Signs of the Times (7/8/13)

Ohio Terminates Planned Parenthood Funding With Pro-Life Budget

At first glance, it’s a budget bill: Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a two-year, $62 billion state budget on June 30 that reduces state income tax by $2.6 billion. But the new budget also eliminates funding from Planned Parenthood, blocks public hospitals from arranging transfer agreements with abortion clinics and requires abortion providers to provide ultrasounds on women seeking abortions, WORLD reports. Ohio has 12 abortion facilities, and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said the new budget could force many clinics to close. “Today Governor Kasich enacted measures that prescribe medically unnecessary procedures, force doctors to mislead their patients and will force quality medical centers to close,” said Kellie Copeland, executive director of the group. Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, praised Kasich, saying it will protect women and save babies’ lives. The budget went into effect July 3.

3 Major Newspapers Refuse Pro-Life Ad

A pro-life organization called Heroic Media created an ad raising awareness of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks. The ad featured a baby around 20 to 24 weeks being held in a person’s hand. The caption beside the image read:  “This child has no voice, which is why it needs yours.” This group wanted to purchase ad space from certain newspapers, but three major newspapers turned them down, because the image of the small child was “too controversial.” It was the Chicago Tribune, LA Times and USA Today that refused to run their ad.

Churches Boost Security as Violent Incidents Grow

The number of deadly episodes in church sanctuaries has soared over the last decade. In 1999, there were 22 violent deaths — including homicides and suicides — reported at worship centers nationwide, according to statistics compiled by Chinn. Last year, there were 115 attacks, with 75 of those ending in a fatality. In many churches, ushers still are the front line of security, with many spotting distraught worshipers or stepping in during minor disputes. Other congregations have no systematic way of knowing or watching who walks through the doors.

Just last month, the federal government stepped in with a first-ever report outlining security recommendations for houses of worship. The 38-page plan, released just days after a man was shot and wounded during a Catholic Mass in Salt Lake City, advises congregations to plan for potential emergencies, including what police call random “active shooter” situations. Some church leaders are reluctant to discuss security measures but point to a long tradition of pastors preaching faith but also carrying guns. Florida law allows people to carry weapons in houses of worship.

  • The anti-Christ spirit is becoming more active and more violent as the end-times progress toward the Great Tribulation

Another Delay for Obamacare

The Obama administration has scaled back another of its key healthcare rules, delaying a requirement that verifies the income levels of those seeking taxpayer subsidies until after the 2014 midterm elections. Instead, the new insurance marketplaces operated by states and the District of Columbia will take the consumer’s word that they qualify for the subsidies. Verification plans for the taxpayer subsidies won’t go into effect until 2015 for those earning about $45,000 to purchase health insurance. The move comes days after another Obamacare snag was announced on Wednesday when the administration delayed until 2015 the employer mandate that required businesses with more than 50 full-time workers to pay stiff fines for failing to providing insurance.

  • These delays conveniently postpone controversial aspects of Obamacare until after midterm elections

Secret Court Expands NSA Surveillance Powers

Officials say that more than a dozen classified rulings have created a secret body of law that gives the NSA the power to gather massive information collections on Americans. The data collection is not just restricted to terrorism suspects but “people possibly involved in nuclear proliferation, espionage and cyberattacks.” According to officials who are familiar with these classified rulings, the court has expanded its role while assessing “broad constitutional questions” and establishing judicial precedents without any public scrutiny. The role of the FISA court has changed over the years, originally approving case by case wiretaps. In 2007, with greater judicial oversight of intelligence operations and other legislation, the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court “has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court, serving as the ultimate arbiter on surveillance issues and delivering opinions that will most likely shape intelligence practices for years to come, the officials said.”

  • This court was supposed to oversee foreign intelligence, not domestic, demonstrating yet again how politicians twist and subvert laws and courts to suit their own objectives. Now FISA becomes part of the New World Order’s arsenal for suppressing dissent as it foists socialism and secularism upon America

41 IMF Bailouts And Counting

Broke nations are bailing out other broke nations with borrowed money. As of April, 41 different countries had active financial “arrangements” with the IMF.  Sometimes they are called “bailouts” and sometimes they are called other things, but in every single case they involve loans. And most of the time, these loans come with very stringent conditions.  It is a form of “global governance” that doesn’t get any mainstream press coverage. For decades, the IMF used its funds as a way to force developing nations to do what it wants them to do.  Up until fairly recently, this had mostly only been done with poor nations.  But now an increasing number of wealthy nations are turning to the IMF for help.  We have already seen Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Cyprus receive bailouts which were partly funded by the IMF. Spain has received a bailout for its banking sector, and it is being projected that Italy will need a major bailout within six months.

  • How long can indebted nations like the U.S. continue to bail out others without the entire economic system collapsing? But in the meantime, globalists are able to use the IMF to force us closer and closer to the one-world government prophesied in Revelation 11.

Doctor Shortage Worsening

In 2010, the U.S. was short 13,700 physicians, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges. This will grow to 62,900 by 2015 and reach a crisis level of 130,000 by 2025. There are three primary reasons for the accelerating shortage: first, the rapidly aging baby boomer population requires more and more services; second, Obamacare is expected to bring an influx of 40 million newly insured patients seeking medical care; and third, reimbursements to providers from private insurers and the government are diminishing, leading to a huge exodus of doctors leaving the field.

Economic News

Flush with cash, Chinese homebuyers are flooding into the U.S. housing market, and paying top dollar. Chinese buyers accounted for 18% of the $68.2 billion that foreigners spent on homes during the 12 months ended March 31. At a median price of $425,000, the Chinese are also buying more expensive homes than other foreign buyers, who spent a median of nearly $276,000 on U.S. homes. And nearly 70% of those pricey Chinese deals were made in all cash. Nowhere is the influx of Chinese homebuyers felt more strongly than in California, where more than half of the homes sold to foreign buyers went to Chinese nationals.

Egypt

Deadly violence erupted in Cairo on Monday at a sit-in by supporters of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, leaving many dead and raising the specter of civil war. Egypt’s health ministry said at least 42 people were killed and over 300 hundred injured when Egyptian soldiers and police clashed with Islamists protesting the president’s ouster outside a military building in Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm has called on Egyptians to rise up against the army, a move that threatens to divide further a country that is already deep in crisis. Supporters of Morsi said the security forces fired on hundreds of protesters, including women and children, at a sit-in encampment outside a Republican Guard building as they performed early morning prayers. The military said people tried to storm the building in Cairo’s Nasr City.

At least 30 people were killed Friday in Egypt as gunfire and running battles erupted in several cities during a day of protests called by Islamists angered by the military ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. At least 12 deaths were reported in clashes In Alexandria, the country’s second largest city, after Islamists opened fire on a rally of Morsi opponents. More than 400 were reported injured nationwide.

Syria

The United States faces “a 10-year issue” in Syria as it weighs how deeply it wants to get involved the country’s civil war, the top U.S. military officer warned in an interview that aired Sunday. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey told CNN’s State of the Union that the conflict is entwined in a regional issue that is now spilling over into both Lebanon and Iraq, and those underlying causes “will persist for 10 years.” It is related to a competition between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam, and it’s been hijacked at some level on both sides by extremists — al Qaeda on one side and Lebanese Hezbollah and others on the other side,” said Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Iran

Iran’s central bank on Saturday drastically devalued the national currency’s fixed subsidized rate against the dollar, as the Islamic republic struggles to shore up its faltering economy. The rial has lost more than two thirds of its value on the open market since early 2012, when the United States and the European Union imposed harsh economic sanctions curbing Iran’s ability to export oil and conduct financial transactions.

At least 14 prisoners have been executed according to official and unofficial reports from Iran Saturday. Seven other prisoners were scheduled to be executed today according to unconfirmed reports. According to official and unofficial reports at least 60 prisoners have been executed after the Presidential elections in Iran. According to ‘Human rights and democracy activists in Iran, 11 prisoners, five of them women, were hanged in the prison of Zahedan.

Nigeria

Islamic militants attacked a boarding school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Saturday, killing 29 students and one teacher. Some of the pupils were burned alive in the latest school attack blamed on a radical terror group. The gunmen are believed to be from the Boko Haram sect whose name means “Western education is sacrilege.” The gunmen came armed with jerry cans of fuel that they used to torch the school’s administrative block and one of the hostels.

India

A series of small bombs went off in and around a world-famous Buddhist temple in eastern India Sunday, injuring two people. Four of the eight explosions occurred at the Mahabodhi temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Bihar state that houses a tree where Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. The temple itself was not damaged. The other four blasts hit other sacred locations around Mahabodhi. Suspicion fell on the home-grown Islamist group Indian Mujahideen. The group, designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, is blamed for dozens of deadly bomb explosions throughout India since 2005.

Earthquakes

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on Saturday struck off Mentawai islands in western Indonesia, causing panic but officials said there were no reports of damages or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was centered 121 miles west-northwest of Bengkulu on Sumatra Island, at a depth of 14 miles.

Weather

Panama City Beach, Florida, was slammed with some of the worst flooding residents have seen in a long time. The area got 4.24 inches of rain in a short amount of time on Friday. The fire department used boats to rescue dozens of county residents from flooded homes in low-lying area.

Tropical Storm Chantal barreled through the Atlantic Ocean early Monday, racing toward the Lesser Antilles, the National Weather Service said. The third named storm of the 2013 hurricane season is expected to cross into the Caribbean on Tuesday. The five-day tracking map takes the storm near Puerto Rico, the island of Hispaniola, Cuba, the Bahamas and South Florida.

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