TOP3 July 3 9:00 AM
Standing For Biblical Marriage – Righteous Resistance
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Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.
The vote came in Salt Lake City at the Episcopal General Convention, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. It passed in the House of Deputies, the voting body of clergy and lay participants at the meeting. The House of Bishops had approved the resolution Tuesday by 129-26 with five abstaining.
The Rev. Brian Baker of Sacramento said the church rule change was the result of a nearly four-decade long conversation that has been difficult and painful for many. Baker, chair of the committee that crafted the changes, said church members have not always been kind to one another but that the dynamic has changed in recent decades.
“We have learned to not only care for, but care about one other,” Baker said. “That mutual care was present in the conversations we had. Some people disagreed, some people disagreed deeply, but we prayed and we listened and we came up with compromises that we believe make room and leave no one behind.”
I was talking with a new acquaintance about intelligence support to targeting and why I don’t say much about it or the targeting cycle. There may not be any good reason why I don’t talk about targeting so we’ll start with some practical homework that exercises the fundamentals of the Intelligence Cycle. (For a refresher on Intelligence Requirements, see Generating and Managing Intelligence Requirements and NBPP: Published Intelligence Requirements.) In one sentence, Intelligence Requirements direct collection and they’re absolutely critical to any intelligence operation.
The tactical intelligence needs in any shooting conflict are going to be two-fold: targeting bad guys in the immediate- and near-term and supporting operational planning and assessing the enemy’s degradation/disposition in the mid- to long-term. The most cherished three words for us in Iraq and Afghanistan – Find, Fix, Finish – have been around since at least Vietnam. Since the mid-2000s, those three letters have turned into a conglomerate of other letters that more accurately describes what actually happens – Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze, Disseminate (F3EAD).
Finishing the enemy is simply not enough. Through tactical site exploitation, we’re able to find potentially lots of information that leads to producing actionable intelligence. General Stanley McChrystal (USA, Ret.) has talked about the summer 2006 raid on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. (I’ve never screamed so loudly.) JSOC’s ability to exploit, analyze and disseminate the intelligence information discovered in that raid spurred 17 more operations on the same exact night – literally just pulling the string and hunting down guys, one after another based on the intelligence gathered during the first and/or follow-on raids. That could not have happened without very dedicated and skilled Intelligence sections (or without the door-kicking face-shooters with their lives out on the line). (By the way, if you’re interested in post-SHTF Intelligence operations and haven’t yet read McChrystal’s book, Team of Teams, DO IT!) It’s this incredible utility of quickly producing actionable intelligence that makes the EAD of F3EAD so crucially important.
We actually have a source that defines marriage for us. In the Book of Genesis, the first of the five biblical books that form the foundation of the Judeo-Christian tradition that has guided Western civilization, it says that God created woman from man, and that “a man shall leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife and they shall become one flesh.”
So with all the to-do on this issue, the choice before our nation has been simple and clear. Is marriage defined by the Bible or by Justice Kennedy? Now we have the answer: Justice Kennedy.
Does it matter?
Let’s grasp the whole picture. Although many note the quickness of the change in public opinion on marriage, this is really a process that has been going on for many years. Perhaps we might start in 1962, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prayer in school is unconstitutional. Another milestone was in 1973, when the court discovered a right in our Constitution for women to destroy their unborn children.
It has been a long but not so winding road as the moral fiber of our nation has come apart.
The degradation of marriage is but the latest chapter.
Liberia said Wednesday a teenager who died of Ebola fever had spread the virus to at least two more people, confirming the first outbreak of the tropical disease for months.
“Two more people have been confirmed positive. These people had contact with the boy. We are still waiting for more results of blood tests,” said health official Cestus Tarpeh.
Tarpeh, a spokesman for the health department in Margibi County, where the 17-year-old got sick, told AFP a herbalist who had treated him had evaded the authorities and was on the run.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant moved ominously close to Israel’s borders Wednesday, July 1 – not as predicted in the north, but in the south, from the Sinai Peninsula. There, ISIS followed up on its Ramadan terror outrages in France, Tunisia, Kuwait and Kobani, with a massive assault on Egyptian forces and reportedly capturing the northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwaid close to the Israeli and Gaza Strip borders. Confirmation of this would mean that the MFO facility at Gora is under ISIS siege. It would also mean that the Islamists had captured their first Egyptian town, a victory comparable to seizure of the Iraqi city of Ramadi. At least 64 Egyptian soldiers were killed in the fierce fighting for the town.
Not just a terrorist attack, ISIS launched a full-scale military offensive, starting with mortar fire and suicide bombings against five Egyptian military checkpoints.
Using a tactic similar to that employed in the capture of the Iraqi town of Ramadi last month, ISIS gunmen followed this initial assault by riding in on minivans, backed by heavy mortar fire, to storm the positions held by stunned Egyptian troops. Altogether some 20 Egyptian army positions were attacked in and around Sheikh Zuwaid.
Egyptian troop reinforcements setting out from El Arish to the northeast to aid the beleaguered force, went up on mine and bomb traps secretly planted around their camps and police stations. Egyptian Apache assault helicopters striking the ISIS force themselves faced ground fire from shoulder-borne anti-air missiles.
The Islamists are additionally said to have taken Egyptian prisoners as hostages.
As the fighting grew fierce during Wednesday, Israel shut its border crossings with Egypt and the Gaza Strip, and sent reinforcements south in case the jihadis launched an attack on Israel from northern Sinai.
Our military sources also report that US Middle East forces located in Jordan and at Sharm el-Sheikh are on the ready in case the Islamic State decides to attack the US officers and men at the Multinational Force (MFO) facility in Sinai, which is located near the Sheikh Zuwaid battlefield.
Additionally, some sources are warning of increased risk for civil unrest in Greece and other countries across Europe. Some financial experts are warning that the financial turmoil could spread, even affecting the United States in the coming weeks.
This is only a precautionary measure as we continue to assess the potential for threats, and especially for preparing for the likelihood that conventional communications could be disrupted or intentionally limited by our government as a control measure to respond to a national emergency.
h/t Don P
President Obama formally announced on Wednesday that the United States and Cuba have both agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals following more than a half-century of hostilities between the two nations.
“This is an historic step,” Obama said.
The U.S. Embassy in Havana is scheduled to open on July 20.
The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the re-establishment of embassies following a surprise announcement in December that secret talks between the global foes had led to a landmark agreement.
Not everyone is on board with the U.S.-Cuba thaw.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has vowed to oppose the confirmation of an ambassador unless “substantive progress is made” on human rights issues that have dogged Cuba for decades.
“Establishing diplomatic relations with the Castro regime without verified improvements in the [human rights] situation faced by the Cuban people would not be consistent with our values as a nation and the intent of the U.S. Congress, as codified in law,” Rubio wrote in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry.
Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province.
Egyptian army F-16 jets and Apache helicopters strafed the region that lies within the Sinai Peninsula, a strategic area located between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal.
It was the second high-profile attack in Egypt this week. On Monday, the prosecutor-general was killed in a car bombing in Cairo.
The attacks raise questions about the government’s ability to contain a Sinai-based insurgency that has already killed hundreds of police and soldiers.
Islamic State’s Egyptian affiliate, Sinai Province, claimed responsibility for the Sinai attacks in a Twitter statement.
The recent Supreme Court decisions have brought to light the fact that the rule of law is no longer valid in the country. I believe most people knew this previously but did not want to admit it. Or its consequence: a republic cannot exist without the rule of law. As shown below, the NSA has been authorized to resume illegal collection of bulk phone data.
Think about this in a temporal context. Today, we accept it as just another in a long train of abuses and usurpations, but consider the following from the Declaration of Independence:
I do not know how events will play out in our future because it is up to the people. Apathetic people with no Sacred honor will not fight for freedom. At some point, people will become cognizant of their chains. Seeing the White House in rainbow was not a symbol of freedom: it was a symbol of power by the government over the people, morality and the Lord.
As we enter the 4th of July holiday, will we succumb to bread and circuses or will we rekindle our faith and Sacred honor? Do the people understand the concept of duty? Who will stand up to become the new Guards for our future security?
A U.S. court has ruled that the eavesdropping National Security Agency can temporarily resume its bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, according to documents made public on Tuesday.
The controversial program, exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, was rocked in May by an appeals court ruling that the USA Patriot Act had never authorized the NSA to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk.
A new law, called the Freedom Act, which substantially reformed and narrowed the bulk phone data program, was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama a day after the existing program lapsed on June 1.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s recent decision to appoint Rep. André Carson to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) for the 114th Congress raises deep concerns from a national security perspective. Particularly alarming is Rep. Carson’s long history of associating with organizations known to be front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood. The Carson-tied Muslim groups have a documented history of serving as unregistered foreign agents, engaging in material support for terrorism, and possessing direct ties to the Brotherhood’s Palestinian franchise, Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.
Rep. Carson’s unsuitability for service on the House Intelligence Committee is further underscored by the fact that his political campaign has benefited directly and financially from such entities. Publicly available records indicate that he received at least $33,911 in campaign donations from individuals associated with Muslim Brotherhood-linked organizations over a period of several years.
The oversight responsibility of the HPSCI with respect to the U.S. Intelligence Community and each of its myriad agencies by definition requires that its members have extensive access to highly sensitive information. Evidence acquired by American and foreign law enforcement agencies has documented that the Muslim Brotherhood engages in hostile intelligence collection against U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and seeks to conduct influence operations (IO) against them and American policymakers. 2 Such activities on the part of these groups constitute a direct threat to the security of the nation’s secrets, as well as the independence of its domestic and foreign policy.
by Walter Williams
The nation’s demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, South Carolina, AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said, “I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations.” That’s a vision shared by many Americans, namely that the Constitution’s framers gave us the Second Amendment to protect our rights to go deer and duck hunting, do a bit of skeet shooting, and protect ourselves against criminals. That this vision is so widely held reflects the failure of gun rights advocates, such as the NRA and Gun Owners of America, to educate the American people. The following are some statements by the Founding Fathers. You tell me which one of them suggests that they gave us the Second Amendment for deer and duck hunting and protection against criminals.
Alexander Hamilton said, “The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed,” adding later, “If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government.” What institution was Hamilton referring to when he said “the representatives of the people”?
Thomas Jefferson: “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.” Who are the rulers Jefferson had in mind?
James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” said, “(The Constitution preserves) the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
Keep an eye on the shadow banking system – it is about to be shaken to the core. According to the Financial Stability Board, the size of the global shadow banking system has reached an astounding 75 trillion dollars. It has approximately tripled in size since 2002. In the U.S. alone, the size of the shadow banking system is approximately 24 trillion dollars. At this point, shadow banking assets in the United States are even greater than those of conventional banks. These shadow banks are largely unregulated, but governments around the world have been extremely hesitant to crack down on them because these nonbank lenders have helped fuel economic growth. But in the end, we will all likely pay a very great price for allowing these exceedingly reckless financial institutions to run wild.
If you are not familiar with the “shadow banking system”, the following is a pretty good definition from investing answers.com…
The shadow banking system (or shadow financial system) is a network of financial institutions comprised of non-depository banks — e.g., investment banks, structured investment vehicles (SIVs), conduits, hedge funds, non-bank financial institutions and money market funds.
How it works/Example:
This is the question that astute investors are forced to ask themselves these days. No reasonable person believes that a system of ever-expanding debt can resolve painlessly. It simply cannot happen… not, at least, until 2+2 stops equaling four.
But the international money system, while deeply interconnected, can implode in sections. In fact, it’s highly unlikely that it will crash as a single unit.
So, if you have significant moneys to invest, you end up coming back to our question: Who will be the last to crash? Once you decide that, you can concentrate your assets in that place, hoping to come through the crash with at least most of your value intact.
Let’s look at several aspects of this:
These numbers, by the way, are ignoring more than a quadrillion dollars of derivatives and lots of other monkey business. (Rehypothecation, *cough*, *cough*.)