Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pope Francis Never Mentioned Jesus In His Speech To Congress

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Pope Francis Never Mentioned Jesus In His Speech To Congress
  24, 2015 By
Although he referenced multiple hot-button political issues in his speech to Congress, Pope Francis didn’t mention Jesus Christ even a single time.
During his remarks, which were regularly interrupted by rounds of applause from the assembled lawmakers, Pope Francis condemned the death penalty, called for better environmental stewardship, and even talked about the ills of political polarization. He did not, however, mention Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection form the very foundation of the Christian faith.
The pope did not shy away from the Bible completely. Toward the beginning of his speech, Pope Francis discussed Moses, a pivotal figure in both the Christian and Jewish faiths.
“Yours is a walk which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of Moses,” he said. “On the one hand, the patriarch and lawgiver of the people of Israel symbolizes the need of people to keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation. On the other, the figure of Moses leads us directly to God and thus, to the threshold of dignity of the human being.”
Pope Francis obliquely referenced the Gospel later in his speech, citing the “Golden Rule” found in multiple New Testament books of the Bible.
“Let us remember the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” he said. “The golden rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.”
You can read the full text of Pope Francis’ speech before Congress below, courtesy of CQ-Roll Call:
FRANCIS:
Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, honorable members of the Congress, dear friends, I am most grateful for the invitation to address this joint session of Congress in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

(APPLAUSE)

FRANCIS:

I would like to think that the reason for this is that I, too, am a son of this great continent from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility. Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility. Your one responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country by your legislative activity to grow as a nation.

You are the face of its people, their representatives. You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics.

A political society endures when it seeks as a vocation to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always best to take of the (inaudible) people.

To this you have been invited, called and convicted by those who elect you. Yours is a walk which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of Moses. On the one hand, the patriarch and lawgiver of the people of Israel symbolizes the need of people to keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation. On the other, the figure of Moses leads us directly to God and thus, to the threshold of dignity of the human being.

(APPLAUSE)

Moses provides us with a good synthesis of your work. You are asked to protect by means of the law the image and likeness fashioned by God on every human life.

Today, I would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the United States. Here together with the representatives, I would like to take this opportunity to dialogue with the many thousands of men and women who strive each day to do an honest days work, to bring home the daily bread, to save money, and one step at a time to build a better life for their families.

FRANCIS:

These are men and women who are not concerned simply with paying their taxes but in their own quiet way sustain the life of society. They…

(APPLAUSE)
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Russia to Launch Massive Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria Any Moment

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LET'S SEE HOW PUTIN FIGHTS WITH ISIS USEING HIS AIRPOWER AND OTHER EQUIPMENT AND TROOPS ?
Russian Syria Forces Isis"Russia to Launch Massive Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria Any Moment Russian Syria Forces Isis The Kremlin’s jets have landed in Syria. The drones are flying. And now, Russian combat forces are on the cusp of fighting to save what’s left of the Damascus regime from ISIS. Russian combat operations on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are likely to begin “soon,” three U.S. officials said. And Russian drone flights to spot targets for potential airstrikes are already underway. That concession by U.S. officials of growing Russian influence marks a shift from previous statements by officials who said they weren’t sure whether Russia intended to use force in Syria and enter into the country’s long and brutal civil war. There already are early signs that Russia plans to target moderate forces that threaten the Assad regime, not the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which has been the focus of a year-long U.S.-led air campaign. And yet, the recent Russian moves, which threaten to undermine U.S.-led efforts over the last year, were met with hardly a shrug in some circles in Washington. “There are not discussions happening here about what this means for U.S. influence on the war against ISIS,” one defense official told The Daily Beast. That’s despite the fact that some unverified online videos indicate that the opening phases of such operations may have already begun. A video posted September 15 to YouTube appears to show Russian military forces in tanks alongside Syrian forces in the Lattakia region, a traditional Assad stronghold that has come under threat from anti-regime forces. Since last Friday, Moscow has sent two dozen additional fighter jets to Syria, bringing the total number in the country to 28. The same day, Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke by phone to his Russian counterpart about what the Pentagon called “mechanisms for deconfliction,” a strong indication that Russia intended to conduct airstrikes in the same areas that U.S. forces and their coalition partners are now operating against ISIS. After more than a year of U.S.-led airstrikes, the political and military situation in Syria appears to have reached a critical turning point, American officials and experts said. The U.S. campaign is effectively at a stalemate, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said. In recent weeks, as Assad lost ground and the Obama administration’s Syria policy came under withering criticism for failing to train and equip any significant rebel force, the Russians began moving military equipment, supplies, and troops into Syria. The massing of Russian force would seem to add a new and potentially volatile element to the chaotic war, with the U.S. struggling to find allies on the ground or blunt the spread of ISIS, and U.S. military analysts accusing their senior officers of distorting intelligence to paint a rosier picture of the military situation. U.S. officials said publicly they were concerned and keeping a channel of communication open to Moscow. But privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention if it alleviated the burden on the U.S. for fighting ISIS, even if that meant diminished American influence over how the war ends. Intervening on behalf of an ally bring its own challenges, they note. The Russians “are going to inherit Assad’s mess,” a second defense official said. “I don’t know if they have looked at it from all possible angles.” "Watching the Russians take the initiative is the most clear example yet of the complete abdication of U.S. leadership and responsibility in the region,” Christopher Harmer, a naval analyst at the Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War, told The Daily Beast. Privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention in Syria. “There are some here who think the Russians could find themselves in another Afghanistan,” one U.S. official said. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, asked by reporters if the U.S. had any insights into Moscow’s endgame, replied, “To be blunt about it, no.” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday that the U.S. “concerns remain in place” about growing Russian moves in Syria. Carter has not said a word about what many are calling an “inflection point” in Syria. On Monday afternoon, he held a Lean In event at the Pentagon with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, encouraging women in the military to support each other through small groups. Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the Obama administration’s position that Assad must step down in order to forge a political settlement, but he remained open to postponing that departure to some unspecified date. Kerry has spoken with his Russian counterpart three times in the past week ( via thedailybeast.com ). MORE: Saudi Arabia moves heavy arms to border and launched airstrikes in Yemen
Text "Russia to Launch Massive Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria Any Moment Russian Syria Forces Isis The Kremlin’s jets have landed in Syria. The drones are flying. And now, Russian combat forces are on the cusp of fighting to save what’s left of the Damascus regime from ISIS. Russian combat operations on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are likely to begin “soon,” three U.S. officials said. And Russian drone flights to spot targets for potential airstrikes are already underway. That concession by U.S. officials of growing Russian influence marks a shift from previous statements by officials who said they weren’t sure whether Russia intended to use force in Syria and enter into the country’s long and brutal civil war. There already are early signs that Russia plans to target moderate forces that threaten the Assad regime, not the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which has been the focus of a year-long U.S.-led air campaign. And yet, the recent Russian moves, which threaten to undermine U.S.-led efforts over the last year, were met with hardly a shrug in some circles in Washington. “There are not discussions happening here about what this means for U.S. influence on the war against ISIS,” one defense official told The Daily Beast. That’s despite the fact that some unverified online videos indicate that the opening phases of such operations may have already begun. A video posted September 15 to YouTube appears to show Russian military forces in tanks alongside Syrian forces in the Lattakia region, a traditional Assad stronghold that has come under threat from anti-regime forces. Since last Friday, Moscow has sent two dozen additional fighter jets to Syria, bringing the total number in the country to 28. The same day, Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke by phone to his Russian counterpart about what the Pentagon called “mechanisms for deconfliction,” a strong indication that Russia intended to conduct airstrikes in the same areas that U.S. forces and their coalition partners are now operating against ISIS. After more than a year of U.S.-led airstrikes, the political and military situation in Syria appears to have reached a critical turning point, American officials and experts said. The U.S. campaign is effectively at a stalemate, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said. In recent weeks, as Assad lost ground and the Obama administration’s Syria policy came under withering criticism for failing to train and equip any significant rebel force, the Russians began moving military equipment, supplies, and troops into Syria. The massing of Russian force would seem to add a new and potentially volatile element to the chaotic war, with the U.S. struggling to find allies on the ground or blunt the spread of ISIS, and U.S. military analysts accusing their senior officers of distorting intelligence to paint a rosier picture of the military situation. U.S. officials said publicly they were concerned and keeping a channel of communication open to Moscow. But privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention if it alleviated the burden on the U.S. for fighting ISIS, even if that meant diminished American influence over how the war ends. Intervening on behalf of an ally bring its own challenges, they note. The Russians “are going to inherit Assad’s mess,” a second defense official said. “I don’t know if they have looked at it from all possible angles.” "Watching the Russians take the initiative is the most clear example yet of the complete abdication of U.S. leadership and responsibility in the region,” Christopher Harmer, a naval analyst at the Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War, told The Daily Beast. Privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention in Syria. “There are some here who think the Russians could find themselves in another Afghanistan,” one U.S. official said. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, asked by reporters if the U.S. had any insights into Moscow’s endgame, replied, “To be blunt about it, no.” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday that the U.S. “concerns remain in place” about growing Russian moves in Syria. Carter has not said a word about what many are calling an “inflection point” in Syria. On Monday afternoon, he held a Lean In event at the Pentagon with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, encouraging women in the military to support each other through small groups. Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the Obama administration’s position that Assad must step down in order to forge a political settlement, but he remained open to postponing that departure to some unspecified date. Kerry has spoken with his Russian counterpart three times in the past week ( via thedailybeast.com ). MORE: Saudi Arabia moves heavy arms to border and launched airstrikes in Yemen MORE: Hotel from Hell? ISIS Seizes 5-Star Resort and Moves In" copied. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/russia_to_launch_massive_airstrikes_against_isis_in_syria_any_moment/122486?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=viral-2015-09-24&utm_source=crit_send
Text "Russia to Launch Massive Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria Any Moment Russian Syria Forces Isis The Kremlin’s jets have landed in Syria. The drones are flying. And now, Russian combat forces are on the cusp of fighting to save what’s left of the Damascus regime from ISIS. Russian combat operations on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are likely to begin “soon,” three U.S. officials said. And Russian drone flights to spot targets for potential airstrikes are already underway. That concession by U.S. officials of growing Russian influence marks a shift from previous statements by officials who said they weren’t sure whether Russia intended to use force in Syria and enter into the country’s long and brutal civil war. There already are early signs that Russia plans to target moderate forces that threaten the Assad regime, not the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which has been the focus of a year-long U.S.-led air campaign. And yet, the recent Russian moves, which threaten to undermine U.S.-led efforts over the last year, were met with hardly a shrug in some circles in Washington. “There are not discussions happening here about what this means for U.S. influence on the war against ISIS,” one defense official told The Daily Beast. That’s despite the fact that some unverified online videos indicate that the opening phases of such operations may have already begun. A video posted September 15 to YouTube appears to show Russian military forces in tanks alongside Syrian forces in the Lattakia region, a traditional Assad stronghold that has come under threat from anti-regime forces. Since last Friday, Moscow has sent two dozen additional fighter jets to Syria, bringing the total number in the country to 28. The same day, Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke by phone to his Russian counterpart about what the Pentagon called “mechanisms for deconfliction,” a strong indication that Russia intended to conduct airstrikes in the same areas that U.S. forces and their coalition partners are now operating against ISIS. After more than a year of U.S.-led airstrikes, the political and military situation in Syria appears to have reached a critical turning point, American officials and experts said. The U.S. campaign is effectively at a stalemate, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said. In recent weeks, as Assad lost ground and the Obama administration’s Syria policy came under withering criticism for failing to train and equip any significant rebel force, the Russians began moving military equipment, supplies, and troops into Syria. The massing of Russian force would seem to add a new and potentially volatile element to the chaotic war, with the U.S. struggling to find allies on the ground or blunt the spread of ISIS, and U.S. military analysts accusing their senior officers of distorting intelligence to paint a rosier picture of the military situation. U.S. officials said publicly they were concerned and keeping a channel of communication open to Moscow. But privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention if it alleviated the burden on the U.S. for fighting ISIS, even if that meant diminished American influence over how the war ends. Intervening on behalf of an ally bring its own challenges, they note. The Russians “are going to inherit Assad’s mess,” a second defense official said. “I don’t know if they have looked at it from all possible angles.” "Watching the Russians take the initiative is the most clear example yet of the complete abdication of U.S. leadership and responsibility in the region,” Christopher Harmer, a naval analyst at the Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War, told The Daily Beast. Privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention in Syria. “There are some here who think the Russians could find themselves in another Afghanistan,” one U.S. official said. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, asked by reporters if the U.S. had any insights into Moscow’s endgame, replied, “To be blunt about it, no.” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday that the U.S. “concerns remain in place” about growing Russian moves in Syria. Carter has not said a word about what many are calling an “inflection point” in Syria. On Monday afternoon, he held a Lean In event at the Pentagon with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, encouraging women in the military to support each other through small groups. Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the Obama administration’s position that Assad must step down in order to forge a political settlement, but he remained open to postponing that departure to some unspecified date. Kerry has spoken with his Russian counterpart three times in the past week ( via thedailybeast.com ). MORE: Saudi Arabia moves heavy arms to border and launched airstrikes in Yemen MORE: Hotel from Hell? ISIS Seizes 5-Star Resort and Moves In" copied. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/russia_to_launch_massive_airstrikes_against_isis_in_syria_any_moment/122486?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=viral-2015-09-24&utm_source=crit_send
Text "Russia to Launch Massive Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria Any Moment Russian Syria Forces Isis The Kremlin’s jets have landed in Syria. The drones are flying. And now, Russian combat forces are on the cusp of fighting to save what’s left of the Damascus regime from ISIS. Russian combat operations on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are likely to begin “soon,” three U.S. officials said. And Russian drone flights to spot targets for potential airstrikes are already underway. That concession by U.S. officials of growing Russian influence marks a shift from previous statements by officials who said they weren’t sure whether Russia intended to use force in Syria and enter into the country’s long and brutal civil war. There already are early signs that Russia plans to target moderate forces that threaten the Assad regime, not the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which has been the focus of a year-long U.S.-led air campaign. And yet, the recent Russian moves, which threaten to undermine U.S.-led efforts over the last year, were met with hardly a shrug in some circles in Washington. “There are not discussions happening here about what this means for U.S. influence on the war against ISIS,” one defense official told The Daily Beast. That’s despite the fact that some unverified online videos indicate that the opening phases of such operations may have already begun. A video posted September 15 to YouTube appears to show Russian military forces in tanks alongside Syrian forces in the Lattakia region, a traditional Assad stronghold that has come under threat from anti-regime forces. Since last Friday, Moscow has sent two dozen additional fighter jets to Syria, bringing the total number in the country to 28. The same day, Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke by phone to his Russian counterpart about what the Pentagon called “mechanisms for deconfliction,” a strong indication that Russia intended to conduct airstrikes in the same areas that U.S. forces and their coalition partners are now operating against ISIS. After more than a year of U.S.-led airstrikes, the political and military situation in Syria appears to have reached a critical turning point, American officials and experts said. The U.S. campaign is effectively at a stalemate, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said. In recent weeks, as Assad lost ground and the Obama administration’s Syria policy came under withering criticism for failing to train and equip any significant rebel force, the Russians began moving military equipment, supplies, and troops into Syria. The massing of Russian force would seem to add a new and potentially volatile element to the chaotic war, with the U.S. struggling to find allies on the ground or blunt the spread of ISIS, and U.S. military analysts accusing their senior officers of distorting intelligence to paint a rosier picture of the military situation. U.S. officials said publicly they were concerned and keeping a channel of communication open to Moscow. But privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention if it alleviated the burden on the U.S. for fighting ISIS, even if that meant diminished American influence over how the war ends. Intervening on behalf of an ally bring its own challenges, they note. The Russians “are going to inherit Assad’s mess,” a second defense official said. “I don’t know if they have looked at it from all possible angles.” "Watching the Russians take the initiative is the most clear example yet of the complete abdication of U.S. leadership and responsibility in the region,” Christopher Harmer, a naval analyst at the Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War, told The Daily Beast. Privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention in Syria. “There are some here who think the Russians could find themselves in another Afghanistan,” one U.S. official said. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, asked by reporters if the U.S. had any insights into Moscow’s endgame, replied, “To be blunt about it, no.” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday that the U.S. “concerns remain in place” about growing Russian moves in Syria. Carter has not said a word about what many are calling an “inflection point” in Syria. On Monday afternoon, he held a Lean In event at the Pentagon with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, encouraging women in the military to support each other through small groups. Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the Obama administration’s position that Assad must step down in order to forge a political settlement, but he remained open to postponing that departure to some unspecified date. Kerry has spoken with his Russian counterpart three times in the past week ( via thedailybeast.com ). MORE: Saudi Arabia moves heavy arms to border and launched airstrikes in Yemen MORE: Hotel from Hell? ISIS Seizes 5-Star Resort and Moves In" copied. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/russia_to_launch_massive_airstrikes_against_isis_in_syria_any_moment/122486?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=viral-2015-09-24&utm_source=crit_send
Text "Russia to Launch Massive Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria Any Moment Russian Syria Forces Isis The Kremlin’s jets have landed in Syria. The drones are flying. And now, Russian combat forces are on the cusp of fighting to save what’s left of the Damascus regime from ISIS. Russian combat operations on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are likely to begin “soon,” three U.S. officials said. And Russian drone flights to spot targets for potential airstrikes are already underway. That concession by U.S. officials of growing Russian influence marks a shift from previous statements by officials who said they weren’t sure whether Russia intended to use force in Syria and enter into the country’s long and brutal civil war. There already are early signs that Russia plans to target moderate forces that threaten the Assad regime, not the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which has been the focus of a year-long U.S.-led air campaign. And yet, the recent Russian moves, which threaten to undermine U.S.-led efforts over the last year, were met with hardly a shrug in some circles in Washington. “There are not discussions happening here about what this means for U.S. influence on the war against ISIS,” one defense official told The Daily Beast. That’s despite the fact that some unverified online videos indicate that the opening phases of such operations may have already begun. A video posted September 15 to YouTube appears to show Russian military forces in tanks alongside Syrian forces in the Lattakia region, a traditional Assad stronghold that has come under threat from anti-regime forces. Since last Friday, Moscow has sent two dozen additional fighter jets to Syria, bringing the total number in the country to 28. The same day, Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke by phone to his Russian counterpart about what the Pentagon called “mechanisms for deconfliction,” a strong indication that Russia intended to conduct airstrikes in the same areas that U.S. forces and their coalition partners are now operating against ISIS. After more than a year of U.S.-led airstrikes, the political and military situation in Syria appears to have reached a critical turning point, American officials and experts said. The U.S. campaign is effectively at a stalemate, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said. In recent weeks, as Assad lost ground and the Obama administration’s Syria policy came under withering criticism for failing to train and equip any significant rebel force, the Russians began moving military equipment, supplies, and troops into Syria. The massing of Russian force would seem to add a new and potentially volatile element to the chaotic war, with the U.S. struggling to find allies on the ground or blunt the spread of ISIS, and U.S. military analysts accusing their senior officers of distorting intelligence to paint a rosier picture of the military situation. U.S. officials said publicly they were concerned and keeping a channel of communication open to Moscow. But privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention if it alleviated the burden on the U.S. for fighting ISIS, even if that meant diminished American influence over how the war ends. Intervening on behalf of an ally bring its own challenges, they note. The Russians “are going to inherit Assad’s mess,” a second defense official said. “I don’t know if they have looked at it from all possible angles.” "Watching the Russians take the initiative is the most clear example yet of the complete abdication of U.S. leadership and responsibility in the region,” Christopher Harmer, a naval analyst at the Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War, told The Daily Beast. Privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention in Syria. “There are some here who think the Russians could find themselves in another Afghanistan,” one U.S. official said. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, asked by reporters if the U.S. had any insights into Moscow’s endgame, replied, “To be blunt about it, no.” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday that the U.S. “concerns remain in place” about growing Russian moves in Syria. Carter has not said a word about what many are calling an “inflection point” in Syria. On Monday afternoon, he held a Lean In event at the Pentagon with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, encouraging women in the military to support each other through small groups. Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the Obama administration’s position that Assad must step down in order to forge a political settlement, but he remained open to postponing that departure to some unspecified date. Kerry has spoken with his Russian counterpart three times in the past week ( via thedailybeast.com ). MORE: Saudi Arabia moves heavy arms to border and launched airstrikes in Yemen MORE: Hotel from Hell? ISIS Seizes 5-Star Resort and Moves In Share on Facebook Tweet Comment Read This Next 'Women Stoned To Death For Adultery In Syria, As Jihadi Rebels Impose Shariah Law' [Video] Huge Cross Flys In The Sky Of Russia [Video] Obama’s Syrian Rebels Massacre 450 Kurdish Civilians [Video] 15 Sports Wardrobe Malfunctions -- #10 Is Hard To Believe The Brofessional These Girls Would Be Hot If It Weren't For These Disgusting TattoosDaily Sanctuary Watch What Happens When You Have Big Accessories!Buzzlamp " copied. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/russia_to_launch_massive_airstrikes_against_isis_in_syria_any_moment/122486?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=viral-2015-09-24&utm_source=crit_send
Text "Russia to Launch Massive Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria Any Moment Russian Syria Forces Isis The Kremlin’s jets have landed in Syria. The drones are flying. And now, Russian combat forces are on the cusp of fighting to save what’s left of the Damascus regime from ISIS. Russian combat operations on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are likely to begin “soon,” three U.S. officials said. And Russian drone flights to spot targets for potential airstrikes are already underway. That concession by U.S. officials of growing Russian influence marks a shift from previous statements by officials who said they weren’t sure whether Russia intended to use force in Syria and enter into the country’s long and brutal civil war. There already are early signs that Russia plans to target moderate forces that threaten the Assad regime, not the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which has been the focus of a year-long U.S.-led air campaign. And yet, the recent Russian moves, which threaten to undermine U.S.-led efforts over the last year, were met with hardly a shrug in some circles in Washington. “There are not discussions happening here about what this means for U.S. influence on the war against ISIS,” one defense official told The Daily Beast. That’s despite the fact that some unverified online videos indicate that the opening phases of such operations may have already begun. A video posted September 15 to YouTube appears to show Russian military forces in tanks alongside Syrian forces in the Lattakia region, a traditional Assad stronghold that has come under threat from anti-regime forces. Since last Friday, Moscow has sent two dozen additional fighter jets to Syria, bringing the total number in the country to 28. The same day, Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke by phone to his Russian counterpart about what the Pentagon called “mechanisms for deconfliction,” a strong indication that Russia intended to conduct airstrikes in the same areas that U.S. forces and their coalition partners are now operating against ISIS. After more than a year of U.S.-led airstrikes, the political and military situation in Syria appears to have reached a critical turning point, American officials and experts said. The U.S. campaign is effectively at a stalemate, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said. In recent weeks, as Assad lost ground and the Obama administration’s Syria policy came under withering criticism for failing to train and equip any significant rebel force, the Russians began moving military equipment, supplies, and troops into Syria. The massing of Russian force would seem to add a new and potentially volatile element to the chaotic war, with the U.S. struggling to find allies on the ground or blunt the spread of ISIS, and U.S. military analysts accusing their senior officers of distorting intelligence to paint a rosier picture of the military situation. U.S. officials said publicly they were concerned and keeping a channel of communication open to Moscow. But privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention if it alleviated the burden on the U.S. for fighting ISIS, even if that meant diminished American influence over how the war ends. Intervening on behalf of an ally bring its own challenges, they note. The Russians “are going to inherit Assad’s mess,” a second defense official said. “I don’t know if they have looked at it from all possible angles.” "Watching the Russians take the initiative is the most clear example yet of the complete abdication of U.S. leadership and responsibility in the region,” Christopher Harmer, a naval analyst at the Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War, told The Daily Beast. Privately, many seemed to welcome a Russian intervention in Syria. “There are some here who think the Russians could find themselves in another Afghanistan,” one U.S. official said. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, asked by reporters if the U.S. had any insights into Moscow’s endgame, replied, “To be blunt about it, no.” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday that the U.S. “concerns remain in place” about growing Russian moves in Syria. Carter has not said a word about what many are calling an “inflection point” in Syria. On Monday afternoon, he held a Lean In event at the Pentagon with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, encouraging women in the military to support each other through small groups. Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the Obama administration’s position that Assad must step down in order to forge a political settlement, but he remained open to postponing that departure to some unspecified date. Kerry has spoken with his Russian counterpart three times in the past week ( via thedailybeast.com ). MORE: Saudi Arabia moves heavy arms to border and launched airstrikes in Yemen MORE: Hotel from Hell? ISIS Seizes 5-Star Resort and Moves In Share on Facebook Tweet Comment Read This Next 'Women Stoned To Death For Adultery In Syria, As Jihadi Rebels Impose Shariah Law' [Video] Huge Cross Flys In The Sky Of Russia [Video] Obama’s Syrian Rebels Massacre 450 Kurdish Civilians [Video] 15 Sports Wardrobe Malfunctions -- #10 Is Hard To Believe The Brofessional These Girls Would Be Hot If It Weren't For These Disgusting TattoosDaily Sanctuary Watch What Happens When You Have Big Accessories!Buzzlamp " copied. READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/russia_to_launch_massive_airstrikes_against_isis_in_syria_any_moment/122486?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=viral-2015-09-24&utm_source=crit_send

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Muslim Parent Warns School Board ‘We’re Going to Be the Majority Soon’ as Meeting Gets Heated and Security Is Needed

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Sep. 22, 2015 9:15am, Jon Street
The Jersey City Board of Education voted last week not to close schools for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, one of the most important holidays for Muslims.
School board members in New Jersey made their decision Thursday despite appeals from Muslim attendees who showed up to advocate that the board change the school schedule.
At one point, things became so heated that an official urged security to “take charge” of the situation. At least one person was seen on video being escorted from the meeting.
Muslims Taunt NJ School Officials - We’re Going to Be the Majority Soon
“We feel alienated from the Board of Education, we feel alienated from this system,” Omar Abouelkhair told WNBC-TV.


“We’re going to be the majority soon,” another said.
But board member Gerald Lyons suggested there is a perfectly valid reason for having school on Thursday, telling residents that closing school with just six days’ notice would cause “undue hardship” for 5,000 to 10,000 parents who might not have anywhere else to send their kids.
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Lyons also reminded that students can still take the day off as an excused religious absence, meaning they would not face a penalty for doing so. Others noted that the school does not let out for the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The controversy came in the first year that schools in New York City will not have classes Thursday, the result of a decision made by Mayor Bill de Blasio last March, WNBC reported.



LETS PLAY 20 QUESTIONS, BY DAVE DAUBENMIRE:

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LET'S PLAY 20 QUESTIONS

By Coach Dave Daubenmire
September 24, 2015
NewsWithViews.com
I am sure you remember the game 20 Questions. I used to enjoy playing it with my friends because it challenged us to think. We would do well to spend a little more time thinking these days. So much of what we are fed anymore is B.S. and we swallow it without even taking the time to ponder what we were just fed.
Asking questions is the most effective way to teach. Although most of us enjoy lecturing, actual learning tends to occur more readily when we are posed questions. Usually when I write a commentary, it is an explanation of what I think. Perhaps it is time for me to encourage YOU to think. So here are 20 questions for you.
If an unborn baby is not alive, why are its body parts of value?
If there is a “separation between the church and state”, why has the government spent so much money on a religious leader’s visit?
If Tea Party folks are so racist why do they like Ben Carson?
If the U.S. Supreme Court were to rule that it is “legal” for men to have sex with young boys, would it be legal?
Why are there no Protestants on the U.S. Supreme Court?
If flooding a nation with immigrants is the Christian thing to do, why don’t they ship a bunch of Syrian refugees to Vatican City?
If the Pope is so concerned about poverty, why doesn’t the Vatican fund the American welfare system?
Is there any country in the world where LGBT, blacks, Hispanics, women, Muslims, or other minorities have more rights than they do in the U.S.?
Is it possible that it is political ideology and not religion that Obama and the Pope share?
If the Pope “speaks for the church”, why do so many Catholics ignore the Pope’s position on abortion and homosexuality when they go to vote?
If paying taxes is “voluntary”, why do you go to jail if you don’t “volunteer” to pay them?
Since over 80% of all Mexicans are Catholic, wouldn’t open borders be a great way to restock the rapidly emptying American Catholic Churches?
Are societal standards determined by a vote of unelected judges?
If Muslims are so peaceful, why is our government killing so many of them overseas?
If homosexuals are “born that way”, how about pedophiles, bi-sexuals, and bigots?
If it is “hateful” for a Christian to speak out against homosexuality, why is it not “hateful” for a homosexual to speak out against Christianity?
Why do both political parties hate Donald Trump?
What if the Republican National Committee and the Republican voters have different agendas?
Is being a Christian and being a Conservative the same thing?
If President Obama is a Christian, why do so many people think he’s a Muslim?
If Planned Parenthood is so concerned about women, and since they receive $500 million in government aid, why aren’t the abortions free?


If the US Government is a corporation wouldn’t Donald Trump be the most qualified candidate to run it?
If homosexuality and cigarette smoking are both behaviors why do our schools approve of one and disapprove of the other?
Why do the names Common Core and Communism sound so much alike?
I know the game is called 20 questions but I wanted to show my mastery of Common Core arithmetic.
© 2015 Dave Daubenmire - All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

OBAMA'S YEARLY WEDDING RING REPAIRS, VERY STRANGE, WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT ?

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Subject: OBAMA AND The wedding ring repairs every year in the wedding ring repair shop for a whole month.."DURING RAMADAN" 

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So odd that this problematic wedding ring seems to break every year just as the Muslims start their month long Ramadan Holiday. It's also odd that it always takes the whole month to repair the ring!
The Wedding ring is in for repair again this year. Since when does a plain wedding band need repairs, along with your watch, for a whole month?  In a press conference last week Obama was not wearing his wedding ring nor was he wearing his watch. When noticed, his staff said his ring was out for repairs. No reason was given for the missing watch.
So it's just a coincidence that Muslims are forbidden to wear jewelry during the month of Ramadan...
Can't possibly be that, because although he hasn't gone to a Christian church service since entering the White House, we know he's a committed Christian "cause he said so during his campaign"

This is the same president that spent the Christmas holidays in Hawaii to avoid religious obligations as president at the White House. His children do not receive Christmas presents.  Let's just face the facts and quit trying to distort the truth, we have a Muslim for president in the White House, and he has no knowledge of American history.

I Am Mourning For America

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"For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required" -Luke 12:48

I agree with this article, but do want to temper it today with the truth of the gospel.  Our problem in America as well as in every nation and in every human heart is simply this: SIN.  That's it. That is our problem. Jesus Christ is the Great Sin Bearer.  He is the Answer for every nation and especially for every human heart, and it is never too late to turn to Christ.  Dear friend, if you have yet to give your life to Jesus Christ, let today be that day for you.  -W.E.

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I am mourning for America, because she is dying.  
I am mourning for a nation that once knew such greatness but that has now fallen to depths that were once unimaginable.  I am mourning for the death and destruction that are coming, and I am mourning for a future that our children and our grandchildren will never get to see.  I am mourning for a nation that has refused to listen to the warnings and that now stands on the precipice of judgment.  I am mourning for games that will never be played, for books that will never be finished, for family vacations that will never get to happen and for memories that will never be made.  I am mourning for the economic depression that is coming, for the horror and suffering that friends and family will endure, and for the coming death of the country where I drew my first breath.

To many, these words will seem “over the top” and overly dramatic.  After all, despite the thousands of problems facing this nation, things still seem very “normal” at this moment.  Well, if you don’t “get” what I am saying right now, just bookmark this page and come back to it later.  Eventually it will make sense to you.
Last week, I was invited to be a guest on a major television show that is beamed into the homes of millions of people in the United States and Canada.  If you get a chance to view the shows that are being aired this week, you will notice that I wore all black.
I wasn’t just making a fashion statement.  I was doing it because I am in mourning for America.  Unlike so many that talk about the horrible things that are ahead for this country, I actually love the United States.  I truly wish that this nation had become everything that it could have become.  I love the part of the country where I currently live, I love the amazing people that I am constantly meeting, and I love the things that I have been able to experience just because I am an American.
Unfortunately, everything is about to change.
There are many out there that believe that America is still a great nation.  Well, great nations do not murder tens of millions of their own children.  As Dr. Chuck Missler has pointed out, the most dangerous place to be in America today is in a mother’s womb.
Since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, more than 56 million babies have been purposely destroyed in this country.
What does a nation that has murdered 56 million of its own children deserve?
I believe that we have just come out of a season of time when America has been shown exactly why it is about to be judged.
It is no accident that the undercover Planned Parenthood videos were released when they were.  Now the entire world knows that we slaughter our babies, harvest their organs and sell them off to the highest bidder.
So what has the response of the American people been to the revelation of this great evil?
Yes, a small minority of Americans have gotten upset, but most people have been completely unmoved by this news.
Our government gives Planned Parenthood hundreds of millions of dollars each year, and that isn’t going to change.  Planned Parenthood is just going to keep doing what they do, and the American people are just going to go back to ignoring the unprecedented holocaust that is happening behind closed doors all over the nation.
This past summer we also witnessed what I believe is the perfect bookend for the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973.  The institution of marriage was permanently altered in all 50 states, and most of the nation greatly rejoiced.
The White House was lit up with rainbow colors to honor what the Supreme Court did.  The rainbow is a symbol of God’s covenant with Noah, and in the book of Revelation there is a rainbow around the throne of God.  They have taken this symbol that belongs to God, and they are using it as a symbol of their defiance.
Of course these things that I have just mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg.  The truth is that evil is growing in this nation in thousands of different ways.  Every year there are 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted disease in the United States, we have the highest divorce rate in the entire industrialized world, and nearly one out of every five American women say that they have been raped at some point in their lives.  In the United States today, there are 60 million people that abuse alcohol and there are 22 million people that use illegal drugs.  America produces more pornography than the rest of the world combined, and surveys have found that Christian men use it at just about the same rate as everyone else.
I will not be publishing an article tomorrow.  In a few hours, Yom Kippur will begin where I live.  It is the most solemn of all the holidays described in the Bible, and it is a time of repentance.  I will be praying for myself, my family, my community and my nation.
If America had repented as a nation and had turned from her wicked ways, we would not have to go through the things that we are about to go through.
I believe that the time of grace that the United States has been given to repent is ending.
I know that this is very different from my usual format.  Is it okay if I just share what is on my heart from time to time?  On Thursday I will get back to sharing the facts, figures and hard information that you all have come to expect from me.  But today when I woke up I just felt that I should share these things with you.
Very shortly, things are going to start changing in a major way.
America is dying, and the hardest times that any of us have ever seen are right in front of us.

BRILLIANCE IN 3 PARTS FROM PAT EVANS AT FREE ZONE MEDIA

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FROM FAMILY PAT EVANS IN NASHVILLE
  BRILLIANCE IN 3 PARTS
 THINK
 Part I:
A. Back off and let those men who  want to marry men, marry men.

B. Allow those women who want to marry  women, marry women.

C. Allow those folks who want to abort their babies,  abort their babies.

D. In three generations, there will be no Democrats.

I love it when a plan comes together!

Part II:

10 Poorest Cities in America (How did it happen?)

City, State, %  of People Below the Poverty Level

1. Detroit , MI 32.5%

2.  Buffalo , NY 29.9%

3. Cincinnati , OH 27.8%

4. Cleveland , OH  27.0%

5. Miami , FL 26.9%

5. St. Louis , MO 26.8%

7. El  Paso , TX 26.4%

8. Milwaukee , WI 26.2%

9. Philadelphia , PA  25.1%

10. Newark , NJ 24.2%

What do the top ten cities (over  250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

Detroit,  MI - (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961

Buffalo, NY - (2nd) hasn't elected one since 1954

Cincinnati, OH  - (3rd) not since 1984

Cleveland, OH - (4th) not since 1989

Miami, FL - (5th) has never had a Republican mayor

St. Louis, MO  - (6th) not since 1949

El Paso, TX - (7th) has never had a Republican  mayor

Milwaukee, WI - (8th) not since 1908

Philadelphia, PA -  (9th) not since 1952

Newark, NJ - (10th) not since 1907

Einstein once said, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same  thing over and over again and expecting different results.'

It is the  poor who habitually elect Democrats....... Yet they are still POOR.
 
Part III:

"You cannot help the poor by  destroying the rich.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the  strong.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's  initiative and independence.

You cannot help people permanently by doing  for them, what they could and should do for themselves."

-Abraham  Lincoln

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by  letting the government take care of him had better take a closer look at the  American Indian."

-        Henry Ford

Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.

-  S. L. Clemens

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Voting for Hillary Clinton is like  buying a ticket on the Titanic, while already knowing it's outcome!
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