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2) Hamas official brags that group will blanket Israel with advanced missiles in next war
3) US, Israeli officials float possibility of expanding Israeli missile shield to protect U.S. Arab allies
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Fayhan al-Ghamdi, who was sentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes in 2013, has reportedly been released from custody after agreeing to pay his ex-wife, the girl’s mother, $270,000 in ‘blood money.’
IB Times via TROP According to reports, Al-Ghamdi’s daughter Lama suffered multiple injuries including a Crushed Skull, Broken Back, Broken Ribs, a Broken Left Arm and Extensive Bruising and Burns. al-Ghamdi had suspected his 5 Year Old Daughter of losing her virginity and had beaten her and molested her in response. It was even suggested that he had raped her himself.
The preacher – who is considered a Celebrity in Saudi Arabia and often appears on Saudi television – admitted he used a cane and cables to inflict the injuries after doubting his five-year-old daughter’s virginity and taking her to a doctor, according to the campaign group Women to Drive. Lama died ten months later.
Al-Ghamdi, however, has now been released as “blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama’s death suffices as punishment” a judge ruled, according to Albawaba News. Al-Ghamdi served only a few months in jail before a judge ruled the prosecution could only seek blood money. The money is considered compensation under Islamic law, although it is only half the amount that would have been paid if Lama had been a boy.
Despite the fact Saudi Arabia hands out sentences of capital punishment, fathers cannot be executed for murdering their children in the country.
I’m 73. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy,there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.
I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers;” of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery;” of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.
I’m tired of being told that, out of “tolerance for other cultures,” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America and Canada , while no American nor Canadian group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance..
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.
I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off?
I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.
Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 73. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.
Attkisson Has Been Trying To Make CBS News Tell The Truth On What’s Really Happening In Washington To No Avail. They Have Silenced Her Time And Again, I’m Surprised She Hadn’t Left Earlier.
Dylan Byers 3-10-14 CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday.
Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air.
At the same time, Attkisson’s own reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting. She is currently at work on a book — tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” — which addresses the challenges of reporting critically on the Obama administration.
Feeling increasingly stymied and marginalized at the network, Attkisson began talking to CBS News President David Rhodes as early as last April about getting out of her contract. Those negotiations intensified in recent weeks, and her request was finally honored on Monday.
Reached by phone, Attkisson described her resignation as “amicable.” She said she will now turn her attention to the book, which is being published by HarperCollins, a division of NewsCorp (and not by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS Corporation.)
Sonya McNair, the senior vice president for communications for CBS News, said in a statement: “CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson is leaving the news division to pursue other endeavors. We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well.”
But Attkisson had become a polarizing figure at the network, sources there said. While some championed her relentless dedication to investigations — ranging from defective Firestone Tires to the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal — others saw evidence of a political agenda, particularly against President Obama. (The bulk of Attkisson’s work since 2009 has focused on the failures or perceived failures of the Obama administration, including the administration’s failed green energy investments and the attack in Benghazi, though she has reported on several Republican failures as well.)
Others have suggested that CBS News itself was politically biased: “It’s no secret that Sharyl has been unhappy about CBS’s lack of interest in investigative reporting, especially when it comes to stories about the Obama administration,” a source close to Attkisson said.
Attkisson’s frustrations aside, the network maintains a dedicated investigative unit, which produces packages that appear across CBS News programming.
Attkisson joined CBS News from CNN in 1993. She served as an overnight anchor for two years before becoming a Washington-based correspondent, a position she held until this week. She has won five Emmy awards for her reporting on Fast and Furious, the Red Cross, Republican fundraising, TARP and border patrol.
An earlier version of this post said Attkisson has won two Emmy awards. She has won five.
Obama’s using “fast track” authority to change free trade, a win for multinational corporations but a loss for small business.
Floyd Brown 3-10-14 Though it didn’t generate much news, I want to discuss an important summit meeting that was held in Toluca, Mexico a few weeks ago.
The meeting – to figure out how to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, aka NAFTA – included the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper; the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto; and our own Barack Obama.
You see, while NAFTA is credited with producing over $1 trillion in trade each year, it counts trade that would’ve likely taken place anyway. And now that NAFTA is 20 years old, it’s easy to see that it was a job killer. In fact, NAFTA was a stepping stone on the path that sent record numbers of American jobs abroad.
So NAFTA is currently slated to be replaced by a secretive, 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This partnership would continue to integrate the United States’ economy with our two closes neighbors, in addition to a group of Asian nations. And the global elites are intent on pushing this agreement through.
That’s because multinational corporations love predictability, and they love to create barriers to entry for smaller competitors – which is exactly what these so-called free-trade agreements do. In reality, they’re more about “managed trade” than free trade. We haven’t really had free trade in decades.
The United States of North America?
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3-10-14 Operation American Spring (OAS) is the legitimate offspring of our American culture—born of circumstance and God-given right. OAS is an equal-opportunity effort to participate in the uniquely American experience—one that may not come along more than once in several generations. To participate in OAS is the quintessential American experience, a peaceful transition back to our Constitutional constraints.
The vision behind OAS is founded in our Declaration of Independence:
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”,
simple, easy to understand, though not quite as easy to execute—but absolutely necessary to maintain a viable working relationship between government and the governed.
How we got into our current predicament is not as important as determining how we can best return to our rightful path. There have been many efforts and measures taken to right our ship of state, yet our downward spiral continues, without abatement. Our unresponsive bureaucracy stays focused on their own self-interests, feathering their beds—and those of their friends and family—at our expense. Many of those same bureaucrats have sold their allegiance to divergent governing philosophies, and use distractions and obfuscations to cover their treasonous acts.
But America is waking up. The Emperor’s clothes are becoming increasingly transparent as our so-called leaders’ feet of clay stumble and turn. Deep within the bosom of America is that burning spirit of rugged individualism, struggling to recover from decades of somnolence and diversion. The light from that fire is regaining its former brilliance, giving true hope to all and shining brightly on the path to our rebirth.
OAS is step one on that path and it beckons for all with the born-again vision of what America was, is, and will once again become. Just as history makes note of every significant step in the right direction, OAS has the potential to join them all as the start of the First American counter-revolution, fighting back against the invasion of totalitarian socialism—communism—an insidious perversion of governance that leaves every nation it touches, a heap of ash and despair.
And in this fight, America will prevail. We will succeed because we have strong men and brave women who understand the value of our Liberty. We will triumph over our enemy, as we always have, because our enemy will underestimate our commitment, and the power God grants us to overcome all odds.
It is said, ‘One man with conviction, is a majority.’ If that is true, a few million American men and women, washed in the blood of their heroes and champions, fueled by their passion for liberty, and willing to make the sacrifice today for all of us to live free tomorrow. This is the definitive opportunity for every American to participate in correcting the course of history. For those who can—must be there, May 16, in DC. For who can’t go, help those who can with money, accommodations, transportation, and meals. For those who can’t go and haven’t the means to help—talk about OAS to friends, neighbors, even complete strangers. And lastly, for those who can’t go, help, or speak—your prayers are always needed and welcome.
Pro-Kremlin activists rally in Moscow in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine on March 10, 2014. The orange and black flags are St. George’s Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor. The banner reads: “Ask the people.”
3-10-14 Increasing tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine are a failure by each side to appreciate the mindset of the other. U.S. President Barack Obama sees the world as governed by international law and the United Nations Charter, while Russian President Vladimir Putin, a man who has jailed his critics, sent arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has installed cronies as governors of Caucasus republics, sees the world very differently.
As Crimea moves to hold a referendum on joining Russia and the United States plans sanctions, those tensions will mount. Yet Obama’s approach to the crisis has almost no chance of succeeding and could make things worse, as administration officials have failed to grasp three crucial truths about this situation.
Russia has tightened its hold over Crimea a week ahead of a referendum there to decide whether to become part of Russia. German and U.S. officials said the referendum would be illegal and vowed to ignore the results.
The new leaders of Crimea insisted that they will go ahead with the referendum and rejected negotiations with the Kiev government, which they claim is illegitimate.
Rival rallies took place in Ukraine on Sunday, some of which turned violent. Tens of thousands of people rallied in Kiev to celebrate the birth of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko, a symbol of Ukrainian nationalism. In Sevastopol, Crimea, a pro-Ukraine rally was attacked by pro-Russian supporters who held their own rally.
Thousands of pro-Russian protesters took over the main road of the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk on Sunday to demand greater autonomy from Kiev and a referendum on secession. Protests prevented Vitali Klitschko, a leader of the uprising in Kiev and a presidential candidate, from addressing a rally in the city.
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3-10-14 I feel it necessary, due to wide distribution of an issue, to send a note of explanation, regarding a “Disturbing OAS Development” or “OAS – How not to restore freedom” communicated this past weekend.
Many of you have and others have not viewed a great deal of water that has passed through email traffic this past weekend between some of our members and a disgruntled former OAS member. I asked Alex Coffey and Roberto(CWP) who were recipients and involved for an explanation to some destructive wording from the disgruntled sender.
Those that accuse, slander, ridicule, others for not following their approach when the approach is simply to find fault, raises questions behind motivation? Is it really meant to be helpful or an infiltrating divider? It is an example of how one individual with questionable motivations can disrupt many and spread doubt like wild-fire in a well meaning effort.
I accept the explanation by Alex which correlates to experiences others have shared in dealing with the individual involved. I accept that Alex nor Roberto ever explicitly or implicitly called for actions derailing OAS and both are needed as part of our OAS efforts. Are we in agreement on every idea, not likely, or we cannot explore or move forward. So we put the disgruntled chapter behind us and move forward.
There is no easy solution to what OAS is about, and there are obviously many potential avenues of proceeding. I surely reject calls of failure, behind scenes whining with no solution, when our trust is God focused.
I believe it’s understood and accepted, the greatest idea, greatest solution, no matter how well meaning or brilliant, will not likely fall on fertile ground if the messenger is demanding, combative, attacking, discourteous, and disagreeable. OAS is not in a command environment, it’s about mature individuals grasping for answers to a grave situation involving our national freedom, liberty, and constitutional government.
We have been and are in a mobilization phase which has taken most of the time of all of us. Everyone… State leaders, groups, individuals, OAS staff, grass roots, et al are willingly putting most personal considerations on hold to do everything possible to advance our mission. I’ve heard the calls for “details” of what in D.C.? I have also heard the calls, don’t give out our strategy to soon. My answer has been, yes, we need that D.C. leg but don’t’ have it yet, we’re mobilizing now but working to deal with the D.C. leg.
I have been searching for a solution to “what” OAS Demands/Grievances should include, in addition to the resignations of those listed in the mission statement. Should 20/30 million patriots show up in D.C. it is possible to replace some or all of those we’re naming. In my heart I believe God’s wind is behind OAS and has given us a clear path to D.C. but His voice has not yet delivered “what after arrival in D.C.”. I have been praying, which I know many of have also, reaching out to national expertise, legal teams, for advice, a framework to work from, a strawman, any credible assistance from anywhere. Some “I’ll get back to you” but silence follows….
We will have a plan and our/my goal for hard decisions have been and still is first week in April for critical decisions and announcements. Faith is at play here…………
God bless our honorable, noble efforts……..Harry Riley
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Malaysian Mystery A Malaysian Air flight disappeared over the South China Sea over the weekend en route from Malaysia to Beijing. Little sign of the aircraft or its 239 passengers has been found. The only clue of something amiss is that two passengers who booked the flight at the same time boarded using stolen passports. But there has been no declaration of a terrorist attack by any group.
Keep It Even if It’s ‘Not Very Good’ For those Americans too dumb to understand all the good Barack Obama has done for them through ObamaCare, he deigned to explain the benefit of his latest delay. “There are some people who have very bad insurance, but they don’t know it because they don’t understand the fine print. We said, ‘You know what, you’re right. You should be able to keep the health insurance you have even if it’s not very good. Even if you could get insurance on HealthCare.gov, you should be able to keep it.’ And that’s the part of the law we’ve extended.” Gee, thanks for your benevolence. Democrats just happen to benefit since voters won’t have plans cancelled right before the election.
Everything Is Awesome “I am absolutely confident that you will see millions of people benefitting from this law,” Barack Obama boasted of ObamaCare. “It is working the way it should.” There are so many ways to prove that wrong, from the colossal disaster of Healthcare.gov to the fact that the administration isn’t even tracking how many uninsured people sign up. But the best rebuttal to that claim is the president’s own unilateral delays of provision after provision of his monstrosity. If it’s “working the way it should,” why are those delays necessary?
ObamaCare and ‘Income Inequality’ Not every Democrat constituency is happy about ObamaCare. Unite Here, a 300,000 member union of low-wage hospitality workers, says, “Without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.” In fact, one of Barack Obama’s central talking points — “income inequality” — will continue to increase due to his health care law. Union head Donald “D.” Taylor didn’t pull any punches, saying, “Unite Here was the first union to endorse then-Senator Obama. We support the addition of health care to millions of Americans. Yet facts are facts, and Obamacare will cost our members the equivalent of a significant pay cut to keep their hard-won benefits.” Not to worry though; as Obama says, “It is working the way it should.”
Obama Can’t Spell ‘Respect’ The president explained what R-E-S-P-E-C-T means, but he forgot how to spell it. “When Aretha [Franklin] first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T [sic] meant to her, she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved. They wanted some respect.” Not only can’t he spell the word, but he also doesn’t earn it or give it.
As Long As Abbas Has Obama On His Side Pressuring Israel Into A Deal That Comprises Israeli Security, Abbas Will Do As He Pleases.
Khaled Abu Toameh 3-10-14 “The dispute with Israel is not only over recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.The dispute is over Jerusalem, settlements, refugees and borders.” — Mohamed Shtayyeh, Member of Fatah Central Committee.
Abbas is not authorized to make concessions on any of these issues.
Today it is clear that the Palestinian Authority is preparing to hold Israel responsible for the failure of the peace talks because of its refusal to comply with all of the Palestinians’ demands.
Even if the Palestinian Authority recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, the gap between the two parties remains as wide as ever over most of the core issues.
As the Americans and Israelis continue to demand Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, a senior Palestinian Authority official revealed that this issue was no longer the main obstacle to reaching a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israel.
Mohamed Shtayyeh, member of the Fatah Central Committee and former member of the Palestinian negotiating team, said that gap between the two parties now remains wide over major issues such as settlements, Jerusalem, borders and refugees.
Shtayyeh and other senior Palestinian officials insist that the only way to move forward with the peace process is by forcing Israel to accept the Palestinian demands regarding Continue reading
Lawmaker: Obama Failing to Stop DoD Contractors From Dealing with Iran. Obama Administration Aims to ‘Bribe’ Tehran. If This Was A Movie It Would Be A Cartoon Nobody Could Believe. MuslimBrotherhood Members In Our White House Writing Policy We Must Adhere To, Known Islamic Terrorist Welcomed With Open Arms, Taxing America Into Unbelievable Highs, Shrinking Our Military, Changing Laws As Wished: What’s Going On Here?
Adam Kredo 3-7-14 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sidestepped questions on Thursday about numerous Pentagon contractors who are currently seeking to begin business with Iran.
At least 13 major international companies have said in recent weeks that they aim to reenter the Iranian marketplace over the next several months. The companies have received Pentagon contracts totaling well over $107 billion, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis that tracked defense contracts awarded since fiscal year 2009.
Lawmakers have expressed shock over the revelation that companies receiving billions in taxpayer funds would seek to do business with Iran and have demanded that these companies be forced to choose between doing business with America or doing it with Iran.
When questioned about the matter during a congressional hearing on Thursday, Hagel avoided direct answers.
“Should companies that do business with the Department of Defense also be doing business with Iran?” asked Rep. Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Continue reading
Israeli Government Says Missile Defense Needs More Funding. Obama’s Budget Does Not Allocate Enough To Defend Israel. Our Only Dependable Ally In The MidEast Has Been Thrown Under The Bus – Again, While Obama Insist Israel Sign His One Sided Agreement With Muslim Terrorist, That Will Further Corrupt Israeli Citizens Safety.
Adam Kredo 3-7-14 The Israeli government is asking Congress to significantly increase the amount of funding it receives for joint missile defense programs under President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget, contradicting administration claims that it has fully satisfied the Jewish state’s defense needs.
The Obama administration requested $96.8 million for these joint U.S.-Israeli defense programs in its 2015 budget, a nearly $200 million reduction in funds compared to the final version of last year’s budget.
Lawmakers have criticized Obama in recent days for not fully backing these Israeli Cooperative Programs, which include key missile defense systems such as Israel’s Iron Dome, Arrow II, Arrow III, and David’s Sling.
While the Pentagon has claimed that Obama’s request fully satisfies the Jewish state’s defense needs, Israeli government documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that this may not be the case.
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Bob Livingston 3-10-14 Well, my friends, it is income tax time again, everyone’s favorite time of the year. My years of study and observation tell me that not one person in a million understands the income tax. The very few who do vomit every time they hear the word “democracy.”
I love America, but its rulers are alien to individual freedom. Since aliens possess complete power over us, then it follows that we have unknowingly become aliens ourselves in our own country. The income tax alone has destroyed liberty and freedom in America.
The income tax is probably the greatest deception and fraud in history, because it is the foundation of a private monetary system. This private club of men owns the world. They have stolen the wealth and labor of the world with “money” that they create for nothing.
All modern wars — including the Civil War — have been financed by fiat-created money. Wars are not for patriotism and “democracy,” as we are propagandized. Wars are to kill, i.e., mass ritual murder. Big business in league with the satanic oligarchs reaps massive profits for the killing and sacrifice of young men (lambs) on all sides of combat. It’s been said that the job of armies is to kill people and break things. It’s simply the broken window fallacy writ large.
The deception of the income tax has made all this possible. I did not say that the income tax made all of the above possible. I said that it was the deception of the income tax.
The income tax produces no income or wealth for the government or for the oligarchy that owns the government. It is the false belief that the income tax produces income for the government that is the basis for all the deception that covers the fraud. It is the deception of the income tax that hides the super secret that the government gets everything it wants for nothing simply by the power of the Federal Reserve central bank to create “money” (credit).
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BREAKING…Connecticut Police Officers Refuse to Confiscate: Will Not “Be Party to the Oppression of the People”
Mac Slavo 3-10-14 With so many news stories circulating about brutality and injustice at the hands of the militarized police state, it’s often difficult to discern between the good cops and the bad cops.
In Connecticut, where lawmakers recently passed legislation that requires the confiscation of firearms from citizens of the State, the legislature assumed that police officers would simply follow the letter of the law, even if that law is an affront to the founding principles of the United States and has not yet been reviewed by the Supreme Court.
There will no doubt be those men and women in uniform who will bow to their masters and kick in the doors of innocent people despite the illegality of such actions.
But, as reported by the Examiner, there are also those who have drawn the line. In an open letter soon to be released by the Connecticut Peace Officers Association, there are at least 250 officers who have pledged to serve and protect the people, in this case, against enemies domestic.
A major news story on these developments is due to be published soon, but Hardy received an advanced notice via email from Tyler Jackson, the head of the Connecticut Peace Officers Association, the organization that sent the open letter.
According to Hardy,
Tyler Jackson has emailed me an interesting story, soon to appear online (I’ll link to it once it does)– the gist is that the head of the Connecticut Peace Officers’ Assn has released an open letter stating that the police will not “be party to the oppression of the people of the state by enforcing an unconstitutional law.” So far 250 LEOs have cosigned the letter.
Hardy reported that with the lack of support of police, Connecticut faces massive civilian resistance, with police officers refusing to enforce a law that to most citizens crosses a line that is unacceptable in a free society.
If such a thing can happen in a deeply blue state in New England, what would law enforcement encounter if they attempted such an ill-fated attack on Constitutionally-protected rights in Texas, Wyoming, South Carolina, Utah, or Kentucky?
And the resistance begins, now with the support of many in the local police force.
Israeli army sees rise in Christian recruits This is a most positive development. Although Jews and Christians face the same fate under Islamic law — subjugation as dhimmis and denial of basic rights — the unhappy history of Christian anti-Semitism and the near-universal denial of the reality of the Islamic jihad, among innumerable other factors, have prevented the formation of any large-scale read more
Syria: Islamic jihadists exchange kidnapped nuns for Muslim prisoners Kidnapping infidels and releasing them for ransom or killing them, as well as exchanging them for Muslim prisoners if that option is deemed most advantageous for the Muslims, is fully sanctioned in Islamic law: “As for the captives, the amir [ruler] has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first read more
Iranian weapons shipment to Gaza jihadists contained 40 rockets This weapons shipment takes place against the backdrop of the new accord with Iran, which is supposed to secure the peace, and Obama’s pressuring Israel to accept an unfavorable settlement establishing a “Palestinian” state, which is also supposed to secure the peace. Both will just bring more war, as is abundantly clear from this weapons read more
Syria: Women face whipping and execution for breaking Sharia dress code These are the Islamic supremacist rebels that Barack Obama is backing: they’re institutionalizing the oppression of women, imposing the Qur’an-based tax that is the hallmark of the subjugation of the Christians, and whipping or killing anyone who gets out of line. Once again we see the lie of Islamic apologists such as Faisal Abdul Rauf read more
State Department spokesman: “Palestinians need not recognize the Jewish state” Netanyahu has it right: “They say that they will not recognize a Jewish state in order to leave the right of return on the table. So then what are we even talking about here? That a Palestinian state will be established but it will continue its conflict against the state of Israel with more preferential read more
Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait to ban “Noah” film: “It contradicts the teachings of Islam” Al-Azhar says in its fatwa condemning the film that depictions of prophets “provoke the feelings of believers.” There is a whiff of menace to this — what might they do when their feelings are provoked? The Qur’an tells believers to assuage the fury in their hearts by fighting unbelievers: “Fight them; Allah will punish them read more
Was Malaysia Airlines crash the work of Islamic jihadists? The WSJ story is more recent than the Reuters one below it. In the Reuters piece, officials are saying that they suspect the Uighur jihadists but have nothing definitive to link the attack to them. Then this cryptically reported statement from an unnamed “previously unknown group” strongly suggests that the plane crash was a jihad read more
Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 11-13; Mark 12:1-27
Dave Branon During my days as a teacher and coach at a Christian high school, I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with teenagers, trying to guide them to a purposeful, Christlike life—characterized by love for God and love for others. My goal was to prepare them to live for God throughout life. That would happen only as they made their faith a vital part of life through the help of the Holy Spirit. Those who didn’t follow Christ floundered after they left the influence of Christian teachers and parents.
This is demonstrated in the story of King Joash of Judah and his uncle Jehoiada. Jehoiada, a wise counselor, influenced Joash to live a God-honoring life (2 Chron. 24:11,14).
The problem was that Joash did not embrace an honorable life as his own. After Jehoiada died, King Joash “left the house of the LORD” (v.18) and began to worship in a pagan way. He turned and became so evil that he had Jehoiada’s son murdered (vv.20–22).
Having someone in our lives to guide us toward faith and Christlikeness can be good and helpful. Even better is getting to know the Lord ourselves and learning to rely on the Holy Spirit to be our guide (Gal. 5:16). That is making our faith personal.
Lord, thank You for the people in my life who influence me toward following You. Help me not to depend on them primarily—but to depend on Your Holy Spirit to guide me.
The faith of others encourages; a faith of our own transforms.
Insight: Joash was the youngest king to reign in Jerusalem. Because he was 7 years old when his reign began, he was in special need of guidance. In the New Testament, Paul highlights the importance of mentors when he says, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1).