The second vessel, the Mesdar, is Liberian flagged, but owned by British company Norbulk Shipping, was ordered by Iran to turn north around 45 minutes later. Theresa May is chairing an emergency meeting of the COBRA committee at Number 10, which will be attended by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is currently battling with his predecessor Boris Johnson to replace Mrs May as Prime Minister.
Trump Says U.S. Ship Shot Down Iranian Drone in Strait of Hormuz President Trump said a U.S. Navy ship shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, hours after Iranian forces said they had seized a foreign tanker, the latest in a series of incidents that have heightened tensions in the region.
Mr. Trump said the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, took defensive action against the drone, which he said was "threatening safety of the ship and the ship's crew." The drone was "immediately destroyed," Mr. Trump said, in comments from the White House.
He called the approach by the drone the latest "of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters."
Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew Iran said Thursday its Revolutionary Guard seized a foreign oil tanker and its crew of 12 for smuggling fuel out of the country, and hours later released video showing the vessel to be a United Arab Emirates-based ship that had vanished in Iranian waters over the weekend. The announcement solved one mystery - the fate of the missing ship - but raised a host of other questions and heightened worries about the free flow of traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most critical petroleum shipping routes. One-fifth of global crude exports passes through the strait.
US deploys 500 troops plus Patriots at Saudi airbase facing Iraq border Bracing for the revival of Iran's attacks on Gulf oil allies, the Trump administration has begun deploying troop reinforcements to Saudi Arabia. The first 500 troops of the 1,000 announced by the Pentagon arrived this week at the Prince Sultan Air Base east of the capital, US media reported on Thursday, July 18, along with several Patriot anti-air anti-missile batteries.
Al-Monitor reports that Omar's resolution "would defend the pro-Palestinian boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel." "We are introducing a resolution... to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting," Omar told Al-Monitor. "And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement."
Google - the master manipulator of millions of votes (for liberals) In the recent Congressional Hearing, social psychologist and AI specialist Dr. Robert Epstein who dropped a bombshell. His research found that in 2016, Google manipulated two or three million votes in Hillary Clinton's direction - and in 2018, the vote total for Democrats was even larger. "In 2020, if all these companies are supporting the same candidate, there are 15 million votes on the line that can be shifted without people's knowledge and without leaving a paper trail for authorities to trace," he stated.
Wake up, parents, to Left stealing your kids Democratic lawmakers in Illinois want to help girls sneak into abortion clinics and keep their parents in the dark, but a pro-life activist says the issue is about more than one controversial law. A 1995 law bars minors from getting an abortion without parental notification but now a proposal in the General Assembly would drop the old law entirely despite a "judicial bypass" option that is also on the books. Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute says such a law would affect many more families than those in her state...
Thursday 18, July 2019
Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil with a crew of 12, Iran's state TV reported Thursday, just days after an oil tanker based in the United Arab Emirates disappeared off trackers in Iranian territorial waters. The Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah stopped transmitting its location overnight on Sunday near Qeshm Island, which has a Revolutionary Guard base on it, according to data listed on tracking site Maritime Traffic.
Iran: Ballistic missile program not up for negotiation Iran denied on Tuesday that it was willing to negotiate over its ballistic missile program, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran had signaled it was ready to negotiate about its ballistic missiles, Reuters reported.
Pompeo appeared to be reacting to a comment by Iran's Foreign Minister that Tehran would discuss its missile program after Washington stopped arming allies the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, something the United States is unlikely to do.
Rev. Graham: Pride Month 'Reveals the Deepening Depravity That Now Vexes Our Country' Evangelical Christian leader Franklin Graham thanked President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for refusing to allow the gay-rainbow flag to fly over U.S. embassies during June "pride" month, noting how offensive the flag is to Christians and millions of people of other faiths. He also criticized liberal politicians for celebrating "pride" in June, stating that the flaunting of such unnatural behavior "reveals the deepening depravity that now vexes our country."
Truth not absolute with AI deception technology... Artificial intelligence (AI) quickly has become a transformative technology impacting many aspects of our lives through augmentation of processes and tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making and language translation. This technology allows for machines to learn from experience, refine new data inputs and perform tasks with almost human-like responsiveness.
Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the declaration for this outbreak, even though other experts say it has long met the required conditions. More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone.
Tuesday 16, July 2019
EU calls Iran's nuclear pact breaches "insignificant." DEBKAfile: US & Iran testing ground for talks
The EU foreign ministers' refusal on Monday, July 15, to find Tehran in significant breach of the nuclear pact put US plans for more sanctions on hold. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after their meeting that since the remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal do not see Tehran's breaches as significant, they have decided for now not to trigger the pact's dispute mechanism, preferring more diplomacy to ease the crisis.
'EU will only wake up to Iran threat when nukes fall on them' Netanyahu said in response: "The European Union's response to Iranian violations reminds me of the European appeasement of the 1930s. Even then, some buried their heads in the sand and did not see the danger approaching. There are probably some in Europe who will not wake up until Iranian missiles fall on European soil. Then it probably will be too late. In any case, we will do everything to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons."
Trump: When will radical Democrats apologize to Israel?
President Donald Trump excoriated several unnamed Democratic lawmakers on Monday, calling on them to apologize to the US, to Israel, and to the office of the presidency . When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said, Trump tweeted. So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions! If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S.
New Zealand lawmaker says Jesus' mom was 'Palestinian refugee'
A lawmaker for New Zealand s Greens Party said Jesus mother, Mary, and her husband Joseph were Palestinian refugees. Golriz Ghahraman on Thursday wrote on Twitter: They were literally Palestinian refugees. And she (Mary) normally had her hair covered because that s what modesty looked like in her culture.
A spokesperson of the New Zealand Jewish Council, Juliet Moses, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Ms. Ghahraman, by refusing to acknowledge that Jesus was Jewish, including when many people pointed out her error, is continuing to erase that connection, a favorite tactic of those who aim to de-legitimize the modern day Jewish presence in the land. She also said that, Calling Mary and Joseph Palestinian refugees is not historical and disrespectful to the Jewish community, and no doubt the Christian community too. Judea was renamed Palestine by the Roman Empire, long after Jesus death.
Gay Catholic teacher sues Archdiocese of Indianapolis for discrimination after being fired
A Catholic high school teacher who was fired last month for being in a same sex-marriage is suing the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. A lawsuit filed by Joshua Payne-Elliott claims that the archdiocese "illegally interfered with his contractual and employment relationship with Cathedral High School, causing Cathedral to terminate him on June 23, 2019," his attorney, Kathleen DeLaney, said Wednesday, according to the local newspaper South Bend Tribune.
Reporter Cries 'Sexism' After Mississippi Gubernatorial Candidate Invokes Billy Graham Rule
A gubernatorial candidate in Mississippi invoked the Billy Graham Rule and declined to allow a reporter ride alone with him on a 15-hour campaign trip, a decision the mainstream media has condemned in nearly lockstep. State Rep. Robert Foster, who represents a district near Memphis, said he had made a promise to his wife before they married that he would not be alone with another woman in a situation that could be construed as compromising. When Larrison Campbell, a reporter for Mississippi Today, requested to ride along with Foster on his campaign swing, he said she could go but she had to bring a male colleague along in keeping with his promise to his wife.
Report: US to impose sanctions on Turkey for purchase of Russian-made S-400 Trump administration officials have reportedly decided to impose economic sanctions on Turkey after its NATO ally refused to back down from a deal to purchase a Russian-made air defense system. Bloomberg News reported Sunday the sanctions would likely be announced later this week after US President Donald Trump signs off on the punitive measures.
Netanyahu: We will deliver a crushing blow to Hezbollah Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded to the threats of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday. "Over the weekend we heard Nasrallah's remarks on his attack plans. It should be clear that if Hezbollah dares to do some nonsense and attacks Israel, we will strike him and Lebanon with a crushing military blow." Netanyahu said.
The House proposal - which was added to a sweeping $733 billion defense bill by a vote of 251-to-170 - would bar the Trump administration from using any federal funds for military force "in or against" the Islamic Republic, unless the president receives explicit congressional approval for a strike. It would not bar the president from responding to an attack on the U.S.
Iran threatens to abandon all limits on nuclear program Iran warned the European Union Monday that it is prepared to end all of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear, and restore its nuclear program to the status quo ante, under which Tehran placed no limits on any areas of nuclear development.
The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said Monday that Tehran will withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if the European signatories do not bypass American sanctions on Iran, imposed after the US withdrew from the deal.
Dire warning about socialism creeping into Christianity A well-known Baptist minister is holding back no punches while preaching about the dangers of socialism, as leftist leaders such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - not to mention schools - continue to push the failed political system on Americans. Former Southern Baptist Conference (SBC) President Jack Graham - who currently pastors the 42,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas - pulled no punches in one of his latest sermons titled, "Socialism and Capitalism."
"No one serious about their Christian faith can be serious about supporting socialism," Graham argued. "Socialism is totally secular, and it predicated on atheism. That is a fact."
Teachers feel the heat re: Climate change indoctrination Concerns are being raised about teachers who use classroom time to indoctrinate kids about alleged climate change when they have little or no training on the subject. In an article posted on TheHechingerReport.org, Glenn Branch of the National Center for Science Education says teachers do not feel they have the knowledge to teach climate change effectively. Climate issues expert Bonner Cohen of Project 21 says if that is the case, then that is a real problem.
"Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?
Number two, does Google's senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?
Number three, is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military... because they are making the sort of bad, short-term rationalistic [decision] that if the technology doesn't go out the front door, it gets stolen out the backdoor anyway?"
Crowd of UFO fans seeking to 'raid Area 51' hits 1 MILLION despite US Air Force warning If even a small fraction of those UFO lovers show up to try and break 'them aliens' free from the secret desert facility, the 'Area 51 raid' joke risks spilling into one of the largest civil disobedience events ever in the US. Despite the very real threat that the authorities would have no choice but to use force in case of a real mass invasion, the special meme forces - either desperate to get to the bottom of US government secrets or just bored – are keeping the #Area51memes hashtag alive.
Sunday 14, July 2019
UFOs and the Big Post-Rapture Lie! The oldest known recorded incident of a UFO comes from the Bible. Twenty-eight hundred years ago, Elijah the prophet exited this earth on what is best described as a UFO, an "unidentified flying object."
Immediately after the Rapture of the Church, in the midst of the mind-boggling reality that millions of people just disappeared in the twinkling of an eye, Satan, via his New World Leader, must explain what just happened. It's called the big "lie."
Paul, writing to the church in Thessalonica about the Rapture and the Evil One who is revealed to rule in the aftermath, says this: "For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false." 2 Thes. 2:11
Britain sends second warship to gulf amid tensions with Iran Britain is sending a second warship to the Gulf amid growing tensions with Iran after Royal Marines seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar last week, Sky News reported. Sky said the destroyer HMS Duncan, which had been earmarked for deployment in the region anyway although not so soon, would sail to the Gulf in the next few days to join the frigate HMS Montrose.
PA spokesman: We'll talk to US if it accepts two-state solution Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the official spokesman for Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said on Thursday the PA leadership was completely ready to resume talks with the United States administration if the latter agrees to abide by "international peace references", the Wafa news agency reports. Abu Rudeineh was commenting on statements recently made by US officials regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Arab peace process.
Survey: Half of Britons Atheist, Only 38% Christian, Islam on the Rise The British Social Attitudes survey has revealed that those professing a Christian faith have fallen to a record low, while more than half of Britons profess no faith and the number of those professing adherence to Islam is on the rise. The BSA also revealed that acceptance of gay sex has fallen for the first time since the height of the 1980s AIDS crisis.
Conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), the survey of 2,884 people in 2018 found that there has been a "dramatic decline" in the number of people identifying as a Christian in the past 35 years.
Court decision costs Planned Parenthood up to $60 million A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a motion from abortion interests to restore a lower court order blocking the Trump administration's Title X Protect Life rule. The rule, which originated under President Reagan, requires federal Title X funding to go to facilities that do not provide abortion. That cuts out Planned Parenthood, which in recent years has taken $50 million to $60 million of those funds.
Google Admits Listening to Smart Speaker Recordings... Google has admitted it gives workers access to some audio recordings from its Google Home smart speakers. The technology giant said it uses language experts around the world to study a small number of audio "snippets" from users. Google said this work helps with developing voice recognition and other technology in its Google Assistant artificial intelligence system, which is used in its Google Home smart speakers and Android smartphones.
Report: Google, IBM helping China build surveillance state Google and IBM are co-founders of an American nonprofit that is helping China's communist government conduct mass surveillance against its citizens, reports The Intercept. The OpenPower Foundation has set up a collaboration between IBM, a Chinese company called Semptian and U.S. chip manufacturer Xilinx to advance a breed of microprocessors that enable computers to analyze vast amounts of data more efficiently, the investigative news site said. A Semptian employee said Beijing is using the technology to covertly monitor the internet activity of 200 million people.
ACLU video a how-to guide to keep parents in dark Leaked video from a public school seminar in California shows an ACLU attorney coaching teachers about helping students hide abortions from their parents. The video, recorded in June, also shows the attorney and school staff discussing explicit sex-ed lessons and how California law ensures students must sit through them without parental involvement. Our Watch, a conservative watchdog group led by Pastor Tim Thompson, released the video (see below) as part of its stated mission to wake up parents and churches about the far-left effort to influence their children.
Thursday 11, July 2019
Iran sets up command center at Abu Kamal for attacks on US targets and Israel
The small east Syrian town of Abu Kamal near the Iraqi border is under close US military and Israeli surveillance. DEBKAfile's military sources report that, according to the best intelligence estimates, Iran has set up its headquarters at Abu Kamal for attacks on US forces in eastern Syria and targets inside Israel, as part of its payback for the tight US sanctions on its oil sales. Incoming data reveals the establishment of special training facilities there for the pro-Iranian forces assigned to these attacks, the presence of their command posts and the weapons arsenal building up for their use.
Iranian commander: Our missiles can destroy US aircraft carriers A commander in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards warned on Tuesday that US regional bases and its aircraft carriers in the Gulf are within the range of Iranian missiles, Reuters reported, citing the Tasnim news agency. "American bases are within the range of our missiles … Our missiles will destroy their aircraft carriers if they make a mistake," said the commander, Hossein Nejat.
Trump: Sanctions on Iran to increase substantially US President Donald Trump accused Iran of being in "total violation" of the 2015 nuclear agreement and warned that the US would soon substantially increase sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
"Iran has long been secretly "enriching," in total violation of the terrible 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama Administration. Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years. Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!" Trump tweeted.
Christian group urges gov't action against campus anti-Semitism Christians United for Israel ended a three-day summit in Washington with its 5,000 activists lobbying Tuesday for a bipartisan bill that would facilitate government action against anti-Semitism on campus. The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act adds a controversial definition of anti-Semitism to Title VI protections under the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in the education system.
Amazon axing books exposing homosexuality as curable Amazon.com apparently is in full lock step with the homosexual agenda as it continues to discontinue books about ex-homosexuals. Amazon's latest gift to the left is to ban sales of books that help people deal with homosexuality and transgenderism - and ultimately leave the lifestyles for good.
American city dumps Pledge 'to serve diverse community' A Minnesota city council's decision to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of its meetings drew protesters Monday night. The City Council of St. Louis Park, a Minneapolis suburb, made the controversial decision in a unanimous vote June 17 in an effort to serve a more "diverse community," FoxNews.com reported.
The conference, at which Chief of Staff. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, was also present, took place with IAF commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin and the Air Force Commanders' Forum. Indicating the subject of their discussion Netanyahu later stated: "I am seeing all our weapons systems and our planes, and here behind me are the F-35s, the Adir. Iran recently threatened to destroy Israel. It would be advised to remember that these planes can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran as well as Syria."
"I am here to tell you today President Trump's maximum pressure campaign against Iran is working," he added, noting that Iran's economy is collapsing under the weight of US sanctions. "No regime that chants 'Death to America' or 'Death to Israel' will get a deal from this administration," stressed Bolton.
Iran threatens to sink US warships and destroy army bases as war fears loom Iranian commander Hossein Nejat launched a new fiery threat towards the US amid the weeping row between Washington and the US. The two sides have been at loggerheads since US President Donald Trump pulled out of the so-called nuclear deal. It exchanged an easing of sanctions for restrictions on the enrichment of uranium.
Yuval Noah Harari: Humans are on the verge of merging with machines At his keynote address at the Fast Company European Innovation Festival at the Gucci Hub in Milan, Harari described a vision of the future where humans and machines become one. While that seems like the plot of a sci-fi movie, Harari says it's a reality that is not so far away. Technology companies, from Apple to Facebook to Google, have created smartphones and an online reality where we already spend most of our time.
ACLU moves to stop Mo. law that saves babies w/heartbeats With only one abortion clinic remaining open in the Show Me State, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants the people of Missouri to vote on a new abortion law and take away protections for babies with heartbeats.
The law in Missouri bans abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy, and in the case of a minor seeking an abortion, the law requires consent from both of her parents. And because lawmakers made this an emergency clause, the law took effect as soon as Gov. Mike Parson (R-Mo.) signed the legislation.
The Russian statement says Putin invited Netanyahu to Moscow to participate in "celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War," or World War II. The day will be marked in Russia on May 9, 2020.
Trump administration pushing religious freedom around globe... Leaders from various nations across the globe will soon gather in Washington, D.C., to discuss religious freedom. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will host another Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom event from July 16-18, which is highly anticipated by many evangelical leaders in the United States. U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback stressed how the Trump administration has been "focusing on the basics."
'At least 100' Christians incinerated in 'well-targeted attack' At least 100 men, women and children have been incinerated in a "well-targeted attack" on Christians by jihadists in central Mali, according to reports. The exact number of victims who died in Sobame Da, a mainly Christian village, isn't known because many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition.
Florida principal: 'I can't say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event'
Principal Latson explained that he has to be "politically neutral" on the issue, adding, "I can't say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee." So began a yearlong battle over the details of Holocaust curriculum at the school, and over the views of Latson, who first became principal at Spanish River in 2011.
Parents to have no more say in sex-ed? A group of frustrated Pennsylvania parents was continually stonewalled when they requested to see a school district's sex-ed curriculum, according to Liberty Counsel. Shannon Jones, one of the frustrated parents, explained that after State College School District officials adamantly refused to make the sex-ed materials available, Liberty Counsel Litigation Counsel Richard Mast wrote a letter, which resulted in a meeting scheduled for May. Jones contended that administrators and staff were condescending at the meeting.
'All ages' drag-queen show ignites anger... An all-ages, drag queen show in Denver on Sunday drew protesters, who were kept behind a fence with a strong police presence. About a dozen people participated in the show organized by Mile High Comics, reported the CBS television affiliate in Denver.
Monday 08, July 2019
Netanyahu, Putin discuss Syria cooperation, PM invited to Moscow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria, Iran and other issues, according to statements from the two leaders' offices. The Russian statement says Putin invited Netanyahu to Moscow to participate in "celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War," or World War II. The day will be marked in Russia on May 9, 2020.
Iranian cleric: Britain should be 'scared' A senior Iranian cleric was quoted Saturday as saying the UK should be "scared" about possible retaliation over the detention of an Iranian ship in Gibraltar on suspicion of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. "I am openly saying that Britain should be scared of Iran's retaliatory measures over the illegal seizure of the Iranian oil tanker," said Mohammad Ali Mousavi Jazayeri, a member of the powerful clerical body the Assembly of Experts, according to the semi-official Fars news agency, quoted by the Reuters news agency.
Iran threatens to restart centrifuges, ramp up enrichment in next nuclear steps Iran threatened on Monday to restart deactivated centrifuges and sharply step up its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity as its next potential big moves away from a 2015 nuclear agreement that Washington abandoned last year. The threats, made by the spokesman for Iran's nuclear agency, would go far beyond the small steps Iran has taken in the past week to nudge its stocks of fissile material just beyond limits in the nuclear pact. That could raise serious questions about whether the agreement, intended to block Iran from making a nuclear weapon, is still viable.
Iran warns US it will turn Gulf into 'sea of blood' as war fears loom Iranian cleric Mohammad Ali Movahedi-Kermani told a sermon in Tehran that the Islamic republic is ready for war with the US. He said: "Think of an attack only if you want to change the color of the Persian Gulf waters from azure to red." And he repeated warnings that Iran is ready to abandon all constraints on its nuclear programme imposed by the West.
Report: Worldwide terror network 'ready for activation' A report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism warns that Iran already has a network of terror cells around the world that are "ready to activate at any time." The report comes to the IPT from Yaakov Lappin, a military affairs correspondent who does research for defense think tanks and is a correspondent for Jane's Defence Weekly. The existence of the network means "that the chances of an Iranian proxy terrorist activation are rising."
Poll: Trump reaches career-high approval Forty-four percent of Americans approve of Trump's overall job performance, up a slight 5 percentage points from April and 2 points better than his peak early in his presidency. Still, 53% disapprove, keeping him at majority disapproval continuously for his first two and a half years in office, a record for any president in modern polling.
Conservatives Regain Control in Greece Greece elected a conservative government on a promise to cut taxes and spur economic growth, initial results showed, ejecting a left-wing government that couldn't deliver an end to the country's long economic slump. The center-right New Democracy party was set to win an absolute majority in Parliament in Sunday's vote, making its pro-business leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the next prime minister. With nearly all the votes counted, the conservatives were set to win 39.8% of the vote.
As Bahrain showed, even Trump's Arab allies see two-state solution as essential One week after the economic workshop in Bahrain, American and Palestinian officials, predictably, have very different views on the event, which was billed as the rollout of the first part of the White House's much anticipated peace proposal. "The Peace to Prosperity workshop in Bahrain was a success, with international participation that surpassed expectations," Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald's Trump's Middle East envoy, told The Times of Israel this week.
Israel unveils ancient road 'where Jesus walked' to temple Israel officially opened a stairway, known as "Pilgrim's Road," that Jesus is believed to have walked on in ancient Jerusalem as another place with the significance of "biblical proportions" to billions, especially for Judeo-Christian visitors to the Holy Land.
The City of David Foundation unveiled the 2,000-year-old main thoroughfare from Roman-era Jerusalem that it says served pilgrims ascending to the ancient Jewish Temple from the Pool of Siloam built by King Hezekiah. Until recently, it was hidden under a potato field and discovered by accident in 2004 after a pipe burst.
Could 'fake text' be the next global political threat?
An AI fake text generator that can write paragraphs in a style based on just a sentence has raised concerns about its potential to spread false information. Jack Clark, policy director at OpenAI, said that chief among these concerns is how the tool might be used to spread false or misleading information at scale. In a recent testimony given at a House intelligence committee hearing about the threat of AI-generated fake media, Clark said he foresees fake text being used "for the production of [literal] 'fake news', or to potentially impersonate people who had produced a lot of text online, or simply to generate troll-grade propaganda for social networks".
This Fourth of July Celebration, why patriotism is worth defending For the haters, it's open season on the American ideal. Colin Kaepernick doesn't like today's American flag because it reminds him of police brutality and he doesn't like Betsy Ross' O.G. flag because it reminds him of slavery. I'm starting to think maybe Colin Kaepernick is not so fond of the flag, or of the country that made him rich.
Nike supported him by withdrawing the Betsy Ross-flagged sneaker. That's right, the American flag, in any form, is now apparently a toxic symbol. The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, actually praised Nike.
Activist mom of 10 target of hostile doxing A mother who tackles the hot-button social and moral issues of the day is receiving threats for taking a stand against "Drag Queen Story Hours" at local libraries. As reported many times on OneNewsNow, men dressed as women are reading to children at public libraries in U.S. cities and towns. But speaking Tuesday on the radio program "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins," Elizabeth Johnston (aka the Activist Mommy), the material they're reading to children is "gender-bending" propaganda.
Threatening conservative students at Texas university is OK A radical leftist student group at a Texas university is threatening to dox incoming freshman if they join a conservative organization. Fox News reported that the Autonomous Student Network (ASN) is intimidating University of Texas at Austin freshman by threatening to post their personal information online if they join a right-leaning group such as the Young Conservatives of Texas. Project 21 National Advisory Board Co-chair Stacy Washington argues that the school must do more to stop this partisan tactic.
Wednesday 03, July 2019
Damascus: Israeli air/naval forces hit 10 Syrian, Iranian, Hizballah targets One of Israel's largest attacks is reported by Syrian sources to have swept across 10 targets across the country early Monday, July 1. They included Damascus Mezza military airport; Iranian and Hizballah military facilities at Al Kiswa south of Damascus; the base of the Syrian 1stDivision; the Syrian military "research" institute at Jumriyah; military facilities at Siniya; and a chain of Hizballah bases in the Qalamoun Mts straddling the Syrian -Lebanese frontier, as well as bases in the Homs district.
'If US attacks, Israel will be destroyed in half an hour' ojtaba Zonnour, Chairman of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, made the remarks in an interview with the Al-Alam TV network. "If the US attacks us, only half an hour will remain of Israel's lifespan," he declared. Zonnour said that US President Donald Trump's claim that he stopped a retaliatory military strike on Iran 10 minutes before it was set to start was a "political bluff".
Iranian President Rouhani: We will enrich uranium to 'any amount we want' Iran's president warned European partners in its faltering nuclear deal on Wednesday that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to "any amount that we want" beginning on Sunday, putting pressure on them to offer a way around intense U.S. sanctions targeting the country. The comments by President Hassan Rouhani come as tensions remain high between Iran and the U.S. over the deal, which President Donald Trump pulled America from over a year ago. Authorities on Monday acknowledged Iran broke through a limit placed on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium.
A brewing geopolitical situation would explain the simultaneous need for both Putin and Pence, although it's also possible that the cancellations were completely coincidental. Putin is planning to meet with his defense minister "very soon," according to ForexLive.com.
Author: Red + Green = a recipe for national calamity Author James Simpson contends that a global force duo shares the common objective to destroy Western civilization. Christians, he says, must engage in the battle for America to survive. As author of The Red-Green Axis 2.0: An Existential Threat to America and the World, Simpson puts a finger on the collaborative efforts of the Marxist Left (the "Red") and the global Islamic Movement (the "Green"). The author tells OneNewsNow...
How socialism violates all Ten Commandments Socialism teaches that wealth should be held in common ownership, controlled by the state. Hence, the Democrats' constant push to have government confiscate ever more income and power. By contrast, the Bible teaches that God owns all things and that we're merely stewards of His creation. When we look at each of the Ten Commandments, we see that they're directly at odds with socialism.
Presbyterians Descend Into Depravity With Drag Service, First Non-Binary Pastor ust when you think it can't get any worse in the church, it does. With Gay pride flags covering the hall and rainbow candles on the church stage, Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church greeted its visitors this past Sunday with Drag Queen "Sparke Leigh", complete in purple dress, makeup, high heels and a glitter beard.
Following the song "God Welcomes All" by the church choir, Sparke Leigh walked up on stage and, rather than reading from the Bible, read the book Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag to the audience. Milk is considered the first openly homosexual elected politician in California and worked as a homosexual rights activist. The story was intended for children, some of whom sat at his feet during the reading. Milk was a well known pedophile.
Liberal experts to moderate 'harmful content' on Facebook In a public statement released on Sunday, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg explains that after speaking with more than 90 civil rights organizations and "experts across the political spectrum and academics in race relations," the company chose to ban content related to "white supremacy."
"We now ban praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism," she says. "Today's report recommends we go further to include content that supports white nationalist ideology, even if the terms 'white nationalism' and 'white separatism' aren't explicitly used."
Iran violates nuclear deal, exceeds 300 kg limit on enriched uranium ran's enriched uranium stockpile exceeded the 300 kg limit set by the nuclear deal on Monday, according to the Iranian Fars news agency. This constitutes a direct violation of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear pact the world superpowers reached with Iran in 2015. An Iranian source told Fars on Monday that the International Atomic Energy Agency found that the enriched uranium exceeded the ceiling of 300 kg.
Will Israel strike Tehran? US on alert for imminent war as Iran crosses 'nuclear red line' Last night, Israeli jets targeted Iranian-linked military bases from Lebanese airspace. According to Syrian state media, four civilians were killed and 21 injured in Israeli missile strikes near the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs. Israel has refused to comment on the strikes, but has previously said it will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria. The facilities hit were linked to Iranian forces, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-based monitoring group.
Will Israel expand strikes on Iranian targets from Syria to Iraq? Reports that Iran's armed drones which attacked Saudi oil targets on May 14 came from Iraq - not Saudi Arabia - may shift the IDF's anti-Iran targeting map in a new direction.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) seem to have added Iraq to Syria and Yemen as their new war front. Israel may find itself having to expand its area of operations accordingly. DEBKAfile asks: Is anyone in the region acting to put a spoke in Tehran's expansionist wheel?
With Tehran set to upgrade uranium enrichment, the USS Boxer strike force with Marines reaches Iranian shore
On Thursday, June 27, Tehran is set to make good on its ultimatum and start accelerating uranium enrichment in violation of the 300-kilo ceiling set by the 2015 nuclear accord, further boosting tensions with the US. The Atomic Energy Organization announced on Wednesday that the enrichment level of 3,67 percent is to be raised to 20 percent, much closer to nuclear weapons grade. President Donald Trump and top US officials have repeatedly warned that Iran would not be allowed to gain a nuclear weapon.
Church, pastors expelled from denomination over un-biblical stance on LGBT relationships The Evangelical Covenant Church voted Friday to evict Minneapolis Rev. Dan Collison from the denomination, ending a five-year conflict over LGBT inclusion and cementing the denomination's position on same-sex marriage. Covenant leaders also voted to expel Collison's First Covenant Church, a historic church in downtown Minneapolis that was a founding member of the 134-year-old denomination. It was the first time a pastor and a church have been involuntarily removed in the denomination's long history.
Assault on religious liberty on a fast track The California Assembly has passed a resolution calling on faith leaders in the state to affirm homosexuality and refrain from counseling anyone that change through Christ is possible. It is now headed to the Democrat-heavy State Senate.
Assembly Concurrent Resolution-99 proclaims that the state's legislators have "found that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming." Further, it "calls upon religious leaders with conviction to counsel on LGBT matters from a place of love, compassion, and knowledge of the psychological and other harms of conversion therapy."
Oreo transitions to LGBT cookies... Oreo cookies unveiled on Sunday a special LGBT edition of its iconic product, urging pride in making people use one's "preferred pronouns." "We're proud to celebrate inclusivity for all gender identities and expressions," the company, a division of international foods giant Nabisco, wrote in a Facebook post, the Federalist reported.
American Pride Hits New Low - Thank You Liberals As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, their pride in the U.S. has hit its lowest point since Gallup's first measurement in 2001. While 70% of U.S. adults overall say they are proud to be Americans, this includes fewer than half (45%) who are "extremely" proud, marking the second consecutive year that this reading is below the majority level. Democrats continue to lag far behind Republicans in expressing extreme pride in the U.S.
Damascus: Israeli air/naval forces hit 10 Syrian, Iranian, Hizballah targets
One of Israel's largest attacks is reported by Syrian sources to have swept across 10 targets across the country early Monday, July 1. They included Damascus Mezza military airport; Iranian and Hizballah military facilities at Al Kiswa south of Damascus; the base of the Syrian 1st Division; the Syrian military "research" institute at Jumriyah; military facilities at Siniya; and a chain of Hizballah bases in the Qalamoun Mts straddling the Syrian -Lebanese frontier, as well as bases in the Homs district.
Iran violates nuclear deal Iran on Monday announced that it had exceeded the amount of enriched uranium permitted under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). JCPOA, also known as the "Iran deal," limited the enriched uranium to 300 kg (661 lbs). Last week, Iran's United Nations Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi said the country was not planning on leaving the nuclear deal.
Source: Israel preparing for military solution A diplomatic source has warned that Israel will reapply sanctions against Hamas, including limiting fuel and electricity, if the quiet does not continue. At the same time, Israel is also preparing for a military solution.
Recently, at least 15 fires a day were sparked by incendiary balloons. Over the past week, 100 fires broke out in Israeli towns on the Gaza border - but the IDF has refrained from responding.
Russia offers Iran advanced S-400 air defense weapons
Moscow invites Tehran to bid for S-400 aid defense systems, Russia media reported on Sunday, June 30. Neither the US nor Israel figures in those reports, or last week's deployment of US F-22 stealth jets to Qatar, amid a tense US-Iran standoff. The Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation military cooperation service was quoted as announcing: "We are open for discussions on delivering S-400 Triumph air defense systems, including to Iran... We have not received an official request from our partners on this matter yet."
Russia beating U.S. in race for global influence, Pentagon study says
The U.S. is ill-equipped to counter the increasingly brazen political warfare Russia is waging to undermine democracies, the Pentagon and independent strategists warn in a detailed assessment that happens to echo much bipartisan criticism of President Donald Trump's approach to Moscow.
When Dems are in charge... A Christian leader in Houston believes the commissioners of Harris County, Texas have let down their constituents on LGBT issues. The Harris County Commissioners have amended their employment and harassment provisions by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as new protected characteristics. Dave Welch of the Texas Pastors Council tells OneNewsNow Commissioner Rodney Ellis (D) introduced the ordinance.
Gallup: Americans Radically Overestimate LGBT Population
Although U.S. adults think LGBT persons make up nearly 24% of the U.S. population, this is a dramatic overestimation, according to Gallup, which asserts that the LGBT population is in reality closer to 4.5%. Gallup also reports that the percentage of Americans identifying as LGBT is most prevalent among millenials.
The image Iran presents to the world is large demonstrations with shouts of 'Death to America' and 'Death to Israel'. Those who have seen Iran from the inside, however, paint a very different picture.
Failed US cyber strike on Shiite rocket control systems in Lebanon stirs war fears in Israel
The US Cyber Command on Sunday, June 23, conducted a cyberattack on the Lebanon-based logistical command centers of the Iraqi Shiite Kata'ib Hezbollah militia, one of Tehran's key proxies. Not much is known about this first US strike of this kind in Lebanon on a militia allied with the local Hizballah. Deferring directly to Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the Kata'ib's troops fight for Iran in Iraq and Syria.
With Tehran set to upgrade uranium enrichment, the USS Boxer strike force with Marines reaches Iranian shore
On Thursday, June 27, Tehran is set to make good on its ultimatum and start accelerating uranium enrichment in violation of the 300-kilo ceiling set by the 2015 nuclear accord, further boosting tensions with the US. The Atomic Energy Organization announced on Wednesday that the enrichment level of 3,67 percent is to be raised to 20 percent, much closer to nuclear weapons grade. President Donald Trump and top US officials have repeatedly warned that Iran would not be allowed to gain a nuclear weapon.
Twitter to label, hide some politician's tweets including Trump's Twitter announced Thursday it would attach a new warning label to tweets from political figures when the content violates the website's rules — a major shift that comes amid growing criticism against the company's inaction when it comes to offensive posts by public officials.
The move is likely to draw ire from President Trump, who often uses the platform to attack his opponents and accuses social media companies of being biased against conservatives.
The heartbeat law "will prevent Georgians from exercising their fundamental constitutional right to decide whether to have an abortion prior to viability and will threaten other critical medical care for pregnant women, causing irreparable harm," the pro-abortion groups argued in their lawsuit.
University refuses to teach its students foundation of their country A public university is openly resisting a state law requiring graduates to finish their education with classroom lessons about America's historic founding documents.
South Carolina has required students to learn about the U.S. Constitution and other important documents since 1924, but the University of South Carolina has knowingly ignored the requirement and is criticizing an updated law introduced by state Sen. Lawrence Grooms.
Pelosi: 'It Shouldn't Be a Crime' to Cross Into U.S. Illegally You just cannot say -- and there's a disagreement -- that anybody coming across the border is breaking the law. Not until there's been a determination as to whether they can stay or not. But just because they're coming across the border, they don't."
Wednesday 26, June 2019
Moscow pointedly allows East Jerusalem venue for US-Russian-Israeli Mid-East security meeting
The first get-together of the US, Russian and Israel national security advisers on Tuesday, June 25 in Jerusalem proved a useful forum for the powers to air pressing Mid East concerns even without a breakthrough. John Bolton, Nikolai Patrushev and Meir Ben-Shabbat, who was upstaged by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, also shone interesting light on their boss's respective policies.
Iranian Official: Iran Will Put America In 'Garbage Bin Of History,' 'Erase' Israel 'From The Face Of The Earth' The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported that Dehghan made the comments on June 20 in an interview on Al-Nujaba TV (Iraq).
"It has become clear that what is important to the (Americans) is to protect the lives of their soldiers, and the equipment in their bases in the region," Dehghan said. "They know full well that most of those bases are within the range of our missiles, and that our military can totally obliterate those bases. They consider this even before they take into account the lives and property of their allies."
Maxine Waters supports Iran, blames Trump: Why was the unmanned drone in Iran's airspace? House Financial Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters accused President Trump of provoking Iran, saying he gets "no credit" for halting a retaliatory attack last week on the Middle East country after Iran shot down an unmanned U.S. drone. "Trump, you get no credit for so-called stopping the strike against Iran. Why was the unmanned drone in Iran's airspace? Why the surveillance? Don't provoke and then pretend innocence," the California Democrat tweeted Sunday.
USA Today: Trump is right: More than Facebook & Twitter, Google threatens democracy, online freedom Americans must be wary of powerful institutions that seek to control what we see and hear. As the internet has become an increasingly central part of modern life, Big Tech giants such as Facebook, Twitter and Google have increasingly sought to become the gatekeepers of the internet and political discourse. Without any sort of democratic mandate, these companies have appointed themselves the arbiters of acceptable thought, discussion and searches online. These companies' pervasive command of the internet - and blatant desire to control how we interact with it - is a direct threat to a free society. And arguably the worst offender is Google.
Boston rabbi suggests congregants bring guns to synagogue for protection A rabbi here has asked congregants to consider bringing guns to religious services as a form of protection in response to recent shootings at synagogues across the country. Rabbi Dan Rodkin of Shaloh House in Brighton, a Boston neighborhood with a large number of Russian-speaking Jews, told the public radio station WBUR that the rise in hate crimes across the country and the loss of life at the Chabad at Poway and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh influenced his thinking.
Communist Party USA aims to oust Trump using Democrats to do it America's Communist Party concluded its national convention seemingly united on two themes: that they are a significant ally of the increasingly powerful left wing of the Democratic Party and that a viable future remains for the Communist Party USA. As to the question of whether the CPUSA emerges in control or is absorbed into the broader socialism movement peppering the platforms of Democrats running for president in 2020, officials expressed confidence that the red star of their party will continue blazing.
Elon Musk: Here's Why World Population Will Start To Collapse Soon In a tweet noted by Business Insider, the billionaire PayPal co-founder, responding to a post by World of Engineering citing a projected world population of 9,346,399,468 by 2050, refuted the warnings of overpopulation. "Real issue will [be] an aging & declining world population by 2050, *not* overpopulation," Musk responded. "[Jørgen] Randers estimate far more accurate than UN imo," Musk added, linking to a Wikipedia article containing several population projections, including by Randers.
The very real risk of mail-order chemical abortion As more states impose restrictions on abortion, it appears women are ordering pills by mail to medically abort their babies – a trend that National Right to Life views as dangerous for both the babies and the mothers.
The regimen being ordered consists of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol – and Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, says for many of the women taking the pills it's "not going to end well."
John Bolton: 'Threat of nuclear Iran is very real' US National Security Advisor John Bolton said the Trump administration is not aiming for a regime change in Iran, but is committed to keeping Tehran from achieving a nuclear weapons capacity, and reining in Iranian-backed terrorism.
Speaking at a press conference in Jerusalem Tuesday afternoon, Bolton summed up his three-day visit to Israel and the results of a trilateral summit between the national security advisers of the US, Russia, and Israel.
Top Iran military adviser threatens to 'erase' Israel if war breaks out A top Iranian defense official said the Americans are fully aware that their assets in the Middle East can be destroyed by Iran's missiles and know that should war break out in the region, it would not be a "walk in the park." In a June 20 interview on Iraq's Alnujaba TV, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) monitoring group and posted to social media Sunday, former Iranian defense minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan said Iran's military could destroy US military bases in the region and annihilate Israel.
Trump Signs Executive Order Imposing 'Hard-Hitting Sanctions' Against Iran President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday issuing what he described as "hard-hitting sanctions" against Iran. "In a few moments, I'll be signing an executive order imposing hard-hitting sanctions on the supreme leader of Iran and the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran and many others. Today's action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks, including shooting down of U.S. drones," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
Mr Ryabkov said yesterday: "If things get as far as an actual deployment on the ground of these sorts of systems, then the situation won't just get more complicated, it will escalate right to the limit. "We could find ourselves in a situation where we have a rocket crisis close not just to the crisis of the 1980s but close to the Caribbean crisis" - the Russian term for the 1962 Cuban standoff.
30 anti-Christian attacks in 2 months in Germany The data was compiled by the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, which documented 30 separate incidents between April 1 and June 10, reported Breitbart News. Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer noted the attacks "could have perpetrated by militant atheists, angry ex-Catholics, any number of people."
Report: Google doing all it can to 'prevent' a Trump repeat in 2020 Veritas Google Rpt 1An undercover video just released as part of a report on one of the largest technology companies in the world indicates the corporate Goliath is bent on never letting somebody like Donald Trump come to power again... "We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn't just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we're rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again."
Draining the "rainbow swamp" The rainbow is God's symbol. He never intended it to be a jarring logo for proud sin, a signpost for child corruption, or the banner for targeting and harassing faithful Christians. When you see it in a "pride" setting, you're witnessing a flagrant trademark violation.
Have you had your fill of "pride" yet? Corporations, government agencies, online sites, schools. AT&T, Walmart, Kellogg's, Nationwide, Ikea. I was already on rainbow overload when I opened the mail. An unmarked letter contained a flyer listing Bible verses ("Love your neighbor," etc.) followed by "We're praying for you!" and signed "Happy Pride!"
Sen. Warren Introduces $57 Million Retroactive Gay Marriage Tax Refund Bill On Thursday, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill (S. 1940) that would allow same-sex couples to receive tax refunds from the IRS. "The federal government forced legally married same-sex couples in Massachusetts to file as individuals and pay more in taxes for almost a decade," Warren tweeted on Saturday. "We need to call out that discrimination and to make it right - Congress should pass the Refund Equality Act immediately."
Saturday 22, June 2019
Iran executes 'CIA spy in airforce' just days after shooting down US drone Aerospace contractor Jalal Hajizavar was killed at the infamous Rajai Shahr prison after officials found documents and spying equipment at his home. It comes just days after the Islamic Republic shot down an American spy drone. A missile-launching battleship has been put on 72-hour standby to attack Iran, while Donald Trump called off an air strike last night.
Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Vetoes Bill to Stop Infanticide, Protect Babies Born Alive After Abortions Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed four abortion bills Friday, including one that would require doctors to provide basic medical care to newborn babies who survive abortions. The legislature passed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sending it to the governor for final approval. Evans, who supports abortion on demand, previously said the legislation is a waste of time and he would veto it. The state Senate does not have enough votes to override his veto.
Judge Rules Doctors Can Force Mentally Disabled Woman to Have Abortion: "It's In Her Best Interests" In a horrific abuse of power by the medical profession, an NHS trust is asking a judge to allow them to perform an abortion on a mentally-ill woman who is 22 weeks pregnant – despite her mother saying she will care for the child. UPDATE: The court has approved the abortion. Mrs Justice Lieven began analyzing the evidence yesterday in the Court of Protection at the Royal Courts of Justice complex in London. She ruled that the woman, who lives in the London area, cannot be named, and nor can the NHS Trust bringing the application.
Google Chrome has become surveillance software. Beware! You open your browser to look at the web. Do you know who is looking back at you? Over a recent week of web surfing, I peered under the hood of Google Chrome and found it brought along a few thousand friends. Shopping, news and even government sites quietly tagged my browser to let ad and data companies ride shotgun while I clicked around the web.
UC Santa Cruz Will Remove 'Offensive' Bells from Campus UC Santa Cruz has announced that it will remove historic bells from the "Spanish Missions" after members of the community called them offensive. According to a report by Campus Reform, the University of California, Santa Cruz, will remove a major historical artifact from campus. The reason? Many in the UC Santa Cruz community argued that the artifact is offensive.
George Washington High School to Erase 'Offensive' George Washington Mural According to a local news report, George Washington High School in San Francisco plans to erase a 13-panel mural from 1936 that depicts George Washington. Many critics of the mural have condemned its depictions of slaves and Native Americans. Now, the school is on the verge of removing the mural altogether.
Trump gives Iran an ultimatum US President Donald Trump sent a message to Iran setting a deadline for the rogue power to initiate talks, after which the US will attack in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone earlier this week. Reuters quoted a source in the Iranian government which said Trump's message was passed via Oman, and emphasized that the US does not want war.
Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions. As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president's top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.
Israel holds large military drill amid US-Iran tensions Israel wrapped up its largest military drill in years on Wednesday, with thousands of troops from the army, navy and air force simulating a future war with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group amid fears that Iran would draw its Shiite proxy into the recent growing tensions in the Persian Gulf.
Government meeting opens with 'Hail Satan' invocation
After winning a court battle aided by the ACLU, a member of the Satanic Temple prayed "Hail Satan" to open a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough in southern Alaska, prompting walkouts by about a dozen officials and attendees.
Satanic Temple member Iris Fontana closed her prayer Tuesday with: "That which will not bend, must break, and that which can be destroyed by truth should never be spared as demise. It is done, hail Satan," according to Kenai radio station KSRM.
Now church becomes venue for 'drag queen' Libraries around the country in recent years have come under harsh criticism for abandoning their objective to serve the community by staging "drag queen" events.
Now the libraries have competition... With a church....
Cincinnati.com reports drag queen Sparkle Leigh brought an "LGBT story time" to the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati.
Storybook-reading drag queens not enough 'pride' for PA Yet another city government has ignored public complaints about cross-dressing men reading to little children, this time in Pennsylvania.
Diane Gramley, president of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, says a large crowd opposed the event in Haverford Township at a standing-room-only meeting of the township's commissioners. Many also voiced support, she said.
Major homeschool resource sneaks LGBT agenda into lessons Home educators seeking to shield their children from harmful influences are seeing the LGBT subtly work its way into online resources they often utilize - as the Khan Academy has laced its free educational curriculum with a pro-LGBT worldview.
A politically correct take on the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) way of looking at things riddles Math and English lessons – sending the clear message that the liberal-sponsored Khan's take on the issue of human sexuality is the normal, accepted or preferred way of looking at things.
The article explores a study written by Karen L. Blair and Rhea Ashley Hoskins in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, which essentially chastises people as bigots for the sin of being attracted to a man who is an actual man or a woman who is an actual woman — while also arguing that the prevailing attitude contributes to the psychological harm of transgenderism.
Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.
The justices said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very different from allowing the building of a new one. And the court concluded that the nearly 100-year-old memorial's presence on a grassy highway median doesn't violate the Constitution's prohibition on the government favoring one religion over others. Seven of the court's nine justices sided with the cross' backers, a lineup that crossed ideological lines.
US Navy drone shot down by Iranian missile over Strait of Hormuz in 'unprovoked attack,' central command says A U.S. Navy high-altitude drone was shot down Thursday by an Iranian surface-to-air missile over the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions in the region after last week's attacks on two oil tankers, according to military officials.
U.S. Central Command said in a statement the that a U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance ISR aircraft, known as a BAMS-D, was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system while operating in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz at approximately 7:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS: The escalating war between Iran and the United States As was reported on May 22, the war between the United States and Iran has already begun and is now escalating.
The Islamic Republic has activated its proxies in Iraq, Yemen and Syria to strike the US and its allies in the Middle East while trying to disrupt oil transports in the Persian Gulf.
Pentagon: US ready to defend its interests in Middle East The latest deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East will include a Patriot missile battalion, manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft and "other deterrence capabilities," the Pentagon said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.
Republican resistance: Big Tech censorship targeted for kill A Republican senator has introduced a bill aimed at stopping censorship on social-media platforms based on political ideologies.
Sponsored by freshman Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act seeks to remove protections granted by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act from platforms that don't act with neutrality toward political views, reports the Gateway Pundit.
Amazon Drones to Spy on Homes? Amazon wants to use its network of delivery drones to keep watch over customers' houses by forming a flying Neighborhood Watch scheme.
The company has patented a system that it calls "surveillance as a service" which would see its network of delivery drones filming Amazon customers' homes from the skies while on their way to delivering packages.
Reparations: Democrats ask Americans who never owned a slave to pay Americans who never were a slave Lawmakers on Wednesday held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on reparations, spotlighting the debate over whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves in the United States.
The witnesses at the House Judiciary subcommittee included actor and activist Danny Glover, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a Democratic presidential candidate.