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  • Male rape prevalent in UK army, Ministry of Defence figures reveal

    12/22/2014 8:16:50 PM PST · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    IBT ^ | December 20, 2014 14:24 GMT
    At least three rapes and 22 sexual assaults have been perpetrated against men in the armed forces in the two years to October 2014, according to new figures released under a freedom of information request. The statistics reveal that a 20-year-old serviceman was allegedly subjected to "assault by penetration" last February by a group of seven men aged between 21 and 33, according to The Times. A second servicemen aged 28 was also reportedly attacked in a similar manner in May by another gang of seven colleagues aged between 20 and 26. Three servicemen, one as young as 18, were...
  • VIDEO: Turning the tide against ISIS on the Kurdish frontier

    12/22/2014 12:24:05 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 1 Hour ago
    VIDEO: Turning the tide against ISIS on the Kurdish frontier
  • Iraqi Kurd Fighters Take Sinjar Back From ISIS

    12/21/2014 11:40:43 PM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 21, 2014| | Anugrah Kumar
    Iraqi Kurd Fighters Take Sinjar Back From ISIS (Photo: Reuters/Azad Lashkari) A convoy of Kurdish peshmerga fighters drive through Arbil after leaving a base in northern Iraq, on their way to the Syrian town of Kobani, October 28, 2014. By Anugrah Kumar December 21, 2014|9:38 am Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have announced that they've taken the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar back from Islamic State militants in a battle months after tens of thousands of minority Yazidis had to flee their homes while others remained trapped after the town's capture by the terrorists.The Kurd soldiers, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, Saturday reached...
  • US envoy: IS ‘impaled itself’ on Kobane

    11/20/2014 8:28:49 AM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    ANKARA - The Islamic State (IS) group of jihadists has "impaled itself" on Kobane by pouring fighters into the strategic Syrian town so they can be bombed by the US-led coalition, a senior US envoy said Thursday. Retired General John Allen, coordinator of the coalition against IS in Iraq and Syria, told Turkey's Milliyet newspaper an estimated 600 IS fighters had already been killed in air strikes and the group would ultimately be defeated in the battle for the town. "ISIL has in so many ways impaled itself on Kobane," said Allen, using a variant of the name for IS....
  • RAF Jets Help Destroy Secret IS Bunker Complex

    11/20/2014 8:22:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Sky Nrews ^ | Wednesday 19 November 2014
    RAF jets equipped with guided bombs have taken part in a major coalition air assault on a secret Islamic State bunker and tunnel complex. The attack, supporting a Kurdish ground offensive, took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a rural area northwest of Kirkuk. Tornado GR4 planes armed with Paveway IV precision guided bombs were sent in after intelligence revealed a hidden network of fighting positions and underground facilities. Aircraft from seven countries were involved in what the Ministry of Defence called a "comprehensive and closely co-ordinated attack". France confirmed two of its Rafale jets had been...
  • God Exists – I Can Prove It! Pt. 2

    11/15/2014 10:13:39 PM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | September 18, 2014 | Tim Staples
    God Exists – I Can Prove It! Pt. 2 In my last blog post, we pretty much nailed the idea that the universe has a beginning. And if it has a beginning, it must have a Beginner who is omnipotent.In a recent discussion with an atheist, however, I got an interesting retort at this point:Just because there was a “beginning” of this universe of ours, does not mean there could not have been other universes before ours. Moreover, how do you know there are not parallel universes to ours and that ours came from one or more of them? Or,...
  • God Exists – I Can Prove It! Pt. 1

    11/14/2014 9:00:07 PM PST · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | August 31, 2014 | Tim Staples
    God Exists – I Can Prove It! Pt. 1 As a Catholic apologist, I hear way too many sad stories from parents telling of children gone astray. Little Johnny (or little Janey) went off to college and got ”enlightened” as to the truth about God and science. The refrain is repeated: “Science has disproved the existence of God, mom and dad. All that we know or can know exists is what we see in the material universe and that can be scientifically proven. Any notion of ‘spirit’ or a ‘supreme being’ is based purely on emotion and wishful thinking.”The parents are always devastated and often...
  • Islamic State Faces War of Attrition in Syria's Kobane

    11/14/2014 8:30:18 PM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AFP/NDTV ^ | November 15, 2014
    Beirut: The Islamic State group is locked in a war of attrition in the Syrian border town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes are mounting fierce resistance. Two months after IS launched a major offensive to try to capture the strategic prize on the Turkish frontier, the jihadists have failed to defeat the town's Kurdish defenders. "Several weeks ago, it looked like Kobane would fall, but it is now clear that it will not," said Romain Caillet, a French expert on jihadist movements. "IS controls more than half of the town but is unable to advance...
  • Iraq's forces drive IS militants from key town

    11/14/2014 8:25:27 PM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 4:54 PM EST | HAMZA HENDAWI and JOHN HEILPRIN
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of a strategic oil refinery town north of Baghdad on Friday, scoring their biggest battlefield victory since they melted away in the face of the terror group's stunning summer offensive that captured much of northern and western Iraq. The recapture of Beiji is the latest in a series of setbacks for the jihadi group, which has lost hundreds of fighters to airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition in a stalled advance on the Syrian town of Kobani. On Friday, activists there reported significant progress by Kurdish fighters defending the town. Iraqi...
  • Seven Proofs for the Natural Immortality of the Human Soul

    11/12/2014 9:16:20 PM PST · by GonzoII · 119 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | September 24, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Seven Proofs for the Natural Immortality of the Human Soul The late Dr. Antony Flew—perhaps the greatest among atheist thinkers of the last 100 years—came to faith in God largely through his studies in philosophy and, most especially, science, as he recounted in his book written with Roy Abraham Varghese, “There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind.”It was in 2004 that Dr. Flew rocked the world with his confession that he had come to believe in God. He made clear that he accepted deism, and not the God of the Bible, or of...
  • Syria Kurds 'recapture' areas of Kobane from IS

    11/11/2014 8:13:02 PM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    AFP via Gulf Times ^ | 11 Nov 2014
    Kurds battling the Islamic State jihadist group in Kobane reportedly made advances Tuesday in the south of the flashpoint Syrian town on the border with Turkey. Top Kurdish officials told AFP their fighters were advancing "street by street", voicing confidence that the IS would soon be ejected. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights backed up the report. "The (Kurdish) People's Protection Units (YPG) recaptured streets and buildings in the south of Kobane, after a fierce battle against the IS that began yesterday (Monday) evening," said the Britain-based Observatory.
  • Bagging Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: The bold bid to slay a terrorist devil

    11/09/2014 6:02:16 AM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 10, 2014 12:00AM | Geoff Chambers
    THE leadership of the Islamic State death cult has been decimated after a series of targeted US-led air strikes, which reportedly left leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with “critical” injuries. The 43-year-old “caliph” — last week named on the Forbes most powerful list — was “critically wounded”, according to the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news ­agency. US officials confirmed a convoy of 10 armed trucks had been struck near Mosul and other IS units had been targeted but could not verify whether al-Baghdadi had been injured during the Friday night strikes. The US State Department’s $10 million reward for information on al-Baghdadi, also...
  • Monster Win for Natural Marriage [Great Analysis]

    11/08/2014 12:28:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 48 replies
    American Family Association ^ | Friday, November 7, 2014 8:53 AM | Bryan Fischer
    Yesterday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals struck a reverberating blow on behalf of natural marriage and the Constitution by upholding bans on sodomy-based marriages in its jurisdiction.It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this ruling.It means, for one thing, that the issue is now on the fast track to the Supreme Court. If the Court accepts a marriage case by January, a decision will almost certainly be issued by next June.From a constitutional standpoint, the 6th Circuit’s ruling is a model of sound jurisprudence. The ruling observes that the Supreme Court has already settled the question of the...
  • Islamic State suffering setbacks in Syria and Iraq

    11/06/2014 9:14:23 PM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    AP via Twin Cities ^ | 11/06/2014 12:40:40 PM CST | Zeina Karam
    <p>BEIRUT (AP) — For a force that has built its reputation on an aura of momentum and invincibility, the Islamic State group is now dealing with a series of military setbacks in Iraq and a prolonged stalemate in the small Syrian border town of Kobani.</p>
  • House Democrats deep in abyss

    11/05/2014 7:59:44 PM PST · by GonzoII · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/5/14 8:00 PM EST | ALEX ISENSTADT
    House Democrats deep in abyss By: Alex Isenstadt November 5, 2014 08:00 PM EST After a night of punishing losses, House Democrats are deeper in the minority than they’ve been in nearly 80 years — and party strategists say it could take years — possibly until after the next round of political map-drawing in the 2020s — to dig out of the hole.With votes still being counted in more than a dozen congressional districts, Democrats were on track to shed 13 to 16 seats, an outcome that would leave the party with as few as 185 of the chamber’s...
  • 100% of Newly Elected GOP Senators Campaigned on Repealing Obamacare

    11/05/2014 9:39:11 AM PST · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    CNS ^ | November 5, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - Every newly elected GOP senator who won in last night’s election campaigned on repealing Obamacare. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Sen Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) all ran on a platform of repealing Obamacare. Gardner touted patient-centered care and a full repeal and replacement of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. “Small businesses and the American people cannot afford President Obama’s countless new regulations and tax increases. There is...
  • Democrats Sink to Pre–Great Depression Levels in State Legislatures

    11/05/2014 7:57:54 AM PST · by GonzoII · 92 replies
    NRO ^ | November 5, 2014 8:14 AM | John Fund
    In addition to the GOP gains in the U.S., Senate, House and governorships it was an historic night for the party in state legislatures. Here is the summary by Tim Storey of the National Conference of State Legislatures: The Republican wave that swept over the states left Democrats at their weakest point in state legislatures since the 1920s. Everything went in the direction of the GOP as Republicans seized new majorities in the West Virginia House, Nevada Assembly and Senate, New Hampshire House, Minnesota House and New York Senate, The West Virginia Senate is now tied. Control of several legislative...
  • AP: Rick Scott defeats Charlie Crist in tight race for Fla. governor

    11/04/2014 8:15:56 PM PST · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    AP ^ | Nov 04 2014 04:55:30 PM EST Updated 3 m
    Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott has won re-election, turning back former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist -- who was trying to return to office as a Democrat. The Associated Press declared Scott the winner Tuesday night with nearly all precincts reporting. He held nearly 49 percent of the vote to Crist's nearly 47 percent.
  • Gov. Jay Nixon Accidentally Tweets Butt Crack Photo, Becomes the Butt (Heh) Of Many Jokes

    11/04/2014 9:47:10 AM PST · by GonzoII · 27 replies
    Bustle.com ^ | 15 Minutes ago | Kate Ward
    Okay, so he had good intentions. But Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s Twitter gaffe is officially the first of the midterm elections. And, hey, considering the fact that, by the day’s end, we might be guaranteed gridlock and more political in-fighting (not to mention some scary control over our reproductive rights), you know, maybe we could use a chuckle or two. Well, Gov. Nixon definitely provided that Tuesday morning, when the Democratic governor urged his constituents to get out the vote on Twitter: “Voting in JCMO this morning. Make sure to cast your ballot and make your voice heard #Election 2014”....
  • In Georgia, Michelle Nunn fadeout dashes Dem hopes, raises chance of outright GOP win [R 48 D 44]

    11/03/2014 7:58:01 AM PST · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    Washington Examener ^ | November 2, 2014 | Byron York
    For a brief time in mid-October, some Democrats believed Michelle Nunn, the party's Senate candidate in Georgia, could be the firewall that prevents a Republican takeover of the Senate. If Nunn could win the seat opened by retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss, then Republicans would need to pick up seven, not six, seats to take control. In half-a-dozen polls taken over a two-week period in the middle of October, Nunn led Republican opponent David Perdue in five, while the candidates tied in one. Democratic optimism surged. "National Democrats have just decided to pour $1 million into this race in Georgia,...
  • Upset! War hero suddenly threatens to unseat Dem senator [Udall in New Mexico]

    11/02/2014 1:33:02 AM PST · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    WND ^ | 8 hours ago | GREG COROMBOS
    While Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is on the ropes in his bid for re-election, his cousin, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is now trying to fend off the momentum of retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Allen Weh, who is near or within the margin of error in the latest polls. Just a week ago, Udall led Weh by 16 points. Since then, an Albuquerque Journal survey shows a seven-point race (50-43) while a Vox Populi poll released Monday suggests a 47-43 Udall lead. Weh said another poll has the margin down to two percentage points, and there are good reasons for...
  • Kansas Republicans Take Strong Lead in Early Voting

    11/01/2014 2:01:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 30, 2014 | Ky Sisson
    November 1, 2014 Kansas Republicans Take Strong Lead in Early Voting Ky Sisson 10/30/2014 8:00:00 PM - Ky Sisson It was a sad day last night in Kansas when the Kansas City Royals lost the World Series in Game 7. Today, the GOP in "The Sunflower State" have something to celebrate as early voting results show positive turnout from Republicans.  Of the 153,436 early votes cast so far this election 82,739 or 54% were cast by Republicans. In comparison only 47,468, or 31% were cast by Democrats. The remaining votes were cast by unaffiliated or libertarian voters. The blood red state of...
  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

    11/01/2014 1:40:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 5:12 PM EDT | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.</p> <p>The survey is conducted every two years. But this year's version, developed by the Rand Corp., is unusually detailed, including graphically personal questions on sexual acts.</p>
  • ISIS executed 600 prison inmates in Mosul says Human Rights Watch

    10/31/2014 10:45:55 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Iraqi News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    (IraqiNews.com) Today Human Rights Watch reported that gunmen from the so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria carried out the systematic execution of about 600 male inmates from a prison on the outskirts of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq on June 10 according to accounts of the survivors. The overwhelming majority of the dead were Shiites. After seizing Badush prison near Mosul, the militants ISIS separated the Sunnis inmates from the Shiites, and then forced the latter to kneel at the edge of a valley and shot them from assault rifles and automatic weapons, according to what...
  • Iraqi peshmerga capture 60 villages during advance on Mosul

    10/31/2014 10:15:55 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    AA.com ^ | (Last updated 31 October 2014 16:10)
    At least 300 ISIL militants were killed and scores of ISIL vehicles captured in clashes between the pershmerga and ISIL militants MOSUL Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces are continuing their advance towards Iraq's Mosul province, capturing at least 60 Iraqi villages last month, an Iraqi commander has said. At least 300 ISIL militants were killed and scores of ISIL vehicles captured in clashes between the pershmerga and ISIL militants, according to Colonel Z. Sheikh Vasani, a peshmerga commander on the Mahmur front. "We are fighting with weapons sent by France and Germany. We took control of at least 60 villages around...
  • Peshmerga fighters start reaching Kobane

    10/30/2014 9:25:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    AAP/SBS.com ^ | 31 Oct 2014
    Heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga forces have reached the Turkish border and a first group have entered the town of Kobane as they prepare to join fellow Kurds battling the Islamic State group. The group of 10 fighters were to co-ordinate with local Kurdish militia who have been holding off an assault by IS jihadists for six weeks, a monitoring group said. A peshmerga convoy reached the town of Suruc on the Turkish side of the border on Thursday after travelling through southeastern Turkey along roads clogged with flag-waving Kurds, an AFP photographer said. There it linked up with a second...
  • Black Awakening – African American Leaders see Real Hope with the GOP

    10/30/2014 8:54:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    You Tube/One America News Network ^ | 30.10.2014 | One America News Network
  • Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

    10/29/2014 9:18:18 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 32 replies
    AP ^ | DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections. The once friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama's native state of Hawaii and adopted state of Illinois all now pose stiff challenges to Democrats who are determined to limit their losses next Tuesday. Both parties agree the GOP will hold its House majority; the question is whether Republicans can gain enough seats to rival their post-World War II high water mark...
  • The fightback against ISIS: Iraqi army take down extremists' flag in yet another town

    10/28/2014 10:34:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:56 GMT, 28 October 2014 | John Hall
    Members of the Iraqi army have torn down the sinister black flag of the Islamic State in Jurf al-Sakhr after forcing the terror group out of the strategically important city. Soldiers removed the extremist group's emblem from a tower and replaced it with the Iraqi national flag in a symbolic gesture that came after days of heavy fighting. The jihadis were forced to retreat from Jurf al-Sakhr and reassemble in the city's suburbs, with the group's leaders confirming a large number of militant deaths at the hands of the regime troops, but urging its fighters to remain in the area...
  • VIDEO: Peshmerga on route to Kobane

    10/28/2014 10:11:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 3 hours ago
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Kurdistan Region troops head across the border to Turkey on Tuesday, in the direction of the besieged Syrian-border town of Kobane. Half the Peshmerga flew out of Erbil. Others are in trucks accompanying heavy weapons to be used in the attempt to break the Islamic State siege.
  • Peshmerga fighters head for Turkey en route to Kobani

    10/28/2014 9:59:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    TODAYSZAMAN.COM WITH REUTERS / ISTANBUL ^ | October 28, 2014, Tuesday
    Iraqi peshmerga fighters left Iraq for the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday to help fellow Kurds in their battle against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, a senior Kurdish official has said. Hemin Hawrami, an official in the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK), wrote on his Twitter feed that the peshmerga fighters were flying from Arbil to Turkey, from where they will travel by land to Kobani. Peshmerga forces will arrive in Kobani in the early hours of Wednesday, the Iraqi Kurdish Rudaw website reported on Tuesday, citing informed sources. Part of the 150-strong peshmerga artillery...
  • Christian rapper Jackie Hill-Perry comes out as ex-gay firebrand

    10/28/2014 9:06:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, October 27, 2014 | David Daniels
    Jackie Hill-Perry considers herself not merely an agent of change, but its embodiment as well.A Christian spoken-word poet from Chicago, Ms. Hill-Perry professes to be a former lesbian — a change she ascribes to God.God, she says, "not only changes your affections and your heart, but He gives you new affections that you didn't have." Now married to a Christian man, the 25-year-old poet is pregnant with the newlyweds' first child, which is due Dec. 13.Her debut spoken-word album "The Art of Joy" will be released for free on Nov. 4 by Humble Beast record label.Ms. Hill-Perry's experience runs...
  • Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception

    10/26/2014 8:08:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 184 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | Monday, February 09, 2004 | Dave Armstrong
    Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception Genesis 38:9-10: “But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. 10 And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also.” It is an historical fact that no Christian communion sanctioned contraception until the Anglican Lambeth Conference in 1930. Protestant historian Roland Bainton states casually that the Church “very early forbade contraception”...
  • Future Abortion Doctor: “Seeing an Arm Being Pulled Through the Vaginal Canal Was Shocking”

    10/26/2014 4:14:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 10/24/14 | Sarah Terzo | Washington, DC |
    Future Abortion Doctor: “Seeing an Arm Being Pulled Through the Vaginal Canal Was Shocking” by Sarah Terzo | LifeNews.com | 10/24/14 4:28 PM(LiveActionNews) — Men and women who are considering providing abortions as a career must overcome their natural revulsion to witnessing violence. They must silence their consciences and prepare themselves to participate in the destruction of human life on a daily basis. If they cannot do this, they will not be able to perform abortions. Here are quotes from four people – two medical students, a doctor, and a would-be Planned Parenthood director, going through this process.1.) A doctor...
  • Charlotte Was Born at 24 Weeks When Abortion’s Legal For Any Reason, Look at Her Now

    10/26/2014 4:01:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/22/14 | Sarah Zagorski | Washington, DC |
    Charlotte Was Born at 24 Weeks When Abortion’s Legal For Any Reason, Look at Her Now by Sarah Zagorski | LifeNews.com | 10/22/14 3:32 PMEarlier this year, the Women Speak Out PAC, partner of the Susan B. Anthony List, (SBA) launched an ad exposing Sen. Kay Hagan’s (D-North Carolina) support for late-term abortion. SBA works to elect pro-life candidates and in November, North Carolina will decide if they are going to elect pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan or pro-life Thom Tillis to Congress.The ad features Ned and Rebecca Ryun who open up about their daughter’s premature birth. Their daughter was...
  • Politics and Religion Pt. 1

    10/25/2014 10:53:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Politics and Religion Pt. 1 Catholic Answers published its now-famous “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” back in 2004 (updated in 2006) that has now sold millions of copies with millions more having been distributed for free. In that document, for which Catholic Answers has taken a lot of flack by the way, we give guidance to Catholics in voting so that, quite frankly, Catholics will “vote like Catholics,” yet, we do much more than just that. We give instruction, in complete harmony with the teaching authority of the Church, as to the most important moral issues of our day that are politically in play....
  • US Having Its Coolest Year On Record

    10/25/2014 10:19:14 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    Steven Goddard Wordpress ^ | October 25, 2014
    The percentage of US HCN stations to reach 90 degrees was the smallest on record this year, with four of the five coolest years occurring above 350 PPM CO2. The most widespread heat occurred in 1931, when more than 98% of stations were over 90 degrees.
  • Iraqi Forces Recapture Key Towns from Isis Following 22 US Air Strikes

    10/25/2014 9:45:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    IBT ^ | October 25, 2014 | Aaron Akinyemi
    Iraqi and Peshmerga forces have reportedly wrested key areas of northern and southern Iraq from Isis (Islamic State) militants following 22 US-led air strikes. Kurdish forces said on Saturday that they recaptured several towns and villages held by Isis in the north, while Iraqi government forces said they reclaimed the town of Jurf al-Sakhr, 50km south of Baghdad. The US Central Command said the Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces were backed by several air strikes by US-led forces on Friday and Saturday. The air strikes targeted Isis forces in Mosul in the north, Fallujah in the western Anbar province, and...
  • Naive Immigration Policy is a Existential Threat

    10/25/2014 1:05:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 25, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    October 25, 2014 Naive Immigration Policy is a Existential Threat Ken Blackwell 10/25/2014 12:01:00 AM - Ken Blackwell With planes being grounded in my home state of Ohio and hospital workers in Texas contracting Ebola, Americans now have stark examples of the danger of President Barack Obama's policies.Obama has refused to impose a travel ban on flights from Ebola-stricken African countries for political reasons. He does not want to quarantine people who have been in those regions during the past month because it would hurt the already fledgling prospects of Democrats during this midterm election. Our Campaigner-in-Chief is now...
  • Defending the Trinity

    10/24/2014 10:29:32 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    Tim Staples Blog ^ | Tim Staples
    Defending the Trinity The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in paragraph 261, declares:The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life.Belief in the Trinity is essential for salvation and should be at the top of the list when it comes to priorities in defending the faith. Yet, many Christians—many Catholics—find themselves in over their heads when the topic of the Trinity is broached by members of various quasi-Christian sects who deny it, e.g., Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Iglesia Ni Cristo, The Way International, etc.Beginning with Sacred Scripture as a common...
  • Ebola survivor Nina Pham: I believe in the power of prayer

    10/24/2014 9:38:53 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    CNA ^ | Washington D.C., Oct 24, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).
    Nina Pham after her release from care. Screenshot. Washington D.C., Oct 24, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who has been battling Ebola after treating a patient in Texas, has now been declared free of the disease, and gave thanks to God and all those who have prayed for her in recent weeks. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” Pham said in a press conference Oct. 24. “I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family and friends. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my trust in God and...
  • Peshmerga to Reach Kobani on Wednesday

    10/21/2014 7:46:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 21.10.2014 | Hemin Salih
    BasNews, Erbil The first squad of Kurdish Peshmerga forces, heading to Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan via the Turkish border, are expected to arrive on Wednesday. Turkey approved requests to let the Peshmerga enter Kobani on Monday. Kurdistan Peshmerga fighters say that it is the responsibility of the Peshmerga to help and support Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which has been fighting the Islamic State (IS) militants for more than a month. The BasNews source said that the only condition Turkish authorities made was that the Kurdish force should be under the command of the Kurdistan Regional Government...
  • Turkey helps Kurds cross into Syria to defend border town

    10/20/2014 7:57:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Breaking News ^ | 20/10/2014
    Turkey’s top diplomat has announced that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to “give support” to fellow Kurds defending the border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants. The remarks by Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a press conference in Ankara, followed the announcement by the US military that it had for the first time airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq to the Kurdish forces in Kobani. Sunday’s airdrops followed weeks of US and coalition air strikes in and near Kobani, along the Syrian-Turkish border. There was no immediate...
  • US airdrops arms, ammunition to Kurds fighting ISIS in Kobani

    10/19/2014 8:56:42 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    Fox ^ | October 20, 2014
    The U.S. military said late Sunday that it had dropped weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to Kurdish forces battling to hold the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani. Earlier Sunday, U.S. Central Command said that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the area. CentCom said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts to...
  • CATHOLIC CAUCUS: In the Aula, Francis Brings Down the Curtain... And Lowers the Boom

    10/18/2014 11:14:37 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | Saturday, October 18, 2014 | Rocco Palmo
    "I Am the Pope, And I'm Here" – In the Aula, Francis Brings Down the Curtain... And Lowers the Boom While the vote on this Synod's final report (Italian fulltext) was the expected business at tonight's closing session, even the crucial summary text was overshadowed by one last speech from the Pope, containing some of his strongest language to date as he reflected on the several "temptations" he saw at play over the last two weeks. A full English translation still in the works, again, Page Three has the live blow-by-blow – the text will be posted here once...
  • Maybe Better If You Don’t Read This Story on Public WiFi

    10/18/2014 7:52:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Medium.com ^ | 15 Oct 2014 | Maurits Martijn
    We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled. In his backpack, Wouter Slotboom, 34, carries around a small black device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, with an antenna on it. I meet Wouter by chance at a random cafe in the center of Amsterdam. It is a sunny day and almost all the tables are occupied. Some people talk, others are working on their laptops or playing with their smartphones. Wouter removes his laptop from his backpack,...
  • USS George H.W. Bush [Kurdish News Aboard - Video Report]

    10/18/2014 6:30:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII
    Rudaw ^ | yesterday at 02:54 | HEVIDAR AHMED
    American fighter jets take off from abroad this aircraft carrier everyday to bomb the positions of the Islamic State (IS) in the Kurdistan Region and Rojava. Video at source...
  • Kurdish forces in Kobane repulse new attempt by Daesh

    10/18/2014 3:23:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    AFP via Emirates 247 ^ | Saturday, October 18, 2014
    Kurdish forces in Kobane repulse new attempt by Daesh Five new US-led strikes around Kobane overnight By AFP Published Saturday, October 18, 2014 Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobane repulsed a new attempt by ‘Daesh’ fighters to cut off the border with Turkey on Saturday as troops battled the militants in neighbouring Iraq.A Kurdish official reported five new US-led strikes around Kobane overnight as the coalition kept up its air support for the town's defenders.But the US military said that while it saw some "encouraging" signs, the strikes might not prevent Kobane's fall and its priority remained...
  • Kurdish official: ISIS and their flag gone from Kobane

    10/18/2014 1:44:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 17 hours ago
    “YPG fighters are now searching the homes for bombs and explosives that the Islamist militants might have left behind,” Photo: AFP KOBANE—Islamist militants have been pushed out of Kobane and fighters of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) are now in control of the town, a Kurdish official in Kobane told Rudaw. “There is no ISIS in Kobane now,” said Omar Alush, co-chair of the TEV-DEM movement in Kobane. Alush said that following the recent air strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane, the YPG managed to drive the rest of the jihadis out of town...
  • Kobani Key to U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State

    10/17/2014 6:16:00 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP ^ | October 17, 2014 | Lara Jakes
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants - and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit. Perched on Turkey's border, the city of about 60,000 has been besieged for weeks by IS fighters. Kobani is now a ghost town: the U.N. estimates that fewer than 700 of its residents remain as its people flee to safety in Turkey. The Obama administration has declared Kobani a humanitarian disaster, but not a factor in the overall strategy to defeat the...