Town Hall Meetings Turn Violent

Town hall meetings called to discuss proposed health care legislation turned violent Thursday, with a meeting in Tampa, Fla., descending into shouting and one in St. Louis ending in arrests.  Close to 1,500 people came to the Tampa suburb of Ybor City to speak with Democratic State Rep. Betty Reed and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, an event that exploded into a near riot.  According to local media reports, the larger-than-expected crowd gathered outside the Hillsborough County Children’s Board building, where several hundred people, most of whom opposed a government health care plan, began to loudly chant and scuffle with organizers posted at doorways after the auditorium filled to capacity. In Mehlville, Mo., St. Louis police arrested six people, some on assault charges, outside another forum that was billed as a meeting on aging but was attended by activists on both sides of the health care debate.

  • The pronounced shift in America toward socialism and away from core Christian values will promote greater division and hostility as the end-times roll on

Obama’s Snitch Patrol

The White House calls it an effort to root out “disinformation.” Critics call it “Chicago thug politics” and “totalitarian tactics.” “It” is the Obama administration’s call for Americans to snitch on their neighbors by e-mailing to the White House any communications they receive “about health insurance reform that seem fishy.” The desperation move by Obama, who has staked the “success” of his presidency on nationalizing another 17 percent of the nation’s economy – America’s gigantic health care industry – comes in the wake of poll after poll saying Americans are scared and outraged over what they’re hearing about “Obamacare.” Unfortunately, the administration’s response to increasing public furor over Obamacare – whether expressed at town hall meetings with congressmen, or just by communicating with each other over the Internet – is to attempt to thwart free speech and squelch dissent.

  • President Obama is Big Brother’s best friend

Euthanasia Part of Obamacare

Widely respected Minister Rick Joyner wrote this week, after reviewing Mat Staver’s analysis of H.R. 3200 “Health” care bill (see attachment), voicing his strong opinion that this bill “is about euthanasia, the power to determine who lives or dies in America. Hitler and Stalin would have loved to have had a means such as this for dispatching the millions they killed—it would have made their job much easier, and probably given them the ability to kill many more than they did. THIS BILL IS THAT SINISTER. This is not a joke.”

Investors Business Daily has also exposed the “Achilles’ heel of Obamacare,” that “hostile, socialist government takeover of your hospital, doctors, children, and grandparents.”  In an editorial entitled, “How House Bill Runs Over Grandma,” the editors report that President Obama was unable to deny the New York Post’s discovery the House bill “compels seniors to submit to a counseling session every five years (and more often if they become sick or go into a nursing home) about alternatives for end-of-life care” (pages 425-430).  In other words, your grandmother will be told, when insufficient resources are rationed to young people, that her duty to die begins with mandatory “end-of-life counseling,” or as Obama explained, “encourage the use of living wills” that terminate otherwise salvageable lives prematurely through signed “do not resuscitate” (DNR) legal releases.

  • Population control is a key element of the New World (Dis)Order’s strategy, which is why they are so pro-abortion.

Sotomayor Confirmed with Few GOP Votes

Sonia Sotomayor‘s improbable journey from a Bronx public housing project to the Supreme Court culminates this weekend when she takes her judicial oath, following an emotional Senate vote that made history and could foreshadow political battles to come. Sotomayor, 55, will be the third woman and first Hispanic on the high court. President Obama hailed the 68-31 vote to confirm his first Supreme Court choice as “breaking yet another barrier and moving us yet another step closer to a more perfect union.” Though Sotomayor was confirmed by a decisive majority, the vote was not nearly as bipartisan as Obama had sought. For the Republican Party, the vote complicates prospects for wooing Hispanics. Nine of the Senate’s 40 Republicans backed Sotomayor. The rest, while hailing her as a trailblazer and role model, portrayed her as a liberal who favors affirmative action, gun control and limits on property rights.

  • Conservative, pro-life issues have suffered a major defeat that will reverberate throughout the land for years to come

ABA Meddles in Marriage Issue, Members Exit

The American Bar Association House of Delegates has approved a resolution calling on Congress to repeal a section of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, that denies federal marital benefits and protections to same-gender couples married in states where it’s legal. Mat Staver, dean of the law school at Liberty University, says the American Bar Association (ABA) is intruding on matters that have nothing to do with the general practice of law, pushing a political position that upsets many members. Many of the ABA members actually left the American Bar Association a number of years ago when it began to intrude into the area of abortion. Staver concludes the action by ABA is out of step with most attorneys and certainly the American people.

  • Secular humanism, the religion of the New World (Dis)Order, has become entrenched in our legal and justice system by design. Control of law, finance and media now give the NWO an open door for establishing their religion – a clear violation of the so-called separation of church and state. They can’t have it both ways can they? Yes, by never admitting that secular humanism is a religion.

Schools May Serve as Swine Flu Immunization Centers

Schools across the USA could serve as mass vaccination sites this fall if swine flu makes a strong comeback, officials briefed Thursday in Washington said. Federal officials are preparing to issue updated guidelines Friday on the troublesome new flu bug. Federal officials put “a much stronger emphasis — stronger than I’ve heard in years” — on encouraging school districts and local health departments to open schools as immunization centers, said Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses. At a swine flu summit in Maryland last month, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said schools “are natural places” to offer flu vaccines. The government said Friday that schools should only close this fall if large numbers of students have swine flu. The new flu is expected to hit schools again this fall. But the Obama administration is hoping to minimize closings and disruptions they cause for families.

Salmonella Beef Recall Hits 11 States

Beef Packers Inc. in Fresno, Calif. has recalled approximately 826,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis, the Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. The ground beef appears to be contaminated with salmonella Newport. There have been illnesses in 11 states with more than 21 people affected in Colorado. The recalled product was distributed in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah to retail distribution centers. It was then repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names. At least 15 of the Colorado cases involved ground beef purchased at Safeway Stores, says Mark Salley, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment spokesman. At this time, it is not known if the hamburger was distributed to other stores. The ground beef was produced between June 5, 2009 and June 23, 2009 and might have the establishment number “ET. 31913” printed on the case code labels. Consumers can call Beef Packers Inc.’s recall information line at 877-872-3635.

Hacker Attack Takes Down Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal

Social networks Twitter, Facebook and LiveJournal on Thursday morning were overwhelmed by denial-of-service attacks disrupting access to more than 300 million users. Botnets — thousands of infected home and workplace PCs — flooded the websites with nuisance requests, thus cutting off access to anyone else. Security experts can’t say if the attacks were related. Twitter users around the globe could not Tweet for at least three hours. The attacks may have been related to the ongoing political conflict between Russia and Georgia. They started with hackers using a botnet to send a flurry of spam e-mail messages that contained links to pages on Twitter, Facebook and other sites written by a single pro-Abkhazia activist.

  • Two items of interest here: reports of Tweet withdrawal demonstrate its addictive nature; and the stability of the Internet worldwide being compromised over one political dispute show how easily it can be brought down.

Senate OKs Expansion of Cash-for-Clunkers Program

The Senate bolstered the popular cash-for-clunkers program Thursday by giving it an extra $2 billion in hopes of extending a wave of trade-in deals that buoyed car sales and boosted demand for fuel-efficient vehicles in July. The vote was 60 to 37. President Obama welcomed the extension of the “cash for clunkers” auto sales incentive, saying it would aid economic recovery and help the troubled auto industry. Some skeptics say the additional money won’t have the same impact as the first $1 billion, because many people who qualified for the program already have bought new cars and the supply of eligible vehicles is waning.

Economic News

The number of workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped more sharply than expected last week, a government report showed Thursday, providing more evidnce that the labor market and the economy are stabilizing. Initial claims for state unemployment insurance benefits fell 38,000 to a seasonally adjusted 550,000 in the week ended Aug. 1 from 588,000 the prior week, still way above the pre-recession level under 300,000.

Employers throttled back on layoffs in July, cutting just 247,000 jobs, fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.4%. It was a better-than-expected showing that offered a strong signal that the recession is finally ending.

The rate of homeownership is forecast to keep tumbling in the next decade to lows not seen since the 1980s, a trend that could redefine a key element of the American dream even after the housing market recovers. The percentage of households that own homes hit a peak of almost 70% in 2004 and 2005. By the second quarter of this year, that slipped to 67.4%, according to the Census Bureau. Now, a University of Utah analysis projects it’ll drop to about 63.5% by 2020 — the lowest since 1985.

The percentage of U.S. homeowners who owe more than their house is worth will nearly double to 48 percent in 2011 from 26 percent at the end of March, portending another blow to the housing market, Deutsche Bank said on Wednesday. “We project the next phase of the housing decline will have a far greater impact on prime borrowers,” Deutsche analysts said in the report.

American International Group (AIG) bailed out by taxpayers to the tune of $182.5 billion, is reporting its first quarterly profit since 2007, as the company saw stability in some of its businesses. The company said its profit was driven by the stabilizing value of some of its riskier investments, including in its AIG Financial Products portfolio, the much-maligned division responsible for many of the transactions that prompted the government bailout last fall.

Fannie Mae is seeking an additional $10.7 billion in government aid after posting a loss of $15.2 billion in the second quarter as the taxpayer bill from the housing market bust keeps growing. The government, which seized control of Fannie Mae and its sibling Freddie Mac last September, has already spent about $85 billion to prop up the two companies. Fannie Mae’s new request from the Treasury Department will bring the total to nearly $96 billion.

Hizbullah Expanding Arsenal in South Lebanon

Hizbullah has stockpiled 40,000 rockets in south Lebanon and is training its units to operate mid-range missile systems that can reach Tel Aviv, as well as SA8 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles which could greatly hamper Israeli air sorties over Lebanon, according to The Times (of London) on Wednesday. Israeli defense officials and the UN have both said that despite UN Resolution 1701 which ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War and imposed an arms import ban on Hizbullah, the militia now possesses greater firepower than it had before that conflict. The border has been tense for months, and Deputy GOC Northern Command Alon Friedman told The Times that the situation could “explode at any minute.”

Journalists Did Cross into N. Korea

Two U.S. journalists pardoned and freed by North Korea did cross illegally into that country, the sister of one of the women said. “She did say that they touched North Korean territory very, very briefly,” Lisa Ling, sister of Laura Ling, told CNN on Thursday. “She said it was maybe 30 seconds. And then, you know, everything just sort of got chaotic.” Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee, both working for California-based Current TV, were arrested in March while reporting from the border between North Korea and China. They were sentenced in June to 12 years of hard labor on charges of entering the country illegally to conduct a smear campaign. The two journalists arrived home Wednesday after former President Bill Clinton journeyed to North Korea at the behest of the women’s families and former Vice President Al Gore, who co-founded Current TV. The reclusive communist nation pardoned the two women and released them to Clinton.

U.S. Vows Support for Somalia

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday pledged to “expand and extend” American support for Somalia‘s weak interim government as it struggles against Islamist extremists believed linked to al-Qaeda. Accusing the extremists of trying to turn Somalia into a base to launch worldwide terrorist attacks, Clinton said the Obama administration would boost military supplies and other aid to the government and an African peacekeeping force supporting it.

Iraq

A series of bomb attacks targeting Shiite pilgrims and worshippers struck Iraq Friday, killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens more, police and medical officials said. The incidents are the latest in a series that have targeted Shiites, raising concerns that insurgents are stepping up attacks, hoping to re-ignite sectarian violence that nearly tore the country apart in 2006 and 2007. Though violence has dramatically declined in Iraq in the past two years, U.S. officials have repeatedly called the security gains fragile and cautioned that a waning insurgency still has the ability to pull off sporadic, high profile attacks.

Afghanistan

Four U.S. Marines were killed Thursday when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in western Afghanistan, driving up Western military deaths at a pace that would make August one of the deadliest months of the war. At least 15 Western troops have been killed in Afghanistan in August. Attacks killed at least 44 U.S service members and 31 from other international military forces in July, according to military reports. Casualties among Afghans and international troops are climbing sharply as Western forces push deeper into Taliban territory ahead of Aug. 20 presidential elections.

Pakistan

Pakistan‘s Taliban chief, who has led a violent campaign of suicide attacks and assassinations against the Pakistani government, has been killed in a U.S. missile strike and his body buried, three Pakistani intelligence officials said Friday. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad authorities would travel to the site of the strike to verify his death. If confirmed, Mehsud’s demise would be a major boost to Pakistani and U.S. efforts to eradicate the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Wildfires

The West is on fire, with: 6 fires in Alaska totaling 1,304, 718 acres; 6 in California, 31,432 acres; 5 in Utah, 27,744 acres; 6 in Oregon ,9,665 acres; 5 in Washington, 6,174 acres; 4 in New Mexico, 9,600 acres; 3 in Texas, 8,719 acres; 2 in Arizona, 2,950 acres; 3 in Idaho, 1,286 acres; 1 in Colorado, 2,068 acres; and 1 in Wyoming, 1,933 acres. The only wildfire in the East is in North Carolina, at 2,660 acres.

Weather

The dog days of summer are typically welcomed by Northerners as the thaw from their frigid winter. But this year, people from the Midwest all the way up through New England are still waiting for their day in the sun. Record-setting cold around the Great Lakes and record rainfall in New England combined to produce a very unusual July and early August. Rather than sunbathing, people are playing cards and board games indoors. Instead of swimming in the ocean, they are taking in museums and whale watching. At least 17 cities in states from Minnesota to Michigan to Kentucky set record lows for July. Preliminary figures show that Iowa had its coldest July on record. The 10.52 inches of rain that fell on Providence in July broke an all-time record and was 7.3 inches above normal. Albany, N.Y., set its own rainfall record with 9.91 inches for the month — 6.4 inches above normal.

As the Northeast and Midwest shivered through a record-setting chilly July, huge swaths of the South and West sweated through some all-time heat because of a stubborn weather pattern that refused to budge. Last week in the usually mild Northwest, several cities set their all-time-high temperature records, including Seattle, which soared to 103 degrees, breaking its previous record by 3 degrees. Three people died in Washington state from the heat. It was the hottest in Seattle since records began in 1891. Bellingham and Olympia also set record highs, as did Chelhalis, which reported an amazing high of 111 degrees. Average highs this time of year in western Washington are in the mid-70s, according to the Western Regional Climate Center. Normally hot Phoenix had its hottest month on record. July had an average temperature of 98.3. Yuma, Ariz., also had a record-hot July.

  • End-time weather will continue to grow more unstable and extreme

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