Oct. 19, 2015
For all the dire warnings over China’s retreat from U.S. government debt, there’s one simple fact that is being overlooked: American demand is as robust as ever. Not only are domestic mutual funds buying record amounts of Treasuries at auctions this year, U.S. investors are also increasing their share of the $12.9 trillion market for the first time since 2012.
Saudi Arabia will probably sell about $32 billion of debt in 2016 as the country seeks to prop up its finances after oil’s slump, according to Saudi Fransi Capital.
One of the biggest competitive advantages humans have over robots: the ability to summon social skills, including reading a person’s feelings, managing emotions, working in teams and communicating effectively, to complete a task. Machines’ capacity to do routine jobs that don’t require a personal touch — think assembly-line workers, bank tellers or grocery store checkout clerks — has been behind the so-called labor-market polarization that has contributed to the hollowing out of middle-class professions.
OPEC member states should cut crude output to boost prices to a range of $70 to $80 a barrel, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said, even as his country prepares to ramp up production in the aftermath of economic sanctions.
Confidence among U.S. homebuilders climbed in October to a 10-year high, a sign demand for housing may remain solid in the months to come.
As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops head toward Aleppo, Syria’s former commercial hub and largest city, helicopters are dropping warnings to residents to vacate areas. Should Aleppo and other Sunni towns fall to Assad’s forces, the potential for another, larger, wave of refugees would be nightmarish, according to one official in a European government.
Tickets for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” go on sale Monday, two months before the movie hits U.S. theaters.
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The credibility of the Republican-led Benghazi committee came under fresh attack Sunday after the CIA informed the panel that it does not view a 2011 email forwarded by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as including any classified information.
Chinese hacking attempts on American corporate intellectual property have occurred with regularity over the past three weeks, suggesting that China almost immediately began violating its newly minted cyber agreement with the United States, according to a newly published analysis by a cybersecurity company with close ties to the U.S. government.
A US F-16 was struck by enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan, military officials have confirmed to AFP, in a rare instance of an advanced fighter jet coming under a Taliban-claimed attack.
A suspect in a domestic incident who was being treated at a Minnesota hospital grabbed a gun from a sheriff’s deputy and killed the officer early Sunday, prompting hospital security officers to subdue the suspect with a stun gun, authorities said.
A drone shot down by Turkish warplanes in Turkish air space near Syria on Friday was Russian-made, but Moscow has told Ankara the unmanned aircraft did not belong to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.
Slovenian authorities said Monday they had refused to let in more than 1,000 migrants arriving from Croatia after a daily quota had been reached, stoking fears of a new human bottleneck on the western Balkan route.
NATO and its allies opened their largest military exercise in more than a decade on Monday, choosing the central Mediterranean to showcase strengths that face threats from Russia’s growing military presence from the Baltics to Syria.
Air strikes on a convoy of the Islamic State group killed at least 40 jihadists in central Syria at the weekend, a monitoring group said Sunday.
International efforts to douse raging Indonesia fires will fail and Southeast Asia could face several more weeks of choking smoke until the rainy season starts, Malaysia’s environment minister warned on Monday.
Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is closely monitoring anti-Islam movements like PEGIDA following a march last week in which demonstrators held up a mock gallows with a noose marked for Chancellor Angela Merkel, a spokesman for the interior ministry said.
Nigerian soldiers shot dead a suspected suicide bomber outside a military base in the northeast on Sunday, detonating explosives concealed in her handbag.
After a wedding in California was called off, the bride’s family decided to invite homeless people to the reception meal instead.
Thousands of migrants have been stranded at borders in the Balkans, in cold and wet conditions, as their options for travelling north shrink. Several hundred, including young children and babies, spent the night in the open at Croatia’s border with Slovenia.
Members of the African Union’s new 25,000-strong multinational standby force are gathering to begin field training for the first time. The exercises in South Africa aim to make sure the force is ready by January to respond to crises across the continent.
U.S. banks are going to new lengths to ward off a surprising threat to their financial health: big cash deposits. State Street Corp. , the Boston bank that manages assets for institutional investors, for the first time has begun charging some customers for large dollar deposits.
While antioxidants may be good for healthy people, researchers found they promote cancer growth in a study with mice.
Months after a male Ebola survivor tested negative for the disease, he transmitted the deadly virus to a female partner through unprotected sex, a genetic analysis revealed. The Liberian woman, who became ill with the disease and died in March, is the first person known to contract the Ebola virus from sex, researchers reported this week.
Top News – 10/19/2015
New Obama czar will hunt ‘right-wing’ extremists
Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department will place new emphasis on home-grown violent extremism committed by so-called ‘right wing’ attackers.
Forget El Niño, start worrying about the North Atlantic blob
How the competing forces of El Niño and the cold blob in the Atlantic combine to shape our weather we will probably not know until after it happens, but meteorologists “expect the abnormal” for at least 18 months.
5 US Congressmen Visit Israel, Braving Terrorist Violence
A bipartisan group of five US congressmen spent the last week touring Israel, despite the daily terrorist attacks. Representatives Alan Lowenthal D-CA, Jim Jordan R-OH, Scott Garrett R-NJ, Raoul Labrador R-ID and Mark Meadows R-NC traveled across the country to learn the facts behind the headlines—and to pledge their support for Israel.
Kerry: Foreign presence not needed on Temple Mount
John Kerry said Monday that there is no need for a French proposal for an international presence at the Temple Mount.
Do We Need To Worry About Gog and Magog?
Almost every end-time teaching today has Gog/Magog invading Israel before the coming of Messiah. All the Biblical nations mentioned in this invasion have been matched up with today’s countries and are being carefully monitored. With Russia’s sudden reentry into the Middle East allied with Syria and Iran many are asking nervously, “is this Gog’s Axis of Evil?”
US confirms coalition airstrike killed top al-Qaida commander in Syria
The U.S. says Sanafi al-Nasr was a leading figure in the Khorasan group — a secretive cell of al-Qaida operatives who U.S. officials say were sent from Pakistan to Syria to plot attacks against the West.
Bernie Sanders is not good for the Jews
Mr. Sanders represents the leftist fringe of American liberalism. This constituency is notorious for its one-sided criticism of Israel and tolerance for the BDS movement. Although Bernie Sanders does not openly condemn Zionism, as a US senator he has repeatedly refused to support resolutions that empathize with Israel’s predicaments. Furthermore he has publicly criticized Israel for “overreacting” in the struggle against the Islamist Hamas movement.
Hamas to West Bank members: Commit suicide attacks
Hamas has instructed its members and affiliates in the Fatah-controlled West Bank to perform suicide attacks against Israelis in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israeli officials told Ynet on Monday.
WEEKEND GEOMAGNETIC STORM
The display was caused by a shift in the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) near Earth. The IMF tilted south. This opened a crack in Earth’s magnetosphere. Solar wind poured in, fueling the storm.
Israel Proposed PA Forces Guard Temple Mount
A Kuwaiti paper reported on Monday that a high level talk took place in the Palestinian Authority (PA) governmental seat of Ramallah, in which it was proposed that PA Security Forces be posted on the Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism. The covert meeting between a senior IDF source and a senior PA source in Ramallah was reported by the Kuwaiti paper Al Jarida, as cited by NRG, and was said to have taken place on Saturday.
Run of earthquakes along east coast normal: weather bureau
A string of earthquakes that hit Taiwan’s eastern coast Monday represented a normal release of energy, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said that day. Eight temblors struck the area between midnight and 3 p.m. Monday, ranging in magnitude from 3.5 to 5.2 on the Richter scale, according to bureau data.
Earthquake hits northwest Argentina, kills one; injuries reported
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck northwest Argentina on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, leaving at least one person dead, injuring several more and damaging homes, according to local media. “Homes collapsed, families have been left with nothing, schools have been destroyed. We have one fatality, who was crushed,” Hector Romero, mayor of El Galpon, some 160 km from the provincial capital of Salta, told a local radio station.
State Department: Yeah, Christianity Is Under Attack Worldwide
With the rise of the Islamic State the world has witnessed the persecution of Christians at an alarming rate. But the religious group is being targeted well beyond the confines of the Middle East, the State Department’s annual International Religious Liberty report found.
China economy logs weakest growth since 2009
China’s economic growth dipped below 7 percent for the first time since the global financial crisis on Monday, hurt partly by cooling investment, raising pressure on Beijing to further cut interest rates and take other measures to stoke activity. The world’s second-largest economy grew 6.9 percent between July and September from a year ago, the National Bureau of Statistics said…but down from 7 percent in the previous three months.
Pelosi: Democrats ‘Open’ to Helping GOP Elect Speaker
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi signaled Saturday there could be “an openness” among at least some House Democrats to voting for a Republican speaker on the floor — and she suggested the GOP turmoil could help put Democrats back in charge come 2017. “I think in our caucus there is interest and support. There’s an openness to a bipartisan approach to this,” Pelosi said in an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival.
Israel erects wall to protect Jews in east Jerusalem
Israeli police on Sunday began erecting a wall in east Jerusalem to protect a Jewish neighbourhood subject to firebomb and stone attacks launched from an adjacent Palestinian village. The wall would effectively divide Palestinian Jabel Mukaber and Jewish Armon Hanatziv, raising criticism among the government’s opposition, which considered the move a de facto division of Jerusalem.
‘America is a bomb waiting to explode’
The United States is in decline. While not all major shocks to the system will be devastating, when the right one comes along, the outcome may be dramatic. …The average American is a long way from food when the shops are closed. …The American economic system is little more than froth…According to the Scientific American, use of antidepressants among the US population was up 400 percent in the late 2000s…
Jews will worship devil, be exterminated by Muslims, says al-Aksa hate preacher
Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi, an…Islamic cleric who teaches…at al-Aksa mosque… saying that at the end of days Muslims will exterminate Jews. Al-Mughrabi first explained that “the Children of Israel…will be forced to…build the Temple…outside al-Aksa Mosque… A Temple…to worship the Devil.” …The Children of Israel will all be exterminated, the Anti-Christ will be killed and the Muslims will live in comfort for a long time,”…
Obama Plans Takedown of Another U.S. Ally
President Obama failed to take out Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but now he’s going after Canada’s Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a big supporter of Israel and opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s a story the U.S. media won’t cover. But J…Obama is planning the “fundamental transformation” of Canada by taking down Harper’s government and bringing to power a progressive majority…
United Nations Apologists for Deadly Palestinian Violence
Palestinians regularly lie to the world with their propaganda campaign aimed at exonerating themselves of all responsibility and at delegitimizing the Jewish State of Israel. United Nations establishment serves as their apologist and enabler.
Obama and Cameron ratting out their citizens to Islamists
If radical Islam cannot force infidels to convert on penalty of death or penury, the deadly policies of President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron will force dissenters out of the arena of resistance.
Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers’ DNA
When companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe first invited people to send in their DNA for genealogy tracing and medical diagnostic tests, privacy advocates warned about the creation of giant genetic databases that might one day be used against participants by law enforcement.
Arab areas of Jerusalem blocked off in Israeli crackdown
Palestinians in Jerusalem, more than a third of the city’s population, have awoken to a new reality: Israeli troops are encircling Arab neighborhoods, blocking roads with concrete cubes the size of washing machines and ordering some of those leaving on foot to lift their shirts to show they are not carrying knives.
‘Trudeaumania’ heir could become Canada’s next PM
The son of a man who brought glamor and excitement to Canadian politics in the late 1960s is favored to become Canada’s next prime minister. Justin Trudeau, the son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is leading in the polls ahead of Monday’s election that could spell the end of a decade of Conservative rule under Stephen Harper.
China’s Strategic Bombers Capable Of Long-Range Precision Strikes
his week, an aviation equipment expert with the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) told the state-owned China Daily that China now has the capability to carry out all-weather, long-range precision strikes.
Magnitude 5.2 quake rattles buildings in Taiwan capital
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 shook parts of Taiwan on Monday, the island’s Central Weather Bureau said, with witnesses reporting that tremors could be felt in buildings in the capital, Taipei.
Captain America battles right-wing conservatives in new comic
In the latest issue of Marvel’s revamped Captain America, the iconic superhero takes on a group of right-wing conservatives trying to stop illegal immigrants from crossing the border.
Top Headlines – 10/19/2015
Bibi’s Reply to a BBC Reporter About Negotiating with Abbas: ‘Are We on the Same Planet?’
Kerry confirms he’ll meet Netanyahu, Abbas on Palestinian-Israeli unrest this week
Netanyahu to offer Kerry no concessions for Abbas
PM vows to go after Islamic Movement for incitement
Terrorist kills soldier, wounds several others in attack at Beersheba bus station
Hamas Welcomes Be’er Sheva Attack as ‘Heroic Act’
A shooting in Bat Yam amid the wave of terror
Hamas urges ramming attacks as ‘stabbings don’t kill enough Jews’
Erekat Demands Investigation of Israeli ‘Executions’
Pro-Arab NGOs protest against revoking residency from terrorists
Israel returns terrorist’s body despite policy
Arab areas of Jerusalem blocked off in Israeli crackdown
Likud minister: Placing fence between Arab, Jewish areas of east Jerusalem won’t stop terrorism
Israel: Palestinians ‘Brainwashed With Hate’
‘Moments in great parenting’: Hamas children honor Palestinian terrorists at rally [photos]
Shaked pushes to jail minors over age 12 involved in terror attacks
Israel erects wall to protect Jews in east Jerusalem
Pope to Israelis and Palestinians: Say ‘No’ to hate and vendetta
Thousands rally for Israel in Paris, Rome and Madrid
In Canada election, support for Israel not up for discussion
MSNBC slammed for error-riddled map in segment on Israel’s borders
Hezbollah says presence in Syria greater than ever before
Top al Qaeda leader Sanafi al-Nasr killed in U.S. airstrike, Pentagon says
As winter looms, Germany struggles to find homes for refugees
Top Iranian military commander Soleimani seen rallying Iranian officers, Hezbollah in Syria
US Shocked To Find Russian Machine Gun With Iranian Ammo Attached To Abrams Tank
Israel, U.S. signal security ties back on track after Iran feud
Obama puts nuclear deal into effect, but Iran still likely months away from sanction relief
On Tehran’s streets, skepticism mixes with cautious optimism over nuclear deal
Turkey’s Erdogan says has asked European allies for help on EU bid
Egypt holds first post-Morsi parliamentary election
Female suicide bomber dies in botched attack on army base in Nigeria
Congress’ Benghazi probe not aimed at Clinton, lawmaker says
Pakistan’s Sharif to Meet Obama as India Rejects Peace Plan
The Pakistani Military Has Tightened Its Control of the Country’s Security Policy
Japan shows off naval power as US signals wider engagement in western Pacific
China’s Strategic Bombers Capable Of Long-Range Precision Strikes
Oil nations feel the strain of Opec’s continuing price war
Big Banks to America’s Firms: We Don’t Want Your Cash
US Democratic presidential candidate Sanders to explain democratic socialism
‘America is a bomb waiting to explode’ – Limited food, decline in morals, mind-altering drugs and nowhere to run
Chicago mayor blames cops for spike in crime
Shooter Still at Large After One Killed, Five Hurt in Florida ‘ZombiCon’ Shooting
Deputy killed in Minnesota after hospitalized suspect grabs his gun
Planets will form ‘eye-catching’ trio in morning sky this month
Fuel crisis halts aid supplies to quake-hit Nepalis
5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga
Magnitude 5.2 quake rattles buildings in Taiwan capital
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia
Super Typhoon Koppu Leaves 2 Dead, 16,000 Displaced in Philippines
Potential Tropical Development to Bring Flooding Rain to Texas
Indonesia launches biggest operation ever to combat fires
Gov. Brown’s link between climate change and wildfires is unsupported, fire experts say
Australia to allow marijuana to be grown locally for medical trials
Hospital Beats Flu Vaccine Procrastinators With In-Your-Face Effort
HIV vaccine begins first phase of clinical trials
Tiny genetically modified ‘micropigs’ from China could be boon for science and pet sellers
Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers’ DNA
It’s Not the Price and Profit That Matter, Planned Parenthood. It’s the Body Parts.
Catholic bishops debating family issues still split on divorcees, gays
Christianity was the only way out, says North Korean defector
Muslims in Indonesia province to shut down Christian churches
The Convenient Christ
Obama: Christians threaten nation
6 GOP candidates try to rally Christian army at Prestonwood Church
Lesbian Bishop: Remove Crosses From Swedish Church to Make Muslims Feel Welcome
Muslims in Indonesia province tear down Christian churches
The American boy arrested for making a clock meets Sudan’s president, accused war criminal
Obama Administration Does Quick U-Turn on Prison Pork Removal
Frontrunning: October 19
- Great News: China’s GDP Growth Beats Forecasts as Stimulus Supports Spending (Read More)
- Oh wait, maybe not: China GDP: Deflategate Comes to Beijing (Read More)
- Actually, definitely not: Shanghai rebar falls to record low after weak China GDP (Read More)
- But who cares: European Shares Gain on Earnings as Bonds Drop, Metals Decline (Read More)
- Amid Slumping Economy, Canada’s Stephen Harper Braces for Tight Election Race (Read More)
- Syrian rebels say receive more weapons for Aleppo battle (Read More)
- Chinese Copper-Trading Surge Shakes Up Market (Read More)
- The ETF Whale Blamed for Moving Japanese Markets Gets Reeled In (Read More)
- First Blackrock, now Blackstone: NYC’s Stuyvesant Town Said for Sale With Blackstone Weighing Bid (Read More)
- ECB Heads to Malta Meeting as More QE Seen a Matter of Time (Read More)
- Wal-Mart puts the squeeze on suppliers to share its pain as earnings sag (Read More)
- London Gold Market Under Scrutiny as Bullion World Gathers (Read More)
- ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’: Outsiders fear for Canadian housing (Read More)
- Debt, Growth Concerns Rain on Deficit Parade (Read More)
- Turkish PM Davutoglu says downed drone was Russian-made (Read More)
- Police Raid Volkswagen Headquarters in France (Read More)
1) Rome Synod of Family exposes fault lines between two visions of Catholicism
US archbishops Chaput and Cupich offer sharply different visions of Vatican synod, Religion News Service (David Gibson)
How to Read the Vatican Family Gathering, Wall Street Journal (Charles J. Chaput)
The Plot to Change Catholicism, New York Times (Ross Douthat)
Pope Francis’s First Crisis, New Yorker (Alexander Stille)
2) Unbelievers drawn to divinity schools ultimate conclusion of liberal Christianity
Secular, but Feeling a Call to Divinity School, New York Times (Samuel G. Freedman)
3) Religious pregnancy crisis centers file lawsuit against California’s mandate to provide abortion info
Religious clinics sue for right to not mention abortion to Californians, Los Angeles Times (Melanie Mason)
In other news…
October 19, 2015
“[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.” —George Washington, 1790
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Last weekend, Barack Obama declared, “I can tell you that [Hillary Clinton’s unsecured email server] is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.” His blatant attempt to influence the FBI investigation into Clinton’s server wasn’t warmly received by agents at the bureau. In fact, an unnamed source let it be known that the FBI is focusing on whether Clinton violated the Espionage Act — specifically whether there was “gross negligence” on Clinton’s part regarding a subsection of the law covering national defense information. Fox News explains, “Under 18 USC 793 subsection F, the information does not have to be classified to count as a violation. The intelligence source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity citing the sensitivity of the ongoing probe, said the subsection requires the ‘lawful possession’ of national defense information by a security clearance holder who ‘through gross negligence,’ such as the use of an unsecure computer network, permits the material to be removed or abstracted from its proper, secure location.”
On top of “gross negligence,” agents are looking at a charge that should be very familiar to the Clintons — obstruction of justice. That is, after all, the name of the game for Bill and Hillary. The latter charge could be related to the fact that she deleted half of her emails before finally relenting and turning over the server, despite her laughable insistence at the debate that “I’ve been as transparent as I know to be.” We’ll see if the FBI agrees, because, unlike Bernie Sanders, investigating agents don’t seem to be “sick and tired of hearing about [her] damn emails.”
Oh, and by the way, when it came to overall cybersecurity, Clinton’s State Department was among the worst federal agencies.
Trey Gowdy has had enough of his work being undermined by fellow Republicans. After fellow congressmen Kevin McCarthy and Richard Hanna threw Hillary Clinton a lifeline, describing the Benghazi Select Committee as essentially a partisan witch-hunt, committee chairman Gowdy fired back. “Shut up talking about things that you don’t know anything about,” he said. “Unless you’re on the committee, you have no idea what we’ve done, why we’ve done it, and what new facts we have found.”
Clinton, of course, has used McCarthy’s and Hanna’s comments to her advantage at every opportunity, including in a campaign ad. “It’s pretty clear that whatever they might have thought they were doing they ended up becoming a partisan arm of the Republican National Committee with an overwhelming focus on trying to — as they admitted — drive down my poll numbers,” she said over the weekend. “I will do my best to answer their questions, but I don’t really know what their objective is right now.” Clinton will testify Thursday.
As for the objective, Gowdy made that clear: “Four dead Americans is more than enough work for me. [Clinton is] a witness. She was the secretary of state. You have to talk to her. But we have already talked to 50 people not named Clinton. We’re going to talk to another couple of dozen not named Clinton.” But Clinton also grossly politicized the attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three others. She has much to answer for.
On Sunday, Iran was supposed to start dismantling some 15,000 centrifuges and the U.S. was supposed to start giving Iran that $150 billion in sanctions relief. So far, only Barack Obama has announced that he will hold up his end of the Iran nuclear deal. “I hereby direct you to take all appropriate additional measures to ensure the prompt and effective implementation of the U.S. commitments set forth in the JCPOA, in accordance with U.S. law,” Obama wrote in a memorandum to the secretaries of State, Treasury, Commerce and Energy. That announcement came after Iran announced last week that it test-fired a ballistic missile capable of delivering a payload to Israel, something that the U.S. condemned as violating UN Security Council Resolution 1929, which imposed further sanctions against the country. That was followed by an Iran state media segment that showed a tunnel filled with medium and long-range ballistic missiles. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a general in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, said there are many such installations scattered across the nation in case, y’know, “enemies make a mistake.” Still, Obama continues to ram headfirst through the brick wall of doubts about his deal. Of the reports of Iran’s militarization, his administration said the deal that’s supposed to ensure a nuclear-weapon free Iran is not contingent on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s investigation into the possible weaponization of Iran’s nuclear program, a report due Dec. 15. Meanwhile, no U.S. aircraft carrier is floating in Middle Eastern waters as the deal takes effect, which shows that Obama is willing to sit on his hands, wishing the best intentions from Iran. Iran’s enemies, indeed, have made a mistake.
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By Arnold Ahlert
|Some things never change — 1969 to today
There are a number of insidious aspects that form the heart of progressive ideology. But none are more insidious than the Left’s love affair with moral relativism. And nowhere is that contemptibly bankrupt notion pursued with more vigor than the ongoing attempt to blame both sides in what is looking more and more like a Palestinian-incited third intifada taking shape in Israel.
Unsurprisingly, the latest campaign of murder, assaults and stabbings perpetrated by thugs and wannabe terrorists was engendered by a lie. “Arabs are convinced that Israel is set on destroying, desecrating or ‘Judaizing’ Haram al-Sharif, the Jerusalem compound that includes al-Aqsa, Islam’s third-holiest site,” explains New York Post columnist Benny Avni. “As [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas indelicately put it in a mid-September speech, the Jews are trying to ‘defile al-Aqsa with their filthy feet,’ and must be stopped.”
Thus, it doesn’t matter that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied that assertion, banned both Arab and Jewish Israeli officials from visiting the site, and offered to meet with Abbas to defuse the violence. It doesn’t matter that Jewish officials have pointed out the same arrangement in place since 1967, giving the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) de facto control of the site, remains intact.
Nor does it matter that Abbas, who continues to spread that rumor, has also been caught in another vicious lie. In a speech Wednesday, Abbas claimed Israelis “executed” an innocent 13-year-old boy, Ahmad Mansara, “in cold blood.” First, Mansara is hardly an innocent. He and his 15-year-old cousin were captured on video stabbing an Orthodox Jew and a Jewish child. The 13-year-old then attempted to attack two policemen and was shot. “I went there to stab Jews,” he told investigators about his crime spree. As for his “execution,” here is a picture of Mansara recovering from his wounds — in a Jewish hospital.
And it certainly doesn’t matter that during this latest terror campaign, Palestinian assailants have assaulted more than 50 Jews, killing eight. That includes 60-year-old Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, run over by a thug who drove his car into several people waiting at a bus stop and then emerged with a cleaver and hacked the man to death.
All that matters is the kind of fecklessness demonstrated by Secretary of State John Kerry, who insisted (before it was walked back) the latest murder campaign is due to a “massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years” (they are the same number with more population), or the equally disgusting comment by State Department spokesman Mark Toner, who stated the Obama administration was trying to “drive home the point that both sides need to take affirmative actions that reduce tensions.” He added, “I don’t think it’s necessarily saying that we’re blaming one side or another.”
Another State Department spokesman, John Kirby, upped the moral relativist ante. “Individuals on both sides of this divide are — have proven capable of, and in our view, are guilty of acts of terrorism,” he declared.
Both sides are equally at fault? Perhaps the conglomeration of moral cowards that inhabit the Obama administration can enlighten us regarding an Israeli effort that is “more or less” equal to the torching by Palestinians of the highly revered Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank Thursday night, or a Palestinian diagram displayed by Israel’s UN Ambassador at the United Nations on Friday entitled, “How to stab a Jew.” Perhaps they could point to a Jewish campaign similar to Palestinian calls for a “Friday of revolution” aimed at precipitating additional violence.
Obama condemned the violence perpetrated against Israel, but couldn’t leave moral relativity out of the equation. “It’s important for both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israeli elected officials and President Abbas and other people in positions of power to try to tamp down rhetoric that may feed violence or anger or misunderstanding,” he insisted.
Misunderstanding? What Obama ignores Netanyahu has clearly understood for decades. “The root cause of terrorism lies not in grievances but in a disposition toward unbridled violence,” he stated back in the ’80s. “This can be traced to a worldview which asserts that certain ideological and religious goals justify, indeed demand, the shedding of all moral inhibitions.”
Shedding morality itself is also a staple of the left-wing media, led by The New York Times and its shameless attempt to question Jewish history regarding the location of the Temple Mount, insisting that certainty remains “elusive” — before adding a subsequent correction that stated the article does not “directly challenge Jewish claims to the Temple Mount.” Leftmedia behavior is best explained in one sentence by The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens: “In the Middle East version [of media-covered violence], a higher Palestinian death toll suggests greater Israeli culpability.” Stephens deftly sums up the current state of affairs, writing, “Today in Israel, Palestinians are in the midst of a campaign to knife Jews to death, one at a time. This is psychotic. It is evil. To call it anything less is to serve as an apologist, and an accomplice.”
Unfortunately, there is no shortage of morally equivocating accomplices in the Obama administration, the UN or all the other countries and media outlets that constitute “world opinion.” World opinion that reflexively blames Jews for having the temerity to defend themselves from people like Hamas, whose charter of existence calls for the extermination of the Jewish State, or Palestinians who broadcast TV shows in which cartoonish characters teach young Palestinian children to embrace Jew-hatred.
Ever since 9/11, the American Left has been determined to figure out why terrorists hate us, even as leftists remain utterly blind to the most obvious answer: Terrorists hate us because evil exists, and they are animated by that evil. And those who embrace moral relativism embrace cultural suicide, be it in in Israel, Europe — or the United States.
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Jeff Jacoby: “Liberals have had a crush on Scandinavia for decades. … As with most urban legends, however, the reality of Scandinavia’s welfare-state utopia doesn’t match the hype. … For example, Sweden was a poor nation for most of the 19th century (which helps explain the great wave of Swedish emigration to the United States in the 1800s). That began to change as Stockholm, starting around 1870, turned to free-enterprise reforms. … In fact, between 1870 and 1936 Sweden had the highest growth rate in the industrialized world. Scandinavia’s hard-left turn didn’t come about until much later. It was in the late 1960s and early 1970s that taxes soared, welfare payments expanded, and entrepreneurship was discouraged. But what emerged wasn’t heaven on earth. … Sweden’s world-beating growth rate dried up. In 1975, it had been the 4th-wealthiest nation on earth (as measured by GDP per capita); by 1993, it had dropped to 14th. … Denmark has come to a similar conclusion. Its lavish subsidies are being rolled back amid sharp concerns about welfare abuse and an eroding work ethic. In the last general election, Danes replaced a left-leaning government with one tilted to the right. … Social trust and cohesion, a broad egalitarian ethic, a strong emphasis on work and responsibility, commitment to the rule of law — these are healthy attributes of a Nordic culture that was ingrained over centuries. … The good outcomes and high living standards they produced antedated the socialist nostrums of the 1970s. Scandinavia’s quality of life didn’t spring from leftist policies. It survived them.”
The Gipper: “[N]o arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.”
The BIG Lie: “Probably one of the most egregious, wrong pieces of legislation that ever passed the Congress when it comes to this issue is to protect gun sellers and gun makers from liability. They are the only business in America that is wholly protected from any kind of liability. They can sell a gun to someone they know they shouldn’t, and they won’t be sued. There will be no consequences.” —Hillary Clinton (The only ones unaccountably selling guns to bad guys are the Obama administration in Fast and Furious.
Alpha Jackass: “I believe that being shot should be requirement for gun ownership in America. It’s very simple. … [T]ake a bullet and you will be granted the right to purchase the firearm of your choice.” —Salon’s D. Watkins
Braying Jenny: “Here in Alabama, without the right kind of ID, it’s nearly impossible to vote. It’s hard to believe we are back having this same debate about whether every American gets a chance to vote. This is a blast from the Jim Crow past.” —Hillary Clinton on voter ID
Village Idiots: “It is not a coincidence that immediately prior to the civil war in Syria, the country experienced the worst drought on record. … Now, I’m not telling you that the crisis in Syria was caused by climate change. No, obviously, it wasn’t. It was caused by a brutal dictator who barrel-bombed, starved, tortured and gassed his own people. But the devastating drought clearly made a bad situation a lot worse.” —John Kerry (In other words, the Syrian crisis was caused by climate change…)
For the record: “[My payroll tax plan] would hit everyone — yeah, it would. But it would mean we would join the rest of the industrialized world and make sure that when a mom has a baby she can in fact stay home with that baby for three months, rather than going back to work at the end of one week.” —Bernie Sanders
Late-night humor: “New research shows that China has a bigger middle class than America, and more people in China are living what we would call the ‘American Dream.’ That’s when you know things are bad — when even the American DREAM is made in China.” —Jimmy Fallon
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The global elite have never been closer to their goal of a united world. Thanks to a series of interlocking treaties and international agreements, the governance of this planet is increasingly becoming globalized and centralized, but most people don’t seem alarmed by this at all. In the past 30 days, we have seen some of the biggest steps toward a one world government, a one world economy and a one world religion that we have ever witnessed, but these events have sparked very little public discussion or debate. So please share this article with as many people as you can. We need to wake people up about this before it is too late. (Read More….)
Once upon a time America fought a great war to rid the world of the Nazis, but now we have become just like them. In fact, I would venture to say that the Nazification of the United States is pretty much complete. As you will see below, we have a heavily socialized economy where tax rates are out of control and lots of freebies are given out just like the Nazis did. And just like the Nazis, our society has become highly militarized and our government has become increasingly obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and controlling the general population. But more than anything else, all of the pageantry and beauty in our society masks an evil which has grown to a level that is almost unspeakable. The other day, my wife and I were watching some footage of the beautiful parades and celebrations that were held in Germany before World War II, and they certainly were very impressive. But under the surface, a great evil was growing. Just because something happens behind closed doors does not make it okay, and just like the Nazis, our society is about to learn an exceedingly painful lesson in that regard. (Read More…)
The latest Palestinian uprising, or so-called ‘third Intifada’ – in is full swing. Unlike the first two intifadas, however, the indoctrination and incitement channels used are far more rooted in popular social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.………… Click here for full story
So it is that making mostly half-hearted if not downright deceptive choices in formulating its Middle East policy, the U.S. now finds itself not just with its pants pulled down, it has become apparent that it has no cover at all–no clothes whatsoever–to hide what amounts to its most glaring foreign policy snafus at anytime over the past 60 years. The current administration failed to understand the geopolitical reality of the past 250 years–to avoid war there must be balance of power in any region where conflict seems likely and the consequences for Western empires are dire. ……… Click here for full story
Europe’s Muslim Migrants Bring Sex Pathologies in Tow
by David P. Goldman
October 14, 2015
Israel: Palestinian children taught “How to Stab a Jew”
According to Sky News:
Danny Danon, Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations, is urging the Security Council to make a statement against what he described as “the incitement that fuels terror”.
During his speech, Mr Danon held up a piece of card with a diagram of a human body entitled “How to Stab a Jew”, which he said was “an example of what Palestinian children are being exposed to day in and day out, in school, after school”.
PROPHECY WATCH: Hamas Appeals to Russia to ‘Stop Israeli Aggression’
Posted: 19 Oct 2015 07:16 AM PDT
Ever wonder how Arab Nations will align with Russia in the Last Days to bring about “Prophetic Wars” mentioned in the bible? Well this new report is more puzzle pieces coming together before our very eyes! Amid ongoing Palestinian Arab attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces, Hamas has called on Russia to intervene and stop Israeli “aggression” against Palestinians. According to a statement released to the terror group’s website, Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal spoke with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on Saturday evening. Mashaal blamed the recent spate of terror attacks against Israelis on the Jewish state’s “policies of oppression” toward Palestinians as well as its attempts to “damage the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
He then urged Russia to use its influence as a global power to demand that Israel stop its “aggression” against “our people and our holy sites,” primarily in Judea-Samaria and Jerusalem. According to the Hamas statement, Bogdanov expressed “discontent” over Israeli actions and promised that Moscow would implement measures against the Jewish state. The alleged conversation comes at a time of increasingly warm relations between Israel and Russia, particularly over Moscow’s military presence in Syria. CONTINUE
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|Christians are now the new “Threat” to America!
Posted: 19 Oct 2015 07:11 AM PDT
(Brian Fischer) If you have ever wondered whether President Obama has an abiding hostility to people of Christian faith, wonder no more. He believes we are a threat to national security. If you are a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ, your president believes you are a potential domestic terrorist. I do not exaggerate. In a gathering at George Washington University this week, Obama’s assistant attorney general for national security, John Carlin, revealed that the Department of Justice is creating a brand new position just to monitor us. The position, domestic terrorism counsel, will be created to combat the “real and present threat” of domestic terrorism.
And where, pray tell, does this threat come from? From the Muslim Brotherhood, which has a stated goal of exterminating Western civilization and sabotaging our miserable house from within? Nope. From ISIS, which is actively recruiting jihadists in all 50 states? Nope. Jihadists who are sneaking into the United States disguised as Syrian refugees? Nope. No, the real threat to our national security, according to our president and his minions, is coming from the Family Research Council and the American Family Association. MORE
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|Surprise asteroid to give Earth a Halloween flyby
Posted: 19 Oct 2015 07:06 AM PDT
An asteroid designated 2015 TB145 will pass by the Earth at around 1.3 lunar distances (approximately 310,000 miles or about 499,000 km) on October 31 this year. Estimated to be anywhere between 280 to 620 m (918 to 2,034 ft) in diameter and traveling in excess of 126,000 km/h (78,293 mph), the asteroid was discovered less than two weeks ago using the Pan-STARRS array in Hawaii and is the largest object to so closely approach our planet in recent times. Before you start panicking, NASA says that the object is expected to safely pass by the Earth and is following an eccentric and high-inclination orbit, which may help explain why it was not discovered until October 10 of this year.
Much closer than a “near miss” of 3.1 lunar distances by another recent asteroid, 2004 BL86, 2015 TB145 is of a similar size or greater than that object, but without an accompanying moon. Nevertheless, this now qualifies as the latest known close encounter, after 2004 XP14 in July 2006 at 1.1 lunar distances, and until the asteroid 1999 AN10 swings by Earth at less than one lunar distance sometime in August 2027. MORE
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|Obama just signed another executive order, this time declaring government control over the entire Internet
Posted: 19 Oct 2015 07:02 AM PDT
As reported by recent news headlines, the United States is facing an increased number of cyber attacks against its critical government and private sector infrastructure, two of the most recent being against the White House (in October 2014 and again in early April). Besides targeting government and defense systems, hackers from around the world — in particular from Russia and China, have been said to have breached U.S. financial and banking firms, power and water infrastructure, and even vital space assets.
The U.S. government understands how big the threat really is. In an outgoing letter to her successor, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned of an impending “serious” cyber attack and potential natural disaster worse than Hurricane Katrina.”Many things still need tending, and my successor will most certainly have a full plate on his or her hands,” she said, adding that she faced “many challenges” over the past four years. In their 2010 book Cyber War, cyber warfare expert Richard A. Clarke and international affairs expert Robert K. Knake noted that both public and private cyber systems were vulnerable to attack, largely because there was no coordination between the federal government and private telecoms to shore up security. CONTINUE
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|New Colorado law would fine cops $15,000 for interfering with citizens’ right to film them
Posted: 19 Oct 2015 06:57 AM PDT
A collection of police oversight measures that have been introduced in the Colorado Legislature includes one bill that would impose a $15,000 civil penalty if a police officer seizes or destroys the camera or video device of a citizen trying to film them in action. “Primarily, it came up as a result of the number of news reports we’ve been seeing about police officers telling people, ‘Give me your camera,’ or taking the data away, and that is unacceptable conduct,” Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat from Thornton and co-sponsor of the bill, told ABC 7 news of Denver.
Salazar said his measure, HB 15-1290, has bipartisan support and is not intended to punish police officers. “It takes a very special person to be a police officer,” he said. “We want to honor them, but at the same time, we have a few bad apples who need to be aware that their conduct now has major, major consequences.” CONTINUE
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|Ancient Supersize Shark Fossils Unearthed in Texas
Posted: 19 Oct 2015 06:53 AM PDT
A mega shark that lived 300 million years ago would have made today’s great whites look like shrimps, according to fossils of the beast unearthed in Jacksboro, Texas. Scientists have dubbed the newfound fossils the “Texas supershark,” and the name is fitting: These supersharks were enormous: more than 26 feet (8 meters) long, or more than half the length of a school bus. That’s 25 percent larger than the modern great white shark and more than three times as long as other fossil sharks, including the Goodrichthys eskdalensis shark discovered in Scotland and another newfound shark specimen from New Mexico, both of which measure between 6.5 feet and 8.2 feet (2 m and 2.5 m) from head to tail. (Earth’s largest shark,C. megalodon, could grow up to 60 feet, or 18 m, long during its heyday, between about 16 million and 2.6 million years ago.)
Supershark lived before the age of the dinosaurs, which emerged about 230 million years ago. Until now, the oldest giant shark was found in rocks dating to 130 million years ago. [8 Weird Things About Sharks] Supershark’s ancient age makes it a prize find, indicating that giant sharks go back much further in the fossil record than previously thought, the researchers said. They presented their unpublished findings today (Oct. 16) at the 75th annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference, in Dallas, Texas. MORE
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|450-Year-Old Church Emerges From Reservoir As Water Levels Drop
Posted: 19 Oct 2015 06:50 AM PDT
A drought in southern Mexico has caused water levels to fall so much that the remains of a long-abandoned, 16th-century church are now visible above the waterline. The Temple of Santiago, also known as the Temple of Quechula, normally rests under nearly 100 feet of water since the completion of a dam in 1966 created the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir in Chiapas.
But the drought has caused water levels to drop by more than 80 feet, leading to eerie sights such as this one: The Latin Times reports that local fishermen are taking people on tours of the church via boat. Some of the more adventurous visitors have even climbed the ruins: MORE
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|Syrian rebels are gearing up for the Iran and Russian-led battle for the country’s largest city
Posted: 19 Oct 2015 06:45 AM PDT
Rebels battling the Syrian army and its allies south of Aleppo say they have received new supplies of U.S.-made anti-tank missiles from states that oppose President Bashar al-Assad since a major government offensive began there on Friday. Rebels from three Free Syrian Army-affiliated groups contacted by Reuters said new supplies had arrived since the start of the attack by the army backed by Iranian fighters and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
But officials from one of the groups said that while new quantities had arrived, the supplies were not enough for the scale of the assault. They declined to be identified due to the sensitivities of the matter. “A few will not do the trick. They need dozens,” said one of the officials. A number of rebel groups vetted by states opposed to Assad have been supplied with weapons via Turkey, part of a program supported by the United States and which has in some cases included military training by the Central Intelligence Agency. MORE
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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.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
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