Dec. 21, 2015
After months of lagging in the polls, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham announced Monday that he’s quitting his bid to win the Republican presidential nomination.
The U.S. approved an entry visa for Tashfeen Malik, one of the couple who staged a deadly attack in California this month, even though she never provided the extra evidence requested by an immigration official, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said on Saturday.
Tom Hayes, the former UBS Group AG and Citigroup Inc. trader found guilty of manipulating Libor, had his sentence cut to 11 years from 14 years by a London appeals court.
The U.S. should cease sending ships and planes to China’s South China Sea islands, stop showing off its military might and respect China’s core interests, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Secretary of State John Kerry.
Brent crude slumped to $36.17 a barrel, the lowest level since 2004, amid speculation suppliers from the Middle East to the U.S. will exacerbate a record glut as they continue fighting for market share.
The $3.5 billion U.S. cannabis market is emerging as one of the nation’s most power-hungry industries, with the 24-hour demands of thousands of indoor growing sites taxing aging electricity grids and unraveling hard-earned gains in energy conservation.
The U.S. greenback broke above $1.40 versus the Canadian dollar late last week in the wake of a softer than expected inflation and wholesale sales prints north of the border.
Azerbaijan’s manat plunged to the weakest on record after the central bank relinquished control of its exchange rate, the latest crude producer to abandon a currency peg as oil prices slumped to the lowest in 11 years. The third-biggest oil producer in the former Soviet Union moved to a free float on Monday to buttress the country’s foreign-exchange reserves and improve competitiveness amid “intensifying external economic shocks.”
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Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria over the weekend, and accorded him a funeral of the kind reserved for its top commanders.
Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired before dawn Monday from Yemen towards its southern border region, the coalition said, in the latest such attack despite a ceasefire and peace talks.
Police said a woman intentionally swerved her car onto a busy sidewalk two or three times Sunday and mowed down people outside a Las Vegas casino, killing one person and injuring at least 30 others.
Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support its version of what happened.
French police on Monday detained a retired policeman over the discovery of a fake bomb on board an Air France flight which made an emergency landing in Kenya, a legal source said.
Stretched thin and under pressure by increasing air strikes, the Islamic State group has been forced into a defensive position in areas under its control in Syria and Iraq.
Iranian hackers breached the control system of a dam near New York City in 2013, an infiltration that raised concerns about the security of the country’s infrastructure, the WSJ reported.
From clothes to appliances to cell phones, Chinese goods are now proving to be as durable as those made in Japan and nearly as precise as those emerging from high-tech hubs like Taiwan.
Police and federal agents announced today they seized a “staggering” load of 136 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $3 million, in the Bronx where it had been shipped from Massachusetts, and arrested two men from Puerto Rico alleged to be part of a major drug trafficking network.
Malaysia’s first Islamic-compliant airline Rayani Air began operations Sunday with its maiden flight taking off from the capital to the resort island of Langkawi, local media reported.
A suicide vehicle bomb attack on a patrol near a base at Bagram in eastern Afghanistan has killed six foreign soldiers and injured six other people.
A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses. They told the militants “to kill them together or leave them alone”, a local governor told Kenyan media. At least two people were killed in the attack.
More than 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014 – the most ever recorded in one year, US officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Friday that showed overdose deaths jumped 7% from just one year earlier.
The Australian state of Tasmania is considering raising the legal age for buying cigarettes to at least 21 and potentially as high as 25.
Hundreds of rescue workers are looking for survivors after a landslide hit 33 buildings in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Seven people were pulled from the rubble with minor injuries but 85 are still missing. About 900 were evacuated as the landslide struck on Sunday.
Driving instructors in Holland are now legally allowed to accept sex as payment for lessons.
Seventeen schools in Nashua, New Hampshire, shut down Monday after administrators received an email threat to harm students.
Christians are “filthy” in the sight of Allah and worthy of being looted and slaughtered “in a time of jihad,” according to an American imam and professor of religious studies at a prestigious private college in Tennessee.
Top News – 12/21/2015
Terrifying Storm Eva: 70mph gales and torrential rain to hit Britain in time for Christmas
BRUTAL gales and torrential downpours will kick off a turbulent run up to one of the warmest Christmases ever.
Russia will DESTROY ISIS with NUCLEAR cruise missiles if necessary warns Putin
PUTIN has said today that he will continue to improve Russia’s nuclear arsenal in a bid to deter potential threats to his country – including arming cruise missiles with nukes to destroy ISIS.
Pope determined to reform Vatican govt
Pope Francis said Monday that reform of the Curia, the Church’s governing body, would “move forward with determination, clarity and firm resolve”, during his annual address to cardinals, bishops and priests running the Holy See.
Free Syrian Army Claims Killing of Hezbollah’s Samir Kuntar – ‘Not Israel’
The FSA vowed Monday in its statement to Arab media that it would also target other Hezbollah fighters in future attacks, the Lebanon-based Daily Star reported. The group explained in a video that Hezbollah blamed Israel for the strike in order to avoid upsetting fellow terrorists – “the morale of its mercenaries” – according to the Lebanese Naharnet website. Hezbollah would rather have lost a skirmish to Israel than to the FSA, the opposition force said.
First Step to Annexation? The Real Reason Turkey Sent Troops to Iraq
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to take advantage of the power vacuum in northern Iraq to create a proto-state loyal to Ankara, if not annex this territory, defense analyst Stanislav Ivanov wrote for New Eastern Outlook.
U.S. college prof: Christians ‘filthy’ in eyes of Allah
Christians are “filthy” in the sight of Allah and worthy of being looted and slaughtered “in a time of jihad,” according to an American imam and professor of religious studies at a prestigious private college in Tennessee.
Franklin Graham Says Hijab-Wearing Wheaton Prof. Wrong About God, Christians and Muslims
“Can you believe this Wheaton College professor who says she’s going to wear a hijab for the holidays this year to show solidarity with Islam? Shame on her! She said that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Well she is absolutely wrong — she obviously doesn’t know her Bible and she doesn’t know Islam,” Graham wrote…
David’s Sling passes final round of tests
Air defense system, capable of intercepting medium-range missiles, low-flying aircraft or cruise missiles, is now on course for deployment within the next four months.
Tech and Banking Giants Ditch Bitcoin for Their Own Blockchain
Several major companies from across both the technology and financial industries—including IBM, Intel, and Cisco as well as the London Stock Exchange Group and big-name banks JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, and State Street—have joined forces to create an alternative to the blockchain, the global online ledger that underpins the bitcoin digital currency. The blockchain is essentially a database that runs across a worldwide network of independent machines—a database that’s controlled by no single entity but can still reliably track the exchange of assets, thanks to some nifty mathematics.
Driver plows onto Las Vegas Strip sidewalk ‘like bowling ball’, one dead
One person was killed and dozens were injured on Sunday night when a woman deliberately drove her car onto a crowded sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip, police said, near the hotel where the Miss Universe beauty pageant was being held.
French defense chief to ask Russia to step up anti-ISIS ops
Ahead of his visit to Moscow on Monday, the French defense minister told journalists Paris would ask Russia to increase its action against Islamic State, and would offer intelligence sharing and plans for a joint vision on combating terrorist groups in Syria.
A G1-class geomagnetic storm is in progress on Dec. 21st as Earth moves through the wake of a CME that struck our planet’s magnetic field Saturday.
Evangelical Beliefs on Israel Match Prophetic Doomsday Scenarios
Brookings Institute, a Washington DC-based think tank, recently released the results of their survey entitled American Attitudes Toward the Middle East and Israel. Among the more noteworthy results of their survey are two findings related to Evangelical Christian beliefs about Israel and the End of Days.
Tawau rattled by tremor from 6.2 magnitude Indonesia quake
The tremors of the 6.2-magnitude earthquake, which occurred at 2.47am, were also felt in several other east coast districts, such as Kunak, Semporna and Lahad Datu, said Tawau Fire and Rescue Department chief Mohd Razali Ag Ahmad.
3.1M Earthquake Strikes Newport Beach Area
According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s incident page, the temblor was centered about 3 miles east of Newport Beach, 3 miles south southeast of Costa Mesa and 7 miles southwest of Irvine. The temblor, which struck at 3:22 p.m., was felt by more than 1,650 residents in Costa Mesa, Tustin, Irvine and beyond.
Prominent Catholic High School In Detroit Now Offers Muslim Prayer Room
A prestigious Catholic high school in a ritzy, estate-filled suburb of Detroit now features a prayer room for Muslim students to pray. The school is Brother Rice High School, an all-boys bastion affiliated with the Congregation of Christian Brothers in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., reports Detroit Fox station WJBK.
Apple CEO opposes government back door to encryption
Apple CEO Tim Cook is defending his opposition to providing intelligence agencies with back doors to access encrypted information on his company’s products. In the wake of the Paris terrorist attack, in which assailants are believed to have used encrypted devices to avoid government surveillance, politicians and law enforcement agencies have called for measures to prevent tech companies from fully encrypting users’ communications.
Slovenia rejects gay marriage in referendum
Slovenians have rejected same-sex marriage by a large margin in a referendum. Almost two-thirds of voters said no to a bill that defined marriage as a union between two consenting adults. …But MPs from the United Left party, which initially proposed the change in the law, said the result was a temporary setback. “It’s not over yet. Sooner or later the law will be accepted…
Homes destroyed in Australia bushfires
Twelve Australian families have lost their homes to bushfires near Melbourne, days ahead of Christmas. Fire authorities are also warning of dangerous hot and windy conditions on Christmas and Boxing Day. Crews were still tackling a blaze at Scotsburn, west of the city, for a third day on Monday.
Netanyahu to Albanian PM: Our friendship goes back to Albania protecting Jews from Nazis
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Monday morning upon his arrival for a two-day visit to Israel. The leaders signed…a friendship…and a mutual cooperation agreement… Netanyahu noted that…the friendship…goes back much farther. During the Holocaust Albania stood by the Jews and refused to turn them over to the Nazis, said Netanyahu.
Israel completes trial of David’s Sling which can destroy missiles over enemy territory
The Defense Ministry and Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency completed on Monday the last phase of trials for the David’s Sling air defense system, and the Israel Air Force is expected to take possession of the system in the first quarter of 2016. The trials occurred in recent days in southern Israel, and were led by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which is developing David’s Sling, together with the US defense company Raytheon.
This Poll Shows How Christians in America Really Feel About Homosexuality
A new Pew Research Center survey suggests that growing numbers of Christians have come around on homosexuality, with a full 54% of all Christians agreeing that “homosexuality should be accepted, rather than discouraged, by society.”
Iran: Changes to US visa waiver program contradict nuke deal
Changes to a U.S. visa waiver program that impose travel restrictions on those who visit Iran contradict the landmark nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Sunday.
Dozens killed in suspected Russian strikes
At least 43 people have been killed in a series of air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian planes in the Syrian city of Idlib, according to activists and residents.
Fire traded over Israel-Lebanon border after militant’s death
Fire has been traded over the Israel-Lebanon border hours after a Lebanese militant was killed in a rocket strike in Syria. The Israeli army said had fired artillery shells into southern Lebanon in response to rocket fire. There are no reports of injuries on either side. The exchange came after Samir Qantar was killed in a rocket strike near the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Putin: ‘We don’t want the USSR back but no one believes us’
Russia is not trying to bring back the USSR, President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary aired Sunday, but the problem is that “nobody wants to believe it”.
Top Headlines – 12/21/2015
Amid strong Israeli-Greek ties, Greece’s parliament to recognize Palestinian state
Benjamin Netanyahu ‘threatens to strip Jerusalem residency from 230,000 Palestinians’
After 2,000 years, Christians disappearing from Gaza
Danon urges UN to condemn rocket attacks on northern Israel
IDF Spokesman: ‘The IDF is ready in the north and on all borders to thwart any possible threat’
Fire traded over Israel-Lebanon border after militant’s death
Commander of Hezbollah Freed by Israel Is Killed in Syria
Report: Kuntar planning major terror attack on Israel when he was killed
ACRI: Recent terror wave led to infringement on rights, excessive use of force
Iran: Changes to US visa waiver program contradict nuke deal
More Americans concerned with Iran’s nuclear program than year ago, poll finds
US Special Forces thrown out of Libya after secret mission revealed
Cease-fire Violations Scuttle Yemen Peace Talks
Putin: ‘We don’t want the USSR back but no one believes us’
Syria conflict: Dozens killed in suspected Russian strikes
Turkish military offensive kills 110 Kurdish militants in six days: security sources
Clinton backs Obama’s Islamic State strategy in Democratic debate
IS jihadists stole ‘tens of thousands’ of blank passports: report
‘Possibly Intentional’: One Dead, 26 Injured When Car Plows Into Vegas Sidewalk
Hunt continues over Indonesia terror plot
Fake bomb hidden in toilet of Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris
Isis Pharma changes “unfortunate” name to avoid confusion
Prominent Catholic High School In Detroit Now Offers Muslim Prayer Room
The Professor Suspended for Saying Muslims and Christians Worship One God – It was her theology – not her hijab – that got her in trouble with the evangelical college
Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez suspended after anti-Muslim rant
Canada aims to double intake of Syrian refugees next year
Confederate flag controversies heat up for the holidays
Gasoline Falls Below $2 a Gallon for First Time in 6 Years
6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tarakan, Indonesia
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 23,000ft
Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupts to 20,000ft
Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft
Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft
China landslide: Many missing after buildings collapse in Shenzhen
Warmest Christmas Eve on record to unfold across eastern US
Homes destroyed in Australia bushfires
St. Paul man sues state for medical aid in gender change surgery
Abortion Group Asks Court to Ban Undercover ‘Baby Body Parts Scandal’ Videos
Israel’s Shalom resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations; to be replaced by first gay Likud MK
U.S. Support of Gay Rights in Africa May Have Done More Harm Than Good
Slovenia rejects same-sex marriages in a referendum
German church celebrates ‘Star Wars’ at a Sunday service
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Massachusetts Court: Catholic School Can’t Refuse To Hire Married Gay Man
Connecticut Court rules Confiscation of Firearms Legal and Constitutional
Court Ruling Could Nullify First Amendment
French court fines Christian politician for quoting Bible, offending gays
Obama administration invites Muslim group with terror ties to White House meeting
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Stymied by Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama is expected to act alone to take executive action to tighten restrictions on gun sales.
White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, speaking at a vigil last week for victims of the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, shooting, confirmed that the president has asked his staff to complete a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval.
No one thought at the time that he might have in mind the weakening of America to the point of our being so vulnerable as to possibly being taken over by an Islamic caliphate that his neglect had made possible. And while this may seem far-fetched, let’s take a closer look at what Barack Obama and his feckless former secretary of state have accomplished in just seven short years.
This is a must-see speech to really understand the moral bankruptcy of today’s liberal multi-cultural academic world.
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‘Congress has delegated that power to the president’
But Temple University School of Law Professor Jan C. Ting says, while the merits of the Trump plan ought to be fully debated, there’s no doubt that the Constitution permits it.
“The proposed temporary suspension would be completely legal and completely constitutional. And if that’s the case, then it’s reduced to a policy dispute,” said Ting, who served as deputy commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Justice Department in the George H.W. Bush administration.
Sliding Down the Censorship Trail
What could be wrong with seeking out and censoring hateful online propaganda from terror groups like ISIS or al-Qaeda? The problem is that eventually, the definition of ‘bad guy’ will expand to include anyone who doesn’t agree with the politically correct mindset.. …….. Click here for full story
US In The Middle Of Rising Tensions Between China & Neighbors
According to a recent BBC.com account, the US Department of Defense assesses that as of June 2015, China had reclaimed 17 times more land in 20 months in the South China Sea than all the other claimants combined over the past 40 years. Admiral Scott Swift, America’s top military commander for the Pacific has warned that a dangerous arms race over the disputed waters of the South China Sea could “engulf” the region……… Click here for full story
December 21, 2015
“Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights tend to the security of your liberty?” —Patrick Henry, 1788
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Roughly 99.99% of Americans missed the fact that there was a Democrat presidential debate Saturday night. It’s painfully obvious that the Democratic National Committee is protecting Hillary Clinton by scheduling debates when no one will be watching because they’re out last-chance Christmas shopping and at the movies for opening weekend of Star Wars. So Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley can be forgiven for complaining. The party, which was once a raucous bunch that reveled in the old Will Rogers line — “I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” — is now bending over backwards to make sure Hillary’s path to coronation is not blocked again. Even if she’s late back to the stage after a bathroom break.
Naturally, there weren’t many highlights. Whereas Republicans are engaged in a spirited debate about immigration, foreign policy and NSA surveillance, the three Democrats on stage Saturday offered nothing but leftist platitudes primarily on national security. They seek to gently criticize the atrocious state of affairs (under Barack Obama’s leadership, they’d rather you didn’t notice) while reminding viewers that Republicans are just plain terrible people.
Since Clinton will be the nominee, we’ll focus on her with three lowlights. An example of the lightly treading around Obama’s failures was Clinton’s reference to “glitches” in ObamaCare — like skyrocketing premiums and deductibles. She’s fix that, though, she promises. On Syria and the Islamic State, she said, “We now finally are where we need to be.” Famous last words that will show up in many a Republican campaign ad. And on Republicans and the Islamic State, she insisted that the GOP frontrunner “is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter.” She explained, “They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.” Then again, Clinton doesn’t have a great track record blaming videos for trouble in the Middle East.
All in all, you were better to finish that Christmas shopping than to sit through the Democrat drivel.
It was a vignette that the Obama administration didn’t want The New York Times to publish. Barack Obama held an off-the-record meeting with journalists last week to explain his antiterrorism strategy and the ground rule was that anything Obama said could not be attributed to him. It was a way for Obama to mold the media into a more forceful propaganda arm for his agenda. Initially, the Times wasn’t going to play the commander in chief’s political game. In an article originally published Thursday evening, the Times wrote, “In his meeting with the columnists, Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and made clear that he plans to step up his public arguments. Republicans were telling Americans that he is not doing anything when he is doing a lot, he said.” You don’t hear Obama complaining how the media has distorted gun culture in this nation, but he defended his antiterrorism policies by blaming criticism of his strategies on the media and stupid Americans.
Later that night, as The Federalist reported, the editors did not stand up to the executive branch like the time it published the Pentagon Papers. Instead, it deleted the telling paragraph and inserted a paragraph of administration catch phrases. Commentator Charles Krauthammer said of Obama’s statement, “This is his usual professorial condescension.” Over the weekend, Obama doubled down on his assertion, telling NPR the media has been hyping the Islamic State: “All you have been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you.” As for the citizens of this nation worried about security, let them eat cake.
A judge in Massachusetts severely restricted the ability of religious organizations to fulfill their missions when he ruled that a Catholic school was guilty of discrimination for rescinding its job offer to a man later discovered to be homosexual. Matthew Barrett interviewed for the position of director of food services at Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls Catholic school, in 2013 and he was offered the job. But when he listed his husband as his emergency contact, the school rescinded his offer.
Judge Douglas H. Wilkins ruled the academy was guilty of discrimination, despite the school arguing that Barrett’s lifestyle was inconsistent with its teachings. As the school’s lawyer told Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB, teaching doesn’t occur just outside the classroom, and Barrett’s employment would conflict with what is taught in the theology classroom. “As an educational institution, Fontbonne retains control over its mission and message,” Wilkins wrote. “It is not forced to allow Barrett to dilute that message, where he will not be a teacher, minister or spokesperson for Fontbonne and has not engaged in public advocacy of same-sex marriage.”
Furthermore, the judge ruled that the school could have been exempt from the state’s discrimination laws if the school only taught girls who believed the same things as the school. In making this ruling, the judge from the first state to legalize same-sex marriage is standing directly against Christian institutions charged with going into all the world to heal the sick, visit those in prison and feed the hungry. Using this same thinking, it’s not much of a stretch for the state to force Christian hospitals to perform gender-reassignment surgery, or perform abortions.
FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
By Arnold Ahlert
It’s been a slow year for the Christmas bashing that’s become rather routine at the Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee, Florida. Pam Olsen, president of the Florida Prayer Network, the group that has provided a Nativity scene there for the last two years, is taking a pass. “After much prayer, I truly want the message of Christ, The Son of God, born in a manger so long ago in Bethlehem, to be heard very clearly at this difficult time, instead of the dissension in the Capitol rotunda — this is not the year for that kind of debate in our rotunda,” Olsen said in an open letter.
The “debate” to which Olsen refers has been the recent effort to turn the rotunda into a citadel of competing displays, that mostly illuminate the determination of those who can’t stand to see Christians enjoying themselves during the holidays. It is coupled with the timidity of public officials cowed by political correctness. Political correctness that demands equal respect for the sacred and the profane.
Thus in 2014, for the sake of “balance,” the rotunda sported a protest display from the Satanic Temple. It featured an angel falling into a pit of fire. “There’s no significance to it; it’s just a display that we put up to counteract the Nativity scene,” explained Satanic Temple member John Porgal at the time. “It’s all or none, and this represents the other side of the manger scene.”
All or none also included a six-foot pole comprised of beer cans celebrating “Festivus,” a fictitious holiday spawned by the sitcom “Seinfeld.” Other atheist banners, including a display from the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” whose followers are known as “Pastafarians,” were also part of the mix.
This year, because the FPN is taking a pass, the Satanic Temple is too. But they warn that could change if another group decides to put up a Christmas display. “As the assertion of plurality is always primary in our holiday displays, and many of our activities, we feel that our Satanic Holiday displays work best in a forum where a Nativity is present,” the Satanic Temple stated in an email.
Plurality? One suspects a willful dilution of the Christmas message is more accurate.
As of Dec. 7, the only applications for a display were submitted by the Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle-Tallahassee, a group that wished to display a menorah, and Chaz Stevens, a political blogger from Deerfield Beach, who wants his Festivus pole.
Make no mistake: All of this is perfectly legal. Any doubt of that was removed last year, when the state caved following the Satanic Temple’s enlistment of legal counsel from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which threatened to sue lawmakers to get its display into the rotunda. Comically, the same lawmakers that countenanced Festivus and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster had somehow determined that a display by the Satanist group was “grossly offensive.” “Free speech is for everyone and all groups,” said Americans United executive director Barry Lynn. “State officials simply can’t get into the business of deciding that some unpopular messages are ‘offensive’ and must be banned.”
That is certainly correct, but it provokes an essential question: When did Americans become so petty and self-righteous that every display of genuine religious conviction had to be offset with absurdities designed to offend? And not just in Florida. A Satanist in Oklahoma plans to pour fake blood, along with sulfur powder and ash, over a statue of the Virgin Mary outside of St. Joseph Old Cathedral on Christmas Eve. “The purpose of the blood is to add another layer of corruption to Mary, which is an emblem of the Catholic Church,” contends Adam Daniels, whose display is entitled “Virgin Birth is a Lie.”
Such insults are only possible in a country that has embraced a culturally suicidal proposition: All ideas have equal merit. Thus a religion with more than a billion followers over thousands of years is “no better or worse” than one created by TV sitcom writers in the 1990s, or one whose adherents call themselves Pastafarians.
This is the essence of “nonjudgmentalism,” a progressive-based theory that asserts any discrimination of thought constitutes some type of bigotry. This nonsense has been pounded into the heads of public school children over the better part of two decades, and the results are both predictable and tragic: for millions of Americans, freedom and license are now interchangeable terms.
Yet conferring equal amounts of legitimacy on solid and dubious concepts is hardly limited to religious displays. Bums, drug addicts, alcoholics and mentally disturbed people are now homeless, and illegal aliens are undocumented immigrants. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. There is no right and wrong, only shades of gray. Everyone gets a trophy just for showing up. And despite one’s genitalia and chromosomal makeup, one is a woman trapped in a man’s body — or black person trapped in a Caucasian one.
Blowback against such perniciousness was inevitable. Yet in perhaps the greatest irony of the ages, the most indoctrinated generations of Americans have not only rejected the notion that all ideas have equal merit, but that any idea with which they disagree has no merit whatsoever, and must be labeled with trigger warnings at best, or stricken altogether from the national conversation at worst.
Last week, Congress passed a massive “bipartisan” spending package that will add billions of additional dollars to the national debt. Donald Trump remains on top in the GOP presidential polls. The spending package testifies to the reality that any judgment regarding the mathematical certainty of national bankruptcy has no more value than the “spirit of compromise” used to sell this monstrosity. Trump’s continuing popularity testifies to the reality that millions of Americans have had quite enough of the notion all ideas have equal merit — especially those that could get us killed by religious extremists.
If not? Perhaps there will be an Islamic State flag hanging in the Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee next Christmas.
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Peggy Noonan: “[A]bout 18 million people watched the fifth Republican debate on CNN. It was the third-most-watched primary debate of all time. The first debate, on Fox News in August, broke all records with about 25 million viewers. All the debates in between were heavily watched. All featured fisticuffs, argument, real to-and-fro. The Democrats in that time had two debates, with little fanfare, with a vibe of ‘please don’t watch.’ It was less like public officials running for president than people in the witness protection program accidentally strolling onto a stage. … The Republicans are out there on every show and get cuffed about. They expose themselves to the scrum every day and take all comers. Mrs. Clinton considering interview requests is like a queen pointing at necklaces arrayed on a jeweler’s pillow: ‘I’ll take that one, not that one. I’ll think about that one.’ The Republicans are finally, fitfully fighting out real issues — ISIS, privacy. Mrs. Clinton is forced to fight no one, makes pronouncements and glides on. The Republicans draw censure with their big, bodacious brawl. The Democrats should draw it for not struggling, grappling. … The Republicans are all chaos and incoherence, it’s true. But at least they’re alive. At least they’re fighting as if it matters.”
The Gipper: “Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.”
Upright: “At the current pace, Obama’s hometown of Chicago will have had nearly 4,000 murders … while he was president. … Since Obama has been in office he has devoted no energy to and shown no interest in the many and manifest social problems afflicting America’s cities. … What Obama has done, though, is drive race relations to a twenty-year low and has set those communities most in need of effective policing at war with their police departments. … And that will be his legacy.” —RedState’s streiff
Village idiots: “Guns, in and of themselves, in my opinion, will not make Americans safer. We lose 33,000 people a year already to gun violence. Arming more people … is not the appropriate response to terrorism.” —Hillary Clinton
Non Compos Mentis: “That’s kind of a no-brainer. If somebody is loading guns and ammunition into a house, I think it’s a good idea to call 911. Do it.” —Bernie Sanders
For the record: “Republicans … were willing to concede so much.” —Nancy Pelosi on Congress’s trillion-dollar tax-and-spend boondoggle
Demo-gogues: “If you’ve been watching television for the last month, all you have been seeing, all you have been hearing about is [Islamic State] guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you. So I understand why people are concerned about it. Look, the media is pursuing ratings. This is a legitimate news story. I think that, you know, it’s up to the media to make a determination about how they want to cover things.” —Barack Obama (Funny how media sensationalism is suddenly relevant when it exposes Obama’s reckless policies.)
Braying jackass: “The Republican Party in the United States is perhaps literally the only major party in the developed world that is still engaging in climate denial.” —Barack Obama
Late-night humor: “There will be a full moon on Christmas this year. The last time that happened was in 1977, which is also the year the first ‘Star Wars’ movie came out.” —Jimmy Kimmel (That’s no moon…)
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|Did Obama Just Pull the Race Card on Donald Trump?
Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:26 AM PST
President Obama said in a radio interview airing on Monday that Donald J. Trump, a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, is exploiting the resentment and anxieties of working-class men to boost his campaign. Mr. Obama also argued that some of the scorn directed at him personally stems from the fact that he is the first African-American to hold the White House. Demographic changes and economic stresses, including “flatlining” wages and incomes, have meant that “particularly blue-collar men have had a lot of trouble in this new economy, where they are no longer getting the same bargain that they got when they were going to a factory and able to support their families on a single paycheck,” Mr. Obama said in the interview with National Public Radio.
“You combine those things, and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear — some of it justified, but just misdirected,” the president added. “I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. That’s what he’s exploiting during the course of his campaign.” The comments were Mr. Obama’s most pointed response to Mr. Trump since the Republican candidate suggested that Muslims be barred from entering the United States after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. The attack was carried out by a couple who apparently were radicalized Muslims, one of whom had entered the United States on a fiancée visa. CONTINUE
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|Of Course Christians and Muslims Don’t Worship The Same God
Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:14 AM PST
(Written By Dr. Michael Brown) It is true that the three primary monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all believe in an eternal, uncreated Creator God to whom all human beings must one day give account. But it is self-evident that Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God. First, God is the heavenly Father of Christians, but Allah is not the Father of Muslims. This is one of the most fundamental revelations of the Bible, which is why Jesus taught His followers to pray the “Our Father” prayer on a daily basis (Matt. 6:9-13). The New Testament even goes as far as saying that God has put the spirit of sonship into our hearts so that we can call God “Abba,” just as Jesus called His Father “Abba” (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6).
But Allah is not seen as the heavenly Father in Islam, let alone as “Abba,” an even more endearing term. That’s why “father” is not one of the 99 names of Allah in Islamic theology. Second, through Jesus, we can have intimate fellowship—even friendship—with God. Already in the Old Testament, God referred to Abraham as His friend (Is. 41:8), but in the New Testament, Jesus takes this even further, saying to His disciples: “Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:13-14). CONTINUE
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|Learning to Grieve Part 1 of 3
Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:09 AM PST
(Written By Kelly Mcdonald Jr) “Better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will take it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by a sad countenance the heart is made better.” Eccl. 7:2-3
Each of us has lost loved ones. Sometimes we lose them suddenly through a car accident or a stroke. Sometimes we lose them through long-term debilitating illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. However they may pass, it is important that we learn to grieve. In our society, there is a tendency to think that displaying emotion in the face of loss is a sign of weakness. This is especially true among males. The old adage I heard growing up is to “be strong” by not showing emotion. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The verses for this devotional come from Ecclesiastes 7:2-3. Solomon was a man into which God imparted divine wisdom. He said that it was better to be with those grieving than those who are rejoicing because a sad countenance brings health to the heart. In Ecclesiastes 3, he said that there was a time for everything under the sun. There is a time to show emotion, especially tears of grief. There is healing in our sadness. Grieving is part of the healing process.
Why would it be better to spend time with mourners than those who rejoice? When someone has passed away, everyone who knew that person considers the brevity of life. Psalm 90:12 reads, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” The reality of life sets in when someone passes away. We look at ourselves and think – “That could have been me!” When someone passes away, it is important for us to evaluate our lives and make adjustments. What are we doing with our time? If you died today, would you be right with God? Have you made amends with other people? It is wise for us to number our days and ponder our lives. Grieving is part of numbering our days by remembering the days of those who have passed away. We will continue next time with practical ways to grieve. Follow Kelly Mcdonald, JR
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|7 Ways That Adolf Hitler Was A Perfect Type Of The Biblical Antichrist.
Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:04 AM PST
(Written By NTEB) ON APRIL 30, 1945, AFTER 3 MONTHS OF COWERING IN HIS UNDERGROUND BUNKER, HITLER DIED THE COWARD’S DEATH OF SUICIDE, WITH NONE OF HIS GENERALS OR ANY OF HIS FORMERLY-MASSIVE ARMY TO DEFEND HIM
“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” Daniel 11:45
Since Nazi Germany and WWII came to an end, a near endless amount of books, movies and documentaries have been produced to study the morbidly fascinating life of Adolf Hitler. He was by all accounts a charismatic end times monster bent on creating a “master race” of perfect , German people. But did you also know that in many ways, his life and exploits almost match perfectly with how the Bible says The Antichrist will be when he arrives on the scene in the days after the Rapture of the Church? Here now we present to you 7 ways that Adolf Hitler was a perfect type of the Biblical Antichrist.
#1: THE ANTICHRIST WILL BE A POWERFUL SPEAKER WITH A FIERCE COUNTENANCE
“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.” Daniel 8:23,24
When Adolf Hitler burst upon the world stage in 1933, he was at once a mesmerizing and fearsome figure. People could not ever remember as having seen his equal. His speeches were flamed-filled invectives of his desire to create a “master race” of people to follow him to either death or glory. Almost immediately, all of Germany fell under his hypnotic oratory, and vowed to follow him wherever he would lead. CONTINUE
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|New Rich Wilkerson JR Reality Show Displays Gospel of Deception and Compromise
Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:00 AM PST
Here we go again! A new reality show has launched and this one will once again make a mockery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! This reality show will follow the life of a so-called “celebrity pastor” who married Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and whose congregation attracted a visit from pop star Justin Bieber which is also being characterized as “heartbreaking” by a pastor who speaks and writes about the glorification of ungodliness in Hollywood and the secular music industry. The name of this new reality show is “Rich in Faith” and began airing on Dec. 2 on the Oxygen channel and features Rich Wilkerson, Jr., as he launches a new congregation called “Vous Church.”
Rich claims “I come from a different perspective. I don’t think people are interested in a bunch of religion, like tell me what I can and can’t do,” , stated in the promotional video for the reality show. “But I think people are interested in having a relationship with a higher power.” Sounds real spiritual doesn’t it? However the preview shows Wilkerson getting a tattoo, lying on the beach with his bikini-clad wife, and telling his parents that he plans to hold his first service at a bar. Really? This is what a relationship with a “Higher Power” looks like? Even Rich Wilkerson’s father was shocked when he heard the news. He stated. “You’re starting in a bar?” asks his father, Rich Wilkerson, Sr., who leads Trinity Church in Miami Gardens. “What are people going to think, Rich?” his mother Robyn chimes in.
Wilkerson previously led a 1,500-member young adult group called “The Rendezvous” at Trinity and became known for marrying rap star Kanye West and Playboy cover model Kim Kardashian last year. He had met the couple two years prior after they visited his father’s congregation. An apparent relationship developed between the parties as they started emailing and calling each other. collaborated on a few things: art, fashion, music, Jesus,” Wilkerson told People Magazine last year. “He invited me to write a few things for his tour, and I’ve been able to counsel him on a few things.” In case you didn’t know? Kanye West is known for his album “Yeezus,” and for bringing a man dressed as Jesus on stage during a show in Seattle. “White Jesus, is that you?,” he asked on stage. “Oh [expletive]!”
According to a report Wilkerson says that he believes in Hell and acknowledges that a person goes through a process of sanctification after coming to Christ, he says that specific sins are not discussed much from the pulpit. He states “At our church, homosexuality is not a topic I like to chat about very much, but I don’t talk about a whole lot of issues,” Wilkerson told the Miami New Times last year. “I talk about what Jesus is for, not what he’s supposedly against.” Wilkerson states “I don’t know who’s going to Hell. I just know that followers of Jesus are going to Heaven — that’s what the Bible says,” he said. “My message isn’t ever who’s going where.” Joe Schimmel, pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California, and host of the documentary “They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll,” said that it “breaks his heart” in considering what he called the “greasy grace” and “circus”-like “gimmicks” that Wilkerson is employing.
“Wilkerson’s church is a place where one can feel comfortable while involved in any number of sins and scandals,” he stated. “Wilkerson’s church one can be involved in adultery or homosexuality and not be concerned about hearing about who will go to Hell as Jesus often preached (Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 7:21-23; 25:31-46; Revelation 14:9-12; 21:8).” SOURCE
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|Shiveluch volcano erupts in Russia’s Far East
Posted: 21 Dec 2015 06:41 AM PST
(TASS) Lava descending from the Shiveluch volcano in Russia’s Far East has raised columns of ash up to five kilometers above the sea level, scientists from the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) told TASS on Monday. “The volcano continues erupting. Lava has descended today from the top of the Young Shiveluch. Columns of ash were raised up to five kilometers above the sea level,” scientists said adding that there is no threat to settlements in the area. The ash cloud is drifting to the east and south-east, with the plume covering the area of around 15 kilometers.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s department in the Kamchatka region said that no ash falls were reported in the area.
An orange alert was issued over the eruption of the Shiveluch which can spew ash up to 10 kilometers above the sea level at any moment. Airlines that fly near the Shiveluch are recommended to change their routes. There are over 150 volcanos on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s Far East, and up to 30 of them are active. CONTINUE
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|Second venomous sea snake washes ashore popular California beach, Not seen in 30 years
Posted: 21 Dec 2015 06:35 AM PST
What are the odds of a rare deadly snake that hasn’t been seen since 1972 washing ashore in Southern California? But wait now it has happened again! According to a report from DailyMail, For the second time in two months, a rare deadly sea snake has washed ashore at one of southern California’s most popular beaches. El Nino seems to be the culprit but one has to wonder if perhaps we may be seeing the signs of a coming Mega-Quake? Is this a result of Fukushima? Nevertheless a dead 27-inch-long male yellow bellied sea snake was discovered last week during a coastal cleanup campaign by volunteers for the Surfrider Foundation in Huntington Beach, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In October, a two-foot-long yellow bellied sea snake was discovered slithering onto Silver Strand State Beach in Ventura County, but it died shortly after being taken to a US Fish and Wildlife Service office nearby. The venomous sea serpent, known to scientists as Pelamis platura, was first spotted in 1972 during an El Niño in San Clemente. A descendant of Australian tiger snakes, experts believe the arrival of the sea snake is a harbinger of El Niño because the last time it appeared in California was during the weather system in the ’80s. Greg Pauly, herpetological curator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, said this latest discovery is only the third time the snake has ever been spotted in California. CONTINUE WITH FULL REPORT
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4 Areas Where the Mind Must Be Renewed
Posted: 21 Dec 2015 06:21 AM PST
(Written By F. Dean Hackett) The ability to live each day with purpose and destiny comes from the dynamic of new thinking and positive emotions. The apostle Paul dealt with this in his writings to the church in Ephesus. “Therefore this I say and testify in the Lord, that from now on you walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their minds, having their understanding darkened, excluded from the life of God through the ignorance that is within them, due to the hardness of their hearts. Being calloused they have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn about Christ in this manner, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off the former way of life in the old nature, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that you put on the new nature, which was created according to God in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:17-24).
The apostle was urging the believer to not be shaped or controlled by the philosophies, culture or ideologies of the world around them. Their life must reflect the clear will of God.
This happens when the transforming power of the Holy Spirit renews the mind. The Greek word for “transformed” is metamorphooomai. The English word metamorphosis is derived from this Greek word. Metamorphosis means “a change of form, structure, substance or function,” according to Webster’s New World Dictionary (Neufeldt, 1990). Metamorphosis is that life transformation that changes a wooly worm into a butterfly or a tadpole into a bullfrog.
“Bull frogs and butterflies have both been born again,” sang Barry McGuire.
There is a spiritual metamorphosis that must take place in the life of a person. A wooly worm changes its “form, structure, substance and function” from that of a wiggly and fuzzy worm that frightens little girls into a beautiful and graceful Monarch. Once controlled by ungodly thinking, negative emotions and carnal appetites, a person can be transformed into a saint of God; filled with righteous thinking and the fruit of the Holy Spirit. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE
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What is The Gospel?
God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.
The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.
God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.
But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.
And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.
This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.
God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.
God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.
Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.
There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.
The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.
If you picked up a hitchhiker (not that I recommend doing that) and he saw a Bible on your car seat and said, “I’ve heard about this thing called the Gospel – can you explain it to me before you drop me off in one minute up the street?” What would you say?
Can you explain the gospel in 30 seconds? In one minute? In five minutes?
Here’s one way I have found helpful. The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:
1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension
Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:
1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.
2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.
3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.
4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).
5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.
That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.
That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.
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Who do you think that I am?
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