Israel’s Air Force Chief Warns of ‘Sudden’ War/Israel Is ‘Destroying’ Al-Aqsa Mosque for ‘Alleged’ Temple and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

Christian Censorship Rising: Facebook Removes Culture Warrior Todd Starnes’ Cliven Bundy Post

Your friendly neighborhood columnist has once again run afoul of Facebook’s elusive community standards.  This time I was censored for writing something about rancher Cliven Bundy. I realized I had landed in the Facebook gulag when I tried to post our daily Bible verse. However, I was unable to post anything because Facebook had taken great offense to something I had written. “We removed something your page posted,” Facebook told me in a rather unpleasant message. “We removed the post below because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.” Now, before you call up the preacher and put me on the church prayer list, let me assure you the posting was neither unseemly nor ungentlemanly. More

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Midweek Severe Threat in Plains and Midwest

As is typical of spring, the threat of severe weather is ramping up in the nation’s midsection. In fact, we are tracking two weather systems that will spawn severe weather over the next five or six days.  The latest details and updates on the first bout of severe storms from Wednesday through Friday are below. In addition, we are closely monitoring the potential for a more widespread severe threat this weekend starting in the Plains. Click here to see our full forecast on the weekend threat. More

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Thousands starving on outskirts of Damascus; situation ‘unprecedented in living memory,

Months ago, in times better than these, the only thing that could be obtained at the markets of Yarmouk in southern Damascus was a “green starch” that could be fried and eaten. One kilogram (2.2 pounds) of rice cost between $70 and $100. Boys scurried in search of dandelions and cactus leaves. A common meal included a bowl of water and spice. Some drank dog milk. Others ate fertilizer. Many had nothing at all. And then, 12 days ago, after the Syrian authorities cut off food shipments into the Palestinian refugee camp in Yarmouk, everything became more dire. More

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Calif. Evangelical Couple Runs Medical Marijuana Shop to Spread the Gospel and Heal the Sick

A California couple claims that they own and operate a medical marijuana dispensary in order to help the sick and spread the Gospel at the same time. Bryan and Lanette Davies began selling marijuana out of their Canna Care shop after claiming that God spoke to them. Now they consider themselves Sacramento’s only evangelical medical cannabis provider. ”I started praying, ‘Please help me Lord, I need to do something to be able to earn money.’ So He (God) said, ‘Open up a pot shop. Who are you not to do my will?’” said Bryan, according to TIME magazine. The Davies opened the medical marijuana shop with the intent of targeting men ages 20-30, because “they’ll spend the most on cannabis.” Seven years later, the dispensary has gained a loyal clientele and serves as a vehicle to spread Christianity, according to Bryan. More

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Aborted babies incinerated in Oregon waste-to-energy facility to provide electricity

Back in March we reported about Thousands of aborted and miscarried babies that were incinerated along with medical waste at U.K. hospitals, with some of the remains being used to help heat medical facilities, according to an investigative news program. – The Blaze.  Now reports are surfacing of The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitting that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in B.C. facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power facility in the United States, providing electricity for residents of Oregon. The province’s Health Ministry said in an email to the B.C. Catholic that “biomedical waste” shipped to the U.S. to be incinerated includes “human tissue, such as surgically removed cancerous tissue, amputated limbs, and fetal tissue.” “The ministry understands that some is transferred to Oregon. There it is incinerated in a waste-to-energy plant,” the email stated. The ministry said that contractors handling the province’s “biomedical waste” follow “health and safety protocols, as well as federal, provincial, and local regulations.”  More

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WAR DRUMS – BRITISH JETS CHASE OFF RUSSIAN SPY PLANES

Two Russian bombers which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter. The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland. They were turned away from Britain when an RAF Typhoon was scrambled from Leuchars airbase, near Dundee. Crews stationed there are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment’s notice. The incident comes amid heightened international tensions over the situation in Ukraine, following the annexation of Crimea by Russia last month.  It also follows the arrival of a Russian warship, the Vice Admiral Kulakov, in waters off the coast of Britain. More

 

Meet world’s first married lesbian THREESOME . and they’re expecting a baby due in July

The 'married' lesbian threesome on their wedding day in August 2013
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 –  The world’s only ‘married’ lesbian threesome are expecting their first child. Doll, Kitten and Brynn, from Massachusetts, were joined together in a marriage-style ceremony last August and are expecting a daughter in July. Kitten, 27, is pregnant after undergoing IVF treatment using an anonymous sperm donor, and the trioeventually plan to have three children – one for each of them.  The plan at the moment is that Kitten will bear all the children – possibly using her wives’ eggs and donated sperm – but they are open to other options, such as adoption. Brynn, 34, says: ‘The hope is to have three kids altogether. We always joke that the children should never outnumber the parents.’ Doll, Kitten and Brynn Young married in a ceremony in August 2013, when each of their fathers walked them down the aisle. All three women wore white wedding gowns and exchanged rings. More

 


SALEM, Ore.
 (AP) — A federal judge in Oregon is ready to hear arguments about the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but no one will be in court to defend the measure. Four gay and lesbian couples have filed suit asking a judge to declare the ban unconstitutional and allow same-sex couples to wed. They also want an order that same-sex marriages performed in other states must be recognized in Oregon.The state attorney general, Democrat Ellen Rosenblum, has declined to defend the ban, saying there’s no legal justification for it, so lawyers on both sides of the case essentially agree. Nobody will be defending the law before U.S. District Judge Michael McShane on Wednesday, although a national group opposed to gay marriage is seeking permission to do so later. More

Georgia Governor Signs ‘Unprecedented’ Gun Rights Bill

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a sweeping gun rights bill on Wednesday. House Bill 60, also known as The Safe Carry Protection Act, will allow licensed gun owners to carry their firearms into public places, including bars, nightclubs, schools, churches and government buildings. “People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the rules,” Deal said, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. “The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should reside at the forefronts of our minds.” More

NY Homeland Security Encourages Businesses to Snitch on Preppers as Terrorists

The New York State Division of Homeland Security is encouraging businesses to snitch on preppers as terrorists, urging that the purchase of MRE’s, ammunition or flash lights be treated as a suspicious activity.  As the video below illustrates, the LZ Army Navy Surplus store in Auburn, NY received a visit from a state trooper who put up a flyer in the window which encourages customers to call the New York State Terrorism Tips Line, 1-866 SAFE NYS, to report suspicious activity under the mantra of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign. 1-866 SAFE NYS is part of Safeguard New York, an NY State counterterrorism program that uses promotional material to encourage citizens to report people for engaging in “suspicious activity….which makes them stand out from others”. An accompanying letter provided by the state trooper listed such “suspicious activity” as the purchase of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), flashlights, weather proof ammunition, night vision equipment, match containers, or gas masks. More

 

Louisiana Creates Database of Citizens Who Represent “A Risk to the State”

Authorities in Louisiana are compiling a database of information on every citizen in order to identify people who are “a risk to the state,” as well as pinpointing future criminals in an effort to allow the state to “intervene in that person’s life”.  Details of the program were recently divulged by Chris Broadwater, Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 86, in a YouTube video which can be viewed above. The Comprehensive Person Profile, developed by software company SAS, uses information from every agency of state government to compile personal data entries on Louisiana residents which are centralized on one database. Originally set up to combat fraudulent workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance claims, the program was expanded to create a “centralized data warehouse” that allows “every agency within state government” to both submit and access data on every person within the state. More

 

China’s state media issued a scathing attack on the United States just hours before Barack Obama touched down for a week-long tour of Asia on Wednesday. The Xinhua news agency published a commentary slamming the U.S. as a “myopic” superpower that was trying to “cage” its Asian counterpart. Obama landed in Tokyo around 6 a.m. ET and will visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines over the next five days. The trip is part of a wider attempt to “rebalance” and “pivot” toward Asia. More

 

Allen West: Power plant attack a ‘dry run’

Former Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., says an attack one year ago on a power plant in California was a “dry run” for something bigger, and American needs to be paying attention.  WND reported the utility company, whose operation was disabled in the attack, has offered a $250,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. According to authorities, a team of attackers apparently cut a series of underground fiber optic telephone lines then fired guns at 17 transformers and shot out their cooling systems. Experts have called the attack an act of terrorism, and West agrees. He wrote on his website that just a year ago Americans were riveted by the Islamic terror attack at the Boston Marathon. “But a year ago, there was another attack that while not horrific, was disturbing, and has gone largely unnoticed,” he wrote. More

WAR DRUMS – Russia vows response if ‘interests’ in Ukraine attacked

Russia issued a sharp warning on Wednesday that it will strike back if its “legitimate interests” in Ukraine are attacked, raising the stakes in the Cold War-like duel with the United States over the former Soviet republic’s future. ”If we are attacked, we would certainly respond,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told state-controlled RT television. ”If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law,” he said, referring to Russia’s armoured invasion of Georgia in 2008. Moscow also insisted that Kiev withdraw the forces it has sent into eastern Ukraine to dislodge pro-Russian rebels who have seized control of government buildings in several towns. Both Kiev and Washington believe the current crisis is being deliberately fuelled by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a bid to restore former Soviet glory. More

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in Jerusalem on April 23, 2014. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO/Flash 90)
The Palestinian Authority can either make peace with Hamas or with Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, warning PA President Mahmoud Abbas that a reported reconciliation deal with the terrorist organization ruling Gaza would mean the end of the current, US-mediated effort to negotiate a peace deal. “Instead of moving into peace with Israel, he’s moving into peace with Hamas,” Netanyahu said. “He has to choose: Does he want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel? You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace; so far he hasn’t done so.” More

RUMORS OF WAR – Israel’s Air Force Chief Warns of ‘Sudden’ War


JERUSALEM, Israel
 — Israel could be in for a surprise war, Israel’s air force chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel warned. Eshel’s comments come as tensions are increasing along the Israeli-Syrian border. Eshel says the threat of a sudden war erupting on multiple fronts is much more relevant today. Syria has invested in the “best air defenses it could buy,” Israel’s air force chief said on Wednesday. That could embolden Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to do things he might not have done in the past. And if the regime collapses tomorrow, those weapons could be dispersed and pointed at Israel, he said, which means a surprise war could take many forms. More

 

For most of Canada’s existence, it has been regarded as the weak neighbor to the north by most Americans.  Well, that has changed dramatically over the past decade or so.  Back in the year 2000, middle class Canadians were earning much less than middle class Americans, but since then there has been a dramatic shift.  At this point, middle class Canadians are actually earning more than middle class Americans are.  The Canadian economy has been booming thanks to a rapidly growing oil industry, and meanwhile the U.S. middle class has been steadily shrinking.  If current trends continue, a whole bunch of other countries are going to start passing us too.  The era of the “great U.S. middle class” is rapidly coming to a bitter end. More


MEXICO CITY
 — Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico’s capital Tuesday to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the government to arbitrarily censor Internet content. Protesters carrying signs that read “No to Censorship” and “Freedom of Expression” walked along Mexico City’s main Reforma Avenue on their way to the Senate building after organizing the demonstration on social networks. The government says the proposal seeks tools to combat illegal activities on the Internet, including child pornography. One of the most controversial articles in the law allows the government to request that internet providers “block access to certain content, applications or services,” including cutting off cellphone service or Internet access if it considers there is a risk to public safety. More

 

DAYS OF LOT – Gay-Sponsored ‘Hunky Jesus’ Contest in San Francisco

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Christians have criticized an event in San Francisco, Ca. that invited contestants to enter a “Hunky Jesus” competition, calling it distasteful and offensive. There were at least a thousand people in attendance for the controversial annual contest in San Francisco – the 2014 “Hunky Jesus” Competition, which saw a number of people dressed in costumes and carrying props that mocked Jesus, while others dressed as Mary, nuns, or other figures of the Christian faith. ”First, Jesus isn’t dead. He’s hot,” is one particularly offensive quote from the flyer promoting the event. The event is sponsored by a group of gay men posing as nuns called Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. This year’s gathering celebrated their 35th anniversary, and organizers decided to hold the controversial event on Easter Sunday at Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park, seemingly hoping to offend Christians. More

US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis

U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland on Wednesday as part of a wave of U.S. troops heading to shore up America’s Eastern European allies in the face of Russian meddling in Ukraine. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said an initial contingent of about 600 troops will head to four countries across Eastern Europe for military exercises over the next month. First, about 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Vicenza, Italy, are arriving in Poland. Additional Army companies will head to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and are expected to arrive by Monday for similar land-based exercises in those countries. More

 

 

IAF strikes Gaza terror cell preparing to launch rockets into Israel

The IAF fired on a terror cell that was about to fire rockets into Israel, security sources said. The terror cell was identified by the Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) and constituted an imminent threat to Israeli security, according to the sources. The results of the air strike are not yet known. The strike wounded four people, medical officials in the Hamas-ruled territory said. The attack came two days after terrorists in the Palestinian enclave launched rockets into southern Israel. There was no immediate word on the identities of those wounded in the air strike, launched just after Hamas Islamists and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Organization announced a unity agreement in Gaza City. Jerusalem Post


Atlanta (CBS ATLANTA) –
 An anti-biotic resistant “superbug” that has long affected hospitals and other health care locations around the world has now found a new “reservoir” location: inside U.S. homes. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that is resistant to many of the strongest antibiotics, and although recent prevalence has been limited to hospitals and nursing homes, a new study of 161 New York City residents who contracted the MRSA infections finds that the these people’s homes were “major reservoirs” for the bacteria strains, HealthDay reports. More

FIREHOSES TURNED ON OBAMA PROTESTERS


Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Wednesday to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines. Some of the protesters carried paper U.S. flags with the message: “Obama not welcome.” Obama, who landed in Japan on Wednesday, is due to visit South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines over the next five days as part of a wider attempt to “rebalance” and “pivot” toward Asia. More


BREAKING NEWS
:  Kiev authorities must “immediately” deescalate the situation in southeast Ukraine by withdrawing its troops from the region, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said, adding that Kiev must start nationwide talks and stop “distorting” the Geneva agreement. “The Russian side once again insists on an immediate deescalation of the situation in the southeast of Ukraine, the withdrawal of divisions of the Ukrainian Army and the start of a real inter-Ukrainian dialogue including all the regions and political entities of the country,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website. Moscow is “surprised” by Kiev’s interpretation of the four-sided Geneva agreement adopted by Russia, Ukraine, the US and the EU on April 17, it added. Despite the call for disarmament of “all the illegal armed groups” specified by the agreement, Kiev, Washington and a number of European leaders “keep harping on the necessity to ‘hand over weapons’ [referring] only to the Ukrainian citizens defending their rights in southeastern Ukraine.” With that, the Western powers “are turning a blind eye to the ongoing provocative actions of the gunmen of the far-right groups, including that of the so-called Right Sector.” More

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Pentagon introduces Atlas, its new “robo sapien”

The military on Tuesday showed off its new robot that one day could take on missions deemed too dangerous for humans. Homo sapien – in the person of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel – meets robo sapien – who goes by the name Atlas and is one of the most advanced robots in the world. Atlas still has a way to go on the evolutionary scale. “Great body, not much of a brain yet,” said Arati Prabhakar, the Pentagon’s director of advanced research. According to Prabhakar, putting one foot in front of the other turns out to be a very complex task for Atlas, especially when the ground is uneven. At 6-foot, 2 inches, and 330 pounds, Atlas is what the military calls a ground pounder – assigned mundane tasks like hooking up a fire hose – which takes him so long we have to show you at 33 times normal speed. More

 

Obama says disputed islands within scope of U.S.-Japan security treaty

U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Japan that tiny islands in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row with China are covered by a bilateral security treaty that obligates America to come to Japan’s defense. Obama gave the assurance in remarks published by the Yomiuri newspaper on Wednesday, hours before he was due to arrive in Tokyo for a visit aimed at reaffirming strong U.S.-Japan ties in the face of rising tensions over China and North Korea. “The policy of the United States is clear – the Senkaku islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of … the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security,” Obama said, referring to the disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China. “And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands,” he said.More

‘Hacking the Constitution’: States Quietly Plan to Ditch Electoral College

Nearly a dozen states have quietly signed onto a plan to effectively ditch the Electoral College and instead, award the White House to the candidate that wins the popular vote. The National Popular Vote agreement would take effect if states that represent 270 electoral votes all commit. New York has most recently joined the efforts, bringing the number of states to 10 plus the District of Columbia. Altogether, they represent 165 electoral votes.Without the Electoral College, FoxNews.com digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt said we would have had a whole different trajectory of presidents. If presidents are selected through the popular vote, he said that campaigns will focus on maximizing turnout in urban centers. He said the “plan is to subvert the will of the Constitution and the founders.” More

110 websites closed as China cracks down on porn

China has shut down 110 websites as part of a national crackdown on online pornography, the State Internet Information Office said Sunday. Some 3,300 accounts on China-based social networking services, such as WeChat and Sina Weibo, as well as online forums have been deleted in the recently launched Cleaning the Web 2014 campaign, according to the office. Close to 7,000 advertisements and 200,000 texts with pornographic content were also deleted. “Pornography does great harm to minors and the social ethos,” read a circular issued by the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications at the start of the campaign. The campaign is in response to the persistent spread of pornography online despite multiple previous crackdowns.More

Israel Is ‘Destroying’ Al-Aqsa Mosque for ‘Alleged’ Temple

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been stepping up its libel that Israel is “destroying” the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, in order to build the “alleged” Temple. The highest PA religious authority, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, asserted in late March that Israel was making an “attempt… at lay[ing] hands on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… [and] in addition to the threat of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins.” Palestinian Media Watch translated the comments, which were made by the same mufti who in 2012 publicly called for the genocide of the Jewish people. The comments were made ahead of the recent series of Arab riots on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem raging since last week, in which Israeli police have been attacked by rocks and firebombs, and limits have been placed on Muslim visitors as well as Jewish visitors. More

 

 

Billionaire GOP donor aims to convince party to push Homosexual ‘Rights’

Billionaire Republican donor Paul Singer, long known for opposing legislation that increases the regulatory burden on American businesses, has brought together a bipartisan coalition that aims to move the GOP to push homosexual “rights.” Singer, who backs same-sex “marriage” and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), helped form two organizations in the last year that have donated to Republicans that share their support for comprehensive immigration reform, same-sex “marriage,” and Israel. Working with groups like the ACLU, SEIU, and Human Rights Campaign, Singer has donated $10 million over the last several years to pro-same-sex “marriage” efforts in New Hampshire, New York, and Maryland. He has been inspired by his openly homosexual son, according to media reports. More

 

FBI trying to identify 90 potential victims of accused international child predator

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The FBI asked for the public’s help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades before committing suicide last month in Minnesota. William James Vahey, 64, killed himself in Luverne on March 21, the FBI said. That was two days after agents in Houston filed for a warrant to search a computer thumb drive that belonged to Vahey, a U.S. citizen with residences in London and Hilton Head Island, S.C. An employee of the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, where Vahey had recently taught ninth-grade world history and geography, gave the drive to the U.S. Embassy there. More

 

 

Gold prices have fallen to the lowest level in 10 weeks, as investors ignore tensions in Ukraine to focus on an improving US economy and falling Chinese demand for the precious metal. Gold for June delivery, the most actively traded contract, on Tuesday fell $US7.40, or 0.6 per cent, to $US1,281.10 a troy ounce, the lowest settlement since February 10, on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices had been buoyed for much of April by investors seeking a haven from the upheaval in Eastern Europe, where Russia is encroaching on Ukraine. US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russia it would face additional economic sanctions if it doesn’t withdraw its forces from Ukraine’s border, news that some analysts had thought would spur more gold purchases. But instead, gold ended lower for a third straight session, putting prices at the level they were before the Ukrainian crisis ignited. More

Massive Volcanic Eruptions Wreaking Havoc On The World

As the world seems to hurdle from one crisis to another, today a 43-year market veteran warned King World News that massive volcanic eruptions are now wreaking havoc on the world.  Jeffrey Saut, Chief Investment Strategist at Raymond James, also warned this trend is going to continue for many years, even though no one in the mainstream media is talking about this. Eric King:  “Jeffrey, we’ve seen skyrocketing food prices.” Saut:  “This has a lot to do with the weather.  You’ve had a drought in Brazil, so the price of Brazilian coffee is up over 80% year-to-date.  I know a farmer in California who used to produce a bunch of alfalfa.  He’s about to lose his entire crop because he can’t get water…. “You also have a drought in Texas.  One of my themes, Eric, has been the weird weather.  The world is actually cooling, not warming.  What’s causing this is the volcanic ash in the air.  You’ve got more volcanic ash in the air than at any time in recorded history.More

Democratic Rep Warns That Obamacare’s Worst About to ‘Hit the Fan’

With everyone from Democratic officeholders to acohort of political bloggers urging, imploring,virtually begging Democratic candidates and incumbents to embrace the Affordable Care Actahead of the 2014 midterm elections, it seems that only the pollsters are warning that they do so at their own political peril. “In terms of Obamacare, don’t defend it,” the respected Democratic pollster Celinda Lakeurged in March following the release of her own extensive polling on the issue for George Washington University’s respected Battleground Poll. “Say it was flawed from the beginning, and we’re going to fix it.” There’s just one problem with that strategy: it serves as an implicit rebuke of the 111th Congress, the Democratic Party’s leadership in the legislature, and President Barack Obama. More

Secular Group Files Lawsuit in New Jersey Against ‘Under God’ in Pledge

A Washington, D.C.-based secular organization has filed a lawsuit against the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The American Humanist Association announced Monday that a New Jersey school district will be the latest entity sued over the two words. David Niose, attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in a statement that he believes the pledge’s words are religiously coercive. ”Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God,” said Niose. ”Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices.” The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of an anonymous Monmouth County family that claims the words under God are discriminatory against non-theists. More

A Church of England clergyman has become the first to enter a same-sex marriage, going against official guidance, which says clergy need to “model the Church’s teaching in their lives.” Canon Jeremy Pemberton and his partner, Laurence Cunnington, had the ceremony in a hotel on Saturday. An evangelical group within the Church of England called for “clear discipline” on the issue, saying anything else would make the Church’s official position look hollow. In February, the Church of England released guidance saying it would be unacceptable for an ordained person to have a same-sex wedding. The Church also said it would not ordain someone in a same-sex marriage. Rod Thomas, from the Reform church group, comments, “There’s no doubt that there is pressure within some parts of the Church for the Church to change its mind on sexuality.” More

Persecuted Pastor From Iran Hospital Bed: Let’s Resurrect Our Dead Faith

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American pastor Saeed Abedini, serving an eight-year sentence for his Christian faith in Iran, wrote the following Easter message from his hospital room: Crucifying the resurrected “self” with Christ and resurrecting our dead faith with Christ Happy Resurrection Day. On the Eve of Good Friday and Easter I was praying from my hospital room for my fellow Christians in the world. What the Holy Spirit revealed to me in prayer was that there are many dead faiths in the midst of Christians today. That Christians all over the world are not able to fully reach their spiritual potential that has been given to them as a gift by God so that in reaching that potential, the curtain can be removed and the Glory of God would be revealed. More

Combating the National Day of Prayer, Atheists Launch ‘Day of Reason’

Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island has declared May 1 as a “Day of Reason” in his state. The secular celebration is being held on the same day as the National Day of Prayer. Atheists and secularists oppose a national day of prayer, saying it’s part of a “persistent threat” to the separation of church and state. They think a “Day of Reason” will help them fight back. The Humanists of Rhode Island and the Secular Coalition for Rhode Island requested the event. Chafee’s proclamation says reason has “proven to offer hope for human survival upon Earth by cultivating intelligent, moral, and ethical interaction among people.” Meanwhile, millions of Christians are expected to participate in the National Day of Prayer. More

Yesterday the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is seeking an ammunition dealer who can provide 25 million shotgun rounds to the agency over a five year period, adding to its already enormous arsenal of ammo.  The solicitation posted on FBO.gov states that U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a department under DHS, is seeking “shotgun ammunition for use by all applicable agencies in the Department of Homeland Security,” more specifically three million rounds of shotgun slugs per year and two million rounds of buckshot per year for five years. “The ammunition will be used as appropriate at all Department of Homeland Security (DHS or department) component locations nationwide and outside the CONUS [continental United States,]” the notice reads. More

 

Russia said set to sell its top fighter jets to Egypt

Egypt is slated to sign a deal with Russia to purchase 24 advanced MiG-35 fighter jets, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported Tuesday, citing official sources in Moscow and Cairo.  Ahead of the agreement for the sophisticated aircraft — not sold as of yet to any other country — a delegation of Russian advisers are currently in Cairo meeting with officials. According to a February report of the deal, Egypt was prepared to buy a number of MiG-29 planes, as well as Mi-35 helicopters and other hardware, for over $3 billion. RIA Novosti listed Saudi Arabia and the UAE as funding the purchase. More

Russia to create united naval base system for ships and subs in Arctic

A united system of naval bases for ships and next-generation submarines will be created in the Arctic to defend Russia’s interests in the region, President Vladimir Putin said. He urged the government to provide full state funding for the socio-economic development of the Russian Arctic through 2017-20. Putin said that a separate state agency should be created to implement Russian policy in the Arctic and to improve the quality of governance and decision-making in this area. “We do not need a bulky bureaucratic body, but a flexible operational structure, which will help better coordinate the activities of ministries and departments, regions and businesses,” he said. More

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi smoking and trembling again

INDONESIA – Volcanic activity at Mount Merapi, on the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta, dispersed ash within a 15-kilometer radius of the southeast, south and southwest of the volcano, on Sunday. “Tremors were recorded for around 20 minutes at 4:21 a.m. local time on Sunday, and our observers began to hear rumbling at 4:26 a.m.,” said Sri Sumarti, head of the Mt. Merapi division at the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG) in Yogyakarta on Sunday, as quoted by Antara news agency. It was reported that embers were also seen. Sri asserted that, however, there was no lava flow. “The same thing happened after Mt. Merapi erupted in 2010. The smoke this morning was an isolated occurrence and was not followed by more seismic activity,” she said. Sri further said a 5.6 Richter scale earthquake with an epicenter some 151 km southwest of Gunung Kidul occurred on Friday. On Saturday, the BPPTKG also recorded seismic activity at Mt. Merapi in the form of four tectonic quakes between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. “We are not able to yet conclude whether the smoke blowing this morning is directly related to the quakes,” said Sri. She said the volcano’s status remained “active-normal.” –Jakarta Post
Technology is one of the leading ways we are able to track Bible prophecy, but it seems it is helping to create the fulfillment of those prophecies. Could it be ushering in the kingdom of the beast? Many who follow Bible prophecy are beginning to see the unusual fulfillment of what the prophets declared thousands of years ago but is now becoming much more evident in our culture. For instance, many questioned whether or not the last-day “kingdom of the beast” was the resurrected Roman Empire, which some considered to be the European Union—that is, until Sept. 11, 2001, when our eyes were opened to jihad and the Muslim uprising. Now we see the alignment of nations in the Middle East that both the prophet Daniel and John the Revelator spoke of in Daniel and Revelation. These men will make war against Israel and will behead those who are against them. I do not see this as an objective for the EU; however, this is the mandate of what many Muslims believe for in a new caliphate. More

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Kidnapper Releases 10-Year-Old Who Won’t Stop Singing Gospel Song

A gospel song saved a 10-year-old Atlanta boy from his kidnapper. Willie Myrick said he was in his front yard and bent down to pick up money when somebody grabbed him and threw him in a car. “He told me he didn’t want to hear a word from me,” Myrick said. That’s when Myrick began to sing a gospel song called “Every Praise.” The kidnapper started cursing and repeatedly told Myrick to shut up, but he wouldn’t. He sang the song for about three hours until the kidnapper let him out of the car. The little boy ran to a nearby home and asked the resident to call his guardian. Myrick recently got to meet “Every Praise” gospel singer Hezekiah Walker, and they sang the song together. Police don’t have any leads on the suspect, but are hoping a sketch they released will generate tips. More

Putin shows off new military gear in Ukraine.

Elite Russian troops are displaying a new arsenal of body armor, individual weapons, armor-piercing ammunition and collar radios — a menu of essential gear that gives them a big tactical advantage against a lesser-equipped Ukrainian army. If President Vladimir Putin orders an invasion, the new-generation body armor, in particular, would provide exceptional protection against small arms if Russian troops go street by street to capture Kiev and other cities. More

WAR DRUMS – Biden Warns Russia to Pull Back Forces.

 
Hundreds of U.S. troops are headed for maneuvers in Eastern Europe through year’s end, the Pentagon announced, new deployments intended to reassure allies on Russia’s borders as violence took a sinister turn Tuesday in embattled Ukraine. Vice President Joe Biden, in a visit to Kiev, warned Russia to pull back its troops and abide by last week’s international agreement or face the certainty of swift new sanctions. Mr. Biden also urged Ukraine’s leaders to adhere to democratic principles and respect cultural differences, reassuring them, “You will not walk this road alone.” Despite Washington’s efforts, tensions flared as Kiev accused pro-Russian separatists of torturing and killing two people and of shooting at one of its military planes, prompting a call by the country’s interim president for a resumption of what he termed counterterrorism actions to uproot militants. More

 

President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia this week will be dominated by a country he’s not even visiting: China.Each of the four nations on the president’s itinerary is involved in territorial disputes with an increasingly assertive China. And years of military spending gains have boosted the capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army faster than many defense analysts expected, casting a shadow over relations between China and its neighbors and sparking doubts about long-term prospects for the U.S. presence in the Pacific. “There are growing concerns about what China is up to in the maritime space,” said Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “There’s a widely held view in the region that the U.S.-China relationship is tipping toward being much more confrontational.” More

mribrain042114At Yale University, researchers recently used a brain scanner to identify which face someone was looking at — just from their brain activity. At the University of California-Berkeley, scientists are moving beyond “reading” simple thoughts to predicting what someone will think next. And at Carnegie Mellon, in Pittsburgh, cognitive neuroscientist Marcel Just has a vision that will make Google Glass seem very last century. Instead of using your eye to direct a cursor — finding a phone number for a car repair shop, for instance — he fantasizes about a device that will dial the shop by interpreting your thoughts about the car (minus the expletives). Mind reading technology isn’t yet where the sci-fi thrillers predict it will go, but researchers like Just aren’t ruling out such a future. ”In principle, our thoughts could someday be readable,” said Just, who directs the school’s Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging. “I don’t think we have to worry about this in the next 5-10 years, but it’s interesting to think about. What if all of our thoughts were public?” More

TEXAS WARNS FEDS EYEING LAND GRAB: ‘STAY OUT’

After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM’s authority to take such action.  “I am about ready,” General Abbott told Breitbart Texas, “to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.” Gen. Abbott sent a strongly-worded letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, asking for answers to a series of questions related to the potential land grab. More

 

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