Friday, January 31, 2020

The list of the twenty airports where CDC is screening for the Wuhan Coronavirus

Here is the list of the twenty airports where CDC is screening for the Wuhan Coronavirus. Screening should be in effect for all these airports by Sunday evening. If you are returning to any of these airports, or picking up passengers returning, you may wish to call ahead for more details:
  1. Los Angeles International
  2. San Francisco International
  3. Chicago O'Hare
  4. New York JFK
  5. Atlanta Hartsfield - Jackson International
  6. Houston George Bush Intercontinental 
  7. Dallas-Fort Worth International
  8. San Diego International
  9. Seattle-Tacoma International
  10. Honolulu International
  11. Anchorage Ted Stevens International
  12. Minneapolis - St. Paul International
  13. Detroit Metropolitan
  14. Miami International
  15. Washington Dulles International
  16. Philadelphia International
  17. Newark Liberty International
  18. Boston Logan International
  19. El Paso International
  20. San Juan Airport (Puerto Rico)
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China: Harsh new regulations on religious affairs to go into effect Feb. 1

The following is an unedited press release by  Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC), a Christian human rights organization dedicated to raising awareness of the persecution and genocide of Christians around the world.

‘Harsh’ Rules That Go into Effect Feb. 1 Will Require ‘All Religious Personnel to Support and Implement Total Submission to CCP’

 

WASHINGTON—A new set of “harsh” rules announced in late 2019 in China will go into effect on Feb. 1, and advocates like Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) say the measures will even further limit and endanger Chinese Christians and people of other faiths.

The rules will require “all religious personnel to support and implement total submission to the Chinese Communist Party,” reports The Christian Post. They complete the “Regulations on religious affairs” revised two years ago and implemented on Feb. 1, 2018. Six chapters and 41 articles make up the new measures and deal with “the organization, functions, offices, supervision, projects and economic administration of communities and groups at both a national and local level.”

“Christians in China are already under extreme persecution,” said Dede Laugesen, STPC executive director. “While very little religious freedom was afforded in China, now every aspect of life for religious groups or communities, including how they gather and operate, will be under the thumb of the government. To add insult to injury, religious leaders will even be required to support and implement submission to the CCP.”

Added Dr. Bob Fu, leader of China Aid, a partner of Save the Persecuted Christians, “The new rule codifies the CCP’s ideological and leadership supremacy over all religious affairs in China. From now on, the Chinese Communist Party becomes the head of church, temples, mosques and other religious institutions.

The CCP will dominate every sphere of religion, from religious doctrines, leadership selection, financial management and foreign exchanges. There will be little autonomy and independence left for any religious organizations in China. No independent religious institutions such as house churches will be legally allowed or tolerated for existence unless it’s coerced to join the CCP’s established ‘patriotic religious organizations.’”

Persecution watchdogs warn that the latest measures will be used by the Communist government as a “legal tool to further tighten space for religious groups,” as International Christians Concern told The Christian Post. A Chinese Catholic priest also told Asia News the new provisions are another example of the Chinese Communist Party’s continued crackdown on religion, stating, “In practice, your religion no longer matters, if you are Buddhist, or Taoist, or Muslim or Christian: the only religion allowed is faith in the Chinese Communist Party.”

China has put in place, and is exporting to other countries of persecution, advanced population surveillance techniques. The country has also received criticism for enacting a social score system that further encroaches on the right of Chinese to worship freely. 

The mission of Save the Persecuted Christians is to save lives and save souls by disseminating actionable information about the magnitude of the persecution taking place globally and by mobilizing concerned Americans for the purpose of disincentivizing further attacks on those who follow Jesus.

One way is through STPC’s “The People of the Cross” exhibit, which features images, facts and quotes about the persecution of Christians in multiple countries. The banner highlighting China reports that Christians in China are tracked and powerless to stop the destruction of their churches. The banner quotes Gordon G. Chang, commentator, essayist and author of “The Coming Collapse of China.” 

“The Communist Party’s totalitarian ‘social credit’ system—made possible by artificial intelligence, camera surveillance, data mining and other tools—will also be used to repress Christians and others outside China,” Chang says.

The banner continues: “The Communist Party represses its citizens, imprisons human rights lawyers and pastors, demolishes churches, and has engaged in large-scale forced abortions and organ harvesting. China forbids religious education, collects DNA and biometric data from religious believers, and tortures and kills prisoners of conscience, including many Christians.”

Additional banners in “The People of the Cross” exhibit feature countries such as Turkey, North Korea, Nigeria and India. A majority of the countries highlighted in the banners are high on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List, on which China moved up four spots to No. 23.

With so much of the world’s Christian population being imprisoned and/or harassed for their beliefs, such as Christians in China, the need has never been greater for the sort of grassroots campaign STPC’s SaveUs Movement is working to foster. Its efforts are modeled after a miraculously successful one that helped free another population suffering from heavy persecution—Soviet Jews—by penalizing those in the Kremlin responsible for such repression. Through this movement, Save the Persecuted Christians endeavors to provide American policymakers with the popular support they need to effect real change worldwide and alleviate systemically the suffering being experienced by so many of those following Christ.
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Monday, January 27, 2020

Latest Information on the Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak

By Timothy Gamble 

The following information is updated as of 11:45 pm on January 31.

>>> China has reversed its earlier decision, and will now allow US experts into China to assist with the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak. This is seen as a sign of sheer desperation on the part of Chinese officials, as it represents a major loss of face for the CCP. This action also suggests that the situation inside China is actually much worse than previously thought. 

>>> The CDC has decided to expand the screening of travelers from the 5 airports already being screened to 20 airports in the US.

>>> On Jan. 30, the CDC reported the first person-to-person transmission of the Wuhan Coronavirus in the United States. A person in Chicago who had close contact with the first Illinois patient has now tested positive, bringing the number of cases in the US to 6. This is the first person to contract the disease on US soil, as the previous 5 patients had all contracted the virus while visiting China.

Worldwide Death Toll: 259 (all in China)
Confirmed Cases in US: 7
States with Confirmed Cases: Washington (1), Illinois (2), Arizona (1), California (3)
Countries with Confirmed Cases: China, United States, Canada
Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Italy, Finland, United Arab Emirates, India, Russia, Sweden, Spain, the UK, and the Philippines. 

>>> WHO declared the Wuhan Coronavirus a worldwide health emergency on January 30.


>>> The number of Wuhan Coronavirus cases now tops the number of SARS cases from 2002/2003. However, SARS had 774 deaths, compared to 213 deaths (so far) from Wuhan Coronavirus. The mortality rate for Wuhan Coronavirus is estimated between 2% and 3%, however WHO stresses that this is a very preliminary rough estimate.

>>> About 200 of the US citizens evacuated from Wuhan, China have arrived back in the US on Jan. 29. They are now being monitored at March Air Reserve Base in California. The CDC says they will keep them at the base for three days for testing, and then will allow them to return to their home states, where they will be monitored by local health officials for the full 14-day incubation period. One US citizen was not allowed to board the flight because he was running a fever

>>> The US State Department issued an official warning against travel to China on Monday, Jan. 17. The State Department has also ordered the evacuation of all non-emergency US personnel in China.

What is the Wuhan Coronavirus?

The Wuhan Coronavirus, officially designated as 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization (WHO), first appeared in Wuhan, China, in December of 2019, first emerging among workers and customers of the Huanan Seafood Market.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause respiratory infections in humans. The Wuhan Coronavirus has been compared to SARS, a different Coronavirus that first emerged in Asia in 2003. Both viruses enter human cells in a similar way, using angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) as a receptor.

Reported symptoms of the Wuhan Coronavirus include:
  •       Fever (90%+ of cases)
  •       Fatigue combined with a dry cough (80%) 
  •       Shortness of breath, other respiratory problems (20%) 
Additional possible symptoms are a sore throat, runny nose, headache, and other flu-like symptoms.

Coronaviruses, including the Wuhan Coronavirus, are NOT related to flu viruses, and flu vaccines do not offer any protection against Coronaviruses. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs currently approved for the prevention or treatment of Coronaviruses. 

How to protect yourself from the Wunan Coronavirus:

Coronaviruses, including the Wunan Coronavirus, can be spread person-to-person, or through contaminated food or surfaces. This makes avoiding contact with infected or potentially infected people, along with strong hygeine and sanitation practices, extremely important in stopping the spread of the disease.

The CDC and WHO give the following general advice for protecting against Coronaviruses:
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid contact with thse who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces (click link for disinfectants page on Amazon). 
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with others.
  • Stay home when sick and for two days after symptoms stop.
  •  Do not prepare food for others if you have a
    Coronavirus, or if you may have come into contact with someone with a Coronavirus.
Wearing medical facemasks in public can help prevent catching or spreading Coronaviruses, but simply avoiding infected people and thoroughly washing your hands often are the most effective measures to take.  

Availability of Medical Facemasks:

In the United States, there have been news reports of medical facemasks selling out fast at retailers and on Amazon. My local Wal-mart was sold out last week, but has since restocked. Some facemasks have been restocked and once again available on Amazon. Expect availability to be sporadic as increased news coverage causes increased demand. 
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Friday, January 24, 2020

Quick Facts about the Wuhan Coronavirus

By Timothy Gamble  

This article reflects several updates as of 9pm on January 25.
 
As of January 25, 2020, there are an estimated 9,700+ cases of Wuhan Coronavirus worldwide, with 56 official deaths. The actual numbers may be higher, as virtually all epidemiology experts agree China is severely under-reporting its figures. Most confirmed cases are still in China, particularly the region in and around Wuhan. There are also confirmed cases in Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, France, Australia, Malaysia, Canada, and the United States. 

>>> Both the US and Russia have announced plans to evacuate their citizens from the affected areas in China. It is estimated that about 1,000 US citizens are trapped in Wuhan and other restricted areas. 

Note: Statistics are based on a variety of sources, including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and reporting by Radio Free Asia, among others.  

Here are some quick facts about the Wuhan Coronavirus:

1- The Wuhan Coronavirus, officially designated as 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization (WHO), first appeared in Wuhan, China, in December of 2019.

2- The Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak first emerged among workers and customers of the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan.

3- Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause respiratory infections in humans. 

4- In addition to respiratory problems, Coronavirus symptoms may also include runny nose, headache, fever, sore throat, and a general feeling of fatigue and unwellness.

5-  Reported symptoms of the Wuhan Coronavirus:
  •       Fever (90%+ of cases)
  •       Fatigue combined with a dry cough (80%) 
  •       Shortness of breath, other respiratory problems (20%) 

6- The Wuhan Coronavirus has been compared to SARS, a different Coronavirus that first emerged in Asia in 2003. Both viruses enter human cells in a similar way, using angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) as a receptor.

7- Coronaviruses, including the Wuhan Coronavirus, are NOT related to flu viruses, and flu vaccines do not offer any protection against Coronavirus.

8- There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs currently approved for the prevention or treatment of Coronavirus, including the Wuhan Coronavirus. 

9- Coronavirus, including the Wunan Coronavirus, can be spread person-to-person, or through contaminated food or surfaces.  

10- The CDC gives the following general advice for protecting against Coronaviruses:
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid contact with thse who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces (click link for disinfectants page on Amazon). 
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with others.
  • Stay home when sick and for two days after symptoms stop.
11- Naturally, try to avoid contact with infected people, if at all possible. International travel should be avoided if possible, and do not travel to or from quarantined (locked-down) areas. 

12- China has placed at least 18 cities and areas under quarantine or lock-down, including Wuhan, Huanggang, Ezhou, Chibi and Zhijiang. This represents approximately 56 million people under lock-down. The list of restricted areas is expanding rapidly, so travellers to China should check the status of localities they are planning to visit. Many public celebrations of the Chinese New Year have been cancelled.

13- From Wikipedia: "Since the city of Wuhan has been closed down, residents are scrambling to nearby stores to stockpile on essential goods. There have been numerous reports of long lines at supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations — residents are flocking to gas stations because of a false rumour about fuel reserves running out. Following the quarantine, prices of goods have significantly increased in Wuhan." 

14- In the United States, there have been various news reports of medical facemasks selling out fast on Amazon and at retailers around the country. My local Wal-mart was sold out as of 1:30pm on January 23. Some facemasks may still be available on Amazon, or are expected to be resupplied within about a week.


NOTE:  This is a current ongoing event, therefore the information presented here may change quickly as the event continues to unfold. This article will be occasionally be updated to reflect the latest information.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Turkey: Priest’s Parents Mysteriously Vanish

The following is an unedited press release from International Christian Concern (ICC). Please check out the ICC website at www.persecution.org for more on the persecution and genocide of Christians around the world.

Priest’s Parents Vanish in Southeastern Turkey 

Search Continues 12 Days After Disappearance

01/23/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern)International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on January 11, 2020, the elderly parents of a Chaldean Catholic priest in Turkey disappeared. The absence of Hurmuz and Simoni Diril was discovered the following day, and their son was informed that it was a kidnapping. The man who witnessed the abduction said that the couple was taken by PKK members, two men and one woman.

An investigation into the disappearance remains ongoing by the Turkish authorities. A search for their location has so far proven unfruitful, and winter weather conditions have made the search challenging. The abduction occurred in the village of Meer, in Şırnak Province, a rocky mountainous region in Turkey’s southeast, near the Iraqi border. This area is known to have an active PKK presence. The PKK is a Kurdish militant group designated by the US State Department as a terrorist organization.

Mehr is historically an Assyrian Christian village which has been repeatedly caught in the crosshairs of various conflicts. The village had previously been evacuated in 1989 and 1992 because of the conflict between the PKK and Turkish army. Ten years ago, the Diril couple had returned to the village despite the dangers in an attempt to rebuild. Their son, Father Adday Ramzi Diril, is a Chaldean Catholic priest based in Istanbul, known internationally for his pastoral care of 7,000 Iraqi Christian refugees displaced in Turkey.

Juliana Taimoorazy, president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, said, “The kidnapping of this innocent Assyrian Christian couple only plants new fears in our community’s hearts and it expedites the exodus of Christians from their ancestral lands. We appeal to the Turkish government to make all efforts to rescue the kidnapped couple, and to bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice. We appeal to the international community to break its silence on the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians.” 

“The kidnapping of the Diril couple shows how multiple those who target Christians in the region are and why they should never be allowed to get away with their crimes,” said Uzay Bulut, a Turkish journalist. “Their aim is to make Assyrian (Christians) flee and steal the lands and properties that they are forced to leave behind. The more Assyrians are supported and empowered, the more difficult it will be for the potential perpetrators to target and harm them.” 

Claire Evans, ICC’s Regional Manager for the Middle East, said, “We are extremely concerned for the welfare of the Diril family. This abduction has sent shockwaves throughout the Assyrian Christian community, especially among displaced Iraqi Christians who have personally benefited from the love and care that the Diril family has poured into their community. It is a targeted incident that unfortunately shows how hard it is for Christians to live safely in the Middle East. We are grateful for the ongoing investigation, and pray for the safe and speedy return of the Diril couple.”
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Details about "Jabba the Jihadi" emerge after his capture

Provided the Islamic Religious and "Scholarly" Justification for Sex Slavery of Non-Muslims as "Spoils of War"

By Timothy Gamble

1-21-2020 - Last week, the senior ISIS official who ordered destruction of Jonah's Tomb was captured in Mosul. Since then, additional information has come out about exactly who Shifa Al-Neama, nicknamed Abu Abd Al-Bari, was and what role he played in ISIS. This terrorist was a "big fish" in ISIS, in more ways than one, weighing an estimated 560 pounds and known within Iraq as "Jabba the Jihadi” - a reference to the Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt.

Jabba the Jihadi provided the Islamic religious justification for the enslavement, torture, and ethic cleansing of Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in Iraq. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Yazidi women and girls, some as young as 7, were raped and sold as sex slaves, not only in Iraq, but worldwide. Those who resisted were either beheaded or burnt alive. It is believed many of these women and girls remain enslaved.

Jabba the Jihadi provided the religious and "scholarly" justifications for using women and girls as "spoils of war" based on passages from the Koran and other Islamic teachings. He became known to the Western world after he published an article in 2014 on Dabiq, a digital magazine published by ISIS, in which he gave these justifications. 


This picture of a Yazidi woman, captured by ISIS, being sold as a sex slave was found on the cell phone of a ISIS fighter killed in Iraq in 2014. It is believed that this particular photo was taken at Saudi Arabian Slave Market. The ultimate fate of the woman pictured remains unknown.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Statement on Self-Defense and the Use of Force

By Timothy Gamble

This statement reflects my views on Self-Defense and the Use of Force, prayerfully developed over many years of consideration. I do not seek to prove these views to the reader, but rather hope the reader will investigate the many sources given in the footnotes, should they have questions about why I hold these views. 

For the purposes of the following statement, I define self-defense as "the use of force, including potentially deadly force, as a last resort to protect oneself or others from the threat of imminent harm." This definition therefore excludes the use of force solely for personal gain, or out of a desire for revenge or vengeance. Also notice some key words of that definition - "last resort", "protect", and "imminent harm" - that suggest there are limitations upon the use of force in self-defense. Self-defense is not an excuse for the unlimited use of violence.  


Statement on Self-Defense and the Use of Force

I strongly believe in the unalienable right of self-defense, including the defense of others. It is a biblical concept, which can be proved with numerous passages from both the Old and New Testaments. (see footnotes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8)

I strongly support the Second Amendment. We have the right to possess the tools of self-defense, including guns and knives. (see footnotes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,)   

I reject retaliation, revenge, and vengeance, because God's Word makes it clear that such belongs to the Lord, not man. (see footnotes 1, 6)

I reject unwise and inappropriate use of force in self-defense. This includes being too quick to anger, and lacking self-control. Defensive force should only be used as a last resort. "Employing potentially lethal force out of anger, hatred, jealously, or revenge is always wrong and is condemned by Scripture." (see footnote 7)

I reject unprovoked aggression (the initiation of force without just cause). Aggression (force) is necessary, and ethical, in some circumstances to protect ourselves (or others) from actions or threats against our lives, freedoms, rights, or property. 

I reject the concept of absolute pacifism (the idea that force should never be used under any circumstances, even in self-defense or defense of others). I consider refusing to help defend those in legitimate need, when you have the ability to do so, to be a potentially immoral and cowardly act, because it suggests that life isn't worth defending.

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Footnotes

1) See the website Biblical Self-Defense for a lengthy examination of dozens of Old and New Testament passages on self-defense.

2)
See the article Self-Defense by Fr. John Whiteford on the Orthodox Christianity website. 
 
3) A book on the subject of biblical self-defense that may be of interest is Stand Your Ground: The Biblical Foundation For Self-Defense, by Steve Jones.

4) The article The Six Things Americans Should Know About the Second Amendment, by Richard W. Stevens, contains an examination of self-defense within a Judeo-Christian framework.

5) See The Bill of Rights, particularly the Second Amendment, and parts of my article Fight Back! -- Defending the Second Amendment.

6) See the page Revenge and Retaliation on the Knowing Jesus website for 37 verses on retaliation, revenge, and vengeance belonging to God, not people.

7) Quote is from The Biblical View of Self-Defense, on the Biblical Self-Defense website.


8) Watch the five minute video, Do Not Murder, by Dennis Prager. 
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Shiite vs. Sunni: 116 Killed, 120 injured in Yemen Missle Attack

By Timothy Gamble

Yemen - On Saturday, January 18, Shiite radicals launched a missile attack against a Sunni mosque in Marib, Yemen. Reports state that 116 people were killed and at least 120 were injured. 

This attack is part of the ongoing civil war in Yemen between Shai Muslim and Sunni Muslim groups. The civil war is considered by many to be a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iran, overwhelming Shiite, is training, arming, and supporting the Shai side, while Saudi Arabia, overwhelmingly Sunni, is doing the same for the Sunni side, including providing air support.
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Senior ISIS official who ordered destruction of Jonah's Tomb captured in Mosul

The following is an unedited press release from International Christian Concern (ICC). Please check out the ICC website at www.persecution.org for more on the persecution and genocide of Christians around the world.

Senior ISIS Official Arrested in Mosul

01/20/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – This past Thursday, the Nineveh Police Command’s SWAT team arrested a Sharia official and ISIS mufti in the city of Mosul. Shifa Al-Neama, nicknamed Abu Abd Al-Bari, had worked as a preacher in several mosques where he was educating about ISIS ideology and inciting affiliation. His arrest came just one day after the US military announced that it had resumed joint operations with Iraqi Forces against ISIS.

As an ISIS leader, he responsible for issuing fatwas in support of executing those Muslims who refrained to pledge allegiance to ISIS. He was also responsible for running gangs of ISIS and is believed to have ordered the destruction of heritage sites in Mosul. He had issued the fatwa which had destroyed the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah.

This arrest in Mosul underscores how the ideology of ISIS remains vibrant within the underbelly of the Nineveh Plains, even though the militants no longer maintain control of the territory. The Nineveh Plains is the traditional homeland of Iraq’s Christians, but the genocide of ISIS against religious minorities displaced the entire community. Most have not returned home, citing infrastructure and security concerns.
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Today's Second Amendment Rally in Richmond, VA

By Timothy Gamble

So far, the massive Second Amendment Rally in Richmond, VA is tense, but peaceful. Here's a roundup of news headlines and tweets about the rally.  [Update: 5pm] There were no arrests and no violence at thr rally today. despite fears of the governor and mainstream media.

President Donald Trump tweets: "The Democrat Party in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia are working hard to take away your 2nd Amendment rights. This is just the beginning. Don’t let it happen, VOTE REPUBLICAN in 2020!"


 [Update: 2pm] This tweet and picture, posted by Julio Rosas (@JulioRosas) is driving the Left absolutely crazy, as it destroys their narrivitive that the Richmand rally is a White Nationalist rally. It has already received over 4,100 likes, 2,000 retweets, and 150 replies. Click the picture to see the full image on Julio's Twitter feed:
,https://twitter.com/Julio_Rosas11/status/1219311529444761600


[Update: 5pm] Virginia Second Amendment rally proves the media hate gun owners (Washington Examiner)

[Update 5:45pm] Video Montage Shows Fake News Media Hyping Fears That ‘Swarms of White Nationalists’ Would Cause Violence at Virginia Pro-Gun Rally (Gateway Pundit)

VA Gov & NBC labeling veterans joining gun rally as “domestic terror threats” (Independent Sentinel)

NBC Reporter Gets Destroyed For Calling Virginia’s #2A Rally a “White Nationalist Rally” (Wayne Dupree)

Minorities Fired Up in Richmond: 'I'm a Black American and Enjoy My 2A Rights!' (PJ Media)

Great video by Brietbart News interviewing a black supporter of the Second Amendment attending the rally. Just click the picture to watch the video on Breitbart's twitter feed:
https://twitter.com/BreitbartNews/status/1219289173661831168

Pray For Virginia – Gun Rights Under Assault Today (Liberty Nation)

DON’T GO To Richmond VA Pro-Gun Rally! Stay Home, Clean Your Guns—And PREPARE TO VOTE! (VDare.com)

A couple of interesting tweets by Scott Presler (@ThePersistence), the second of which is a great reminder to voters:

The NAZI's loved gun control. In fact, all collectivist governments and dictatorships do. It makes it easier to control the people.  Check out the book Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State" for some history that rarely gets taught these days.  Don't be a NAZI. Support the Second Amendment. 
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Is this tweet proof of the violent protests the media (and the Virginia governor) have been warning about? Hmmmm...
(Just click to watch the video on Benny's twitter feed)
https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1219256512301932544

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Need To Know Briefing for 1-14-2020

By Timothy Gamble

ALERT: WHO Warns That New Viral Pneumonia in China May Be Contagious  (Epoch Times) There are currently 41 diagnosed cases in Wahun, China, with 1 dead and 6 hospitalized in severe condition. A Chinese tourist in Thailand has also been diagnosed. Not yet a major concern, but this outbreak bears watching.  

Tweet of the Day is from Senator Mitch McConnell: "In December, House Democrats pulled the plug on their investigation and impeached because they said it was urgent & they had already proven their case. But now they’ve delayed for weeks to insist that the Senate re-open their inquiry. So – neither urgent nor persuasive?"

Elite Watch (The Internal Threat)

Private property rights are under attack in the name of fighting "climate change." Kian Goh, UCLA urban planning professor, wrote in The Nation magazine, “if we want to keep cities safe in the face of climate change, we need to seriously question the ideal of private homeownership.” Duggan Flanakin, Director of Policy Research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) says this message may be finding an audience "with millennials postponing or wholly ignoring marriage while dealing with heavy student loan debt and greater mobility" and therefore find home ownership as an unimportant goal. (CFACT blog post)

A paid campaign staffer (not a volunteer as has been misreported by some in the mainstream media) has been caught on tape making a case for concentration camps for Trump supporters and conservatives. In it he states that Stalin and gulags were good, claimed that gulags paid a living wage, and went on to say that
billionaires should be sent to gulags to break them of “privilege.”


Islam Watch (The External Threat/Stealth Invasion)

Islamic Scholars Association: ‘George Washington Killed Indians Because They Were Muslims’ (Geller Report). No, this is not a joke.  Sheikh Salem Salameh, Deputy Head of the Palestine Islamic Scholars association and a member of Hamas Legislative Council, stated that "fact" in a December 26, 2019 interview on Mayadeen TV. According to Salameh, George Washington "killed Native Americans because they were Muslims who had mosques."

A Muslim man, 25 year old Osama E. El Hannouny, has been arrested and chargbed with slashing 19 tires at church in Palos Hills, Illinois, because he "doesn't like Christians." (WBBM Newsradio)

China Watch (The Opportunistic and Long-Term Threat)

China Pressures World Into Silence on Its Human Rights Record (Epoch Times). A report has been issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) stating that China is using its economic clout to silence its critics and extend its censorship to the rest of the world, especially regarding the ongoing protests in Hon Kong. Kenneth Roth, HRW’s executive director, said at a Jan. 14 press conference at the United Nations: "The Chinese government is terrified of admitting this genuine desire for democracy on territory that they rule.... [because] what’s happening in Hong Kong might spread to the mainland—and that’s really the big fear."

Tech Watch (The Threat from Hi-Tech and AI)

At a meeting of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Sectary of State Mike Pompeo Warns US Tech Companies Against Aiding Chinese Regime’s ‘Orwellian Surveillance State’ (Epoch Times). Pompeo quote: "We need to make sure American technology doesn’t power a truly Orwellian surveillance state. We need to make sure American principles aren’t sacrificed for prosperity."  I would add that we need to make sure tech doesn't power a truly Orwellian surveillance state in America, too. 
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More Christians Murdered by Muslim Extremists in Kenya

The following is an unedited press release from International Christian Concern (ICC). Please check out the ICC website at www.persecution.org for more on the persecution and genocide of Christians around the world.
 

Three Christian Teachers Murdered in Kenya

25 Killed by Al-Shabaab Over the Past Five Weeks

01/13/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern)International Christian Concern has learned that three Christian teachers from Kamuthe Primary School in Garissa, Kenya, were killed by the Somali-based terror group al-Shabaab in the early hours of January 13, 2020. The armed militants ambushed Kamuthe village around 2:00 a.m., targeting the school’s resource center that hosted the teachers. Prior to the ambush, the attackers destroyed a telecommunication tool in an effort to paralyze communication as they carried out their heinous attack.

Mr. Robert Kibutu, a teacher who resides outside of the school’s residential area, confirmed the attack, saying, “My fellow teachers were fatally shot by an unknown number of suspected al-Shabaab militia who stormed Kamuthe primary school early this morning and leaving one severely injured by two gunshots. We are sad and at the same time scared because we are targeted for being non-local government workers that belong to the Christian faith.”

Those killed were Caleb Mutua, Titus Ushindi, and Samuel Muthui Kyonzu. Joshua Mutua survived with serious leg injuries.

According to the region’s security head, “One local teacher was taken away by the militants and a non-local female nurse [was] spared due to [her] gender.”

Today’s attack comes against the backdrop of a series of attacks from the terrorist group in the last five weeks, leading to the loss of 25 people total in Wajir, Lamu, Mandera, and Garissa. On December 6, 2019, four teachers were among the 11 non-local Christian passengers killed en route to Mandera from Nairobi when al-Shabaab flagged down the bus they were traveling in. The militants separated the passengers and killed those on the spot who failed to recite the Islamic Shahada.

Security intelligence agencies are warning of potential attacks in the coming days when Kenya marks the deadliest murder of its forces in El Adde, Somalia, on January 15, 2016, and the DusitD2 attack on January 15, 2019. It is common for al-Shabaab to commemorate anniversaries by carrying out more attacks.

ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Nathan Johnson, commented, “We pray for the families of the deceased and for peace to come to a region that has seen increased violence toward Christians who are just trying to survive. We hope that the government will take effective action to stop the senseless killing of so many Christians in Kenya at the hands of Islamic extremists like al-Shabaab. We praise God as the refuge and strong tower that He is for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ who continue to endure so much.”
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Peter Schweizer Exposes Corruption of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Other Top Progressives

By Timothy Gamble
 
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1-11-2020 - A new book by investigative journalist Peter Schweizer promises to reveal evidence that Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, along with other Biden members, traded on their influence to sipohn  off tens of millions in government funds and guaranteed loans. Schweizer says that the book contains new revelations of unethical and even criminal activity beyond the Biden-Ukraine-Burisma scandals.

The book, Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite, published by HarperCollins, also exposes corruption and abuse of power by other top progressives, including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, among others. 

According to the book's description on its Amazon page, "In Profiles in Corruption, Schweizer offers a deep-dive investigation into the private finances, and secrets deals of some of America’s top political leaders. And, as usual, he doesn’t disappoint, with never-before-reported revelations that uncover corruption and abuse of power - all backed up by a mountain of corporate documents and legal filings from around the globe. Learn about how they are making sweetheart deals, generating side income, bending the law to their own benefits, using legislation to advance their own interests, and much more."

Profiles in Corruption has release date of January 21. It is available for pre-order on Amazon
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Turkey Arrests Syriac Priest and Two Other Christians, Denies Them Access to Lawyers

Official Government Harassment and Persecution of Christians in Turkey Continues to Increase

01/11/2020 International Christian Concern (ICC), a Christian human rights organization,  and other sources are reporting that on January 9, 2020, Turkey’s anti-terror branch arrested three Syriac Christians in a raid and transferred them to the city of Mardin, where they remain unreachable with no access to a lawyer. The exact nature of their official charges is not yet known. 

The names of the affected Christians are: Father Sefer (Aho) Bileçen from the Monastery of Mar Yaqoub al-Suruji, Musa Tash Takin from the village of Sidri, and Youssef Yar from the village of Üçköy.

A statement by the Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights expressed their “full solidarity with the three Christian detainees. We hold the Turkish authorities fully legal [responsible] for their physical integrity, and we demand that they release them immediately and without any delay.”

“These arrests have left the 3,000 remaining Christians of the Syriac-Orthodox faith and the Assyrian-Syriac ethnicity in a state of fear and confusion,” stated A Demand For Action. “This kind of behavior by the Turkish authorities is the reason why the vast majority of Christians of Tur Abdin have left the region, and live in scattered diasporas.

The Syriac Union President, Yuhanna Aktas, told Hristiyan Haber that they “could not get any information about those detained… Why can’t we make sense of a priest who was detained?”

Uzay Bulut, a Turkish journalist, shared with ICC, “Assyrians have for centuries been targeted and massacred for their ethnicity and religion. Although they have been left all alone by the world powers, they have been so resiliently trying to hold on to their ancient homeland. And they need the voice and support of faithful Christians and all other human rights advocates more than ever now.” 

“Assyrians have been exposed to physical attacks, murders, injuries, seizures through violence, harassment, intimidation, threats, kidnappings, and illegal confiscations of their properties mostly by the Kurds and other Muslims in the region,” Bulut added. 

The recent detention of the three Assyrians might also be due to the continued conflicts between the PKK and the Turkish military. 

Unfortunately, Assyrians have been stuck between and terribly affected by the unending fights between these two hostile groups.”

The PKK is a designated Kurdish terrorist group that has a significant presence in southeastern Turkey. Although Turkey is constitutionally a secular country, it has strongly leaned toward incorporating Islam into the government’s policies under the tenure of President Erdoğan. Turkey is ranked as a Tier 2 Country of Particular Concern by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Claire Evans, ICC’s Regional Manager for the Middle East, said, “Turkey’s anti-terror activities have long trampled on human rights, including religious freedom. Unfortunately, this latest incident once again puts Turkey’s police state tactics on full display and is part of an ongoing trend demonstrating institutional hostility toward the nation’s Christian community. We urge Turkey for transparency regarding this incident. Allow these Christians legal representation, communicate their status with their communities, and publicly state the reason why they were arrested.”

Sources: 1) International Christian Concern press release dated 1-10-2020. 2) Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights statement on Facebook dated 1-9-2020. 3) A Demand For Action statement on Facebook dated 1-9-2020.
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Friday, January 10, 2020

Burkina Faso Bus Bombing, Killing School Children, Named Atrocity of the Week

By Timothy Gamble

1-9-2020 - Religion of Peace, a website that monitors and tracks terrorism and violence committed worldwide in the name of Islam, has named the January 4 bombing of a school bus in West African nation of Burkina Faso, as 2020's first "Atrocity of the Week." The bombing killed 14 and injured 9, most of which were students returning to school after the holiday break. 

Islamic extremism has been growing in recent years in Burkina Faso, with over 1,000 civilians killed by jihadist groups in 2019 alone. On Christmas Eve, Islamic jihadists killed at least 35 civilians, mostly women, in an attack in northern Burkina Faso. 

Approximately 60% of the Burkina Faso population is Muslim, with about 23% being Christian, according to government statistics.
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Tech & Terrorism: European Officials Express Concern For Online Self-Radicalization

The following is an unedited press release from the Counter Extremism Project. The Counter Extremism Project is an "international policy organization formed to combat the growing threat from extremist ideologies." More information can be found on their website, linked to above. 

Impetus For Combatting Online Extremism Increases As Terrorists Grow Increasingly Sophisticated

1-9-2020 - Belgian and U.K. officials have expressed concern over the risk of individuals radicalizing online to terrorism. Belgian Federal Prosecutor Frédéric Van Leeuw discussed the challenge of “inspired terrorism,” which makes it difficult for authorities to identify single individuals who are influenced by extremist content online and motivated to violence. In the U.K., Chief Superintendent Nik Adams, national coordinator of the counter-extremism program Prevent, stated self-radicalized terrorists have become greater threats than attackers directed by ISIS. The young and vulnerable people, and particularly those with mental illnesses, are prime targets to be exploited by extremists online.

“Violent extremist ideologies continue to fuel terrorist activities across the globe,” said Counter Extremism Project (CEP) Executive Director David Ibsen. “Self-radicalization online continues to be a major challenge for counterterrorism authorities and policymakers. However, inaction is not an option given extremist groups’ relentless efforts to spread violence, hatred and fear online. The entire international community must stand united to tackle all forms of terrorism and radicalization in aim to eliminate extremism—both online and offline—from our world.”

There is no single pathway to radicalization which leads to terrorism and often involves different push-and-pull factors. For example, a mix of mental health issues, extremist convictions, and personal grievances can lead an individual towards radicalization. The CEP report, Guns And Glory: Criminality, Imprisonment And Jihadist Extremism In Europe, co-published with the European Policy Centre (EPC), examines the different pathways to radicalization.

Belgium has suffered several terrorist attacks since 2014. These include the 2014 attack at the Jewish Museum of Belgium, the 2016 Brussels bombings of Brussels Airport and Maelbeek Metro Station, and the 2018 attack in Liège. These terrorist attacks of recent years were largely perpetrated and coordinated by an underworld where crime and extremism blur together.

The threat level from international terrorism in the United Kingdom, set by the Security Service (MI5) and the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, is currently classed as “Severe.” Since the 7/7 London attacks in 2005, there have been a significant number of attacks on U.K. citizens, ranging from carefully orchestrated incidents by groups of terrorists to opportunistic attacks by radicalized lone actors. This includes the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017 and the Westminster attack in March 2017.

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