January 4, 2018
— A whole lot of us Deplorables, who had the unmitigated temerity to vote for the interloper, Donald Trump, have served in capacities which required us to take an oath to uphold the Constitution and protect it not only from foreign enemies, but domestic ones as well. Over the 229 years that have elapsed since the Constitution was ratified in June of 1788, we have endured and overcome numerous attempts by foreign nations to defeat us militarily, and some economically. However, domestic threats have been rare. Other than the occasional traitor, we have had no serious, well organized threats internally, the Civil War being the obvious exception, until the communists. However, the Soviet Union collapsed, and the “mainstream” media declared the Cold War over and communism defeated, and thus, all the communists in the U.S.A., aka, Stalin’s Useful Idiots, magically disappeared. Poof…. (more)
January 4, 2018
— On December 25th, the New York Times published an editorial by liberal columnist Paul Krugman. It was entitled “America Is Not Yet Lost,” and it was a message wrapped in hope, but filled with hate. Still fuming about the 2016 election and its aftermath, Krugman ranted that Donald Trump has proven himself unfit for office – – morally and intellectually, and that the Republican Party is composed of “cynical apparatchiks, willing to sell out every principle – – and every shred of dignity – – as long as donors get big tax cuts.”… (more)
January 3, 2018
TWINCITIES.COM — Tina Smith raised her right hand and swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution this morning, replacing Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken after a series of allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct. The former Minnesota lieutenant governor took her oath at 11:04 a.m. Central time to be followed by a reenactment in the historic former Senate chamber. Smith becomes the 22nd female senator, a record number of women serving at the same time in the 100-member body…. (more)
January 3, 2018
— In the summer of 2009, as the forces of the Iranian government brutally repressed mass demonstrations protesting a stolen election, the United States sent the people of Iran an unmistakable message. The man regarded as an international beacon of hope offered them no encouragement…. (more)
January 3, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — The New York Times’ Russian Reset continues. My weekend column argued that the Democrats and the media are scrambling to pull together a new origination account of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. The original origination account has become a political liability because it centered on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser who featured prominently in the so-called Steele dossier…. (more)
January 3, 2018
LEO HOHMANN — Pictures and videos coming out of Iran are starting to look more like a full-on revolution than a protest movement, but American news agencies continue to be slow to react, describing the historic protests as mostly about the country’s weak economy and chastising President Trump for cheering them on. That’s woefully under-reporting the depth of what is really going on in Iran, say experts on the country’s history and current political environment…. (more)
January 3, 2018
— Last week, former Obama national security advisor Susan Rice – – she of the infamously shifting Benghazi explanations – – published an op-ed in the New York Times dedicated to the proposition that Trump’s “America first” foreign policy has “relinquish[ed] the nation’s moral authority in these difficult times.” According to Rice, Trump has shifted away from seizing “opportunities to expand prosperity, freedom and security” around the globe…. (more)
January 3, 2018
— Republicans on key congressional committees say they have uncovered new irregularities and contradictions inside the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server. For the first time, investigators say they have secured written evidence that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken when the former secretary of State and her top aides transmitted classified information through her insecure private email server, lawmakers and investigators told The Hill…. (more)
January 3, 2018
— The federal grand jury handing down indictments for special counsel Robert Mueller doesn’t appear to include any supporters of President Donald Trump, according to one witness who recently testified before the panel…. (more)
January 3, 2018
— What caused the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016, which evolved into the criminal investigation that is said today to imperil the Trump presidency? As James Comey’s FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller have, for 18 months, failed to prove Donald Trump’s “collusion” with the Kremlin, what was it, in mid-2016, that justified starting this investigation?… (more)
January 3, 2018
— Leftists are demanding Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, R-Calif., be put in prison for probing how federal law enforcement conspired to stop Donald Trump from becoming president…. (more)
January 3, 2018
— Huma Abedin forwarded sensitive State Department emails, including passwords to government systems, to her personal Yahoo email account before every single Yahoo account was hacked, a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of emails released as part of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch shows…. (more)
January 3, 2018
— President Trump called on Huma Abedin, a former Clinton aide, Tuesday to be jailed for allegedly giving out classified information. “Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on submarine? Jail! Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others,” Mr. Trump tweeted…. (more)
January 3, 2018
— The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says politicians who run sanctuary cities should be charged with crimes. Thomas Homan said in an interview Tuesday with Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto that the Department of Justice needs to file charges against municipalities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities and deny them funding…. (more)
January 2, 2018
NEWSMAX — Sen. Orrin Hatch’s retirement announcement Tuesday triggered an outpouring on Twitter from both critics and admirers of the Utah Republican. The Washington Post’s conservative columnist, Jennifer Rubin, tweeted she was glad to see the veteran and “apologist” for President Donald Trump retire…. (more)
January 2, 2018
— Former Texas congressman and House Majority leader Tom Delay said Tuesday the race for retiring Utah GOP Sen. Orin Hatch’s seat might end up being a contest about President Donald Trump. In an interview on Newsmax TV’s “Newsmax Now,” DeLay said both 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Utah congressman Jason Chafetz could be interested in the veteran’s Senate spot…. (more)
January 2, 2018
— In the wake of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s announcement that he would retire early next year at the end of his term, there have been numerous reports suggesting former Massachusetts Gov. and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was considering running for that seat…. (more)
January 2, 2018
— Six senators, including both Democrats and Republicans, have introduced a bill in the Senate that would eliminate paperless voting machines from U.S. elections, while also calling for audits to reduce dangers of foreign government interference…. (more)
January 2, 2018
NEWSMAX — North Korea announced Wednesday that it will reopen a cross-border communication channel with South Korea, officials in Seoul said, another sign of easing animosity between the rivals after a year that saw the North conduct nuclear bomb and missile tests and both the Koreas and Washington issue threats of war…. (more)
January 2, 2018
— A few days before Christmas, I went to Union Station in Washington, D.C., to sing Christmas carols with a group of folks organized by my friend, Jack Ames, a co-founder of the Defend Life organization. I arrived a little late, to find the group singing in a spot outside the entrance on the west side of the station, near stairs leading down to the Metro. They were gathered ’round a nativity scene, regaling passersby with infectious enthusiasm. I quickly caught their good spirit and joined in…. (more)
January 2, 2018
JOAN SWIRSKY — We’re still weeks away from the day in January last year when Donald J. Trump ascended to the presidency and took his oath of office as the 45th President of the United States of America. Yet, in less than twelve months, he has already had an extraordinary presidency – – more bold, courageous, and revolutionary in many ways than any American president since the Founding Fathers almost two-and-a-half centuries ago…. (more)
January 1, 2018
TIMES OF ISRAEL — U.S. intelligence agencies have given Israel the green light to assassinate the senior Iranian responsible for coordinating military activity on behalf of the Islamic Republic in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida…. (more)
January 1, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump tweeted his condolences to the victims of the shooting in Colorado, which took place early Sunday morning and resulted in one officer being killed. The incident took place near an apartment complex south of Denver, according to several news reports. Five officers and two civilians were wounded. One police officer has been confirmed dead…. (more)
January 1, 2018
— Which one of the following is true? 1. Massachusetts has passed a law requiring Alcoholics Anonymous to hang posters at their meetings to advertise where to get alcohol…… (more)
January 1, 2018
— Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz says he’s feeling the heat from family and friends over his defense of President Trump amid special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. “It’s caused me to lose seven pounds,” Dershowitz told Politico. “My liberal friends don’t invite me to dinner anymore.”… (more)
News – 1/5/2018
5 Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled in 2017 and 5 More Expected in 2018
A retrospective of Breaking Israel News reveals that so many remarkable and unprecedented events occurred in 2017, conforming to prophecy and bringing the world closer to the Messianic era. Other articles presented hints of prophecies that are still waiting to be revealed in their entirety.
Israeli Lawmakers Approve Preliminary Bill on Death Penalty for Terrorists
Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday approved a preliminary piece of legislation easing the threshold for military courts to carry out executions of convicted terrorists. The bill was approved in a 52-49 vote in its preliminary reading by the Knesset. Currently, military courts have the power to carry out executions only if a panel of three military judges passes a sentence unanimously. The new bill would lower that requirement to a majority verdict.
Russia: US demand for UN meeting on Iran is ‘destructive’
The United Nations Security Council on Friday afternoon will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the recent protests in Iran. The uprising, the largest since a series of mass protests in 2009, began in the city of Mashhad, when demonstrators denounced Iranian President Rouhani over the failure to reduce the country’s high unemployment rates. Efforts to contain the protests have led to the deaths of at least 21 people. However, Russia considers the US-initiated meeting to be “harmful and destructive,” RIA reported
Justice Department investigating Clinton Foundation over ‘pay to play’ allegations
The Justice Department has launched a new investigation into allegations the Clinton Foundation used “pay to play” politics while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state, Fox News has confirmed. A source familiar with the investigation told Fox News late Thursday the investigation is being led by the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI in Little Rock, Ark.
‘World is doomed’: Erdogan denounces U.S. justice after Turkish banker trial
In his first public comments on Wednesday’s verdict, the Turkish president cast the case as American plot to undermine Turkey’s government and economy – an argument likely to resonate with nationalist supporters. A U.S. jury convicted an executive of Turkey’s majority state-owned Halkbank (HALKB.IS) of evading Iran sanctions, at the close of the trial which has strained relations between the NATO allies. Some of the court testimony implicated senior Turkish officials, including Erdogan.
ISIS declares war on Hamas with new video execution
The extremist ISIL group’s branch in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula has taken a simmering dispute with the Palestinian Hamas group based in nearby Gaza to new levels in a 22-minute video calling on its followers to attack the group and executing what it said was a collaborator. It’s an escalation that analysts say has the potential to destabilize an already fragile security situation in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave that Hamas has controlled for the past decade.
Pot bad, offshore drilling good: Trump rolls back two signature Obama-era policies
On the judicial front, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country. The Obama policy was to discourage federal prosecutors from charging people in states that had legalized pot. Sessions said that undermined the rule of law and he will now allow federal prosecutors in those states to decide how aggressively to enforce cannabis laws. On the energy front, the Trump administration moved to vastly expand offshore drilling in Atlantic waters near Maine, California’s Pacific Ocean and the eastern Gulf of Mexico — areas where drilling had been banned by Obama.
Egyptian academic under fire for lecture at Israeli university
One of Egypt’s most distinguished academics is facing a torrent of condemnation for traveling to Israel and giving a lecture at Tel Aviv University in violation of a taboo on “normalization” of relations. Sociologist Saad Eddin Ibrahim, 79, attended an international conference about Egyptian society at the university on Tuesday and lectured to a packed auditorium on “Lessons from 100 Years of Changes in Egypt.
Israel privately urging Trump to back down from UNRWA funding threat
There were cries of joy in Israel Tuesday when the United States threatened to cease funding for the Palestinian refugee aid organization UNRWA as long as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to return to the negotiating table. But the Israeli Foreign Ministry, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has privately urged President Donald Trump’s administration to back down from its threat, according to an Israeli TV report Thursday.
U.S. issues new sanctions on Iran over missiles
The Treasury Department on Thursday sanctioned five Iran-based entities involved in Tehran’s ballistic missile program and announced its intent to add more sanctions on Iran over its treatment of anti-government protesters this past week, just as critical deadlines approach for US President Donald Trump on sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear work.
Syria war: ‘Russian strikes’ kill 25 in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta
Twenty-five civilians are reported to have been killed in air strikes on two towns in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Syria’s capital, Damascus. The Syria Civil Defence said one of its rescue workers was among 18 people who died when what witnesses identified as Russian jets bombed Misraba. Another six people died in suspected Russian strikes on Arbin, it added.
Major chip flaws affect billions of devices
Two major flaws in computer chips could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns, researchers revealed Wednesday. And a U.S. government-backed body warned that the chips themselves need to be replaced to completely fix the problems. The flaws could allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in the memory, like passwords, or look at what tabs someone has open on their computer, researchers found.
Genetically-modified animals could be sold in UK after Brexit, says Michael Gove
Genetically-modified animals could be sold in the UK after Brexit, Michael Gove has said. The Environment Secretary said that “bio-tech changes” are coming which will “challenge us to think about the future” as he suggested gene editing could be used to create “more valuable livestock”. But he admitted that the science was still “in its infancy” and that its use would raise “political and moral questions”.
Heavy rains, ferocious winds whip Israel from north to south
Israelis awoke to a morning of harsh weather conditions Friday as heavy rains and furious storms lashed the country from north to south, inflicting floods on various areas and causing trees to come crashing down on parked cars in Tel Aviv. Police officers and municipal crews were forced to nip the first signs of danger in the bud by the early morning after two drivers found themselves ensnared in a puddle 60cm deep at the HaSira Interchange in…Herzliya.
Strong Earthquakes Hit San Francisco And Mount St. Helens And Experts Warn They May Be Foreshocks For ‘Something Larger’
Just when it seemed like things may be settling down, two very unusual earthquakes have hit the west coast within the past couple of days. A 4.4 magnitude quake struck Berkeley, California just prior to 3 AM on Thursday morning, and a 3.9 magnitude earthquake hit Mount St. Helens in Washington state on Wednesday. Overall, there have been 68 earthquakes in the vicinity of Mount St. Helens since New Year’s Day, and there have been a total of 629 earthquakes in the state of California within the last 30 days. Could it be possible that all of this activity is leading up to a historic seismic disaster on the west coast?
FBI Launches New Investigation Into The Clinton Foundation
The probe will focus on pay-for-play schemes and tax code violations.
Israel recently performed one of the greatest medical miracles in history
When we think of modern medicine, we think of pills and advanced scans. But we’d be overlooking a modern marvel: how advanced focused ultrasound technology has been used by Israelis to treat tremors.
Trump Announces Massive Expansion In Offshore Drilling; Environmentalists Outraged
In December 2017, during the twilight days of the previous administration, as one of Barack Obama’s last executive actions the former president formally blocked offshore oil and gas drilling in most of the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, responding to a call from environmentalists who say the government needs to do more to prevent drilling in environmentally sensitive areas of U.S.-controlled oceans.
PM ‘concerned’ about Yemen crisis
Despite being almost eradicated worldwide, diphtheria is returning to Yemen as a result of the country’s civil war.
Lab Develops DNA Vaccine That Could Lead to One-Dose Flu Vaccination
…a professor in the university’s Department of Microbiology, explained the DNA vaccine in a news release, saying, “The current flu vaccine is an inactivated virus. The whole virus is first grown in eggs, then it’s inactivated and injected. DNA vaccines are different. Instead of producing the vaccines in eggs, we instead inject a genetic code for proteins from the virus into our own cells.
College Kid Makes Case For Infanticide
A University of Knoxville, Tenn., student claims it is okay to kill young children, because they cannot communicate like adults do, the pro-choice college male said in a video released Thursday.
Earthquake Alert: Swarms Reported Near Mt. Saint Helens Volcano
A magnitude 3.9 earthquake that hit near Mount St. Helens early Wednesday was followed by a swarm of aftershocks. This earthquake swarm is sparking fears that the volcano could be awakening once again.
John Kerry wanted Israel to abandon the strategically important Golan Heights – to ISIS
MK Motti Yogev to Arutz Sheva: We are in an amazing and wonderful time period. We are finished with the eight years of Obama’s freeze.
Are You OK With a Muslim Judge Being Sworn In With A Koran?
Patriots, are you comfortable having a Muslim Judge sworn in with her hand on the Koran? Is this even compatible with the U.S. Constitution?
North Korea Missile Hits Own City
A North Korea missile reportedly hit one of its own cities and destroyed several buildings after a failed launch during a test, The Diplomat reported citing a U.S. government source. News of the failure sharply escalates concerns that such an errant missile could lead to war if it lands in a country like Japan or South Korea.
Trump pushes to scale back welfare programs has Republicans on edge
Emboldened by his victory in the passage of the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in decades, President Donald Trump now wants to rein in social welfare programs even though some Republicans are wary of tackling the volatile issue in a congressional election year.
DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison Endorses Antifa (A Terrorist Group)
DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison has stoked controversy by appearing to endorse Antifa, a group that is formally classified by the federal government as a domestic terror organization.
Just when it seemed like things may be settling down, two very unusual earthquakes have hit the west coast within the past couple of days. A 4.4 magnitude quake struck Berkeley, California just prior to 3 AM on Thursday morning, and a 3.9 magnitude earthquake hit Mount St. Helens in Washington state on Wednesday. Overall, there have been 68 earthquakes in the vicinity of Mount St. Helens since New Year’s Day, and there have been a total of 629 earthquakes in the state of California within the last 30 days. Could it be possible that all of this activity is leading up to a historic seismic disaster on the west coast? (Read More…)
“It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights.” —Benjamin Franklin
- Five terrible reasons to become a pastor. Don’t take that call too lightly, brother; only God truly calls men into ministry.
- Oh, Spurgeon, you say everything so well!
- It’s that time of year. Out with the old, in with the new.
- Jesus Christ is the Author of salvation. Do not miss this great article by Amy Mantravadi.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- This looks like it will be a good read (HT to Paula!).
- So do these. My Amazon Wishlist is growing!
- These look delicious, but I’d have to eliminate the cheese.
- Great stuff from Michelle Lesley to start the new year.
- Note to self: eating ketchup packets is bad.
- Florida friends, get some blankets and keep the iguanas warm!
- The president of the Mormon church has died. This is sobering to consider friends, for unless he repented and trusted in Christ before his death, he has entered into eternal condemnation.
- You only get one life on this earth.
- Although, for some limbs, “life” goes on.
If God has given you his Son, it is more than if he had given you a whole world! Be settled in the belief of this great truth, that all things in the world are nothing without Christ. Man, in the midst of worldly riches, is poor without Christ. —William Whitaker
Weekly Watchman for 01/05/2018
Coming Out of the Darkness of Liberal Thought
On today’s show we answer your questions and read your comments from this week. Several listeners have written in about how liberal, anti-biblical thought and dialogue seems to be taking over everywhere. Other subjects we will discuss include:
Islam being called an “Abrahamic Faith” by some pastors.
How can Christians support Donald Trump given his caustic personality?
Pastors and churches sitting on the sidelines instead of fighting secular culture and trends.
A husband and new Christian convert who is sending a lot of money to Word Faith organizations, and his wife’s concern that they are spiraling into financial ruin because of it.
And an email from a recovering liberal who is now seeking God’s truth in His Word with great vigor.
Opposing Perspectives on Iran, Government
While most of the international intrigue has been over North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear capabilities to attack America, something very interesting is happening in Iran. The radical Muslim nation under the grips of the powerful Ayatollahs has imprisoned and killed Christians, homosexuals and anyone opposing them. But now the people of Iran are rising up in opposition and this isn’t the first time. Under President Obama the U.S. said nothing against the brutal regime in Iran because the president wanted his precious “nuclear treaty” with Iran – a treaty that has proven to be another example of naive thinking and failed foreign policy.
But now President Trump is supporting the uprising to overthrow a brutal Islamic regime and the liberal press is blasting him. We look at a couple of articles and perspectives on this simmering world-stage issue.
In our first segment we check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Council to look at the difference between state and federal government process, as well as pending legislation that would address “non-discrimination” ordinances being passed in Wisconsin that threaten religious conscience and liberty.
Public Education Undermining Parents, and Other ‘New Year’ Challenges
It’s bad enough that public education teaches evolution as fact, ignoring God’s Word and the option to teach another view of creation. It’s also sad today’s children are encouraged to “explore their sexuality and gender” without talking with their parents; but now comes a story from West Bend, Wisconsin where Middle School students are being tested to see if they are “privileged,” seemingly concluding they should feel guilty if they come from a religious, white, heterosexual family with a stable environment.
We cover an article written by Todd Starnes exposing the apparent agenda to plant seeds of immorality and indoctrinate middle school children into the radical liberal agenda. This survey given to kids might surprise you. We also discuss an article by our own David Fiorazo sharing insight on eight major topics Christians should watch and discern as we go through 2018.
Eight Areas of Interest to Christians in 2018
Israel, America, Trump, ISIS, media bias, Planned Parenthood, Hollywood, technology, transgenderism, “tolerance,” and a lukewarm Christian church. Overall, 2017 was a faith-testing year for many of us. Good will continue being called evil and truth will continue to be attacked and redefined. If America stays on its current course down this destructive road where there is no longer objective truth or fixed standards of morality, we’re in big trouble. BUT GOD…
We don’t need to be news junkies, but we should be informed and knowledgeable so we can watch, pray, and be ready for whatever the Lord will bring in 2018. In no particular order, here are some key subjects to consider…
Headlines – 1/5/2018
‘Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem threatens global peace’
Why do US evangelicals support Trump’s Jerusalem policy?
Guatemala offers to help countries move their embassies to Jerusalem
White House ‘reviewing’ aid to Palestinians after threats to slash funds
Netanyahu urging Americans not to cut funding for UNRWA
Top minister backs US threat to cut UNRWA aid, contradicting Foreign Ministry
Caroline Glick: Trump kicks America’s Palestinian habit
Gazans irked by early-morning calls to prayer – It’s against Islam’s instructions to ‘annoy’ people, says one resident
Hamas members in East Jerusalem could lose residency under new bill
Thousands in Gaza protest against worsening living conditions
As economy crumbles and with ‘nothing to lose,’ war in Gaza grows likely
Hamas leader: Only force will work against Israel
IDF appears to have hit Gaza tunnel in response to mortar attacks
Islamic State in Sinai declares war on Hamas in gruesome execution video
Stranded in Iraq, some Jews say Israel abandoned them
German man sentenced to prison for making fun of Holocaust
Iran blames Israel-backed CIA plot for week of protests
Iran complaint to UN: Trump’s ‘absurd’ tweets incite more protests
UN Security Council to meet on Iran protests, at US request
Russia: US call for UN emergency session on Iran is ‘destructive’
Macron: Change in Iran must come at home, not from abroad
Iran unrest: it’s the economy, stupid, not a cry for freedom or foreign plotters
Iranian army commander offers to help police with protests
Yara Shahidi Compares Iran Protests With Black Lives Matter: We’re All Interconnected
How Iran Became the Dominant Power in the Middle East
Analysis: How Iran is working to destroy Israel from within
Iranian Hackers: Sophisticated, Frustrated and a Rising Global Threat
White House, senators seek Iran measure ahead of nuclear deadline
With nuke deal tottering, Iran protests could be death blow or saving grace
US penalises companies linked to Iran missile programme
Egypt arrests 75, including officials, with corruption
Saudi Arabia: No evidence shows it had a hand in 9/11 attack
America’s longest war: US remains in Afghanistan
U.S. suspends at least $900 million in security aid to Pakistan
After Trump tweet, Pakistan talks of ‘response’ to US action
China says it welcomes efforts to improve ties on Korean peninsula
US agrees to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after Olympics
Trump, South Korean president agree to keep up ‘maximum pressure’ on North Korea
North Korea Threat ‘Severest Since WWII’, Says Japan’s Shinzo Abe
Mexican psychic predicts no US-North Korea nuclear war
Cash-Strapped Venezuela Offers to Pay for Medicines With Diamonds
Trump push to scale back welfare programs has Republicans on edge
The Dow Jones industrial average tops 25,000 for first time, continuing its history-making rise
Trump-Bannon feud drives wedge through their populist movement
Bannon calls Trump a ‘great man’ and brushes off uproar over tell-all book
Meltdown and Spectre: ‘worst ever’ CPU bugs affect virtually all computers
Tech giant is rolling out new robots to replace workers in hotels, airports and supermarkets
India’s national ID database is reportedly accessible for less than $10
Scientists weigh in on 6 volcanoes that are heating up in 2018
4.4 Earthquake rocks San Francisco Bay Area
Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft
Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft
Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft
Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft
Heavy rains, floods and even hail batter Israel’s north in worst storm of season
Israel’s New year rain follows driest December in 18 years
Record-setting blizzard buries New England in over a foot of snow, brings travel to a halt
‘Bomb cyclone’ forces world’s largest passenger jet to land at small New York airport
It’s so cold in Florida, iguanas are falling from trees
Genetically-modified animals could be sold in UK after Brexit, says Michael Gove
Republicans to Jeff Sessions: Get Your Hands Off Our Weed
Overwhelmed By Swelling Flu Cases, Some ERs Having To Turn Ambulances Away
Planned Parenthood Annual Report: 82 Abortions for Every Adoption Referral
Christian Persecution and Genocide Is Worse Now Than “Any Time in History,” Report Says
Russell Moore – Does Jeremiah 29:11 Apply to You?
Sandy Simpson – A Commentary on the Museum of the Bible
Topless Dancing at Christalignment “Workshop”-Does Kris Vallotton Approve?
Bethel: Stretching the truth with… Destiny Pants?
Ed Stetzer Promotes False Prophetess, Christine Caine
Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report: 321,384 Abortions Performed by Organization in 2016-2017
|Facebook Temporarily Removed ‘Warriors for Christ’ Facebook Page
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:13 PM PST
Facebook temporarily shut down the page “Warriors for Christ.” Why? The official corporate line is that the page violated the social media giant’s community standards. But the Christ fighters have a few other thoughts — namely, that Facebook is simply showing its pro-LGBT, anti-Christian bias. This, from the page administrator, Nellchy Kentley, in a letter to Pamela Geller: “On 29th December 2017, Facebook shut down our page because of our biblical stance on marriage.
Facebook has been after our page for many years and often censored our posts simply because they contained truth articles on statistics, Bible verses and memes that exposed the hypocrisy of the left.” Following a petition drive, and pressure from the public — including the page’s 225,000 or so followers — Facebook reinstated the page. But what’s up with a prayer page that makes it so hated by Facebook censors? FULL STORY
|Progressive Christianity Is As Much Of A Threat To Your Kids’ Faith As Atheism
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:06 PM PST
(By PNW) In our backyard we used to have a beautiful lime tree. One day I noticed that a thorny vine of some kind had started growing around it. It looked enough like the rest of the tree that I figured it was just another stage of growth. A quick Google search told me thorns often grow around citrus trees, so I didn’t think much more about it. Then, within a couple of months, the thorns took over the tree and it began to die. A gardener looked at it and said these particular thorns weren’t part of the tree at all. It turns out they were a foreign invader.
Had the foreign invader looked more foreign, I would have realized the need to uproot it immediately. But because it shared surface-level similarities with the tree, I was fooled into thinking it was all the same thing. I often write here about the threat hostile atheists pose to kids’ faith today. But atheism is not the only threat. In fact, there’s a particular threat that can be even more dangerous because it less obviously requires attention. It’s like the thorny plant that gradually killed my lime tree because I didn’t even realize it was foreign. READ MORE
|PROPHECY WATCH: Visits by religious Jews to Temple Mount increased by 75% in 2017
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 01:02 PM PST
The number of visits by religious Jews to the Temple Mount has increased by 75% in 2017, compared to 2016, according to the Yera’eh organization, which encourages Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount. In the past year, there have been 25,628 religious Jews’ visits to the Temple Mount, compared with 14,626 last year, 11,001 visits in 2015, 11,754 in 2014, and only 5,658 visits by religious Jews in 2009.
Religious Jews are counted separately from the other visitors and are not allowed to enter the Temple Mount compound without a police escort. Assaf Fried, spokesman for the Temple Organizations Headquarters, who promote Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount, attributes the increase in visits to the fact that, other than one attack on the Temple Mount in July, 2017, in which two Border Police officers were killed by Israeli Arabs, security in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount is perceived by the Israeli public as being relatively calm. READ MORE
|Pakistan promises ‘cold-blooded’ response to Trump’s abrupt aid cut
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 10:59 AM PST
Islamabad has warned Donald Trump against endangering US-Pakistani cooperation in Afghanistan, promising a “cold-blooded” response to Washington’s aid cut. The US carried out some 60,000 attacks from Pakistani soil, it said. In a seething series of tweets, Pakistan’s foreign minister ripped into Trump’s accusation that Islamabad has double-crossed the US in Afghanistan, noting that Pakistan
“went through a bloodbath” after “blindly” trusting Washington. “You ask what we’ve done? From our bases you carried out 57,800 attacks on Afghanistan… thousands of our civilians and soldiers became victims of the war initiated by you,” Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif wrote. Citing Pakistan’s “unending saga of sacrifices” in the fight against terrorism, Asif wrote that “history teaches us not to blindly trust the US… [we] will not compromise our dignity anymore.” READ MORE
|Couple Told They Should Abort Child With Fatal Condition Returns to Same Hospital 3 Years Later With Their Healthy Little Girl
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 10:49 AM PST
A young couple who were once encouraged by doctors to abort their little baby girl due to her “fatal” heart condition has returned to the same hospital with their bouncing, healthy child. Back when their unborn daughter, Amnesty, was developing in the womb, married couple Dusty and Krystal Marshall were told she required urgent surgery to repair her spine. But, when they made it to the medical center for the operation, they were further informed that their baby girl did not qualify for the surgery on
account of a heart defect that she had developed. “Because she had a heart issue, spinal bifida and a clubbed foot, it was possible that she had a chromosomal defect. That really brought up the concern for maybe having an abortion,” Krystal explained in a new video. But the couple decided to reject the medical advice, accept the risks, grab hold of their faith and choose life for their baby. They were so impressed by the staff at Children’s Hospital Colorado that they chose to move their entire family out there to go ahead with the pregnancy. READ MORE
|Paula White on White House Faith Agenda: If You Thought Last Year Was Big, Wait Until This Year
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 10:43 AM PST
Pastor Paula White, a key faith advisor to President Donald Trump, says Christians have a lot to look forward to in 2018 as it relates to the White House and its faith agenda. Appearing on CBN’s Faith Nation, White told hosts David Brody and Jenna Browder about some of the specific initiatives Trump’s Faith Advisory Council is planning to unveil soon.
“We’ll have about six initiatives – exciting, exciting things that, if we thought we did some things last year, boy, wait until this year,” White said. “We’ll be touching on everything from humanitarian, working of course on criminal justice reform, religious liberties, so many different aspects, mental healthcare, substance abuse.” CONTINUE
|DEVELOPING: Massive Flooding Wreaking Havoc Along Massachusetts Coast
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 10:38 AM PST
Reports of major flooding are pouring in from coastal Massachusetts communities on Thursday afternoon. Multiple cars were reportedly stuck in flood waters along Newport Avenue Extension in Quincy ahead of high tide. Rescues are now in progress. Flooding was also reported in the Squantum neighborhood, with water into houses. A shelter is being set up at Quincy High School. On Dyke Street in Marshfield, a mother and two children had to be rescued while firefighters made three other single
vehicle rescues on other nearby roads. Newburyport police said a few people are being evacuated on Plum Island due to flooding. Several streets in the city are also closed due to high water. Parts of Causeway Street, Morrissey Boulevard and Seaport Boulevard in Boston were underwater too, and the harborside entrance at the MBTA’s Aquarium Station is temporarily closed due to flooding. READ MORE
|Kim Jong-un could launch nuclear strike on US in less than Six Months
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 06:16 AM PST
North Korea could be able to launch a nuclear attack on the United States in less than six months despite sanctions starting to have a large effect on the population, East Asia expert Gordon Chang warned. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un warned he was ready to press the “nuclear button” on his desk to hit the United States, possibly kickstarting World War 3.
But Mr Chang said the international community has between three to six months before North Korea reaches nuclear capability to defuse tensions. He said: “Kim Jong-un actually doesn’t have a button he can push right now. Maybe three months, six months from now, he can pick up the phone and launch a nuke at the United States. “The one thing Kim can do is launch an electromagnetic pulse device: he doesn’t need heat shielding, he doesn’t need guidance. He could do a lot of damage to the United States.” READ MORE
|Alaska Town Forgoes Funding Church Renovation After Atheist Group Complains
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 06:11 AM PST
An Alaskan city council has reneged on a plan to give a historic local church funding to repair the outside of the building after the nation’s leading secularist group voiced a complaint. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has claimed victory after the city assembly of Sitka voted 4 to 3 against a motion to give St. Michael’s Cathedral $5,000 from the municipality’s visitor’s enhancement fund to repair exterior damages to the church building.
“It’s a fundamental American principle that citizens may not be taxed to support a church,” FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement after the vote. “We’re pleased that the majority of Sitka City Assembly members nixed this very bad idea.” Local radio station KCAW reports that the idea to donate $5,000 to the church, which is a key focal point in the town and is suffering from structural problems and a leaking roof, was proposed to the city assembly on Nov. 7 and spurred much debate surrounding the issue of separation of church and state. READ MORE
|Catastrophic Hailstorm buries cars in ice in Biblian, Ecuador
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 06:02 AM PST
An apocalyptic hailstorm accompanied by heavy rains surprised the inhabitants of Biblián, in the province of Cañar, Ecuador on January 2, 2018 afternoon, at around 4:00 p.m. The most intense rainfall
that has been recorded in the last 15 years in the city lasted a little more than an hour, but with such a fury that it completely buried cars in a hell lot of hail! Here some pictures and videos reporting the unbelievable hail accumulation: MORE
|RUMORS OF WAR: Chinese President orders army to prepare for War…
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:53 AM PST
In the clip, filmed in Central Theatre Command on Wednesday, more than 7,000 Chinese servicemen await Xi’s New Year orders. As the camera pans through the crowd, it gives an insight into how regimented the world’s largest army is. Speaking in front of thousands of troops and over 300 perfectly organized military vehicles, Xi – the Communist Party’s General Secretary – ordered his forces to prepare for the event of war.
“Here I give my orders: the military at all levels should strengthen military training and war preparedness. “The military should continue to implement actual and joint training under combat conditions, and continue to conduct strict training in accordance with the Outline for Military Training and Evaluation. “The military should hold training and competition with mass participation, strengthen tailored and adversarial training, enhance real combat capabilities, and master the skills to fight and win.” READ MORE
|Popular sugar additive fueling spread of superbugs…
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:50 AM PST
Two bacterial strains that have plagued hospitals around the country may have been at least partly fueled by a sugar additive in our food products, scientists say. Trehalose, a sugar that is added to a wide range of food products, could have allowed certain strains of Clostridium difficile to become far more virulent than they were before, a new study finds. The results, described in the journal Nature, highlight
the unintended consequences of introducing otherwise harmless additives to the food supply. C. difficile is a nasty bacterium — infection can result in severe diarrhea and death — and numbers among the most prevalent hospital-acquired infections in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half a million people were sickened by the bug in 2011. Some 29,000 of those patients died within 30 days of being diagnosed with C. difficile, and about 15,000 of those deaths were directly linked to the infection. READ MORE
|Nissan unveils technology that can interpret signals from drivers’ brains
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:44 AM PST
Nissan claims to have developed a car that can read its driver’s mind. Software adapted from the medical profession is translating a driver’s thoughts into action to improve vehicle responsiveness. The technology will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. The software monitors brain wave activity to anticipate intended movement, be that turning the steering wheel or
hitting the brakes. Nissan says the system can react between 0.2-0.5 second faster than the driver without being considered intrusive. The B2V technology is meant to make driving more enjoyable in a semi-autonomous world by speeding up reaction times and having vehicles that constantly adapt to their owner’s driving style. Nissan vice-president Daniele Schillaci says the software takes connectivity to the next level. READ MORE
|City threatens to condemn man’s home — for sheltering homeless during cold!
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:36 AM PST
A suburban Chicago resident who was offering up “slumber parties” in his basement for homeless people in his neighborhood during dangerously cold weather says city officials have given him an ultimatum. Stop the “slumber parties” or the house will be condemned. Greg Schiller, of Elgin, said he began letting a group of homeless people sleep in his unfinished basement last month during brutally cold nights,
offering them food, warm beverages and a cot to sleep on while watching movies. “I would stay up all night with them and give them coffee and stuff and feed them,” he said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were allowed inside his residence during the evening events. Last winter, Schiller offered up his garage to area homeless, but said he was told he could no longer do so after EMTs were called to help a man with a heart condition. That’s when he had the idea to move them to his basement – READ MORE
|4.4 Earthquake rattles most dangerous fault in California
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:29 AM PST
California has been struck by a powerful earthquake on a dangerous fault line experts believe could unleash a dreaded “big one” as soon as tomorrow. California has today been rocked by a 4.4 magnitude earthquake in the Bay Area of Berkley shortly after 3am local time (11am GMT). The “terrifying” tremor has left millions across the state fearing an imminent “Big One” earthquake measuring magnitude 7 or greater on the Richter Scale.
The US state has not been struck by a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake since a colossal rupture in the San Andreas Fault laid waste to San Francisco in 1906. The massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake reduced buildings to rubble in less than a minute, killing around 7,500 people and destroying 80% of the city. Experts believe there is a 70% chance a tremor on a similar scale will strike the Bay Area of San Francisco within the next 30 years. READ MORE
|Israel Busts Hamas Terror Cell in Judea and Samaria
Posted: 04 Jan 2018 05:21 AM PST
Israel’s combined security services nabbed a 17-man Palestinian terror cell in November that was working to execute terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, with guidance from Hamas in Gaza. The Shin Bet (Israel’s Security Agency) revealed Monday that the main figure behind the elaborate terror plot is Abdallah Arar, a terrorist who was involved in the kidnapping and murder of Sasson Nureil in 2005.
Arar was captured by Israel and was subsequently released in the 2011 prisoner exchange with Hamas, during which Israel released some 1,000 Palestinian terrorists in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Arar has since returned to terrorism. Arar is suspected of ordering Ala Salim, a resident of Jabba in the Binyamin region, to establish a terror cell and acquire an M16 assault rifle for the purpose of carrying out terror attacks. Arar gave Salim funds for this purpose. READ MORE
|UK Council Responds to Petition to Ban Franklin Graham for ‘Hateful’ LGBT, Islam Views
Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:30 PM PST
The city council of Blackpool in the U.K. has said that it’s up to the country’s authorities to determine whether evangelist Franklin Graham’s conservative views on homosexuality and Islam amount to hate speech that would bar him from entering the country. Graham is scheduled to speak at the Lancashire Festival of Hope in September, though almost 7,500 people have signed an online petition seeking to bar him from the U.K.
Councillor Maria Kirkland, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for Third Sector Engagement and Leisure Services, responded to the controversy in a statement to anti-Muslim attack monitoring group TellMAMA Tuesday, saying, “The council has been made aware of a number of alleged comments and opinions on topics including gender, sexuality, race and immigration by Franklin Graham, the main speaker at this event.” READ MORE
|PCUSA Updates Book of Common Worship to Have ‘Inclusive Language’ for Same-Sex Marriage
Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:27 PM PST
Presbyterian Church (USA) will soon have a new Book of Common Worship, which will include a new marriage service text that will feature “inclusive language.” Scheduled to be released in May, the latest edition of the BCW is the first revision of the voluntary worship resource since 1993. Among the changes made, the new edition will feature what the PCUSA publication Presbyterians Today described as “inclusive language” for its marriage rite.
“A revised marriage service features inclusive language and a flexible format, making the service useful for all sorts of couples and family configurations,” Presbyterians Today reported on Tuesday. “Those who want to renew their vows will find a service that is adaptable for a variety of people and places. Also included is a brief service of prayer for those who seek a way to ritually mark the end of a marriage.” READ MORE
|East Coast under state of emergency as ‘Bomb Cyclone colder than Mars’ advances
Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:20 PM PST
Approaching Storm Grayson has thrust the US East Coast into a state of emergency as a “bomb cyclone” colder than Mars advances, it has been announced. Residents have been warned about Storm Grayson in the states of Florida, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina as the blizzard sweeps across the region. The city of Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, has also declared a snow emergency that will begin at midnight. A “bomb cyclone”, otherwise known as the “bombogenesis” effect, occurs when the barometric pressure of
a storm drops by 24 millibars in 24 hours. Barometric pressure is an instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure. The shockingly cold temperatures will plague the US with figures lower than Mars – the red planet’s highest temperature sat at minus 18.8 Celsius. New Hampshire is expected to see temperatures as frighteningly low as minus 37.2 Celsius. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster warned residents against the powerful storm and declared that pets should be kept indoors. READ MORE
|Why So Many Believers Don’t Pray for Revival
Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:11 PM PST
(By Brad Tuttle) As I have been praying for a heaven-sent visitation of God and for people to have a heart to pray for one, the Lord spoke to me four reasons why we do not pray for revival. But first, a short description of what revival means to me: Revival is God, in His love and mercy, invading earth with His glorious manifest presence, intervening in lives in a tangible, life-changing way that influences and impacts all spheres of society. Revival is Father’s outrageous, unstoppable love transforming lives,
giving us a heart that burns with passion for the least, the last and the lost. Revival is God’s glorious, majestic, powerful, awe-inspiring, kingdom here on earth as it is heaven. We do not pray for revival because we do not realize just how much our Father loves us or recognize His passionate heart for the world (I John 4:16, John 3:16) We do not pray for revival because we do not understand or believe in the effectiveness of our prayers to move the mighty hand of God. Learn about effectual, fervent prayer in James 5:16. CONTINUE
|Woman receives bionic hand with sense of touch
Posted: 03 Jan 2018 06:05 PM PST
Scientists in Rome have unveiled the first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside a laboratory. The recipient, Almerina Mascarello, who lost her left hand in an accident nearly a quarter of a century ago, said “it’s almost like it’s back again”. In 2014 the same international team produced the world’s first feeling bionic hand. But the sensory and computer equipment it was linked to was too large
to leave the laboratory. Now the technology is small enough to fit in a rucksack, making it portable. The development team included engineers, neuroscientists, surgeons, electronics and robotics specialists from Italy, Switzerland and Germany. The prosthetic hand has sensors that detect information about whether an object is soft or hard. READ MORE
|Rare Winter storm strikes Florida
Posted: 03 Jan 2018 05:59 PM PST
Interstate 10 in North Florida has reopened, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The interstate from Tallahassee to Madison was closed earlier today because of the winter storm. FHP officials say they are not aware of any serious crashes because of the weather. Interstate 10 west from Mahan Drive has been opened after most of the state highway was closed Wednesday morning during a winter ice storm.
Closures remain to the east to Live Oak, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Leon County Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters, said the Thomasville Road flyover was reopenned at about 1 p.m. “We have sunny skies and temperatures above freezing so I’m not expecting any more closures,” Peters said. Peters said the unusual storm, which dropped a light sprinkling of snow, sleet and freezing rain across the Big Bend, kept emergency officials busy. READ MORE
|3.9 earthquake strikes near Mount St. Helens, 2nd strongest since 1981
Posted: 03 Jan 2018 05:54 PM PST
Several small earthquakes shook an area east of Mount. St. Helens late Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning. According to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, the largest quake, a magnitude 3.9, hit east of Spirit Lake near Mount Saint Helens just after 12:30 a.m. A series of smaller quakes, ranging from magnitude 1.6 to magnitude 2.7 stuck shortly after. A total of 15 quakes were reported in the area as of 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Wes Thelen, a seismologist for the Cascades Volcano Observatory said the earthquake hit about seven miles northeast of the mountain and about three miles east of Spirit Lake.Thelen said more than 100 people reported feeling the quake. Some of those reports were from as far away as Portland up to the Puget Sound near Seattle, he said. While a series of quakes are common around the mountain, the Wednesday episode stands out. READ MORE
|Mount St. Helens Is Rumbling Again With 40 Earthquakes Since New Years Day
Posted: 03 Jan 2018 05:51 PM PST
Since New Years Day Mount St. Helens has experienced 40 earthquakes within its vicinity as tremors continue every few hours. The most powerful earthquake was a magnitude 3.9 that occurred around midnight west coast time about 5 miles from Mount St. Helens and 23 miles from the town of Morton. The 3.9 magnitude earthquake was felt in Portland but there were no reported injuries or damage. Since that earthquake there have been 16 more earthquakes, averaging about every half hour with magnitudes from 0.6 to 2.6.
It is common to experience swarms of earthquakes at Mount St. Helens. While it is certainly not a sign of an impending eruption, the earthquakes are a result of an active volcanic system. Mount St. Helens is most commonly known for its major eruption in 1980, the deadliest and most economically damaging volcanic event in the history of the United States. The stratovolcano is situated just 96 miles from Seattle and 50 miles from Portland, making an eruption especially dangerous. FULL REPORT