June 19, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

President Donald Trump repeated on Tuesday that immigration authorities
would next week target migrants in the country illegally in large-scale
arrests, but still gave no details about the planned action.

President Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran
from getting a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would back the use of
force to protect Gulf oil supplies that Washington fears may be under
threat by Iran.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi outlined several key
impediments to congressional approval of a U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade
agreement, as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was set to arrive in
Washington to push for final approval of the pact.

France and Germany will increase their efforts to reduce tensions over
Iran, but time was running out and the risk of war could not be ruled out,
their foreign ministers said on Wednesday.

Iran said on Wednesday it would not give European powers more time beyond
July 8 to save its nuclear deal by shielding it from U.S. sanctions.

A rocket hit a site in southern Iraq used by foreign oil companies on
Wednesday, including U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil, wounding three people
and threatening to further escalate U.S.-Iran tensions in the region.

The United States Navy on Wednesday displayed limpet mine fragments and a
magnet it said it had removed from one of two oil tankers attacked in the
Gulf of Oman last week, saying the mines bore a striking resemblance to
Iranian ones.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has executed
$44.15 billion in U.S. foreign arms sales through June 19, and the agency’s
director said he was optimistic the total for the full year would reach
last year’s $55.66 billion.

AP Top Stories

President Trump stuck to old themes and complaints in his highly touted
campaign kickoff speech in Orlando on Tuesday night. The president railed
against the “fake news,” “socialism,” investigations into his
administration, the Democrats running to replace him, former President
Barack Obama and the Clinton family in a speech that lasted well over an
hour.

Federal officials in Philadelphia seized over 16 tons of cocaine from a
cargo ship on Tuesday, calling it one of the largest drug seizures in U.S.
history and the largest in the history of the eastern district of
Pennsylvania. The street value of the bust is estimated at more than $1
billion. “This amount of cocaine could kill millions – MILLIONS – of
people.”

An American teenager has been charged with conspiring to murder her “best
friend” after a man she met online offered her $9 million to commit the
crime.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been orbiting the space rock known as
Bennu since the start of the year. It caught up with the asteroid in late
December of 2018 and successfully inserted itself into orbit around the
object around New Year ‘s Day. A recent tweak to its orbit has brought the
probe to an orbit of just 680 meters, or around 2,230 feet from the
asteroid’s surface. This is now the closest that any manmade spacecraft has
orbited any planetary body.

When the Coast Guard starts rolling out a new generation of heavy
icebreakers on the Gulf Coast, the ships will be heading for a familiar
port in the Pacific Northwest. “I am pleased to announce that Seattle,
Washington, will be the home of the Coast Guard’s new Polar Security
Cutters,” Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the Coast Guard, said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Tuesday sharply criticized the
Trump administration’s practice of holding migrants seeking asylum in what
she called “concentration camps.”

The city of Suzhou, known as “the Venice of the East” for its web of
intricate waterways, captured the imagination of Marco Polo when he
journeyed through China more than seven centuries ago. Today, it’s drawing
attention for another grand project: a sprawling network of databases
designed to track the behavior of China’s population. Sitting next to
Shanghai with an economy larger than Finland’s, Suzhou was one of a dozen
places chosen in 2018 by President Xi Jinping’s government to run a
social-credit trial, which can reward or punish citizens for their
behavior.

Suspected jihadists killed 15 soldiers at an army base in restive northeast
Nigeria, stealing weapons before looting shops in a nearby town, military
sources said Tuesday.

LGBT refugees allege they have been harassed by police in recent weeks in
Kenya, which is a rare regional haven for the gay community and yet
maintains that gay sex is illegal. It is the only East African nation where
someone can seek asylum and be registered as a refugee based on their LGBT
status.

BBC

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70
million globally last year – the highest number in the UN refugee agency’s
almost 70 years of operations. The almost 70.8 million people forcibly
displaced is 2.3 million more than the previous year.

A huge international research program has been launched to assess the
health of the Atlantic Ocean. The iAtlantic project is the biggest ever
mounted in the planet’s second largest ocean.

The authorities in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, are banning motorbikes
from the city’s streets as part of an effort to reduce crime. The
administration believes that a rising number of thefts are being committed
by people on motorbikes.

Ethiopia’s state-run monopoly telecoms provider has apologized for the
internet shutdown that lasted for more than a week. However, no explanation
was given for the shutdown.

WND

A seismic storm that unleashed more than 1,000 small earthquakes in San
Bernardino and Riverside counties these last three weeks. California has
small quakes all the time – a magnitude 3 every other day on average. But
not all of them act the same, and some bring more danger than others.

MasterCard says it will allow transgenders to choose their preferred name
on their credit card.


Mid-Day Snapshot · June 19, 2019

The Foundation

“Unequivocal in principle, reasonable in manner, we shall be able I hope to do a great deal of good to the cause of freedom & harmony.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

‘Yuge’ Florida Crowd Celebrates Trump’s 2020 Launch

He highlighted accomplishments while warning against the socialist-touting Democrats.


Trump’s HRAs, Price Transparency Driving Health Care Improvements

Better savings mechanisms and knowing what care costs are game-changing ideas.


Shanahan Out, Esper in at Pentagon

Trump taps the Army secretary to serve as the next acting secretary of defense.


Scandinavia Moving Away From Socialized Health Care

Talk about bad timing for Bernie Sanders to be selling Medicare for All.


The F-Word

That’s “feminism,” which has destroyed the relationship between fathers and their daughters.


Video: In Defense of Capitalism

People acting in their own self-interest created modern prosperity. It changed everything.


Video: Inside the Muslim Brotherhood

Ami Horowitz investigates the origins and the motivations behind the Muslim Brotherhood.


Today’s Opinion

Jonah Goldberg
Trump’s Personality Is His Biggest Reelection Obstacle
Ben Shapiro
The Dis-Grace of Harvard
Rich Lowry
Oberlin Is Forced to Check Its Woke Privilege
Walter E. Williams
Black Education Decline
Ken Blackwell
Why Do Democrats Have a Secret List of Supreme Court Nominees?

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.


Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Trump’s reelection launch, Patrick Shanahan exits, EPA rollback, drug bust, and more.


Wednesday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Erick Erickson, the Washington Examiner, Joe Biden, and more.



Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

News – 6/19/2019

Meet The Mini-BOT: Italy Will Break Up The Eurozone
BOT stands for Buoni Ordinari del Tesoro (Ordinary Treasury Bonds). Mini means the denomination is smaller than the lowest denomination of regular treasury bonds, which is €1,000, thus “Mini-BOT”.
A crisis is brewing in the Eurozone and it’s not even on mainstream media radar. Italy is at the center of the crisis.
The idea of introducing mini-BOTs has alarmed Europe, with Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, saying on Thursday that they would either amount to a parallel currency, in which case they would be illegal, or they would simply add to Italy’s towering debt.

Jewish groups slam Ocasio-Cortez for comparing US border control to ‘concentration camps’
Outrage from pro-Israel and Jewish groups is growing at U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her remarks on Monday on her Instagram account that the United States is “running concentration camps on our southern border,” in reference to the Trump administration’s policies regarding illegal immigration. “AOC should ask Holocaust survivors and ex-GIs who liberated Dachau what that charnel House was like,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the SWC’s associate dean and director of global social action for the leading international Jewish Human Rights NGO, told JNS. “She is insulting victims of genocide.”

US attacks Russia’s power grid as warning to Putin, NYT says
…a new report revealed over the weekend. U.S. intelligence officials have launched “aggressive computer code” into the Russian power grid and other targets in response to Russia’s disinformation and hacking campaigns in to U.S. elections,

Trump calls NYT report on US cyberactivity in Russia ‘treason
Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country…..“This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country,” Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today. They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence! These are true cowards and without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!

Strong earthquake, 6.8 mag has occurred near L’Esperance Rock in New Zealand
An earthquake magnitude 6.8 (ml/mb) has struck on Tuesday, 159 km ENE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand (99 miles). Exact location, longitude -177.4° West, latitude -30.8° South, depth = 10 km. Unique identifier: at00ptc3is. Ids that are associated to the event: pt19170000, at00ptc3is. Exact time and date of earthquake 19/06/19 / 2019-06-19 07:01:40 / June 19, 2019 @ 7:01 am UTC/GMT. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). A tsunami warning has been issued near L’Esperance Rock in New Zealand (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was picked up at 19:01:40 / 7:01 pm (local time epicenter).

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake Hits Japan with Tsunami Warning
Just a moment ago, magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits North West of Japan. It is 34 km from Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan at 9:22 pm. There are no casualties but Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a warning for a 0.2-1.0 metre tsunami along the north west coast of the island.

Netanyahu to Israel’s enemies: We have power to destroy, do not test us
Israel has tremendous destructive capabilities, and its enemies should not test it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said,,. “I am very impressed by the improvement in the [IDF’s] readiness, in the spirit of the fighters and the commanders, and especially in the IDF’s destructive power,” said Netanyahu, who viewed the mutli-pronged exercise with Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi.

Iran says there will be no war with the U.S.
There will not be any military confrontation between Iran and the United States, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council was quoted as saying on Wednesday by state news agency IRNA. Worries about a military confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks last week on two oil tankers near the Gulf. Washington blamed long-time foe Iran for the attacks but Tehran denied any responsibility.

International Atomic Energy Agency recognizes Palestine as a state
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed an agreement to recognize Palestine as a state as it joined the international body on Tuesday. The agreement, which was signed by Director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano and the Palestinian Ambassador in Vienna Salah Abdul Shafi, gives the IAEA inspectors the ability to check the safety of radioactive materials and fissile nuclear materials, such as uranium.

Qatar sends technical experts to Israel, eyeing new Gaza power line
A Qatari technical delegation held talks in Israel and the Gaza Strip this week about helping pay for a proposed new power line between them, officials on both sides said on Tuesday, marking a potential expansion of Doha’s aid efforts for Palestinians. Qatar has in recent years funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars into relief projects in Hamas-controlled Gaza, which it views as helping stave off privation and fighting with Israel.

Trump launches re-election campaign, presents himself as outsider and victim
President Donald Trump formally launched his 2020 re-election campaign on Tuesday by presenting himself as the same political insurgent who shook up the Washington establishment four years ago and who is now a victim of an attempted ouster by Democrats. At a packed rally at an arena in Orlando, Florida, Trump made clear he would run for re-election as an outsider, just as he did in 2016.

CA Lawmakers Trying to Force Pastors to Embrace Pro-LGBT Ideology
California Assemblyman Evan Low and three dozen other lawmakers are pushing a resolution in the state Assembly Judiciary Committee that’s aimed at telling religious leaders in California what they should preach from their pulpits.

“It’s Going To Be A Train Wreck”: Farmers Say Corn Crop Far Worse Than USDA Estimates
This year’s corn crop has been absolutely decimated by nonstop rain and unseasonably cool weather, according to a new report from Bloomberg. And while those caveats are widely known, farmers believe that already adjusted estimates for June are still going to be too optimistic.

Feds Seize 16.5 Tons Of Cocaine In Historic Philadelphia Drug Bust
Federal agents seized 15,500 kilos of cocaine, more than 16.5 tons, with a street value of $1 billion at a South Philadelphia Port on Tuesday, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Military transgender ban voted down by House
The Democratic-controlled House has voted to block President Donald Trump’s move to restrict transgender men and women from military service.

Southern Baptist Convention Supports Anti-Christian Racial Identity Politics
The largest Protestant denomination in North America, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), officially adopted “critical race theory” and “intersectionality” as “analytical tools” to be used in fostering racial reconciliation in the church. These key drivers of identity politics, however, are more likely to produce racial discord and strike at Christianity itself.

WATCH: Congolese migrants have $100 Bills, directions that say ICE is the enemy
According to News reports Congolese migrants were seen with rolls of $100 dollars bills and directions that basically say ICE is the enemy and not your friend.

Psychology Today: People Refusing To Date Transgenders Is ‘Dehumanizing’
If you are a heterosexual cisgendered person who only wishes to date heterosexual cisgendered people, then shame on you for dehumanizing transgenders and the non-binary, according to a recent article published in Psychology Today.

“Weaponized Immigration” Is Designed to Destabilize the Country Prior to Civil War and Invasion
All it takes is one virus particle.” says Elaine Donelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, she has repeatedly stated this fact for the last 4 years. Donelly further elaborated that, “I’m just appalled. Judging from this, the United States seems to have a very confused vision of what ‘national security’ means.” So, she is clearly referring to the fact that there is no regard for the health and safety of the public as we continue and purposely admit unscreened immigrants who are carrying diseases, in some cases, deadly diseases.

Why Churches Should Ditch Projector Screens And Bring Back Hymnals
A couple of decades ago, churches split in a grand debate over worship. Contentious arguments raged over every aspect of worship style, components, decorum, and practically everything else. Every church seemed to be choosing between opposites—organ or praise band, historic liturgy or rock liturgies, contemporary songs or historic hymns. The fallout was ugly. Assemblies erupted in dissonance and members on the losing side transferred out.

New Zealand Man Gets 21 Months In Prison For Sharing Mosque Shooting Video
He wanted someone to overlay crosshairs and a “kill count”…


Headlines – 6/19/2019

U.S. Mideast Envoy Greenblatt Says He ‘Will Understand’ if Trump’s Peace Plan Fails

Greenblatt: Israel should hold off on annexation until peace plan unveiled

Greenblatt: Settlements not reason for lack of peace

Former Israeli liaison to Palestinians to attend Bahrain peace summit

Palestinians boast of foiling Bahrain peace conference

Palestine: The Arab ‘deal of the century’

PM: Israel-Russia-U.S. meeting in Jerusalem crucial for regional security

After 1st election round, fate of Guatemala’s Jerusalem embassy hangs in balance

Court okays demolition of 100 East Jerusalem homes under Palestinian control

Palestinian village targeted in third apparent hate crime in a week

Israel re-expands Gaza Strip fishing zone to 10 nautical miles

EU presidency declares commitment to fighting anti-Semitism

In two cases, men wearing kippas targeted with anti-Semitic insults in Germany

Bennett floats alternative to ultra-Orthodox enlistment bill

In first, F-35s take part in massive drill simulating war with Hezbollah, Gaza

UN chief urges Russia, Turkey to stabilize Syria’s Idlib ‘without delay’

Rivlin warns Hezbollah against imposing Iranian agenda on Lebanon

Rivlin warns Lebanon, Hezbollah against launching attack on Iran’s behalf

Muslim Brotherhood describes Morsi’s death as ‘murder’

U.N. rights office calls for independent probe into Mursi death

Egypt’s Morsi quietly buried, a day after courtroom death

Morsi Symbolized the Triumph of Egypt’s Revolution – and Its Collapse

Turkey: Erdogan slams Egypt’s ‘tyrants’ as thousands mourn Morsi

Syria clashes kill 45 fighters: monitor

Kuwait emir to visit Iraq amid Gulf tensions

White House Steps up Iran Outreach to Congress

IRGC chief says Iran’s ballistic missiles capable of hitting ‘carriers in the sea’

Trump would consider military force vs Iran to prevent nuclear weapon

Trump: Oil tanker attack ‘very minor,’ but would go to war over Iran nukes

Pompeo: US must be able to respond to any Iranian attack

Pompeo warns Iran about trigger for US military action as some in administration question aggressive policy

Pompeo: US forces in Persian Gulf just a deterrent

Bolton: America Willing to Talk to Iran But Ready to Retaliate

As U.S. Boosts Pressure, Iran Tests Trump’s Appetite for a Fight

Russia says US troop deployment could lead to war with Iran

Russia to Washington: Drop Middle East troop plan and stop provoking Iran

Iran says it won’t wage war, Russia tells U.S. to stop stoking tensions

Amid Standoff With U.S., Iran’s Rohani Says Tehran Isn’t Seeking a War Against Any Nation

Iran is dragging the Middle East into a dangerous standoff

Potential conflict in Strait of Hormuz: Imbalanced forces and guerrilla warfare

Saudi Arabia urges world powers to secure waterways after twin attacks

A Failure Of OPEC+ Could Turn The U.S. Oil Boom Into Another Bust

New Zealand man jailed for 21 months for sharing Christchurch shooting video

Hong Kong leader’s apology is ‘fake,’ more protests are coming, foes say

Christian leaders react to Hong Kong protests: ‘Christ will stand by us’

‘Sing Hallelujah to the Lord’ emerges as anthem of Hong Kong’s protests

Trump to meet with China’s Xi Jinping at the G20 in make or break trade-war showdown

Venezuela’s Collapse Frays Its Economic Ties With Russia

Trump Threatens To Deport ‘Millions,’ As He Kicks Off Campaign For Reelection

Trump spiritual adviser says ‘demonic networks’ have aligned themselves against president

Donald Trump just keeps ‘joking’ about serving more than 2 terms as president

Dow surges more than 350 points on hopes for a China trade deal and an easy Fed

Facebook to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency, With Lofty Goals

Target’s 2-hour register outage could cost the company $50 million

Wild turbulence slams flight attendant into plane ceiling, drenches passengers with scalding water, sends 10 to hospital

Tsunami warning in Japan after 6.8-mag earthquake strikes

6.0-mag earthquake rocks southwestern China, kills at least 12, injures dozens, officials say

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Earthquake with magnitude of 3.4 in Bardarbunga volcano

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 28,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 12,000ft

Tropical Depression Vayu to unleash drenching downpours in northwest India as brief heat relief visits Pakistan

“It’s Going To Be A Train Wreck”: Farmers Say Corn Crop Far Worse Than USDA Estimates

N.Y. lawmakers agree to historic climate plan

‘Flesh-eating’ bacteria may be spreading to beach waters, seafood

They wanted a son so much they made their daughter live as a boy

YouTuber buys Michigan town and renames it ‘Gay Hell’ in protest of Trump policy

CA Lawmakers Trying to Force Pastors to Embrace Pro-LGBT Ideology

Startup that makes sex toys for women sues New York transit system for banning its ads

Sex doll maker creates replicas of dead partners to combat loneliness: ‘I’m providing comfort’

Quebec government adopts controversial religious symbols bill

Sandy Hook victim’s father wins case against authors who claim shooting was hoax


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Celebration Church pastor among 3 killed by suspected drunk driver on Father’s Day

Church of Scientology Sued by Former Member for False Imprisonment and Kidnapping

Coptic Christian Arrested for Allegedly Insulting Islam on Facebook in Egypt


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