DHS Profile of Terrorists Defies Reality

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suggests a typical woman terrorist would be in her late 20s or early 30s, with brunette hair, stylish clothing, high heels and a shoulder bag, and Caucasian. A man? About the same age, short hair, wearing a shirt and slacks and familiar with technology, as he’s wearing an earpiece cellphone. And Caucasian. A recent DHS training video featured nearly two dozen people posing as terrorists, of which 17 are white males, two are white females, one is a black female, one a black male and one of Middle Eastern descent. The reality is that, Since Ramadan began for Muslims about two weeks ago, there have been 102 terror attacks around the world in the name of Islam, costing 439 lives, according to The Religion of Peace website. Its “Bombathon 2011 Scorecard” indicates that during the same period, there have been zero attacks in the name of all other religions costing zero lives and zero attacks by “anti-Muslim” right-wingers – the primary DHS scapegoat.

  • It’s surprising that DHS chief Janet Napolitano didn’t have “Christian” embossed on the heads of her representative terrorists in the training video.

APA Wants to Destigmatize Pedophilia

Several well-known researchers recently made unexpected arguments on pedophilia at an academic conference in Baltimore. Liberty Counsel Action’s Matt Barber attended the conference and says he felt he was on a different planet, as the presenting professionals aimed to remove pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). That would mean that pedophilia would no longer be considered a mental disorder. “The entire focus of the event was on the victimhood of the pedophile,” Barber accounts. There was “very little concern for the children who are the victims of these individuals when they are raped, who these individuals lust after,” he adds.

  • Immorality is fast becoming the new normal

‘Teacher of the Year’ Suspended for Facebook Comment

A Florida teacher has been suspended and removed from the classroom in Mount Dora, Florida, for comments made on his Facebook page against homosexual “marriage.” Liberty Counsel will be representing the teacher in court. The comments by Mount Dora High School teacher Jerry Buell were posted on his Facebook page on his personal time, using his home computer. Those comments reflected the mainstream view that marriage should be between one man and one woman. According to a Liberty Counsel press release, the history and government teacher expressed his view that homosexuality is a sin and that seeing two “grooms” kissing on a news story revolted him.

  • Christianity is under attach in the USA like never before as the end-time anti-Christ spirit ratchets up in anticipation of a one-world government headed by the anti-Christ ‘beast’ (Revelation 13:1,8, 1John 2:18, 4:3)

Families Battle Cemetery’s Religious Eradication

A Texas-based Christian law firm that defends First Amendment freedoms has filed a lawsuit against the Veterans Administration and the Houston National Cemetery for the attempted eradication of religious expression from ceremonies at the facility. Erin Leu, an attorney with Liberty Institute, says Director Arleen Ocasio is trying to eradicate all religion from the Houston National Cemetery. “She has closed the chapel, telling people she is wanting to make it more comfortable to people of all faiths,” Leu reports. “She has told people not to use the word ‘God,’ not to use the word ‘Jesus.’ She told the honor guards not to include the religious portions of their ritual. She’s attempting to eradicate all religion. It’s outrageous; it’s unconstitutional,” the attorney contends.

Illinois Can Force Gay Adoptions, Court Rules

In what could be another example of a same-sex law trumping religious freedom, Baptist Press reports that an Illinois judge has ruled the state can end its adoption and foster care relationship with Catholic Charities, which refuses to place children with gay couples. At issue is a 40-year relationship between Illinois and Catholic Charities that is in jeopardy because the state — in light of Illinois’ new same-sex civil unions law — says agencies with state contracts must be willing to place children in gay households. Catholic Charities said it would not follow any such state orders and it subsequently sued the state, saying the civil unions law provided a religious exemption that would protect its work. Judge John Schmidt, though, said it did not matter what the civil unions law said because a more basic issue was at play: Is the state required to contract with Catholic Charities? The answer, he said, is no.

Abortionist Appointed to Leadership Role in Democratic Party

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently named former baby murderer Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) as the new head of Candidate Services which researches, selects and funds Congressional races. In other words, the future of the Democrat Conference of Congress is now in the hands of a woman who spent 13 years as the owner of one of Philadelphia’s busiest, most profitable, and most notorious abortion mills. Schwartz co-founded the clinic in 1975 and christened it the “Elizabeth Blackwell Center.” Pro-abortionists defame Blackwell, the first American female physician, who was an ardent mother-child advocate and profoundly pro-life! Yet throughout the Schwartz clinic’s 13 years of operation, abortion was consistently the financial backbone of the institution. In its last, (and slowest), year of operation, the clinic still managed to perform an average of 5 abortions a day. That is 1,500 children slaughtered just in Schwartz’ final year of business.

Minnesota is the Latest Marriage Battleground

Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) attorneys are helping to preserve Minnesota’s laws on marriage. A lower court dismissed a lawsuit attacking state laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. That case is now on appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court. ADF attorney Jordan Lorence says, “The lifelong, faithful union of a man and a woman is the foundation of every healthy, stable society. That’s the legitimate rationale behind Minnesota’s marriage laws. There is no valid constitutional argument undermining that rationale, as the trial court found here when it ruled in accord with binding Minnesota and U.S. Supreme Court precedent.” Several same-gender couples filed the lawsuit after Hennepin County turned down their requests for marriage licenses. They appealed after the court ruled against them. The court cited a previous Minnesota Supreme Court case which affirmed the validity of laws protecting traditional marriage.

Pregnancy Centers Under Attack in San Francisco

San Francisco is proposing an ordinance that would target pro-life pregnancy centers for alleged “deceptive marketing tactics.” That ordinance, if enacted, would likely be challenged in court. The proposal would call on the centers to advertise and to post signs in pregnancy clinics saying they do not offer birth control or abortions. Without such notification, says city officials, crisis pregnancy centers are being “deceptive” and “interfere with women’s time-sensitive, constitutionally protected right to reproductive choice.” Paul Sluis is with First Resort, which operates pro-life pregnancy centers in the San Francisco area. He says his group is bothered by the ordinance because it is obviously “part of a broader attempt” to shut them down. He notes that three ordinances in Maryland and New York have been declared unconstitutional.

Idaho Casting Out Religious Texts

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by two Idaho charter school teachers over First Amendment rights, so proponents of the banned material are preparing to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Idaho’s Public Charter School Commission has ruled that the use of religious texts in the classroom violates the state’s constitution. But David Cortman of the Alliance Defense Fund explains that the ban involves texts other than the Bible. “It’s certainly our hope that a majority of the Supreme Court will understand that it’s not permissible for any state agency at any level to completely ban an entire category of books,” Cortman contends. “It’s just another way of the dumbing down of our public education system.” In their opinion, the Ninth Circuit wrote that “because Idaho charter schools are governmental entities, the curriculum presented” is that of the Idaho government and exempt from scrutiny under the First Amendment.

Court Opens Door for Teachers to Ridicule Christians

A three-judge panel of the much-overturned 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California has dismissed a student’s case against a high school teacher who ridiculed his Christian faith in class. The opinion Friday authored by Judge Ray C. Fisher declared statements “exhibiting some hostility to religion do not violate the Establishment Clause if the government conduct at issue has a secular purpose. Chad Farnan brought the case in 2007 against history teacher James Corbettt of Capistrano Valley High School  in Mission Viejo, Calif., citing at least 22 comments by Corbett considered “derogatory, disparaging, and belittling regarding religion and Christianity in particular.”

  • Secular humanism is itself a “religion” with its own core set of beliefs, but is promoted by the New World Order folks as the basis for keeping religion (specifically Christianity) out of schools, government and any public forum

White House Uses Taxpayer $$ to Sell Obamacare

Under a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, lawsuit, Judicial Watch learned through Department of Health and Human Services documents that the Obama White House “helped coordinate a multimillion dollar taxpayer-funded campaign to use Internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo to drive web traffic to a government website promoting the Affordable Health Care Act (also known as Obamacare).” According to Judicial Watch, the campaign, which included PR firm The Ogilvy Group, was designed “to increase public support for the president’s health-care overhaul among key Obama campaign demographics, specifically Hispanics, blacks and women.” President Obama’s former political director worked at an international advertising agency that received government funds to direct a multi-million dollar campaign to sell Obamacare to the public, WorldNetDaily reports The campaign used Internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo to drive Web traffic to government websites promoting the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Repatriation Flights for Illegal Immigrants Draw Criticism

The Department of Homeland Security continues to spend millions of dollars flying illegal immigrants caught along the Arizona border back to Mexico each summer even though government officials and humanitarian groups question whether the program is effective or worth the cost. By flying thousands of apprehended migrants 1,100 miles into Mexico instead of simply dropping them off at the border, DHS says they are less likely to hook up again with human smugglers and try to cross through Arizona’s rugged, remote desert, where over the years hundreds of migrants have died in the brutal summer heat. While the department defends its repatriation flights, officials chose not to act on recommendations by government auditors to measure whether the program is effective. Some humanitarian groups say it is a waste of money because migrant deaths have continued to rise, and the Government Accountability Office has been critical of the lack of accountability.

  • Accountability in government – what a unique concept

Computers Fit Under Our Skin

Before long you may be able to wear your computer. An ultra-thin and flexible electronic circuit can now be stuck to the skin. The wireless device is almost invisible, but can perform just as well as more conventional electronic machines. The development could mark a new era in consumer electronics. The new technology could be used for things such as medical diagnosis or covert military operations. The devices, which are almost invisible, can perform just as well as more conventional electronic machines but without the need for wires or bulky power supplies, scientists said.

  • The ‘mark of the beast’ is not far away from reality

Social Security Disability Insurance on Brink of Insolvency

Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security’s disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency. Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can’t find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs. The stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants — many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved — and worsening the financial problems of a program that’s been running in the red for years. New congressional estimates say the trust fund that supports Social Security disability will run out of money by 2017, leaving the program unable to pay full benefits, unless Congress acts.

  • The so-called “trust fund” requires a lot of trust because it is only an accounting entry that is not backed up by actual funds – yet another unfunded liability

Economic News

The president of Standard & Poor’s is stepping down, an announcement coming only weeks after the rating agency’s unprecedented move to strip the United States of its AAA credit rating. The announcement did not refer to recent reports that the Justice Department is investigating whether S&P improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis in 2008. Those reports sent McGraw-Hill’s shares tumbling last week.

Investors have been surprised at the relatively low rate of defaults in 2011 so far. Just 15 U.S. companies have defaulted this year, according to Standard & Poor’s, down from 40 in during the same time in 2010. Just 23 companies around the world have defaulted this year, down from 81 in 2010 and a record high of 265 in 2009. This may be a result of the “dead wood clearing” effect, where companies that were barely hanging on were wiped out in 2009 and 2010. The companies left standing are the stronger ones. There’s also the fact that record low interest rates have allowed many companies to refinance, and push their debt payments out.

A growing belief that the country is headed toward recession gave the stock market its fourth straight week of losses. The Dow Jones industrial average, which closed down 1.6% Friday, had its 10th move of more than 100 points this month.

Gold has been in a multiyear bull market: An ounce of gold shot to a record $1,910 Monday. The past 10 years, gold has soared 591%, vs. a 3.3% loss for the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. Gold also fares well when people fear inflation: Governments can print more money, but they can’t create more gold.

Middle East

Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel Monday, despite an unofficial truce meant to defuse days of escalating violence. The Israeli military said 15 projectiles were launched at Israel overnight, most of which fell in open fields. No injuries were reported. Israel retaliated with an airstrike before midnight Sunday that targeted a rocket-launching device. A Hamas official said Sunday that militant groups in Gaza had agreed a truce would go into effect that evening to end three days of clashes between Israel and Gaza militants. Hamas security personnel would enforce the Egypt-brokered agreement, he said. About 15 Palestinians, most of them gunmen, were killed in the air attacks. Eight Israelis died in the border attack and another was killed by rocket fire.

Egypt said Saturday it would recall its ambassador from Israel to protest the deaths of at least three Egyptian troops killed in a shootout between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants who had launched a deadly attack on Israel from Egyptian soil. The decision sharply escalated tensions between the neighboring countries, whose 1979 peace treaty is being tested. Egypt’s interim government accused Israel of violating that treaty and demanded an apology. Israeli officials insisted the peace treaty was “stable” despite the rocky developments. “No one had any intention to harm Egyptian security personnel,” said Amos Gilad, a senior Israeli Defense Ministry official. Hundreds of Egyptians gathered peacefully outside the Israeli Embassy on Sunday, demanding that their government expel Israel’s ambassador in Cairo. Israel issued a rare statement of “regret,” hours, but the Egyptian government said the apology is insufficient.

Libya

Fierce fighting erupted around Moammar Gadhafi’s main military compound in Tripoli on Tuesday, hours after the Libyan leader’s son and heir apparent turned up free to thwart Libyan rebel claims he had been captured. Street battles between pro-Gadhafi troops and rebels were reported in several parts of the city, and the mood turned from one of euphoria to confusion and fear a day after opposition fighters swept into the capital with relative ease, claiming to have most of it under their control. Libyan rebels claimed to be in control of most of the Libyan capital on Monday after their lightning advance on Tripoli heralded the fall of Moammar Gadhafi’s nearly 42-year regime. After six months of NATO bombing, rebel forces broke a military standoff Sunday in a startling turn of events that took anti-Gadhafi forces by surprise and may prove a decisive blow to the regime. Libyan Prime Minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi fled to the Tunisian island of Djerba, Al Jazeera reports. The international community called on Gadhafi to step down and moved ahead with post-war planning. NATO promised to continue airstrikes until all pro-Gadhafi forces surrender or return to barracks.

NATO’s work in Libya is largely done, but analysts say its efforts could be undermined if the Western alliance is seen as the sole power behind the rebel forces that are close to forcing Moammar Gadhafi from power. The United Nations and groups such as the Arab League also need to offer support to the new government. The new leaders in Libya will lack credibility if they’re seen as puppets of the Western military alliance. Ideally, NATO’s military role will end quickly and a non-military coalition of groups will help Libyans build a functioning government. Since the start of the war in March, NATO planes have flown nearly 20,000 combat missions. Since launching the initial attacks in March, the U.S. military role has been largely relegated to supporting other NATO forces.

Syria

Syria’s president said Sunday he was “not worried” about security in his country and warned against any foreign military intervention in a speech designed to portray confidence as the regime comes under blistering international condemnation for its crackdown on dissent. The remarks by Bashar Assad, who spoke during an interview with state-run television, came just days after the United States and its European allies called for him to step down. In a now-familiar refrain, Assad promised imminent reforms — including parliamentary elections by February — but insisted the unrest was being driven by a foreign conspiracy, not true reform seekers. The opposition rejected Assad’s remarks, saying they have lost confidence in his promises of reform while his forces open fire on peaceful protesters. Human rights groups say more than 2,000 people have been killed in the government’s crackdown on protests.

Iran

Iran has moved some of its centrifuge machines to an underground enrichment site that offers better protection from possible airstrikes, the country’s vice president said Monday. Engineers are “hard at work” preparing the facility in Fordo, which is carved into a mountain to protect it against possible attacks, to house the centrifuges, Fereidoun Abbasi was quoted as saying by state TV. Uranium enrichment lies at the heart of Iran’s dispute with the West, a technology that can be used to produce nuclear fuel or materials for bomb. The United States and some of its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop atomic weapons. Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is peaceful and aimed at generating electricity, not a nuclear bomb.

Iran’s president claimed on Tuesday the country’s military can cripple enemies on their own ground as Tehran put a new Iranian-made cruise missile on display, the latest addition to the nation’s growing arsenal. Iran now has an array of short and medium range ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets in the region, including Israel and U.S. military bases in the Gulf. Iran began a military self-sufficiency program in 1992, under which it produces a large range of weapons, including tanks, missiles, jet fighters, unmanned drone aircraft and torpedoes.

Iranian authorities imposed a harsh, eight-year sentence on two Americans arrested along the border with Iraq in 2009, state television cited an unnamed judicial source as saying Saturday, in a stunning verdict that could further strain relations between Washington and Tehran. Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, who have already been held in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison for two years, have 20 days to appeal their convictions on charges of illegal entry into Iranian territory and espionage. Their lawyer, Masoud Shafii, said he had not been officially informed of the sentence and vowed to take the case to the appeals court, arguing that the prosecutors had failed to show any proof of espionage and that the hikers strayed into Iran inadvertently.

Turkey

Turkey’s military said Tuesday its airstrikes on suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq this week have killed an estimated 90 to 100 guerrillas and warned that it would press ahead with offensives against the group both inside Turkey and across the border. The military also said more than 80 rebels were injured in six days of cross-border air raids that began on Wednesday, hours after eight soldiers and a government-paid village guard were killed in an ambush by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, near the border with Iraq. The military said targets hit included 79 shelters and hideouts, 18 caves, eight depots, 14 PKK buildings or facilities, one ammunition depot, nine anti-aircraft gun positions and three rebel road blocks. The PKK, considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, is fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict since 1984.

Largest Colorado Quake Since 1973 Shakes Homes

The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years has shaken hundreds of people near the New Mexico border. The magnitude 5.3 earthquake was recorded at about 11:46 p.m. MDT Monday about nine miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo., and about 180 miles south of Denver. The quake followed two smaller ones that hit the area earlier in the day. The quake is the largest in Colorado since a magnitude 5.7 was recorded in 1973. A few homes have been damaged and deputies were investigating reports of rockslides along a highway. More than 30 people in Colorado Springs, about 130 miles north of Trinidad, also reported feeling the quake.

Weather

Emergency officials across the southeast United States were closely watching Irene on Tuesday as the first hurricane to seriously threaten the country in three years churned over energizing tropical waters. The storm has already cut a destructive path through the Caribbean. Forecasters say the hurricane could grow to a monstrous Category 4 storm with winds of more than 131 mph before it’s predicted to come ashore this weekend on the U.S. mainland. Irene was forecast to pass over or near the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas by Tuesday night and be near the central Bahamas early Wednesday.

Irene slashed directly across Puerto Rico, tearing up trees and knocking out power to more than a million people. It then headed out to sea, north of the Dominican Republic, where the powerful storm’s outer bands were buffeting the north coast with dangerous sea surge and downpours. President Obama declared an emergency for Puerto Rico, making it eligible for federal help. Puerto Rico’s governor is urging people to stay home as the island begins cleaning up from Hurricane Irene. The storm has closed more than a dozen roads, knocked down many trees and caused at least two landslides. The governor told reporters Monday that the storm caused no deaths or major injuries. Schools and many businesses in the U.S. island territory were closed as crews assessed the damage.

Flash floods submerged more than a dozen vehicles in Pittsburgh, killing four people, leaving another missing and presumed dead, and forcing others to swim to safety or scramble onto the roofs of their cars. A pair of storms pounded the city Friday, overwhelming the drainage system and causing manhole covers to pop off the road. Water rose to 9 feet in some places along Washington Boulevard, a main road that runs near the Allegheny River. Rescue crews used inflatable boats to reach marooned drivers, though some swam to safety on their own. A woman and two children whose names were not released, were unable to escape their vehicle, which was completely submerged and pinned to a tree.

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