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Soros-funded group schemes to stop Trump's visa ban

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(BREITBART) — A lawsuit brought before a Maryland appeals court seeking to stop President Trump’s temporary ban on new visas from six Middle Eastern countries was filed by a left-wing group financed by billionaire George Soros.

The second group behind the lawsuit was massively funded by the federal government under the Obama administration to resettle refugees within the U.S.

 

Ex-employee: PETA euthanizes healthy puppies, kittens

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(DAILYCALLER) — A former employee of the famed animal rights group, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said her former employer intentionally euthanized healthy and adoptable dogs and cats.

Ex-PETA employee Heather Harper-Troje filed an affidavit, obtained by the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), alleging her supervisors asked her to euthanize healthy dogs and cats for ideological reasons.

Harper-Troje said her former supervisors instructed her to ask low-income people to relinquish their pets to PETA under the promise that dogs and cats would find good homes. She did this knowing the animals would be euthanized.

 

This day in WND history: Mexicans 'own this continent'

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
mexica3Mexican protesters: ‘This is our continent, not yours!’

March 29, 2006: While politicians debated the fate of some 12 million people residing in the U.S. illegally, the Mexica Movement, one of the organizers of the mass protest in Los Angeles, already decided it is the “non-indigenous,” white, English-speaking U.S. citizens of European descent who have to leave what they call “our continent.”

The pictures and captions tell the story.

“This is our continent, not yours!” exclaimed one banner.

“We are indigenous! The only owners of this continent!” said another.

“If you think I’m illegal because I’m a Mexican, learn the true history, because I’m in my homeland,” read another sign.

“One of the more negative parts of the march was when American flags were passed out to make sure the marchers were looked on as part of ‘America,'” said the group’s commentary on the L.A. rally.

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When llamas attack

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Patty Ann MalleyGo to full article
Llama

When llamas attack

Remember those fun trips to the drive-thru zoo? This kid sure will.

Mashable reports, “A family trip to the Tennessee Safari Park turns traumatizing for this poor kid named Trey when he’s paid a visit by a very hungry llama. The llama sticks its head into the car and eats out of a bucket of feed in Trey’s lap.” Take a peek at the video below.

 

Trey is doing fine now.

Two days after his folks posted the now viral attack video, Trey seems to be frightened of nothing, not even his newfound internet fame. Take a look!

 

All’s well that ends well!



Life is too short to waste a moment

Parents will do just about anything to keep potty-training tots on the toilet, if only to teach them the throne is where business should be done. But what happens when you no longer need a distracting story or counting fingers to keep you busy until the magical event occurs? You get bored – apparently. And since the saying goes, “Begin as you plan to go on,” perhaps the need for entertainment is inevitable.

Prezzybox, however, has the solution as advertised in the video below:

 

This ingenious attention grabber comes complete with songbook so you can make the most of those times when nature calls. Jam sessions punctuated by unanticipated trumpet-like sounds, however, are not the responsibility of Prezzybox!

Potty game

If music isn’t your gig, no worries. Fairly Odd Novelties at Amazon has a golf lover’s alternative, Potty Putter Toilet Time, wherein the constrained enthusiast may make the most of time spent to improve their handicap. Fishermen (and women) will be happy to know their hobby is similarly represented by Potty Fisher, the wildlife sportsman’s alternative.

Let the games begin … or not.



Hush

Warning, delicate subject ahead (not for children)

Have you ever caught a glimpse of those trans-vaginal mesh/bladder sling lawsuits advertised on late night television? Watch the video below to get the lowdown.

 

The New York Post, however, is not delving into legalities when it reports on the horror show experienced by Theresa Bartram of Brighton, England and her unnamed paramour.

Bartram, now 50, endured years of incontinence after delivering her first and only child. This condition resulted in Bartram being unable to engage in sexual activity without losing bladder control, a limiting situation to say the least. Driven by hopes of a normal life and a medical procedure that promised to resolve her debilitating condition, Bartram yielded to the use of transvaginal tape to lift her prolapsed bladder, holding in place.

For two short years, Bartram enjoyed her newfound functionality, only to seriously wound her partner when “It was like it (her vagina) had grown teeth,” she said. The man in question reportedly suffered grave injury, spouting blood after the fated encounter. “After that, he was scared of my lady garden and approached it as if it was a Venus flytrap and he was a bluebottle (fly).”

That was back in 2009. Bartram’s physician insisted that there was nothing wrong with her bladder sling. The couple, however, broke up. Bartram, alone and terrified of causing more harm, subsequently occupied her time with rigorous exercise and dieting only to be hit with a barrage of other issues: vomiting, diarrhea, severe stomachaches and bloated stomach.

“She was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and given antidepressants. Eventually, she had her gallbladder removed,” the Post continues. “Finally, in 2015, she was told the mesh had to be removed urgently because it had breached her vaginal wall and caused an abscess that turned septic.”

And lo and behold, during the surgery the mesh was found to be hard, and fitted far too low. The boyfriend’s claim that “it felt like razor-sharp teeth” was not some figment of the imagination. Neither was Bartram’s subsequent incontinence and vaginal numbness.

Sling the Mesh, advertised as a campaign against an operation ruining women’s lives, has provided Bartram camaraderie, if not solace in her condition. But beware and warn the women in your life: “Once inserted the mesh takes about four to six weeks to knit into the tissues and after that surgeons say that taking it out is like trying to get chewing gum out of matted hair.”



Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman shaves her pits! Will the world recover?

“It is our sacred duty to defend the world,” Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) explains to United States aviator Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), washed up on Paradise Island, home of the Amazons. And, apparently, it is a feminist’s duty – and those who fancy them – to defend the flashing of hairy arm pits.

PJ Media reports the freak out:

Twitter exploded at the revelation, claiming women of the fictional matriarchy Themyscira would probably not shave their armpits. Some speculated that Gadot’s armpits were photoshopped to show a sheen, immaculate visage, unattainable by real women.

“Is this seriously still happening in 2017,” cried Slate.

“Do better!” crowed the Revelist

Refinery29 even pined for a day when Wonder Woman could “prove that women — even those who are superheroes — don’t have to cater to beauty standards that are meant to make them more attractive to men.”

(Yes, that's armpit hair.)

(Yes, that’s armpit hair.)

But ruffled feathers are just that. Ruffled! And everyone knows that nobody is happy when woman is unhappy. Translated: If a woman complains, somebody better fix it. So, the Fortress of Solitude has thus responded to the outrage by adding what looks to be cropped locks – a compromise, perhaps? – to what could otherwise spark an entirely different debate. To braid or not to braid!

Don’t believe me? Check out the video below. At precisely the 1:47 mark in the amended preview the previous aberration of Diana Prince (aka: Wonder Woman) with clean shaven armpits will be expunged from your offended mind!

 

Now the world can get back to the business of turning!



pancakes

Nothing comes between this man and his meal! Not even oncoming traffic

Is Florida resident Kiaron Thomas nuts or just not about to be interrupted? Take a look as this determined 21-year-old who set up shop – a breakfast table – in the middle of Memorial Boulevard in Lakeland, Florida and got down to the business of chowing down pancakes!

 

“There’s a gentleman sitting in the middle of the road with a folding table, eating,” a man told the local 911 center, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Fox News Insider reports: “Thomas was later found by police at his home near the intersection. He was given an April court date to appear on charges of disrupting the flow of traffic and placing an obstruction in a roadway.”

Those must be some pancakes!

 

What was John Tyler's very 1st act as president?

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
President John Tyler

President John Tyler

“When a Christian people feel themselves to be overtaken by a great public calamity, it becomes them to humble themselves under the dispensation of Divine Providence. …” stated John Tyler in his first act as president, April 13, 1841.

President John Tyler continued his proclamation of a national day of fasting and prayer: “… to recognize His righteous government over the children of men, to acknowledge His goodness in time past, as well as their own unworthiness, and to supplicate His merciful protection for the future … the people of the United States of every religious denomination … according to their several modes and forms of worship … observe a Day of Fasting and Prayer by such religious services … to the end that on that day we may all with one accord join in humble and reverential approach to Him in whose hands we are, invoking Him to inspire us with a proper spirit and temper of heart and mind under these frowns of His providence and still to bestow His gracious benedictions upon our Government and our country.”

John Tyler was the 10th president of the United States. He was born March 29, 1790. John Tyler was the first vice president to assume the presidency when William Henry Harrison died after only one month in office.

In his first address, April 9, President John Tyler stated: “For the first time in our history the person elected to the vice presidency of the United States … has had devolved upon him the presidential office. … My earnest prayer shall be constantly addressed to the All-wise and All-powerful Being who made me, and by whose dispensation I am called to the high office of President. … Confiding in the protecting care of an ever-watchful and overruling Providence, it shall be my first and highest duty to preserve unimpaired the free institutions under which we live and transmit them to those who shall succeed me.”

President John Tyler continued Democrat President Andrew Jackson’s fight against the Bank of the United States, vetoing a bill to reinstate the Bank, Aug. 16, 1841: “An act to incorporate the subscribers to the Fiscal Bank of the United States … has been considered by me. … I can not conscientiously give it my approval. … I took an oath that I would ‘preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ … I could not give my sanction to a measure of the character described without surrendering all claim to the respect of honorable men, all confidence on the part of the people, all self-respect, all regard for moral and religious obligations. …”

Tyler continued: “Let the history of the late United States Bank aid us in answering this inquiry. … The immense transactions of the bank in the purchase of exchange … in the line of discounts the suspended debt was enormous and proved most disastrous to the bank and the country. Its power of local discount has in fact proved to be a fruitful source of favoritism and corruption, alike destructive to the public morals and to the general weal.”

Another Democrat who had vigorously opposed the Bank of the United States and “paper money” was U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton from Missouri. Thomas Hart Benton joined President Andrew Jackson in fighting the bank, though he had earlier shot Jackson in a duel: “Yes, sir, I knew him, sir; General Jackson was a very great man, sir. I shot him, sir. Afterward he was of great use to me, sir, in my battle with the United States Bank.”

In his second annual message to Congress, Dec. 6, 1842, President John Tyler stated: “We have continued reason to express our profound gratitude to the Great Creator of All Things for the numberless benefits conferred upon us as a people. … Such are the circumstances … lead us to unite in praise and thanksgiving to that Great Being who made us and who preserves us as a nation. … The schoolmaster and the missionary are found side by side.”

In Dec. 1843, in his third annual message to Congress, President John Tyler stated: “If any people ever had cause to render up thanks to the Supreme Being for parental care and protection … we certainly are that people. From the first settlement of our forefathers on the continent, through the dangers attendant upon the occupation of a savage wilderness, through a long period of colonial dependence, through the War of the Revolution … it becomes us humbly to acknowledge our dependence upon Him as our guide and protector and to implore a continuance of His parental watchfulness over our beloved country.”

President John Tyler settled the border between Maine and Canada. He pushed for years to have Texas admitted to the Union. The city of Tyler, Texas, is named for him. The annexation of Texas was completed during the term of the next president, James K. Polk, whose vice president was George Dallas.

Considering the federal government as having grown too powerful, taking away rights from the states, John Tyler joined the Confederacy, though he died before fighting began.

In his last annual message before leaving the presidency, John Tyler stated Dec. 3, 1844: “The guaranty of religious freedom, of the freedom of the press, of the liberty of speech, of the trial by jury, of the habeas corpus … will be enjoyed by millions yet unborn. … Our prayers should evermore be offered up to the Father of the Universe for His wisdom to direct us in the path of our duty so as to enable us to consummate these high purposes.”

 

 

Priceless financial tips from 'Billionaire Cab Driver' money guru

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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Financially savvy readers – and anyone who wants to learn more about money management – should pay close attention to the advice of WND’s newest columnist, Jody Tallal. After all, for most of his professional career, he was paid to give valuable financial advice to clients. And now Tallal will be giving weekly advice to readers for free.

Personal financial manager Jody Tallal Jr.

Personal financial manager Jody Tallal Jr.

Jody Tallal Jr. is a man of many talents and interests. A personal financial manager to wealthy professionals, Tallal became one of the first fee-only advisers in the 1970s. His success led to development of a money-management course to train medical professionals at Baylor Medical School, University of Tennessee Health Sciences and Tulane Medical School.

Tallal has been named an honorary citizen by several city mayors nationwide and also received the President’s Medal of Merit from former President Ronald Reagan. In 1981, he served on the Chairman’s Committee of the United States Senatorial Business Advisory Board.

Tallal’s first column, “5 questions that reveal whether you’re living in financial denial,” debuts Monday on WND.

He has also written a cutting-edge book, “Billionaire Cab Driver: Timeless Lessons for Financial Success,” offering an easy-to-read financial primer couched in a fanciful tale of success and discovery. In fact, “Billionaire Cab Driver” reveals all the secrets of personal financial planning that should have been taught to everyone in school.

“Billionaire Cab Driver: Timeless Lessons for Financial Success” is an easy-to-read financial primer from a man who revolutionized the personal financial management industry. Jody Tallal’s “Billionaire Cab Driver” offers timeless lessons for financial success, no matter your occupation, salary or personal savings.

MoneySo how did a cab driver from the small, fictitious Polynesian island of Kiki Loa become worth more than $20 billion?

That is what one of Tallal’s main characters, Dan Langston, and hundreds of other reporters, all wanted to know.

Langston won the rights from cabbie Mr. Kane to report his remarkable life story, and “Billionaire Cab Driver: Timeless Lessons for Financial Success” is the result.

Set for publication April 18 by WND Books, it’s a fantastic story in which ancient wisdom meets modern-day techniques. Billionaire cab driver Mr. Kane drives reporter Mr. Langston around the island for a full day as he explains the secrets to building personal financial independence using examples already present in nature. By the day’s conclusion, the cab driver has revealed all of the major principles necessary for building a successful personal financial plan, including:

  • Don’t rely on what you think you know as the whole truth; stay open to other possibilities.
  • Realize that profits are made on most investments when you buy them, not when you sell.
  • Never rely on a broker as an adviser.
  • Money won’t buy happiness if you are not already happy.
  • The rule of 72 – used to determine the amount of time for an investment to double in value.
  • Time management is essential for your success.
  • The value of using justified debt to profit from other people’s money.

“Billionaire Cab Driver: Timeless Lessons for Financial Success” is an easy-to-read financial primer from a man who revolutionized the personal financial management industry. Jody Tallal’s “Billionaire Cab Driver” offers timeless lessons for financial success, no matter your occupation, salary or personal savings.

Designed to create a paradigm shift in the way people think about and relate to money and the ability to use it in a way to achieve their financial dreams, “Billionaire Cab Driver: Timeless Lessons for Financial Success” is organized in a captivating parable format that makes it easy for anyone to understand how to become financially independent. Readers’ understanding of financial concepts grows a layer at a time, and by the end of the book, they enjoy a fantastic story and develop a strong, new foundation of knowledge concerning how to take charge of their financial future.

Praise for “Billionaire Cab Driver: Timeless Lessons for Financial Success”:

  • “It was with pleasure that I read ‘Billionaire Cab Driver: Timeless Lessons for Financial Success’ by Jody Tallal. This is a book that explains the core principals of how to accumulate wealth. However, unlike most books that seek to impart this data, Mr. Tallal’s book does it in very logical and easy-to-understand steps. When you finish the book, you will see that you can implement the data and improve your financial future.” – Steve Hayes, chairman of Americans for Tax Reform
  • “With 95 percent of Americans failing to provide adequately for their retirement, we all need this book. Through the interesting story of cab driver, a blueprint for financial success is laid out for the reader. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to jump-start their financial planning program.” – Lisa Roberts, president of Millennium Management Group, LLC’
  • ‘Billionaire Cab Driver: Timeless Lessons for Financial Success’ is an entertaining and quick read exposing the myth that there are no secrets to wealth accumulation. Rather, it chronicles tales around a series of disciplined strategies that anyone can embrace in their quest of financial success.” – Bill Hidell, principal, Hidell and Associates Architects

 

 

Author sees historic shift in America's support of Israel

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Jerusalem at night

Jerusalem at night

As Barack Obama prepared to give up the Oval Office, Jewish leaders declared America had forsaken the nation of Israel. But President Donald J. Trump is mulling a revolutionary step that could make the two countries closer than ever.

Vice President Mike Pence declared in a speech to the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee the president is giving “serious consideration” to moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. It’s the latest of several indications President Trump intends to fulfill this campaign promise, which would spark anger in the Arab world.

Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem would constitute a de facto recognition of the Holy City as Israel’s capital. Though Israel claims Jerusalem “complete and united” as its capital, no other countries have moved their embassies to the city from Tel Aviv.

Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, the man who discovered the “Blood Moons” phenomenon and is a prominent leader in the movement to incorporate Jewish practices into Christian worship, argues America is uniquely positioned to take a stand for Israel.

“From the founding of our nation there was a strong connection between the United States and the Jewish people,” Biltz explained. “Our second president, John Adams, grew up in a household based on Puritan values. The Puritans believed themselves to be similar to the Israelites fleeing Egypt, reaching the promised land of the New World. The Bible was their guidebook as they adopted biblical customs, such as observing the Sabbath and even giving Hebrew names to their children.

“Because of the rebellion against Britain the universal adoption of Hebrew instead of English was even proposed to Congress.”

Biltz quoted an 1808 letter from John Adams in which America’s second president called the Jewish people “the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth.”

Adams wrote: “The Romans and their Empire were but a Bauble in comparison of the Jews. They have given religion to three quarters of the Globe and have influenced the affairs of Mankind more, and more happily, than any other Nation ancient or modern.”

Biltz also said Adams’ son, President John Quincy Adams, also supported “the rebuilding of Judea as an independent nation.”

“John Quincy Adams believed God would fulfill his Word to the prophets and bring the Jewish people back to their ancient homeland,” Biltz said. “Support of Israel is something of an American tradition going back to the Founders.”

However, Biltz warned the attempts to destroy Israel are never ending. He contended America risks divine retribution if it does not stand by the Jewish state.

“We must realize that history repeats itself and we will either learn from our mistakes or repeat them,” the pastor said. “Jacob and Esau are brothers, yet Esau and his descendants in every generation have desired to wipe Israel from the earth. In Obadiah they are rebuked for standing in their brother’s way, allowing them to be killed by the invading Babylonian army. They did not remember the brotherly covenant.

“The United States, as Israel’s brother, prophetically must stand with Israel and protect them. At the same time, Israel must place its ultimate reliance in the God of Israel and not the nations of the world. The God of the Bible, which is the God of Israel, will judge all nations in how they treated His people. The patterns are set prophetically. In the past, the United States has sometimes not stood by the Jewish people, as when America turned back the S.S. St. Louis in 1939, filled with Jews who would meet their end in the Holocaust. When history repeats itself again, may the United States be found on the right side this time.”

Indeed, the battle over moving the embassy could mark a turning point in American history.

“We are at a prophetic point in history that will define us and we must not miss this opportunity,” said Biltz. “We must return to the Bible as our guidebook, not the United Nations. A nation is always preserved by a remnant. Sodom could have been saved if only 10 righteous people were found. How many will be needed to mitigate the judgment coming to the United States? How many may be needed within each state to mitigate the coming judgment upon that particular state?

“The Bible clearly states that the God of Israel is the One who raises up and throws down the kingdoms of this world. Every nation that has come against Israel has been dumped into the trash bin of history. Like so many others, I believe our nation has been given a reprieve, a window of repentance toward our treatment of Israel over the last eight years. I believe President Trump is the one God has chosen for this hour but whether he lives up to the challenge is yet to be seen.

“He needs to take action and move the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, not just talk about it. He should not pressure Israel over the settlements but allow them to make their decision based on their own self-interests. He should support them with any defense requests. And Americans should realize the mainstream media is often not giving an accurate presentation of this complicated situation in the Holy Land.”

Finally, pastor Biltz urges American Christians not just to stand with Israel, but to use this moment to rediscover the biblical calendar and the Jewish roots of their own faith. He argues the biblical calendar doesn’t just provide spiritual benefits, it will help believers resist being overwhelmed by a corrupt culture. And perhaps most importantly, it provides insight for what is coming next in America, Israel and the world.

“In my book, ‘God’s Day Timer,’ I show God’s patterns as to when He will intersect with human history. His divine appointments are all based on patterns that can clearly see once we get on His schedule. Lot was clueless when Sodom was about to be destroyed because he was so assimilated by the culture. The church today has become totally assimilated by our modern culture. Many have simply been swallowed by the world,” Biltz said.

“With that in mind, it seems all three of the monotheistic religions believe we are in the days of the Messiah. By reading ‘God’s Day Timer,’ people will realize how God is totally in control and there is no need to fear!”

 
 

Georgetown hosts known Islamic Jihad terror financier

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Leo HohmannGo to full article
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Long known for its ties to Saudi royals – who helped foot the bill for its Islamic studies program – Georgetown University is also strongly tied to radical elements in Qatar who call for killing Jews.

In fact, it has a satellite campus in Doha, Qatar, and is hosting a lecture Tuesday evening by a convicted felon and known member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

According to a news release from the school’s Middle Eastern Studies Student Association, former South Florida University professor Sami Al-Arian is a “prominent Palestinian civil rights advocate and community leader” who will speak on the topic of “Youth in the Middle East.”

The fact that Al-Arian pleaded guilty to a felony and was deported to Turkey is never mentioned.

“I’ll be talking about the challenges facing the youth today, particularly in the Middle East, and how they should prepare to face them,” Al-Arian says in the release. “I hope that the audience will have a better understanding of the major problems facing our world today, and what kind of education and knowledge, as well as tools and skills, they should have to make it a better, and a more equitable and peaceful world.”

Missing from the release is anything about the dark side of Al-Arian’s resume, says a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism:

  • Al-Arian is a documented member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Majlis Shura, or board of directors and a convicted felon.
  • According to the Islamic Jihad’s bylaws, there can be “No Peace without Islam.”
  • Islamic Jihad’s stated goal is to create “a state of terror, instability and panic in the souls of Zionists and especially the groups of settlers, and force them to leave their houses.”
  • Following a double suicide bombing in 1995 that killed 19 Israelis, IPT reports that Al-Arian solicited money from a Kuwaiti legislator with the following words:

“The latest operation, carried out by the two mujahideen who were martyred for the sake of God, is the best guide and witness to what the believing few can do in the face of Arab and Islamic collapse at the heels of the Zionist enemy. … I call upon you to try to extend true support of the jihad effort in Palestine so that operations such as these can continue, so that the people do not lose faith in Islam and its representatives.”

  • Four years earlier, he spoke at a fundraiser in Cleveland, introduced as the head of the “active arm of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine.”

During his 1991 remarks in Cleveland, Al-Arian urged donations for jihad.

“Your brothers in Palestine are struggling with their beings,” he said, “so let us struggle here with our money.”

“This is the way of giving,” he said earlier. “This is the way of struggle. This is the way of battle. This is the way of jihad. This is the way of martyrdom. Thus is the way of blood, because this is the path to heaven.”

Why Georgetown University?

Why, then, asks IPT, is a Jesuit university hosting a leader of a designated terrorist group’s “active arm”?

There’s a reason, notes IPT, citing family ties between Georgetown and the Al-Arians.

His son, Abdullah, is an assistant professor at Georgetown’s Qatar campus, teaching history in its School of Foreign Service. He earned his Ph.D. at Georgetown, writing his dissertation about the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood during the 1970s, a time his father acknowledges being part of the global Islamist movement.

IPT documents that Jonathan Brown, Al-Arian’s son-in-law, also works at Georgetown, as chairman of the [Saudi] Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Civilization program.

Brown recently drew criticism for a lecture in which he argued that slavery isn’t inherently “morally evil” if the slave is treated well. He also minimized sexual consent as a recent social more, arguing no one is really free enough to grant consent anyway.

Brown’s boss, Georgetown University professor John Esposito, in a July 2008 letter to a federal judge, called Al-Arian “an extraordinarily bright, articulate scholar and intellectual-activist, a man of conscience with a strong commitment to peace and social justice.”

Brown’s slavery and sexual consent lecture was hosted by the International Institute of Islamic Thought, or IIIT, in Herndon, Virginia. The IIIT was a prime financial supporter of a think tank Al-Arian founded in Tampa called the World and Islam Studies Enterprise. It provided cover for at least three other members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Shura Council, including his brother-in-law, Mazen Al-Najjar, an academic named Basheer Nafi and Ramadan Abdullah Shallah – the Islamic Jihad’s secretary general since late 1995.

Federal prosecutors wanted Al-Arian to tell a grand jury what he knew about the IIIT’s financial support for terrorists. He refused. Al-Arian was charged with criminal contempt after maintaining that stance even after a judge granted him immunity for his truthful testimony.

The case never went to trial. Al-Arian was deported to Turkey in 2015, pursuant to terms in his 2006 guilty plea connected to his Palestinian Islamic Jihad support. He now works as director of the Center for Regional Politics at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, the Georgetown Middle East students group’s news release said.

The student association’s news release fails to mention Al-Arian’s guilty plea, and it whitewashes his resulting deportation to Turkey by saying “Al-Arian relocated.”

The federal judge who saw all the evidence against Al-Arian, and watched him lie about his true identity and violent ambitions, called him a “master manipulator.”

IPT concludes that the question is whether Georgetown and its student groups are being duped or are witting accomplices in whitewashing a terrorist into a “human rights advocate.”

 

Benjamin Crump: TV's rising fake news star

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Michelle MalkinGo to full article
He’s the new Al Sharpton on steroids – and he’s coming to a TV near you.

Benjamin Crump, camera-lovin’ lawyer for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, rocketed to fame perpetuating the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie.

Never mind that even the left-wing Obama Justice Department concluded that the 22 witnesses who manufactured the Black Lives Matter-promoted narrative were unreliable, inconsistent, self-contradictory, unsupported by a shred of forensic evidence, or outright lying.

In Crump World, anti-police ideology trumps facts. Social justice trumps actual justice. And lying about crime pays. Big time. Crump is going Hollywood.

Next week, the Florida-based legal celebrity will debut as one of six featured attorneys participating in show trials on the new Fox reality series, “You the Jury.” Crump is also serving as host and executive producer of a six-hour miniseries on the A&E Network titled “Who Killed Tupac?” And busy Benjamin is hosting “Evidence of Innocence,” a documentary series that will profile “the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit.”

The series will air on TV One. Originally co-owned by Comcast and now controlled by Radio One (a minority-owned company that syndicates racial rabble-rouser, cop-basher and hate crime hoax godfather Al Sharpton), the station claims to reach 57 million households.

This is the same social justice TV network whose liberal anchor Roland Martin fed Democratic debate questions last year to disgraced former CNN contributor Donna Brazile, who finally admitted last week that she leaked the information to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. CNN president Jeff Zucker declared after an internal investigation that the network “would not partner ever again” with TV One.

But not to worry. TV One was happy to partner with Sharpton’s National Action Network to co-sponsor an awards show last fall that bestowed a special civil rights honor on Crump “for historic and transformative service.”

“Transformative service”? Try manipulating reality for political gain. While the network has cast Crump as a champion of the falsely convicted, both are responsible for spreading falsehoods and inciting hatred against a former Oklahoma City police officer whose case is one of the worst miscarriages of justice I’ve ever encountered.

Last fall, TV One’s true-crime hit, “Justice By Any Means,” re-enacted the story of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw with blowhard commentary from pundits who had no clue about the actual evidence in the case. “Legal analyst” Tanya Miller, for example, put words in Holtzclaw’s mouth that appear nowhere in the court record, trial transcripts, police reports or interviews.

As I’ve been reporting over the past year, Holtzclaw was arrested, charged and convicted on numerous alleged sexual assaults in summer 2014, during the racially inflamed, anti-cop riots in Ferguson and Baltimore. A circus mob of militant Black Lives Matter protesters gathered at the courthouse, chanting, “Give him life!” during proceedings and drowning out testimony as they demonstrated inside and outside on the streets. Agitators took photos of jurors in defiance of the steamrolled judge’s orders. Riot threats hung over jury deliberations.

Crump now represents nine accusers (all black women from the gritty northeast OKC neighborhood Holtzclaw patrolled) who are plaintiffs in high-dollar state and federal civil rights lawsuits. Those clients include a convicted felon who preposterously described Holtzclaw as a “short, black man” when he’s 6-foot-1, half-Japanese and pale, and a convicted felon who denied seven times she had been the victim of any inappropriate police conduct – until a sex-crimes detective informed her about the Holtzclaw investigation and she changed her story to claim that he had forced her to expose her breasts.

Crump also represents the troubled young prostitute and drug user with a violent criminal record who called Holtzclaw a “hot cop” before accusing him of rape – months after Jannie Ligons’ charges were publicized and Holtzclaw’s name and face widely disseminated. The teen’s mom had filed a missing persons report and assault and battery complaint against her daughter on the day Holtzclaw encountered her and searched her purse. The Oklahoma City police department’s crime lab identified a minute amount of what it characterized as “epithelial cell” DNA from this accuser on Holtzclaw’s uniform pants – the lone piece of indirect forensic evidence found out of 17 alleged crime scenes, which became the prosecution’s inaccurately portrayed “smoking gun” in the case.

Crump falsely claimed on TV One that the crime lab found “DNA evidence inside” her “panties” and “vaginal DNA material on the inside of (Holtzclaw’s) trousers” that “matched the DNA of the 17-year-old.” But the crime lab expert admitted on the stand that she had not tested any items for vaginal fluid, observed no suspicious stains, and acknowledged the possibility of innocent DNA touch transfer. More facts: The girl’s underwear was never obtained as evidence and skin cell DNA from several unknown individuals – including at least one unknown male – was found on Daniel Holtzclaw’s pants.

I’ve reached out to Crump to explain his egregious falsehoods and omissions. But the fake news rising star may be far too busy to bother with facts that undermine the lucrative social justice racket. Damn the truth. It’s showtime!

 

Sessions urged to clean up 'ideological rot' at DOJ

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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A coalition of experts on civil rights is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to clean up the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division by removing political activists from leadership, ridding the office of “ideological rot” and stopping its bureaucrats from abusing their authority.

The letter was initiated by J. Christian Adams, a former attorney in the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division who now leads the nonprofit Public Interest Legal Foundation. Signatories include Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation, William Pendley of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Joel Mandelman, a former counsel for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The letter charges that the Civil Rights Division, during Barack Obama’s administration, “served purely ideological ends with rigidity unmatched in other federal offices.”

“Entrenched federal bureaucrats jettisoned precepts like equal enforcement in favor of political and racialized dogmas,” it says.

Adams said the “most important position General Sessions will fill in the DOJ is the AAG for Civil Rights.”

“For years, a radicalized Civil Rights Division heavy-handedly advanced leftists causes with respect to voting, law enforcement, immigration, and others while constitutional Rule of Law was considered a nuisance. General Sessions has an opportunity to begin the course correction necessary to protect all Americans from civil rights abuses.”

It was that division, when Adams still was working with the DOJ, that the agency refused to finish the nearly completed prosecution of several New Black Panther Party members reported for voter intimidation in the 2008 election.

New Black Panthers at Philadelphia polling station

New Black Panthers at Philadelphia polling station

WND reported at the time, two party members were filmed standing in front of the entrance to a Philadelphia polling station in black uniforms, with one member wielding a club.

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According to complaints, both men were pointing at voters and shouting racial slurs, using such phrases as “white devil” and, “You’re about to be ruled by the black man, Cracker!”

But then-Attorney General Eric Holder ordered the cases dropped.

Shortly after, Adams resigned.

“I was told by voting section management that cases are not going to be brought against black defendants on [behalf] of white victims,” Adams said in testimony before the Civil Rights commission.

Adams was backed up by Christopher Coates, the former head of the voting section for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Coates had led the original investigation of the New Black Panther Party.

Coates stated in testimony, “I had people who told me point-blank that [they] didn’t come to the voting rights section to sue African-American people.”

‘Purely ideological ends’

The new letter offers guidance to Sessions on how the problem should be addressed, including how the next assistant attorney general for civil rights should be chosen.

The letter states: “During the Obama administration, the division served purely ideological ends with rigidity unmatched in other federal offices. Entrenched federal bureaucrats jettisoned precepts like equal enforcement in favor of political and racialized dogmas.

“Together, we have witnessed longstanding conventions held from the mid-20th century prove outmoded in recent years and discovered new fronts in need of protection where civil rights are concerned – with particular respect to voting. Discrimination, dilution, and poor processes will always be constants, yet the victims can vary in our contemporary era.”

The letter pleads for leadership in the division to be taken away from “political activists.”

“Perhaps one of the greatest myths pushed by the Obama DOJ’s apologists was the claim of being the driving force for voter protection. That administration’s record paints an entirely different picture. In the eight year period, hardly any cases were filed under the Voting Rights and National Vote Registration Acts. At no time did the division bring a suit against voting discrimination or intimidation on its own. Yet, the public perception was that the previous attorneys general were somehow vigorous champions of civil rights.”

Then there’s the “ideological rot” that already has been “laid bare by the Office of Inspector General.”

That office found, in a 250-page report, “the toxic manner in which the division placed preferences on voting rights victim cohorts and bullied employees from daring to enforce the law in a colorblind fashion.”

Obama’s picks, the letter charges, “did not believe civil rights laws should protect all Americans.”

Further, division employees posted on public websites criticisms of workers “who were openly Christian.”

Finally, the letters notes the millions of dollars taxpayers have paid out after division employees brought “faulty actions.”

“Repeatedly, employees abused their former powers under the Voting Rights Act by mandating racial gerrymandering in states like Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and South Carolina to create partisan advantages. State and individual parties saw repeated success in overturning these matters.”

The division could best move forward by adopting race-neutral Voting Rights Act enforcement, ending its political campaigns against state photo voter ID requirements and prosecuting voter intimidation cases, the letter advises.

 

   
 

Rain melts witches' spells on Trump

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Alicia PoweGo to full article
NEW YORK – Witches, Satanists and occultists boasted of meeting Sunday at midnight under the crescent moon in front of Trump Tower, a second time, to partake in a “mass ritual” of casting a “binding spell” on President Donald Trump.

But nature took its course with a rainstorm that, well, you might say “dampened their spirits.”

In short, they were rained out.

Perhaps not quite as permanently as a predecessor in witchcraft lore, the Wicked Witch of the West, in “Wizard of Oz,” whose demise came through a bucket of water sloshed at a burning scarecrow.

 

But nevertheless, a failed plan.

The idea was that they would gather at the crescent moon in front of Trump Tower with an unflattering photo of the president, a tarot card, an orange candle, a small nail and an ashtray to call on the powers of dark magic to banish Trump and his agenda from office.

There had been attempts to interest people in the event.

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Someone identifying as “Peg Aloi,” or “@themediawitch,” was among those who had invited those interested to gather “Sunday 3-26 @ midnight, for a second binding spell!”

“High priestess @Ghost_Lisa” had posted an image of her paraphernalia with the charge: “So that his malignant works may fail utterly. That he may do no harm.”

Bette V. Collins explained, “In preparation for #bindtrump 3-26-17 I carved his name into a dirty old rotten carrot & bound it with string.”

Their plan is to do a binding spell “at midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office,” wrote Michael Hughes, an organizer of the Bind Trump movement.

“This binding spell is open source, and may be modified to fit your preferred spiritual practice or magical system – the critical elements are the simultaneity of the working (midnight, EST-DC, Mar-a-Lago, and Trump Tower NYC time) and the mass energy of participants.”

They also had met a month earlier. However, what was planned for the New York City event fell short of organizers’ goals.

No one showed up.

With the exception of the New York police and a WND reporter, the streets surrounding Trump Tower were vacant at the appointed time.

Organizers of “Bind Trump” had agreed to be interviewed by WND. However, before the scheduled questions and answers, they withdrew their promise.

The movement builds on the anger among liberals who refuse to accept the 2016 presidential election results that put Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

Anti-Trump occultists performed the “mass spell” against the president last month under the hashtag #BindTrump. Witches nationwide shared photos and videos on Twitter of them placing their hex on Trump.

Trump’s election victory seems to refute the power of the curses and black magic, observers noted.

But WND previously reported, when such events were discussed, Christian leaders said these kinds of spiritual threats should be taken seriously, condemned and countered.

Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries said the left’s open embrace of demonic imagery is revealing.

“It shows that the level of hatred against Donald Trump is generated by Satan himself,” she said. “Donald Trump is not a perfect man. But he is trying to stop the runaway freight train of evil that has existed for eight years emanating out of Washington and the Democratic Party.

“The left is mesmerized by issues that tear down and that grieve the heart of God. Donald Trump doesn’t have the power to neutralize these people and their agenda, but he is trying to make significant inroads to stop the tremendous slide to the dark side in America. He has some solid Bible-believing Christians at his side. Together they can make a huge difference and repair some of the damage done by evildoers.”

Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, author of “God’s Day Timer,” cited Deuteronomy 18:10-12 to argue those who use occult practices are an “abomination” in God’s sight, according to the Scriptures. He agreed with Markell that such practices are becoming increasingly common.

“We are living at the time of the coming of the Messiah,” he warned. “The world will be getting worse until Messiah’s return. We are to always pray for those who are our leaders. Not only should Christians pray, but they should get actively involved.”

Pastors such as Carl Gallups, author of “When the Lion Roars,” urge Christians to join the effort.

“America’s born again believers should cover President Trump in prayer,” Gallups said. “It’s obvious that the demonic realm is stirred by his presence. It’s also obvious that the antichrist agenda of the globalist community is going berserk over a Trump presidency. These are simply signs to those of us who know God’s word that President Trump is being used by the Lord in these prophetic times. Pray for him. Pray for our nation. And, then, get on with the work of the Kingdom.”

Karl Payne, the former chaplain of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and an expert in exorcism who penned “Spiritual Warfare” as a guide for Christians dealing with unseen forces, denounced those behind the spiritual attack on Trump as “so ideologically driven, they do not see straight.”

But he also warned occult forces are being increasingly normalized in popular culture through an anti-Christian media.

“It is not possible to watch major television stations, cable stations or movies without being inundated with shows and movies on the paranormal,” he said. “To think that the constant exposure to these types of shows will not have an impact on those watching them is as naïve as it is to believe people can watch and play hours of video games glorifying murder and mayhem and it not make an indelible impact on their minds.”

 

'People for a Free Press' warn against ... free press

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Alicia PoweGo to full article
Anti-Trump protest in New York on March 25, 2017 (WND photo)

Anti-Trump protest in New York on March 25, 2017 (WND photo)

NEW YORK CITY–Who needs facts when you have a mob of 150 devoted New York Times lovers fired up with anti-Trump hysteria?

“Impeach Trump!” protesters chanted.

“Can’t build a wall, hands too small!” some shrieked.

“People for a free press!” they cried.

Anti-Trump protest in New York on March 25, 2017 (WND photo)

Anti-Trump protest in New York on March 25, 2017 (WND photo)

WND was on the scene March 25 as anti-Trump protesters marched across midtown Manhattan – from Bryant Park to the New York Times building – decrying how President Trump treats “fair” and “objective” media outlets like New York Times, Washington Post and CNN.

Now that Trump has refused questions from a CNN reporter and boldly called the network “fake news,” after the network published false information about him, Democrats are crying foul and accusing Trump of being fascist.

 

Asked if they took issue with the way President Obama attacked the free press, many protesters told WND they hadn’t seen or heard Obama’s constant barrage of insults aimed at Fox News.

“I actually wasn’t aware” that President Obama constantly attacked Fox News, a protester explained.

In fact, Obama attacked Fox News numerous times, and the following are just a few examples:

  • On June 16, 2009, Obama told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” that Fox News is devoted to “attacking my administration.”
  • On Oct. 14, 2010, Obama told Rolling Stone Fox News has a point of view that “is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world.”
  • On Jan. 27, 2013, Obama accused Fox News of making “compromise” a dirty word.”
  • On Feb. 2, 2014, during an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Obama blamed Fox News for the Benghazi and IRS scandals, telling the O’Reilly: “They believe it because folks like you tell them that,” and “The kinds of things keep surfacing because folks like you promote them.”
  • On Oct. 2, 2014, Obama blasted Fox News for its Obamacare criticism during a speech at Northwestern University.
  • On Sept. 20, 2015, Obama accused Fox News of covering him unfairly during his speech at the Congressional Black Caucus 45th Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner.
  • On Nov. 5, 2015, Obama accused Fox News of “making me scary” to Americans.
  • On Nov. 3, 2016, during an appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Obama said: “Look, if I watched Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me either because you’ve got this screen – this funhouse mirror – through which people are receiving information.”
  • And on Nov. 29, 2016, Obama went so far as to blame Fox News for Hillary Clinton’s election loss: “In this election, [they] turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country …”

Pressed for his thoughts on former President Obama impugning the integrity of Fox News continuously and routinely over the course of his presidency, the protester conceded:

“I’ll admit that that might be the prism – like my own political prism that I look through – that might not have been on my radar. Ultimately, if there is any silver lining to the 2016 election, I would like to think that it not [only] put a spotlight on the right side of the spectrum, but the left side as well.”

Others, while underscoring why they believe a free press is vital to democracy, called for conservative news outlets to be censored or shut down completely.

“Once Sean Spicer has kicked out the New York Times and allowed agencies like Breitbart to take over the press room, I think that is infringing on our First Amendment rights,” said a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and clutching an issue of “The Gray Lady.”

“Real news gets fact-checked by editors,” he continued. “And a lot of these websites coming out that are really for alt-right wing, they do not get fact-checked.”

Anti-Trump protest in New York on March 25, 2017 (WND photo)

Anti-Trump protester in New York on March 25, 2017, wears Guy Fawkes mask and clutches issue of New York Times (WND photo)

A 20-something man sported a scruffy beard and held a sign that read “Breitbart is fake news.” He claimed conservative media are dangerous.

“I personally think it is slowly starting to turn into state-sponsored propaganda by ultra conservative news outlets by places like Breitbart and, you know, the Blaze and Infowars, who are spreading really toxic stuff online and on TV and of things of that nature,” he told WND.

Anti-Trump protest in New York on March 25, 2017 (WND photo)

Anti-Trump protest in New York on March 25, 2017 (WND photo)

When asked what she thought of the Obama administration relentlessly mocking Fox News, a woman at the “rally for a free press” claimed Obama was justified in castigating the network because Fox News hosts and reporters aren’t “real journalists.”

“I think, with Fox News, it’s hard to call them real journalists,” said the woman wearing a pin that read “Facts Matter.”

“What President Obama was trying to delineate was that Fox News presents things in a manner that is false equivalency,” she continued. “When you talk about something like climate change, and you put a person who doesn’t believe in it against a person who is in support of it, when 99.9 percent of scientists support it – that’s false equivalency. And that’s what Fox News does. It’s ridiculous.”

Anti-Trump protest in New York on March 25, 2017 (WND photo)

Anti-Trump protester in New York on March 25, 2017, tells WND Fox News doesn’t have ‘real journalists’ (WND photo)

Meanwhile, a Russian man shouted at the protesters, insisting their accusations against Trump – that the president is infringing on free speech – are absurd.

“I see signs saying that there is no freedom of press. There is freedom of press,” he told WND. “There is not one news outlet that has been shut down in the U.S.”

Anti-Trump protest in New York on March 25, 2017 (WND photo)

A Russian man near an anti-Trump protest in New York on March 25, 2017, who says President Trump is not against freedom of the press (WND photo)

The man continued: What President Trump says “may be unpresidential, and you may disagree with it, but the president having an opinion does not mean that he is against freedom of the press.

“Where I am from, actual news outlets have been shut down. Newspapers have been shut down. I asked them to give me one example of where that’s happened in the U.S., and they say, ‘It will happen. It will happen.’ They are not arguing what has happened or what is happening. They have some hypothetical situation in their heads. It’s like a straw-man argument.”

 

 

Lawyers amazed news media reporting accurately

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
 

Mainstream media stranglehold

The constitutional experts at the Alliance Defending Freedom sued a Pennsylvania school district after it allowed a girl into a boys’ locker room, causing embarrassment and humiliation for a boy changing his clothes there.

Then the district doubled down on its advocacy for transgenderism, telling the boy he should have taken advantage of “reasonable and appropriate alternatives” to the boys’ locker room.

Now the lawyers have released a statement that they are surprised the news media has reported on the dispute accurately.

“It should be concerning to everyone when mainstream media articles accurately reporting the news is so rare that it becomes noteworthy,” the organization said. “Fortunately, even the mainstream media is finally getting the story right, and as the reporting improves, there is hope for sound solutions that will protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students.”

The comments were posted by Bob Trent, who works with media issues for ADF.

He wrote, “Just as spring brings green to the dull winter world, it seems to be working its magic on mainstream media outlets which finally are digging into the truth about school ‘gender identity’ policies that force students to undress in school locker rooms with members of the opposite sex.”

He pointed out that the Washington Post posted an accurate story that the student sued alleging the school’s transgender promotions constitute “sexual harassment and a violation of his privacy.”

There also was a Fox News report headlined “School orders boy to ‘tolerate’ undressing with girl and make it ‘natural.'”

He cited an editorial in the Philadelphia Enquirer that “points out the fact that allowing boys in the girls’ locker room, showers, and even overnight accommodations on school trips is not natural.”

“The author also calls out the hypocrisy of those demanding ‘tolerance’ to their point of view on gender confusion while offering none to those who disagree,” Trent wrote.

That commentary pointed out that transgenders are being accommodated “at the expense of others.”

“Lately, it’s become trendy to talk about transgender. People will recoil at my use of the word ‘trendy,’ seeing it as disrespectful and demeaning to a whole group of people who, we are told by none other than that great philosopher Lady Gaga,’ born that way.'”

The school district had told WND that it offered the boy “options” for him to use other facilities, since it was recognizing a right for the girl to use the boys’ facilities.

The district pointed out President Obama had issued a rule requiring schools to open their restrooms to according to a person’s “perceived gender,” but the Trump administration already has reversed the order.

School officials made it clear that a student who objects to being exposed to the opposite sex in a state of undress during school physical education functions must be the one responsible to use an “alternative arrangement.”

The district statement complains, “According to the claims, the district could not by law permit a transgender student to use any facility, such as a bath or locker room, designated for males or females.”

The district’s statement to WND was issued by Richard Faidley, the superintendent and one of multiple defendants in the lawsuit filed earlier against the Boyertown Area School District in Pennsylvania.

The case cites the 14th Amendment, Title IX, invasion of seclusion and the Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949, which requires separate facilities on the basis of sex. The complaint alleges school officials knowingly violated “a child’s fundamental right to bodily privacy contrary to constitutional and statutory principles.”

The case was brought by lawyers with the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Independence Law Center against the district, Faidley, principal Brett Cooper and assistant principal E. Wayne Foley on behalf of a student identified only as “Joel Doe.”

ADF and ILC explained the high school boy “was exposed involuntarily to an undressed female student while he was changing in his school’s locker room.”

“Without any notice to students or parents, the school district secretly opened its schools’ sex-specific restrooms and locker rooms to students of the opposite sex. When the student, identified in the lawsuit as ‘Joel Doe,’ was standing in his underwear about to put on his gym clothes, he suddenly noticed that a female student, also in a state of undress, was in the locker room,” the legal groups said.

“The male student brought a complaint to school officials, who informed him that they now allow students who subjectively identify themselves as the opposite sex to choose whichever locker room they wish to use. He asked officials to protect his privacy, but they instead told him twice that he must ‘tolerate’ it and make changing with students of the opposite sex as ‘natural’ as he can.”

 

 

This day in WND history: Town bans yellow ribbons

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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March 28, 2003: WND reported how the Fieldsboro, N.J., borough council, made up of all Democrats, unanimously voted to ban commemorative yellow ribbons from public property, causing a huge uproar with residents looking to honor U.S. troops fighting in Iraq.

“I’m shocked and outraged,” said resident Diane Johnson. “I can’t believe the mayor would force me to take down ribbons put there in honor of American troops, fighting for our freedom in Iraq.”

Johnson got a mayoral directive delivered by a township maintenance man: “Take down the ribbons, or I’ll do it for you.”

Mayor Edward “Buddy” Tyler defended his decision.

“Where would you draw a line if you started allowing the use of public property to exhibit whatever cause anyone wanted?” Tyler said. “Suppose someone wants to tie pink ribbons, or black flags, or a Confederate flag or a Nazi flag on public property? We certainly recommend that people should exhibit their support. Just do it on your own property, not on borough property.”

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No one questioned America's Christian heritage before

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
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U.S. Supreme Court stated in the 1892 case of Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, written by Justice David Josiah Brewer (143 U.S. 457-458, 465-471, 36 L ed 226):

This is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation. The commission to Christopher Columbus … (recited) that ‘it is hoped that by God’s assistance some of the continents and islands in the ocean will be discovered.’ … The first colonial grant made to Sir Walter Raleigh in 1584 … and the grant authorizing him to enact statutes for the government of the proposed colony provided ‘that they be not against the true Christian faith.’ … The first charter of Virginia, granted by King James I in 1606 … commenced the grant in these words: ‘… in propagating of Christian Religion to such People as yet live in Darkness …’

Language of similar import may be found in the subsequent charters of that colony … in 1609 and 1611; and the same is true of the various charters granted to the other colonies. In language more or less emphatic is the establishment of the Christian religion declared to be one of the purposes of the grant. The celebrated compact made by the Pilgrims in the Mayflower, 1620, recites: ‘Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith … a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia.’ … The fundamental orders of Connecticut, under which a provisional government was instituted in 1638-1639, commence with this declaration: ‘… And well knowing where a people are gathered together the word of God requires that to maintain the peace and union … there should be an orderly and decent government established according to God … to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess … of the said gospel is now practiced amongst us.’

In the charter of privileges granted by William Penn to the province of Pennsylvania, in 1701, it is recited: ‘… no people can be truly happy, though under the greatest enjoyment of civil liberties, if abridged of … their religious profession and worship. …’ Coming nearer to the present time, the Declaration of Independence recognizes the presence of the Divine in human affairs in these words: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights … appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions. … And for the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.’ … These declarations … reaffirm that this is a religious nation.

Justice Brewer continued in Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States:

While because of a general recognition of this truth the question has seldom been presented to the courts, yet we find that in Updegraph v. The Commonwealth, it was decided that, ‘Christianity, general Christianity, is, and always has been, a part of the common law … not Christianity with an established church … but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men.’ And in The People v. Ruggles, Chancellor Kent, the great commentator on American law, speaking as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New York, said: ‘The people of this State, in common with the people of this country, profess the general doctrines of Christianity, as the rule of their faith and practice. …

We are a Christian people, and the morality of the country is deeply engrafted upon Christianity, and not upon the doctrines or worship of those impostors.’ And in the famous case of Vidal v. Girard’s Executors (1844) this Court … observed: ‘It is also said, and truly, that the Christian religion is a part of the common law of Pennsylvania.’ … If we pass beyond these matters to a view of American life as expressed by its laws, its business, its customs and its society, we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth. Among other matters note the following:

The form of oath universally prevailing, concluding with an appeal to the Almighty; the custom of opening sessions of all deliberative bodies and most conventions with prayer; the prefatory words of all wills, ‘In the name of God, amen’; the laws respecting the observance of the Sabbath, with the general cessation of all secular business, and the closing of courts, legislatures, and other similar public assemblies on that day; the churches and church organizations which abound in every city, town and hamlet; the multitude of charitable organizations existing everywhere under Christian auspices; the gigantic missionary associations, with general support, and aiming to establish Christian missions in every quarter of the globe.

These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation. …

Justice Brewer continued:

Or like that in articles 2 and 3 of part 1 of the constitution of Massachusetts, (1780) ‘It is the right as well as the duty of all men in society publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. …

As the happiness of a people and the good order and preservation of civil government essentially depend upon piety, religion, and morality, and as these cannot be generally diffused through a community but by the institution of the public worship of God and of public instructions in piety, religion, and morality: Therefore, to promote their happiness, and to secure the good order and preservation of their government, the people of this commonwealth … authorize … the several towns, parishes, precincts … to make suitable provision … for the institution of the public worship of God and for the support and maintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion, and morality. …’

Justice Brewer added:

Or, as in sections 5 and 14 of article 7 of the constitution of Mississippi, (1832): ‘No person who denies the being of a God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state. … Religion morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government, the preservation of liberty, and the happiness of mankind, schools, and the means of education, shall forever be encouraged in this state.’ Or by article 22 of the constitution of Delaware, (1776) which required all officers, besides an oath of allegiance, to make and subscribe the following declaration: ‘I, A.B., do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration.’

Justice David Josiah Brewer had served on the Kansas Supreme Court, 1870-1884. President Chester A. Arthur appointed him a Circuit Court judge, 1884, then a Supreme Court justice in 1889. Justice David Josiah Brewer was nephew of Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Field, with whom he serve nine years on the bench.

Justice David Josiah Brewer died on March 28, 1910. In his work, “The United States – A Christian Nation,” published in Philadelphia by the John C. Winston Company, 1905, Justice David Josiah Brewer wrote: “We classify nations in various ways. As, for instance, by their form of government. One is a kingdom, another an empire, and still another a republic. Also by race. Great Britain is an Anglo-Saxon nation, France a Gallic, Germany a Teutonic, Russia a Slav. And still again by religion. One is a Mohammedan nation, others are heathen, and still others are Christian nations. This republic is classified among the Christian nations of the World. It was so formally declared by the Supreme Court of the United States. …”

Justice David Josiah Brewer continued: “We constantly speak of this republic as a Christian nation in fact, as the leading Christian nation of the world. This popular use of the term certainly has significance. … In no charter or constitution is there anything to even suggest that any other than the Christian is the religion of this country. In none of them is Mohammed or Confucius or Buddha in any manner noticed. In none of them is Judaism recognized other than by way of toleration of its special creed. …”

Justice Brewer concluded: “While the separation of church and state is often affirmed, there is nowhere a repudiation of Christianity as one of the institutions as well as benedictions of society. In short, there is no charter or constitution that is either infidel, agnostic, or anti-Christian. Wherever there is a declaration in favor of any religion it is of the Christian. … I could show how largely our laws and customs are based upon the laws of Moses and the teachings of Christ; how constantly the Bible is appealed to as the guide of life and the authority in question of morals.”

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CB radio: How to be an American outlaw

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Pat McLeneGo to full article
Outlaw

Why we prep

Here’s another reason why you – and your friends and family – should prep:

Seattle gun tax fails to generate projected revenue, succeeds in burdening rights

The article linked above ultimately demonstrates one simple concept: If people want something bad enough, they’ll find a way to get it. Armchair liberal academics posing as politicians will always fail to incorporate that concept into their schemes for power.

True Americans are a unique bunch of people, and nothing demonstrates that more than the concept of civil disobedience. Left, right or center, it doesn’t matter, Americans are – when it comes down to their heart and soul – individualists. More than anything else, it’s that underlying core of libertarian/anarchy found in Americans, from leftist agitators to the militia members, which vexes the denizens of the United Government of America. Despite a hundred years of indoctrination, the UGA re-education system hasn’t managed to wipe it out completely.

That spirit is most apparent in the unique way Americans deal with unpopular regulations and laws. They ignore them or work around them. For example, when slavery was still the law of the land, many Americans formed “underground railroads” to take slaves to places of freedom despite federal law. And when the government tried to prosecute those scofflaws, juries often refused to convict them.

We’ve seen this happen over and over in America. Pass a Constitution amendment to prohibit alcohol? Require a nationwide speed limit of 55 miles per hour? Blacklist unacceptable music, books or movies? Require Americans to register or turn in whole groups of “scary” guns? Classify marijuana in the same category as heroin? Tell people they can’t fly an American flag on their own property? Mandate government schools only and bus kids from one neighborhood to another to achieve some kind of ever-changing diversity-derangement standard?

Ultimately, the results are the same. The left usually complains about “unjust” laws by marching in the streets and breaking things that don’t belong to them, while the right goes to work to pay for repairing the things the left breaks.

But both sides also rebel in a more effective manner: they become outlaws. And when enough of them do so, the UGA – reluctantly – modifies the offending law and then tries to take credit for fixing the problem they created in the first place.

Prepping is built on common-law sense and work-arounds.

And that’s one of the reasons we prep.



Last week’s column focused on the radio system called Family Radio Service, often maligned by the amateur radio mavens as being little more than a toy, and certainly not a part of amateur radio.

This week we’ll take a look at another bad boy of the electromagnetic spectrum: the CB (Citizens Band) radio. The development of CB radio as a communication tool is a perfect example of American law-resistance.

Much of the following is summarized from Wikipedia: Back in the 1940s and after a bunch of frequency band adjustments, the FCC created a “Citizen’s Band” by peeling off a section of the 11-meter frequency band (previously the purview of licensed amateur radio enthusiasts). The CB band was envisioned to provide families and businesses a short-range communication system consisting of 23 unique channels (increased to 40 channels in 1977). And for years, that’s just what it was used for.

But in the 1970s when the UGA decided to require states to conform to a federally defined speed limit, long-haul truckers began to use their CBs as a political tool, setting up protest convoys and informing each other of police locations and speed traps, thus allowing these outlaws to ignore the federal speed limits. And since, at their hearts, all Americans (especially the ladies) love outlaws, literally millions of Americans started buying and using CB radios.

CB radio

Until the early 1970s, CB radio use “… required a purchased license ($20 in the early 1970s, reduced to $4 in 1975) and the use of a call sign; however, when the CB craze was at its peak many people ignored this requirement. … Rules on authorized use of CB radio (along with lax enforcement) led to widespread disregard of the regulations. …”

God bless America.

Nowadays, everyone thinks you can legally use a CB radio without a license. But technically, that’s not true. In 1983 the FCC, recognizing it didn’t have the realpolitik means to enforce its CB radio license requirements on – for example – an Iowa county commissioner’s wife (handle: Queen Wildflower) or an 18-year-old living in a van (handle: Karma68), changed its CB requirements to something called “license by rule.”

This means that you, the potential CB user, even if you didn’t know it and didn’t pay for it, have a license to use a CB radio. It also means the FCC can pull that license and prosecute and fine you if you use that CB in violation of the regulations you didn’t know you were supposed to follow. (A genius idea, and one that I’m sure has been considered by the EPA for the use of the air that we breathe.)

What are some of those regulations concerning CB radios? You can check the official FCC website, but here’s a synopsis of a few:

  • A CB transmitter must be certified by the FCC.
  • Channel 9 is reserved for emergency communications or for traveler assistance.
  • You must, at all times and on all channels, give priority to emergency communications.
  • You cannot talk with another station for more than five minutes continuously.
  • You must wait at least one minute before starting another communication.
  • You may not raise the power output of a CB transmitter.
  • For structures, the highest point of your antenna must not be more than 20 feet above the highest point of the building or tree on which it is mounted, or 60 feet above the ground. There are lower height limits if your antenna structure is located within two miles of an airport.

There are a quite a few other regs out there. I recommend reviewing those at CB Radio Memories.

My personal favorites:

  • If your CB station will be constructed on land of environmental or historical importance (such as a location significant in American history, architecture or culture), you may be required to provide information to comply with Part 1.1305 through 1.1319 of the FCC Rules.
  • You must not use a CB station … to communicate with, or attempt to communicate with, any CB station more than 155.3 miles (250 kilometers) away.

Okay, I’ve run out of space for this week’s column, so next week I’ll explain why CB radio is/is not amateur radio, suggest a few CB radio and antenna acquisition choices, introduce you to the thousands of happy scofflaws who regularly practice long-distance CB communication, and tell you why you should consider owning and using a CB radio if you’re a prepper.

So practice your Americanism this week and ignore a law or two. And get prepared.

 

 

Netflix drama conveniently forgets major fact on famed atheist

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Paul BremmerGo to full article
Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Madalyn Murray O’Hair

There was a time when Madalyn Murray O’Hair, founder of American Atheists, was “The Most Hated Woman in America,” as the title of a new movie about her life and death declares.

Netflix released its biographical film about the outspoken atheist on Friday to mixed reviews, but there is one major problem – the movie is full of errors, omissions and distortions, according to O’Hair’s only surviving son, William J. Murray.

Madalyn Murray, and her sons, William J. Murray III, 16 (center), and Garth Murray, 8, leaving the Supreme Court Feb. 27. 1963.

Madalyn Murray, and her sons, William J. Murray III, 16 (center), and Garth Murray, 8, leaving the Supreme Court Feb. 27. 1963.

“Overall, the fictional and factual overlapped in ‘Most Hated Woman in America’ to a degree that moved the movie into the questionable category,” Murray told WND.

“This was clearly what Hollywood refers to as a ‘Google Movie,’ that is, a docudrama in which the total research upon which it is based is publicly available with Google searches with no true research or interviews of participants. There are no references in the credit roll to books, magazine or newspaper articles.”

Murray, who chairs the Religious Freedom Coalition, said the filmmakers refused to contact him, even though he is the only main character depicted in the film who is still alive. In fact, after Murray contacted the production company asking if any of his copyrighted material had been used in research for the film, the company’s law firm sent him a letter stating the company would have no contact with him.

The irony is Murray suspects the filmmakers used certain information that can only be found in his memoir “My Life Without God” or other public Murray writings, yet they still got so much wrong.

Perhaps the biggest omission, according to Murray, was the lack of mention of his mother’s affiliation with the Communist Party and her attempted defection to the Soviet Union when William was a child. Murray goes into detail about the attempted defection in “My Life Without God,” and in one of his newer books, “Utopian Road to Hell,” he dissects the “magic think” that led his mother to believe a Marxist utopian society could be created on Earth.

In the early 1990s, Murray founded the first commercial Bible publishing company in the Soviet Union as a way to help undo the damage done by utopian communists like his mother.

The movie portrays O’Hair as a social worker for the city at the time of her famous court challenge to the practice of mandatory Bible readings in public schools. She is depicted as a tireless civil rights activist, but Murray said she was more of a subversive: She managed the Communist Party bookstore and chaired the Maryland branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, a pro-Castro organization.

The film also misrepresents the moment O’Hair discovered children were being forced to pray in school. In the movie, O’Hair went to the school to speak to a teacher because William was in trouble, and she heard students reciting the Lord’s Prayer as she walked through a hallway. That masks the reality of her communist leanings, according to Murray.

William J. Murray speaking at a prayer breakfast on Capitol Hill

William J. Murray speaking at a prayer breakfast on Capitol Hill

“In 1960, she led our family on an attempted defection to the Soviet Union that got as far as the Soviet embassy in Paris,” he recalled. “After their rejection of my mother we returned to America in September after the start of the school year. To re-enroll me required her taking me to the junior high school at the beginning of a school day, and that is when she discovered the prayer. She did create a scene at the school, but not in a classroom as depicted in the movie, but rather in the school office.”

The movie did not accurately portray the family’s home life, either. For example, O’Hair was shown having a close relationship with her mother, with O’Hair going by the nickname “Maddie.”

“My mother’s actual nickname in the house was ‘The Spider,’ but most often she was just referred to as Madalyn,” Murray corrected. “There was no close relationship between my mother and anyone in the household. Often there were brutal violent fights, as I described in ‘My Life Without God.'”

The movie depicts Murray’s grandfather leading the family in prayer at the dinner table and reading a Bible. But the grandfather Murray knew was a man who once ran a roadhouse selling whiskey and women during Prohibition, not the pious patriarch on the movie screen.

“There was never a Bible in the home at any time, and while I believe my grandfather may have believed in God, I never saw him attend church to the day he died,” he recalled.

And Murray didn’t like the way the filmmakers treated his late brother Jon Garth.

“The depiction of my brother Garth as rather stupid saddened me,” Murray said. “He was not a stupid man, just a man who had been controlled in a cult-like situation for most of his life, as was my daughter Robin. He was well educated and intelligent, but convinced by his mother that she was the most intelligent human who had ever walked the Earth – the keeper of all knowledge.”

“The Most Hated Woman in America” covers the mysterious disappearance in August 1995 of O’Hair, Jon Garth and O’Hair’s granddaughter Robin. Years later it was revealed the three had been murdered by David Waters, a disgruntled ex-employee of American Atheists, and two accomplices. Waters had also been convicted of murdering a fellow teenager in 1964, a fact Murray says his mother knew when she hired him in 1993. Murray said that error in judgment was key to understanding his mother’s personality, but the movie made no mention of it.

Murray further pointed out his mother fired Waters after she discovered he had stolen more than $54,000 from the American Atheists’ bank account, not because of comments he made at an office party about overseas accounts.

The movie depicts an employee getting police involved on the very day the three family members went missing. But the reality is stranger than fiction: Nobody reported them missing for a full year. Members of American Atheists moved into O’Hair’s home, but no one reported her missing, believing either she had deliberately left town for good or she would eventually come back.

They had reason to believe this: The family’s captors had left behind a typewritten note ostensibly from one of the family members. What’s more, Ellen Johnson, who took charge of American Atheists after O’Hair vanished, received calls from each of the three family members, all on Jon’s cell phone, within the first month of their disappearance. They said they were in San Antonio and would be home eventually, as the Washington Post reported in 1999.

It was Murray himself who finally reported his mother missing, in September 1996, only because a San Antonio Express-News reporter named John MacCormack contacted him. MacCormack had been assigned to do a piece on the one-year anniversary of the family’s disappearance. He did eventually uncover the truth of the family’s kidnapping and murder, but he did not get involved in the case until a year after the family went missing. The fictional reporter in the movie, meanwhile, doggedly pursued the mystery from Day One.

Murray pointed out the movie also left out the intervention into the case by the IRS and the hard work of the FBI to bring final resolution to the kidnapping mystery. It also failed to include the letter House Majority Leader Dick Armey wrote on Murray’s behalf to Attorney General Janet Reno asking for a federal investigation.

What the filmmakers did include were several scenes of O’Hair receiving threatening hate mail, which is misleading, according to her son.

“Most pieces of ‘hate mail’ were notes saying ‘Jesus loves you’ and tracts explaining salvation,” Murray recalled. “Most mail we received early on during the case contained money, not hate, as can be attested to by the wealth my mother had at her death. Everyone in America who hated the country and God sent her a few bucks, some sent her thousands. One Kansas farmer sent her tens of thousands per year.”

Nor was the scene of an attempted assassination in Berkeley realistic.

“There was never a gun fired at my mother, ever, and certainly not in Berkeley, California, where she was a hero,” Murray asserted. “The theme in the movie of constant threats to her was her theme used as a fundraiser. During the school prayer case she often would try to place me in what could have been dangerous situations in hopes I would be attacked so she could use that as a fundraiser.”

Murray does not think the movie will appeal to many people.

“This is not a movie Christians will want to watch,” he said. “Atheists will see their hero as a controlling, foul-mouthed hard drinker who cheated her followers and the IRS. Hardly an endorsement for their cause. It is a sure bet that the actors’ families and friends will watch it.”

Although he long ago broke free from his mother’s orbit and became a Christian, Murray can’t help but feel a twinge of regret for the way his mother lived and died.

“‘The Most Hated Woman in America’ did bring back to me memories of my family I would rather forget,” he confessed.

“I actually feel as sorry for my mother as I do for her victims. She lived a life that was not pleasant by her own design and which caused many others, such as my brother and daughter, to suffer. I escaped this kind of life; I only wish the three of them could have as well.”

 

Reporters ignore FBI stonewall to pursue ludicrous 'scandal'

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Garth KantGo to full article
FBI Director James Comey testifies before a House committee Sept. 28, 2016.

FBI Director James Comey

WASHINGTON – The FBI still hasn’t turned over information on surveillance that Congress asked for nearly two weeks ago as part of its investigation into possible spying by the Obama administration on then-President-elect Trump’s transition team.

A source in the House Intelligence Committee confirmed to WND that FBI Director James Comey still has not responded to the request chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., made March 15.

Nunes said last week that the NSA was cooperating, but he was still waiting to hear from the FBI.

But a possible stonewall by the FBI on such an explosive issue is not what the major news media wanted to talk about at Monday’s daily press briefing at the White House.

House Intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

House Intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

For weeks, reporters have demanded to know: Where is the evidence to back up President Trump’s claim that the Obama administration spied on him?

But now that Nunes has said he has evidence to confirm the spying, the media are in an uproar, demanding to know how he got such information.

Nunes said he got the information from sources in the intelligence community.

NBC’s Hallie Jackson asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, “Why is this leak OK, but other leaks are not?”

Because, he replied while pointing out the obvious, the chairman of the intelligence committee is cleared to see classified material. Reporters are not.

That didn’t stop reporters who seemed to be bursting at the seams with questions once they detected the possible scent of a scandal.

 

New information had come to light over the weekend. Suddenly, reporters weren’t just demanding to know how Nunes got the intelligence information, but they were grilling Spicer about where he got it.

To recap, Nunes had announced Wednesday, as WND reported, he had learned from intelligence sources that “on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.”

And details about those people “were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting” even though they had “little or no apparent foreign intelligence value.”

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Over the weekend, it was reported that on Tuesday, the day before Nunes made his announcement, he had come to the White House to meet a source and review dozens of intelligence reports on the Trump transition team acquired via government spying.

Reporters seemed to smell blood.

Why the White House?

Why did Nunes have to come to the White House to see the information?

The media antennae were all aflutter with the whiff of scandal.

Was the White House leaking the information? Was the White House guilty of what it had accused the Obama administration of doing?

Actually, Nunes had already explained earlier in the day, in an interview, why he had come to the White House to view the information.

The chairman told Bloomberg News, “We don’t have networked access to these kinds of reports in Congress,” and the White House was simply the most convenient secure location that had a computer connected to the system that housed the reports.

Nunes also said his source was an intelligence official and not a member of the White House staff.

But that didn’t stop reporters from trying to insinuate the White House may have been the source of the information, or that the administration and Nunes had somehow been tainted.

“Are you satisfied that you don’t have an inappropriate leak in the executive branch?” a reporter asked Spicer.

He said that was not a concern.

It didn’t stop.

Another reporter asked, “Will the administration pursue, will the White House pursue a leak investigation into whoever is giving Chairman Nunes this information, if it’s in the executive branch?”

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands following their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands following their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

“At this point,” the spokesman explained, “we’re letting his review of this situation proceed. And we can address that after he decides to be clear about that.”

It still didn’t stop.

“Do you have issues with the idea that someone, perhaps in the executive branch, shared information from the White House grounds without you knowing about it? Or are you investigating this? Do you believe there was a leak?”

Spicer said he only knew what Nunes had said publicly.

“I’m not going to get into who he met with or why he met with them. I think that’s something that he had made very clear, and I’ll let him answer it,” Spicer said.

The reporter followed up: “But to come to White House grounds, you have to be cleared …”

“No, not necessarily,” replied the press secretary. “I don’t know that members of Congress need to be cleared.”

Later, he was asked, “Who in the White House signed him in, essentially, to be able to …”

Spicer interjected: “I don’t know that you have to. I’ll be glad to check on that. I’m not sure that that’s how that works. But I will follow up on that point.”

Another reporter put the question in the form of a statement: “It appears there was some degree of cooperation in this process that the White House granted Chairman Nunes, making it not just an investigative action, but a cooperative one.”

“Number one,” replied the press secretary, “we’ve asked both of these entities, both the House and the Senate Intelligence Committees, to undertake this review. So it is partially at our request that they’re looking into this.”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

And, “Number two, based on the public comments that he made to Margaret’s organization (Bloomberg), he has said, from my understanding, on the record, that he did not meet with White House staff. So, again, I think you’re trying to make something that he, himself, from what I’ve read, has not actually been the case.”

Still focusing on the messenger over the message, another reporter asked, “Is your position that the White House is not going to look into where he got the information from or who gave him the information until his investigation is complete?”

Spicer patiently answered yet again: “I’m not aware of where he got it from. I know in his public statements he’s talked about having multiple sources.”

He added, “I think that at this point, the goal would be to wait until the review that he is undertaking is completed.”

And still trying to tie the White House to the source of Nunes’ information, a reporter asked, “Why would Nunes need to brief the president on documents he viewed on White House grounds?”

By now getting a bit fed up, Spicer replied: “Because that’s a big assumption that you’re making that that’s the only thing. As I said just a second ago, he had multiple sources on multiple topics. We don’t know what he briefed him on in its totality. And so to jump to that conclusion is, frankly, irresponsible.”

Not giving up without a fight, yet another reporter returned to the original thinly veiled accusation by asking, “Can you say factually, absolutely flatly, that it is not possible that Chairman Nunes came to brief the president on something that he obtained from the White House or the administration?”

“I can’t say 100 percent that I know anything [about] what he briefed him on,” replied Spicer.

“So it’s possible?” the reporter pressed on. “As far as you know right now, it’s possible?”

“Anything is possible,” he concluded with a dollop of sarcasm clearly intended to convey that it was as unlikely as reporters giving up on the subject.

Meet Devin Nunes - man at center of snooping storm

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

You’ve seen Rep. Devin Nunes all over the news lately.

The California Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee has been on camera revealing that members of the intelligence community “incidentally” collected communications from Trump’s transition team.

That would have been while Barack Obama still was in the Oval Office, and the disclosure left Democrats scrambling to reclaim their narrative that Trump had no evidence to back his claim that Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower.

You’ve also seen Nunes, badgered by a combative establishment media, defending his decision to tell President Trump about the surveillance.

You’ve also seen him repeatedly explaining that he has not seen any evidence of communication between Russia and Trump’s transition team.

But who is Devin Nunes, and what does he believe? What are the principles for which he has been fighting in Congress since 2003? What type of future does he want for America?

The answers to those questions can be found in Nunes’ book “Restoring the Republic: A Clear, Concise, and Colorful Blueprint For America’s Future,” which is available at the WND Superstore for the reduced price of $12.99.

In “Restoring the Republic,” Nunes lays out a detailed plan for how to fix the problems threatening the nation’s future. In his own words, the congressman reveals:

  • How America can break its dependence on Middle Eastern oil and transform itself into an energy powerhouse;
  • How America can prevent Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from exploding the national debt and ruining the country financially;
  • How the nation can restore economic growth through a simpler, fairer tax code;
  • How the U.S. can deal with the many international threats it faces;
  • How America’s borders can be defended and its broken immigration system fixed;
  • And how failing public schools can be repaired.

Plus, Nunes reveals why politicians from both parties refuse to discuss the one most critical reform needed to restore the republic.

The congressman draws on his experience growing up in the breadbasket of central California. As a child on his family’s dairy farm in Tulare County, Nunes saw firsthand how the convergence of big government, big business and the radical left wreaked havoc on an entire community, transforming once-prosperous farmland of the San Joaquin Valley into little more than blighted desert.

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Now those same forces are threatening the nation as a whole, and Nunes offers solutions on how to beat them back and keep America strong and free.

Niall Ferguson, a Harvard University history professor and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, showered “Restoring the Republic” with praise.

“Devin Nunes is one of a new generation of Republican politicians who articulate the frustrations of millions of ordinary Americans with the way their country – or at least their government – has lost sight of the first principles embedded in the Constitution. A believer in freedom in all its varieties and a skeptic of big government, he reads like one of the true sons of the Reagan Revolution,” he wrote.

Victor Davis Hanson, a military historian and columnist for National Review Online, wrote effusively about Nunes’ book as well.

“In common sense logic and language, Rep. Devin Nunes outlines how both Republican and Democratic administrations and congresses in the past have nearly bankrupted the country, wedded to a utopian social, economic, and cultural agenda that we can never pay for nor will ever work. Most importantly, he offers not just a critique of these depressing times, but also a conservative blueprint for national renewal that, if followed, would allow us to pay off our debts, reform a corrupt political system, harness out-of-control entitlements, and utilize all our own energy sources.”

Take a deep dive into the mind of the man on your TV screen. Order Order “Restoring the Republic” for only $12.99 today.

 

 

   
 

Ex-CIA official: Trump wiretap 'worse than Watergate'

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎27, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(INSIDER.FOXNEWS) — Former CIA officer Col. Tony Shaffer said the basics of President Trump’s claim to have been “wiretapped” are likely true, and that the incident is “worse than Watergate.”

Noting it has been exactly two weeks since Trump tweeted that President Obama wiretapped his namesake tower, Shaffer said the “basic fundamental idea and claim is true.”

He said that Trump was not physically wiretapped, with a wire into his phone, and it may not have physically been Trump Tower, but his campaign apparatus instead.

 

Ted Koppel tells Hannity: You're 'bad for America'

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎27, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(DAILYMAIL) — Ted Koppel had some harsh words for Fox News host Sean Hannity this morning.

In a CBS ‘Sunday Morning’ segment, the veteran news journalist said he thinks Hannity, a Fox News commentator, is ‘bad for America.’

Hannity said, of the difference between commentary shows such as his own and actual news programs: ‘We have to give some credit to the American people that they are somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news show.’

Hannity then called Koppel ‘cynical,’ which Koppel affirmed.

Hannity asked: ‘Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?’

Koppel said ‘yes’ and that ‘in the long haul’ such ‘influential’ talk shows as Hannity’s hurt the American people.

 

Different religions, vastly different outcomes

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎27, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
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On April 16, 1859, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died. After nine months of traveling the United States, he wrote “Democracy in America” in 1835, which has been described as “the most comprehensive … analysis of character and society in America ever written.”

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: “Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention. … In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country. …”

De Tocqueville continued: “The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other. … They brought with them into the New World a form of Christianity which I cannot better describe than by styling it a democratic and republican religion.”

In book two of “Democracy in America,” de Tocqueville wrote: “Christianity has therefore retained a strong hold on the public mind in America. … In the United States … Christianity itself is a fact so irresistibly established, that no one undertakes either to attack or to defend it.”

In the 1840s. Alexis de Tocqueville traveled twice to Algeria. He wrote to Arthur de Gobineau, Oct. 22, 1843 (Tocqueville Reader, p. 229): “I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Mohammed. So far as I can see, it is the principle cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.”

Alexis de Tocqueville stated in “Travail sur l’Algerie dans oeuvres complètes” (1841): “I came back from Africa with the pathetic notion that at present in our way of waging war. … If our sole aim is to equal the Turks, in fact we shall be in a far lower position than theirs: barbarians for barbarians, the Turks will always outdo us because they are Muslim barbarians.”

In “Democracy in America,” 1840, Vol. II, Book 1, Chapter V, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: “Mohammed brought down from heaven and put into the Koran not religious doctrines only, but political maxims, criminal and civil laws, and scientific theories. The Gospels, on the other hand, deal only with the general relations between man and God and between man and man. Beyond that, they teach nothing and do not oblige people to believe anything. That alone, among a thousand reasons, is enough to show that Islam will not be able to hold its power long in an age of enlightenment and democracy, while Christianity is destined to reign in such age, as in all others.”

In “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: “In the United States the sovereign authority is religious. … There is no country in the whole world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.”

In 1895, Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert compiled “The Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers,” which included the statement from Alexis de Tocqueville: “Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts – the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.”

Alexis de Tocqueville predicted how Americans would lose their freedom (“Democracy in American,” Vol. 2, 1840, The Second Part, Bk 4, Ch. VI): “I had noted in my stay in the United States that a democratic state of society similar to the American model could lay itself open to the establishment of despotism with unusual ease. … It would debase men without tormenting them. … Men, all alike and equal, turned in upon themselves in a restless search for those petty, vulgar pleasures with which they fill their souls. … Above these men stands an immense and protective power. … It prefers its citizens to enjoy themselves provided they have only enjoyment in mind. It restricts the activity of free will within a narrower range and gradually removes autonomy itself from each citizen. … Thus, the ruling power, having taken each citizen one by one into its powerful grasp … spreads its arms over the whole of society, covering the surface of social life with a network of petty, complicated, detailed, and uniform rules. …

“It does not break men’s wills but it does soften, bend, and control them. … It constantly opposes what actions they perform. … It inhibits, represses, drains, snuffs out, dulls so much effort that finally it reduces each nation to nothing more than a flock of timid and hardworking animals with the government as shepherd … a single, protective, and all-powerful government. … Individual intervention … is … suppressed. … It is … in the details that we run the risk of enslaving men. For my part, I would be tempted to believe that freedom in the big things of life is less important than in the slightest. …

“Subjection in the minor things of life is obvious every day. … It constantly irks them until they give up the exercise of their will … and enfeebles their spirit. … It will be useless to call upon those very citizens who have become so dependent upon central government to choose from time to time the representative of this government. … Increasing despotism in the administrative sphere … they reckon citizens are incompetent. … It is … difficult to imagine how men who have completely given up the habit of self-government could successfully choose those who should do it for them. … The vices of those who govern and the ineptitude of those governed would soon bring it to ruin and … revert to its abasement to one single master.”

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'The Rabbi Who Found Messiah'

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎27, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article

Mystical death curses. Visions of the Messiah. A renowned world political leader under the threat of death. Religious leaders in absolute shock. A cryptic death note …

The story is shocking, it’s true, and it’s still unfolding right now – especially with the recent death of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, which figures prominently in the mystery!

In the fall of 2005, a 108-year-old rabbi, the most venerated rabbinical Jewish leader in Israel, proclaimed that he knew the name of the real Messiah. He insisted that he knew where the Messiah was and when He was going to reveal Himself to the world. Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri claimed that he had personally seen the Messiah in a vision.

But … there were just a couple catches: Kaduri declared that a particular and famed world leader had to die before the Messiah appeared publicly.

Also, the name of the Messiah was to be mysteriously sealed in a message. Instructions were given to lock the message away and not to open it until one year after the rabbi’s death. A few months later the famous world leader fell gravely ill. The religious and political world held its collective breath.

Within weeks of the world leader’s malady, the elderly Rabbi Kaduri died. Several hundred thousand people flooded the streets of Jerusalem for his funeral, one of the largest in Israel’s history. The death message was secreted away for one year as the beloved rabbi had instructed.

The message was opened and deciphered. There, before the eyes of the world, was the name of the soon-coming Messiah according to this celebrated ‘teacher of Israel.’

The story is true. The note that shook the religious world to its foundations is still shaking the world today. The story is still unfolding. Indeed, most analysts believe the “famed world leader” referred to by Kaduri was none other than former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – who recently passed away after spending years in a coma.

The pieces of this stunning story are yet falling into place – just as the old rabbi predicted!

About the author: Carl Gallups is a bestselling author, a senior pastor since 1987, a former law enforcement officer and a longtime conservative talk radio host broadcasting to a national and international audience. Founder of the Internet sensation PPSIMMONS News and Ministries sites, he regularly appears in television and radio venues across the nation as a guest commentator on political/prophetic/biblical events and stories.

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Stunner about Passion Week and Good Friday

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎11:16:43 PM | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Christ carrying cross

For Christians around the globe, Good Friday is one of the most important days of the year. And the Easter resurrection of Jesus Christ is not just the foundation of the entire faith, but a cultural touchstone.

But a new book that investigates Passion Week has reached the shocking conclusion Jesus Christ wasn’t actually crucified on that Friday at all.

“The Great Christian Lie,” by James C. DeSelms, argues Christ was crucified on Wednesday, the 13th of Nisan on the Jewish calendar.

DeSelms presents a detailed breakdown of everything Jesus and His disciples did during Passion Week, including an in-depth medical examination of exactly what Messiah endured during His crucifixion. He argues the resurrection took place on the Feast of First Fruits, showing a deep connection between the life of Christ and the biblical calendar and indicating the Passion of Messiah was the culmination of many of the biblical feasts.

Indeed, “The Great Christian Lie” is an invaluable guide for any believer who wants to understand the most important week in human history. It’s also a formidable assemblage of many of the prophetic proofs Jesus was the Jewish Messiah.

At the same time, the book explains why many Jews were so excited upon Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, believing He was about to liberate them from Roman control. It additionally shows how the position of the Jewish religious leaders was profoundly threatened by His ministry, fueling the hatred that led to Jesus’ execution.

What you may understand about the death, burial and resurrection for Jesus could be a lie. Find out the extraordinary truth about Passion Week, and how God’s plan is even more elegant and wonderful than you could have imagined.

Through both close textual reading and complimentary historical research, DeSelms gives Christians a fresh perspective on the events surrounding Jesus’ death and His return to life. Many believers may find they can truly understand Passion Week for the first time.

An increasing number of Christian leaders believe Christians are celebrating the resurrection on the wrong day.

“The Council of Nicaea, in 325 AD, agreed that all churches should celebrate Easter (the resurrection) on the same day, but did not designate the date,” DeSelms writes.

“Over time, various dates were used, and today Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the Vernal Equinox. If the full moon occurred on a Sunday, and thereby coincide with the Passover, Easter was celebrated on the following Sunday. This deliberately ensured that Easter would never be celebrated on Passover.”

But why was this so important to the early church? Why wouldn’t Christians want to keep the biblical calendar and show how the life of Jesus was so deeply linked to the Jewish feasts?

As DeSelms shows, many Jerusalem Christians actually did want to preserve these links. However, the anti-Semitism present in the early church led to a deliberate effort to sever Christianity from its Jewish roots.

“He writes: “[W]e can clearly see that the early church would do whatever was necessary to eliminate any Jewish influence on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It is important to remember that Jesus was a Jew, followed Jewish customs, and obeyed Jewish law. When we remember this fact, and quit trying to apply Christianity to these events, the picture becomes clearer.”

“The Great Christian Lie” blows apart some of the greatest deceptions in the history of the Christian faith. It’s a text no believer genuinely curious about the passion, death and resurrection of the Messiah should ignore.

 

 

Simplest solution to America's health-care problems

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎11:13:11 PM | Ellen RatnerGo to full article
On Friday, Americans saw and heard something rare. The health-care bill – the American Health Care Act, also named Ryancare or Trumpcare – was pulled before a vote was taken. The whip count showed that no Democrats and most members of the Freedom Caucus were not going to vote for it. Rather than having a spectacular failure, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill.

The “repeal and replace” health-care bill is symbolic of the divide in the United States now.

Some people think there should be limited government and that the government should not have the ability to direct what insurance companies cover. Health, they feel, like many issues in our current American life, should not be dictated by the government.

The other side, mainly Democrats, believes the United States should provide universal coverage, as Europe, Canada and even countries such as Saudi Arabia do. This argument is not going to go away soon.

On Friday, Speaker Ryan and President Trump talked about how the current Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will fail and then the bill the Republicans put forth will be re-examined as a possibly.

The Democrats say the numbers given by the Republicans are wrong, Obamacare will not fail, it is necessary and it provides health care to millions of Americans.

There are many arguments, pro and con, regarding the current health-care plan. The one that makes the Republicans apoplectic is the increased taxes to pay for people who do not have or can’t afford health care. Some Republicans complain that the paperwork that needs to be filled out to get premium help is difficult and cumbersome.

Many Republicans object to the fact that health care cannot be purchased state to state. In other words, companies can’t offer to sell polices across state lines. This could be fixed by votes and a stroke of the pen. Fix the current health care plan, Obamacare, so companies can offer plans to all and across state lines.

The big issue is what some have called the essential care package in various plans. This includes mental health and addiction coverage as well as emergency services, maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, some rehabilitation services, vision care and some wellness services. Even with Obamacare, it is clear that drug companies lobbied to be included, so President Trump might be correct in trying to lower the costs of prescription drugs.

Democrats in rural areas have said that, under the GOP plan, which was pulled by Speaker Ryan, some Americans would be paying much more for health care, as the tax credits and premium supplement offered under Obamacare would be slashed.

No matter how you look at the two bills, the Republican leadership has not in seven years been able to come up with a bill. The GOP finally did, and it was nixed by the more conservative wing of the Republican Party.

The simple answer is single payer, like us old folks have with Medicare. Some call it “Medicare for all.” It works. Although it is popular to talk about long waiting lists in Canada, that nation has a single-payer health care insurance system, and it works.

In it analysis, the Commonwealth Fund wrote: “Although the U.S. spends more on health care than any other country and has the highest proportion of specialist physicians, survey findings indicate that from the patients’ perspective, and based on outcome indicators, the performance of American health care is severely lacking. … The nation’s substantial investment in health care is not yielding returns in terms of public satisfaction or health outcomes.”

The issue is access to care and making good decisions on how to spend government money. First, the American people need to know how much is spent on lobbying by various health-care organizations. (The American Medical Association is first, and pharmaceuticals is number two, followed by the American Hospital Association.) Second, there should be a nationwide contest for people in the health-care field to come up with solutions. Creative people who work in health care could come up with some great solutions.

The problem with our current health care is that we have politicians who got to Washington, D.C., by appealing to constituents with lots of verbiage. It is time to have a national call to come up with solutions.

I have met with many health-care workers, and they have great ideas. Let’s harness those great ideas and get politics out of the health-care debate.

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Chilling pattern in bloody terror attacks

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎11:12:37 PM | Barbara SimpsonGo to full article
Average Londoners are reeling with shock at the bloody attack on Westminster Bridge and the attempt to get into Parliament. The gruesome rampage with the vehicle across the bridge left four people dead and more than 50 injured on the structure and in the waters of the Thames.

One of the dead is Kurt Cochran, an American who was in London celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary. His wife, Melissa, is hospitalized with multiple serious injuries.

After crossing the bridge, the driver of the vehicle then attempted to get into the Parliament building, but he was stopped by police – one of whom he killed.

The driver was shot and killed by police. He was identified as Khalid Masood – a British-born convert to Islam.

What a surprise.

And it’s no surprise that “average Londoners” are incensed by the attack while many of the political/media elite are downplaying the Islamic connection, all in the name of tolerance. Some have even suggested that it wasn’t terrorism at all.

The Muslim mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has said threats of terrorist attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city.” After the Westminster attack, he said, “London is the safest global city.”

Given how things are today, that isn’t saying much.

A day after the attack on Westminster Bridge, police in Antwerp, Belgium, arrested a man who drove his car at high speed through the shopping district. Fortunately, no one was injured or killed, and the driver, a Tunisian national who lived in France, was arrested. Police found a shotgun, a collection of knives and a canister containing an unknown substance in the vehicle’s trunk.

The driver, 39-year-old Mohamed R., has been charged with “attempted terrorist murder.”

As I write, the French city of Lille is under lockdown, the result of shootings of three people, including a teenager, outside a metro station. Police say a car drove up, and shooters opened fire. There’s a suspicion it was a targeted shooting; the hooded shooter is still at large.

At about the same time, in a small town in southern Italy, a North African man has been arrested after failing to stop at a checkpoint, then driving his car at police, running over the foot of one officer and then jumping out of his car and attacking police with a knife.

It was a scene one might expect in a movie, but it was real – all of these are real – and it’s likely such situations will occur again.

ISIS and jihadists have urged such vehicle attacks, suggesting their followers use trucks to run over enemies.

Apparently, they’re following that advice.

Last July 14, in Nice, France, 86 people were killed and more than 200 injured when a Tunisian named Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove his truck at high speed into a crowd of shoppers.

Then in December, a Tunisian man drove his truck into a crowd of people at a German Christmas market. Twelve people were killed and 48 injured.

Also in December, in what is believed to have been an ISIS-inspired attack, a man used his car and a knife to injure 11 at Ohio State University.

In February of this year, in Heidelberg Germany, a man rammed his truck through a crowd of pedestrians – the driver was shot and captured by police after he tried to attack them with a knife.

Do you see the pattern in this?

A speeding vehicle, driven by a solo driver armed with a knife, ramming into crowds, police are knifed when they try to subdue the driver and, frequently, the vehicle has weapons and ammunition in the trunk.

Oh, and the driver is Muslim – often from Tunisia.

No, no pattern. It’s all part of the risks of being in cities.

Thanks, Mayor Khan.

In reality, no thanks!

I, for one – and I doubt I’m alone – am sick and tired of being told we must be open and tolerant.

If I hear that “Islam is a religion of peace” one more time, I’ll scream.

I’ll believe it when I see all those “peaceful” Muslims standing up and being outraged by the horrors perpetuated on innocents across the world.

They don’t do it, so we can only conclude that the so-called peacefulness is a sham.

Count the bodies, the heads, the dead Christians, the kidnapped and raped young girls and boys, the churches desecrated and demolished, the museums, libraries and schools razed, the historic archaeological treasures destroyed, and whole towns and countries ravaged.

The news headlines we see – when media report truthfully – look like something from the Middle Ages or earlier. The violence and brutality are things civilized people thought belonged in the past.

And they do belong there. But, unfortunately, they’re here, and we face an enemy that believes and acts in the past and wants to kill us.

Yet we’re urged to accept these brutalities and reason our way out of them

That doesn’t work!

I remember right after 9/11, President Bush spoke of the “religion of peace” and urged Americans to go shopping and get back to normal!

I thought he was crazy then, and I feel the same today about anyone who says things like that.

Those “peaceful Muslims” have changed our lives radically. Look at the latest warnings about not carrying electronics into airline cabins because they could contain explosives.

Really?

I recall that Pan Am 105, a 747 en route from London to New York, was downed over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988.

All 259 on board were killed, along with 11 people on the ground.

Two Libyans were charged with murder. One, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, was found guilty and jailed, although a few years later he was released because he had cancer. He returned to Libya to a hero’s welcome.

The explosive? An IED in a cassette player in a suitcase in the cargo hold.

So much for packing electronics in checked luggage.

Until we clearly identify the enemy and take decisive steps to destroy them before they destroy us – the battle will be lost before we start to fight

How many more innocents on the streets of our cities will have to die before we really do something?

 

 

Top 5 reasons Democrats are becoming extinct

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎11:12:34 PM | Gina LoudonGo to full article
Can we just start with the definition of insanity once again, and pretend like the leftist establishment is educable?

While level-headed souls grasp for answers to the real threat of Islamic terror, and illegal immigrant crime against American citizens, survey the pink-hat brigade. Its greatest concern? Global warming. Oh, pardon me. It’s “climate change” now, because the science disproved the global-warming theory, so they needed to look elsewhere.

In 2006, Al Gore stood before his Sundance audience and predicted we would all be dead from global warming by 2016. Remember?

While their “Chicken Little” politics haven’t changed, the vigor with which they perpetuate lies has become much more divisive, utilitarian and vitriolic. They were right about one thing: Global warming might lead to extinction … of the Democratic Party.

Here are the Top 5 reasons the Democrats are becoming extinct:

  • The obdurate left just finished running yet another monolithic Clinton. America rejected that dynasty and doesn’t want to see Chelsea being pedestaled for a political position.
  • They won’t stop dividing. Race, gender, religion, pick your poison. They divide. That’s what they do best while screaming that conservatives “create division.”
  • They don’t represent most of Middle America in any way with their violent public tantrums and rages. We have seen tea parties and Trump rallies, and we have seen their resistance and anti-Trump hatred and violence. Americans are smarter than that.
  • Middle America cannot relate to their genital obsession. The pink hats were a horrid embarrassment. Picture the blue-dog Democrat farmer in rural Missouri. I know, humorous visual, but now you know the irony of their obsession.
  • No one wants to be a victim or be told to expect less from their government, or themselves. Yet these are the constant themes of the Democrat elite in the Beltway. That is not the party of Kennedy or Truman.

As much as the “resistance” movement would like to be credited with the potency of the tea party eight years ago, and their ability to make true change to elect the next president, there is one key thing missing: introspection.

The real tea party was less about bashing Obama (though their birth came out of his policy, to be sure). The tea party (and I am a founding member) was about taking a critical look at our own party and demanding more.

This is why the Democrats are on a collision course with failure. They and, so far, their “movement,” utterly refuse to look in the mirror.

I have always had a theory that those with the most fragile egos become the most offended at criticism. This is no secret. The kid who throws the first punch is the one who can’t endure the fact that someone would offend his ego. The guy who beats his wife does it out of insecurity. The girl who gossips and name calls does so out of jealousy. We know it makes all of them look small, and it says more about them than it does their targets. But Democrats in the Beltway don’t seem to understand this truth.

Self-confidence must be strong for people to look in the mirror and ask, “How can I be better?”

The Democrats owe it to their voters to do a post-mortem introspection. Rank-and-file Democrats across Middle America are waiting to hear what their party understands they are doing wrong, and how they can do it better. Instead, they are getting more Clinton, more panjandrum, more division and more victimhood. Who would want that?

The Democratic Party leaders at this moment have seriously fragile egos, to their own detriment. The result is a rat wheel of repetition – the same message, same tactics, same failed policies that lost the 2016 election for them.

How can their party gain ground when they try the same, tired, alienating bully tactics again and again to get votes? There is no expansion in stagnation or in name-calling. There is no credibility in a party that only ever criticizes and says no. There is no dignity in division. And when you demand that all of your members conform to your narrative without exception – while screaming “fascist!” at the other party – you lose credibility fast!

I spoke about the demise of the Democrats on “Fox and Friends” this week:

 

The last couple of weeks, Chelsea Clinton has been doing some pernicious tweeting about climate change, division among genders and more Hillary blandishment. She may be the ultimate nail in the coffin of the Democrat elite.

It might take something like that for the Democratic Party to get out of the way of their voters so they have representation again. They may have been right about climate change after all: It may cause the extinction of the very creator and beneficiary of the disproven theory. The Democratic Party may, indeed, be extinct forever.

 

 

Is socialist America really what we want?

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎11:11:55 PM | Ben KinchlowGo to full article
There is a huge controversy taking place in Washington, D.C., as I write this. This particular controversy has to do with the health-care plan designed to replace Obamacare. The major issue seems to boil down to “who gets what.”

As this bill is debated, we are aware of the difference in the definition of “haves” and “have-nots” in this country. That difference, however, is manifestly obvious if we travel a few miles south into Latin America. Most Latin American countries (including Mexico) are economically closed societies, with a thin crust of very rich people at the top and great mass of poor people at the bottom. Essentially, there is no middle class and no access points to the extreme wealth at the top. Wealth and position are passed down from generation to generation, and the only way to access wealth or power in large parts of Latin America is to join a revolutionary movement – overthrow the existing government, go in and steal and become the new upper crust, at least until the new revolution!

The discontent bred by the spiritual, material and physical hunger in Latin America has made these countries ripe for revolution, Marxism and dictatorships.

Move a few miles north, and you find a completely different system. In America, it’s the other way around – we have a huge middle-class, with a thin crust of rich people on top and another thin layer of “poor” people on the bottom. (Just FYI, poverty in the U.S. is the equivalent of upper middle class in two-thirds of the world.)

Federal poverty level threshold

(#Persons/Household) Income Level:

1 person = $ 11,770

2 people = $15,930

3 people = $20,090

4 people = $24,250

(The median annual household income worldwide is $9,733, and the median per-capita household income is $2,920, according to new Gallup metrics.)

Is America perfect? No. Yet, despite America’s imperfect history, it is arguably the closest thing the human race has ever produced to a modern Utopia. We have unparalleled levels of prosperity, technological advancement and scientific, medical, employment, entrepreneurial opportunities.

Let the record show, the doorway is always open for people to move from one class to another, and some have made their way right to the top, attaining millionaire status. Millionaires in North America are made practically every single day; not so in Latin America.

We call these wide open opportunities in this country “the American dream.” It is the guarantee we find in the Declaration of Independence, which says that we are “endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights” – these include life, liberty and the right to pursue happiness. We have the right to live freely and pursue whatever course of action we think will bring us that happiness, so long as we do not infringe on the rights of the sovereign individual next to us, our neighbor. No, it does not guarantee happiness – only the right to pursue it.

The challenge before us today, with a flood of undocumented immigrants (read illegal aliens) storming our borders, is whether or not we will maintain the ability of the individual to pursue individual success or abrogate these rights and rely on the government. This is the essence of socialism, and the current debate in Congress has to do with whether the individual, or the government, should be responsible for personal health care. One is socialism, and one is freedom.

Why aren’t illegals sent to the back of the line? Why are we allowing illegal aliens to stay since more than 4.4 million people are on the legal immigrant visa waiting list, according to the State Department’s annual tally?! The people on this waiting list have shown that they have a qualifying family relationship or that they have been sponsored by a qualifying employer. The list does not include those who are already in the United States waiting to adjust from a legal temporary status to a green card.”

Even though no government assistance was available to our families during my childhood, I agree that assistance could – not should – be granted in cases of extreme poverty for those born in the U.S. Illegals needing help should be sent back home to obtain their government’s assistance.

I doubt that the best way to safeguard the freedoms we enjoy in America today is to make more people dependent on the government. Isn’t that the essence of socialism: Governmental versus individual responsibility?

 

 

   
 

Matthew 11:30

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Daily BlessingGo to full article
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Matthew 11:30

 

8 women held captive by Georgia man rescued

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(KFOR-TV) A man was indicted Friday after he was accused of holding eight women captive in a luxurious Georgia home.

Kenndric Roberts, 33, would allegedly threaten the women with murder and mutilation, according to police.

Prosecutors and police say his arrest exposes a disturbing case of human trafficking.

Officials say Roberts used the website “SeekingArrangement.com” to bring the young women to the nearly $1 million home that he was renting.

 

California lawmakers propose new workplace laws for illegals

 
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(San Francisco Chronicle) Bay Area lawmakers are seeking to add new protections for immigrant workers and proposed new responsibilities for employers in providing access to federal immigration enforcement agents, the latest effort to limit federal action in the state under President Donald Trump.

Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, announced the proposed legislation at San Francisco’s Saint Agnes Church this morning. He authored the bill, AB 450, with fellow San Francisco politicians Assemblyman Phil Ting and state Sen. Scott Wiener as well as Oakland Assemblyman Rob Bonta.

According to Chiu’s office, it would require employers to ask for a judicial warrant before allowing agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to workplaces, prohibit employers from sharing confidential employee information without a subpoena and require employers to notify the state Labor Commissioner in the case of a workplace raid.

 

Teens lured man, then stabbed, beat, lit him on fire

 
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(KPRC-TV) Two teenagers have been charged in the case of a man whose body was found beaten and set on fire last week in east Houston and now disturbing details are being revealed in the case.

Courtney Burks, 18, and Shaquan Bennett, 18, are charged with capital murder.

According to Houston police, the body was dumped behind an abandoned house near the intersection of Market Street and the East Freewayon the morning of March 17, covered in a blanket and trash and then set on fire.

Court records show David Standley suffered multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to his head and face. Standley was wearing jeans and a belt, but the rest of his clothes had been burned.

 

Drones mapping giant dinosaur footprints from above

 
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(Mashable) Along the northwest Australian coast lies a dinosaur highway.

With the Indian Ocean eating away at the rock, the red cliffs of the Kimberley have revealed hundreds of prehistoric footprints. Two-legged theropods and big-bodied sauropods, among other groups, walked this patch of Earth around 130 million years ago.

Armed with drones and hand-held laser scanners, scientists are mapping the heavy tracks they left behind.

 

Meet Devin Nunes - man at center of snooping storm

 
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Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

You’ve seen Rep. Devin Nunes all over the news lately.

The California Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee has been on camera revealing that members of the intelligence community “incidentally” collected communications from Trump’s transition team.

That would have been while Barack Obama still was in the Oval Office, and the disclosure left Democrats scrambling to reclaim their narrative that Trump had no evidence to back his claim that Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower.

You’ve also seen Nunes, badgered by a combative establishment media, defending his decision to tell President Trump about the surveillance.

You’ve also seen him repeatedly explaining that he has not seen any evidence of communication between Russia and Trump’s transition team.

But who is Devin Nunes, and what does he believe? What are the principles for which he has been fighting in Congress since 2003? What type of future does he want for America?

  • How America can break its dependence on Middle Eastern oil and transform itself into an energy powerhouse;
  • How America can prevent Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from exploding the national debt and ruining the country financially;
  • How the nation can restore economic growth through a simpler, fairer tax code;
  • How the U.S. can deal with the many international threats it faces;
  • How America’s borders can be defended and its broken immigration system fixed;
  • And how failing public schools can be repaired.

Plus, Nunes reveals why politicians from both parties refuse to discuss the one most critical reform needed to restore the republic.

The congressman draws on his experience growing up in the breadbasket of central California. As a child on his family’s dairy farm in Tulare County, Nunes saw firsthand how the convergence of big government, big business and the radical left wreaked havoc on an entire community, transforming once-prosperous farmland of the San Joaquin Valley into little more than blighted desert.

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Now those same forces are threatening the nation as a whole, and Nunes offers solutions on how to beat them back and keep America strong and free.

Niall Ferguson, a Harvard University history professor and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, showered “Restoring the Republic” with praise.

“Devin Nunes is one of a new generation of Republican politicians who articulate the frustrations of millions of ordinary Americans with the way their country – or at least their government – has lost sight of the first principles embedded in the Constitution. A believer in freedom in all its varieties and a skeptic of big government, he reads like one of the true sons of the Reagan Revolution,” he wrote.

Victor Davis Hanson, a military historian and columnist for National Review Online, wrote effusively about Nunes’ book as well.

“In common sense logic and language, Rep. Devin Nunes outlines how both Republican and Democratic administrations and congresses in the past have nearly bankrupted the country, wedded to a utopian social, economic, and cultural agenda that we can never pay for nor will ever work. Most importantly, he offers not just a critique of these depressing times, but also a conservative blueprint for national renewal that, if followed, would allow us to pay off our debts, reform a corrupt political system, harness out-of-control entitlements, and utilize all our own energy sources.”

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Stunning testimonial from rape victim whose baby is 'an angel'

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
 

The argument over whether abortion ends a human life shouldn’t be disputed anymore, with the remarkable surgeries on babies in utero, the graphic details about the unborn revealed by Planned Parenthood’s baby-bodies-for-sale scheme, the clear representations on ultrasound and more.

Most of the evidence was unavailable when Roe v. Wade abolished abortion laws in 1973. But even the Supreme Court in that decision conceded should ever the humanity of the unborn be proven, the case for abortion would collapse, since the Constitution’s protections would apply.

But even some of the most ardent pro-life advocates believe there should be exceptions in the case of rape, and many laws recognize that.

But it’s personal for Louise, and she has no time to agree to such justifications.

She’s 24, with an infant daughter who is the product of rape.

And she’s made a video for a pro-life campaign called Choice 42. It’s part of an effort from the Canadian Pregnancy Help Center of Durham, which is affiliated with Heartbeat International.

“I am a mother to an angel and my angel was born out of rape,” she calmly explains. “I decided I wasn’t going to let an innocent life pay for one man’s attempt to hurt me.

“She hasn’t hurt me. Her intent is just to enjoy her life.”

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Louise says she has an issue with people who believe abortion is justified in the case of rape.

A life, she explained, already has begun.

“Undoing the process seems very detrimental to me. … For me to go and intentionally take away someone’s chance at life wouldn’t sit very well,” she said.

She explains her daughter has “brought me so much joy.”

“Every day I wake up to a beautiful smile. I feel like the most optimal version of myself. It’s just given me super strength. I’m very happy and I love being a mother.”

For those facing similar trauma?

“There is hope beyond just healing,” she said. “Don’t give up, because if you survived such a traumatic experience and you were gifted with a miracle, then clearly you have more potential than you would ever know.”

Choice42 explains it is a grassroots organization of the Durham outreach, founded by Laura Klassen.

In its own words: “CHOICE42 is pro-woman, pro-baby, and pro-life. Our main objectives are to create awareness about the humanity of pre-born children, and to provide support to women who are facing unplanned pregnancy or dealing with post-abortion trauma. Our website is supportive, information based, and includes Canada’s largest nation-wide database of pregnancy help resources. CHOICE42 encourages women to be fully educated about their options and to realize that though it is their choice, they are making a choice for two.”

It further explains: “Babies in the womb are human beings from the moment of conception. Though modern science proves this, many Canadians still buy into the lie that a baby in the womb is a ‘blob’ or ‘clump of tissue.’ We show the public what pre-born babies look like and what they are doing in the womb.”

 

The same guidelines apply when it’s not rape, too, as Megan explained.

She’s 22 and already had booked her appointment for abortion after she discovered her pregnancy.

“I have never been so scared in my entire life,” she said, fearing her dreams and ambitions were gone.

But she was told her child “has a purpose and a meaning. This baby has a life.”

And those words stuck with her.

“So I decided to choose life,” she said. “She’s worth it. My baby is worth it.”

She continued: “We’re going to make it. I’m going to make it.”

And her daughter, Serenity Grace, is “the definition of her name.”

“When I hold her and look at her, and I think about what could have been and that I almost made the choice of not keeping her, I just, I can’t, I’m so thankful that she’s here today.”

To others, Megan said: “Your life is not over. The dreams you had … you can still have and do.”

 

 

Colorado students want to move away from 'neutrality' in speech

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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There have been many disputes in recent years on university campuses over the distribution of student fees to groups that hold religious or conservative views.

Christian clubs, for example, have been denied funding because of misinterpretations of the First Amendment and the notion of “separation of church and state.”

Experts on the topic at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, FIRE, have posted online a complete guide to student fees.

They point out that the U.S. Supreme Court has established in at least two key cases that universities must exercise “viewpoint neutrality” in the funding of campus groups.

In Rosenberger v. Rectors of the University of Virginia in 1995, the court ruled that the University of Virginia violated the free speech rights of student journalists producing a Christian campus newspaper when it denied the paper funding because of its “religious” views, FIRE noted.

In the 2000 case Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System v. Southworth, the Supreme Court ruled that individual students have the right not to pay fees that fund groups they find objectionable if the university distributed money in a “viewpoint discriminatory” manner.

See what American education has become, in “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”

“In these case taken together Rosenberger and Southworth the court identified a vital constitutional principle that always must decide student fee disputes at public colleges and universities: a viewpoint neutrality that stands opposed to its opposite, viewpoint discrimination,” FIRE said.

Now, however, some students at the University of Colorado want to censor speakers on campus based on their viewpoint or at least deprive the hosting clubs of student fees.

The Daily Camera newspaper of Boulder reported three CU students seeking the office of “tri-executives” are working on a rule change that will allow the student government to deny student fees for speakers who engage in “hate speech.”

They would define it as speech that “threatens or insults groups based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.”

The three students want to change the bylaws of the Student Organization Allocation Committee, which distributes student-fees revenue.

Student candidate Lauren Goldfarb said the issue arose after a campus visit by Milo Yiannopoulos, a libertarian who has been the object of protests by left-leaning student and other groups.

“I felt like we were funding someone who didn’t represent the student body,” Goldfarb told the newspaper.

“As a board, even when not everyone wanted to fund Milo coming to campus, it was hard because the code has no qualifications about what kind of people can come to campus,” she said.

Fellow student candidate Owen McLaughlin said the incident highlighted a shortcoming in the bylaws.

“No matter how extreme they were, SOAC, as it stands, would have literally no standing to deny the request.”

The newspaper said the students want “the final say over which speakers met the definition” of hate speech.

The third member of the ticket of candidates for student office, Jared Moya, said clubs still could have whomever they chose; they would just have to pay the costs themselves.

CU officials told the newspaper there would be no comment on the proposal.

FIRE’s guide, however, noted: “Viewpoint neutrality is a well-known concept in First Amendment law. It stands for the idea that when government actions implicate the speech rights of groups and indviduals, the actions must be done in an even-handed way. They may not discriminate based on the message advocated.

“Thus, a city has the power to prohibit all speakers from using bullhorns to amplify their speeches on public streets at three o’clock in the morning. If the city allows Republicans to make such speeches at that hour, however, it may not forbid Democrats from doing so too.”

It continued, “‘Viewpoint discrimination’ occurs when the government uses its power to advance on person’s opinion over another’s in such matters as religion, politics and belief.”

On campuses, it explained, the rule is: “A public campus, in distributing student fees, must state and follow a clear policy that prohibits making funding decisions on the basis of a group’s viewpoint. It must require student government (or other) officials to give written reasons why they are denying a grant. … Crucially, it must state nonideological standards that spell out very clearly what qualifications an applicant must meet to receive funding. … Such safeguards might include objective standards that remove discretion from student government leaders.”

See what American education has become, in “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”

 

 

Iran's kamikaze drones show up in Yemeni civil war

 
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Iranian-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen

Kamikaze drones from Iran are showing up – and doing damage – in the civil war in Yemen, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Citing details released by the U.K.-based Conflict Armament Research organization, the Middle East Institute says Houthi rebels have been using the technology to destroy radar components of a missile defense system so their volleys can reach targets and do damage.

“It is not the first time that Iran’s alleged transfer of drone technology to the Houthis has alarmed the Saudi-led coalition,” MEI explained. “In early February, the United Arab Emirates summoned Iran’s charge d’affaires to protest ‘Iran’s illegal arming’ of Shiite Yemeni rebels, including providing drones to target the Yemeni and Saudi-led coalition forces.”

That happened just days ago, according to MEI, after the UAE Air Force destroyed an Iranian military drone intended to target Yemeni government troops near the Red Sea.

MEI reported Maj. Gen. Ahmed Saif Al Yafei, the deputy chief of general staff of Yemeni forces, said at the time the drone had been smuggled in by the rebels from Iran after government troops trapped them on the coast.

In Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest nations, forces loyal to the internationally recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi have been fighting off a Houthi rebel movement.

Nearly 7,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands hurt in just the last two years.

A Saudi-led multinational coalition is defending the president, while Houthi rebels have been trying to unseat the government.

Iran has been behind much of the destruction of the Houthis.

The MEI reported CAR, which tracks and analyzes weapons shipments around the world, said the rebels use the drones, which are loaded with explosives, to blow up missile defense system components.

“By disrupting the coalition’s radar system with the drones, the rebels are able to fire a barrage of missiles at coalition targets,” the report said.

 

   
 

Dalai Lama: I won't be reincarnated in China territory

 
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(Financial Times) The ageing Dalai Lama’s upcoming trip to a Himalayan settlement under Indian control has angered China just as its Communist rulers seek to exert control over the mystical process of reincarnating a successor to the Tibetan Buddhist leader.

“The Indian government allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Tawang is not friendly to China,” Lian Xiangmin, director of the Institute of Contemporary Tibetan Studies at the China Tibetology Research Centre, told journalists in Beijing on Thursday. “Only bad can come of the Dalai Lama going to Tawang, nothing good.”

In Tibet’s unique strain of Buddhism the succession of senior lamas, who also wield temporal power, is determined by reincarnation. The 81-year-old Dalai Lama, who has gained global celebrity during a life in exile, is the 14th of his lineage. He has said he will not be reincarnated in territory controlled by China, while the officially atheist Communist government in Beijing has declared that he will.

 

U.N. fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on Mosul

 
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(BBC News) The United Nations has raised grave concerns about reports of high civilian casualties in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

A senior UN official in Iraq said she was stunned by accounts of “terrible loss of life”, after claims that at least 200 people had been killed in an air strike by the US-led coalition.

US warplanes are supporting the Iraqi Army’s mission to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS).

US media reports say an investigation is under way.

It is not known exactly when the deaths are alleged to have happened.

 

Scientists unveil giant leap for anti-aging

 
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(ScienceDaily) UNSW researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get its astronauts to Mars.

In a paper published in Science today, the team identifies a critical step in the molecular process that allows cells to repair damaged DNA.

Their experiments in mice suggest a treatment is possible for DNA damage from ageing and radiation. It is so promising it has attracted the attention of NASA, which believes the treatment can help its Mars mission.

While our cells have an innate capability to repair DNA damage — which happens every time we go out into the sun, for example — their ability to do this declines as we age.

 

Contestants exit wilderness to learn reality show cancelled

 
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(London Independent) In an unwitting piece of postmodern art, the final 10 contestants in Channel 4’s reality show Eden have left a remote corner of the West Highlands in Scotland to find not celebrity and book deals but that the show has not been on TV in months and has long since dropped out of the collective pop cultural conversation.

The daring show challenged a group of people to set up their own community away from civilisation for a year, but only four episodes have aired so far – the last being broadcast almost eight months ago – recently leading to speculation it has been axed.

13 contestants had already quit the “ground-breaking social experiment”, many citing the Highlands’ relentless midges as the main problem.

 

Al Gore: Climate change helped cause Brexit

 
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(London Independent) Brexit was caused in part by climate change, former US Vice-President Al Gore has said, warning that extreme weather is creating political instability “the world will find extremely difficult to deal with”.

Mr Gore, speaking at an event in which he previewed a sequel to his landmark 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, said the “principal” cause of the Syrian Civil War had been the worst drought in 900 years, which forced 1.5 million people to move from the countryside to the cities.

There they met a similar number of Iraqis who had fled the conflict in their homeland, creating powder keg conditions that Syrian government officials privately feared would explode.

 

This day in WND history: 'Satanic' art in Catholic Church exposed

 
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March 25, 2006: Devout followers of the Catholic Church made a soul-searching documentary called “Rape of the Soul” that suggests the sex-abuse scandal that plagued the priesthood was rooted in the Church’s prolonged exposure to sexual and satanic images that had been incorporated into its religious art.

“The deeper I dug, the more I discovered, not just in regard to contemporary art, but works dating back more than 500 years, from some well-known and respected artists. Sex and horror is the fuel that promotes the scandalous behavior in the Church. This is the answer why, and Church leaders don’t have to look very far, because the problem is coming from within the Church itself,” said Michael A. Calace, an Italian director, actor, writer and producer.

“Artists from DaVinci to Botticelli have embedded subliminal images into their art for centuries,” said Calace. “In this case we found penises on crucifixes, anarchy symbols, swastikas, demonic faces and in modern works even the word ‘sex’ encrypted into the images. The works in question include modern artists’ work currently on the covers of missalettes and hymnals that at this very moment sit in the pews of churches throughout the U.S. and on children’s religious teaching aids.”

Calace said, “‘Rape of the Soul’ was created to heal the many that have suffered from these uninvited violations.”

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Special highlights in African-American history

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
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African-American missionaries

Who were the first African-American missionaries sent out from the United States?

George Lisle, the first ordained African American, went in 1782 to Jamaica with other freed slaves to begin a Baptist Mission.

John Marrant, a free black from New York City, went to Newfoundland and preached to “a great number of Indians and white people” at Green’s Harbour. John Marrant later preached the Gospel to tribes of Cherokee, Creek, Catawar and Housaw.

The African Methodist Episcopal denomination, founded in 1816 by Richard Allen, sent missionaries to Haiti, San Domingo and Africa.

In 1823, Betsey Stockton, a young African-American woman, sailed with the second group of missionaries from New Haven, Connecticut, to Hawaii.

In 1821, Lott Cary and Colin Teaque were sent to Liberia, being the first missionaries sent out by an African-American organization, the Richmond African Baptist Missionary Society.

In 1786, John Stewart, a free black of mixed race, was born in Powhatten County, Virginia. As a young man, John Stewart learned the blue-dying trade. He took his life savings and began traveling, intending to join his family in Tennessee, but was robbed along the way. Arriving destitute and depressed in Marietta, Ohio, John Stewart began to drink.

His story is recorded in Joseph Mitchell’s book, “The Missionary Pioneer, or A Brief Memoir of the Life, Labors, and Death of John Stewart, (Man of Color,) Founder, under God of the Mission among the Wyandotts at Upper Sandusky, Ohio” (New-York: printed by J. C. Totten, 1827): “The loss of his property, the distance from his friends, the idea of poverty and disgrace, together with the wretched situation of his mind on account of his soul’s affairs, brought him to shocking determination that he would immediately take measures to hasten his dissolution. And for this purpose he forthwith commenced a course of excessive drinking in a public house. This was continued until his nerves became much affected, his hands trembled so it was difficult for him to feed himself.”

John Stewart tried to straighten out his life and worked in the country making sugar, as Thelma R. Marsh wrote in “Moccasin Trails to the Cross” (United Methodist Church, 1st edition, 1974): “Stewart … return to town, where, contrary to the most solemn vows and promises, which he had previously made to forsake sin and seek the Lord. … An occurrence here took place which much alarmed him: an intimate companion of his was suddenly called by death from time to eternity. With this individual he had made an appointment to spend one more night in sin; but death interfered and disappointed them both. Stewart’s convictions of mind were thereupon greatly increased, and he began to despair of ever obtaining mercy.”

The book, “John Stewart – Missionary Pioneer” (published 1827), stated: “One day while wandering along the banks of the Ohio, bewailing his wretched and undone condition, the arch enemy of souls suggested to him a remedy, which was to terminate the miseries he endured by leaping into the deep, and thereby putting an end to his existence. To this suggestion, he at first felt a disposition to yield, but his attention was arrested by a voice, which he thought called him by name; when on looking around he could see no person, whereupon he desisted from the further prosecution of the desperate project. … Then it was that the Lord was pleased to reveal his mercy and pardoning love to his fainting soul, causing him to burst forth from his closet in raptures of unspeakable joy, declaring what the Lord had done for his poor soul! …

“There being no Baptist church near … as he walked out one evening he heard the sound of singing and praying proceeding from a house at no great distance. It proved to be a Methodist prayer meeting. His prejudices at first forbade his going in but curiosity prompted him to venture a little nearer, and at length he resolved to enter and make known his case, which he did.”

The book, “John Stewart – Missionary Pioneer” (1827), continued: “Soon after this he attended a Camp Meeting, here he remained for sometime with a heavy heart. … He at length resolved … by taking a place among the mourners of the assembly, where he lay deploring his case all night, even until the break of day, at which time ‘the sun of righteousness’ broke into his dark bewildered soul. … He heard a sound which much alarmed him: and a voice (as he thought) said to him – ‘Thou shalt declare my counsel faithfully’ at the same time a view seemed to open to him in a Northwest direction, and a strong impression was made on his mind, that he must go out that course into the world to declare the counsel of God. …

“He set out without credentials, directions of the way, money or bread, crossed the Muskingum River for the first time, and traveled a northwest course, not knowing whither he went. … He was frequently informed would lead him into the Indian country on the Sandusky River, some times with, sometimes without a road, without a pilot, without fireworks, sometimes wading the waters and swimming the rivers.”

Abraham J. Baughman wrote in “Past and Present of Wyandot County, Ohio: a record of settlement” (Chicago: The S.J. Clark Publishing Company, 1913, Volume 1, page 39-43): “At Pipetown was a considerable body of Delawares. … At this place Stewart stopped, but as the Indians were preparing for a great dance they paid but little attention to him. … Stewart took out his hymn book and began to sing. He, as is usual with many of his race, had a most melodious voice, and as a result of his effort the Indians present were charmed and awed into perfect silence. When he ceased. Johnny-cake said in broken English, ‘Sing more.’ He then asked if there was any person present who could interpret for him; when old Lyons, who called himself one hundred and sixty years old (for he counted the summer a year and the winter a year) came forward. Stewart talked to them. …”

John Stewart made it to the tribe of Wyandots, who were called by the French “Huron.” They previously had treaties with the French during the French and Indian Wars 1754-1763, and helped found Detroit. They later made treaties with the British during Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

John Stewart reached the home of Indian William Walker Sr., who first believed Stewart to be a run-away slave. Stewart convinced him that he had come to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the children of the forest. Realizing that Stewart could not speak the Wyandot language, William Walker sent him to Jonathan Pointer, a black man who in his youth had been kidnapped by the Wyandots, adopted into their tribe and had learned the Wyandot language.

Pointer served as interpreter for Stewart when he preached, but not wanting his friends to think that he believed, Pointer ended each interpretation with a remark “These are his words, not mine” or “That’s what the preacher says, but I don’t believe it.” Later, Pointer converted.

One of John Stewart’s first Wyandot converts was Chief Between-the-Logs, who years before in a drunken fit had killed his wife, only to wake up in horror at what he had done.

Chief Between-the-Logs gave the history: “Our fathers had religion of their own. They served God and were happy. That was before the White Man came. They worshiped with feasts and sacrifices, dances and rattles. They did what they thought was right. Our parents wished us to do good and they used to make us do good, and would sometimes correct us for doing evil. … But a great while ago the French sent us a book by the Roman Priest and we listened to him. … We did what he told us. … At last he went away. Then we returned to our fathers’ religion again. But then the Seneca prophet came and he said that he had talked to the Great Spirit, and he was told what the Indian ought to do. We listened to him and many followed him. But we found that he told us not to do things and then he did those things himself. So we were deceived. …

“Again we took up the religion of our fathers. But then the Shawnee prophet arose. We heard him and some of us followed him for awhile, but we had been deceived so often that we watched him very closely, and soon found that he was like all the rest so we left him also.”

Chief Between-the-Logs continued: “Then there was war between our fathers and the President and King George. … By the time the war was over we were all scattered and many killed and died. Our chiefs thought to get the nation together again. Then the Black Man, Stewart, our brother here (pointed to Stewart) came to us and told us he was sent by the Great Spirit to tell us the true and good way. But we thought he was like all the rest – that he too wanted to cheat us and get our money and land from us. He told us of our sins and that drinking was ruining us and that the Great Spirit was angry with us. He said that we must leave off these things. But we treated him ill and gave him little to eat, and trampled on him and were jealous of him for a whole year. Then we attended his meeting in the council house. We could find no fault with him. The Great Spirit came upon us so that all cried aloud. Some clapped their hands, some ran away, and some were angry. We held our meetings all night, sometimes singing, sometimes praying. By now we were convinced that God had sent him to us. Stewart is a good man.”

Eventually, the entire tribe of Wyandots converted to Christianity.

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In 1821, the Methodist Conference sent Rev. James B. Finley to start the mission school at Upper Sandusky. John Stewart worked with him and taught a Bible class at the Big Springs Reserve. Rev. James B. Finley recorded the missionary work of John Stewart with the Wyandots in the “History of the Wyandot Mission” (Cincinnati: Methodist Book Concern).

The state of Ohio also published a record of John Stewart’s missionary work in Henry Howe’s “Historical Collections of Ohio” (published by The Laning Printing Co., Norwalk, OH, 1896, Volume 2). John Stewart died Dec. 18, 1823, with his last words, “Be Faithful.”

In 1830, a Democrat-controlled Congress hurriedly passed the Indian Removal Act, signed by Democrat President Andrew Jackson, and carried out by Democrat President Martin Van Buren. This forced the removal of over 16,000 Native Americans:

  • Cherokee from Georgia, the Carolinas and Tennessee
  • Muscogee (Creek) from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
  • Seminole from Florida
  • Chickasaw from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee
  • Choctaw from Alabama and Louisiana

Carried out by the federal government in the freezing winter, over 4,000 died in what is referred to at the Trail of Tears. The Wyandots were the last tribe to leave Ohio in 1843.

The year before English author Charles Dickens had traveled through Ohio by stage coach from Columbus to Sandusky City, where he boarded a steamer for Buffalo. In his “American Notes,” Charles Dickens wrote: “At length … a few feeble lights appeared in the distance … an Indian village, where we were to stay till morning. … It is a settlement of Wyandot Indians who inhabit this place. Among the company was a mild old gentleman (Col. John Johnston), who had been for many years employed by the United States government in conducting negotiations with the Indians … and who had just concluded a treaty with these people by which they bound themselves, in consideration of a certain annual sum, to remove next year to some land provided for them west of the Mississippi and a little way beyond St. Louis. …

“He gave me a moving account of their strong attachment to the familiar scenes of their infancy, and in particular to the burial places of their kindred, and of their great reluctance to leave them. He had witnessed many such removals, and always with pain.”

William Walker Sr., the Wyandots’ principal chief, had been able to secure land on the border between Missouri and Kansas. They emigrated and founded the City of Wyandotte, which was later renamed Kansas City.

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Hillary's email scandal not over yet

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Alicia PoweGo to full article
HILLARY

Donald Trump joked during the presidential campaign that the Russians should try to find the missing emails of Democrat Hillary Clinton, who used an unsecured server while she was secretary of state, and that perhaps he would authorize an investigation that might put her in jail if he became president.

But since Trump’s huge victory over Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, he’s largely been quiet about any misdeeds she committed in violation of the trust Americans gave her when she was appointed by Barack Obama.

Others, however, have not.

The newest move comes from Judicial Watch, which has sued the federal government for not carrying out a routine assessment of the damage that may have been done to America’s security by her actions.

The case against the Office of National Intelligence and the Department of State is intended to force the government to produce a report that details whether Clinton’s scandalous private email practices damaged national security.

The lawsuit cites Intelligence Community Directive 732, a 2014 rule that requires a damage assessment to be conducted if there is “an actual or suspected unauthorized disclosure or compromise of classified national intelligence that may cause damage to U.S. national security.”

Despite Directive 732, Judicial Watch notes, the Office of National Intelligence announced in September 2016 that no intelligence damage assessment into Clinton’s practices would happen.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton says the lawsuit gives the Trump administration a golden opportunity to hold Clinton and the Obama administration accountable.

“The Obama administration conspired with Hillary Clinton regarding her emails, so it is no surprise that Obama officials wouldn’t want to hold her to account for her mishandling of classified materials,” Fitton said.

“This lawsuit is an opportunity for the Trump administration to get back to basics on the Clinton email scandal and find out what damage was done to our national security as a result of her illicit email practices.”

The suit zeroes in on FBI Director James Comey and the details he provided in his July 2016 announcement that he would not refer prosecution to the Justice Department.

“From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received,” Comey said at the time. “Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification.”

The lawsuit claims the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has directly violated the Intelligence Community Directive 732 and failed to produce an assessment into Clinton’s email practices, which it is required to do regardless of what the FBI claims.

In addition to the ODNI and the State Department, Judicial Watch is going after anyone even remotely involved in obstructing access to the emails. The suit names Michael Dempsey as acting director of national intelligence, William Evanina as national counterintelligence executive and Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state.

Judicial Watch said in its case in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that it sought records about the decision beginning last fall.

The problem, the complaint explains, is that “during her tenure as U.S. secretary of state from January 2009 to February 2013, Hillary Rodham Clinton used at least one unofficial, unsecure email account, one or more unofficial, unsecure email server(s), and multiple unofficial, unsecure devices to send and receive email when conducting official, State Department business.”

But the assessment was not done even after, following “a year-long investigation into Secetray Clinton’s email practices, the FBI concluded that emails went or received by the secretary on her unsecure, unofficial email servicer contained ‘Top Secret,’ ‘Secret,’ and ‘Confidential’ information.”

While Comey found Clinton was “extremely careless,” he recommended against charging her criminally.

The case says it was Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who “reportedly decided that the required assessment would not be conducted.”

Judicial Watch said that if the intelligence community “had conducted a damage assessment of Secretary Clinton’s email practices … plaintiff undoubtedly would have submitted a FOIA request for the report of the assessment and for any other records about the assessment as part of its ongoing investigation.”

Judicial Watch claims the Administrative Procedure Act was violated.

WND reported earlier this year a Justice Department inspector general started an investigation into the FBI’s handling of the case.

It’s rare for the inspector general to publicly disclose investigations, but Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz did just that when he announced the probe in a statement. Horowitz said the Justice Department will look into “allegations that department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information” and whether some officials should have removed themselves from the probe.

 

Internet giants' business model under siege for promoting jihad

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Art MooreGo to full article
Advertisement for the Guardian newspaper of London on jihadi video

Advertisement for the Guardian newspaper of London on jihadi video

The boycott of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, over its video service YouTube came into sharp focus in the aftermath of the London terrorist attack with a warning Friday from British Prime Minister Theresa May.

More than 260 organizations worldwide, including the British government, McDonald’s and Verizon, already had pulled advertising from YouTube because Google may have placed their brands alongside videos promoting terrorism and other offensive content.

Now, May is warning Google and other Internet giants that they “must do more” to stop extremist material from being posted online.

Shares of GOOGL have fallen nearly 4 percent since March 17, when advertisers began pulling their market campaigns from YouTube and Google. Wall Street’s Pivotal Research Group, meanwhile, has downgraded Alphabet shares from “buy” to “hold” based on its response to the boycott.

Google is the Internet’s largest seller of advertising, generating $22.4 billion in ad sales in the fourth quarter of 2016, about 85 percent of the total revenue in the period by parent company Alphabet.

The Daily Mail of London reported Thursday how easy it was after the London attack to find guides via Google and Twitter for carrying out a car terror attack.

masood

Physicians attend terror suspect Khalid Masood in front of the Parliament building in London March 22, 2017.

The manuals urge jihadists to deploy large vehicles as “tools of war” before going on a stabbing rampage, which was precisely what 52-year-old Muslim convert Khalid Masood did Wednesday.

Masood mounted the sidewalk on the Westminster Bridge, killing three people and wounding 20 others before crashing his rented four-wheel drive vehicle into a gate at the Parliament building and stabbing a police officer to death. Masood was shot and killed by police on the scene.

Prior to the attack, the Daily Mail noted, Google had been forced to promise it would take a “tougher stance” on “extremist” material in response to the boycott.

The boycott was prompted by an investigation by the Times newspaper of London that found advertisements of major brands alongside videos by ISIS preachers and white supremacists.

The Times investigators said it flagged six “virulently antisemitic” videos on YouTube last week, but Google ignored the notifications. Two of the videos were left in place even after the Times contacted Google.

Google, the Times said, not only was paid for the ads, it channeled funds directly into the hands of the extremists.

The prime minister’s official spokesman said the “fight against terrorism and hate speech has to be a joint one.”

“The government and security services are doing everything they can. It’s clear that social media companies can and must do more,” he said. “Social media companies have a responsibility when it comes to making sure this material is not disseminated.

“The ball is now in their court. Let’s see how they respond,” he said.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday Internet providers and social media companies have “got to look at the stuff that’s going up on their sites, they’ve got to take steps to invigilate it, to take it down where they can.”

Americans follow European exit

Joining several European advertisers, AT&T and Johnson & Johnson were among the biggest U.S. advertisers to announce Wednesday that they would stop their ads, with the exception of search ads, from running on YouTube and other Google properties.

google7The day before, the New York Times reported, Google outlined steps it would take to stop ads from running next to “hateful, offensive and derogatory content.”

Google promised to improve, but the advertisers wanted to be assured that there was zero risk that their ads would appear next to extremist content, Brian Wieser, a media industry analyst at Pivotal Research, told the New York Times.

“They’re saying they’re trying harder — that’s insufficient,” Wieser said of Google. “They don’t seem to understand the scale of the perceived problem.”

Google has insisted it prevents ads, which are placed on websites automatically, from running near inappropriate material “in the vast majority of cases.”

It also tried to provide some context, pointing out that it adds thousands of sites to its advertising network every day along with about 400 hours of video to YouTube every minute.

Nevertheless, the British government, the Guardian, the pharmaceutical company GSK and the French advertising multinational Havas are among the European advertisers that have pulled spending.

AT&T said in a statement: “We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate. Until Google can ensure this won’t happen again, we are removing our ads from Google’s nonsearch platforms.”

Johnson & Johnson said it “has decided to pause all YouTube digital advertising globally to ensure our product advertising does not appear on channels that promote offensive content.”

“We take this matter very seriously and will continue to take every measure to ensure our brand advertising is consistent with our brand values,” the company said.

Google responded, promising a review of its policies.

“We don’t comment on individual customers, but as announced, we’ve begun an extensive review of our advertising policies and have made a public commitment to put in place changes that give brands more control over where their ads appear.”

Obama partnership

In contrast to European nations, Google created a “remarkable partnership” with the Obama White House, the Intercept reported last April, providing expertise, services, advice and personnel for vital government projects.

whitehouseA strong case to sanction Google was quashed by a presidentially appointed commission, the Intercept said, while in the European Union, Google was facing two major antitrust charges for abusing its dominance in mobile operating systems and search.

Teaming up with Campaign for Accountability, the Intercept found Google representatives attended White House meetings more than once a week, on average, from the beginning of Obama’s presidency through October 2015.

Nearly 250 people had moved from government service to Google employment or vice versa over the course of the Obama administration, the Intercept said.

“No other public company approaches this degree of intimacy with government.”

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Former Intel committee chief: Comey needs to tell rest of story

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Greg CorombosGo to full article
Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich. (Photo: Twitter)

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich. (Photo: Twitter)

The former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence says it would be highly unusual for any raw intelligence transcripts to reach the White House, and he says if any “incidental” surveillance that did go to political operatives, then lawmakers should actively encourage and protect whistleblowers who may come forward.

This week, the current chairman of the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told President Trump and the media that he has seen evidence suggesting Trump associates and possibly even Trump himself were picked up by U.S. surveillance.

But former Chairman Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., says the idea of transcripts from incidental surveillance ending up at the White House is stunning.

“My sources and what I gleaned from what Chairman Nunes said on Wednesday, it appears there was raw intelligence, actual transcripts of this incidental collection at the White House,” said Hoekstra, who notes that more corroboration needs to come forward to back up the claims from Nunes.

“It’s not that I was generally refused access to raw intelligence. I never saw it. I can’t remember one instance. I checked with my legal counsel this morning just to make sure I hadn’t and said, ‘Is it true I never saw raw intelligence?’ He said, ‘ That’s right. We never did,'” said Hoekstra.

Under normal circumstances, intelligence on American citizens uncovered by the intelligence community must meet very high standards to move anywhere along the government food chain.

“Number one, for it to see the light of day in any other agency, it has to reach a pretty high hurdle that says we’re going to share this information with other agencies but we’re going to mask the American presence,” said Hoekstra, referring to the practice of obscuring the identity of Americans involved with any foreign surveillance.

“The second thing then is to get those names unmasked. That’s another high hurdle, because while it’s not illegally collected intelligence, it’s inappropriately collected intelligence because it’s outside of their charter,” said Hoekstra.

 

Government agencies like the CIA and NSA are forbidden by law from directly ordering surveillance on American citizens.

Hoekstra also hopes to see the intelligence committee put more heat on the key officials who addressed them this week.

“I would bring (NSA Director) Mike Rogers and I would bring (FBI Director) James Comey back. I’m glad they’re coming back and I would nail them for what I believe is incomplete testimony last week,” said Hoekstra.

“For that (raw intelligence) information to have found its way to the White House. I believe that James Comey and Mike Rogers of the NSA would both have known of that information being at the White House. They should have shared that with the committee. If anything, they led the committee in different directions,” said Hoekstra.

He points specifically to Comey denying evidence exists to support Trump’s tweet that Obama ordered him to be wiretapped. Hoekstra says that allowed Comey to dodge the broader issue.

“In the larger context, it is people working on behalf of the president under the authority of the former president may have directly or indirectly surveilled his transition team. Mr. Comey maybe should have been more open about that,” said Hoekstra.

With Nunes discussing evidence he has seen but does not have and the top Democrat on the committee focusing on alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, Hoekstra says getting people with direct knowledge of the issue to come forward and testify is essential.

But there’s a problem.

“The intelligence community has some of the weakest whistleblower protections anywhere in the federal government,” he said.

Nonetheless, Hoekstra says Nunes needs to make it safe for intelligence professionals to tell what they know.

“I would open the doors and get on TV and in the hearings and all of that, saying ‘If there are people in the intelligence community who believe that there were things that were done wrong, please come to the committee, bypass the whistleblower steps in the intelligence committee, and bring materials immediately to this committee. We will protect you,'” said Hoekstra.

 

 

   
 

Coded 4chan post hinted at London attack day in advance

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Gizmodo) Details are still emerging about an attack carried out Wednesday outside the Houses of Parliament. As officials try to determine the identity of a suspect who was shot by police, a 4chan thread from less than 24 hours earlier appears to announce the location of the attack that has claimed three lives so far.

Shortly after the attack, 4chan users speculated that a post from Tuesday seemed to reveal the attacker’s plan, worrying that its existence would lead to the site being shut down.

 

Saudi Arabia faces largest ever 9/11 lawsuit

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(London Independent) One of the largest ever lawsuits relating to the September 11 terror attacks has been filed against Saudi Arabia in New York.

Families of 850 victims who died and the 1,500 injured, are suing the Middle Eastern country’s government, accusing it of providing material and financial assistance to al Qaeda in the years leading up to worst ever terrorist attack on US soil.

Of the 19 hijackers who took over the aeroplanes during the attack, 15 were from Saudi Arabia.

 

Anne Frank Center targets Tim Allen

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Hollywood in Toto) Conservative comic Tim Allen’s Nazi gag catches flak while the rest of Hollywood freely plays Hitler card.

The attempt to shame conservative star Tim Allen is a textbook example of how liberals play the Selective Outrage game. And reporters are only too eager to join the fray.

The star of “Last Man Standing” recently cracked a joke about Hollywood’s treatment of conservatives. Sitting on the couch at “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Allen explained to Kimmel the pressure his fellow Republican stars face in the Age of Trump.

“You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes. It’s like ’30s Germany.”

 

Top Dem: Party's PC killing appeal with working class

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Washington Examiner) “From the state house down to the courthouse, it’s just been unbelievable,” said West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, reflecting on his party’s electoral losses over the past decade.

In a Washington Post podcast published Tuesday morning, Manchin offered a grave assessment of the party’s future.

“If you can’t win in red states that used to be blue, something’s wrong,” he said. “You’re never going to be in the majority again.”

 

House leadership considers gutting more Obamacare rules

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Washington Examiner) In a last-minute bid to woo conservatives ahead of a high-stakes vote on Thursday on repealing and replacing Obamacare, House leaders are considering gutting more Obamacare regulations.

The news comes as President Trump and White House officials are in talks with House conservatives over changes that can win over holdouts and secure enough votes to move the bill to the Senate.

Among the many arguments conservatives have made against the House healthcare bill, one of the most significant is that it leaves too many costly regulations in place and thus fails to address long-standing criticisms of Obamacare — that it limits choices and drives premiums higher than they otherwise would be.

 

Cyber firm at center of Russian-hacking charges misread data

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(VOA News) An influential British think tank and Ukraine’s military are disputing a report that the U.S. cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has used to buttress its claims of Russian hacking in the presidential election.

The CrowdStrike report, released in December, asserted that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app, resulting in heavy losses of howitzers in Ukraine’s war with Russian-backed separatists.

But the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) told VOA that CrowdStrike erroneously used IISS data as proof of the intrusion. IISS disavowed any connection to the CrowdStrike report. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense also has claimed combat losses and hacking never happened.

 

The speech that stunned listeners into silence

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Patrick Henry's "Treason" speech before the House of BurgessesExcerpt of painting by Peter F. Rothermel, 1851

Patrick Henry’s “Treason” speech before the House of Burgesses
Excerpt of painting by Peter F. Rothermel, 1851

The Declaration of Independence indicted King George III because:

  • “He has obstructed the administration of justice. …”
  • “He has made judges dependent on his will alone. …”
  • “He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people. …”
  • “He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies … independent of and superior to the civil power. …”
  • “He has combined … to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution … Giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation … for imposing taxes on us without our consent …”
  • “For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury. …”
  • “Establishing therein an arbitrary government … introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies. …”
  • “For … altering fundamentally the forms of our governments. …”
  • “He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us. …”
  • “In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress. … Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

The King of Great Britain oversaw the enactment of:

  • 1764 Currency Act
  • 1764 Sugar Act
  • 1765 Stamp Act
  • 1765 Quartering Act
  • 1766 Declaratory Act
  • 1767 Townshend Act
  • 1773 Tea Act
  • 1774 Boston Port Act
  • 1774 Justice Act
  • 1774 Massachusetts Government Act
  • 1774 Quartering Act
  • 1774 Quebec Act
  • 1775 Proclamation of Rebellion

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry spoke to the Second Virginia Convention, which was meeting in Richmond’s St. John’s Church due to British hostilities: “I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery. … I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry … to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves. … Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. … Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other.

“They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. … Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne. … Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. …”

Patrick Henry continued: “There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations … who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. … Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

After Patrick Henry ended his speech, there was stunned silence for several minutes.

Virginia delegate George Mason stated of Patrick Henry’s speech: “He is by far the most powerful speaker I ever heard. Every word he says not only engages but commands the attention, and your passions are no longer your own when he addresses them. … He is, in my opinion, the first man upon this continent, as well in abilities as public virtues. … Had he lived in Rome about the time of the first Punic War … Mr. Henry’s talents must have put him at the head of that glorious commonwealth.”

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Virginia’s Provincial Congress then passed a resolution for self-defense: “Resolved, that a well regulated militia composed of gentlemen and yeomen is the natural strength and only security of a free government; that such a militia in this colony would forever render it unnecessary for the mother country to keep among us … any standing army of mercenary forces, always subversive of the quiet, and dangerous to the liberties of the people.”

Patrick Henry’s warning

Patrick Henry was the five-time Governor of Virginia. Virginia’s state seal has a female figure personifying Virtus, the Roman Republic’s attribute of virtue, with her foot victoriously crushing the neck of a tyrant. The Latin motto on the seal, Sic semper tyrannis, means “Thus always to tyrants.”

Patrick Henry stated at Virginia’s Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1788: “My great objection to this Government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or of waging war against tyrants. … There is to be a great and mighty President, with very extensive powers – the powers of a king. … This Constitution … squints towards monarchy. … Your president may easily become king. … If your American chief be a man of ambition and abilities, how easy is it for him to render himself absolute! The army is in his hands … and it will be … with him to seize the first auspicious moment to accomplish his design. …

“The president … can prescribe the terms on which he shall reign master, so far that it will puzzle any American ever to get his neck from under the galling yoke. … Where is the existing force to punish him? Can he not, at the head of his army, beat down every opposition? Away with your President! we shall have a king: the army will salute him monarch. … What will then become of you and your rights? Will not absolute despotism ensue? … My great objection to the Constitution … that the preservation of our liberty depends on the single chance of men being virtuous enough to make laws to punish themselves.”

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This day in WND history: Terri Schiavo doctor a right-to-death activist

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Terry Schiavo

Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo doctor a right-to-death activist

March 23, 2005: Terri Schiavo never had a chance, and the neurologist her husband Michael chose to evaluate her prospects for recovery was one of the best examples of that.

Dr. Ronald Cranford was a member of the board of directors of the Choice in Dying Society, which promotes doctor-assisted suicide and euthanasia. He was also a featured speaker at the 1992 national conference of the Hemlock Society. The group has changed its name to End of Life Choices.

In 1997, Cranford wrote an opinion piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune pushing euthanasia not only for those in persistent vegetative states but for the coming boom in Alzheimer’s dementia the aging population presents.

“If we want our loved ones to live and die in dignity, we ought to think twice before suspending them in the last stage of irreversible dementia,” said Cranford. “At it is, it seems that we’re not thinking at all.”

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Is public art dead? Thank a liberal

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Marisa MartinGo to full article
Street art photo from "The Federalist" (online) December, 2016

Street art photo from “The Federalist” (online) December, 2016

The left has killed public art – slashed her with a thousand cuts and bled her of meaning and dignity. Our generation allowed art to be chained to leftist dogma, and her identity is changed beyond recognition. Public art is only allowed to spout meaningless leftist drivel at this point. She is a conscript in a forced American cultural revolution. Should President Trump be allowed to bury her – or can she be revived?

Listening to major media, the nation is in grave peril. Or at least our art is. Threats to slash funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are causing alarm. Anti-Trump protestors were just as infuriated before this announcement, and had some other reasons Trump was a threat to all interplanetary life. It’s difficult to separate hysteria from fact at this point, but let’s try.

The NEA and NEH were begun in 1965, in commemoration of the Kennedys, and part of the “National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities Act.” They do some excellent things and aren’t always divisive. The NEA brings musicians to rural schools, and commission public monuments. In 2012, the NEH paid for 13 one-hour dramas weaving together lives of the (presidential) Adams family between 1750 to 1900, based on 300,000 historical documents. I doubt many Americans will mind that, but they did have issues with Robert Mapplethorpe.

Although Mapplethorpe described his motifs as bondage, S&M and “gay porn,” the NEA still made a $30,000 grant in 1989 for a retrospective of his work. This was at the end of the Reagan era – and signaled the onset of poor relations between many conservatives and the NEA. Previously it was generally good, with President Reagan particularly interested in the arts.

Reagan was part of the art world, and claimed the arts were “one of the most important forms of human expression.” Yet at the end of his term he said this: “When it comes to the arts and humanities, the nation is best when government intrudes the least.” Proving his sincerity for both statements, Reagan proposed cutting NEH funds, but also sought to change tax law so lower-income individuals could make tax-deductible contributions to the arts.

Author of gay kiddie propaganda, Leslea Newman, received NEA grants after publication of "Heather Has Two Mommies"

Author of gay kiddie propaganda, Leslea Newman, received NEA grants after publication of
“Heather Has Two Mommies”

Spanning the time between Reagan and now, the NEA, NEH and CPB have become politicized and drifted far left. Almost no traditional print media or talking heads even touch on this. Since it is the only reason a host of conservatives are willing to see art funding disappear, they are missing the entire story. As usual.

The LA times doubled down on this, with a flurry of articles. Dana Gioia solemnly warns: “They [Trump administration] are mounting a partisan battle that will do the nation no good.” Yet Gioia either doesn’t comprehend or care that leftist partisans have been running the NEA for at least twenty years.

Through the Bush presidencies, the NEA waged random war against conservatives, and attacked GOP politicians. G.W. Bush was their favorite whipping boy until Trump came along. Proving that conservatives are the only tolerant ones, Bush made no move to block the geysers of hate aimed at him by artists with NEA grants, even though it was something he could have easily done.

But more troubling than the NEA attacking its patrons, is the reverse: They functioned as a de facto fan club base for Obama. Several people, including myself, noted the creepy Dear Leader-type campaign when Obama drafted the NEA into his personal propaganda department. This was exposed in a group call-out in 2009 by Patrick Courrielche.

Screenshot from NEH series Shared Cultural Spaces: Islam and the West in the Arts and Sciences- 2011-2013

Screenshot from NEH series Shared Cultural Spaces: Islam and the West in the Arts and Sciences- 2011-2013

Conservatives tend to feel the need for public art less strongly than others, but it’s not a fast rule. Shouldn’t the NEA and art community hold a little olive branch for the ones they blame over art funding’s loss? So far, it’s just war as usual. Beyond being unjust, NEH partisan nastiness is something they have pledged to not do. Their mission statement reads: “The Endowment [NEH] accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.”

Artists and actors have furiously attacked Trump in every medium possible from the time he announced his candidacy. This includes his wife, son, friends and taste. Miles of art will be produced mocking and denouncing Trump and his policies, whatever they are. This hostility will not end even, if the administration reneges of funding cuts.

Smaller version of Renoir's 1874 La Loge, possibly belonging to Melania Trump

Smaller version of Renoir’s 1874 La Loge, possibly belonging to Melania Trump

Pettiness is pervasive. A New York Post piece assumes a small Renoir in Melania’s office is probably “a fake.” Yet the same article quotes Mark Bowden’s horror when Trump points out a small painting on his plane and claims it is “worth $10 million.” But they contradict themselves even more, as they chide Trump for risking damage to the paintings they have previously labeled as “fakes.”

Only one article in the LA Times even comes close to comprehending the issue. Christopher Knight writes, “They’ve been trying to kill it [NEA] for half a century – not because they hate art, but because they hate government.” Leftwing artists don’t understand that, and take any cuts to art funding as a personal affront.

More pettiness: Last month protestors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA) demanded the museum drop board member Larry Fink because he joined Donald Trumps’ business council. Previously Fink was considered for a spot of Clinton’s team, and was therefore an acceptable liberal. The 180o pivot against Fink reveals the volatile hatred in these groups, ready to ignite over the slightest political unorthodoxy.

Federal funding for the NEA is comparably very small, about $150 million. But the power these sister organizations yield as policy makers and trailblazers is huge. The power of the state is a real thing, as proved by Obama’s attempt to yoke it into service for his personal interests. If the NEA, NEH and CPB survive, they must at least make an appearance of impartiality in the future.

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The bachelor and his cat

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Editor’s note: Do you need something to smile about? Every day, WND selects the best joke offered up by readers and contributors to its Laughlines forum and brings it to you as the WND Joke of the Day. Here is today’s offering:

A bachelor who lived at home with his mother and pet cat went on a trip to Europe.

Before he left he told his best friend to inform him of any emergencies.

A few days after his departure, his cat climbed up on the roof, fell off and was killed. His friend immediately wired him with the message: “Your cat died!”

In a few hours he was back home, having cut short his trip in grief and anger at his friend.

“Why didn’t you break the news to me gradually?” he scolded. “You know how close I was to my cat! You could have sent a message, ‘Your cat climbed up on the roof today’. And the next day you could’ve written, ‘Your cat fell off the roof,’ and let me down slowly that he died.”

After a quick memorial service, the bachelor left again to continue his trip.

A few days later he returned to his hotel and there was a message waiting for him from his friend.

It read, “Your mother climbed up on the roof today.”

 

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Ultimate tyrant's goal: Nationalizing children

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Hitler greeting a child

Hitler greeting a child

On March 22, 1758, Princeton University President Jonathan Edwards died from a smallpox inoculation. He had been the valedictorian of his class at Yale. He was ordained in 1727 as a minister in Northampton, Massachusetts, serving as assistant to his grandfather Solomon Stoddard. In 1727, Rev. Jonathan Edwards married Sarah Pierpont, whose father, Rev. James Pierpont, was a founder of Yale University. Sarah’s great-grandfather was Rev. Thomas Hooker, the founder of Connecticut.

Rev. Thomas Hooker stated in a sermon in Hartford, Connecticut, May 31, 1638: “The foundation of authority is laid firstly in the free consent of the people.”

This was revolutionary, as most of the world at the time was ruled by kings, emperors, czars and chieftains.

Thomas Hooker’s sermon became the basis for the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut 1638-39, which according to historian John Fiske, comprised the first written constitution in history. It became a blueprint for other New England colonies and eventually the United States Constitution. Connecticut’s General Assembly designated Connecticut “The Constitution State” in 1959.

A statue of Rev. Thomas Hooker holding a Bible stands prominently at the Connecticut State Capitol. A historical marker in England reads: “Thomas Hooker 1586-1647, Curate of St. Mary’s Church, Chelmsford and Town Lecturer 1626-1629, Founder of the State of Connecticut 1636, ‘Father of American Democracy.'”

Jonathan Edwards had Rev. George Whitefield preached a revival at his church during a revival tour in 1739-1740. In 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon, “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” which began the Great Awakening, a revival so widespread history credits it with uniting the colonies prior to the Revolution.

Of the revival, Jonathan Edwards wrote: “God made it, I suppose, the greatest occasion of awakening to others, of anything that ever came to pass in the town. I have had abundant opportunity to know the effect it had, by my private conversation with many. The news of it seemed to be almost like a flash of lighting upon the hearts of young people all over the town, and upon many others.”

Ben Franklin wrote of the awakening: “It was wonderful to see. … From being thoughtless or indifferent … it seemed as if all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk thro’ the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in … every street.”

Jonathan Edwards’ grandson was fourth Yale President Timothy Dwight. Timothy Dwight helped check the spread of French infidelity. He explained how Voltaire’s atheism laid the groundwork for the French Revolution’s bloody Reign of Terror, 1793-1794, where 40,000 people were beheaded.

Timothy Dwight wrote July 4, 1798: “In societies of Illuminati … the being of God was denied and ridiculed … The possession of property was pronounced robbery. Chastity and natural affection were declared to be nothing more than groundless prejudices. Adultery, assassination, poisoning, and other crimes of the like infernal nature, were taught as lawful … provided the end was good. … The good ends proposed by the Illuminati … are the overthrow of religion, government, and human society, civil and domestic. These they pronounce to be so good that murder, butchery, and war, however extended and dreadful, are declared by them to be completely justifiable. …”

Timothy Dwight warned that Voltaire’s agenda included controlling the education of the youth: “The means … were … the education of youth … books replete with infidelity, irreligion, immorality, and obscenity.”

Many writers understood that education in history gives youth their identity.

Plato wrote in Republic (380 B.C.): “When the true philosopher kings are born in a state … they will set in order their own city. … They will … take possession of the children, who will be unaffected by the habits of their parents; these they will train in their own habits and laws.”

Plato explained how the philosopher-king would stay in power by instituting a centralized “common-core” type education program where children were taught “noble lies.”

A description of Plato’s “noble lie” was given in a review of James Glazov’s book, “United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror” (Midstream, winter, 2011): “Plato expressed an idea that is related to thought control: he called for the Noble Lie, a contradiction in terms if ever there was one. In particular, he said that the people should be taught that Rulers were made with gold, Auxiliaries with silver, and craftsmen with iron and brass.”

George Orwell wrote in his novel “1984”: “Those who control the past control the future, and those who control the present control the past.”

Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945) was Minister of Propaganda and National Enlightenment for the National Socialist Workers Party. A master of exploiting mob emotions, Goebbels stated: “It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion. … Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

Adolph Hitler stated Nov. 6, 1933: “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already … What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.'”

Hitler stated May 1, 1937: “The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. … This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”

Karl Marx stated: “Take away the heritage of a people and they are easily destroyed.”

Yang Berhorma, the Minister of Culture of Borneo, wrote in the Brunei Times, Aug. 29, 2013: “A nation or generation that does not know the history of their nation is a nation that lost its identity, and can be easily manipulated.”

Communist Party Education Workers Congress, 1918: “We must create out of the younger generation a generation of Communists. We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists. … We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them. From the first days of their lives they will be under the healthy influence of Communist children’s nurseries and schools. There they will grow up to be real Communists.”

The Communist tactic of deconstruction is to separate a people from their past; get them into a neutral position where they don’t remember where they came from; then brainwash them into the Communist future they have planned for them.

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin stated: “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

Karl Marx stated: “The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.”

Josef Stalin stated: “Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”

Leon Trotsky stated: “If our generation happens to be too weak to establish Socialism over the earth, we will hand the spotless banner down to our children. … It is the struggle for the future of all mankind.”

William T. Harris, U.S. commissioner of education, 1889-1906, drawing the philosophies of Hegel, Kant, Fichte, Fröbel and Pestalozzi, stated: “Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening. The average American should be content with their humble role in life, they’re not tempted to think about any other role.”

Henry A Giroux wrote in an op-ed “How Disney Magic and the Corporate Media Shape Youth Identity in the Digital Age,” Aug. 21, 2011: “Childhood ideals increasingly give way to a market-driven politics in which young people are prepared for a life of ‘objectification’ (a social philosophy term meaning to treat a person as a thing) that will simultaneously drain them of any viable sense of moral and political agency.”

Dr. James Dobson addressed the National Religious Broadcasters, Feb. 16, 2002: “If they can get control of children … they can change the whole culture in one generation. … There is a concerted effort to manipulate the minds of kids. … A stem cell is a cell in the human being … that in the very early stages of development it is undifferentiated. In other words, it’s not yet other kinds of tissue, but it can go any direction depending on the environment that it’s in. … Do you understand that children are the stem cells for the culture?”

Will & Ariel Durant wrote in “The Story of Civilization,” 1967: “History is an excellent teacher with few pupils.”

Harvard Professor George Santayana wrote in “Reason in Common Sense” (Vol. I of “The Life of Reason,” 1905): “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Cicero stated in “Ad M. Brutum,” 46 B.C.: “Not to know what happened before you were born is to be a child forever.”

Judge Learned Hand wrote: “The use of history is to tell us … past themes, else we should have to repeat, each in his own experience, the successes and the failures of our forebears.”

Winston Churchill stated: “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”

Pulitzer Prize winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., wrote in an op-ed titled “Folly’s Antidote” (The New York Times, Jan. 1, 2007): “History is to the nation as memory is to the individual. As persons deprived of memory become disoriented and lost, not knowing where they have been and where they are going, so a nation denied a conception of the past will be disabled in dealing with its present and its future. ‘The longer you look back,’ said Winston Churchill, ‘the farther you can look forward.’… I believe a consciousness of history is a moral necessity for a nation.”

John F. Kennedy wrote in the introduction of the “American Heritage New Illustrated History of the United States” (1960): “History, after all, is the memory of a nation. Just as memory enables the individual to learn, to choose goals and stick to them, to avoid making the same mistake twice – in short, to grow – so history is the means by which a nation establishes its sense of identity and purpose.”

Edmund Burke wrote in “Reflections on the Revolution in France,” 1790: “People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”

Lord Acton wrote in 1877: “The story of the future is written in the past.”

Patrick Henry stated March 23, 1775: “I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.”

Aristotle in his book “Rhetoric’ (4th century B.C.) called this “deliberative rhetoric,” using examples from the past to predict future outcomes: “The political orator is concerned with the future: it is about things to be done hereafter that he advises, for or against.”

Even Adolph Hitler stated: “The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes.”

Will and Ariel Durant wrote in “The Lessons of History,” 1968: “Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted … civilization would die, and we should be savages again.”

Yale President Timothy Dwight concluded his remarks July 4, 1798: “Where religion prevails, Illumination cannot make disciples, a French directory cannot govern, a nation cannot be made slaves. … To destroy us therefore, in this dreadful sense, our enemies must first destroy our Sabbath and seduce us from the house of God. … Without religion we may possibly retain the freedom of savages, bears, and wolves, but not the freedom of New England. If our religion were gone, our state of society would perish with it and nothing would be left which would be worth defending.”

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This day in WND history: Predatory school teachers have sex with students

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Classroom32Predatory school teachers have sex with students

March 22, 2006: WND published Managing Editor David Kupelian’s in-depth investigation of the epidemic of predatory female school teachers having sex with their students.

A New Jersey judge in the case of a 43-year-old woman who abused a 13-year-old boy stated: “I don’t see anything here that shows this young man has been psychologically damaged by her actions. And don’t forget, this was mutual consent. Now certainly under the law, he is too young to legally consent, but that’s what the law says. Some of the legislators should remember when they were that age. Maybe these ages have to be changed a little bit.”

WND has been the leading news agency following the cases of female teachers having sex with their students.

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How not to impress a woman

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Patty Ann MalleyGo to full article
The things we do for love

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“Holy crap, I’m gone for sure,” was all Australian backpacker Lee De Paauw could think, he said, when he found himself wrestling with a crocodile after he jumped into a river to impress a woman, according to HuffPo.

Take a peek at the video below for details:

 

There was a lot of blood, bone, splashing, screaming and two punches from man to croc. But hey, after De Paauw gets out of the hospital where the serious injuries to his arm are being treated, he’s apparently headed to the movies with the object of his affection, Miss Sophie Patterson.

Sophie Patterson



Winchester Mystery House – now a movie!

Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California

Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California

Sarah Lockwood Pardee, spouse of William Wirt Winchester, famed manufacturer of the “gun that won the west,” was a loony. She was also loaded, having inherited a $20 million legacy following her husband’s death from tuberculosis in 1881. In addition, Sarah gleaned $1000 per day as a result of her snagging 50 percent of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.

 

What the Connecticut widow didn’t receive, however, was much common sense. With her husband gone and their only child having passed in infancy, Sarah fell in with Boston “medium” Adam Coons, according to legend. Coons, for whatever reason, convinced Sarah that her family’s death was not due to natural causes, but revenge. The hordes of Indians killed by Winchester rifles were seeking payback. Sarah was told she must head West. Not to flee the spectral vendetta, but to appease the ghosts – by building them a house!

Sarah Winchester

Sarah Winchester

As long as the building continued, she’d supposedly be safe. It’s no wonder the unfinished San Jose, California farmhouse that Sarah purchased is now rife with stair cases leading to ceilings, bathrooms inside of bathrooms and trapdoors that open up to two-story drops. The 107 builders who worked on the “project” for 38 years kept a 24/7 schedule that was dictated by the “spirits” who would tell Sarah each night in a séance what “they” wanted in their house. Weird, right?

But what if Mrs. Winchester wasn’t nuts, after all? What if it was only her method of appeasing the spirits that was questionable? What if Mrs. Winchester wasn’t some neurotic recluse, but someone with the gravitas of award winning actress Helen Mirren who was merely driven to extremes, drawn unwittingly into that clash of cultures – living vs. the dead – that has plagued mankind since the beginning?

That’s the premise of the new film, “Winchester,” just now beginning production with CBS Film in Melbourne, Australia: “When skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her (Winchester’s) state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all.” The Mary Sue assures the curious that “‘Winchester’ will take audiences inside the labyrinth-like house that is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the world.”

Don’t pop your popcorn just yet. The film isn’t due to be released until 2018. But this San Jose native is looking forward to it!



Hello hijab!

Hijab Barbie

The latest in indoctrination is hitting the United States for only $6.00 a pop. That’s right. For only $6.00 you can get hold of a square of recycled hijab for your little girls to put on their Barbie or any other doll.

Proceeds will benefit, “the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, Community Blueprint, the ACLU of Pittsburgh, and the Jewish Family & Childrens Services of Pittsburgh, which is a leading refugee resettlement organization in Pittsburgh,” according to Mashable.

“Hello Hijab” is the first initiative of Pittsburg non-profit, For Good. The organization’s stated goal is to uplift the marginalized in local area projects.

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Mother Gisele Fetterman, the creative mind behind Hello Hijab and co-founder of For Good, became inspired when she compared the dolls her five-year-old daughter, Grace, played with against the reality of what the mothers and grandmothers of her own friends look like.

Fetterman took the idea to her friend Safaa Bokhari, a practicing Muslim whose own daughter plays with Bokhari’s real hijabs, and Hello Hijab was born.

“When I heard the idea, I was hooked,” Bokhari said. “My daughter usually plays with my hijabs at home, but I need this for her future.”

But what about the future for the rest of American girls? Are we to turn the hijab, a religious and cultural article, into a simple fashion accessory? What’s the real objective here? Hijabs are only required when an observant Muslim woman is out in public, in the presence of a man who she could marry or a man who is not her husband or relative.

So, when do the “children” get instructed to cover their Barbie? And what is the reason given for covering one Barbie, but not other dolls? What if Muslim Barbie doesn’t want to put on her hijab? What then? Will Ken or GI Jihadi come in to ensure that the pretty scarf is put on?

Kids are curious, if nothing else, and playtime teaches a wealth of social skills. But listen to For Good’s creators:

“During these tense and very charged times, this concept might sound naïve – and maybe it is,” For Good creators Gisele Fetterman and Kristen Michaels wrote on the nonprofits site. “But we believe that there has never been a better time to reach out and do something positive for someone else.”

Perhaps the positive thing here is to think ahead. And if you suspect something is naïve, don’t do it, especially during tense and very charged times. Duh!

The following video gives a taste of just why Muslim women cover their heads. It’s not just a fashion statement.

 


Tattoos of tomorrow

Check out the e-tattoos that keep you in even closer contact with your smartphone!

 

So, instead of having that “beauty” mole removed, make it work for you. Wrinkles, too!

New Scientist reports:

e-tattoos

Despite the current limitations, Harrison (Chris Harrison of Carnegie Melon University) says on-skin devices are the next logical step in wearable technology. “Human fingers are quite nimble on their own skin,” he says. “And a hand provides a greater surface area than current smartwatch screens.”

“It will be 10 years before we see touch-sensitive tattoos in mainstream use,” says Harrison, but he predicts a future in which skin-based controls are the new normal. “You’ll have these digital tattoo parlours which you can go to in 2050 and 5 minutes later you can walk out with the iPhone 22 on your forearm.”

Creepy! And a tad inconvenient, especially if one needs to use their body for something other than texting or checking Google … like scratching an unplanned itch!

 

Deadly silence from Dems on Hillary's 2020 plans

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Alicia PoweGo to full article
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There’s a deadly silence coming from a long list of Democrats on a report from New York Times best-selling author Ed Klein that claims Hillary Clinton still wants to be president and is making plans to take on Donald Trump again in 2020.

Klein, a former foreign editor of Newsweek and former editor-in-chief of New York Times Magazine, said recently that after weeks of lying low and licking her wounds from her 2016 failure, a “pathological” Hillary Clinton is gearing up to fight Trump again.

WND reached out to Democrats including Sen. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Keith Ellison for reaction to Clinton’s potential race.

All declined to be interviewed or provide a statement.

It would be her third bid for the office, following her 2008 primary loss to Barack Obama.

Klein, author of “Guilty as Sin,” argues that Clinton, with all her email, pay-for-play and other scandals, won’t run for office to evade prosecution or divert attention.

But the former secretary of state may run again because she is “delusional” and is convinced that becoming the first female president of the United States is her destiny, he said.

“She lost now her two attempts, both in 2008 in the primaries against Barack Obama and again in 2016 against Donald Trump, but she hasn’t lost that dream because that’s essentially what motivates her,” Klein told WND.

“Her sole dream in life has been to become president.

“Hillary has been planning, thinking and dreaming of becoming the first woman president of the United States since about 1965 when she entered Wellesley College and she started running for (student body) president of Wellesley,” he continued. “All of her – many of her classmates were so impressed with her that they told her that she was going to grow up to become the first woman president of the United States. She’s been dreaming about that – and married Bill Clinton because she thought he had the same future that she did.

“You would need a psychoanalyst to figure out why this has become the motivating factor in her life, but it’s certainly has been.”

Clinton, who currently is writing her memoirs for Simon and Schuster and has signed up with a speaking bureau to make paid speeches, truly believes she lost the 2016 election because of the Russians and the FBI, Klein said.

“From my point of view, this is almost a pathological delusion on her part because she is a lousy politician to begin with,” he said. “Her campaign failed to understand the vast changes that were taking place amongst the American electorate, and, therefore, they lost the whole Rust Belt, ‘blue wall’ – Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin.”

Democrats have charged that the Russians swiped Democrats’ emails and released them, putting Clinton’s campaign on defense for weeks. They also point to the fact that even after FBI Director James Comey cleared her of mishandling classified information on an unsecure private server, he reopened the investigation just before the election.

Clinton has avoided, and will continue to avoid, criticizing the Trump administration to avoid prosecution, Klein suspects.

“She has not been a full-throated critic (of Trump) in the same way that Bernie Sanders, and especially Elizabeth Warren and the far left-wing of the party has,” he said. “She feels, and perhaps accurately, that the current Justice Department, under Jeff Sessions and the FBI would be urged and politically put under pressure by the White House to reopen some of these investigations, especially into her relationship with the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of state.

“And the charges that she was guilty of ‘pay to play’ – doing favors for foreign governments and foreign businessmen in return for donations to the foundation and, of course, huge speaking fees to her husband and, later, to her,” he said.

“So, I think she is pretty quiet on that front, generally speaking, to not upset Donald Trump and irritate him.”

Whether Trump will keep his campaign promise and reopen the investigation against Clinton remains to be seen. Trump is refraining from going after her because he wants to keep the attention on his policy goals, Klein speculates.

“The idea of going after Hillary would be, I believe, in his view, would be a distraction from a lot of the things he wants to accomplish that he promised, including immigration reform, health care repeal and replacement, tax reform. Much more vigorous foreign policy and defense posture,” he said. “Making Hillary a target of, a visible and headline kind of target, of the Justice Department would take him off message.

“I don’t think it is out of the goodness of his heart,” he added. “He thinks that would be a waste of time and energy. Just the way, and you can argue this point, Gerald Ford decided to pardon Richard Nixon, rather than pursue Nixon’s felonies when he took over as president.”

Democrats stand in agreement that Clinton is a lousy candidate who has no chance of winning the party’s nomination again, Klein said.

“They think she lost the election because she lost the election, not because of the Russians or the FBI,” he said. “Many of them have said so, especially the left-wing base of the party which is growing in numbers and influence, and I think would have vast influence on the choice of candidates going forward.

“She is a figure of the past and a failed figure from the past in their eyes, and I don’t think she grasps that. I don’t think she understands that – intellectually she might understand that, because she is not stupid – but emotionally I think that she doesn’t really get it.

“If there is any leader who comes close to the leader of the Democratic Party today, it is the triumvirate of Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama.”

Even Bill Clinton fears his wife is sullying his legacy.

“The Democratic Party will not nominate her, but I don’t think she believes that,” Klein said. “Her own husband has told her time and time again: Number one that the campaign has not been run properly, she didn’t listen to him during the campaign. And he’s told her since the campaign that she shouldn’t even think about running again because if she is a two-time loser it will besmirch and undermine the Clinton legacy, the Clinton Foundation and everything the Clintons stand for.”

While Bill would prefer her not to run, Klein said, Chelsea Clinton and the people she is surrounded by are “egging her on.”

“By 2020, they think Donald Trump will be an unpopular figure running again and that she will present herself as the responsible mature, experienced individual and will be able to beat him.”

Even if she does decide to run again, Clinton’s deteriorating health will likely be problematic, Klein explained.

“She is going to be 73 years old in 2020. She is not in good health, despite what she claims. Seventy or 73 these days is not considered to be very old unless your health is not well, and she certainly doesn’t have good health. So she is kind of an old 70-ish person. So, I think that her plans to run again in 2020 will not come to fruition.”

 

Beware of false comfort in 'The Shack,' warns scholar

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Paul BremmerGo to full article
Heaven

Imagine there’s … no hell below us. It’s only one half of John Lennon’s famous line, but Christian universalists believe there is a heaven and everyone will eventually get there, leaving no one left in hell and no reason for its continued existence.

That belief is the central tenet of universal reconciliation, the doctrine underlying the popular novel “The Shack” and the new movie of the same name. And according to James De Young, a professor of New Testament language and literature at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, universal reconciliation is a false doctrine.

“They are creating another theology that offers a supposed hope to people beyond the grave, and it is a lie that, for no other explanation, must have come out of the pit, that is from the Devil himself,” De Young declared in a recent interview on “Revealing the Truth” with Rabbi Eric Walker.

De Young, who was once a friend of “The Shack” author William Paul Young, challenged his old friend’s theology in his own book, “Burning Down the Shack: How the ‘Christian’ Bestseller Is Deceiving Millions.”

De Young said universalists believe everyone will ultimately come to God through Jesus Christ and go to heaven, and if they don’t accept Jesus before they die, they will do so after they die.

“The number one principle of Christian universalism is that God is love,” De Young explained. “Love limits God’s other attributes such as justice, holiness and so forth. So it maintains that God is so wrapped up or consumed by love that there cannot be anyone left in the universe who in the end is still hostile toward Him. So hell becomes a place where the fires, figuratively speaking, are purgatorial or corrective or discipline; they are not punishment. And so people go through this, they come to a better sense of who they are, they confess that they need Jesus and they are taken out of hell into heaven, so that in the very end neither the devil nor his angels are left there, and hell ceases to exist.”

One of the problems with that, according to De Young, is Jesus himself said the gate is wide and the road is broad that lead to destruction, and many enter through it, but the gate is small and the road narrow that lead to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:13-14). In fact, De Young pointed out Jesus spoke more forcefully about hell and judgment than any other figure in the Bible.

What’s more, the Bible never says hell is only a temporary stopover on the road to heaven, according to De Young.

“There is no verse in the entire Bible that says people can change their destiny after they die,” he charged. “This is a fabrication, and it’s based upon a theory or a reasonable, they claim, understanding of the love of God, and yet they go entirely against scripture. So the bottom line in this is the fact that the authority of scripture is no longer preeminent or persuasive.”

 

De Young says universalists cherry-pick the parts of the Bible that talk about God’s love while rejecting all those that talk about God’s judgment. However, he understands why universal reconciliation appeals to so many people.

“You’d rather want to believe that God is love, that everybody’s going to go to heaven in the end and so forth; but it isn’t truth,” De Young admonished. “What does the scripture say? And if we’re not going to go by scripture, then whatever Paul Young says, or Rob Bell or anybody else, becomes the standard, and there’s no unity there; there’s no settled truth.

“So it’s a very powerful thing to appeal to people today, especially in our age of plurality, our age of inclusivism. Nobody wants to be exclusive, but Jesus was exclusive. He said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me.'”

And yet, as De Young noted, Christians today find themselves bombarded with arguments that they need to look at everyone as a brother or sister in Christ. In fact, he said, universalism through the ages has focused on the nature of God while giving Jesus shorter shrift because of his exclusive nature. It goes back to universalists’ belief that love limits God’s other attributes.

“There is a de-emphasis on the person of Jesus Christ because he is very exclusive – he’s the only way to God,” De Young said. “They don’t like those statements, so there’s an overemphasis on the fatherhood of God and a lack of teaching about Jesus Christ, and yet when you look at the New Testament and the prophecies of the Old Testament, Jesus Christ is preeminent and he’s the one to whom we go for everything: to understand truth, how to find comfort and encouragement in our daily lives, and so forth.”

De Young said Paul Young was far from the first to enunciate the idea of universal reconciliation. Around the third century, a few church fathers embraced the notion God cannot be subverted by lasting rebellion somewhere in the universe, so any rebellion must be reconciled with a God of love.

“The church early on identified this as heresy, but it keeps coming back as time goes on, and in early America it experienced a significant revival and became very powerful for the first hundred years from, let’s say, 1750-1850,” De Young said. “And then Christians started writing to oppose it and it went into decline, but now in 1950 and following it’s experiencing a resurgence.

“And so we have all kinds of people – Rob Bell and Brian McLaren and other people – writing in favor of this, many in the emergent church, and then Paul Young comes along and not only produces a bestseller of a book, but now it’s made into a movie. So the movie advances this kind of thinking to a degree as never before in the history of universalism.”

De Young does not ask Christians to avoid seeing “The Shack” movie; rather, he hopes they will go to the theater with a film critic’s mindset, asking themselves if there are statements in the movie that contradict scripture.

He said he has received emails from several people who found comfort or encouragement in “The Shack.” Many of them had experienced tragedy or brokenness in their lives and could identify with the protagonist. But De Young said those people must realize true comfort and encouragement come from Jesus, who identified with us in our sins. He said this is a problem for universalists, because they don’t believe Christ’s death, which atoned for the sins of the world, was originally in God’s plan.

“The only way we find the comfort of God ultimately to be true is in identifying with the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and if that work was not important, if there was never an atonement for sin, if we had never been redeemed from a lost life, if we’d never been reconciled to God, if we’d never been justified, declared righteous by God, all because of the work of the cross, then whatever comfort and encouragement we find is a false comfort and encouragement,” he declared.

The only anchor of our souls is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, according to De Young.

“My heart goes out to people who languish in hurt and uncomfortable things and discomfort, but the answer is not to get a false hope and false basis for our comfort, but to find it in the cross of Jesus Christ.”

De Young noted Paul Young is motivated by a desire to fundamentally transform the church, as the author recently declared the church needs another reformation, and he believes it’s already on the cusp of that reformation. De Young, however, thinks the church needs to return to the principles of the Reformation of 500 years ago, the chief principle being the authority of Scripture, which universalists are moving away from.

“Paul Young and other universalists have it as their goal to change the church, and I don’t believe it’s going to happen as they think, because it will never stand up against the word of God,” De Young asserted.

“However, there will be enough people – and this is the tragedy of it all – there will be enough people who will buy into this and it will ruin their lives, and if not their present lives then it sends them to an eternity without hope, without a future life with God; and they’ll spend an eternity in separation from God.”.

 

Warning: Controversial speakers 'impose on liberty of students'

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Paul BremmerGo to full article
 

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Seeking to protect students from “harm,” a group of Wellesley College professors is recommending the school tighten up its criteria regarding who gets invited to speak on campus.

The faculty Commission for Ethnicity, Race, and Equity, or CERE, sent an email to fellow faculty Monday calling on anyone who invites speakers to campus to “consider whether, in their zeal for promoting debate, they might, in fact, stifle productive debate by enabling the bullying of disempowered groups.”

In the March 20 letter, the committee members asserted there is “no doubt” speakers with controversial beliefs “impose on the liberty of students, staff, and faculty at Wellesley.”

They said students often bear the brunt of the “injury” from these types of speakers and complained students must “invest time and energy in rebutting the speakers’ arguments.”

The CERE members said students feel compelled to object to “affirm their humanity,” and they wouldn’t be able to “carry out their responsibilities as students” if they didn’t push back against controversial speakers.

Scott Greer, a columnist and editor for the Daily Caller, said it’s a great example of how leftists often attempt to stifle free speech on campuses.

“When they speak of ‘imposing on liberty,’ they mean ideas they disagree with are actually harmful to them,” Greer told WND. “Conservative or just anti-PC ideas are not wrong based on facts and reason – they’re wrong because they threaten the safety and liberty of students. That’s the reasoning behind these actions – and it’s more effective than giving a well-articulated argument against a political opponent.”

Regarding the teachers’ fretting about “enabling the bullying of disempowered groups,” Greer, who authored the book “No Campus for White Men: The Transformation of Higher Education into Hateful Indoctrination” said: “Wellesley is obviously encouraging the growth of victimhood moral culture, just like the rest of higher education. It’s not about promoting intellectual debate; it’s about ensuring the interests and demands of protected classes are fulfilled.”

The professors’ email came in response to a recent campus visit by Laura Kipnis, a Northwestern University professor and self-described feminist who has criticized Title IX and what she calls a “culture of sexual paranoia” on college campuses. Her speech prompted a video response from students, who called her views “bull—t.”

CERE claimed many students came forward to describe the “harm” they experienced as a result of Kipnis’ speech. The professors threw up their hands and ceded any right to judge, writing, “When dozens of students tell us they are in distress as a result of a speaker’s words, we must take these complaints at face value.”

Paul Kengor, a college professor and bestselling author, said he is completely unsurprised by what is transpiring at Wellesley College.

“This is how progressives and leftists think and behave,” Kengor told WND. “They preach ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity,’ but they don’t really believe it. It’s tolerance and diversity for me but not for thee. It’s a highly selective tolerance and diversity, an exclusive tolerance and diversity – which, of course, isn’t actually tolerance and diversity at all.”

Kengor, who has extensively studied and written about the cultural left, said the Wellesley professors are knowingly or unknowingly following the playbook of the infamous cultural Marxist Herbert Marcuse, who called for “repressive tolerance.”

“That’s one of these deliciously ludicrous oxymorons of the left, which liberals accept and push with wild abandon, never seeming to notice the hilariously obvious contradictions in their words and behavior,” Kengor mused. “For Marcuse and the cultural Marxists, ‘tolerance’ would be extended only to left-wing ideas and speakers that they wanted to tolerate. As for people whose ideas they don’t like, they’re dismissed as hideous ‘right-wingers’ not worthy of the left’s benevolent blessings of ‘toleration.'”

The CERE activists, in their letter, offered to consult with any host considering inviting a controversial speaker to campus. They also asserted “standards of respect and rigor must remain paramount when considering whether a speaker is actually qualified for the platform granted by an invitation to Wellesley.”

Greer worries that if the CERE teachers’ recommendations are implemented, they would rob Wellesley students of valuable opportunities to hear from speakers who would challenge their own views.

“Colleges should serve as a marketplaces of ideas, so not hearing speakers who dissent from left-wing orthodoxy does hinder a student’s development,” Greer said.

“The real world will not offer these young people a safe space, and a democracy results in a multitude of views that a person will not agree with. Demanding everyone caters to your interests is not American and not conducive to a healthy democracy.”

Political correctness is just the beginning. The situation on college campuses is worse than you could ever imagine – and America’s future is at stake. Don’t miss the political blockbuster of 2017 – “No Campus For White Men” by Scott Greer.

 

Muslim Brotherhood spending millions to fight terror designation

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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The Muslim Brotherhood is spending millions of dollars to lobby Washington to avoid being designated a terror organization, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Confirming a WND report, the Middle East Media Research Institute found the Muslim Brotherhood has signed a contract with an American lobbying firm to spend $4.8 million “to help it establish ties with Trump administration officials.”

There apparently is reason for the Brotherhood to believe lobbying is necessary.

“Already in November 2016, immediately after Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential elections, the movement began preparing to counter U.S. moves to designate it terrorist,” MEMRI said.

“The Egyptian Institute for Political and Strategic Studies, which belongs to the Brotherhood and operates from Turkey under the directorship of Amr Darrag, who served as minister of planning and international cooperation in the administration of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, published a document by Dr. Badr Shafi’i on November 26 with recommendations for the movement on how to deal with America’s intent to promote a terrorist designation of the MB,” MEMRI reported.

“The recommendations include: Appointing elements within the movement to supervise these steps and make contact with experts on international relations; contacting politicians, clerics, and countries that could sympathize with the MB in order to improve its image in Congress; establishing a legal-media team and hold ties with members of Congress; hiring a U.S. law firm and public relations teams; and establishing a substantial Islamic lobby in the U.S., while strengthening ties with movements opposing Trump’s policy.”

The report said that during Trump’s campaign, Middle East adviser Walid Phares repeatedly stated that the new president would support the passage of a bill designating the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., introduced such a bill in 2015, and in January it was introduced again.

Cruz tweeted then he was: “Proud to introduce Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act w @MarioDB. It’s time to call the enemy by its name.”

In response, the Brotherhood began “preparations to confront the bill and prevent its passage.”

“Launching a widespread informational media campaign, including the hiring of U.S. lobbying and legal firms, outreach to the press in the U.S., and dissemination of informational content aimed at improving its image in the West, particularly in the U.S., the MB attempted to convey that it is not a terrorist organization,” the report said.

The lobbying campaign has been opposed by the Egyptian regime, which believes the Brotherhood is a threat to the state.

The report said various articles have been published extolling the Brotherhood, and there are efforts “not only in Egypt but in 82 countries around the world … meant to prevent the decision.”

The $4.8 million lobbying contract includes meetings with administration officials, publishing articles in American media and providing platforms for movement officials.

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

 

School sued after opening boys' locker room to girls

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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The Trump administration already has reversed the Obama-era order that public schools open their girls’ showers to boys, and vice versa, but that hasn’t yet changed the practice of all schools.

A lawsuit has been filed against the Boyertown Area School District in Pennsylvania for deliberately violating “a child’s fundamental right to bodily privacy contrary to constitutional and statutory principles.”

The case cites the 14th Amendment, Title IX, invasion of seclusion and the Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949, which requires separate facilities on the basis of sex.

The case was brought by lawyers with the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Independence Law Center against the district, its superintendent, Richard Faidley, principal Brett Cooper and assistant principal E. Wayne Foley on behalf of a student identified only as “Joel Doe,” by and through his guardians.

ADF and ILC explained the high school boy “was exposed involuntarily to an undressed female student while he was changing in his school’s locker room.”

“Without any notice to students or parents, the school district secretly opened its schools’ sex-specific restrooms and locker rooms to students of the opposite sex. When the student, identified in the lawsuit as ‘Joel Doe,’ was standing in his underwear about to put on his gym clothes, he suddenly noticed that a female student, also in a state of undress, was in the locker room,” the legal groups said.

“The male student brought a complaint to school officials, who informed him that they now allow students who subjectively identify themselves as the opposite sex to choose whichever locker room they wish to use. He asked officials to protect his privacy, but they instead told him twice that he must ‘tolerate’ it and make changing with students of the opposite sex as ‘natural’ as he can.”

ILC Chief Counsel Randall Wenger said: “No school should rob any student of his legally protected personal privacy. We trust that our children won’t be forced into emotionally vulnerable situations like this when they are in the care of our schools because it’s a school’s duty to protect and respect the bodily privacy and dignity of all students. In this case, school officials are clearly ignoring that duty.”

The complaint explains the practice “has had a severe and negative impact on plaintiff.”

“Plaintiff has experienced embarrassment and humiliation, both in terms of being viewed and viewing a student of the opposite sex in a state of undress and because of the stigmatization and criticism he received from other students and adults, fueled by the administration’s policy and actions,” the complaint says.

“He also fears the future embarrassment of meeting students of the opposite sex in the bathroom when simply relieving himself. He now avoids using the restroom during the school day because of the ongoing risk of having his privacy violated,” it states.

ADF Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek said the nation’s “laws and customs have long recognized that we shouldn’t have to undress in front of persons of the opposite sex.”

“But now some schools are forcing our children into giving up their privacy rights even though, in this case, Pennsylvania law requires schools to have separate facilities on the basis of sex,” Fiedorek said.

“Respect means protecting the personal privacy of each student, not taking it away,” said Jeremy Samek, senior counsel for ILC. “It’s regrettable that a student would have to go to court to ensure that his well-established privacy rights aren’t tossed aside.”

It was Oct. 31, 2016, when Joel Doe was changing into clothing for a required physical education class when he noticed a girl also changing in the room. She was wearing “nothing but shorts and a bra.”

He dressed quickly, left and complained, along with other classmates, to Foley, whose response included the statement that biological gender did not matter.

“The district intentionally and purposefully caused Joel Doe’s privacy to be violated,” the claim states.

The school later issued a statement to WND that it had not been “officially” served with the case and it was reviewing the matter.

The complaint asserts the district violated the 14th Amendment’s privacy protections and a wide range of other requirements.

“Minors have a fundamental right to be free for state compelled risk of exposure of their bodies, or their intimate activities,” it says. “Doe was subjected to harassment because the practice allows biological females to use the boys’ locker rooms and restrooms, which creates a harassing hostile environment specifically on the basis of the sex of the persons involved.

“Differences in anatomy … do not disappear when biological females self-identify as males, and vice versa.”

The case seeks a permanent injunction against the district’s forced exposure practices.

The fight has developed over years because of demands from transgender activists that the general population submit to their beliefs.

Obama had incorporated it widely by demanding that schools allow students to pick their gender.

Then the Trump administration sent a letter to schools across the nation withdrawing Obama’s requirement that boys who identify as girls be allowed to use girls’ showers, restrooms and other gender-specific facilities.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter, the Trump administration overturned the overreach from the Obama administration based on the premise that in the 1970s, when Title IX was adopted, Congress had in mind that girls’ facilities should be open to boys who say they are girls and vice versa.

“These [Obama] guidance documents take the position that the prohibitions on discrimination ‘on the basis of sex’ in Title IX … require access to sex-segregated facilities based on gender identity. These guidance documents do not, however, contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they undergo any formal public process,” the letter said.

So “the Department of Justice and the Department of Education are withdrawing” the Obama mandates.

The letter noted that “significant litigation” had arisen over the move and that “the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit concluded that the term ‘sex’ in the regulations is ambiguous and deferred to what the court characterized as the ‘novel’ interpretation advanced in the guidance.”

But, it said, “by contrast, a federal district court in Texas held that the term ‘sex’ unambiguously refers to biological sex and that, in any event, the guidance was ‘legislative and substantive’ and thus formal rulemaking should have occurred prior to the adoption.”

Further, the federal departments believe “there must be due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts in establishing educational policy.”

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at the time the Trump administration believed it is obligated to follow U.S. law on the issue, rejecting Obama’s interpretation of “sex” in the 1972 Title IX law as whatever gender a person chooses.

“There are problems in both the legal and process way in which (Obama’s) guidance was issued,” Spicer explained in response to a question about the issue. “And so it is incumbent on us to actually follow the law and to recognize that Title IX … was [enacted] in 1972.

It was U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas who blocked the Obama directive nationwide and denied requests from two federal executive branch departments to lift the ban.

He also noted that “sex,” as used in 1972, referred to the person’s physical gender at birth.

 

 

VA again! Lady Marine 'disgusted' over suicidal vets put on hold for 30 minutes

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Greg CorombosGo to full article
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A new report shows the Department of Veterans Affairs is failing to answer calls on the Veteran Crisis Line, leaving many veterans waiting 30 minutes, a federal performance that a prominent veterans advocate says should leave the American people “disgusted.”

The VA’s own inspector general issued the report Monday. First created in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line is designed to have 10 percent or fewer of the calls roll over into overflow call centers. However, from April through November of 2016, 28.4 percent of calls went to the call centers, with many waiting 30 minutes for someone to speak to them. In October, the rate was 34.9 percent.

“It’s disgusting. Every American should be absolutely disgusted with this rate for a suicide hotline. I’m just kind of numb to a point where the VA is just the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to giving me an opportunity to come out and scream and yell,” said retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Jessie Jane Duff, who is now a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research.

“I am frustrated beyond belief,” Duff told WND and Radio America. “I understand this is a new administration. I’m willing to give the new secretary of the Veterans Administration an opportunity to correct these issues. But I do hope that bringing this forward in the first 50 some odd days of this administration, they’d take it very seriously.”

She said veteran suicides are a major problem, and forcing vets in crisis to wait long periods is not helpful.

“They have 20 veterans a day killing themselves. Twenty veterans a day; this is by the VA’s own stats,” Duff said. “So then to put them on hold for 30 minutes. Do you not think that’s not potentially contributing to the suicide rate?”

The report also shows the VA is distorting the wait time for veterans by declaring that calls forwarded to overflow centers are never really on hold.

“To have them wait 30 minutes is ridiculous. And then the excuses they give. They said they’re not being put on hold because they were rerouted to an overflow center,” Duff said. “They said, ‘Well, we didn’t put them on hold.’ Quit patting yourself on the back. To a caller, that was waiting 30 minutes. In that time, they could have pulled the trigger or driven off the bridge.”

Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with Jessie Jane Duff: 

 

Deflecting blame infuriates Duff as much as the incompetence.

“Who is going to be held accountable for this? The staff obviously doesn’t get fired. There’s obviously minimal recourse for the veterans who are left on hold. What are they left to do?” she asked. “Reporting it doesn’t seem to be getting them anywhere.”

Duff said there seems to be an easy fix.

“You would have to centralize where this system is located, and you would have to enable it with an efficient and effective staff,” she said. “They should be like a 9-1-1 call center. 9-1-1 does not place you on hold. It’s as simple as that. It should be considered an emergency.”

Duff said something like this should be effectively addressed in three months or fewer. She also wants the VA to focus on care for veterans instead of trying to take away their Second Amendment rights because they’ve been deemed mentally incapable of handling their own financial affairs. The Justice Department imposed such an order, and legislation is now under way to reverse that ruling.

“Mentally defective does not equate to suicidal. And if the VA cares so much about suicide, why aren’t they answering their phones?” Duff asked.

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When it comes to confronting unions and freeing up the VA secretary to remove ineffective or incompetent personnel, Duff wants to see major results within a year. Secretary David Shulkin deserves a chance to do the job, she said, but results should determine how long he stays there.

“For the bigger things, I expect (results) in a year. I’m not even talking midterms,” Duff said. “If this doesn’t get corrected, somebody needs to be removed from this position, and we need someone who’s willing to do the deep dive and go in there and dig.”

 

   
 

Elon Musk prepares 1st private moon landing

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(TELEGRAPH) — The first private Moon landing could be made by a group of European scientists next year.

A group of rocket engineers called PTScientists (Part-time Scientists), has built a landing module and two rovers, which are expected to launch in 2018 on board Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The landing module will be programmed to touch down in the Taurus-Littrow valley, around two miles from the site of the final Apollo 17 mission.

Report: Mahmoud Abbas to meet Trump at White House

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(TIMES OF ISRAEL) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to Washington mid-April to meet with US President Donald Trump, Palestinian media reported Saturday.

There was no immediate confirmation of the report from the White House.

The report of Abbas heading to Washington came just after Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt visited Israel and the West Bank.

 

Writing

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Editor’s note: Do you need something to smile about? Every day, WND selects the best joke offered up by readers and contributors to its Laughlines forum and brings it to you as the WND Joke of the Day. Here is today’s offering:

Sign at a gynecologist’s office: “Dr. Jones, at your cervix.”

In a podiatrist’s office: “Time wounds all heels.”

At an optometrist’s office: “If you don’t see what you’re looking for,
you’ve come to the right place.”

On a plumber’s truck: “We repair what your husband fixed.”

At a tire shop: “Invite us to your next blowout.”

On an electrician’s truck: “Let us remove your shorts.”

Outside a muffler shop: “No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

In a veterinarian’s waiting room: “Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

In the front yard of a funeral home: “Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

Got a great joke you want to share with the world? Write it up in the WND
Laughlines forum. Who knows? It might be selected as the WND Joke of
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Your daily dose of spiritual inspiration

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Daily BlessingGo to full article
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

Micah 7:7

 

NSA documents: Trump under surveillance for years

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
() — WASHINGTON, D.C. – Infowars.com have obtained credible information from law enforcement sources regarding individual records of U.S. citizens under National Security Agency (NSA) electronic surveillance in the years 2004 through 2010 – a database that suggests both Donald J. Trump and Alex Jones were under illegal, unauthorized government monitoring during those years.

Michael Zullo, formerly the commander and chief investigator of the Cold Case Posse (CCP), a special investigative group created in 2006 in the office of Joseph M. Arpaio, formerly the sheriff in Maricopa County, an Arizona State Certified Law Enforcement Agency, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, provided sections of the database to Infowars.com.

The electronic surveillance database, provided to Zullo by a whistleblower in 2013, was apparently created by the NSA as part of the NSA’s illegal and unconstitutional Project Dragnet electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens, first revealed by news reports published in 2005, as further documented by the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.

 

This day in WND history: Apocalypse now, or later

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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March 20, 2006: President Bush said he hadn’t considered the global war on terrorism in light of Bible prophecy.

Asked by a questioner following his speech on the war on terror at the City Club of Cleveland whether the war in Iraq and the rise of terrorism were signs of the apocaplyse, Bush responded, “The answer is – I haven’t really thought of it that way.”

“I guess I’m more of a practical fellow. I vowed after September the 11th, that I would do everything I could to protect the American people.”

 

What interested Isaac Newton more than science?

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
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Sir Isaac Newton was born in 1642, the same year Galileo died. His mother was widowed twice, resulting in him being raised by his grandmother. He was sent off to grammar school and later went to Trinity College, Cambridge, 1661.

Sir Isaac Newton became a mathematician and a natural philosopher, discovering the laws of universal gravitation and formulating the three laws of motion, which aided in advancement of the discipline of dynamics. Newton was a discoverer of calculus and helped develop it into a comprehensive branch of mathematics. During the Plague of 1665-66, Newton moved to Woolsthorp, Lincolnshire.

He was honored to occupy the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics, 1669, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1672. Newton was given the position of Master of the Mint, 1699, and in 1701, entered Parliament. He constructed one of the first practical reflecting telescope. Using a prism, Newton demonstrated that a beam of light contained all the colors of the rainbow. He laid the foundation for the great law of energy conservation and developed the particle theory of light propagation. In 1703, Sir Issac Newton became the president of the Royal Society, and served in that position until his death.

Newton wrote one of the most important scientific books ever, Principia, 1687, in which he stated: “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. … All variety of created objects which represent order and life in the universe could happen only by the willful reasoning of its original Creator, whom I call the ‘Lord God.’ … This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of His dominion He is wont to be called ‘Lord God.’ … The supreme God exists necessarily, and by the same necessity He exists always and everywhere.”

Newton wrote in “Principia,” 1687: “From His true dominion it follows that the true God is a living, intelligent and powerful Being; and from His other perfections, that He is supreme, or most perfect. He is eternal and infinite, omnipotent and omniscient; that is, His duration reaches from eternity to eternity; His presence from infinity to infinity; He governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done.”

Newton was cited in “Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton” by Sir David Brewster (Edinburgh, Thomas Constable and Co., 1855, Vol. II, 354): “God made and governs the world invisibly, and has commanded us to love and worship him, and no other God; to honor our parents and masters, and love our neighbors as ourselves; and to be temperate, just, and peaceable, and to be merciful even to brute beasts. And by the same power by which he gave life at first to every species of animals, he is able to revive the dead, and has revived Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who has gone into the heavens to receive a kingdom, and prepare a place for us, and is next in dignity to God, and may be worshiped as the Lamb of God, and has sent the Holy Ghost to comfort us in his absence, and will at length return and reign over us.”

Sir Isaac Newton wrote in “Optics,” 1704: “God in the beginning formed matter in solid, massy, hard, impenetrable, movable particles, of such sizes and figures, and with such other properties, and in such proportion to space, as most conduced to the end for which he formed them.”

Sir Isaac Newton devoted more time to the study of Scripture than to science (as cited in Tiner 1975): “I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.”

Sir Isaac Newton stated: “We account the Scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatsoever. … Worshiping God and the Lamb in the temple: God, for his benefaction in creating all things, and the Lamb, for his benefaction in redeeming us with his blood.”

Captivated by Bible prophecy, Sir Isaac Newton wrote “Observations on the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John” (published in 1733), in which he stated: “Daniel was in the greatest credit amongst the Jews, till the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. And to reject his prophecies, is to reject the Christian religion. For this religion is founded upon his prophecy concerning the Messiah.”

He concluded his introductory chapter: “Daniel is most distinct in order of time, and easiest to be understood, and therefore in those things which relate to the last times, he must be made the key to the rest.”

In his preface to “The Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse” (published 1733), Sir Isaac Newton quoted a letter to Richard Bentley, dated Dec. 10, 1692: “When I wrote my treatise about our System I had an eye upon such Principles as might work with considering men for the belief of a Deity and nothing can rejoice me more than to find it useful for that purpose.”

Sir Isaac Newton wrote in “Observations on the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John” (published 1733): “The Book of Revelation exhibits to us the same peculiarities as that of Nature. … The history of the Fall of Man – of the introduction of moral and physical evil, the prediction of the Messiah, the actual advent of our Savior, His instructions, His miracles, His death, His resurrection, and the subsequent propagation of His religion by the unlettered fishermen of Galilee, are each a stumbling-block to the wisdom of this world. … But through the system of revealed truth which this Book contains is, like that of the universe, concealed from common observation, yet the labors of the centuries have established its Divine origin, and developed in all its order and beauty the great plan of human restoration.”

In “Observations on the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John” (published 1733), Sir Isaac Newton wrote: “The folly of Interpreters has been, to foretell times and things, by this Prophecy, as if God designed to make them Prophets. By this rashness they have not only exposed themselves, but brought the Prophecy also into contempt. The design of God was much otherwise. He gave this and the Prophecies of the Old Testaments, not to gratify men’s curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event; and his own Providence, not the Interpreters, be then manifested thereby to the world. For the event of things predicted many ages before, will then be a convincing argument that the world is governed by providence.”

In “Observations on the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John” (published 1733), Sir Isaac Newton wrote: “For the prophets and apostles have foretold that as Israel often revolted and brake the covenant, and upon repentance renewed it, so there should be a falling away among the Christians, soon after the days of the Apostles, and that in the latter days God would destroy the impenitent revolters, and make a new covenant with his people. And the giving ear to the prophets is a fundamental character of the true church. … For as the few and obscure Prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming were for setting up the Christian religion, which all nations have since corrupted, so the many and clear Prophecies, concerning the things to be done at Christ’s second coming, are not only for predicting but also for effecting a recovery and re-establishment of the long-lost truth, and setting up a kingdom wherein dwells righteousness. The event will prove the Apocalypse, and this Prophecy, thus proved and understood, will open the old Prophets and all together will make known the true religion, and establish it. … An angel must fly through the midst of heaven with the everlasting Gospel to preach to all nations, before Babylon falls, and the Son of man reaps his harvest.” (Revelation 14:6)

The “Encyclopedia of Philosophy” described Sir Isaac Newton: “Newton himself was a student of Old Testament prophecies and believed in the Scriptures as inerrant guides.”

In his book “Chronology,” Newton studied the sequence of historical events and inserted a geometric diagram of Solomon’s Temple, giving the lengths of the Temple in relation to the measurement of time. This was in accordance with the Renaissance view that the Temple was a microcosm of God’s creation embodying the order of the universe.

Economist John Maynard Keynes purchased all of Newton’s known manuscripts and personal notes at auction. After studying them, John Maynard Keynes wrote of Newton: “He regarded the universe as a cryptogram set by the Almighty, just as he himself wrapped the discovery of calculus in a cryptogram. … He looked on the whole universe and all that is in it as a riddle, as a secret which could be read by applying pure thought to certain evidence, certain mystic clues which God had laid about the world to allow a sort of philosopher’s treasure hunt. …”

Regarding the Bible, Newton wrote: “The system of revealed truth which this Book contains is like that of the universe, concealed from common observation yet the labors of the centuries have established its Divine origin.”

Newton (as cited in Tiner 1975): “Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.”

Newton was cited by Sir David Brewster in “Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton” (Edinburgh, Thomas Constable and Co., 1855, Vol. II, p. 347-348): “Opposite to godliness is atheism in profession, and idolatry in practice. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind, that it never had many professors. Can it be by accident that all birds, beasts, and men have their right side and left side alike shaped, (except in their bowels); and just two eyes, and no more, on either side of the face; and just two ears on either side of the head; and a nose with two holes; and either two forelegs, or two wings, or two arms on the shoulders, and two legs on the hips, and no more?

“Whence arises this uniformity in all their outward shapes but from the counsel and contrivance of an Author? Whence is it that the eyes of all sorts of living creatures are transparent to the very bottom, and the only transparent members in the body, having on the outside a hard transparent skin, and within transparent humors, with a crystalline lens in the middle, and a pupil before the lens, all of them so finely shaped and fitted for vision, that no artist can mend them? Did blind chance know that there was light, and what was its refraction, and fit the eyes of all creatures, after the most curious manner, to make use of it?

“These, and suchlike considerations, always have, and ever will prevail with mankind, to believe that there is a Being who made all things, and has all things in his power, and who is therefore to be feared. We are, therefore, to acknowledge one God, infinite, eternal, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, the Creator of all things, most wise, most just, most good, most holy. We must love him, fear him, honor him, trust in him, pray to him, give him thanks, praise him, hallow his name, obey his commandments.”

Sir Isaac Newton stated: “There is one God, the Father, ever-living, omnipresent, omniscient, almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. … To us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him. That is, we are to worship the Father alone as God Almighty, and Jesus alone as the Lord, the Messiah, the Great King, the Lamb of God who was slain, and hath redeemed us with His blood, and made us kings and priests.”

Sir Isaac Newton died March 20, 1727. Newton stated (as cited in “The Religion of Sir Isaac Newton,” Frank E. Manuel, editor, London, Oxford University Press, 1974, p. 112): “And when you are convinced, be not ashamed to profess the truth. For otherwise you may become a stumbling block to others, and inherit the lot of those Rulers of the Jews who believed in Christ, but yet were afraid to confess him lest they should be put out of the Synagogue. Wherefore, when you are convinced, be not ashamed of the truth, but profess it openly and endeavor to convince your Brother also that you may inherit at the resurrection the promise made in Daniel 12:3, that ‘they who turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever.’ And rejoice if you are counted worthy to suffer in your reputation or any other way for the sake of the Gospel, for then, ‘great is thy reward’!”

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Targets in South Africa's 'genocide' all white

 
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There’s a crisis in South Africa.

White South Africans, especially the Afrikaners, face perhaps the greatest threat to their existence in centuries on the continent after South African president Jacob Zuma recently came out in support of confiscating white-owned property without compensation.

There are well-founded fears of “genocide” against white South Africans amid reports of surging crime, especially against farmers. And white South Africans face even more race-based laws and regulations than existed under apartheid, driving minority white South Africans out of the economy and forcing many into squalid squatter camps.

Christian missionary Charl van Wyk saw the hate directed against the Christian Afrikaners with his own eyes in 1993 when terrorists burst into St. James Church and killed 11 people. Van Wyk opened fire with his own sidearm, startling the terrorists who expected nothing but unarmed victims, and causing them to flee.

He recounted his experiences in “Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense.”

Now, he is calling for a spiritual awakening among his people, the Afrikaners.

“It was not language or country of origin which primarily dominated Afrikaner identity – for there were Dutch, German and French speakers,” van Wyk said of the Afrikaners. “Nor was it his geographical position, as they were living across the Cape, Orange Free State, the Transvaal Republic and the Republic of Natalia. The Christian faith is what distinguished the Boer. The further the Afrikaner has moved away from his love and relationship with his God of the Bible and focused on land, language and skin color, the more his Christian identity has been eroded. The most important historical attribute of the Boer (Afrikaner) was the fact that he was Christian!”

One of the most important milestones in the history of the Afrikaner people was the Battle of Blood River, a struggle between a few hundred “Voortrekkers,” or pioneers, and between 15,000 to 21,000 Zulus in 1838. Before the battle, the Afrikaners took a vow to God to build a church if He would give them victory. The Voortrekkers won the day and the “Day of the Vow” became a central element of Afrikaner nationalism.

 

Van Wyk believes it is Christianity that defines his people and holds out the prospect of uniting the varying ethnic groups in South Africa.

“The fight in South Africa is mostly now a war of worldviews,” he said. “Christian Boers and their Christian tribal brothers and sisters have more in common, and are doing much to put an end to the racial hatred and animosity used by politicians to further their race-based political agenda.”

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However, he acknowledges South Africa is moving in the wrong direction, with increasingly socialist policies and a government that seems unable or unwilling to confront violent crime.

“Economically, South Africa can end up like Zimbabwe as long as its leaders pursue their communist economic philosophy, which is crippling us,” he told WND. “Bloomberg’s Misery Index, which combines countries’ 2017 inflation and unemployment outlooks, has South Africa at No. 2.

“There is hope politically as we’ve seen in the last elections when voters ousted the communist-inspired ruling party from several metropolitan cities. Yet, on the other end of the scale recent statistics show that one farm attack happens every day in South Africa. Farmers say they’re under siege, yet the government ignores their plight. Crime is out of control and a threat to South Africans of all ethnic groups.”

 

The security crisis is exacerbated by the strict gun control imposed by the country by the African National Congress’ government and the breakup of the collective self-defense organizations, the commandos, which once guarded farmers.

“Many South Africans are still armed, although the government has worked hard, and is relentless, in trying to disarm law-abiding citizens,” said van Wyk. “It is difficult for a wicked government to wipe out tens of thousands of citizens opposing them, when those citizens are armed and prepared to defend themselves.”

 

Van Wyk points to the nightmare scenario in Zimbabwe, where whites were ethnically cleansed and famine gripped the entire country, as the possible consequence of a successful disarmament policy by the South African government. However, he does not believe the South African government is capable of such an action.

“Zimbabweans were disarmed by the Mugabe regime,” van Wyk observed. “A Zimbabwe-like operation like the Gukurahundi killings carried out by Mugabe’s Fifth Brigade between 1983 and 1987 and which killed tens of thousands of people, is unlikely with an armed populace in South Africa.”

Still, the high crime and racial hatred directed against the Afrikaners raise the question of whether they still have a place in the country they largely created. Some have suggested a separate homeland for the Afrikaners. An all-Afrikaner town known as Orania, which has just over 1,000 people, exists in the Northern Cape. And Josh Gelernter at National Review suggested white South Africans could set up a “Singapore-style city-state” to ensure their physical safety.

Van Wyk is skeptical of such plans on practical grounds.

“Europe’s post-colonial borders left many Africans gathered into countries that don’t represent their cultural heritage, and this still troubles us today,” he said. “It is a challenge if our Afrikaners, Asians, Coloureds, Zulus, Xhosas, Basothos, Bapedis, Vendas, Tswanas, Tsongas, Swazis and Ndebeles all desire their own homelands. If it is functionally possible for each ethnic group to acquire their own homeland, the actual practice of division would be difficult. This is not just a South African challenge – the continent of Africa’s ethnic groups are many, and they don’t tend to fall along the cleanest possible geographic lines.”

However, van Wyk believes the Afrikaners do have a right to preserve their own identity and culture, especially as times grow worse for this Christian people.

“There is nothing wrong with South Africans loving their nation, their ethnic group,” he told WND. “There is nothing wrong with defending their particular culture, identifying those who are trying to destroy it, and building their ethnic identity.”

 

   
 

Chief wants Coast Guard recognized alongside Army, Navy

 
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The chief of America’s Coast Guard says his force is invaluable to the United States, and its personnel, equipment and funding should be rebuilt and restored, just like the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The tentative budget President’s Trump’s released this week included a cut of a little more than $1 billion for the Coast Guard, even while overall defense spending was proposed to go up by tens of billions. That’s an effort to repair the damage under Barack Obama.

The word came just after Adm. Paul Zukunft, the commandant, stated his case.

“We are the only branch of the U.S. Armed Forces that has broad law enforcement authorities and a portfolio of more than 60 bi-lateral agreements that extend our jurisdiction around the globe,” he said.

“We secure our maritime borders thousands of miles before a threat reaches our homeland. We advance our maritime commerce and economic security. We do this all in ways that no other service can. And it is all done by our phenomenal people.”

He pointed out the service is being upgraded with new Fast Response Cutters and Offshore Patrol Cutters.

But the workload is huge, he said.

With allies, he said, the Coast Guard “achieved a record removal of cocaine – 201 metric tons.”

“And, we brought 585 smugglers – members of transnational criminal organizations – to justice here in the United States where we have a near 100 percent prosecution rate.”

On its “maiden voyage, our fourth National Security cutter, Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, offloaded more than 26 metric tons of cocaine worth $767 million wholesale,” he said.

For the rest of this report, and more, please to go Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

 

Trapped in Venezuelan hell by passport shortage

 
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Millions of Venezuelans wish to escape from their failing socialist country, and millions of Venezuelans are unable to do so thanks to a lack of materials needed to print enough passports.

Last year the Venezuelan government received an estimated 1.8 million to 3 million passport requests, but it only granted 300,000 passports.

The passport agency, known as Saime, has claimed the trouble in processing applications stems from a lack of “materials,” but they did not specify which materials.

Some observers believe the government can’t afford enough paper to make the passports, according to Fox News. Paper products, including toilet paper, are in short supply in the country.

However, some people think President Nicolas Maduro and his government are also trying to keep people from leaving the troubled South American nation.

Fox News quoted Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, as saying: “People with the means to get out want to, but the problem is you need a passport and you can’t get it. It’s kind of an excuse by the Venezuelan government that they don’t have materials, because they know the real reason people want a passport is to leave the country.”

Venezuela, home of the world’s largest oil reserves, used to be a prosperous nation that attracted immigrants from all over the Americas. But the socialist policies ushered in by Hugo Chavez in 1999 and continued by Maduro have left the country destitute.

As WND previously reported, severe food shortages have led to situations where hungry Venezuelans waited in line for 12 hours outside the supermarket, only to find they were not able to buy what they wanted. Mobs of Venezuelans have looted grocery stores, stealing the food they crave, while some have resorted to hunting dogs, cats and pigeons to avoid starvation. Fifteen percent of Venezuelans admitted to one researcher they had to eat garbage to survive, while more than half said they had to take time off work to search for food.

It doesn’t help that Venezuela has the world’s highest inflation rate, causing prices of food and other consumer goods to skyrocket. Last August, Business Insider reported some of the outrageous food prices on the Venezuelan black market: $301.50 for approximately two pounds of pasta, $150.76 for a dozen eggs, $201 for a half-kilogram bag of ground coffee, and $703.54 for one kilogram of powdered milk.

What’s more, a lack of clean water in Venezuela has led to an increase in stomach illnesses and skin problems around the country, but doctors do not have the medicines they need to treat all their patients.

And because the government fixed the official price of electricity at 3 cents per kilowatt hour when it cannot be delivered that cheaply, the artificially low price has led to demand that is greater than supply. This has caused recurring power shortages in Venezuela over the past 17 years. The Maduro regime has taken drastic measures to try and conserve electricity, including ordering hundreds of shopping malls to go without electricity from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Because of all those factors and more, nearly 2 million Venezuelans have fled the country since 1999.

William Murray, chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition and author of “Utopian Road to Hell: Enslaving America and the World with Central Planning,” says Chavez and Maduro are just heirs of the Marxist throne occupied by many failed leftist leaders throughout world history.

“Karl Marx intellectualized the fantasy of utopian states using the model of ‘from each to their ability and to each according to need,'” Murray told WND. “For over a century now that concept has caused misery and suffering causing ordinary people to flee if they could.

“Venezuela is just the latest example. Marx saw his dream nations as being led by the best thinkers; instead they have been run by the toughest thugs such as Joseph Stalin and Chairman Mao. Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro is just another Marxist thug living in a presidential palace overseeing a nation in collapse as citizens starve and a well-fed military keeps them in place.”

 

Bishop bans mafia from acting as godparents

 
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(Irish Times) An Italian bishop has stepped up the Catholic Church’s repudiation of organised crime by issuing a diocesan decree banning known mafiosi from acting either as godparents for baptism or sponsors for confirmation.

The decree by Michele Pennisi, Bishop of Monreale, near Palermo in Sicily, follows on the teaching of Pope Francis who in an unprecedented speech in Calabria in June 2014 “excommunicated” the Calabrian Mafia, the “’nDrangheta”, currently Italy’s most powerful organised crime unit, saying: “The ‘nDrangheta represents the adoration of evil and total contempt for the common good…Those who in their lives have chosen this path of evil are not in communion with God, they are excommunicated…”

Bishop Pennisi’s ruling this week appears to follow on from the polemics generated last year when Giuseppe Riina, son of the “boss of bosses” ‘Toto’ Riina, was allowed to act as a godfather at the baptism of his nephew, son of his sister Lucia.

 

Chelsea Clinton lands cushy Expedia board gig

 
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(New York Post) Mama Hillary Clinton didn’t make it to the White House, and hubby Marc Mezvinsky has just shuttered his hedge fund.

What’s a girl to do?

Expedia answered that question for Chelsea Clinton Friday by appointing her to its board.

The online travel giant had to increase the number of its directors from 13 to 14 in order to accommodate Clinton, according to securities filings.

 

Yes, Trump did shake Angela Merkel's hand

 
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(Red State) Do you want people to not trust the media? Because this is how you get people to not trust the media.

Yesterday, on basically every friggin’ news outlet across the world, the press was angry that Trump didn’t act like a trained seal and shake Angela Merkel’s hand when they told him to.

In case you missed it, here are some highlights:

 

North Korea threatens nuclear strike 'if single bullet is fired'

 
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(Yahoo News) North Korea said this month that it will retaliate with a nuclear strike if ‘a single bullet is fired’ in confrontations with American and South Korean forces.

The statement, issued on March 8 by the DPRK’s Foreign Ministry, blames America for rising nuclear tensions in the Korean peninsula – describing American actions as an ‘undisguised nuclear war racket’.

The statement said, ‘The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness in case the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces fire even a single bullet at the territory of the DPRK.’

 

With 10-day supply of opioids, 1 in 5 become long-term users

 
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(Arstechnica) The longer a person uses opioids, the greater the risk of forming a deadly addiction. But just how long does it take to switch from being a short-term user—say, while you’re dealing with pain after a surgery—to a long-term, potentially problematic user? A few weeks? A month?

According to a new study, that transition could take just a matter of days.

When patients get an initial opioid prescription that’s just a one-day supply, they have about a six-percent chance of being on opioids for a year or longer. But if that first prescription is for a three-day supply, the probability of long-term use starts inching up. With an initial five-day supply, the chance jumps to about 10 percent. With a six-day supply, the chance hits 12 percent. With 10-day’s worth, the odds of still being on opioids a year later hits roughly 20 percent.

 

Artist claims death threats over anti-Trump billboard

 
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(Washington Examiner) A woman in Arizona who created a highway billboard art piece with an anti-Trump message claims she’s now receiving death threats over her work.

The woman, artist Karen Fiorito, was commissioned by a Phoenix art gallery to create an artwork that commented on President Trump, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper.

The result was a giant billboard that went up Friday and features a photo of Trump’s face flanked by what appear to be nuclear mushroom clouds and dollar signs that resemble swastikas.

 

Star of 'The Shack'? 'Not the God of the Bible'

 
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What god does “The Shack” tell Christians to worship?

“The Shack” has been a publishing phenomenon, one of the bestselling “Christian” books of all time and now one of the top-performing films in the country. Yet pastors and theologians have expressed concerns about the heretical teachings contained within Paul Young’s book.

One of the most persistent critics is James De Young, a New Testament language and literature professor at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, who holds multiple degrees from respected seminaries, including Dallas Seminary, Talbot Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute.

A former longtime colleague of the author of “The Shack,” De Young dissects the story’s troubling theological issues in his own book, “Burning Down The Shack.”

In a recent interview with Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries,” De Young said “The Shack” is dangerous because it presents universalism in a “creative and attractive way.”

“It’s a very subtle approach, and a very powerful approach, that this book and this film will make,” De Young said. “Everybody longs for a deeper relationship with God, especially we who confess Christ. And the book satisfies that to a certain extent and on a certain level. But everybody needs to back up and say, ‘Well, if I’m participating in a deeper relationship with God, who is the God with whom I’m having this relationship?’ And when we look at the total teaching of universalism, it is not the God of the Bible.”

The eternal consequences for believers, De Young warned, are serious.

“Universalism ends up blaspheming and cursing the truth as revealed in Scripture as Jesus spoke it,” he said.

By “universalism,” De Young means a belief that all of creation is ultimately reconciled to God. He argues this contradicts the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. But “The Shack” gives believers hope that ultimately, no matter what they do or believe, they will end up in heaven along with everyone else.

“In ‘The Shack,’ Paul [Young] has God say, ‘I don’t punish sin, sin is its own punishment,'” said De Young. “In another context, it says there’s not an eternal judgment, an everlasting judgment awaiting people. In his original commitment to universal reconciliation, Paul went much further and denounced any such view that there is eternal judgement at all.

“According to universalism, all people will be purified by the fires of hell. Not judged, not punished, but purified and chastised as it is. And they will repent and all of those in hell will go to heaven, including eventually Satan and his fallen angels. Hell ceases to exist. And this is standard universalism fare, because they argue logically, from reason, that it’s impossible for God’s love to have failed somewhere in the universe. And of course, what they do in saying that is to reject the biblical witness that there is everlasting judgment awaiting those that reject the person of Jesus Christ. So they let reason triumph over revelation.”

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De Young maintains Christians who reject the authority of Scripture and try to “reason” their way to understanding God ultimately end up adopting unreasonable conclusions.

“They reject the authority of Scripture for what they think is reasonable,” he said. “And yet even their reasoning is clouded and perverse. Because by following that reasoning, you eventually have to say, well, then the devil could rebel from heaven again, and be cast out, and repent again, and on and on it goes. You have a cycle of repentance, judgment, repentance and so forth. And that’s impossible, but it’s the natural outcome of such reasoning that departs from biblical truth.”

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De Young also condemned how “The Shack” denies God wants all people to be Christian, essentially repudiating the Great Commission.

“They don’t want to be identified as Christians,” De Young said of universalists. “They think it’s a bad word. It tends to alienate people who are non-Christians and so forth. And they want to be known as followers of Jesus but not Christians. But when you take [The Shack’s author] Paul’s words … and say that they are people from all walks of life seemingly enthralled with Jesus, there’s never a statement that these people need to repent, read the Gospel and accept Christ. That they need to accept Him as both Savior and Lord, believe He died for our sins and rose again, and so forth.”

De Young also charged the book, and especially the film, of promoting idolatry. But he said the biggest problem with “The Shack” is how it attempts to ultimately redefine the entire Christian faith. While saying everyone will be saved may sound good to many people, he suggests, it ultimately is a direct repudiation of the Bible.

And the eternal consequences could be disastrous.

“The Good News to them is bad news as we evangelicals proclaim it, because we emphasize the need to be saved from sin and from judgment,” said De Young of universalists. “They want to recreate the terminology, they want to refocus the church, if they think it is even legitimate to think about a church, and they want to give us a different understanding of who God is, which is the primary problem.”

“It’s very, very troubling. And no Christian, frankly, could ever identify with such thoughts unless he’s deeply deceived.”

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Disney to pay $3.8 million in back wages

 
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(Orlando Sentinel) The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to provide $3.8 million in back wages to thousands of hotel- and timeshare-resort workers after the U.S. Labor Department investigated violations of minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping rules.

Disney will pay back wages to 16,339 employees. That averages out to about $233 per worker.

 

Re-engineered solar panels generate energy from raindrops

 
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(Digital Journal) Researchers in China have developed Graphene solar panels that can generate energy from raindrops. The solar panels with a respectable 6.53 percent solar-to-electric conversion efficiency allows generation of power during periods of clouds and rain.

The team of researchers from the Ocean University of China in Qingdao and Yunnan Normal University in Kunming have devised the method using a highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cell, coated with a thin film of graphene, on a transparent backing of indium tin oxide and plastic.

The technology works on the fact that rainwater isn’t pure: the droplets contain positively-charged salt ions of sodium, calcium and ammonia. When raindrops sits on top of a layer of graphene, it creates a ‘pseudocapacitor’, and the potential energy difference between the two layers is strong enough to generate an electric current.

 

ICE returns man to Ethiopia for mutilating daughter's genitals

 
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(CNN) An Ethiopian man convicted in Georgia of mutilating his 2-year-old daughter’s genitals has been sent back to his home country by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE removed Khalid Adem, 41, on Monday after he served 10 years in prison. ICE officials said the case is thought to be the first criminal conviction in the United States for female genital mutilation, a widely scorned but persistent procedure the World Health Organization calls a “global concern.”

“The practice is most common in the western, eastern, and northeastern regions of Africa, in some countries (in) the Middle East and Asia, as well as among migrants from these areas,” WHO said.

 

Babysitter who filmed sexual abuse of toddler gets 60 years

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Miami Herald) A babysitter who took photos and videos of himself sexually abusing a toddler at the request of a Broward man must serve 60 years in prison, a federal judge in Miami ruled Thursday.

Jason Barber, 39 of Las Vegas, previously pleaded guilty to charges including producing and distributing child pornography. Benedict Shaw, the man who police say received the images and requested certain poses of the 2-year-old, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. handed down the 60-year sentence Thursday despite pleas from Barber’s defense attorney for a more lenient sentence of 30 years.

 

Man shot, killed by police while on Facebook Live

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(New Orleans Times-Picayune) New Orleans native Rodney Hess was broadcasting on Facebook Live in Alamo, Tenn., when he was shot and killed by police Thursday afternoon (, The Jackson Sun newspaper reported.

Hess, 36, had blocked traffic on a highway ramp by parking his vehicle sideways. Responding deputies with the Crockett County Sheriff’s Department told investigators Hess refused command and became erratic.

Authorities accused Hess of trying to use his sport utility vehicle to strike officers at least twice. At least one deputy opened fire, striking Hess through the windshield. He died of his injuries, the newspaper reported.

 

CEO makes employees take snowflake test

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(New Boston Post) You’d better put on your safety pin. This article is sure to trigger some of you. Why? Because … gasp … you’re about to get some real talk from someone who makes hiring and firing decisions every single day.

Companies across the country do their best to make you feel all warm and fuzzy about them. They want EVERYONE to want to work for them. They want to create this grand illusion that they’re more magical than Disney. They sell the experience that they do things like donate socks to kittens and give each other foot rubs and all of that weird crap to make people happy. Their oxygen is your desire to work for them. Then, of course, you get there and realize it’s miserable actually working for the company.

But here’s the thing.

I don’t want most people to work for my company. No, seriously. Most people suck.

 

This day in WND history: Saddam, son given 48 hours to get out of dodge

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
husseinsSaddam, son given 48 hours to get out of dodge

March 18, 2003: On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Saddam Hussein and his sons received a 48-hour notice from President Bush to leave Iraq or face “military conflict, commenced at a time of our choosing.”

“Peaceful efforts to disarm the Iraq regime have failed again and again, because we are not dealing with peaceful men,” Bush said.

An unmoved Saddam accused “pathetic” Bush of attempting “to achieve his evil targets without a fight through that declaration” and son Odai called Bush “unstable” and challenged him to “give up power in America with his family.”

Alas, bravado has its limits. Within three days the U.S. invasion began and within four months Odai and Qusai Hussein were dead.

By the end of 2006, Saddam had been captured, tried and hanged.

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The barefoot eccentric whose legacy we still use

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed

Seventy years old, he visited his friend William Worth one evening, ate some milk and bread, read out loud from the Bible, laid down on the floor to sleep and never woke up. This was how John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, died on March 18, 1845.

Johnny Appleseed’s father, Nathaniel Chapman, was a Minuteman who fought the British at Concord in 1775 and in the Continental Army under George Washington.

The apple originated in Central Asia and spread east to China, which is still the largest grower of apples in the world. Alexander the Great saw apples in Central Asia. He had some apples sent back to Macedonia in 328 B.C., where they were cultivated and gradually spread across Europe. In the 1600s, colonists brought apples to North America, with the first apple orchard being planted in 1625 by Rev. William Blaxton in Boston.

Johnny Appleseed collected seeds from apple cider presses in western Pennsylvania. He may have spent time on Grant’s Hill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1794 at the time of the Whiskey Rebellion. He planted orchards and nurseries from the Alleghenies to central Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, giving thousands of seedlings to westward-bound pioneers.

Johnny Appleseed lived nomadic life at harmony with Indians, bringing them medicinal plants. Native Americans, even hostile ones, considered him touched by the Great Spirit, and became converted.

Johnny Appleseed stated: “I have traveled more than 4,000 miles about this country, and I have never met with one single insolent Native American.”

During the War of 1812, Johnny Appleseed heard the British had incited an Indian attack, so he ran 30 miles from Mansfield to Mount Vernon, Ohio, to warn settlers.

Barefoot, wearing a mush pan over his eccentric long hair and an old coffee sack over his shoulders, Johnny Appleseed had an unorthodox and unique devotion to nature and the Bible. During the colonial era, colonies were founded by immigrants from different European countries who had different established Christian denominations. The general idea was, if someone did not belong to the established denomination they were expected to leave.

After colonists united to fight Britain during the Revolution, their attitude changed to disestablishing state denominations and gradually tolerating each other. This attitude contributed to the Second Great Awakening Revival and also left room for new denominations to start, with some being unorthodox, and some verging on being cults. America was unique in allowing individuals such unprecedented freedom of religion.

Harper’s New Monthly Magazine printed a story of an itinerant missionary who exhorted in an open-air meeting in Mansfield, Ohio: “All should be living the simple life, getting solely what ye need from He who is your God. … Where now is there a man who, like the primitive Christians, is traveling to heaven barefooted and clad in coarse raiment?”

Johnny Appleseed walked up and put his bare foot on the stump the preacher had as a podium and said: “Here’s your primitive Christian!”

Johnny Appleseed called an apple blossom a “living sermon from God” and often quoted the Sermon on the Mount.

Poet William Henry Venable wrote:

Remember Johnny Appleseed,
All ye who love the apple,
He served his kind by word and deed,
In God’s grand greenwood chapel.

Brought to you by AmericanMinute.com.

 

 

Primary challenger: Ryan trying to 'undermine' Trump

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Speaker Paul Ryan

Speaker Paul Ryan

Whether it’s called “Ryancare,” “Trumpcare” or simply the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s replacement plan for Obamacare is turning into a political debacle. And Paul Ryan’s primary challenger is pinning the blame for the disaster solely on the speaker of the U.S. House.

Recent findings from Public Policy Polling suggest less than a quarter of voters support the AHCA. Several moderate Republicans are also running for cover after the Congressional Budget Office’s report showed 24 million Americans would lose their health insurance under the AHCA.

Conservatives are also in revolt, with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a physician, calling for Republicans to “smash” what he terms “Obamacare Lite” in an article on Breitbart. Paul seems to pin the blame more on Ryan than on Trump, suggesting Trump is being “taken for a ride through the swamp right now.”

Political analyst Byron York argues the health care battle is distracting from Trump’s core policy proposals on trade and jobs and has made him “a prisoner to the House Republican leadership.”

As Katie McHugh pointed out in Breitbart, the bill would also increase health care costs for white working class voters in critical Rust Belt states, the very swing voters that powered Trump’s White House victory.

Paul Nehlen, who challenged Paul Ryan in a congressional primary last year, believes the speaker of the House has already fatally botched the rollout of the Republicans’ health care plan.

“Ryan should absolutely resign as speaker,” he said. “Ryan clearly doesn’t speak for the millions of Americans who fought tooth and nail to elect Donald Trump as our president. Quite the contrary, Ryan speaks for the ‘Never Trump’ faction of neoconservatives dwelling in that ‘swamp’ Donald Trump promised to drain.

“But honestly, I don’t see Ryan relinquishing the role. If he refuses to resign, the House should move to vacate the position and elect a new speaker of the House.”

Yet some wonder if taking out Ryan is actually part of a long-term strategy by some in the White House, perhaps even President Trump himself. White House senior strategist Steve Bannon’s former website, Breitbart, has been relentlessly criticizing what it terms “RyanCare” and “Obamacare 2.0.”

David Frum, a former George W. Bush speechwriter and fierce critic of President Trump, suggests if the health care bill fails, Ryan could be forced out and a more “Trumpist” speaker could be installed.

Breitbart reported audio from an October conference call between Ryan and House Republicans in which the House speaker declared he would not support Trump.

“I am not going to defend Donald Trump – not now, not in the future,” Ryan says on the call.

Nehlen argues the tape shows Ryan never wanted Trump to win and has aimed to sabotage the commander-in-chief from day one.

“It’s pretty damning evidence that Ryan had every intention of undermining President Trump from even before the election, continuing to this day,” Nehlen told WND. “For Ryan to suggest that his plan represents the Donald Trump or GOP health-care solution is disingenuous, especially given the broad distancing of rank and file House members from the document. Furthermore, I don’t recall President Trump positioning the repeal of Obamacare in such a way that that it would blow up the Republican Party. Quite the contrary. President Trump has bent over backwards to unite the party.

“Despite the fact then candidate Trump ultimately endorsed Ryan in my congressional primary race, I never once took it as an endorsement of Ryan’s character or Ryan’s policies. Candidate Trump was working to unite the party. That’s the reason candidate Trump extended an endorsement. Speaker Ryan, however, is not a gracious or magnanimous man. Speaker Ryan took that endorsement and slammed the door in candidate Trump’s face. President Trump won Wisconsin despite Speaker Ryan because of supporters like myself and thousands of others who worked tirelessly on his behalf, on America’s behalf.”

Nehlen argues President Trump faces a critical test. He believes if Ryan remains as speaker of the House, the new president will squander his political capital and fail to implement his agenda.

“It could approach gridlock,” Nehlen predicted of Ryan’s Republican House of Representatives. “President Trump and his supporters, myself included, worked extraordinarily hard to win the presidency. With Ryan as speaker, every effort will take longer. Every effort will be tied to something Ryan’s donors desire. We’ll be trying to do things two or three times because Ryan focuses on Ryan first, instead of America first. And this country does not have time to waste, like Paul Ryan seems determined to do.”

The Wisconsin businessman believes President Trump faces a long fight with his own party even before he can implement his policies. He urges Trump supporters not to become disheartened or impatient.

“I’m neither disappointed nor discouraged,” Nehlen said of President Trump’s tenure thus far. “Look, we knew this was going to be a battle. Never for an instant did I think winning the White House would instantaneously change everything for the better. President Trump was correct to paint that word picture with the phrase ‘drain the swamp.’

“Unfortunately, every entrenched swamp dweller can look to Speaker Ryan as their dark knight. We the people elected a white knight in Donald Trump. We are going to continue to support President Trump’s efforts. And unlike what Paul Ryan showed in that leaked conference call, we aren’t going to distance ourselves from the president every time it gets difficult.”

 

Principal recruits students for secret 'gay' club

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
Gay pride flag

Faculty and staff members at a charter school in Sandpoint, Idaho, set up a clandestine student “gay” club, recruited students for it and concealed their activism from the affected students’ parents apparently in violation of federal law, according to letter from the nonprofit legal organization Liberty Counsel.

Consequently, Liberty Counsel will “take further action to prevent irreparable harm to the rights of our clients, as well as the parents of other children whom the school is recruiting in the absence of their parents’ knowledge and permission,” the group says in a letter to school officials from Richard L. Mast Jr.

Principal Mary Jensen of Forrest Bird Charter School, which runs middle and high school operations, “admitted the secrecy under which school staff and others had operated,” Liberty Counsel says.

School employees even “facilitated kids meeting off-campus at a local library under the supervision of ‘supportive’ third parties.”

“Jensen stated that they wanted to be ‘a progressive school on that sort of thing, but we did not want to be ‘in-your-face’,’ so parents could not prevent their children from attending. She states ‘we’re keeping it kind of on the down low,’ because ‘this is North Idaho,’ and ‘kids who wanted to participate in the club did not necessarily want their parents to know,'” Liberty Counsel explains.

A recording of her comments were posted online.

See what American education has become, in “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”

“Principal Jensen also stated that starting this club was one of her goals, saying, ‘The adults … we spent months trying to do this thing.’ Incredibly, Ms. Jensen also claims that ‘we don’t want the kids to be ‘excluded’ from ‘developing the [club’s] mission statement, because it’s their club.’ She also states ‘One of the members of the adult crew wanted us to be the activists, doing the parades, you know, be in-their-face kind of stuff.’ ‘We decided not to do activism at first, because that’s a big step.’ She stated, ‘I didn’t want to do that …because this is North Idaho,'” according to Liberty Counsel.

But the law forbids schools from sponsoring or recruiting for “gay” clubs, the legal team says.

In a new letter to the school, dated Thursday, the team writes the Equal Access Act, which regulates student clubs in schools, provides that a club is “curricular” only “if the subject matter of the group is actually taught, or will soon be taught, in a regularly offered course” or if the subject “concerns the body of courses as a whole.”

“Schools may not play games with what is ‘curricular/non-curricular. … Whatever arguments the school may raise about ‘combating bullying’ and ‘support,’ these are insufficient to bring the GSA into ‘curricular’ status.”

That means that “schools may not endorse partisan political or otherwise controversial positions of non-curricular clubs like GSA. It is as inappropriate for school employees to lead and recruit for the GSA in their official capacities, as it is for school employees to lead another partisan club, like the Young Democrats or Young Republicans,” the lawyers write.

The school declined to respond to a message left by WND requesting comment.

Liberty Counsel says: “Indeed, the Idaho Department of Education states that it is ‘unethical’ for teachers to use ‘institutional privileges for the promotion of political candidates or for political activities.'”

In fact, LC notes the school’s stated intention to refuse to require “teachers” to be at the “gay” club in a “supervisory, rather than activist, capacity” and that it may “encourage” non-school persons to be present.

“Jensen verified that the GSA ‘student led club’ was wholly created by adult staff and outside persons over ‘months’ and that staff then hand-picked and recruited students they believed should be in the GSA,” says Liberty Counsel, whose clients withdrew their child from the school with the letter.

The case developed when parents with a child who was experiencing a “high-functioning autism” that included gender dysphoria found out that Jensen and teachers Michael Bigley and Becky Campbell recruited their child for the “gay” club, without permission of the parents, and without notifying them.

They informed the school they did not want their child in the “gay” club.

But when the child one day forgot a lunch and the mother, identified only as Mrs. Doe in the letters, took it to school, “the student’s friends informed her that Student Doe was at the GSA club across the way.”

She then spoke to Jensen to repeat her instructions that her child “was and is not to participate with GSA in any fashion whatsoever.”

It was then, according to Liberty Counsel, that the principal explained the club was being set up by adults, children were being recruited and no one was being informed.

“She stated … when the adults involved at the charter school had also tried to start a GSA at Sandpoint Junior High, they couldn’t get it off the ground, because parents would not sign permission slips.

“She stated that ‘kids who wanted to participate in the club did not necessarily want their parents to know,’ and therefore these adults facilitated them meeting off campus at a local library under the supervision of third parties,” Liberty Counsel says.

The violations, LC says, include ignoring requirements that “all clubs … should have parental permission forms,” that the Equal Access Act “prohibits non-school-sponsored student clubs, such as those involving religious or political issues, from being school sponsored” and “teachers may not secretly recruit students to join a club like the Gay Straight Alliance.”

“If GSA is allowed to exist at all, parents must give their permission for their children’s participation, and it must be entirely student-led and directed,” LC says.

The school officials here, the letter explains, “have intentionally violated the parental rights of not only Mr. and Mrs. Doe, but the rights of the parents of the other students they have secretly invited to the GSA. The law is clear: parents, not agents of the state, have the right to direct the upbringing and associations of their children.”

“Student Doe is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (‘ASD’) child, and as such, is very impressionable. Student Doe has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, but this does not make the child ‘transgender’ or gay. Student Doe’s parents (who care more for her than school employees ever will) have sought professional treatment for Student Doe, and expect Student Doe to eventually become comfortable with the student’s actual gender. This is consistent with the findings of the National Institutes of Health: as many as 94 percent of students questioning their gender, or who have gender dysphoria, spontaneously resolve those feelings in favor of their biological gender by the age of eighteen.

“School staff and outside persons have recruited for the GSA, and staff have willfully permitted Student Doe to attend the club after being made aware that such attendance was not allowed by the student’s parents. The school has confirmed its intention to continue encouraging other children in avoiding parental permission for the GSA, and that it will not assist Mr. & Mrs. Doe in their desires for their child’s associations while in the school’s care.

“In doing do, Forrest M. Bird Schools has confirmed that it does not respect parental rights. Liberty Counsel will take further action to prevent irreparable harm to the rights of our clients.”

The school’s website lists its board members as Jim Zuberbuhler, Kate McAlister, Robin Ruppert, Chris Warren and Bill Hertzberg.

 

“It is outrageous that this school would intentionally undermine parental rights in this manner. Parents have the fundamental right to know about and direct the activities and associations of their minor children,” said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel.

“It is simply not credible that this GSA is a ‘student-led club.’ Parents must stand up for their rights and expose activities like this to public scrutiny, as our clients have done here.”

 

 

 

   
 

'London Bridge is down': Secret plan for when Queen dies

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎17, ‎2017, ‏‎2 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(News.com.au) Queen Elizabeth II is alive and well — for now.

An extremely comprehensive, super-detailed plan is already in place for how the world will learn of the Queen’s passing, according to The Guardian.

Rumours of ill health have long dogged the 90-year-old monarch. In June 2015, a BBC reporter erroneously tweeted that she’d died, and she was waylaid with a brutal cold for weeks over the holidays this year. Every time the Queen looks to be in less than perfect health, the worry rises again.

When the time does come, Sir Christopher Geidt, the Queen’s private secretary, will be the first official to convey the news. Geidt will call the prime minister and use the secret “The Queen is dead” code. In the past, palace officials used a code to make sure switchboard operators weren’t the first to find out. When King George VI (the last British monarch to pass) died in 1952, the code that palace workers used was “Hyde Park Corner.”

Queen Elizabeth’s secret code is “London Bridge is down.” This statement will kick off Operation London Bridge, the plan to alert the world that Queen Elizabeth II has died.

 

Norway plans to build world's 1st ship tunnel

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎17, ‎2017, ‏‎2 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(World Maritime News) The construction of the world’s first full-scale ship tunnel in Norway could begin as early as next year as the country’s Coastal Administration is in the finishing stages of the project’s feasibility study.

Stad Ship Tunnel is planned to span 1.7 kilometres in lenght, 37 metres in height and 26.5 metres in width, allowing ships the size of coastal steamers to navigate through.

The aim of the project is to allow ships to navigate more safely through Stadhavet Sea, which is the most exposed, most dangerous area along the coast of Norway.

Namely, the combination of wind, currents and waves around this part of the coastline make this section a particularly demanding part of the Norwegian coast.

 

Latest fake news: Hannity 'pulled gun on Juan Williams'

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎17, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | David KupelianGo to full article
Sean Hannity

Sean Hannity

Read the following sensational “mainstream media” headlines firing up the news world tonight:

CNN: “Sources: Sean Hannity once pulled a gun on Juan Williams”

Slate: “Hannity Brought a Gun to Work at Fox News, Reportedly Pointed It at Colleague Juan Williams on Set”

New York Daily News: “Sean Hannity pointed gun at Fox News colleague Juan Williams on set”

Wow, let’s think about this: “Sean Hannity once pulled a gun on Juan Williams.” What does that headline imply? It implies that the top-rated conservative TV and radio host somehow became so unhinged and out-of-control that he literally threatened the life of liberal guest Juan Williams. Sounds like a criminal act committed by a total maniac.

Indeed, as CNN’s Dylan Byers writes in the article: “Last year, after ending one of his many spirited on-air arguments with liberal contributor Juan Williams, Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams.”

Incredible. Except – it’s just more fake news.

You see, in reality, what happened was that after the “Hannity” show was over one evening last October, Hannity showed his longtime friend his unloaded gun on the set.

As Williams himself tweeted tonight, in response to all the hysterical “mainstream” news coverage: ”This incident is being sensationalized – everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way.

“It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends.”

Hannity explains it this way: “While discussing the issue of firearms, I showed my good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only. Every precautionary procedure that I have been trained in since the age of 11 was followed. I’ve had a conceal carry permit in five states for all of my adult life. Any other interpretation of this is outright false reporting.”

Fox News corporate agrees with both Hannity and Williams that it’s a big nothing-burger: “Sean Hannity has been trained in firearm safety since he was 11 years old and has a license to carry a gun in five states, including New York. The situation was thoroughly investigated and it was found that no one was put in any danger.”

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And yet, in trying to put Hannity’s alleged on-set gun-slinging into context, CNN’s Dylan Byers prefaces his “Sean threatened Juan” scoop with the following observations, as if to demonstrate the suspect’s deranged state of mind:

“Since Trump’s victory, Hannity has become downright conspiratorial. … He has embraced the idea that there is a ‘deep state’ of federal officials working to undermine Trump from within government.”

Pause-button, please: The last several months of news have comprised a non-stop prosecutorial case demonstrating precisely such efforts by entrenched, anti-Trump federal employees to sabotage the new  president, including through naked violations of the Espionage Act. But I digress.

Back to CNN’s attack on Hannity: “He now calls the mainstream media the ‘propaganda press’ and the ‘alt-left.'”

Hey Dylan, the truth hurts. I feel your pain.

More from CNN’s Byers: “Earlier this month, Hannity conducted an interview with Monica Crowley, the conservative commentator who would have become Trump’s deputy national security adviser were it not for her rampant plagiarism, which was uncovered by CNN’s KFile. Hannity announced that anyone who had questions about Crowley’s plagiarism – which, again, had been well documented – could ‘go to hell.'”

However, as the respected former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy explained in National Review, Crowley’s actual errors were minor and the plagiarism allegations – surfacing just as she was about to become President Trump’s senior director of communications at the National Security Council – were wildly overblown as a means of discrediting her and knocking her out of the Trump administration.

In fact, McCarthy quoted well-respected copyright attorney Lynn Chu, who conducted a careful study of the plagiarism allegations against Crowley, and not only “found CNN’s splashy ‘plagiarism’ accusation to be ill-supported – a heavily exaggerated, political hit job” – but even found that CNN omitted Crowley’s end notes in its reporting so as to make it appear she was failing to credit her sources.

Sounds like it’s CNN, not Hannity, that has the problem with reckless behavior and not only threatening – but hurting – innocent people. But that’s what happens when you’re really, really angry. And since its disgraceful performance during and since the  2016 presidential election season, CNN – along with other demoralized mainstream media outfits – is just really, really angry, and itching for revenge.

 

Where's wiretap proof? Spicer in epic tangle with press

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎17, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | Garth KantGo to full article
 
 

Spicer spars with CNN over wiretapping claim

 

WASHINGTON – Sean Spicer was plainly fed up with the major media’s questioning of the president’s integrity during Thursday’s daily press briefing at the White House.

During an extensive and heated give-and-take on President Trump’s claim his campaign was surveilled by the Obama administration, the press secretary accused network reporters of “cherry picking” quotes, practicing a “double standard” in citing sources and continuing “to perpetuate a false narrative.”

“False narrative” would be media-speak for what the president has called “fake news.”

Time and again, reporters asked: Where is the evidence for the president’s claim, and would he apologize if he turned out to be wrong?

ABC White House reporter Jonathan Karl

ABC White House reporter Jonathan Karl

After telling ABC’s Jonathan Karl, “I am trying to answer your question, Jonathan, if you can calm down,” Spicer launched into what might have been the longest answer ever given at a White House press briefing, coming in just a few seconds short of eight minutes.

Spicer turned the tables on the media with an epic-length answer that underscored a fact WND has reported repeatedly: The evidence the media keeps asking him to provide has already been published – by that very same media.

Spicer proceeded to read lengthy passages from published reports detailing evidence of surveillance of the Trump campaign by the Obama administration, material WND has reported repeatedly and extensively, including the March 7 article titled “Irony alert: New York Times asks ‘Where’s evidence’ for own wiretap story.”

Spicer read verbatim from four stories by the New York Times, as well as stories from CIRCA, Fox News, Heat Street and National Review. He also mentioned reporting by the BBC, the Guardian and McClatchy.

Perhaps the most salient excerpts came from a Jan. 19 online story in the New York Times with the Jan. 20 print-version headline of: “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides.”

NYT-wiretap-screenshot

One sentence confirmed the Obama administration was investigating the Trump campaign:

“American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communication and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation of possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump.”

In the next sentence, the Times itself appeared to confirm Trump’s allegation that President Obama saw information on the Trump campaign obtained by spying:

“One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications have been provided to the White House.”

The back-and-forth during the press briefing included exchanges during which Spicer grew increasingly exasperated as reporters asked variations of the same questions.

When Karl pointed out that House Intelligence committee chair Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said he hadn’t he seen any evidence of spying yet, Spicer began to lose his patience.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

He told the reporter: “When Devin Nunes came out and said, I think it’s very possible – yesterday – it was crickets from you guys. When Devin Nunes came out and said there was no connection that he saw to Russia – crickets. When (Sen.) Tom Cotton said the same. You don’t want to cover the stuff.”

When Karl pressed on, Spicer retorted, “It’s interesting how when evidence comes out and people who have been briefed on the Russia connection come out and say that there was nothing that they have seen that proves a connection, you choose not to cover that, you don’t stop the narrative, you continue to perpetuate a false narrative.”

Illustrating what he termed a double standard in the media’s coverage, Spicer noted: “There’s a ton of media reports out there that indicate that something was going on during the [2016] election. And I think it’s interesting, where was the question of the New York Times or these other outlets when that was going on? Where was the question?”

Karl concluded with a question: “So he’ll be vindicated? You think he’s going to be vindicated?

“I believe he will,” replied Spicer for the umpteenth time, over the course of the last few weeks.

CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to minimize the significance of Spicer’s eight-minute recitation by noting he had cited Fox News host Sean Hannity and Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano, but the press secretary was having none of it.

He replied, “I also quoted – I get you’re going to cherry-pick – no, no, OK, you also tend to overlook all of the other sources that – because I know you want to cherry-pick it. But at the – no, no, but you do. But where was your concern about the New York Times reporting? You didn’t seem to have a concern with that.”

Jim Acosta of CNN

CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta

Spicer also took the CNN reporter to task for suggesting all the published evidence he cited was insignificant.

Acosta said, “These connections between the aides of the president – associates of the president to the Russians has all been looked at and it’s …”

“No, wait, how do you know all this?” wondered Spicer. “How do you seem to be such an expert on this?”

“I’m saying that this has been looked at, Sean. We’ve all looked at it,” said the CNN reporter.

“How do you know it’s been looked at?” shot back Spicer.

Acosta seemed to be saying all the published evidence the press secretary had recited was insignificant because the media had already reviewed it. Spicer’s point was that no one yet knew what investigators would make of it.

After some more back-and-forth, the CNN reporter demanded, “Why can’t we just end this farce and just have the president say he was wrong?”

After noting that he had already answered that question, Spicer continued: “It’s interesting how you jump to all of these conclusions about what they (investigators) have and what they don’t have, and you seem to know all the answers. But at the end of the day, there was clearly a ton of reporting …”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Acosta interrupted, “So a week from now, we’re going to be wrong, you’re going to be right?”

Spicer responded, in part, “There’s no question that there were surveillance techniques used throughout this, I think, by a variety of outlets, that have reported this activity concluded.”

He added, “[A]s Chairman Nunes said yesterday, when you take it literally and – wiretapping, the president has already been very clear that he didn’t mean specifically wiretapping. He had it in quotes. So I think to fall back on that is a false premise.”

Undeterred and sticking to literalism, another reporter asked, “If all this comes out and there’s no proof that President Obama had any role in any wiretapping, if there was no wiretapping, will President Trump then offer an apology to President Obama?”

An exasperated Spicer replied, “I was asked this like three times this week, and I think the answer is we’re not going to prejudge what the outcome of this is.”

 

Even Muslims outraged over Islamic rape law

 
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Muslim women in the nijab.

One of the big criticisms of Islam is that it treats women as second-class people, notes a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Women in many Muslim cultures don’t have the same inheritance rights as men and don’t make decisions about important issues such as marriage. They sometimes aren’t allowed to drive or pursue certain jobs.

In some societies they must be accompanied by a man when they go out.

But even Islamists now are erupting in anger over the treatment of Muslim girls in Islam-dominated Tunisia.

It’s because the law there states, and the courts have upheld, that a man who attacks and rapes a girl, even a 13 year old, can have all charges dismissed by marrying her.

“The luster and magic and a 13-year-old girl’s childhood are murdered by rape by a young man who is definitely of the age of legal responsibility but who appears to be at the age of anarchy, stupidity, carelessness and animalism,” wrote Tunisian journalist Na’Ima Al-Qadri in the e-daily Al-Sahafah.

The comments were captured and documented by researchers with the Middle East Media Research Institute.

MEMRI explained the background of the furor: “On December 13, 2016, a lower court in northwestern Tunisia granted a 21-year-old man legal permission to marry a 13-year-old girl he had raped and impregnated. The court decision was in accordance with Article 227(a) of the Tunisian criminal code, which states that if a rapist weds his victim, all legal proceedings in the rape case against him are terminated.”

But what followed was a “wave of anger and criticism,” the report said, including “calls for revoking the rapist’s authorization to marry his victim and for him to be subjected to the penalty stipulated by law.”

Al-Qadri continued: “This incident sears the heart, making it bleed … It is also devastating because of the profound impact it will have on the soul of this girl … who will never forget it, especially because she became pregnant [as a result].”

 

American courts creating 'affirmative right to immigrate'

 
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The courts aren’t just stripping the president of his authority to stop national security threats. They aren’t just endangering Americans. They aren’t just basing their rulings on pure ideology instead of the law.

The American judiciary is creating an “affirmative right to immigrate” to the United States for every person on earth, says Daniel Horowitz, senior editor at Conservative Review and author of “Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America.”

He explains the federal judges who blocked President Trump’s immigration order are challenging the most fundamental aspect of American sovereignty.

“Even President Trump’s original orders were grounded in precedent and statute,” Horowitz told WND. “But these federal judges who have issued a halt to President Trump’s new executive orders have gone even farther. Not only did they simply refuse to address the legislation that gives Trump the authority to issue these orders, they started creating new rights out of thin air, which gives practically everyone in the world a future affirmative right to immigrate to the United States. Obviously, that means the end of the United States in any meaningful sense.”

Last Friday, Judge William Connelly of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin issued a temporary restraining order against President Trump’s ban on some travel from terror-producing nations. On Wednesday, a judge in Hawaii placed a temporary restraining order on President Trump’s executive order. The next morning, another federal judge in Maryland joined in the political strategy. At a rally in Nashville Wednesday night, President Trump slammed the block as “an unprecedented judicial overreach.”

Horowitz said it is hard to disagree with the president. If anything, he claims, Trump is understating the case.

“The reasoning that was used in these cases doesn’t just undermine statute, precedent and law, it essentially repudiates the concepts of citizenship and sovereignty altogether,” Horowitz fumed.

“For example, in the case in Wisconsin, the judge blocked the order because an asylee living in America feared the ban might prevent his wife and daughter from coming to America at some point in the future. But if the order doesn’t apply to those already approved for asylum, from where does his supposed fear derive?

“Of course, there’s also something way more important at stake. A court can’t just demand any alien in the world be admitted to the United States. Yet the court is not only claiming this power, but it is granting standing to someone who hasn’t even suffered any consequences from the proposed ban. There’s no ‘injury-in-fact’ in legal parlance. The only way this makes sense is if the court is saying everyone in the world is suffering from the loss of some newly created legal right to come to this country.”

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson’s ruling in Hawaii is even more unhinged, in Horowitz’s view. According to Judge Watson, the executive order “was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.”

But the text of the ban did not refer to any particular religion and instead was a temporary restriction on all immigration for certain terror-linked countries.

However, both Watson and U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang in Maryland reached outside the evidence of the dispute itself and used campaign statements from President Trump and his advisers to say the executive order was an attempt at the “Muslim ban” promised during the campaign and, therefore, could not be allowed.

Yet as even fierce Donald Trump opponent David Frum observed, the attempt to stop the presidents travel ban radically rewrites American immigration law.

“By barring foreign Muslims, the opinion argues, the Trump administration has signaled disfavor of domestic Muslims as well, thereby violating their First Amendment rights to religious equality,” Frum writes of Watson’s decision.

“Not only that! Watson’s opinion further contends that this argument is so convincing that it is ‘highly likely’ to prevail on the ultimate merits – and for that reason, that he is justified in issuing immediately a temporary restraining order against Trump’s ban. This double argument is bold, to put it mildly.

“What it does, in effect, is globalize the First Amendment, and possibly other amendments too, provided only that a fellow adherent of that religion live inside the United States.”

As Horowitz notes, Watson is essentially declaring the president and even Congress are simply not allowed to impose any restrictions on immigration because of a newly discovered “global freedom of religion.”

“The claim being made by Judge Watson is breathtaking,” he said. “Essentially, he is saying that domestic Muslims are being harmed because President Trump is imposing a temporary travel ban on a predominantly Muslim country, even when the ban itself does not identify Muslims specifically.

“What’s more, liberal states are claiming ‘injury’ because of the travel ban. As I’ve written before, it’s equivalent to a state suing the president because it doesn’t like his foreign policy or if a state felt that the military deployments are hurting and disrupting the lives of residents of their states.”

Horowitz argues the court rulings constitute an existential challenge not just to the authority of President Trump and Congress, but to the country itself.

“This is it,” said Horwitz. “If conservatives do not push back on this, the courts will essentially mandate unlimited immigration from the entire world. It means that the most fundamental areas of public policy and the existence of American sovereignty will have been essentially given away to judges.”

Horowitz identified a number of specific actions Congress should take to reclaim authority over immigration from the courts.

They include passing a concurrent resolution disapproving the court’s decision and affirming the power of Congress and the executive over immigration, using a defunding rider to reintroduce the president’s immigration order in a budget bill, drawing up articles of impeachment against the judges, eliminating the ability of lower courts to issue injunctions or restraining orders outside their jurisdictions, and breaking up the notoriously left-wing Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Finally, and most importantly, Horowitz says Congress must strip the courts of any power to adjudicate any case forcing the entry of a foreign national into the country against the will of the other branches.

“We shouldn’t have to do any of these things, but the situation has gone too far,” said Horowitiz. “We are now essentially being governed by unelected, radically left-wing judges unmoored by statute or precedent who are simply dictating law to the rest of the country based on their ideology. The Constitution works as a system of checks and balances. It is time for the legislature and the president to check these judicial supremacists.

“Otherwise, we won’t just lose our constitutional system. We lose the country itself.”

 

Abortion biz fined after faking bomb threat

 
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An abortion business and two employees have been ordered to pay nearly $2,000 to a pro-life protester to settle part of a case that erupted when a security guard there called police and falsely claimed the protester had made a bomb threat.

Judge George Steeh in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordered Northland Family Clinic, an abortion business, and workers Renee Chelian and Mary Guilbernat each to pay Kimberley Thames a sum of $666.66.

Thames’ case against the city and its police officers now will continue, according to the American Freedom Law Center team that worked with Thames.

The penalty, the lawyers explained, was “for conspiring with city of Westland police officers to violate the civil rights of Kimberley Thames, a prolife advocate who was falsely arrested and imprisoned.”

“The judgment was also entered in Ms. Thames’ favor on her claims that these defendants are liable for false arrest and imprisonment under Michigan law and that Renee Chelian defamed her in a subsequent Facebook post.”

Robert Muise, AFLC senior counsel, said the “entry of judgment against Northland and its CEO, Renee Chelian, a staunch defender of abortion, is a total vindication of Ms. Thames rights.”

“For too long, abortionists and local police have worked hand in hand to silence pro-lifers and thus violate their rights,” he said.

“While this initial victory was important, we will be pursuing our claims against the city of Westland and its police officers with a vengeance. We intend to send a clear message to all cities and their local police departments: if you join forces with baby killers to violate the civil rights of pro-lifers, you will pay dearly.”

AFLC co-founder David Yerushalmi said: “Make no mistake, this judgment is significant. Such egregious attacks on the civil rights of pro-life demonstrators have got to stop, and we intend to do it. This is an important first step, but this fight is far from over.”

WND reported when the case developed last year that Thames was seeking compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages, attorney fees and costs and expenses from the Northland Family Planning Clinic and employees “John Doe,” Renee Chelian and Mary Guilbernat, the city of Westland and its police department, Chief Jason Soulliere, officers John Gatti, Adam Tardif and Norman Brooks.

According to the complaint, the unidentified security guard at the abortion business on Aug. 27 called police and lied to them that Thames, who frequently stood outside the business and prayed, had threatened to bomb the facility.

Thames then was arrested and detained over the weekend. She was released when the facts of the case were reviewed the following Monday.

“The pain, suffering and humiliation Ms. Thames endured at the hands of these city officials is shocking to the conscience. And Ms. Thames’ unlawful arrest and false imprisonment were instigated, directed and encouraged by Northland and its agents. We intend to hold all parties liable for this injustice,” Muise said at the time.

The AFLC is working with the Thomas More Society on the case.

Representatives of the abortion business and city policy department officials declined to respond to WND requests for comment.

Thames’s attorneys explained in a statement:

On August 27, 2016, Kimberley Thames went to the Northland facility on Ford Road in Westland, Michigan, to be a witness for life. She silently prayed on the public sidewalks surrounding the facility. She had no weapons with her. She never does. Ms. Thames abhors violence, including the violence of abortion. All she had with her that day was a rosary and a pro-life sign.

As she would often do, Ms. Thames engaged the Northland security guard on duty that day, assuring him that she was praying for him as well as the unborn babies. She also told the guard that she would pray he would find another job – a job that would protect life, not defend death.

The guard appeared agitated by Ms. Thames’ suggestion, claiming that his job was “fine” and that he was there to protect everyone. Ms. Thames told the guard that she was happy to hear that he would protect her as well. She had never heard this from the other guards.

The legal team said Thames left the area momentarily to use a nearby restroom, and when she returned, there were several police cruisers there.

“One of the officers approached Ms. Thames and asked her if she told the security guard that she was going to bomb the clinic. Ms. Thames emphatically rejected such an absurd accusation. Unbeknownst to Ms. Thames, a Northland employee and the security guard called 911 and made a false claim that Ms. Thames was threatening to bomb the Northland facility,” the legal team’s report said.

The police searched her vehicle and found nothing but cuffed and arrested her anyway.

According to the complaint, a Catholic nun who was there with Thames verified that Thames “never made any threats and that the guard was lying.” Police ignored her statements.

After her arrest, she was detained in a city holding cell for three days, the complaint explains. On Monday, “a city detective finally took the time to review the case, correctly concluding that no crime was committed.”

Police then forced her to walk back to her car, which she had left near the abortion business, according to the complaint.

“While in the city’s custody, Ms. Thames was not allowed to make a telephone call or to speak with anyone outside of the jail. … She couldn’t eat. The city jailers paraded various criminals in and out of the same holding cell,” the lawyers explained. “She was awake for over 50 hours.”

The complaint alleges violation of the First Amendment’s freedom of speech, its free exercise of religion, the Fourth Amendment’s requirements regarding search and seizure, the 14th Amendment’s equal protection requirements and bans on conspiracy.

 

 

Disabled vet turned commentator joins WND

 
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Mason Weaver

Entrepreneur, speaker, author and commentator Mason Weaver debuts his weekly exclusive column for WND today.