Anti-Wall Street Protests Go Global

Over the past month, the protest against corporate greed and economic inequality has spread from New York City to cities elsewhere across the United States and around the world. Massive crowds across the globe rallied against corporate power Saturday as the Occupy Wall Street movement spilled onto the streets in Europe, Asia and Australia. United for Global Change — the central site for the movement organizing worldwide protests — said 951 cities in 82 countries were to take part in the demonstrations after online organizers called for a worldwide rally.

Vandalism erupted in Rome, where witnesses saw car fires and broken windows at shops and a bank at the scene of the Rome demonstration, where many thousands turned out and faced a large police presence. Supporters in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday waved signs such as “you can’t eat money.” About 200 people in Tokyo joined the global protests, and Philippine supporters in Manila marched on the U.S. Embassy to express support for Occupy Wall Street and to denounce “U.S. imperialism” and U.S.-led wars and aggression.

Protests in the U.S. spread to dozens of cities over the weekend. Authorities in Arizona arrested nearly 100 people after two separate protests in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The 53 arrests in Tucson and 46 in Phoenix on Saturday night came after demonstrators in each city failed to leave parks at curfew. About 175 protesters who were part of the growing anti-Wall Street sentiment were arrested in Chicago early Sunday when they refused to take down their tents and leave a city park when it closed. Police made six arrests near the Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan after a few hundred people marched around the New York Stock Exchange. Meanwhile, in Denver, dozens of police officers in riot gear advanced early Friday on the last remaining cluster of Wall Street protesters at the state’s Capitol. Some protesters retreated without resisting while others were arrested.

  • Protests are being fomented and supported by ultra-left wing and even communist organizations, including George Soros-funded Tides Foundation.

Clock is Ticking for Debt-Cutting Supercommittee

Conservative senators are urging the debt-cutting supercommittee to raise the eligibility age for Medicare and require many retirees to pay more. The top Senate Republican on defense is endorsing some of President Barack Obama’s proposed benefit curbs for the military. Even farm-state lawmakers are offering cuts to agriculture subsidies and food programs. Friday’s deadline for lawmakers to offer ideas to Congress’ bipartisan 12-member panel brought out a flood of advice. Some lawmakers offered up sacred cows. Others just restated political talking points. Whether it will help the supercommittee make actual progress remains to be seen. What appears clear is that the fundamental disputes remain the same: Republicans are, so far, standing fast against tax increases; Democrats won’t touch Medicare without them. It’s not at all certain that the panel, due to act by Nov. 23, will find success in reaching its goal of generating at least $1.2 trillion in deficit savings over the coming decade. The conventional wisdom in Washington is that it won’t.

Obama Axes Part of Health Care Plan

The Obama administration announced today it will not move forward with a new long-term-care insurance plan — a major part of its health care law — because of problems with paying for it. Congressional Republicans had vowed to kill the program, calling the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program (CLASS) too expensive. A key part of the law — the requirement that nearly all Americans buy some form of health insurance — is also being challenged in court; the Supreme Court is likely to rule on the case next summer.

Obama Dispatches Troops to Africa

President Obama notified Congress Friday that he is sending about 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to help battle a rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army. The troops will ultimately be deployed to South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Obama said in a letter to congressional leaders. The Lord’s Resistance Army is accused of a two-decade spree of murder, rape and kidnapping. The troops will serve largely in an advisory capacity in the efforts to remove LRA leader Joseph Kony “from the battlefield.” African leaders are applauding President Obama’s decision to deploy some 100 U.S. troops to battle an African rebel group, and so are most members of Congress.

Tax Dollars Covering Late-Term Abortions

An undercover investigation by Operation Rescue shows that Medicaid is paying for abortions, and that practice has been confirmed in at least 15 states. During the probe, abortion clinics were called by a woman posing as a potential abortion customer. In one call, she tells a counselor at Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that she is 26-weeks pregnant and has Medicaid coverage: Clinic representative: “Well, actually Medicaid covers the abortion in the state of New Mexico.” Federal Medicaid funds are only supposed to cover abortions in cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is in danger, but Operation Rescue president Troy Newman tells OneNewsNow that abortion clinics jump at the chance to use it. That was made evident in this undercover probe, he says, as every undercover caller was told that Medicaid would cover her abortion.

Faced with a House Oversight investigation into sex trafficking and misuse of Federal Funds, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has issued a desperate plea for abortion supporters to flood Congress with demands that the investigation be halted. Florida Congressman Cliff Stearns, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Investigations, has opened a long-overdue investigation into Planned Parenthood and has subpoenaed internal audits to determine if the organization illegally used taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. The committee will also reportedly investigate Planned Parenthood’s role in covering up sex trafficking, child pornography and child molestation.

Pro-Life Legislation Passes the House, Faces Democrat Senate Rejection

The Protect Life Act that the House of Representatives passed last week seeks to correct the pro-abortion bent of ObamaCare, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” The new Protect Life Act will prevent any and all federal funding for abortion – including funding from the new government “health care exchanges.” In addition, the bill takes very important steps to protect the rights of health care workers and hospitals which refuse to murder babies. Without this extremely important legislation, health care providers will be forced to choose between their religious beliefs or violating the law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has rallied NARAL and Planned Parenthood to convince the Senate that America not only approves of abortion, but approves of taxpayer funding for it.

  • Please pray that Senators will be touched by the Holy Spirit to know the truth about abortion and will vote for the passage of this necessary legislation

Chat-Downs Tested at Boston Airport

An experiment at Logan Airport in Boston could change how every passenger who seeks to board a commercial flight in the USA is screened: Besides going through a metal detector, and possibly a full-body scanning machine and pat-down, they’d first undergo a “chat-down,” or face-to-face questioning by a TSA officer. The tactic is similar to what air travelers in Israel face under a program aimed at averting terrorism in the skies. Chat-downs, a play on the word “pat-down,” describing the physical screening that has angered some passengers as too intrusive, are part of the U.S. government’s effort to adopt a broader strategy of sifting out people who might pose a greater security risk among the roughly 1.2 million people who fly each day. So far, only 48 travelers out of about 132,000 who have been questioned here at Logan have refused to answer the questions, and instead their carry-on bags were physically searched.

More States Crack Down on Texting While Driving

Police nationwide are issuing a growing number of tickets for texting while driving as more states make the practice a primary offense and become aggressive in cracking down. Thirty-four states plus the District of Columbia have text-messaging bans. In 31 states and D.C., it is a primary offense, meaning drivers can be pulled over specifically for texting. Nine states made texting while driving a primary offense in 2010, and four more have done so this year. California had 7,924 texting convictions in 2010 — almost tripling the 2,845 citations issued in 2009, the year it made texting and driving a primary offense.

U.S. Heart Disease Rates Continue to Fall

The percentage of Americans with the nation’s number one killer, heart disease, continues to fall, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, 6 percent of adults had heart disease in 2010, down from 6.7 percent in 2006. Better treatments for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as declines in smoking, explain the trend, experts said. But not everyone is reaping a benefit: less-educated Americans and people living in certain states, such as Kentucky and West Virginia, still have rates of heart disease well above the national average. The greatest declines in heart disease over the period were among whites: from 6.4 percent in 2006 to 5.8 percent in 2010. Hispanic Americans also had a significant drop in heart disease — from 6.9 percent to 6.1 percent over the same time span. On the other hand, the rate of heart disease rose slightly among blacks, from 6.4 percent to 6.5 percent. American Indians/Alaska Natives had the highest prevalence of heart disease, at 11.6 percent, the CDC said.

Materialistic Values Compromise Marriages

Materialistic couples may have more money, but they also have more relationship problems, according to a new study. Researchers have found that focusing on money and possessions can take a toll on couples’ happiness and stability. “Couples where both spouses are materialistic were worse off on nearly every measure we looked at,” lead author, Jason Carroll, a BYU professor of family life, said in a university news release. One in five couples that participated in the study acknowledged that money was very important to them. Among these couples, who tended to be financially better off, money was often a source of conflict in the relationship.

A recent survey by Pew Research Center found that in 1960, 68% of all 20-somethings were married. In 2008, only 26% were. The median age for marrying has risen from 22 for men and 20 for women back in the 1950s, to 28 and 26 respectively. And in the past 10 years, the number of unmarried couples increased by 25%. While the overall divorce rate in the U.S. has dipped slightly, the divorce rate among people over age 50 has doubled in the past 20 years, a new phenomenon called ‘gray divorce.’

  • Marriage, the bedrock foundation of society, is floundering under the relentless attacks of liberals and the media as prompted by Satan and his New World Order cohorts

Economic News

Consumers stepped up their spending on retail goods in September, a hopeful sign for the sluggish economy. They spent more on autos, clothing and furniture last month to boost retail sales 1.1% from August. That was the largest gain in seven months. Auto sales rose 3.6%. Excluding autos, sales still increased a solid 0.6% last month.

The number of U.S. companies missing debt payments is steadily falling and dropped to just 1.9% of companies in the 12 months ended in September, down from 11.5% as of November 2009, says Standard & Poor’s. That’s the lowest default rate since April 2008.

Excavators tearing down vacant buildings has become common in foreclosure-ravaged cities across the USA. A handful of the nation’s largest banks have even been footing the bill for the demolitions — as much as $7,500 each. Four years into the housing crisis, the ongoing expense of upkeep and taxes, along with costly code violations and the price of marketing the properties, has saddled banks with a heavy burden. It often has become cheaper to knock down decaying homes no one wants.

Nevada leads the nation in the rate of foreclosures, with nearly 60,000 foreclosed homes glutting the market, further depressing home values and scarring neighborhoods. Of the U.S. metro areas with a population of 200,000 or more, Las Vegas was No. 1, in foreclosure notices, with one in every 39 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing.

Israel

The Palestinian Authority plans to use its new membership in the United Nations’ UNESCO cultural committee to lay claims to Jewish holy sites. PA Minister of Culture Hamdan Taha said the PA will seek World Heritage status for several sites, beginning with Bethlehem. The PA will seek UNESCO recognition for its claims in Hevron as well, Taha said. It will also seek recognition for Shechem, the Shomron (Samaria) city that is home to Joseph’s Tomb.

The relatives of Israelis killed in Palestinian attacks waged a charged debate Sunday over the planned release of militants this week in a deal to free an Israeli soldier held by Hamas for five years. Several families have filed a court appeal against the deal, though it is not expected to halt the swap in which Hamas militants will release Sgt. Gilad Schalit in exchange for 1,027 Palestinians in Israeli prisons. Among the prisoners to be released on Tuesday are militants involved in deadly bombings and other attacks targeting Israeli civilians and soldiers. The domestic debate in Israel largely focuses on whether Israel is paying too heavy a price.

Egypt

Egypt’s military rulers are moving to assert and extend their own power so broadly that a growing number of lawyers and activists are questioning their willingness to ultimately submit to civilian authority. Two members of the military council that took power after the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak said for the first time in interviews this week that they planned to retain full control of the Egyptian government even after the election of a new Parliament begins in November. The legislature will remain in a subordinate role similar to Mr. Mubarak’s former Parliament, they said, with the military council appointing the prime minister and cabinet. A transition to civilian rule before and not after the drafting of a new constitution was also a core component of a national referendum on a “constitutional declaration” that passed in March.

Afghanistan

Militants tried to blast their way into an American base in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, striking before dawn with rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle packed with explosives. The attackers failed to breach the gate of the base in Panjshir province’s Rakha district, though they did hit a security tower with a rocket-propelled grenade. All four of the attackers were killed and two Afghan security guards were wounded.

NATO and Afghan forces killed 13 insurgents in an overnight operation targeting local Taliban leaders in northern Afghanistan, officials said Friday. Northern Afghanistan has become increasingly violent over the past year as insurgents facing pressure from NATO troops in their southern strongholds have pushed into pockets in the north. In eastern Kunar province, meanwhile, at least five artillery shells fired from the Pakistani side of the border landed in Dangam district early Friday,

Iraq

The U.S. is abandoning plans to keep U.S. troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline. The decision to pull out fully by January will effectively end more than eight years of U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, despite ongoing concerns about its security forces and the potential for instability. The decision ends months of hand-wringing by U.S. officials over whether to stick to a Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline that was set in 2008 or negotiate a new security agreement to ensure that gains made and more than 4,400 American military lives lost since March 2003 do not go to waste.

Two explosions in a Shiite neighborhood of eastern Baghdad killed 15 people and wounded around 50 others Thursday night. The blasts in the Sadr City neighborhood, coming a day after attacks across the capital killed 25 people, served as a reminder of the lengths to which Sunni militants are trying to go in order to re-ignite sectarian tensions as American forces prepare to go home. First a bomb went off near a house in a narrow alley in Sadr City. Then as people were gathered at the site of the blast, another bomb went off minutes later. All of the 15 dead were killed in the second, more powerful explosion.

Pakistan

Drone-fired U.S. missiles killed four people in a northwestern Pakistani region controlled by the Haqqani militant network on Friday, a day after a similar attack there killed a top commander of the group. U.S. intelligence believes the Haqqanis are the top threat to security in Afghanistan and that they enjoy the support of the Pakistani army. It wants the army to sever its ties and attack the group, something that Islamabad refuses to do. The increase in rocket fire into Afghanistan from Pakistani territory has fed suspicion and resentment among American troops.

Libya

A gunbattle erupted Friday between hundreds of revolutionary forces and Moammar Gadhafi supporters in the capital for the first time in more than two months after loyalists tried to raise the green flag that symbolizes the ousted leader’s regime. Friday’s outbreak of violence underscored the difficulty Libya’s new rulers face in restoring order as Gadhafi remains on the run. His loyalists have control of at least two cities around the country and have battled off revolutionary forces besieging them for weeks, while Gadhafi has issued several audio recordings from hiding trying to rally supporters against the North African nation’s transitional leadership.

Syria

Syrian security forces opened fire Friday on protesters in three different parts of the country, killing at least seven. Thousands protested throughout Syria Friday calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad. The U.N. estimates that over 3,000 people have been killed in Syria’s seven-month uprising and the ensuing government crackdown. The top U.N. human rights official deplored the “devastatingly remorseless toll of human lives” in Syria on Friday and exhorted the world community “to take immediate measures” to protect citizens.

Yemen

An American drone strike in southern Yemen killed nine al-Qaeda-linked militants, including the media chief for the group’s Yemeni branch and the son of prominent U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who was slain in a similar attack last month. In the capital, meanwhile, forces loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters, killing at least nine and wounding scores.

Thousands of women demonstrated in front of Yemen’s foreign ministry in the capital, Sanaa, Monday, demanding U.N. intervention in the ongoing unrest in the Persian Gulf nation. The protest comes a day after a female protester became the first woman killed in a demonstration against the government, according to opposition activists. The women called for sanctions against President Ali Abdullah Saleh and asked that he be tried by the International Criminal Court.

Sudan

Local officials have threatened to demolish three church buildings in Omdurman, Sudan, if the churches continue to conduct worship services, Compass Direct News reports. Church leaders expressed surprise at authorities’ accusations that their buildings were located on government land and being operated without permission — claims they insist are not true but simply another way the government is attempting to rid Sudan of Christianity. Members of the threatened churches are concerned about their future, and also believe the government is carrying out secret investigations of Christians and church programs as part of a broader effort to make Islam the official state religion.

Somalia/Kenya

Kenyan military forces moved into southern Somalia on Sunday, a day after top Kenyan defense officials said the country has the right to defend itself after a rash of militant kidnappings inside Kenya. Residents in southern Somalia said that columns of Kenyan troops had moved in and that military aircraft were flying overhead. Kenya’s government spokesman, Alfred Mutua, said Kenyan troops “are pursuing al-Shabab across the border.” In response, al-Shabab, Somalia’s most dangerous Islamist militant group, tried to raise the alarm in areas it controls. “Are you ready to live under Christians?” one al-Shabab official shouted on a militant radio station. “Get out of your homes and defend your dignity and religion.”

Mexico

The Mexican army said Thursday it had captured a top drug cartel lieutenant who allegedly ordered an arson attack on a casino that killed 52 people in August. Carlos Oliva Castillo, alias “The Frog,” a reputed leader of the extremely violent Zetas cartel, was detained by soldiers in the northern city of Saltillo.

Weather

The devastating drought has taken its toll on a Texas Panhandle lake, now too low to keep supplying water to nearly a dozen cities. The Municipal Water Authority near Amarillo voted to stop using Lake Meredith, which had been a water source since the 1960s. The lake’s area is only a small fraction of what it used to be. Much of the Panhandle remains in the most severe drought stage because it did not get as much rainfall that fell across other parts of Texas the past week. The state is in its worst single-year drought ever recorded. And the rainfall probability is below normal for the state, including the Panhandle, for the next three months.

Barriers protecting Bangkok from Thailand’s worst floods in half a century held firm Sunday as the government said some water drenching provinces just north of the capital had began receding. That fueled hopes that Bangkok, a city of 9 million, could escape unharmed. But outside the capital, thousands of people remain displaced and hungry residents are struggling to survive in half-submerged towns. On Sunday, the military rescued terrified civilians from the rooftops of flooded buildings in the swamped city of Ayutthaya, one of the country’s hardest-hit.

Suspected tornadoes touched down Thursday in New Kent County and Louisa County, the rural community at the epicenter of an Aug. 23 5.8-magnitude earthquake. About a dozen homes and the roof of an elementary school were damaged when an apparent twister cut a six-mile swath through western New Kent. Trees were down throughout the area, including a couple that toppled onto homes. In Louisa, a funnel cloud ripped into an historic plantation house, ripping off its roof and causing other damage. The community continues to struggle after the August earthquake and the more than 40 aftershocks since then.

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