Dec. 17, 2015
The Obama administration is bolstering aviation security, tightening screening for visa and refugee applications and adding a third level of terrorism warnings to provide more information to a nation fearful of attacks by extremists.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal e-mail for government business, says the Wall Street Journal, citing the Pentagon.
Martin Shkreli, the drug company entrepreneur who rocketed to infamy by jacking up the price of the life-saving pill Daraprim from $13.50 to $750, was arrested on securities fraud.
Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign of persistent strength in the job market. Jobless claims fell by 11,000 to 271,000 in the week ended Dec. 12.
U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend tax credits for solar and wind for another five years. This will give an unprecedented boost to the industry and change the course of deployment in the U.S.
Argentina’s peso tumbled as much as 30 percent as newly inaugurated President Mauricio Macri fulfilled his campaign promise of letting the currency float freely.
Facing a labor shortage and an aging workforce, companies across the industry are trying out new methods for recruiting younger employees.
China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest carrier by number of passengers, ordered 110 planes worth about $10 billion from Boeing, adding more efficient aircraft to its fleet with China set to become the world’s largest travel market in the next 20 years.
China protested the sale of $1.83 billion in arms to Taiwan, summoning a U.S. diplomat to the foreign ministry to lodge a formal complaint and saying the country would impose sanctions on companies involved.
UBS AG said it purchased about $6.1 billion of senior and subordinated debt in a public tender aimed at lowering interest expenses.
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Nigerian troops Wednesday buried the bodies of hundreds of victims of an alleged military massacre of Shiite Muslims to hide the death toll, the Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria said.
From finance companies and manufacturers to teachers and the working poor, there is a tax break for almost everyone in the massive package unveiled by congressional leaders.
Vietnam’s military is steeling itself for conflict with China as it accelerates a decade-long modernization drive, Hanoi’s biggest arms buildup since the height of the Vietnam War.
The small number of people in the U.S. who contracted Ebola have all experienced complications from the disease after they recovered, including hair loss, joint pain and eye problems, according to a new report.
North Korea has warned the United States of “unimaginable consequences” from its “hostile” policy toward the nuclear armed state, urging Washington to accept its long-standing demand for a peace treaty.
India’s Defense Acquisition Council has cleared the purchase of five S-400 air defense systems from Russia, two defense ministry sources said on Thursday.
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia wanted to develop relations with the United States, irrespective of who will become the next American president.
Congress has used an unconventional procedural measure to bring a controversial cybersurveillance bill to the floor. Late last night, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced a 2,000-page omnibus budget bill, a last-minute compromise necessary to prevent a government shutdown. But while the bulk of the bill concerns taxes and spending, it contains a surprise 1,729 pages in: the full text of the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, which passed the Senate in October.
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces repelled a multi-pronged offensive by the Islamic State group in the northern province of Nineveh on Wednesday, officials said.
Somewhere between 15 trillion and 51 trillion pieces of plastic litters the world’s oceans, a new study has found.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde is to stand trial in France for alleged negligence over a $434m payment to a businessman in 2008, local media said.
The US and Cuba have reached an understanding on resuming regular commercial flights between the two countries.
The African Union, discussing the situation in Burundi, says Africa will “not allow another genocide to take place on its soil”.
Police in the Indian capital, Delhi, say they have arrested two key members of the “Indian branch” of al-Qaeda.
President Obama went behind closed doors, and off official White House schedule, to meet with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – the nanny of city governance who’s helped finance a massive campaign to challenge with National Rifle Association – and discuss gun control.
The Obama administration finally appears comfortable acknowledging the obvious: The July 16 killing of five U.S. military personnel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was an act of Islamic terrorism.
A school district in Kentucky has ordered all administrators under its jurisdiction to remove religious references from Christmas productions, leading one facility to censor its planned elementary presentation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to blot out the Gospel of Luke read by little Linus.
Top News – 12/17/2015
Merkel’s Refugee Mini-Summit Threatens EU Split
The consequences of the mass migration have thrown the European Union into chaos, with the Schengen borderless zone called into question. Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Denmark are among the countries which have — to a greater or lesser extent — closed their borders or imposed border controls.
Turkey Detains 27 Russian Ships in Retaliation for Russia’s Detaining 8 Turkish Vessels
Turkey has tightened its inspections of Russian ships docked in its harbors in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, and has so far detained 27 Russian ships which failed to meet sailing criteria. This move is in retaliation for the Russian authorities detaining Eight Turkish ships in Russian ports, denying them permission to travel since Nov. 24, the day when Turkey downed a Russian military jet. The Turks said the Russian ships were too old to sail.
High School Seniors Now Prefer Marijuana to Cigarettes
More students in the 12th grade said they smoked pot every day, compared to those who smoke daily cigarettes…It’s the first time since the survey began in 1975 that daily marijuana use surpassed cigarettes. The “Monitoring the Future” survey released on Wednesday shows that 6% of 12th graders used marijuana every day—about the same rate as last year—while 5.5% of seniors reported smoking cigarettes daily.
Secret deal quadruples foreign workers in U.S.
This provision would quadruple the number of H-2B visas for low-skilled foreign “guest workers.” It would allow more than a quarter-of-a-million foreign workers to enter the U.S. each year and work in the construction industry, hotel-motel services, truck drivers, food processing, forestry and many other fields that don’t require a college education.
US issues travel warning for Israel
The warning states that tourists should be able to locate the nearest bomb shelter. It also advised that the “security situation can change day to day, depending on the political situation, recent events, and geographic area.”
Does ISIS pose a WMD threat?
The risk of ISIS employing chemical, biological, and radiological warfare agents is real. ISIS does not display any degree of morality or fear of consequences.
Netanyahu signs controversial natural gas deal
“The gas was given to us as a gift from God,” he said prior to signing the deal. “He gave us huge gas reserves and turned us into an important force on the international front.”
Sydney weather: Bureau of Meteorology confirms Kurnell was hit by a tornado
Residents of the beachside southern Sydney suburb had little warning of just how damaging the storm would be with a tornado warning issued at 10.27am and the record breaking winds hitting Kurnell less than five minutes later. The Bureau said tornadoes were a “relatively rare phenomenon in Australia” and when they do happen they were usually on the lower end of the tornado intensity scale.
SOLAR STORM TARGETS EARTH
A pair of CMEs billowed away from the sun on Dec. 16th, and at least one of them appears to be heading for Earth. Propelled in our direction by an erupting filament of magnetism.
Migrant crisis: Dutch town riots over asylum centre plan
A meeting in a Dutch town to discuss whether to build a new centre for migrants had to be abandoned when some opponents rioted. Protesters in Geldermalsen tore down fences and threw fireworks at police who responded with warning shots. European countries are facing record numbers of refugees and other migrants entering Greece illegally from Turkey.
Putin pours fresh scorn on Turkey for downing Russian jet
Russian President Vladimir Putin has used crude language in a furious new attack on Turkey over the downing of a Russian combat jet last month. The incident on the Syria-Turkey border was a “hostile act” but Russia was “not the country” to run away, he told his annual news conference. He saw “no prospect” of ties improving with Turkey, which Russia has put under sanctions, under its current leaders.
China summons US envoy over Taiwan arms deal
China has summoned a senior US envoy in protest after Washington announced it would sell two warships to Taiwan. Vice-Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang made “solemn representations” with Kaye Lee, the US charge d’affaires, China’s foreign ministry said. The arms deal, worth $1.83bn (£1.22bn), comes as tensions rise over China’s island-building in the South China Sea.
Fifth Israel Navy submarine leaves Germany for Haifa port
The Israel Navy’s fifth Dolphin submarine, and second new-generation AIP (air independent propulsion) platform has left its German manufacturing center for a 3000 mile journey to its home base at Haifa naval base, a senior naval source said Thursday. The INS Rahav is carrying some 50 personnel, and “minimal weapons needed to protect itself,” before its arrival in Israel next month.
Turkey mistreated scores of migrants, says Amnesty
Turkey has detained and mistreated scores of migrants, pressuring some to return to war zones, a new report by Amnesty International says. The group says EU pressure on Turkey to stem migration to Europe has resulted in the “forcible transportation” of hundreds of migrants.
US Fed raises interest rates by 0.25%
The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by 0.25 percentage points – its first increase since 2006. The move takes the range of rates banks offer to lend to each other overnight – the Federal Funds rate – to between 0.25% and 0.5%.
China threatens sanctions against firms in Taiwan arms sale
China is threatening sanctions against companies involved in the U.S. government’s $1.83 billion sale of navy frigates and other military equipment to Taiwan.
Rouhani: U.N.’s closure of probe into Iran’s nuclear past is political victory
President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday a U.N. watchdog’s closure of investigations into Iran’s past nuclear activities is a political victory for the country, lifting the main obstacle to implementing Tehran’s deal with world powers.
Yemen’s truce in danger of collapse; prisoner swap blocked
A ceasefire between Yemen’s Houthi group and a Saudi-led alliance was in danger of collapse on Wednesday, each side accusing the other of violating the truce, as peace talks went into a second day in Switzerland.
Top Headlines – 12/17/2015
UN’s Ban: ‘Israeli occupation bred Arab terror’
UN to Israel, Palestinians: Put aside political fears for peace
UN-sponsored conference accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Jerusalem
Watch: Ban Ki-Moon admits UN anti-Israel bias
Israel holds ‘substantive’ talks with Quartet delegation that included EU reps
Has the U.S. given up hope on relations with Israel?
Abbas takes aim at political enemies with mass dismissals, cabinet reshuffle
Gaza terrorists detonate explosive device on border; IDF patrol returns fire
Experts say Hamas and ISIS cooperating to fight their new common enemy: Egypt
Obama to sign bill targeting Hezbollah financing
State Department re-issues travel advisory for Israel, West Bank, and Gaza
Israel: Soldiers Kill Palestinian Who Tried to Stab Them
Jerusalem furthers plans for 891 housing units approved in contested Gilo neighborhood
Kuwait Airways drops New York-London route to avoid selling tickets to Israelis
UN nuclear watchdog chief: ‘Not impossible’ that Iran sanctions will end in January
‘IAEA admitted Israel was right Iran tried to build bomb’
Republican senators to Obama: Don’t lift Iran sanctions
Israel slams IAEA move to end Iran nuclear investigation
Rouhani welcomes watchdog’s decision to drop probe into Iran’s nuclear activities
Rouhani: U.N.’s closure of probe into Iran’s nuclear past is political victory
Iran says it will not accept any restrictions on missile program
Yemen peace talks struggling in Switzerland amid disputes: sources
Yemen’s truce in danger of collapse; prisoner swap blocked
UN Human Rights Body Opens Session on Burundi Violence
Putin Press Conference: Turkish Downing of Russian Jet Was ‘Hostile Act’
Vladimir Putin live: ‘It will be hard to reach agreement with current Turkish goverment’
Russia’s Putin says ‘sees no prospect’ of improving ties with Turkey
Russia says can breach US missile defence shield
‘We see Syria fundamentally very similarly’ – Kerry after talks with Putin, Lavrov
Sweden offers support to free up French troops fighting Islamic State
‘ISIS-inspired terror plot sought to target Israel’s embassy in Berlin’
UK review finds Muslim Brotherhood membership a possible indicator of extremism
Belgium missed chance to nab Paris attacks suspect due to law limiting raids, official says
Chattanooga shooting a ‘terror attack,’ FBI Director James Comey says
Indonesia Deploys 1,500 Police to Protect Churches Against Christmas ISIS Attack
Small army of ISIS tax collectors keeping cash flowing into terrorists’ hands
UN Security Council set to adopt resolution aimed at disrupting Islamic State group’s funding
Feds officially update terror alert system by issuing first bulletin
States Explore Blocking Gun Sales to Terror Watch Lists
FBI director: Islamic State has ‘revolutionized’ terrorism
ISIS beheads three Imams for refusing to recruit jihadis
Turkey mistreated scores of migrants, says Amnesty
As lawmakers clash over refugees, Syrian immigration quietly tops 100,000 since 2012
Hillary Clinton’s Debate Commentary: Muslims Have Nothing To Do With Terrorism
Lindsey Graham Apologizes to Muslims for Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Bernie Sanders criticizes Trump, likens ‘racist ideology’ to Holocaust
Students practice calligraphy by writing “There is no god but Allah” in Arabic
The Paul Ryan Compromise: The new speaker’s first big deal is just like all of the ones that infuriated conservatives under Boehner
Yale fail: Ivy leaguers sign ‘petition’ to repeal First Amendment
U.S. sells $1.83 billion of weapons to Taiwan despite Chinese objections
China defends internet sovereignty: Reports
US Fed raises interest rates by 0.25%
Gold falls on Fed rate hike, dollar surge
Putin Says Russian Economic Crisis Has Peaked Amid Oil Slump
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Pangai, Tonga
Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 23,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 17,000ft
Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft
Teggar Caldera in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft
Bering Sea Storm Among Strongest Non-Tropical Cyclones on Record; Gusts Hit 122 MPH in Alaska
Trail of destruction as record winds and wild weather rattles Sydney
Funds for Obama climate deal survive in spending bill
Liberia thanks Israel for helping to wipe out its Ebola outbreak
America’s painkiller epidemic grips the workplace
A HIV-Positive Dating App Leaked 5,000 Users’ Data
Planned Parenthood unscathed in spending bill
Planned Parenthood Reportedly ‘Steam-cooks’ Aborted Fetuses before Disposing of Them
Satanists Are Atheists, Freedom Activists, Not Devil Worshipers?
1) Rapid rate of secularization in the South points to secularism in the pews
Influence of churches, once dominant, now waning in South, Associated Press (Jay Reeves)
2) Battle over marriage in Australia is really a battle over sexual morality and authority
God’s warriors are locked in a barbaric, futile battle against marriage equality, The Guardian (David Marr)
3) Discussion on whether secularism is a religion reveals everyone operates from a worldview
Unbelief As A Belief System: Core Tenet For Christians’ Fight For Religious Rights, NPR (Tom Gjelten)
A Comprehensively Secular Life? A Conversation with Professor Phil Zuckerman, Thinking in Public (Albert Mohler)
4) Atheists who celebrate Christmas cannot escape the Christ in Christmas
How do atheists celebrate Christmas?, CNN (Todd Leopold)
5) Life and redemption of Bob Beckel illustrates the power of the Christian gospel to save
Bob Beckel: Around for a reason, World (Marvin Olasky)
In other news…
UN Global Warming Agenda Costs Snuck Into Omnibus Spending Bill
Congress is set to pass a massive spending bill to fund the government, but that spending bill also includes funding global warming redistribution schemes.
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Congress Rolls Out Omnibus Spending Bill During Dead of Night
Late Tuesday evening, Paul Ryan announced negotiators had come to an agreement on the omnibus government funding bill and tax breaks extension package.
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A Virginia school district is defending a classroom assignment that required students to practice calligraphy by writing the Muslim statement of faith, “There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
How corrupt hiring practices at the Department of Homeland Security are putting American lives at risk.
In case you’d forgotten (or never paid attention), Obama campaign finance bundler Jeh Johnson snagged the top DHS post two years ago thanks to Harry Reid’s rigging of Senate filibuster rules. Johnson’s a “diversity” relic from the Clinton era with zero experience in border security, port security, airport security or immigration enforcement. So what is main qualification for overseeing the $40 billion, 240,000-employee homeland security bureaucracy? Besides dumping gobs of money into Obama’s coffers, he’s the “first African-American” to hold the job, as the White House trumpeted.
The House’s new Speaker has unveiled a $1.67 trillion budget that fully funds Planned Parenthood for the next nine-and-a-half months.
The budget comes five months after a series of videos showed Planned Parenthood officials haggling over the price of unborn baby parts, as well as appearing to discuss illegal partial-birth abortions and illegal modifications to abortion.
Rep. Paul Ryan’s first major legislative achievement is a total and complete sell-out of the American people masquerading as an appropriations bill.
Too harsh, you say? Let the programs, the spending, and the implications speak for themselves.
(1) Ryan’s Omnibus Fully Funds DACA
Though much of the public attention has surrounded the President’s 2014 executive amnesty, the President’s 2012 amnesty quietly continues to churn out work permits and federal benefits for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens. Paul Ryan’s bill funds entirely this 2012 executive amnesty for “DREAMers”—or illegal immigrants who came to the country as minors.
Specifically, Division F of Ryan’s omnibus bill contains no language that would prohibit the use of funds to continue the President’s unconstitutional program. Obama’s executive action, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), has granted around 700,000 illegal aliens with work permits, as well as the ability to receive tax credits and federal entitlement programs. A recent GAO report documented how this illegal amnesty program for alien youth is, in large part, responsible for the illegal alien minor surge on our southern border.
In 2013, Paul Ryan said that it is his job as a U.S. lawmaker to put himself in the shoes of “the DREAMer who is waiting” and work to find legislative solutions to his or her problems.
(2) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds Sanctuary Cities
Five months ago, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was bleeding to death in her father’s arms. She was gunned down in broad daylight by a five-time deported criminal alien whose presence in the country was the direct result of San Francisco’s refusal to comply with U.S. immigration law—yet Paul Ryan’s omnibus rewards these lawless Sanctuary Cities with federal grants. Division B Title II of Ryan’s omnibus funds various grant programs for the Department of Justice (pages 167, 168, and 169) and contains no language that would restrict the provision of such grants to sanctuary jurisdictions.
In a Congressional hearing, Steinle’s father demanded Congressional action and recalled his daughter’s dying words: “Help me, Dad.”
(3) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds All Refugee Programs
Despite broad support amongst Republican lawmakers for a proposal introduced by
Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) to halt all refugee resettlement, Ryan’s appropriations bill will fund President Obama’s refugee resettlement operation and will allow for the admission of tens of thousands of refugees with access to federal benefits. Division H Title II of Ryan’s bill contains appropriations of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and contains no language that would restrict the program. Nor are there any restrictions for the program in Division K of Ryan’s bill, which provides funding for the Department of State, which oversees refugee admissions.
Ryan is not one of the 84 cosponsors of Babin’s bill to halt the refugee operation, and he recently told Sean Hannity that he does not support halting resettlement because, “We’re a compassionate country. The refugees laws are important laws.” Similarly, this outcome represents a legislative win for
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
, who told
Sean Hannity he’d “hate to use” Congress’s power of the purse to deny funding for Obama’s resettlement operation.
(4) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds All of the Mideast Immigration Programs That Have Been Exploited by Terrorists in Recent Years
Although multiple immigrant and visa programs in recent years have been exploited by terrorists (such as the F-1 “student” visa, the K-1 “fiancée” visa, and our green card and refugee programs), Ryan’s proposal does nothing to limit admissions from jihadist-prone regions. As Senators Shelby and Sessions of Alabama noted in a joint statement: “The omnibus would put the U.S. on a path to approve admission for hundreds of thousands of migrants from a broad range of countries with jihadists movements over the next 12 months, on top of all the other autopilot annual immigration.”
(5) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds Illegal Alien Resettlement
On page 917 of Ryan’s omnibus a section titled “Refugee and Entrant Assistance” funds the President’s resettlement of illegal immigrant border crossers.
(6) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds the Release of Criminal Aliens
Senior legislative aides tell Breitbart News that Ryan’s bill does not do anything to change the enforcement priorities that Jeh Johnson established a little over a year ago that would shield entire categories of criminal aliens from immigration law, nor does it include language recommended by Sessions and Shelby to “deny the expenditure of funds to issue visas to countries that refuse to repatriate criminal aliens.”
(7) Ryan’s Omnibus Quadruples H-2B Foreign Worker Visas
Despite Ryan’s pledge not to move an immigration compromise with President Obama, tucked 700 pages into Ryan’s spending bill is language that would resuscitate and expand a controversial provision of the Schumer-Rubio Gang of Eight plan to increase the H-2B visa program.
The provision “would quadruple the number of H-2B visas for unskilled guest workers, for a total of more than 250,000,” writes immigration attorney Ian Smith. The Americans who fill these jobs are typically “society’s most vulnerable — including single women, the disabled, the elderly, minorities, teenagers, students, and first-generation immigrants,” Smith explains.
A recent BuzzFeed exposé revealed how this program allows businesses to discriminate against American workers and “deliberately den[y] jobs to American workers so they can hire foreign workers on H-2 visas instead.” As one GOP aide told Breitbart News, “This provision is a knife in the heart of the working class, and African Americans.”
(8) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds Tax Credits for Illegal Aliens
Ryan’s bill preserves the expansion of the President’s expiring child tax credits without any accompanying language to prevent illegal aliens from receiving those tax credits. While Sen. Sessions attempted to include language in the bill that would prevent illegal immigrants from receiving tax credits, his recommendation was rejected.
(9) Ryan’s Omnibus Locks-In Huge Spending Increases
The bill funds the Obama-Boehner budget deal, which eliminated spending caps, and will increase both defense and non-defense spending next year by $25 billion more each.
(10) Ryan’s Omnibus Fails to Allocate Funds to Complete the 700-Mile Double-Layer Border Fence That Congress Promised the American People
Nearly a decade ago with the passage of the 2006 Secure Fence Act, the American people were promised a 700-mile double-layer border fence. However, funding for the fence was later gutted and, as a result, its construction was never completed. Despite heightened media focus over the past six months about Americans’ desire for this barrier to illegal entry, Ryan’s bill does not require that funds be allocated to finish the construction of the 700-mile double-layer fence.
A vote could occur as early as Thursday after midnight, giving lawmakers and the public only one full business day to review the 2,242 page package. The Ryan-Pelosi package represents nothing short of a complete and total betrayal of the American people.
Yet Ryan’s omnibus serves a second and equally chilling purpose. By locking in the President’s refugee, immigration, and spending priorities, Ryan’s bill is designed to keep these fights out of Congress by getting them off the table for good. Delivering Obama these wins–and pushing these issues beyond the purview of Congress–will suppress public attention to the issues and, in so doing, will boost the candidacy of the Republican establishment’s preferred presidential contenders, who favor President Obama’s immigration agenda.
What may prove most discouraging of all to Americans is that recent reports reveal that conservatives in the so-called House Freedom Caucus are praising Ryan even as he permanently locks in these irreversible and anti-American immigration policies.According to Politico, the House Freedom Caucus will “give Ryan a pass” even as he funds disastrous policies that prioritize the interests of foreign nationals and global corporatists above the needs of the American people whom lawmakers are supposed to represent. source
December 17, 2015
“The consciousness of having discharged that duty which we owe to our country is superior to all other considerations.” —George Washington, 1788
TOP RIGHT HOOKS
|The Purple Heart. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force
After the FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service finished their investigation into the July attack at two Navy facilities in Chattanooga, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the five service members who died and the one who was wounded will receive Purple Heart medals. “Their heroism and service to our nation will be remembered always,” Mabus said in the announcement Wednesday. The men who gave their lives for their country are: Marine Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith. Marine Sgt. DeMonte Cheeley, who was wounded in the attack, will also receive the Purple Heart.
For political reasons, Barack Obama has avoided labeling attacks on military facilities in our homeland acts of terrorism — something to do with that story about al-Qaida on the run and the Islamic State being contained. He even waited five days after the Chattanooga attack to order the flags at half staff. Furthermore, fallen and wounded soldiers have previously been denied the honor and support that comes with the Purple Heart. It took five years for survivors of the 2009 Fort Hook attack to receive medals. In the case of Chattanooga, the FBI took its time — five months — to announce the attacker was inspired by propaganda created, in the words of FBI Director James Comey, by a “foreign terrorist organization.” Obama finally but offhandedly acknowledged these attacks were terrorism in his Oval Office speech last week. On the other hand, as Chattanooga’s daily newspaper The Times Free Press notes, the FBI waited two days before labeling the San Bernardino attack an act of terrorism. Clearly, the Obama narrative is falling apart.
As much trouble as the IRS has gotten itself into, you’d think it would tread carefully before rolling out more suspicious rules. But no. This is the IRS we’re talking about — the one that politically targeted conservative groups and whose tax-exempt chief at the time, Lois Lerner, walked free. Now we’re seeing what happens when government agencies aren’t held accountable. A Wall Street Journal editorial cautions that a new IRS rule has all the warning sings of another politically motivated hatchet job to stifle finance contributions. To wit:
In September the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department proposed a rule to give 501(c)(3) charities the “option” of filing detailed reports on every donor who contributes more than $250. These reports would include names, addresses and Social Security numbers. Oh, oh.
While the IRS says the rule is “voluntary,” in government that’s often a prelude to compulsory. The legitimate fear in the nonprofit world, on the right and left, is that this is a first step toward making such donor lists mandatory, and then applying the requirement to every nonprofit — including the conservative social-welfare organizations that the IRS helped to shut down in the 2012 presidential election.
Such a requirement opens up a whole can of worms, the net effect being that donors who value their privacy (and want to stay out of the IRS’s crosshairs) will close their pocketbooks altogether. Who, after all, willingly provides their Social Security number to a nonprofit? Even the IRS advises against haphazardly giving it away. Add that to the fact the agency has given us every reason not to trust it, and this may be yet another attempt to silence political foes (read: conservatives). Anything to undermine Citizens United, right?
In a decision that satisfied no one, the judge presiding over the trial of Officer William Porter, the first of six police officers tried over the April death of Freddie Gray, declared a mistrial. After the jury deliberated for three days, they were unable to come to an agreement over the verdicts of the four charges Porter faced: involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. The death of Gray after his neck was broken while in a police transport van sparked riots in Baltimore. The city’s officials acted quickly, with State Attorney Marilyn Mosby throwing the book at the officers with such force they responded by accusing the attorney of having a conflict of interest. It didn’t help that when Mosby announced the charges, she said, “To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘No Justice, No Peace.'” Furthermore, the city implied that it thought its police officers were guilty by settling with Gray’s family for $6.4 million before the criminal cases ever hit court. This hung jury throws up a barrier to the city’s rush to “justice.” In preparation of the blowback it would receive, the city braced for more protests, and three school districts canceled field trips into the city. As for Porter, he told a reporter from the Baltimore Sun “It’s not over yet,” as the city can still decide to prosecute him again.
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By Allyne Caan
|Boehner’s last laugh
When Paul Ryan succeeded John Boehner as speaker of the House, we hoped he wouldn’t turn out to be “Boehner Jr.” when it came to holding the conservative line against the Democrat minority. While many conservatives may be tempted to attribute the moniker to him in light of the latest budget, it’s important to remember that Barack Obama still holds the White House and Republicans are budgeting for the future — and a GOP president.
This week, Speaker Ryan unveiled a $1.1 trillion, 2,000-page spending and taxes package that can hardly be called a homerun for conservatives. In fact, it’s a steaming pile of Potomac sludge. The biggest caveat is that spending levels for the package had already been determined back in October by Boehner’s last hurrah. You’ll recall that Boehner, unable to get his own party on board, rounded up Democrat support to push through a budget deal increasing federal spending by $80 billion over the next two years.
While Ryan was constrained by Boehner’s parting gift, it’s what made it into Ryan’s plan — and what didn’t — that has some folks raising eyebrows.
In the Republican “win” column, the plan lifts the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. In exchange, however, Democrats secured a five-year extension of tax breaks for wind and solar energy producers.
Another win came on ObamaCare. The Wall Street Journal explains, “Crucially, they preserved the explicit legal language preventing a risk-corridor bailout of money-losing insurers on the Affordable Care Act exchanges. The medical device tax will be suspended for two years, and the insurance industry tax for a year, while the so-called Cadillac tax on high-cost health plans will start in 2020 instead of 2018.”
In a significant loss for conservatives, though, the package does not include restrictions on Obama’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees (or, for all we know, 9,500 refugees and 500 terrorists; who’s counting — or vetting — anyway?). Instead, the bill focuses on reforming the visa waiver program, which allows individuals from approved countries travel to the U.S. without first obtaining a visa. The reform would prevent folks from visa-waiver countries from coming to the U.S. sans a visa if those individuals had previously traveled to known Islamic State hotspots, such as Iraq or Syria. This is a worthwhile reform to be sure, but it doesn’t even come close to addressing how the U.S. plans to separate terrorists from refugees here in the homeland. And “trust us” is not an acceptable response.
Another Republican loss is the intact federal funding for Planned Parenthood, though that leaves the Left with one fewer election lightning rods. And the package fails to cut funding for Obama’s executive overreach on immigration.
In fact, Democrats announced that they “beat back about 150 Republican riders” in the package. Absent, for example, are riders focusing on Dodd-Frank financial reform, environmental regulations, or the U.S.’s new “normalized relations” policy with Cuba.
Defending the package, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong stated, “While not getting everything we wanted, the speaker noted that both packages include many provisions that Republicans have long fought for. The speaker noted that though there are significant wins in these packages, we must not repeat this process and instead get back to regular order in 2016.”
While this may be desirable to Republican Party wonks (we prefer the “animating contest of Freedom” espoused by Samuel Adams,) the losses are significant enough that the “let’s just move on” attitude has become Ryan’s primary sales pitch for the plan.
After Ryan spoke Tuesday with members of the House GOP conference, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) remarked, “[Ryan] feels that it’s time to start fresh, that we increase our hand and we’ll have better negotiating position if we have a strong Republican vote this year.”
Of course, conservatives never trust the “let’s cave now so we can negotiate better later” approach.
Indeed, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, posed this very question: “I don’t understand that at all,” he said, “give the Democrats what they want now so next time they won’t want as much?”
Despite very valid concerns, Ryan’s plan will likely pass when put to a House vote this week. But don’t expect all conservatives to go along with it. The shadows of Boehner are, understandably, still too long. All that being said, the optimistic approach is to remember that it will take years to undo the damage Barack Obama has done, and a single budget while he’s still in the Oval Office isn’t going to be the final word.
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George Will: “[A]s the ink dries on the Paris gesture of right-mindedness, let us praise the solar energy source most responsible for the surge of human betterment that began with the harnessing of fossil fuels around 1800. The source is, of course, coal, a still abundant and indispensable form in which the sun’s energy has been captured from carbon-based life. Matt Ridley, a member of a British coal-producing family and author of ‘The Rational Optimist,’ notes that the path of mankind’s progress, material as well as moral, has been from reliance on renewable but insufficient energy sources to today’s 85 percent reliance on energy from fossil fuels. The progression has been from reliance on human (often slaves’) muscles, to animal energy (first oxen, then horses), to burning wood and peat as stores of sunlight, to energy from water and wind, to, at last, fossil fuels. Sustained economic growth, a necessary prerequisite for scientific and technological dynamism, became possible, Ridley writes, when humanity was able to rely on ‘non-renewable, non-green, non-clean power.’ … In May 1945, Aneurin Bevan, a leading light among British socialists, said: ‘This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.’ Genius was not required. Socialism — command-and-control government of the sort that climate fine-tuners recommend for the entire planet — soon accomplished this marvel, with coal rationed and the price of fish soaring.”
Insight: “Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from birth as a paternal, or, in other words, a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read, and say, and eat, and drink and wear.” —Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859)
Leftmedia double standards: “Bush flies over New Orleans two days after Katrina: DOESN’T CARE! Obama visits San Bernardino two weeks after massacre on way to tropical paradise: COMPASSIONATE.” —twitter satirist @hale_razor
Village Idiots: “[W]e’ve allowed these trillion-dollar industries to manipulate the argument about the science for too long. This year is a massive tipping point in the climate struggle. … [L]ook, everyone loves money, I love money — we live in the United States. This is a capitalist country. But ultimately we’ve locked ourselves, through capitalism, into an addiction to oil that’s incredibly hard to reverse.” —Leonardo DiCaprio (So when can we expect you to begin living like the rest of us commoners?)
Wrong prescription: “Never before in our history have enemies outside the United States been able to propagate genuinely dangerous ideas on American territory in such an effective way — and by this I mean ideas that lead directly to terrorist attacks that kill people. The novelty of this threat calls for new thinking about limits on freedom of speech.” —University of Chicago Law School professor Eric Posner in Slate
Non Compos Mentis: “White men are approximately 30 percent of the population but account for 60 percent of the mass shootings. … White men are 31 percent of the population but own 62 percent of the guns in the United States. … There will be no effective gun control in the United States, even in the aftermath of horrific events such as Sandy Hook, the Planned Parenthood Shooting, or the San Bernardino massacre, until politicians, pundits, and analysts realize that the gun is a type of totem or fetish object for too many white men.” —Salon’s Chauncey DeVega
And last… “Our Syria evolution: 1) Assad must go. 2) Don’t you dare use chemical weapons. 3) Use of chemical weapons shows why Assad must go. 4) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.” —Andrew Stiles
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BREAKING NEWS – More Strange Bulk Electronic Purchases By Middle Eastern Men Reported In Arkansas
Posted: 17 Dec 2015 07:32 AM PST
In the comment section of a recent ANP article a question was asked which has led to a number of emails back and forth between myself with a game store owner regarding some strange bulk purchases of Xbox 360 Kinect sensors, in conjunction with recent national reports of bulk purchases of pre-paid cell phones, missing propane tanks and stolen remote controlled cars. Before going forward let me say that the store owner was very forthcoming with information, providing me details that allowed me to confirm this commenter is, in fact, the owner of the game store in question as well as the type of merchandise sold and the fact that the store, while individually owned, is under a lease agreement with a larger chain. The store in question is in Arkansas. For safety and professional reasons ANP has agreed to not reveal the store owners name nor the name of her business.
The question from Ozarkana was “Y’all, I have a serious question here. Can someone who is knowledgeable about video game systems, please, tell me what someone could use 2,000 Xbox 360 Kinect sensors for? Two middle eastern men went through Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma recently and purchased over $40,000 worth of these xbox accessories from video game stores. I can not understand if these could be used in a destructive manner; but, could this have anything to do with the cell phones, remote cars, and propane tank acquisitions? This has really been bothering me.” In a follow up comment as the topic was discussed, Ozarkana stated “These were all purchased in less than a week.” Via the communications back and forth with Ozarkana we find out that the sales of the Kinect sensors that could be tracked by Ozarkana, by contacting regional managers in other locations, occurred at the store chain associated with the one owned by our source. We have no way of knowing how many other different game store chains this could be happening at. FULL REPORT
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|French railways test software to track suspicious behaviour
Posted: 17 Dec 2015 07:05 AM PST
Software that monitors suspicious behaviour and luggage could eventually be integrated into 40,000 surveillance cameras across France as the country tightens security after last month’s deadly Paris attacks. The new software being tested by France’s state-owned SNCF tracks changes in body temperature, raised voices and jerky body movements that can indicate heightened levels of anxiety, the rail firm’s general secretary Stephane Volant told AFP.
In addition, cameras that detect packages left unattended for too long are also under evaluation. The SNCF will also launch a new app in the spring allowing passengers to raise an alert from their smartphones and a law could come into effect giving SNCF security agents powers to perform security pat-downs and luggage searches. SOURCE
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|Muslim prayer room at Catholic high school in Michigan sparks debate
Posted: 17 Dec 2015 06:26 AM PST
Some parents outside Detroit were questioning a Catholic high school’s decision to allow a special room for Muslim students to pray, Fox 2 reported Wednesday. Brother Rice High School, an all-boys school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, reportedly granted a request from Muslim students to use the religious reflection room throughout the day. Roughly a dozen of the school’s 800-plus students are Muslim, according to WXYZ.
One unnamed parent told the news station the room was “unconscionable,” arguing that her son’s paid Catholic education would be “undermined.” Fox 2 reported receiving similar criticism. Still, many other parents said they had no problem with the prayer room, which administrators said anybody could use, not just Muslim students. One parent, John Everly told Fox 2, “the worst thing is to separate and assume the worst about everyone.” READ MORE
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|FBI Alerted about group of Middle Eastern Men asking about Missouri Dam
Posted: 17 Dec 2015 06:04 AM PST
AMDEN COUNTY, MO – Police are revealing more about a report of a group of men asking about the Bagnell Dam. Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott tells Lake News that the Camden County Sheriff’s Office forwarded a security tip regarding the hydroelectric facility to the FBI. Police tell KMIZ-TV that the incident happened about two weeks ago at the Golden Corral in Osage Beach. A deputy was eating lunch and the wait staff told him about the group of men. Staffers said the men were asking questions about the dam. They wanted to know if they could rent a boat and tour the dam.
The Camden County Sheriff’s Office tells Lake News that they received a tip about a group of “Middle Eastern” men asking about Bagnell Dam. The police department forwarded that report to the FBI and a joint task force on terrorism. The Miller County Sheriff’s office have have been in contact with the St. Louis security office for the dam. Patrols of the dam are continuing as normal. “With recent things going on in our country and around the world, people are kind of a little bit more alerted. It’s everyone’s responsibility to watch out for each other. We all live in this community, and we’re going to notice things that seem out of place and if we don’t notify the proper authorities, who will?” Officer Corporal Scott Hines told KMIZ-TV. FULL REPORT
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|New Orleans Considers Removing Confederate Monuments
Posted: 17 Dec 2015 05:58 AM PST
New Orleans is poised to make a sweeping break with its Confederate past as city leaders decide whether to remove prominent monuments from some of its busiest streets. With support from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, a majority on the City Council appears ready to take down four monuments, including a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Their ordinance has sparked passionate responses for and against these symbols, and both sides will get one more say at a special council meeting before Thursday’s vote.
If approved, this would be one of the most sweeping gestures yet by an American city to sever ties with Confederate history. “This has never happened before,” said Charles Kelly Barrow, commander-in-chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “I’ve never heard of a city trying to sweep (away) all Confederate monuments.” READ MORE
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|Something Strange Is Taking Place In The Middle Of The Atlantic Ocean
Posted: 17 Dec 2015 05:50 AM PST
Early last month, we noted that something very strange was happening off the coast of Galveston, Texas. As FT reported, “the amount of oil [now] at sea is at least double the levels of earlier this year and is equivalent to more than a day of global oil supply.” In short: the global deflationary crude supply glut is beginning to manifest itself in a flotilla of stationary supertankers, as millions of barrels of oil are simply stuck in the ocean as VLCCs wait to unload. Ultimately, this led to nearly 40 crude tankers with a combined cargo capacity of 28.4 million barrels waiting to anchor near Galveston. Here’s what the logjam looked like:
In the latest sign that the world is simply running out of capacity when it comes to coping with an inexorable supply of commodities, three diesel tankers en route from the Gulf to Europe did something rather odd on Wednesday: they stopped, turned around in the middle of the ocean, and headed back the way they came! “At least three 37,000 tonne tankers – Vendome Street, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Titan – have made U-turns in the Atlantic ocean in recent days and are now heading back west,”Reuters reported, citing its own tracking data. The Vendome Street actually made it to within 800 miles of Portgual (so around 75% of the way there) before abruptly turning around. “Ship brokers said a turnaround so late in the journey would come at a cost to the charterer,” Reuters notes. FULL REPORT
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|Honoring the Promises of God
Posted: 16 Dec 2015 08:22 PM PST
(Written By Kelly Mcdonald Jr)
“And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” – Habukkuk 2:2 (ESV)
Each of us has received promises from God. Sometimes these promises come directly from God when we are spending quiet time with Him. Sometimes the Lord speaks them through other people. These promises guide us towards God’s will. It is important for us to write down the promises that the Lord speaks to us. In Habukkuk 2:2, the Lord instructs us to write down revelation from God so that we can run when we read it. In I Corinthians 9:24, Paul said, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” The promises we receive from the Lord (written Word and spoken Word) are the guide markers that help us to run the race. God has called us to live a life of victory. In fact, we are more than conquerors! (Romans 8:37) The promise is our reassurance of victory!
As time goes on, distractions will try to knock you off the track that God has laid out for you. Writing down God’s promises helps you to stay on track. As you go back and review them, you will be inspired to keep running the race. God told Jeremiah multiple times to write down every Word from God He had received (Jeremiah 30:2, 36:2, 36:28). Jesus gave John seven letters to seven churches. He was asked to write these words and deliver them to the churches. Think about this for a moment: The only reason that we have the Bible is because the people of God wrote down His spoken Words. If they had not written these promises then they could not run the race, and we could not run today! When we do this, it will create a spiritual heritage for tomorrow. The Words that God speaks to you today will come to pass. In the future, you can use fulfilled promises from God to encourage other believers and inspire a future generation. The Word of the Lord is a precious thing. Let us honor His promises by writing them down. Let us review them so that we can run the race and win the prize! Follow Kelly Mcdonald
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|100,000 Syrians Have Quietly Entered the US Since 2012
Posted: 16 Dec 2015 08:16 PM PST
A proposal to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States has ignited a bitter debate in Washington, but more than 10 times that number of people from the embattled country have quietly come to America since 2012, according to figures obtained by FoxNews.com. Some 102,313 Syrians were granted admission to the U.S. as legal permanent residents or through programs including work, study and tourist visas from 2012 through August of this year, a period which roughly coincides with the devastating civil war that still engulfs the Middle Eastern country.
Experts say any fears that terrorists might infiltrate the proposed wave of refugees from United Nations-run camps should be dwarfed by the potential danger already here. “The sheer number of people arriving on all kinds of visas and with green cards, and possibly U.S. citizenship, makes it impossible for our counterterrorism authorities to keep track of them all, much less prevent them from carrying out attacks or belatedly try to deport them,” said Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies. 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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