Thursday, February 27, 2014

Noah's Ark finally on way to America


A life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark – the biblical vessel on which God saved people and animals when the earth was flooded as punishment for mankind’s sins – is coming to the U.S. and is expected to draw more than a million Americans every year.

The story of “Noah” is coming to the big screen, too. Hollywood used models, sets, stages and other tricks of the movie trade to create those stunning images.

But what’s being planned by Answers in Genesis ministry chief Ken Ham will not be a model, a set or a stage, and it will not be a trick produced by a camera.

It will be a life-size version of Noah’s Ark, at 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and three stories high, and it will be used as an evangelism tool in his outreach to unbelievers.

He announced Thursday that funding for the first phase has been put in place, and groundbreaking on the project is expected in only weeks – sometime in May.

The Ark Encounter will be built on 800 acres adjacent to Interstate 75 at Williamstown, Ky., bringing hundreds of jobs to the community.

More @ WND

Is the “Kids Act” Amnesty Really Just for Kids? Probably Not

Mike Scruggs

Eric Cantor and John Boehner's Kids Act amnesty might look compassionate,  but it is really a dam-breaker, the hardship of which would fall on Americans,  including their children. I think its results and precedents would essentially end any possibility of immigration control.

Nor would it gain Republicans any votes (substantiated by at least two CIS studies.)  To the contrary, they would quickly be overwhelmed by the tidal wave of new voters favoring big government health and welfare programs by about 75 percent.

The most immediate result would be a drop off in Republican turnout. This was the unanticipated result of a CIS study of the 2006 elections. Actually, it should have been anticipated. Conservative disgust with liberal policies is logical. The 2006 study did not demonstrate the degree except to say that the drop off occurrence was substantiated statistically with at least 95 percent confidence level.  My own calculation using the same data would indicate at least a 10 percent drop off in Republican turnout, for example: falling from 50 percent to 45 percent . It would be higher if voters knew more about immigration issues and could associate them with candidates. Keeping the loss to 10 percent assumes that voters continue to  remain in a low-information status on immigration. That would be disaster enough. But if many Republicans become aware that the whole amnesty is a corrupt bargain to maintain and increase cheap labor profits, it could be analogous to Napoleon marching an army of 600,000 to Moscow in winter.

One Republican problem seems to be the DC/PC intellectual straight-jacket  that compels Republican consultants and staffers to assume that the liberal Eastern media is the Republican constituency.

"The people of Asia (western Turkey) are slaves because they could not learn to pronounce he word "no."--Alexander the Great

"Whoever the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad."--from an ancient Greek play.

                                                        Piece @ CIS

Gun Confiscation: “Ma’am, It Sounds Like You’re Anti-American.”

Via Charlie

paul vance

Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance, who spent far too many sad hours in front of the cameras talking to the media about the Sandy Hook massacre, has been fielding calls lately about the state’s gun ban and registration provisions. The deadline to register so-called “assault weapons” and standard capacity magazines with the state passed on December 31.

Only 50,000 firearms and 38,000 magazines were registered. Perhaps another 350,000 firearms belong to those who refused to register their arms. Nearly 2 million magazines are thought to remain unregistered.

These unregistered firearms and magazines are thought to belong to 80,000-100,000 gun owners who view the law as a blatantly unconstitutional infringement upon the very spirit of Second Amendment, and a prelude to confiscation.

As a result of rising fear and anger in the state, Vance has been fielding many calls about the law, and in specific, fears that police SWAT units might start kicking in doors to arrest those that did not comply.

Those most obviously in danger of being arrested at this time are 106 rifle owners and and 108 magazine owners who tried to register their arms, too late. The government knows exact who they are through their botched registrations, and sent them letters giving them options on how to surrender their arms and magazines.

A woman claiming to be the wife of one of these 106 rifle owners called Lt. Vance, and got into a very heated discussion with him.

More with audio @ Bearing Arms

USDA: Americans waste nearly one-third of their food; worth $161 billion

                         The Department of Agriculture said that in 2014, 14 percent of garbage dumped into landfills was food waste. AP Photo

Nearly a third of the 430 billion pounds of food produced for Americans to eat is wasted, a potential catastrophe for landfills and a wake-up call to officials scrambling to feed the hungry, according to a stunning new report from the Department of Agriculture.

The just-issued report revealed that in 2010, 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of food produced for Americans to eat was wasted, either molded or improperly cooked, suffered “natural shrinkage” due to moisture loss, or because people became disinterested in what they purchased.
                                                  More @ Washington Examiner

NC: District Attorney Says No Charges After Intruder Killed In Home Invasion

 Bailey / Koncir / Sanford
Your parents are going to be soooooo proud of you...........

The Onslow County district attorney says there will be no charges against a homeowner who shot and killed a man during a home invasion.

Deputies say Michael Holliday later died at Camp Lejeune's Naval Hospital.

Authorities say Holliday was one of four people involved in a home invasion Sunday night on Abbits Branch Lane.

District Attorney Ernie Lee met with investigators earlier in the week and said late Thursday afternoon that John Moore would not be charged.

In a statement, Lee said, "After reviewing the facts and circumstances of this case, after meeting with members of law enforcement and after considering the applicable law concerning self-defense and defense of habitation, commonly referred to as the Castle Doctrine, I have determined that the shooting death of Michael Holliday, although tragic for his family, is justified."

More @ WITN

Suspect killed during break-in


Neighbors  told FOX10 News Carstarphen was the former boyfriend of the woman who lived in the house.

A neighbor who didn’t want to be identified said she was asleep when a woman knocked on her door around 2 a.m. Saturday.

“My granddaughter came and she woke me up and said, ‘Mama this lady knocking on the door. She need some help,’” the woman said.

The neighbor called 911 when she came out a saw a man she recognized as the woman’s former boyfriend lying on the ground.

“I saw her kneeling over the man, and I asked her what’s wrong with him, and she never did tell me what was wrong with him. She just say, ‘Help me! Help me. Help.’ Just kept saying that over and over again,” she said.

Police said Carstarphen was shot and killed after he unlawfully forced his way into an apartment in the R.V. Taylor Housing community.

More @ Fox


Via WiscoDave

ATF agents lost track of dozens of their own guns, reports show

ATF agents have lost track of dozens of government-issued guns, after stashing them under the front seats in their cars, in glove compartments or simply leaving them on top of their vehicles and driving away, according to internal reports from the past five years obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Agents left their guns behind in bathroom stalls, at a hospital, outside a movie theater and on a plane, according to the records, obtained Tuesday by the news organization under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

In December 2009, two 6-year-old boys spotted an agent's loaded ATF Smith & Wesson .357 on a storm sewer grate in Bettendorf, Iowa. The agent lived nearby and later said he couldn't find his gun for days but didn't bother reporting it — until it hit the local newspaper.

In Los Angeles in 2011, an agent went out to a bar drinking with other agents and friends, reportedly consuming four alcoholic beverages. The next morning he woke up and realized his ATF-issued Glock was gone. It was not found.

All of the agents' names are blacked out on the reports, which do not say if the agents were disciplined. It is clear that agency rules were not followed in many of the incidents, which show at least 49 guns were lost or stolen nationwide between 2009 and 2013.

Kriss Vectors 40 rounds in 3.5 seconds.

Video shows moment Syrian Army bombs huge rebel group

Via avordvet

 Video shows moment Syrian Army bombs huge rebelĀ group

Syrian army troops on Wednesday killed 175 rebels, many of them al-Qaida-linked fighters, in an ambush described as one of the deadliest attacks by government forces against fighters near Damascus, according to state media.

An opposition group said the dawn ambush — part of a government effort to secure the capital — was carried out by the Lebanese Hezbollah group, which has been instrumental in helping President Bashar Assad’s regime push back rebels entrenched in the suburbs of the capital city.

Syrian state news agency SANA quoted a field commander in the eastern Ghouta area as saying most of the rebels killed in the assault near Oteibah lake southeast of Damascus belonged to the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front rebel group. The report said several of those killed were foreign fighters who came to Syria from Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Qatar.

More with video @ New York Post

Texas Officials Blast Gay Marriage Ruling


Texas' ban on gay marriage was struck down by San Antonio-based federal Judge Orlando Garcia today. (26th) The judge suspended his ruling, however, meaning that the ban will remain in place until a secondary ruling by an appeals court later this year. 

Federal judges have the right to suspend a law if it is believed to cause significant suffering for the plaintiffs.

The original lawsuit in Texas was filed by two gay couples: Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman of Austin; and Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes of Plano.

More @ Breitbart

Soldier Posts Selfie of Her Hiding to Avoid Flag Salute

Authorities at Fort Carson in Colorado say they are "looking into" a "selfie" sent by a soldier apparently showing her hiding in a car to avoid a flag salute.

 The self-photographed picture posted on Instagram by Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey of the 59th Quartermaster Company has gone viral, inspiring outraged responses, Army Times reported. On Tuesday, she posted a video that suggested she is unhappy with the response but fell short of an apology.

More @ Breitbart

Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych remains defiant; tensions rise in Crimea

As tensions rose in Crimea with the takeover of government buildings Thursday by armed pro-Russian groups, news agencies reported from Moscow that ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych has asked for and received a security guarantee from Russia.

The armed men seized the local parliament and the regional government headquarters early Thursday in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine’s Crimea region, barricading themselves inside both buildings and raising Russian flags, according to Ukraine’s new interior minister.

SC officer shoots man reaching for cane

Via Jeffery

A police officer in South Carolina shot a 70-year-old motorist who was reaching for a cane during a traffic stop because he thought the man was grabbing a rifle from the bed of his pickup truck, investigators said. The man was expected to survive.

The York County deputy, Terrence Knox, pulled over Bobby Canipe (kah-NYP’) of Lincolnton, N.C., for an expired license tag about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday north of Clover, S.C., York County sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said.
After stopping, Canipe got out of his pickup truck and reached into the bed, pulling out what Knox thought was a long-barreled rifle, Faris said. It was Canipe’s walking cane. The officer fired several times, hitting Canipe once, Faris said.

'Son Of God' Tracking Strong, Could Shock Film Industry

As of a few weeks ago, had Son Of God looking at around a $13 million opening. That was then. New information has the film picking up considerable traction.

The theaters' internal projection service,MTC (Major Theater Chain), now projects Son Of God's opening to come in at about $22.5 million this week. Film is easily beating any previous tracking estimates. With Son of God set to open on more than 3,000 screens, things could get very interesting.

More @ Breitbart

Prostitution sting collars 5 suspects

Via Jeffery

What a waste of money.

A recent undercover operation into Internet prostitution has resulted in misdemeanor warrants issued for five suspects, authorities said.

“The Internet has changed our world and this is a perfect example,” Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan said. “I guess the prostitution business has gone high tech.”
                                                                More @ Times Daily

Armed men seize Crimean regional government, parliament buildings

Via NC Renegade

Interfax news agency reported early Thursday, Feb. 27, that armed men had seized Crimean regional government and parliament buildings, the day after armed clashes between pro-Russian and pro-European protesters prompting a Russian military alert. This may be a coup attempt either by pro-Russian or anti-Russian elements in the region. debkafile: Witnesses in Crimea Wednesday night saw Russian military equipment moving into the peninsula. We reported earlier that Vladimir Putin would never relinquish Russian control of the Crimean peninsula and its military bases there - or more particularly the big Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol.

Read debkafile's report of Wednesday, Feb. 26.

More @ DEBKA File

Planned Parenthood Produces Video Promoting Bondage and Sadomasochism to Teens

Via NC Renegade

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE)--which received more than $2.75 million in government funding in 2012--has produced and posted online a video specifically aimed at teenagers that promotes bondage and sadomasochism (BDSM) and proposes "rules" to follow when engaging in these activities.

“People sometimes think that those who practice BDSM are emotionally scarred or were once abused—not true, it’s a total myth," the host of the video, Laci Green, informs its intended audience of teens.

"BDSM relies upon and creates trust," she says.

More with video @ CNS News

R.L. Burnside: Poor Boy A Long Way From Home (1978)

Looking Good, Feeling Good, Doing Wrong
*"Duty, Honor, Truth"

Political Advisory Against Secularism

Mike Scruggs

February 22, 2014

There is nothing wrong with trying to look your best and trying to make a reasonably good impression on people.  It makes good sense up to a point. There is nothing wrong with feeling good or wanting to feel good. The problem comes when looking good and feeling good become a priority over speaking truth and doing right. The problem magnifies as activities to look good, to impress people, and to feel good crowd out everything else in life and begin to shut out the conscience and truth. These are problems inherent in the human race, but they are generally more prominent and most dangerous among those who aspire to political leadership.

Our country has growing economic, social, and national security problems, some of which are nearing nation-destroying dimensions. We are speeding toward the brink of self-destruction because we will not face up to the economic, social, and ethical realities of excess government spending, excess federal government control, excess welfare dependence, excess importation of cheap foreign labor, and failure to acknowledge the aggressive and violent nature of Islam. These are all consequences of moral blindness, the origin of which is spiritual blindness.

In Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s account of the Communist penal system in the Soviet Union, the Gulag Archipelago, he speaks of a group of political prisoners who were complaining: “Why have all these woes come upon us?” After a few moments silence, an older man in the group responded: “Because we have forgotten God.” Exactly!  But the train of woes that come from forgetting God most often moves gradually without recognition and without fanfare. Its consequences accumulate and eventually destroy unless reversed.

In our distorted obsession for feeling good and self-aggrandizement, we have substituted our own self-centered and imagined righteousness for the righteousness and divine counsel of God. We have embraced secularism as our guiding principle of life and government. Secularism is a religion that pretends the God who is self-evident in his design of all things does not exist. The result is spiritual and moral blindness that leads to foolish personal decisions and lifestyles, dysfunctional families, debased culture, and corrupt, dangerous, and nation-destroying government policies.

“Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.”—Ronald Reagan

Our country is in dire need of leaders who can put right and truth above appearance and feeling. Glib charisma is not a substitute for principled leadership, and our elections should not be a search for charismatic personalities. We need leaders who have demonstrated superior wisdom, consistent honesty, humility, and persevering courage.

It has been said that courage is the virtue without which no other virtue can survive. Courage is the strong arm of character, which is the determination to put doing right before the mere appearance of righteousness (hypocrisy). Character is dedicated to truth and never subordinates truth to popular or crowd-pleasing emotion. It does not lie or mislead.  It puts aside fear for the sake of truth and right.  It staunchly resists the temptation to substitute emotional anecdotes for truth or appearance for reality. Character must often exercise the wisdom and courage to say “No.”

Alexander the Great once remarked that:

“The people of Asia (western Turkey) are slaves, because they could not learn to pronounce the word, “No.”

America’s political leaders are going to have to learn to say “No” to feel-good excess and the substitution of emotional anecdotes and emotional platitudes for doing their homework on issues. They are going to have to say “No” to lobbyists who want to substitute their special interest and campaign donations for public and national interest. They are going to have to say “No” to whatever and whomever might weaken the rule of law or the moral fortitude and stamina of American society and culture.

Our Federal and State legislators should especially beware of corrupt political bargains that advance the goals of special interests above the good of American workers, families, taxpayers, and national security. English Puritan Thomas Manton (1620-1677) warned of the terrible numbing of conscience in the stealthy advance of greed:

“There is not a vice which more effectively contracts and deadens the feelings, which more completely makes a man’s affections center in himself, and excludes all others from partaking in them, than the desire for accumulating possessions. When the desire has once gotten hold of the heart, it shuts out all other considerations but such as may promote its views.  In its zeal for attainment of its end, it is not delicate in the choice of means. As it closes the heart, so also it clouds the understanding. It cannot discern between right and wrong; it takes evil for good; it calls darkness light, and light darkness. Beware then the beginnings of covetousness for you know not where it will end.”

I am not a West Pointer, but I have always appreciated their motto: *“Duty, Honor, Country.” Good soldiers may like to look good and feel good, but they know these things must be of small priority compared to duty, honor, and country. The best soldiers and the best citizens internalize such values so that feeling good is about duty honorably discharged and their country free, just, and secure. Good soldiers endure hardship, pain, suffering, and even death to protect the security, welfare, and freedom of their people. Every elected official in America should also embrace these principles.

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”

—Ronald Reagan