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Pope Francis is ashamed of the Cross, knows better than the Gospels

In Mark 16:15-16, 19-20, it is written that the resurrected Christ instructed the 11 apostles:

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned…. After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and He sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere….”

But Jorgé Bergoglio, whose job title is Pope Francis, knows better than the Gospel of Mark.

On December 10, 2015, as reported by NBC News, the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews issued a major new document pronouncing that God had never annulled his covenant with the Jewish people, and so Catholics should not try to convert Jews: “The Church is therefore obliged to view evangelization to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that to people of other religions and world views.”

God never annulled his covenant with the Jewish people.

Really?

Once again, Jorgé Bergoglio pretends to know better than the Gospels, specifically Luke 22, when Jesus in the Last Supper consecrated bread and wine into His body and blood, and said to the apostles:

“This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my Blood, which will be shed for you.”

Jorgé Bergoglio also knows better than St. Paul, who clearly wrote in his letter to the Hebrews 8:13:

“In speaking of a new covenant, He makes the first one obsolete.”

Not only does Jorgé Bergoglio know better than St. Paul and the Gospels of Mark and Luke, he’s also ashamed of the Cross — the symbol of the most important truth of Christianity, which is that the Second Person of the Triune Godhead humbled Himself by becoming incarnate, was grievously tortured, and allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross to die, all in reparation for the sins of humanity, beginning with the first sin of Adam and Eve in that first garden.

A part of every pope’s uniform, including Pope Francis’, is the pectoral crossa cross that is worn on the chest, suspended from the neck by a cord or chain.

Pope Francis I

But Pope Francis is so ashamed of our Lord Jesus Christ that he concealed his pectoral cross from Jews by stuffing it into his fascia or waist sash.

  1. On Jan. 16, 2014, Bergoglio concealed the cross when he hosted a delegation of 15 Argentine Jewish leaders at a kosher luncheon in the Vatican (Catholic Family News):

Pope Francis lunch with Jews at Vatican Jan. 2014

  1. In May 2014, Bergoglio visited Israel, along with Jordan and the West Bank. Here he is on the red carpet at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, with the cross stuffed inside his waist sash. Note, however, that an accompanying cardinal displayed his cross.

Pope Francis at Ben Gurion International Airport, May 25, 2014

3. On May 26, 2014, Bergoglio paid a courtesy call to the two Chief Rabbis of Israel in the Heichal Shlomo Center, next to the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem. Once again, he concealed the cross by stuffing it inside his waist sash.

Pope Francis hides crucifix

L to R: Israeli Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Pope Francis, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, during a visit to the Heichal Shlomo Center in Jerusalem on May 26, 2014. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto, AFP)

L to R: Israeli Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Pope Francis, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, during a visit to the Heichal Shlomo Center in Jerusalem on May 26, 2014. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto, AFP)

Israel Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1993 to 2003, said that “Crucifixes are an insult to Jews. The cross is against the Jewish religion and the sight of the cross is forbidden for a Jew.”

For that matter, the Talmud teaches that Jesus was a bastard, a fool, a conjurer and a seducer, who was conceived during menstruation (primitive peoples regard menstruation and a woman in menses as unclean), was crucified, buried in hell, and set up as an idol by his followers. (See Rev. I.B. Pranaitis, The Talmud Unmasked: The Secret Rabbinical Teachings Concerning Christians)

Pope Francis really should heed these words of Jesus:

“But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:33

“For he that shall be ashamed of me and of my words…: the Son of man also will be ashamed of him, when he shall come in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38

H/t Ann Barnhardt and Norvus Ordo Watch

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~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: The New Covenant

Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

The people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

After all the people had been baptized
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”

Jesus baptism

The second Person of the Triune Godhead incarnated as a human being and spent 33 years on Earth, teaching and ministering, finally to be falsely accused, grievously tortured, and nailed to a cross to die. All in order to make right the terrible betrayal by humanity’s first parents, Adam and Eve, who, in their grandiose narcissism, thought they could be “like God” and so determine for themselves what is right and wrong, good and evil.

The birth of Jesus Christ our Lord had been long prophesied by Hebrew prophets. See “The Old Testament foretold the Coming of Christ”.

But His human incarnation also means the passing of God’s covenant from Jews to all peoples. (See “Salvation is from and also for the Jews”)

Isaiah 40:1-3

Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service is at an end….
A voice cries out:
In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!

Acts 10:34-35

Peter proceeded to speak to those gathered
in the house of Cornelius, saying:
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.

Luke 22:19-20

Then He took a loaf of bread,
and when He had given thanks,
He broke it and gave it to them, saying,
“This is my body, which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
And He did the same with the cup after supper saying,
“This cup that is poured out for you
is the new covenant in my Blood,
which will be shed for you.”

Hebrews 8:13

In speaking of a new covenant,
He makes the first one obsolete.
And what is becoming obsolete and growing old
is ready to vanish away.

Henceforth, anyone can be one of God’s people (which is why I don’t understand why some Christians, e.g., WND, seem obsessed with observing Sabbath on Saturday, as in the Old Testament.)

But He never promised doing so would be a rose garden.

Matthew 16:24

Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wants to be my disciple
must deny themselves
and take up their cross
and follow me.”

Always remember that the Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

May the peace and joy and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

~Eowyn

Obama administration refuses to declassify 28 pages of 9/11 report on foreign governments’ involvement

9-11 devil face1

The Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (henceforth, Joint Inquiry) is the official name of the inquiry conducted by the U.S. Senate and House committees on intelligence into the activities of U.S. intelligence agencies (like the CIA and NSA) in connection with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The investigation began in February 2002, but quickly ran into stonewalling, delays and attacks from then Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, especially after an alleged leak from the committee to CNN, which reported that the National Security Agency had received warning about the attacks on September 10, but failed to translate and forward them.

In August 2002, four months before the release of the final report of Joint Inquiry, unnamed individuals who had read the report revealed it contained accusations of links between the government of Saudi Arabia and the attacks. As the New York Times put it, “two Saudi citizens who had at least indirect links with two hijackers were probably Saudi intelligence agents and may have reported to Saudi government officials, according to people who have seen the report.” The Saudis denied this and asked that the section be made public, but then-President George W. Bush refused.

Obama bows to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, April 2009

Obama bows to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, April 2009

On December 11, 2002, in a PBS Newshour interview, Senator Bob Graham (D-FL), Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said:

“I was surprised at the evidence that there were foreign governments [note the plural ‘governments‘] involved in facilitating the activities of at least some of the terrorists in the United States.

I am stunned that we have not done a better job of pursuing that to determine if other terrorists received similar support and, even more important, if the infrastructure of a foreign government assisting terrorists still exists for the current generation of terrorists who are here planning the next plots.

To me that is an extremely significant issue and most of that information is classified, I think overly-classified. I believe the American people should know the extent of the challenge that we face in terms of foreign government involvement….

I think there is very compelling evidence that at least some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing — although that was part of it — by a sovereign foreign government and that we have been derelict in our duty to track that down….”

On December 20, 2002, the Joint Committee released its final report, Report of the Joint Inquiry into the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 – by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The report detailed failings of the FBI and CIA to use available information about terrorists the CIA knew were in the United States — information that could have disrupted the terrorist plots.

However, the George W. Bush administration redacted 28 pages of the report which contained information concerning foreign governments’ involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Those pages remain “classified” to this day, despite Congressional efforts to declassify them.

The most recent effort was more than two years ago.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)

On December 2, 2013, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced House Resolution 428, urging President Obama to declassify and release those 28 pages of the joint House and Senate Intelligence Committee report.

HR 429 was a bipartisan resolution, with 21 cosponsors (11 Democrats, 10 Republicans). Jones’ resolution was not enacted.

Below is the full text of H. Res. 428.

H. Res. 428

RESOLUTION

Urging the president to release information regarding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States.

Whereas President George W. Bush classified 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001;

Whereas the contents of the redacted pages are necessary for a full public understanding of the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, attacks upon the United States;

Whereas the Executive Branch’s decision to maintain the classified status of these pages prevents the people of the United States from having access to information about the involvement of certain foreign governments in the terrorist attacks of September 2001; and

Whereas the people of the United States and the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks deserve full and public disclosure of the results of the Joint Inquiry: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that–

(1) the President should declassify the 28-page section of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001; and

(2) the families of the victims and the people of the United States deserve answers about the events and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001, attacks upon the United States.

On October 28, 2003, there was a debate in the Senate on an amendment similar to H. Res. 428. In the debate, Sens. Bob Graham and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) argued for a “yes” vote. Immediately following their speeches, debate was shut down and a vote prevented based on an objection made by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) that “the amendment is not germane”. Read the debate here.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Graham and Dorgan are no longer senators.

Recall that Sen. Graham, who was the chair of one of the committees of the Joint Inquiry, had said he was surprised by “the evidence that there were foreign governments involved in facilitating the activities of at least some of the terrorists in the United States.”

Note that Graham used the plural “governments,” not “government’.

According to longtime D.C.-based investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, in his 2014 book The Star and the Sword, both Israel and Saudi Arabia were intimately involved in planning and carrying out the 9/11 attack on the United States. Both countries, while seemingly enemies, have been longtime secret allies. They share a number of common enemies, including Iran, Shi’a Islam, pan-Arab nationalism, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Their intelligence chiefs often meet and conspire in utmost secrecy. The Saudis and Israelis had the motive and the means to cooperate in launching a “false flag” terrorist attack on the United States in order to plunge America into endless conflicts to bolster the positions of Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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~Eowyn

Pact with the devil: Israel gives weapons and free medical care to Syrian jihadists

On Dec. 8, 2015, in a heated exchange with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, Donald Trump said something interesting and important, about which the media did not report. Instead, the media fixated on Trump’s calling for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Towards the end of his interview, Trump said (26:00 mark in the video above):

Some of our so-called allies that we work with and that we protect militarily, they are sending massive amounts of money to ISIS and to al-Queda and to others.

Scarborough repeatedly asked Trump, “who are you talking about there?”

Trump played coy: “You know who it is. What do I have to bring it up for? You know who it is.”

So Scarborough asked Trump if it’s Saudi Arabia.

After acknowledging that Saudi Arabia certainly is “giving lots of money,” Trump still hinted that there is another U.S. ally, protected by the U.S., who is funding Muslim jihadists. He said:

“I’m not gonna say it, because I have a lot of relationships with people. But there are. And you know that. And everybody knows that. And nobody says it. Nobody talks about it.

Two days after the interview, Trump canceled his planned trip to Israel, saying on Twitter that he would reschedule “at a later date after I become President of the U.S.” Appearing on Fox News, he said there were many reasons for the cancellation, including he didn’t want to put Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in a bind, “In fact, I did a campaign ad for him, and he’s a good man, but I didn’t want to put him under pressure. I also did it because I’m in the midst of a powerful campaign that’s going very well.” As Josef Federman of the AP reports:

Trump also drew criticism from some American Jews for his comments last week to a gathering of Jewish donors. He was booed after refusing to endorse Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel — a key Israeli position. Some of his other comments were seen by some as promoting Jewish stereotypes.

“Promoting Jewish stereotypes”?

The little-reported and little-publicized fact is that Israel is aiding Islamic fighters by providing so-called Syrian “rebels” with:

1. free medical care to wounded Syrian fighters

The so-called “rebels” are Muslim fighters who are hellbent on overthrowing Syria’s duly elected and Christian-friendly Assad government, the main opponent of ISIS in Syria. Israel and the Obama administration insist that only “moderate” rebels are aided, but it is a known fact that those Syrian insurgents include al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Foreign Policy reports that according to a United Nations report, Syrian “rebels” have transported scores of wounded Syrians across a cease-fire line that has separated Israel from Syria since 1974. Once in Israel, they receive medical treatment in a field clinic before being sent back to Syria to continue their civil war against Assad. 

Daily Mail journalists embedded with Israeli troops report:

Almost every night, Israeli troops run secret missions to save the lives of Syrian fighters, all of whom are sworn enemies of the Jewish state…. Analysts suggest the Jewish state has in fact struck a deadly ‘deal with the devil’ – offering support to the Sunni militants who fight the Syrian ruler Assad in the hope of containing its arch enemies Hezbollah and Iran…. Many of the casualties rescued by Israel belong to Salafist groups …. Some may be members of Jabhat al-Nusra, a Syrian group affiliated to Al Qaeda that has kidnapped scores of UN peacekeeping troops in this area, and has massacred Christians deeper in Syria…. In the three years that Israel has been running these operations, it has saved the lives of more than 2,000 Syrians – at least 80 per cent of whom are male and of fighting age – at a cost of 50 million shekels (£8.7 million)…. 

2. Weapons

Israel is also providing weapons to those Syrian “rebels”.

The Times of Israel reports that Sharif As-Safouri, the commander of the Free Syrian Army’s Al-Haramein Battalion, who was arrested on July 22 by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front near the Israeli border, told his captors he collaborated with Israel in return for medical and military support.

Safouri can be seen in the video above admitting to having entered Israel five times to meet with Israeli officers who later provided him with Soviet anti-tank weapons and light arms:

“The [opposition] factions would receive support and send the injured in [to Israel] on condition that the Israeli fence area is secured. No person was allowed to come near the fence without prior coordination with Israel authorities.”

Safouri said that at first he met with an Israeli officer named Ashraf at the border and was given an Israeli cellular phone. He later met with another officer named Younis and with the two men’s commander, Abu Daoud. In total, Safouri said he entered Israel five times for meetings that took place in Tiberias. Following the meetings, Israel began providing Safouri and his men with “basic medical support and clothes” as well as weapons, which included 30 Russian [rifles], 10 RPG launchers with 47 rockets, and 48,000 5.56 millimeter bullets.

3. Bombing Syria

The Guardian reports that the Syrian government claimed that, on Dec. 7, 2015, Israeli jets bombed two installations in Syria, one near the capital, Damascus, and the second in a town near the Lebanese border.

The report by Syrian state television described the attack as “an aggression”. The state news agency Sana said: “The Israeli enemy attacked Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, namely the Dimas area and the area of Damascus international airport.”

No casualties were reported and there was no immediate comment from Israeli officials.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that monitors the country’s civil war through a network of activists on the ground, said the strike near the Damascus airport hit a warehouse, and it was unclear what was in the building. The target of the strikes might have been advanced Russian-made S300 surface-to-air missiles.

The December 7 bombings are not the first Israeli air strikes in Syria. Israel has carried out several air strikes in Syria since the revolt against the Assad government began in March 2011. In June 2015, Israel struck targets inside Syria, including a military installation, following a cross-border attack that killed an Israeli teenager. Israel said at the time that it had struck nine military targets inside Syria and had confirmed “direct hits”.

Why

George Washington writes for ZeroHedge, Dec. 14, 2015, that although Israel claims to be in a mortal struggle with Islamic terrorists, apparently some Islamic terrorists — Sunnis — are better than others.

Michael Stephens, Research Fellow for Middle East Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), explains:

“Above all, Israel wants to prevent Hezbollah from gaining control on the other side of the border. The Sunni militants are fighting Hezbollah, so for now they share the same objectives as Israel. That’s why we’re seeing this odd cooperation between people who would be enemies under any other circumstances.”

Indeed, an Israeli spokesman confirmed that no medical support has been provided to any militants from the Shia (or Shi’ite) alliance.

Kamal Alam, research analyst at RUSI and an expert in Syrian affairs, said:

“From an Israeli viewpoint, it’s a case of my enemy’s enemy is my friend. There is no one they can trust in the Syrian quagmire, but if you get rid of Hezbollah, that’s the end of Iran in the region. Israel’s main aim has to be to eliminate Hezbollah – and whoever takes on Hezbollah is an uneasy but necessary ally. [But in] giving medical support to these fighters, Israel has done a deal with the devil.

In fact, Israel has made no secret of the fact that it prefers ISIS and Al Qaeda to the Iranian backed terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. In September 2013, outgoing Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, then a close adviser to Prime Minister Netanyahu, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview:

“The greatest danger to Israel is by the strategic arc that extends from Tehran, to Damascus to Beirut. And we saw the Assad regime as the keystone in that arc.… We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.

He said this was the case even if the “bad guys” were affiliated with Al-Qaeda.

In June 2014, speaking at an Aspen Institute conference, Oren extended Israel’s preference to include the apocalyptic Islamic State or ISIS. He said: “From Israel’s perspective, if there’s got to be an evil that’s got to prevail, let the Sunni evil prevail.”

Washington’s Blog points out that Israel’s support for al-Qaeda and Islamic State isn’t just about Iran or Shia Muslims. Israel decided long ago to break up Syria and Iraq into numerous mini-states, in part because a compliant government in Syria would allow Israel’s pipelines to win out over competing pipelines.

All of which would explain why, as Reuters puts it, “Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State”. Reuters’ Dimi Reider writes:

At first sight, it seems that Israel is just as preoccupied with the rise of Islamic State as anyone else….

Still, Israel remains the least concerned and least directly threatened country in a region increasingly rocked by Islamic State’s advance. It certainly does not see the group as an external threat. Shocking though the events in Syria and Iraq are, Israel is far beyond the range of even the most sophisticated of Islamic State’s weapons. The group’s immediate territorial interests do not extend to anywhere near Israeli borders, and its support in areas adjacent to Israel is still negligible.  What’s more, unlike many militant groups and states in the region, Islamic State has declared itself emphatically disinterested in intervening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, preferring instead to draw its support from Sunni revanchism and introducing a semblance of order into war-torn regions of Iraq.

Islamic State also does not yet pose an internal threat to Israel. Unlike most countries bordering Syria, Israel has not been politically or demographically unsettled by the civil war there….

Even attempts by Israeli centrists and the U.S. to tie progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to the fight against Islamic State have left Israel unmoved…. Israel has been able to extract some short-term gains from unfolding catastrophe. With the West again mobilizing against a radical Islamist group, Netanyahu find himself on the familiar turf of the “war on terror.” He is capitalizing on this by trying to equate Palestinian nationalism — especially the religious wing of it — with Islamic State at every conceivable opportunity….

More shockingly, there are some who say ISIS, which became the Islamic State, was a creation of Israel:

  1. The 97-year-old wire service Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on Aug. 13, 2014:

A senior employee of the Dutch Justice Ministry said the jihadist group ISIS was created by Zionists seeking to give Islam a bad reputation.

Yasmina Haifi, a project leader at the ministry’s National Cyber Security Center, made the assertion Wednesday on Twitter, the De Telegraaf daily reported.

“ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It’s part of a plan by Zionists who are deliberately trying to blacken Islam’s name,” wrote Haifi, who described herself on the social network LinkedIn as an activist for the Dutch Labor Party, or PvdA.

Haifi later removed her original message, explaining, “I realize the political sensitivity in connection with my work. That was not my intention.”

2. Blogger George Washington of ZeroHedge asks: “Perhaps that’s why ISIS, Al Nusra and the other Islamic terrorists in Syria haven’t tried to lay a glove on Israel?” He points out the following disturbing facts:

Writing for Consortiumnews.com, Robert Parry warns:

The Saudi-Israeli alliance has gone on the offensive, ramping up a “regime change” war in Syria and, in effect, promoting a military victory for Al-Qaeda or its spinoff, the Islamic State. But the consequences of that victory could toll the final bell for the American Republic….

As much fun as the “who lost Syria” finger-pointing would be, it would soon give way to the horror of what would likely unfold in Syria with either Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front or the spin-off Islamic State in charge – or possibly a coalition of the two with Al-Qaeda using its new base to plot terror attacks on the West while the Islamic State engaged in its favorite pastime, those YouTube decapitations of infidels….

Such a spectacle would be hard for the world to watch and there would be demands on President Obama or his successor to “do something.” But realistic options would be few, with a shattered and scattered Syrian army no longer a viable force capable of driving the terrorists from power.

The remaining option would be to send in the American military, perhaps with some European allies, to try to dislodge Al-Qaeda and/or the Islamic State. But the prospects for success would be slim. The goal of conquering Syria – and possibly re-conquering much of Iraq as well – would be costly, bloody and almost certainly futile.

The further diversion of resources and manpower from America’s domestic needs also would fuel the growing social discontent in major U.S. cities…. A new war in the Middle East would accelerate America’s descent into bankruptcy and a dystopian police state.

The last embers of the American Republic would fade. In its place would be endless war and a single-minded devotion to security. The National Security Agency already has in place the surveillance capabilities to ensure that any civil resistance could be thwarted.

~Eowyn

Social Media Incites Assbak Youths To Violence

jihadbookSHOCKING NEW FOOTAGE: Palestinian TV incites Arabs to murder Jews

This report includes selected videos that were posted this week on social media and Palestinian TV. While Israelisare protesting for peace – and suing Facebook for its role in spreading anti-Semitic hatred – the ongoing incitement by Palestinian on social media and Palestinian television creates a culture and society of martyrdom that seemingly worships death over life.


Assbakistan

And that’s all the news from Assbakistan, where all the women wear trash bags, all the men are ugly, and all the children are more murderous than average.

H/t (with apologies) Garrison Keillor – “The News From Lake Wobegon”

Take this quiz to find out the presidential candidate who most matches your beliefs

Take this quiz to find out.

The questions are grouped under various issues: social, environmental, economic, domestic policy, health care, foreign policy, education, electoral, immigration, and science.

Make sure you:

  • Indicate “how important is this to you” on each question (it’s on the left).
  • Click “Show more questions” underneath the last question in each section.

Report back to us on the results of your quiz!

My results are:

2016 political quiz

What surprised me is that, ideologically, I have less in common with Hillary Clinton than with socialist Bernie Sanders. That tells me Hillary is to the left of Bernie, i.e., she is even more socialist than Bernie Sanders.

H/t Shireen

~Éowyn

Obama cedes U.S. sovereignty to international body via Strong Cities Network

In the name of better fighting “violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations in their local contexts,” the Obama administration has joined a global effort called the Strong Cities Network, which was launched 20 days ago on Sept. 29, 2015 at the United Nations.

Note: Speaking of “violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations in their local contexts,” recall my post of yesterday, “Obama’s DOJ considers ‘racist’ and ‘anti-government’ Americans to be domestic terrorists“. That means the Strong Cities Network, which will be governed by an international body (see below), can and will be directed against Americans deemed to be “racist” and “anti-government.”

The Strong Cities Network will have an International Steering Committee and an International Advisory Board. The latter is “run” by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), which means the Strong Cities Network, of which the United States is a member, effectively is “run” by this Institute.

So what exactly is the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)?

The ISD describes itself as a “charitable” (non-profit) “independent ‘think and do tank’ working with leaders in government, business, civil society and academia to develop cross-border responses to the major geo-strategic, social and security challenges of our time. Combining research and policy advisory work, with innovative delivery programmes, specialised task forces, cross-sector partnerships and networks, ISD works to counter global extremism, bridge inter-communal divides and enhance Europe’s capacity to act effectively in the global arena.”

The ISD was founded by The Club of Three, which describes itself as having been established in the mid-1990s at the initiative of Lord George Weidenfeld to bring together leading figures from business and politics, journalism and academic life, from the UK, France and Germany, to meet regularly to discuss key European issues beyond official circles.

Below are the members of the Institute of Strategic Dialogue’s Board of Trustees:

  1. Peter Baldwin, Professor of History, UCLA.
  2. Roland Berger, Honorary Professor for Business Administration and Management Consulting at the Brandenburg Technical University; Founder and Honorary Chairman of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich, the 5th largest strategy consultancy in the world.
  3. Matthias Döpfner, Chairman and C.E.O. of Axel Springer AG in Berlin; former Editor-in-Chief of 3 newspapers: Die WeltWochenpost, and Hamburger Morgenpost.
  4. Stuart Fiertz, Co-Founder, President and Director of Research at Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP, a London-based asset manager with $6 billion under management.
  5. Francis Finlay, director of “a number of international investment companies and institutions”; former co-founder and chairman of Clay Finlay, an international investment firm based in New York.
  6. Lord Guthrie, Field Marshal, non-executive director of Petropavlovsk PLC, Gulf Keystone Petroleum, Colt Defense LLC, and Advanced Interactive Systems Inc.; former Chief of the British Defence Staff; former director of N M Rothschild & Sons Limited.
  7. Pierre Keller, former member of the Swiss diplomatic service who spent “the majority of his career in banking” with Lombard, Odier & Cie.
  8. Baroness Kennedy QC, a leading criminal lawyer and a member of the British House of Lords.
  9. Michael Lewis, CEO of Oceana Investment and director of Foschini Limited, one of South Africa’s foremost retail companies with 1,200 stores; co-founder of ProChon Biotech Limited, an Israeli-based biotechnology company.
  10. Sir Michael Pakenham, Senior Advisor to Access Industries, “a US-based private holding company with global interests”; former British Ambassador to Poland.
  11. Baroness Rawlings, member of the British House of Lords; former MP and MEP.
  12. Lord Simon of Highbury, Non-Executive Director of the GDF Suez Group; member of British the House of Lords; former chairman of British Petroleum.
  13. Lord Turner, member of the British House of Lords; Chair of the UK Government’s Climate Change Committee; former Chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority.
  14. Lord George Weidenfeld, a Jewish immigrant from Austria to England in 1938; former journalist and newspaper publisher; Founder and President of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue; co-founder (with Lord Rothschild and Lord Alexander) of the Club of Three (Britain-France-Germany), which later incorporated AMEURUS (America-Europe-Russia). Now 95, Weidenfeld created the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund to rescue Middle Eastern Christians from ISIS terrorism, so as to give back to the Christians who had helped him and countless Jews from the Nazi Germans. The Safe Havens Fund will pay for the rescue of at least 2000 Christians, and offer the refugees 18 months of paid support to help them start their new lives. Weidenfeld said, “I had a debt to repay…. It was Quakers and other Christian denominations who brought those children to England. It was a very high-minded operation and we Jews should also be thankful and do something for the endangered Christians.”

Note that:

  • 8 of the 14 members of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Strategic Dailogue that will “run” the Strong Cities Network are British.
  • At best, only 2 (Baldwin & Finlay) of the 14 members of the Board of Trustees are American.
  • At least 2 members of the Board of Trustees have ties to the Rothschilds.

Below is the press release announcing the inauguration of the Strong Cities Network.

~Éowyn

New World Order

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/launch-strong-cities-network-strengthen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, September 28, 2015

Launch of Strong Cities Network to Strengthen Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism

Cities are vital partners in international efforts to build social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism.  Local communities and authorities are the most credible and persuasive voices to challenge violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations in their local contexts.  While many cities and local authorities are developing innovative responses to address this challenge, no systematic efforts are in place to share experiences, pool resources and build a community of cities to inspire local action on a global scale.

The Strong Cities Network will serve as a vital tool to strengthen capacity-building and improve collaboration,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.  “As we continue to counter a range of domestic and global terror threats, this innovative platform will enable cities to learn from one another, to develop best practices and to build social cohesion and community resilience here at home and around the world.

The Strong Cities Network (SCN)  – which launches September 29th at the United Nations – will empower municipal bodies to fill this gap while working with civil society and safeguarding the rights of local citizens and communities.

The SCN will strengthen strategic planning and practices to address violent extremism in all its forms by fostering collaboration among cities, municipalities and other sub-national authorities.

To counter violent extremism we need determined action at all levels of governance,” said Governing Mayor Stian Berger Røsland of Oslo while commenting on their participation in the SCN.  “To succeed, we must coordinate our efforts and cooperate across borders.  The Strong Cities Network will enable cities across the globe pool our resources, knowledge and best practices together and thus leave us standing stronger in the fight against one of the greatest threats to modern society.”

The SCN will connect cities, city-level practitioners and the communities they represent through a series of workshops, trainings and sustained city partnerships.  Network participants will also contribute to and benefit from an online repository of municipal-level good practices and web-based training modules and will be eligible for grants supporting innovative, local initiatives and strategies that will contribute to building social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism.

The SCN will include an International Steering Committee of approximately 25 cities and other sub-national entities from different regions that will provide the SCN with its strategic direction.  The SCN will also convene an International Advisory Board, which includes representatives from relevant city-focused networks, to help ensure SCN builds upon their work.  It will be run by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a leading international “think-and-do” tank with a long-standing track record of working to prevent violent extremism:

“The SCN provides a unique new opportunity to apply our collective lessons in preventing violent extremism in support of local communities and authorities around the world”, said CEO Sasha Havlicek of ISD.  “We look forward to developing this international platform for joint innovation to impact this pressing challenge.”

“It is with great conviction that Montréal has agreed to join the Strong Cities Network founders,” said the Honorable Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal.  “This global network is designed to build on community-based approaches to address violent extremism, promote openness and vigilance and expand upon local initiatives like Montréal’s Mayors’ International Observatory on Living Together.  I am delighted that through the Strong Cities Network, the City of Montréal will more actively share information and best practices with a global network of leaders on critical issues facing our communities.”

The Strong Cities Network will launch on Sept. 29, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT, following the LeadersSummit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism.  Welcoming remarks will be offered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, who will also introduce a Keynote address by U.S. Attorney General Lynch.  Following this event, the Strong Cities International Steering Committee, consisting of approximately 25 mayors and other leaders from cities and other sub-national entities from around the globe, will hold its inaugural meeting on Sept. 30, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT.

For more information, please visit www.strongcitiesnetwork.org.