Israel decries US ‘knife in back’ over Palestinian govt/Boko Haram attack church dressed as Nigeria soldiers as dozens are killed in fresh raids/800 babies buried in septic tank at Irish home for unmarried mothers and more signs of JESUS’ soon return


DAYS OF LOT – Fox News star pushing for Christians to support ‘Gay’ Christianity

The Fox News analyst who made headlines last December for saying she personally met Jesus is now entering the battle over homosexual relationships, suggesting U.S. Christians could support the concept.  “Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships?” asks Kirsten Powers, a former atheist who went public with her conversion to Christianity last year. “If so, it will be due to the emergence of conservative Christians who say orthodox believers can support life-long, monogamous gay relationships without undermining their commitment to biblical authority.” In her column in USA Today, Powers mentions by name evangelical Matthew Vines, the homosexual author of the new book, “God and the Gay Christian,” as well as New Testament scholar James Brownson, who wrote the 2013 book “Bible, Gender, Sexuality.” More



800 babies buried in septic tank at Irish home for unmarried mothers

Almost 800 babies and children were buried in a mass grave in Ireland near a home for unmarried mothers run by nuns, according to new research Wednesday which throws more light on the Irish Catholic Church’s troubled past. Death records suggest 796 children, from newborns to eight-year-olds, were deposited in a grave near a Catholic-run home for unmarried mothers during the 35 years it operated from 1925 to 1961. Historian Catherine Corless, who made the discovery, says her study of death records for the St Mary’s home in Tuam in County Galway suggests that a former septic tank near the home was a mass grave. More

Violent hailstorm smashes 4,500 new cars at Nebraska dealership

Even by Tornado Alley standards, the hail storm that hit Blair, Neb., on Tuesday was a whopper, with tennis-ball-sized chunks of ice pounding the town for 15 minutes. Some 27 people were injured, hundreds of homes and buildings damaged and scores of windows broken. And the biggest hit landed at the local mega car dealer, which estimates nearly 4,500 new cars and trucks suffered some $10 million in damage. The Woodhouse Auto Family dealership chain has its flagship Ford and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep stores in Blair, with $152 million in new-vehicle inventory — all of which was sitting outside Tuesday when the storm blew in. In one video recorded by employees and posted to the dealership’s Facebook page, the hail sounds like a storm of buckshot hitting the roofMore

Half The Country Makes Less Than $27,520 A Year And 15 Other Signs The Middle Class Is Dying

If you make more than $27,520 a year at your job, you are doing better than half the country is.  But you don’t have to take my word for it, you can check out the latest wage statistics from the Social Security administration right here.  But of course $27,520 a year will not allow you to live “the American Dream” in this day and age.  After taxes, that breaks down to a good bit less than $2,000 a month.  You can’t realistically pay a mortgage, make a car payment, afford health insurance and provide food, clothing and everything else your family needs for that much money.  That is one of the reasons why both parents are working in most families today.  In fact, sometimes both parents are working multiple jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet.  Over the years, the cost of living has risen steadily but our paychecks have not.  This has resulted in a steady erosion of the middle class.  Once upon a time, most American families could afford a nice home, a couple of cars and a nice vacation every year.  When I was growing up, it seemed like almost everyone was middle class.  But now “the American Dream” is out of reach for more Americans than ever, and the middle class is dying right in front of our eyes. More

Israel decries US ‘knife in back’ over Palestinian govt

Washington’s support for a new Palestinian government backed by Israel’s Islamist foe Hamas, has left the Jewish state feeling betrayed, triggering a new crisis with its closest ally. Several Israeli ministers expressed public anger on Tuesday after the US State Department said it was willing to work with the new Palestinian unity government put together by the West Bank leadership and Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Technocratic in nature, the new government was sworn in on Monday in front of president Mahmud Abbas, with Washington offering its backing several hours later. Israel admitted it was “deeply disappointed.”  ”I have to say I do not understand this American announcement,” said Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, accusing Washington of saying one thing behind closed doors and another in public. ”You cannot present it as a Hamas government internally, then present it publically as a government of technocrats,” he told army radio. More

Woman Claims She Saw Missing Malaysian Air Flight While Sailing In Indian Ocean

British woman Katherine Tee is saying she spotted what she believes is the missing Malaysian Air flight MH370 while she was sailing. She saw in early March, but is only now coming forward because she did not believe her eyes at the time. Tee said that while she and her husband Marc Horn were sailing across the Indian Ocean from India to Thailand, she spotted what looked like a plane on fire during the night of March 7. She thought she was hallucinating, but after the media coverage, she looked up the flight plan of the aircraft and discovered their journeys intersected, Business Insider reports. “It caught my attention because I had never seen a plane with orange lights before so I wondered what they were,” Tee said. “It looked longer than planes usually do. There was what appeared to be black smoke behind it. Since that’s not something you see every day, I questioned my mind. I was looking at what appeared to be an elongated plane glowing bright orange, with a trail of black smoke behind it. It did occur to me that it might be a meteorite. But I thought it was more likely that I was going insane.” More

’7 Bible Quotes Distorted to Support Same Sex Relationships’ Released By Arielle Scarcella And Matthew Vines

– Popular YouTube lesbian vlogger Arielle Scarcella is back with a slightly different video this week that takes a look at what the Bible really has to say about same-sex relationships. In “7 Bible Quotes In Support Of Same Sex Relationships,” Scarcella is joined by openly gay and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist Matthew Vines for some expert perspective. Vines, who recently released his book God and the Gay Christian, is perhaps best known for the viral YouTube video “The Gay Debate: The Bible and Homosexuality.” More

DAYS OF LOT – Supreme Court Refuses To Put Gay Marriage On Hold In Oregon

The Supreme Court is refusing to halt a federal judge’s order declaring Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The court issued an order Wednesday declining to block any new same-sex unions in the state while a federal appeals court considers whether an anti-gay marriage group can intervene in the case. The order follows an emergency appeal by the National Organization for Marriage that seeks to overturn the May 19 ruling of U.S. District Judge Michael McShane. The group had unsuccessfully tried to intervene in the lower court proceeding after Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum declined to defend the same-sex ban. Hundreds of same-sex Oregon couples have obtained marriage licenses since McShane’s order. The group filed its request with Justice Anthony Kennedy and he referred it to the full court. Huffington Post

High School Principal Comes Out As Gay While At Pride Event With Students

Pete Cahall, principal of Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., came out as gay Wednesday while in front of his students at a school Pride Day event. ”I turned 50, I’m tired of hiding,” Cahall told the crowd, reports NBC Washington. Cahall was joined by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and openly gay City Councilman David Catania and as he made his announcement. “I want to say publicly for the first time because of your leadership, care and support that I am a proud gay man who just happens to be the principal of Wilson High School,” he said while in the school’s atrium, according to The Washington Post. In response, the quasi-religious, anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has planned a protest June 9 and has reportedly called the school’s celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people a “shame,” according to NBC. On Twitter, the school’s account has been retweeting positive responses to the principal’s announcement. More

Miracle in Texas: Woman Walks After 4 Years Wheelchair-Bound

A woman who had not walked in four years was healed last month during a service at Magnolia Church in Port Neches, Texas. Marie Cribbs has been wheelchair-bound for four years due to complications from diabetes, two bouts of breast cancer and psoriatic arthritis, according to Godreports. ”She had chemotherapy and whenever the chemo left her system her arthritis came back in a fury and left every one of her joints inflamed,” her husband, Bill, explains. “It made it very hard for her to move, and, because of that, her whole body degenerated, and it was impossible for her to walk.” Bill has cared for Marie for the last four years. ”My whole body was almost shut down,” Marie says. “I couldn’t lift my arms or my legs or do anything. My husband had to take care of everything. I was in extreme pain.” Though Marie has not been able to attend church regularly due to her condition, she made a decision to go on May 4, when Magnolia Church hosted a special guest speaker, Paul Ai. More




In addition to making it illegal for children to be outside their homes after 9:00 PM, the city of Baltimore, Maryland, will impose what amounts to a public school curfew between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign new legislation. The law, passed unanimously by the Baltimore City Council, was defended Monday by Councilman Brandon Scott, who is the lead supporter of the measure. “We did that because it’s just old school common sense,” Scott said. “If you’re going to ask young people to be up and ready for school at 6:30, 7 o’clock in the morning then they should not be out at 11 p.m. at night.” Parents will be fined $500 if their children violate the curfew. Families may avoid paying the penalty if they attend government counseling. Children caught violating the new law will be taken by police to a “youth connection center,” ABC News in Baltimore reports. More

Muslim American Suicide Bomber ‘Spoke in Tongues’

A suicide bomber who attacked Syrian government troops was revealed by U.S. officials to be an American citizen and Florida resident. Those who knew Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha have some interesting things to say. Orlando Taylor, a friend of his brother, deemed him a “real activist” and a “full Muslim.” One report even stated that he spoke in tongues. ”He spoke in tongues. He sang the Koran and all that,” said Taylor, referring to the traditional practice of reciting the Qur’an in its original Arabic. It is evident, however, that Taylor was not referring to the gift of tongues that comes with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, whom Muslims incorrectly identify with the angel Jibral (Gabriel). Abu-Salha was by all accounts a devout Muslim, participating in religious festivals and fasting. More

74-Year-Old Army Vet Thanks Medicare for Covering Sex-Change Surgery

Medicare may soon start covering sex-reassignment surgery, reports The New York Times. The Department of Health and Human Services appeal board made the ruling Friday, reversing a Medicare policy that has been in place since 1981. The board ruled that the current exclusion was “no longer reasonable” because the procedure is safe and effective and cannot be considered experimental anymore. In addition to Medicare considering adding the surgery, an increasing number of university health plans and large companies—like Fortune 500 companies Shell Oil and Campbell Soup—have begun to cover gender reassignment procedures. Medicare’s decision—which applies to health plans for older Americans and people with disabilities—will also cover other treatments, like hormones. The decision does not apply to Medicaid, which is regulated by the states and provides health coverage to low-income individuals and families. More

MERS death toll in United Arab Emirates hits 10

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the latest country to confirm 10 deaths as a result of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), better known as the MERS virus. The Emirati Health Ministry said on Wednesday that six locals and four foreign nationals have so far died from the MERS disease in the UAE since March 2013. A total of 68 others have been also confirmed infected with the disease since the country’s first case was diagnosed, Health Minister Abdul Rahman al-Owais added. MERS cases have been identified in 15 other countries including France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and Britain, with Saudi Arabia being the worst hit. More

4 Trends in Christianity That Could Scare You, According to Ed Stetzer

Despite what many think, the church in America is not dying (and no serious researcher thinks that). However, there are some challenges and changes to be considered. When we consider missiology, part of the discipline includes considering how churches relate to their culture. Since we live in changing times, it’s worth thinking through what current cultural changes mean for future church engagement of that culture. Here are four trends that are already evident, but will become even more important in days to come: More

Labor Dept: Americans face higher unemployment.

Native-born Americans face a higher jobless rate than people in the U.S. who were born overseas. But immigrants primarily held service jobs and earned less money last year. Those are two findings from a new report released Thursday by the Labor Department as U.S. lawmakers debate overhauling the nation’s immigration laws. Some Republicans oppose an overhaul, saying it would reward people who broke the law and hurt American workers. More

As these terrifying pictures show, a series of fearsome twisters ripped through Lincolnshire this afternoon as experts insisted ‘much worse’ is to come over the next few days. Geoff Hill, 54, who works near Market Rasen, photographed the tornadoes as the skies suddenly darkened around 3pm. He said: “It was spotted by one of our store staff working outside looking up at the sky. Somebody rushed in and said there’s a tornado. ”We rushed outside and I grabbed my camera and took a picture. I actually caught it on the second go because it had formed for five minutes before and then disappeared. ”Then it formed again and appeared for another five minutes.” Elsewhere, photographer Stu Morant caught amazing images of a rampaging tornado on camera near Crowle, near Scunthorpe, North Lincs, around 4.30pm. More

DAYS OF LOT – Will the Church conform to “Same Sex” Relationships?

Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? If so, it will be due to the emergence of conservative Christians who say orthodox believers can support life-long, monogamous gay relationships without undermining their commitment to biblical authority. In evangelical gay Christian Matthew Vines’ new book, God and the Gay Christian, he examines the six passages on same-sex behavior and argues that they do not address today’s long-term gay relationships. New Testament scholar James Brownson, who wrote the 2013 book Bible, Gender, Sexuality, concurs. He told me, “Male-male sex in the ancient world was episodic. It was mainly young boys with older men or male slaves and masters. It was not mutual. These were not relationships, they were not marriage and they were not meant to turn into marriage.” Brownson said to compare what ancient writers viewed as heterosexual “sexual excess” — akin to gluttony — with the modern concept of sexual orientation is misguided. More



Boko Haram attack church dressed as Nigeria soldiers as dozens are killed in fresh raids

Christians shepherded into a church by armed men apparently for their safety died when those soldiers turned out to be Boko Haram fighters in disguise, who opened fire on the cowering crowd in their latest attack. It was one of at least six different raids across northern Nigeria on Monday and Tuesday, when as many as 30 people died. The attacks again illustrate the militants’ supremacy over Nigeria’s state security forces, who have made little progress in freeing more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped close to two months ago. Boko Haram’s latest offensive came as it was reported Nigerian army officers have been convicted by courts martial for colluding with the al-Qaeda allied group, including providing them with weapons and secret intelligence. More

Mystery over pig virus origins contributes to spread and anxiety

Swine veterinarian Bill Minton thought the baby pigs dying at a farm in western Ohio had a bad case of gastro-enteritis and was stumped when lab results came back with no indication of what had killed them. It took nearly 30 days – and hundreds more pigs dying in five other states – for Minton to learn the farm was ground zero for a virulent, fast-spreading virus that had never been seen before in the United States. A year later, the disease, called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), has wiped out an estimated 10 percent of the U.S. pig population, helped push pork prices to record highs, and raised questions about U.S. oversight of the livestock industry and measures designed to protect the nation’s food supply. More


The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a $15 minimum wage Monday, giving its lowest-paid workers a path over the next seven years to the nation’s highest hourly pay. The outcome was not in doubt as a progressive mayor and City Council throughout the spring vowed to address the national trend of rising income inequality and a city that has become increasingly unaffordable for many of its residents. But amid the celebration outside City Hall after the vote, cautionary notes also were sounded about Seattle’s leap into the unknown. More

Now Obama zeroes in on domestic terror

Barack Obama, fresh off of a deal with international terrorists, is announcing a new effort to target domestic terror with a plan for the re-establishment of a law-enforcement group to stand as a barrier to homegrown violence, according to a report.  The Reuters wire service said the new panel, on the calendar to be announced on Tuesday, would focus on cases “that involve Americans who may be spurred to violence for political or prejudicial reasons.” It apparently will include representatives from the National Security Division of the Justice Department, the attorney general’s office and the FBI. It follows by just days Obama’s decision to free five top terror commanders from Guantanamo Bay, where they were being held after being determined to be too dangerous to turn loose, in exchange for an American soldier held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists in the Middle East.. More

DAYS OF LOT – British consulates open doors to same sex marriages in Russia

Same sex marriages can take place in the British consulates of more than 20 countries where the ceremonies are not legal including Russia, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Hungary. The Foreign Office has opened the doors of its missions to British nationals and their partners who wish to wed but are unable to under foreign laws. Chris Bryant, the former Foreign office minister and openly gay Labour MP, said he hoped the move would be “celebrated” in countries like Russia where homosexuals face prejudice and persecution. In June last year Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, signed into law a bill punishing people for homosexual “propaganda”. The law imposed fines on those who disseminate information aimed at minors ‘directed and forming non-traditional sexual set-up’, or which may cause a ‘distorted understanding’ that gay and heterosexual relationships are equal. More

US to boost army presence in Europe

The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama says, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine. Standing with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Obama said the US plans to send more military equipment and rotate additional American troops into the region. He called on lawmakers in Washington to provide the funding to sustain the effort. Obama’s announcement marks a significant departure from a two-decade trend toward a smaller US military presence in Europe amid a shift by the Obama administration to a more visible and active naval and air power presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Just three years ago the Pentagon downgraded the top US Army Europe commander from a four-star to a three-star general. “Today, I’m announcing a new initiative to bolster the support of our NATO allies here in Europe,” Obama said at Warsaw’s Belweder Palace. More

Steve Forbes: Link dollar to gold or face Great Depression II

Influential financial publisher and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes is out with a new warning that the U.S. faces an economic catastrophe due to the Federal Reserve’s loose dollar policy, and returning to a strict “gold standard” is the only way to avoid disaster. In Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy — and What We Can Do About It, Forbes blames President Obama’s money team for the stagnant economy, high prices, declining mobility and big government. “[The Fed’s] vastly misguided monetary policies are now setting the stage for a new economic and social catastrophe — one that could rival the financial crisis and horrors of the 1930s,” he wrote in the book co-authored by Elizabeth Ames. Just like many financial conservatives have advised in the past, notably former Reps. Jack Kemp and Ron Paul, Forbes said that economic prosperity can come only if the dollar is linked to gold and not printed willy-nilly at inflated rates. More

What’s going on with the sun? Scientists puzzled by oddities in sunspot cycle.

The sun has been acting strangely of late, prompting some solar physicists to suggest that once current sunspot activity peaked, which appeared to happen last fall, it could tank and remain that way for several decades. A prolonged period with few or no spots would have a slight, temporary cooling effect on Earth’s climate and a general calming effect on space weather, which would be good news for astronauts and satellites. Recent observations of the sun show that, yes, it’s still acting in a peculiar way for this point in its 11-year sunspot cycle. But as cautious as scientists were in 2009, when they first raised the possibility of a looming so-called grand minimum, those earlier suggestions have given way to shrugs of “who knows?” It’s not for lack of trying to understand Earth’s host star, say solar physicists attending the June meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Boston. But it’s been hard. Some of the evidence that researchers pointed to in suggesting the coming of a grand minimum has vanished. Also, only in the past four years have sun-watchers had the tools to dig deep into the underlying mechanisms driving sunspot cycles. More


Virginia hospital orders Christian symbols to be covered inside its chapel

I may have figured out why the Department of Veterans Affairs had such difficulty finding time to treat patients. It’s because it was working overtime to give its chapels a religiously neutral makeover. But as VA officials in Iron Mountain, Mich., learned, one man’s renovation is another man’s desecration. Some folks in Iron Mountain became infuriated earlier this month when they discovered that statues of Jesus and Mary, along with a cross and altar, were hidden behind a curtain in the chapel of the VA hospital there. The chapel still has stained glass windows, though for how long is unclear. A VA hospital spokesman told me they are still trying to figure out what to do with the windows. The decision to hide the religious icons came after the National Chaplain Center conducted an on-site inspection and determined the hospital’s chapel was not in compliance with government regulations. Richard Riley, pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, called the move “exceedingly disappointed.” More

ALERT: Earthquake swarm detected at Yellowstone National Park

Seismographs have picked up a swarm of earthquakes in the northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park, including dozens early Tuesday. The University of Utah Seismograph Station reported five small earthquakes including those with magnitudes of 3.4, 2.7 and 3.2 in a 20-minute period starting at 3:33 a.m. in an area 16 to 18 miles south of Gardiner. Earthquake information specialist Paul Roberson says there were another 20 to 30 small quakes Tuesday morning that hadn’t yet been posted on the university’s website. He called it a fairly normal swarm for Yellowstone. He didn’t expect there to be any damage. More




White House Overrode Internal Objections to Taliban Prisoner Release

Pentagon, Intelligence officials used Top Secret intelligence to prevent previous release of Taliban Five, officials tell TIME. To pull off the prisoner swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House overrode an existing interagency process charged with debating the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners and dismissed long-standing Pentagon and intelligence community concerns based on Top Secret intelligence about the dangers of releasing the five men, sources familiar with the debate tell TIME. More

Tuesday on NewsMax TV, former U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North said U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was not a prisoner of war because he was actually being held “hostage” by the Haqqanis, a terrorist group separate from the Taliban and associated heavily with al Qaeda. North said he knew there was at least a $1 million dollar ransom being demanded for Bergdahl some time ago so he estimated the price paid to release the hostage must be close to $5-6 million now. More

Israel denounces US for accepting Abbas’s Hamas-backed government

Jerusalem on Monday night slammed the United States for announcing that it will work with the new Palestinian unity government, sworn in earlier Monday. In strikingly bitter comments, officials said that rather than cooperating with a government backed by a terror group, Washington ought to be urging Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to disband his pact with Hamas and resume peace negotiations with Israel. “We are deeply disappointed by the comments of the State Department regarding working with the Palestinian unity government. This Palestinian government is a government backed by Hamas, which is a terror organization committed to Israel’s destruction,” Israeli government officials said. “If the US administration wanted to advance peace, it should be calling on Abbas to end his pact with Hamas and return to peace talks with Israel,” they added. “Instead, it is enabling Abbas to believe that it is acceptable to form a government with a terrorist organization.”More

Baseball-size hail pelts Nebraska; forecasters warn of flooding

Baseball-size hail pelted parts of Nebraska Tuesday as severe thunderstorms swept through the region. In Omaha, cars jammed streets with residents rushing home as a storm moved in, darkening afternoon skies over the city with ominous clouds, CNN affiliate KETV reported. Forecasters warned that winds of more than 80 mph could tear through parts of the Midwest and heavy rains could cause flash floods. In Nebraska, residents shared photos on social media showing large hail — and damage the hail left behind. More




BREAKING NEWS: Plains and Midwest brace for ‘Land Hurricane’

People in at least six states from the Plains to the Midwest are bracing for dangerous storms that forecasters say could produce hurricane-force winds, very large hail and a few “intense” tornadoes beginning late Tuesday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., the severe weather outbreak is expected to stretch from southern South Dakota through Nebraska, Kansas, southern Iowa, northern Missouri and west-central Illinois. Forecasters predict that damaging winds — 60-80 mph in some places — and large hail will be widespread. ”It’s called a ‘land hurricane,’ and one could develop tonight across the Plains,” CBS Chicago’s Megan Glaros tweeted. More

DEVELOPING: Alaska volcano erupts with new intensity, prompting ‘red’ alert…

An Alaska volcano that has been spewing ash and lava for years began erupting with new intensity this week, pushing a plume of smoke and ash as high as 24,000 feet (7,315 meters) and prompting scientists to issue their highest volcanic alert in five years, authorities said on Tuesday. But the intense action at the Pavlof Volcano, located in an uninhabited region nearly 600 miles (966 km) southwest of Anchorage, has so far not disrupted any regional air traffic, thanks to favorable weather that has made it easier for flights to navigate around the affected area. More









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