China warships live ammo drills in West Pacific/China and Vietnam tensions rise over sea dispute/Tension in Baghdad as violence continues and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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JACK-IN-THE-BOX MOVES TO ACCEPT FOOD STAMPS IN CENTRAL TEXAS


While claiming to provide an invaluable public service, all Jack-in-the-Box restaurants in San Antonio, Texas, are announcing they will now be accepting payment via EBT cards. “This is a great program for those customers who need financial assistance to help them feed their families, especially for some seniors and those who cannot cook for themselves,” a spokesman for the fast food chain told local San Antonio news outlet KENS5. Two USDA programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, allot a predetermined amount of monthly benefits for poor families in the form of “food stamps,” as they are colloquially referred to, via an “E.B.T.” (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card. More

Federal Judge Halts Wisconsin’s Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ Pending Appeal


MADISON, Wisc. –
 One week after overturning Wisconsin’s same sex marriage ban, Judge Barbara Crabb has issued a stay on her initial ruling, ending, for now, same-sex marriages in the state. Crabb cited the Herbert decision by the US Supreme Court wherein the court ordered a stay in a similar case in Utah. “[A] federal district court is required to follow the guidance provided by the Supreme Court,” she wrote. “Because I see no way to distinguish this case from Herbert, I conclude that I must stay any injunctive relief pending appeal.” She also cited the confusion among county clerks as to the legitimacy of issuing same-sex licenses as a further reason to issue a full stay. More

WAR DRUMS – PENTAGON SENDS WARSHIP TO GULF


U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf on Saturday, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option after insurgents overwhelmed a string of Iraqi cities this week and threatened Baghdad. ”The order will provide the Commander-in-Chief additional flexibility should military options be required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq,” the Pentagon said in a statement. The carrier USS George H.W. Bush, moving from the North Arabian Sea, will be accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun, the statement said. It added the ships were expected to complete their transit into the Gulf later on Saturday. More

 

US condemns attack on Russian embassy in Kiev


The United States condemned an attack on Russia’s embassy in Kiev on Saturday and called on Ukraine to provide adequate security for the diplomatic mission. The US reaction came after a crowd, inflamed by the downing of a Ukrainian military transport plane, tore down the embassy’s flag and overturned vehicles as a dozen police looked on. ”The United States condemns the attack on the Russian Embassy in Kiev, and calls on Ukrainian authorities to meet their Vienna convention obligations to provide adequate security,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. More


The Iraqi government has blocked access to top social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, reportedly to hinder the activities of militants formerly associated with Al-Qaeda. Meanwhile, thousands are signing up to fight the jihadist insurgency in Iraq. Numerous media reports citing journalists and open-internet advocates said that internet users in Iraq are getting block screens when trying to access top social media sites and Google. The Kuwait News Agency cited a source in the Iraqi Ministry of Communications who said the agency was told to block access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as a number of pornographic websites. More

Strong Storms, Giant Hail and possible Tornadoes Saturday in U.S. plains states


Damaging storms with high winds, heavy rain, large hail and isolated tornadoes are forecast for some central U.S states on Saturday, the National Weather Service said on Friday. ”Whenever you get two dueling air masses colliding it tends to produce chaos,” said Suzanne Fortin, a weather service meteorologist in Wichita, Kansas. “This means large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes all combined.” Fortin said it was too early to say if super cells will develop that pose the greatest threat for tornadoes. ”Giant hail” is possible in Nebraska and Kansas on Saturday and Nebraska will be especially prone to tornadoes, the weather service said. More

WAR DRUMS – U.S. Aircraft Could Strike Iraq Within 24 Hours if so Ordered


President Obama has so far turned down Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki’s request for U.S. air strikes against the Islamic extremists taking over his country. But if Obama changes his mind, U.S. jets could be flying over Iraq in less than a day. U.S. air bases, housing dozens of American fighters and bombers, are well within striking distance of Iraq. High-flying spy drones like the Global Hawk can just as easily fly over Iraq as Afghanistan or any other conflict zone in the region. The aircraft carrierU.S.S. George H.W. Bush is a few days’ sail away, in the North Arabian Sea. And it boasts dozens more fighters on board. More

Painful Mosquito-Borne Virus Surfaces In The US


A painful, mosquito-borne viral illness has surfaced across the United States, carried by recent travelers to the Caribbean where the virus is raging. Health officials in North Carolina, Nebraska and Indiana this week reported the first confirmed chikungunya cases in those states, along with Tennessee, which has suspected cases. Chikungunya has rapidly spread in the Caribbean in recent months, sending thousands of patients to hospitals with painful joints, pounding headaches and spiking fevers. Florida’s 25 cases account for the majority reported in the United States, according to state health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

BACHMANN ISSUES CALL TO PRAYER


With the Mideast in flames, the Obama administration engulfed in a seemingly endless parade of scandals and Congress in perpetual disarray, one lawmaker believes it is time to turn to divine guidance. As the nation faces serious challenges, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is asking Americans to join members of Congress in serious prayer next week. She is inviting everyone to pray with lawmakers in spirit, humbly, on behalf of the nation. More

 

JIHADISTS ANNOUNCE ‘THE MARCH’ ACROSS IRAQ


The jihadists who have been putting fear into Iraqi government forces assigned to stabilize their nation have announced “The March” to Baghdad, promising those who stand in their way should know “tragedies will befall you in the coming days, Allah willing.”  The report comes from the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors, interprets and analyzes media statements from the Middle East. According to MEMRI, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS and described as more fearsome and violent than al-Qaida, issued a statement after two recent suicide bombings, a car bomb that targeted police forces and another hitting soldiers in Sadr City. More

 

Facebook to track users’ browser history for ads


Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is watching you — more closely than ever. The social networking site on Thursday said it plans to start using information about its users’ Web browsing and app history when deciding which ads to show them. Under the new system, a user researching prices for a flight to Miami — even outside of Facebook — might then see Facebook ads for restaurants or hotels in Miami Beach. The risk is that consumers will be turned off by Facebook’s tracking efforts, which could be viewed as an invasion of privacy, watchers warned. More

79 Percent of People Want to See This in Biblical Films


The so-called “Year of the Bible” has Christian moviegoers packing movie theaters across the country. Films like Son of GodMoms’ Night Out and God’s Not Dead racked up a combined $218 million in ticket sales in 2014. A new survey, however, reveals the faithful won’t be duped by movies that are Christian in name only. According to a survey of 1,200 respondents from Oxford-based Christian News Service and conducted by American Insights, 79 percent of those polled say “historical and biblical accuracy is important.” Two-thirds (66 percent) of all adults and 74 percent of Christians (who make up 63 percent of all survey respondents) are likely to see a movie related to God. More

 

DAYS OF NOAH – Vast ocean lays under Earth mantle, may be wellspring for world’s oceans

geo copy“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up.” Genesis 7:11

 

A reservoir of water lying deep under the Earth’s surface may contain triple the volume of every one the world’s oceans and may even be the “wellspring” source of them, U.S. researchers say. Although not in a liquid form most familiar to all of us — it is instead bound within rocks deep in the Earth’s mantle — it likely represents the largest reservoir of water on Earth, scientists at the University of New Mexico and Northwestern University say. Writing in the journal Science, they report finding pockets of melted magma 400 miles underneath the North American continent that are likely signatures that water exists at those depths. Scientists have long questioned whether the mantle, the rocky, hot layer between the Earth’s crust and its core, might contain water bound up and trapped within rare minerals. The new discovery is evidence water can be transported from the surface of the Earth to great depth by plate tectonics, the movement of continents and plates over the Earth’s surface. “Geological processes on the Earth’s surface, such as earthquakes or erupting volcanoes, are an expression of what is going on inside the Earth, out of our sight,” says geophysicist and study co-author Steve Jacobsen at Northwestern. “I think we are finally seeing evidence for a whole-Earth water cycle, which may help explain the vast amount of liquid water on the surface of our habitable planet.” Movement and partial melting of rocks in the mantle’s transition zone — a region between the mantle’s lower and upper layers from around 250 to 400 miles deep — could allow water to become tightly bound to the minerals there, the researchers said. More

Coney Island Principal Bans Patriotic Song from Pre-K Graduation


A New York City principal has banned her school’s pre-kindergarten class from singing “Stand Up For the Red, White, and Blue” at their graduation ceremony next week. This is the second patriotic song that the principal, Greta Hawkins of P.S. 90 in Coney Island, has barred from a school celebration. When the class of four-year-olds was rehearsing the song in their auditorium and waving mini American flags, Hawkins halted the rehearsal and scolded the teachers, saying, “You didn’t ask permission to do it.” The flags were also banned, as they were unapproved materials, she said. More

 

 

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