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Pence embarks on cross-country campaign tour

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎30, ‎2017, ‏‎38 minutes ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(POLITICO) Vice President Mike Pence is embarking on a cross-country summer campaign tour amid rising fears that the GOP, reeling from a barrage of Trump-fueled controversies, is headed for a midterm election disaster.

Pence is mapping out a schedule that will take him through several Midwestern battlegrounds and to traditionally conservative southern states like Georgia, where an unexpectedly competitive June special election runoff is alarming party strategists. The vice president will also attend a series of Republican Party events that will draw major donors and power-brokers, where talk about 2018 is certain to be front-and-center.

 

Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dead at 83

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎30, ‎2017, ‏‎2 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(NY POST) Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, a one-time US ally who became a bitter enemy, died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 83.

The convicted one-time strongman died in Panama City, where he was under house arrest after a long prison stint, government officials said.

Noriega had been in the hospital recovering from an operation to remove a brain tumor.

 

ISIS bombs ice cream shop in Baghdad

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎30, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(FOX NEWS) ISIS militants on Monday claimed responsibility for a deadly nighttime bombing outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad where families with children were enjoying a late-night snack after breaking their fast for Ramadan.

Iraqi officials have raised the death toll to 15.

A closed-circuit camera video of the explosion shows a busy downtown avenue, with cars driving down the street when a massive blast strikes.

 

How now

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎30, ‎2017, ‏‎11 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:

DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office that put a tax on your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax. The people you voted for then take the tax money, buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous. Barbara Streisand sings for you.

REPUBLICAN: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So? … It’s not your fault he didn’t stay in school. Nevertheless, ultimately you take pity on your neighbor and see that his children have milk, while you encourage him to accept responsibility for his situation and to work hard to acquire his own cows.

SOCIALIST: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor. You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.

COMMUNIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. You wait in line for hours to get it. It is expensive and sour.

CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull and build a herd of cows.

DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point you have to sell both to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your government.

BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk and then pours the milk down the drain.

AMERICAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the second one. You force the 2 cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when one cow drops dead. You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses. Your stock goes up.

FRENCH CORPORATION: You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows. You go to lunch. Life is good.

JAPANESE CORPORATION: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains. Most are at the top of their class at cow school.

GERMAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You re-engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk and run a hundred miles an hour. Unfortunately, they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.

ITALIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. While ambling around, you see a beautiful woman. You break for lunch. Life is good.

RUSSIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You have some vodka. You count them and learn you have five cows. You have some more vodka. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka. The Mafia shows up and takes over how ever many cows you really have.

POLISH CORPORATION: You have two bulls. Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.

FLORIDA CORPORATION: You have a black cow and a brown cow. Everyone votes for the best looking one. Some of the people who like the brown one best vote for the black one. Some people vote for both. Some people vote for neither. Some people can’t figure out how to vote at all. Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which is the best-looking one.

NEW YORK CORPORATION: You have fifteen million cows. You have to choose which one will be the leader of the herd, so you pick some fat cow from Arkansas.

 

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Your daily dose of spiritual inspiration

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎30, ‎2017, ‏‎11 hours ago | Daily BlessingGo to full article
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:33

 

This day in WND history: Clinton rape accuser fights IRS audit

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎30, ‎2017, ‏‎11 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Juanita Broaddrick says she was raped by Bill Clinton (courtesy Breitbart video)

Juanita Broaddrick says she was raped by Bill Clinton (courtesy Breitbart video)

Clinton rape accuser fights IRS audit

WND-20-YearsMay 31, 2000: Maybe it was just coincidence.

You go on national television and tell a secret you’ve kept for 22 years – that you were raped by the most-powerful man in the world, the current president of the United States – and you get a notice form the IRS that your business is going to be audited.

Maybe. But Juanita Broaddrick wasn’t buying it and she decided to fight back by suing the Clinton White House and the Justice Department for conducting a campaign to “smear and destroy her reputation.”

She was not alone – other Clinton critics had found themselves targeted by the IRS.

Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, former White House Travel Office Director Billy Dale and Elizabeth Ward Gracen have all accused the president of assault or harassment and were audited following their complaints. Dozens of Clinton’s political “enemies” also were audited during the 1990s, including the National Rifle Association, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Heritage Foundation, American Spectator, National Review and the Western Journalism Center, founded by WorldNetDaily Editor and CEO Joseph Farah.

Portland mayor aims to nix free-speech rally, fears ‘hatred’

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎30, ‎2017, ‏‎11 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(WASHINGTON TIMES) The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a “Trump Free Speech Rally” and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said he hopes the victims will inspire “changes in the political dialogue in this country.”

It comes amid a wider debate in the U.S. about the First Amendment, often in liberal cities like Portland and Berkeley, California, and on college campuses, where violent protests between far-right and far-left protesters have derailed appearances by contentious figures.

 

Texas Republican 'assaulted' by Dems on House floor

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎30, ‎2017, ‏‎11 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(WASHINGTON TIMES) Democratic members of the Texas Legislature reportedly assaulted and threatened a Republican colleague over his call to immigration authorities, prompting the GOP lawmaker to say he’d defend himself with deadly force if the Democrats followed through on their threats.

Rep. Matt Rinaldi, Irving Republican, said the altercation began when he called Immigration and Customs Enforcement in response to repeated disruptions of the day’s proceedings by illegal-immigrant demonstrators over a bill targeting sanctuary cities.

 

TV news network boosts Seth Rich reward

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎30, ‎2017, ‏‎13 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich

Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich

WASHINGTON – A budding independent TV news company is jumping into the Seth Rich murder case with both feet today – boosting the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the slain Democratic National Committee employee’s killer or killers by an additional $100,000 and issuing a step-by-step report on why the mysterious death is more than a “conspiracy theory.”

With the additional reward money, the total amount from various sources has reached $245,000.

“We want to stress that our only agenda is finding the truth and that everything we report here is revealing the facts that we’ve uncovered in our investigation,” said Pearson Sharp in a new One America News broadcast on the case. OANN is on DirectTV and carried by many cable providers across the nation.

“Facts,” he emphasized, “and not opinions. And from an objective standpoint they simply don’t add up.”

While the report covers many of the details uncovered and published by WND.com in a sweeping story two weeks ago, it also raises some new issues.

Watch the OANN report on the Seth Rich murder case:

 

More on the Seth Rich case:

One of the first responding police officers the morning Rich was shot was Robert Wingate Robinson. OANN reports he was a student at Georgetown University when John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, was a professor there. His sister, Nandy, the network reports, worked for the Clinton campaign as a research assistant in 2016. Since then she’s worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as a researcher.

The network reminds viewers that Rich was alive and talking to police and EMTs before being hospitalized, raising questions about what he may have been able to tell them. If he told them it was a botched robbery, that evidence has certainly not been made public.

The report also cites an anonymous Internet post by a person claiming to be a fourth-year resident at the hospital who confirmed Rich was not only alive when he arrived, but that his injuries were not life-threatening. Though the anonymous report cannot be confirmed, the resident said he was ordered not to visit Rich on his rounds because he was surrounded by law-enforcement officers and would only be seen by his attending physician.

That physician, OANN reports, was Dr. Jack Sava, a donor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, who visited the White House six times before the day of Seth Rich’s murder. His wife reportedly visited the White House 23 times during that same time period. They both reportedly visited the East Wing, reserved for then-first lady Michelle Obama and her staff.

In addition, the network reports, the manager of Lou’s City Bar, the establishment Rich left early the morning he was shot, had also visited the White House July 6 – days before Rich was killed.

What about political connections at the police department that have been alleged?

OANN cites Heather Podesta’s seat on the board of the Washington Police Foundation where she served with former Washington Police Chief Kathy Lanier.

OANN’s report stated no evidence has been produced to date suggesting the WikiLeaks emails of Podesta and Hillary Clinton were the results of a Russian hack. The Democrat National Committee did not ask the FBI to investigate the source of the leaks. Instead, as WND has reported, the investigation was conducted by the DNC’s chosen private firm, CrowdStrike, which, interestingly, was founded by the Moscow-born Dmitri Alperovitch, a nonresident senior fellow at the globalist Atlantic Council, which has ties to Hillary Clinton.

“I’m glad to see another independent news organization jumping into the investigation of Seth Rich’s death,” said Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WND.com. “We welcome the help. And we certainly welcome impartial official investigations with full subpoena power – something journalists don’t have.”

Rich’s murder is one of 65 unsolved cases in D.C. from 2016. His was the only murder last year in the quiet, well-to-d0 Bloomingdale neighborhood. There have been a total of five homicides in Bloomingdale since 2012, according to the Twitter feed DCHomicideCount.

THE FULL STORY FROM WND:

‘Credible evidence’ suggests ‘hanky-panky’ in Seth Rich case
Bombshell: Donna Brazile warned off private eye on Seth Rich case
See the latest from Judicial Watch on the Seth Rich case
Chilling similarities between Seth Rich murder and “Clinton body count” victims
Investigator: Cops hid evidence, halted Set Rich probe
Twitter suspends news agency for Seth Rich probe
Everything you want to know about Seth Rich story
Bar manager: Cops never talked with staff about night Seth Rich died

 

Why conservatives still attack Trump

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎30, ‎2017, ‏‎15 hours ago | Dennis PragerGo to full article
When people you know well, admire, and who share your values do something you strongly oppose, you have two options:

1) Cease admiring them, or 2) try to understand them and change their minds.

In the case of my conservative friends who still snipe (or worse) at President Trump, I have rejected option one. The reason – beside the fact that I simply like many of them – is what I refer to as “moral bank accounts.”

Every time we do good, we make a deposit into our moral bank account. And every time we do something bad, we make a withdrawal. These conservatives have made so many deposits into their moral bank accounts that, in my view, their accounts all remain firmly in the black.

That means my only choice is option 2. But to try to change their minds, I must first try to understand their thinking.

I have concluded that there are a few reasons that explain conservatives who were Never-Trumpers during the election, and who remain anti-Trump today.

The first and, by far, the greatest reason is this: They do not believe that America is engaged in a civil war, with the survival of America as we know it at stake.

While they strongly differ with the left, they do not regard the left-right battle as an existential battle for preserving our nation. On the other hand, I, and other conservative Trump supporters, do.

That is why, after vigorously opposing Trump’s candidacy during the Republican primaries, I vigorously supported him once he won the nomination. I believed then, as I do now, that America was doomed if a Democrat had been elected president. With the Supreme Court and hundreds of additional federal judgeships in the balance; with the Democrats’ relentless push toward European-style socialism – completely undoing the unique American value of limited government; the misuse of the government to suppress conservative speech; the continuing degradation of our universities and high schools; the weakening of the American military; and so much more, America, as envisioned by the founders, would have been lost, perhaps irreversibly. The “fundamental transformation” candidate Barack Obama promised in 2008 would have been completed by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

To my amazement, no anti-Trump conservative writer sees it that way. They all thought during the election, and still think, that while it would not have been a good thing if Hillary Clinton had won, it wouldn’t have been a catastrophe either.

That’s it, in a nutshell. Many conservatives, including me, believe that it would have been close to over for America as America if the Republican candidate, who happened to be a flawed man named Donald Trump, had not won. Moreover, I am certain that only Donald Trump would have defeated Hillary Clinton.

In other words, I believe that Donald Trump may have saved the country. And that, in my book, covers a lot of sins – foolish tweets, included.

The Never-Trump conservative argument that Trump is not a conservative – one that I, too, made repeatedly during the Republican primaries – is not only no longer relevant, it is no longer true.

Had any Never-Trump conservative been told, say in the summer of 2015, that a Republican would win the 2016 election and, within his first few months in office, appoint a conservative to the Supreme Court; begin the process of replacing Obamacare; bomb Russia’s ally, Assad, after he again used chemical weapons; appoint the most conservative Cabinet in modern American history; begin undoing hysteria-based, economy-choking EPA regulations; label the Iranian regime “evil” in front of 50 Muslim heads of state; wear a yarmulke at the Western Wall; appoint a U.N. ambassador who regularly condemns the U.N. for its moral hypocrisy; restore the military budget; and work on lowering corporate tax rates, among other conservative achievements – that Never-Trump conservative would have been jumping for joy.

So, why aren’t anti-Trump conservatives jumping for joy?

I have come to believe that many conservatives possess what I once thought was a left-wing monopoly – a utopian streak. Trump is too far from their ideal leader to be able to support him.

There is also a cultural divide. Anti-Trump conservatives are a very refined group of people. Trump doesn’t talk like them. Moreover, the cultural milieu in which the vast majority of anti-Trump conservatives live and/or work means that to support Trump is to render oneself contemptible at all elite dinner parties.

In addition, anti-Trump conservatives see themselves as highly moral people (which they often are) who are duty-bound not to compromise themselves by strongly supporting Trump, whom they largely view as morally defective.

Finally, these people are only human: After investing so much energy in opposing Trump’s election, and after predicting his nomination would lead to electoral disaster, it’s hard to for them to admit they were wrong. To see him fulfill many of his conservative election promises, again in defiance of predictions, is a bitter pill. But if they hang on to their Never-Trumpism and the president falls on his face, they can say they were right all along.

That means that only if he fails can their reputations be redeemed. And they, of course, know that.

But there is another way.

They can join the fight. They can accept an imperfect reality and acknowledge that we are in a civil war, and that Trump, with all his flaws, is our general. If this general is going to win, he needs the best fighters. But too many of them, some of the best minds of the conservative movement, are AWOL.

I beg them: Please report for duty.

   
 

Crews dismantle Sheriff Joe's 'Tent City'

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎1 hour ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Associated Press) Crews have started to dismantle some of the tents in a controversial outdoor jail complex in Phoenix that helped make former Sheriff Joe Arpaio a national law enforcement figure.

One of the five jail yards within “Tent City” has already been completely dismantled, and workers on Wednesday were in the process of tearing down a second yard.

Sheriff Paul Penzone, who ousted Arpaio last year and announced plans seven weeks ago to tear down the complex, said the closure of the tents is about improving the county’s jails.

 

Thieves prey on grieving families leaving home to bury loved ones

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎1 hour ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(KTVI) A time of grief leads to a crime of opportunity across the river in southeast Illinois. Families leaving home to bury a loved one are returning home to find their lives torn apart by thieves.

It’s not yet clear how thieves are picking out homes of grieving families and ransacking them.

“(Families) are already going through so much and to have this happen to them is so troubling,” said Curt Schildknecht, director of Schildknecht Funeral Home in O’Fallon.

 

 

Viral video shows Grand Canyon filled with ocean of clouds

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎1 hour ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(USA Today) A new viral video shows the Grand Canyon in rare form: filled to the brim with clouds.

The video shows a full cloud inversion, which is when cold air gets trapped close to the ground by a layer of warm air, and the moisture turns into condensation, creating a sea of thick fog.

Clouds swirl and push up against the canyon’s rim as if it were a seashore. Those standing on the rim feel as if they are walking on clouds.

 

With Confederate flags gone, Civil War museum will close

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎1 hour ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) A Henry County commissioner requested a few months ago that a local Civil War museum remove its Confederate flags.

But without that symbol, the Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum announced that it can’t conduct its mission properly and will close June 1.

In a Facebook post, the museum’s directors cited the request by District 2 Commissioner Dee Clemmons that all Confederate flags be removed from the museum, in addition to the gift shop, “in an effort not to offend anyone.”

 

50 years later, untold stories of Jim Morrison's arrest

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎1 hour ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(WTNH) In 1967, “Light My Fire” was a new hit single. The Doors were becoming famous. Then a trip to New Haven 50 years ago made the group’s lead singer infamous.

“A cop came to the stage and said, ‘Jim, tone it down or we’re going to have to take you off the stage,’” said Jake Russell.

Jake has filled his downtown New Haven hot dog stand, Jake’s Diggity Dogs, with memorabilia of that night. His father, Joey Russell, played Happy the Clown on Channel 8 years ago, and was part owner of the New Haven Blades hockey team. The Blades played at the New Haven Arena, so Joey’s three sons basically grew up in the Arena. The Arena hosted concerts as well as hockey.

“You want to go? ‘Hey Dad, I want to go.’ You’re going,” is how the middle son, Carl, explained it.

Carl and the oldest Russell brother, Hanon, did go to The Doors concert at the Arena. The building stood where the FBI building is now, which is a little ironic considering the confrontation Morrison had with law enforcement.

 

Creationist's ark floats gospel message in Bible Belt

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎1 hour ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Washington Post) Ken Ham built an ark, a Noah-sized ark, in the verdant, landlocked hills of the American heartland.

the sight of the wooden vessel, tourists – decidedly more than two-by-two, a caravan of buses surrounding the site – gasp in wonder. Christian school students storm the ramps, many completing science quizzes based on anti-evolutionary teachings.

The founder of Answers in Genesis, an online and publishing ministry with a strict creationist interpretation of the Bible, employed 700 workers to erect the $120 million Ark Encounter, which is five stories high and a football field and a half in length, and packs a powerful “whoa” punch. He had the massive boat designed by a veteran of amusement park attractions, commissioned an original soundtrack to enhance the experience, and stocked the interior with an animatronic (and freakishly real) talking Noah, along with lifelike models of Earth’s manifold creatures. Including dinosaurs.

And he saw that it was good.

 

Diabetes drug may work by changing gut bacteria makeup

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(New Scientist) The most successful treatment for type 2 diabetes may work by changing the makeup of gut bacteria.

Metformin is commonly prescribed to help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. It is also being tested as an anti-ageing treatment.

The drug is generally believed to work by reducing the amount of glucose made in the liver, which would in turn lower blood sugar levels. But some observations suggest this isn’t the whole story.

For instance, a slow-release version of the drug appears to be just as effective, even though only small amounts of it ever reach the liver. And metformin works just as well in people with genetic variants that stop it from getting to the liver.

Fredrik Bäckhed at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and José Manuel Fernàndez-Real at the University of Girona, Spain, wondered if gut bacteria might play a role in the drug’s action. After all, the trillions of bugs that line our intestines have been linked to a range of diseases, and are known to influence drug metabolism.

 

'Dragon's Breath' hottest pepper in world?

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(CBS News) Farmers in Wales may have the world’s hottest chili pepper on their hands, according to British media reports.

Mike Smith reportedly grew a chili pepper that smashes all previous heat records — all by accident. Smith said he never intended to breed a particularly spicy pepper and he doesn’t even like foods with heat, The Telegraph reports.

The pepper came from a plant Smith borrowed from fellow farmer Neal Price, which reportedly was grown using specialized plant food developed by researchers at Nottingham Trent University, the BBC reports.

The growers have named the explosive chili pepper the “Dragon’s Breath,” a nod to the pepper’s Welsh origins. They say it’s too hot for human consumption.

 

Neo-Nazi converts to Islam, kills roommates who don't approve

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(WLS-TV) Two men were shot to death in Tampa, Fla., allegedly by their teenage roommate, allegedly because the victims were neo-Nazi sympathizers, as was the gunman until his recent conversion to Islam, WFTS reports.

“It’s obviously very shocking. I’m concerned for my safety,” said a nearby resident, who asked to remain fully anonymous, not showing his face or giving his name.

He lives near the apartment where Tampa police found two men shot dead after a teen led them there, admitting he’d killed eh,.

 

Neil Armstrong's bag of moon dust heads to auction

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎25, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Vice) After being stolen, lost, and snapped up by a private citizen, the historic space artifact is now expected to sell for at least $2 million.

On the spectrum of weird stuff people sell at auctions—from Truman Capote’s ashes to Patrick Swayze’s G-string—the bag Neil Armstrong used to collect lunar samples in 1969 is probably the most historically iconic. After trekking to the moon and back, getting lost, and then spending a wild stint in the nation’s courts, the artifact is finally hitting the auction house, the Washington Post reports.

Sotheby’s will turn over the bag to the highest bidder at a sale in New York on July 20—the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing—where it’s expected to fetch anywhere from $2 million to $4 million. Almost all the other relics from the mission are housed in the Smithsonian, and according to Sotheby’s, this is the only remaining item from the landing in private hands.

 

   
 

Geert Wilders on Trump speech: 'Islam is the problem'

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours ago | Art MooreGo to full article
See WND’s interview with Geert Wilders:
 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — With members of his permanent security detail scanning the perimeter of a patio cast in the glow of a Hollywood Hills sunset, Geert Wilders explained why he believes the definition of the global threat articulated by President Trump in his historic speech Sunday in Saudi Arabia is off the mark.

As the Dutch politician spoke to WND before addressing the American Freedom Alliance’s annual Heroes of Conscience dinner here Sunday night, it wasn’t hard to imagine why he has been under constant protection, courtesy of his government, since November 2004, when two North African Muslims were accused of planning to murder him.

“Islam is the problem,” said Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom, now the country’s second largest in Parliament.

“We can only deal with [the threat] if we first face the truth, [which] might not be too politically correct, but still is the truth, and that is that Islam — and not Islamism or radical Islam, but Islam — is an evil ideology like communism or fascism that has no place in a free society,” he told WND.

“And at the end of the day it will replace us, and we will lose our freedom,” he said, emphasizing Western civilization’s very existence is at stake.

Wilders applauded Trump for frankly recognizing the “fight between good and evil” engulfing the West, but the Dutchman insisted the evil isn’t confined to certain people within the community of Islam.

“It’s not that we have two different kinds of Islam,” he said.

“I acknowledge the fact that we have two kinds of people. There are moderate Muslims and non-moderate Muslims. But there is really only one Islam, and this is the Islam of the life of Muhammad, of the Quran, of the Hadiths, of the Sunnah.”

Casting the problem any other way won’t bring the West closer to a solution, he insisted.

Trump, in his speech Sunday in Riyadh, said terrorists “do not worship God, they worship death.”

“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations,” the president said. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.”

Wilders argues it’s “impossible for the ideology of Islam to assimilate in a free society.”

“People can. Ideology cannot. And you see it in almost every country in the world today where Islam is dominant. You see a total lack of civil society. A lack of freedom. A lack of free speech,” he said.

“We should not import it any more to our society. Not because we hate the people, but because we have a problem with the ideology that is totally incompatible with freedom,” said Wilders.

He noted speaking out “comes with a price.”

“You are taken to court. You are put on the death list of terrorist organizations. People call you a bigot,” he said.

“But still, if you know that you are talking the truth,” said Wilders, “you can look in the mirror without being ashamed at night.”

Geert Wilders (WND photo)

Geert Wilders (WND photo)

Wilders, who wears a bulletproof vest, lives in a safe house and is escorted to his office at The Hague in an armored vehicle each work day.

“In the process of fighting for the freedom of my own people, I lost my own freedom. I can do nothing without police detail anywhere and everywhere I go,” he said.

“The sad thing is now, 13 years later, after it started for me, we are all on the death list of those kinds of organizations.”

Wilders was banned from the U.K. as an “undesirable person” under Prime Minister Gordon Brown in February 2009, two days before he was scheduled to show his controversial film “Fitna”, warning of the Islamization of Europe, at the invitation of two members of the House of Lords. The ban was overturned by Britain’s Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in 2009.

Turkish, Moroccan and Antillean organizations in the country brought charges against him of criminally insulting religious and ethnic groups and inciting hatred and discrimination. In 2011, he was acquitted by a judge who called his statements about Islam “gross and denigrating” but ruled they didn’t constitute hatred against Muslims and, therefore, were “acceptable within the context of public debate.”

Just five months ago, however, he was convicted of inciting discrimination and of insulting a group for leading an anti-Moroccan chant at a political rally. The three-member judiciary panel, while determining his remarks violated Dutch law, decided not to convict him of inciting hatred and imposed no punishment.

‘It’s who we are’

Wilders, 53, considers himself an agnostic, but he insists maintaining Western civilization’s Judeo-Christian roots is essential.

“It’s our culture. It’s who we are. And you can share the identity without belonging to it yourself,” he said.

“It’s very important that we share the same values,” Wilders continued. “For instance, tolerance. Only we took it a little bit too far. We have to be tolerant of the tolerant, but we’ve forgotten that we should not be tolerant of people who are intolerant to us.”

Awash in cultural relativism, he said, establishment politicians and academics “fool the people by saying that all cultures are equal.”

Consequently, he said, Europeans have lost their identity.

“People don’t know who they are anymore. And if you don’t know what you are, you don’t know what you are not either,” said Wilders.

To regain national identity, he said, his country should join the United Kingdom in leaving the European Union.

“I am not ashamed to say that our culture is far better than the Islamic culture, which is a culture of barbarism,” he said. “We should be honest and speak about the truth, and this, unfortunately, is the truth.”

Coming to America

He warned that the Syrian refugee crisis that has rocked Europe will be dwarfed by what is to come if the trends continue. The population of Africa alone is set to quadruple by the end of the century, and one third of the population wants to emigrate to Europe.

“You haven’t seen anything yet if we don’t act today,” he said.

And what is happening in Europe could very well come to America, he said.

“Be vigilant, defend your freedom. Don’t be politically correct. And speak the truth, because I know that your sons and your children and your grandchildren want to live in a free America,” Wilders said, speaking directly to Americans.

As evidence of the failure to assimilate, in a speech to parliament in 2014 he cited a study showing that nearly three-quarters of ethnic Turks and Moroccans in the Netherlands regard those who leave the European nation to join jihadists in Syria as “heroes.” Wilders pointed out that the same percentage of Dutch Muslims condoned the 9/11 attacks.

“Of course, not all Muslims are terrorists,” he told WND, “but unfortunately, almost all terrorists today are Muslims, and that’s a reality that we face.”

Wilders was in Garland, Texas, in May 2015 when two Muslim men who lived in Phoenix were killed by police as they tried to carry out an attack at a Muhammad art exhibit and contest, regarded as the first attack on U.S. soil in which ISIS claimed responsibility.

Before the Garland event, three U.S. congressmen – two of them Muslim – asked Secretary of State John Kerry and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to reject Wilders’ visa, charging alleged ongoing “participation in inciting anti-Muslim aggression and violence.”

Israel ‘fighting our fight’

Many of Wilders’ critics insist he is motivated by sheer bigotry, but he argues the Netherlands is “still a very tolerant country.”

President Trump places a written prayer into a crack at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel, on May 22, 2017.

President Trump places a written prayer into a crack at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel, on May 22, 2017.

If he were a bigot, he reasoned, his party would have only 0.1 percent of the vote. His Party of Freedom, however, is the second largest of 13 in the House and Parliament, winning 13.1 percent of the vote in March.

“So we are very successful and anything but extreme right or bigoted,” he said.

Wilders traces the formation of his views to his two years living in Israel, including a year on a kibbutz, and traveling all over the Arab world to places such as Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Afghanistan.

“I often saw very friendly people,” he said. “But I also saw hate.”

He describes Israel, a “beacon of light in an area of total darkness,” as “the canary in the coal mine.”

“They are fighting our fight,” he said. “If Jerusalem falls, Athens, Amsterdam and Rome will be next.

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This day in WND history: Obama admin deceived Congress about Boston bombing

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Boston Marathon bombing

Boston Marathon bombing

Janet Napolitano deceived Congress about Boston bombing

May 23, 2016: Department of Homeland Security officer Philip Haney saw something nobody else in the intelligence and law-enforcement community was seeing.

Four years before the Boston Marathon bombing, he began developing a file on the mosque attended by the perpetrators of the attack, the Tsarnaev brothers.

The information Haney uploaded to a National Targeting Center database – which is available to Department of Homeland Security officers at the nation’s ports of entry – documented the Islamic Society of Boston’s extensive ties to terrorism.

One day after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264 more, a Saudi student who was at the scene, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was under investigation.

Haney, with a nexus to the case because of his ongoing investigation of the Boston mosque, searched Alharbi’s name in one of the NTC databases.

Bingo. Alharbi’s file showed he was an armed and dangerous terrorist who was about to be deported.

Haney brought the information to the attention of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and later that week, Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., confronted then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano with it.

Citing the DHS slogan “If you see something, say something,” Duncan asked why someone who not only was at the scene of the bombing, but also described by authorities as a person of interest in the case, was about to be deported.

An indignant Napolitano refused to answer, ridiculing Duncan for asking a question she said was “so full of misstatements and misapprehensions that it’s just not worthy of an answer.”

To this day, many of the details of the Saudi’s entrance and exit from the Boston story remain a mystery to the public.

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That’s hot! Paris Hilton ad crashes server

parishiltonburger1May 23, 2005Burger chain Carl’s Jr. said its commercial featuring TV sex kitten Paris Hilton was so hot, its Web servers suffered a meltdown.

“It was a mixed blessing,” said Brad Haley, executive vice president of marketing for Carl’s Jr. “We wanted to create a Paris Hilton site that would attract visitors, and we certainly achieved that objective. Unfortunately, we just weren’t prepared for the influx of traffic, and disappointed a number of visitors. It turned out that Paris was too hot for our servers.”

As WND previously reported, Hilton was shown in the 30-second spot eating a spicy burger while washing a Bentley in a revealing swimsuit, prompting concerns of indecency on broadcast airwaves.

“This commercial is basically soft-core porn,” said Melissa Caldwell, research director for the Parents Television Council. “It’s inappropriate for television.”

 

They don't make mountain men like this anymore

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Kit Carson

Kit Carson

Fur trapper, Indian agent, and soldier was Kit Carson. His exploits west of the Mississippi were as famous as Daniel Boone’s east. Kit Caron’s father fought in the Revolutionary War, then moved his family from Kentucky to a tract of land in Missouri owned by Daniel Boone’s sons. At age 16, Kit Carson followed the Santa Fe Trail to Taos, New Mexico, which was the capital of the fur trade in the Southwest. He stayed with a friend who had served with Carson’s older brothers in the War of 1812.

Learning the skills of a fur trapper, Kit Carson became fluent in speaking: Spanish, Navajo, Apache, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Paiute, Shoshone and Ute.

Francis Parkman, Jr., wrote in “The Oregon Trail” (1849): “The buffalo are strange animals … in order to approach them the utmost skill, experience, and judgment are necessary. Kit Carson, I believe, stands preeminent in running buffalo.”

In 1835, at the age of 25, Carson went to the annual mountain man rendezvous in Wyoming, where he met an Arapaho girl named Waa-Nibe or “Singing Grass.” After winning a gun fight over her with a French-Canadian trapper, he married her. Kit and Singing Grass worked with the Hudson’s Bay Company, and the renowned frontiersman Jim Bridger.

Storytelling of Jim Bridger’s trailblazing adventures was popular, as he was one of the first white men to see the geysers of Yellowstone, petrified forests, and the Great Salt Lake.

Kit and Singing Grass trapped beaver along the Yellowstone, Powder, and Big Horn rivers, throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Carson considered these years as “the happiest days of my life.” Singing Grass died of a fever after giving birth to their second daughter.

The trapping of beaver drove the exploration of the west. It was fueled by demand for beaver top hats popular in eastern America and Europe. Around 1840, silk from China allowed hats to be made less expensively and the demand for beaver ceased.

In 1841, Kit Carson married a Cheyenne woman, but she left him to follow her tribe’s migration. In 1842, Carson met Josefa Jaramillo, the daughter of a prominent Taos family. Carson received religious instruction from Padre Antonio Jose Martinez, was baptized, married Josefa and together they had eight children.

Kit Carson led John C. Fremont on expeditions across the South Pass on the Continental Divide which “touched off a wave of wagon caravans filled with hopeful emigrants.” Carson led Fremont to map the second half of the Oregon Trail, from South Pass to the Columbia River, traveling along the Great Salt Lake into Oregon. They came within sight of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Hood, and ventured into Mexican territory, where Carson’s wilderness skills averted mass starvation in the Sierra Nevadas.

Traveling across the Mojave Desert, they arrived at a watering hole called Las Vegas (Spanish for “The Meadows”).

When Congress published Fremont’s reports in 1845, Carson’s reputation as a frontiersman Indian fighter inspired writers to use him as the hero in dime novels.

In 1846, Carson accompanied Fremont to California. Carson participated in several battles which led to California being brought into the Union as the 31st state. He even once courageously slipped through a siege at night and ran 25 miles barefoot through the desert to San Diego for reinforcements.

General Sherman wrote of meeting Kit Carson in “The Memoirs of General William T. Sherman”: “As the spring and summer of 1848 advanced, the reports came faster and faster from the gold-mines at Sutter’s saw-mill. … It was our duty to go up and see with our own eyes, that we might report the truth to our government. As yet we had no regular mail to any part of the United States, but mails had come to us at long intervals, around Cape Horn. …”

Sherman continued: “I well remember the first overland mail. It was brought by Kit Carson in saddle-bags from Taos in New Mexico. We heard of his arrival at Los Angeles, and waited patiently for his arrival at headquarters. His fame then was at its height, from the publication of Fremont’s books, and I was very anxious to see a man who had achieved such feats of daring among the wild animals of the Rocky Mountains, and still wilder Indians of the Plains. At last his arrival was reported at the tavern at Monterrey, and I hurried to hunt him up. I cannot express my surprise at beholding a small, stoop-shouldered man, with reddish hair, freckled face, soft blue eyes, and nothing to indicate extraordinary courage or daring. He spoke but little, and answered questions in monosyllables. …”

Sherman added: “He spent some days in Monterrey, during which time we extracted with difficulty some items of his personal history. He was then by commission a lieutenant in the regiment of Mounted Rifles serving in Mexico under Colonel Sumner, and, as he could not reach his regiment from California, Colonel Mason ordered that for a time he should be assigned to duty with A.J. Smith’s company, First Dragoons, at Los Angeles. He remained at Los Angeles some months, and was then sent back to the United Staten with dispatches, traveling two thousand miles almost alone, in preference to being encumbered by a large party.”

During the Civil War, Kit Carson was a scout for the Union Army which was carrying out a federal mandate of subduing the west. When General James Carleton and Colonel Chivington used severe tactics against the Indians, Carson objected and sent a letter of resignation, Feb. 3, 1863, but General Carleton refused it.

Kit Carson’s fame was such that “Buffalo Bill” Cody named his son after him. His sister, Helen Cody Wetmore, wrote in “Last of the Great Scouts – The Life Story of Col. William F. Cody ‘Buffalo Bill'”: “The first boy of the family was the object of the undivided interest of the outpost for a time, and names by the dozen were suggested. Major North offered ‘Kit Carson’ as an appropriate name for the son of a great scout and buffalo-hunter, and this was finally settled on.”

Helen Cody Wetmore described “Buffalo Bill”: “He may fitly be named the ‘Last of the Great Scouts.’ He has had great predecessors. The mantle of Kit Carson has fallen upon his shoulders, and he wears it worthily.”

Buffalo once roamed the western plains, numbering in the millions, and were hunted for blankets, meat and leather. When railroads began moving west, buffalo were shot by the thousands to clear the way for the tracks. Then the federal government adopted a policy of killing off buffalo to force plains Indians onto reservations.

A bill to protect buffalo was introduced in the Texas Legislature in 1875, but U.S. General Philip Sheridan retorted (John Cook, 164): “They are destroying the Indians’ commissary. And it is a well known fact that an army losing its base of supplies is placed at a great disadvantage. … For a lasting peace, let them kill, skin, and sell until the buffaloes are exterminated … as it is the only way to bring lasting peace and allow civilization to advance.”

As herds were slaughtered, Indian hostilities increased. The federal government made treaties with Indians which were often ignored if gold, oil or other valuable minerals were found. Corrupt politicians even profited by taking Indian lands in crony insider deals, such as the Teapot Dome Scandal.

Sympathetic, Kit Carson was appointed superintendent of Indian Affairs in Colorado, January of 1868. With difficulty breathing, he brought Ute Indian Chiefs to Washington, DC., to arrange a treaty. Traveling through northern cities, they met crowds and posed for pictures with western military notables General James Carleton and Former California Governor John C. Fremont.

While staying with the Indian Chiefs at New York City’s Metropolitan Hotel, where Kit Carson almost died. He wrote: “I felt my head swell and my breath leaving me. Then, I woke … my face and head all wet. I was on the floor and the chief was holding my head on his arm and putting water on me. He was crying. He said, ‘I thought you were dead. You called on your Lord Jesus, then shut your eyes and couldn’t speak.’ I did not know that I spoke. … I do not know that I called on the Lord Jesus, but I might – it’s only Him that can help me where I now stand. …”

Kit Carson ended: “My wife must see me. If I was to write about this, or died out here, it would kill her. I must get home.”

Carson successfully arranged the treaty, as President Andrew Johnson wrote: “I herewith lay before the Senate … a treaty made on the 2d day of March, 1868, by and between Nathaniel G. Taylor, Commissioner of Indian Affairs; Alexander C. Hunt, governor and ex officio superintendent of Indian affairs of Colorado Territory, and Kit Carson, on the part of the United States, and the representatives of the Tabeguache, Muaehe, Capote, Weeminuche, Yampa, Grand River, and Uintah bands of Ute Indians.”

Carson returned to Taos, New Mexico, but unfortunately, his wife Josefa soon died from complications after giving birth to their eighth child. A month later, Kit Carson died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm on May 23, 1868, at the age of 58. He was buried next to his wife. His last words were: “Adios compadres” (Spanish for “Goodbye friends”).

 

 

Home security: Not just about burglars anymore

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Pat McLeneGo to full article
Chasm

Why we prep

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

And on, and on, and on …

It’s way too easy to compile a daily list of civilization’s end times in the land of E pluribus unum. Not to sound too curmudgeonly, but back in my day, Anderson Cooper would be shamed out of his job as a major news anchor and any threat to my family by rabid Sorocrats would have been countered with a baseball bat … handed to me by my local sheriff’s deputy.

There’s a famous quote out there that goes, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

But there are other conditions ancillary to Mr. Burke’s maxim that lead to the same result. One of them is when there are too few “good men” to make a difference. Government school, government churches, government media … all have spent the last 100 years teaching and preaching that God is either dead or on vacation, that desires equate to facts, and that the ends justify the means.

The greatest threat to Western Civilization – the high point of human development to date – isn’t EMPs or a pandemic. It’s not a Yellowstone eruption or a solar flare. It’s the denial of the Word and the elevation of the seven deadly sins to a lifestyle menu. “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:25)

The chasm is growing and the foundation is crumbling.

And that’s one of the reasons we prep.



The mailbox

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So I checked out the comments on last week’s column. A lot of them were pretty good. A few of the expected “We’re all going to die” types, but one comment in particular caught my eye:

In our neck of the woods, local and state police/sheriff officials refuse to uphold state trespass laws. Private land is now pretty much considered open to the public provided they do not commit any other crime while on the property. Unfortunately, the land owner remains liable for any and all injuries incurred to others while on the property. Property owners are not allowed to use any means of force, including weapons, to force trespassers off the property. Times sure have changed and not for the better. …

Absolutely right, apropos to the “Why we prep” above – and a good intro to the next couple of weeks’ worth of columns which will focus on home security in an increasingly immoral world.

The concept of property is a big deal. The true ownership of anything isn’t defined by who paid for it or who possesses it. It’s based solely on who has control of the thing. Don’t get that? Try skipping out on your property taxes for a while and you’ll quickly find out who really “owns” your home.



Back in October of last year I wrote a piece on ways to protect your valuables from burglars.

The basic concept behind that article was how to hide your valuables well enough that the search time wasn’t worth the “in-house” time. But that system falls apart if the criminals not only have control of your home, but also have you or your loved ones as hostages to your goods. There’s been an increase in home invasion crimes over the past years, probably because threatening or actually breaking a few bones cuts way down on the time needed to search for your valuables.

Is prepping the right thing for to do for Christians? Or should we just be trusting in the Lord? Learn about that balance in “Be Thou Prepared” by Carl Gallups – “Equipping the Church for Persecution and Times of Trouble.”

Now there are all kinds of articles on the web that will tell you to leave your outside lights on or put up “Beware of dog” signs or always keep your doors locked at all times. I’m sure this is good advice for the run-of-the-mill smash-and-grab type of housebreaker. But the kind of home invasions I’ll be covering is what I believe, sooner or later, will become the norm: the organized assault on those who present the appearance of being affluent in terms of self-dependency.

In our developing new world order, arranging a riot for political advantage is now as easy as posting a few tweets. A real cause is secondary or even unnecessary.

Read the above article from the LA Times. It contains lines such as “It evokes some unfelt anger that hasn’t been tapped into” and “They blame something, they don’t know what it is exactly” and “They can’t express it, so they just go out. A lot of people are doing it to be a part of something” scattered throughout the piece.

Rioting is nothing new. But whole groups of people are now being paid and trained in the mechanics of violent disobedience. And very soon, some of these mob-managers will decide to branch out to where the real money is – taking the “struggle” to the homes of the oppressors.

Burglar

So starting next week, we’ll spend some time on making your compound, bug-out, home, condo or apartment as rabble-resistant as possible. We’ll cover this subject from the outside in. There’s a lot that can be done to discourage attacks on your domicile, and a lot of these strategies can be put in place for very little money (though a few can break the bank, so work the security vs. cost balance carefully). There are a lot of great (and not-so-great) writings on the topic of home security, and I’ll be reviewing some of them for you.

Check out some options in the WND Superstore preparedness department. New products of all kinds being added regularly for all your prepper needs – from informational books, movies to shovels, water purifiers, and food from soup to nuts!

Well-trained and equipped homebreakers can be a prepper’s worst nightmare in many ways. But bear this in mind: unlike drugged-out punks or drive-by thrill seekers, the professional raider will be considering the profit-and-loss, risk-versus-reward bottom line. If you make your nut too costly to crack, the gang will move on to a less-robust venue.

The time to start shoring up the walls of your castle is now. Right now. Don’t be like my Cousin Sam from last week’s column. The world economy is on a knife-edge. It’s far past repairable. When God is needed the most, it’s become trendy to go without God. And since morality comes from God, moral living is impossible without Him.

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. (Romans 8:12-13)

Until next week, keep the faith. And get prepared.

 

Bombshell: Donna Brazile warned off private eye on Seth Rich murder

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile

Former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile

By Alicia Powe and Liz Crokin

WASHINGTON – Former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile is the high-ranking DNC representative who allegedly called police and the family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich and demanded to know why a private investigator was “snooping” into Rich’s death, the private eye revealed to WND Monday.

Detective Rod Wheeler

Detective Rod Wheeler

“The high-ranking DNC official that called the police after I inquired about Rich’s case was Donna Brazile,” veteran homicide detective Rod Wheeler told WND. “Why shouldn’t I reveal who it was?”

Brazile, who was also a CNN contributor and a Hillary for America donor at the time, was caught providing Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton with questions that would later be asked of Clinton at a televised CNN town hall. In an interview with Fox News before the election, Brazile denied leaking the questions to Clinton. But in a March 17, 2017, column for Time magazine, she finally admitted doing so, saying it was a “mistake I will forever regret.”

A spokesman for the Rich family has repeatedly criticized detective Wheeler, who was hired by Rich’s family in March to find the DNC staffer’s murderer, for not ruling out the possibility that Rich may have leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks. The Rich family recently sent Wheeler a “cease and desist” order to stop his investigation into the murder.

Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich

Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich

As WND reported, Rich was murdered July 10, 2016, near his affluent neighborhood in Washington, D.C. He was shot in the back with a handgun at 4:18 a.m. while he walked home, and nothing was taken from him. He was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced dead at 5:57 a.m. On July 22, just 12 days after Rich’s death and days before the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia, WikiLeaks released 20,000 emails from DNC officials.

Wheeler said in several interviews last week that a federal investigator has elaborate details about Rich’s connection to WikiLeaks and is a credible source.

“I don’t like to suggest things without saying the person’s name, but I can’t say that person’s name, because that person would be thrown under the bus,” Wheeler told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “This person, we checked him out, we have to check him out, he’s very credible – he said he laid eyes on the computer and he laid eyes on the case file.

“When you look at that with the totality of everything else that I’ve found on this case, it’s very consistent for a person with my experience to begin to think, perhaps there were some email communications between Seth and WikiLeaks.”

How many people do YOU know who have died mysteriously? Not as many as the Clintons! Check out WND’s explosive report, “‘Clinton death list’: 33 spine-tingling cases.” 

Wheeler told Hannity: “There were some problems that Seth was having on his job at the DNC right before he was killed. And the person that called the father after I called the police to get information (Brazile), that’s the person that Seth was having problems with at the DNC. So connect the dots, here; it’s starting to all come together.”

 

Wheeler added: “I don’t know for sure, I don’t know as matter of fact, if the emails went out to WikiLeaks or anybody else. But it sure appears that way.”

Brazile resigned as a contributor from CNN on Oct. 14 after it was revealed in hacked e-mails from John Podesta’s account that she leaked the questions to Clinton’s campaign before CNN-sponsored events with the candidates.

“We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor,” CNN spokesperson Lauren Pratapas said in October.

Trump blasted Brazile on the campaign trail for using her position at the cable news network to collude with Clinton.

“Speaking of draining the swamp, Donna Brazile did it again,” Trump said just weeks before the election. “WikiLeaks today, she gave the questions to a debate to Hillary Clinton. And that was a couple of weeks ago. Happened again, but this time far worse. She gave the questions to a debate to Hillary Clinton.”

Seth Rich

Seth Rich

Wheeler initially refrained from revealing the identity of the DNC official who called the Rich family to inquire about the detective’s “snooping,” but he said he felt less compelled to stay quiet about Brazile’s identity after what he believed to be an unrelenting assassination of his character by the Rich family’s spokesman.

The spokesman, Democratic political crisis consultant Brad Bauman, excoriated Wheeler for not eliminating the possibility that Rich leaked emails, accusing the veteran detective of fabricating his claims in a desperate attempt for media attention.

“I don’t think at this point, given Detective Wheeler’s lack of credibility – that I am going to dignify any accusations that he makes with any sort of discussion, I’m sorry,” he told WND.

He added that anyone who believes Rich may have leaked DNC e-mails “deserve(s) a place in hell.”

While Wheeler has concluded – after months of extensive investigation – the idea that Rich was killed during a robbery is implausible, he maintains that his motivation to solve the case and find Rich’s murderer has nothing to do with politics.

“I hope people understand this – I am not involved at all with the political side of any of this stuff – I am really not. My one focus is on finding a murderer,” he told WND. “That is my only focus.

“Now if that murderer is a neighborhood knucklehead who had a gun and killed him that night, then that is who I want to capture,” he said. “Then the story ends for me when I find him. If that murderer is someone who worked with him on his job, then that is who I want to capture.”

Seth Rich (middle) with friends (Photo: Facebook)

Seth Rich (middle) with friends (Photo: Facebook)

Brazile called the possibility that Rich leaked DNC emails “shameful” on Sunday.

“Seth Rich was a hard worker and proud to be an American. This desire to scar Seth’s legacy to his country and party is shameful,” the former DNC chair tweeted.

While critics dismiss the idea that Rich’s murder might be linked to the DNC in the midst of a highly contentious presidential campaign as “conspiracy” and “fake news,” talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday said Americans are determined to uncover the truth about Rich’s murder.

“This story is now starting to get legs, that Seth Rich was murdered. It was [allegedly] a contract hire killing because he was leaking to WikiLeaks. He was the one – he may have been a Bernie supporter – and the only colluding and rigging here, folks, is the Democrat primary election,” Limbaugh said. “KimDotCom, the noted hacker, has now come forward and said he was working with Seth Rich to get the documents to WikiLeaks.

“Right now it’s conspiracy-theory status. But it won’t go away. It just won’t go away. That’s about as much as I can say right now.”

“Kim Dotcom” is the Twitter handle for the hacker described as an “entrepreneur, innovator, gamer, artist, Internet freedom fighter & father of 5.” He is a German-Finnish Internet entrepreneur who founded Megaupload. On May 20, “Kim Dotcom” tweeted: “I knew Seth Rich. I know he was the @Wikileaks source. I was involved.”

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In another tweet on the same day, he wrote: “I’m meeting my legal team on Monday. I will issue a statement about #SethRich on Tuesday. Please be patient. This needs to be done properly.”

On Sunday, Hannity called on Congress to get to the bottom of Rich’s murder.

In a Twitter response to “Kim Dotcom” that received nearly 19,000 “likes,” Hannity wrote: “Congress, investigate Seth Rich Murder! @JulianAssange made comments u need to listen to! If Seth was wiki source, no Trump/Russia collusion.”

Hannity-Seth-Rich

Hannity was referencing comments by WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange during an August 2016 interview on the Dutch television program Nieuwsuur. Assange appeared to suggest that Rich was the source of the WikiLeaks-exposed DNC emails.

Watch the interview:

 

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on “Fox & Friends” Sunday and called Rich’s murder an “assassination”:

We have this very strange story now of this young man who worked for the Democratic National Committee, who apparently was assassinated at 4 in the morning, having given WikiLeaks something like 53,000 emails and 17,000 attachments.

Nobody’s investigating that, and what does that tell you about what’s going on? Because it turns out, it wasn’t the Russians. It was this young guy who, I suspect, was disgusted by the corruption of the Democratic National Committee. He’s been killed, and apparently nothing serious has been done to investigative his murder.

 

As WND reported Monday, a manager of the Washington, D.C., bar where Rich was last spotted hours before he was shot and killed said D.C. police officers never interviewed the bar’s staff or requested any evidence from the bar, including the bar’s surveillance video from that night, as part of an investigation into Rich’s murder.

Rich is on WND’s list of 33 people associated with the Clintons who have died mysterious and often violent deaths.

 

 

Your daily dose of spiritual inspiration

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Daily BlessingGo to full article
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

Isaiah 32:18

 

19 dead as explosions hit Ariana Grande concert

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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There are reports of at least 19 dead – and multitudes injured – as the result of a series of explosions that hit Manchester Arena in England just as a concert with American pop star Ariana Grande was finishing Monday.

It didn’t take long for it to be described as a suspected terror attack.

The Sun confirmed police were looking at it as a “terrorist incident,” with a statement from Greater Manchester officers that, “So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others injured. This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”

It strongly resembles any one of a number of recent attacks that have proven to be terror, in Paris and other locations.

The Daily Mail said there were reports of at least 20 dead and many injured, and “video footage showed thousands of people fleeing in tears from the venue, many covered in blood.”

Eyewitness Evie Brewster told the news agency: “Ariana Grande had just finished her last song and left the stage when a huge explosion sounded. Suddenly everybody started screaming and running for the exit.”

Ariana Grande (Facebook photo)

Ariana Grande (Facebook photo)

NBC reported that authorities believed there were possibly two explosions, although there was no confirmation on what triggered the blasts.

“Greater Manchester police said only that there were ‘a number of confirmed fatalities and injuries’ as hundreds of fans fled the arena,” the agency said. “Emergency crews rushed to the scene after the possible blasts.”

The performing artists Ariana reportedly was uninjured, a spokesman said. Nor was Bianca Landrieu, a hiphop star also on stage during the event, hurt, according to social media.

“British Transport Police said officers were at the arena, which sits atop the Manchester Victoria transit station,” the network reported. “All lines to Manchester Victoria were closed.”

The BBC said “two loud bangs” were reported apparently in the entry area of the concert hall, which seats about 18,000.

The BBC said “the North West Counter Terrorism Unit is treating it as a possible terrorist incident.”

“The BBC’s Tim Ashburn, who is at the scene, spoke to some volunteer paramedics who treated the injured for “shrapnel-like injuries,'” the report said, describing the possibility the mayhem was caused by nail bombs.

In a first-person report from the BBC’s Tom Mullen, he said: “One thing that’s apparent is there are many, many young people, some of them with parents or guardians. One mother told me her priority was simply to get her daughters home. Other people have been more candid and have described seeing people covered in blood, or being treated by paramedic. There’s still a huge sense of confusion and people are constantly searching for information while letting their families know they’re safe.”

Reuters reported supporters of ISIS celebrated the explosions on social media, with one user hoping the Islamic State was responsible.

“We hope that the perpetrator is one of the soldiers of the caliphate,” he wrote on a channel affiliated to the group.

The venue routinely features stars such as Ariana, a 23-year-old U.S. pop singer.

NBC said the explosions hit about 5:40 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, which was 10:40 p.m. in England.

The Mail added a long list of reports of witnesses with similar stories: the end of the concert, a huge bang, and a sudden stampede among music fans.

A concert-goer, identified only as Livvy, told the Mail, “We saw the explosion happen. Bits of it hit me. My first thought was, ‘that’s a bomb’.”

The Telegraph said a suicide bomber was suspected, but U.K. police had not confirmed those claims.

One man who was near the venue entrance told the Telegraph: “As I was waiting an explosion went off and it threw me through the first set of doors about 30 feet to the next set of doors. When I got up and looked around there was about 30 people scattered everywhere, some of them looked dead, they might have been unconscious but there was a lot of fatalities.

“My first thing was to run in the stadium to try and find my wife and daughter.”

He later contacted them outside the arena, he said.

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Expert: Boom in commercial satellites coming

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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A government expert predicts there will be some 9,000 new commercial satellites alone launched over the next 10 years, enabling access to massive new databases of imagery, weather information, communications, missile monitoring and more, according to a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

But it will be “crowded,” said Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, who noted over the last 10 years, there have been fewer than 1,500 such projects launched.

His comments came only days ago in an appearance before the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on strategic forces.

He covered a wide range of issues concerning the agency.

On the topic of satellites, he said, in remarks prepared for the subcommittee, “Conservative estimates over the next 10 years predict that some 9,000 commercial satellites, large and small, will be launched, compared to fewer than 1,500 in the last 10 years. The crowded global space arena, supported by increased technology, commercial investment, and reduced launch costs, continues to develop new space-enabled capabilities and space situational awareness across the international community space-based services to include imagery, weather, communications, missile warning, targeting, and positioning, navigation, and timing.”

He explained that there is so much information becoming available that analysts soon may use open source data to make decisions, which could then be checked with the classified information that also is available, but not public.

“Most recently, NGA has been using publicly available information such as social media data, together with geospatial information to anticipate hostile actions to U.S. or Allied interests, and provide a fully integrated intelligence picture. Unclassified, open, and nontraditional data are overtaking traditional classified data in volume and velocity,” he explained.

“In short, we must go wherever the data exist, and apply data wherever the mission demands. While NGA has made great strides in successfully leveraging commercial imagery and other open sources to achieve our mission, NGA’s architecture, tradecraft and training, standards, governance, and culture remain optimized for classified GEOINT content,” he said.

For the rest of this report, and more, please go to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

 

DHS whistleblower: Here's what Comey should have done

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Paul BremmerGo to full article
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It didn’t have to end this way for James Comey.

The former FBI director could have avoided the national embarrassment of being fired by the president of the United States if he had only done one thing differently. So says a former Department of Homeland Security officer and whistleblower.

“Mr. Comey made a fatal error, and I can tell you exactly when it was,” Philip Haney told host John Wells on a recent episode of “Caravan to Midnight.” “When he finished his investigation of the Hillary email stuff, he gave the press conference, and he came right up to the ultimate edge of saying that she committed criminal acts, and then, all of a sudden, in another blink, the next sentence he said, ‘But no reasonable judge would indict her on criminal charges.’

“That was his fatal error, because what he should have done right there is simply said, ‘And now, I’m going to give it to Loretta Lynch and let her make the final decision.’ That was the moment right there. Everything else has been downhill from there.”

Haney, who worked in Customs and Border Protection during his DHS career, said he and his fellow law enforcement officials all knew it was over for Comey at that point. He said if he had been Comey’s friend, he would have sat him down before the press conference and asked if he realized he was about to face the biggest moral challenge of his career. He would have encouraged the FBI director to do the right thing regardless of the potential blowback from the Obama administration.

“If he had stood up to Obama, Inc. and simply handed the case to Loretta Lynch, hey, even if they fired him, he would have been a national hero and he would have been able to go to work for any Fortune 500 company in the country,” Haney speculated. “But now? Not so much.”

In the end, Comey attracted scorn not only from conservatives angry about his refusal to recommend charges against Clinton, but also from liberals angry about his decision to reopen the investigation just days before the election.

Haney said Comey’s ordeal shows why it’s important for a person to always maintain his or her integrity no matter what the consequences may be. And Haney, as a whistleblower, knows all about maintaining personal integrity.

“That’s the only reason why I survived what I went through,” he said. “It comes down to personal integrity. I would not compromise what I knew was right.”

As a CBP officer, it was Haney’s job to enter information into the organization’s database on individuals and organizations that posed a threat to America’s national security. But when he entered derogatory information on certain people with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood or its front groups, Obama administration officials within DHS ordered Haney to remove critical linking information from the records. Similarly, when he entered records that connected members of the Tablighi Jamaat movement to terrorist organizing and financing, his superiors deleted all of the records from the database. They then launched an investigation against Haney for “misuse” of the database.

Haney was investigated nine times over the course of his 12-year DHS career. He gives all the details in his book, “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad.” He faced several other embarrassments as well, such as being stripped of his weapon and his job duties.

Yet, through it all, Haney knew the information he was entering into the database was correct and valuable. He believes the Obama administration simply found it inconvenient because it was trying to work with various Muslims with potential terror ties; in fact, the administration even brought some of these individuals into its inner circle.

Haney resolved to always work within the chain of command while he was on active duty. He had no desire to illegally disclose information like Edward Snowden or Bradley Manning did. It was not until after he retired from DHS in 2015 that he went public with his story.

Now he hopes President Trump will appoint a new FBI director with a high level of integrity, someone who will allow FBI agents to pursue the truth in ways Haney’s superiors at DHS did not allow him to do.

“I can tell you what [FBI officers] are hoping for, that President Trump will appoint somebody who they already know, not an outsider, not a former businessman, but a seasoned, trained law enforcement officer who will come in there and cut those handcuffs off their hands and let them really do their job,” Haney declared.

“If he does that, you’ll be surprised how fast things will turn around, not just in FBI, but also in DHS, DOD, CIA, the whole spectrum. There are a lot of people that are more than capable of helping protect our country from threat if they’re simply given the opportunity.”

 

   
 

Does Google have a liberal bias?

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(HEAT STREET) — The former Chairman and CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has passed. He was arguably one of the most consequential individuals in media and politics in the last century, and he leaves behind a loving wife and son. He also leaves behind a cadre of loyal former employees who love and respect him.

But if you run a Google search on him, you’ll find that the top results consist almost entirely of articles from several liberal publications savaging his reputation as a person. The search results — both on mobile and desktop platforms — begin with entries that are strikingly cruel and meanspirited — and raise new questions about Google’s objectivity.

The top results on “Roger Ailes” include a piece by leftist activist Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone declaring Ailes “one of the worst Americans ever,” an article by NBC’s Joy Reid on Time stating that Ailes “built a kingdom on exploited bias,” and a Bret Stephens op-ed in the New York Times, that calls him “the man who wrecked conservatism.” An op-ed on The Guardian by Arwa Mahdawi condemning Ailes for helping to “create this nightmare world” shows up alongside the other articles savaging him, way above obituaries or any neutral pieces about the man.

 

Cops humiliate woman with 'exploding semen thermos' fear

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(TAMPA BAY TIMES) — NEW PORT RICHEY — Felicia Nevins and her husband have been trying to conceive a child for three years now. They decided to try artificial insemination — something she had yet to tell her own family about.

But now, she said, everyone knows — thanks to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

“I didn’t want any of this,” she said.

The Sheriff’s Office wrote on its official Facebook about a recent mishap she had while trying to store sperm in a thermos with dry ice. By forgetting to remove a rubber O-ring, the container could have exploded.

 

Facebook won't delete violent death, abortion, self-harm videos

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(LONDON TELEGRAPH) — Facebook is refusing to delete videos and images of “violent death”, abortion and self-harm because the web giant does not want to censor its users, it has emerged.

The American social media giant also allows people to live stream attempts to self-harm because it “doesn’t want to censor or punish people in distress”.

The website’s ethical guidelines, which were leaked to The Guardian, revealed that it has instructed staff not to remove controversial content which many would find deeply offensive.

 

China kills more than dozen CIA spies

 
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(NEW YORK TIMES) — WASHINGTON — The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.

Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used to communicate with its foreign sources. Years later, that debate remains unresolved.

But there was no disagreement about the damage. From the final weeks of 2010 through the end of 2012, according to former American officials, the Chinese killed at least a dozen of the C.I.A.’s sources. According to three of the officials, one was shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building — a message to others who might have been working for the C.I.A.

 

At Pentagon, overpriced fuel sparks slush-fund allegations

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(WASHINGTON POST) — The Pentagon has generated almost $6 billion over the past seven years by charging the armed forces excessive prices for fuel and has used the money — called the “bishop’s fund” by some critics — to bolster mismanaged or underfunded military programs, documents show.

Since 2015, the Defense Department has tapped surpluses from its fuel accounts for $80 million to train Syrian rebels, $450 million to shore up a prescription-drug program riddled with fraud and $1.4 billion to cover unanticipated expenses from the war in Afghanistan, according to military accounting records.

The Pentagon has amassed the extra cash by billing the armed forces for fuel at rates often much higher — sometimes $1 per gallon or more — than what commercial airlines paid for jet fuel on the open market.

 

Surviving

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎22, ‎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:

December 9: We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the whole world? Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had. I shoveled snow for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again! What a perfect life.

December 12: The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry, we’ll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we’ll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I’ll never want to see snow again. I don’t think that’s possible. Bob is such a nice man – I’m glad he’s our neighbor.

December 14: Snow, lovely snow! Eight inches last night. The temperature dropped to 20 below. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I’ll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn’t huff and puff so.

December 15: 20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife’s car and two extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that’s silly. We aren’t in Alaska, after all.

December 16: Ice storm this morning. Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like crazy. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17: Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for five hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should’ve bought a wood stove, but won’t admit it to her. I hate it when she’s right. I can’t believe I’m freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20: Electricity’s back on, but had another 14 inches of stupid snow last night. More shoveling. Took all day. That stupid snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they’re too busy playing hockey. I think they’re lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they’re out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they’re lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he’s lying.

December 22: Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white stuff fell today, and it’s so cold it probably won’t melt until August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to use the restroom. By the time I got undressed, went and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter; but he says he’s too busy. What an awful neighbor!

December 23: Only two inches of snow today. And it warmed up to zero degrees. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she, nuts? Why didn’t she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did, but I think she’s lying.

December 24: Six inches today. Snow packed so hard by snowplow, l broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the jerk who drives that snowplow, I’ll drag him through the snow by his hair. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at about 100-miles-an hour and throws snow all over where I’ve just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was busy watching for that stupid snowplow.

December 25: Merry Christmas. 20 more inches of slop tonight. Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she’s an idiot. If I have to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” one more time, I’m going to scream.

January 2: Still snowed in. Why the did I ever move here?

January 7: Temperature dropped to 30 below and the pipes froze.

January 8: Warmed up to above 30 degrees. Still snowed in. My wife is driving me crazy!

January 13: 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That’s the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

January 17: Roof caved in. The snow plow driver is suing me for a million dollars. The wife went home to her mother. 9 inches predicted.

January 20: Set fire to what’s left of the house. No more shoveling.

January 22: I feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?

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Your daily dose of spiritual inspiration

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Daily BlessingGo to full article
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

Isaiah 26:3

 

This day in WND history: Illegals making U.S. a leper colony?

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Illegals making U.S. a leper colony?

leprosyMay 22, 2005: Leprosy, the contagious skin disease evoking thoughts of biblical and medieval times, was making its mark in the United States, and many believed the influx of illegal aliens was a main factor.

“Americans should be told that diseases long eradicated in this country – tuberculosis, leprosy, polio, for example – and other extremely contagious diseases have been linked directly to illegals,” said Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz. “For example, in 40 years, only 900 persons were afflicted by leprosy in the U.S.; in the past three years, more than 7,000 cases have been presented.”

“This emerging crisis exposes the upside-down thinking of federal immigration policy,” he continued. “While legal immigrants must undergo health screening prior to entering the U.S., illegal immigrants far more likely to be carrying contagious diseases are crawling under that safeguard and going undetected until they infect extraordinary numbers of American residents.”

“It’s creeping into the U.S.,” said Dr. William Levis, head of the New York Hansen’s Disease Clinic. “This is a real phenomenon. It’s a public health threat. New York is endemic now, and nobody’s noticed.”

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The massive but unheralded industry that makes the world tick

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
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Early steam-powered ship

The SS Savanah left May 22, 1819, from Savannah, Georgia, and 25 days later arrived in Liverpool, England, completing the first trans-Atlantic voyage by steamship.

To pay tribute to the American Merchant Marine, President Franklin Roosevelt designated May 22, 1933, as National Maritime Day.

Ronald Reagan commented, May 20, 1986: “When steam-powered vessels began to eclipse sailing ships in the latter part of the 19th century, it was largely the result of pioneering work by two Americans, John Fitch and Robert Fulton.”

As a young man, Robert Fulton met Benjamin Franklin, who was renown as an inventor. In fact, Franklin had written on using steam to propel boats and supported the earlier inventor James Rumsey in his attempt develop steam-powered jet propulsion.

Another inventor competing for patent protection was John Fitch, whose design was to use a steam engine attached to a bank of oars to paddle the boat. Samuel Morey successfully invented a steam power paddle wheel, but he lacked financial backing. John Stevens built a screw-driven steamboat in 1802.

Robert Fulton went to France where he successfully developed the first practical submarine in 1800, but Napoleon was uninterested. When told of Robert Fulton’s plan for a steam-powered engine, Napoleon Bonaparte replied: “What, sir? You would make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her decks? I pray you excuse me. I have no time to listen to such nonsense.”

Robert Fulton secured the financial backing of New York founding father Chancellor Robert Livingston, who was on the committee with Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence. With Livingston’s support, Robert Fulton built the first commercial steamboat, Clermont. In 1807, the Clermont carried passengers 150 miles from New York City to the state capital of Albany in just 32 hours.

In “The Thorny Road of Honor,” 1856, Hans Christian Anderson wrote: “We are in America, on the margin of one of the largest rivers, an innumerable crowd has gathered, for it is said that a ship is to sail against the wind and weather. … The man who thinks he can solve the problem is named Robert Fulton.”

Hans Christian Anderson continued: “The ship begins its passage, but suddenly stops. The crowd begins to laugh. … Then suddenly … the wheels turn again … the ship continues its course … between the builder of the bridge and the earth – between Providence and the human race.”

Called “the father of steam navigation,” Robert Fulton wrote about his first trip from New York City to Albany on the ship Clermont, Aug. 7, 1807: “The power of propelling boats by steam is now fully proved. The morning I left New York there were not perhaps thirty persons in the city who believed that the boat would ever move one mile an hour or be of the least utility; and, while we were putting off from the wharf, which was crowded with spectators, I heard a number of sarcastic remarks. …”

Robert Fulton continued: “It was the early autumn of the year 1807 that a knot of villagers was gathered on a high bluff just opposite Poughkeepsie, on the west bank of the Hudson, attracted by the appearance of a strange, dark looking craft, which was slowly making its way up the river. Some imagined it to be a sea monster, while others did not hesitate to express their belief that it was a sign of the approaching judgment. What seemed strange in the vessel was the … lofty and straight black smoke-pipes rising from the deck, instead of the gracefully tapered masts. … The working-beam and pistons and the slow turning and splashing of the huge and naked paddle-wheels met the astonished gaze. The dense clouds of smoke, as they rose wave upon wave, added still more to the wonderment of the rustics.”

Robert Fulton’s statue was placed in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall by the state of Pennsylvania in 1889.

Ronald Reagan stated June 11, 1981: “The future has always looked bleak til people with brains and faith … found a way to make it better, people like Robert Fulton.”

Ninety percent of the world’s goods are transported by sea and the waterways. There are approximately 1.2 million seafarers worldwide in 10,000 commercial ships and maritime vessels. The National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea is celebrated May 22.

Bishop J. Kevin Boland of Savannah, Georgia, promoter of Apostleship of the Sea (AOS), stated: “Mariners serve the needs of human kind in quiet and unobtrusive ways. These hardworking men and women contribute to global economic vitality. The nature of the industry requires their absence from home and family for many months without a break. Their labor and sacrifice make possible our access to the goods of the world.”

On National Maritime Day in Washington, D.C., 2012, Rev. Canon James D. Von Dreele, vice president of the North American Maritime Ministry Association, stated: “I am honored once again to make a presentation at this observance of the 2012 National Maritime Day. … Not a ship in ancient times was launched or set out on a voyage without proper prayers. … The Bible is filled with sailing images and some of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen. Seafarers … look for special blessings for their ships from the church. … The launching of new builds requires a minister to bless the ship. … Maritime ministry got its start in America in the early 1800s. Earnest church clergy and laity formed missions in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, the prime ports of this nascent nation. … Their prime concerns were the religious, moral and physical well-being of seafarers.”

 

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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Though everyone talks a good game about reining in out-of-control government, is it really even possible? Year in and year out, pork-barrel projects like the infamous $452 million “bridge to nowhere” and Keynesian economic debacles like the $840 billion stimulus package that saved Americans as few as 600,000 jobs – that’s $1.4 million per job – have led to a staggering $20 trillion in national debt, about $150,000 per citizen.

With most members of Congress focusing only on their own interests, it’s time to finally smash the D.C. elitists’ monopoly and rein in spending and extraconstitutional overreach. It can be done, explains U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, and today only, WND readers can get Coburn’s brand-new blockbuster book, “Smashing the D.C. Monopoly,” for only $4.95 – an incredible $21 discount off the regular $25.95 price!

Although the Constitution established a framework for limited federal power and expansive personal freedoms, self-interested politicians and activist court rulings have seriously imbalanced the system. “Smashing the D.C. Monopoly” provides the solution to how we the people can finally wrest control away from Washington insiders and back to our local and state representatives.

Having spent more than fifteen years fighting government fraud and irresponsibility, Sen. Tom Coburn reveals that at least $150 billion could be saved annually by eliminating waste and duplication in the federal government. Indeed, while serving on the Simpson-Bowles Commission, Sen. Coburn worked on a proposal to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over ten years (which, although a good first step, is but still a drop in the bucket compared to the federal government’s $143 trillion in unfunded liabilities).

Yet the profligate spending and mismanagement continue unabated. In fact, the growth of government has led to a divided, debt-ridden nation of dependent citizens with decreasing personal freedoms. It’s time for the people to take charge.

The Constitution’s Framers anticipated a time when self-interested officials would be unwilling or unable to act in the people’s long-term interest. Thus they included the safety feature of Article V that allows the people to propose amendments to the Constitution through the actions of their state legislatures. Already a growing number of grassroots organizations are actively promoting a convention of the states to address issues such as mandatory balancing of the federal budget, term limits on congressional members, and limits on the federal judiciary.

Giving up on the political class, “Smashing the D.C. Monopoly” argues for an Article V amendments convention as the best solution to limit the power and scope of the federal government. The book provides the historical background for Article V, reveals past attempts to hold an amendments convention, explains the inherent safety of this process, and examines the current efforts since 2010. Sen. Tom Coburn explains how we the people can at last rebalance our governmental system and counter the dysfunction in Washington.

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“Tom Coburn is one of the most remarkable senators who have served … His whole philosophy and approach to government, had it been more effectively followed by other Members of this body, would have led us to a better country.” – Attorney General Jeff Sessions

About the author: Dr. Thomas A. Coburn was a practicing physician in Oklahoma until 2015. He served as a U.S. representative of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2001. He honored his pledge to serve only three terms in the House before going back to private practice. Then in 2004 he ran for the U.S. Senate, serving two terms (2005–2014). During his time in office, Dr. Coburn revealed $400 billion per year in waste, fraud and duplication. Resigning from the Senate in December 2014 and retiring from the practice of medicine in 2015, Sen. Coburn serves as senior adviser to the Convention of States Project (under the aegis of Citizens for Self Governance) and the Nick Ohnell fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He is the author of two books: “Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders Into Insiders” and “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America.”

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Republican hopes for rewriting tax code in 2017 fading

 
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(New York Times) Only two months ago, Republicans in Congress and President Trump’s top economic advisers were confidently predicting that a sweeping rewrite of the tax code would be in hand by summer’s end.

But with the White House consumed with constant upheaval, Congress facing the prospect of myriad investigations on top of its delayed duty to fund the government, and health care legislation still grinding through the Senate, those hopes have faded. Even with the less ambitious plan of just tax cuts — not a tax overhaul — the new mantra in Washington is “Maybe next year.”

“I think people are beginning to settle in and come to the realization that this is going to be a long ride,” said Ken Spain, a former National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman who lobbies for businesses on tax issues. “The hope was to get something done by the end of 2017, but this could slip to 2018.”

 

McCarthy: Putin-pays-Trump remark 'bad attempt at joke'

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(New York Times) Did you hear the one about the Russians paying off the future president of the United States? It seems House Republicans have.

two highest-ranking members on Wednesday walked into a firestorm of their own making, negotiating the latest Republican headache after The Washington Post reported that Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority leader, said in a private session last year that President Trump, then a candidate, could be receiving payments from President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin immediately intervened during the meeting and brought the conversation to a halt, according to a June recording reviewed by The Post, swearing his colleagues to secrecy amid laughter.

The New York Times has not obtained a recording and cannot appraise the tone of Mr. McCarthy’s original remarks. On Wednesday, he said he was just kidding.

 

Comey: Trump never pressured FBI to halt probe

 
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(Gateway Pundit) Former FBI Director James Comey testified under oath May 3rd that the Trump administration had not pressured his agency to halt any investigation for political purposes.

Comey admitted that the FBI has always been free to operate without political interference—flying in the face of Democrats’ paranoid delusions about Russia and President Donald J. Trump, and exposing for what it is a new political witch hunt Wednesday by enemies within the president’s own Justice Department.

Videotaped testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee blows apart the phony narrative New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt wove on Tuesday, which resulted in Mueller’s appointment. Schmidt’s only sources were anonymous.

 

Tulsa cop not guilty in fatal shooting of unarmed black man

 
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(CNN) Betty Shelby, the Tulsa police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter by a jury late Wednesday.

A jury deliberated for nine hours before announcing its verdict.

Shelby, who is white, was charged last September with felony manslaughter in the shooting of Terence Crutcher, 40.

Police said Crutcher failed to obey commands, and Shelby testified she thought Crutcher was reaching for something in his SUV.

 

Saddam Hussain arrested for pretending to be Osama bin Laden

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(London Metro) Someone tell George W Bush and Tony Blair – Saddam Hussain has just been busted for pretending to be Osama bin Laden.

But before we all scramble our bomber squadrons, we should point out that this is a different, unrelated Saddam Hussain – who’s in hot water for making a fake government ID card in the name of notorious (but dead) terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Police busted Saddam Hussain Mansuri, 25, for applying to make an ID card in bin Laden’s name – and uploading a picture of the terror warlord to the site.

 

Workplace testing finds cocaine, pot use at 12-year high

 
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(Chicago Tribune) Employees increasingly are testing positive for marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines at work, driving the rates of positive drug tests in the United States to the highest level in 12 years.

Quest Diagnostics, a leading lab services company based in Madison, N.J., on Tuesday released its annual analysis of more than 10 million workforce drug test results nationwide.

It showed that 4.2 percent of drug tests came back positive last year, up from 4 percent the year before and the highest rate since 2004, when it was 4.5 percent.

 

Juror: 'Holy Spirit' said former congresswoman not guilty

 
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(Associated Press) A juror dismissed during deliberations in former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s fraud trial told his colleagues that the “Holy Spirit” told him she was not guilty, according to a court transcript.

Juror who said a higher power said that Corrine Brown is not guilty has not been identified

The transcript released Monday provided new details into why the unidentified juror was released during deliberations after another juror raised concerns over the comments.

Brown, 70, was found guilty of 18 of 22 charges associated with her use of money from a purported charity for poor children called the One Door for Education Foundation. She also was convicted of lying on her taxes about the amount of charitable contributions she made and providing false information on her congressional financial disclosure forms.

 

Americans' debt back at record high after nearly decade

 
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(Reuters) Americans’ debt level reached a record high this year, surpassing the peak touched just as the worst of the recession was taking hold in 2008, and marking a milestone for households that now lean less on mortgages and more on auto and student loans.

Total U.S. household debt was $12.73 trillion at the end of the first quarter of 2017, up $473 billion from a year ago, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York survey released on Wednesday.

Total indebtedness is now 14 percent above the 2013 trough of household deleveraging brought on by the 2007-2009 financial crisis and Great Recession. The previous peak, in the third quarter of 2008, was $12.68 trillion, and the New York Fed stressed that the pull-back since then marked an “aberration” from what had been a 63-year upward trend in household debt.

 

What happens to body on hunger strike?

 
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(Agence France-Presse) Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails entered the second month of a hunger strike on Wednesday.

Led by Palestinian leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, around 840 Palestinians are currently on the hunger strike which began April 17, according to the Israeli Prisons Service.

Palestinian officials have put the number at more than 1,000, with protests in Gaza and the occupied West Bank in support of them.

AFP spoke to Zeratzion Hishal from the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the few foreigners granted access to the striking prisoners as part of the organisation’s monitoring of conditions in Israeli jails.

The Eritrean-Dutch doctor has visited a number of previous strikers and explained what happens physiologically to people consuming only water and some salt.

RELATED STORY: Busted! Hunger-strike ‘hero’ caught stuffing face with cookies in Israel prison

His version was verified to AFP by another doctor specialised in the topic.

 

Did this pope understand evils of the world?

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

“The family is especially under attack,” stated Pope John Paul II, Aug. 15, 1993.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II appointed West African Archbishop Robert Sarah of Guinea. Archbishop Robert Sarah was appointed Cardinal in 2010. On Sept. 1, 2010, Sarah rejected Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi’s call for Europe to become Muslim as being disrespectful of all of Catholic Italy and the Pope: “To speak of the European continent converting to Islam makes no sense because it is the people alone who decide consciously to be Christian, Muslim or to follow other religions.”

Cardinal Robert Sarah stated in his synod on the family, Oct. 12, 2015: “Like two ‘apocalyptic beasts’ located on opposite poles: on the one hand, the idolatry of Western freedom; on the other, Islamic fundamentalism: atheistic secularism versus religious fanaticism. To use a slogan, we find ourselves between ‘gender ideology and ISIS.’ Islamic massacres and libertarian demands regularly contend for the front page of the newspapers. From these two radicalizations arise the two major threats to the family: its subjectivist disintegration in the secularized West through quick and easy divorce, abortion, homosexual unions, euthanasia etc. (cf. Gender theory, the ‘Femen’, the LGBT lobby, IPPF …). On the other hand, the pseudo-family of ideologized Islam which legitimizes polygamy, female subservience, sexual slavery, child marriage etc. (cf. Al Qaeda, Isis, Boko Haram …)”

Cardinal Sarah continued: “Several clues enable us to intuit the same demonic origin of these two movements. Unlike the Spirit of Truth that promotes communion in the distinction (perichoresis), these encourage confusion (homo-gamy) or subordination (poly-gamy). Furthermore, they demand a universal and totalitarian rule, are violently intolerant, destroyers of families, society and the Church, and are openly Christianophobic. ‘We are not contending against creatures of flesh and blood. …’ We need to be inclusive and welcoming to all that is human; but what comes from the Enemy cannot and must not be assimilated. You can not join Christ and Belial! What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion Ideologies and Islamic Fanaticism are today.”

Cardinal Robert Sarah stated at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., May 18, 2016: “Good becomes evil, beauty is ugly, love becomes the satisfaction of sexual primal instincts, and truths are all relative. … The legalization of same-sex marriage, the obligation to accept contraception within healthcare programs, and even ‘bathroom bills’ that allow men to use the women’s restrooms and locker rooms. Should not a biological man use the men’s restroom? How simpler can that concept be? …”

Cardinal Robert Sarah concluded his comments on the radical sexual agenda which: “… cause damage to the little children through inflicting upon them a deep existential doubt about love. … They are a scandal – a stumbling block – that prevent the most vulnerable from believing in such love. … (Same-sex marriage) can never be a truthful solution. … The result is hostility to Christians, and, increasingly, religious persecution. … I encourage you to truly make use of the freedom willed by your founding fathers, lest you lose it.”

Pope John Paul II was the most recognized person in the world at the time of his death. He met with Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. Born in a small town in Poland, May 18, 1920, was Karol Wojtyla. A chemical worker during World War II, he risked punishment by Communists for being ordained a priest. In 1967, he became Archbishop of Krakow and, in 1978, he became Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope since 1522.

Leader of one billion Catholics, Pope John Paul spoke eight languages and traveled a million miles in 170 countries – more than any other pope. In 1981, he survived an assassination attempt by a Muslim Turk, whom he forgave during a prison visit. He helped end communism in Europe. In 1993, President Clinton greeted Pope John Paul II in Denver.

At Regis University, Pope John Paul II stated: “The inalienable dignity of every human being … in the first place the right to life and the defense of life … are at the heart of the church’s message and action in the world. … No country, not even the most powerful, can endure if it deprives its own children of this essential good.”

During the Saturday night prayer vigil, Aug. 14, 1993, at Cherry Creek State Park, the Pope addressed nearly a quarter of a million people: “There is spreading an anti-life mentality – an attitude of hostility to life in the womb and life in its last stages. Precisely when science and medicine are achieving a greater capacity to safeguard health and life, the threats against life are becoming more insidious. Abortion and euthanasia – the actual killing of another human being – are hailed as ‘rights’ and solutions to ‘problems.'”

On Aug. 15, 1993, the Pope addressed over 375,000 people from 70 different countries at Cherry Creek State Park as a part of “World Youth Day,” with Vice-President Al Gore in attendance: “A ‘culture of death’ seeks to impose itself on our desire to live. … As at no other time in history, the ‘culture of death’ has assumed a social and institutional form of legality to justify the most horrible crimes against humanity: genocide, ‘final solutions,’ ‘ethnic cleansings’ and massive taking of lives of human beings even before they are born, or before they reach the natural point of death. … In much of contemporary thinking, any reference to a ‘law’ guaranteed by the Creator is absent. There remains only each individual’s choice. … Vast sectors of society are confused about what is right and what is wrong and are at the mercy of those with the power to ‘create’ opinion and impose it on others …”

Pope John Paul II continued: “The weakest members of society are the most at risk. The unborn, children, the sick, the handicapped, the old, the poor and unemployed, the immigrant and refugee. … Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places. … This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is a time to preach it from the rooftops. … You must feel the full urgency of the task. Woe to you if you do not succeed in defending life. The church needs your energies, your enthusiasm, your youthful ideas, in order to make the Gospel of Life penetrate the fabric of society, transforming people’s hearts and the structures of society in order to create a civilization of true justice and love.”

Evangelist Billy Graham lauded Pope John Paul II’s 11th papal encyclical, titled “Evangelium Vitae” (Gospel of Life), issued April of 1995, as: “A forceful and thoughtful defense of the sacredness of human life in the face of the modern world’s reckless march toward violence and needless death.”

On Oct. 8, 1995, at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport with Vice President Al Gore, Pope John Paul admonished America again: “At the center of the moral vision of your founding documents is the recognition of the rights of the human person and especially respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life in all conditions and at all stages of development. I say to you again, America, in the light of your own tradition: love life, cherish life, defend life, from conception to natural death.”

In Denver, Colorado, 1993, Pope John Paul stated: “In spite of divisions among Christians, ‘all those justified by faith through baptism are incorporated into Christ … brothers and sisters in the Lord.'”

Having the third longest papal term in history, Pope John Paul II died April 2, 2005. President Bush ordered flags flown half staff.

Regarding Islam, Pope John Paul wrote in “Crossing the Threshold of Hope” (1995): “Islam is not a religion of redemption. There is no room for the Cross and the Resurrection. … The tragedy of redemption is completely absent. …”

Pope John Paul II continued: “In Islam, all the richness of God’s self-revelation, which constitutes the heritage of the Old and New Testaments, has definitely been set aside. … The god of the Koran is a god outside of the world, a god who is only Majesty, never Emmanuel, God-with-us. … Not only the theology, but also the anthropology of Islam is very distant from Christianity.”

 

 

   
 

Hillary's new 'dark money' group allowed to hide donors

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎6 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(DAILY CALLER) — Hillary Clinton, whose failed presidential campaign was hampered by pay-for-play allegations, launched a “dark money” political organization on Monday that is exactly the kind of operation she promised to oppose as president.

Clinton’s new organization, Onward Together, is registered as a 501(c)4 “social welfare” organization, according to the group’s donation page.

Clinton, who is thought to be weighing a potential third presidential campaign, railed against “dark money” in her unsuccessful White House bid last year.

 

Deep state leaks highly classified info to smear Trump

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(BREITBART) — Current and former U.S. officials, supposedly concerned that President Trump had shared some “highly classified information” with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador to the U.S. last week, leaked that information to the Washington Post in an article published Monday.

However, the report admits that it is “unlikely” Trump broke any laws.

“As president, Trump has broad authority to declassify government secrets, making it unlikely that his disclosures broke the law,” the report said.

In addition, his national security adviser, who was at the meeting, told the Post nothing was shared that was not already publicly known.

 

Dead DNC staffer suddenly back to haunt Democrats

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Chelsea SchillingGo to full article
Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich

Murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich

Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, who was murdered nearly one year ago, was communicating with WikiLeaks before his death, according to the family’s private investigator.

Investigator Rod Wheeler, a former D.C. police homicide detective who was hired by the Rich family, told Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., Rich’s laptop had evidence indicating he had been in contact with the organization.

“Now, questions have been raised on why D.C. police, the lead agency on this murder investigation for the past ten months, have insisted this was a robbery gone bad when there appears to be no evidence to suggest that,” the news station reported Monday.

Wheeler said he believes there’s a big cover-up that involves the FBI and the police department.

“The police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming,” said Wheeler said. “They haven’t been cooperating at all. I believe that the answer to solving his death lies on that computer, which I believe is either at the police department or either at the FBI. I have been told both.”

Fox 5 asked Wheeler is sources have connected Rich to WikiLeaks, and he replied: “Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.”

Wheeler also told the station: “I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can’t share any information with you.’ Now, that is highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department. Again, I don’t think it comes from the chief’s office, but I do believe there is a correlation between the mayor’s office and the DNC and that is the information that will come out [Tuesday].”

How many people do YOU know who have died mysteriously? Not as many as the Clintons! Check out WND’s explosive report, “‘Clinton death list’: 33 spine-tingling cases.” 

WND reported Rich was murdered near his affluent neighborhood in Washington, D.C., on July 10, 2016. Rich was shot in the back at 4:15 a.m. while he walked home from his girlfriend’s apartment. Rich previously worked on the failed U.S. Senate campaign of Nebraska businessman Scott Kleeb, whose clean-energy business had come under investigation after losing $300,000 in 2010 and another $300,000 in 2011 despite having been subsidized by the Clinton Global Initiative.

In fact, Rich was named as one person in WND’s list of 33 people associated with the Clintons who have died the most mysterious and often violent deaths.

A commentary by Rachel Alexander at Townhall suggested possible corruption between the CGI and Kleeb “led to Sanders’ cronies pressuring Rich to leak what was going on.”

In one interview, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared to suggest that Rich, 27, was the source of the WikiLeaks-exposed DNC emails.

Assange hinted at the revelations during an August 2016 interview on the Dutch television program Nieuwsuur.

“Our whistleblowers go to significant efforts to give us material, at often very significant risks,” Assange said. “There was a 27 year old, works for the DNC, who was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons other than that he was walking down the street in Washington.”

The interviewer interjected, “That was just a robbery, I believe, wasn’t it?”

Assange replied, “No, there’s no finding.”

The interviewer asked, “What are you suggesting?”

“I’m suggesting that our sources take risks and they become concerned to see things occurring like that,” Assange continued.

“But was he one of your sources then?” asked the interviewer.

“We don’t comment on who our sources are,” Assange said. “We have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States. Our sources are, you know, our sources face serious risks. That’s why they come to us, so we can protect their anonymity.”

Assange continued, “Others have suggested that [Rich was murdered]. We are investigating. If you understand what happened in that situation with Seth Rich, I think it is a concerning situation. There’s not a conclusion yet. We wouldn’t be willing to state a conclusion, but we are concerned about it. More importantly, a variety of WikiLeaks sources are concerned when that kind of thing happens.”

Watch the interview:

 

WikiLeaks offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Rich’s killer.

The group released the following statement in 2016:

“As a matter of policy, we do not confirm or deny whether any person has ever been a source for WikiLeaks. After the [late hacktivist] Aaron Swartz case we formalized this policy to also cover alleged sources who were deceased.

“We treat threats toward any suspected source of WikiLeaks with extreme gravity. This should not be taken to imply that Seth Rich was a source to WikiLeaks or to imply that his murder is connected to our publications. We hope our efforts will contribute to the family’s calls for information and to the separate reward issued by the police. We have a history of obtaining information that has significantly contributed to many legal proceedings, including successful prosecutions.”

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Christian pastor in Bible Belt admits personally worshiping Allah

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Leo HohmannGo to full article
This former Pentecostal church in Smithfield, N.C., has had its crosses removed and converted to a mosque on Saturday, May 13, 2017

This former Pentecostal church in Smithfield, North Carolina, has had its crosses removed and converted to a mosque on May 13, 2017

A former church has been taken over and converted to a mosque in a rural North Carolina county, and a group of Christian pastors took part in the conversion ceremony in an effort to “show mutual respect” for their Muslim neighbors.

Crosses have been removed from the former church’s facade and steeple, and mosque leader Ali Muhammad turned them over to the group of pastors.

“What they were attempting to do is honor our tradition and so they wanted to turn the crosses over to us,” said the Rev. Jim Melnyk, pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Smithfield, a small town in Johnston County about 45 minutes south of Raleigh. “They were reaching out to us, and we were reaching out to them.”

Melnyk said he was joined by pastors from the United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ and three different Baptist congregations at Saturday’s ceremony, which marked the official conversion of a former Pentecostal church into a mosque. One lay person from the local Presbyterian Church was also present for the “celebration.”

Melnyk told WND the mosque had reached out to the local churches through an interfaith group in Raleigh and was hoping to strike a welcoming and respectful tone for the two faiths.

Melnyk said Christianity and Islam “share common origins and scriptures” and that he felt it was the right thing to do to participate in the mosque opening as a show of respect for Islam, a fellow monotheistic faith.

“Christians, Jews and Muslims are all people of the book, and we all claim what the Hebrew Scriptures call the Abrahamic faith,” Melnyk told WND. “We call it the Old Testament, and Muslims also claim the Bible.”

The Rev. Jim Melnyk with wife Lorraine are both priests in the Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Jim Melnyk with wife Lorraine are both priests in the Episcopal Church.

Islam teaches the Bible was corrupted by Jews and Christians and that the Quran was the final, perfected revelation of Allah as given by the Angel Gabriel to the prophet Muhammad. Melnyk said he is aware of these teachings.

“All of us humans are imperfect. We all struggle and we all look to the divine for inspiration, and we don’t always get it right,” he said.

But, he said despite being “imperfect,” the Islamic faith worships the “same god” as Christianity and Judaism.

Melnyk said he has personally worshiped Allah with Muslims during interfaith gatherings in Raleigh.

The Quran teaches that Jesus was not the Son of God and did not die on a cross to save humanity from sin. In fact, the Quran teaches Jesus faked his death on the cross, when one of his followers died in his place. In the mainstream of Islamic doctrine, Jesus will return in the last days to “break the crosses” and convert the world’s Christians to Islam, by force if necessary.

But Melnyk said he would not be deterred by any of these doctrinal differences.

“We run a danger when we paint any faith tradition with a broad brush,” he said. “I don’t know that faking his death on a cross is a belief held by everyone in Islam. I do know they see Jesus very differently than we do; they see him as a prophet, not the Son of God. And like other monotheistic faiths, they are challenged by the doctrine of the Trinity. I would challenge any Christian theologian to define the mystery of what we call the Trinity. It’s just a doctrine that is in many ways incomprehensible. We all struggle with it.

“Obviously I’m a Christian, and I would not live comfortably within the full teachings of Islam, but I can recognize where we share teachings, and recognize the call to treat one another mercifully, and as the one God treats us mercifully, and that translates equally into Christianity as well as it does Islam.”

The mosque purchased the former church building on four acres for $230,000.

Not all Christians are buying the interfaith sentiments expressed by Melnyk and the other pastors who participated in the mosque conversion ceremony.

“Similar origins?” asks an incredulous Ralph Sidway, author of the book “Facing Islam” and a blog by the same name. “Common origins and scriptures? Dhimmitude and ignorance have kissed each other.”

“This pathetic, deceived ‘pastor’ should be severely reprimanded by his bishop, if not defrocked and excommunicated for deceiving his flock and denying Christ in such a blatant manner,” Sidway, who is Orthodox Christian, writes in his blog. “Read my book Facing Islam for a clear explanation of why the ‘Same God Heresy’ (which this pastor Jim Melnyk undoubtedly follows) presents a ‘different gospel,’ a ‘different Jesus’ and a ‘different Spirit’ (cf. Galatians 1:6-8 and 2 Corinthians 11:3-4).”

A growing Muslim community in rural eastern North Carolina

Ali Mohammed, born in Venezuela to Palestinian parents, told the News & Observer he arrived in Smithfield 20 years ago and is now president of the local Islamic organization that is opening the new mosque. At that time, the local Muslim community consisted of three or four families. It has grown steadily since, and he expects the mosque membership to be around 60.

“Part of it is destiny; it’s the will of God that we’re here and we’ve done well,” Mohammad told the N&O.

“We’re Americans,” Mohammad added. “This is my land, this is my right as an American. If a Christian or a Jew or any other culture has the right to have some kind of community center, why not us? … My faith is peaceful. It teaches us to love our neighbor and be friendly with everyone. That’s what religion teaches us.”

As a historian of Islam and a Christian, Timothy Furnish told WND he can see two sides to this touchy issue, even though the Raleigh newspaper only covered the one side that is politically correct.

“Christians are to be welcoming to strangers in a strange land and we are called on to love all, equally; however, these pastors, especially the Episcopal priest – unsurprisingly, knowing the ECUSA’s obsession with ‘open-mindedness’ and ecumenism – are being kind as doves but forgetting the wise as serpents part of Christ’s instructions in Matthew 10:16,” Furnish told WND.

Sam Rohrer, president and founder of the American Pastors Network, said there are many lessons to be learned from the North Carolina mosque conversion.

“The logical question should be this: What would the Bible say about this? What does the Bible say about bidding God-speed to those who oppose the Bible and even more so to those who teach the submission or death to all those who refuse to bow the knee to Allah and Muhammad?” Rohrer told WND. “The Bible is clear.”

A sign of submission?

Turning over a former church to be made into a mosque is, historically and theologically, seen by Muslims as proof that their religion is superior to Christianity and, in fact, as part of their destiny as adherents of Islam, Furnish said.

The Middle East is full of churches and synagogues turned into Islamic sites, such as the Umayyad in Damascus, the Ibn Tulun in Cairo and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. In Hebron and on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, Muslim conquerors built their sites atop the Jewish ones.

Likewise, in post-Christina Europe, hundreds of churches and synagogues have been converted to mosques in recent years. But the phenomenon is only just beginning in the U.S.

In 2010, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board agreed to a plan to convert the landmark Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Syracuse, New York, into a mosque.

Mohammad, the mosque leader in Smithfield, said Saturday’s service would feature readings from the Quran and the Bible and remarks from members of both faiths.

“This imam may mouth soothing words about all just getting along, but the symbolism of Islam triumphant is just being reinforced,” Furnish said. “Most disturbing is a joint Christian-Muslim ‘service,’ which includes readings from the Bible and Quran. Any Christian priest of pastor who participates in such is deluded.”

Furnish said he doubts the joint “service” included any of the passages of the Quran such as Sura IV:171, which denies and condemns the Trinity. Or Sura IV:157, which denies that Christ died on the cross.

“We Christians in America can be welcoming to Muslims without going overboard and pretending that our faith and Islam are virtually the same – or that both are equally valid paths to salvation,” he said.

But Melnyk is not concerned about any backlash from the joint service or his accommodating remarks about Islam as equally valid with Christianity.

“Christianity is meant to be hard, to challenge you to go into the tough places. I see this as a very positive thing, and if anyone is hurt or offended by it I challenge them to read the gospels a little more closely.

“My job is not to judge whether another faith tradition is right or wrong but to live as well as I can within the faith tradition I belong, and for that I’m a Christian,” he added. “The reality is, I can only judge by the folks I have come to know in Johnston County and in Raleigh, where we have come together in union and we have not proselytized one another, and, in fact, we have had meaningful worship together.”

 

This day in WND history: The day the San Bernardino terror case was shut down

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
San Bernardino killers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik in a security camera photo at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on July 27, 2014.

San Bernardino killers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik in a security camera photo at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on July 27, 2014.

DHS officer blows lid on U.S. ‘submission to jihad’

WND-20-YearsMay 16, 2016: As a recently retired Department of Homeland Security officer, Philip Haney closely followed the investigation of the massacre in San Bernardino in December 2015 carried out by Syed Farook and his Saudi Arabian wife, Tashfeen Malik.

When the name of the Southern California mosque attended by Farook turned up in a news story days after the attack, Haney sat straight up in his chair and yelled at his computer screen: “That’s my case!”

As he recounts in his book chronicling his remarkably eventful 14 years as a founding DHS member, “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad,” Haney had developed a case on a worldwide Islamic movement known as Tablighi Jamaat.

The case drew the “concern” of the State Department and the DHS’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Office. Not because it alerted front-line officers to a threat to the nation’s security, but because the Obama administration believed it unfairly singled out Muslims.

To the astonishment of Haney and many of his colleagues at the National Targeting Center – which provides background and actionable intelligence to Customs and Border Protection agents – the Obama administration ultimately shut down the case.

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MySpace hosts wannabe terrorists

supporttroopsMay 16, 2006: While concerns about MySpace.com often focus on its use by sexual predators, the popular youth networking website may also pose a risk to the nation’s security.

An investigation found the website to be fertile ground for inspiring and recruiting a new generation of Islamic terrorists, according to independent analyst Laura Mansfield.

A young man from Seattle, for example, who gave his name as Amin Al-Mujaahid As-Salafi – or “Salafi Jihaadi – has a blog that features images of al-Qaida leaders Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, British jihadist Abu Hamza, and the 19 hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, referring to them as the “Magnificent 19.”

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Are you really ready, or just pretending?

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Pat McLeneGo to full article
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I’ve got this cousin, Sam. He’s my age and we practically grew up together in the country. About the time I went off to join the military, Sam went to college. He got advanced degrees in engineering and computer sciences, and from that point on the world was his oyster.

Sam lives in California and works as a senior engineer at one of the Silicon Valley big boys. You could say that Sam has it made. He’s one of those oft talked-about “millionaire-next-door” types. He has a small apartment close to his office and a number of investment properties scattered thoughout the Pacific Northwest. Those properties are held by a real estate “land trust” that makes Sam’s ownership fairly opaque to casual research.

Sam’s favorite – and in his mind, most important – property is located about 100 road miles from his work place and is probably one of the sweetest “bug-out” locations you could hope for in the state of California. It’s miles from any pavement bigger than a two-lane, and large enough for raising and grazing livestock. It has a couple of year-round springs, mature timber, fertile meadows and good southern exposure for gardening. From the standpoint of security, the road into his property is easily controlled and the cabin, machine shed, and barn that came with the place are invisible from the paved road that dead-ends about a mile past his place.

What a lucky man he is.

Sam’s been a prepper for years because he’s written some of the writing on the wall. Some of the projects he’s worked on involve military EMP-hardening desigs, and he’s even given testimony to a couple of Congressional subcommittees on the subject. He’s well aware of the real dangers of EMPs, as opposed to the “We’re all going to die!” hype you can read online. This doesn’t mean he takes lightly the prospect of an electromagnetic pulse, either naturally from the sun or from a nut-job despot; but he’s smart enough to know there are other conditions that could put the lights out. So he prepares.

Like I say, Sam’s a smart cookie. To my mind he may be too smart – because Sam is practically broke. It’s hard to imagine, but there are a lot of well-to-do people out there that are living just as hand-to-mouth as we regular schlubs. Despite his apparent wealth, Sam has a problem … actually a couple of them. One problem is he regularly spends more money than he takes in; and the other (closely related) problem is that he’s a “Farmville” prepper.

So what’s Farmville? Well, for those who don’t remember the distant past (2009), Farmville is an online game that allows you to own and operate your own virtual e-farm. You can raise virtual crops and buy and sell e-equipment, net-homes and cyber-livestock. As one headline put it, “Farmville users plant 310 million virtual organic blueberries.”

The point of Farmville, as far as I can see it, is to experience the joys and trials of farming without the mud, the smells, or the waiting time to hopefully bring in a crop. And Sam has applied this philosophy to prepping.

In a book called “The Secret Lives of Hoarders,” the authors penned a section titled “Fake Future” which looks at the kind of people whose vision exceeds their reality.

The example they use is a guy who collects old airplane parts. His basement is full of those parts; enough, he says, to build three complete vintage planes. He’s going to build those planes when he gets around to it, sell them to some aviation museum and become “a sought-after expert on cloth-wing biplanes. He would write a book and appear on television, giving commentary on aircraft building and restoration. Maybe he would even get a job at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum …”

The reality, of course, is that none of this ever happens and the fellow who owns those parts (and adds to them as often as he can) never gets any of these things done. The dream is easier to live with than the reality.

Sam’s bug-out Shangri-La is only one step beyond Farmville. It is an actual place, but that’s where the differences end. True, Sam’s barn is packed to the brim with food-grade barrels. He has boxes of Mylar bags, canning supplies, a copious medical cabinet, several hand-water pumps and associated plumbing, EMP-proof antique farm equipment and a 5,000-gallon buried diesel tank.

But the barrels and the tank are empty. The hand-pumps aren’t on the well. He’s never used those old tractors and he doesn’t know the first thing about first-aid. He’s got a three-acre garden area that is fenced for deer, but he’s never planted a seed (although he has pounds of heirloom seed ready to go). He also has a hidden safe packed with semi-auto rifles and handguns and thousands of rounds of ammo for each of them. But he doesn’t fire them often because he doesn’t want the fairly distant neighbors to hear.

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He visits his bug-out about once a month, and sits on the front porch imagining a bountiful garden, cows in the field, and like-minded neighbors coming to trade or visit (he’s never met his neighbors or even knows their names). Then, as soon as he gets home, he whips out a credit card and buys the next whiz-bang fancy gizmo that he’s sure will make him an even better prepper.

We’ve talked about this many times. He’s inordinately proud of his technological prepper prowess. But when I suggest he fill those barrels with food, he’ll tell me that’s what the garden is for. When I suggest that he needs to plant that garden, he’ll say he doesn’t have the time. When I intimate that taking some tactical shooting classes would be wise, our conversation always seem to drift back to the five Gen 3+ night scopes he’s buying (on credit) or the 2400-watt solar cell system he’s going to install (on credit). I tell him, “You ought to try getting to know your neighbors,” and his reply is that there’ll be plenty of time for that if stuff hits the fan.

Now you might say, “At least he has all that stuff, and that’s better than nothing.” To which I reply, “No. It’s worse.” See, if you haven’t walked the walk, even if you’ve read every book out there, you simply don’t know what you don’t know.

I once asked Sam if he would hire a new college graduate as a senior engineer, and he told me that would be crazy because they don’t have the real-world experience needed to handle the job. Same thing goes for prepping; only with prepping, you don’t lose the job, but you may lose your life. All those tools are useless unless you not only know what they do, but how to make them do it. Or how to fix them … or how to do without.

But Sam’s greatest sin is he doesn’t know his neighbors. Because if you aren’t part of a community, you’re a stranger. And in really bad times, stranger means enemy … or prey.

So until next week, practice what you preach and get to know the folks next door. It’s the best way to get prepared.

 

 

Who we should really thank for our freedoms

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Armed Forces

Army Day, Navy Day and Air Force Day were combined in 1949 to be Armed Forces Day, celebrated the third Saturday in May.

Army Day formerly was the date the US entered World War I. Navy Day was President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday. Air Force Day was the day the War Department established a division of aeronautics.

President Richard Nixon remarked on Armed Forces Day, May 19, 1973, at Norfolk Naval Base: “Men and women who wear the uniform of our country are supposed to salute the Commander in Chief … but on this day, I, as your Commander in Chief, salute you, each and every American who serves in our Army, our Navy, our Air Force, our Marine Corps, and our Coast Guard. Your courage, your steadfastness are the backbone of America’s influence for peace around the world. … We owe you … a debt of gratitude we can never fully repay … – to the more than 2 million men and women now serving in uniform; – to the millions of veterans who have returned to civilian life; – to those missing in action and those magnificent men who ‘roughed it out’ in enemy prison camps; and above all, – to the memory of those who gave their lives for their country. … We are thankful, too, for the strengths and the sacrifices of America’s military families. … We must reject the well-intentioned but misguided suggestions … to slash America’s defenses by billions of dollars.

“There could be no more certain formula for failure in the negotiations … no more dangerous invitation for other powers to break the peace. … Bluntly: A vote for a weak America is a vote against peace. A vote for a strong America is a vote for peace. … So, support those men and women who have the courage in the Congress to vote for a strong America. … The whole world today is watching to see whether the Star-Spangled Banner still waves. … Let us prove that it does. … Then we can look to the future with confidence that Armed Forces Day in the years to come will be … a day of peace for America and for all the people of the world.”

U.S. Army Chaplain Father William Thomas Cummings was among those captured during World War II by the Imperial Japanese at Bataan, Philippines. He died when the prisoner “hell ship” he was on was hit with a torpedo. Father Cummings had stated in a battlefield sermon: “There are no atheists in the foxholes.”

Chief of Naval Operation Admiral Vernon Clark, stated July 21, 2000 (AG News, July 28, 2000): “My hopes, my most sincere desire … for the future take the form of a prayer along the lines of Admiral Holderby. And that is that our Heavenly Father will grant me wisdom and courage and make clear the way ahead, so that when we are finished, we can say … that we did the right thing … that we served well.”

A member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Vernon Clark was quoted in the Pentecostal Evangel: “I have found plenty of opportunities to practice my belief in prayer. The Navy offers incredible challenge. When we get placed in positions of leadership we are responsible for mission accomplishment, for the manner in which our nation is represented, for the conduct of people who are assigned to our commands, and for outcomes, which can include matters of life and death. The Scriptures say, ‘We have not because we ask not.’ I have learned the wisdom of asking for wisdom, for guidance… and for help.”

General Douglas MacArthur addressed the Massachusetts State Legislature in Boston, on July 25, 1951: “I find in existence a new and heretofore unknown and dangerous concept that the members of our Armed Forces owe primary allegiance and loyalty to those who temporarily exercise the authority of the executive branch of government, rather than to the country and its Constitution which they are sworn to defend. No proposition could be more dangerous. None could cast a greater doubt upon the integrity of the armed services. For its application would at once convert them from their traditional and constitutional role as the instrument for the defense of the Republic into something partaking of the nature of a praetorian guard, owing its allegiance to the political master of the hour…

“The armed services … are accountable as well to the Congress, charged with the policy-making responsibility, and to the people, ultimate repository of all national power. Yet so inordinate has been the application of the Executive power that members of the armed services have been subjected to the most arbitrary and ruthless treatment for daring to speak the truth in accordance with conviction and conscience.”

On Armed Forces Day, May 15, 1995, Secretary of Defense William Perry said: “In World War II, the United States Armed Forces helped defeat the forces of aggression and oppression on two sides of the globe. … In the Cold War, we faced down the global Soviet threat. Today, our forces stand guard, at home and abroad, against a range of potential threats. …”

Secretary Perry continued: “On Armed Forces Day, the nation says thank you to our men and women in uniform, their families, and the communities that support them. … Daniel Webster said, ‘God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.'”

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3 survivors of bus crash that killed 32 arrive in U.S.

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
Three schoolchildren from Tanzania who were injured in a horrific bus crash that killed 29 of their classmates, two teachers and a bus driver arrived Monday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa, where a heartland Christian ministry volunteered to finance their treatment and recovery.

Franklin Graham’s humanitarian Christian group Samaritan’s Purse, which arranged the transportation of three children, ages 10-12, from Tanzania to Sioux City, confirmed to WND that one student arrived about midday on Monday and the other two later Monday afternoon.

They had been scheduled to arrive late Sunday, but after being transported from Tanzania to Charlotte, North Carolina, in the DC-8 operated by Samaritan’s Purse, they were switched to a smaller air ambulance that developed mechanical problems and returned to Charlotte.

They then finished their trip in two separate air ambulances Monday, the organization said.

Samaritan’s Purse responded after STEMM, the Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries, promised to help the three children, who were suffering from a wide range of broken bones and other injuries.

Steve Meyer, board chairman for STEMM, told WND Friday, when the DC-8 was dispatched from North Carolina, that his group got involved because members were among the first people to arrive at the scene of the horrific crash.

They scrambled down the steep, scrub-brush-covered slope to the mangled bus and pulled many of the bodies of the victims from the wreckage. They found three students, although badly injured, still breathing then frantically summoned help to get them to the hospital.

They then committed to moving the students to Sioux City, where volunteers were waiting to provide treatment, rehabilitation and more.

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The Iowans also set up housing, food and clothing for the students’ mothers, who accompanied their children on flights from Tanzania to Libya, then to Charlotte, North Carolina, and finally to Sioux City, Iowa.

Samaritan’s Purse provided WND access to video of one of the transfers of the children, whose flight to help involved multiple legs.

 

Meyer, on Monday, told WND it appeared that “all of Tanzania showed up at the airport” for the students’ departure. When the mechanical complications developed Sunday after they already had reached the U.S., the students were taken to a Charlotte hospital for an overnight stay.

Meyer said the extraordinary effort was being made for the three children because “it’s the right thing to do.”

Al Jazeera reported May 6 the crash killed the bus driver, two teachers and 29 students – 12 boys and 17 girls – from the Lucky Vincent school in Arusha.

The bus veered off a steep road in rainy conditions near the town of Karatu and plunged into a river, Al Jazeera said.

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli said it was a “national tragedy.”

A team from STEMM, which runs an orphanage and school, and teaches farming skills, health, safety and more in the region, already was in the country, among other things, marking the ministry’s 20th anniversary. They were planning a day off, doing some sight-seeing and were traveling on the same road as the crash, just minutes behind.

In “God’s providence,” they were in the third vehicle to come upon the accident. After triage efforts and moving the three survivors to a local hospital, Meyer said, team members felt the burden to move the children to the best care they could find.

They spent 24 hours contacting federal officials, without arriving at a solution.

Eventually they were faced with a decision: whether or not to take on a liability of $280,000 for a round-the-world air ambulance trip.

Then, Meyer told WND, Graham suddenly was on the phone.

“How can I help you?” Meyer said Graham asked.

Samaritan’s Purse made arrangements for transport, while STEMM canvassed its own community. They obtained assurances of hospital care, nurses volunteering for extra duty, families from the community arranging food, clothing, housing and more for the students’ mothers, who also were traveling.

“It was just amazing,” Meyer said.

“When I heard about the tragic bus accident in Tanzania and the three children who survived, I knew Samaritan’s Purse had to do everything we could to help. We sent our DC-8 aircraft to bring these injured children back to America for trauma care,” Graham said. “We are so grateful for Mercy Medical Center Sioux City providing the medical care they need. I believe God has a plan for these children and we are praying for their recovery. I am also thankful for members of Dr. Steven Meyer’s team who, like the Good Samaritan in the Bible, stopped to help when they came upon this horrific wreck.”

Meyer recounted sharing the plans with the children’s parents.

The father of the 12-year-old, a devout Muslim, simply asked, “Why? Why? Why?”

“Well, the God we serve reached out to Samaritans, Gentiles and it didn’t matter. That’s what we do,” he told WND he responded.

The injuries are not minor: legs fractured, a head injury, nerve injuries, a fractured jaw, spine fractures, broken shoulder, broken legs and elbow dislocations.

Meyer also said it was a miracle that Tanzanian officials are allowing the children to leave, since they routinely reject outside aid.

And he said his own personal challenge came when he went to the memorial service and saw 32 caskets lined up.

But how can any ministry take on the obligation of hospitalization, care and rehab for such badly injured people?

“If nothing else, it’s an example of what our philosophy always has been – we believe God’s arms are never too short,” Meyer said.

STEMM already had put 10,000 children in school in the region, arranged for 1,000 medical operations over the years, and delivered instruction on farming and building bridges, roads and wells, he said.

“Every day we forget about the what, and think about the why,” he explained. “We really do believe God works in all things.”

He said restoring the children to health will create “a living legacy for decades of what people do when they’re faithful.”

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Power salesman

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
A little old man answered a knock on the door one day, only to be confronted by a very well-dressed young man in a navy blue pinstriped suit, red silk tie, white shirt, shoes polished like black mirrors and carrying a vacuum cleaner.

“Good morning,” said the young man. “If I could take a couple minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners.”

“Get lost, Mister fancy suit!” said the old man. “I haven’t got any money,” and he proceeded to close the door.

Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his polished shoe in the door and pushed it wide open.

“Don’t be too hasty!” he said. “Not until you have at least seen my demonstration.”

The old man again told him to get lost. And with that, the young man emptied a bucket of mud all over his hallway carpet.

“If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this mess from your carpet, Sir, I will personally eat the remainder.”

“I got a better idea” said the old man, looking the young man up and down “If you don’t clean it all up, I’ll swap those fancy clothes of yours fer my overalls.”

“Fine, sir!” said the young man confidently.

“That fancy suit and tie are gonna look good on me!” said the old man.”But take them shoes off first!”

“But sir! I haven’t demonstrated the vacuum yet!”

“Yes, you have. The electricity ain’t workin’.”

 

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$1 trillion deal reached to fund gov't through September

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎1, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — WASHINGTON — Top Capitol Hill negotiators have reached a hard-won agreement on a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through September.

Aides to lawmakers involved in the talks announced the agreement after weeks of negotiations. It’s expected to be made public Sunday night.

The catchall spending bill would be the first major piece of bipartisan legislation to advance during President Donald Trump’s presidency. It denies Trump a win on his oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but it gives him a $15 billion down payment on his request to strengthen the military.

 

Thousands expected to hit streets for May Day protests

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎1, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(USA TODAY) — Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets Monday in massive May Day events across the USA mostly protesting the policies of President Trump.

May Day — also known as International Worker’s Day — has spawned protests around the globe in past years highlighting workers’ rights. But on Monday, the impetus for the U.S. marches span from immigrants’ rights to LGBT awareness to police misconduct.

“There’s a real galvanization of all the groups this year,” said Fernanda Durand oF CASA in Action, which will lead a march of about 10,000 people for immigrants’ rights through downtown Washington. “Our presence in this country is being questioned by Donald Trump. We are tired of being demonized and scapegoated. We’ve had enough.”

 

Ronald Reagan told us what we need to say today

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎1, ‎2017, ‏‎11 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Gladiators in Rome

Gladiators in Rome

There were ten major persecutions of Christians in the first three centuries:

  1. Nero A.D. 54-68
  2. Domition A.D. 81- 96
  3. Trajan A.D. 98-117
  4. Antoninus Pius & Marcus Aurelius Antoninus A.D. 138-180
  5. Severus A.D. 193 – 211
  6. Maximus A.D. 235-238
  7. Decius A.D. 249-251
  8. Valerian A.D. 253-260
  9. Aurelian A.D. 274-287
  10. Diocletian A.D. 292-304

Emperor Diocletian’s persecution was the worst. When Diocletian had lost battles in Persia, his generals told him it was because they had neglected the Roman gods. Diocletian ordered all military personnel to worship the Roman gods, thus forcing Christians either into the closet or out of the army.

After purging Christians from the military, Diocletian surrounded himself with public opponents of Christianity. He revoked the tolerance issued a previous Emperor Gallienus in 260 AD, and then used the military to force all of Rome to worship pagan gods. In 303 A.D., Diocletian consulted the Oracle Temple of Apollo at Didyma, which told him to initiate a great empire-wide persecution of the Christian church.

What followed was an intolerant, hateful and severe persecution of Christians. Diocletian had his military go systematically province by province arresting church leaders, burning scriptures, destroying churches, cutting out tongues, boiling Christians alive and decapitating them.

From Europe to North Africa, thousands were martyred. The faithful cried out in fervent prayer. Then Diocletian was struck with a painful intestinal disease and resigned on MAY 1, 305 A.D.

Emperor Gelarius continued the persecution, but he too was struck with the intestinal disease and died.

Commenting on Roman persecutions was Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, who was the Democrat Party’s candidate for president in 1896, 1900, and 1908. William Jennings Bryan stated in his speech, “The Prince of Peace,” (New York Times, Sept. 7, 1913): “I can imagine that the early Christians who were carried into the Coliseum to make a spectacle for those more savage than the beasts, were entreated by their doubting companions not to endanger their lives. But, kneeling in the center of the arena, they prayed and sang until they were devoured. …”

William Jennings Bryan continued: “How helpless they seemed, and, measured by every human rule, how hopeless was their cause! And yet within a few decades the power which they invoked proved mightier than the legions of the Emperor, and the faith in which they died was triumphant o’er all the land. … They were greater conquerors in their death than they could have been had they purchased life.”

President Ronald Reagan commented on the Roman Coliseum at the National Prayer Breakfast, Feb. 2, 1984: “This power of prayer can be illustrated by the story that goes back to the fourth century – the monk (Telemachus) living in a little remote village, spending most of his time in prayer. … One day he thought he heard the voice of God telling him to go to Rome. … Weeks and weeks later, he arrived … at a time of a festival in Rome. … He followed a crowd into the Coliseum, and then, there in the midst of this great crowd, he saw the gladiators come forth, stand before the Emperor, and say, ‘We who are about to die salute you.’ And he realized they were going to fight to the death for the entertainment of the crowds. He cried out, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ And his voice was lost in the tumult there in the great Colosseum. …”

Reagan continued: “And as the games began, he made his way down through the crowd and climbed over the wall and dropped to the floor of the arena. Suddenly the crowds saw this scrawny little figure making his way out to the gladiators and saying, over and over again, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ And they thought it was part of the entertainment, and at first they were amused. But then, when they realized it wasn’t, they grew belligerent and angry. …”

Reagan added: “And as he was pleading with the gladiators, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ one of them plunged his sword into his body. And as he fell to the sand of the arena in death, his last words were, ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ And suddenly, a strange thing happened. The gladiators stood looking at this tiny form lying in the sand. A silence fell over the Colosseum. And then, someplace up in the upper tiers, an individual made his way to an exit and left, and the others began to follow. And in the dead silence, everyone left the Colosseum. That was the last battle to the death between gladiators in the Roman Colosseum. Never again did anyone kill or did men kill each other for the entertainment of the crowd. …”

Reagan ended: “One tiny voice that could hardly be heard above the tumult. ‘In the Name of Christ, stop!’ It is something we could be saying to each other throughout the world today.”

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This day in WND history: Gore v. doll

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎1, ‎2017, ‏‎11 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
gorevdollGore v. doll (Al Gore v. Barbie doll)

May 1, 2000: The “Barbie for President” campaign was announced and included the launch of an official campaign website that outlines her position on various topics — including education, the environment and gender equality.

An examination of policy positions found Barbie closely resembling then-candidate Al Gore.

On the environment, Gore said, “Because of its importance to our air, our water, and the fabric of life itself, I believe that we have an obligation to protect the environment for future generations.”

Barbie noted “it’s time we take a stand to care for Mother Earth. Clean air, clean water, and a clean environment are vital to our health. Barbie knows our playgrounds, our parks and our neighborhoods will be more kid-safe and kid-friendly if we keep them clean.”

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Rebel Catholics ordain woman priest

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎1, ‎2017, ‏‎11 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(CHARLOTTE OBSERVER) — An international group defiantly opposed to the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on women priests Sunday ordained its first woman Catholic priest in the 46 counties that make up the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.

The ordination ceremony for Abigail Eltzroth happened in Asheville at Jubilee! – a nondenominational faith community – with Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan presiding.

Eltzroth, 64, said she is the second woman in North Carolina ordained by the rebel group, called the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.

“It’s time for a change and we’re in the forefront, leading the charge,” Eltzroth told the Observer on Sunday. “We expect that eventually everybody is going to follow us.”

 

Bureaucrats are fast

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎1, ‎2017, ‏‎11 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:

Three boys are in the schoolyard bragging about how great their fathers are.

The first one says: “Well, my father runs the fastest. He can fire an arrow and start to run, I tell you, he gets there before the arrow.”

The second one says: “Ha! You think that’s fast! My father is a hunter. He can shoot his gun and be there before the bullet.”

The third one listens to the other two and shakes his head. He then says: “You two know nothing about fast. My father is a government employee. He stops working at 4:30 and he’s home by 3:45!”

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Your daily dose of spiritual inspiration

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎1, ‎2017, ‏‎11 hours ago | Daily BlessingGo to full article
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.

Acts 18:9

Trump's headed to Israel. Are you?

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎1, ‎2017, ‏‎14 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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WASHINGTON – President Trump plans to be in Israel May 23 to help the Jewish state celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem June 7 during the Six Day War of 1967.

Israel is looking forward to the arrival, with Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely saying: “Since Trump entered the White House, we feel that we have a true friend there. When he arrives, we will happily welcome him.”

Are you a true friend of Israel? Have you shown it by visiting?

Maybe it’s time, because this is a big year for the Jewish state.

Not only is Israel observing the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, it’s also the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration that set in motion the chain of events that led to revived statehood after nearly 1,900 years. It’s also the 70th year since the United Nations vote to re-create the nation.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

“If you have been musing for years about going to Israel, this is the time, this is the year,” says Joseph Farah, founder of WND, who leads groups every year to the Jewish state. “It’s time to stop procrastinating by reciting that old line about ‘next year in Jerusalem.’ Haven’t you been saying that for too many years?”

Ambassador David M. Friedman

Ambassador David M. Friedman

Think about it:

June 7, 2017, will be the 50th anniversary of Israel’s retaking of its capital city of Jerusalem.

Nov. 29, 2017, is the 70th anniversary of the U.N.’s approval of the plan that returned Israel to statehood after a dispersion that lasted nearly 1,900 years.

Nov. 2, 2017, will be the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Balfour Declaration of the United Kingdom’s pledge to seek the reformation of the Jewish state in the region of Palestine.

In other words, 2017 is a very special year for Israel, wouldn’t you say? Wouldn’t it be a great year to visit? Of course, it would be. You should be a part of this history, says Farah.

“That’s why I’d like to invite you to come with me and my wife, Elizabeth, this November to celebrate with the people of Israel, to see this land where Jesus, the prophets and King David walked and for the chance to meet, see and hear, in person, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and David Friedman, the new U.S. ambassador to Israel,” he says.

“If you come with us, you’ll be in Israel on the very day the country is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration,” he points out. “So naturally, we’d like you to make your decision to join us by latest, June 7, the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Israel’s eternal capital.”

In addition to hearing from Netanyahu and Friedman, the Farahs will be talking to the group about the Hebrew roots of their faith.

 

“Visiting Israel is a life-changing experience any time you visit. It will transform the way you understand the Bible and experience God,” says Farah. “But this year is very, very special – especially when the theme of the tour is exploring the undeniable Hebrew foundation of the Christian faith. What a year to see all the sites, walk the streets of Jerusalem, visit ancient synagogues where Jesus almost certainly taught, float in the Dead Sea, get baptized in the Jordan River, cruise on the Sea of Galilee and more.”
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This trip in November is designed as an eye-opening, life-transforming tour that will allow you to see your Bible studies in HD. Picture yourself journeying through the ancient streets of Jerusalem and praying at the Western Wall. See the bustling metropolis of Tel Aviv. Worship at the empty tomb.

“So, I hope and pray to see you there. It will be an opportunity to make lifelong friends, to worship in the land God loves so much and the place from which Jesus will rule and reign for a thousand years in His Coming Kingdom,” says Farah.

So how about talking about this over the dinner table tonight while you look over the itinerary on the WND Israel tour website?

Then, tomorrow morning, call WND’s good friends at Coral Tours at 1-866-267-2511 with any questions you might have and get registered now with early-bird booking rates and make your plans.

 

   
 

House Freedom Caucus backs new health-care plan

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(WASHINGTON POST) — White House officials and several Republican lawmakers claimed Tuesday they were nearing a deal on health-care legislation with the House Freedom Caucus, with at least three leading figures in the hard-line group ready to support an overhaul after the dramatic collapse of talks last month.

Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Raúl R. Labrador (R-Idaho) — all leaders of the Freedom Caucus and central figures in the latest discussions — signaled Tuesday they are ready to support a new plan, according to two White House officials who were not authorized to speak publicly. A lawmaker close to the Freedom Caucus later confirmed that those members were close to or ready to support the tweaked bill.

Top members of the House Freedom Caucus would say little on Tuesday night about where they stand on the revised measure. Meadows stated he won’t weigh in publicly until after the Freedom Caucus meets Wednesday night, but praised Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) — co-chair of the centrist Tuesday Group — and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) for their role in trying to reach consensus.

 

This day in WND history: Jury finds fraud put Obama on '08 ballot

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Former President Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama

Jury finds fraud put Obama on ’08 ballot

WND-20-YearsApril 26, 2013: Two Democrats in Indiana were found guilty of submitting unauthorized names on the petition that placed then-Sen. Barack Obama on the 2008 presidential election primary ballot, meaning he likely did not qualify.

Fox News reported the jury in South Bend found guilty on all counts former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic Party chairman Butch Morgan Jr. and former county Board of Elections worker Dustin Blythe.

The two faced accusations of petition fraud and forgery, as well as falsely making a petition.

The verdicts raise anew questions about election fraud by Democrats, a subject that was analyzed after the 2012 election.

The report found vote fraud occurred in the 2012 presidential election and cumulatively was likely enough to decide the outcome.

“In reality, although no single instance or aspect of vote fraud was likely enough to tip the election for Obama, the aggregate of their [Democrats] corrupt activities – including illegal campaign donations, taking advantage of states without voter ID requirements, military ballots delivered too late … may well have been,” the analysis said.

Fox News reported that two former Indiana elections board officials who pleaded guilty said Morgan told Democrat officials and workers to fake the names and signatures that Obama and Hillary Clinton needed to qualify for the presidential race.

Prosecutor Stan Levco told Fox, “I think this helped uphold the integrity of the electoral system. Their verdict of guilt is not a verdict against Democrats, but for honest and fair elections.”

Affidavits citing the testimony of former Board of Registration worker Lucas Burkett said the scheme was created in January 2008. Burkett reportedly was aboard the plan at first but later dropped out. Fox News reported he waited three years to reveal the scheme.

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Don't mess with this 12-year-old girl

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Patty Ann MalleyGo to full article
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Leave it to Big Sis!

Maddie Weiler, only 12 years old, didn’t have time to waste when her mother stopped on the way to Virginia’s Busch Garden Theme Park to aid the victims of a roadway accident this past Saturday. With her mother dialing 911, and despite her own shock at witnessing the crash, Maddie had to think and act fast when the driver who had caused the accident slipped into the Weiler’s van and attempted to make off with her and the younger Molly, aged 7.

“The perpetrator, 21-year-old Paul Salsman, wasn’t expecting the beatdown that followed,” according to Good News Network.

Not about to go down without a fight, Maddie shifted the van into drive, something she knew wouldn’t allow the van to start. Then she came down with a vengeance, beating the would-be adductor and screaming at full volume until her little sister exited the vehicle. The reaction, carried out to perfection by Maddie, was the result of years of parental training. Always resist kidnapping! Lash back and make as much noise as possible.

After the incident, Fox News reports that Maddie, an accomplished horseback rider, told her mother: “Mama, if I can control a 1,500-pound animal, then I was sure going to try to take care of him.”

Maddie and Molly Weiler

Maddie and Molly Weiler

Maddie has not come away unscathed from her encounter but suffered a fractured growth plate in her wrist. But, true to the form demonstrated by Maddie’s heroic and successful defense of her sister, this incident is not about to get her down. Or to get Maddie to back off doing what needs must.

“I just went for it,” Maddie told WTKR. “Nothing passed my mind except, ‘He is a psycho and he needs to get out of the car.'”

Salsman, thankfully, has been nabbed … but only after attempting two more carjackings. “He is currently being charged with three counts of felony carjacking, felony hit and run, and driving under the influence of drugs,” Good News Network concludes.

Thank goodness for Maddie Weiler and the solid training that helped her and her sister survive!



Tamilok – yum!

Tamilok – yum!

Shipworm aphrodiasiacs

Yummy. Forget Viagra; chow down this aphrodisiac shipworm.

 

Locals of Mindanao, one of the Philippine’s southernmost islands, have lauded the benefit of the giant shipworm, dubbed tamilok in culinary circles, since the 1800s.

The worm itself – that is, a live specimen of the mythical master of the three-to-five foot tusk-like shell most commonly found drilled into rotting wood – has evaded scientists … until now.

Dredged from the depths of what Philstar reports as “smelly toxic gas-emitting mud” in Sultan Kudaratof, a Philippine lagoon, our slimy-but-elusive friend is now providing scientists with much to study.

And while aphrodisiacs are increasingly popular, the scientific hubbub about having a live specimen has nothing to do with romance. The real prize is the ability to probe the shipworm’s uncanny ability to thrive amid bacteria; bacteria that, in most species, would cause infection and death.

Shipworm

Shipworm

The shipworm, however, is a creature misnamed. The “worm” is really a mollusk and has evolved not only to withstand infectious material, but to the point where its own digestive system has atrophied into virtual non-function. These creatures “are nourished by carbon produced by bacteria that feed on the toxic and rotten egg-smelling hydrogen sulfide” emitted by the decaying wood they eat. “The bacteria is found in its gills.”

Philstar notes, “Medicinal chemist Margo Haygood, part of the team that studied it, said the find was a highlight of her career.”

Not exactly an appetizing discovery; but, in today’s increasingly toxic world, a worm to be watched.



Prince performing at the Grand Palais in Paris, 2009

Prince performing at the Grand Palais in Paris, 2009

Little Red Corvette? Baby, not so fast

If news of Prince’s passing last year hit you hard, if you’re awaiting the release of all those songs diligently stored in the Paisley Park vault by the Purple One, you may just have to cool your jets.

Mashable reports:

On Friday, April 21, one year to the day after Prince’s death at the age of 57, Rogue Music Alliance is releasing new, previously unheard Prince music.

In a new EP (Extended Play) titled “Deliverance,” fans will be able to listen to six Prince songs recorded between 2006 and 2008. The EP will give listeners another chance to experience the voice of the pop culture icon like never before.

But the hard copy release, currently scheduled for nationwide distribution on June 2 of this year, may not be forthcoming. The reason: Ian Boxill, who worked as an engineer for Prince at his private label (also dubbed Paisley Park) has chosen an independent production entity, presuming to say, “This is what Prince would have wanted,” according to ENews.

Prince's 'love symbol'

Prince’s ‘love symbol’

And maybe he would have. Back in 1993, the deceased icon went so far as to change his name from Prince to an unpronounceable symbol, commonly referred to as the “love symbol,” in an effort to forestall the predation of major music labels. The man himself answered to “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.” Without question, Prince was wary of traditional distribution methods.

But Paisley Park and Prince’s estate have filed a lawsuit, according to KTSP, alleging that Boxill is precluded from using the recordings due to a signed confidentiality agreement that would render all recordings the undisputed and exclusive property of Prince. The lawsuit explains further that the objection is not with the release of the music, but with what is presumed an exploitation by Boxill of what should, rightfully, only benefit the Prince estate.

So, the saga continues. And who knows how long it will be until the plumbed contents of that famous vault are ever heard or enjoyed?



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You can satisfy that craving by watching the clip below where Oscar winner Anne Hathaway and comic James Corden wrap up all “That’s Rom-Com” in just five minutes.

 

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Why our nation isn't what Jefferson envisioned

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Ten years before William Shakespeare died, the colony of Virginia was named for the “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth.

Virginia’s first charter stated, April 10, 1606: “Greatly commending … their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of His Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God.”

Thomas Jefferson wrote in his “Autobiography,” 1821: “The first settlers of Virginia were Englishmen, loyal subjects to their King and Church, and the grant to Sir Walter Raleigh contained an express proviso that their laws ‘should not be against the true Christian faith, now professed in the Church of England.'”

On April 26, 1607, English settlers landed at the site of Cape Henry, named for Prince Henry of Wales. Their first act was to erect a wooden cross and commence a prayer meeting. They ascended the James River, named for King James, and settled Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America.

The second charter of Virginia, May 23, 1609, stated: “The principal Effect which we can expect or desire of this Action is the Conversion and reduction of the people in those parts unto the true worship of God and the Christian Religion. … It shall be necessary for all such our loving subjects … to live together, in the Fear and true Worship of Almighty God, Christian Peace, and civil Quietness, with each other.”

The third charter of Virginia, March 12, 1611, stated: “Our loving Subjects … for the Propagation of Christian Religion, and Reclaiming of People barbarous, to Civility and Humanity, We have … granted unto them … the first Colony in Virginia.”

The Church of England was established as the official denomination in Virginia from 1606 till 1786.

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defined “establishment” of religion as: “The episcopal form of religion, so called in England.”

In 1699, the Virginia Assembly adopted the statutes of monarchs William and Mary allowing for the toleration of some Protestant dissenters.

James Madison wrote to Robert Walsh, March 2, 1819: “The English Church was originally the established religion. … Of other sects there were but few adherents, except the Presbyterians who predominated on the west side of the Blue Mountains. …”

Madison continued: “A little time previous to the Revolutionary struggle, the Baptists sprang up, and made very rapid progress. … At present the population is divided, with small exceptions, among the Protestant Episcopalians, the Presbyterians, the Baptists and the Methodists.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Lafayette Black wrote in Engel v. Vitale, 1962: “As late as the time of the Revolutionary War, there were established Churches in at least eight of the thirteen former colonies. … The successful Revolution against English political domination was shortly followed by intense opposition … in Virginia where the minority religious groups such as Presbyterians, Lutherans, Quakers and Baptists had gained such strength. …”

Justice Hugo Black continued: “In 1785-1786, those opposed to the established Church … obtained the enactment of the famous ‘Virginia Bill for Religious Liberty’ by which all religious groups were placed on an equal footing.”

The “Virginia Bill for Religious Liberty,” drafted by Jefferson, prevented the government from infringing on the rights of conscience, Jan. 16, 1786: “Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making it altogether insusceptible of restraint; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments … are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do, but to extend it by its influence on reason alone. …”

Jefferson continued: “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical. … that … laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust … unless he … renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges … to which … he has a natural right … that the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion … is a dangerous fallacy, which at once destroys all religious liberty, because he being of course judge of that tendency will make his opinions the rule of judgment, and approve or condemn the sentiments of others … that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself. …”

Jefferson concluded: “that no man shall be … molested … on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.”

Jefferson’s view, that no man should be molested “on account of his religious opinions” would have pitted him against current “hate crime” and “sharia” laws.

The Virginia Declaration of Rights, Article 16, ratified June 12, 1776, stated: “That Religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience, and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity, towards each other.”

During the colonial times, only a small number of Catholics settled in the Anglican Colony of Virginia. After the Revolution, the first Catholic Church in Virginia was erected in 1795, St. Mary Church in Alexandria. The first permanent Jewish synagogue in Virginia was built in Richmond in 1820. Named ‘Kehilah ha Kadosh Beth Shalome’, it is considered one of oldest colonial Jewish congregations in America, along with others in New York, Philadelphia, Newport, Savannah, and Charleston.

Virginian George Washington wrote Nov. 27, 1783: “Acknowledge … our infinite obligations to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for rescuing our country from the brink of destruction; I cannot fail…to ascribe all the honor of our late success to the same glorious Being. … The establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty was the Motive which induced me to the Field. … It now remains to be my earnest…prayer, that the Citizens of the United States would make a wise and virtuous use of the blessings, placed before them.”

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How to keep domestic product suppliers ... supplying

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Roger SimmermakerGo to full article
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What is it you look for when you want to purchase a flashlight? One that’s American made? How about one that is relied upon by military personnel, and first responders like firefighters and state troopers? Maybe one that is both light and durable? How about one with enough power to shoot a beam over 200 feet? All of the above?

If all of the above sounds important to you, then you’ll be happy to know that you can get all of these features with the Nighthawk 2D LED flashlight. And they’re available here at the USA Shop for just $34.95.

These American-made flashlights normally retail for as high as $79.99, and the only way to get them for less would be to purchase them in bulk quantities. That is exactly what I have done, and it’s how I’m able to pass on the reduced bulk-quantity price on to you.

The Nighthawk 2D LED flashlight, which requires only two D-cell batteries to generate an incredible 220 lumens of adjustably focused raw white light, comes complete with a police barrel holster, and “Buy American” proudly engraved on the flashlight as well.

No one wants a flashlight that is going to corrode easily, is difficult to carry, or simply just isn’t rugged enough to withstand anything other than ideal environments over a long period of time.

The Nighthawk 2D LED flashlight is made with a knurled design and constructed from anodized aerospace aluminum inside and out for improved resistance to corrosion.

It is water and shock resistant, too, and even features a recessed pushbutton switch that is self-cleaning.

And you won’t easily lose track of your high intensity, 3-watt, “Made in USA” Cree LED flashlight either, since the commercial grade holster with belt clip and hand grip make it easy to hold on to. And since it weighs just over 10 ounces (without the batteries), it’s easy to attach it to your belt using the police barrel holster and not feel weighed down.

Compare the 10-inch long Nighthawk 2D LED flashlight, which requires only two batteries, to similar 12-inch long flashlights that require three batteries and are therefore bulkier and more of a burden to carry.

So if you want a high power, rugged flashlight with all of the above listed features that is lighter to carry than you would expect, you should strongly consider getting one here at the USA Shop. At the bulk price of $34.99 that I’m offering, I only have a set amount in stock, and once they’re gone, they may never be restocked again at that price.

Everyone understands how important it is to help our fellow Americans whose daily job puts them potentially in harm”s way every day. So why not go one step further and patronize the American suppliers that help our American professionals do their jobs both safely and effectively?

We should do what we can to keep American producers and suppliers providing for our police, military personnel, and firefighters from American shores – not foreign shores. If we patronize the products of American producers, we keep them profitable and make it more likely they can afford to keep producing their goods in America where workers often receive higher wages.

So if you’re in the market for a professional quality LED flashlight, I would encourage you to check out the American-made Nighthawk 2D LED flashlight which you can get for a price that would normally get you much less than professional, American-made quality.

 

 

Expert: North Korea has EMP attack capability

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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Americans have become accustomed to a steady flow of troubling news from North Korea lately.

The communist nation detained another U.S. citizen over the weekend and held a massive artillery drill on Monday as American naval forces moved closer to the reclusive communist dictatorship.

The American media worries about whether a North Korean missile could hit California, and sales of nuclear shelters and air purifiers that can block radiation are skyrocketing in Japan.

Yet, with a report that the U.S. government sabotaged a recent missile test, many Americans may be tempted to dismiss the threat from Kim Jong-un’s Hermit Kingdom.

But that would be a mistake.

Michael Maloof, former senior security policy analyst in the office of the Secretary of Defense and the author of “A Nation Forsaken,” warns North Korea already has the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States.

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“They have the capability, but not in the way the mainstream media talks about it,” he told WND.  “North Korea still doesn’t have a missile capable of reaching the United States, but it doesn’t need it.”

Maloof explained the North Koreans are known to be able to launch a missile with a satellite on it.

Pyongyang currently has two satellites in orbit.

“North Korea could orbit a satellite which would be the size of a nuclear bomb and detonate it upwards of 300 miles above Earth, on command, making North Korea a threat to any country as a result,” Maloof said.

A nuclear bomb launched from a satellite, he explained, could carry out an EMP, or electromagnetic pulse attack, capable of knocking out the U.S. power grid.

Maloof argues there are signs North Korea already has that capacity.

“A recent photo showing Kim Jung-un next to a sphere said to be a nuclear device is the size to orbit,” he explained. “It is known that recent nuclear underground tests were in the low kiloton range but high in gamma rays, the type of electromagnetic energy needed to create an electromagnetic pulse to destroy the vulnerable U.S. grid system and all unprotected electronics.

“Now, North Korea has promised weekly missile launches and unless each is shot down upon launch, there is no way to determine whether the payload would be such a satellite which in effect would be a nuclear device.

Maloof noted the U.S. doesn’t have an anti-missile system “to knock down such a satellite at that altitude, let alone know what the payload is.”

“The U.S. operationally did shoot down for the first time a device a few years ago using the AEGIS system, but that was up to 150 miles, which exceeded the missile’s known capability. This makes it imperative to hit any North Korean missile just as its being launched, risking the prospect for retaliation.”

That kind of EMP attack could be launched from North Korea itself. Maloof says Pyongyang has also been working on a submarine capable of launching a ballistic missile.

It’s the threat your own government wants to ignore. And the likelihood is growing daily. Are you ready for an EMP attack? Find

A successful EMP attack on the United States could knock out the critical, life-sustaining infrastructures that depend on the national grid, including telecommunications, banking and finance, automated control systems, petroleum and natural gas, transportation, food and water delivery and emergency services. Cascading failures of critical infrastructure could also lead to secondary disasters, including cataclysmic failure of nuclear plants. The economic and human costs would be devastating.

Maloof noted other nations, such as Russia, China, Iran and Israel, are hardening their infrastructure and preparing for such an attack, but the United States is largely defenseless. He urged President Trump to show leadership..

“President Trump needs to give a high priority to making the prospect of an EMP a national security imperative and give it the highest priority, something which his administration isn’t doing now,” Maloof charged.

“He can begin by appointing an EMP coordinator to reside in the National Security Council to get federal, state and local efforts underway to not only protect vulnerable electronics but also to work out a plan for local governments to act in the event of an EMP. Citizens need to know what to do in case of such an emergency so as not to create massive panic throughout the country.”

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“Such a coordinator residing in the National Security Council will be important since the effort to harden and then help state and local jurisdictions prepare for an EMP event cut across a number of U.S. government agencies. The coordinator also will need to work with Congress to give the federal government the authority to require local utilities to undertake the hardening of their facilities, and to work out a means of financing such an effort.”

President Trump is already in a battle with Congress over funding his signature border wall, which the president contends is necessary to protect the nation from illegal immigration along with drug smugglers and terrorists.

But Maloof argues the EMP threat is similarly dire, and if the United States does not pay to guard against it today, it may lose far more in blood and treasure in the years to come.

“The cost of such an undertaking may be up to $20 billion, but the cost not to do this could run into the trillions of dollars,” he said. “It would take four to 10 years to fix and, most importantly, cause some 90 percent of the U.S. population to perish, since a massive EMP attack could cripple if not destroy the life-sustaining critical infrastructures on which the U.S.’s technological society depend.”

 

It’s the threat your own government wants to ignore. And the likelihood is growing daily.

 

 

Report: Iran caught secretly weaponizing nukes

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Greg CorombosGo to full article
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Despite U.S. government conclusions to the contrary, Iran is cheating on the 2015 nuclear deal and is actively weaponizing nukes, according to the group who uncovered Iran’s most recent nuclear ambitions in the first place.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran, or NCRI, unveiled intelligence and satellite imagery in recent days that is says it proof of Iranian actions that violate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. It also alleges that the activity is taking place in areas and facilities that are off limits to regular inspections from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

NCRI claims satellite images of the military base at Parchin show Iran is weaponizing nukes

NCRI claims satellite images of the military base at Parchin show Iran is weaponizing nukes

The NCRI is very confident in the validity of its reports.

“These are the very same sources that have been proven accurate in the past. The network of the movement inside Iran, the MEK, was responsible for exposing the Natanz uranium enrichment facility and the Arak heavy water facility back in August of 2002,” said Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the NCRI’s Washington office.

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Those revelations triggered the international response that has played out for the past 15 years. He told WND and Radio America the group’s sources inside Iran have also made many other discoveries that have panned out over the years. And Jafarzadeh said outside experts back up those conclusions.

“Those that have seen the satellite imagery that we disclosed during our press conference have confirmed that the satellite imagery shows the construction, the way the buildings are configured, basically corroborates what we’re saying, that this facility is being used for nuclear weaponization,” Jafarzadeh explained.

NCRI claims satellite images of the military base at Parchin show Iran is weaponizing nukes

NCRI claims satellite images of the military base at Parchin show Iran is weaponizing nukes

He said further proof that the intelligence is right can be seen in the official Iranian response.

“None of them denied our claim outright. Instead, they started attacking us, saying how bad we are and why the United States should not listen to us, without addressing the particular revelation we made,” Jafarzadeh said. “They made no reference to it, nor did they invite the IAEA to come and visit.”

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Jafarzadeh said the specific facility shown in the satellite photos depicts a location specializing in detonators. Much of the secret activity is believed to be going on at Iran’s Parchin facility, a spot that Jafarzadeh said Iran blocked inspectors from for years until finally relenting two years ago. He said it makes sense for Iran to do clandestine work there.

“They thought they closed the chapter on Parchin. Now with this new information and new evidence, there is a renewed call among nuclear experts that the IAEA should be able to go back to this place among other locations that the IAEA has never inspected,” said Jafarzadeh.

He also outlined what the process ought to include.

“The IAEA now has to have access to all of those buildings, to be able to interview their top nuclear scientists, including Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who has been the top person behind the whole program over the past 15-20 years,” Jafarzadeh said.

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So why hasn’t Parchin been part of regular inspections since the JCPOA was enacted in 2015? Jafarzadeh said the Iranians successfully limited inspections to “declared sites.”

“I’m not very comfortable with the term ‘declared site’ because these are not really sites declared by Iran. It was exposed by us and then Tehran said, ‘Oh yes, we have those sites,'” Jafarzadeh said.

“[The IAEA] basically keeps track of how many centrifuges they have, how much uranium hexafluoride was produced. They have a checklist they go through and, of course, Tehran is very shrewd, and they know this is not the place they need to cheat,” said Jafarzadeh, noting the violations happen at facilities the IAEA cannot access or does not know about.

Jafarzadeh said the actions of the West over the past four to five years have clearly emboldened the likes of Iran, and he noted there are close ties between the two nuclear programs.

“There is a very, very close relationship [with] North Korea that is helping Iran, not just on their missile program but specifically on their nuclear weapons program,” Jafarzadeh said. “It’s a very scary situation.”

Trump's 'big, beautiful wall' gets ugly reception from Congress

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Leo HohmannGo to full article
President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump

Is Donald Trump wavering on his promise to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico?

Some say yes, but others have weighed in with “not so fast.”

Trump himself says he is not any less committed to the wall.

But much of the national media is using the “c” word to describe his current level of commitment to the wall, which may be the most important issue to his base. Trump is “caving,” according to headlines in the Washington Post and CNN.

Trump says that’s hogwash, a figment of the “fake news” industry.

He doubled down Tuesday evening at a round-table with farmers.

“We’re gonna have the wall built,” he said. “I don’t know what people are talking about. I watch these shows and the pundits in the morning, and I don’t know what they’re talking about. The wall gets built, 100 percent.”

 

It’s one thing when the left-leaning Post and CNN say Trump is backing away from his promise, but quite another when conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and author-activist Ann Coulter suggest he could be caving.

‘Caving on demand for measly $1 billion’

“I’m not happy to have to pass this on. I’m very, very troubled to have to pass this on,” Limbaugh said on his Tuesday show. “And I want to say at the outset that I hope my interpretation is wrong, and I hope this is not the case. But it looks like, from here, right here, right now, it looks like President Trump is caving on his demand for a measly $1 billion in the budget for his wall on the border with Mexico.”

Limbaugh said Trump may be caving to the Democrats, who are outnumbered in both the House and Senate, because he fears they will engineer a government shutdown if he persists with his plans for the wall.

“The Democrats are threatening a government shutdown. It’s the same old same old, and I was hoping that Trump would throw this shutdown thing right back in their faces and have everybody realize they’re the ones engineering these shutdowns that nobody would notice anyway unless a big hullabaloo was made about it,” Limbaugh said. “The Democrats seem to have successfully used this stupid, silly threat of a government shutdown to get their way. What Trump is saying is, if we need to get this done, then I’ll delay the spending on the wall until September. And it’s just a measly billion dollars.”

Limbaugh said, “Every delay is a further nail in the coffin.”

Coulter suggested the controversy over funding the wall is largely a diversionary tactic.

She tweeted, “There are lots of ways to pay for the wall!”

On March 16, President Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan requesting certain items be included in the continuing resolution that Congress must pass to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year after the current CR expires on Friday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (Photo: Twitter)

House Speaker Paul Ryan does not want a wall built on the southern border. (Photo: Twitter)

The letter requested $1.4 billion this fiscal year so he can start construction of the wall, a central promise of his campaign. His 2018 budget request calls for another $2.6 billion for the wall.

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., pulled the border-wall funding from the April continuing resolution. In its place, the Republicans are now talking about increasing funding for various technological improvements, namely drones.

Coulter retweeted immigration expert Mickey Kaus, who said: “Drones are the way GangOf8ers always try to buy off GOP base. DT asking for wall & getting drones worse than not asking.”

She then retweeted an even more devastating accusation from Kaus.

By Tuesday afternoon, even Trump’s own spokeswoman, Kellyanne Conway, told Fox News that Trump is still committed to the wall but that other border-patrol “technology” enhancements will be included in the budget bill – another reference to drones.

Drones won’t cut if for Trump, Kaus said, not with his base.

Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter

Kaus said: “If Trump doesn’t get wall built, he loses much of his base. If he picks a gratuitous fight on the wall and then caves on the wall, heaven help him.”

Schumer cheers Trump
 

The Democrats’ mantra has been that the wall is “too expensive,” as well as “immoral.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., cheered Trump’s decision to back off his demand that Congress fund the wall in this year’s budget.

“If the administration insists on poison-pill riders or extraneous funding requests, then our talks could get sidetracked, particularly if the administration demands funding for a border wall,” Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor.

“Democrats have been long clear that the border wall is a nonstarter.”

Wall supporters say the border wall is actually not very expensive and that it will pay for itself in a few years through reduced crime, welfare, public schooling and health-care costs for illegals and people with drug addictions.

$1.4 billion less than 1 federal agency spends in 12 hours

President Trump’s request that Congress include $1.4 billion to fund the beginning of his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border equals approximately 0.035 percent of what the federal government will spend in total this year, according to the latest estimate of fiscal year 2017 federal spending made by the Congressional Budget Office, reported CNSNews.com.

It also equals less than the Department of Health and Human Services spends in just 12 hours and less than the Treasury collects in taxes in four hours.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, introduced a bill Tuesday that would make drug lords pay for the wall. He calls his bill the EL CHAPO Act (Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act), named for the infamous drug kingpin Joachin “El Chapo” Guzman, and it would use money forfeited from the criminal prosecution of drug criminals to pay for wall construction.

The U.S. government is currently seeking $14 billion from El Chapo for his drug-trafficking and conspiracy crimes.

“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons and individuals across our southern border,” Cruz said.

Hawkish immigration PAC prepares to dump Trump

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration, or ALIPAC, said his group is preparing to pull its endorsement of Trump, giving him a deadline of April 30 to demand that Congress fund the wall, end Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program for illegals and cancel Obama’s Muslim refugee deal with Australia.

“We are on course to drop our endorsement, yes,” Gheen told WND Tuesday. “The news about the border wall, combined with the Australian refugee deal and DACA, it’s very unlikely that’s going to all change by Monday. But if he does, we will gladly continue to endorse him. But ALIPAC does not support candidates who support amnesty and unconstitutional policies and, unfortunately, that is who Donald Trump is at the moment.”

Gheen said his organization would issue a press release Wednesday calling on Trump “to not just end DACA but this dumb and dangerous, secretive agreement Obama made to use taxpayer funds to import dangerous Muslim refugees from Australia.”

Trump has decided to honor a deal negotiated by Obama’s secretary of state, John Kerry, to accept at least 1,500 unwanted Muslim asylum seekers who arrived by flotilla in Australia. Most are from Afghanistan.

Trump has also failed to drastically reduce the number of refugees entering the U.S. from terrorist hotspots around the world, including Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. A total of 4,741 refugees have entered the U.S. from the five countries alone since Trump’s first full day in office Jan. 21, according to the federal Refugee Processing Center database.

Refugees from these five countries are entering the U.S. at a rate of nearly 350 per week. Radical imams continue to enter the country as well, not as refugees but on the R-1 “religious visa,” which allows foreign spiritual leaders to stay and preach in the U.S. for up to 60 months, after which they often will qualify for a green card.

“At this point, we intend to drop the endorsement on April 30 because he is making it abundantly clear that he is not the man that he promised us he was during the campaign,” Gheen said. “At this point, we do not expect the border wall to be built because he has violated so many of his promises.

“One, he’s not building wall; two, he’s continuing to violate the Constitution and numerous existing laws and his oath of office and his campaign promises to continue giving DACA amnesty to illegal aliens,” Gheen added. “That’s four important things he’s violating, and Trump made a huge mistake agreeing to continue Obama’s secretive deal to import dangerous Muslim refugees Australia doesn’t want.

“We’re a very conservative group, a pro-America, pro-borders group. We’re not liberals, and we’re not fake news,” Gheen continued. “We endorsed Trump. We donated to Trump. We volunteered for Trump, attended rallies for Trump, defended Trump and attacked Trump’s opponents in the media and campaigns for over a year. And while he may not be concerned about the loss of ALIPAC’s endorsement, we know … it will mark a true turning point where Trump’s base on immigration starts walking out of the stadium doors.

“He is proving that he cannot be trusted and that he does not truly believe in the things he had been saying on the campaign trail.”

The Border Patrol agents remain strongly in favor of an upgraded barrier along the border, but many have said they don’t like the idea of a concrete wall they cannot see through. They would prefer a fence.

Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd blasted Ryan for not funding President Trump’s border wall in this year’s budget.

Judd joined Stewart Varney Tuesday morning on the Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.”

Stewart Varney: There is a report this morning that Speaker Paul Ryan is suggesting that Congress delay border wall funding until next year. What do you say about that?

Brandon Judd: I disagree. President Trump promised he was going to secure the border and part of securing the border is putting in place the proper technology and resources that allows us to be successful. And a border wall in strategic locations is one of those things that must get done.

Besides funding, and convincing Congress to provide it, there are also environmental hurdles to jump over in building a border wall.

Building a wall “is complex in some areas,” including Big Bend National Park and along the river, which twists through nearly half of the 2,000-mile border, said Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Hundreds of species live within 30 miles of the border, including threatened jaguars and Mexican gray wolves, according to an Associated Press report. The Trump administration is poised to relax protections for the jaguars to make it easier to build the wall.

Back on March 29, the AP reported that Trump may be backing away from his promise to build the wall.

“Zinke’s comments, and the administration’s budget proposal seeking billions in U.S. taxpayer dollars to finance the project, offer a reality check and a possible sign the president is moving away from his initial plan.”

 

Is there a serial killer of transgenders on the loose?

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎26, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours ago | Joseph FarahGo to full article
Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner says murders of transgenders should be prosecuted as “hate crimes,” suggesting eight or nine reportedly killed this year were victimized because of their sex changes.

As I was listening to his-her conversation with Tucker Carlson on Fox New Monday night, I took a few minutes to research this claim.

What did I find?

One of the most recent of those murders was the case of Alphonza Watson in Baltimore. I’ve read the news stories, including those in news agencies that are clearly sympathetic to transgenders and the LGBT agenda. There’s absolutely no evidence to suggest the murder had anything to do the 38-year-old’s sexual identity.

Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

There is no suspect, but police believe the motive for the March attack was robbery. Police said the last transgender murder in Baltimore took place Sept. 16 last year. No suspect has been identified in that crime either, but police again believe the motive in that case was robbery.

The stories also mentioned that transgender sex workers in Baltimore, and presumably elsewhere, have repeatedly been targeted for violence. I wouldn’t doubt it. Nationally, the homicide rate for female prostitutes – transgender or not – is the highest among any occupation.

Watson was arrested for prostitution in the city four times between 2006 and 2016 and found guilty once. Police are still investigating the possibility of whether prostitution played a role in the murder.

So let’s move on and look at the other cases.

Ciara McElveen, 25, was stabbed to death in New Orleans Feb. 27. She was the second transgender woman murdered in the city during a three-day period. The other was Chyna Gibson, who performed as a transgender performer under the stage name “Chyna Doll Duprees,” shot dead days earlier. Police see no other connection between the two murders.

Then there’s the case of Chayviss “Chay” Reed, 28, found fatally shot in Miami earlier this month. Still no suspect or motive.

The very first transgender murder victim of 2017 was 41-year-old Mesha Caldwell in Canton. Mississippi. Once again, no suspect, no motive. Nevertheless, news reporters covering the case have frequently asked police if they were going to prosecute the case as a hate crime. How can you prosecute a “hate crime” without a suspect or a motive? There are two common denominators in the nine transgender murders – all the victims were black, and there’s no evidence in any of them that suggest they were murdered because they were transgenders.

In the case of Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, no one is even sure when the 28-year-old member of the Oglala Lakota tribe was killed, let alone who might have committed the murder or why. They’re not even 100 percent certain she was murdered, according to some reports.

Then there’s JoJo Striker, 23, found dead in a garage in Toledo, Ohio, Feb. 8 with a single gunshot wound to the torso. Police do not have a suspect or motive.

Jaquarrius Holland (Brown), 18, was shot in the head in Monroe, Louisiana, on Feb. 19. No suspect, no motive.

KeKe Collier, 24, also known as Tiara Richmond, was shot multiple times while sitting in a car with a man in Chicago Feb. 21. No suspect, no motive.

You get the picture?

Jenner and the LGBT crowd are screaming mad because Attorney General Jeff Sessions won’t agree to prosecute these murders as “hate crimes” when there are no suspects and no suggestion or evidence any of the victims were killed by people who hate transgenders.

This is not even a rational idea. But, then again, honestly, I don’t think it’s rational to choose to mutilate oneself sexually, either.
 

 

   
 

State Dept. sued for records on George Soros

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(JUDICIAL WATCH) — Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for records and communications relating to the funding and political activities of the Open Society Foundation – Macedonia.

The Macedonia organization, part of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, received nearly $5 million from USAID from 2012 to 2016. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (No. 1:17-cv-00729)).

The suit was filed after both the U.S. Department of State and USAID failed to respond to a February 16, 2017, FOIA request seeking:

 

Bose headphones spy on listeners, says lawsuit

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(REUTERS) — Bose Corp. spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged.

The complaint filed on Tuesday by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose’s “wholesale disregard” for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their smartphones.

“People should be uncomfortable with it,” Christopher Dore, a lawyer representing Zak, said in an interview. “People put headphones on their head because they think it’s private, but they can be giving out information they don’t want to share.”

Dems scolded over donations from 'child sex trafficking' site

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
Money

A conservative political blog in Colorado is calling on Colorado Democrats to return nearly $90,000 in donations from executives of a website that, according to a U.S. Senate report, “facilitates prostitution and child sex trafficking.”

The call was issued by Colorado Peak Politics, which said, citing an Arizona Republic story, there’s a “hot hearing down in Arizona that hasn’t made its way to Colorado media … yet.”

“A federal grand jury is hearing evidence against executives with the lurid Backpage.com website, which powers those raunchy classifieds in places like the Village Voice in New York City, in preparation for a potential indictment after a report alleged that ‘the website knowingly accepted ads offering sex with underage girls.'”

The Republic article, prepared by students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State under the supervision of Professor Walter V. Robinson, explains that lawyers for Michael Lacey and James Larkin, who started Backpage.com, “acknowledged in a recent court filing that ‘indictments may issue anytime.'”

The Republic reported earlier this year a Senate investigation concluded Backpage “has knowingly concealed evidence of criminality by systematically editing its ‘adult’ ads.”

“At the directing of CEO Carl Ferrer, the company programmed [an] electronic filter to ‘strip’ – that is, delete – hundreds of words indicative of sex trafficking (including child sex trafficking) or prostitution from ads before their publication.”

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Peak Politics said Backpage.com executives Michael Lacey, James Larkin, Scott Spear and John Brunst, as well as their wives, Margaret Larkin, Ellona Spear and Mary Ann Brunst, were all max-out donors to the Colorado Senate Victory Fund, giving $88,200, or $12,600 each, in the 2014 election cycle.

“Let us break this down for you,” the site said. “Essentially, the largest donors to the Democrats’ Colorado Senate Victory Fund, an arm of the state party, in 2014 knowingly provided a platform for facilitating child sex trafficking.

“We just threw up.”

A WND call to the Colorado Democratic Party requesting comment was not returned.

The blog posed a question for the Colorado Democratic Party and its new leader, Morgan Carroll: “Will the Colorado Democratic Party return the money? If past behavior is any indication of future behavior, the answer is no. But the Colorado Democratic Party, at the very least, must contribute the $88,200 to a nonpartisan (yes, an actual nonpartisan organization, not one of its fake ones) organization to stop child trafficking.

“If the Colorado Democratic Party doesn’t send these donations back, every one of their executives and elected officials should be shunned from society because this is just too much.”

The Phoenix New Times, a newspaper Lacey and Larkin started decades ago and later sold, ridiculed the Republic reporting.

The New Times said Lacey confirmed, “Why, yes, we did give money to help elect good public officials.”

The paper also pointed to Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which, it said, “holds the owners and operators of interactive websites harmless for third-party content.”

“Without Section 230, the Internet as we know it would cease to exist,” the report said.

The New Times defended the Backpage.com chiefs, pointing out they’ve won several court cases over the content of their site.

And, the report noted, Backpage critics want “to lay child prostitution at the Backpage execs’ feet, which is a vicious smear. The company has cooperated with law enforcement and has a list of accolades from cops high and low to attest to this, as well as the evidence of countless subpoenas answered.”

The defense continued: “Backpage eventually turned over thousands of documents and emails to the Senate subcommittee investigating it, and what was the worst that the subcommittee found, according to its 50-page report?

“Um, basically, that Backpage edited out certain words from its escort ads, like “Lolita,’ ‘barely legal,’ ‘cheerleader,’ and so on.”

 

 

 

In only a few years, this man moved mountains

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
David Brainerd

David Brainerd

Born in Haddam, Connecticut, April 20, 1718, his parents died while he was a young teenager. He attempted farming, but on July 12, 1739, he had an experience with God of “unspeakable glory” that gave him a “hearty desire to exalt Him, to set Him on the throne and to ‘seek first His Kingdom.'”

This was colonial Indian missionary, David Brainerd.

A Connecticut law forbade the appointment of ministers unless they graduated from Harvard, Yale or a European institution, so in 1740, David Brainerd began attending Yale. He soon began to show symptoms of tuberculosis.

When Great Awakening preachers George Whitefield, Gilbert Tennent, Ebenezer Pemberton and James Davenport began spreading spiritual enthusiasm, tension emerged at Yale between faculty and students.

In 1741, Yale trustees decreed that “if any student of this College shall … say, that the Rector … Trustees or tutors are hypocrites, carnal or unconverted men, he shall for the first offense make a public confession in the hall, and for the second offense be expelled.”

Accused of having said his tutor, Chauncey Whittelsey, “has no more grace than a chair,” David Brainerd was expelled.

In 1742, David Brainerd was licensed to preach by evangelicals known as “New Lights.” He was supported by the “Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge” to do missionary work among Native Americans. David Brainerd worked in a Housatonic Indian settlement near present day Nassau, New York, starting a school for Native American children. He worked among the Delaware Indians along the Delaware River northeast of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His interpreter, Moses Tunda Tatamy, helped him minister to Indians along the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers.

Camping at night, David Brainerd wrote in his “Journal”: “Forks of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Lord’s day, July 21, 1745. Preached to the Indians. … Divine truth seemed to make very considerable impressions and caused the tears to flow freely. … Afterwards I baptized my interpreter and his wife, who were the first I baptized among the Indians. … Though before he had been a hard drinker … it is now more than six months since he experienced this change; in which space of time he has been exposed to strong drink in places where it has been moving free as water; yet has never desired after it. … He discourses feelingly of the conflicts and consolations of a real Christian.”

David Brainerd worked with the Crossweeksung Indians in New Jersey, starting a church which grew to 130 members.

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David Brainerd wrote in his diary: “(I) could have no freedom in the thought of any other circumstances or business in life: All my desire was the conversion of the heathen, and all my hope was in God: God does not suffer me to please or comfort myself with hopes of seeing friends, returning to my dear acquaintance, and enjoying worldly comforts.”

David Brainerd traveled over 3,000 on horseback in his missionary efforts and often slept in cold, rainy woods. Overcoming lack of food, and spitting up blood from advanced stages of tuberculosis, David Brainerd fought immobilizing depression where dozens of times he wished for death. Finally too ill to minister, he was taken in by Princeton president Jonathan Edwards, who wrote down his life story.

David Brainerd died at the age of 29.

In 1749, Jonathan Edwards published “An Account of the Life of the Late Reverend Mr. David Brainerd,” which inspired millions, including William Carey, Adoniram Judson, Oswald J. Smith, and John Wesley, who wrote: “What can be done to revive the work of God where it is decayed? Let every preacher read carefully over the life of David Brainerd.”

David Brainerd’s life played a role in establishing the colleges of Princeton and Dartmouth. Yale’s Divinity School named a building “Brainerd Hall,” the only building named after a student who had been expelled.

David Brainerd wrote: “Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose. Oh, that God would make me more fruitful.”

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This day in WND history: Uncle Osama wants you

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

Uncle Osama wants you

April 20, 2000: Sixteen months before Osama bin Laden sent 19 of his followers to destroy the World Trade Center and attack the Pentegon, WND reported on the terror master’s efforts to recruit volunteers from among Muslim youths in Pakistan to engage in war against the United States.

The call to arms against Washington came in the form of small, glossy, poster-sized messages depicting burning U.S., Indian and Israeli flags, as well as a “locked and loaded” image of an AK-47 rifle.

The messages circulated in Pakistan’s staunchly conservative Northwest Frontier Province said, “The youth should contact us as soon as possible. Territorial boundaries have no importance in our eyes. All land belongs to God.”

The solicitation, attributed to bin Laden, concluded, “No one can stop me.”

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Rep. Brat confident GOP on brink of health-care consensus

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Greg CorombosGo to full article
Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., and Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., and Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

House Republicans are reeling from their failure to pass health-care reform legislation, but a key House Freedom Caucus member says the GOP is getting close to a consensus that will make conservatives happy and make it to President Trump’s desk.

U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va. – a former economics professor and a member of the House Freedom Caucus – told WND and Radio America the embarrassing spectacle of having to pull the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, from the floor never had to happen. He said the arbitrary voting deadline imposed by House leadership doomed the bill just as critical common ground was found between conservatives and the White House.

“At the end of that process, we were already making good headway,” Brat said. “We met with President Trump himself. He OK’d a lot of the regulatory pieces we wanted. Based on what he said, we thought we were at a yes. Then it got mulled around and kicked around on Capitol Hill, and it turned into a no somehow.”

He said House conservatives were also very receptive to some of Vice President Mike Pence’s ideas to decentralize the health-care sector.

“It’s just to go the states route and let moderate or liberal states keep the elements of Obamacare they like, let conservative states take the legs out to lower prices the way they see fit that matches their population,” Brat said.

But despite the promises, many Freedom Caucus members couldn’t vote yes for a very simple reason.

“That hasn’t ever been delivered in print yet,” said Brat, noting the official language of the AHCA never reflected the changes Trump and conservative lawmakers agreed upon.

Brat said it has been a frustrating process, because the AHCA is not what he says Republicans promised to voters in the past four election cycles.

“We thought we were going to end up in pretty good shape with some competition across state lines, HSAs and private innovation, price discovery and transparency, so people could shop for health-care products and know what they’re paying for,” Brat said.

“Then we got a bill put before us that was way too federal government-oriented for my taste and three weeks to deal with it,” Brat said.

Listen to the WND/Radio America interview from Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va.: 

 

Despite his disappointment in the AHCA, Brat said he’s trying to scratch his way to supporting the bill, with the right changes.

“Some of us weren’t so happy with that product, but we also want to keep the Trump agenda going on and realize you need tax revenues to do tax reform in short order,” he said. “So we want to get to yes, but we’ve got to be plausible and reasonable.”

It’s a fine balancing act, Brat said, as conservatives faced intense pressure to back the health bill put forth by their own party.

“I’ve had very intelligent people say: ‘Just forget about it. Just vote yes on that bill and move on because we want tax reform.’ Are you serious? It’s one-sixth of the entire economy, and just dispatch it?” Brat asked.

He said Republicans have a chance to address health care and other issues that may not come around again for a very long time.

“This is a once-in-a-century opportunity we have with the House and the Senate and the White House,” Brat said. “So this isn’t really the time to do marginal, small little adjustments. This is the time to get your first principles right and set up an economy and a health-care system that our kids will flourish under.”

And for the record, Brat said moderates are much more responsible for the AHCA mess than the House Freedom Caucus.

“There was a certain number of House Freedom Caucus folks that were a no vote, but it wasn’t unanimous,” Brat said. “There were way more moderates who were going to do a jail break once the [number of GOP no votes] got to 20. It wasn’t reported at all. It’s not a blame game. Let’s just tell the truth out there in public so we can get to a solution. You’ve got to know the truth before you can find good policy options.”

Brat said the media, including the Wall Street Journal, are not telling the truth on policy, either. He said stories of heartless Republican policy proposals are simply not matched by the facts.

“Not only are we OK with pre-existing conditions, we’re OK with a $120 billion pot for high-risk pools for pre-existing conditions. Then we’re OK with the main amendment language of (Arizona Rep. David) Schweikert, (Alabama Rep. Gary) Palmer and (Maryland Rep.) Andy Harris, which also helps pre-existing conditions. It’s kind of been applauded by everyone for reducing prices for health care and providing more coverage,” Brat said.

“The high-risk pool is the solution there, because 5 percent of the folks with pre-existing conditions of a serious nature are 50 percent of the health-care costs of the country. They can’t get insurance. Obamacare’s failure was that it just focused on insurance coverage. It never focused on price. That’s why you had death spirals, because people’s premiums are going up 30 percent and insurance companies can’t stay in business.”

Brat is confident House members can reach a consensus in the week or two after lawmakers return from recess. And he warns Senate Republicans not to tinker much with any legislation the House sends their way.

“The bill better come back very close to how we sent it over,” Brat said. “So if there’s a major rewrite on the Senate side, then it’s business as usual, and we’ve got to do better.”

 

WND to livestream 'Washington – A Man of Prayer'

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Paul BremmerGo to full article
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On April 30, 1789, after George Washington took the oath of office to become the first president of the United States, he proceeded to St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City, accompanied by Congress, to offer God a prayer of dedication on the new country’s behalf.

In that spirit, dozens of members of Congress will gather this year in the nation’s capital to offer their own prayers on behalf of America, the president and his cabinet, the Supreme Court and its justices, and Congress.

The sixth annual “Washington – A Man of Prayer” service will take place April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, where weekly Christian church services were held from 1800 to 1869. House Speaker Paul Ryan is scheduled to open this year’s event, and Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Rep. Tim Walberg. R-Mich., will serve as honorary hosts.

The list of House members planning to attend includes such names as Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Sean Duffy, R-Wis., Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., Trent Franks, R-Ariz., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, Steve King, R-Iowa, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. and Mark Walker, R-N.C.

Steve Amerson, known as “America’s tenor,” and a National Christian Choir ensemble, directed by Kathy Bowman, will provide special music.

The event is invitation-only and not open to the public. However, WND will livestream the event, and Daystar Television Network will broadcast it around the world.

It was Dan Cummins, founding pastor of Bridlewood Church in Bullard, Texas, who launched “Washington – A Man of Prayer” in 2012 as a way to bring a Christian-led prayer event back to Statuary Hall for the first time in over 100 years. Each year Cummins has received permission from the speaker of the House, first John Boehner and then Paul Ryan, to use Statuary Hall, which used to be the House chamber.

“I believe the impact of this event could be a spiritual turning point for the nation as Americans witness senators and members of Congress reaching out to God in penitent prayers from inside the nation’s Capitol,” Cummins wrote on the event website.

WND founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief Joseph Farah has endorsed this prayer event.

“I attended the ‘Washington – A Man of Prayer’ event in the historic Statuary Hall in the nation’s Capitol for the first time in 2013 and was blown away by the spiritual power unleashed there when dozens of members of Congress gathered with just one purpose in mind – to pray for America according to George Washington’s example,” Farah wrote. “With Americans reaching the breaking point in frustration with their elected representatives, this gathering can be an example to all of how believers can come together in the kind of common spiritual bond that served as the glue to hold Americans together for more than 230 years. Maybe it can work again.”

Many people doubt Washington was really a man of prayer. Conventional wisdom holds the first president was a deist. However, Peter Lillback, one of the nation’s leading experts on President Washington, maintains Washington was a man of prayer.

For one thing, Lillback said, there are some 100 written prayers in Washington’s writings as well as numerous eyewitness accounts of him praying. In 1771, Washington ordered a copy of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer with specific dimensions so he could carry it in his pocket.

In a 2014 article titled “Top 10 Reasons Washington Was a Man of Prayer,” Lillback recounted several times the revered Founding Father lent his support to public and private calls to prayer.

One such occasion was when he proclaimed America’s first official Thanksgiving in 1789, writing, “[I]t is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

Furthermore, Lillback provided written evidence that Washington prayed for his family, his army, his new nation and the American people. The culmination of Lillback’s 20 years of primary-source research and scholarship on Washington’s life can be found in his No. 1 Amazon.com national bestseller “George Washington’s Sacred Fire.”

Based on all his research, Lillback supports the idea of “Washington – A Man of Prayer.”

“[L]ike Washington at Valley Forge, we still have a prayer of a chance,” he wrote. “Why not join those who gather in the Capitol building, in the spirit of prayer of our Founding Father? Even if it seems as though the Constitution is slipping away, for now at least, the First Amendment allows us all to pray just like George Washington did.”

More information about the April 26 event, including instructions for how to invite your representative or to host WND’s livestream, can be found at WashingtonAManOfPrayer.com.

 

California plans to 'strangle voices of conscience' on 1 hot-button issue

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎20, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
A long exposure of the Golden Gate Bridge right after sunset. The cold waters of the San Francisco Bay remain calm as the late night traffic goes on.

The Golden Gate Bridge right after sunset.

California lawmakers are considering a bill that critics charge would “strangle voices of conscience” in violation of the First Amendment’s religious rights in an effort to protect abortion.

Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute Center for Public Policy, points out the bill would force religious groups, including churches, to hire employees who reject their mission and violate their standards for conduct.

The bill, AB 569, is sponsored by Assembly member Lorena Gonzales-Fletcher, a Democrat. It would require a pro-life ministry, for example, to allow a worker to openly advocate for abortion.

“This latest attempt by our legislature to strangle voices of conscience is unjust and unconstitutional,” Dacus said. “There is no true religious freedom without the freedom to put faith into practice, both as an individual and as a religious community.”

In the bill, PJI said Gonzales-Fletcher “claims that reproductive choices – such as abortion – should be no concern of religious employers.”

“The sweeping legislation would therefore require employers – with no listed exceptions – to drop all expectations that employees respect the sanctity of life in their own lives. Thus, a Christian school that teaches life begins at conception or a pro-life advocacy organization would be expected under the new rules to ignore employee conduct that contradicts those stated beliefs.”

In a letter delivered to members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, which will discuss AB 569 on April 25, Dacus’ organization warns the bill poses “significant First Amendment intrusions.”

“The author has stated, and the analysis of the Labor and Employment Committee confirmed, that the primary motivation of the bill is restriction of the ability of religious employers, including institutions such as colleges and schools, to require doctrinal and conduct commitment from those who represent the institutions.

“Such an attempt clearly breaches the wall of separation between church and state. It also implicates viewpoint discrimination, compelled speech, and freedom of association,” PJI charged.

PJI’s analysis noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has cited since Reconstruction the “challenges … when a state or local government restricts a church’s ability to carry out its religious mission.”

In the Hosanna-Tabor case five years ago, the court called for religious groups to have “power to decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of … faith and doctrine.”

Even the far-left U.S. Supreme Associate Justice Elena Kagan, nominated by Barack Obama, defended “a religious body’s right to self-governance.”

“When it comes to the expression and inculcation of religious doctrine, there can be no doubt that the messenger matters,” she wrote. “Religious teachings cover the gamut from moral conduct to metaphysical truth, and both the content and credibility of a religion’s message depend vitally on the character and conduct of its teachers. A religion cannot depend on someone to be an effective advocate for its religious vision if that person’s conduct fails to live up to the religious precepts that he or she espouses.

“For this reason, a religious body’s right to self-governance must include the ability to select, and to be selective about, those who will serve as the very ’embodiment of its message’ and ‘its voice to the faithful.'”

Dacus’ letter argued the concept in the new California proposal, “that conduct should be of no concern to religious employers” was “soundly rejected” by the Supreme Court.

Even a California court admitted the same limits, he noted, in the case of a unmarried woman who sued after being dismissed from her teaching position at a Christian school because she was living with the father of her child.

The state court said: “What the church could not allow was to have [the teacher] its face and representative to the students and parents of the students who attended its school, to continue living in what it considered a sinful manner. … Her employment was terminated based upon a matter of religion.”

Dacus’ letter pointed out there’s a “multitude” of Christian and Jewish organizations in California that “serve youth, the sick, elderly and physically challenged.”

“But for their faith, these institutions would not exist. Caring for the weakest members of society has been the calling of Christians for 2,000 years and Jewish believers for more than 3,000 years. … If the conduct and faith of the leadership and employees is inconsistent with the tenets of the institution, then the facility is no longer religious in any meaningful sense.”

It also would, he noted, allow abortion activists to “demand to be hired – or not be fired when their disloyalty is discovered” by pro-life organizations and ministries.

PJI itself would be affected by the proposal.

“This is not the first time government has tried to control civil rights and other advocacy groups, and it is an ugly history. … Neither we nor our allies will be hiring or retaining employees whose life choices contradict our core values. Only a tyrannical state would try to force us to do so.”

The bill, Dacus noted, “lays the groundwork for the state to tell religious institutions what they can require of employees on any number of topics, particularly in the realm of sexual ethics. In a larger sense, the state is trying to confine religious belief to sitting in chapel – not living out faith in real life.”

That’s exactly the agenda that Obama pursued for much of his tenure in the Oval Office. He repeatedly described the First Amendment protection as “freedom of worship” instead of the correct “freedom of religion.”

It was early in Obama’s tenure that Catholic Online and other media outlets reported what appeared to be a deliberate misdirection regarding what the Constitution requires.

Catholic Online noted that in President Obama’s June 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt, he spoke of a Muslim America and the nation’s “freedom of religion.” But by the November 2009 memorial for the Fort Hood soldiers gunned down by a homicidal Muslim, he was terming it “freedom of worship.”

From that point, “freedom of worship” appeared to be the term of choice, the report said.

Real consequences

Sarah Torre of the Heritage Foundation said the difference is significant. In practice, the “freedom to worship” seldom has been challenged or even questioned. But “freedom of religion” is under direct fire.

Just ask the New York landowners who were fined by the state for following their Christian faith regarding sponsorship of same-sex ceremonies, or the Oregon bakery owners fined $135,000 for the same thing, or the Colorado baker who is fighting for his economic future against state officials suggesting that he go out of business because his faith forbids supporting same-sex marriage.

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Then there was the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, established in 1869, which houses one of the world’s 20 largest pipe organs. It’s been the site of traditional and contemporary worship programs featuring speakers such as Billy Graham, Billy Sunday, D. James Kennedy and Charles Stanley.

But it’s no longer is used for weddings, because a lesbian duo was denied permission to use it, and a state discrimination complaint was filed.

The Hitching Post Wedding Chapel is facing demands from the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to perform “same-sex weddings” in violation of the owners’ Christian faith.

In Washington state, a state judge said the home, assets and savings of Arlene’s Flowers owner Barronelle Stutzman, 70, could be targeted in court by two homosexuals for whom she declined to provide wedding services.

‘Troubling’

Early in Obama’s administration, Catholic Online noted that Ashley Samelson of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty explained that to “anyone who closely follows prominent discussion of religious freedom in the diplomatic and political arena, this linguistic shift is troubling: The reason is simple. Any person of faith knows that religious exercise is about a lot more than freedom of worship.

“It’s about the right to dress according to one’s religious dictates, to preach openly, to evangelize, to engage in the public square. Everyone knows that religious Jews keep kosher, religious Quakers don’t go to war, and religious Muslim women wear headscarves – yet ‘freedom of worship’ would protect none of these acts of faith.”

Catholic Online said: “Let’s be clear … language matters when it comes to defining freedoms and limits. A shift from freedom of religion to freedom of worship moves the dialog from the world stage into the physical confines of a church, temple, synagogue or mosque. … It … could exclude our right to raise our children in our faith, the right to religious education, literature or media, the right to raise funds or organize charitable activities and the right to express religious beliefs in the normal discourse of life.”

Cuba has ‘freedom of worship’

Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, also has raised alarms about the issue.

The author of “A Time for Action: Empowering the Faithful to Reclaim America,” he warns that a change to “freedom of worship” would be devastating for America if the policy and practice follow the words.

“Most Christians don’t realize the danger of freedom of worship,” Rafael Cruz said in an interview on “Hagee Hotline” with pastor Matthew Hagee. “Freedom of worship is not the same as freedom of religion. Every Communist country around the world has freedom of worship. What freedom of worship means is you can worship inside a house of worship.”

Cruz explained that even in his native Cuba a person can share the Gospel inside a church. There may be spies present to ensure no one speaks out against the government, but congregants nevertheless have the freedom to go to church and worship their God.

However, anyone who tries to spread the gospel outside the church building goes to prison.

“So freedom of worship is to try to keep our message of the gospel just locked up inside the four walls of the church and remove any message of Christianity from the civic society,” Cruz said. “That will destroy the moral fiber of America, and that’s what’s happening in America today.”

WND has published a Big List of many more violations of Americans’ religious liberties because of beliefs about same-sex marriage.

Bunning’s decision

WND reported in 2015 a ruling from U.S. District Judge David Bunning appeared to advance Obama’s move to replace “freedom of religion” with “freedom of worship.”

He ordered Rowan, Kentucky, County Clerk Kim Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of her deeply held religious beliefs, protected by the First Amendment. He noted she was able to attend the church of her choice and believe what she wanted, but she could not practice her religion in her job.

He then sent her to jail.

 

   
 

This day in WND history: Quack in the USSR

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎5 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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April 16, 2003: Actor and anti-war activist Tim Robbins said the United States is now viewed by much of the world as the Soviet Union once was, “as a rogue state.”

“In the 19 months since 9-11, we have seen our democracy compromised by fear and hatred,” Robbins said in a speech to the National Press Club.

“Basic inalienable rights, due process, the sanctity of the home have been quickly compromised in a climate of fear. A unified American public has grown bitterly divided, and a world population that had profound sympathy and support for us has grown contemptuous and distrustful, viewing us as we once viewed the Soviet Union, as a rogue state.”

“A message is being sent through the White House and its allies in talk radio … and Cooperstown. If you oppose this administration, there can and will be ramifications.”

 

Psalm 9:13

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎7 hours ago | Daily BlessingGo to full article
Have mercy on me, O Lord! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death.

Psalm 9:13

 

10 biggest 'Arab world breakthroughs'

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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A Jordanian researcher has posted a list of 10 “achievements” in the Arab world during 2016, and they include such notables as “the car bomb tactic” and “transforming any device or tool into a tank or lethal bomb.”

The list comes from Muhammad Abu Rumman of the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan. He was writing in response to an article in the Jordanian daily Al-Ghad about “10 notable Western scientific achievements,” which include the detection of gravitational waves and the discovery of a ninth planet.

Rumman’s comments were uncovered by the researchers at the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“Abu Rumman implicitly invites reaches to compare these achievements and draw their own conclusions,” MEMRI explains.

Rumman’s column begins: “The BBC website published the 10 biggest scientific achievements of 2016, which include: the discovery of the gravitational waves that Einstein discussed 100 years ago; the arrival of the [Juno] probe to Jupiter; the discovery of a ninth [planet] in the solar system nicknamed ‘Nine’; the discovery of a 99 million-year-old dinosaur tail preserved in amber; the finding of the largest prime number [yet discovered], which has 22 million digits; the development of a tiny disc that can store 360 terabytes of data and last for 14 billion years; stem cell injections for patients who suffered [a stroke due to] blood clots in order to restore motor function; the discovery of a new type of blind cave-dwelling fish that can climb walls; the first landing by a rocket [at sea after completing its mission]; and transplanting a chip in a paralyzed patient’s brain, enabling him to move his fingers.”

Then, without editorial comment, he calls for consideration of the “prominent Arab achievements, both scientific and non-scientific, during 2016.”

First, he said, there is “the car bomb tactic, which ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra excel at, which transforms basic primary materials into a devastating mechanism of killing, without the need to develop inventions and carry out complex scientific research as is done in the West.”

The achievement, he notes, shows it “is enough to pack a large amount of explosives into a car, don an explosive vest, and embed yourself in the ranks of the ‘enemy’ in order to injure and kill dozens and cause horrid destruction.”

He pointed to the 1,112 martyrdom operations, “all of whose perpetrators obviously died.”

“They killed a large number of people on the other side,” he added.

Second on his list: “Transforming any device or tool into a tank or lethal bomb, as happened when [ISIS] supporters in Europe, who are usually of Arab descent, ran over passersby in Nice, France and elsewhere. Thus, knives have become tools for carrying out stabbing [attacks] and axes and butcher knives have [likewise] become deadly weapons.”

Third was the concept of the “lone wolf.”

No need to plan, he pointed out.

“It is enough to engage in ‘brainwashing’ – using the virtual world, or even relatives or friends – in order to turn a man into a ‘lone wolf’ who aspires to carry out an attack and kill as many people as possible. Since the lone wolf is usually incapable of targeting military or security installations, ISIS has granted him religious permission to harm anything that moves, and sometimes things that don’t.”

Then there are the “barrel bombs.”

“If you wish to eliminate an armed uprising, instead of conducting urban combat with precise military planning and directly confronting [the rebels], and instead of using expensive missiles that might miss their targets, all you have to do is use ‘barrel bombs’ dropped from planes that kill hundreds of people, and terrify the others into ‘willingly emigrating.'”

The rest on the list:

“5. Successes in the field of ethnic cleansing.

“6. Refugees.

“7. Destroying and blowing up antiquities.

“8. Our capabilities in the field of destroying our own people and structures.

“9. [Recognizing] the importance of tyrannical regimes in preserving stability.

“10. Rediscovering the Shi’ite-Sunni conflict.”

 

Muslims threaten journalists who reported persecution of 'gays'

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Art MooreGo to full article
Muslims gather at the central mosque in Grozny, Chechnya, April 3 to discuss action against a newspaper that reported mass persecution of homosexuals by Chechen Muslims

Muslims gather at the central mosque in Grozny, Chechnya, April 3 to discuss action against a newspaper that reported mass persecution of homosexuals by Chechen Muslims

The sensational report by the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta of mass persecution and detainment of homosexuals in Nazi-style concentration camps by the Muslim-majority Chechen government prompted calls by local Islamic theologians for “retribution” against the journalists who did the reporting.

Now, the newspaper is asking the Russian government to defend the Novaya Gazeta journalists.

Some 15,000 Muslims gathered April 3 at the central mosque in the Chechen capital, Grozny, to attend a special meeting in response to the Novaya Gazeta article, according to Meduza, the independent Russian news site, citing the publication Grozny-Inform.

A resolution was adopted declaring the journalists had “insulted the centuries-old foundations of Chechen society and the dignity of Chechen men,” as well as their faith.

“We promise that the true instigators will be subjected to retribution, wherever and whoever they are, without statute of limitations,” the resolution read.

Novaya Gazeta’s editorial board reacted, saying, “It is obvious to us that this resolution is pushing religious fanatics to massacre journalists.”

Chechen authorities have denied the reports of persecution, and Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Friday the Russian government does “not have any reliable information about any problems in this area,” USA Today reported.

The United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights and prominent international organizations, however, have urged the Russian government to investigate the reported abuse.

‘Secret prisons, torture’

Novaya Gazeta published an appeal Thursday demanding that Russian authorities evaluate the Islamic resolution “from [a legal] point of view” and urged them “to do everything possible to stop any actions aimed at inciting hatred and enmity towards journalists fulfilling their professional duties.”

Soon after the journalists’ appeal was posted, the newspaper’s website went offline temporarily, and the paper later said it possibly was the result of a cyber attack.

The paper’s statement said: “Silence and inaction in this situation make all who are able to do something, accomplices. This is why Novaya Gazeta continues to work in Chechnya. But we are very aware of a high price we can pay.”

The newspaper said the unresolved murders of colleagues Anna Politkovskaya and Natalia Estemirova “serve as obvious proof” of the cost.

In early April, Novaya Gazeta reported more than 100 people had been detained in recent months in Chechnya, the southern Russian republic, on suspicion of being homosexuals.

According to the publication, detainees were kept in secret prisons, tortured and forced to denounce other homosexuals. Three people have been killed.

The Guardian newspaper of London did its own reporting that it said backed up the Novaya Gazeta report.

St. Petersburg, Russia-based homosexual-rights activists Igor Kochetkov told the London paper: “We are talking about the mass persecution of gay people, with hundreds of people kidnapped by authorities.

“This is unprecedented not only in Russia but in recent world history,” he said. “There is little doubt that we are dealing with crimes against humanity.”

The Guardian said Chechnya’s Moscow-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov pledges allegiance to Putin and a love for Russia. In return, the Kremlin turns a blind eye to human rights abuses.

The Daily Mail of London said Chechnyans were “being ordered to murder their gay relatives after they are released from sinister Nazi-style concentration camps.”

Failure to follow through with the so-called “honor killings,” the paper said, would heap “shame” and “disgrace” on the Muslim families in Chechnya.

Photos obtained by the paper showed homosexuals who were reported to have been imprisoned covered in bruises.

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Playground fight ends up in ... Supreme Court

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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A playground fight that has gone all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court – arguments are scheduled Wednesday with new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch on duty for the first time – has developed a new wrinkle.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has reversed the policy at the center of the case, which denied a church preschool access to a state safety program because of its religious affiliation.

While the new development doesn’t impact the court case directly, since the policy was finalized by the state before Greitens was in office, lawyers with the Alliance Defending Freedom, who are representing Trinity Lutheran Church, are praising it.

“The safety of all children matters, whether they attend a religious school or a nonreligious school,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman.

Trinity Lutheran Church Learning Center in Columbia, Missouri, sought to participate in the 2012 Playground Scrap Tire Surface Material Grant Program.

The center wanted to remove and replace a large portion of the pea gravel surfacing on its playgrounds with a safer, recycled, pour-in-place rubberized product.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources disqualified the learning center solely because Trinity Lutheran Church operates it. It cited a state constitutional limit on providing state assistance to churches.

Cortman asserted the denial on the basis of religious status is a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent.”

Cortman noted the new directive “doesn’t resolve the discriminatory actions that were taken against Trinity Lutheran’s preschool and the attempt to deny Trinity Lutheran its constitutionally protected freedom to participate equally in society.”

“As people across the nation celebrate Holy Week and Passover, Alliance Defending Freedom looks forward to advocating for the equal treatment of all Americans of faith at the Supreme Court next week,” he said.

Greitens said: “Before we came into office, government bureaucrats were under orders to deny grants to people of faith who wanted to do things like make community playgrounds for kids. … That’s just wrong. … We have hundreds of outstanding religious organizations all over the state of Missouri who are doing great work on behalf of kids and families every single day. We should be encouraging that work. So, today we are changing that prejudiced policy.”

Mike Hoey of the Missouri Catholic Conference said the “education and safety of our children should be considered foremost in these grant programs, not the type of school the children attend.”

Support also came from John Yeats of the Missouri Baptist Convention, who said the governor understands what the Founding Fathers understood, that “faith is an integral part of out national identity.”

He said the safety of children is common ground for all sides to stand on.

“Like all Missourians, we want better and safer schools for our children,” said Daniel Lefton of Epstein Hebrew Academy, “Through the implementation of this policy, the governor is making that happen.”

Cortman said in a statement posted on the ADF site that the Constitution never requires government to prevent the involvement of churches in public programs.

“The ‘separation of church and state’ has taken on a life of its own far from its original intent,” he explained. “It was never meant to treat people of faith worse than everyone else, and that’s exactly what [the old Missouri program] does. Not only is it a misinterpretation, but a person’s religious status should not even be in question when they are approaching the government for a neutral benefit.”

He said the case poses the question of whether states “can treat people of faith or religious organizations worse than others simply because they are religious.”

“A win is important in this case because the government should not be permitted to discriminate against people of faith or religious organizations simply because of their religious status. The Constitution doesn’t license the government to treat them as second class citizens,” he said

WND reported last year when the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s decision that the state is justified in denying the center access to the program because it is run by a church.

ADF lawyers said the result of that decision was “hostility to religion which violates the Free Exercise and Equal Protection Clauses.”

“The Evidence Bible” is now available and includes, besides the King James version, dozens of articles expanding answers to questions such as why is there suffering, explanations about what Muslims believe and scientific facts written millennia before man discovered them.

 

Self-driving bus can speak sign language

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Technology Review) It’s been 15 years since a degenerative eye disease forced Erich Manser to stop driving. Today, he commutes to his job as an accessibility consultant via commuter trains and city buses, but he has trouble locating empty seats sometimes and must ask strangers for guidance.

A step toward solving Manser’s predicament could arrive as soon as next year. Manser’s employer, IBM, and an independent carmaker called Local Motors are developing a self-driving, electric shuttle bus that combines artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and smartphone apps to serve people with vision, hearing, physical, and cognitive disabilities. The buses, dubbed “Olli,” are designed to transport people around neighborhoods at speeds below 35 miles per hour and will be sold to cities, counties, airports, companies, and universities. If the buses enter production in summer 2018, as planned, they could be among the earliest self-driving vehicles on U.S. roads.

 

Illegal immigrant border crossings decline by 93%

 
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(Daily Wire) A new report shows that the number of illegal immigrants caught crossing the border has dropped by a stunning 93 percent since December.

According to new numbers provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), around 16,000 people were apprehended illegally crossing the border in December, but only a little more than 1,100 were caught in March.

DHS is crediting President Donald Trump’s harsher immigration policies as the primary cause of the significant slow-down in illegal crossings. However, Reuters points to the “threat of new policies” that may be implemented in the future as the main factor for the decline in illegal border crossings; mainly the possibility that mothers could be separated from their children:

 

Trump supporters, opponents clash in California park

 
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(Reuters) A melee erupted on Saturday in a Berkeley, California park where supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump were holding competing rallies, resulting in at least 13 arrests as police struggled to keep the two camps separate.

As fist fights broke out between the two sides and people threw bottles and cans over a barricade separating them, police resorted to using to an explosive device at one point in a bid to restore order.

Several people were observed by a Reuters reporter with bloodied faces and minor injuries, but there was no official word on casualties from authorities.

 

Report: N.Korea's attempted missile launch fails

 
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(BBC News) North Korea attempted to launch a missile on Sunday near Sinpo, on its east coast, but it is believed to have failed, South Korea’s military said.

The attempted missile launch comes a day after the North held a military parade in its capital marking the birth anniversary of the state founder where what appeared to be new ballistic missiles were displayed.

 

   
 

Anti-Trump 'resistance' leader faces child-rape accusation

 
‎Yesterday, ‎April ‎11, ‎2017, ‏‎3:52:05 AM | Art MooreGo to full article
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

SEATTLE — Only three days before a 46-year-old man filed a lawsuit accusing him of child rape and “molestation,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was featured in a national interview story as one of the faces of the Democratic Party’s resistance to President Trump.

The Politico story April 3 said Murray was “positioning himself at the forefront of the pushback” to Trump.

His city had sued the federal government to stop the crackdown on “sanctuary cities,” and he had teamed with Washington’s governor and attorney general to oppose Trump’s temporary travel ban, resulting in a ruling by a federal judge in Seattle to temporarily halt the president’s executive order.

Murray, who is running for re-election this year, told Politico he was “beginning to think we’re dealing with America’s first authoritarian administration.”

But last Thursday, a local man filed a lawsuit against the 61-year-old mayor, claiming Murray raped and molested him when the man was a teenager.

The Seattle Times broke the story with a thorough, multi-reporter examination of the charges, including interviews with two other men with similar profiles who told similar stories and provided matching intimate physical details of Murray and the apartment he lived in at the time.

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In a brief appearance before reporters at City Hall Friday, Murray, who is in a same-sex marriage, vehemently denied the allegations and he said he felt sad for the “troubled” individual making the claims.

“I have never backed down,” he said. “And I will not back down now.”

“Let me be clear: These allegations, dating back to a period of more than 30 years, are simply not true,” the mayor said.

The mayor’s personal spokesman Jeff Reading said: “These false accusations are intended to damage a prominent elected official who has been a defender of vulnerable populations for decades. It is not a coincidence that this shakedown effort comes within weeks of the campaign filing deadline. These unsubstantiated assertions, dating back three decades, are categorically false. Mayor Murray has never engaged in an inappropriate relationship with any minor. … Mayor Murray will vigorously fight these allegations in court.”

However, the Times later explained it rationale for deciding to investigate and report the allegations, noting it had interviewed two other accusers and sought “documentation or witnesses to corroborate their accounts.”

The Times knew of two other accusers in March 2008, Jeff Simpson and Lloyd Anderson, but chose not to report their claims, because, among other things, the attorney for Simpson withdrew a potential lawsuit.

“Ultimately, we felt we did not have enough information to publish these very serious accusations,” the Times said.

But the paper “decided we needed to take another look when we learned recently that a Kent man was preparing to sue now-Mayor Murray.”

“We found no connection between the new accuser, identified in the lawsuit as D.H., and the other men. Our reporting revealed similarities among the three accounts, including some graphic details. We felt readers should know,” the Times said.

“We don’t take these decisions lightly, and make them only after lengthy discussions. We know this is a disturbing story. But we cannot shy away from important stories simply because they make us uncomfortable.”

After Murray’s statement Friday, the lawyer for D.H., Lincoln Beauregard, said in a statement that Murray was lying, arguing the mayor’s representatives have never asked for his client’s identity, so if Murray is being truthful “he should have no idea who my client is” and would have no basis to “paint him as ‘troubled,'” unless he knew him.

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Seattle

Epicenter of resistance

Murray was named in a Feb. 5 Washington Post article headlined “How Washington state became the epicenter of resistance to Trump’s agenda” noting the mayor had vowed to protect illegal-alien residents, even asking the city to rework budgets in anticipation of the loss of federal funds.

“This city will not be bullied by this administration,” Murray told the Associated Press.

Politico reported Murray’s path to City Hall in Seattle began as an AIDS activist in the 1980s. Later, he managed a friend’s campaign for state representative. Murray was appointed to that seat himself after the friend died. He then won a seat in the state Senate before defeating an incumbent in a 2013 mayoral primary.

Under Murray, Seattle led the nation in imposing a $15 minimum wage and has initiated controversial, tax-hiking programs to combat homelessness that have included tent cities and encampments deploying run-down RVs.

Days before the lawsuit against him was filed, Murray scrapped a multimillion-dollar proposed city property tax hike to combat homelessness in favor of pursuing a county sales tax increase to pay for services in the region.

Seattle and King County rank third — behind Los Angeles and New York City — among 50 major cities and counties in the number of homeless people, with nearly 11,000, according to a November 2016 federal government report.

In his interview with Politico April 3, Murray discussed his Catholic faith — he once studied to be a priest before changing direction — and the divisions among Democrats who are trying to mount a resistance to Trump.

“On the national level, at times, I feel like we are becoming like the tea party on the far right, that we have purity tests,” he said.

“If we are starting to have purity tests amongst ourselves, then we’re never going to gain back those working-class and lower-income people that we are building a progressive movement for.”

‘Healing process’

The three accusers interviewed by the Times said they knew Murray when they were growing up in Portland in the 1980s.

In his complaint, D.H. alleges Murray “raped and molested him” over several years, beginning in 1986 when the man was a 15-year-old high-school dropout and crack-cocaine addict.

“I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,” the man, now sober for a year, told the Times.

He said he was coming forward as part of a “healing process” after years of “the shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he put me through.”

Jeff Simpson in 1984 yearbook photo (Seattle Times)

Jeff Simpson in 1984 yearbook photo (Seattle Times)

The two other accusers, Simpson and Anderson, also described themselves as troubled teens in the 1980s when they knew Murray.

Simpson told the Times he spoke to a detective and a social worker in 1984 about his claim, but no charges were filed.

A decade ago, they both raised the allegations to media and Washington state lawmakers. Simpson, in 2008, said he spoke on the phone with the Rev. Ken Hutcherson, the late local pastor who was an outspoken activist for traditional marriage.

Anderson and Simpson told the Times they would testify in court if needed.

Murray’s spokesman, Reading, addressed the previous claims.

“The two older accusations were promoted by extreme right-wing anti-gay activists in the midst of the marriage equality campaign, and were thoroughly investigated and dismissed by both law enforcement authorities and the media,” he said.

The Times pointed out all three of Murray’s accusers have “substantial criminal records.”

Simpson said he understands why people didn’t believe him then.

“I get it. I understand, my past is less than stellar,” he said. “… People did think I was nuts and nobody wanted to believe it. But I felt I needed to tell the truth, finally tell the truth.”

D.H. told the Times he didn’t see how Murray could deny the claims. The paper said attorneys want to question the mayor under oath within 90 days.

The accuser wants Murray held accountable for treating him “like I was just nothing, like I was worthless.”

His lawsuit said he “is disturbed that Mr. Murray maintains a position of trust and authority, and believes that the public has a right to full information when a trusted official exploits a child.”

‘Potential land mines’

The Seattle Time’s Nina Shapiro cited the director of transgender advocacy group’s reaction to the allegations against Murray.

Danni Askini of the Gender Justice League said it’s “too soon” to take sides but said she felt emotional about the allegations.

“The news has been unbelievably triggering for survivors of DV (domestic violence), sexual assault and childhood sexual assault,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

But she is also concerned, Shapiro said, about how “accusations like these can feed homophobic stereotypes.”

“I see so many potential land mines here,” Askini wrote.

Shapiro said that while the mayor and his spokesmen have accused the men of having political motivations, “the allegations — though unproven and still fresh — had an all-too-familiar ring.”

“It’s the pattern,” said Richard Sipe, a former priest who has written and testified about sexual abuse in the Catholic church. “All the elements are there.”

Sipe noted the alleged victims were vulnerable people, and Murray is accused of developing a relationship with them by offering help.

In Catholic church abuse cases he studied, Sipe told the Times, priests often chose children who had lost a father, then drew close and said, “I’ll be your father now.”

Mary Dispenza, Northwest leader of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, didn’t want to jump to conclusions, recalling Murray was a leader in supporting homosexuals in the church.

But she told Shapiro the allegations stirred memories.

Dispenza said he was abused at age 7 but didn’t disclose it until she was 52.

“I know what holds us back,” she said, referring to shame.

On Monday, the Times reported members of the Seattle City Council were staying silent about the allegations. Council President Bruce Harrell said in a written statement he and the council’s other members “have no intention of commenting on matters of pending or potential litigation. We believe that it is critically important that, together, we remain committed to the business of governing.”

If Murray were to resign, Harrell would be called upon to serve as acting mayor.

“Our city cannot afford to be distracted,” Harrell said. “There is a judicial process that will address the serious allegations that this situation has presented, and we will respect that process and the rights of all parties involved. All accusations of abuse require a thorough investigation. It is in our human nature to immediately want answers, but I ask we not cast aspersions to the parties involved before we have all the facts through the legal process. I am confident that through this process, truth and justice will prevail.”

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'Pure evil': Doctors urged to give puberty blockers to transgender kids

 
‎Yesterday, ‎April ‎11, ‎2017, ‏‎2:50:21 AM | Alicia PoweGo to full article
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Yale research fellow Jack Turban (Photo: Yale)

Yale research fellow Jack Turban (Photo: Yale)

WASHINGTON – A Yale School of Medicine research fellow is under fire for promoting “pure evil” after calling for American doctors to prescribe puberty-blocking hormones to young children who identify as transgender.

The government should “affirm” children who identify as transgender and allow them to be the sex they choose to be, wrote Jack Turban, a Yale research fellow, in a New York Times column. Turban called puberty-blocking implants “protocol for thousands of American children.”

Turban was ripped apart on Twitter for his article promoting the puberty-blocking hormone for children, with some of his critics comparing transgender transitioning of children to the medical experiments Nazis conducted on people in concentration camps.

Some of the Twitter responses include the following:

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Turban, who “lectures on the treatment of transgender and gender-nonconforming youths,” according to his bio, details the process a boy named Jonah underwent while transitioning to Hannah at the age of 10.

“Hannah is using a puberty-blocking implant and getting ready to embark on the path of developing a female body by starting estrogen,” he wrote. “Ten years ago most doctors would have called this malpractice. New data has now made it the protocol for thousands of American children.”

While Turban points out that the effects of cross-sex hormones can impair fertility and transgender surgery is permanent, he contends that it is malpractice to stop children who claim to be transgender from taking drugs to block puberty in light of their high rates of depression and suicide.

“Transgender teens are offered fertility preservation options before that stage, like freezing sperm or eggs,” he writes. “Critics point to flawed studies that suggest that roughly 80 percent of prepubescent children ultimately change their minds about being transgender. Even if this were true, it would have been worth forcing Hannah to live as a boy, putting her at risk for depression and perhaps suicide?”

snappingWhy is all this happening? In his widely acclaimed new book, “The Snapping of the American Mind,” award-winning journalist David Kupelian stunningly documents – in a chapter titled “Gender Madness” – precisely what the transgender phenomenon is really all about. Prepare to be shocked.

Turban calls on politicians to learn from transsexual advocates in supporting children in their transgender identities because “puberty used to be a dangerous time for transgender youth.”

“At the Gender Management Service at Boston Children’s Hospital, I saw a transgender girl so repulsed by her genitalia that she willed herself not to go to the bathroom and suffered intestinal damage that required surgery,” he wrote. “A transgender boy had a painful infection from the contraption he was using to bind his breasts. Countless adolescents came to emergency rooms after suicide attempts.”

Other Twitter responses to Turban’s article included:

  • “@NYTOpinion NO. That is child abuse. Those children need therapists, not pills or surgeons.” – Mr. Shepard
  • “Good grief, this is insane.” -Mark Hemingway
  • “@NYTOpinion There’s actually no research on that. The root of the crisis here is the crippling depression accompanied by gender identity disorder.” -Bo Evans
  • “@NYTOpinion I can’t believe your newspaper is dying.” – PFZ
  • “@NYTOpinion This is flat-out child abuse. Long prison sentences need to me meted out to anyone involved.” – Sniffles DaClown
  • “@NYTOpinion The parents are freaks of nature. Leave the children alone. They aren’t an experiment. You monsters!” -MSMCali

The American College of Pediatrics warns educators and legislators that “a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex” is dangerous for children.

“A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking,” the professional association of pediatricians asserted in a statement in January. “Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.”

Gender confusion, the statement continues, should be treated as a psychological disorder called “gender dysphoria” and is “a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V).”

Contrary to Turban’s claim, rates of suicide are nearly 20 times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery “even in Sweden which is among the most LGBTQ – affirming countries,” the statement reads.

 

 

Trump administration confirms WND report: Bannon staying

 
‎Yesterday, ‎April ‎11, ‎2017, ‏‎2:46:39 AM | Garth KantGo to full article
Trump top adviser Steve Bannon (Photo: Twitter)

Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon (Photo: Twitter)

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration’s official spokesman has confirmed what WND has consistently reported: Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon is staying.

Asked by CNN’s Jeff Zeleny if the president was “sticking with Steve Bannon,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded positively.

“[President Trump] is very confident in the team that he has, that they have an unbelievable amount of knowledge, and he believes the counsel that they all bring to the table,” Spicer said.

On Thursday, Bannon told WND it was a “total lie” that he had threatened to quit.

Bannon was asked specifically to respond to a report by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough that he told his colleagues, “If my talents aren’t needed here, I can take them somewhere else.”

Politico had also reported that Bannon was threatening to resign over a clash with President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has taken on an increasingly significant role in the White House and has the title of senior adviser to the president. Politico said Bannon was concerned that Kushner is trying to undermine Trump’s populist approach.

 

Throughout Monday’s daily White House press briefing, Spicer repeatedly downplayed sensational media reports about volatile clashes between Bannon and Kushner, calling the accounts “overblown.”

He did not deny there had been some disagreement over policy, but he said that was to be expected, telling Zeleny, “[T]he reason the president has brought this team together is all for a diverse set of opinions.

“He doesn’t want a monolithical kind of thought process going through the White House. He wants a diverse set of opinions. He is the decider. He has people come in and give him a variety of options and plans.”

Spicer explained that the president’s decision to authorize the airstrikes on Libya was the result of listening to competing opinions over 72 hours.

Jared Kushner, Senior Adviser to the President

Jared Kushner, senior adviser to the president

“And so whether it’s this, health care, tax reform, trade, he’s got a divergent set of opinions here of experts,” the spokesman explained.

“The idea isn’t to have one set of thought and policy flowing through. It’s to give the president the best advice as possible, but once the president makes a decision, the team is on board 100 percent to make sure that we do what’s in the best interest of the country and fulfill the agenda he’s laid out.”

Zeleny said the clash between Bannon and Kushner must have “crossed a line” if the president reportedly told them to work it out at a meeting Friday.

After noting “there is always going to be a healthy debate internally on a variety of policy issues,” Spicer contended, “There was a lot of overblown coverage of how it actually happened and what went down.”

The press secretary made similar points to an earlier question from Major Garrett of CBS, who asked if such a diverse group of senior advisers could work as a team.

Spicer said the president “understands that we have some pretty smart, talented individuals who are opinionated on a lot of subjects, but that our battles and our policy differences need to be behind closed doors; we need to focus, and ultimately all come out committed to advancing the president’s agenda.”

The spokesman said President Trump has “made sure that the focus stays on advancing the agenda.”

President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner (left) with Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon (right) (Photo: Twitter)

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner (left) with Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon (right) (Photo: Twitter)

The intense speculation on whether Bannon would leave the administration began after the establishment media reported he was “booted” from the National Security Council.

Headlines called it a demotion, while the White House insisted it was simply a matter of Bannon no longer being on a list of regular attendees of NSC “principals committee” meetings.

The White House said Bannon rarely, if ever, attended those meetings, and he still may attend them if he wishes. Bannon still has his security clearance.

“Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration. I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized,” Bannon said in a statement Wednesday to the Wall Street Journal.

Bannon originally served on the committee as a check against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn before Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a top White House official told NBC News. However, Bannon believed he was no longer needed in that role after the selection of H.R. McMaster as national security adviser.

McMaster was given authority to reorganize the committee when he joined the White House, according to NBC.

A senior White House official told NBC there is no power struggle. The official said the White House was bringing back more of a George W. Bush-era-type NSC. The council will be more streamlined and the decision-making more deliberative, the official said.

 

'Prepper' radio is not amateur radio

 
‎Yesterday, ‎April ‎11, ‎2017, ‏‎2:25:54 AM | Pat McLeneGo to full article
Bundy Ranch

Bundy Ranch

Why we prep

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

FCC watchdog tells Congress to arm some of its investigators

“Federal Communications Commission watchdogs may one day carry guns thanks to a request to Congress by the agency’s inspector general that his office be allowed to hire armed criminal investigators.”

Now before you tell me this is an old article, you might want to take a look at this:

EPA, FDA stocking up on body armor during President Obama’s watch

Remember: Being a prepper means really learning from history.

And that’s one of the reasons we prep.



Whoo-wee. I got a lot of email and forum comments on last week’s column, much of it (politely) telling me that I’m a paranoid fool for worrying about the FCC’s “knock on the door.” One helpful email correspondent even did a bit of arthritic and determined I only have a 0.0005 percent chance of ever hearing from the FCC. Others decried my simplistic explanations of the complex and nuanced esoterica they hold dear as a part of their amateur radio avocation.

I’ve been writing this weekly column for just a bit over a year so far, and I’m grateful to WND for providing me with the opportunity to help the new and not-so-new prepper along the path to self-dependency. But every now and again, it seems like I need to re-grade the road and better define the ditches. So we’ll take this week off from radios – more or less – and reaffirm the reasons for this column’s existence. I need to do this because some of my commenters don’t quite get the rationale of “the practical prepper.” (A special tip of the hat to “KevinR” who gamely, and with great patience, kept trying to point out the white-line down the middle of the road.)

When I write about guns, I’m not writing from the viewpoint of a firearms enthusiast (although I do like guns); and when I talk about raising food, it isn’t from the viewpoint of a gardening devotee. I’m a nut-job unhinged prepper; and being a prepper means I’m preparing for what I think is coming, not for what is already here.

Radio communication is not my hobby or even my (certainly admirable) means of public service. For me, it’s a potentially useful tool for a coming time when its worth exceeds my concerns about a federal knock on the door. And that seems to frost a lot of people who love radio for its own sake.

I have no doubt that when I get to covering waste disposal – prepper style – then the sanitation engineering fans (there’s got to be some) will be all over me (insert you own crude play-on-words here) as well.

Is prepping the right thing for to do for Christians? Or should we just be trusting in the Lord? Learn about that balance in “Be Thou Prepared” by Carl Gallups – “Equipping the Church for Persecution and Times of Trouble.”

We wacko “distrustful-of-government” survivalist types are always thinking about crazy futures. Twenty years ago I was worried (among many things) about a mandated cashless society, transgender people (meaning the mentally ill) being celebrated as normal, the IRS being used as a political hammer, leftists rioting in the streets, “wag the dog” wars for political gain, and escalating attacks on my Christian faith.

Screwy, I know. But for some reason, the fever-dream scenarios produced by my diseased mind keep coming true. And (see the articles linked at top) if your FCC visitor isn’t armed today, well … just wait until tomorrow.

All governments are infamous for having rules they don’t enforce – until they do. One of my goals here is to make sure everyone knows about those rules, because they might end up biting you in the future. Besides, I always figure if you’re going to break the law, you ought to know which ones you’re breaking.

Radio use is defined by the FCC as a “privilege.” It’s granted to you conditionally by a benevolent government which owns the electromagnetic spectrum. And since it’s been defined as a privilege (private law), it therefore cannot, according to government decree, be a God-given Right; and that means what the government giveth, the government can taketh away.

"Traitor!"

“Traitor!”

From Wikipedia:

  • After the Nazi Machtergreifung in 1933, anyone who reportedly listened to Radio Moscow was observed by the Gestapo and could be sent to a concentration camp.
  • Likewise all non-governmental radio transmissions were banned and all critical equipment of German amateur radio operators were seized by the Reichspost authorities.

So if (when) the time comes that all you amateur radio folks have your “privilege” suspended in the name of fighting terrorism or deterring crime or because “… it’s for the children,” you’ll either have to say, “Thank you sir, may I have another” or you’ll have to join me on the outlaw trail.

But don’t worry, I’ll be glad to give you some tips and training, because that’s my vocation.

For example, the greatest rule in prepping is to put your life in God’s hands. But the second greatest is the 3-2-1 rule (three is two, two is one, one is none). That means either have three times whatever you think you’ll need to survive; or more importantly, have three ways to do something. If you’ve got a freezer full of food plugged into the wall socket, that’s one. If you lose grid power, no worries, you have another power source like a generator or a solar array and battery bank to keep your stuff frozen (that’s two); and if that fails, you break out the canning jars, the canner and fire up the gas or wood cook stove. Most people who prepare meals at home don’t think this way.

But a prepper does.

So how do I apply the 3-2-1 rule to radio communications? Well, all of my radio equipment runs on 12 volts and/or rechargeable batteries. If the power goes off at the wall plug, I can shift to a generator or a solar/battery system or a bicycle-pedal generator. Additionally, every piece of radio equipment I have can be re-positioned – quickly. This isn’t dumb luck; it’s the addle-pated scheme of a nut-job prepper.

While I’m sure there’s a fair amount of crossover, I’m perfectly willing to bet that a majority of the 700,000 amateur radio licensees out there don’t think this way.

See, my radio needs aren’t based on competing in contests to talk to all 50 states in a day or making friends in foreign lands (laudable as these goals may be). I’m not driven to knock another 0.01 off my SWR and I don’t care to boast about bouncing a packet off a meteor tail. For this prepper, radio communication is security based, usually tactical, and can be extremely important for the safety of my family, friends and community. Today, while licensed amateur radio does a stellar job in helping secure those needs by being available to assist in the coordination of official responses to disasters, it’s efficacy will be greatly diminished if there’s no one available to help when the call goes out, or if those who get the call are more interested in shutting down the radio caller “… in the interests of national security” than in helping.

There. I feel better. The path has been re-marked.

Next week I’ll cover the two power-house bands of prepper radio (and both of them fall squarely in the “privileged use” portions of the radio spectrum). Until then, keep an eye out for meteors, look into pedal-pump generators, and get prepared.

 

 

This day in WND history: Smoking gun in the email?

 
‎Yesterday, ‎April ‎11, ‎2017, ‏‎2:23:18 AM | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
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April 11, 2000: A stash of unrecorded West Wing e-mail totaled close to 1 million, not the 100,000 first reported, and included messages from the Democratic National Committee during the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign, WND learned.

Some estimates put the number of e-mails from intern Monica Lewinsky to White House officials at about 4,000. But a computer contractor familiar with the White House e-mail system claims it’s closer to tens of thousands – the biggest chunk addressed to Ashley Raines, a former White House aide who’s reportedly Clinton’s goddaughter.

“When I heard the number, I couldn’t believe they talked that much,” the contractor said. “They must have been busy typing all day long. I don’t know if they did any work.”

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Terrifying words: 'Houston, we've had a problem'

 
‎Yesterday, ‎April ‎11, ‎2017, ‏‎2:21:37 AM | Bill FedererGo to full article
Mission Control

Mission Control

“Houston, we’ve had a problem” were the words sent from Apollo 13, which was launched for the moon April 11, 1970. Mission control identified that an oxygen tank had exploded, irreparably damaging the craft.

Thousands prayed in New York City’s Times Square, at Chicago’s Board of Trade, at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and in St. Peter’s Square where the Pope led 50,000 people in prayer for the astronauts safe return. President Richard Nixon asked the nation observe a day of prayer.

The New York Times reported, April 15, 1970, “Plight of 3 Apollo 13 Crewmen Stirs World Interest”: “In the United States there was an outpouring of prayer. … The Senate and House passed resolutions yesterday asking all Americans to pray, at 9 o’clock Eastern standard time last night, for the safe return of their countrymen … and … urged businesses and communications media to pause … for the prayers at that hour. Special services and masses were called for in thousands of churches and synagogues around the country – at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Temple Emanu-el in New York City. … Rabbi Abraham Gross, president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, called on all clergymen to pray for the safe return of Apollo 13. … In Baltimore, Frank Gunter Jr., Maryland chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, asked all residents of the state to observe a minute of silent prayer at 4 P.M. yesterday. … At West Point, N.Y., where the Empire National Bank was holding its stockholders meeting in the Hotel Thayer, the session was closed with a prayer for the astronauts. …”

The New York Times continued, April 15, 1970: “‘Oh, God, I hope they return safely,’ a woman in the streets of Budapest said. … Everywhere, people prayed. In the Vatican, Pope Paul offered prayers for the safe return of the three men. Thousands of people of all faiths flocked to churches in Georgetown, Guyana, to pray. … And in Cheshire County, N.H., in the southwest corner of the state, at noon yesterday, all the church bells pealed.”

TV newsman Walter Cronkite reported: “Perhaps never in human history has the entire world been so united by such a global drama.”

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In sub-zero temperatures, the crew pieced together an oxygen filter, jump-charged the command module batteries, and manually steered the ship to land in the ocean near a raging hurricane.

On April 19, 1970, President Richard Nixon spoke at Kawaiahao Church, one of the oldest Christian Church in Hawaii: “When we learned of the safe return of our astronauts, I asked that the Nation observe a national day of prayer and thanksgiving today. …”

Nixon continued: “This event reminded us that in these days of growing materialism, deep down there is still a great religious faith in this Nation. … I think more people prayed last week than perhaps have prayed in many years in this country. … We pray for the assistance of God when … faced with … great potential tragedy.”

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Suicide bombers' families get cost-of-living raises

 
‎Yesterday, ‎April ‎11, ‎2017, ‏‎2:11:46 AM | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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In defiance of demands from the United States and other Western nations to stop using their funds to subsidize the families of terrorists, the Palestinian Authority has announced it not only will continue the payments, it will give a raise to the families.

Palestinian Media Watch cited Muhammad Sbeihat, the secretary-general of the National Association of the Martyrs’ Families of Palestine, the PLO organization making payments to the families of “martyrs.”

“In the upcoming period, the allowances of the Martyrs’ families will be linked to the cost of living index, which will cause an improvement in these allowances, if only slightly,” Sbeihat said.

PMW said the fact that the PA is “raising the amount of the allowances to martyrs’ families, even slightly, at this time is in direct defiance of the United States.”

PMW exposed in 2011 that the Palestinian Authority pays salaries to imprisoned terrorists and allowances to families of terrorist martyrs. In 2016, it reported the PA was lying when it claimed to have stopped payments to prisoners.

PMW noted that after years of international condemnation of the PA, the U.S. Congress recently proposed the Taylor Force Act to cut off all financial aid due to the payments to terrorists and their families.

Taylor Force was an American citizen murdered last year in Tel Aviv. U.S. lawmakers reacted when they discovered the family members of the dead terrorist would be rewarded with lifetime payments, meaning they would benefiting either directly or indirectly from American financial aid.

The PA now provides a one-time payment of 6,000 shekels to the family of a suicide bomber who tries to kill Israelis.

Monthly payments follow of 1,400 shekels, plus 400 more for a spouse, 200 more for each child and an additional 300 if they are residents of Jerusalem, PMW reported.

The report said the payments, to more than 32,500 families, now already total more than $180 million a year.

“Raising the allowances at this time is a sign of the PA’s direct defiance of the U.S. and other Western countries that fund the PA, many of whom have condemned the PA’s financial reward payments to terrorists and their families,” the report said.

The Palestinian daily Al Quds also recently reported that officials continue to work to improve the allowances even more.

WND reported last year that members of the Palestinian Authority military wing who are convicted of terrorist acts – but not killed – not only get paid while behind bars, they get regular promotions, a cash bonus and a guaranteed salary.

PMW’s report at the time, by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, focused on Palestinian Authority rewards for those who are convicted and jailed for taking part in the “resistance,” or terror acts.

The terrorist who drove the vehicle for Muhammad Al-Faqih in a July 1 drive-by attack that left a rabbi dead, Muhammad Amira, will reach the rank of general after 20 years in prison. When Amira is released, he will receive a bonus and a guaranteed salary.

That’s in addition to the salary he’s receiving while behind bars.

Al-Faqih allegedly murdered a father of 10 in the drive-by shooting near Hebron. He was killed in a confrontation with Israeli soldiers later.

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Amira, a member of the PA Security Forces, was arrested for driving the vehicle used in the drive-by.

PMW reported that based on a chart published in 2013 by WAFA, the Palestinian Authority’s news agency, PA military achieve the rank of general after 20 to 25 years in prison.

The chart:

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“Should Amira, the driver of [Mickey] Mark’s shooter, be released from prison, he would return to the Palestinian military and receive a salary according to his new rank,” PMW’s report explained.

The 10 accomplices arrested, which included weapons suppliers, and are not in the PA Security Forces. But the report said they will be rewarded with raises in civil service rank for their time in prison.

“This will guarantee that they will receive high salaries upon release from prison,” PMW’s report said.

The chart:

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WND reported PMW followed a “money trail” showing that the Palestinian Authority was secretly continuing to pay “salaries” to convicted terrorists, despite promising two years earlier to stop the payments.

The organization said it found Palestinian Authority Ministry of Finance documents that show a transfer of money from the PA to the Palestinian National Fund, the body that funds the Palestinian Liberation Organization, in the amount needed to pay the salaries.

The PA has received an estimated $25 billion in financial aid from the U.S. and other countries over two decades, according to the Gatestone Institute.

The PA’s payments became an issue for donor nations in 2014 after PMW exposed them.

PMW said that among the likely recipients is Abdallah Barghouti, now serving 67 life sentences for preparing explosives for terror attacks over the years that killed 67 people.

After having been imprisoned for 13 years, Barghouti would be receiving about $1,600 a month now, according to the PA law.

When the Western donor nations objected in August 2014, the PA announced it had closed its Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and promised “that salaries to prisoners will no longer be paid by the PA but by the newly formed PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.”

But the PMW report revealed the new PLO Commission is identical to the old PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs in everything but name.

WND reported later when Western nation leaders objected to the continued payments.

The legislation that was proposed last year in the U.S. by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., would condition future aid on affirmations that the PA “has terminated payments for acts of terrorism against United States and Israeli citizens to any individual who has been imprisoned after being fairly tried and convicted for such acts of terrorism and to any individual who died committing such acts of terrorism, including to a family member of such individuals.”

Last year, Norwegian officials called on the Palestinians to drop a program that uses funding from U.S. and other Western nations’ taxpayers to pay salaries to jailed murderers.

Borge Brende, the Norwegian foreign minister, confirmed then in a report in the daily Dagen newspaper that he told Mahmoud Abbas to cancel the payments, according to Palestinian Media Watch.

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Solar eclipse across U.S. called 'a sign from God'

 
‎Yesterday, ‎April ‎11, ‎2017, ‏‎1:54:46 AM | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
 

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A total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States this summer, an event that hasn’t happened in roughly a century.

Everyone will experience on Aug. 21 at least 60 percent of the sun being covered, and the resulting semidarkness. Those within about a 60-mile wide diagonal line from the Pacific Northwest through South Carolina will see the sky go dark and the accompanying temperature drop.

 

In some areas of the country, the darkness will last more than two minutes and 30 seconds.

Such wonders of nature largely were feared in older civilizations, and even while the mechanics of orbits crossing can be observed and predicted, they still make many people think of God today.

Pastor Mark Biltz, the man who discovered the “Blood Moons” phenomenon and a Christian who urges careful attention to heavenly signs, suggests it may be something that needs more attention.

Such as a direct warning to the United States.

“From a biblical point of view, a solar eclipse is meant as a sign from God,” Biltz told WND. “In Genesis 1:14, God declared this to be so. It is a sign that is beyond man’s control, something he can’t manipulate. Solar eclipses become biblically and prophetically significant and relevant when man understands their timing according to the biblical calendar and where they happen. Then we look for the patterns.

“As the sun is larger than the moon, the sun represents the nations of the world and the moon represents the nation of Israel, as their calendar months are based on the cycle of the moon while the nations of the world follow the sun for their calendar. When there is a total solar eclipse, it is a warning to a specific nation or nations depending on its path.”

Biltz, author of the new book “God’s Day Timer,” suggests God often uses celestial signs to send direct messages to the nations.

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Biltz said: “Just look at the biblical pattern. Many know the story of Jonah and Nineveh from the Bible, but not the historical background events as to what had already transpired, and why they repented. In 765 B.C., a plague broke out in Nineveh where even the king was not able to go out to war, as was custom. This was followed by a civil war and then another plague!

“An archaeological find of cuneiform tablets was found in the 19th century describing events in Nineveh. A famous eclipse mentioned in the tablets was known as the Bur-Sagale eclipse, which is verified by NASA as occurring on June 15, 763 BC. The path of totality was right over Nineveh. God had declared the sun and the moon were for signs, and now the Ninevites saw the wrath of God coming even before Jonah arrived a couple months later. When Jonah arrived, they were ripe for repentance.”

Biltz argued signs of this kind also occurred during the modern era just before cataclysmic events.

“Now fast-forward to another solar eclipse on August 21, but this time in 1914,” he said. “This is the first day of the month of Elul, which begins the month of repentance in ‘God’s Day Timer.’ The first of Elul is when Jonah began prophesying for 40 days. Just before the eclipse, we see on June 28th, 1914, through the month of August, the events of World War 1 begin! The path of totality of the eclipse was over Eastern Europe and the Ottoman Empire or Middle East, including Nineveh again. This was foretelling the destruction of the Ottoman Empire in World War I.”

Biltz suggests such cataclysms may be in store for the United States, especially given the timing of this event.

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“Now, this Aug 21, 2017, we have a total solar eclipse going over the United States,” he noted. “This is again at the beginning the month of repentance on the first of Elul! Could God be giving us a warning that we need to repent or judgment will be coming to the United States? The timing couldn’t be clearer!

“We also find seven years later there will be another total solar eclipse running from south to the northeast across the United States on April 8, 2024, with St. Louis in the crosshairs between the two eclipses. April 8 is significant because it is the anniversary of the dedication of Moses tabernacle, when God reasserted Himself into the affairs of men with His glory coming to earth. It just so happens it was also the day Aaron’s two sons, Nadab and Abihu died.”

Biltz says such celestial signs should always be viewed as part of a larger pattern. He has identified another astronomical pattern that will emerge just after the solar eclipse this year.

“Another very significant sign in the heavens is happening right after this year’s total solar eclipse on the first of Elul, beginning the month of repentance,” he noted. “A month later, we find during the Days of Awe from Rosh Hashanah on Tishri 1 and Yom Kippur on Tishri 10, there will be a confirmation of celestial events as described in the Book of Revelation. Revelation 12: 1-2 reads: ‘A great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child. She cried out in pain, laboring to give birth.’

“The woman clothed with the sun is the constellation Virgo and represents the nation of Israel. The 12 stars represent the 12 tribes of Israel. Interestingly, the constellation Leo, the Lion, which is above Virgo, is made up of nine stars. The Lion represents specifically the tribe of Judah. It just so happens this year during the Days of Awe, three planets will join the constellation Leo making up 12 stars. Virgo will be clothed with the sun, and the moon will be under her feet, fulfilling this sign to precise detail!”

Biltz believes these are signs God is reinserting Himself into human history as prophecy becomes fulfilled as never before. Therefore, Biltz says, it is especially important for Christians to “learn from history” and lead a movement for repentance.

“I recommend believers unite in fasting and praying for our nation,” he said. “This eclipse is just before the month of Elul, which is known as the month of repentance before the Fall Feasts. We find this begins at the same time Jesus, Yeshua, went into the wilderness for 40 days after being immersed by John, coming out just before Yom Kippur.

“This begins the same time Moses went back up the mount to make atonement for the sin of the golden calf, coming down on Yom Kippur.

“This is the same time frame Jonah went to Nineveh telling them to repent before judgment would fall on Yom Kippur! So according to ‘God’s Day Timer,’ the United States has 40 days to repent by Yom Kippur, as judgment will be meted out over the following year either for bad or good.”

 

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America now divided over Bible verses

 
‎Yesterday, ‎April ‎11, ‎2017, ‏‎1:15:13 AM | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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The population of the United States is split now over Syria, political parties, President Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, abortion, “gay marriage,” Russia, Vladimir Putin, the Supreme Court, burning coal for fuel, clean air, clean water and the budget.

And Bible verses.

The newest addition to a long list of issues over which there is no general consensus surfaced just in the last week as the “National Bible Bee Game Show” competition was launched live on Facebook, a first for the format.

The “National Bible Bee” competition is being broadcast on the social-media network Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

The broadcast is “groundbreaking,” said Emeal Zwayne, an executive for Living Waters and a spokesman for the competition that tests students’ knowledge of the Bible and their ability to memorize scripture.

“Additionally,” he said, “it’s a perfect combination of entertainment and edification.”

The shows, 30 in the first season, cover three classes of competition and offer hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes.

“The Evidence Bible” is now available and includes, besides the King James version, dozens of articles expanding answers to questions such as why is there suffering, explanations about what Muslims believe and scientific facts written millennia before man discovered them.

They are hosted by actor Kirk Cameron, Zwayne, Hanna Leary and the Benham brothers, David and Jason.

Jason and David Benham, who are also exclusive WND columnists, call themselves “serial entrepreneurs.” While they started their “life journey … on the baseball field,” they quickly moved into the financial and real-estate industries.

“Within 10 years our real estate company topped dozens of business charts, including: Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Ernst & Young, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” their website explains.

“Because the same core principles that built the success of our first company are universal we began expanding our boundaries. From financial services to information technology our business value propositions continue to grow both domestically and internationally.”

Online, one of their website categories is “missioneering,” specifically a “strategic attempt to create self-sustaining revenue for overseas missions through entrepreneurial endeavers.”

In an interview with WND on Monday, after the show’s launch last week, Jason Benham reported, there was “vitriol from hell” aimed at the kids participating.

Describing the reaction to the competition, he said there were two responses.

From the community of faith, he said, there was “overwhelmingly great support.”

But from others, he said, came the vitriol.

“There were trolls making fun of the kids,” David Benham added. “Calling them names. Poking at and making fun of these kids. That’s the new face of diversity, tolerance and inclusion [in America].”

The Benhams joined the production effort for several reasons, including that Zwayne asked them too. The work fits into their schedule, and they enjoy it.

It’s the culmination of the the National Bible Bee program, which already has involved thousands of children memorizing sometimes nearly 1,000 verses from the Bible.

The verses teach, David said, the ability to understand and know wisdom.

“I think one of the problems [today] is that kids don’t have a biblical world view. They don’t have the proper lenses,” Jason said. The events of the Bible Bee provide that, he said.

David pointed out the early American education centered around the Bible, the “New England Primer” used Bible references to teach the alphabet: “A is for Adam.”

Just the facts, despite the fame of that phrase in television lore, doesn’t often lead “to wisdom and character.”

“We believe that’s what the Bible would bring,” he said.

The goals of the outreach already are being met, the popular business leaders, speakers, writers and more explained.

It’s because of the many, many who have reached out to the Bible Bee since it’s game show launch.

The work of The Bible Bee, Jason said, “has already begun to spread.”

Zwayne, an executive for Living Waters and a spokesman for the competition, described the project as “a perfect combination of entertainment and edification.”

Zwayne said people, students and adults both, can sign up for the program.

“The goal really is to encourage young people in their efforts to understand God’s Word and to inspire them to internalize it, and then to impact their lives,” he said.

Just like choosing between the Ten Commandments as a life standard or John Belushi’s on-screen utterings.

He pointed out just 16 percent of churchgoers read the Bible regularly, and 25 percent never read it.

Eighty percent say they are knowledgeable of the Bible, but fewer than half can name the first five books.

That all points to a “huge problem with biblical literacy” across America.

Thus, the goal to memorize, internalize and then live it out.

The broadcast is on Facebook Live, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time Tuesdays.

“The Evidence Bible” is now available and includes, besides the King James version, dozens of articles expanding answers to questions such as why is there suffering, explanations about what Muslims believe and scientific facts written millennia before man discovered them.

 

 

   
 

MSNBC host sees conspiracy in missile attack on Syria

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎9, ‎2017, ‏‎8 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Washington Post) A volley of U.S. cruise missiles had barely been launched into Syria before the Internet filled up with fact-free theories about the real reason for an international crisis.

A popular one on the right-most fringes: The U.S. government actually carried out the chemical weapons massacre in Syria last week — a “false flag” to trick President Trump into retaliating, thus entangling himself in a foreign war.

A slightly more convoluted strain on the left: Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the chemical weapons massacre to help Trump — distracting Americans from an investigation into Trump’s campaign ties to Russia by provoking the missile strike.

 

U.S. Navy strike group to move toward Korean peninsula

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎9, ‎2017, ‏‎9 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
(Reuters) A U.S. Navy strike group will be moving toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula as a show of force, a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday, as concerns grow about North Korea’s advancing weapons program.

Earlier this month North Korea tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile which only traveled a fraction of its range.

The strike group, called Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula, according to the official, who was not authorized to speak to the media and requested anonymity.

Blame for U.S. bombing deaths put on ISIS

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎9, ‎2017, ‏‎11 hours ago | Greg CorombosGo to full article
Mosul, Iraq (Photo: Twitter)

Mosul, Iraq (Photo: Twitter)

Increased American air power is inflicting heavy damage on ISIS in Mosul and will do the same in the stronghold of Raqqa, but retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney says the intensity needs to increase and America cannot be distracted over controversies about civilian casualties.

McInerney was a frequent critic of what he considered a much too soft air campaign against ISIS from the Obama administration. He is pleased to see Defense Secretary James Mattis and other military leaders embrace their overwhelming advantage from above.

“We’re seeing a significant increase in the number of sorties, and we are seeing increased success. Mosul will fall, I think, in the next two weeks or so,” said McInerney, while noting that full control of Mosul will take time because of the large population and the house-to-house fighting that will be needed to prevail in full.

As the air campaign begins to reap results, the international community is raising questions about the rate of civilian casualties in Mosul. Some estimates concluded a recent bombing campaign resulted in 200 civilian deaths, and many outlets told stories of children searching in vain for their parents.

McInerney told WND and Radio America there are two things to keep in mind. First, he said people should not assume the U.S. is to blame, because ISIS may well have targeted civilians to build criticism of the U.S. campaign.

“The weapons they used – they probably used 100-pound bombs – were not the kind that could have taken a building down like that,” he said. “So there is a great deal of concern that ISIS deliberately triggered it to kill civilians so we would terminate our bombing there.”

If verified, McInerney said such tactics would prove just how effective the ramped-up air bombardment really is.

“My intuition is that’s what they did because the air power has been so effective, and they can’t do anything to counter it,” he said. “So they’re trying to increase the casualties. Our humanity to man increases the inhumanity to mankind that ISIS is doing. You’re damned if you do, and you’re damned if you don’t.”

Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney: 

 

Secretary Mattis defended U.S. actions against ISIS.

“There is no military force in the world that has proven more sensitive to civilian casualties,” said Mattis, according to Reuters. “We go out of our way to always do everything humanly possible to reduce the loss of life or injury among innocent people. The same cannot be said for our adversaries.”

McInerney said Mattis is exactly right.

“We work very hard at not having casualties, but you’re not going to go to zero. You’ve got to expect some,” he said. “The quicker we do it and defeat ISIS militarily, the sooner this is going to be over. The caliphate will have been defeated.”

However, McInerney insisted the U.S. needs to limit direct U.S. involvement to the air campaign and perhaps some helicopter support. He said local ground troops must be the ones to defeat ISIS in Mosul and beyond. He also said the Muslim leaders in the region are deafening in their reluctance to challenge the ideology espoused by ISIS.

“Where are the fatwas out of Mecca and Medina that decry this evil ideology?” McInerney asked.

Beyond Mosul, the focal point of defeating ISIS will soon manifest itself in a siege against the self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. McInerney said air power will be key to success there as well.

“It must go,” McInerney said. “I would have taken down a lot more buildings and important places (before launching a siege), but I’m not running it. I think we need to be very aggressive.”

And that means ratcheting up the intensity of the bombings ever further.

“Oh, it’s going to be intensified,” he said. “It’s got to be intensified in Raqqa.”

 

4 unconstitutional safe spaces for campus 'snowflakes'

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎9, ‎2017, ‏‎12 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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A top legal team in the United States, the Alliance Defending Freedom, whose lawyers regularly appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, is warning Congress that the First Amendment is “not well” on college campuses.

“At California State University-Los Angeles, faculty members actually linked arms to prevent students from entering an auditorium to hear a speech from nationally known speaker Ben Shapiro on – ironically – freedom of speech,” the group said this week.

The testimony from ADF was delivered to the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, which was addressing First Amendment protections on university and college campuses.

The issue, which has been in the news for several years already, erupted again this week.

It was the Young Americans for Liberty who were refused recognition by the student government association at Wichita State University.

There, the student senate rejected a resolution to recognize the student chapter.

“Those opposed to the acknowledgment of a Young Americans for Liberty chapter claim to respect free speech, but by blocking YAL, these students are proving that they do not truly believe in the First Amendment,” said YAL President Cliff Maloney Jr. of the dispute. “Rather this small group of power hungry students only approve of speech that aligns with their political agendas.”

“Colleges and universities used to act as a beacon of intellectual discussion and open discourse. It is a shame that a small group of irrational students have prohibited the free speech of their liberty-minded peers. We will continue to seek recognition and challenge their opposition to open, political discourse.”

The issue of “snowflakes” on campus, those who easily are offended by ordinary conversation and the like, became the focal point of a popular television show with actor Tim Allen, whose solution to addressing a crowd recently was, “Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and all of you on the fence”:

 

ADF noted the subcommittee hearing was on First Amendment violations on university and college campuses.

“Although public universities are supposed to be marketplaces of ideas, they are far too often anything but,” said ADF Legal Counsel Caleb Dalton, one of the authors of the submitted testimony.

“A robust exchange of competing ideas and philosophies is essential to liberty and progress, but today’s campuses have transformed the marketplace of ideas into the intellectual vacuum of government intolerance. In the last decade, ADF has assisted hundreds of students and student groups of varying religious and political beliefs who face violations of their First Amendment freedoms on campus. Our current and recent cases illustrate the breadth of the constitutional crisis students face.”

The organization pointed out the fight already has been in the courts in Michigan, California, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Iowa.

The testimony identifies four top problems with unconstitutional protections of “snowflakes”campuses are offering:

  • So-called “speech zones,” which restrict constitutionally protected free speech to tiny portions of a campus that are frequently not well traveled.
  • Vague harassment and non-discrimination policies that are so ambiguous they censor expression that the First Amendment protects.
  • Granting unlimited power to administrators to suppress or favor speech through, for example, the assessment of “security fees” for “controversial speakers,” the denial of recognition to student organizations with viewpoints that administrators don’t prefer or distributing mandatory student fees primarily to favored groups.
  • Limiting equal access and free association by preventing some student groups from associating around shared beliefs and choosing only leaders and spokespersons who share those convictions.

“Today’s college students will be tomorrow’s legislators, judges, commissioners and voters,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox, director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom. “That’s why it’s so important that public universities model the First Amendment values they are supposed to be teaching to students, and why it should disturb everyone when many colleges and universities fail to defend these values. We commend the subcommittee for the attention it is paying to this issue.”

The testimony to Congress said: “A significant majority of public universities are restricting the First Amendment rights of speech and association of their students and faculty through a vast array of onerous policies and restrictions that not only violate students’ rights now, but teach them false lessons about how they should think about their own and others’ constitutional rights.”

ADF said that in the last decade, it has “assisted hundreds of students and student groups of varying religious and political beliefs facing violations.”

“While the Center for Academic Freedom has achieved a 100 percent success rate in challenging the all-too-common ‘speech zones’ … universities nevertheless persist in applying such unconstitutional polices.

“The state of the First Amendment on public universities and colleges is not well,” the organization said. “The status quo at most institutions substantially restricts free speech and association, and teaches students that government censorship is the norm, not the exception.”

Scott Greer has released “No Campus for White Men: The Transformation of Higher Education into Hateful Indoctrination,” now at the WND Superstore.

 

Judge won't protect doctors fighting assisted-suicide rule

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎9, ‎2017, ‏‎13 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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A federal judge threw out a lawsuit by two alliances of doctors opposing state rules that require them to advise terminally ill patients to consider doctor-assisted suicide.

The requirement violates the physicians’ faith as well as their constitutional rights, contend the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.

But U.S. District Judge Geoffrey Crawford dismissed the complaint, claiming the plaintiffs failed “to establish subject matter jurisdiction due to lack of standing.”

In short, he said since no one had yet been punished under the requirement, there was no case.

“The court concludes that plaintiffs lack jurisdictional standing to challenge the constitutionality of Act 39 in the absence of any likelihood of imminent harm. The case is not ripe in the sense that no enforcement action is pending now or is likely to be brought in the future. The lack of standing applies across the board to all claims of constitutional violations, both state and federal. Dismissal without prejudice is required,” the judge wrote.

He said until someone actually is punished, or harmed, by the state demands, “the court is left to speculate about how a member of plaintiffs’ organizations might respond to an inquiry from a terminally ill patient and whether that response might precipitate disciplinary proceeding.”

“The court runs the risk of writing an advisory opinion stating that a physician may act in one way but not in others in order to avoid any risk of professional discipline.”

Crawford said the Constitution allows federal courts jurisdiction over “cases” and “controversies” so he is without authority “to issue advisory opinions or decide ‘purely hypothetical case[s]’.”

The Vermont Board of Medical Practice and Office of Professional Regulation believes the state’s assisted- suicide law orders health care professionals, regardless of their beliefs, to advise patients that doctor-prescribed death is an option.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the doctors, contends that while Vermont’s assisted suicide bill “passed with a very limited protection for attending physicians who don’t wish to dispense death-inducing drugs themselves, state medical licensing authorities have construed a separate, existing mandate to counsel and refer for ‘all options’ for palliative care to include a mandate that all patients hear about the ‘option’ of assisted suicide.”

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and ADF-allied attorney Michael Tierney are fighting for the physicians who say that want to uphold their oath to “do no harm.”

“Vermont health care workers just want to act consistently with their reasonable and time-honored convictions without fear of government punishment,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden.

He argued in the federal court last November.

“Because we believe they face a very real conflict in this situation, our clients are seriously considering all of their legal options,” he said.

WND reported last year the doctors argued the state “has no authority to order them to act contrary to that sincere and time-honored conviction.”

WND reported the defendants are William K. Hower, Michael A. Drew, Allen Evan, Faisal Gill, Robert Hayward, Patricia Hunter, David Jenkins, Richard Clattenburg, Leo LeCours, Sarah McClain, Christine Payne, Joshua Plavin, Harvey Reich, Gary Burgee, Marga Sproul, Richard Berstine, David Liebow as members of the state board, Secretary of State James Condos and Colin Benjamin of the Office of Professional Regulation.

“In spite of historical condemnations of physician involvement in suicide, Vermont medical authorities have recently determined to force conscientious doctors and other clinicians to counsel their patients for physician assisted suicide,” the complaint said.

The complaint alleges violations of the free speech, free exercise and due process protections in the First Amendment, as well as violations of other state and federal laws.

 

 

Homeschooling now booming – in Russia!

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎9, ‎2017, ‏‎13 hours ago | Bob UnruhGo to full article
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Homeschooling, banned in Russia for most of the last century, is beginning a boom, according to a homeschooling expert.

“Homeschooling in Russia has gained recognition from both the media and society in general,” said Mike Donnelly, the director of global outreach for the Home School Legal Defense Association. “Part of that stems from its growth so far.”

Donnelly, who recently attended a homeschool conference in St. Petersburg, said Russian supporters of homeschooling  expressed “genuine optimism for the future” and “confidence in their plans to achieve substantial growth.”

His organization, the world’s premiere legal defender of homeschooling, has battled over the rights of parents to teach their children, often an integral part of international agreements and treaties.

And while major disputes have raged in Germany, Sweden and the United States in recent years, in Russia the homeschool movement has been maturing, he reported.

One of his encounters was with Pavel Parfentiev, the chairman of the board of Za Prava Sem’i, a family rights organization.

“I do believe that home education has a big future in Russia,” he said, according to Donnelly.

“Russian law specifically states that the parents are the primary educators of their children,” Parfentiev said.

The movement in Russia, still “in its early days,” has obstacles, including a Common Core-like set of national requirements that parents are working to have lifted.

Reported Donnelly: “Homeschool leaders estimated that there are between 50,000 and 100,000 Russian children being homeschooled. Although that range is well under 0.5 percent of the Russian school-age population (by comparison, estimates put the growing homeschooling community in the U.S. at close to 4 percent of the school-age population), it places Russia second only to the United Kingdom among European countries.”

Parfentiev said, “Most people do respect home education as a normal and good educational option for parents.”

Donnelly said the strength of the growing movement was evidenced by a parent named Victoria, who with her husband Boris is reviewing homeschooling options even though their oldest child is not yet 4.

Translated by Boris, Victoria said, “I understand that children are given to me by God, but for a small amount of time.”

And educating them?

“I understand that this is my task, and not the task of the teachers out there. I’m becoming more and more convinced that this is the way to go.”

Donnelly said he wasn’t alone in perceiving the hopefulness of the Russian homeschoolers

He was accompanied to the St. Petersburg conference by Gerald Huebner, HSLDA Canada’s chairman.

“In the end, Gerald said, ‘it’s just like a conference in Saskatchewan or North Dakota. People from Canada or any state in the United States would feel very comfortable here,'” Donnelly said.

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

 

 

Ironically, this Confederate general was against slavery

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎9, ‎2017, ‏‎13 hours ago | Bill FedererGo to full article
'Stonewall' Jackson

‘Stonewall’ Jackson

Wilmer McLean’s farm in Manassas Junction, Virginia, was the location of the first battle of Bull Run in 1861.

Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, who was using McLean’s house as his headquarters, wrote: “… of this artillery fight was the destruction of the dinner of myself and staff by a federal shell that fell into the fire-place of my headquarters at the McLean House.”

The Confederates won the first battle of Bull Run due in large part to General “Stonewall” Jackson holding his ground like a “stone wall,” resulting in his nickname.

With momentum on their side, Confederate troops could have pursued the fleeing and exhausted Union army 20 miles to Washington and won the war. Instead, an unusually heavy rain turned roads into mud pits and they called off the pursuit.

Wilmer McLean moved away from the conflict, yet almost four years later his new home, near Appomattox Court House, Virginia, was the agreed location for General Robert E. Lee to surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant on Palm Sunday, April 9, 1865.

Ken Burn’s documentary film of the Civil War remarked that the war began in Wilmer McLean’s front yard and ended in his front parlor. Meeting in McLean’s house, General Robert E. Lee took off his sword and handed it to General Ulysses S. Grant, who handed it back. Union General Philip Sheridan bought McLean’s table where Grant drafted the document, and gave it to Major General George Armstrong Custer to carry it away on his horse.

The other Confederate Armies soon surrendered, till the last Confederate ship, CSS Shenandoah, surrendered in Liverpool, England, on Nov. 6, 1865, after circumnavigating the globe.

The Civil War was ended after 258,000 Confederate deaths and 360,000 Union deaths.

The day after the surrender, General Lee issued his final order: “After four years of arduous service, marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude … I have determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen. By the terms of the agreement, officers and men can return to their homes.”

Robert E. Lee concluded: “I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to you His blessing and protection.”

Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870) was a the son of the Revolutionary leader, “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, and the son-in-law of George Washington’s adopted son, George Washington Parke Custis. Robert E. Lee and his wife, Mary Ann Randolph (Custis) Lee, inherited the 1,100 acre Washington estate directly across the Potomac from Washington, D.C., which was later turned into Arlington Cemetery.

Tutored and homeschooled as a child, Robert E. Lee excelled at West Point, graduating second in his class in 1829. From 1837-1840, working in the Corps of Engineers, Robert E. Lee improved the channel of the Mississippi River. From 1846-1848, Lee distinguished himself in the Mexican-American War. He engineered the American troops’ passage from San Antonia across the difficult Mexican mountains so they could quickly take Mexico City. Lee was against slavery and a number of years before the war he freed his own slaves.

On Dec. 27, 1856, Robert E. Lee wrote to his wife: “Slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil in any country … I think, however, a greater evil to the white than to the black race. … The doctrines and miracles of our Saviour have required nearly two thousand years to convert but a small part of the human race, and even among the Christian nations what gross errors still exist!”

Lee was so highly respected, that as tensions were leading up to war, President Abraham Lincoln offered him the field command of the U.S. Army. Lee struggled all night with his decision, finally resolving to the obligation of loyalty to his home state of Virginia.

Lee resigned from the U.S. Army, explaining in a letter to his sister: “With all my devotion to the union and the feelings of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home.”

General Robert E. Lee’s military expertise was so formidable that, for the first two years of the Civil War, it looked as if the South had won. Union forces were pushed back by repeated victories of General Stonewall Jackson till Lee’s troops were dangerously close to attacking Washington, D.C.

The Confederacy suffered a major setback with Stonewall Jackson being accidentally being shot by his own men at the Battles of Chancellorsville, May 2, 1863.

Then followed the costly loss of irreplaceable Confederate troops in the battles of:

  • Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863
  • Chickamauga, September 19-20, 1863
  • The Wilderness, May 5-7, 1964
  • Spotsylvania, May 8-19, 1864

As the end of the war appeared inevitable, one of Lee’s generals suggested rallying more recruits to the Confederate cause. General Lee responded: “General, you and I as Christian men … must consider its effects on the country as a whole. Already it is demoralized by four years of war. If I took your advice, the men … would become mere bands of marauders, and the enemy’s cavalry would pursue them and overrun many wide sections. … We would bring on a state of affairs it would take the country years to recover from.”

After the War ended, Lee was known for trying to bring healing to a divided nation. A story was reported by Colonel T.L. Broun of Charleston, West Virginia, that two month after the war ended there was a service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia, June 4, 1865. The congregation was startled when a Negro advanced to the communion table. But then: “General Robert E. Lee arose in his usual dignified and self-possessed manner … and reverently knelt down to partake of the communion, not far from the Negro.”

In June of 1865, U.S. Grand Jury in Norfolk, Virginia, indicted Robert E. Lee for treason. When some friends became indignant, Lee calmly responded: “I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and have never seen the day when I did not pray for them.”

After the war, a southern clergyman spoke critically of the recent actions of the federal government. Following a pause, Robert E. Lee asked: “Doctor, there is a good old book which … says ‘Love your enemies.’ Do you think your remarks this evening were quite in the spirit of that teaching?”

Lee remarked: “Before and during the War Between the States I was a Virginian. After the war I became an American.”

In August of 1865, Robert E. Lee accepted the invitation to become the president of Washington College at Lexington, Virginia (later changed in his honor to Washington and Lee University).

Robert E. Lee invited his former chaplain, John William Jones to speak in 1869. Afterward, Lee thanked him, remarking: “Oh, doctor, if I could only know that all the young men in this College were good Christians I should have nothing more to desire. I wish, sir, to thank you for your address. It was just what we needed. Our great want is a revival which shall bring these young men to Christ…”

Lee continued: “I should be disappointed, sir, and shall fail in the leading object that brought me here, unless these young men all become Christians; and I wish you and others of your sacred profession to do all you can to accomplish it. We poor sinners need to come back from our wanderings to seek pardon through the all-sufficient merits of our Redeemer. And we need to pray earnestly for the power of the Holy Spirit to give us a precious revival in our hearts and among the unconverted.”

General Lee once remarked to Chaplain John William Jones regarding the Bible: “There are things in the old Book which I may not be able to explain, but I fully accept it as the infallible Word of God, and receive its teachings as inspired by the Holy Spirit.”

Robert E. Lee confided: “In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.”

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This day in WND history: ACLU wants to jail school officials for prayer

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎9, ‎2017, ‏‎13 hours ago | -NO AUTHOR-Go to full article
SchoolPrayerACLU: Jail school officials for prayer

April 9, 2005: The ACLU sought to have officials at a New Orleans school district fined or jailed for not stopping prayer at a high-school baseball game.

Public prayer at school-related functions is “un-American and immoral,” contended ACLU of Louisiana’s executive director, Joe Cook.

Cook said it’s “time to put out the welcome mat to believers and non-believers alike at all public school functions across the state and the nation. Children and parents whose beliefs are different from the majority must not be made to feel like outsiders in their own schools.”

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Psalm 61:2

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎9, ‎2017, ‏‎14 hours ago | Daily BlessingGo to full article
From the end of the earth I will cry to You when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 61:2

 

   
 

Man in Drunk Lives Matter shirt charged with DUI

 
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