Daily Archives: December 4, 2015

December 4, 2015 US and World Briefing Report


Dec. 4, 2015


Federal agents have discovered preliminary evidence that suspected San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook was in contact with at least one person who had been the subject of a terrorism probe by the FBI, according to two U.S. law enforcement officials.

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to repeal the core of Obamacare, bringing Congress closer to sending legislation to President Obama for the first time that would dismantle his signature domestic achievement. Congressional Republicans won’t succeed in undoing the Affordable Care Act, though, because the president has said he would veto the measure and Democrats in Congress have the votes to block an override.

In a repeat of other recent legislative battles, the Senate rejects several measures on gun control following the latest U.S. mass shooting.

The U.S. is undertaking a significant effort to find and kill Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has gone into hiding, an Obama administration official said. At the current pace, the U.S.-led coalition is finding and killing a mid-to high-level Islamic State leader every two days.

OPEC agreed to set a new oil-output ceiling of 31.5 million barrels a day, a level that’s in line with the group’s most recent production estimate. Crude fell as much as 3.6 percent in New York.

The trade deficit unexpectedly widened in October as weaker foreign orders for U.S. goods and services outweighed a cooling in imports. The gap increased 3.4 percent to $43.9 billion from a revised $42.5 billion in September that was larger than previously estimated.

Virgin Galactic, the commercial space company founded by billionaire Richard Branson, plans to send small rockets inflight from the Boeing 747-400 nicknamed “Cosmic Girl” that it purchased from Branson’s airline.

Morgan Stanley is planning a reduction of as much as a quarter of its fixed-income staff after years of revenue declines and insufficient returns, people with knowledge of the plans said this week.

AP Top Stories

Radiation from Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster has spread off North American shores and contamination is increasing at previously identified sites, although levels are still too low to threaten human or ocean life, scientists said on Thursday.

By 2100, the earth at sea level could have atmospheric oxygen levels comparable to the top of Mount Everest today. “And as far as I know, people cannot normally stay on Everest without oxygen masks for more than a few minutes,” Sergei Petrovskii, an applied mathematics professor at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom said.

Democrats in the New Jersey General Assembly narrowly failed on Thursday to override Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a gun safety bill, sparing him a political rebuke as he campaigns for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Republicans next year will unveil a plan to replace Obamacare in its entirety, as part of a “pro-growth” agenda that he believes should also include cutting welfare programs and taxes.

Muslim Americans fear their religion will be demonized and Islamophobia will spread after a young Muslim couple was accused of carrying out one of the bloodiest mass killings in the United States.

NJ – The kids, ages 10 and 11, are from Clifton Elementary School #11. Police say they were allegedly planning to do it at an assembly being held at Clifton High School Wednesday.


Thai police said they were warned by Moscow that 10 Syrians working for the so-called Islamic State (IS) entered Thailand in October to target Russians.

Germany’s parliament has voted to send military support to the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced that all combat roles in the US military will be opened to women. “America’s force of the future,” Mr. Carter said, must be able to benefit from the “broadest possible pool of talent”. The move will lead to some 220,000 openings to women.

Australia has passed new laws to strip dual nationals convicted or suspected of terror offences of citizenship.

China has announced $60bn of assistance and loans for Africa to help with the development of the continent.

The local government in the Indian capital has said that private vehicles with odd and even registration numbers will only be allowed to operate on alternate days to curb pollution.

La Bonne Biere, a Paris cafe where five people were killed during the terror attacks last month, reopened its doors on Friday – the first of the targets to do so.


Standard & Poor’s downgraded the credit ratings of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group and six other major U.S. banks, saying it is no longer confident that the U.S. government would step in to support them in a future crisis.

President Obama said in an interview that aired Thursday that he is confident the U.S. is safe from a Paris-style attack from ISIS and that American law enforcement is well equipped to protect the nation during the holidays.

White House officials are seeking a way to use executive authority to close the so-called gun show loophole that allows thousands of people to buy firearms each year without a background check, but complicated legal issues have slowed the process.

Mr. Obama had enjoyed historically low increases averaging 3.7 percent a year during the first five years or his tenure, but spending rose 5.3 percent, to reach $3 trillion, in 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated.


Top News – 12/4/2015

“Every Jew a .22”: Can You Believe in the Bible and Own a Gun?
Do not be deceived. While CNN insists on calling the latest terror attack in California a “workplace accident,” the three Muslims wearing Go-Pro cameras as they massacred innocents at a center for the disabled were Islamic jihadist terrorist. The only moral response and responsible reaction is for every person to defend themselves. “Every Jew A .22” – that slogan is for you Christians too.

Superbug known as ‘phantom menace’ on the rise in U.S.
A particularly dangerous superbug, dubbed the “phantom menace” by scientists, is on the rise in the United States, according to a report Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers Reveal Recent Shifts Among American Megachurches
Many people assume that megachurches are wildly successful while small churches struggle, he said. But it’s not that simple. “Megachurches are still vital,” said Thumma. “But even they are affected by societal and cultural changes.”

Motive? Pro-Israel, Conservative Co-Worker Told Farook Islam Not a Peaceful Religion
a strongly pro-Israel, anti-Islamic, politically conservative Evangelical Christian was one of the victims of the mass murder in San Bernardino. Not only that, but the man posted on social media the day before the attack that he had recently received threats, including a death threat. How do we know this? Information about the victims is finally being released.

A war of evil vs. evil
The war in Syria is not a war of good guys versus bad guys. It’s a war of evil versus evil, and it’s not that easy to decide which side is worse.

Lawmakers put Obama on notice: ‘You’re violating federal law’
Several GOP members of Congress led by U.S. Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., have placed the Obama administration on notice that it is in violation of federal law with regard to the program that resettles foreign refugees in 180 U.S. cities and towns.

Most Russians want Putin to remain president after 2018 – poll
Two-thirds of Russian citizens say that after 2018 they would like to see Vladimir Putin or his personally proposed successor as president after the elections. Less than 20 percent of Russians say that the nation should choose someone with a different approach.

France flies surveillance missions over IS-held areas of Libya
French military aircraft have flown reconnaissance and intelligence missions over Libya, including areas controlled by Islamic State, and more are planned, a presidential document shows.

Italy’s Etna Unleashes a Short but Spectacular Eruption
After what has been a quiet 2015, Etna saw one of its first paroxysms of the year. Over the last few weeks, the Voragina crater on Etna has been restless, with low level Strombolian activity that was mainly confined to the crater. However, last night, the Voragine crater unleashed a lava fountain that reached 1 kilometer (~3,200 feet) over the volcano with an accompanying ash plume that topped 3 kilometers (~9,800 feet).

Blair welcomes Syria airstrikes, says ISIS ideology stretches ‘deep into Muslim society’
Speaking to an audience at the Library of Congress in Washington, Blair insisted that defeating the terror group on the ground is only the first step in tackling extremism, claiming the ideology itself must be eradicated. “For Europe, there is a huge calculation to be made. This security threat is at our door. It is actually within our home,” he said.

U.S. military opens all combat roles to women
The U.S. military will let women serve in all combat roles, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday in a historic move striking down gender barriers in the armed forces. “As long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before,” Carter told a Pentagon news conference.

Report: Israel bombed scud trucks in Syria
Did Israel strike in Syria once more? Yes, according to reports in Syrian media. According to the reports, Israel attacked in the Qalamoun Mountains, an area near the Syrian/ Lebanese border. The reports further stated that Israel had bombed the 155th brigade of Syria’s army. According to at least one report the target was a group Syrian Scud missiles.

Turkish president says he has proof Russia bought oil from Islamic State
The Turkish president has said he has proof that Russia is involved in the illegal oil trade with Isil in Syria… After Russian military chiefs publicly accused the Turkish government of funnelling millions of dollars in illicit oil revenues to Isil terrorists…Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned as “immoral” Russian claims that his own family was importing oil from the jihadists.

Senate Votes To Repeal ObamaCare, Defund Planned Parenthood
In a 52-47 vote, the Senate passed a fast-track measure Thursday designed to unravel key ObamaCare provisions and defund Planned Parenthood for one year.

Germany vows to obliterate ISIS as Berlin approves huge air and sea deployment
GERMANY’S Parliament approved plans the morning to provide military assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants, including Tornado reconnaissance jets, a battleship and 1,200 troops.

Woman Asks Hillary: If All Alleged Rape Victims Should Be Believed, What About Your Husband’s Accusers?
“To every survivor of sexual assault…You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We’re with you.” —Hillary That pronouncement elicited a torrent of mockery and challenges from Clinton detractors, who wondered if this standard applied to, say, her husband.

Cairo restaurant firebomb attack kills 16
Sixteen people have been killed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, after firebombs were thrown into a restaurant, officials say. The attack happened in the Agouza area, in the city centre. Egypt’s interior ministry said it appeared to have followed a row between workers and others at the venue, which also housed a nightclub.

Syria conflict: German MPs vote for anti-IS military mission
Germany’s parliament has voted to send military support to the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria. MPs approved the plan for a German non-combat role by 445 votes to 146. Tornado jets – for reconnaissance – a naval frigate and 1,200 soldiers will be sent to the region.

Russian intelligence warns Thailand ISIS militants infiltrated country
Ten Syrians linked to Islamic State entered Thailand in October to attack Russian interests, Thai police said in a leaked document… In the document, Special Branch police urged an intensification of security around “target areas that Russian authorities are concerned about”, including venues associated with allies that have taken part in attacks on IS in Syria.

Iran Lied About Its Nuclear Program. What Is the United States Going to Do About It?
Tehran pursued an organized nuclear weapons effort through 2003, and some activities continued into the first year of the Obama administration in 2009, according to the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Moreover, Tehran’s cover-up activities “seriously undermined the agency’s ability to conduct effective verification” at the Parchin site, where Iran is suspected of hydrodynamic testing of implosion devices.

Turkey row leaves Russia stuck with abandoned gas pipes worth billions
Gas pipes worth 1.8 billion euros ($1.95 billion) are to be left stranded on the shores of the Black Sea after Russia’s decision to suspend work on the Turkish Stream pipeline, a potent symbol of Moscow’s falling out with Ankara.

“But It’s Just A 0.25% Rate Hike, What’s The Big Deal?” – Here Is The Stunning Answer
In 2013 on my website, I calculated that QE2 moved Repo rates, on average, 2.7 basis points for every $100B in QE. So, one very rough estimate moved GC 8 basis points and the other 2.7 basis points per hundred billion. In order to move GC 25 basis points higher, in a very rough estimate, the Fed needs to drain between $310B and $800B in liquidity.

Saudi Arabia confirms California shooter visited the country
Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Washington confirmed on Thursday that Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the mass California shooting attack that left 14 dead, visited Saudi Arabia in the summer of 2014.

Alert Level 1 up over 4 major volcanoes
Four volcanoes in the country —Taal, Kanlaon, Mayon, Bulusan —remain under Alert 1, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Monday. Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Island, in a state of unrest and in an abnormal condition following a minor steam explosion last week, was recorded having 11 volcanic earthquakes since Sunday.

Top Headlines – 12/4/2015

White House: Obama Thinks Gun Control Will Deter Terrorists

Senate votes down gun control as White House plans executive action to expand background checks

Arpaio calls on 250K armed citizens to stop terrorism and mass shootings

US Averaging More Than 1 Fatal Mass Shooting a Week, ABC Analysis Shows

Obama: It “is possible” that the mass murder in San Bernardino on Wednesday was “terrorist-related” but that it also could have been “workplace-related”

FBI says ‘premature’ to call California shooting an act of terrorism

Arsenal of explosives, ammunition found at home of San Bernardino attackers as FBI seeks motive

San Bernardino Attackers Left Remote Controlled Bomb at Party

Shooter’s Neighbor Didn’t Report ‘Suspicious Activity’ For Fear Of Being Labeled Racist

The Jihadis Next Door: New Report Says San Bernardino Shooters Watched ISIS Propaganda and Used Their Tactics

San Bernardino Shooters Contacted Islamic Extremists With Terrorist Ties

AP: Syed Farook Traveled to Saudi Arabia, Married Tashfeen Malik, Grew Out Beard

Syed Farook Wrote Of Spending His Free Time At Mosque And ‘Memorizing The Quran’

Sens. Sessions, Cruz Demand Immigration Histories of San Bernardino Attackers

Poll: Majority of Voters Fear ‘Homegrown Jihadists,’ Most Oppose Accepting Syrian Refugees

As Syrian refugees arrive in Texas, a series of anti-Islamic incidents suggest growing unease

Paris attack suspect ‘recruited team’ in Hungary: Officials

After Paris and California attacks, U.S. Muslims feel intense backlash

5 NJ Fifth-Graders Arrested in Alleged Bomb Plot: Police

Migrant crisis: Greece seeks EU help amid border chaos

To Crush ISIS, John Kerry Urges Deft Removal of Syria’s Assad

US-Led Coalition Targets IS Oil Facilities in Eastern Syria

Marines prepare for worst with chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear defense training drills

North: Battle in Ramadi Could Be ‘Bloodbath of Biblical Proportions’

Iraq PM says would consider foreign troop deployment ‘act of aggression’

Obama: not going to do an ‘Iraq-style invasion’ in Iraq, Syria

ISIS starts building an air force in Libya

Chechen leader: we’ll avenge man beheaded in ISIS video

Putin says Turkey ‘will regret’ shooting down Russian bomber

‘One powerful fist’: Putin calls for broad front in fight against terrorism, hints at sanctions against Turkey

Russia begins delivering S-300 air defense system to Iran

Ya’alon in Washington: Israel ‘very worried’ about Iranian presence in Syria

IDF: ‘We must be ready for the possibility of war with Iran in 10 – 15 years’

Minister Yuval Steinitz says IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear activities shows Iran is a threat that cannot be trusted

Iran: UN report resolves all questions on our nuclear research

Israeli soldier lightly hurt in Hebron stabbing, attackers killed

Palestinian gunman shot dead after wounding 2 in Israel

Report: Terrorist from shooting attack outside Jerusalem was a member of PA security forces

Police demolish terrorist’s East Jerusalem home

Father of arrested Jewish terror suspect: ‘Israel the most anti-Semitic state in the world’

Trump: Israel may not want peace with Palestinians

German Parliament President: We reject settlement labeling, understand Israel’s anger

North Korea nuclear test site adds tunnel, say researchers

US, allies call for new UN meeting on North Korea human rights

Venezuela on the brink – again

Why Venezuelans Are Carrying Backpacks of Cash on the Streets

Dow drops 252 points on ECB aftershocks

Asian Shares Join Global Selloff as ECB Stimulus Disappoints

Busted: Hillary’s ‘No Classified Material’ Lie Now Disproven 1,000 Times Over

Russia Is Planning To Build A Permanent Manned Base On The Moon

The sun could spew out huge superflares and put life on Earth in danger

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Coquimbo, Chile

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Taitung City, Taiwan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits the Southern East Pacific Rise

Mt Etna in Italy erupts to 35,000ft

Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador erupts 24,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 18,000ft

Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Chennai, India, Flood Threat Continues After City Records Wettest December Day in Over 100 Years

Indonesian landslide buries 18 villagers

The new world order is being fueled by Green propaganda

Generation burnout: Three-quarters of women suffer from stress-related anxiety

You’re Only Human, But Your Kids Could Be So Much More

International gene editing conference declines to ban eventual use in humans

Senate OKs Republican bill unraveling health care law

Ontario expands referrals for gender reassignment surgery

Influence of churches, once dominant, now waning in South

EuroParliament Prez: Christians ‘Not Safe In Our Continent’

Jewish Christian Co-Worker May Have Been Targeted by Muslim Gunman

U.S. Attorney General Vows to Prosecute Those Who Use ‘Anti-Muslim’ Speech…..’

Euro Parliament President says Christians are ‘not safe on our continent’

Vitaly Korchevsky: Persecution or Simply Being Held Accountable?

Belief, Articulation, and Action Part One: The Amanda Blackburn Murder

Frontrunning: December 04

  • The Jobs Report Probably Won’t Change the Fed’s Mind on Liftoff (Read More)
  • U.S. authorities look for militant links to shooters in California mass slaying (Read More)
  • Neighbors, Acquaintances Shocked That Couple Are San Bernardino Shooting Suspects (Read More)
  • ECB Fumbles the Stimulus-Baton Hand-off, Mussing Up Fed’s Plans (Read More)
  • OPEC Heads for Status Quo as Members Clash Over Crude Output Cut (Read More)
  • Foreigners drawn in as fear and loathing grip China’s finance industry (Read More)
  • Uber Raises Funding at $62.5 Billion Valuation (Read More)
  • China’s premier says will ruthlessly deal with zombie firms (Read More)
  • At Yahoo, Pressure for Change Tests Board’s Loyalty to Mayer (Read More)
  • Senate Votes to Repeal Most of Obamacare Despite Veto Threat (Read More)
  • Brazilian Bank BTG Gets $1.6 Billion Credit Line (Read More)
  • Israel trained against Russian-made air defense system in Greece (Read More)
  • U.S. Targets Islamic State’s Baghdadi as Special Forces Gear Up (Read More)
  • Morgan Stanley Said to Start Cutting Fixed-Income Jobs in London (Read More)
  • China’s Bond Leverage Tops $1.2 Trillion in Replay of Stock Boom (Read More)
  • Obama lights national tree, remembers California victims (Read More)
  • Avon Investor Barington Urges Company to Avoid `Fire Sale’ Deal (Read More)


The Briefing

1) In aftermath of San Bernardino massacre, nation continues to search for answers

San Bernardino: Shooter was in contact with terror subjects, officials believe, CNN (Greg Botelho and Steve Almasy)

San Bernardino shooting: police detail gun battle as injured toll rises, The Guardian (Nicky Woolf, Tom McCarthy, Alan Yuhas Matthew Weaver and Claire Phipps)

2) Pentagon lifts restrictions on women in combat, denies essential difference between sexes

All Combat Roles Now Open to Women, Defense Secretary Says, New York Times (Matthew Rosenberg and Dave Philipps)

3) Attempted gay rights ordinance in Jacksonville next stage in moral war of attrition

After a Defeat in Houston, the Fight for Gay Rights Shifts to Jacksonville, New York Times (Sheryl Gay Stolberg)

4) On 100th anniversary, moral relativism shown as unintended consequence of Einstein’s theory

A Century Ago, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Changed Everything, New York Times (Dennis Overbye)

Einstein’s general theory of relativity, The Economist

In other news…

School district backtracks on locker room access for transgender student, The Guardian (Molly Redden)

100 Women 2015: How does the brain cope with Tinder?, BBC (Pippa Stephens)

Is Human Morality a Product of Evolution?, The Atlantic (Emiliy Esfahani Smith)

December 3, 2015
DAILY MAIL — A Muslim U.S. citizen and his wife burst into his office holiday party with assault rifles and tactical clothing, massacred 14 and injured 17 before they were both shot dead in a dramatic police shootout in suburban San Bernardino…. (more)

December 3, 2015
VOCATIV — ISIS extremists began celebrating the mass shooting in San Bernardino hours after the massacre, creating the hashtag #America_Burning, Vocativ discovered. The Islamic State, however, did not take credit for the shootings in the ghoulish postings…. (more)

December 3, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Just hours after news broke of a mass shooting in San Bernadino, Calif., Democratic and anti-gun groups moved swiftly to blame Republicans…. (more)

December 3, 2015
INFOWARS — The manifesto, entitled Black Flags from Rome, serves as a shocking reminder of the danger posed by allowing potentially millions of Muslim migrants to enter Europe and America via the “refugee” red carpet…. (more)

December 3, 2015
TEXAS TRIBUNE — Texas has gone to federal court in its efforts to keep Syrian refugees out of the state, filing suit against the federal government and a refugee resettlement nonprofit…. (more)

December 3, 2015
POLITICO — Donald Trump wouldn’t back impeachment hearings for President Barack Obama, saying such a move would only make Obama a “martyr.” Trump, who appeared in a lengthy interview with conspiracy theo… (more)

December 2, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Congress’ plan to lump the next fiscal year’s budget into a huge omnibus spending bill will give President Obama a blank check victory on his open door immigration plans and bid to settle thousands of Syrian refugees in America, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions warned Tuesday…. (more)

December 2, 2015
WASHINGTON POST — On the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State, suspicion of the United States runs deep. Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants, and many claim they have friends and relatives who have witnessed similar instances of collusion…. (more)

December 2, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — It was not until two months ago – – as the war against the Islamic State was over a year old – – that the Pentagon and the State Department began regular high-level planning meetings to make big decisions on how to defeat the terror army in Iraq and Syria, the nation’s top military officer told Congress on Tuesday…. (more)

December 2, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Richard Cohen, a columnist for the Washington Post, suggests in his latest op-ed that the present day President Obama would have lost WWII to Germany…. (more)

December 2, 2015
NEWSMAX — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who has increasingly clashed with President Barack Obama on national security, suggested Tuesday that the president’s decision to send American fighter jets on the Syrian-Turkish border “to target Russian planes” could lead to nuclear war with President Vladimir Putin…. (more)

December 2, 2015
BOB UNRUH — The chief of a military-focused think tank is calling on Congress to step into the fight over women in combat before “irreparable damage” is done to America’s all-volunteer military…. (more)

December 2, 2015
NEWSMAX — Hillary Clinton is sure to be indicted in the Benghazi email scandal because “everything is pointing to the lady’s guilt,” Rep. Brian Babin told Newsmax TV on Tuesday…. (more)

December 2, 2015
BOB UNRUH — Police were summoned to a Wichita, Kansas, abortion business when a teen texted her mom that her father, estranged from her mother, had taken her from her school to the clinic for an abortion she didn’t want…. (more)

December 2, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Senate Republicans put themselves on track to pass a long-sought bill this week to dismantle Obamacare and strip funding from Planned Parenthood for one year, finalizing a measure Tuesday that will put a major repeal of the Affordable Care Act on President Obama’s desk for the first time…. (more)

December 2, 2015
WASHINGTON POST — It’s about as hard for a 20-something worker to find a job today as it was in 1986. The economy is growing at a slightly slower pace, but not by much… (more)

December 1, 2015
WORLDNETDAILY — The senior U.S. senator from Oklahoma, James Inhofe, warned the world years ago about the scam of global warming…. (more)

December 1, 2015
NATIONAL REVIEW — Today in Paris, a city recently beset by one of the horrors of our time, world leaders will gather to address the issue of global warming, or climate change, or climate disruption, or whatever it is we’re supposed to call it now that the phrase “global warming” has been declared verboten by the marketing departments of the world’s green-subsidy consumers…. (more)

December 1, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — The White House accused the Republican-controlled Congress Monday of shirking its responsibility to protect the homeland from terrorists, even as President Obama’s top advisers refused to label terrorism as a bigger national security threat than global warming…. (more)

December 1, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — The major Arab powers once deemed essential to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have largely pulled back from the U.S.-led military campaign, undercutting the Obama administration’s claims about the depth and reach of the coalition it has built with allies in the region…. (more)

December 1, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Several national journalists are openly questioning whether “rhetoric” from anti-abortion Republican presidential candidates had anything to do with the mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week…. (more)

December 1, 2015
CNN POLITICS — Ted Cruz is condemning the deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic, but is refusing to blame the attack on the anti-abortion rhetoric that has consumed stretches of the Republican primary campaign…. (more)

December 1, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Ted Cruz took a swipe at fellow fellow Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio for siding with Hillary Clinton on war with Libya in 2011…. (more)

December 1, 2015
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Hillary Clinton met with Susan Rice just before the United Nations ambassador appeared on political talk shows and blamed the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi on a spontaneous demonstration, a move that ultimately dashed her hopes for higher office…. (more)

December 1, 2015
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY — After seven years of rule by decree by President Obama’s Chicago crony Arne Duncan, why are Republicans about to reauthorize the federal government’s authority over the nation’s public schools? And why is the new House speaker, Paul Ryan, rushing a 1,059-page bill to a floor vote only two days after the text was released on Nov. 30?… (more)

Daily Digest

December 4, 2015


“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.” —Cesare Beccaria


The Truth About Mass Shootings

Triple facepalm

Facts are stubborn things. In the wake of the Islamist attack in San Bernardino, Barack Obama trotted out the usual blame-the-gun rhetoric: “We have a pattern of mass shootings in this country with no parallel anywhere else in the world.” That was after he claimed in a Tuesday press conference (in Paris, of all places), “This just doesn’t happen in other countries.” Repeat, ad nauseum. But is it really true? This doesn’t happen in the Middle East, Africa and Asia? As you might guess whenever Obama opens his mouth, no, it’s not true. The U.S. is pretty much in the middle of the pack for mass murder committed with firearms, both in the frequency and death rate. In fact, according to gun researcher John Lott, “In just 2015, France suffered more casualties — killings and injuries — from mass public shootings than the U.S. has suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (508 to 424).”


As for the number of mass shooting incidents in the U.S., we’ve noted before that the Leftmedia uses completely BS statistics collected by anti-gun fanatics. How inflated are those numbers? The Mass Shooting Tracker website claims the San Bernardino attack was the 355th “mass shooting” this year, but its deliberately inflated definition includes, for example, non-fatal incidents with pellet guns and they count attackers in the number shot, dead or not. The Congressional Research Service, on the other hand, still defines “mass killing” widely — “three or more killings in a single incident” — and even then there were 317 mass shootings … from 1999 to 2013. That also doesn’t distinguish between a random public mass murder and a man killing his wife and in-laws. Overall, firearms-related homicides have dropped dramatically over the last two decades, all while gun ownership has greatly increased.

So what do Democrats do? Propose the same old “universal background checks” idea that would do nothing to stop the two San Bernardino terrorists — or most other deranged killers. They want to ban “assault rifles,” too, though California law is already especially strict on this. And there are reports that the couple modified at least one rifle in an attempt to make it fully automatic. Such modification is illegal in all states, but by all means let’s make it super illegal this time. Oh, and using any kind of firearm to murder people is illegal everywhere, too, but that doesn’t ever seem to stop murderous psychos.

Meanwhile, leftists go out of their way to shame those who pray for the victims. Tolerance, indeed, and facts be damned along the way.

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Obama Regs Keep Stalling Job Creation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning that the U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs in November while the headline unemployment rate cruised at a low 5%. This most likely means the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month as Chairwoman Janet Yellen told the Senate Thursday that the board was going to examine the report, hoping to see “a continued solid trend of job creation.”

Additionally, average hourly wages increased four cents to $25.25, which puts wage growth this year at 2.3%, ever so slightly outpacing inflation. But not everything is solid, though. The U-6 measure of unemployment edged up to 9.9% because 319,000 people were forced to move to part-time work. As for the kinds of jobs created, much of the growth occurred in construction (46,000 jobs) and professional and technical services (28,000). The mining industry, however, continued to bleed from its peak last December, losing 11,000 jobs. This economic depression in the landscape of moderately good news can be attributed to the Obama administration’s regulation. Its crusade against coal has decimated the economy of West Virginia, and he did unions no favors in blocking the Keystone pipeline.

Furthermore, despite rising wages, the Left is still insisting on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, which will only increase unemployment and smother the meager gains in the average wage. So whatever happens in the coming weeks, the Obama administration cannot take credit for leading the economy out of the great recession because it’s regulation-happy tendencies have exacerbated the problem.

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Clinton Flips Position on Sexual Assault

Hillary Clinton walked into a blaring hypocrisy of her own making Thursday when a woman at a New Hampshire campaign event asked the presidential candidate about her record on sexual assault. For the past several months, Clinton tried to endear herself to feminists who want to come down harshly on anyone accused of rape. For example, Clinton tweeted Nov. 22, “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.” On Thursday, while Clinton was sitting beneath a sign that emblazoned her logo and the words “fighting for us,” a woman asked, “You recently came out to say that all rape victims should be believed? But would you say that about Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones? Should we believe them as well?” Those were some of the women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault in the ’90s. But instead of believing them, Hillary attacked the women, ruining their reputations. By aligning herself with her cheating husband, Clinton, who once defended a child-rapist by dragging the victim “through hell,” kept her ticket to political power. In response to the question, Clinton responded, “I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence.” This is not the answer the people who believe men accused of rape are guilty until proven innocent wanted to hear. And frankly, as commentator Ashe Schow noted, it’s an answer that leaves many other questions.

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Illegals Rejected by Democrat Voters Sue for ‘Right’ to Drive

By Arnold Ahlert


In one of the most brazen gambits of the year, five Mexican illegal immigrants and two Latino-focused nonprofit organizations filed suit seeking to reverse Oregon voters’ rejection of a measure granting illegal immigrants state “driver’s cards.” Unsurprisingly, the so-called race card is an integral part of the mix.

Measure 88, which would have provided driver’s cards to those who couldn’t prove they’re in the country legally, failed by a whopping margin of 66.1% to 33.9% during the 2014 mid-term election. Voters in 35 of Oregon’s 36 counties and every congressional district in the state rejected the measure, even though Oregon is a Democrat stronghold, and the pro-illegal constituency outspent their opponents by a 10 to 1 margin.

In other words, when Democrat voters get a say on the issue they stand in direct opposition to Democrat politicians — the very same Democrat politicians who label any resistance to their pro-amnesty agenda as bigoted and xenophobic.

Regardless, Democrat Party allies filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene, alleging that Measure 88 is unconstitutional because it is “arbitrary” and “capricious,” “motivated, at least in part, by animus towards Mexicans and Central Americans,” and violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment. Democrat Gov. Kate Brown and Department of Transportation leaders are named as defendants in the case.

Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform, put the issue in proper perspective. “People were not swayed by their arguments that they deserve to have a driver’s card so they could more easily get to their jobs,” she said. “They’re not supposed to be working here.”

Kendoll further insisted the electorate was motivated by national security concerns and Mexican drug cartels — not race. She noted that illegals haven’t received immigration checks, and that licenses would facilitate their ability to transport narcotics up and down the West Coast.

There is considerable weight to her argument. In October, Breitbart News reported the bust of “a massive Mexican cartel methamphetamine (meth) ring” in Oregon, one that “spanned from the Mexican state of Michoacán through Texas, California, and Oregon.” Many of the 24 defendants charged in the case are illegal aliens, and court documents obtained by Breitbart reveal collaboration between the cartels and domestic gangs, as well as the news that Mexican cartels are manufacturing meth domestically, not just importing it. This latest roundup follows a 2013 cartel-related narcotics bust characterized by law enforcement officials as “the largest one-day roundup of drug-dealing suspects in recent Oregon history.”

Nonetheless, the suit was filed on behalf of five anonymous illegals, all of whom came to Oregon from Mexico before 2000, making them eligible for a short-term driver’s licenses under state law SB 833. That legislation was signed in 2013 by disgraced former Democrat Gov. John Kitzhaber, granting driver’s cards to those who couldn’t prove they were in Oregon legally. The card was a substitute for driver’s licenses that requires proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the country, according to a 2008 state law.

Opponents of the measure vowed to initiate a voter referendum in 2014 and submitted nearly 71,000 signatures to do so. Of that total, 58,291 were validated, putting the measure on the ballot where it was roundly defeated.

Yet as is so often the case when voters reject the progressive agenda, the sore losers then turned to the courts. Joining the five illegals are Familias en Accion and Los Ninos Cuentan, two Portland-area nonprofit groups who contend the law forces them to “spend significant time and to divert limited resources” to provide transportation for their “clients.”

Adding insult to injury, the suit seeks class action certification to include everyone who might have qualified for the driver’s card. Legislative staff estimates that a whopping 84,000 driver’s cards would have been issued in the first nine months following SB 833’s passage, revealing the stakes in play here.

Norman Williams, associate dean for academic affairs at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, contends the plaintiffs’ best argument is to exploit the equal protection clause and insist the state has no rational basis for depriving illegal aliens from Latin America the right to drive on state roads. He further contended they don’t have to prove every Oregon voter was racially motivated, but rather that “there were enough voters who voted ‘no’ who were prompted to do so because of racial concerns, that could have tipped the balance.”

Given the lopsided voting results, how they would do that remains a mystery. Furthermore, the demand for class action certification should infuriate a vast majority of Oregonian voters, not just because their votes might be tossed aside, but because there is only one defining characteristic of that class: every member of it is in this nation illegally. More likely that is the “animus” that drove the majority of Oregonian voters in 2014.

Williams believes the plaintiffs’ chances for success are slim, admitting, “Federal judges are very hesitant to strike down state statutes on constitutional grounds.” Maybe, but as wide-open borders, sanctuary cities and Barack Obama’s unconstitutional efforts to legalize millions of illegals indicate, Rule of Law often takes a back seat to leftist political shenanigans — shenanigans often sanctioned by the courts.

Thus the American Left has opened up another front in its continuing war against Rule of Law and the democratic process. In a better nation, the notion that a federal court could kick states’ rights to the curb in an effort to elevate the demands of illegal immigrants over the votes of American citizens would be seen as the contemptuous nonsense it truly represents.

In this nation, however, states that wish to confer privileges on law-breakers have been free to do so, even when those privileges conflict with federal immigration law. The American Left now insists that states should be forced to do so. The fundamental transformation of the U.S. into a banana republic requires nothing less.

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Michelle Malkin: “While the White House pays lip service to homeland security vigilance, it consorts with Islamic terror sympathizers who attack vigilant citizens and law enforcement officers at every turn. Yes, I’m looking at you, Council on American-Islamic Relations. After seeing CAIR’s bizarre press conference with the San Bernardino jihadists’ family members, here’s what I’d like to say to them: You are not to be trusted. You put damage control above border control and jihad control. You are enemies of our national security and sovereignty. Reminder: The feds designated CAIR an unindicted terror co-conspirator in 2007 in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation and others for providing support to Hamas jihadists. Over the alleged objections of Dallas-area federal prosecutors, the Obama Justice Department’s senior political appointees declined to press terror-financing charges against CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad. Instead, the administration has rolled out the red carpet for CAIR officials ‘hundreds’ of times since 2009 on a ‘range of issues.’ … Little wonder, then, that in this politically correct climate of intimidation, a neighbor of the San Bernardino jihadists told local media this week that he had ‘noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.’ That’s the CAIR effect: See something, do nothing. Silence is complicity.”

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Insight: “The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that — however bloody — can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave.” —Lysander Spooner (1808-1887)

Belly laugh of the week: “It appears to be a kind of hybrid workplace jihad.” —ABC’s Brian Ross, the same guy who wrongly blamed a Tea Party member for a previous mass murder

Dezinformatsia: “[T]he fact of the matter is, among developed nations, [Obama’s right]. These sorts of mass shooting with the regularity of where they occur in the United States — you don’t find that in other countries.” —Fox News’ Shepherd Smith

Alpha Jackass: “[The NRA is] a quasi militant wing of the Republican party. They’re being pushed more and more into the camp of guns for everybody any time they want them. And they’re being pushed by — they have a competitor now, gun owners of America.” —Harry Reid

Non Compos Mentis: “Sensible gun laws work. We’ve proven it in California and we are not going to give up.” —Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (ATF Says Weapons Used in San Bernardino Shooting Were Illegal in California” —PJ Media)

Demo-gogues: “Gun violence is a crisis of epidemic proportion in our nation. We’ve had far too many moments of silence on the floor of the House. And while it is right to respectfully acknowledge the losses, we can no longer remain silent. What gives us the right to hold moments of silence when we do nothing to act upon the cause of the grief?” —Nancy Pelosi

Village Idiots: “In this incident, of course not.” —Obama spokesman Josh Earnest’s candid response to whether Democrats’ background check proposals would have stopped the San Bernardino Islamist attack

And last… “An entire presidency predicated on Twitter accounts and hashtags is going to lecture about prayers not being enough. Beyond parody.” —Stephen Miller

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Islamic Terrorists Are Not Coming To America ‘Someday’ – The Truth Is That They Are Already Here

Stop Terrorism - Public DomainRandom Islamic terror attacks are now going to be part of every day life in America. Once upon a time, those of us that warned that Islamic terrorists were already in this country were branded “alarmists”, but not anymore. When Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez gunned down four U.S. Marines at a Navy and Marine reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee earlier this year, that was just a very small preview of what is coming. On Wednesday, a married couple named Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik fired at least 65 shots at a holiday office party in San Bernardino, California. 14 people were killed and 21 were wounded. Later on, hundreds of shots were exchanged as police officers pursued the vehicle that Farook and Malik were attempting to escape in. Fortunately, Farook and Malik are no longer a threat to any of us, but there are thousands more radicals just like them that are already living in this country and that are ready to act at any time. (Read More…)

27 Major Global Stocks Markets That Have Already Crashed By Double Digit Percentages In 2015

Earth Globe - Public DomainAnyone that tries to tell you that a global financial crisis is not happening is not being honest with you.  Right now, there are 27 major global stock markets that have declined by double digit percentages from their peaks earlier this year.  And this is truly a global phenomenon – we have seen stock market crashes in Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East.  But because U.S. stocks are only down less than a thousand points from the peak earlier this year, most Americans seem to think that everything is just fine. (Read More….)

BREAKING NEWS – Jihadist wife reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS before Shootings

Posted: 04 Dec 2015 08:41 AM PST

The mysterious Pakistani woman who with her husband gunned down 14 Wednesday at a Southern California holiday party reportedly pledged her allegiance to ISIS before the massacre, according to a government source, in what appears to be concrete evidence that the rampage was at least inspired, if not directed, by the terrorist group.

Tashfeen Malik is believed to have posted her pledge to ISIS leader and self-proclaimed “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on or around the time of the attack, in which she and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, stormed a San Bernardino party for his co-workers before escaping. The pair died hours later in a shootout with police, and in the aftermath the 29-year-old Pakistani woman has remained largely a name without a face. No confirmed pictures of her have surfaced, and few details have emerged. READ MORE

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OBAMA WHITE HOUSE: Terrorists Will Stop Attacking if We Pass Gun Control Laws

Posted: 04 Dec 2015 07:20 AM PST

The Obama administration reacted to yesterday’s shooting in San Bernardino – likely carried out by a Muslim terrorist – by insisting that “common sense” gun laws will deter jihadists who are planning attacks. Reporter Peter Doocy asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: “Does the President really think that common sense gun laws would deter terrorists now that he has admitted that these two may have been terrorists?” “Yes.

The president believes that passing common sense gun laws that makes it harder for people with bad intentions to get guns, makes the country safer,” responded Earnest.“But so the president thinks that when there are potentially two terrorists sitting around planning a mass murder they may call it off because President Obama has put in place common sense gun laws?” Doocy shot back. READ MORE

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New York Daily News Stuns Again With Provocative Cover Sure to Rile Up Gun-Loving Americans

Posted: 04 Dec 2015 07:13 AM PST

The New York Daily News released another provocative cover following Wednesday’s deadly attack in San Bernardino — and this time, the liberal New York tabloid took aim at the National Rifle Association. The front page, set to hit newsstands Friday, listed NRA executive Wayne LaPierre as a terrorist and suggested he was of the same breed as Dylann Roof, Adam Lanza, James Holmes and Wednesday’s California attackers. The Daily News added that the NRA was waging a “sick gun jihad against America in the name of profit.” READ MORE

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Largest El Niño Ever Recorded sweeping Globe

Posted: 04 Dec 2015 06:42 AM PST

The current extreme El Niño is now the strongest ever recorded, smashing the previous record from 1997-8. Already wreaking havoc on weather around the world, the new figures mean those effects will probably get worse. Climate change could be to blame and is known to be making the extreme impacts of El Niño on weather more likely.

The 1997-8 El Niño killed 20,000 people and caused almost $97 billion of damage as floods, droughts, fires, cyclones and mudslides ravaged the world. Now the current El Niño has surpassed the 1997-8 El Niño on a key measure, according to the latest figures released by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency. El Niño occurs when warm water that has piled up around Australia and Indonesia spills out east across the Pacific Ocean towards the Americas, taking the rain with it. READ MORE

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Freak Storm Strikes Uttar Pradesh Causing Plunging Region Into Darkness

Posted: 04 Dec 2015 06:37 AM PST

Several parts of Uttar Pradesh experienced freak weather on Tuesday afternoon after being hit by sudden dust storm and heavy rainfall. Lightning claimed seven lives in the state. While a woman and her minor sister died in Auraiyya district, three people perished in Mathura, one in Mainpuri and one in Etah. Lucknow and Kanpur were plunged into darkness, followed by storm and heavy rain.

Allahabad, Agra and some other areas witnessed storm and rain but the intensity was less in comparison to Lucknow and Kanpur. Several trees were also uprooted and there were reports of some people receiving injuries. Waterlogging and power cuts added to the people’s woes. Met department director JP Gupta said the weather had changed significantly due to an upper cyclonic air circulation over Madhya Pradesh which had shifted towards UP. READ MORE

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Sun Could Release Superflares As Powerful As a Billion Megaton Bombs

Posted: 03 Dec 2015 09:04 PM PST

By studying a nearby sun-like star, astronomers have concluded that the Sun is capable of releasing solar flares a thousand times greater than anything previously recorded. Scientists say the chances of this are quite slim, but warn that such an event would threaten life on Earth. Astronomers have documented superflares before, but never in our own Solar System. The new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Warwick, suggests that the similarities between the flares observed on a K-type eclipsing binary star (dubbed KIC9655129) and our own Sun demonstrate the potential for our own host star to produce similar, highly-energetic “superflares.” The details of their work now appears in the latest edition of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Solar flares are a sudden flash of brightness on a sun’s surface, and they’re among the most powerful forces produced within a stellar system. A typical solar flare, which happens on our Sun at irregular and frequent intervals, releases energy equal to about 100 million megaton bombs (or 1029 to 1032 ergs of energy over a timescale of a few hours). But a superflare, which astronomers frequently (and mercifully) observe outside our Solar System, is more powerful by an order of magnitude, releasing energies equivalent to a billion megaton bombs (or 1033 to 1036 ergs). READ MORE

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Trump says Mideast peace rests with Israel

Posted: 03 Dec 2015 08:54 PM PST

Donald Trump says that if he’s elected president, he’ll know within six months whether he can achieve an elusive peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians, one of the world’s most vexing challenges. But the Republican presidential candidate says he has doubts about each side’s commitment to the peace process. “I have a real question as to whether or not both sides want to make it,” Trump said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The Republican front-runner said his concerns are greater regarding “one side in particular.” While Trump wouldn’t say whether he was referring to the Israelis or the Palestinians, he said the chances for a lasting peace rest with Israel. “A lot will have to do with Israel and whether or not Israel wants to make the deal — whether or not Israel’s willing to sacrifice certain things,” Trump said. “They may not be, and I understand that, and I’m OK with that. But then you’re just not going to have a deal.” READ MORE

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BREAKING NEWS – Israeli jets carry out strikes north of Damascus

Posted: 03 Dec 2015 08:50 PM PST

Israeli jets carried out several raids north of Damascus overnight Thursday-Friday, Channel 2 reported, citing foreign reports. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The airstrikes were said to have targeted a four-truck Syrian army convoy, loaded with ballistic missiles.

The Israeli planes struck the vehicles after they left an army base, the reports said. The Israeli air force also reportedly hit a gas supply, sparking massive explosions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday acknowledged the Israel Air Force operates in Syria “from time to time” to thwart weapons transfers to Lebanon. Speaking at the Galilee Conference in Acre, the prime minister praised the Israeli-Russian coordination in Syria, echoing comments from his defense minister in recent days. READ MORE

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)

What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.

What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.

The Gospel on 5 Fingers

If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?

Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?

Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.

Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more

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Study: Obama administration is “having trouble” detecting fraud in asylum requests


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This is an Associated Press article that I found in U.S. News & World Report.


The Obama administration is having trouble detecting fraud in asylum requests from immigrants seeking to stay in the United States for their protection, according to a government study released Wednesday.

The Government Accountability Office looked at asylum requests from immigrants who have already made it to the United States and are asking to stay to escape persecution. The report doesn’t address the refugee application process, which also is overseen by the Homeland Security Department but involves people not currently in the United States. The refugee process has become an issue in debate over Syrian refugees.

The 96-page report concluded that neither U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services nor the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Justice Department agency that oversees immigration courts, conduct regular fraud risk assessments…

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Christmas isn’t the Charade. Peace apart from Christ is.

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“We are close to Christmas. There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes – all decked out – while the world continues to wage war … It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace. The whole world is at war.” – Pope Francis [1]

Many articles have been circulating concerning Pope Francis’ recent mass wherein he claimed that the Christmas celebrations this year are a charade, because there is no peace in the world right now. While it is true there is much war and bloodshed currently taking place in the world and we should weep as Jesus weeps for those that suffer, there is something strangely missing from the message of the leader of the largest Christian community in the world. The message of hope that only the Prince of Peace can bring.

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Always apply the Word of Life

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Ὃ ἦν ἀπʼ ἀρχῆς, ὃ ἀκηκόαμεν, ὃ ἑωράκαμεν τοῖς ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν, ὃ ἐθεασάμεθα καὶ αἱ χεῖρες ἡμῶν ἐψηλάφησαν περὶ τοῦ λόγου τῆς ζωῆς — 2 καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ἐφανερώθη, καὶ ἑωράκαμεν καὶ μαρτυροῦμεν καὶ ἀπαγγέλλομεν ὑμῖν τὴν ζωὴν τὴν αἰώνιον ἥτις ἦν πρὸς τὸν πατέρα καὶ ἐφανερώθη ἡμῖν — 3 ὃ ἑωράκαμεν καὶ ἀκηκόαμεν, ἀπαγγέλλομεν καὶ ὑμῖν, ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς κοινωνίαν ἔχητε μεθʼ ἡμῶν. καὶ ἡ κοινωνία δὲ ἡ ἡμετέρα μετὰ τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ μετὰ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ. 4 καὶ ταῦτα γράφομεν ἡμεῖς, ἵνα ἡ χαρὰ ἡμῶν ᾖ πεπληρωμένη. (1 John 1:1-4 NA28)

1 What was from the beginning which we have heard–which we have seen with our eyes, which we beheld and touched with our hands—with respect to the Word of Life—2 indeed the life was manifested and we have seen it and we give testimony and we proclaim to you the eternal life…

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