Oct. 20, 2015
Japan’s health ministry confirmed for the first time that leukemia found in a worker at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant is a result of the March 2011 atomic disaster.
New-home construction in the U.S. climbed in September, a sign residential real estate will bolster the world’s largest economy. Housing starts increased 6.5 percent to a 1.21 million annualized rate, more than forecast and the second-highest level in eight years.
When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. raises its minimum wage to $10 an hour next year, Target Corp. and other competitors are going to face a dilemma: follow along and jeopardize profits or risk losing their best workers. Matching Wal-Mart’s $10 wage would cost some of the retail industry’s largest companies an extra $4 billion over what they paid workers in 2014.
Joshua Siegel is bringing back a version of one of the most toxic financial vehicles ever devised and arguing that this time it’s going to be different. His StoneCastle Financial is among the hedge funds that are reviving the collateralized debt obligation, or CDO.
Fans of Walt Disney Co.’s upcoming “Star Wars” swamped websites in the U.S. and U.K. as they try to reserve seats to a movie still two months away from opening. The U.S. ticketing sites Fandango and MovieTickets.com struggled to keep up with demand, as Disney’s ESPN network kicked off early sales with a new trailer for the film during a “Monday Night Football” telecast.
The Pentagon is notifying Congress of a planned sale to Saudi Arabia of as many as four Littoral Combat Ships for $11.25 billion, according to a U.S. official, as the U.S. works to bolster defenses of its Gulf allies after the nuclear deal with Iran.
AP Top Stories
Russian air strikes in Syria’s Latakia province killed a rebel commander and four other fighters from a group armed by President Bashar al-Assad’s foreign enemies, a spokesman for the group said on Tuesday.
Southwest Airlines flight forced to return to gate at LAX after man chokes woman for reclining her seat, authorities said.
An unlicensed medical practitioner who infected more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with HIV by reusing unclean needles went on trial Tuesday, facing three charges including murder, his lawyer said.
Turkey is ready to accept a political transition in Syria in which President Bashar al-Assad remains in symbolic power for six months before leaving office, two senior government officials said on Tuesday.
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. The multi-million dollar jet sustained significant damage, forcing it to jettison its fuel tanks and munitions before returning to base.
Russian air strikes in Syria have killed 370 people since they began on September 30, around a third of them civilians, a monitoring group said Tuesday.
As the thermometer dips towards zero in Germany, thousands of asylum seekers spending their nights in tents are pleading for authorities to find them alternative housing. Maybe we are all going to turn to ice,” said a 25-year-old Afghan.
Croatia opened its border with Serbia for migrants on Monday, letting in thousands who have been stranded for nearly two days and partially clearing the human bottleneck that has been building up in the West Balkans.
Slovenia said on Tuesday it would deploy the army to guard its border and appealed for help from the European Union as migrants streamed through the tiny country and many thousands more spent another cold night outside in the Balkans.
A federal appeals court upheld parts of New York and Connecticut gun control laws banning semiautomatic assault rifles and large-capacity magazines, ruling the measures passed after a 2012 school massacre did not violate the Constitution.
U.S. housing starts rose more than expected in September on soaring demand for rental apartments, a sign that the housing market continues to steadily improve even as economic growth has slowed.
Amazon plans to hire 100,000 people for the holidays, a 25 percent jump from last year.
Canada’s Liberal Party has decisively won a general election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule.
Ohio has put executions on hold until at least 2017 as the US state struggles to acquire the lethal drugs needed to carry out death sentences.
China’s President Xi Jinping is receiving a ceremonial welcome by the Queen as he begins the first full day of his visit to the UK.
A crush near Mecca last month killed nearly three times as many people as Saudi Arabia has admitted. AP said that at least 2,110 people died in the tragedy at the annual Hajj pilgrimage – far more than the official Saudi death toll of 769.
China’s government continued economic cyber espionage attacks against businesses despite a pledge to halt the practice last month, a cyber security firm revealed on Monday.
A high school teacher near Phoenix, Arizona, was suspended after administrators learned he passed around a survey to about 100 students with questions that asked about their sexual proclivities. Among the questions, the Daily Caller reported:: “Do you watch pornographic videos?” “Would you go to a wife-swapping party?” And “Do you prefer ordinary sex?”
Top News – 10/20/2015
In Violent Jerusalem Tug-of-War, Biblical Prophecy Unfolding Before Our Eyes
the Kotel is a part of the outer, western retaining wall of the Second Holy Temple that was destroyed in the year 70 CE. It has been sacred to Jews and Christians for 2,000 years. The millenia-long holiness of the Kotel derives from its association with the Temple Mount, where the two previous Holy Temples stood.
HEAVY SNOW WARNING: Worst El Nino in recorded HISTORY means UK faces winter WHITE-OUT
The knock-on effects around the globe, which include unusually cold winters in Britain, could be catastrophic. The last El Nino, six years ago, saw the UK crippled by the worst winter for decades with widespread harsh frosts, sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow setting in from early December and lasting until March.
World Turning Against Jerusalem in Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy
As seen through multiple recent events, the nations of the world are increasing their efforts to weaken or remove Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem. Is this a fulfillment of Zechariah 12:3’s prophecy that, at the End of Days, the nations of the earth will gather against Jerusalem?
Ebola worst infectious disease in world, says Ulster Hospital medic
An Ulster Hospital doctor honoured for his work helping victims of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone has described it as “the worst infectious disease in the world – in a class of its own”.
Recent studies show Ebola virus lingers on in the body, perhaps for ever
A new study, prompted by experiences Ebola survivors have been having a relapse, has shown that there is a lot to learn about Ebola disease and the need to eradicate it not only from villages and the city but clean it out from patients’ bodies for good.
Jerusalem mayor tells citizens: Pack heat
Nir Barkat, mayor of Jerusalem, has sent out a bold advisory to city residents in the wake of several killings, stabbings and attacks on Israelis, telling them in the bluntest of language they might want to consider packing heat.
Top cleric: Jews to build new temple for devil worship
TEL AVIV – In a sermon broadcast on official Palestinian television, a well-known cleric claimed that in the future, Jews will build a temple outside of the area of the Temple Mount, where they will worship the devil. The Muslim preacher, Sheik Khaled Al-Mughrabi, who gives classes twice per week in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, further taught that at the “end of time,” Muslims will seek out and destroy Jews wherever they are.
‘Assad doesn’t have to leave tomorrow, can be part of transitional process’ – US State Department
Bashar Assad “does not have to leave tomorrow or the next day,” the US State Department has stated. Washington allows that Assad may take part in transitional process, but can’t be part of Syria’s next government. At the same time, the Obama administration continues to insist that President Assad cannot be a part of transitional government, once the country gets to that point.
Three Big Weather Changes This Week: Gulf Moisture Returns, Temperatures Flip-Flop and Southwest Dries Out
Three big changes in the weather are expected this week across the U.S., and many will appreciate the difference a week can make.
Volcanoes Today, 20 Oct 2015: Karymsky volcano, Dukono, Piton de la Fournaise, Batu Tara, Sinabung, Bagana
Karymsky (Kamchatka): An ash plume was reported this morning from the volcano drifting SE (VAAC Tokyo)…
To infinity and beyond: Light goes infinitely fast with new on-chip material
Researchers have designed the first on-chip metamaterial with a refractive index of zero, meaning that the phase of light can travel infinitely fast.
NASA Studying 2015 El Niño Event As Never Before
This year’s El Niño is already strong and appears likely to equal the event of 1997-98, the strongest El Niño on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
Olaf strengthens to major hurricane, still far offshore
Hurricane Olaf strengthened into a major hurricane Monday as it churned far offshore in the central eastern Pacific, US forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Olaf had maximum sustained winds of 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour, bumping it up to major hurricane status.
Guam earthquake: Strong earthquake strikes near U.S. territory
A strongly felt 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook the U.S. territory of Guam on Tuesday morning, seismologists and residents say.
Texas defunds Planned Parenthood clinics, but Louisiana ordered to pay
Texas on Monday barred Planned Parenthood from receiving state Medicaid money, the latest setback for the women’s healthcare provider… Hours earlier in neighboring Louisiana, a federal judge blocked that state’s efforts to cut the group’s funding. …Texas health officials said all funding from Medicaid…was being cut because of what it characterized as program violations captured on the videos.
Nearly 200 earthquakes shake San Ramon
An earthquake swarm continues to shake the San Ramon Valley with almost 200 temblors rippling through the region through Monday afternoon… A quake storm hit the same region last week, the most prominent being a 3.4 shaker that struck near San Ramon at 6:10 a.m. Thursday. It was felt as far north as Vallejo and as far south as Pleasanton.
Canada election: Liberals sweep to power
Canada’s Liberal Party has decisively won a general election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule. The centrist Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, started the campaign in third place but in a stunning turnaround now command a majority. Mr Trudeau, the 43-year-old son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, said Canadians had voted for real change.
UN chief tries to calm Israel-Palestinian violence
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories in an effort to help end the spiralling violence. Mr Ban is expected to hold talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. In the latest in a wave of attacks, an Israeli soldier was stabbed and wounded and his Palestinian assailant shot in the occupied West Bank, Israel said.
Migrant crisis: Slovenia eases border restrictions for thousands
Slovenia says it has allowed into the country most of the 5,000 people who were stranded in wet and muddy conditions on its border with Croatia on Monday. It had previously vowed to take in only 2,500 migrants per day. Croatia has also opened its border with Serbia, where thousands more migrants are trying to reach northern Europe.
Israel’s ‘harsh responses’ to Palestinian violence won’t bring peace, Ban says
…UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon… video message to Israeli and Palestinian people… “I understand your frustration. I know your hopes for peace have been dashed countless times,” he said. “You are angry at the continued occupation and expansion of settlements. Many of you are disappointed in your leaders and in us…because of our inability to end this occupation.”
Donald Trump hit a new high-water mark in a poll
Real-estate-tycoon Donald Trump’s presidential campaign got some good news in a new poll released Monday evening. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey found Trump with 25% support among Republican voters.
Saudi Arabia hajj disaster death toll at least 2,177
The crush and stampede that struck the hajj last month in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,177 pilgrims, a new Associated Press tally showed Monday, after officials in the kingdom met to discuss the tragedy.
Egypt in second day of “election without voters”
Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said on Monday that turnout during the previous day’s parliamentary election was just 15-16 percent but should rise now after public sector workers were given a half-day off to vote.
Saudi urges Iran to stop ‘meddling’ in neighbourhood
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Monday urged Iran to stop “meddling” in the affairs of the kingdom’s neighbours, warning that Riyadh stood ready to confront Tehran’s actions.
U.S. media making martyr of dead Palestinian who tried to ambush Israeli soldier
Some of you are going to think I’m being unfair to the media on this one. After all, the AP merely shot raw video without comment. USA Today merely posted it without comment. How is that bias? How are they making a martyr of the guy whose funeral was shown in the video? I’ll tell you how. First, let’s be clear on what happened. A 20-year-old Palestinian terrorist named Eyad Awawdeh ambushed a member of the Israel Defense Force by dressing up like a journalist to get close to him, then proceeded to stab him. Other IDF forces were on the scene and defended their colleague by killing the Palestinian.
The Coming Break Point
A revolutionary political earthquake lies up ahead. The popularity of Trump foretells this. We’re feeling the tremors right now. But the feeling of revulsion for the Washington establishment is not yet clear enough and widespread enough in the minds of the people to manifest in a revolutionary “break point.” But I believe such a lack of widespread clarity is the lull before the storm. And the storm is coming in the form of a pervasive economic crash that will shake up Americans in a way they have never before experienced.
Top Headlines – 10/20/2015
UNESCO draft resolution: Western Wall is part of al-Aksa mosque
Report: Israel Proposed PA Forces Guard Temple Mount
Kerry calls for end to ‘senseless’ violence in Israel, rejects push for international monitors
Palestinian fatwa rejects French proposal to deploy international monitors in Jerusalem
Amidst Israel violence, French Jews worried over copycat attackers
Zahar: Palestinians should use firearms in fight against Israel
Hamas to West Bank members: Commit suicide attacks
Zahar calls for Hamas branches in Lebanon, Syria refugee camps to attack Israel
Bedouin leaders condemn ‘despicable’ Beersheba attack
Netanyahu: Palestinian incitement is ‘Osama Bin Laden meets Mark Zuckerberg’
Steinitz: Abbas’ anti-Jewish incitement reaches Hitler’s level
‘My cousin made me do it,’ 13-year-old Palestinian stabber tells police
Palestinian Cleric Claims Jews Will Build Third Temple to ‘Worship the Devil,’ Stimulating End Times
Why Christians Should Care about Joseph’s Tomb Attack
Scandinavian airline ending service to Tel Aviv due to ‘political instability’
Canadian Elections Could Spell Doom for Israel as “Anti-Israel” Candidates Gain Ground
Reports: Canada’s Liberal Party to end Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s rule
Saudi says difficult to envision role for Iran in Syria peacemaking
Fighting near Syria’s Aleppo displaces 35,000
Medical aid for 29,500 reaches besieged Syrians, no evacuations
ISIS fighters reportedly shave beards, dress like women to escape Syria bombing
Croatia opens border to thousands of refugees as temperatures drop
As Refugee Numbers Swell, So Do Germany’s Anti-Islam Protests
German anti-Islam group’s anniversary rally ends in violence
Austrian Town of 1,600 Drowns in Migrant Feces and Garbage
Britain Unveils Plans to Fight Extremism in Young Muslims
Starnes: School says 9-11 had nothing to do with Islam
Taliban did use bombed hospital as a shelter, Afghan defense minister says
Bus blast kills 11 in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province
Libya’s recognized parliament rejects UN proposal for unity gov’t
As Russia reasserts itself, NATO opens biggest exercises in years
Vladimir Putin is falling back on Soviet-era self-reliance as oil wealth evaporates and sanctions cut off vitally-needed technology
Kim Jong Un Permits Family Reunions to Gain Leverage With South
Feds to require drone registration after close calls
Top California official pushes ammo background checks
Samsung to make robots ‘cheaper than any human worker’
Road rage detector to hit market
Scientists spot new, huge energy waves coming out of the Sun
Large solar storms ‘dodge’ detection systems on Earth
5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Balitoc, Philippines
5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Merizo Village, Guam
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Sumatra, Indonesia
Nearly 200 earthquakes shake San Ramon
Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft
Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft
Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 10,000ft
Philippines Under Siege From Typhoon Koppu
Forget El Nino, start worrying about the North Atlantic blob
South Africa likens draft climate deal to apartheid
UN to call on governments around the world to decriminalise all drugs, says Richard Branson
Study: Ebola Still Lives In Semen Of Survivors For At Least 9 Months
Researchers Perform First Surgery on the Human Genome
Texas defunds Planned Parenthood clinics, but Louisiana ordered to pay
Homosexual Men “Divorce” to Become Threesome, Now Plan to Use Sisters as Surrogates
Foreigners use tattoos to express affection for Hinduism
NASA photo ignites conspiracy about deity statue on Mars
Agony of Congo’s 50,000 ‘Child Witches’ Who Are Brutally Exorcised to ‘Beat the Devil out of Them’
State Department: Yeah, Christianity Is Under Attack Worldwide
Frontrunning: October 20
- Canada’s Trudeau topples PM Harper in shock election win (Read More)
- Where Canada’s Harper Hit Hurdles (Read More)
- Pugnacious Trudeau Steps Out of Father’s Shadow and Into Power (Read More)
- European Stocks Decline, Euro Rallies as ECB QE Optimism Fades (Read More)
- Valeant, Under Pressure About Price Increases, Plans Changes (Read More)
- Syrian rebels say they receive more weapons for Aleppo battle (Read More)
- Hillary Clinton Widens Lead in Primary Race, Read More Poll Shows (Read More)
- Hedge Funds are Bringing Back Everyone’s Least Favorite Toxic Investment (Read More)
- United Tech profit falls on currency swings; plans $12 billion share buyback (Read More)
- U.S. Said to Approve $11 Billion Saudi Buy of Littoral Ships (Read More)
- U.S. appeals court upholds core of N.Y., Connecticut gun laws (Read More)
- OPEC Brings Oil Price War Home in Pursuit of Asia’s Cash (Read More)
- Harley-Davidson third quarter profit falls on slowed sales (Read More)
- Not the “Hitman”: United Airlines Names Brett J. Hart Acting CEO (Read More)
- Chipotle Reaches Awkward Age (Read More)
- Apple CEO Defends Encryption, Opposes Government Back Door (Read More)
1) Differing views of moral issues facing nation illustrate bifurcation of American politics
Even the Issues Are in Debate in 2016 Race, New York Times (Patrick Healy)
The Politics of Distrust, Wall Street Journal (Jay Cost)
2) Republican debate to be held in Boulder exposes diversity of understandings of reality
Boulder Takes Rare Step Into Conservative Orbit With G.O.P. Debate, New York Times (Jack Healy)
3) Oprah’s ambitions to shape American faith in own image evident in interview with Colbert
How Stephen Colbert Is Bringing Religion to Late Night, The Atlantic (Megan Garber)
In other news…
October 19, 2015
The theory ‘is not so much empirical as poetic’
— This week, I read a story about Ben Carson’s response to a question about “creationism” that led me to ponder the quisling GOP’s abandonment of the elegant words and logic with which the American Declaration of Independence establishes the political relevance of the authority of the Creator God… (more)
October 19, 2015
— A 2002 memo recently released as part of Hillary Clinton’s trove of official State Department documents shows that former President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair reached a deal to invade Iraq nearly a year before the war began…. (more)
October 19, 2015
— House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Sunday that he’s bluntly told his Republican colleagues to stop talking about the committee’s proceedings…. (more)
October 18, 2015
— Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “got away with murder” during last week’s Democratic presidential debate, says former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani…. (more)
October 18, 2015
— Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Sunday he isn’t interested in criticism from the party’s 2012 nominee. Mitt Romney, the 2012 challenger to President Barack Obama, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he doesn’t believe Trump will end up being the party’s nominee…. (more)
October 18, 2015
THE RIGHT SCOOP
— Some like to criticize Ted Cruz for being too extremist on fighting against the GOP establishment and leadership, but in this short exchange with Chuck Todd, he explains passionately and convincingly why so many are fed up with those in charge of the party…. (more)
October 18, 2015
— The Secret Service will give agent protection to Ben Carson and Donald Trump while heavily upgrading Hillary Clinton’s existing detail, a Washington source close to the agency’s plans confirmed to Newsmax…. (more)
October 18, 2015
— The man who once spearheaded congressional efforts to strengthen American intelligence is hammering former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her description of the U.S. mission in Libya at the recent Democratic debate and blames both Clinton and President Obama for unnecessarily turning a reluctant ally into a hotbed for jihadism…. (more)
October 18, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
— The next intifada is on, and the Obama administration, as one would expect, is on the wrong side. There has been a spike in Palestinian terrorism over the past few weeks. One has to call it a spike because Palestinian terrorism is always thrumming – – there’s never a real stop. About 70 Israelis have recently been mauled, and some killed, in over two dozen sneak attacks, mostly by stabbing…. (more)
October 17, 2015
— 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…. (more)
October 17, 2015
— Hillary Clinton could be prosecuted in federal court for failing to tell President Barack Obama about her private email server at the time she was running it, according to a veteran FBI agent… (more)
October 17, 2015
— Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., said Huma Abedin was “very cooperative” during a closed-door interview with the House Select Committee on Benghazi Friday…. (more)
October 17, 2015
— Watching the Democrat debate, I couldn’t help but wonder why Republicans will likely struggle to eke out a victory against a field of candidates that in any other generation would be unelectable. There is not a single moderately liberal candidate with broad appeal in this field of Democratic presidential candidates… (more)
October 17, 2015
— Two members of the European Parliament have put the defunding of Planned Parenthood on the agenda in response to the sting investigation that caught executives of the abortion provider in the United States discussing the sale of the body parts of aborted babies…. (more)
October 17, 2015
— The owners of private drones will have to register them with the government under a plan reportedly sparked by the rise in dangerously close encounters between the unmanned devices and both commercial jets and aerial firefighting planes…. (more)
October 17, 2015
NEW YORK TIMES
— The King James Bible is the most widely read work in English literature, a masterpiece of translation whose stately cadences and transcendent phrases have long been seen, even by secular readers, as having emerged from a kind of collective divine inspiration…. (more)
October 16, 2015
NEW YORK TIMES
— R.T. Rybak, the former mayor of Minneapolis and a vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, on Thursday accused the party’s leader, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of making “flat-out not true” statements about another top party officer, questioned her political skills and said he had “serious questions” about her suitability for the job…. (more)
October 16, 2015
— As Thursday’s deadline for filing campaign financials approached, neurosurgeon Ben Carson led in third quarter fundraising and was second to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in cash on hand…. (more)
October 16, 2015
— Paul Ryan’s loudest enemies in his path to becoming the next House speaker are the same members of conservative media who once called him their darling…. (more)
October 16, 2015
— Just two weeks after it announced a plan to globalize local police departments through the “Strong Cities Network,” the Obama administration has added a new tool in its fight against “violent extremism.”… (more)
October 16, 2015
— The Iranian parliament has rejected the formal, legal text of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal, negotiated in July by the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China and the Tehran regime…. (more)
October 16, 2015
WALL STREET JOURNAL
— President Barack Obama said Thursday he was dropping plans to withdraw nearly all American troops from Afghanistan, reversing his long-held intention to exit the conflict before the end of his administration…. (more)
October 15, 2015
— The Dutch Safety Board has issued a report indicating that a Russian BUK missile destroyed Malaysian flight MH17, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board, in Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine. The only question is whether the missile was fired by Russian troops or terrorists under Russian control. In any case, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who ordered an invasion of eastern Ukraine, has blood on his hands…. (more)
October 15, 2015
— Rep. Paul Ryan has so far deflected calls to be the next House speaker, but there is already a group of conservatives ready to kick him out that job…. (more)
October 15, 2015
— **DRUDGE POLL** WHO WON THE FIRST DEM DEBATE ’16? (Poll Closed)… (more)
October 20, 2015
“[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.” —Zacharia Johnson, 1788
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
|The results of a 2013 New Jersey gun buyback
During a town hall event in Keene, New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton said that she’d be willing to consider gun control for the United States of the caliber of Australia and UK’s gun bans. “Several communities have done gun buyback programs,” Clinton said. “I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level, if that could be arranged. … I don’t know enough details to know how we would do it or how it would work, but certainly the Australian example is worth looking at.” This is not the “common sense” gun control Clinton hawked in the past — this is an extreme stance, and a few, ahem, details get in the way of her plans. Sure, after a mass murder in 1996 that left 35 people dead, Australia banned some guns it deemed politically incorrect and implemented a buyback program that netted a million firearms. As Varad Mehta writes for The Federalist, Democrats talk nostalgically about peaceful buyback program, but the reality would be that the buyback would be accompanied with the iron fist of the government making the program mandatory. How would you take millions of guns from millions of Americans? “Armed men would be dispatched to confiscate guns,” Mehta writes, “they would be met by armed men, and blood would be shed. Australia is a valid example for America only if you are willing for that blood to be spilled in torrents and rivers. To choose Australia is to choose civil war.” For the sake of the nation, hopefully Clinton flip-flops on this — for the right to self-defense, codified in the Second Amendment, is also intertwined into the very culture of the United States.
Still, we know her campaign has its eyes on the polls, and while most everyone wants a better background check system, banning or confiscating guns is deeply unpopular. So it’s little wonder that her spokeswoman, Jennifer Palmieri, tried to walk back Clinton’s remarks and claim that all Clinton wanted was “a very common sense proposal” about background checks and gun manufacturer liability. Wrong. Clinton was pretty clear about buybacks and confiscation. But go ahead — run on gun confiscation in the general election.
Oh, Canada. The Liberal Party swept Canada’s elections last night, placing Justin Trudeau in the prime minister position, and snatching up 184 of the 338 seats in the country’s parliament. This will allow the party to rule without the help of any other political factions, and the new policies will affect the United States. For example, Canada’s old leadership supported and lobbied for the Keystone XL pipeline. But banish that dream, as Trudeau, 43, has been likened to a young Obama. The Canadian leader said his goal is to improve relations with his southern neighbor, and he is less invested in the project than the last Canadian leader. Furthermore, The Wall Street Journal noted that Canada will pull out from the fight against the Islamic State — probably a policy Obama wishes he could adopt. In fact, Trudeau has vowed to employ the laundry list of liberal policy wishes, including raising taxes on the rich, running deficits in the budget and legalizing marijuana. Hasn’t Canada watched the U.S. economy flounder because of a liberal-run economy for the last seven years? Now, it will be the case study of the fruit of a liberal government.
It almost didn’t happen. On Monday, the White House announced that Barack Obama might not have time to meet with Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Texan who was arrested for making a clock that resembled a bomb. “I don’t believe that the president will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Ahmed Mohamed,” Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said ahead of the meeting. Ahmed was invited to attend Astronomy Night at the White House Oct. 19 along with several hundred other guests. It might have been political cover to mitigate the chief executive’s invitation after the news first broke about the incident at MacArthur High School. “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?” Obama tweeted Sept. 16. “We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.” That was before Ahmed got a tableful of Microsoft products and met with Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan who is wanted by the international criminal court for genocide. The kid and his father knew what they were doing from the beginning — not making a clock but a scene to prove “Islamophobia.” Indeed, Ahmed said, “I’m pretty sure if I was a Caucasian male I wouldn’t have got arrested. … Pretty sure I would’ve been awarded the smartest kid in class if I was a Caucasian male.”
Ahmed’s father is politically active and ran for office in Sudan a number of times, and the photo-op with Bashir was Ahmed’s 15 minutes of fame. The optics of an Obama-Ahmed visit didn’t look as good for Obama, though he did personally greet the boy Monday night. But Ahmed didn’t bring the clock. Pity, because it would have been very, very interesting if the Secret Service didn’t let it pass through security.
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By James Shott
Hillary Clinton recently declared a war on drug prices. At a forum in Iowa, she said that asking people to pay thousands of dollars for pills they need to stay alive is not how the market is supposed to work and is instead a sign of “bad actors making a fortune off of people’s misfortune.” Her prescription is bad actors in Washington dictating prices.
She has, however, tapped into populist sentiment. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed that more than 70% of Americans think drug costs are unreasonable and want limitations on what drug companies can charge for medicines that treat serious illnesses.
Real events feed this sort of thinking. Turing Pharmaceuticals, for example, has come under fire for a dramatic hike in the price of Daraprim, which has been used for decades to treat toxoplasmosis and more recently to treat AIDS and cancer. Turing purchased a quantity of the drug along with marketing rights, and hiked the price to $750 per tablet from $13.50. Such a steep increase appears to defy reason — and to make Clinton’s case — although the economic factors involved in the price hike are not discussed when Turing is getting run through the ringer.
Clinton concludes that high prices are routinely due to price gouging, as appears to be the case with the Turing price hike. That is the populist’s first response. But Clinton either lacks understanding of how businesses work, and in particular the realities of developing needed pharmaceutical products, or she uses this emotional response to her benefit, or perhaps both.
It takes years, sometimes decades, to develop drugs for market, and those drugs make it to patients only if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives its bureaucratic seal of approval. Just a handful of every thousand drugs even makes it to human testing, meaning companies have to recoup research and development cost through a fraction of the drugs with which they experiment.
Does Clinton have even the slightest inkling of the huge investment pharmaceutical companies have to make in the one drug in 5,000 that actually gets to market?
Forbes reported that the Eli Lilly company blog contained a post noting, “The average drug developed by a major pharmaceutical company costs at least $4 billion, and it can be as much as $11 billion.”
And Clinton thinks the cost of pills is too high? How many pills must be sold to recoup that investment? The lower the price, the more pills have to be sold to pay for developing a drug to help people with serious health problems.
Her solution, predictably, is more involvement by the federal government — the Democrat solution to nearly everything.
However, more than a little bit of these incredibly high investments is due to the federal government. “Regulating pharmaceutical drugs to a certain extent is important to prevent dangerous medicines from being released on the market, yet the current amount of regulation is stifling competition,” according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. “The FDA has increased the security on the manufacturing process and as a result several U.S. drug plants have closed their doors. The time intensive process of approval and the recent shutdown of plants is creating drug shortages and monopolies, causing the prices of drugs to skyrocket.”
The reality is that the cost of drugs amounts to about 10% of health care spending, and the amount of health care spending used on drugs has not changed in 50 years. Thanks to ObamaCare, that could be changing.
If Clinton was really interested in bringing down the price of drugs, she would acknowledge the role over-regulation and slow approval processes play, and pledge to streamline the process instead of demonizing drug manufacturers and proposing even more government intervention.
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Dennis Prager: “Unlike in most societies, for most Americans being poor is not a fate. The only time being poor becomes permanent is when noneconomic factors render it so. These factors include not having a father in one’s life, growing up with no family or social emphasis on education, women having children without a man, and men having children without committing to the mother of those children. The left, with its materialist view of life, refuses to concede these nonmaterial producers of poverty and that changing behavior is therefore the only way to raise the majority of the poor out of their poverty. Of course, when bad luck — such as chronic illness or being the victim of a violent crime — is the reason for one’s impoverished condition, societal help is a moral imperative. Instead, the left believes that the focus of attention must be on reducing the wealth of the wealthy — again, as if the wealth is a pie. Thus, the left demands a redistribution of wealth in society — taking money (that was honestly earned) from those who are wealthier and giving that money to the poor. But all that does most of the time is prolong the poverty of the poor, as they are not only not forced to engage in productive behavior, they are actually paid to continue whatever unproductive behaviors they are engaged in. All this should be obvious to anyone with common sense. But incorrect ideology always distorts common sense.”
Insight: “Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit. This is the fine point on which all legal professions of history have based their job security.” —Frank Herbert (1920-1986)
Upright: “The Democrats’ dirty little secret is that the inequality they complain of is most common in places where they have put policies like minimum wage increases and paid leave into place. California has the highest poverty rate (compared to living costs) in America, New York City the most economic inequality. … One thing you didn’t hear the Democrats talk about [in the debate] was how to increase overall growth above the anemic Obama levels of 2 percent. Do they have anything to say about that?” —Michael Barone
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The BIG Lie: “I think that [regarding] Benghazi, most of the questions have been answered. I think that we haven’t heard enough about the fact that this really was a CIA station there, not so much a consulate, and those guys should be able to protect themselves in most circumstances. … [Y]ou got to remember that diplomats get killed in every administration.” —Joe Klein
“Bad things happen on every president’s watch — also, every secretary of state’s — and the proper place to lay blame is on the perpetrators.” —Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson defending Hillary Clinton on Benghazi with a statement he would never make about mass murderers, gun owners and the NRA
It’s all Bush’s fault, part … oh forget it: “[T]he Republican Party is trying to blame Hillary Clinton for the deaths of four Americans serving in Libya in 2012. Three years later, they continue to hunt her, hunt her down you can say, on the groundless argument that someone must be to blame. Well, you follow that argument and the trail of 9/11, and you end up with George W. Bush.” —Chris Matthews
Late-night humor: “Analysts are saying that Joe Biden was actually the biggest loser in the debate, and that he missed his chance to enter the race. Yeah, they said entering now would be awkward and inappropriate — or as Biden put it, ‘Those are my two middle names! I’m in!'” —Jimmy Fallon
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With backing from Obama’s campaign people, Canadian voters made a left-wing terrorist supporter whose only calling card was his last name, the Prime Minister of Canada. This is really bad for Canadians, but it turns the northern into a serious national security issue.
Canada’s asylum policy has led to Muslim terrorist attacks on America before.
Here we go again. Israel, America’s truest ally in the Middle East, is under terrorist assault, and the Obama administration is once again turning its back on the Jewish state. With America failing to throw full support behind Israel in its time of need, the question is why the Obama administration seems to prefer equivocal statements to demanding an immediate and full cessation of Palestinian attacks and incitement. ………….. Click here for full story
California now joins three other states which have enacted laws allowing for physician-assisted suicide. Those include Vermont, Washington and Oregon. The Dutch ignored warnings that killings would become commonplace and now assisted suicide has turned a last resort into a normal procedure with as many as one in 33 people now using euthanasia to end their lives...…….. Click here for full story
Bride’s Family invite homeless to enjoy $35,000 Wedding Feast
Posted: 20 Oct 2015 09:53 AM PDT
When a groom got cold feet and called off his wedding, the bride’s family decided to make the best out of a heart-breaking situation. Quinn Duane was set to wed Landon Borup, both 27, in a lavish $35,000 ceremony at Sacramento’s luxurious Citizen Hotel yesterday. But when it was called off with less than a week to go, the Duane family, from El Dorado Hills, California, decided not to cancel the venue and catering. Instead, they generously invited the city’s homeless to enjoy the extravagant feast. The would-be bride’s mother Kari Duane, 53, told KCRA:
Matthew 22: 1-10 – And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Luke 14:12-14 – Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
‘When I found out on Monday that the wedding would not be taking place, it just seemed like, of course, this would be something that we would do to give back.’ Although her devastated daughter chose to stay home, she watched as her new guests arrived and enjoyed the gourmet spread. ‘I feel a lot of heartache and heartbreak for her, but I will take away something good from this,’ she added. The arrivals included families with babies and young children, single people and grandparents. Rashad Abdullah, who came with his wife Erika Craycraft and five children, said the meal was ‘a blessing.’ FULL REPORT
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|ISIS could wipe out Christianity in Iraq in just Five Years
Posted: 20 Oct 2015 09:46 AM PDT
Iraqi christians, commonly known as Assyrian Christians, currently face two options, flee or suffer death at the hands of ISIS. Christians lived peacefully in Iraq since the religion was founded, up until 2013. But when ISIS barbarians stormed the country in 2014 and declared the land as part of their Caliphate, they forced out or eliminated Christians. Under Saddam Hussein’s reign there were 1.4million Christians – but now only 260,000 remain as the number fleeing from Middle Eastern nations including Iraq, Pakistan and Syria escalates.
‘UK charity Aid to the Church in Need has now issued a report to the House of Lords this week warning the religion could be extinct in just five years. Introducing the report named ‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Every day in countries across the world, Christians are systematically discriminated against, exploited and even driven from their homes because of their faith. FULL REPORT
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|World Turning Against Jerusalem in Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy
Posted: 20 Oct 2015 09:41 AM PDT
As seen through multiple recent events, the nations of the world are increasing their efforts to weaken or remove Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem. Is this a fulfillment of Zechariah 12:3’s prophecy that, at the End of Days, the nations of the earth will gather against Jerusalem? In the 1920s, the Muslims began calling the Kotel (Western Wall) the Al-Buraq Wall and the Kotel Plaza the Buraq Plaza. According to Muslim tradition, Al-Buraq was a horse with wings that carried Muhammad back and forth between Mecca and Jerusalem.
Historically, the Kotel is a part of the outer, western retaining wall of the Second Holy Temple that was destroyed in the year 70 CE. It has been sacred to Jews and Christians for 2,000 years. The millenia-long holiness of the Kotel derives from its association with the Temple Mount, where the two previous Holy Temples stood. Recently, the Palestinian Authority, sponsored by six Arab states, submitted a resolution to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeking to claim the Kotel as a Muslim holy site, wresting the Kotel from the Jewish nation and claiming it as its own. In the proposal, the PA refers to Jerusalem as “the occupied capital of Palestine.” FULL REPORT
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|Sweden On Verge of Collapse as Illegal Immigrants Surge into the Country
Posted: 20 Oct 2015 09:37 AM PDT
Sweden, proudly dubbed the “Great Humanitarian Power” by its ex-prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, is on the verge of collapse. “The final consequence of the West and, above all, Sweden’s immigration policy is that the economy will collapse — because who is going to pay for it all? And economic breakdowns, once they happen, always happen very fast,” warns Danish historian Lars Hedegaard. Increasing taxes on wage earners in Sweden to pay for the influx of illegal immigrants is not enough. In August Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson said the government is looking at borrowing large sums of money from the European Investment Bank to pay for illegal immigration.
“Why has one government after another chosen to spend Swedish taxpayers’ money to support and shelter citizens of other countries, while some of them try to kill us?” asked Ingrid Carlqvist after a Swedish woman and her son were stabbed to death at an IKEA store in Vasteras, Sweden, by Abraham Ukbagabir, an illegal immigrant from Eritrea. FULL REPORT
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|Russia on Course to Global Platinum Domination
Posted: 20 Oct 2015 09:33 AM PDT
Russia could change the balance of power on the global platinum market thanks to its ambitious projects aimed at developing mines and building processing plants in Zimbabwe, the Oil Price news site reported.Russian companies are currently building a platinum complex estimated to cost $3 billion.
The work is going according to schedule and the project, made public in September 2014, is expected to enter its second phase in the spring of 2016. The speed and scope of cooperation are said to have major implications for global platinum market. FULL REPORT
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|School Insists 9/11 Had Nothing to Do With Religion
Posted: 20 Oct 2015 09:28 AM PDT
(Todd Starnes) Back when I was in school our English teacher would give us vocabulary words, things like “conundrum” or “extraordinary.” Well—the vocabulary list at High Mount School in Illinois is causing a bit of a controversy. Their list included words like “jihad, Islam, Muhammad,” and “Koran,” according to the reporting of the Bellville News-Democrat. One mom told the newspaper she flipped out, shocked that her 12-year-old daughter’s public school history class was teaching Islam 101.
“She said, ‘What’s Koran mean?’ and I flipped out,” Rachel Seger said. “I said, ‘Excuse me?’ and I looked at them and I said oh my God.” Superintendent Mark Halwachs said the lessons on Islamic vocabulary words was all about teaching tolerance. Get a load of what he told the newspaper about what happened on September 11th, 2001: “It wasn’t a religion that did that. It was bad men that did that.” Well, I hate to break it to the superintendent, but the radical Islamic extremists were not hollering “Jesus Saves” when they flew the jetliners into those buildings. CONTINUE
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|No, Your Medical Records Are Not Private
Posted: 20 Oct 2015 07:36 AM PDT
Many Americans think the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects their medical privacy, but federal bureaucrats issue thousands of subpoenas every year without prior judicial approval to get around the law. “If you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy against government in your medical care, then where does it exist at all? If that’s not private, then what is?” Adam Bates, a criminal justice policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Congress passed HIPAA in 1996 with a promise that it would clamp down on waste, fraud and abuse in the health care industry and safeguard patient privacy. But HIPAA allows federal bureaucrats to get patient records merely by issuing administrative subpoenas, or civil investigative demands. These bureaucratic edicts bypass the Fourth Amendment’s requirement that a judge must give prior approval before government can search or take an individual’s property. Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General and the Department of Justice (DOJ) thus have access to any records they believe to be “relevant” in cases of alleged health care fraud. MORE
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|The Looming Military Showdown in the South China Sea
Posted: 20 Oct 2015 07:30 AM PDT
After delaying for months, the Obama administration has authorized the US Pacific Command to send warships into the disputed South China Sea, and China is threatening to confront the naval presence as part of an aggressive buildup in the region. However, the US military is not expected to send the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group to pass passing within 12 miles of any disputed islands that China is claiming as its territory.
The carrier arrived at its new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan on Oct. 1 replacing the USS George Washington. Instead of a carrier group, the administration is likely to send one of its new, lightly-armed Littoral Combat Ships on what the military calls FON, for freedom of navigation, operation, in the next two weeks. 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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