Tuesday, July 26, 2016

France Hostage Situation: 86-Year-Old Priest 'Beheaded' By Islamic Attackers - Church Was On Terrorist 'Hit List'

France hostage situation in Normandy sees priest, 86, killed by knifeman

An 86-year-old priest has been 'beheaded' by two 'Islamic' knifemen who cut his throat after bursting into a French church and taking nuns and worshippers hostage before being shot dead by police.
Five people including the priest, two nuns and two parishioners were held by assailants who raided the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy at 9am.
The clergyman, named as Jacques Hamel, is believed to have been beheaded during the attack while another hostage is 'hovering between life and death' in hospital.
The two attackers have been 'neutralised' by elite marksmen in a dramatic police operation while the building is being searched for possible explosives.
There were claims that the attackers shouted 'Daesh' – an alternative name for ISIS– as they ran into the church. At least one of the men was dressed in Islamic clothing, according to French media reports, and an anti-terrorist unit has already taken up the investigation.
It comes as it emerged that the place of worship was one of a number of Catholic churches on a terrorist 'hit list' found on a suspected ISIS terrorist last April. 

The spokesman said the two men rushed into the church via a back entrance during a morning service, soon after 9am.
The two men seized the priest, two sisters from a local order, and two parishioners, said the spokesman
'A third nun escaped and raised the alarm, and anti-terrorists officers were on the scene within minutes,' said a source who lives locally.
'It appears that the priest who was celebrating the service was attacked first, and had his throat cut.

The historic nuclear deal that Iran and the P5+1 group of powers signed on July 14, 2015, marked its first anniversary amidst hopes and despairs. Designed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief, the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has made little progress, contrary to hopes for a thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations and an ensuing period of calm and stability in the Middle East. The U.S. State Department, in a cautious statement, has termed the deal “fragile but working.” Some analysts claim that the deal has worked in that it has largely eliminated the dangers of war involving Iran, Israel and the United States, while others emphasize plugging “holes” to make the deal work. 
Viewed realistically, such optimistic notes hold little water, as the deal is gradually approaching its endpoint.

The fear of a possible collapse of the deal has been stoked by a flurry of anti-deal actions, such as the U.S. imposition of new sanctions against Iran last October, in response to Iran’s testing of ballistic missiles; the seizure of Iranian assets at the behest of the U.S. Supreme Court in April; the Iranian navy’s capture and brief detention of ten U.S. sailors who drifted into Iranian waters in January; or the threats to renegotiate the deal by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. At a more fundamental level, Iran’s expectations for a post-deal economic windfall or America’s expectations for a change in Iran’s regional behavior have not materialized, at least until now.

Washington, to its deep frustration, has noticed that it simply made a series of unfounded calculations about Iran. Just three months after the deal was concluded, Khamenei closed the door to U.S.-Iranian cooperation by imposingan outright ban on further negotiations with the United States

It is starting to look more than just a little bit “apocalyptic” out there.  If you follow my work closely, you already know that weather patterns in the United States have been going absolutely crazy and that last year was the worst year for wildfires in all of U.S. history.  Well, this week things have gotten even worse.  A “heat dome” has brought triple digit temperatures to much of the country, and an “unprecedented” wildfire is ripping through the hills north of Los Angeles “like a freight train."  The so-called Sand Fire started on Friday, and since that time it has been burning 10,000 acres a day.  An acre is approximately the size of a football field, so that means this fire has been burning the equivalent of 10,000 football fields every single day, and it is only “10 percent contained” at this point.
According to the latest count more than 51 square miles have been burned by this voracious fire, and on Sunday smoke from the fire could be seen 270 miles away in Las Vegas.  Nearly 3,000 firefighters are currently battling the blaze, but the fire still seems to have the upper hand.

This five year drought is the worst multi-year drought in the recorded history of the state of California, and such dry conditions are ideal for wildfires.  Normally we don’t see “explosive” wildfires of this nature until later in the year, and that is one reason why authorities are describing what we have seen up to this point as “almost unprecedented”.  The following comes from NBC Los Angeles

“This fire, what we’ve seen in 72 hours, is almost unprecedented,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion Chief Dennis Cross. “We’d have to go back a long way to compare a fire to this. And, we’re not through with this thing yet.”

Nearby residents are posting plenty of photos from this fire on Facebook and Twitter, and some of these photos look quite apocalyptic.  Even with all of our advanced technology, this kind of thing can still happen in the United States of America today, and it shows us that we are not quite as “all-powerful” as we would like to think.

Turkey on Monday issued warrants for the detention of 42 journalists suspected of links to the alleged organizers of a failed military uprising, intensifying concerns that a sweeping crackdown on alleged coup plotters could target media for any news coverage critical of the government.

While the Turkish government said it is investigating the journalists for possible criminal conduct rather than their reporting, critics warned that a state of emergency imposed after the July 15 coup attempt poses a threat to freedom of expression.

This heightens the fear that the media is being completely silenced. In a country where the media is government media, this is saying a lot. As I reported, this would be the perfect way to bring all of the country to heel.
If you wanted a reason to destroy your opposition, silence uncooperative reporters and frighten everyone else, this would be a perfect way. With a quick and decisive victory over the orchestrated coup, you would then have public backing for strict and persistent action against these enemies.

There are a ton of emails and many people are still looking through them all, but they reveal that the DNC rigged the election in favor of Clinton in many ways. The DNC would only let news stations like CNN and MSN ask Hillary questions that were pre-approved and written by them, so the media were asking Hillary questions that she basically wrote herself.
The DNC was releasing and promoting stories that hurt Bernie Sanders and ones that made Hillary look good (which I bet was hard). The emails show that the DNC is absolutely terrified of Donald Trump and his movement, too.
The emails also show that Democrats are actually racist, and do not care about minorities like they claim they do. Here’s an email from Rebecca Christopher, a top DNC staffer, saying they need to increase their “taco bowl engagement” with Latino’s.

Terror Wave Catches German Authorities In Denial, 'Erdogan Engineered His Own Coup', WWIII On The Horizon

Terror wave catches German authorities in denial

Two Syrian refugees committed acts of terror in different Bavarian towns Sunday, July 24, the third and fourth violent attacks in Germany in less than a week. One Syrian, a 21-year old, used a machete to murder a pregnant woman in Reutingen near Stuttgart. He was arrested - but only after a motorist saw him attacking two more people and ran him down. Local police assured the populace that there was nothing more to fear since the attack arose from a private quarrel between the Syrian man and a female colleague at work.

This did not explain why the attacker went on to stab another two victims.
That night, in Ansbach, southwest of Nuremberg, a second Syrian refugee of 27 - denied asylum in Germany a year ago but allowed to stay - was refused entry to a three-day summer popular music festival when he aroused the suspicions of guards at the gate. They let him go without asking to search his rucksack. He then went straight to a nearby wine bar and detonated the device he was carrying, injuring 12 people, three of them seriously.

The Bavarian authorities initially attributed the explosion to a gas leak. But then the mayor’s office confirmed it was a deliberately detonated device. The 2,500 music fans were sent home and the event was canceled.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann first tried explaining that the Syrian blew himself up in protest at being turned away from the festival.

Only later, on Monday, did the minister tell reporters that he could not exclude the possibility of an Islamist-inspired attack. He said investigators would work tirelessly to investigate the attack and fully understand the man's motives.

Some puzzling questions remain unanswered about the slaughter of nine people by the Iranian-German 18-year old Ali Sonboly at the Munich mall Friday – firstly, was he alone?  After viewing aerial photos and maps of the scene at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall, many counterterrorism experts infer that he was not the only shooter.

Connecting these attacks in a single week of violence links the German state of Bavaria to a triangle of terror  (see attached map) along with the Nice, France atrocity on July 14, which left 84 dead, and the under-reported attempt by four Arab-speakers to kidnap a British Royal Air Force officer at the Marham air base in Norfolk on July 20.

They add up to 6 violent attacks in 12 days, averaging one terrorist episode every two days in Europe.

But Germany stands out as refusing to admit to a reign of terror, partly because of the fallout generated for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door policy for masses of distressed refugees.

But the damage is not just political. German authorities recently admitted that while accepting a million refugees, 130,000 failed to register at the special reception centers and have dropped out of sight.

No one can tell how many terrorists are among them and what violence they are plotting. Instead of burying their heads in the sand, German security authorities need to hurry up and devise counter-measures in good time to head off the mounting threat.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a “megalomaniac” and could have manufactured the coup attempt to rehabilitate his domestic power and image, Harold Rhode, a former longtime Pentagon official and Turkey specialist, told The Jerusalem Post.

“Giving into the Russians and Israelis in order to repair relations with them was humiliating” for him in the eyes of many Turks and people in the Middle East, said Rhode in an interview on Sunday.

Indeed, how can Erdogan, as a Muslim, cover up making a deal with the ‘cursed’ Jews? He needed a master plan. It is a question many asked as to the identity of Antichrist: how can Muslims accept this?

But the evidence that Erdogan had prepared for this coup does not need the Pentagon or any expert, if you examine Erdogan’s actions since last year, where he went overdrive to prepare his people for his own coup d’etat,which was a coup d’etat on all his opponents instead. How is that for a twist by this master deceiver?

Erdogan mentioned his intent and referred to using Hitler’s methods publicly, and he carried out his plans right from the Nazi Gleichschaltung. He has been preparing the Turkish people on the open to topple his opponents, as we shall reveal later just a glimpse of what westerners never watch. 
“At New Year, Turkey’s President Erdogan famously mentioned Hitler’s Germany as an example of an executive presidency, and the reference seems to be apt,” says the UK Independent. The independent adds:

But here is what westerners never see. The real coup, in fact, has been hinted to the entire Muslim world since last year, Nazi style. Here, you can watch in action how Erdogan used a polished ‘Hitler Youth’ leadership and is preparing it for major service, just as Hitler did. Watch how Erdogan’s Youth extend the right arm to give allegiance in the typical “Sieg Heil!” adopted by the Nazi Party in obedience to Hitler. But here it is to signal obedience to the AKP party’s leader, Erdogan, by also extending the four fingers symbol of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is perhaps a hidden secret of the cult of the Fourth Reich.
Osman Gökçek (pronounced Gog-Jeck, Gog, as in Ezekiel 38) is Erdogan’s main henchman to Turkey’s youth. He is the head of the Youth Club Federation of Turkey. Before the Coup and in a style reminiscent to Hitler’s youth, with fervor and eloquence, he spoke to massive crowds in Erdogan’s presence, expressing to put an end to Erdogan’s detractors. He even prophesied things that only exist in scriptures, that:
The experts now agree that Erdogan used a coup by secularists to stage the real grandiose coup by Islamists to re-create the Ottoman Empire:

“Erdogan is using the coup as an excuse to stage a real coup. Most of the people who were sacked from their jobs or who were arrested, tens of thousands of people in the military, the judiciary or academia had nothing to do with that coup. Basically, what it is going on here is Erdogan is trying to impose a thinly veiled theocracy; this is the true platform of the AKP. These people arean offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and their platform is to recreate not only a religious state, but the reincarnation of the Ottoman Empire,” Dr. Ibrahim Alloush from the Zaytoonah University in Amman Jordan.

World War III is on the horizon, Russian and Chinese both nations have been systematically strengthening and updating their strategic forces to strike US global dominance.
China wants to develop floating nuclear power plants — and it’s joining forces with Russia to make it happen. The latter has already laid out ambitious plans for the unproven concept, but has been smacked with setbacks and cost overruns. While China may hold a big enough checkbook to see development through, some may wonder if offshore nuclear holds a place in the future of atomic energy, especially with novel and seemingly more feasible designs being pursued by General Electric Company , Babcock & Wilcox, and even Bill Gates.
Russia and China both consider the United States to be their number one geopolitical threat, and both nations have been systematically strengthening and updating their strategic forces.  At the end of last month, Russia held a large-scale military drill that involved the launch of four nuclear missiles, and the Chinese government released a major report for the public which included maps showing what would happen to major U.S. cities in the event of a nuclear attack by Chinese submarines.  Obama may blindly believe that wishful thinking and unilateral disarmament will keep the United States safe, but Russia and China are taking a much different path.  Both of them believe that a military conflict with the United States in the future is quite likely, and they are rapidly preparing for that eventuality.

The effect has been to destroy the trust between nuclear powers. The Russian government has learned that Washington does not respect Washington’s own laws, much less international law, and that Washington cannot be trusted to keep any agreement. This lack of trust, together with the aggression toward Russia spewing from Washington and the presstitute media and echoing in the idiotic European capitals, has established the ground for nuclear war. As NATO (essentially the US) has no prospect of defeating Russia in conventional war, much less defeating an alliance of Russia and China, war will be nuclear.

To avoid war, Putin is non-provocative and low-key in his responses to Western provocations. Putin’s responsible behavior, however, is misinterpreted by neoconervatives as a sign of weakness and fear. The neoconservatives tell President Obama to keep the pressure on Russia, and Russia will give in. However, Putin has made it clear that Russia will not give in. Putin has sent this message on many occasions. For example, on September 28, 2015, at the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, Putin said that Russia can no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the world. Two days later Putin took command of the war against ISIS in Syria.

The European governments, especially Germany and the UK, are complicit in the move toward nuclear war. These two American vassal states enable Washington’s reckless aggression toward Russia by repeating Washington’s propaganda and supporting Washington’s sanctions and interventions against other countries. As long as Europe remains nothing but an extension of Washington, the prospect of Armegeddon will continue to rise.

The risk of possible nuclear war should give world leaders serious concern about allying with America’s potentially catastrophic imperial agenda. A 3rd world war is likely to deteriorate into nuclear conflict; the initial aggressor being subjected to almost total destruction. There’s no way to ‘win’.

On Sunday, the New York Times published an article on its front page insinuating Russia’s Vladimir Putin is responsible for the DNC email tranche released by WikiLeaks last week. The “newspaper of record” posited “a Kremlin conspiracy to aid Donald J. Trump.”
The Times admits proving such a conspiracy “is notoriously difficult” and then claims “researchers have concluded that the national committee was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, which were the same attackers behind previous Russian cyberoperations at the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year.” It declares “metadata from the released emails suggests that the documents passed through Russian computers.”
The WikiLeaks release resulted in the resignation of DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz. According to the emails, she had worked to undermine rival Bernie Sanders.
Also on Sunday, the Washington Post ran a story accusing the Russians of working to undermine Clinton in favor of Trump.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, stated as fact “Russian state actors” were involved in the WeakLeaks email dump. “There’s evidence Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole those emails, and there are experts saying they are releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump,” Mook told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I don’t think it’s coincidental these emails were released on the eve of our convention here.”

The message sent by the Democrats, the neocons, and the establishment media transcends Donald Trump.
The message: If you are sick and tired of establishment politics, of trade policies and globalist mandates that steal jobs from American workers, of endless wars and domination of the economy by bankers and the Federal Reserve cartel, you are in league with Putin and the Russians who are, after all, former communists.

Tim LaHaye Author Of 'Left Behind' Series Passes At 90

I couldn't ignore this. Tim LaHaye opened so many eyes to prophecy for this age and was responsible for helping so many people come to Christ. When the Left Behind series was popular, I happened to be traveling frequently, and it was common for me to be reading one of the books in this series. I can't count the number of times I was approached in an airport by a complete stranger who came by and mentioned how these books led them to accept Christ in their life. Tim missed the rapture, but he has "his personal rapture", in that he is with the Lord now and I am absolutely certain he is hearing the words "well done my faithful servant". 

Died: Tim LaHaye, Author Who 'Left Behind' a Long Legacy

Tim LaHaye, the best-selling author best known for the Left Behind series, “graduated to heaven” early this morning after suffering a stroke at age 90.

His family announced the news of his passing at a San Diego hospital on his ministry Facebook page.

On the eve of his death, ministry partners, fans, and friends urgently asked for prayer on social media this weekend, offering a wave of early tributes that spread through end-times prophecy circles and chapters of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the 600,000-member public policy organization founded by LaHaye’s wife, Beverly. Some circulated a statement by LaHaye’s daughter Linda: “He will not recover from this, he will soon be graduated to heaven.”

“Tim was one of the most godly men I have ever known,” said David Jeremiah, LaHaye’s successor at the San Diego church he led for 25 years (then named Scott Memorial Baptist Church, now named Shadow Mountain Community Church). “Almost every conversation I had with him ended with his praying with me and for me. He wrote me extended letters of appreciation for what God was doing in our church. We shared long lunches together talking about ministry and praying for our nation.

“Whose life hasn't been affected in some way by this man?” wrote Prophecy Watchers, a two-year-old ministry based in Oklahoma City that announced the news of LaHaye’s stroke, describing him as a friend and supporter. “This is a great man of God and if the Lord takes him home, he leaves behind a wonderful legacy. In the words of Steve Green, ‘May all who come behind us find us faithful.’”

“Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul I don’t expect to fill until I see him again,” stated Jerry B. Jenkins, who co-wrote the Left Behind books with LaHaye, in the obituary released by the LaHaye family. [Jenkins wrote a tribute for CT on “the Tim LaHaye I knew.”]

When our mutual literary agent, Rick Christian, introduced Tim and me in the early 1990s, we hit it off. He was my mother’s age, and we quickly formed a respectful father/son dynamic. He never tired of my embellishment of Rick’s initial phone call, where I claimed he told me, “Dr. LaHaye is a best-selling nonfiction writer with a great fiction idea, and you’re a novelist with no ideas, so…”

Tim urged me to share that anecdote every time we spoke anywhere together.
Tim got the idea for Left Behind while on a plane returning from teaching at a prophecy conference—which was his passion. He says he saw a male pilot flirting with a female flight attendant, and noticed that the pilot was wearing a wedding ring and the flight attendant wasn’t. He imagined the pilot had a believing Christian wife at home.
Then Tim wondered what the pilot would think if the Rapture occurred right then and several of his passengers disappeared right out of their clothes. He told me, “That’s all I’ve got. Can you run with it?”
Well, he had a lot more than that—including the biblical basis for his view of eschatology, which he had been studying and teaching for decades. Tim had written nonfiction books on the Rapture, but said that everywhere he looked, people were reading novels. His dream was that someone could fictionalize an account of the end times that jibed with his view of Scripture.
Writing the novel series for him, and traveling with him all over the country to promote it, I saw the softer side of a man famous for successful pastorates, the founding of Christian schools and a college, best-selling nonfiction books, and strong opinions.

The Tim LaHaye I got to know had a pastor’s heart and lived to share his faith. He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social standing. If Tim was missing from the table at a book signing or the green room of a network television show, he could usually be found in a corner praying with someone he’d just met—from a reader to a bookstore clerk to a TV network anchorman.

After the Left Behind serieswe produced a four-book series (The Jesus Chronicles). Even as recently as early this month, he was bouncing ideas off me for yet another project.
I considered him a model, a mentor, a father figure, and a friend. Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul that I don’t expect to be filled until I see him again.