Tuesday. Later, police said they shot dead a Palestinian who had stabbed an Israeli woman at Jerusalem’s main bus station.
Migrant crisis: EU leaders meet with focus on Turkey
European leaders are to discuss measures to ease the region’s migration crisis, with Turkey the focus of their efforts in Brussels. Nearly 600,000 migrants have reached the EU by sea so far this year. Turkey is hosting some two million migrants, most of them fleeing the war in neighbouring Syria.
Israel blasts German-Palestinian protest for ‘third intifada’
The Israeli Embassy in Germany condemned plans for a protest on Friday by the Palestinian community in that country…calling the third intifada against the Jewish state. “We believe that this form of a demonstration is forbidden in Germany,” the Israeli Embassy told the Tagesspiegel daily…The embassy said the German-Palestinian protest would be a call “to support the ongoing murder attacks on Israeli civilians.”
Niger imposes state of emergency on region hit by Boko Haram
Niger imposed a state of emergency on the southeastern region of Diffa on Wednesday where at least 40 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks blamed on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Pope asks forgiveness after sex scandals rock Vatican and Rome
Pope Francis asked for forgiveness on Wednesday for scandals at the Vatican and in Rome, an apparent reference to two cases of priests and gay sex revealed this month during a major meeting of bishops.
New York teen dies after hours-long beating at church
A New York couple was charged with manslaughter in the death of their 19-year-old son after allegedly beating him for hours during a family counseling session inside the “sanctuary room” of an upstate Christian church, police said on Wednesday.
With nothing to lose, Gazans join Palestinian unrest
Samir rushes forward and hurls the flaming bottle with all his might at the observation tower and the Israel soldiers inside, his contribution to the “intifada”.
Joel Osteen Says Stop Debating People Who Aren’t Christian
Lakewood Church pastor and New York Times best-selling author Joel Osteen advises Christians to be “respectful” when engaging people of other faiths. “I think [Christians should] take the high ground and respect where [other people are] coming from. What I’ve seen in life is most people get their faith or their religious background from their parents,” said Osteen to The Christian Post, noting that oftentimes Christians try to prove their faith by debating others.
Top Headlines – 10/15/2015
Abbas accuses Israel of ‘aggressive offensive’ despite day of Palestinian terror attacks
White House says US has ‘deep concerns’ about violence in Israel
Kerry to visit Mideast in bid to calm Palestinian-Israeli tensions
US: Israel may be using excessive force
‘US State Department has been traditionally hostile to Israel,’ Erdan says
Distancing From Israel Won’t Help U.S. Relationship With Arab States
Top U.S. general to visit Israel as defence aid talks expected to resume
With nothing to lose, Gazans join Palestinian unrest
Senior IDF Commander: Hamas is playing with fire
Another intifada brewing? Israel calls in troops to try to stop escalating violence
Government official on new steps to stem terror wave: ‘Dramatic times necessitate drastic steps’
Israel To Seal Off Jerusalem Arab Areas to Stem Attacks
Israel to revoke residency status of east Jerusalem Palestinians involved in violence
Israeli settlements shut their gates to Palestinian workers in light of violence
Police: Almost 400 arrested for rioting since Rosh Hashana
Israel Will Not Return the Bodies of Terrorists
Terrorist shot dead at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate in thwarted stabbing attack
Details of Jerusalem bus station stabber: Served 3 years in prison for terror activity
Police release footage of Pisgat Ze’ev attack after Palestinians deny teens were terrorists
Palestinian rioter sets himself ablaze during clashes with IDF
Mourners pray for the peace of Jerusalem at funeral of Alon Govberg
UN official hurt in stoning: ‘Allah will forgive them’
Israel Calls Citizen Gun Owners a ‘Force Multiplier’ Against Terrorism, Eases Gun License Rules
Pilgrims still coming despite tensions
Erdogan: Israel Defending Temple Mount ‘A Red Line’
Islamic Movement leader in court: In spirit and blood we will defend al-Aksa
Poll finds nearly half Israelis feel two-state solution is dead
New AP tally shows that at least 1,621 pilgrims killed in hajj crush, stampede in Saudi Arabia
Iran’s Guardian Council passes nuclear bill into law
U.S. to raise Iranian missile test at U.N. Security Council
Chinese admiral visits Iran, wants closer defense cooperation
EU’s Need for Turkey to Halt Refugee Flow Collides With History
Refugee Wins Lawsuit Against Germany For Not Processing Him Fast Enough
German parents outraged after schoolchildren asked to make beds, cook for refugees
ISIS calls on ‘Islamic youth’ to ignite holy war against Russians & Americans
Defense Ministry: Russia attacked 40 ISIS targets in Syria in past 24 hrs
Report: Russia says its jet neared US aircraft over Syria for identification
‘Progress’ in US-Russia talks on Syria airspace safety
Official: Russia ‘deliberately targeting’ US-backed forces in Syria
Russia ready to cooperate with all ‘constructive forces’ in Syria
Top Cuban general, key forces in Syria to aid Assad, Russia, sources say
1,500 Iranian fighters enter Syria under Russia’s cover, reports say
ICC to probe possible war crimes in Russia-Georgia conflict
Yemeni forces launch Scud missile toward Saudi Arabia – Houthi TV
Niger imposes state of emergency on region hit by Boko Haram
DOJ Creates New Domestic Terror Position
State Department religious freedom report focuses on terror groups
Confederate flag supporters indicted under Georgia terrorism law
Rushdie warns of new dangers to free speech in West
‘Government Corruption’ tops list of American fears
Trump: Economic bubble about to burst
Debt-limit anxiety is running high
Gold rallies for fourth day on hopes of delay in Fed rate hike
Asia stocks rise, dollar sags as weak U.S. data dents rate hike prospects
Treasury Considers Plan to Help Puerto Rico
Digital Allowance: Could Kids’ Phones Replace Piggy Banks?
Quake of magnitude 6.3 strikes off Russia’s Kurile Islands: USGS
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near San Alberto, Colombia
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Canar, Ecuador
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia
Over 20 Earthquakes Strike San Ramon In 24 Hours
U.S. earthquake fears spur more drills: ‘Drop, cover, hold on’
Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft
Tropical Storm Koppu to Strengthen, Target Philippines With Life-Threatening Flooding
Tropical Storm Champi forms in the West Pacific
A Megacity Without Water: Sao Paulo’s Drought
Nestle Is Illegally Bottling Water Amid California’s Drought, Lawsuit Says
Israel-California initiative to combat water scarcity
2015 becomes worst US wildfire year on record
Cuomo paid state workers to fill seats at climate change event
Obama ‘took the wrong side’ on climate change, says physicist Freeman Dyson
Condition of Scottish Nurse Suffering From Ebola Relapse Deteriorates
Poisonings in Poland Illustrate Global Challenge of Synthetic Drugs
Scientists claim they can change your belief on immigrants and God with magnets
Pope asks forgiveness after sex scandals rock Vatican and Rome
The ‘cult’-like church whose members are accused of fatally beating a teen
Officials Defend School Prayer in Oklahoma, Alabama
Christianity under global threat due to persecution, says report
Glimpses Inside Secretive Sect After Killing at Upstate New York Church
RCC Idolatry – Thousands visit human remains of youngest Catholic saint near Chicago
Former ROC pastor Geronimo Aguilar sentenced to 40 years in prison for child sex abuse
Fed officials seem ready to deploy negative rates in next crisis
Thousands of Muslim invaders slated for Idaho
JOHN KASICH RIPS OBAMACARE CRITICS FOR NOT UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE
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1) Swerve leftward of Democrat party away from centrism exposes disappearing middle ground in American politics
The Two Parties Aren’t Crazy, Just Changed, Wall Street Journal (Gerald Seib)
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and the big Democratic debate, USA Today (Susan Page)
2) Election of gay married priest, Christmas parishes expose confusion of gospel mission in Church of England
Married gay priest elected to Church of England Synod, The Telegraph (John Bingham)
Church of England considers Christmas-only parishes, The Telegraph (John Bingham)
3) Gallup no longer polling 2016 election, as predicting voters considered too unreliable
Here’s Why Gallup Won’t Poll the 2016 Election, TIME (Daniel White)
In other news…
October 15, 2015
“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.” —George Washington, 1793
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|U.S. soldiers patrol the Khost province in 2009
Maybe you can teach an ideologue new tricks. Last year, Barack Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan was to bring the war “to a responsible end.” He wanted to pull most U.S. troops from the country until only 1,000 remained at the U.S. embassy. But with a wavering Afghan army and criticism by his generals, Obama has shifted course, saying he will keep the force shy of 10,000 troops in the country for now, but by the time he leaves office, Obama says he wants 5,500 troops there.
He has shifted from fulfilling his campaign promise to end the war to leaving the problem for the next administration. It’s the least he can do. If we want to see what would happen when a strong military presence is removed from Afghanistan, just look at what happened in the Afghan city of Kunduz, where the Taliban took the city, ferried out weapons, supplies and told the residents that they had nothing to fear. And with that buildup of Taliban and the Islamic State, what can a few thousand U.S. troops actually accomplish?
If Obama continues to lowball the number of troops needed, he will imperil U.S. interests in Afghanistan. Obama administration diplomat James Dobbins, who once represented our nation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, said, “I can’t promise you that retaining a commitment at the current level will ultimately yield a completely peaceful settled and stable Afghanistan. … You like Syria? How would you like to have another one?” The more apt comparison is Iraq, where Obama’s bull-headed and politically motivated abandonment created a vacuum now filled by the Islamic State.
On Nov. 12, Capt. Florent “Flo” Groberg will become the tenth living Medal of Honor recipient for actions while serving in Afghanistan. Groberg, who became a naturalized citizen in 2001, was serving as the brigade personal security detachment commander for 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. On Aug. 8, 2012, Groberg spotted a suicide bomber headed for his patrol. According to the Army’s account of his actions:
Groberg rushed the suspect and shoved him away from the patrol. Groberg then immediately confirmed the individual was wearing a suicide vest, and with the help of Sgt. Andrew Mahoney, a fellow Soldier with the PSD, grabbed the suicide bomber, physically driving him away from the formation and down to the ground.
While on the ground, the bomber’s explosive vest detonated. The explosion caused a second suicide bomber, who remained hidden behind a small structure near the road, to detonate his vest prematurely. Most of the blast of the second bomber’s suicide vest went straight into a building, adjacent to the patrol.
Groberg’s actions disrupted both bombers from detonating as planned, saving the majority of lives he was charged with protecting.
“[I]t was the worst day of my life,” he said, “because even though we defeated the enemy, I lost four of my brothers.”
Four Americans were killed by the blasts, but the damage would have been much worse without Groberg’s selfless act. He suffered significant injuries and spent nearly three years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Still, he says, “The proudest thing I have ever done in my life is to wear this uniform and serve my country.”
Mikey Weinstein’s Military Religious Freedom Foundation — the group that sought to remove “so help me God” from military academy cadet books — is at it again. This time, the fanatical anti-religious group’s target is a sign at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (set up just after 9/11) that reads, “God bless the military, their families, and the civilians who work with them.” Well, we can’t have that, now can we? MRFF alleges the sign sends the message that the base “gives preference to those who hold religious beliefs over those who do not, and those who prefer a monotheistic, intervening god over other deities or theologies.” Fortunately, base commanding officer Sea Killeen went to Alliance Defending Freedom for help, and won’t back down without a fight. “This sign will remain in its present location and not be altered in any way,” Col. Killeen wrote to MRFF. “Our legal team has conducted exhaustive research on this issue,” he added. “Several Supreme Court cases and other federal cases, to include the 9th Circuit, support the conclusion that the message on the sign does not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. ‘God bless’ is commonly used in our culture in a number of contexts and there are numerous references to God in this nation’s symbols, songs, mottos, and oaths. This sign has the secular purpose of conveying a message of support, but does not advance or inhibit religion or any particular faith, nor does it foster excessive government entanglement with religion.”
So let Weinstein and company continue to throw tantrums or insist that to be fair we also well-wish troops with signs from the Church of Satan. We’ll still join millions of Americans in saying, “God bless the military, and God bless America.”
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By Michael Swartz
As we all know, with the creation of ObamaCare we were told if you liked your insurance policy and doctor you could keep them. Those broken promises were just the tip of the iceberg. As we detailed a few months back, next year consumers could see premium increases of as much as 51%. But the bad news isn’t limited to premium increases.
In several states, most recently Kentucky, the insurance co-ops set up to enhance the market — at the cost of billions of federal dollars in seed money — are going belly-up. “Things have [financially] come up short of where they need to be,” wrote Kentucky Health Cooperative CEO Glenn Jennings in a statement to participants. The co-op’s demise was blamed on lower-than-expected risk corridor payments. Other states where co-ops have failed include Louisiana, Nevada, Iowa and New York, which was the nation’s largest.
And those likely won’t be the last. Eleven other co-ops are on an “enhanced oversight” financial probation, meaning out of 23 co-ops chartered just two years ago, a sizeable majority are facing financial difficulties. Taxpayers will be left holding the bag.
The concept of risk corridors was envisioned as one of three legs of the stool supporting ObamaCare from the insurers’ standpoint. Risk corridors, in essence, were intended to “stabilize” (read: compensate for overregulating) the market. Insurers that made a profit of more than 3% would remit an increasing share of those excess profits into a fund designed to compensate those that lost money — the more money lost, the higher the subsidy. This works in tandem with a risk adjustment program that directly shifted funds from insurers that had more healthy risk pools to ones that had sicker customers. Finally, a reinsurance program provides direct subsidies to insurers who have people with high medical expenses.
So, in essence, a back-door single-payer system without calling it such.
Only the risk adjustment program was intended to be permanent, with the others expiring after 2016. More importantly, as part of the CRomnibus spending bill last year, Congress added a provision to the risk corridor program making it revenue-neutral. Losing that blank check made it impossible for some of the weaker co-ops to continue because the profitable insurers are far outnumbered by the money losers.
The demise of these co-ops, combined with an ever-shrinking number of insurers willing to risk their bottom line, leaves thousands in an insurance limbo as their carriers fail or leave the market. Some Americans, like columnist Michelle Malkin, are facing this situation for the second time since ObamaCare took full effect, as their insurance plans got canceled. Then again, if you’re running a company losing 12 cents on the dollar as calculated by researcher Brian Blase at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, that’s usually an indication the market is a failure.
Neither forcing people to search for new insurance during the busy open enrollment season nor forcing them to cut family budgets for the next double-digit premium increase rank high on the political popularity list. You may recall open enrollment for 2015 was pushed back to begin after the 2014 election; a move the Obama administration claimed would give consumers more time to evaluate plans while cynics made the case that it was to push the sticker shock safely past the midterms. With the provisions for insurers ending after 2016, Barack Obama’s successor will have to deal with the fallout. To minimize the damage to Democrats in the 2016 elections, they will probably dupe Republican “leaders” into a one-year extension on the risk corridors and reinsurance.
It’s now legacy time for Obama. We contend he will be remembered as the man who destroyed American health care by wiping out a system that worked reasonably well and satisfied the overwhelming majority of Americans for decades, all to make the bulk of new enrollees dependent on the government through Medicaid. That’s one to tell the grandkids.
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Cal Thomas: “Watching the Democratic candidates’ presidential debate Tuesday night one might think a Republican has been in the White House since 2009. These political Lilliputians could find little to say that was positive. The economy is bad, too many people aren’t working (whose fault is that?), we should spend trillions more we don’t have because everything we’re spending now isn’t producing results. Memo to Democrats: If your policies are failing, try something different. … [T]here was nothing about what people could, or should, do for themselves. It was all about government — big government, regulatory government, nanny government. The individual who shows initiative and succeeds is no longer the model; instead it’s the government is your keeper, you shall not want model. Even though government regularly proves its inability to achieve its advertised results, Democrats want us to believe that given more time — and especially more of our money — they can make it work. That has always been the cry of liberalism in its many incarnations. Most of the media will spin the Democratic debate as refreshing and new, but it was stale, old and uninspiring, like the candidates.”
Upright: “Las Vegas was a reminder that it is awfully hard to lose a nomination if no one truly plausible, let alone formidable, is running against you. The structure of the Democratic race from the beginning has been about propping up Hillary Clinton, and it still is. The party is putting on a master class in how to nominate someone under FBI investigation, and is willfully in denial about her vulnerabilities. Yes, Hillary had a good night. She was polished, knowledgeable, shrewd and hard-hitting — clearly, not someone to be trifled with. But the debate was a false indicator of her strength.” —Rich Lowry
Belly laugh of the week: “We’ve just come through two and a half hours of a Democratic debate that showed more substance and a more robust discussion about how to move America forward from our five candidates than nearly 10 hours of the first two Republican debates.” —Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Too much information: “I actually am aroused by [Bernie Sanders]. I’m serious. I find him to be eye candy, not ear candy, eye candy. I like an old Jewish guy who’s a socialist. That’s my type of guy. Everybody is talking about [Martin] O’Malley and how hot he was, but to me Bernie is hot.” —Joy Behar
Demo-gogues: “It’s not just mass shootings. It is the daily shootings that take place in cities across America. It is easier to buy a gun than buy a book.” —Barack Obama (“[T]hugs wielding firearms in mostly urban areas would find the book buying process extremely difficult. For one thing, they’d have to know how to read. The literacy rate in Chicago … is 53 percent. And you can bet that the literacy standard is hardly what you and I would consider adequate. Second, it would be extremely difficult for these wayward youths to choose suitable literature.” —Truth About Guns publisher Robert Farago)
Non Compos Mentis: “The families themselves of these [American] hostages [held in Iran] knew exactly what our strategy was and why it was important not to hold a nuclear agreement hostage to hostages. It was the right thing to do.” —John Kerry
And last… “This is not a healthy party. [Democrats] are relying on carbon-dated, pre-Obama candidates to hold onto his White House. There were more bathroom breaks at this debate than there were candidates of color and youth.” —Stephen Miller
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By Michele Malkin
The destruction of the private health insurance market is going exactly according to plan.
Obama lied and our health plan has now died — twice.
“Progressives” sneered at millions of us who received the first round of individual market health plan death notices. Mother Jones called it the “phony canceled health insurance scandal” when I first reported my 2013 health plan homicide by Obamacare.
In latest diplomatic move against Israel, and as Arab terror attacks continue to target Jews, PA to ask UN to deploy troops in Jerusalem.(ARUTZ SHEVA)—The Palestinian Authority wants the United Nations to consider deploying a military “protection force” in Jerusalem to help quell violence, the PA…
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By Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O’Neil(ILLINOIS REVIEW)—If it were possible to have a time machine traveling back to 1992 to visit the United Nation’s “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we would repeatedly hear the phrase “Sustainable Living” drilled into the minds of the 178 nations and state…
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German parents outraged after schoolchildren asked to make beds, cook for refugees
The Muslim takeover of Germany is well underway, and just a few months into the migrant invasion they are doing exactly what we said they would do when it all started. It is mind boggling to imagine a world where leaders of some of the most powerful countries on Earth are stupid enough to let all these Muslims in. A ten year old could look at the facts and tell you not to do it, and yet here we are. England, Germany and many other Eu nations are beginning to collapse under the weight of the Muslim flood.
Tensions are high in Celle, Germany after hooded migrants were seen with sticks and pipes, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in a street rally.
Muslim Migrants SUE Germany for not paying them benefits FAST ENOUGH
Around 20 Syrian Muslim migrants have filed a case against the Berlin state Government demanding immediate access to shelter and benefits after waiting for more than a week to be registered by the authorities.
The irony of this is that Germany who started two World Wars for world domination are now themselves being dominated by Muslims in a battle they cannot possible win.
It comes as serious splits emerged in Angela Merkel’s Government over how to divide economic migrants from genuine refugees fleeing war-torn countries.
Hundreds of asylum seekers are still waiting to be registered due to huge backlogs at the city’s main refugee centre. More than 170,000 Muslim migrants flooded into Europe last month alone as the continent’s unprecedented refugee crisis continues to spiral out of control.
German parents outraged after schoolchildren asked to make beds, cook for refugees
A school in Lübeck, Germany, included “practical work experience
” at a local asylum center into a week activities. The plan angered parents opposed the idea of their children changing linen on refugees’ beds, helping to cook food and sorting clothes.
Migrants Dump Garbage from their Balconies : Augsburg Asylum Center, Germany
This is what it looks like when the Muslim migrants come to your town.
An extract from a letter was posted in Facebook by a mother who obtained it from a friend whose son received it at school. Initially, the text sparked a mixture of bewilderment and disbelief in social media, but after a local newspaper got in touch with Schleswig-Holstein authorities, they confirmed the document was real.
The post got over 2,000 shares and more than 600 comments most of them asking why the refugees can’t take care of them themselves.
The Kiel Ministry of Education has made it clear that starting this week, 13-14-year-old eighth-graders from one school in the city of Lübeck have been putting fresh linen on refugees’ beds, helping out in the kitchen of the asylum seekers’ center and sorting clothes collected for the migrants. The chores last from 8:30am till 1:30pm.
European Union’s biggest and most squalid ghetto: Calais, France
With the world’s eyes on the more than half-million migrants flooding into Europe this year, France is finally beginning to take notice of the filthy Calais camp and the plight of those forced to bide their time in what they call “the jungle” — a network of makeshift shelters without water or other basic amenities.
With winter approaching, the government is sending a medical mission to Calais on Wednesday to evaluate the situation because “health protection is a fundamental right for each person on French territory,” said a statement signed by the Interior and Health ministries.
The French and British governments have focused on securing the Calais port and the Eurotunnel freight and passenger train site to keep migrants from sneaking rides, turning those sites into fortresses with towering fences topped with barbed wire.
The reinforced security has increased risks. Since June 26, 14 migrants have been killed, including a Syrian electrocuted Sept. 17 at the Eurotunnel site. The latest victim identified was a Moroccan who tried to swim to a ferry.
Britain signed an accord with Paris in 2003 designed to keep migrants in France, and the French government has bulldozed smaller camps in the past. But migrants keep coming. Up to 4,000 people languish sometimes for months in the Calais camp or in nearby towns.
The intense desire to reach Britain and a palpable sense of desperation inside the camp feed the risk-taking.
“Some people die here, some people break legs,” a 19-year-old from Darfour, in Sudan, Mustafa Ali, said recently, assessing his situation after a life-threatening journey to reach Calais. “This jungle is not good.”
Wal-Mart’s Worst Stock Crash In 27 Years Is Another Sign That The Economy Is Rapidly Falling Apart
Posted: 15 Oct 2015 05:18 AM PDT
Now that a major global recession has begun, you would expect major retailers like Wal-Mart to run into trouble as consumer spending dries up, and that is precisely what is happening. On Wednesday, shares of Wal-Mart experienced their largest single day decline in 27 years after an extremely disappointing earnings projection was released. The stock was down about 10 percent, which represented the biggest plunge since January 1988. Over 21 billion dollars in shareholder wealth was wiped out on Wednesday, and this was just the continuation of a very bad year for Wal-Mart stockholders. Overall, shares had already declined by 22 percent so far in 2015 before we even got to Wednesday. Here is more on this stunning turn of events from Bloomberg…
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. suffered its worst stock decline in more than 27 years after predicting a drop in annual profit, underscoring the giant retailer’s struggles to reignite growth. Earnings will decrease 6 percent to 12 percent in fiscal 2017, which ends in January of that year, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said at its investor day on Wednesday. Analysts had estimated a gain of 4 percent on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. CONTINUE
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US and China brace for stand-off over disputed islands sail-by as Aussies fence-sit
Posted: 15 Oct 2015 05:07 AM PDT
China may use force if the US proceeds with its plan to sail within 12 miles of a reclaimed island in the South China Sea. Australia, which previously supported the American plan, said it wouldn’t be part of it. “We wouldn’t participate in any surveillance or whatever other activities the United States might have talked about,” Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said on Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg. He was commenting on the Pentagon’s plan to test China’s resolve to protect the waters around its artificial islands.
“On that issue, we’re not taking sides,” Robb added. China is building several artificial islands in the disputed sea territory hosting radar stations, airstrips and other facilities, which critics insist serve military purposes. China says the military aspect of its reclamation program is minimal and that the islands’ purpose is mostly civilian. At the same time Beijing believes that the islands are China’s proper sovereign territory and considers the waters within 12 miles of them to be its territorial waters. The US rejects the claims and, according to some media reports, is planning to sail a military patrol closer than 12 miles from at least one of the islands. CONTINUE
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|ISIS retreating in Syria, missile system destroyed, 33 targets hit
Posted: 15 Oct 2015 05:02 AM PDT
Russian warplanes have destroyed a surface-to-air missile launcher that the Islamic State terrorist group previously captured from the Syrian Army, the Russian Defense Ministry reports. The bombing campaign in Syria is forcing the jihadists to flee. The 9K33 Osa short-range air defense launcher was destroyed by a Sukhoi Su-34 bomber in Eastern Douma near Damascus, ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told the media in his Thursday daily briefing.
The Su-34 dropped a precision anti-fortification bomb KAB-500 at a concrete shelter, where the launcher was hidden, destroying both the weapon and the building, he added. Osa, which is called Gecko by NATO, is a highly-mobile launcher equipped with six short-range surface-to-air missiles meant to provide tactical cover from enemy aircraft to ground troops. The launcher was destroyed during one of 33 combat missions that Russia conducted in Syria over the day. A total of 32 targets in the provinces Idlib, Hama, Damascus, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor were hit, Konashenkov said. SOURCE
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Lee University Student Charged With ‘Commission of Act of Terrorism’
Posted: 15 Oct 2015 04:55 AM PDT
A student from Church of God’s Lee University was arrested this week after posting an anonymous shooting threat toward the Tennessee college on social media. Sophomore Olayinka Opaso, an 18-year-old Nigerian student, was charged with commission of an act of terrorism by the Cleveland Police Department after confessing to posting the threat to a senior Lee University official. Commission of an act of terrorism is a Class-A felony and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison for a first offense in the state of Tennessee. Lee University Campus Safety Director Matt Brinkman took Opaso into custody before transporting him to the Cleveland Police Department, where he was interviewed by local investigators.
Brinkman said that Lee placed heightened security on campus from both Campus Safety and the Cleveland Police Department after the threat was brought to the university’s attention. “We had police personnel present [on campus and at campus events] to ensure safety, to let students know that we were taking it seriously and to calm them,” Brinkman said. The threat was made on Yik Yak, a mobile messaging app that allows users to post anonymous text posts called “yaks” to other “yakkers” within a 5-mile radius. CONTINUE
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Astronomers may have found giant alien ‘megastructures’ orbiting star near the Milky Way
Posted: 15 Oct 2015 04:50 AM PDT
A large cluster of objects in space look like something you would “expect an alien civilization to build”, astronomers have said. Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University, is set to publish a report on the “bizarre” star system suggesting the objects could be a “swarm of megastructures”, according to a new report. “I was fascinated by how crazy it looked,” Wright told The Atlantic. “Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilisation to build.”
The snappily named KIC 8462852 star lies just above the Milky Way between the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. It first attracted the attention of astronomers in 2009 when the Kepler Space Telescope identified it as a candidate for having orbiting Earth-like planets. But KIC 8462852 was emitting a stranger light pattern than any of the other stars in Kepler’s search for habitable planets. Kepler works by analysing light from distant places in the universe — looking for changes that take place when planets move in front of their stars. But the dip in starlight from KIC 8462852 doesn’t seem to be the normal pattern for a planet. CONTINUE
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|Scientists: We can mind-wipe your belief in God
Posted: 14 Oct 2015 09:13 PM PDT
What could possibly go wrong with this?! Researchers in England claim they have the ability to alter a Christian’s beliefs in God with a common procedure used to treat depression. Experiments conducted at the University of York in York, England, allegedly changed Christian perceptions on God. Public policy preferences on immigration were also altered. Scientists used a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, on volunteers’ posterior medial frontal cortex to accomplish their objectives. “People often turn to ideology when they are confronted by problems,”
Dr. Keise Izuma told Britain’s Express on Wednesday. “We wanted to find out whether a brain region that is linked with solving concrete problems, like deciding how to move one’s body to overcome an obstacle, is also involved in solving abstract problems addressed by ideology.” Belief in God was allegedly cut by one-third after an electromagnetic coil strategically placed against a participant’s scalp had a current turned on, the newspaper reported. American volunteers were also less bothered by concerns over immigration.“As expected, we found that when we experimentally turned down the posterior medial frontal cortex, people were less inclined to reach for comforting religious ideas despite having been reminded of death,” Dr. Izuma said. CONTINUE
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|Flip Flops Considered Blasphemous, Name of Allah Claimed To Be on Soles
Posted: 14 Oct 2015 09:08 PM PDT
Habib M. Iskandar Alkadri, a spokesman for the Islam Defenders Front, or FPI, in Indonesia is demanding the government respond immediately to the discovery that a brand of flip-flops or sandals appears to carry the name Allah on its soles. “FPI West Kalimantan urged the government and relevant agencies in this regard … to act decisively, by taking concrete steps. This is related to the abuse of Islam,” said Alkadri to the Tribune Pontianak Wednesday. Alkadri called for decisive action because the blasphemous footwear may not yet have spread to other markets, where it will cause greater offense.
“It must be addressed immediately, traced and withdrawn from the market. We as community organizations can only make a non-formal appeal. The government can issue rules, but they must be executed firmly,” he added. Whether or not it was the designer’s intent, the controversial design on the shoe’s sole closely approximates the name Allah on the black flag, or Black Standard, carried by Islamic State fighters, its top line repeating the Shahada: There is no god but Allah. Mohammad is the messenger of Allah. CONTINUE
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|Iran broadcasts rare images of underground missile bases
Posted: 14 Oct 2015 09:01 PM PDT
At first glance it looks like the set of a James Bond movie — a seemingly impregnable mountain base packed full of uniformed men and sinister-looking missiles on their launch vehicles parked along a long tunnel buried deep underground. But this is in fact a real-life missile facility in Iran, according to the country’s semi-official FARS news agency. In a rare moment of openness, Iran on Wednesday broadcast pictures from The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force of a tunnel reportedly dug some 1,640 feet (500 meters) under a mountain. The release of this footage comes just a few days after state media reported Iran had test-fired new generation long-range ballistic missiles.
The weekend test likely violated a U.N. resolution, a U.S. administration official told CNN. Based on information the administration has so far, the test appears to be in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929, which stipulates that Iran cannot engage in any activities related to ballistic missiles. The U.S. official emphasized, however, that the test is not in violation of the nuclear agreement reached in July between Iran, the United States and five other world powers because that accord is focused on restricting Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon. CONTINUE
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Our Time is Short
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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.
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