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

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would keep Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate when he seeks re-election in November 2020.

President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and focus on the grievances of white voters helped him win the 2016 election. But a Reuters analysis of public opinion over the last four years suggests that Trump’s brand of white identity politics may be less effective in the 2020 election campaign.

President Trump met with his national security team to discuss Afghan peace talks and the meeting went “very well, and negotiations are proceeding,” the White House said in a statement.

An Iranian tanker sailed through the Mediterranean toward Greece on Monday after it was released from detention off Gibraltar, and Tehran said that any at U.S. move to seize the vessel again would have “heavy consequences”.

President Trump and top White House officials dismissed concerns that economic growth may be faltering, saying on Sunday they saw little risk of recession despite a volatile week on global bond markets, and insisting their trade war with China was doing no damage to the United States.

At least 19 people were killed when a fuel truck exploded after losing control and ramming into three cars in western Uganda on Sunday, police said in a statement.

Turkey on Monday replaced Kurdish mayors with state officials in three cities and detained more than 400 people for suspected militant links, the Interior Ministry said, a move likely to fuel tensions in the mainly Kurdish southeast.

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief, drawing sharp criticism from the United States over the appointment of an officer who has been accused of human rights violations.

The operator of a global network of radioactivity sensors said on Monday its two Russian sites closest to a mysterious explosion on Aug. 8 went offline two days after the blast, raising concern about possible tampering by Russia.

Thailand is proposing that tech companies set up centers in each of the 10 Southeast Asian countries to curb the flow of “fake news” and fake accounts, the country’s telecoms regulator said.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross said the U.S. government will extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, even as nearly 50 of its units were added to a U.S. economic blacklist.

AP Top Stories

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health says a total of 59 people consumed tainted alcohol as the death toll due to the liquor rose to 25 in the Central American tourist destination.

Drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia’s sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a “limited fire” in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry.

Three mass shooting plots were thwarted in recent days with the arrests of three men in unrelated cases, authorities in Connecticut, Florida and Ohio said.

The European Commission said on Monday that the EU was ready for a no-deal Brexit and that Britain would suffer most under such a scenario.

Assad regime forces carried out an airstrike near a Turkish military convoy in northern Syria, in a rare example of Damascus directly confronting Turkish troops operating inside Syria.

Russia will not deploy new missiles as long as the United States shows similar restraint in Europe and Asia, Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said on Sunday, after Washington’s withdrawal from a Soviet-era arms pact.

Iceland on Sunday honored the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate.

When rePlanet closed its doors at its remaining 284 California locations earlier this month, alarm bells went up among recycling advocates. For years, the U.S. has relied on China and other developing countries to accept bulk, unsorted recycling – paper, plastic, and plenty of unrecyclable materials that have to be sorted out. But now, with commodities depressed in value, those countries are becoming much more selective in what they’ll accept.

The Trump administration’s Department of Justice is asking the Supreme Court to set a legal precedent that would enable employers to fire employees because they are transgender.

Heavy rain failed to keep hundreds of thousands of protesters from Hong Kong streets Sunday as pro-democracy demonstrators rallied against the tightening grip of the Beijing government.

BBC

Hackers have infected 23 organizations connected to local government in the US state of Texas with ransomware. Officials indicated the attack over the weekend was coordinated.

The Call Of Duty World Championship 2019 title goes to eUnited. The American team won on Black Ops 4 at the Los Angeles final on Sunday – taking home the top prize of $800,000.

A Kenyan chef has set a new world record for the longest time spent cooking, after cooking for 75 hours non-stop. Ms. Mohammed prepared 400 dishes – including local and international recipes – most of which she offered to shelters and orphanages.

WND

A brief filed this week with the U.S. Supreme Court explains that the justices must determine whether or not the transgender-rights movement is supported by a 1964 law banning discrimination based on sex. Can a funeral home require men to dress as men, in suits and ties, and women to dress as women?

Prairie dogs infected with the plague – yes, the plague – have shut down parts of a city and wildlife area near Denver this summer.

Fifteen studies about transplanted organs by researchers in China have been retracted this month due to concerns the work may have used organs from executed prisoners.


Mid-Day Snapshot · Aug. 19, 2019

The Foundation

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” —Federal Farmer (1787)

Defensive Gun Uses Abound Nationwide

Numerous stories from July alone illustrate how prevalent such uses really are.


NYT Pivots Anti-Trump Coverage From Collusion to Racism

The Times will more deliberately seek to paint Trump as the great “racist” and “divider.”


Repudiating Globalism

It may be the most pressing and difficult problem facing the American people today.


Ever Heard of This War of the Roses?

The story of the Tennessee centennial of ratifying the 19th Amendment.


Why #iSupport45: The Black Conservative Uprising Is Upon Us

These issues of the hour define why so many black people are finally walking away.


Video: The Charlottesville Lie

Political analyst Steve Cortes exposes how a biased MSM perpetuated a lie about Trump’s Charlottesville comments.


Video: Fake News Undermines Trump & Divides America

Accuracy In Media’s Carrie Sheffield discusses the state of the news media in America today.



Today’s Opinion

Michael Reagan
Shooting Down California’s Ammo Law
Gary Bauer
Fighting for Faith, Family, and Freedom
Todd Starnes
Franklin Graham: Christian ‘Leaders’ Who Renounce Faith Will Have to Answer to God
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Turn on the Bright Light
William Federer
U.S. Military & Commanders-in-Chief: Role of Biblical Faith
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Monday Top News Executive Summary

Omar and Tlaib’s anti-Semitic sponsors, judicial activism quashed, race bait, ISIS attack, and more.


Monday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Bill Maher, Cedric Richmond, Bill Nye, 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 – 8/19/2019

This Isn’t Normal: Kansas And Oklahoma Have Been Hit By 65 Earthquakes Within The Last 7 Days
The state of Kansas is certainly known for a lot of things, but earthquakes are not one of them, and that is why what we just witnessed is so startling. According to the Kansas City Star, one county in central Kansas alone has been hit by 11 quakes within the past five days…It started with a magnitude-2.4 earthquake Wednesday morning just 2 1/2 miles southwest of Hutchinson, Kansas, in Reno County, according to the United States Geological Survey. There would be 10 more before the week was out.

Rocket sirens wail in Israel for second night in a row
Incoming rocket sirens on Saturday sounded in Sderot and several communities in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council at 9 p.m. The military said that two of the three projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. The city of Sderot and Israel Police said that shrapnel from the third Qassam rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in the yard of a home in Sderot. A 30-year-old woman was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics after she fainted at a bus stop during the barrage.

Palestinian factions warn Gaza is a boiling volcano
Factions call on Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza to “set the ground ablaze under the Zionist’s feet” “We have warned the Zionist enemy against persisting in their crimes, but the leadership of the enemy is still playing in the fire,” a joint statement by various Palestinian factions in the Strip said quoted by Palestinian Safa news agency. “Gaza is a boiling volcano which will explode in the face of the enemy and the leadership of its soldiers,” the statement added.

Trump says he will release Mideast peace plan after Israel elections
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would likely wait until after Israel’s Sept. 17 elections to release a peace plan for the region that was designed by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

FRANKENSWINE Pig hearts could be used in human transplants ‘within just three YEARS’ says surgeon who performed first ever op 40 years ago
PIG hearts could be used for human transplants within just three YEARS, according to the surgeon who performed the first op in Britain 40 years ago. Scientists could be close to solving the organ donor crisis as a leading surgeon claims pigs’ hearts could be used in human transplants within just three years

Turkish lawyers threaten boycott of Erdogan’s courts ceremony
Dozens of Turkish bar associations are threatening to boycott President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s planned ceremony to open the judicial year at the presidential palace, saying it would be another violation of the judiciary’s independence.

Former CIA Spook: “Russian Hoax Coup & Epstein Are Interlocked”
“I don’t know why it took so long, but they have raided Epstein’s island… So, there is a lot of damning information the FBI has now on certain people. At the top of the list, and the one who flew the most, was Bill Clinton. Then he lied about it. They are intertwined in that regard and with the Clinton Foundation that we know is a fraud. It is known around the world, and you’ve got these two intersections with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Welcome to the global elite. Welcome to human trafficking. These things are connected, and with Epstein dead, there are a lot of prominent people breathing a sigh of relief—for now.

It’s Sentient
Meet the classified artificial brain being developed by US intelligence programs. “When will the Department of Defense have real-time, automated, global order of battle?” they asked. “That’s a great question,” said Chirag Parikh, director of the NGA’s Office of Sciences and Methodologies. Then, Parikh actually answered this question: When would that translate to near-instantaneous understanding and strategy development? “If not now,” he said, “very soon.” “Sentient is a thinking system,”….

After Tlaib Backtracks on her Visit to Israel, Trump Excoriates Her
“Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!”

Bill Gates will Try to Block the Sun: ‘Tower of Babel’ in 2019
A team of scientists personally sponsored by Bill Gates plan on countering the effects of ‘global warming by injecting millions of tons of dust into the atmosphere to block the sun’s rays. Despite the clear and obvious concerns, the first test run is set to take place any day now. “There is a very fine line between playing God and tikkun olam (fixing the world),” Rabbi Trugman told Breaking Israel News. “If you don’t get it right, you are courting disaster.” Rabbi Trugman noted that this was also true for other branches of science like genetic research. “They think they can control the environment and they also think they can control men. They think they can keep the populace calm by investing in projects that may or may not solve the problem.”

Trump likely to roll out highly anticipated peace plan after Israel votes
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would likely wait until after Israel’s Sept. 17 elections to release his peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that was designed by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. “I probably will wait, but we may put out pieces of it,” Trump said, explaining that “peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians” is the “toughest deal of all.”

Hezbollah brings arson terror to the northern front
Following in the footsteps of terrorists in Gaza, terrorists from the Hezbollah terrorist movement lit fires along the Israeli-Lebanese border on Friday which quickly spread into Israeli territory, according to Channel 12 news. The fire, exacerbated by strong winds, threatened an IDF post and the border town of Margaliot.

Gran Canaria: 8,000 flee wildfires on holiday island
About 8,000 people have been evacuated as wildfires rip through Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. The fires, which started on Saturday, are advancing on two fronts in a mountainous area of the island. Ten planes and helicopters, as well as about 700 firefighters on the ground including 200 from the military, are being deployed.

US Navy to build £330m world’s largest robot warship to patrol the most dangerous seas
THE US Navy wants to build a fleet of ten robot warships over the next five years. The huge ships referred to as Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles (LUSVs) would function as scouts for the main battle fleet, carrying radar and sonar as well as anti-air and cruise missiles. The vessels will mostly carry out “3D work” – dull, dirty and dangerous.

First-ever mandatory water cutbacks will kick in next year along the Colorado River
Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will be required to take less water from the Colorado River for the first…under a set of agreements…to keep enough water in Lake Mead to reduce the risk of a crash. The federal Bureau of Reclamation activated the mandatory reductions in water deliveries on Thursday when it released projections showing…the level of Lake Mead will sit just below a threshold that triggers the cuts.

Trump ‘not ready’ for China trade deal, dismisses recession fears
U.S. President Donald Trump and top White House officials dismissed concerns that economic growth may be faltering, saying on Sunday they saw little risk of recession despite a volatile week on global bond markets, and insisting their trade war with China was doing no damage to the United States.

Hong Kong readies for further protests after huge, peaceful rally
Hong Kong is gearing up for further protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday, marking a change to what have often been violent clashes. Sunday’s massive turnout, which organizers put at 1.7 million, showed that the movement still has widespread support despite chaotic scenes last week when protesters occupied the Chinese-ruled city’s airport.

Palestinian intelligence warns of possible violent uprising in West Bank
A Palestinian intelligence warns of a possible deterioration of security situation in the West Bank which may lead to another breakout of violent uprising and destabilize the Palestinian Authority, if the political and economic stagnation continues, according to a report seen exclusively by Ynet and its sister publication Yedioth Ahronoth.

Jordan summons Israeli ambassador over holy site clashes
Jordan has summoned Israel’s ambassador to protest “Israeli violations” at a Jerusalem holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews. Jordan’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday that Amman delivered a “decisive letter” to the ambassador, including a call “to immediately cease all Israeli violations and all Israeli attempts to change the historical, legal status” at the site.

“The Southern Poverty Law Center Is A Hate-Based Scam That Nearly Caused Me To Be Murdered”
“I’ll never forget the moment I learned we were on lockdown. It was Aug.15, 2012. My frustration mingled with fear. Trapped on the sixth floor, we knew someone had been shot…”

Hail Storm Kills, Maims More Than 11,000 Birds in Montana
Wildlife officials say a hail storm packing 70-mile-per-hour winds killed or maimed more than 11,000 pelicans, cormorants and other birds when it rolled over a central Montana lake and nesting area.

Deadly floods hit Istanbul after 4 months’ worth of rain in 90 minutes
Extremely heavy rain hit Istanbul and other cities in NW Turkey on August 17, 2019, causing severe flooding in which one person lost its life.

The Chinese Are Silently Invading Australia
Just as the American southern border is under attack, so it in Australia. The Chinese invasion is threatening the Australian culture, education system and is moving into the political arena. The resulting chaos has largely been ignored by the government, until recently.

For 30 Plastic Bottles You Can Get A Free Subway Ride In Rome
Starting now, it might be beneficial for you to pick up and store plastic bottles as you go across Rome in a metro. Well, unless you want to start ‘plogging’, then it is a completely different ball game. As the news proclaims, the transport authorities of Rome are trying to see if swapping plastic bottles for metro fare would be economically and socially beneficial enough for the population.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Retweet Jew-Hating Cartoonist who Mocked Dead US Soldiers in Iraq
On Friday Democrats Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib shared a meme on their Instagram pages from cartoonist Carlos Latuff, who’s work has been accused of being anti-Semitic and has trivialized the holocaust.

Pelosi SLAMS Israel, Who Enforced Their Laws Against Omar and Tlaib, As “Sign Of Weakness”
On Thursday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi stated after Israel decided not to allow Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaibenter, their country as a congressional delegation, calling it a “sign of weakness” by Israel.

US Air Force Can Now Turn Small Planes Into Robots
“Imagine being able to rapidly and affordably convert a general aviation aircraft, like a Cessna or Piper, into an unmanned aerial vehicle…”

Earthquake cluster slams Kansas county with 11 quakes in 5 days
A county in central Kansas experienced a pretty shocking uptick in seismic activity last week — 11 earthquakes in five days. It started with a magnitude-2.4 earthquake Wednesday morning just 2 1/2 miles southwest of Hutchinson, Kansas, in Reno County, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Every Abortion Clinic in US to Receive ‘Unplanned’ Movie DVD
The pro-life motion picture “Unplanned” will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and in digital formats on Tuesday, and Abby Johnson, the woman whose true transformational story is the subject of the movie, is taking advantage of the event by sending a DVD to every abortion clinic in the nation.

Car Bomb Hits Security Force in Northeastern Syria, at Least One Killed
A car bomb killed one member of a security force and wounded two others in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Sunday, the security force said.


Headlines – 8/19/2019

Trump confirms peace plan to be released after Israeli elections

Heading to Ukraine, Netanyahu says military operation in Gaza possible

Politicians blast Netanyahu as ‘weak’ for not responding to Hamas attacks

Gantz says Israeli deterrence in Gaza has been ‘erased’ under Netanyahu

Escalating Incidents on Gaza-Israel Border Indicate Hamas Is Losing Its Grip

Is the Palestinian Authority Preparing for a New Intifada?

IDF releases footage of foiled Gaza infiltration attempt

Footage appears to show Hezbollah adopting Gaza arson tactics against Israel

PA police ban Palestinian LGBT group from holding activities in West Bank

Israel Spends 1 Million Shekels on Ads to Promote Jewish Ritual Baths

Jordan reprimands Israeli ambassador over Temple Mount ‘violations’

Netanyahu on Tlaib, Omar ban: Israel respects Congress, but won’t tolerate BDS

Tlaib and Omar tested Israel’s sovereignty

Ayelet Shaked demands gov’t halt PA transfer of funds to terrorists

Ohio white nationalist, anti-Semite arrested for threatening to shoot up Jewish community center, police say

Car Bomb Hits Security Force in Northeastern Syria, at Least One Killed

Syria regime forces enter key town amid fierce clashes: monitor

Putin hijacks Syria’s future

Iran-Russia-Turkey Trilateral Summit Due in Ankara Next Month

Iran using dual national detainees as economic bargaining chips

Gibraltar rejects US request to seize Iranian oil tanker

Iranian tanker sought by US leaves Gibraltar for unknown destination

Images show Iran satellite launch looms despite US criticism

Saudi Oil Fields Are in the Firing Line as Gulf Conflicts Rage

US having ‘very good’ discussions with Taliban, says Trump

63 killed, 182 wounded in Kabul wedding blast, official says

Islamic State claims Afghan wedding blast as families bury the dead

Kashmir: India renews crackdown on citizens after violent clashes break out amid tensions with Pakistan

In Russia, After the Radiation Came the Rumors

Top North Korea, China generals huddle in Beijing

Hong Kong protests: Rival demonstrations spread across globe

Hong Kong protesters flood city streets for largest rally in weeks

Hong Kong protesters show no sign of backing down in the face of countless threats

Trump says he doesn’t want to do business with Huawei due to national security concerns

Trump privately floated possibility of imposing naval blockade against Venezuela: report

Honduras soccer riot leaves 3 dead, at least 10 injured, officials say

Brexit Secretary signs order to scrap 1972 Brussels Act – ending all EU law in the UK

Dollar Towers Above Rivals, Posing Fresh Threats to Financial Markets

Fed Chief Wedged Between a Slowing Economy and an Angry President

Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

White House trade advisor Navarro: ‘Technically we did not have a yield curve inversion’

Graham: IG’s report on Russia probe will be ‘ugly and damning’ for DOJ

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Anatahan, Northern Mariana Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near La Troncal, Ecuador

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 17,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft

Earthquake cluster slams Kansas county with 11 quakes in 5 days

Massive Arctic wildfires emitted more CO2 in June than Sweden does in an entire year

Scientists bid farewell to first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change

Peddling unproven treatments, stem cell industry ‘fleeces,’ sometimes harms patients

Every Abortion Clinic in US to Receive ‘Unplanned’ Movie DVD

Poland’s Kaczynski condemns gay pride marches as election nears

Epstein’s lawyers ‘not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner’


Apostasy Watch Daily News

Greg L. Bahnsen – The Prima Facie Acceptability of Postmillennialism
(long but worthwhile read)

After sex scandal, Billy Graham’s grandson is starting a church in Palm Beach Gardens

The ERLC Publishes an Article on Women Written by a Feminist Lesbian

Video (5:08) – Todd White Spins His Own Web!

Methodist University Hires a Muslim Chaplain

Christian realtor sues state for religious discrimination – state board banned bible verse on her business card

‘The Family’ director defends portrayal of Christian group: ‘Good faith’ project, ‘diverse’ views

Marianne Williamson’s presidential candidacy shines light on ‘A Course in Miracles’

Court Rules President Trump Can Defund Planned Parenthood, Will Cut $60 Million in Taxpayer Funding


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