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20 Ordinary Americans Talk About The Economic Despair That Is Growing Like A Cancer All Around Them

There are hundreds of formerly prosperous communities all over America that are being steadily transformed into rotting, decaying hellholes.  The good paying middle class jobs that once supported those communities are long gone, and they have been replaced with low paying service jobs if they have been replaced at all.  When you visit those communities, it is almost as if all of the hope has been sucked right out of the air.  It can be absolutely heartbreaking to look into the hollow eyes of someone that has totally given in to despair, but unfortunately the number of Americans that are giving up on the economy continues to grow.  Today, the labor participation rate is the lowest that it has been in 35 years, and more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program.  It is easy to say that they should just “get a job”, but as I have written about repeatedly, our economy simply is not producing enough jobs for everyone anymore.  The percentage of working age Americans with a job has remained at the same level that it was at during the worst days of the last recession, and meanwhile the quality of our jobs has continued to steadily decline.  Median household income has fallen forfive years in a row, but the cost of living continues to rise rapidly.  The middle class is being systematically shredded, and poverty is growing at an alarming rate.  The U.S. economy has been in decline for a long time, and the really bad news is that it appears that this decline is about to accelerate.More

DAYS OF LOT: Bill Seeks to Protect Religious Freedom for Those That Affirm Traditional Marriage

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) is sponsoring a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would guarantee that no person or group could lose their tax exempt status for affirming traditional marriage, or opposing the redefinition of marriage. The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act has, at the time of this publication, 75 co-sponsors. Most of them are Republican, but at least two Democrats, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), are also co-sponsoring the bill. If enacted, no individual or institution could lose tax-exempt status for believing or advocating that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. Many religious institutions in the United States are non-profits and have a tax-exempt status under the U.S. tax code. In explaining his reasons for the bill, Labrador cited the words of President Barack Obama, from when Obama announced he changed his position on same-sex marriage. More

One man’s ObamaCare nightmare


Andy and Amy Mangione of Louisville, Ky. and their two boys are just the kind of people who should be helped by ObamaCare. But they recently got a nasty surprise in the mail. ”When I saw the letter when I came home from work,” Andy said, describing the large red wording on the envelope from his insurance carrier, “(it said) ‘your action required,benefit changes, act now.’ Of course I opened it immediately.” It had stunning news. Insurance for the Mangiones and their two boys,which they bought on the individual market, was going to almost triple in 2014 — from $333 a month to $965. The insurance carrier made it clear the increase was in order to be compliant with the new health care law. ”This isn’t a Cadillac plan, this isn’t even a silver plan,” Mangione said, referring to higher levels of coverage under ObamaCare. ”This is a high deductible plan where I’m assuming a lot of risk for my health insurance for my family. And nothing has changed, our boys are healthy– they’re young –my wife is healthy. I’m healthy, nothing in our medical history has changed to warrant a tripling of our premiums. ”Well I’m the one that does the budget,” said his wife. “Eventually I’ve got that coming down the pike that I gotta figure out what we’re gonna cut what we’re gonna do, to afford a $1,000 a month premium.” Their insurance company, Humana, declined to comment, but the notice to the Mangiones carried this paragraph: ” If your policy premium increased, you should know this isn’t unique to Humana — premium increases generally will occur industry-wide. ”Increases aren’t based on your individual claims or changes in health status,” it continued. “Many other factors go in to your premium including: ACA compliance, including the addition of new essential health benefits.” More

Obama: Navy Yard shooting “ought to lead to some sort of transformation


President Obama memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting on Sunday by insisting tragedies like this “ought to lead to some sort of transformation.” “Let me quickly give you one of the highlights for the President this weekend,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “[He was talking about how] we need to have a national obsession on guns and a transformation of America on gun control.” PRESIDENT OBAMA: These families have endured a shattering tragedy. It ought to be a shock to all of us, as a nation and as a people. It ought to obsess us. It ought to lead to some sort of transformation. “I can’t believe how overtly they make these points,” Stu said. “It’s like what we should do is transform our country because of the emotional reaction to a terrible incident.” “It’s chilling,” Pat added. PRESIDENT OBAMA: That’s what happened in other countries when they experienced similar tragedies. In the United Kingdom, in Australia, just a single mass shooting occurred in those countries, and they understood there was nothing ordinary about this kind of carnage. They endured great heartbreak, but they also mobilized and they changed. And mass shootings became a great rarity. More

 

‘MIGHT BE GREATEST MAN ALIVE’: THESE CATHOLICS — AND A FEW CELEBRITIES — GUSH OVER POPE FRANCIS’ REMARKS ON HOMOSEXUALITY, ABORTION

Might Be Greatest Man Alive: These Catholics    and a Few Celebrities    Gush Over Pope Francis Remarks on Homosexuality, Abortion
Here’s a look at Catholics attending Sunday services around the globe who said they were heartened by Pope Francis’ recent remarks that the church has become too focused on “small-minded rules” on hot-button issues such as homosexuality, abortion, and contraceptives. TheBlaze reported that Francis’ remarks aren’t what some social conservatives want to hear, but these worshipers applauded what they heard as a message of inclusion from the man who assumed the papacy just six months ago.  “I think he’s spot on,” said Shirley Holzknecht, 77, a retired school principal attending services in Little Rock, Ark. “As Catholic Christians, we do need to be more welcoming.” In Havana, Cuba, Irene Delgado said the church needs to adapt to modern times. “The world evolves, and I believe that the Catholic Church is seeing that it is being left behind, and that is not good,” said Delgado, 57. “So I think that they chose this Pope Francis because he is progressive, has to change things.” Francis, in an interview published Thursday in 16 Jesuit journals worldwide, called the church’s focus on abortion, marriage and contraception narrow and said it was driving people away. A couple of celebrities couldn’t hide their admiration for Francis, either: More

iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor ‘hacked’ within days of launch

iPhone 5s fingerprint sensor 'hacked' within days of launch
A group of German hackers has found a way to bypass Apple’s TouchID, and claims that fingerprint biometrics is an unsuitable method of access control.  The group, known as the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), demonstrated that a fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, was enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5s secured with TouchID. The print was first photographed with 2400 dots per inch (dpi) resolution. The resulting image was then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto a transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white woodglue was smeared into the pattern created by the toner on the transparent sheet. After it had set, the thin latex print was lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone. This process has been used with minor refinements and variations against the vast majority of fingerprint sensors on the market, according to the CCC. More

 

Intercessors Rally to Petition God for Crises in Kenya, Pakistan

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Open Doors USA is calling for prayers for the victims and families of a massacre at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sunday and for the ongoing attack and hostage situation at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya. According to Reuters, a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old Anglican church after Mass, killing at least 78 people in the deadliest attack on Christians in the predominantly Muslim country of Pakistan. Reuters’ report said explosions struck the historic All Saints Church as hundreds of parishioners, many of them women and children, streamed out of the building. An estimated 100 people were wounded. The Taliban-linked militant group, TTP Jundullah, claimed responsibility within hours of the attack, according to the news service. In Kenya, the Somali-based, al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack at the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi that left at least 62 dead and more than 175 injured. An unknown number of people remain hostage. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are found. Police say they are concerned many are trapped inside the center. David Curry, Open Doors USA president and CEO, states, “Tragically, these two attacks are examples of how dangerous it is to be a Christian or associated with the West in Pakistan, Kenya and many other countries around the world. There is no doubt these attacks are increasing in intensity and frequency. We ask every Christian to pray for the innocent victims of these violent attacks, their families and communities. We need to stand in the gap.” More

‘God Wanted Us to Be Rich’: Reality Show to Feature Millionaire Gospel Musician’s Lavish Lifestyle

A new reality show is set to launch this fall featuring a Gospel musician and his blended family, who claim that they were called by God to be rich. Ben Tankard is a best-selling jazz musician, who has won 12 Stellar awards for his instrumental Gospel albums, and has received multiple Dove and Grammy nominations. The Nashville-based musician is now poised to have his own reality show called Thicker Than Water, which will give viewers a glimpse into his lavish lifestyle. “This southern family integrates their strong religious conviction with their penchant for the finer things in life,” reads a description of the broadcast from the Bravo television network. “With the belief that ‘God wants us all to be millionaires,’ the Tankards aim to be the best and brightest in everything they do.” The network has also released a trailer that gives viewers a sneak peak into the life and belief system of the Tankard family. More

One nun puts entire US intel community to shame over ‘stage-managed’ Syria footage

A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows bodies of children laid out on the ground in a makeshift morgue as Syrian rebels claim they were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013. (AFP/Shaam News Network)
The US intelligence community has been put to shame by the dedication and determination of a lone Christian nun. Her modest study of the videos of the Syrian chemical attack shows they were productions involving staged bodies. Those who take the time to read the report by Mother Agnes and the International Support Team for Mussalaha in Syria (ISTEAMS) will realize that it disgraces the entire US intelligence community for endorsing video footage that is clearly dubious and not credible upon careful study by even a layperson.   No one denies that chemical weapons were used. The US federal government and the  mainstream media in the US and countries allied to it have been playing a dirty game of equating the a) rejection of accusations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons with b) an outright denial that chemical weapons were used. The two are deliberately being mixed together to confuse the general public. The question is who used the chemical weapons?  More

Family Hosts 200 Homeless People for Dinner After Daughter’s Wedding Gets Called Off


When an engaged couple calls off the wedding, it is usually a time of sadness and anger. But one family in Atlanta found a way to turn a terrible situation into a beautiful one. Carol and Willie Fowler’s daughter Tamara was set to get married at the Villa Christina catering hall, when the wedding was called off just 40 days before the event. Initially the Fowlers were upset to hear that the lavish gathering they had planned and paid for was not going to happen. Then they had a genius and generous idea: They invited 200 of the city’s homeless to feast on the four-course meal that would have been part of Tamara’s wedding reception. The Fowler family called Elizabeth Omilami from the Hosea Feed the Hungry organization for her help in getting the group together. At first Omilami thought she was being pranked! Carol Fowler said that even daughter Tamara attended the event, adding, “She was also very delighted to see and know that others had an opportunity to enjoy something, rather than just allow it to go to waste.” Children make up about 70 percent of Atlanta’s homeless, so to make the dinner more fun for them, a clown was hired for their entertainment. The event was titled “The First Annual Fowler Family Celebration of Love,” and the family says it plans on hosting another charity dinner next year. It’s a great example of how you can turn any bad situation into a positive one. Yahoo

John Kerry to Spend $10M to Fight ‘Gender-Based Violence’…

The State Department today announced that John Kerry would spend $10 million “to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.” ”Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday the provision of $10 million in funding for a new U.S. initiative, Safe from the Start, to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies worldwide. Secretary Kerry emphasized that in the face of conflict and disaster, we should strive to protect women and girls from sexual assault and other violence,” reads the State Department press release. Safe from the Start’s initial commitment of $10 million will allow the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and other humanitarian agencies and organizations to hire specialized staff, launch new programs, and develop innovative methods to protect women and girls at the onset of emergencies around the world. The United States will also coordinate with other donors and stakeholders to develop a framework for action and accountability to ensure efforts to address gender-based violence are routinely prioritized as a life-saving intervention along with other vital humanitarian assistance.This initiative builds on the framework established by the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally. It will be led by the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. The Weekly Standard

Vandals torch Ronald Reagan statue…

Vandals set fire to a life-size statue of Ronald Reagan at a Southern California sports park that bears the name of the 40th president, authorities reported Monday. The bronze statue stands at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula, Calif., the very same site praised by Reagan in the 1980s as a solid example of what volunteerism and fundraising can accomplish — rather than government regulation and taxpayer dollars.  The statue portrays the president wearing casual clothing and holding a cowboy hat in one hand and a shovel in the other hand. “It’s an insult to the president as well as to the community,” said Perry Peters, the founder of the Friends of Ronald Reagan Sports Park nonprofit, in a Fox News report. Police are still seeking a suspect. The nonprofit is accepting donations for repair work. The statue is blackened, and tiles on the decorative wall that serves as backdrop were destroyed.More

MILITARY BASE GUN BAN IN CROSSHAIRS

Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, says he’s going to try to do something about the ban that prevents members of the U.S. military from being armed while on military bases. The policies have allowed two mass shootings in recent years – Nidal Hasan’s attack that killed 13 and injured dozens at Fort Hood in Texas several years ago and Aaron Alexis’ attack on the Washington Navy Yard, where a dozen were killed, last week.  “Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone whipped out a gun back and shot that SOB” Stockman said, “It’s really wrong that we have a policy in which we don’t trust our military to protect themselves.” His comments came at a Liberty Political Action Conference just days ago, and were reported by Red Alert Politics. Stockman said his plan is to introduce a bill to let military personnel pack heat while on military bases. He explained not only will there be authorization to carry weapons, but permission to fire back in the event an armed combatant opens fire on a base. “You know, it is really strange, and one of the things we’re introducing which we’ll, you’ll be the first to hear this, is that, do you all find it odd that somebody can pull out a gun on a military base and our guys can’t shoot back?” he asked. More

Highways Agency tracks millions of motorists’ handsets in ‘smart’ trials

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The movements of motorists are being tracked through their mobile phones and satellite navigation systems in a scheme that has provoked warnings from privacy campaigners about the use of personal data.   The Highways Agency is harvesting information from the devices as part of a project to monitor traffic flow and ease congestion. The information is being passed on by mobile phone companies and other data firms so the agency can identify areas of heavy traffic and help motorists avoid them. The agency says that all the information it receives is processed and anonymous so that the movements of an individual motorist cannot be identified. However, Big Brother Watch, the privacy campaign group, said the scheme raised more questions about the extent to which people’s movements were being tracked and their data used without their knowledge. Nick Pickles, its director, said: “This yet another example of how our lives are being monitored at an extremely detailed level, and just how much of that data is being shared and sold on for a vast range of purposes. More

SUSPENDED STUDENT MAY BE EXPELLED FOR REST OF THE YEAR FOR PLAYING WITH TOY GUN…IN HIS OWN YARD

Suspended Student May Be Expelled for Rest of the Year for Playing with Toy Gun in His Own Yard
A suspended seventh-grade student in Virginia Beach, Va., could be expelled for the rest of the school year for shooting an airsoft gun with a friend in his yard as they waited for the bus to come. Khalid Caraballo, 12, and his friend, Aidan, were suspended for “possession, handling and use of a firearm” because they “shot two other friends who were with them while playing” with the airsoft guns, WAVY-TV reported.  Caraballo answered “no, sir,” when asked if he took the toy gun to the bus stop or to school. “We were in our yard. This had nothing to do with school,” the student said. Caraballo’s mother, Angel, said being punished for “possession, handling and use of a firearm” was “pretty harsh” for a toy that she bought for $25. Tim Clark, Aidan’s father, told the news station that the school neglected to use common sense in the incident that occurred off school property. More

WHAT PEACE? Mahmoud Abbas has given the nod to lone wolf Palestinian terror

No word of condemnation has come from any Palestinian leader for the murders of two Israeli soldiers two days apart by West Bank Palestinians: Saturday, Sept. 21, Sgt. Tomer Hazan, 20, from Bat Yam, was found murdered in a water hole near the West Bank town of Qalqilya. Sunday, another 20-year old, 1st Sgt. Gal Koby from Tirat Hacarmel, was killed by a single Palestinian sniper’s bullet while on guard at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The silence from Ramallah is well-orchestrated, a signal that Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority, is in favor of picking off Israeli soldiers every few days, so as to boost his hand in the US-sponsored negotiations with Israel. Those talks have not advanced an inch, since the parties remain entrenched in their widely separate positions. Three months into the talks initiated by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho for Israel and the Palestinian Saeb Erekat have not even agreed on an agenda. On Sept. 8, Livni proposed a working agenda of 17 items. The Palestinians countered with an agenda of six items, all them relating to the most contentious “core issues” of the dispute. Livni’s list was dictated to her by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. She does not see eye to eye with the prime minister on Palestinian policy or negotiating tactics, but is bound to follow his guidelines or quit. After presenting their conflicting agendas, the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators fell to an argument about priorities – security first, said the Israelis; borders, said the Palestinians. More

Twenty dead after powerful typhoon lashes Hong Kong

At least 20 people were killed as a powerful typhoon pounded southern China, toppling trees and creating chaos across Hong Kong, one of the world’s most densely populated cities. Typhoon Usagi had weakened from the “severe” category as it moved inland, making landfall late Sunday about 85 miles north of Hong Kong at Shanwei, and skirting the city as it crossed the coastal area of Guangdong Province, according to a bulletin from the Hong Kong Observatory.  At least 20 people were killed as a powerful typhoon pounded southern China, toppling trees and creating chaos across Hong Kong, one of the world’s most densely populated cities. Typhoon Usagi had weakened from the “severe” category as it moved inland, making landfall late Sunday about 85 miles north of Hong Kong at Shanwei, and skirting the city as it crossed the coastal area of Guangdong Province, according to a bulletin from the Hong Kong ObservatoryMore

 

Why Even the Hardest Transitions Are Worth Going Through


Nothing in life is certain, except for death, taxes … and change. God never changes, but we do. Through sanctification we are transformed from sinful, carnal creatures into the image of God’s Son. Becoming like Jesus requires a lot of change—and often involves difficult periods of transition. Transition can take many forms. It can be like the transition during labor—intense pain followed by a clear reward. Or it can be like the momentary transition that takes place when you switch gears in a car to face the challenge of the road ahead. For an instant you are between gears. The engine is roaring, but you have no control. You may not know what the road ahead is like or whether you even want to move to a higher level. But when the shift occurs, you are connected once again with the power of the engine and are translated into a higher level of operation—the next gear. Transition can also be a time that seems as if it will never end—a long, dark night of the soul when all around you seems dim and you lose sight of God’s promises to you. In this season, you may lose your sense of God’s presence and feel that He has abandoned you. Don’t give up! I have learned that no matter how uncomfortable the period of transition is, change is a good thing. It keeps us moving forward. Forward motion starts with just one step, and we have the assurance that our steps “are ordered by the Lord” (Ps. 37:23). This means that God has a plan for us. He knows what is needed to conform us to the image of Christ. But taking that first step often requires the kind of faith Peter had when he stepped out of the boat and walked on water in response to Jesus’ command to come (see Matt. 15:28-32). Faith allowed Peter to do something that was impossible in the natural, but the roar he heard in the natural—the wind—distracted his faith, and he began to sink. More

Don’t Get Trapped in the Sin of Prayerlessness

One the greatest sins in the church is not necessarily gossip, strife, addictions, adultery, or fornication—even though all these things are sin. What I believe is the greatest sin today, especially in America, is the sin of prayerlessness or leaving God alone. We can easily become caught in the trap where our only consistent time of prayer is offered before each meal and that’s about it. You know what I mean by the meal prayers, don’t you? “God is good; God is great. I’m so hungry I could eat this plate.” I’ve been so hungry before that sometimes I have felt like eating the plate. One time when I prayed a quick prayer over my meal, I felt the Lord say, “Now, Hank, did you mean that from your heart?” Like most of us, I didn’t mean or even hear what I had prayed. Since then, I always feel convicted when I pray insincere prayers, even if the food is making my mouth water. Prayer, however, is about so much more than that. The truth is that we need a deep commitment to prayer that goes far beyond our meals. Additionally, it is far more than praying only when problems arise. I have found prayer becomes easy when you are in some kind of trouble. It seems like you have more energy to reach out to God when you need an answer to a difficult situation. But God has our time consistently, regardless of what circumstances are present in our lives. The way to develop this type of personal relationship with God—the kind that moves His heart-is to set a time and a place to meet Him. The Lord looks forward to your special time together. You can become determined to not leave God alone by developing a consistent prayer habit. Give God the desire of His heart—He wants to be with you, to spend time with you. Be committed to it until the habit takes a permanent hold in your life. More

TWO POLLS SHOW GUN CONTROL EVEN LESS POPULAR AFTER NAVY YARD SHOOTING

On September 21, the Huffington Post revealed results from two polls taken after the Navy Yard shooting which show that support for more gun control continues to slide. The two polls—one from HuffPo/YouGov and the other from Gallup—show less-than-majority support for gun control in response to questions that once garnered solid majority support. The HuffPo/YouGov poll shows only 48 percent of poll respondents supported more gun control. This is down from 60 percent support one month after the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary. The Gallup poll shows a drop from 58 percent in favor of stricter gun control to only 49 percent.  These polls were conducted after Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), President Obama, and others responded to the Navy Yard shooting with calls for more gun control. The Huffington Post notes that overall support for gun control has been on a slide for 25 years, reviving only following school shootings like Columbine and Sandy Hook. However, even then, HuffPo says support for gun control only rose “temporarily.” Breitbart

10 ways a government shutdown would affect your daily life

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Just over a week remains. If the Democrats and Republicans don’t stop bickering and agree to how the U.S. should pay its bills, the federal government will shut down, come October 1. And at a time when the economy’s finally showing signs of life, that could be troubling. Shutdowns don’t come cheap. Federal agencies have to use up time, energy and resources to plan for one. Shutting down and then reopening the government also costs money. According to the Congressional Research Service, the two previous shutdowns — in late 1995 and early 1996 — cost the country $1.4 billion. But what would a shutdown mean for you? Would your daily life be affected? Here are 10 ways a government shutdown would affect you. More

Doctors Brace for Health Law’s Surge of Ailing Patients

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Holy Cross Hospital’s
 health center in Aspen Hill, Maryland, is bracing for more business. The center treats the uninsured, and has been busy since it opened in 2012 with a waiting list of more than 400 people at its clinic. Now, as a result of the U.S. Affordable Care Act, it’s mulling adding staff and hours in anticipation of next year’s rush of newly-insured patients, many with chronic medical conditions that have gone untreated for years.  Poorly controlled diabetes can cause stroke, kidney failure and blindness. Undiagnosed cancer can translate into complex end-of-life care, and untreated high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks. In effect, the 2010 health law’s biggest promise becomes its most formidable challenge: unprecedented access to care for a needy population when the nation is already grappling with overtaxed emergency rooms and a shortage of physicians. “When you’re getting people that haven’t had insurance, they have significant health issues,” said Kevin Sexton, president and chief executive officer of Holy Cross Health, in a telephone interview. “A lot of people need these services.” More

Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four

It was one of candidate Obama’s most vivid and concrete campaign promises. Forget about high minded (some might say high sounding) but gauzy promises of hope and change. This candidate solemnly pledged on June 5, 2008: “In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year….. We’ll do it by the end of my first term as President of the United States.”  Unfortunately, the experts working for Medicare’s actuary have (yet again[1]) reported that in its first 10 years, Obamacare will boost health spending by “roughly $621 billion” above the amounts Americans would have spent without this misguided law. $621 billion is a pretty eye-glazing number. Most readers will find it easier to think about how this number translates to a typical American family—the very family candidate Obama promised would see $2,500 in annual savings as far as the eye could see. So I have taken the latest year-by-year projections, divided by the projected U.S. population to determine the added amount per person and multiplied the result by 4. More

HARRY REID CALLS TEA PARTY ‘FANATICS,’ ‘ANARCHISTS’.

Harry Reid and Ted Cruz are pictured. | AP Photo, John Shinkle/POLITICO
It’s going to be a long week. A pivotal period for the Senate got off to a nasty start on Monday, with Majority Leader Harry Reid ripping conservatives as “anarchists” and “fanatics” and Republican Ted Cruz initially blocking the Nevada Democrat from moving to consideration of noncontroversial nominees. The exchange underscores the bad blood between Cruz and Reid and the high stakes countdown to an Oct. 1 government shutdown: Both want to keep the government open but the Texas freshman only wants to do so if the continuing resolution is preserved as passed by the House and does not fund Obamacare, while Reid seeks to keep President Barack Obama’s signature health care law fully funded. Anything less is “dead” in the Senate, Reid said. More

10 Commandments monument toppled in DC.

A stone monument of the Ten Commandments that sits on a street behind the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington and was the subject of controversy in the past has been toppled by vandals. The 3-foot-by-3-foot granite monument weighs 850 pounds and sits out front of the headquarters of Faith and Action, a Christian outreach ministry. The group installed the tablets in a garden outside its offices in 2006, and the group’s president said the tablets were angled so that justices arriving at the high court would see them. The Rev. Robert Schenck, who heads the organization, said the damage to the monument happened sometime between Friday night and Saturday night. A minister who works in the area alerted the group to the damage around 9 p.m. Saturday. The monument had been pushed over so that the words of the Ten Commandments are now face down. Vandals bent a steel rod that secures the monument to a thick concrete base to an almost 90 degree angle. The monument itself is not damaged, Schenck said. ”Whoever did this was determined to get it done because it’s not something you could easily do,” Schenck said, adding that the vandals also installed a “For Rent” yard sign by the monument and that the vandalism was reported to police. More

TICKING TIME BOMB? Triple swarm of earthquakes shakes Yellowstone

Triple swarm of earthquakes shakes Yellowstone
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 (AP) — Until recently, Bob Smith had never witnessed two simultaneous earthquake swarms in his 53 years of monitoring seismic activity in and around the Yellowstone Caldera. Now, Smith, a University of Utah geophysics professor, has seen three swarms at once. ”It’s very remarkable,” Smith said. “How does one swarm relate to another? Can one swarm trigger another and vice versa?” Because concurrent swarms have never been detected in the past, the answers aren’t in yet, Smith said. The geophysicist said he “wouldn’t doubt” if at least two of the events were related. Temblors from the three quake swarms mostly hit in three areas: Lewis Lake, the Lower Geyser Basin and the northwest part of Norris Geyser Basin. The largest earthquake shook the ground near Old Faithful Geyser on Sept. 15. The epicenter of the magnitude 3.6 quake, the largest in Yellowstone in about a year, was just 6 miles to the north of Old Faithful. ”Generally speaking it needs to be 3.0 or higher for individuals to feel it,” Yellowstone National Park spokesman Al Nash told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. “This one was somewhat stronger than that and it was in an area where a lot of people are.” Yellowstone’s recent earthquake swarms started on Sept. 10 and were shaking until about 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16. ”A total of 130 earthquakes of magnitude 0.6 to 3.6 have occurred in these three areas, however, most have occurred in the Lower Geyser Basin,” a University of Utah statement said. “Notably much of seismicity in Yellowstone occurs as swarms.” More

 

Iran to assume control of Bushehr nuclear plant

Illustrative photo of the Bushehr nuclear facility in Iran (photo credit: AP/Mehr News Agency/Majid Asgaripour/File)
Iran is set to assume control of its Bushehr civilian nuclear reactor on Monday. The plant, built by Russia, has been operated by Russian technicians in an agreement sanctioned by the International Atomic Energy Agency. “The 1,000-megawatt Bushehr nuclear power station will be handed over to Iran” Monday, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told the official IRNA news agency, according to AFP’s translation. “But for another two years, it will be under Russian guarantee and a number of Russian experts will remain in place to give advice and technical assistance.” Construction of the Bushehr plant, on the coast of the Persian Gulf, was initiated by German companies in the 1970s, but work was halted as the Islamic Revolution swept Iran. In 1995, Russia agreed to complete the construction of the facility in a deal estimated to be worth $1 billion. More

Taiwan develops ‘anti-invasion’ munitions against China

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Taiwan’s air force will be armed with “smart” munitions before the year’s end that could be used against any Chinese invasion by striking airfields and harbours on the mainland, media reported Saturday. The new weaponry, developed under a project codenamed “Wan Chien” (Ten Thousands Swords), is scheduled to be carried by dozens of Taiwan’s fighter jets. The island nation began developing its own smart weapons after the United States — Taiwan’s main arms supplier — refused to sell them guided bombs. Taiwan’s air force plans to upgrade 60 fighters before the year’s end, with the last six being refitted and scheduled to be completed in December, the Taipei-based China Times reported. The defence ministry declined to comment on the report. The new weaponry will enable Taiwanese fighter jets to hit Chinese targets from a distance and reduce the risk of having to fly over mainland territory, analysts say. More

Governor of Illinois open to using National Guard to fight gun violence in Chicago


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 – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s open to sending National Guard troops or state police to assist Chicago police with curbing violence if city officials want the help.  He says state police have helped in places like East St. Louis, but only when local authorities coordinate things. Quinn says he hasn’t been approached by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel yet. The governor’s comments follow a mass shooting at a park on Chicago’s southwest side Thursday night. Thirteen people were wounded, including a 3-year-old boy. That shooting happened in an area that Chicago’s top police official referred to as a “high gang-conflict zone.” The park is between two other areas that police have flooded with officers as part of stepped-up patrols. It’s not the first time state resources have been considered for the city’s violence problem. The issue was brought up in 2008. ABC

BREAKING NEWS: 3 dead, 12 injured civilians in car bomb attack on police station in Russia

(FILE photo) Explosions near bailiff service building in Dagestan (RIA Novosti / Abdula Magomedov)
BREAKING NEWS: An apparent suicide car bombing attack on a police station in Russia’s southern Dagestan Republic killed three people, including the bomber, and injured 12 others, among them civilians. The attack on Monday morning in Tabasaransky district targeted a morning roll call of the policemen, which was conducted in the police station yard. The explosives in the vehicle were detonated just outside the territory of the station. Still the blast was strong enough to kill one police officer and injure ten others, two of them critically. A staffer from a nearby office of the Federal Migration Service was also killed. The explosion also caused heavy damage to a nearby building, which was under construction, resulting in its collapse, local police told RT. Four civilians sustained injuries. The Dagestan attack came a week after two car bombings killed three policemen and injured six others in Chechnya and neighboring Ingushetia, in a suspected string of coordinated attacks in Russia’s North Caucasus. RT

Egypt court bans all Muslim Brotherhood activities nationwide

Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood rally in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on July 7, 2013 (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)
An Egyptian court has banned all activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country. Its assets will also be confiscated according to the court ruling. “The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it,” said the presiding judge Mohammed Sayed.  The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters also ordered the “confiscation of all the group’s money, assets, and buildings”.  The Cabinet has ordered the formation of an independent committee to manage the money until final court orders are issued.  “This is totalitarian decision,” leading group member Ibrahim Moneir told Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr TV.“You are losers and it (the Brotherhood) will remain with God’s help, not by the orders of the judiciary of  Sisi,” he added, referring to the commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, who led the military-backed ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.  The Brotherhood has been outlawed for most of its 85-year existence. It has been in its worst crisis since a similar attempt to suppress it in the 1950s.  However, after the ouster of former long ruling President Hosni Mubarak, it formed a political party and organized post-Mubarak elections. More

Rouhani to introduce Iranians’ peace-loving nature to world

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says he intends to introduce to the world the “real face” of the Iranians as a peace-loving nation which seeks progress without wanting harm for others. “We will try to make the voice and message of the Iranian nation heard by the world and say that the Iranian nation is opposed to any violence and extremism, particularly in today’s world, namely in our region and many other countries where people are affected by extremism and violence,” Rouhani told reporters on Monday prior to his trip to New York to attend the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, “The Iranian nation is considered the region’s center of stability and has always sought peace in the region,” said Rouhani, who is scheduled to deliver a speech at the UN on September 24. He said the Iranian nation, itself a victim of weapons of mass destruction, has never been seeking the arms. The Iranian president said Iran seeks development and progress within the framework of international law, but has been unfairly subjected to political and economic pressures.  More

Iran and Russia set to build new nuclear power plants

Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says Tehran and Moscow have agreed to construct new nuclear power plants. The agreement was reached in a recent Iran-Russia joint economic commission, said Salehi who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).  He also expressed hope that the construction of the second unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant would get underway in the near future.  Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan said earlier in September that Moscow was ready to increase its nuclear cooperation with Tehran even after the Islamic Republic takes full control of the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant. Salehi and Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian arrived in the southern province of Bushehr on Monday to attend a ceremony to take over the first unit of the Bushehr nuclear facility. Salehi said on Sunday that Iranians will fully take over at the plant after a temporary period of two years. The Bushehr power station became officially operational and was connected to Iran’s national grid in September 2011, generating electricity at 40 percent capacity.  More

‘Red line’ just one of roughly 500 Obama promises that have come and gone

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President Obama vowing that Syria would “cross a red line” by using chemical weapons is far from the only marker he’s laid down or promise he’s tried to keep since running for president in 2008. The president has made more than 500 campaign-related promises alone. And just last week he re-drew a line in the sand for congressional Republicans flirting with shutting down the government over his Affordable Care Act and looking for spending cuts as part of a separate deal to increase the federal debt limit. “That’s not happening,” Obama said. “I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States.” The president has had mixed success in keeping that vow over the past few years. He managed in January to get the debt ceiling raised without yielding to Republicans’ demand for accompanying spending cuts. However, in 2011 he failed to reach a “grand bargain” with House Republicans over the debt ceiling, forcing both sides to eventually accept a series of drastic spending cuts known as sequester. “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed,” Obama announced in his final 2012 presidential debate. “It is something that Congress has proposed.” More

Photos show North Korea likely testing more rocket engines

Photos show North Korea likely testing more rocket engines
North Korea more than likely tested a long-range rocket engine late last month, according to analysis of new satellite imagery over the site. In the photos released by 38 North, a blog run by the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, indicators of a probable test are seen through the presence of a probable rocket stage, propellant tanks, as well as the appearance of burned vegetation around the launch stand. The photos were taken between August 25 and 30. ”These are not in and of themselves indicators that there is going to be a rocket test six months from now,” Joel Wit, a former North Korea specialist at the State Department who is now with 38 North, told CNN about the photos. It is not clear from the photos, Wit said, whether the test was for the second stage of the Unha-3 rocket, which North Korea used in a successful launch test last December, or whether it was a test for a stage of another larger rocket. The Sohae launch facility, where the latest photos were taken, is the same facility from which North Korea has conducted previous rocket launches, including last December’s test. In recent months, similar satellite imagery has shown what look to be other instances of rocket-engine tests by North Korea, as well as the resumption of production at a previously closed plutonium production site. More

Bashar al-Assad says Syrian rebels may attack chemical weapons inspectors

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has suggested that some outside governments may urge rebels to attack international inspectors sent into war-fractured country to secure its arsenal of chemical weapons. ”There might be countries that might ask the terrorists to attack the inspectors to prevent them from doing their job, and blame the Syrian government,” he said in an interview aired Sunday by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. ”At this point, this remains just a possibility and we cannot know until the inspectors arrive in Syria,” al-Assad said. Syria submitted an initial declaration to the world’s chemical weapons watchdog last week outlining its inventory of the munitions. The move was part of a deal forged earlier this month by the United States and Russia to begin Syria’s chemical disarmament. The plan then calls for international inspectors in position to secure that arsenal no later than November. Veteran weapons inspectors have said securing and destroying the Syrian stockpile could take huge numbers of people, including hundreds of inspectors and thousands of troops to provide security. More

FALLING AWAY: Catholics support Pope Francis’ liberal stance on contraceptives and homosexuality

1 Timothy 4:1-2: Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
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Catholics around the world are reacting mostly positively to Pope Francis’ recent remarks that the church has become too focused on “small-minded rules” on hot-button issues like homosexuality, abortion and contraceptives. At Masses over the weekend, the faithful reflected on how they believe Francis’ comments would impact the Catholic Church. The pope said on Thursday that pastors should focus less on divisive social issues and should emphasise compassion over condemnation. In the United States, churchgoer Marilyn White, 73, welcomed the pope’s words. ”I think he sent a good message,” said White, from New York. “I think he’s opening a way for people to communicate, dialogue and maybe come back to the church.” New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan said that Francis “speaks like Jesus” and is a “breath of fresh air.” In Florida, devout Catholic Frank Recio said he was grateful that the pope is trying to shift the tone of the church. ”I’m a devout Catholic, always have been. I think the Catholic Church had gotten out of touch with the way the world was evolving,” said Recio, 69, who’s retired from a career in the technology industry. Recio said he was glad the pope spoke about abortion, though he personally believes in a woman’s right to choose. Boston’s Evelyn Martinez, 26, said she agrees with Francis that compassion should be one of the church’s main priorities. ”I don’t believe that someone’s sexuality should keep them away from any religion,” said Martinez, 26, a graduate student at Emerson College who attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday night. More

ECONOMIC ALERT: Eurozone tensions bubble as Merkel storms to victory


Eurozone tensions are simmering as the bloc faces four more years of tough austerity under the leadership of conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel.  German exit polls on Sunday evening indicated that Mrs Merkel’s conservative bloc won 42pc of the vote, and may be just shy of a historic absolute majority. A projection by broadcaster ARD put Merkel’s conservatives on 42.5pc, just over the combined total for the left parties who together scored 41.6pc. Mats Persson, director of think tank Open Europe, said the result reflected “a validation of [Merkel’s] eurozone policy” and the bloc should expect “more of the same”. Nicholas Spiro, of sovereign credit risk strategist Spiro Strategy, noted that Mrs Merkel’s victory was all the more significant given the contrasting fate of other European leaders. ”The result of Germany’s election is, first and foremost, a big vote of confidence in Merkel and her handling of the eurozone crisis. No other leader of a major economy has been able to reap more political dividends from an international financial and economic crisis,” he said. More

Netanyahu Is Said to View Iran Deal as a Possible Trap

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, stepping up his effort to blunt a diplomatic offensive by Iran, plans to warn the United Nations next week that a nuclear deal with the Iranian government could be a trap similar to one set by North Korea eight years ago, according to an Israeli official involved in drafting the speech.  Mr. Netanyahu is scheduled to address the General Assembly next Tuesday, a week after President Obama and Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, are to speak at the United Nations. But the Israeli government, clearly rattled by the sudden talk of a diplomatic opening, offered a preview Sunday of Mr. Netanyahu’s hard-edged message, in which he will set the terms for what would be acceptable to Israel in any agreement concerning Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “A bad agreement is worse than no agreement at all,” the Israeli official said, reading a statement from the prime minister’s office that he said reflected Mr. Netanyahu’s remarks. More

 

 

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