Campus Crusade for Christ drops ‘Christ’

The global evangelical para-church Campus Crusade for Christ is changing it’s name to ‘Cru.” The main idea is to evade the problematic word “crusade” and the passe term “campus” and face up to the fact that many of it’s branches already use different names. The massive group known for the Jesus Film, books, tracts and more believes it has long outgrown it original name. Here’s what the Cru website says: “We were not trying to eliminate the word Christ from our name. We were looking for a name that would most effectively serve our mission and help us take the gospel to the world. Our mission has not changed. Cru enables us to have discussions about Christ with people who might initially be turned off by a more overtly Christian name. We believe that our interaction and our communication with the world will be what ultimately honors and glorifies Christ.”

  • What a disappointing, idiotic response to the increasing anti-Christ spirit in the world. This is a time to grow bolder, not weaker, to loudly proclaim Christ, not shrink from even mentioning His name.

Trade Center Cross to be Moved to Permanent Home

A cross made of World Trade Center beams will be moved to its permanent home later this week. On Saturday, a flat-bed truck will move the 20-foot tall cross from its current location beside St. Peter’s Church in Lower Manhattan to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. A construction worker discovered the perfectly formed cross made of two steel beams standing upright in the ground zero rubble. The cross will be blessed during a ceremony by the Rev. Brian Jordan before being moved. Jordan also blessed the beams in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Obama Endorses Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

President Obama endorses a new congressional proposal to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which basically defines marriage as between a man and a woman, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday: “He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act, introduced by Sen. (Dianne) Feinstein and Congressman (Jerrold) Nadler, which would take DOMA off the books once and for all. This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples.” This year, the administration had also said it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court.

  • The dismantling of DOMA is a clear signal that end-time immorality is rapidly spreading and becoming more and more blatant.

Low Ratings for Obama, Congress on Debt Talks

Americans aren’t pleased by the political shenanigans they see in down-to-the-wire negotiations over the debt ceiling. Half of those surveyed in a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll say President Obama and Congress are doing a worse job than their predecessors in dealing with the nation’s problems. Four in 10 call it the worst they’ve seen in their lifetimes. At least two-thirds say congressional Republicans and Democrats put their own political interests ahead of the country’s best interests. Just 7% see both sides as negotiating in good faith.

As expected, the GOP-led House has approved the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan for reducing the debt on a mostly party-line vote of 234-190. But the plan won’t go any further in a Democrat-controlled Senate and with a veto threat from President Obama. A group of six senators (the so-called Gang of Six) made a new push to win backing for an ambitious deficit-reduction proposal that includes new revenues and deep spending cuts. President Obama will make a statement about the debt ceiling negotiations at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the White House announced.

Federal Workers More Likely to Die than Lose Jobs

Federal employees’ job security is so great that workers in many agencies are more likely to die of natural causes than get laid off or fired, a USA TODAY analysis finds. When job security is at a premium, the federal government remains the place to work for those who want to avoid losing a job. The job security rate for all federal workers was 99.43% last year and nearly 100% for those on the job more than a few years. The federal government fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended Sept. 30. Research shows that the private sector fires about 3% of workers annually for poor performance.

Minn. Governor Signs Budget to End Government Shutdown

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a new budget, ending America’s longest state government shutdown in the past decade. Dayton’s signed the budget today after lawmakers met in special session to formally approve the deal that Dayton struck with leading Republicans last week. The 20-day shutdown, among other things, closed state parks and rest stops, laid off 22,000 state employees and stopped road projects. Both sides moved toward a deal last week when Dayton accepted a borrowing plan offered by the Republicans shortly before the stoppage began.

Ariz. to Build Border Fence with Private Donations

Supporters of increased border enforcement now can help Arizona build its own fence along the Mexico border. A new law effective Wednesday allows the state to build the fence, as long as it can raise enough private donations and persuade public and private landowners to let it be done on their property. A new website for the effort,, was set to go online at midnight. No other state has tried such a tactic. Arizona hopes to raise at least $50 million from donors across the nation, since illegal immigration is a nationwide problem.

Death Toll for Police Officers Rising

The death toll for police officers, including those fatally shot in the line of duty, is on pace to rise for the second straight year, despite a sustained decline in violent crime across the country. A midyear report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which closely tracks law enforcement fatalities, finds that overall officer deaths are up 14% in 2011, while deadly shootings have increased by 33%. According to the police organization, deadly shootings reached a 20-year high in the first half of this year, with 40 officers killed by gunfire, up from 30 in 2010.

Somali Man Admits Terrorism Charge in Minn.

On the eve of his trial in Minnesota, a 26-year-old Somali man today pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge for recruiting others and raising money for them to go to his homeland to fight. Omer Abdi Mohamed of Minneapolis pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to provide material support in a conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people in another country. He faces a maximum prison term of 15 years and monitoring for the rest of his life. Mohamed is one of 21 people of Somali descent in Minnesota to be charged in a far-ranging counterterrorism investigation.

Congress Affirms Support for Israel, Votes to Defund Palestinians

The House of Representatives voted 407-6, and the Senate affirmed by unopposed voice vote for a nonbinding resolution to defund the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) if they unilaterally ask the U.N. for independence. Congress widely approved H.Res 268, affirming “that Palestinian efforts to circumvent direct negotiations and pursue recognition of statehood prior to agreement with Israel will harm United States-Palestinian relations and will have serious implications for the United States assistance programs for the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority.” In other words, Congress may stop funding the P.A. (and their terrorist friends in Hamas) if they demand the U.N. approve their independence this September, seizing Jerusalem without Israel’s approval.

Economic News

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that builders began work on a seasonally adjusted 629,000 homes last month, a 14.6% increase from May. Still, that’s roughly half the 1.2 million homes per year that economists say must be built to sustain a healthy housing market.

Fewer people bought previously occupied homes in June, putting this year on pace to be the worst for sales since the housing bust. Home sales fell 0.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.77 million homes. That’s far below the 6 million homes per year that economists say represents a healthy housing market.

Gold vaulted past $1,600 an ounce Monday, driven by worries about the federal debt limit and ongoing problems in Europe. Gold fares well when people lose confidence in paper money, and faith in the euro and the U.S. dollar has taken a pounding lately.

Bank of America suffered significant losses in the second quarter, while Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo reported profits but still fell below expectations.

Falling mail volume and soaring red ink may soon doom Saturday mail delivery and prompt three-day-a-week delivery within 15 years, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warned Donahoe’s forecast is based on a projected $8.3 billion loss this year as the drift from paper to electronic communication hammers the Postal Service. Congress mandated the six-day delivery in 1983.


The crippled reactors at Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear power plant have reached stability more than four months since the disaster and the plant is on track for a cold shutdown within six months. Workers have toiled in hot and harsh conditions to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi plant since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami destroyed reactor cooling systems, triggering partial meltdowns of the reactors and making the disaster the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. The assessment of reactor stability was based on several milestones: temperatures at the bottom of reactor pressure vessels are no longer climbing, a makeshift system to process contaminated water works properly after initial problems and nitrogen injections are helping prevent more explosions.


Foreign investment is beginning to pour into Iraq this year, fueled by a growing confidence in the country’s improving stability. The amount of new foreign investment deals is on track to double this year. The rush of investment this year reflects a new confidence in Iraq’s stability and a reduction in risk, analysts say. U.S. companies have been slow to get in on the investment opportunities in Iraq, even lagging behind countries that opposed the war, such as France. In the first six months of this year, U.S. companies represented just 6.4% of the foreign investment in Iraq.


NATO handed over responsibility for the security of the capital of an eastern province to Afghan forces Tuesday, the latest step in a transition process that will lead to the withdrawal of all foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. The U.S.-led coalition has started a process of transferring security in parts of the country where they feel Afghan forces are strong enough to take control, although so far that has largely been restricted to provincial capitals as much of the country remains lawless and unstable after a decade of war.


For years, the Pakistani spy agency funneled millions of dollars to a Washington nonprofit group in a secret effort to influence Congress and the White House, the Justice Department said Tuesday in court documents that are certain to complicate already strained relations between the U.S. and Pakistan. FBI agents arrested Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, the executive director of the Kashmiri American Council, on Tuesday and charged him with being an unregistered agent of a foreign government. Under the supervision of a senior member of Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, Fai donated money to political campaigns, wrote newspaper op-eds, organized congressional trips and met with White House and State Department officials.


Representatives of Moammar Gadhafi’s embattled government held face-to-face talks with U.S. officials in neighboring Tunisia over the weekend, a Libyan government official said Monday, describing the meeting as a first step in opening dialogue. A U.S. State Department official confirmed the meeting took place but said it was only to deliver a clear and firm message that Gadhafi must step down. The U.S. official said it was not a negotiating session and no future meetings were planned.

Government forces in trucks disguised with rebel flags shelled opposition positions Tuesday near the strategic eastern oil town of Brega, killing eight rebel fighters and wounding dozens more. Rebel forces have been pushing to seize the front-line town of Brega, which is home to an oil refinery and terminal, for nearly a week, but they say fields of land mines planted by Gadhafi’s forces have slowed the advance.


Residents of a town in southern Yemen overrun by radical Islamists say government shelling has killed more than 20 militants in the past two days. More than five months of mass protests seeking to oust longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh have shaken security across Yemen. Radical groups linked to al-Qaida have overrun at least two towns in the country’s south and government forces have been trying to force them out. The U.S. fears al-Qaida and other radical groups could exploit chaos in Yemen to step up operations.


Syrian security forces opened fire at a funeral procession Tuesday, killing at least 10 people in a city that has been besieged for days by some of the most serious violence seen during the country’s four-month-old uprising. Tuesday’s killings bring the death toll in Homs to about 50 people since Saturday.


Chinese state media said Wednesday that 14 rioters were shot dead earlier this week after storming a police station in the country’s far west. The rioters occupied a police station on Monday and hacked to death a security guard. The attackers were aged between 20 and 40 and shouted “Allah the only God” as they took over the station. The Xinjiang area has been beset by ethnic conflict and a sometimes-violent separatist movement by Uighurs (pronounced WEE’-gurs), a largely Muslim ethnic group that sees Xinjiang as its homeland. Many Uighurs resent the Han Chinese majority as interlopers.


A giant wall of dust rolled through the Phoenix area again on Monday, turning the sky brown, creating dangerous driving conditions and delaying some airline flights. The dust, also known as a haboob in Arabic and around Arizona, wall was about 3,000 feet high and created winds of 25 to 30 mph, with gusts of up to 40 mph. Visibility was down to less than a quarter-mile in some areas. Another giant dust storm in Arizona caught worldwide attention on July 5th. That storm brought a mile-high wall of dust that knocked out power for hundreds of people and turned swimming pools into mud pits.

Much of the Midwest suffered Monday with heat and high humidity that won’t loosen their grip for days. More than 1,000 high-temperature records have been broken this month, There were heat warnings, advisories or watches in 17 states Monday. In Madison, Minn., the heat index, which measures how hot it feels when humidity is factored in, was 123. On Sunday night, Madison’s dew point was 86. The only other spot in the hemisphere with a dew point in the 80s was the Amazon jungle.

  • Weather extremes continue to increase as the end-times roll onward as both the spiritual and physical environments are shaken to the core.

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