Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize/Netanyahu says he is prepared to make ‘a historic peace’ with Palestinians/EU Plans No Sanctions on Russia for Now/Another Bitcoin Bank Implodes! Flexcoin Shuts Down After $600,000 Theft!/Pregnant mom drives minivan full of kids into ocean and more signs of JESUS’ soon return


DAYS OF LOT – Mass. High Court says Subway Upskirt Photos Not Illegal

Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that a man accused of secretly snapping photos up a woman’s skirt on an MBTA train did not break the law. The State Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday dismissed charges against Michael Robertson of Andover, who was arrested in August 2010 by Transit Police. Officers had set up a sting on the Green Line after getting reports that Robertson was using his cellphone to take photos and video up female rider’s skirts and dresses. MORE

DAYS OF LOT – Show Me Where the Constitution Says Gay Marriage is a Right

A recent survey conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post reveals the woeful ignorance of Americans when it comes to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The poll also shows many Americans believe the government has the right to use violence to force business owners to service gays, even if a business owner opposes providing service on religious grounds or, for that matter, any other grounds. “Most oppose a right to refuse service to gays, including on religious grounds. And, by a closer margin, more also accept than reject gay marriage as a constitutional right,” ABC News reports. “81 percent say businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians; 65 percent say so even if the business says homosexuality violates its owners’ religious beliefs. That refers to controversial legislation approved by the Arizona legislature but vetoed by its governor last week.” The Constitution does not condone or forbid homosexuality. In fact, it does not discuss issues concerned with morality. Therefore all court rulings on gay rights, gay marriage or any other matter concerning sexuality are unconstitutional and illegal. MORE

Man Arrested For Talking About Guns On Oregon Bus

An Oregon man riding a public bus was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail Tuesday for allegedly mentioning firearms during a conversation.  According to reports, a TriMet bus driver claims to have overheard comments made by 41-year-old Patrick O’Brien Nolin, who is accused of telling another passenger that he was carrying a firearm. TriMet police were immediately called to the scene and began approaching the bus at the intersection of Northeast 82nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. Preparing to board, officers suddenly received new reports claiming that Nolin was not only armed, but had his firearm “cocked and loaded.” MORE

12 Signs That The U.S. Economy Is Heading Toward Another Recession

Is the U.S. economy steamrolling toward another recession?  Will 2014 turn out to be a major “turning point” when we look back on it?  Before we get to the evidence, it is important to note that there are many economists that believe that the United States never actually got out of the last recession.  For example, data compiled by John Williams of shadowstats.com show that the U.S. economy has continually been in recession since 2005.  So if anyone out there would like to argue that America is experiencing a recession right now, I certainly would not have a problem with that.  In fact, that would fit with the daily reality of tens of millions of Americans that are deeply suffering in this harsh economic environment.  But no matter whether we are in a “recession” at the moment or not, there are an increasing number of indications that we are rapidly plunging into another major economic slowdown.  The following are the top 12 signs that the U.S. economy is heading toward another recession…MORE


A new equation in the Ukrainian crisis is a growing concern that ultra-nationalist Ukrainians could attack ethnic Russians.  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stated the ultra-nationalist threat is the reason for preparing to move Russian troops into the country. The ultra-nationalists were instrumental in ousting pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, even though he turned down a European Union partnership agreement. Yanokuvych’s acceptance would have brought about austerity measures that the ultra-nationalists would have opposed. They have shown an ability to operate among the tens of thousands of demonstrators in Kiev and are trained to confront security forces. They are equipped with helmets, masks, protective gear, weapons and Molotov cocktails. MORE

Pregnant mom drives minivan full of kids into ocean


It’s billed as “The World’s Most Famous Beach,” but Daytona Beach came close to becoming a deadly scene Tuesday evening when a pregnant mother drove her minivan packed with three children into the ocean, prompting lifeguards and bystanders to spring to their rescue. “This is one of those areas on the beach where you can drive your car on the beach,” said Steve Barrett, a reporter for WFTV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Central Florida. Visitors have been driving their vehicles on the local sand since the middle part of the last century. MORE

Driver jailed for allowing kids to get high on bus.

A Rowan County school bus driver remains in jail today after Landis Police say he allowed students to smoke marijuana on the bus. Police say it wasn’t the first time he allowed students to smoke on the bus. Brian Davis Overcash, 30, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The incident occurred Feb. 20 after Corriher-Lipe Middle School assistant Principal Matt Krome contacted authorities.  Krome told officers with the Landis Police Department that Overcash, who drove bus No. 162, told the assistant principal that several students were on the bus smoking marijuana after he’d completed his route. According to Krome, all bus drivers are required to stop the bus and call 911 if they witness a crime occur. Overcash did not stop the bus and did he notify law enforcement, a statement said. MORE


Netanyahu says he is prepared to make ‘a historic peace’ with Palestinians

A Palestinian peace deal could open up economic growth across the Middle East, Binyamin Netanyahu told US supporters on Tuesday, but is still held back by security concerns and a lack of recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

In the most upbeat of recent comments during his trip to Washington, the Israeli prime minister highlighted the potential regional benefits of the US-led peace process, even while making it clear he believed significant hurdles remain.

“I am prepared to make a historic peace with our Palestinian leaders,” he told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in Washington.

“Peace would be good for us and good for the Palestinians but also open up the possibility of achieving better ties with other countries,” he added.

“Many Arab leaders already realise that Israel is not their enemy but peace would turn this into an open and trusting relationship.”

Netanyahu also paid tribute to US peace-making efforts, which have often appeared to irritate Israeli leaders.

“Like New York and Tel Aviv, John Kerry is the Secretary of State who never sleeps,” joked Netanyahu. “I have got the bags under my eyes to prove it.”continue

3rd Graders Caught Smoking Pot In Elementary School Bathroom…

Three third-grade students at a Sonora elementary school were busted for smoking pot in the school’s bathroom last week. Two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old were caught by another student, who immediately informed school administrators.  Those officials then alerted local police. The students were questioned by officers, and later released to their parents on February 27th. Sonora Elementary School Principal Chris Boyles would not speak with CBS SF regarding the case, but Superintendent Leigh Shampain confirmed that the students were caught smoking marijuana in the school’s bathroom.  He would not discuss how the students might be disciplined. MORE


BREAKING NEWS: Pentagon sending fighter jets to boost NATO presence amid Ukraine crisis

The U.S. military is boosting its NATO presence in a bid to support the defenses of U.S. allies in Europe in response to Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.  After Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel first alluded to the effort during testimony on Capitol Hill earlier Wednesday morning, a Defense official confirmed that the U.S. will send six additional F-15s and one KC-135 to “augment the mission” in Baltic countries.  The U.S. currently provides four F-15s to what’s known as the Baltic Air Policing rotation. The additional aircraft will be sent from a base in Britain to Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania, the official said.  ”This action comes at the request of our Baltic Allies and further demonstrates our commitment to NATO security,” the official said.  MORE

Senior African Banker Peter Njuguna Mukuria Shot Dead

A senior African banker has been gunned down outside a Kenya school in a suspected love triangle murder, according to African news website the Kenya Star.   Peter Njuguna Mukuria, 42, the deputy retail director at Family Bank’s headquarters, was reportedly shot twice in the head and neck as he waited to collect a female friend from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The woman, Margaret Nyawira, 28, who is also a banker but at a different firm, is reportedly married to Joseph Chege, a Nairobi businessman. In her testimony to the police, Nyawira said she and Njuguna were accosted by two men as she approached Njuguna’s car. The two men then forced their way into the car. She said they forced him into the back seat, drove away and then shot him. MORE

According to Tech in Asia, Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange platform First Meta’s 28 year old CEO Autumn Radtke committed suicide. Reasons are currently unknown. First Meta is a Singaporean start up company that runs a exchange platform for virtual currencies such as Bitcoin. The news of suicide of its CEO Autumn Radtke spread on Facebook and Twitter, drawing attention from the BItcoin industry. The exact reason that may have led to the suicide is not known, and whether the Police have concluded that the cause of death is suicide is also unofficial. First Meta has stated that an official announcement will be given by the company soon. MORE

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize — but the conflict in Ukraine is also likely to be on the Nobel committee’s agenda. A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations, received nominations for the 2014 prize, said the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s director, Geir Lundestad.  Committee members who met on Tuesday added their own proposals with a focus on recent turmoil around the globe. ”Part of the purpose of the committee’s first meeting is to take into account recent events, and committee members try to anticipate what could be the potential developments in political hotspots,” Lundestad said. Russia seized control of Ukraine’s Crimea region after President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted on Feb. 22, prompting the most serious confrontation between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War. MORE

Michele Bachmann: Jan Brewer Wrong To Veto Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) criticized Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) for vetoing SB 1062, which would have allowed businesses to legally refuse service to anyone on “religious freedom” grounds, effectively allowing them to discriminate against same-sex couples. “I believe that tolerance is a two-way street, and we need to respect everyone’s rights, including the rights of people who have sincerely held religious beliefs,” Bachmann told Yahoo’s “The Fine Print,” noting she was “sorry” Brewer made that decision. Brewer announced she would veto the bill on Feb. 26, saying the measure had “the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve.” ”Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” Brewer said. “I have not heard one example where business owners’ religious liberty has been violated.” MORE

DAYS OF LOT – Pope Francis Suggests Gay Civil Unions May Be Tolerable By Church

Pope Francis has signalled that he could see the Catholic church tolerating some forms of same-sex civil unions — though not marriage — when it comes to situations such as medical care and property for gay couples. In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, the pope said that “matrimony is between a man and a woman,” but moves to “regulate diverse situations of cohabitation (are) driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care,” according to a translation by Catholic News Service. ”It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety,” Francis said. MORE

KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM – US urges ‘restraint’ between Japan and S.Korea

The United States on Tuesday urged its allies Japan and South Korea to show restraint in their tense relations as an American senator faulted Tokyo on historical disputes. Danny Russel, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia, called on the two countries to look at the model of Japan and the United States, which have overcome the bitterness of World War II to nurture a close friendship. ”We continue to stress the need for prudence and restraint, for all parties to take steps that will promote healing,” Russel said of Japan and South Korea. ”All parties can contribute to a reversal of the current atmosphere and the creation of a positive trend,” he told a Senate subcommittee. Echoing remarks of Secretary of State John Kerry on a visit last month to Seoul, Russel said Japan and North Korea shared common challenges including uncertainties over nuclear-armed North Korea. MORE

What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?

The chances that the U.S. and Russia will clash militarily over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine are very, very slim. Ukraine isn’t a member of NATO, and President Obama isn’t likely to volunteer for another war. But many of Ukraine’s neighbors are NATO members, including Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary. And so are the the Baltic states — Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia — further north and right on Russia’s border. If any of those countries come to Ukraine’s aid and find themselves in a war with Russia, NATO is obliged to intervene. That’s also true if Russia comes up with some pretext to invade any of those countries, unlikely as that seems. If we learned anything from World War I, it’s that huge, bloody conflicts can start with tiny skirmishes, especially in Eastern Europe. MORE

A newfound asteroid will buzz close by Earth today (March 4), flying safely between our planet and the orbit of the moon, and you can follow the space rock encounter live online. ”This asteroid, 2014 DX110, is estimated to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across,” officials at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California wrote in an alert. “Its closest approach to Earth will be at about 217,000 miles (about 350,000 kilometers) from Earth at about 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) [2100 GMT] on March 5. The average distance between Earth and its moon is about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers).” MORE

At This Church, People Stay in Their Cars and Worship in the Parking Lot – Find Out Why

Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a Christian church in Daytona Beach, Fla. that meets at an old drive-in theater. And just like the moviegoers did when the place was a theater, worshippers today don’t leave their cars for the service. They simply park in rows and tune their radios to a set frequency to hear the service by Rev. Robert Kemp-Baird, who stands at the altar where the big movie screen once stood. Communion is delivered to each car. There actually is face-to-face fellowship for congregants, though. Indoor and outdoor seating areas are available to those who want to leave the comfort of their bucket seats. MORE


DAYS OF LOT- How Are Young Evangelicals Responding to Homosexuality?

When Rosaria Champagne Butterfield spoke at FRC last year, she was well-received and her presentation was greatly appreciated. A former lesbian and person of the left, she came to Christ, had a dramatic (what she calls a “train wreck”) conversion and has married a pastor with whom she has several children. When she spoke at Wheaton College recently, she was greeted by a couple of dozen students who offered what they did not call a protest but, rather, a demonstration. They were a quiet group and sat on the chapel steps. ”Students Justin Massey and Jordan-Ashley Barney organized ‘More Than a Single Story,’ the Jan. 31 demonstration where Wheaton students sat on the steps of Edman Chapel and held signs that said ‘We’re all loved by God,’ ‘his is not a protest,’ and ‘I’m gay and a beloved child of God,’ “ Christianity Today reports. MORE

TERRORISM? ‘Molotov cocktail’, gasoline found in Georgia Tech Ph.D student’s apartment

ATLANTA, Ga. – Federal authorities converged on an apartment building in Midtown Atlanta after a reported fire injured a Georgia Tech student Tuesday. Atlanta Police have identified the student as doctoral student, Saamer Akhshabi.  Late in the afternoon, fire authorities responded to an incident inside an apartment building. The male student reportedly suffered significant burn injuries. Authorities say Akhshabi suffered third degree burns over 90% of his body. Atlanta Fire discovered “what appeared to be a molotov cocktail along with several other plastic bottles filled with liquid” during their investigation. Multiple investigative agencies, working at the State and Federal levels, are investigating this situation. MORE

BREAKING NEWS: Turkey grants US warship permission to enter Black Sea

Turkey has given a US Navy Warship the green light to pass through the Bosphorus within the next two days as tensions in Ukraine’s Crimea region continue to divide world powers. Turkish sources, speaking with the Hurriyet Daily News on Wednesday, declined to elaborate on the name of the US warship. The same officials told the daily on condition of anonymity that the ship in question was not the USS George H.W. Bush nuclear aircraft carrier as suggested in some news reports, as it did not meet the standards specified by the 1936 Montreux Convention in terms of weight. The US vessel to pass through the straits will meet the convention’s standards, the sources said. MORE

New York Man Charged With Manslaughter After Loved Ones Say He Did ‘What Anybody Would Do to Protect His Family’

A New York man is facing a manslaughter charge after he shot and killed a suspected burglar almost seven months ago. While the man’s family and attorney argue the incident is a clear case of self-defense, the District Attorney’s Office in Huntington Station, N.Y., claims the burglar was shot while running away. Youssef Abdel-Gawad says he was only trying to protect his family when he fought back against a total of five intruders on Aug. 21, 2013, killing one of them. MORE

Surge in babies born without brains in Washington State

There is something seriously wrong in the fertile Yakima Valley region of Washington. A surging number of babies are being born with major birth defects, and the reasons why are eluding state health officials.
As reported by CNN, a nurse in the area, Sara Barron, was the first to report on a particularly horrifying condition: anencephaly — a condition in which babies are born without much of their brain and skull.
“I was just stunned,” she told the network in an interview. “Three in a couple-of-month period of time… that’s unheard of, and they have such tragic, terrible outcomes.” Her shocking finding and report eventually prompted an investigation by the state health department. Investigators found some disturbing results. MORE


FDA study shows pertussis vaccination spreads pathogenic bacteria

In a failed attempt to explain away why vaccinated individuals seem to be the only ones contracting and spreading whooping cough during major outbreaks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched an inquiry aimed at better understanding how the controversial vaccine works. But what the agency ended up discovering is that the vaccine for whooping cough, also known as pertussis, spreads the very same pathogenic bacteria that causes whopping cough in the first place, which in some people can lead to serious infections. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the new FDA study claims to demonstrate that vaccines for acellular pertussis are effective at preventing the disease in those who are vaccinated. But at the very same time, the agency admits that, based on its findings, the vaccine itself spreads Bordetella pertussis, the bacteria responsible for triggering the highly contagious respiratory disease. MORE

Catholic Cardinal Criticizes Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law; Argues ‘Homosexuals Are Not Criminals’

A Roman Catholic Church cardinal has criticized the Ugandan anti-gay law that expanded punishment for gay people and threatened life in prison for certain offenders, arguing that gay people “are not criminals.” Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, made the comments Tuesday in Bratislava, Slovakia, during a church and human rights conference, according toCatholicHearald.co.uk. He urged the international community, however, to keep sending much needed aid to Uganda, which is now facing cuts and sanctions because of the law. Uganda’s decision to expand the legal punishment for homosexuality has been criticized by some world leaders, though the nation’s political and church leaders have insisted that it is their right to manage the country according to their ways. MORE

Just because one part of the country has seemingly lost its mind and is willing to give up their freedom for the promise of more security doesn’t mean everyone is on board. In Texas, where voters took to the polls Tuesday night, a completely different set of ideas is at play. And if nationwide sentiment is any indication, other conservative and libertarian leaning states will soon follow. Though only about half of the votes have been tallied so far, the people of Texas have spoken. It’s a roar, in fact. Voters are standing in unison and have overwhelmingly approved a variety of propositions that may well send shivers down the spines of supporters of things like universal health care, rampant welfare dependency, special privileges and gun rights. MORE

WAR DRUMS: Western leaders pile pressure on Russia

Western powers increased pressure on Russia on Wednesday to talk to the new government in Kiev in a bid to ease tensions over Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea region. Russia has been warned that possible sanctions will be on the agenda when European Union leaders meet Thursday in Brussels, Belgium, if no progress is made in ending the high-stakes showdown. But such measures may not only hurt Russia. In a tit-for-tat move, Russian lawmakers are drafting a law that would allow Russia to confiscate assets belonging to U.S. and European companies if sanctions are slapped on Moscow, Russian state media reported. The diplomatic maneuvers come as world leaders meet in Paris for talks that were intended to focus on Lebanon. Instead, Ukraine will likely dominate the agenda. MORE

‘This is the True Iran’

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denounced Iran’s “charm offensive” on Wednesday, in light of the news that the IDF had intercepted an Iranian weapons ship carrying missiles to Gaza. ”Israel captured a ship on the high seas, stocked with weapons destined for terrorist groups,” Netanyahu stated. “These weapons were going to be used against Israel.” ”This entire operation, this clandestine operation was organized by Iran.” ”At a time when it is talking to the major powers, Iran smiles and says all sorts of nice things,” Netanyahu noted. “The same Iran is sending deadly weapons to terrorist organizations and is doing so via a ramified network of secret operations in order to send rockets, missiles and other deadly weapons that will be used to harm innocent citizens.”  MORE


Guns, schools, mind control and Revolution

Fingers pointed like a gun. A pop tart chewed into the shape of a gun. A toy gun. All over America, schools are exercising what they call zero tolerance policy to suspend young children packing “suggestions of guns.” Behind this practice is the idea that populations can be conditioned against owning real guns. Start early, indoctrinate the kids, and society will change. In turn, such thinking rests on the premise that human beings are Pavlovian dogs. Programmed biological machines. If the program currently running is faulty, and fails to obey the mandate of “greatest good for the greatest number,” change the program. MORE


Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard on Wednesday said it had acquired missiles with multiple warheads, the latest armaments advance to be claimed by the Islamic Republic. At a ceremony Wednesday, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan presented a delivery of four types of ballistic missiles — named Qiam, Qadr H1, Fateh-110 and Persian Gulf. The Qadr H1 and Qiam, he said, are equipped with multiple warheads, greatly boosting their destructive power. ”These missiles are able to hit and destroy enemy targets with precision, and they meet a variety of the armed forces’ needs,” Dehghan said. “The weapons have strengthened Iran’s deterrence power and military might,” he added, in comments were posted on the Guard’s website. MORE

Maryland to Target 110,000 Citizens With Gun Confiscation

Authorities in Maryland are set to target 110,000 citizens with gun confiscation under a new law that would link the state’s gun registry with its criminal database, with new troopers set to be hired to enforce door to door visits of illegal gun owners. Maryland State Police complain that there is no way for them to identify gun owners who have been convicted of felonies, meaning they can’t check if weapons have been relinquished in accordance with state law. MORE


Turkey scrambles jets after Russian plane flies near its Black Sea coast

The Turkish Air Force scrambled eight F-16 fighter jets after a Russian surveillance plane flew parallel along its Black Sea coast, the military said on Tuesday, amid increased tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine. The incident occurred on Monday and the Russian plane remained in international airspace, according to a statement on the website of the military General Staff. Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula, which juts into the north of the Black Sea, is at the center of the current standoff between Russia and Ukraine’s new pro-Western government. NATO member Turkey forms the southern coastline of the Black Sea. Yahoo News

Calif. governor candidate equates Obama to Hitler and Stalin on gun policies

A Republican candidate for California governor is comparing President Barack Obama’s gun control policies with those of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Il State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, posted a Twitter message Tuesday with an image that compared what he said were figures who have supported gun rights with those who have supported gun control. Those he said “stood for gun rights” were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. He said Hitler, Stalin, Kim, King George III, Mao Zedong and Obama“stood for gun control.” “Which side would you choose?” Donnelly said in his Twitter message. MORE

Abortion lovers create wall of censorship around pro-life display

Radical leftist activists crashed a pro-life demonstration at the University of Georgia and erected a wall of censorship around an anti-abortion display in order to shield the campus from the reality of abortion. Justice for All, a pro-life group, erected an anti-abortion display at the University of Georgia on Monday. The public display contained graphic images of aborted fetuses. To prevent members of the campus community from actually seeing the images, students from two pro-choice groups — the Women’s Studies Student Organization and Sexual Health Advocacy Group — stood around the display holding up sheets. The sheets walled off the display and kept the images out of the gazes of people walking by, according to Blake Seitz, a UGA student and contributor to The College Fix. MORE

Power industry executives are meeting here this week as federal lawmakers are raising questions about physical security at power plants across the country. Referring to last year’s sniper attack on a key substation in California’s Silicon Valley, four senators said the incident at the Metcalf transmission station represented “a wake-up call to the risk of physical attacks on the (electric power) grid.” “This incident came uncomfortably close to causing a shutdown of a critical substation, which could have resulted in a massive blackout in California and elsewhere in the West,” Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and three Democratic colleagues wrote in a Feb. 7 letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), which develops standards for the nation’s bulk power industry. MORE

Iran and Russia Partnering to Launch Cyber Attacks

Iran has emerged as a leading cyber threat and has already hacked into the U.S. defense establishment and financial institutions, likely with the help of the Russians, according to a former chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Iran has boosted its cyber capabilities in a “surprisingly” short amount of time and possesses the ability to launch successful cyber attacks on American financial markets and its infrastructure, former Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R., Mich.) told a panel of lawmakers on Tuesday. The Iranian regime’s emergence as a “world class” cyber threat likely has to do with its close ties to Russia, according to Hoekstra, who warned during a hearing on Iran’s global terror activities that the two countries will only boost coordination on the cyber front in the coming months.MORE

‘End to negotiations?’ Netanyahu’s speech sparks furious reaction from Palestinians

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday implored Palestinian leader, Mahmud Abbas, to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and to “abandon the fantasy” of refugees returning to Israel, fueling anger from the Palestinians. Netanyahu, speaking at a meeting of the influential American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington on Tuesday, appealed directly to the Palestinian leader with Israel’s demands before a peace agreement can be reached. “It’s time the Palestinians stop denying history. Just as Israel is prepared to recognize a Palestinian state, the Palestinians must be prepared to recognize a Jewish state,” he said. The Israeli leader then hit upon two controversial issues in a single sentence. “President Abbas: recognize the Jewish state and in doing so, you would be telling your people to abandon the fantasy of flooding Israel with refugees,” he said. MORE

Moody’s Downgrades Chicago’s Credit Rating, Lowest Of Any Major City Except Detroit

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Chicago’s credit rating, citing the city’s unfunded pension liabilities. The agency announced Tuesday it’s lowering the rating on $8.3 billion in debt from A3 to Baa1, putting it only three notches above junk-bond status. Moody’s gave Chicago a negative outlook indicating another downgrade could occur if there’s no pension fix. Moody’s says the rating “reflects the city’s massive and growing unfunded pension liabilities.” Moody’s says those liabilities “threaten the city’s fiscal solvency…” MORE

U.S. Military Hires Terror-Tied Chaplains

Screen-Shot-2014-03-04-at-8.15.34-AM-630x339If the US military doesn’t know better, then who are we to trust with our defense? Ourselves. Remember that. There have been over 22,000 deadly Islamic attacks since 9/11 — each one with imprimatur of a Muslim cleric. You would have thought Anwar Awlaki, Pentagon darling and leading jihad cleric, might have taught the DoD a thing or two. As Obama plans to reduce the size of the military, he’s simultaneously increasing imams in the military. The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, is proudly announcing that the U.S. military is again using their chaplains for active-duty service after a 15-year lull. MORE

The IDF’s elite Shayetet-13 naval commando raided a ship off the shores of Sudan before dawn Wednesday. The ship, which flew a Panamanian flag, carried dozens of B-302 missiles that have a range of up to 200 kilometers. The raid took place in the Red Sea, between the waters of Sudan and Eritrea. According to initial information, the shipment originated in Syria. The missiles were then taken aboard planes to Iran, and then made their way on the ship to Sudan. The missiles were hidden with sacks of cement. MORE

Obama budget’s military cuts could be rude awakening for veterans

President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget for next year. It includes tax increases on the wealthy and spending on things like roads and job training. Little of it will pass the Republican House. The budget would also shrink the armed forces. This could mean tens of thousands of service members will join the civilian workforce. Jim Reed retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2011. After 27 years and nine combat deployments, he went looking for a job as a civilian. Reed says he thought he was well-positioned. “I’m a nurse anesthetist, so an easily transferable skill — something hospitals can use every day throughout the country,” Reed says. Still, he had a tough time. He has worked at three hospitals in three years, and he’s been laid off twice. MORE

President Barack Obama is a “low-IQ US president,” whose threat to launch a military offensive should nuclear talks fail is an oft-cited punchline in the Islamic Republic, particularly among children, an Iranian general said on Tuesday “The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General Masoud Jazayeri said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. MORE

An adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that authorities would issue general advice to dump US government bonds in the event of Russian companies and individuals being targeted by sanctions over events in Ukraine. Sergei Glazyev said the United States would be the first to suffer in the event of any sanctions regime. “The Americans are threatening Russia with sanctions and pulling the EU into a trade and economic war with Russia,” Glazyev said. “Most of the sanctions against Russia will bring harm to the United States itself, because as far as trade relations with the United States go, we don’t depend on them in any way.” MORE

Feds to force Doctors to use 155,000 codes to record injuries, diagnoses, and procedures.

Ever considered suicide by jellyfish? Have you ended up in the hospital after being injured during the forced landing of your spacecraft? Or been hurt when you were sucked into the engine of an airplane or when your horse-drawn carriage collided with a trolley?  Chances are slim. But should any of these unfortunate injuries befall you after October 1, 2014, your doctor, courtesy of the federal government, will have a code to record it. On that date, the United States is scheduled to implement a new system for recording injuries, medical diagnoses, and inpatient procedures called ICD-10​—​the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases propagated by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. So these exotic injuries, codeless for so many years, will henceforth be known, respectively, as T63622A (Toxic effect of contact with other jellyfish, intentional self-harm, initial encounter), V9542XA (Forced landing of spacecraft injuring occupant, initial encounter), V9733XA (Sucked into jet engine, initial encounter), and V80731A (Occupant of animal-drawn vehicle injured in collision with streetcar, initial encounter). MORE


Ukraine looks for ‘sign of hope’ from Russia over Crimea

The tense, high-stakes standoff between Ukraine and Russia continued Tuesday, with both sides insisting they don’t want war but publicly offering little evidence of their willingness to budge. Petro Poroshenko, a Ukrainian parliamentarian who has been charged with leading negotiations with the new government of Crimea — a disputed region thought to be threatened by a Russian takeover — told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that “today we (had) the first sign of contact between our minister of defense and Russia’s minister of defense,” as well as talks involving other ministers. MORE

Boy points finger like gun, gets suspended

A Columbus principal suspended a student for three days last week after the child pointed a “lookalike firearm” at another student in class and pretended to shoot. The boy’s age? 10. The “level 2 lookalike firearm” cited in his suspension letter? His finger. “I was just playing around,” said Nathan Entingh, a fifth-grader at Devonshire Alternative Elementary School in a far northern section of the district. “People play around like this a lot at my school.” Other kids have been caught playing pretend gun games on the playground at Devonshire and weren’t suspended, Nathan said. MORE

EU Plans No Sanctions on Russia for Now

The European Union has no plans to impose sanctions on Russia over the recent events in Ukraine, Russia’s EU envoy said Tuesday, commenting on a statement a day earlier by European foreign ministers. EU foreign ministers who met in Brussels on Monday evening demanded an immediate withdrawal of Russian troops to their legitimate bases in Crimea under international agreements reached with Ukraine. While the statement was couched in strong language, it was light on specific actions that the EU intends to take in response to the crisis with Russia over Ukraine. MORE


Entire Families Coming to Christ in Saudi Arabia

We’re hearing of women and whole families coming to Christ, which is significant. Normally we would know of individual men but, as the culture places such importance on the family unit, this is a major step forward. One girl is writing hymns and posting them on the Internet. That was where she learned of Christ and has “met” workers, although she has yet to meet other Christians face to face. Two of her sisters also believe in Christ. A Bahraini across the country is gifted in playing local Arabic instruments. He puts her hymns to music and posts them on YouTube. MORE

China will increase military spending by 12.2 percent this year to 808.23 billion yuan ($131.57 billion), the government said on Wednesday, partly to beef up coastal and air defences and to develop more high-tech weapons. The government announced its spending plan for the 2.3 million-strong People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at the opening of parliament’s annual meeting. The increase builds on a nearly unbroken run of double-digit hikes in the defence budget for the past two decades. ”We will comprehensively enhance the revolutionary nature of the Chinese armed forces, further modernise them and upgrade their performance, and continue to raise their deterrence and combat capabilities in the information age,” Premier Li Keqiang told the largely rubber-stamp legislature. MORE

Obama pledges to press Abbas on framework

US President Barack Obama committed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau he would push Palestinians to match any Israeli concessions as he seeks to negotiate a framework for peace talks. A senior Obama administration official told AFP that the issue of US-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks was the dominant topic in the White House meeting between Obama and Netanyahu on Monday.  Despite frank statements on Middle East diplomacy before the meeting from both leaders, the talks were not as contentious as some previous encounters between the two men, the official told AFP Tuesday. The talks took place as Obama seeks to bridge gaps between Israelis and Palestinians in a bid to prolong the US-led peace effort led by his Secretary of State John Kerry. MORE

Huge majorities on East Coast support national gun registry

A shocking poll released Tuesday shows overwhelming majorities of people in Virginia, New York and New Jersey support a national gun registry. The survey released Tuesday was done jointly by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York. It shows that 68 percent of New York voters and a whopping 74 percent of New Jersey voters are in favor of establishing a national gun registry.  Even in the southern state of Virginia — which has gone blue in recent years — 63 percent want the federal government to track all guns. NRA Spokesman Andrew Arulanandam pointed out that the poll appears skewed. “Given the exceptionally high numbers of support for President Obama and Hillary Clinton in this poll, it isn’t surprising that there would be high numbers of support for draconian gun control proposals,” he told me. MORE

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