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The American People Vs. The Police: The Newest Numbers Are Not Good

Across the country, 50 police officers were killed by guns in 2014 compared to 32 in 2013, according to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which aims to increase safety for law enforcement officers.”

FBI chief Comey says at Liu’s funeral that number of 2014 police deaths is ‘shocking’

In August of 2014, the killing of a black youth by Ferguson Missouri police officer Darren Wilson would ignite simmering tensions between sectors of American youth and local law enforcement, setting off a firestorm of civil unrest and protests which became increasingly violent as the weeks wore on.

Now, in the closing days of 2014, each evening newscast brings viewers new and increasingly uncomfortable scenes of unhappy angry protesters in confrontation with local police and body armored swat teams on the streets of cities across America. What began as a troubling confrontation between 18 year old black teenager Michael Brown and a Ferguson Missouri police officer this summer, ended seconds later with the teen’s death and the sudden fury of the Ferguson suburb where he lived.

Even though it’s been months since the Ferguson event, public outrage over people dying during police confrontations has only escalated. Many news outlets have certainly played their part in keeping America’s young people whipped up and heading to the streets, covering every protest with ample coverage which often continued for days on end without ceasing.

More people have been shot since the seminal “Ferguson” event, both civilians and cops. In fact, a quick perusal of any given day’s news stories will produce so many new reports of deaths by gun violence occurring between the general public and police officers, it’s a struggle to keep up.

I was still compiling this report when the story appeared on evening news broadcasts. These are the numbers and they are not good.

Gun deaths for U.S. officers rose by 56 percent in 2014: report

A combination image shows mourning bands placed over different police badges at the funeral of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New York December 27, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A combination image shows mourning bands placed over different police badges at the funeral of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New York December 27, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegrio

(Reuters) – Gun related deaths of U.S. law enforcement officers rose by 56 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year, with about one-third of officers killed in an ambush, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said on Tuesday.

“Across the country, 50 officers were killed by guns in 2014 compared to 32 in 2013, according to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which aims to increase safety for law enforcement officers.”

The most deadly states were California, Texas, New York, Florida and Georgia, the group said.

“Fifteen officers were shot and killed in ambush, more than any other circumstance of fatal shootings in 2014,” the website said.

The deadly ambush of two New York City policemen as they sat in their squad car in New York on Dec. 20 was a flashpoint in a deepening rift between the city’s police department and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The mayor had expressed qualified support for protests sparked by the deaths of unarmed black men in confrontations with white officers, and said he warned his biracial son of the “dangers he may face” in encountering police officers.

The shooter who killed the two policemen and then himself had written online that he was avenging the deaths of two unarmed black men last summer in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

Altogether, 126 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2014, a 24 percent increase from 2013, when 102 officers were killed, the fund said.

The number of firearms-related fatalities matches 2012 statistics, when 50 officers were killed by guns,” the fund said.

The second most common cause of death for officers in 2014 was traffic-related incidents.

(Cited article re-posted from Reuter’s News on 12.29.2014: Original reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Bill Trott)

 

 


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When Science Makes the Case for God, It’s Time to Rejoice

Re-posted from the Wall Street Journal on December 29th 2014

Commentary:

I feel as though I have waited for decades for cynical secular humanism to catch up and face the preponderance of raw facts proving that a loving, benevolent, super intelligent force is at the heart of this far-flung universe. I have stated many times in private discussions regarding Deity, that science itself would someday come to the very same conclusions that many Theologians, pastors, the Pope, and millions of faith led souls have already arrived at through their own personal searching and private spiritual experience: that there is a God and that the vastness and beauty of His intelligent design for diverse life forms in the universe boggles human comprehension.

Any scientist who has observed the inexplicable life forms of the deep ocean bottoms on earth must have paused to ponder that if life could thrive under those kinds of oceanic pressures, with 98% absence of any source of light at all, in sea water supposedly devoid of nourishment and nutrients, then blunt logic itself should point out that life could exist on other worlds as well. From that point on, one just does the math of probabilities based on the sheer number of worlds that we now know are out there. And I am only talking about the Milky Way galaxy, our home pinwheel of light, not the others. When you try to imagine the numbers of worlds which might hold life in the entire expanse of creation, you run the risk of passing out from the effort. My own soul has always felt that the universe we live in must be literally teeming with life, based on what we find at the bottom of the oceans, under our microscopes and the ever-expanding number of new planets which might hold life that astronomers are discovering every year.

So imagine my delight when I found this article today. I could not have said it better myself. Enjoy.

 

Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer. Intelligent design, anyone?

Corbis By Eric Metaxas

Dec. 25, 2014 4:56 p.m. ET

In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: “Is God Dead?” Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.

Here’s the story: The same year Time featured the now-famous headline, the astronomer Carl Sagan announced that there were two important criteria for a planet to support life: The right kind of star, and a planet the right distance from that star. Given the roughly octillion—1 followed by 27 zeros—planets in the universe, there should have been about septillion—1 followed by 24 zeros—planets capable of supporting life.

With such spectacular odds, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, a large, expensive collection of private and publicly funded projects launched in the 1960s, was sure to turn up something soon. Scientists listened with a vast radio telescopic network for signals that resembled coded intelligence and were not merely random. But as years passed, the silence from the rest of the universe was deafening. Congress defunded SETI in 1993, but the search continues with private funds. As of 2014, researches have discovered precisely bubkis—0 followed by nothing.

What happened? As our knowledge of the universe increased, it became clear that there were far more factors necessary for life than Sagan supposed. His two parameters grew to 10 and then 20 and then 50, and so the number of potentially life-supporting planets decreased accordingly. The number dropped to a few thousand planets and kept on plummeting.

Even SETI proponents acknowledged the problem. Peter Schenkel wrote in a 2006 piece for Skeptical Inquirer magazine: “In light of new findings and insights, it seems appropriate to put excessive euphoria to rest . . . . We should quietly admit that the early estimates . . . may no longer be tenable.”

As factors continued to be discovered, the number of possible planets hit zero, and kept going. In other words, the odds turned against any planet in the universe supporting life, including this one. Probability said that even we shouldn’t be here.

Today there are more than 200 known parameters necessary for a planet to support life—every single one of which must be perfectly met, or the whole thing falls apart. Without a massive planet like Jupiter nearby, whose gravity will draw away asteroids, a thousand times as many would hit Earth’s surface. The odds against life in the universe are simply astonishing.

Yet here we are, not only existing, but talking about existing. What can account for it? Can every one of those many parameters have been perfect by accident? At what point is it fair to admit that science suggests that we cannot be the result of random forces? Doesn’t assuming that an intelligence created these perfect conditions require far less faith than believing that a life-sustaining Earth just happened to beat the inconceivable odds to come into being?

There’s more. The fine-tuning necessary for life to exist on a planet is nothing compared with the fine-tuning required for the universe to exist at all. For example, astrophysicists now know that the values of the four fundamental forces—gravity, the electromagnetic force, and the “strong” and “weak” nuclear forces—were determined less than one millionth of a second after the big bang. Alter any one value and the universe could not exist. For instance, if the ratio between the nuclear strong force and the electromagnetic force had been off by the tiniest fraction of the tiniest fraction—by even one part in 100,000,000,000,000,000—then no stars could have ever formed at all. Feel free to gulp.

Multiply that single parameter by all the other necessary conditions, and the odds against the universe existing are so heart-stoppingly astronomical that the notion that it all “just happened” defies common sense. It would be like tossing a coin and having it come up heads 10 quintillion times in a row. Really?

Fred Hoyle, the astronomer who coined the term “big bang,” said that his atheism was “greatly shaken” at these developments. He later wrote that “a common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with the physics, as well as with chemistry and biology . . . . The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”

Theoretical physicist Paul Davies has said that “the appearance of design is overwhelming” and Oxford professor Dr. John Lennox has said “the more we get to know about our universe, the more the hypothesis that there is a Creator . . . gains in credibility as the best explanation of why we are here.”

The greatest miracle of all time, without any close seconds, is the universe. It is the miracle of all miracles, one that ineluctably points with the combined brightness of every star to something—or Someone—beyond itself.

Mr. Metaxas is the author, most recently, of “Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life” ( Dutton Adult, 2014).

Correction

An earlier version understated the number of zeroes in an octillion and a septillion.

Related Links:

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http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,835309,00.html


Is Bible Prophecy is Being Fulfilled via Recent Events in Iraq, Syria, Israel and the Sudden Rise of ISIS?

Presented below are important collected videos which examine biblical prophecies which underpin recent events in the Mideast:

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Orders Genital Mutilation Of All Girls And Women Ages 11 – 46

Breaking. Islamists rebels just burnt the Assyrian Catholic Church in Mosel . Completely lost.

where is condemnation of for slaughter of innocents in & or is that just for Jews?

.: Maniacal narration in an video celebrates killing of unbelievers as the group raises its flag.

Seen it all? RT : . have a police van. No seriously.

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Iraq’s persecuted Assyrian Christians are in limbo

We must create an autonomous space for these ancient communities, argues Romsin McQuade

30 Jul 2014

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Islamic State jihadists issue 30-minute killing spree on video

Video depicting the slaughter of hundreds by Isis jihadists released as a warning to its enemies that they face a horrific death

30 Jul 2014

Australia issues arrest warrants for pair holding severed heads of Syrian soldiers

Australia issues arrest warrants for citizens Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar on terrorism offences

29 Jul 2014

France offers asylum to thousands of Christians driven from homes by Islamic State

Offer of asylum made by French ministers after thousands of Iraqi Christians fled into neighbouring Kurdistan after being told by Islamic State they convert, pay a special tax or face the sword

28 Jul 2014

Islamic State jihadists open ‘marriage bureau’

Islamic State opens “marriage bureau” for women who want to wed its fighters

28 Jul 2014

Islamic militants destroy historic 14th century mosque in Mosul

Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine bombed by Islamic militants in latest act of destruction against some of Iraq’s most important monuments and holy places

28 Jul 2014

Emirates to stop flying over Iraq due to missile risk

One of the world’s biggest airlines is to stop all its planes crossing Iraqi airspace amid fears they might be targeted by Islamic militants

28 Jul 2014

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UN says Islamic State could be added to Syria war crimes list

Islamist fighters have been accused by rights groups of summary executions, abductions, murder among other atrocities

26 Jul 2014

Christians pulled up by the roots

The persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria share a history of holiness and literary and theological culture of which the West is largely ignorant, says Christopher Howse

25 Jul 2014

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Islamic State ‘fatwa’ ordering FGM ‘is a hoax’

Islamic State had ordered females aged 11 to 46 to undergo female genital mutilation, UN said, but experts say it is not likely to be true

25 Jul 2014

Islamic State orders women to wear full-face veil or risk ‘serious punishment’

Women in Iraqi city of Mosul told to wear full-face veils by jihadist group Islamic State, who say it will prevent them “falling into humiliation and vulgarity”

25 Jul 2014

Iraq jihadists blow up ‘Jonah’s tomb’ in Mosul

Islamic State insurgents destroy reputed burial site of a prophet known in the Bible as Jonah after storming Iraqi city

25 Jul 2014

Iraq leader Nouri al-Maliki ‘rejected Iran’s pressure to step down’

Shiite politicians say Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was under pressure from top ally to quit

24 Jul 2014

Global terrorist death toll soars as attacks become deadlier

Data shows that deaths due to terrorist actions have risen 30 per cent compared to the previous five-year average

23 Jul 2014

Islamic State tells Mosul shopkeepers to cover up naked mannequins

Mosul shopkeepers under orders from the Islamic State to protect the modesty of plastic mannequins in clothing displays

23 Jul 2014

Al-Qaeda snubs caliphate by renewing allegiance to Taliban

New online publication offers first response to rise of the Islamic State as extremist groups tussle for leadership of global jihad

22 Jul 2014

Islamic State jihadists stone women to death

Two women in Syria stoned to death after being accused of ‘adultery’

21 Jul 2014

 

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You Need to Know What DARPA and Google Have in Store For You: Ingestible Electronic Biochips

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Many Alternative News Bloggers Feel A “Perfect Storm” of Social Calamity Coming to America

The opinions in this very controversial essay below are exclusively my own. They are bound to upset individuals on both sides of the “gay rights” issue. I make no apologies. I lived in America’s gay culture for more than 30 years, and I know whereof I speak from personal experience. ‘Live and let live’ is one thing. I believe in that. But forcing an entire nation to accept gay marriage as a ‘norm’ is a dangerous path strewn with legal minefields and under-estimated implications which this country will be experiencing for many decades to come.

I found several very interesting news videos online this morning, which have compiled many disturbing trends taking place in our nation. These clips cover a range of topics. It does appear, arguably, that we are close to the convergence of some sort a perfect storm of escalating police brutality, diminishing US citizen civil right and freedom of speech, while tens of thousands of illegal immigrants stream across our borders and GLBT citizens are allowed to present the topic of ‘mature sexual identity’ to very young school children who are YEARS away from being old enough to understand such adult topics regarding human sexuality. Our nation’s children, in general, are being so overly sexualized at a young age that parents are now presented with the dilemma of how to keep their 13 year old girls from getting pregnant – something that would have been unheard of 20-30 years ago.

As long time readers know, I am gay myself and I am also a Christian. But I don’t believe that the “gay rights” of a small 10 to 18% segment of the American population are more important than what is best socially and spiritually for the majority of the American population and their families. That outrageous personal opinion clearly puts me in the “traitor” category among other gay people, while the mere fact that I was born biologically predisposed to be a gay woman makes me the “instant enemy” of many other Christians, who believe that being gay is a “lifestyle choice.”  Trust me, it is not.

But, when the special social needs of a small minority are placed over the clear preferences of the majority of the American population, it is a formula for eventual social disaster, in my opinion.

When the only real accomplishment that’s been made by a sitting US president during an 8 year tenure has been the advancement of the legalization of gay marriage in nearly half of the 50 states, one does truly have to wonder what the real agenda MUST be. Gay couples cannot reproduce, they can only adopt or conceive via artificial insemination. Their kids face daunting and marginalized lives as the school children of same sex parents, growing up. Nearly 80% of gay couples do not last for more than 3-5 years, and only rarely do they stay together longer than 10 years. This fact is not in debate by mature and candid gay men and women who have lived in the gay community for more than 20 years. I am well aware that the American divorce rate is now at about 50% as well.

I do not believe that “changing attitudes” can be forced onto the population of a nation by the social engineering of “pro-gay” TV shows and arm wrenching legislation. A social reaction and “blowback” by greater American society is certain to emerge over time as the result of having a clear “gay agenda” forced down their throats by the legal system and American Big Media.

The gay issue along with the collapse of our southern border security are just two of many topics which are covered in the video clips below. I have become so alarmed by the rising tide of police brutality in America during the last ten years that I worry our law enforcement officers are being trained to consider the American populace as the enemy, rather than those who should be guarded and protected.

The sinister nature of what is unfolding in this country is quite clear to me. On our southern border the social and legal needs of another minority – one that was never born in the United States, is being placed over and above the clearly stated will of the American people. Illegal immigrants who walk into our country across the southern border now have more rights and cash benefits coming their way than returning US war veterans.

Christian youths are disallowed from making references to their faith in college commencement speeches, a faith that no doubt carried them through four years of murky hard partying and decadent indulgences now being experienced by millions of American college students on campus, who graduate as hardened alcoholics first, and as newly employable young people with skill sets ready to work – second, if at all. Many college graduates are still functionally illiterate for all practical purposes. They can’t spell or compose a concise paragraph that makes any sense. Ask any corporate HR director. They will tell you.

We have all watched helplessly this summer as eleven terrible war years years of blood, sweat, lives, tears and billions of American dollars spent trying to re-civilize and settle Iraq and Afghanistan have gone down the toilet in less than 9 months, as ISIS terrorists speedily overran most major cities in Iraq and now encircle a practically helpless Baghdad. How could an American military calamity on this scale have been allowed to take place? It leaves me nearly speechless. The cost to the American people of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is close to a trillion dollars, more than 1,000 billion dollars – that’s more than 10,000 million dollars. These are numbers which stagger the mind.

Recently fleets of huge 18 wheelers were spotted hauling a peculiar cargo over land on US highways –  brand new UN white vehicles sitting atop these trucks were videotaped traveling north on 1-85 in Georgia in June 2014, just a month ago. As to what that could possibly mean, I have no idea. I am more worried about the future of this country than I ever have been. As always, I watch and I pray. The beginning of a time of great and terrible trouble for this country is upon us, and I am encouraging my readers not to lose faith in God as we see our precious nation being nearly socially shredded from the inside out.

Today I have no answers, only more and more questions about the actual leadership of our nation. With no guiding light shining from within the souls of our nation’s leaders, the landscape of the heart of the nation itself seems to be darkening. Hopefully the presidential elections of 2016 might bring much needed options for the American people and a chance to begin to restore what has been lost – if we can hold out that long.

CK Hunter on July 15th 2014

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