Pray for those impacted by the TornadoesBy Daniel Valles, Posted to Editor's Blog: 05/20/2013
Our hearts are grieved as we see the damage and lives impacted by the tornadoes. Pray for the families impacted that they will have their needs met, that they will have safety as they sift through the dangerous debris, and that additional lives will still be saved. In spite of the destruction, we can also thank God for the mercies He has shown and lives spared as well. Pray that many will see the brevity of life, and consider their eternal destiny. For those not necessarily able to come to their aid, we should all take lessons from these events and take prudent steps for our family, loved ones, and our neighbors. I also suggest these two articles to refresh our perspectives: Calamities and the Poor, Thoughts on Testimonies During Disasters. Maranatha.
'The Sunday Times' reports reconnaissance satellites reveal preparations made by the Syrian army to deploy surface-to-surface Tishreen missiles ready to fire at Israel should J'lem conduct another airstrike on the Assad regime.
the event attracted euthanasia opponents from all corners of the province to protest the Parti québécois government’s proposal to allow “medical aid in dying” –the direct and intentional killing of a patient—under certain conditions. Junior minister Veronique Hivon indicated at the beginning of the year that she would table a bill legalizing the deadly practise before the province’s parliament adjourned for the summer.
"Our military is conducting these exercises in order to cope with the mounting war measures from the U.S. and South Korea, which is the legitimate right of any sovereign country."
Legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales took a step closer to becoming law Monday after Prime Minister David Cameron's government struck a last-minute deal with the opposition Labour Party to head off a challenge from lawmakers in his own Conservative party.
Last November, with the latest breakdown in the dialogue between the central government and the Kurdish “regional government”, he sent his army to the frontiers of the Kurdish region in a confrontation that could have led – as he put it – to a full-scale “ethnic war” between Arabs and Kurds. It didn’t. But if, since then, the tension has eased on Iraq’s ethnic Arab-Kurdish front, it has been steadily growing on that other sectarian Sunni-Shia, one.
05/20/2013, naturalnews.com, by Mike Adams
All of a sudden, the idea that the federal government could engage in tyranny against the People of America is no longer a "conspiracy theory." It's historical fact right in your face thanks to all the recent scandals now bursting onto the scene: IRS intimidation, secret targeting of non-profit groups for possible "thought crimes," the Department of Justice seizing AP phone records and so on.
With the scandal concerning the IRS and its targeting of pro-life and conservative groups growing, national conservative activists are planning nationwide rallies Tuesday at IRS offices across the country.
Editor: Keep your eyes on this subject in the days ahead - this subject matter is tapping into a very core emotion for many people. I predict that this may unfortunately lead to violence against certain employees. When we study American history, we notice that featherings and rail rides were instigated by the unruly mobs. I do not condone wanton violence in any form; everyone should be aware that the potential for its perpetration is certainly escalating, and take measures to avoid certain potential hot spots. Also, be very prudent with whom you associate.
...sources have provided Liberty Counsel an internal DOJ document titled: “LGBT Inclusion at Work: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers.” It was emailed to DOJ managers in advance of the left’s so-called “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.” The document is chilling. It’s riddled with directives that grossly violate – prima facie –employees’ First Amendment liberties.
...to weigh the constitutionality of an upstate New York city's tradition of opening its local council meetings with prayers. Its decision comes a year after a federal appeals court sided with two residents of Greece, New York who contend the prayer practice improperly affiliates the Rochester suburb of 96,000 with a single religion, Christianity. The case marks the first time in 30 years that the highest court in the United States has considered the separation of church and state when it comes to opening government meetings with prayers.
The preliminary rating of the tornado that hit Moore about 3 p.m. CT is at least an EF-4, which means wind speeds of from 166 to 200 mph, the National Weather Service said.
...Delayed planting in turn can raise prices for food processors, livestock feeders, and ethanol producers, leading to eventual increases in food and fuel costs nationwide. ...With fewer farmers tilling the nation's soil, and the average farm size growing year by year, the 2013 crop cannot get in the ground much faster than it did decades ago. ...The next few days will be crucial, since experience shows corn planted after May 20 could see a 12 percent loss in yield, said Nafziger, the Illinois economist. Where planting is delayed beyond May 31, yield could see a 20 percent decline.
An Arkansas law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy won't take effect while a legal challenge is pending, a federal judge ruled Friday.
The Syrian military hammered the city, Qusayr, on the Lebanon border, with airstrikes and artillery, killing at least 52 people and wounding hundreds as civilians cowered, unable to flee the city, activists said. By day’s end about 60 percent of the city, including the municipal office building, was in army control for the first time in months, activists said. ...raising sectarian tensions and fears of a regional conflagration. The fight is viewed by both loyalists and government opponents as a turning point that could, in the words of one activist in Qusayr, “decide the fate of the regime and the revolution.” ...The small city, about 100 miles northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus, is crucial to supply routes for both sides.
Salafists advocate an ultra-conservative brand of Sunni Islam, and Ansar al-Sharia, whose fugitive leader fought with Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, does not recognise the authority of the Tunisian state. Suppressed under president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, radical Islamists have grown increasingly assertive since the popular uprising that ousted the secular strongman in January 2011.
...its fourth short-range missile in the past two days into waters off its east coast on Sunday, despite calls for restraint from South Korea and other countries in the region, as well as the United Nations.
The U.S. government will bump up against the federal debt limit this weekend, though a series of emergency steps will allow it to continue paying all of the nation’s bills until at least early September, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Friday.
Police and fire officials said no injuries were reported and the temblor caused no damage at the Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 nuclear reactors, Kyodo News said. No tsunami warning was issued.
Particularly important for the Iranians is Hezbollah's arsenal, which is protected from a ground invasion and is deployed in the heart of a supportive population in south Lebanon. ...Hezbollah would very much like to get its hands on Assad's Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles, which pose a major threat to Israeli Navy vessels and gas fields located up to 300 kilometers (186 miles) from the coast. ...Assad, Khamenei and Nasrallah have apparently reached the conclusion that the Golan Heights is the soft spot which can be used to effectively deter Israel from thwarting arms transfers to Hezbollah.
The Syrian army has begun deploying advanced surface-to-surface missiles, the report said, adding that it has received orders to strike central Israel in case additional attacks against Syria are carried out. The Sunday Times said that the information was obtained by reconnaissance satellites that were tracking the Syrian forces. According to the report, Syria was deploying advanced Tishreen missiles which are capable of carrying a holf-ton warhead.
France is the 14th country to legalize gay marriage. In the United States, Washington, D.C., and 12 states have legalized same-sex marriage.
About 100,000 protesters, led by trade unionists, have rallied in the Italian capital Rome against the policies of the new coalition government. Wielding red flags and placards, they urged the centre-left Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, to scrap austerity measures and focus on job creation.
Launches by the North of short-range missiles are not uncommon but, after recent warnings from the communist state of impending nuclear war, such actions raise concerns about the region's security.
Engineering a financial bailout for Cyprus in March was such a chaotic process that top European officials say it is time to rethink how the region manages its crisis — and who should be involved. ...And Asmussen questioned whether help from the IMF — part of the "troika" of decision makers that also includes the ECB and the European Commission — is even needed anymore. In effect, he said it is time for Europe to handle its problems without outside help.
The chancellor said the pope had stressed the world needs a strong and just Europe, and she described the overall conversation has encouraging.
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