Apr 23

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

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

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Apr 23

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

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

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Apr 23

DAYS OF LOT – First Church of England Clergyman Marries Gay Partner

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

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Apr 23

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

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

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Apr 23

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

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

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Apr 23

Homeland Security to Purchase 25 Million Shotgun Rounds

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

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Apr 23

Russia said set to sell its top fighter jets to Egypt

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

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Apr 23

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

The icebreaker, on which the Russian polar explorers traveled to the Arctic to set up a new drifting station SP-40. (RIA Novosti / Anna Yudina)
A united system of naval bases for ships and next-generation submarines will be created in the Arctic to defend Russia’s interests in the region, President Vladimir Putin said. He urged the government to provide full state funding for the socio-economic development of the Russian Arctic through 2017-20. Putin said that a separate state agency should be created to implement Russian policy in the Arctic and to improve the quality of governance and decision-making in this area. “We do not need a bulky bureaucratic body, but a flexible operational structure, which will help better coordinate the activities of ministries and departments, regions and businesses,” he said. More

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Apr 23

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi smoking and trembling again

 INDONESIA – Volcanic activity at Mount Merapi, on the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta, dispersed ash within a 15-kilometer radius of the southeast, south and southwest of the volcano, on Sunday. “Tremors were recorded for around 20 minutes at 4:21 a.m. local time on Sunday, and our observers began to hear rumbling at 4:26 a.m.,” said Sri Sumarti, head of the Mt. Merapi division at the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG) in Yogyakarta on Sunday, as quoted by Antara news agency. It was reported that embers were also seen. Sri asserted that, however, there was no lava flow. “The same thing happened after Mt. Merapi erupted in 2010. The smoke this morning was an isolated occurrence and was not followed by more seismic activity,” she said. Sri further said a 5.6 Richter scale earthquake with an epicenter some 151 km southwest of Gunung Kidul occurred on Friday. On Saturday, the BPPTKG also recorded seismic activity at Mt. Merapi in the form of four tectonic quakes between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. “We are not able to yet conclude whether the smoke blowing this morning is directly related to the quakes,” said Sri. She said the volcano’s status remained “active-normal.” –Jakarta Post
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Apr 23

Could Technology Bring the End-Times Beast?

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Technology is one of the leading ways we are able to track Bible prophecy, but it seems it is helping to create the fulfillment of those prophecies. Could it be ushering in the kingdom of the beast? Many who follow Bible prophecy are beginning to see the unusual fulfillment of what the prophets declared thousands of years ago but is now becoming much more evident in our culture. For instance, many questioned whether or not the last-day “kingdom of the beast” was the resurrected Roman Empire, which some considered to be the European Union—that is, until Sept. 11, 2001, when our eyes were opened to jihad and the Muslim uprising. Now we see the alignment of nations in the Middle East that both the prophet Daniel and John the Revelator spoke of in Daniel and Revelation. These men will make war against Israel and will behead those who are against them. I do not see this as an objective for the EU; however, this is the mandate of what many Muslims believe for in a new caliphate. More

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