World Hunger Rises Over Past Decade

Even before the economic crisis pushed the ranks of the world’s hungry to a record 1 billion, declining aid and investment in agriculture had been steadily increasing the number of undernourished people for more than a decade, a U.N. food agency said Wednesday. Unless these trends are reversed, ambitious goals set by the international community to slash the number of hungry people by 2015 will not be met, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warned in a report. After gains in the fight against hunger in the 1980s and early 1990s, the number of undernourished people started climbing in 1995, reaching 1.02 billion this year under the combined effect of high food prices and the global financial meltdown.

The Christian Post reports that churches nationwide are calling on their congregations to do something for World Hunger Day on Oct. 16. “I think Jesus was very clear that not only are we to share with people the love of God in sharing about Jesus Christ, but we also are to meet the human needs that exist,” said Wendy Norvelle, a spokesperson for the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board. The denomination took an offering on Sunday for its World Hunger Fund. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) has encouraged its members to participate in Food Week of Action, Oct. 11-18. According to the U.N. World Food Program, more than 1 billion people go hungry every day, some of them pushed over the brink by rising food prices and other fallout of global economic problems.

Poll: Half of Americans Say Homosexuality Is ‘Morally Wrong’

Baptist Press reports that half of Americans still think homosexuality is “morally wrong” and few find it “morally acceptable,” according to a new Pew Research poll. The survey of 4,013 adults in August shows that 49 percent say that homosexuality is morally wrong, 9 percent morally acceptable and 35 percent say it is not a moral issue. The poll is mostly in line with Gallup surveys from the past eight years, when anywhere from between 48 and 55 percent of Americans have said they found homosexuality to be “morally wrong.” Still, 57 percent of all adults favor “allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into legal agreements with each other that would give them many of the same rights as married couples.”

President Taps Lesbian Activist to EEOC

President Barack Obama continues to deliver on his promises to the homosexual activist community. The president has nominated Chai Feldblum, a lesbian activist, to be commissioner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her appointment is awaiting Senate confirmation. Feldblum, a law professor at Georgetown University, has signed an online petition titled, “Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision for All Our Families and Relationships.” That petition chides conservatives for opposing same-sex “marriage” and also calls for a “new vision” for achieving recognition from the government and private sector for diverse kinds of partnerships.

  • President Obama’s appointments will carry out his plans while he attempts to remain above the fray in order to maintain his image as a man of reason and peace

Health Care Bill Clears Senate Committee

Lawmakers turned their attention to the next critical step for health care legislation — floor debate — after a key Senate committee Tuesday advanced an $829 billion measure that would affect health insurance for millions of Americans. The proposal, which the Senate Finance Committee approved 14-9, would expand insurance coverage to 29 million people who wouldn’t otherwise have it by requiring nearly everyone to buy a policy and offering subsidies to help low- and moderate-income families afford premiums. The bill, which was drafted after months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, captured support from only one Republican on the committee, Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine. Her vote gave President Obama’s efforts a boost, but she warned that she could withdraw her support depending on how the bill evolves. But even before voting began, senators called for changes.

The legislation would expand Medicaid by allowing individuals who earn less than about $14,400 a year to enroll in the program. The bill would also prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage or charging higher premiums because of a patient’s pre-existing  conditions. It would reduce budget deficits by $81 billion over 10 years, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. The Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill approved Tuesday now needs to be merged with a version produced by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. A coalition of labor unions is running a series of newspaper advertisements starting Wednesday announcing their opposition to the finance bill. Unions oppose a plan to pay for the bill in part with a 40% tax on high-priced insurance plans.

  • More government control is odious at best, and cost reduction estimates are overly optimistic. This bill will simultaneously increase taxes on middle- and high-income citizens as well as raise the deficit further, while providing health coverage for abortion and to illegal aliens.

Proof of Jihadists Infiltrating D.C.

A daring, dangerous and devastating undercover investigation infiltrating the nation’s most aggressive Muslim “civil rights” organization for six months has resulted in stunning revelations about the supposedly “moderate” group, backed up by 12,000 pages of documents and 300 hours of covert video obtained during the secret operation. As revealed in a new book detailing the operation and its findings, the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is not the beneficent Muslim civil-rights group it claims to be. Rather, as indisputable evidence now shows, CAIR and other “mainstream” Islamic groups are acting as fronts for a well-funded conspiracy of the Muslim Brotherhood – the parent of al-Qaida and Hamas – to infiltrate and destroy the American system. CAIR has been a powerful force in the nation’s capital and across the country.

“Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” a publication by counter-terrorism investigator P. David Gaubatz and “Infiltration” author Paul Sperry, documents CAIR’s ultimate purpose to transform the United States into an Islamic nation under the authority of the Quran. With evidence from “Muslim Mafia” in hand, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., co-founder of the Congressional Anti-Terror Caucus, and other members of Congress – including Reps. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., and Paul Broun, R-Ga. – plan to hold a press conference today in Washington calling for an investigation and an end to political lobbying by front groups such as CAIR.

  • Islam is predicated on worldwide domination, so this revelation is not a surprise but rather a confirmation that Islam is not a “peaceful” religion

U.S. Can’t Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visas

Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and despite repeated mandates from Congress, the United States still has no reliable system for verifying that foreign visitors have left the country. New concern was focused on that security loophole last week, when Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian who had overstayed his tourist visa, was accused in court of plotting to blow up a Dallas skyscraper. Last year alone, 2.9 million foreign visitors on temporary visas like Mr. Smadi’s checked in to the country but never officially checked out, immigration officials said. While officials say they have no way to confirm it, they suspect that several hundred thousand of them overstayed their visas.

  • Added to those who illegally cross our borders undetected, there are many potential terrorists already lurking within our country

Rev. Moon Marries Thousands in Global Mass Wedding

Brides in white wedding gowns and Japanese kimonos joined grooms in black suits and red ties Wednesday for the Unification Church‘s biggest mass wedding in a decade — a spectacle church officials say involved some 40,000 people around the world. The “blessing ceremony” was the church’s largest since 1999, and may well be the last on such a grand scale officiated by the 89-year-old Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church. Critics who accuse the church of engaging in cultlike practices say the mass weddings prove it brainwashes its followers. Many let Moon pick their spouses on the belief that he has divine insight, meeting their future spouses for the first time at the mass weddings. Moon, a self-proclaimed Messiah who says he was 15 when Jesus Christ called upon him to carry out his unfinished work, has courted controversy and criticism since founding the Unification Church in Seoul in 1954.

  • This false Christ is one of many to come, as Jesus warned us in Matthew 24.

Teen Girl who Fled Islam Ordered Back to Ohio

A Florida judge has concluded a 17-year-old girl who fled her Muslim family after she turned to Christianity, explaining she feared she would be the victim of an “honor killing,” should be returned to Ohio where her family lives. The results of today’s hearing in a courtroom in Florida, which was linked to a courtroom in Ohio, are that she likely will be placed in foster care in Ohio, where the family is expected to be given psychiatric evaluations. Fathima Rifqa Bary, an honor student and cheerleader, was raised in a Muslim family in Columbus, Ohio. She became a Christian four years ago as a result of her interactions with children at school.

  • Florida is just passing the buck. It will be interesting to see what the psychiatric evaluations reveal.

Wood Making Comeback as Power Source

One of the world’s oldest energy sources is making a comeback. Across the USA, power plants are turning to wood to make electricity. The move is spurred by state mandates to encourage renewable power and by bills moving through Congress that require more renewable electricity nationwide. Wood power’s rise is “meteoric,” says William Perritt, editor of Wood Biomass Market Report. One wood-burning plant started up in 2007, seven in 2008 and a dozen in 2009, he says. Dozens more are on the drawing board. That includes three 100-megawatt plants, scheduled to start in 2012 that together would crank out enough juice to power up to 270,000 homes. In 2008, wood-burning power plants were capable of generating roughly 6,700 megawatts or enough to provide power to about 6 million homes, according to the Energy Department. Many plants now burn bark, twigs and other waste wood. If wood power grows as expected, whole trees will have to be cut down to fuel the plants, says Pete Stewart of Forest2Market, a forest-industry analysis firm. Some environmentalists fear that the rise of wood power could devastate forests.

  • Wood may be renewable, but the growth process is slow and could well be outstripped by demand. Worldwide forests have already been depleted by development, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere, presumably contributing to global warming.

Natural Gas Supplies Huge

New tech­nolo­gies have made it pos­sible to recover nat­ural gas in ways never before dreamed pos­sible. As a result, BP’s CEO says that proven global nat­ural gas reserves has reached the equiv­a­lent of 1.2 tril­lion bar­rels of oil, or about 60 years supply at the cur­rent con­sump­tion rate. Fur­ther­more, Texas A&M claims that U.S. tech­nology about to be put into the field could increase global nat­ural gas reserves by nine time to 16,000 tril­lion cubic feet. This would give the world a 540 year supply of carbon energy, again assuming there is no oil or coal production. This news is rocking the cur­rent energy estab­lish­ment and its under­lying gov­ern­ment structures. All of the oil-based power struc­tures (OPEC, Russia, Venezuela, etc.) will be rewritten if they cannot use black gold as a sledge­hammer against the rest of us. It would mean the end of  petrodollar war­fare, which would threaten every giant energy com­pany, and the inter­na­tional banks who process the money.

  • Look for the New World (Dis)Order to squelch this development in order to retain the petro sledge hammer

Pentagon says Recruiting Last Year was Best Since 1973

The Pentagon says it has just finished the best recruiting year since the all-volunteer military was established in 1973. Defense Department head of personnel Bill Carr says all services met their goals for active duty and reserve recruiting and that the quality of recruits improved during the budget year that ended Sept. 30. He told a Pentagon press conference that it’s because the department continued to spend strongly on finding recruits as fewer jobs were available in the civilian world due to the nation’s economic problems. Carr says an example of the higher quality of recruits is that nearly 95% of those coming into the Army were high school graduates, an 11% improvement over the previous year.

Economic News

Retail sales declined in September by the largest amount this year as car sales plummeted following the end of the government’s popular Cash for Clunkers incentives program. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail sales dropped 1.5% last month. But outside of autos, sales were better than expected. Car sales plunged 10.4%; excluding autos, retail sales rose 0.5%.

JPMorgan Chase(JPM), the first of the big U.S. banks to report third-quarter earnings, says its loan losses are still high and are expected to remain that way for the foreseeable future, a troubling sign for the economy. While JPMorgan reported a $3.59 billion profit, it also says it roughly doubled the amount of money it set aside for failed home and credit card loans in the quarter.

Oil prices jumped above $75 a barrel Wednesday for the first time in a year on investor expectations that crude demand will improve ahead of the winter season. A weak dollar is also bolstering crude prices. When the dollar is weak, commodities such as oil are seen as a way to preserve capital. Gasoline prices rose an average of 2 cents to $2.489 per gallon last week, the first rise in two months.

Middle East

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday vowed never to allow Israeli leaders or soldiers to stand trial on war crimes charges over their actions during last winter’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip, furiously denouncing a U.N. report in a keynote address to parliament. The U.N. report, compiled by a team led by former war crimes prosecutor Richard Goldstone, accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity. It specifically accused Israel of using disproportionate force, deliberately targeting civilians and destroying civilian infrastructure, and using people as human shields. It accused Hamas of deliberately targeting civilians and trying to spread terror through its rocket attacks.

An internal document circulated among members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas‘ political party says all hopes placed in the Obama administration “have evaporated” because of alleged White House backtracking on key issues to the Palestinians. The Fatah Party memorandum, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, accuses the United States of backing off from its demands that Israel freeze settlement construction and failing to set a clear agenda for new Mideast peace talks.

  • Although the terrorists, like the gays, are disappointed in Obama’s progress, he’s still moving in their direction

Iran

The Pentagon is speeding up delivery of a colossal bomb designed to destroy hidden weapons bunkers buried underground and shielded by 10,000 pounds of reinforced concrete. Call it Plan B for dealing with Iran, which recently revealed a long-suspected nuclear site deep inside a mountain near the holy city of Qom. The 15-ton behemoth — called the “massive ordnance penetrator,” or MOP — will be the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal and carry 5,300 pounds of explosives. The bomb is about 10 times more powerful than the weapon it is designed to replace. The Pentagon has awarded a nearly $52 million contract to speed up placement of the bomb aboard the B-2 Stealth bomber, and officials say the bomb could be fielded as soon as next summer.

Iraq

Iraq says 85,694 people have lost their lives in the country’s violence from 2004-2008, in the first official report by the government on the Iraqi death toll since the war began. The report, released late Tuesday by the Iraqi human rights ministry, also says that 147,195 people have been wounded during the same period. It says the toll includes 15,000 unidentified bodies that have not been claimed by their families and were buried in special cemeteries.

Iraq‘s Cabinet has signed off on a $67 billion draft budget for 2010 that is well below what officials have said is needed, raising concerns that the shortfall will derail the progress of Iraqi security forces just they are taking over from withdrawing American troops. Low oil prices have forced Iraq to curtail spending for the second year, complicating efforts to rebuild the country after years of war and construct a military capable of self-defense.

Afghanistan

President Obama is secretly dispatching up to 15,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan beyond the 21,000 he announced in March. The additional troops are primarily support forces — such as engineers, medical personnel, intelligence experts and military police. The decision to send 15,000 additional troops was part of a larger move to reach 68,000 troops in Afghanistan by year’s end, according to inside sources. Obama says he will make his official decision on new U.S. troops for Afghanistan in the “coming weeks.” Rampant government corruption might derail the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan even if as many as 80,000 additional U.S. troops were sent to the war, the top military commander there has concluded.

The New York Times reports that interviews with senior administration and military officials and recent reports assessing Afghanistan’s progress show that nearly seven months after Mr. Obama announced a stepped-up civilian effort to bolster his deployment of 17,000 additional American troops, many civil institutions are deteriorating as much as the country’s security. Afghanistan is now so dangerous, administration officials said, that many aid workers cannot travel outside the capital, Kabul, to advise farmers on crops, a key part of Mr. Obama’s announcement in March that he was deploying hundreds of additional civilians to work in the country. The judiciary is so weak that Afghans increasingly turn to a shadow Taliban court system because, a senior military official said, “a lot of the rural people see the Taliban justice as at least something.”

Pakistan

Pakistani jets pounded militant hide-outs along the Afghan border overnight as hundreds of thousands of civilians fled South Waziristan in anticipation of an expected government offensive there The army says 80% of the militant attacks plaguing nuclear-armed Pakistan are planned from South Waziristan, while the United States says insurgent leaders blamed for spiraling violence in Afghanistan are also based in the lawless, remote area. The army and the government have agreed to launch what is expected to a bloody and difficult ground operation in the mountainous region.

Weather

A powerful fall storm packing strong winds and rain drenched fire-scarred hillsides around California on Wednesday, and residents from north to south braced for possible mudslides and debris flows. The storm prompted evacuation warnings earlier Tuesday near Santa Cruz and disrupted power across the state. Officials urged residents to evacuate from about 60 homes in the town of Davenport in the Santa Cruz Mountains, 50 miles south of San Francisco, where more than six inches of rain fell on an area that burned in August. Residents in the area of the massive Station Fire in Los Angeles County were on guard. The wildfire burned into the backyards of foothill homes in September, and stripped the steep mountains of vegetation that holds the soil to the slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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