Top News – 12/15/2015
North Korea conflict could become ‘trans-regional,’ U.S. official says
“As you start to look at intercontinental ballistic technology, cyber capabilities, space capabilities, information operations and so forth, it’s pretty hard to see how even a regional conflict would actually be anything other than trans-regional, multi-domain and multi-functional,” the U.S. official said.
Britain ‘to quit’ EU over migrants: New poll shows we’re on course for exit
Fifty-one per cent of people who expressed a firm opinion in a survey of more than 10,000 adults across the country supported exit from the European Union. The survey also showed that the European migrant crisis meant 45.5 per cent of voters were “more likely” to back withdrawal from the EU.
Syrian Army Foils Attacks in Hama, Kills Over 100 Terrorists
The Syrian Army repelled a string of attacks on their fighting positions by militants from the Jaish al-Fatah terrorist group in the northern part of Hama province, the Army reported. Over 100 terrorists were killed.
As pension reform crunch nears, Greek coalition looks fragile
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ governing majority is looking fragile as crunch time approaches for a pension reform that will test his resolve to impose painful measures to satisfy Athens’ international creditors. While Tsipras remains Greece’s dominant politician, with no challenger in sight, Athens is awash with rumors of an “ecumenical government” combining technocrats with consensual politicians if he loses his majority.
Economic pain in U.S. heartland as likely Fed hike nears
America’s heartland, the vast area in the middle of the country that produces much of the nation’s food and energy and is home to many of its traditional manufacturers, is sending warning signals that all is not well with the economy.
Saudi unveils huge anti–ISIS coalition
Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday the creation of a massive anti-ISIS terror fighting intiative that joins together 34 nations. Among the nations that have united, Reuters reported: “Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and several Gulf Arab and African states.
ISIS in America: 3 charged with terror–tied crimes
A 30-year-old Maryland man named Mohamed Elshinawy was arrested and accused in a court hearing of receiving almost $9,000 from ISIS to finance a terrorists attack in the United States. And that’s just after a couple of Illinois men were arrested and charged with planning to attack a military armory with grenades.
Vatican: Jews don’t need Christ to be saved
Jews can secure eternal salvation without converting to Christianity, senior Catholic theologians say in a report published Thursday…The belief that the only way to salvation is through belief in Christ is a fundamental tenet of every strand of Christianity.
Putin-Erdogan ‘peace talks’ collapse
Russia on Monday said a summit between President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan penciled in for December 15 had been cancelled,
Hezbollah has lost 1/3 of its fighters in Syria
Hezbollah has lost more than one-third of its fighting forces in Syria, Israeli experts estimated Tuesday, including some 1,300-1,500 soldiers since the Syrian Civil War began nearly five years ago. 5,000 Hezbollah terrorists have been injured in the fighting as well…
2.1- magnitude earthquake shakes near New Madrid
Residents in southeast Missouri likely felt a small shake as they were waking up Tuesday morning. A 2.1 magnitude earthquake rattled six miles south of New Madrid at 5:41 a.m.
Evangelical preacher on trial after branding Islam ‘satanic’
An evangelical preacher from Northern Ireland who branded Islam satanic has been charged with spreading a “grossly offensive” message. In a May 2014 sermon, James McConnell told worshippers at the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast: “Islam is heathen. Islam is satanic.”
Oklahoma reports surge in earthquakes during 2015
As 2015 nears its end, 850 earthquakes of magnitude three or greater have stirred the state of Oklahoma. Compared to 584 of the same magnitude in 2014 and 109 in 2013, the trend is clear: earthquakes are on the rise. …Jeremy Boak, director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey, said it’s less widely known that the state has been taking steps toward combating the pattern of induced seismicity.
Syria conflict: Kerry seeks to narrow divisions with Russia
US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Moscow for talks on ways to bridge gaps over possible Syria peace talks. Ahead of his meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Mr Kerry said he hoped to find common ground. Later, he will meet President Vladimir Putin, as the two nations seek to narrow the gap on which groups should be included in the planned talks.
Australia conducting ‘freedom of navigation’ flights in South China Sea
The Australian military is carrying out “freedom of navigation” flights over disputed islands in the South China Sea, the BBC has uncovered. In November, US B-52 bombers flew over the area angering China. The US insists on its right to make such flights. In a recent civilian flight, a BBC team intercepted radio communications showing the Australian military is also operating such flights in the area.
Saudi Arabia to lead Muslim coalition against terrorism
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA. “The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations,” the statement said.
Kerry: I Don’t Know the Endgame for Israel — But Neither Do the Israelis
Expressing renewed exasperation over the United States’ inability to forge a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary of State John Kerry says he has no idea how the more than 60-year-old conflict will come to an end.
Two-thirds of Palestinians support knife attacks: poll
Two-thirds of Palestinians support the ongoing wave of stabbings against Israelis, with the same percentage backing a larger armed uprising, a poll released on Monday found.
Bitcoin Or Gold: Did The Alleged Bitcoin Creator Just Settle Once And For All What Is More Valuable?
Apparently, Australian tax authorities had questioned Wright in the past and according to a number of sources (and documents obtained by Wired and Gizmodo), there appears to have been some manner of dispute over how his bitcoin holdings should be taxed. The attention accorded to Wright on the heels of the two articles published late last Tuesday might have prompted the ATO to move in once and for all, although authorities claimed at the time that there was no connection between the new “revelations” about Wright’s identity and the raids.
Bill Gross: High-yield pain is start of something
Stresses in the high-yield bond market mark the start of a new trend, according to bond expert Bill Gross, but it’s not necessarily cause for panic.
Feminist Academics Join Destroy-Israel Movement
The National Women’s Studies Association has voted by a huge majority to join the worldwide Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Their annual conference passed the measure by a 653-86 vote, and their full membership of 12,000 will vote on it in the next two months.
Top Headlines – 12/15/2015
Abbas calls terror attacks ‘justified popular uprising’
Abbas: Palestinians attacking Israelis because ‘they see no solution ahead’
Two-thirds of Palestinians support knife attacks: poll
Following vehicular attack that left 11 wounded Netanyahu instructs to fortify bus stops in Jerusalem
Hateful post by suspected Jewish terrorist’s father calls Rivlin ‘Fuhrer’
Report: Israel offered terrorist releases for soldiers’ bodies
New Mossad chief: Israel still needs God’s help
EU refuses to back down from settlement labeling policy
Israeli universities to US academic group: Don’t help boycott
Rabbi Tapped for Hanukkah Reception by White House Pushes Black Lives Matter, Gun Control, ‘Justice for Palestinians’
American UN ambassador criticizes Israeli ‘settlement growth’
Kerry: I Don’t Know the Endgame for Israel – But Neither Do the Israelis
Kerry warns: Israel could become a ‘unitary state’
On its anniversary, Hamas vows to ‘keep its weapon directed at the Israeli occupation only’
Hamas is funding Islamic State in Sinai
Israeli officials to Erdogan: Stop talking nonsense about Gaza siege
Erdogan talks of positive impact of improved Turkey-Israel ties
Western alliance worried about Russian return to Middle East: Former ambassador Pamir
Syria conflict: Kerry seeks to narrow divisions with Russia
Kerry to explore Assad’s future, Syria peace process in Kremlin talks
Russian airstrikes force a halt to aid in Syria, triggering a new crisis
White House says Kerry will press Russia on Turkey de-escalation
Russia warns Turkey over Aegean warship incident
Turkey says its patience with Russia ‘has a limit’: newspaper
With change of tone, EU warms to Turkey, Serbia membership bids
IS conflict: Turkey withdraws some troops from Iraq camp
Powers back unity government in Libya to deter Islamic State
ISIS killing babies with Down syndrome, activists claim
Saudi Arabia forms Islamic counterterrorism coalition
Germany welcomes 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism
Multiculturalism is a sham, says Angela Merkel
State Department sued over refugee plan
2 Hawthorne mosques vandalized in wake of San Bernardino terror attack
French teacher who claimed to be attacked by ISIS supporter made up story, prosecutors say
Seventy Paris airport workers have security passes revoked over extremism fears
US army chief says efforts to counter jihadi propaganda failing
Black Muslim woman sworn in as a judge in Brooklyn, wearing a hijab, placed hand on Quran as she took her oath of office
In Iran, sharing photos on mobile apps can mean jail
Evangelical preacher on trial after branding Islam ‘satanic’
Baltimore braces as first trial in Freddie Gray death closes
US Navy backing away from China confrontation
U.S. Navy commander warns of possible South China Sea arms race
Twitter warns of ‘state-sponsored’ attacks designed to obtain sensitive data
Drone owners get Christmas surprise from FAA: you will have to register to fly
Security drone chases trespassers all on its own
Scientists teach machines to learn like humans
Elon Musk launches $1bn fund to save world from AI
Artificial Intelligence Doctors And Virtual Reality Vacations Are On The Horizon
In Virtual Reality Headsets, Investors Glimpse the Future
Struggling DNC craves tax dollars for convention
India’s Failing Gold Monetization Scheme: Seizure Imminent?
High-yield risks shed doubts on strength of U.S. economy
Equities volatile on oil swings as Fed decision nears
Crude Falls Below $35 per Barrel in New York for First Time Since 2009
Russia is bracing for $30 oil in 2016
OPEC says low oil price won’t continue, may rise within a year
The boom, the bust, the darkness: suicide rate soars in wake of Canada’s oil crisis
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Nikolski, Alaska
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Iwo Jima, Japan
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea
Oklahoma reports surge in earthquakes during 2015
Seismic activity intensifies in Azerbaijan
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft
Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft
Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft
More than 700,000 evacuated as Typhoon Melor reaches Philippines
Powerful Alaska Storm Ties Strongest on Record
As Florida Keys flood, property worries seep in
White Christmas Forecast: El Nino to Dash Hopes of Snowy Holiday for Two-Thirds of US
Weekend Warmth Breaks 142-Year-Old Record Across Eastern US
E.P.A. Broke the Law by Using Social Media to Push Water Rule, Auditor Finds
Obama Praises 196-Country Climate Deal; Republicans Say Pact Not Legally Binding
Surrogate defies birth parents’ abortion demand
Judge blocks Ohio from taking action against Planned Parenthood over disposal of fetal tissue
Christian University Awarded Right to Refuse Gay Students, Students Who Had Abortions
Tunisia jails six students for ‘homosexuality’
Religious LGBT Jews come out online
Polish priest, govt supporters try to ‘exorcise’ newspaper
“One Christian Slaughtered Every Five Minutes”
Jesus is Making Headlines in Israel
Roman Catholic Pope Francis Declares That Atheists Can Enter Heaven!
Spiritual Abuse Alert – ‘I Am Called a Cult Leader. I Really Don’t Care.’
Planned Parenthood: Imagine ‘A Magical Land Where Abortions…Are Free and Plentiful’
Euthanasia in Canada – Soon Nurses May be Allowed to Kill
ZeroHedge Frontrunning: December 15
- Global stocks rise but oil, Fed keep investors nervous (Read More)
- Janet Yellen: An orthodox economist for unorthodox times (Read More)
- House Democrats Said to Be Open to Lifting Oil Export Ban (Read More)
- Don’t Count on an Oil Rally If U.S. Crude Export Ban Is Lifted (Read More)
- Germany welcomes 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism (Read More)
- U.S. soldier Bergdahl may face life sentence in court-martial over desertion (Read More)
- Newell Rubbermaid to Acquire Jarden for $15 Billion (Read More)
- Qualcomm Rejects Split After Completing Strategic Review (Read More)
- Shareholder names former Yahoo executives among potential Mayer replacements (Read More)
- U.S. Corporations Increasingly Adjust to Mind the GAAP (Read More)
- Baltimore braces for trouble as jury deliberates in man’s death (Read More)
- Summers: Most Plausible Bubbles No Longer Plausible (Read More)
- Poll Finds National Security Now a Top Concern (Read More)
- Chinese Solar Makers Bid Wall Street Goodbye Amid Sliding ADRs (Read More)
- Valeant’s Audit Cop Held Similar Post at a Firm Felled by Fraud (Read More)
- Brazilian Real Fluctuates as Police Raids Fuel Political Turmoil (Read More)
- China’s Workers Are Fighting Back as Economic Dream Fades (Read More)
- Streetcars to Nowhere Roam U.S. Cities After Stimulus Largess (Read More)
- Cheniere’s Ex-CEO Contemplates Life as Ski Bum (Read More)
- Obama expected to move on Taiwan arms sales before year-end (Read More)
1) Reactions to Paris climate accord betray dissatisfaction from both left and right
Falling Short on Climate in Paris, New York Times (Bill McKibben)
Paris Climate of Conformity, Wall Street Journal
We Have A Climate Treaty–But At What Cost?, Forbes (Bjorn Lomborg)
2) Support for economic “de-growth” reveals dark, anti-humanist worldview
Imagining a World Without Growth, New York Times (Eduardo Porter)
Growth vs. the Climate, Dissent Magazine (Daniel Immerwahr)
Growth, degrowth and climate change: A scenario analysis, Ecological Economics Journal (Peter A. Victor)
3) Academics arguing for one-child only policies in America deny humanity its dignity
Why Two Kids Are Too Many, Chronicle of Higher Education (Tom Bartlett)
Here’s why China’s one-child policy was a good thing, Boston Globe (Sarah Conly)
4) College sexual orientation questionnaire inevitable in current moral revolution
‘I’m Pretty Sure I’m Gay.’ But Please Don’t Ask., Chronicle of Higher Education (Adam D. Chandler)
In other news…
How the Radical-in-Chief ordered federal officials to mislead the public about the Jihadist massacre in San Bernardino.
On the day of the deadly San Bernardino, Calif. massacre, President Obama ignored FBI-procured evidence that the attack was an Islamic terrorist operation and ordered federal officials to mislead the public about the true nature of the assault.
Supreme Court urged to make it public
People live their lives on their cell phones these days – more and more even are cutting off their land lines as an unnecessary expense and relying solely on their wireless links to the rest of the world.
But what happens when the government decides – for whatever reason – to shut down that network?
What if it just pulls the plug on Americans’ cell service?
The global and domestic landscape is one of turmoil and indecision. Everywhere one looks there is chaos and potential disaster, whether in the financial, economic, political or military sphere. Since the beginning of the post World War II era there has been one constant that has been the stabilizing force in the world: the stature, power and influence of the United States. In the matter of a few short years the Obama presidency has deliberately and overwhelmingly eroded that distinction resulting in his goal of global instability.
U.S. has mapped ISIS hiding spots, but won’t launch strikes for fear of ‘civilian deaths’
EDITOR’S NOTE: The only other thing that is growing as fast as the power of Islamic terror group ISIS are the number of excuses handed out by the Obama administration as to why they don’t want to engage them. Now Obama says that instead of bombing them, he wants to “continue studying the terror facilities headquarters for a deeper understanding” of how ISIS functions. Sounds to me like he is protecting them and like with Iran, giving them time and space to grow more powerful.
In a secret project tied to the overall U.S. campaign against the Islamic State, intelligence officials have spent months mapping out known physical locations of media safe houses where the extremist group’s operatives are compiling, editing and curating raw video and print materials into finished digital propaganda products for dissemination across the Internet.
Most of the locations are embedded in heavily residential areas in Syria, Iraq and Libya and are not being targeted by U.S. airstrikes because ofObama administration concerns about civilian casualties, according to sources who spoke to The Washington Times only on the condition of anonymity.
Putin Explains How Obama Created ISIS
The White House also has been pressing the intelligence community to continue studying the facilities for a deeper understanding of how the Islamic State and its media enterprises operate, the sources said.
While the White House, CIA and Pentagon declined to comment on the clandestine mapping project, its existence was revealed amid mounting debate over whether the administration’s strategy is robust enough for countering the professionalized blitz of digital propaganda that the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, is using to recruit fighters and radicalize supporters around the world.
The administration is engaged publicly in a dual-track approach that involves an interagency push to spread carefully crafted messaging online and through local partners in various corners of the world to counter the Islamic State, while ramping up pressure on American social media companies to block extremist content and links from their online platforms.
Rudy Giuliani: ‘ISIS is an Obama creation’
But critics, including a growing number of lawmakers on Capitol Hill and some current and former officials directly involved in the project, say the administration’s effort is badly mismanaged and underfunded, allowing the Islamic State to maintain a physical footprint of media production houses upon which creation of the terrorist group’s most influential products depends.
The propaganda operation’s vastness and sophistication are considered unprecedented in Islamic terrorism. Although its penetration across the Internet relies on a seemingly endless spray of links posted by the Islamic State on social media sites, it is the core media products that such links lead back to that analysts describe as most worrisome.
Twelve issues of the group’s official propaganda magazine Dabiq are now online in several languages, including Arabic, English, Russian, French and Turkish. The shiny content, organizational integrity and layout are more thorough and professional than those of many American newsmagazines.
More striking for the visually driven young audience are the dozens of highly curated recruiting videos that Islamic State operatives have produced using elaborate graphic animations, special effects, live-action speed edits and Hollywood-quality voice-overs.
Videos that have emerged in recent months are clearly bent on reaching an international audience way beyond the borders of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq. The first Chinese-language Islamic State video appeared online last week, replete with a theme song calling on Muslims to “wake up” from a century of humiliation.
The most recent English-language video circulated roughly a month ago. Not only did it go to staggering lengths to mock the U.S. military’s failure to contain the Islamic State, but a sober-voiced narrator also went so far as to taunt America over the sensitive issue of suicide rates among U.S. soldiers and veterans.
“You claim to have the greatest army history has known. You may have the numbers and weapons, but your soldiers lack good will and resolve,” the deep voice says in unaccented English. “Still scared from their defeats in Afghanistan and Iraq, they return dead or suicidal, with over 6,500 of them killing themselves each year. So while you go around cooking the facts on the results of your military airstrikes, we continue to haunt the minds of your soldiers and sew fear into their hearts.”
Animation-enhanced blood bursts and sprays across a white background in the video as gunshots ring out — a macabre display apparently designed to depict the suicides of American service members. source
December 14, 2015
WES VERNON, RA ANALYST
— The presidential debates this year have reached all-time highs in audience interest. There’s a reason for that: Americans know their country is in trouble, internally and externally. The debates are being closely watched by more Americans that ever, who are desperately looking for someone, anyone
out there prepared to “do something” while we still have options… (more)
December 14, 2015
— A Texas mother and pro-life activists are fighting a Houston hospital in court after the facility cited a state law in its decision to refuse treatment for a 46-year-old man, despite the patient’s wishes and those of his family…. (more)
December 14, 2015
— There is simply no way I can objectively review this movie. I’ve read the novel “Moby Dick” three times (yes, the whole thing!). In my office, I have a bookshelf that is plastered floor to ceiling (I believe they call it “decoupaged”) with pages from three different copies of Herman Melville’s classic whaling novel… (more)
December 13, 2015
CLIFF KINCAID — While U.S. policymakers worry about the propaganda techniques of ISIS in drawing thousands of Islamists into the fight against the West, America’s adversaries in the Arab/Muslim world as a whole, as well as Russia and China, continue to make inroads into the U.S. media market…. (more)
December 13, 2015
NEWSMAX — Americans aren’t being “steeled” for a “decades-long war” against “militant Islam” fighters “who believe in killing in the name of religion,” Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse tells Newsmax TV…. (more)
December 13, 2015
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — I appreciate being held in “(otherwise) . . . considerable esteem” by Charles Krauthammer. Not only is the feeling mutual; from my end, I would even omit the “otherwise.” That said, I am dismayed by his specious response to my legal analysis of Donald Trump’s proposed moratorium on Muslim immigration to the United States. I am personally disappointed that Charles has distorted my position, portraying me as a Trump apologist…. (more)
December 13, 2015
— Donald Trump’s call for a temporary ban on all Muslim entry in the United States is getting enthusiastic support from a conservative icon, as legendary activist Phyllis Schlafly called for the grassroots to support his plan…. (more)
December 13, 2015
FOX NEWS INSIDER
— Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz appeared on “The Kelly File” tonight and ripped President Obama’s response to the San Bernardino terror attack and the growing threat of radical Islamic terror…. (more)
December 13, 2015
BLOOMBERG — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has surged ahead to become the latest front-runner in the campaign for the Iowa caucuses, dislodging Ben Carson and opening an impressive lead over a stalled Donald Trump, a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows…. (more)
December 13, 2015
YOUTUBE — Heidi Cruz appeared on Fox News’ Fox and Friends December 10 and fielded questions about her husband Ted in a lively interview…. (more)
December 12, 2015
— I know this is not my usual position. But this is a war. Therefore I have come to believe there should be no immigration or visa waivers until the U.S. adopts a completely new system to stop radical Islamic terrorists from entering the country. A wartime lockdown. And a big change in my thinking…. (more)
December 12, 2015
— President Obama claims that restricting immigration in order to protect national security is “offensive and contrary to American values.” No-limits liberals have attacked common-sense proposals for heightened visa scrutiny, profiling or immigration slowdowns as “un-American.”… (more)
December 12, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — U.S. intelligence officials are warning that the Islamic State terrorist group may have seized an official government passport printing machine and a trove of blank passports in Syria and could be printing fake passports that would allow some of its followers to infiltrate the U.S. border…. (more)
December 12, 2015
— More than a trillion taxpayer dollars are on the table as House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi negotiate a massive spending deal…. (more)
December 12, 2015
— There’s a reason President Obama must resort to executive orders on gun control: The American people don’t want it…. (more)
December 12, 2015
NEWSMAX — Ohio’s top prosecutor says a state probe has concluded three Planned Parenthood clinics allegedly improperly disposed of aborted fetal parts in landfills, “mixing” the remains “with yesterday’s garbage.”… (more)
December 11, 2015
— Islam will become the second-largest religious group in the United States by 2050, according to a report from the Pew Research Center…. (more)
December 11, 2015
— Sen. Jeff Sessions, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, tells Breitbart News Daily about House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan’s and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell’s plans to force Americans to pay for President Obama’s Syrian refugee resettlement program…. (more)
December 11, 2015
ASSOCIATED PRESS — President Barack Obama’s advisers are finalizing a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval… (more)
December 11, 2015
— Phillip Haney, a former Homeland Security employee who was part of an operation in California to investigate possible terrorists, told Fox News that if the Obama White House had not shut down his program in 2012, he could have prevented last week’s San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people…. (more)
December 11, 2015
— An examination of digital equipment recovered from the home of the couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino last week has led FBI investigators to believe the shooters were planning an even larger assault, according to federal government sources…. (more)
December 11, 2015
— Calm down and think, America. While everyone’s undies are in a bunch over Donald Trump’s proposal for a Muslim immigration moratorium, it is undeniable in a time of “heightened alert” – – when violent jihadists have no problem targeting their enemies here and around the world – – that national security profiling is imperative to our survival…. (more)
December 11, 2015
— Maybe Republican presidential front-runner is right that TV should pay him for the boosted ratings and story fodder he’s providing, especially to the network news operations…. (more)
December 11, 2015
NEW YORK POST
— Liar, liar, pantsuit on fire: Hillary Clinton still insists she didn’t tell the grieving families of the Benghazi victims that an anti-Islam video was to blame…. (more)
December 11, 2015
WASHINGTON TIMES — Time magazine has named Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group, the runner-up for its Person of the Year award…. (more)
December 15, 2015
“Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.” —Benjamin Franklin, 1771
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
Speaking at the Pentagon, the commander in chief with an approval rating that has steadily declined since the beginning of September made an attempt to talk smack against the Islamic State. “As we squeeze its heart, we’ll make it harder for ISIL to pump its terror and propaganda to the rest of the world,” Obama said in a follow-up to his Oval Office speech. “ISIL leaders cannot hide and our next message to them is simple: You are next.”
The only thing that’s changed is the rhetoric. After the recent attacks on the West, Americans are increasingly worried about Obama’s strategy against the group, a strategy the chief executive only doubled down on Monday, naming off a list of eight Islamic State leaders that coalition airstrikes supposedly killed. Obama continued, saying the Islamic State has not made any major advancements in Iraq and Syria since the summer. So we’re winning, right?
According to commentator Charles Krauthammer, it’s the same rhetorical trick presidents used to convince Americans the Vietnam War was a success. Meanwhile, the Islamic State struck San Bernardino, Paris and downed a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula. “When you have to resort to statistics,” Krauthammer said, “he has a list of people whom we’ve killed, as if anyone has any idea who they are. It’s reminiscent of the strategy of the Vietnam War where we would announce the body counts — the ratio of dead Vietcong to Americans. It was always lopsided, and we lost the damn war because that’s not how you gauge who’s winning or losing a war.” But hey, smart power demands committing to a failing strategy, holding out until someone more experienced can take over.
The Obama State Department once had a “brilliant” plan — fight the Islamic State in part by waging a propaganda war on social media. In other words, bureaucrats would try to deter potential ISIL recruits with Twitter and Facebook posts. After a while, however, State finally admitted that hashtag diplomacy wasn’t really working all that well. But you know what else isn’t working? U.S. policy of not considering the social media posts of foreigners trying to enter the U.S. through the visa program. ABC News reports, “Fearing a civil liberties backlash and ‘bad public relations’ for the Obama administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to end a secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas, a former senior department official said.” Why does that matter? Well, if officials had reviewed the social media posts of Tashfeen Malik, she might not have been granted a visa in May 2014 — a full 18 months before she and her husband killed 14 in San Bernardino. Even Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gets it: “Had they checked out Tashfeen Malik, maybe those people in San Bernardino would be alive.” Remember, no one has a right to come to the U.S., and the fact that Islam is as much a political system as a religion means these reviews are far more important than a little uncomfortable PR for the Obama administration.
One of the largest bastions of the Leftmedia, The Washington Post, has said the “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative that gelled after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson was one of the biggest political lies of 2015. The false narrative was that Brown had his hands up when Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed him. A grand jury later ruled that Wilson acted in self-defense.
The Post’s Fact Checker blog released a list of claims it said were the “The biggest Pinocchios of 2015.” Among the claims flagged by the Post, Hillary Clinton lied when she said the Defense of Marriage Act was signed by her husband to prevent a DOMA amendment to the Constitution, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy mislead Americans when he said, on average, there was a school shooting every week since the Sandy Hook massacre, and Barack Obama fibbed when he said the Keystone Pipeline would transport oil not for American consumption.
But in terms of the most stubborn lies, “Hands up, don’t shoot” was one of the worst. It was repeated before a NFL game, as well as on the steps of the Capitol and on the House floor. In communities nationwide, it was a false narrative that fomented discord and served as race bait between law enforcement and residents. Unfortunately, this BIG Lie has had a big cost in terms of a spike in crime in big cities.
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Today, Dec. 15, is the anniversary of the 1791 ratification of our Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution, and the Rule of Law it enshrines.
The Bill of Rights was inspired by three remarkable documents: John Locke’s 1689 thesis, “Two Treatises of Government,” regarding the protection of “property” (in the Latin context, proprius, or one’s own “life, liberty and estate”); in part from the Virginia Declaration of Rights authored by George Mason in 1776 as part of that state’s Constitution; and, of course, in part from our Declaration of Independence authored by Thomas Jefferson.
Read in context, the Bill of Rights is both an affirmation of innate “unalienable rights” of man, and a clear proscription upon any central government infringement of those rights. As oft trampled and abused as the Bill of Rights is by those who’ve sworn an oath “to Support and Defend” our Constitution, most notably “judicial supremacists,” or the “despotic branch” as Jefferson called the judiciary, Patriots must remain ever vigilant in order to sustain our rights.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By James Shott
The Paris climate conference is now over. Whether the nations there enthusiastically supported “doing something” about the world’s thermostat, or whether they were set to be recipients of a whole lot of wealth redistribution, one thing is clear: The agreement means almost nothing for the climate and everything for loss of economic productivity and Liberty.
After all the time involved and the carbon dioxide produced getting thousands of people from 196 nations all in the same place and then back home again, the agreement does not put the world on a path toward what alarmists regard as a safe level of rising temperature. But the agreement sets forth a clear path for countries to identify their own targets for CO2 reduction. Ultimately, participants want a global carbon-free environment by 2060, at the latest, meaning that every car, building, plane, ship, train and power plant would have to operate without burning any fossil fuels.
Days prior to the closing, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told the ministerial session, “The clock is ticking toward climate disaster.” Repent now, for the end is near.
The populist potentate of ecotheology, Al Gore, compared combating climate change to the abolition of slavery, giving women the right to vote and the civil rights battle. Gore said, “The right choice is to safeguard the future for the next generation and for the generations to come.”
There were scary stories of rising sea levels, causing residents of low-lying areas like the Marshall Islands to lobby strenuously for the agreement, while droughts, flooding and other extreme weather events were predicted to increase elsewhere on the planet if CO2 emissions aren’t reined in. And to make sure to attract the attention of enough third-world countries, billions of dollars in support for affected economies is on the table, supposedly to be paid by the rich countries, like the United States.
The whole world is concerned because of the idea that too much CO2 in the atmosphere will cause a litany of catastrophes sometime in the distant future. But remember: Plants that produce oxygen for us to breathe live on CO2.
All this fear mongering overshadowed the dismal record of climate predictions and data manipulations from the not-so-distant past that casts doubt on the need for turning the energy universe upside-down. Here are just a few of the horrific predictions of climate catastrophes that did not come true:
- By 1980, all of the important animal life in the sea will be extinct.
- By the year 2000, the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people.
- The world will be 11 degrees colder by the year 2000.
- By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching Earth by half.
- A general warming trend over the North Pole is melting the ice cap and may produce an ice-free Arctic Ocean by the year 2000.
- Within a few years children just aren’t going to know what snow is.
Add to those failed prognostications a global warming hiatus for the last 18 years, and energetic disagreement about man-caused climate change among climate scientists, and the agreement is exposed for what it is: a gigantic global shakedown.
As an example, while Barack Obama is busy regulating America’s coal-fired electricity-generating plants out of existence, China — by far the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases — is constructing hundreds of new plants. We should be wary of China’s commitment to reduce emissions.
The Wall Street Journal notes, “In 2013 China burned 3.9 billion tons of coal, almost as much as the rest of the world.” Obama seems to think that harming the U.S. economy by shutting down U.S. fossil fuel-burning facilities will negate China’s feverish coal-burning economy.
As Heritage Foundation’s Nicolas Loris asks, “This is the country that we’re going to trust to peak emissions 15 years from now?”
And trust is the operative word. All countries are on scout’s honor to do what they have said they will do, without official oversight or penalties — because the agreement isn’t a legally binding treaty.
According to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2013 “Historical Data Workbook,” 87% of the energy mankind uses every second comes from burning fossil fuels. People who live in cold climates use them to warm their homes, and people who live in warm climates use them to cool their homes. Fossil fuels are used to plant and harvest crops that feed people, and they are used to transport food from places where food is produced to places where it’s needed and wanted. They are used to light the darkness, to entertain us, transport us, diagnose disease, communicate with each other, mass-produce products we need and want, and to provide security in our homes and for the nation.
Fossil fuel use has improved the lives of billions of people worldwide, and we can all continue to benefit from it. There are no replacement technologies that even approach filling the void Obama and the other climate change advocates are creating. Contrary to their apocalyptic warnings, we are only on course for a disaster if we follow their lead.
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Thomas Sowell: “Affirmative action is supposed to be a benefit to black and other minority students admitted with lower academic qualifications than some white students who are rejected. But Justice Scalia questioned whether being admitted to an institution geared to students with higher-powered academic records was a real benefit. Despite much media spin, the issue is not whether blacks in general should be admitted to higher ranked or lower ranked institutions. The issue is whether a given black student, with given academic qualifications, should be admitted to a college or university where he would not be admitted if he were white. Much empirical research over the years has confirmed Justice Scalia’s concern that admitting black students to institutions for which their academic preparation is not sufficient can be making them worse off instead of better off. … Justice Scalia was not talking about sending black students to substandard colleges and universities to get an inferior education. You may in fact get a much better education at an institution that teaches at a pace that you can handle and master. In later life, no one is going to care how fast you learned something, so long as you know it. Mismatching students with educational institutions is a formula for needless failures. … Do the facts not matter to those who are denouncing Justice Scalia? Does the actual fate of minority students not matter to the left, as much as their symbolic presence on a campus?”
Insight: “The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror.” —Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921)
Upright: “Republicans … fight Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton and all other Democrats. But they don’t fight the left and leftism. The implication is that if only we could defeat this or that Democrat, we would be on our way to a much better America. But it’s not true. … Republicans need to tell the American people over and over that the only thing that can stop the further degradation of the United States of America is conservatism and the Republican Party. Because only conservatism and the Republican Party can stop the left.” —Dennis Prager
Non Compos Mentis: “I have feelings, good, bad and otherwise, about Star Wars. … Like the part where [Darth Vader] was totally a black guy whose name basically was James Earl Jones … [and] while he was black, he was terrible and bad and awful and used to cut off white men’s hands, and didn’t, you know, actually claim his son. But as soon as he claims his son and goes over to the good, he takes off his mask and he is white. Yes, I have many, many feelings about that.” —MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry
Belly laugh of the week: “Plenty of time and effort have lately gone into analyzing a host of related crises — homelessness, unaffordable urban real estate, devastating gentrification, and a housing bubble whose burst landed us in the Great Recession. … The true culprit is so deeply embedded in American notions of wealth, rights, and property that we cannot see it for the terrible economy policy it is: private housing. … [W]hat we call private housing is actually public land that government has set aside for private purposes. … Ultimately … the best antidote to private housing is public housing.”—Jesse A. Myers in an article for The Nation titled, “How to Get Rid of Your Landlord and Socialize American Housing, in 3 Easy Steps”
Braying Jackass: “I think that most of our largest domestic threat comes from racial supremacist groups. I worked in counterterrorism; I know this to be a fact. … People want to take us back to some mythological good ol’ days, and there are elected officials who are capitalizing on this sentiment.” —Rep. Andre Carson
And last… “Obama is right. His climate deal will create jobs. The Unemployment Office will need a bigger staff.” —Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest
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BREAKING NEWS – ‘Credible terror threat’ prompts closure of all LA public schools
Posted: 15 Dec 2015 07:35 AM PST
DEVELOPING: All of Los Angeles’ public schools were closed Tuesday due to a “credible terror threat,” officials said. A member of the LA Unified School District Board of Education reported receiving a bomb threat, police said. It was unclear when the threat was made and which school board member received it, but the situation prompted the district to close all schools effective immediately, and order students and staff to stay away from all campuses.
Schools Superintendent Ramon Cortines said every school in the 700,000-pupil district would be searched. The district includes 1,124 schools plus other facilities, including ones for adult language instruction. “I think it is important that I take this precaution based upon what has happened recently and what has happened in the past,” Cortines said. Police and the FBI were investigating the threat, which was described as “electronic.” It was not to one school, two schools or three schools, but to many schools,” Cortines said. “It was ‘to students at school.’” FULL REPORT
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|Massive Military Train Convoy Outside Of Dallas 2nd Convoy In Texas In Days As Signs Increase Of A Major Imminent Event
Posted: 15 Dec 2015 07:04 AM PST
For the 2nd time in the last few days, we see a massive US military train traveling through the state of Texas as seen in the 1st video below, just the latest of many military convoy’s we’ve seen across America this year and with ISIS having threatened to bring war to US soil, we’re now seeing many signs that they are preparing to do so.
The story out of Pulaski County, Missouri back in October 18th was totally overlooked but now getting a lot of attention and likely for good reason. A hunter out in the woods came across a huge cache of explosives hidden in the Missouri woods. Alone such an event might be overlooked, and it was back on October 18th, but when combined with recent news reports of massive cell phone purchases in the same region along with mysterious purchases being made of model cars, drones and other remote control vehicles as well as stolen propane tanks, we see why Susan Duclos recently warned that ISIS is seemingly preparing for ‘the main event’ on US soil and why law enforcement is continuing to urge vigilance.
Officers found a huge cache of “extremely volatile” explosives, which police described to be of a style “that could not be purchased for recreational use.” This suggests that the extensive supply was all homemade pipe bombs or other IEDs, created and collected with a specific plan in mind. The stock was so dangerous that it couldn’t be safely detonated without the help of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD), the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s EOD Unit, and the Waynesville Rural Fire Department, KY3 reported. The exact location, as well as recent developments, make this discovery even more concerning than what law enforcement knew at the time. FULL REPORT
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|Michael Moore Recruits Facebook Followers to Report Trump For “Hate Speech”
Posted: 15 Dec 2015 06:57 AM PST
Leftwing filmmaker Michael Moore is asking his followers to report Donald Trump for using “hate speech” on Facebook, in hopes of getting the GOP frontrunner banned from the social media site. “Facebook prohibits all its users from using hate speech on its site (‘You will not post content that is hate speech’),” wrote Moore in a detailed post on Wednesday. “I’m joining others today in filing a complaint with Facebook that Trump’s Facebook page is using hate speech to promote racism and bigotry.”
Moore added: “Please file your complaint, too. Here’s how: Go to Trump’s page facebook.com/DonaldTrump. Click ‘Report’. Then click ‘It shouldn’t be on FB’. Then click ‘Hate Speech’. Then click either ‘race or ethnicity’ or ‘religious group’. That’s it. Let’s get a few million doing this by the end of the day!” The New York Daily News reported this week that despite an online campaign to censor Trump, his posts are protected under Facebook’s community standards: Facebook’s policy does highlight that any hate speech content attacking people on their race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or national origin will be removed. However, Trump’s posts could potentially be protected by another rule under Facebook’s community standards: “Facebook can be used to challenge ideas, institutions, and practices. Such discussion can promote debate and greater understanding. READ MORE
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|School Cuts HS Yearbook Photo over American Flag Backdrop
Posted: 15 Dec 2015 06:50 AM PST
A photo for a high school yearbook featuring the American flag is generating a red, white and blue controversy. The photo shows Morgan Truax, a senior at Foxborough High School outside Boston, standing in front of an American flag backdrop and the trouble started when her mother shared it on Facebook Thursday and it quickly went viral. “The Red Wing Diner, which employs Morgan, purchased a page in Morgan’s yearbook to congratulate her on her hard work,” Lisa Truax wrote, according to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle.
“Does anyone find this photo offensive? Apparently Foxboro High School finds it offensive. They won’t allow the picture in the yearbook because it’s the American flag. We are American! We live in America! OMG what is this country coming to? Please share.” School officials explained why they found the photo objectionable in a statement Thursday to Fox 25 in Boston. “The photo showed the United States flag hanging on a wall with the lower portion lying on the floor and the student standing on the flag,” the statement said. “We do not view standing on the U.S. Flag as respectful or appropriate.” They also nixed an offer to crop the photo so no one would be offended, the station reported. READ MORE
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|Hackers trace ISIS Twitter accounts to the Department of Work and Pensions
Posted: 15 Dec 2015 06:44 AM PST
A group of teenage computer experts, known as VandaSec, have discovered evidence linking three accounts supporting ISIS, also known as Daesh, to the Department of Work and Pensions’ London offices. Hackers found the internet addresses were owned by the DWP raising serious concerns of how extremists had gained control of the IP addresses. This revelation has caused speculation someone inside the government department is running ISIS-supporting accounts, or they were created by intelligence services to trap wannabe jihadis.
An internet expert has suggested the reason for the trace to the Government is because the cabinet office sold IP addresses to two Saudi Arabian firms. The IP addresses obtained by VandaSec was traced to unpublicised transactions between Britain and Saudi Arabia. The accounts were then used to carry out online recruitment and propaganda campaigns. Following the sale, the IP addresses were used by extremists to spread their message of hate. A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: “The Government owns millions of unused IP addresses which we are selling to get a good return for hardworking taxpayers. READ MORE
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|Dozens of Dead Birds Wash Up on Mississippi Beaches
Posted: 15 Dec 2015 06:29 AM PST
It’s a frightening sight along the coastline. First fish, now dozens of birds found dead on beaches in several coast cities. “We got reports of several birds in the Gulfport area and after speaking with DEQ they got several more birds in the Biloxi area,” said Missy Dubuisson with Wild at Heart Rescue. Even in Long Beach, many species of birds have been found lifeless or clinging to life. Experts saying it all goes back to the unprecedented December red tide. “Of course there probably has been this issue before on a smaller scale and we might have just had a bird or two that maybe came in and didn’t make it, but we weren’t seeing what we’re seeing now,” said Dubuisson.
Caretakers at Wild at Heart Rescue are currently rehabilitating a pelican who started with a hook injury, but is now battling respiratory distress due to the algal bloom. “We have been informed that we cannot release him until the algae bloom is gone,” said Dubuisson. Experts say algal blooms happen throughout the coast annually, but never with this much beach affected at one time. Dubuisson says a neurotoxin causes respiratory distress in animals not only by eating, but even when they swim in the infected water. READ MORE
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|UN bashes Israel for ‘Excessive Force’ against terrorists
Posted: 15 Dec 2015 06:18 AM PST
The UN voiced deep concern Tuesday over an “unacceptable” wave of Palestinian Arab terrorists attacking Israelis, but also slammed Israeli authorities’ “excessive use of force” in trying to defend civilians from certain death. “We continue to be gravely concerned at the unrelenting violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and in Israel,” Cecile Pouilly, spokeswoman for the UN human rights office, told reporters. “We call on both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to act decisively to de-escalate the situation,” she added.
Pouilly stressed that since October 1, 117 Palestinian Arabs have died in the almost daily Arab terror attacks, a figure that consists of terrorists shot in the act or rioting and attacking Israeli security forces. She said that 21 Israelis, an American Jewish teen and an Eritrean were killed in the attacks, and thousands more have been wounded. She warned that although international attention appeared to be waning, “the level of killings, injuries and arrests has continued, with an average of one person dying every day.” READ MORE
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|Is Another Revolution Coming to America?
Posted: 15 Dec 2015 06:12 AM PST
Here’s the good news: The chaos and upheaval we see all around us have historical precedents and yet America survived. The bad news: Everything likely will get worse before it gets better again. (Story by Michael Goodwin, republished from NYPost.com.) That’s my chief takeaway from “Shattered Consensus,” a meticulously argued analysis of the growing disorder. Author James Piereson persuasively makes the case there is an inevitable “revolution” coming because our politics, culture, education, economics and even philanthropy are so polarized that the country can no longer resolve its differences.
To my knowledge, no current book makes more sense about the great unraveling we see in each day’s headlines. Piereson captures and explains the alienation arising from the sense that something important in American life is ending, but that nothing better has emerged to replace it. The impact is not restricted by our borders. Growing global conflict is related to America’s failure to agree on how we should govern ourselves and relate to the world. Piereson describes the endgame this way: “The problems will mount to a point of crisis where either they will be addressed through a ‘fourth revolution’ or the polity will begin to disintegrate for lack of fundamental agreement.” He identifies two previous eras where a general consensus prevailed, and collapsed. Each lasted about as long as an individual’s lifetime, was dominated by a single political party and ended dramatically. READ MORE
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What is The Gospel?
God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.
The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.
God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.
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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