August 16, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his handling of the U.S.
economy and trade war with China as recession fears have suddenly cast
doubt on his central claim for re-election – that he has made the economy
great again.

A Trump administration plan to cut legal immigration by poor people will
likely result in sicker children, more communicable diseases and greater
homelessness in the United States, according to immigrant advocates and the
federal government’s own analysis.

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib on Friday said she would not visit her
family in the West Bank as planned despite a reprieve by the Israeli
government allowing her visit.

North Korea launched at least two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday,
South Korea’s military said, shortly after Pyongyang described South
Korea’s president as “impudent” and vowed that inter-Korean talks are over.

A blast at a mosque in southwest Pakistan killed four people on Friday and
wounded more than 20, police said, adding the death toll could rise.

Portugal’s fuel-tanker drivers will suspend a five-day-old strike that led
to fuel rationing at filling stations and negotiate with employers in
government-brokered talks, their union said on Friday.

Greenland on Friday dismissed the notion that it might be up for sale after
reports that U.S. President Donald Trump had privately discussed with his
advisers the idea of buying the world’s biggest island.

Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields rose from three-year lows on Friday as
investors evaluated how far damage from the U.S.-China trade war will
spread, after the inversion of a key part of the yield curve this week
raised fears of a U.S. recession.

An Iranian tanker caught in the standoff between Tehran and the West could
sail free from British territory Gibraltar on Friday, unless a last-ditch
push by the United States succeeds in dragging the saga back into court.

U.S. homebuilding fell for a third straight month in July amid a steep
decline in the construction of multi-family housing units, but a jump in
permits to a seven-month high offered hope for the struggling housing

AP Top Stories

A riot at a California prison sent eight inmates to local hospitals
Wednesday, officials said. Fifty more inmates suffered minor injuries.

A coalition of 13 U.S. states sued President Donald Trump’s administration
on Wednesday, seeking to block a new rule that would drastically reduce
legal immigration by denying visas to poor migrants.

Astronomers said that they observed the supermassive black hole closest to
Earth glowing with “unprecedented brightness” – and they aren’t quite sure

Thousands of people, many waving Pakistani and Kashmiri flags, protested
outside the Indian High Commission in London on Thursday in support of the
disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

India will begin restoring phone lines in Kashmir on Friday evening, a top
official said, after a 12-day blackout following the stripping of the
region’s autonomy.

Communist-run Cuba has imposed price controls on goods and services ranging
from lemons and pork to haircuts and taxi fares in what it says is an
effort to tame inflation as it increases state wages and pensions.

Japan’s new emperor on Thursday spoke of “deep remorse” over the country’s
wartime past, in his first speech to mark the end of World War II since his
enthronement in May.

Amateur climbers will be banned from scaling Everest under tough new
proposals unveiled by Nepal in the wake of a spate of deaths on the world’s
highest peak.

A third of U.S. adults are so stressed by the prospect of mass shootings
that they avoid visiting certain places or attending certain events,
according to a new survey from the American Psychological Association (APA)
and the Harris Poll.

The U.S. added four Chinese nuclear entities to a trade blacklist, accusing
them of helping to acquire advanced U.S. technology for military use in

Boeing Co has pushed back the entry into service of an ultra-long-range
version of its forthcoming 777X wide body, the U.S. plane maker said on
Wednesday, as it grapples with fallout from the 737 MAX crisis and engine
issues with the 777X.


Zimbabwe’s main opposition group has called off anti-government protests in
the capital Harare at the last minute, after failing to overturn a police

The Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered a setback in its efforts to
contain a year-long outbreak of Ebola, with a new area reporting its first
cases. The local authorities in South Kivu province said a mother and her
child had tested positive for the virus. The woman has since died.

Turkey’s military pension fund has reached a tentative deal to buy British
Steel out of insolvency. The Turkish Armed Forces Assistance Fund (known as
Oyak) says it plans to take over British Steel, which employs 5,000 people,
by the end of the year.

A French climber known as “Spiderman” has scaled a Hong Kong skyscraper and
put up a banner urging peace in the city rocked by political unrest. The
57-year-old, known for climbing tall buildings worldwide, said his stunt
was an “urgent appeal for peace”.


An Illinois law requires public schools to incorporate information about
the “roles and contributions” of LGBT people when teaching American and
state history. Signed into law earlier this month, the legislation will
take effect July 2020.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Aug. 16, 2019

The Foundation

“The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.” —Zacharia Johnson (1788)

WaPo Shock Report: Sociopathic Criminals Try to Kill Cops!

The collective Demo and Leftmedia solution? Disarm law-abiding citizens. What could go wrong?

Israel Bars Entry of Anti-Israel Reps. Omar and Tlaib

Prime Minister Netanyahu evokes Israel’s law banning foreigners who promote the BDS movement for his decision.

‘The Squad’ Rakes in Outside Cash

Freshmen Democrats’ campaigns are being bankrolled by outsiders. Will that be reflected in votes?

Have We Entered a New Arms Race With Russia?

If nothing else, the period of nuclear control has come to an abrupt end.

Philadelphia Cops Taunted as Their Cohorts Are Gunned Down

“Onlookers were seen taunting and throwing things at Philadelphia police … amid a wild shootout.”

Planting a Seed: Is a Red-Meat Tax on the Menu?

A European consulting firm is floating the idea of a sin tax targeting red meat.

Stuck on Stupid

The next election is going to define what type of country we want to be going forward.

Video: Serial Felon Shoots Cops, Left Screeches Gun Control

Anthony Brian Logan exposes the Left’s hypocrisy on firearms, law enforcement, and race.

Video: America’s Big Issue With the Environment

In the 1970s, Americans were told about a global-cooling crisis that would bring a new ice age.

Today’s Opinion

Tucker Carlson & Neil Patel
American Tragedy
Erick Erickson
Warning Signs for Republicans
Michael Barone
Will Fact-Checkers Foil Democrats’ Attempts to Play the Race Card?
L. Brent Bozell & Tim Graham
Parental Nightmares in Public Schools
David Harsanyi
If It Wants to Survive, the NRA Needs to Change
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Friday Top News Executive Summary

Omar and Tlaib’s BDS fallout, Trump’s Greenland ambition, Democrat gun grabbers, and more.

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Matt Walsh, Beto O’Rourke, Jim Kenney, Ilhan Omar, 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 – 8/16/2019

Former Epstein Bodyguard Warns Journalist: ‘Don’t Put Yourself in Trouble’
When asked about his thoughts surrounding Epstein’s mysterious prison cell suicide, the bodyguard dropped a bombshell.“Somebody helped him to do that,” he said. When pressed on this answer, Zinoviev refused to say anything further, only that the line of questioning was going “too deep.” This wasn’t the only warning the Russian would give.

FBI agreed to ignore Hillary evidence, docs reveal
The Justice Department drafted an agreement with the lawyer for Clinton and top aide Cheryl Mills, Beth Wilkinson, that limited the scope of the investigation, according to the documents, which were obtained through a FOIA request by attorney Ty Clevenger. The agreement prevented the bureau from examining evidence of the infamous BleachBit deletion of some 33,000 emails on Clinton’s unauthorized and unsecure server, the Gateway Pundit reported. The FBI essentially agreed to perform an investigation in which it wasn’t allowed to examine key evidence.

Epstein Autopsy Finds Evidence He May Have Been Murdered
Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple. These breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation. Even Jonathan L. Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, admitted that a hyoid break is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging.

Christian Missions Change Direction: The Task Of Reconverting The West
This move of the Gospel from the West to the South and the East could be one of the largest scale fulfillments of the Great Commission since Jesus first gave it. Yet, as a fascinating piece in The Economist explains, the direction of the flow of Christian missions has now largely reversed. As it did, the geographic center of the faith also shifted.

A Powerful Response To The Chorus Of Christian Leaders Renouncing Their Faith
John Cooper, lead singer for the Christian band Skillet, posted a powerful response on Facebook to the growing number of Christian leaders who have renounced their faith in recent weeks. The most notable of late was Joshua Harris ( I Kissed Dating Goodbye) and Hillsong songwriter Marty Sampson. We now have a church culture that learns who God is from singing modern praise songs rather than from the teachings of the Word.

Don’t change your DNA at home, says America’s first CRISPR law
The law appears to take aim at a California resident, Josiah Zayner, whose Oakland company, The Odin, sells genetic-engineering supplies to amateurs online. He won notoriety in 2017 when he filmed himself injecting CRISPR into his own arm. “It’s obviously targeting me,” says Zayner, an outspoken biohacker also currently under investigation by California Department of Consumer Affairs for practicing medicine without a license.

Israel Bans Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from Entering the Country Ahead of Upcoming Trip
Top Israeli officials made the message clear on Thursday: Radical Democrat Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan will not be allowed into the country for a planned visit, according to the Times of Israel. And their reasoning was brutally simple. “We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world to enter Israel. In principle, this is a very justified decision.”

Abby Johnson’s Pro-life ‘Unplanned’ Movie Rockets to #1 on Amazon
“Unplanned,” a movie which recounts the life of a woman who left behind a job as a Planned Parenthood abortion manager, has become not only a box office success but it became the number one DVD in Amazon sales on its first day of sales this week.

Exclusive: Burning of Red Heifer Takes Place in Preparation for Third Temple
A major step was made towards reinstating the Temple service: after an intensive study into the practical details, an actual heifer, albeit not a red one, was burned in precisely the manner that will enable the Jewish people to be purified.

The Demonic Influence of Serial Killers
Judging from the just-released writings of Connor Betts – the killer in Dayton, Ohio – the “adversary the devil” devoured his soul and drove his deadly rampage. His writings chronicle how he pledged his life to Satan. They include: A Satanic pentagram with the words “Hail Lucifer.” He declared himself a servant of “evil incarnate.” And in an ominous foreboding to his victims, he wrote: “Take all you can, slaves eternal, slaughtered for Satan.” He also tweeted, “I’m going to hell and I’m not coming back.” But Betts is not the only serial killer to carry out the plans of the devil.

IDF officer reprimanded for investigating Hezbollah’s flagship tunnel
One of the architects of the IDF’s Operation Northern Shield…reprimanded by IDF Chief Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi after he crossed into Lebanon via one of the tunnels without informing his superiors…Rafi Milo, who served as the commander of the Galilee Division until earlier this week, took several troops with him as he investigated the tunnel until the entrance of Hezbollah’s flagship tunnel in the southern Lebanese town of Ramiyeh.

North Korea snubs peace talks with South Korea over war drills
North Korea has rejected any further talks with South Korea, calling its decision “completely the fault of South Korea’s actions”. It issued a statement in response to a speech by South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Thursday. Meanwhile, early on Friday North Korea test-fired two missiles into the sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean military said.

Iran oil tanker: Gibraltar orders release of Grace 1
Gibraltar has freed an Iranian oil tanker detained last month on suspicion of sanctions-busting, despite a last-minute plea by the US authorities. The UK territory received written assurances from Iran that the ship would not discharge its cargo in Syria. Grace 1, carrying Iranian oil, was stopped by Royal Marines on 4 July, triggering a standoff with Tehran.

Israel bars Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting
Israel is blocking two US Democratic lawmakers, who are prominent critics of the Israeli government, from visiting. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were due to visit the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem next week. Both have supported the boycott movement against Israel, but Israeli law allows supporters of the campaign to be banned from visiting.

Philadelphia shooting: Mayor calls for gun control
The mayor of Philadelphia has joined growing calls for gun control after a shootout in his city left six officers injured as they served a drug warrant. “Our officers need help,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “They need help with keeping these weapons out of these people’s hands.” A gun battle broke out between police and a gunman on Wednesday, leading to a seven-hour stand-off.

North Korea fires two missiles into sea in SIXTH weapons test in just a month amid US tensions
NORTH Korea has fired two missiles into the sea in yet another bullish weapons test – the SIXTH in just a month. It comes amid anger in Pyongyang at ongoing US-led military exercises with South Korea – which the North views as a rehearsal for invasion. And there is growing frustration in Kim Jong-un’s regime at stalled talks between the US and North Korea over his weapons programme.

Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border: AFP
Thousands of Chinese military personnel waving red flags paraded at a sports stadium in a city across the border from Hong Kong on Thursday, an AFP reporter witnessed. Armoured vehicles were also seen inside the stadium in Shenzhen, with the event taking place as concerns build that China may intervene to end 10 weeks of unrest in Hong Kong.

Scientists Detect New Repeating Signals From the Depths of Outer Space – Report
One of the astronomers involved in the signal search effort expressed hope that this discovery might encourage other astronomers to “point their telescopes” at the sources of the newly discovered signals. Astronomers studying the enigmatic signals emanating from space, the so called fast radio bursts (FRB), have recently detected eight new repeating FRBs, bringing the total known number of such signals known to 10…

Nearly 25 Percent of Babies Aborted in England, Wales in 2018
Nearly a quarter of babies are aborted in England and Wales, shocking new statistics reveal.

According To The Feds, 19 Million Acres Of Farmland Went Un-Planted With Crops This Year
…this is the largest number that the USDA has ever reported for a single year, and it is nearly 17.5 million acres greater than last year’s final tally of less than 2 million acres.

Banana-targeting fungus may cause ‘apocalyptic scenario’ for the fruit
It might be time to say goodbye to bananas. It might also be time to panic. An “apocalyptic” scenario for the most popular type of banana may be unfolding in Latin America. A strong and incredibly hard to stop fungus has been spotted in the area.

Record-breaking hailstone in Colorado: ‘Big hail like this can easily kill people’
Monster hail fell from the sky and hammered areas of the central United States on Tuesday, shattering a state record. Earlier on Tuesday before the storms developed, AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer warned that Colorado’s state hail record could be in jeopardy given the intensity of the storms that he saw developing.

Extreme monsoon rains in western India and Myanmar, more than 250 people killed
Extreme monsoon rains hit western India and Myanmar in early August 2019, causing dramatic flooding and landslides and leaving at least 258 people dead.

554-year-old Boys’ Cathedral Choir Sued for ‘Gender Bias’
A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old Berlin boys’ choir, arguing that her bid to join was only rejected because of her gender, in a case that has sparked debate over equal rights versus artistic freedom.

Sorry, climate change fanatics: Turns out, Greenland’s glaciers are actually growing
If you buy into the climate change narrative, you might think that Earth’s glaciers are melting. And if you buy into total climate insanity, you might even think that the melting glaciers are one day going to flood most of the planet. But the latest research shows that Jakobshavn, once the fastest-melting glacier on Earth, is now growing. No longer receding inland, new measurements show that Jakobshavn’s ice is thickening and advancing towards the ocean.

The NFL Strikes A Deal With Luciferian Music Star Jay-Z Using The National Football League To Promote Social Justice Program ‘Inspire Change’
About 12 years ago, I started noticing that one of the songs that the NFL on its Monday Night football program started playing was AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell‘, needless to say I switched channels or left the room when that was happening. Flash-forward to 2019, and we have the NFL announcing its new social justice program ‘Inspire Change‘, and they have partnered with Luciferian hip-hop mogul Jay-Z to bring it about. I wonder, is this a good thing or a bad thing, hmm? Let’s take a look and see if we can figure it out.

US Army Discloses New Details About Hypersonic Weapon
RCCTO officials told the military blog that one experimental LRHW prototype would be ready by 2023 for testing…

Headlines – 8/16/2019

Dagan to Netanyahu: Stop AIPAC’s false claims Israel supports two-states

Israel announces US lawmakers Omar and Tlaib will not be allowed to visit

Citing their support for BDS, Israel blocks entry to Tlaib and Omar

Netanyahu: Omar, Tlaib’s ‘Sole Objective’ for Trip Was to ‘Harm Israel’

Spurning lawmakers, Netanyahu loses the Democrats he never thought he had

Trump backs decision to bar lawmakers, claims he didn’t press Israel

Pelosi: Barring lawmakers beneath Israel’s dignity; Rubio: Decision is a mistake

Banned congresswomen call decision ‘insult to democracy’ and a sign of weakness

AIPAC and other Israel-backers rebuke Israeli decision to bar Omar and Tlaib

Top Jewish Leader Slams Israel’s Ban Of Omar, Tlaib: ‘Democracies Do Not Hide’

In climbdown, Israel says Tlaib can enter to visit her Palestinian family

Cop injured in Jerusalem stabbing attack; 2 assailants shot

Israelis Worry More About the Economy than Hamas and Iran

Syria says ‘hostile target’ shot down near Iran-linked base

US said coordinating secret Iran talks between Israel, Emirates

Gibraltar allows release of Iranian tanker despite US detention request

US threatens to ban visas for released Iran tanker crew

Iranians struggle with U.S. sanctions as currency hits all-time low

India to ease clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir in next few days

S. Korea says N. Korea has fired more projectiles into sea

N.Korea rejects S.Korea Moon’s dialogue pledge, says it will never have talks

Sweden detains man on suspicion of plotting ‘terrorist crime’

Russia Signs Deal to Send Navy to Venezuela After ‘Unacceptable’ U.S. Moves

Correctional Officer Allegedly Drove Pickup Truck Into Group of Peaceful Protesters: He ‘Ran Us Over’

5 injured in Philadelphia shooting one day after violent standoff

Gun control groups to hold rallies in 50 states and spend almost $1 million on ads against GOP senators

Trump vows to ‘always uphold the Second Amendment’ amid ongoing talks on gun laws

Ivanka Trump and her brother Don Jr. are staking opposite sides in the gun control debate — and the president calls Don Jr. his ‘gun expert’

Trump blames mass shootings on mentally ill, calls for more mental institutions

Trump has expressed serious interest in buying Greenland: report

Asian markets move higher as China announces plans to help economy

The recession question we should be asking isn’t ‘when’ but ‘how bad?’

Trump, banking on strong economy to win reelection, frets over a possible downturn

Biden allies float scaling back events to limit gaffes

Amazon’s Rekognition software can now spot fear – tech is also getting better at estimating a person’s age

Anti-surveillance clothes foil cameras by making you look like a car

UPS Has Been Delivering Cargo in Self-Driving Trucks for Months And No One Knew

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ceva-i-Ra, Fiji

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Jarm, Afghanistan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Coquimbo, Chile

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Sangeang Api volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

1 dead as Severe Tropical Storm Krosa strikes Japan with flooding rain, strong winds

Downpours to aim at Delhi after monsoon kills hundreds and displaces over 1 million

Grapefruit-size hailstone in Colorado breaks state record

Whopping 18 inches of hail accumulates in parts of Michigan

Scientists confirm July set new global heat record

Fears of public health emergency as drug deaths hit record levels for England and Wales

Planned Parenthood warns it will withdraw from Title X if court doesn’t intervene

Florida Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Abortion Law Requiring 24-Hour Waiting Period

Why Some Doctors Purposely Misdiagnose Patients

Film claims group plotted to infect black Africans with HIV

The 1975’s Matt Healy protests against Dubai anti-gay laws with kiss

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Rejecting the Birthright of Jacob and Going the Way of Esau

Smelling in the Spirit?

James MacDonald Signals Return to Ministry In Facebook Post

The story of a cult that slowly moved from manipulation to menacing and eventually to murder

Light of the World: Mexican church holds gathering amid sex crimes scandal

CBS Applauds Iceland for “Eliminating” Down Syndrome By Aborting Babies Who Have It

Mike Ratliff – The Express Image of God

We’re Looking for the Harrisburg, PA, Pastor Born With Polio That Todd White Healed!

Why Netflix Decided to Spotlight a Little-Known Christian Sect — and How the Group Is Defending Itself

Southern Baptists Put Lifeway Profit Above China’s Persecuted Christians

Former Arkansas pastor charged with 2 counts of rape

Oklahoma Youth Pastor Charged With Raping Underage Girls

Federal sex crime charges filed against Ohio pastor Cesar Guerrero

Illinois Governor Mandates LGBT History Curriculum for Public School

Elizabeth Warren Wants Taxpayers to Fund “Gender Reassignment” Surgeries

Google Staffer Releases Documents Exposing Massive Censorship of Pro-Life, Conservative Web Sites

Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Calls Ambulance for Eighth Patient this Year

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