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  • State Dep’t Challenges Reporter Over Palestinian Terror Payments: ‘That’s Not a Normal Thing to Do’

    09/21/2018 6:53:56 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo
    Cybercast News ^ | September 21, 2018 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert gave short shrift Thursday to a Palestinian journalist who questioned U.S. opposition to one of the Palestinian Authority’s most controversial policies. Paying the families of convicted and dead terrorists, she told him, is “not a normal thing to do.” Said Arikat, Washington bureau chief for the Palestinian daily newspaper Al- Quds, suggested during a press briefing that objections to the payments were misplaced, since the monthly stipends do not go to the perpetrators of terror attacks but to family members who “have nothing to do” with the acts. “This is an issue that...
  • Gramscian Damage (understanding ideological warfare)

    09/21/2018 6:52:36 AM PDT · by zipper
    "Armed and Dangerous" blog ^ | 02/11/2006 | Eric Raymond
    From the article: "some of the most important of the Soviet Union’s memetic weapons. Here is that list again: There is no truth, only competing agendas. All Western (and especially American) claims to moral superiority over Communism/Fascism/Islam are vitiated by the West’s history of racism and colonialism. There are no objective standards by which we may judge one culture to be better than another. Anyone who claims that there are such standards is an evil oppressor. The prosperity of the West is built on ruthless exploitation of the Third World; therefore Westerners actually deserve to be impoverished and miserable. Crime...
  • How Strong Does the Evidence Against Kavanaugh Need to Be?

    09/21/2018 6:49:38 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 9 replies
    The allegation made by Christine Blasey Ford — that at age 15 she was the victim of a sexual assault by a 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh — has not only upended Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, but has also left Americans wondering what standards should apply to an accusation like this. It’s natural to place this sort of accusation within a criminal-justice framework: the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt; the presumption of innocence; the right to confront and respond to an accuser. If Judge Kavanaugh stood criminally accused of attempted rape, all of that would apply with full...
  • America Prayer Vigil - 9/21/18

    09/21/2018 6:48:31 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 1 replies
    9/21/18 | Hiskid
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Some Cry ‘Scandal’ to Cover Their Own Failings, Pope Says

    09/21/2018 6:47:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/20/18 | Cindy Wooden
    Hypocrites call out scandal to make themselves seem pure, the Pope saidWhile God’s holy church is made up of sinners, it also has its share of hypocrites who love to cry “scandal” to point out the failings of others and make themselves appear pure, Pope Francis said at morning Mass. “The devil doesn’t have anything to do with repentant sinners because they look to God and say, ‘Lord, I’m a sinner. Help me,’ and the devil is impotent,” the Pope said during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on Thursday. “But with the hypocrites he is strong,” Pope Francis said....
  • Trump: If alleged Kavanaugh attack 'as bad as' Ford claims, 'charges would have been (t)

    09/21/2018 6:46:21 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    President Donald Trump on Friday defended his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman when they were both in high school, appearing to cast doubt on Christine Blasey Ford's claim by demanding to know "why didn't someone call the FBI 36 years ago?" “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. "The radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW....
  • President Trump will Chair UN Security Council [Iran]

    09/21/2018 6:42:40 AM PDT · by JohnThree3to16 · 4 replies
    Twitter ^ | President Trump
  • More than 6-in-10 Midterm Voters Support Trump’s Tariffs on Imports

    09/21/2018 6:40:21 AM PDT · by davikkm · 4 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOHN BINDER
    More than 6-in-10 midterm voters support President Trump’s tariffs on imports, designed to protect American jobs and industry while forcing multinational corporations to bring manufacturing back to the United States. Just as Trump has imposed an additional $200 billion worth of tariffs on foreign products imported from China, about 63 percent of midterm voters said they either support the protective tariffs or would like to give them more time to work. The poll — conducted for the Alliance for American Manufacturing by The Mellman Group, Inc. and Public Opinion Strategies — found overwhelming support for Trump’s economic nationalist agenda among...
  • Church of England Should Avoid Only Calling God 'He', Bishop Says

    09/21/2018 6:36:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/16/18 | Olivia Rudgard
    The Church of England should avoid only calling God "he", a bishop has said, as a survey found that young Christians think God is male. Research by YouGov found that almost half of 18-24 year-old Christians believed God to be male, with just one in three over-65s believing the same. The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, bishop of Gloucester, the Church of England's first female diocesan bishop, said: "I don't want young girls or young boys to hear us constantly refer to God as he," adding that it was important to be "mindful of our language". She raised concerns that non-Christians...
  • Browns' Hue Jackson Has to 'Watch the Tape' Before Deciding Week 4 Starting Quarterback

    09/21/2018 6:31:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    SI ^ | September 21, 2018 | Charlotte Carroll
    After Thursday's 21–17 win over the Jets, Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he has to wait to "watch the tape" before deciding between Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield on who will be the Week 4 starting quarterback. Rookie quarterback and No. 1 pick Mayfield came in before the first half ended when quarterback Taylor went out with a concussion. He led the Browns back from a 14–0 defecit for the victory.
  • Kavanaugh--This is total war! Act like it! (Vanity)

    09/21/2018 6:29:27 AM PDT · by Az Joe · 18 replies
    Enough of this crap! The Liberals and assorted nutcase Leftists are fighting for their way of life, their degenerate, depraved way of life. A perverted way of life they want to impose on our children and our grandchildren. We are righteously fighting for ours! The use of innuendo, lying, rumors, falsehoods, misinformation, smearing, misdirection, personal attacks, slut shaming, nut shaming are the required weapons. That is what is being done to Judge Kavanaugh and his family. Anything that can be gotten up into the media bloodstream is mandatory. We are creating reasonable doubt. The use of any and all rhetorical...
  • Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang Dies After 'Serious Illness'

    09/21/2018 6:27:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | September 21, 20182:59 AM ET | Scott Neuman
    Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, one of three top leaders in the Southeast Asian country, has died at age 61, according to state media, which says he suffered from a "serious illness." Quang was sworn in as president in 2016 and served in the largely ceremonial post alongside Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and secretary-general of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, who experts believe wields the bulk of the power in the country's leadership triumvirate. Quang died in a military hospital in Hanoi from a "serious illness despite efforts by domestic and international doctors and professors," according to...
  • New York 19 is not a tossup but saying it is reveals big problems in how works

    09/21/2018 6:23:58 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 3 replies
    vanity | Sept 21, 2018 | By Kevin Collins
    The staff at have given up calling all but one of New York’s Republican Congressional races tossups. They have shied away from labeling Republican held seats in New York State CD 1, CD 2, CD 11, and CD 21 tossups and probably think Chris Collins’ CD 27 seat is now “safely Democrat” which it’s not, but we’ll look at that a bit later. The lone “tossup” in “deep blue” New York State is now Republican John Faso who holds the CD 19 seat. A review of the strengths Congressman Faso brings to this contest should make an honest observer...
  • Japanese Probe Deploys Tiny Hopping Robots Toward Big Asteroid Ryugu

    09/21/2018 6:22:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | September 21, 2018 01:30am ET | Mike Wall,
    Japan's Hayabusa2 probe, which has been circling the 3,000-foot-wide (900 meters) asteroid Ryugu since late June, deployed two little "rovers" called MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B at 12:05 a.m. EDT (0405 GMT) today (Sept. 21). The event occurred when the mother ship was about 180 feet (55 meters) above Ryugu's pockmarked, boulder-strewn surface, mission team members said. "The separation of MINERVA-II1 has been confirmed! The state of the spacecraft is normal," JAXA officials announced via Twitter just after the rovers deployed. That confirmation came after an apparently tense descent for Hayabusa2 flight controllers. "In the control room, you can hear the sound...
  • Wages Are Growing Faster Than You Think

    09/21/2018 6:22:19 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 20, 2018 | David R. Henderson
    Standard wage data show that between the spring of 2017 and the spring of 2018, real wages in the U.S. increased only 0.1%. But there are three major problems with these data. First, they don’t account for fringe benefits, which are an increasing proportion of employee pay. Second, standard wage data use an index that overstates the inflation rate. Third, each year the composition of the workforce changes, as older, higher-paid workers retire and young, lower-paid workers enter the workforce. A study released this month by the White House Council of Economic Advisers addresses these three biases and concludes that...
  • Third Witness Says It Never Happened

    09/21/2018 6:20:23 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 19 replies ^ | STEVEN ERTELT SEP 20, 2018
    When California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford made the allegations in a letter to pro-abortion Senator Diane Feinstein that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh supposedly sexually assaulted her, she said four people were allegedly at the party where it happened. Ford made the allegations in a letter to pro-abortion Senator Diane Feinstein. The abortion activist held the letter since July from Ford detailing an alleged attack on her by Kavanaugh when they were in high school three decades ago. Suspiciously, Feinstein remained silent through the confirmation process and hearings until just days before a scheduled vote on his nomination. Kavanaugh...
  • Archbishop Chaput publishes strong criticism of Youth Synod document (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    09/21/2018 6:20:10 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 1 replies ^ | September 21,2018 | Michael Davis
    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has published a wide-ranging criticism of the Instrumentum Laboris (a kind of introduction or preamble) for the upcoming Synod on the Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. In an introductory paragraph, Chaput explains that the analysis was “received from a respected North American theologian”. The article, which appears in First Things, warns that the Instrumentum veers dangerously close to heresy – specifically the heresies of naturalism, Lutheranism, and relativism. It begins by criticizing its “naturalist” understanding of modern sexual dysfunction: widespread promiscuity, online pornography, and the like. “The document laments only its ‘disfiguring the...
  • Shut Up, They Explained

    09/21/2018 6:17:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | September 21, 2018 | RICH LOWRY
    If we aren’t going to assume Kavanaugh’s guilt, we have to be willing to challenge Ford’s story. Christine Blasey Ford deserves a hearing, although at the moment it’s not clear if she really wants one. What she doesn’t deserve is to be believed automatically just because she’s a woman making an accusation. At its best, our system of justice judges each individual — the accuser and the accused — on the basis of the evidence and with an adversarial process that has proved over the centuries to be the best way to ascertain the truth. The problem is that Ford’s...
  • Dems to Farm Workers: ‘No, No Puedes’

    09/21/2018 6:08:47 AM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | September 20, 2018 | Steven Greenhut
    It’s taken nearly five years of administrative battles, legislative interference, and lawsuits, but the California state government has finally counted farm workers’ votes in a union election at the state’s largest fruit grower, Fresno-based Gerawan Farming. The final verdict, tallied on Tuesday, explains why the Jerry Brown administration and Democratic statehouse leaders did everything in their power to destroy the votes without counting them. The margin: 1,098 workers voted “no” to the United Farm Workers, with only 197 workers voting in favor of UFW representation. There still are 635 disputed ballots, but even the math geniuses in Sacramento can see...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/21/18)[Prayer]

    09/21/2018 6:06:48 AM PDT · by left that other site · 1 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/21/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Gospel of John 
 (New Testament) John 12 Belief and Unbelief Among the Jews 37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: “Lord, who has believed our message     and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”[h] 39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: 40 “He has blinded their eyes     and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes,     nor understand with their...