Dec. 11, 2015
The Senate passed a stopgap measure on Thursday to avoid a potential U.S. government shutdown this weekend, as talks continue on a $1.1 trillion spending plan and separate legislation to revive dozens of tax breaks.
Retail sales climbed in November by the most in four months as American consumers put to work some of the money saved from the cheapest gasoline since early 2009. The 0.2 percent increase in November, less than forecast, followed a 0.1 percent gain in the previous month.
President Vladimir Putin ordered defense chiefs to strengthen Russia’s strategic nuclear forces amid rising tensions with the U.S. over the global balance of power. New weapons should go to “all parts” of the nuclear triad of air, sea, and land forces.
The baffling disappearance of Chinese executives in recent weeks has drawn attention to the ruling Communist Party’s practice of holding people incommunicado either as targets of investigations themselves or to help with probes of others.
7 million former students are in default on a record $115 billion of federal loans, an amount that has grown almost 25 percent in two years, according to U.S. government data.
Russia’s central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged for a third consecutive meeting as a slump in oil prices triggered a new bout of ruble weakness, raising the risk of faster inflation. Policy makers held the one-week auction rate at 11 percent.
Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri has kicked off talks with several Wall Street banks for $5 billion to $10 billion of loans in a bid to shore up central bank reserves.
An effort to open a new path for graduates with student debt to get relief appeared to hit a snag in federal court on Thursday. During about an hour of oral arguments, the panel judges in the case of Robert Murphy vs. U.S. Department of Education questioned the wisdom of revising the harsh standards used to decide whether a borrower can wipe out their loan after declaring bankruptcy.
Next week, the first tenants will move into Moinian Group’s Sky tower at 42nd Street and 11th Avenue. It’s the borough’s largest single multifamily building, with 1,175 units. Leasing of about 300 apartments at the luxury property-featuring two outdoor pools, a pet spa, and a regulation basketball court-began in June. Rents start at $3,000 for studios, $4,200 for one-bedrooms, and $6,200 for two-bedroom units.
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Chemical giants DuPont and Dow Chemical Co agreed to merge in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $130 billion in a win for activist investors that could spark further consolidation in the farm chemicals industry.
Japan is doing little to enforce laws meant to keep illegal ivory out of circulation and is fueling the slaughter of elephants, a conservation group charged Thursday.
Looking ahead to 2016, there’s little indication from experts that online threats will be any less numerous or menacing. But there is optimism that groundwork laid this year could pay dividends in the year ahead. That’s especially the case regarding negotiations with China to thwart commercial hacking.
Americans’ life expectancy has remained unchanged for a third straight year, following decades in which it had steadily risen, according to government statistics published Wednesday. A child born in the United States last year can expect to live 78.8 years on average — 81.2 years for females and 76.4 years for males.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay a $70 million fine to the U.S. government for failing to report safety data.
Using radar and backed by a large patrol vessel, Turkey’s coastguard picked up over 150 migrants seeking to cross to Greece in flimsy dinghies during a nighttime swoop on their routes across the Aegean Sea.
China will introduce tough controls on ship emissions at three key port areas from January to reduce sulfur dioxide which results in acid rain, causing respiratory difficulties and sometimes premature death, said the Ministry of Transport.
The federal government has not sufficiently improved the process for people barred from flying over the U.S. to challenge their placement on the no-fly list, lawyers for six people on the list told a federal judge Wednesday.
President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to take “extremely tough” action against any threat to its forces in Syria. Such targets must be “immediately destroyed”.
The first military plane carrying Syrian refugees to be resettled in Canada has arrived in the country. Welcoming the 163 refugees, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country was “showing the world how to open our hearts”. The newly elected Liberal government has pledged to take in 25,000 refugees by the end of February.
Mexico has approved the use of the world’s first vaccine against dengue fever. The deadliest form of the mosquito-borne disease kills 22,000 people per year, according to the WHO.
A guesthouse used by foreigners in Kabul has come under attack from armed insurgents, with the Taliban saying that they were behind the assault.
The Islamic State has made more than $500m trading oil. Its “primary customer” has been the government of Syria’s President Assad, despite its ongoing battle to overthrow the regime
A month ago, only 4 percent of Americans said terrorism was the most important problem; now, 19 percent say it is, above any other issue.
Up to 65 percent of Syrian “refugees” and migrants entering Germany can’t read or write which makes it nearly impossible for them to get work.
A German court has given the green light to “Shariah police” who “patrol” city streets in search of Islamic-law violators.
Top News – 12/11/2015
FBI Director Apparently Doesn’t Know How Buying a Gun on the Internet Works
Comey, perhaps surprised by the question, seemed to stumble. Graham clarified, asking “if I try to buy a gun on the internet, where do I pick it up?” Looking perplexed, the FBI Director replied “I assume it’s shipped to you, but I don’t know for sure, actually.”As the Director of the FBI, he should be well aware of the fact that if a private citizen purchases a firearm on the internet, that gun is then shipped to a Federal Firearms License holder (FFL). The individual must then pick up the gun from his or her FFL and pass a background check to take ownership of the gun, a process that is often referred to as a transfer.
Even Muslim Scholars Agree: Jerusalem Is Jewish
Prof. Youssef Ziedan, a specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies and a prolific author, has given a series of interviews to Egyptian television stations in recent days, in all of which he emphasizes one issue: There is actually no connection between Jerusalem and ancient Islam.
For Persecuted Mideast Christians, Obama Admin Tongue-Tied on Genocide
While Christians in Iraq and Syria face the threat of extinction at the hands of the Islamic State terror group, the U.S. State Department remains silent on the prospect of publicly designating the atrocities against Christians and other Mideast religious minorities as “genocide.”
How El Niño Made the Pacific a Hurricane Hotbed in 2015
El-Niño-influenced storms raged throughout the Pacific during this year’s six-month hurricane season, which lasted from June 1 to Nov. 30. Even the central Pacific Ocean and the northwest Indian Ocean saw cyclones, a rare occurrence, according to a report at NASA’s Earth Observatory. But the Atlantic spent its third consecutive year with below-average storm activity, the Earth Observatory reported.
Over 400 German Islamists Are Ready to Attack ‘At Any Moment’
Germany has over 1,100 violent Islamists, of whom 430 are considered so dangerous that they could attack at any moment, the head of Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, said in an interview with MDR television.
Colorado ACLU Board Member: Shoot Trump Voters ‘Before Election Day’
Loring Wirbel, board member of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Colorado chapter and co-chair of the ACLU’s Colorado Springs chapter, called for supporters of GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be shot before they vote for the billionaire businessman.
Islam is at War with America: But Does America Understand that She is at War with Islam?
We have already been “infiltrated” by Islamic folks at the highest levels of our government. In the name of “political correctness” and “multiculturalism” and “leftwing liberal tolerance”, we now have Islamists in the White House, the State Dept, the FBI, Homeland Security. Truly the Trojan horse of Islam has fully penetrated American society at even the very highest levels of government, including the White House.
Obama Told NSC And FBI To ‘Downplay’ Terrorist Angle Of San Bernardino
Part of the reason for trying to avoid the designation of the shootings as terrorism is because it threatens to upset the Obama administration’s strategy in Syria. A case of Islamic terrorism in the U.S. would put additional pressure on the administration to play a much more active role in the conflict. But in this case, because the preponderance evidence so pointed to terrorism, the FBI’s hand was forced, and the agency declared the existence of a terrorism investigation, going against top-down priorities from the White House.
Black Pastors Say Black Lives Matter Is ‘Demonic,’ ‘Shameful’ and ‘Tragic’
A group of black pastors asserted Wednesday that in order to change the impoverished, crime-stricken cultures in America’s inner cities, more emphasis needs to be placed on responsibility, education and entrepreneurship instead of blaming the police for problems facing troubled African-Americans.
Confirmed Dinosaur Blood on Ancient Fossil Astonishes Evolutionists
Researchers have confirmed that biomaterial discovered on an ancient fossil is in fact preserved dinosaur blood, astonishing evolutionists who continue to believe the fossil is 80 million years old. scientists are left with two possible explanations: either the dinosaur blood somehow defied expectations and survived for 80 million years, or the dinosaur fossil is not nearly as old as most people believe.
Theft of dozens of propane tanks, purchase of 150 prepaid cell phones in Missouri puts FBI on alert
The FBI has launched an investigation after 150 prepaid mobile phones were bought from local Walmarts in Missouri. This comes after the theft of dozens of propane tanks in the area. The large number of purchases took place at six Missouri Walmarts at least, authorities say, according to KRCG13. A large portion of the phones were bought by “three men with accents” at one Walmart near the town of Lebanon, Jefferson City police said. The purchases were made very late, at 3:50am local time on Saturday, authorities said for 59 of the phones.
Triple terror: up to 60 killed, 80 wounded, 3 car bombs explode in Syrian Christian town
Three truck bomb explosions in the town of Tell Tamer in Syria’s northeastern Al Hasakah province have killed up to 60 and injured more than 80 people on Thursday, a spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG said on Friday, Reuters reports.
Catholics should not try to convert Jews, Vatican says in landmark document
Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said Thursday in a major new document that drew the Church further from the strained relations with Judaism of the past.
Magnitude-5.3 earthquake jolts Bengkulu
The tremors of the earthquake could be felt in six districts and cities in Bengkulu, or up to hundreds of kilometers away from the epicenter. The earthquake did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami.
Scientists have found a new strain of bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics
FOR years experts have warned there would come a day when antibiotics would cease being effective. And it seems…scientists discovered a new superbug…has the ability to infect other bacteria. But instead of destroying its virulent cousins this new strain of e.coli actually strengthens them by giving them the same antibiotic shield.
Gun sales: White House to seek expanded background checks
President Barack Obama’s advisers are finalizing a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval. White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says the president has asked his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review “in short order.” She says the recommendations will include measures to expand background checks.
Putin vows ‘extremely tough’ action on Syria threats
President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to take “extremely tough” action against any threat to its forces in Syria. Such targets must be “immediately destroyed”, he told defence officials in televised comments. Mr Putin did not elaborate on specific threats but Turkey and Russia are currently locked in a spat over the downing of a Russian jet by Ankara.
Burundi crisis: Military bases attacked in Bujumbura
Heavily armed attackers have launched co-ordinated assaults on at least two army barracks in Burundi. Eight people, including some attackers, have reportedly been killed in Bujumbura, the capital. Witnesses described hearing gunfire and explosions for several hours, in Musaga in the south and Ngagara in the north.
This Christian University Just Won the Right to Ban Gay Students
The LGBT movement has achieved many notable victories this year, securing marriage equality, major attacks on conversion therapy and more. But one Christian university just demonstrated why activists and allies must not become complacent: Carson-Newman University, a private Southern Baptist college in Tennessee, is now legally allowed to ban students whose “lifestyles” are interpreted as an affront to their Christian philosophy: gay students and others included.
Arkansas Supreme Court halts birth certificates for same-sex partners
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a lower court order that allowed same-sex parents throughout the state to be listed as parents on the birth certificates of their children.It let stand the certificates obtained by three lesbian couples who had challenged the Arkansas Health Department Vital Statistics Bureau’s refusal to identify the three couples as the adoptive or biological parents of their respective children.
Former Muslim “Christians” terrorize Catholics at Mass!
There is a disturbing report from a television station, KTNV in Las Vegas, Nevada.Parishioners are terrified after protesters have disturbed Mass at several Catholic churches across the valley.The group, Koosha Las Vegas, includes members who clearly identify themselves as former Muslims turned Christians. They’ve been entering churches during services, shouting at Catholics that they need to repent now or else, and filming the acts and posting them on the internet.
Palestine – Israel Sheds PLO As Negotiating Partner
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has concluded that completing successful negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) on the allocation of territorial sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), Gaza and East Jerusalem is a mission impossible to achieve.
US Intel: ISIS May Have Passport Printing Machine, Blank Passports
With the U.S. and other countries on high alert for ISIS attacks, American authorities are warning the terror group’s followers may have infiltrated American borders with authentic-looking passports ISIS has printed itself with its own machines, according to an intelligence report obtained by ABC News.
El Chapo tells ISIS his men will destroy them
The world’s most wanted drug lord has declared war on the Islamic State, promising the terror group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, that his narcotics cartel will wipe them off the planet. “My men will destroy you,”’ El Chapo huffs to the ISIS leader in an encrypted email that was leaked to a cartel-linked blogger in Mexico.
Top Headlines – 12/11/2015
Frontrunning: December 11
- Futures down sharply as oil hits seven-year low (Read More)
- Oil slides to new seven-year low as IEA warns of worse glut (Read More)
- But… but… they all said… Cheap Oil Gives Little Help to U.S. Spending (Read More)
- Disappearances in China Highlight Ruling Party Detention System (Read More)
- China’s Credit Rebounds as Stimulus Helps Boost Loan Demand (Read More)
- Junk Fund’s Demise Fuels Concern Over Bond Rout (Read More)
- No cheer as China yuan hits four-and-a-half-year low, oil at seven-year low (Read More)
- Fixing the Falling Yuan (Read More)
- China says loss-making state firms should exit market (Read More)
- U.S. Posted $65 Billion Deficit in November (Read More)
- Donald Trump Has America’s CEOs Nervous and Very Quiet, for Now (Read More)
- U.S. Is Bracing for Influx of Central American Migrants (Read More)
- Manhattan Apartment Vacancies Rise to the Highest in Nine Years (Read More)
- Merkel Denied Time to Bask in Praise as Refugee Rebels Loom (Read More)
- South Africa Faces Watershed as Investors Despair of Zuma (Read More)
- Multimillion-Dollar Homes Face the Wrecking Ball (Read More)
- Nobel Laureate Says IMF Move Won’t Propel Yuan to Rival Dollar (Read More)
1) Vatican discourages evangelism of Jews, contravening clear teaching of Scripture
New Vatican document reflects on relations between Catholics, Jews, Catholic News Service (Cindy Wooden)
Vatican issues new document on Christian-Jewish dialogue, Vatican Radio
2) University of Tennessee excludes Christmas festivity for the sake of cultural inclusivity
Lawmakers want UT chief to resign after holiday post, The Tennessean (Adam Tamburin)
Univ. of Tenn. clamps down on campus Christmas parties, Washington Times (Scott Lamb)
In other news…
Schooling Children in Manners, Thank You Very Much, The New York Times (Alyson Krueger)
Psychiatric Drugs Are Being Prescribed to Infants, New York Times (Alan Schwarz)
December 11, 2015
“[T]hat form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the law, is the best of republics.” —John Adams, 1776
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
The common perception is that most illegal aliens come across the border with Mexico, but most experts still believe that between 40% and 50% of illegals are actually people who came legally and overstayed their visas. According to a 2006 study by the Pew Research Center, “Nearly half of all the unauthorized migrants now living in the United States entered the country legally through a port of entry such as an airport or a border crossing point where they were subject to inspection by immigration officials.” In other words, these folks aren’t “undocumented” at all; they’ve just slipped through the cracks because enforcement has long been, shall we say, lacking.
If the giant bureaucracies of the Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service and Department of Homeland Security could work together, illegals who’ve overstayed would be easier to identify. (Maybe if the IRS wasn’t so busy targeting conservatives… Just a thought.)
Well, the Associated Press reports, there’s an effort afoot to track those who overstay visas: “U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin capturing facial and eye scans of foreigners entering the country at San Diego’s Otay Mesa port of entry on foot. By February, foreigners going to Mexico on foot through the checkpoint will get scanned. The trial run, which lasts through the end of June, will help determine if authorities expand biometric screening to foreigners at all land crossings on the 1,954-mile border with Mexico. Authorities will look at the accuracy of the cameras.” The problem has never been the law. Congress has demanded these scans for more than 20 years. Again, it’s lack of enforcement that presents the biggest problem. And a legitimate tracking system will go a long way toward fixing it.
Could U.S. law enforcement stop Tashfeen Malik — the woman who helped carry out the San Bernardino attack — after she applied for a visa, before she even entered the states? Former Customs and Border Patrol analyst Phil Haney told Fox News that it was possible, if the State Department and DHS’ Office of Civil Rights had not stepped in over concerns that the program was politically incorrect. Haney had been tracking the Deobandi Movement, a group of fundamentalist Muslims, putting thousands of names and locations into a database, tracking the members as they traveled in and out of America using the visa waiver program. Both attackers were associated with the movement, and the wife’s entry attempt might have been flagged had the investigation continued.
Haney received a letter of commendation after his work identified 300 terrorists. But then the PC police stepped in and said Haney was profiling Muslims. Records were deleted. When he spoke up, Haney lost his security clearance in September 2014. Haney said, “The administration was more concerned about the civil rights and liberties of foreign Islamic groups with terrorist ties than the safety and security of Americans.” This administration can’t be trusted with national security issues. It shut down a program trying to prevent terrorist acts before they happen, but it wants to expand background checks on firearm purchase to prevent mass shootings before they happen. Go figure.
In related news, there are reports that Obama instructed law enforcement to downplay the terrorism angle in the immediate aftermath of the attack, as it undercut his preferred narrative.
Before the blood has even dried in San Bernardino, Barack Obama and his cronies began acting in political theater. This week, Obama’s adviser Valerie Jarrett told a group of people holding a vigil in remembrance of the Sandy Hook massacre that her boss is considering proposals to institute a measure of gun control. More specifically, Obama will probably use his phone and pen to close the “gun show loophole” and expand background checks. Polls show people support background checks, so Obama’s just trying to make Republicans look unreasonable for opposing him. That shores up an incrementally larger number of people who think Republicans just won’t budge at all on the issue and don’t care that Americans keep getting killed. Recall that Obama told NBC September 2014, “Part of this job is also the theater of it. A part of it is, you know, how are you, how, how are you, well, it’s not something that — that always comes naturally to me. But it matters. And I’m mindful of that.” Make no mistake: Obama is only playing political theater. As National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke noted, Obama doesn’t have enough time in office to propose an executive order, hold a reasonable comment period and defend the action in court. It’s all for show to demonstrate Democrats are doing something, anything, about “gun violence.”
Meanwhile in the “Constitution State,” Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy promised Thursday to sign an executive order banning the sale of firearms in the state to anyone that appears on the federal terrorism watch list, a clear erosion of due process. But like all the other gun control measures the state adopted after Sandy Hook, this one wouldn’t have stopped that massacre. More theater.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Michael Swartz
Within days after taking office, Barack Obama pompously penned an executive order closing the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year. Seven years later, the facility remains open due to strenuous objections to moving Gitmo’s occupants stateside (or elsewhere) as well as concerns over the cost of closing the prison. A recent Defense Department proposal pegged the cost as $600 million, which includes separate holding facilities around the country for the remaining detainees.
Frustrated at the lack of progress, some in Obama’s camp want him to go the executive order route again and with a stroke of a pen magically make the holding cells disappear. In reality, though, Obama has stepped up the pace of releasing prisoners over the last several months with another five transferred to the United Arab Emirates this week. The current population of 107 may be in double-digits by year’s end if Obama has his way. Last month, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest intoned, “I’m not aware of any ongoing effort to devise a strategy using only the president’s executive authority to accomplish this goal. But I certainly wouldn’t … take that option off the table.”
Going it alone is never off of Obama’s table.
Emptying out the camp may be a campaign promise, but it also leaves the enormous risk of former prisoners returning to the battlefield, like a certain Yemeni al-Qaida leader.
According to Thomas Joscelyn in The Long War Journal, “Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video featuring a former Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Qosi, who is also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani. In July 2010, Qosi plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism before a military commission. His plea was part of a deal in which he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors during his remaining time in US custody. Qosi was transferred to his home country of Sudan two years later, in July 2012. Qosi joined AQAP in 2014 and became one of its leaders.”
Critics like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) call the prospect of executive action one that would be “the most brazen assertion of executive power in over a century and spark a grave constitutional crisis.” Cotton correctly claims that Congress has the right to “make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water” as specified in the Constitution.
There’s evidence that Obama’s rush to score political points and keep his promise to the radical peacenik crowd has already placed him outside the law. A damning report released by the House Armed Services Committee found that Obama “clearly broke the law” by failing to notify Congress of his outrageous release of five Gitmo detainees in exchange for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl before the 30-day notification period prescribed by law. On top of that, the report also accuses the commander in chief of having “misled” Congress on the status of the negotiations for Bergdahl’s release, which netted the enemy the return of a high-value group dubbed the “Taliban Five.” Last year on these pages we rued the tragic fact that six good men died in the search for Bergdahl.
(As a side note, a new exposé reveals how Bergdahl viewed himself as some sort of “Jason Bourne.” His delusions of grandeur don’t justify the swap, either.)
This much we know, however: The fact that men associated with Islamic terrorism soon may either be released to eventually return to their home countries (and the battlefield) or relocated to prisons on the American mainland is the sort of propaganda victory the enemy can use for recruitment or radicalization. Yet Obama keeps telling conservatives that our policies — including keeping Gitmo open — amount to “doing exactly what the terrorists want.”
Considering that Congress has repeatedly attempted to deny funding to close Guantanamo, the question of who’s more competent concerning national security is worth pondering as we begin to close the book on the Obama era.
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OPINION IN BRIEF
Jonah Goldberg: “The claim that Trump is a committed conservative is not very believable. Until recently, he was for higher taxes on the wealthy, taking in Syrian refugees and single-payer health care. He almost never talks about the Constitution, faith or liberty unless forced to. In 2012, Trump condemned Mitt Romney for being too harsh on illegal immigration. In May of this year, he attacked ‘publicity seekers’ who needlessly provoked Muslims. With the exception of a few single-issue voters on immigration, Trump fans love him for his enemies and for his populist bombast, not for any specific principles. In other words, he divides the GOP more up-down than he does left-right. Trump defenders can rightly point to the fact that he draws support from a wide swath of voters. Critics can rightly point out that he draws animosity from an even wider swath of voters. But neither should go around talking about how Trump represents the conservative base.”
Insight: “[P]rudent minds have as a natural gift one safeguard which is the common possession of all, and this applies especially to the dealings of democracies. What is this safeguard? Skepticism. This you must preserve. This you must retain.” —Demosthenes (384-322 BC)
Most government jobs = permanent jobs: “I’ve never encountered an organization where leadership was measured by how many people you fired. You can’t fire your way to excellence.” —VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson
So it’s all just for show? “The fact is that even if every single American citizen biked to work, carpooled to school, used only solar panels to power their homes, if we each planted a dozen trees, if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, guess what — that still wouldn’t be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world.” —John Kerry at the Paris climate summit
“The planet will be ok, there just won’t be any damn people on it.” —Han Solo Harrison Ford’s alarming prediction about man-made global warming (Of course, without warming, he’d still be frozen in carbonite…)
Dezinformatsia: “[Democrats] have to speak up and just tell the American people we can’t get anything done on gun violence because Republicans are in the way. Put it on the obstructors. Put it on the people who always defend a piece of paper that was 225 old or whatever, back in a society that doesn’t even exist today. … Then maybe you might strike a nerve with the American people to get rid of some of these jackasses who live by an old document that is just totally outdated.” —Ed Schultz
What could go wrong? “Ban guns. All guns. Get rid of guns in homes, and on the streets, and, as much as possible, on police. … Ban guns! Not just gun violence. Not just certain guns. Not just already-technically-illegal guns. All of them.” —New Republic’s Phoebe Maltz Bovy
Non Compos Mentis: “What I’m observing is that it’s tragic that in the immediate aftermath of a series of high-profile mass shootings people feel like they have to go out and purchase a gun. … [I]t’s tragic and ironic.” —Josh Earnest (What’s tragic is how the Left stands on the coffins of innocent people to politicize shootings.)
And last… “To think there is a right to bear arms because of the 2nd Amendment is to mix up cause and effect.” —Frank Fleming
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Junk bonds are getting trashed – leading to the biggest mutual fund closure since the 2008 financial crisis – and raising a potentially a bad omen for stock investors, too.
The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate high-yield exchange-traded fund (HYG) is down 14% from its highest point over the past year – a massive downdraft that’s already causing major dislocations in this market. The high-yield ETF has fallen to its lowest levels since 2009 – which the wounds from the financial crisis were still fresh.
Pain is getting so bad the Third Avenue Management firm that specializes on risky bonds is liquidating and preventing investors from pulling their money out of its roughly $1 billion junk bond fund. It’s the biggest failed mutual fund since the Primary Reserve Fund in 2008.
If we really are plunging into a deflationary global financial crisis, we would expect to see commodity prices crash hard. That happened just before the great stock market crash of 2008, and that is precisely what is happening once again right now. On Thursday, the Bloomberg Commodity Index closed at 79.1544. The last time that it closed this low was 16 years ago. Not even during the worst moments of the last recession did it ever get so low. Overall, the Bloomberg Commodity Index is down more than 28 percent over the past 12 months, and it has plummeted by more than half since mid-2011. As a result of this stunning commodity collapse, extremely large mining companies such as Anglo American are imploding, giant commodity trading firms such as Glencore and Trafigura are in full-blown crisis mode, and huge portions of the global financial system are in danger of utterly collapsing. (Read More….)
Once upon a time, middle class households took home 62 percent of all income in America. Today, that number has dropped to just 43 percent. This is just one of the absolutely astounding statistics that you will read about in this article. Over the years, the middle class in America has been in steady decline. Our incomes have been going down, our net worth has been going down, the quality of our jobs has been going down, and yet the cost of living just keeps going up. As a result of all of these factors, more Americans are living in poverty today than ever before, and dependence on the government has exploded to unprecedented levels. (Read More…)
The House Armed Services Committee has concluded that President Barack Obama “misled the public” and broke several laws when he swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
“Our report finds that the Administration clearly broke the law in not notifying Congress of the transfer,” declared committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX). “Leading up to the transfer, DOD officials misled Congress as to the status of negotiations. Pentagon officials best positioned to assess the national security risks were left out of the process, which increases the chances of dangerous consequences from the transfer.”
The committee presented several findings in its report.
The transfer of the Taliban Five violated several laws, including the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The constitutional arguments offered to justify the Department of Defense’s failure to provide the legally-required notification to the Committee 30 days in advance are incomplete and unconvincing. The violation of law also threatens constitutional separation of powers…
The Committee was misled about the extent and scope of efforts to arrange the Taliban Five transfer before it took place. The Department of Defense’s failure to communicate complete and accurate information severely harmed its relationship with the Committee, and threatens to upend a longstanding history and tradition of cooperation and comity.
The prisoners learned about their transfer on May 29, 2014, while Congress knew nothing. The department finally alerted Congress on May 31, “less than two hours” before the terrorists departed from GTMO.
The Committee also found that the five prisoners resumed their activities once they reached Qatar. “It is irresponsible to put these terrorists that much closer to the battlefield to settle a campaign promise and unconscionable to mislead Congress in the process,” said Thornberry.
President Obama Speaks on the Recovery of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl:
This is what it looks like when our Muslim president exchanges an AWOL traitor to be able to allow 5 Taliban terrorists to go back to the Middle East and resume terrorist operations against the United States.
During its investigation, the committee was told by the Pentagon’s serving General Counsel, Stephen Preston, that the Department of Justice “believed the president’s ‘constitutional authority’ over service members could permit the president to act notwithstanding the 30-day notification requirement.”
In August 2014, the Obama administration brushed aside a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that said Obama broke the law with the swap. The GAO cited the fact that the Pentagon or Obama did not notify Congress 30 days before they transferred the five prisoners. They also said the DoD “wrongly used $988,400 from a wartime appropriations to facilitate the transfer,” said the report.
White House officials dismissed the GAA report. “We strongly disagree with GAO’s conclusion, and we reject the implication that the administration acted unlawfully,”commented White House spokesman Eric Schultz. “The president has the constitutional responsibility to protect the lives of Americans abroad, and specifically to protect U.S. servicemembers.”
The Committee suggests that Obama purposely misled the public and Congress “to advance the president’s goal to fulfill a campaign promise to close Guantánamo Bay.”
The release coincided with the release of Bergdahl’s participation with NPR’s popular “Serial” podcast. In it, he claims he deserted his unit “to highlight poor leadership” and even compared himself to character Jason Bourne.
He claimed he fled his unit in order to “create a DUSTWUN – a radio signal that stands for ‘Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown’ – to highlight poor leadership within his unit.” Bergdahl knew his disappearance would cause a “hurricane of wrath” and a manhunt.
He immediately realized he was “in over his head,” changed plans, and become Bourne-like by collecting “intelligence and look for the Taliban before turning himself in as a way of limiting the amount of trouble he faced.”
The report is titled “Report On The Inquiry Into: The Department of Defense’s May 2014 Transfer to Qatar of Five law-of-war Detainees In Connection With the Recovery Of A Captive U.S. Soldier.” source
Cruz jumps ahead of Trump in Iowa
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has surged in Republican polls in Iowa, which a political analyst says is a crucial state for the GOP presidential candidate.
If Cruz can pull in most of the evangelical vote, “he should come out of Iowa at least in second place,” predicts Dr. Charles Dunn.
Over 100 MILLION Guns Sold in US Since Obama Became President (Video)
A poster showing Barack Obama is seen in the background as customers line up to look at firearms at a gun shop in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. The Cheaper Than Dirt gun store recorded a record day of gun sales the day after the election of President-elect Barack Obama and is having trouble keeping up with the demand for assault riffles. (Flickr)
William La Jeunesse reported today on FOX News that 100 million guns have been sold in the US since Obama became president. Today’s increase in sales is nationwide not just in California.
La Jeunesse said:
Baffling ‘odd’ gaps in California terror attack
3rd shooter, lack of video, CAIR’s role all questioned
More than a week after Syed Farook and his jihadist wife slaughtered 14 people and injured 21 at a Christmas party in San Bernardino, lingering questions about how the incident occurred and the way it is being handled by the FBI continue to fester just below the surface.
As WND reported, several witnesses said they saw a third shooter dressed in black carrying an assault rifle.
But there are other oddities peculiar to this case.
Liberals love it when you destroy your country
A media analyst says he’s not surprised that TIME magazine has named Germany’s chancellor “Person of the Year.”
The magazine sang the praises of Angela Merkel for what they claimed was her leadership on the Greek debt crisis and the surge of Syrian refugees.
Posted: 11 Dec 2015 05:36 AM PST
The Church of England has accused cinemas of hypocrisy for showing a seven-minute video about Hinduism, just three weeks after it was revealed they had banned a Lord’s Prayer advert. A short clip called SanJay’s Super Team which features Hindu gods acting as superheroes during prayer to protect a young boy is being broadcast at the Odeon, Cineworld and Vue cinemas. And the Church has complained that the decision by the chains to show the clip before screenings of new Disney Pixar film The Good Dinosaur displays ‘incoherence of their on-the-hoof policy making’.
It comes three weeks after the Mail on Sunday revealed cinemas had banned the screening of an ad in which people recite the Lord’s Prayer – because they said it could be offensive to movie-goers. Odeon, Cineworld and Vue refused to show the one-minute film the Church planned to run in cinemas across the UK before the new Star Wars blockbuster, which opens next Thursday. READ MORE
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|ALERT: 60 Cellphones Mysteriously Purchased Now Dozens of Propane Tanks Stolen in Missouri
Posted: 11 Dec 2015 05:30 AM PST
Several Missouri law enforcement agencies have notified the FBI about a large amount of cell phone purchases from area Walmarts. Now, another incident has some people wondering if we are in danger of a terrorist attack in our area. A large number of propane tanks have been reported stolen from several locations is Independence and Lee`s Summit. At the end of November, a BP gas station in Lee`s Summit reported 18-20 propane tanks stolen from the outside cages. That same night the CVS on Southwest 3rd Street reported the exact same crime.
Two weeks later, the CVS on East 23rd Street in Independence was hit, and 28 tanks were stolen from that location. Sources within law enforcement say they received an urgent safety email about the propane thefts. While there are several ways those tanks and cell phones phones can be used, in this climate, terror attacks are always a consideration. Retired FBI agent Michael Tabman says it is up to law enforcement to investigate and try to connect the dots. “Certainly, we hear something about gas being stolen we worry about a potential bomb. The good news is this is probably not part of terrorist planning for a number of reasons,” Tabman told FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien. FULL REPORT
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|Bomb Squad Detonates IED Outside Mississippi Elementary School
Posted: 10 Dec 2015 08:48 PM PST
WARREN COUNTY, MS – Authorities with the Clinton Bomb Squad have detonated an IED found in a book bag at Warren Central Junior High. Authorities responded to a report of the ‘bomb’ just after noon on Wednesday. They tell us a student who does not attend Warren Central Jr.
High alerted authorities to the situation. Once on the scene, a K-9 helped discover the IED (improvised explosive device) inside of a backpack. Students were evacuated from the building, and were held at the junior high until school let out. Police say two students have been detained. They have not been charged with a crime, so far. SOURCE
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Posted: 10 Dec 2015 07:36 PM PST
(Michael Snyder) If we really are plunging into a deflationary global financial crisis, we would expect to see commodity prices crash hard. That happened just before the great stock market crash of 2008, and that is precisely what is happening once again right now. On Thursday, the Bloomberg Commodity Index closed at 79.1544. The last time that it closed this low was 16 years ago. Not even during the worst moments of the last recession did it ever get so low. Overall, the Bloomberg Commodity Index is down more than 28 percent over the past 12 months, and it has plummeted by more than half since mid-2011.
As a result of this stunning commodity collapse, extremely large mining companies such as Anglo American are imploding, giant commodity trading firms such as Glencore and Trafigura are in full-blown crisis mode, and huge portions of the global financial system are in danger of utterly collapsing. In recent days, I have been trying to stress that many of the exact same patterns that we witnessed just prior to the great stock market crash of 2008 are happening once again. This includes the staggering crash of commodity prices that we are currently witnessing, and even CNN acknowledges that there are parallels to what we experienced seven years ago…FULL REPORT
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|New Revealing Benghazi Email Could Put Hillary Clinton In Prison
Posted: 10 Dec 2015 07:32 PM PST
This newly released email could very well be the one that takes Hillary Clinton down, and try as President Obama will, he cannot claim he had no knowledge. Clinton did not make a decision of this magnitude without consulting her boss. The DC Caller reported that American military forces were available for a rescue operation not long after the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, came under attack by terrorists Sept. 11, 2012, according to an email to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s closest aides.
The Sept. 11, 2012, email was sent at 7:19 p.m. EST by then-Department of Defense Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash. The text reads: “I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [an apparent reference to Clinton] “After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a [REDACTED]. “Assuming Principals agree to deploy these elements, we will ask State to procure the approval from host nation. Please advise how you wish to convey that approval to us [REDACTED].” FULL REPORT
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|Fireball Seen Streaking Across Sky in Japan
Posted: 10 Dec 2015 07:27 PM PST
|Fears rise of Bird Flu after 25 peacocks and large number of other birds found dead in India
Posted: 10 Dec 2015 07:18 PM PST
There are concerns about a possible spread of bird flu after 25 peacocks and a large number of other birds were found dead at Madhapur village forest under Khurda Forest Division on Tuesday morning. The villagers found a large number of birds including pigeons, crows and cranes dead in the area. The birds were found near a water body at Madhupur village forest under Khurda Forest Division. After finding the birds, the villagers immediately informed the Forest officials of Khurda and Chandaka divisions, who recovered the dead birds in the area.
Chandaka DFO Manoj Mohapatra said, “Some carcasses have been sent to OUAT for the preliminary examination. Samples would be sent to Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) of State Veterinary Department and National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSD), Bhopal, for determining the nature of deaths”. READ MORE
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|Iceland Experiences Strongest Storm In 25 years
Posted: 10 Dec 2015 07:11 PM PST
Iceland saw its worst storm in 25 years Monday as a severe polar low hit the island, bringing with it rain, snow and massive wind gusts. The East Iceland weather station of Hallormsstaðaháls picked up a wind-speed reading of more than 160 mph, reports the Iceland Monitor. At Bolungarvík on the Westfjords peninsula, a personal weather station recorded a wind gust of 96 mph, with sustained maximum wind speeds of more than 60 mph. Icelandic authorities raised the country’s severe-weather preparedness level to “hazard” Monday in preparation for the storm, the Iceland Monitor reports, and 700 rescue workers fielded around 350 calls Monday, and are still working in the northern part of the country.
There were no reports of severe injuries to people as a result of the storm, said the Iceland Review, and the Iceland Department of Civil Protection in Iceland thanked the public for heeding warnings, which, it says, no doubt saved people from injuries. But here were numerous reports of property damage. The worst weather affected populated areas by Eyjafjöll, South Iceland, and Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands), where several roofs came loose and one of them landed in the neighbor’s yard, Vísir reports. FULL REPORT
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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.
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.
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.
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Who do you think that I am?
With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
Consider what the Bible says about Him: Read more
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