KING JESUS IS COMING FOR US ANY TIME NOW. THE RAPTURE. BE PREPARED TO GO.
I PREDICT UNDER THE NEXT POPE.MUSLIMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AS BED FELLOWS WITH CHRISTIANITY.HOMOSEXUALITY ,ABORTION AND SUCH ISSUES WILL BE WATERED DOWN TO FIT THE WORLDS VIEWS.AND ANYBODY WHO COMES AGAINST THESE LUKEWARM GODLESS VIEWS WILL BE CLASSIFIED AS HATERS,BIGGOTS,RACIST AND WILL BE BLACKLISTED AS FALSE BY THESE FALSE LUKEWARM LEADERS.WE ARE IN FOR ONE WATERING DOWN OF GODS WORDS I PREDICT.WHICH WILL DRIVE THE TRUE CHRISTIANS FROM THIS FALSE LUKEWARM SYSTEM.AND THE PERSECUSSION WILL BE AGAINST THE TRUE CHRISTIANS BIGTIME.
MAR 19,13-POPES INSTALLATION
A FALSE PROPHET COMES FROM THE VATICAN ALSO AT THIS TIME.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth;(FALSE VATICAN POPE) and he had two horns like a lamb,(JESUS IS THE LAMB OF GOD) and he spake as a dragon.(HES SATANICALLY INSPIRED,HES A CHRISTIAN DEFECTOR FROM THE FAITH)
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him,(WORLD DICTATOR) and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.(THE WORLD DICTATOR CREATES A FALSE RESURRECTION AND IS CROWNED LEADER OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER).
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman (FALSE POPE) was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,(VATICAN COLOURS)(ANOTHER REASON WE KNOW THE FALSE POPE COMES FROM THE VATICAN) and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.(VATICAN DESTROYED BY THE DICTATOR)(BOMBED)(THIS HAPPENS AT THE MIDPOINT OF THE 7 YR TRIBULATION PERIOD)
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Text of pope announcement he will resign Feb. 28
By Associated Press – 19 mins ago FEB 11,13
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI
announced Monday he would resign Feb. 28 because he is simply too old
to carry on. Here is the text of his announcement, delivered to
cardinals gathered for a ceremony to name three new saints.
I have convoked you to this
Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to
communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the
Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I
have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age,
are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I
am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature,
must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with
prayer and suffering. However, in today's world, subject to so many
rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of
faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter
and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary,
strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the
extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill
the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the
seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the
ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me
by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28
February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter,
will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work
with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all
my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our
Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary,
so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal
solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I
wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future
through a life dedicated to prayer."
Pope Benedict XVI Announces Resignation
Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday that he will be resigning from his post on Feb 28.
By Arutz Sheva staff First Publish: 2/11/2013, 2:30 PM-Israelnationalnews
Pope Benedict XVI-Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday that he will be resigning from
his post on Feb 28, as he no longer has the strength to fulfill the
required duties.The 85-year-old pope said he had noticed that his strength had
deteriorated over recent months "to the extent that I have had to
recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to
me"."For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with
full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome
, Successor of Saint Peter," he said according to a statement released by the Vatican.The office
will be left vacant
until a successor is chosen, a Vatican spokesman said.Benedict will be the first leader of the Church to step down
voluntarily in almost six centuries.
COULD THE NEXT POPE BE PETER THE ROMAN.THE FALSE POPE DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.IF THIS IS THE CASE THE RAPTURE CAN BE ANY SECOND NOW.
(In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be
occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many
tribulations, at the term of which the city of seven hills will be
destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people. The End.)(last pope prediction)-IF THE NEXT POPE CALLS HIMSELF PETER,AFTER BENEDICT 16TH RESIGNS FEB 28,13-LOOOOOOOKOUT WORLD.LOOK OUT CHRISTIANITY.
Pope Benedict surprises world, steps down citing frailty
By Philip Pullella | Reuters – 20 mins ago FEB 11,13
ROME (Reuters) - Pope Benedict
surprised the world on Monday by saying he no longer had the mental and
physical strength to cope with the demands of his ministry, becoming
the first pontiff
to step down since the Middle Ages and leaving his aides
"incredulous".The 85-year-old German-born Pope, hailed as a hero by conservative Catholics
and viewed with suspicion by liberals, said he had noticed that his strength had deteriorated over recent months.A Vatican spokesman
said the Pope had not resigned because of "difficulties in the papacy"
and the decision had been a surprise, indicating that even his closest
aides were unaware that he was about to quit. The Pope does not fear
schism in the Church after his resignation, the spokesman said.
The Pope's leadership of 1.2 billion Catholics has been beset by a child sexual abuse
crisis that tarnished the Church, one address in which he upset Muslims
and a scandal over the leaking of his private papers by his personal
butler.In a statement, the pope said in order to govern
"...both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the
last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to
recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to
me."For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of
this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of
Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter."Before he was elected Pope, the former Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger was known by such critical epithets as "God's rottweiler"
because of his stern stand on theological issues.But after several years into his new job he showed that he not only did not bite but barely even barked.In recent months, the Pope has looked increasingly
frail in public sometimes being helped to walk by those around him.
A Vatican spokesman said the pontiff would step down
from 2 p.m. ET on February 28, leaving the office vacant until a
successor was chosen to Benedict who succeeded John Paul
, one of history's most popular pontiffs.
MEEK DEMEANOUR, STEELY INTELLECT
A spokesman for the German government said he was
"moved" by the news while Israel's chief rabbi praised Benedict's
inter-faith outreach and wished him good health.Elected to the papacy on April 19, 2005 when he was 78
-- 20 years older than John Paul was when he was elected -- he ruled
over a slower-paced, more cerebral and less impulsive Vatican.But while conservatives cheered him for trying to
reaffirm traditional Catholic identity, his critics accused him of
turning back the clock on reforms by nearly half a century and hurting
dialogue with Muslims, Jews and other Christians.Under the German's meek demeanor lay a steely intellect
ready to dissect theological works for their dogmatic purity and debate
fiercely against dissenters.
After appearing uncomfortable in the limelight at the
start, he began feeling at home with his new job and showed that he
intended to be Pope in his way.Despite great reverence for his charismatic,
globe-trotting predecessor -- whom he put on the fast track to sainthood
and whom he beatified in 2011 -- aides said he was determined not to
change his quiet manner to imitate John Paul's style.A quiet, professorial type who relaxed by playing the
piano, he managed to show the world the gentle side of the man who was
's chief doctrinal enforcer for nearly a quarter of a century.The first German pope for some 1,000 years and the
second non-Italian in a row, he traveled regularly, making about four
foreign trips a year, but never managed to draw the oceanic crowds of
STRING OF SCANDALS
The child abuse scandals hounded most of his papacy. He
ordered an official inquiry into abuse in Ireland, which led to the
resignation of several bishops.Scandal from a source much closer to home hit in 2012
when the pontiff's butler, responsible for dressing him and bringing him
meals, was found to be the source of leaked documents alleging
corruption in the Vatican's business dealings, causing an international
furor.He confronted his own country's past when he visited the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.Calling himself "a son of Germany", he prayed and asked
why God was silent when 1.5 million victims, most of them Jews, died
there during World War Two.Ratzinger served in the Hitler Youth during World War
Two when membership was compulsory. He was never a member of the Nazi
party and his family opposed Adolf Hitler's regime.
But his trip to Germany also prompted the first major
crisis of his pontificate. In a university lecture he quoted a 14th
century Byzantine emperor as saying Islam had only brought evil to the
world and that it was spread by the sword.After protests that included attacks on churches in the
Middle East and the killing of a nun in Somalia, the Pope later said he
regretted any misunderstanding the speech caused.In a move that was widely seen as conciliatory, in late
2006 he made a historic trip to predominantly Muslim Turkey and prayed
in Istanbul's Blue Mosque with a Turkish Mufti.But months later, former Iranian President Mohammad
Khatami met the Pope and said wounds between Christians and Muslims were
still "very deep" as a result of the Regensburg speech.(Editing by Ralph Boulton)(Writing by Peter Millership,; editing by Janet McBride)
IF THE NEXT POPE WOULD BE A LATIN AMERICAN.HE WOULD BE A MUSLIM I PREDICT.OR BE LIKE OBAMA.CLAIME TO BE A CHRISTIAN.BUT BEHIND THE SCENES YOUR A SECRET MUSLIM AND ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW SYMPOTHIZER.YOU CAN EXPECT THE BIG FALLING AWAY FROM THE CHRISTIAN FAITH AFTER THE NEXT POPE COMES TO POWER.IF ITS PETER THE ROMAN.HE WILL BE HAND IN GLOVE OR CLOSE TO THE WORLD EUROPEAN DICTATOR.THEY WILL BE THE SATANIC FALSE ONE WORLD RELIGION AND IN THE WORLD DICTATORS CASE THE ONE WORLD PLACED IN 10 WORLD TRADE BLOCS GOVERNMENT DICTATOR.WE ARE WATCHING PROPHECY COME TO PASS BEFORE OUR EYES QUICKLY NOW.OPEN YOUR BIBLES PEOPLE AND CALL ON OUR ONLY WORLD SAVIOR KING JESUS THE GOD OF ISRAEL AND THE WHOLE EARTH NOW.
HERES MY SELECTION AS THE NEXT POPE OR POPE PETER THE ROMAN.HES A MUSLIM SUPPORTER.AND SINCE BEHEADINGS WILL BE A COMMON PLACE IN THE VATICAN.THE POPE MUST BE A MUSLIM OR A MUSLIM SYMPOTHIZER.
- Angelo Scola (Italy, 71) is archbishop of Milan, a
springboard to the papacy, and is many Italians' bet to win. An expert
on bioethics, he also knows Islam as head of a foundation to promote
Muslim-Christian understanding. His dense oratory could put off
cardinals seeking a charismatic communicator.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me (JESUS) before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain(BEHEADED) for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL) will be a wild man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)
With Benedict resigning, can Latin American claim papacy?
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor | Reuters – 25 mins ago FEB 11,13
PARIS (Reuters) - With Pope Benedict
stunning announcement that he will resign later this month, the time
may be coming for the Roman Catholic Church to elect its first
non-European leader and it could be a Latin American
.The region already represents 42 percent of the world's
1.2 billion-strong Catholic population, the largest single block in the
Church, compared to 25 percent in its European heartland.After the Pole John Paul
and German-born Benedict, the post once reserved for Italians is now
open to all. Who gets the nod depends on the profile of the new pope
that the cardinals who elect him at the next conclave think will guide
the Church best.Two senior Vatican
officials recently dropped surprisingly clear hints about possible
successors. The upshot of their remarks is that the next pope could well
be from Latin America
."I know a lot of bishops and cardinals from Latin
America who could take responsibility for the universal Church," said
Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, who now holds the pope's old post as head of
the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith."The universal Church teaches that Christianity isn't centered on Europe
," the German-born archbishop told Duesseldorf's Rheinische Post newspaper just before Christmas.Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch, head of the Vatican
department for Christian unity, told the Tagesanzeiger daily in Zurich
at the same time that the Church's future was not in Europe."It would be good if there were candidates from Africa
or South America at the next conclave," he said, referring to the
closed-door election in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.Asked if he would vote for a non-European over a
European candidate if they were equally qualified, he responded: "Yes."If the next conclave really is Latin America's turn,
the leading candidates there seem to be Odilo Scherer, archbishop of the
huge diocese of Sao Paolo, or the Italian-Argentine Leonardo Sandri,
now heading the Vatican department for Eastern Churches.Peter Turkson from Ghana, now head of the Vatican's
justice and peace department, is often tipped as Africa's frontrunner.
About half the cardinals who can vote are from Europe,
even though only a quarter of the world's Catholics live there. If the
conclave tilts to the Old Continent, Vatican watchers say Angelo Scola
of Milan is in pole position.Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn
, a former student and close ally of Benedict, is also considered a strong candidate.
FRONTRUNNERS FOR NOW
While there are no official candidates, here are
"papabili" (potential popes) the most frequently mentioned recently. The
list is in alphabetical, not in order of their chances, and will
probably change between now and when the conclave is held, most likely
- Joao Braz de Aviz (Brazil, 65) brought fresh air to
the Vatican department for religious congregations when he took over in
2011. He supports the preference for the poor in Latin America's
liberation theology, but not the excesses of its advocates. Possible
drawbacks include his low profile.
- Timothy Dolan, (USA, 62) became the voice of U.S.
Catholicism after being named archbishop of New York in 2009. His humor
and dynamism have impressed the Vatican, where both are often missing.
But cardinals are wary of a "superpower pope" and his back-slapping
style may be too American for some.
- Marc Ouellet (Canada, 68) is effectively the
Vatican's top staff director as head of the Congregation for Bishops. He
once said becoming pope "would be a nightmare." Though well connected
within the Curia, the widespread secularism of his native Quebec could
work against him.
- Gianfranco Ravasi (Italy, 70) has been Vatican
culture minister since 2007 and represents the Church to the worlds of
art, science, culture and even to atheists. This profile could hurt him
if cardinals decide they need an experienced pastor rather than another
professor as pope.
- Leonardo Sandri (Argentina, 69) is a "transatlantic"
figure born in Buenos Aires to Italian parents. He held the
third-highest Vatican post as its chief of staff in 2000-2007. But he
has no pastoral experience and his job overseeing eastern churches is
not a power position in Rome.
- Odilo Pedro Scherer (Brazilia, 63) ranks as Latin
America's strongest candidate. Archbishop of Sao Paolo, largest diocese
in the largest Catholic country, he is conservative in his country but
would rank as a moderate elsewhere. The rapid growth of Protestant
churches in Brazil could count against him.
- Christoph Schoenborn (Austria, 67) is a former
student of Pope Benedict with a pastoral touch the pontiff lacks. The
Vienna archbishop has ranked as papal material since editing the Church
catechism in the 1990s. But some cautious reform stands and strong
dissent by some Austrian priests could hurt him.
- Angelo Scola (Italy, 71) is archbishop of Milan, a
springboard to the papacy, and is many Italians' bet to win. An expert
on bioethics, he also knows Islam as head of a foundation to promote
Muslim-Christian understanding. His dense oratory could put off
cardinals seeking a charismatic communicator.
- Luis Tagle (Philippines, 55) has a charisma often compared to that of the late Pope John Paul
He is also close to Pope Benedict after working with him at the
International Theological Commission. While he has many fans, he only
became a cardinal in 2012 and conclaves are wary of young candidates.
- Peter Turkson (Ghana, 64) is the top African
candidate. Head of the Vatican justice and peace bureau, he is spokesman
for the Church's social conscience and backs world financial reform. He
showed a video criticizing Muslims at a recent Vatican synod, raising
doubts about how he sees Islam.(Additional reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Giles Elgood)
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I(GOD) will spue (VOMIT) thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
2 TIMOTHY 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Among U.S. evangelicals, surprising support for immigration reform
By Alistair Bell | Reuters – Sun, Feb 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thou shalt compromise, at least on immigration reform.
That is the message being heard from some leading
evangelicals in the United States. After decades of promoting
traditionally conservative causes like opposition to abortion, many evangelical leaders
are now wielding their formidable influence to persuade Republican lawmakers to back one of President Barack Obama
's top priorities.With Hispanic attendance at their churches rising,
these evangelicals are among the loudest advocates of a U.S. immigration
reform. A group of pastors has launched a 40-day campaign to have
churchgoers pray, read scripture passages about welcoming the stranger
and lobby their members of Congress, many of them in the conservative
South."We have pastors preach in pulpits to parishioners in
Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas - in all the wonderful
red states across America," that aiding immigrants, illegal or not, is a
Christian duty, said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, one of the country's most
prominent Hispanic evangelicals.While evangelicals have been a major force in
Republican politics for years, Republican lawmakers will take some
persuading to back the sort of immigration reform supported by President
Barack Obama, which includes a "pathway" to citizenship for immigrants
in the country illegally.
Conservatives in the Republican-controlled House of
Representatives want to focus the debate initially on securing the
border with Mexico and making sure illegal immigrants
are not rewarded with an amnesty.
"Some of them don't necessarily see or acknowledge the
changing demographics or the electoral merits of passing immigration
reform, but I do think that many of these religious leaders could push
them in that direction by really referencing the humanitarian interest,
or moral argument," said Republican
strategist Ford O'Connell.Rodriguez and other pastors are speaking to members of
Congress "on a daily basis" to ask them to legalize the status of 11
million undocumented immigrants.Targeted lawmakers include Judiciary Committee Chairman
Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, who chaired a House hearing on immigration
last week, and Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho - a leading Tea Party thinker on immigration.Unlikely as it may have seemed at the height of the
"culture wars" of the last two decades, these evangelicals are
attempting to nudge Republicans to the center. The effort is well timed,
coming as the Republican Party strives to improve its appeal to
Hispanic voters who went solidly Democratic at 2012 elections."This is one area where social conservative input is extremely welcomed by the Republican Party," said O'Connell.Pastors are asking worshippers to email their lawmakers
and tell them: "I am a Christian, a conservative and I vote. I want you
to support immigration
reform this year," said Rodriguez.
RARE BIPARTISAN FORAY
Support for an immigration overhaul among Christian
conservatives has been growing over time. In 2011, the 16 million-member
Southern Baptist Convention - the country's largest Protestant body -
called for "a just and compassionate path to legal status" for illegal
immigrants while urging the government to secure U.S. borders.A Public Religion Research Institute poll in 2010
showed white evangelicals support, by a margin of 2-1, an immigration
reform that would allow illegal immigrants to become Americans.After the election, a group of evangelical leaders
signed a letter to Obama endorsing "a path toward legal status and/or
citizenship" for immigrants. Among the signers was Tim Daly, president
of the Focus on the Family ministry.
Immigration is providing a rare foray into
bipartisanship for evangelical veterans of fights over gay marriage and
abortion like lawyer Mathew Staver
vice president of Liberty University, founded by evangelical leader
Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia. Staver's Liberty Counsel group
threatened to sue a Florida library in 2000 for promoting witchcraft by
encouraging young people to read a Harry Potter novel.As recently as last November 8, Staver wrote on Liberty
Counsel's website that Obama won re-election because, "Millions of
Americans looked evil in the eye and adopted it."But now he acknowledges that Obama deserves credit,
along with the Republican head of the House Judiciary Committee and
Senators from both sides of the aisle, for drawing up plans for an
immigration overhaul."I think it is incumbent upon us to work together and I
applaud the bipartisan committee in the Senate and I applaud the
leadership of Bob Goodlatte," Staver said. "I applaud President Obama
too, I just don't want to use this as a political ping pong..But any talk of an alliance between the White House and evangelicals to win immigration reform is stretching it.Christian conservatives strongly oppose a proposal by
Obama to give spousal visas to same-sex foreign partners of American
gays and lesbians. And evangelical leaders disagree among themselves on
whether to grant undocumented immigrants the full right to U.S.
citizenship or allow them some other, more limited, legal status in the
United States.Neither option is acceptable to some conservative
evangelicals, like Iowa pastor Cary Gordon who opposes loosening
immigration laws and accuses his co-religionists of "unbiblical
'I WAS A STRANGER'
Much of the Christian case for helping illegal
immigrants is based on stories of Biblical "immigrants" like Abraham and
Moses and passages such as Matthew 25:35: "I was a stranger and you
invited me in."
"The scriptures command us to take care of the
immigrant. It's not just one verse here or there, it's a repeated
command throughout the Biblical text," said Matt Soerens of the World
Relief organization, who lectures churches on immigration.U.S. Representative Doug Collins, an Air Force Reserve
chaplain, says hospitality to foreigners is fine but must be balanced
with respect for immigration laws."Scripture also teaches very clearly that there is
government and civil authority and that there is an understanding of
rule of law," said Republican Collins, who sits on the House Judiciary
Committee.He represents a strongly conservative district in
Georgia which has seen a spike in undocumented workers in the poultry
and construction industries and opposes giving illegal immigrants a path
to citizenship.The evangelicals' pro-immigration passion reflects
changes in the conservative Christian movement which, while still
predominantly white, has taken on a Latin tinge.Rodriguez, the pastor, who heads a U.S. Hispanic
organization with 40,000 member churches, gave a benediction at the
Republican National Convention in Tampa last year.While some two-thirds of U.S. Latinos are Catholic,
Hispanics form the fastest-growing group in evangelical churches and are
seen as a bulwark against dropping attendance.Rodriguez put the number of Hispanics in the United
States who are either "born-again" or evangelical Christians at between
10 million and 16 million, and growing fast.
While numbers are hard to come by, "there are lots of
indirect pieces of evidence" that point to the growth of Latino
evangelicals, said Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, who studies Hispanic
politics.Six percent of evangelicals were Latinos in 2007,
according to a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll. Eight percent
of evangelical or "born-again" voters in a Reuters/Ipsos exit poll at
last November's election said they were Hispanic.Worshipping together with newly arrived Christians - as
well as the new emphasis on Biblical teachings on immigration - is
melting conservatives' doubts about illegal immigrants
, said Danny Carroll, an Old Testament professor at an evangelical seminary in Colorado.He is part of a congregation at a church in Aurora that
is attended mostly by white Americans on Sunday mornings. In the
afternoons, the church then hosts separate services with their own
pastors for Hispanic, Korean, Filipino and Russian immigrant groups
"Once a quarter, all these congregations get together
for a worship service so all of a sudden you are sitting next to someone
with a different face, different color, different language. Once you
put a human face on it, the whole conversation changes," he said.(Editing by Fred Barbash, Tiffany Wu and Todd Eastham)
Peres, rabbinical leaders pay tribute to outgoing pope
says he’s saddened to hear of Benedict XVI’s departure, chief rabbis
credit pontiff with advancement of interfaith relationships
February 11, 2013, 5:46 pm
Updated: February 11, 2013, 8:56 pm
Israeli and Jewish
leaders praised outgoing Pope Benedict XVI Monday for working to
strengthen relations between Catholics and Jews.Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel peace
laureate, said he was “saddened” to hear of Benedict’s departure, and
praised the outgoing pope for boosting ties between the Vatican and the
Jewish state.“Under his leadership the Vatican has been a
clear voice against racism and anti-Semitism and a clear voice for
peace. Relations between Israel and the Vatican are the best they have
ever been and the positive dialogue between the Catholic Church and the
Jewish people is a testament to his belief in dialogue and cooperation,”
Peres said.Benedict, 85,
announced Monday he would step down from the post on February 28, a
highly unusual move he attributed to his advanced age.Israel Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger, saying the pontiff heralded in an age of unparalleled Jewish-Catholic relations.
“During his tenure the Rabbinate and the Church enjoyed better relations than ever before,” Metzger said. “He deserves great credit for the advancement of relations between all religions.”Benedict, who
was a member of the Nazi’s Hitler Youth as a teenager, was the third
pope to visit Israel, coming in 2009 after a visit to the Auschwitz
Birkenau death camp in Poland.
rabbis Yona Metzger, left, and Shlomo Amar, right, presenting Pope
Benedict XVI with an illustrated text in Jerusalem in 2009. (photo
credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
The visit drew a lukewarm response from
officials at Jerusalem’s national Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, who
found Benedict’s speech lacking. His call for a Palestinian state also
put a damper on the trip for some.
Danny Ayalon, a former deputy prime minister
who represented Israel in talks with the Vatican over its status in the
Holy Land over the past four years, said Benedict was perhaps treated
unfairly over his Nazi past.
“He was conscripted and did not volunteer …
his family and (he) himself actually showed objection to the Nazi
regime. I believe he did redeem himself,” said Ayalon. “I have learned
to appreciate his spiritual prominence and also his friendship … to the
Jewish people.”Some Jews were incensed at Benedict’s constant
promotion toward sainthood of Pope Pius XII, the World War II-era pope
accused of having failed to sufficiently denounce the Holocaust and
protect Jews. And they harshly criticized Benedict when he removed the
excommunication of a traditionalist British bishop who denied the
Holocaust.Yet like his predecessor John Paul II,
Benedict made reaching out to Jews a hallmark of his papacy. His first
official act as pope was to send a letter to Rome’s Jewish community and
he became only the second pope in history, after John Paul, to enter a
synagogue.British chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who
is also stepping down, said Benedict was a “compassionate individual who
carried with him an aura of grace and wisdom.”
Sacks said in
a statement on his website that he was “honored” to have welcomed the
pontiff to Britain in 2010 and spend time with him on a visit to Rome in
2011. “I saw him to be a man of gentleness, of quiet and of calm, a
deeply thoughtful and compassionate individual who carried with him an
aura of grace and wisdom. I wish him good health, blessings and best
wishes for the future,” Sacks said in a statement.
The Catholic leader announced his shock
decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday
morning. A concave to elect a new Catholic leader will be held in March.Benedict called his choice “a decision of great importance for the life of the church.”
JEREMIAH 51:29-32 (CYBER ATTACK 1ST)
29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon,(AMERICA-NEW YORK) to make the land of Babylon (AMERICA) a desolation without an inhabitant.
30 The mighty men of Babylon (AMERICA) have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.
31 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon (NEW YORK) that his city is taken at one end,
32 And that the passages are stopped,(THE WAR COMPUTERS HACKED OR EMP'D) and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.(DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO)
COMPLETE SILENCE AFTER AN EMP GOES OFF
1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
3 For out of the north (RUSSIA) there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.
24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon,(AMERICA) and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD. (RUSSIA A SNEAK CYBER,EMP ATTACK,THEN NUKE ATTACK ON AMERICA)
Report: Massive Cyber-Espionage Campaign Targeting US
A new intelligence assessment has concluded that the US is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign.
By Rachel Hirshfeld First Publish: 2/11/2013, 1:52 PM-Israelnationalnews
A new intelligence assessment has concluded that the United States
is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is
threatening the country’s economic competitiveness, The Washington Post
reported, citing unnamed officials.According to the newspaper, the National Intelligence Estimate
identifies China as the country most aggressively seeking to penetrate
the computer systems of American businesses and institutions to gain
access to data that could be used for economic gain.The document, according to the The Post,
identifies energy, finance
, information technology, aerospace and automotive companies as the most frequent targets of cyber-attacks.Outside experts have estimated the damage to the United States economy in the tens of billions of dollars, the paper
said.The National Intelligence Estimate names three other countries --
Russia, Israel and France -- as having engaged in mining for economic
intelligence, but makes clear that cyber-espionage by those countries
pales in comparison with China's effort, the paper noted.The Obama administration is trying to counter the electronic theft of
trade secrets by lodging formal protests, expelling diplomatic
personnel, imposing travel and visa restrictions, and complaining to the
World Trade Organization
, according to The Post.
Cyber-espionage is “just so widespread that it’s known to be a
national issue at this point,” one administration official, speaking on
of anonymity, told the paper.
The Washington Post and The New York Times
have both recently announced that Chinese hackers have breached their
computer systems, breaking in and stealing the passwords of high-profile
reporters and other staff members.
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.
12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
Israel advances plan to build in Jewish settlement
By Associated Press – 1 hr 43 mins ago FEB 11,13
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official says the government has given final approval for construction of 90 new homes in a West Bank settlement, a move that could cause tensions with the U.S. ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to the region.The official says the homes were first announced last year in an
agreement with Jewish settlers in exchange for evacuating an
unauthorized West Bank outpost. The government published its final
approval on Sunday.The official spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the media.Anti-settlement activist Hagit Ofran says construction could begin within weeks. That means the work could coincide with Obama's visit.Obama has criticized settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territories claimed by the Palestinians.
Advocacy Groups Team Up to Counter Anti-Israel Ads
Two Israel advocacy organizations have teamed up to counter an anti-Israel billboard that has been erected in Texas.
By Rachel Hirshfeld First Publish: 2/11/2013, 1:46 PM-Israelnationalnews
Standing up for Israel-Israel news photo: Flash 90
The international Israel
advocacy organization StandWithUs has teamed up with Bridge Houston to
counter an anti-Israel billboard that has been erected in Texas.The new ad encourages the public to "Tell Congress Not to Support
Palestinian Groups Like Hamas Because They Don't Want Peace” and
directly opposes the anti-Israel that calls for an end to military aid
to the Jewish state.In July, 2009, the two organizations
partnered in responding to a series of "Pray For Gaza" ads that were
placed after Operation Cast Lead.
The StandWithUs/Bridge Houston billboards depicted Israeli and Arab
children with their arms intertwined and stated, "Save Gaza From Hamas.
Teach PEACE Not Hate." "Unfortunately, nothing has changed.
Anti-Israel groups continue their campaign to try and undermine American
support for Israel by spreading lies and misconceptions about the
Jewish state,” said CEO of StandWithUs, Roz Rothstein.”They continue to
disregard important obstacles to peace, such as Hamas. It's impossible
to make peace with a group that teaches its children to hate Jews and
that Israel does not exist.”“Blaming Israel alone for the lack of peace ignores Palestinian extremism," she said.
Bleiweiss, founder and director of the Bridge Houston, a group
similarly dedicated to countering anti-Israel propaganda, added that,
“Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 to advance peace and got more than
9,000 rockets launched at its southern communities by Palestinian groups
such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.”“I can’t imagine living with only 15 seconds to get to a bomb
shelter,” Bleiweiss said. “Congress should be made aware that funding a
group like Hamas will never lead to peace.""Groups that misrepresent the struggle for peace in the Middle East,
by inaccurately casting blame on Israel, should be placed on notice that
organizations such as StandWithUs and Bridge Houston will always
respond to one-sided misinformation,” the two community leaders said in a
joint statement.StandWithUs, an international, non-profit Israel educational organization
has countered anti-Israel billboards in dozens of locations throughout the United States
including, Washington DC, San Francisco, the New York
subway system and New York Metro-North, Chicago, Denver, Albuquerque, Portland, and Sacramento.
DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
16 And he(THE FALSE POPE WHO DEFECTED FROM THE CHRISTIAN FAITH) causeth all,(IN THE WORLD ) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(MICROCHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,(MICROCHIP IMPLANT) or the name of the beast,(WORLD DICTATORS NAME INGRAVED ON YOUR SKIN OR TATTOOED ON YOU OR IN THE MICROCHIP IMPLANT) or the number of his name.(THE NUMBERS OF HIS NAME INGRAVED IN THE MICROCHIP IMLPLANT)-(ALL THESE WILL TELL THE WORLD DICTATOR THAT YOUR WITH HIM AND AGAINST KING JESUS-GOD)
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:(WORLD LEADER) for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM (6006006)OR(60020202006)(SOME KIND OF NUMBER IMPLANTED IN THE MICROCHIP THAT TELLS THE WORLD DICTATOR AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER THAT YOU GIVE YOUR TOTAL ALLIGIENCE TO HIM AND NOT JESUS)(ITS AN ETERNAL DECISION YOU MAKE)(YOU CHOOSE YOUR OWN DESTINY)(YOU TAKE THE DICTATORS NAME OR NUMBER UNDER YOUR SKIN,YOUR DOOMED TO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND TORMENTS FOREVER,NEVER ENDING MEANT ONLY FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS,NOT HUMAN BEINGS).OR YOU REFUSE THE MICROCHIP IMPLANT AND GO ON THE SIDE OF KING JESUS AND RULE FOREVER WITH HIM ON EARTH.YOU CHOOSE,ITS YOUR DECISION.
HALF HOUR DOW RESULTS MON FEBRUARY 11,2013
09:30 AM -2.43
10:00 AM -45.39
10:30 AM -39.62
11:00 AM -25.16
11:30 AM -22.55
12:00 PM -20.37
12:30 PM -25.03
01:00 PM -24.34
01:30 PM -29.16
02:00 PM -35.70
02:30 PM -28.11
03:00 PM -29.50
03:30 PM -11.25
04:00 PM -21.73 13,971.24
S&P 500 1517.01 -0.92
NASDAQ 3192.00 -1.87
GOLD 1,649.80 -17.90
OIL 96.95 +1.23
TSE 300 12,748.15 -53.08
CDNX 1196.31 -9.50
S&P/TSX/60 733.59 -1.01
YEAR TO DATE PERFORMANCE
Dow -24 points at 4 minutes of trading today.
Dow -45 points at low today.
Dow -1 points at high today so far.
GOLD opens at $1,648.60.OIL opens at $95.20 today.
Dow -45 points at low today so far.
Dow -1 points at high today so far.
Dow -45 points at low today.
Dow -1 points at high today.
GOLD ALLTIME HIGH $1,902.60 (NOT AT CLOSE)
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)
U.S. Northeast digs out from blizzard, tornado strikes in South
By Daniel Lovering and Aman Ali | Reuters – FEB 11,13
CAMBRIDGE, Mass./NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Northeast
was digging out on Sunday after a blizzard dumped up to 40 inches (one
meter) of snow with hurricane force winds, killing at least nine people
and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.As the Northeast cleared roads and shoveled out,
another storm bore down on the Northern Plains and tornadoes threatened
the Southeast in a weekend of extreme weather across the United States.A tornado which appeared to be a mile wide touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
, causing significant damage, said Anna Weber of the National Weather Service
. The twister also hit the nearby town of Petal where it destroyed a brick building.In New York City trucks plowed through residential
streets, piling snow even higher at the edges and leaving thousands of
motorists to dig out their buried vehicles.Another round of severe weather on Monday could bring
more misery, with freezing rain and more snow predicted that would make
the evening commute even more difficult.In Boston
, Mayor Tom Menino canceled school on Monday after touring neighborhoods throughout the city, where two feet of snow fell.Utility companies reported that some 350,000 customers
were still without electricity across nine states after the wet, heavy
snow brought down tree branches and power lines.Air traffic began to return to normal after some 5,800
flights were canceled on Friday and Saturday, according to Flightaware, a
International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and New York
state's Long Island MacArthur Airport reopened on Sunday morning. Boston
's Logan International Airport reopened late on Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.Rare travel bans in Connecticut
were lifted but roads throughout the region remained treacherous, according to state transportation departments.In Cambridge, Massachusetts, residents were digging out
their cars and driveways under clear blue skies on Sunday afternoon.As the region recovered, another large winter storm
building across the Northern Plains was expected to leave a footof snow
and bring high winds from Colorado to central Minnesota into Monday, the
National Weather Service said.South Dakota was expected to be hardest hit, with winds
seen reaching 50 miles per hour (80 kmph), which would create white-out
conditions. The storm was expected to reach parts of Nebraska, North
Dakota, Wyoming and Wisconsin.
South Dakota officials closed a 150-mile (240-km)
stretch of Interstate 90 in the center of the state. They also closed 75
miles of Interstate 29 in the state's northeastern corner near North
Dakota.Officials said motels and other facilities along
Interstate 90 were filling up with travelers trying to avoid the heavy
drifting and near-zero visibility."Travel will be difficult to impossible at times on
other highways in many areas of South Dakota," state transportation
officials said in a statement.
GREAT LAKES TO THE ATLANTIC
The mammoth storm over the weekend stretched from the
Great Lakes to the Atlantic and covered several spots in the Northeast
with more than 3 feet of snow. Connecticut, Rhode Island and
Massachusetts took the brunt of the blizzard.The Connecticut town of Hamden had 40 inches and nearby Milford 38 inches, the National Weather Service said.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said 675 pieces of
equipment and 975 personnel had been dispatched to help Suffolk County,
making up the eastern half of Long Island, dig out of 3 feet of snow.The storm "effectively shut down the entire region," Cuomo said in a statement.Amtrak ran a limited train service between New York
and Boston on Sunday and a regular Sunday schedule from New York to the state capital in Albany.The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said it
had resumed limited service on Sunday afternoon and would return to
regular service on Monday.The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and Connecticut Transit said service would remain suspended on Sunday.The storm dropped 31.9 inches of snow on Portland,
Maine, creating "whiteout conditions," said city spokeswoman Nicole
Clegg, 42. "It's the biggest I've seen since I was a little girl."Clegg said most city roads had been cleared by Sunday
night, and city employees were set to begin plowing Portland's "100
miles of sidewalks."
Winds gusted to 83 miles per hour (134 kmph) at Cuttyhunk, New York, and brought down trees across the region.The storm contributed to at least five deaths in Connecticut
and two each in New York state and Boston, authorities said.The two deaths in Boston were separate incidents of
carbon monoxide poisoning in cars, an 11-year-old boy and a man in his
early 20s. The boy had climbed into the family car to keep warm while
his father cleared snow. The engine was running but the exhaust was
blocked by snow, said authorities.
In Rutland, Vermont, the snow helped solve a crime,
said Rutland police Sergeant James Tarbell. After a burglar alarm went
off at a gas station in the small hours of the morning, police found a
broken window and discovered someone had stolen cartons of cigarettes,
said Tarbell.A trail of footprints in the snow led the police to a
nearby street, where they found a 42-year old man shoveling snow."It was an ungodly hour to be shoveling snow," Tarbell
said. Police arrested the man and found A duffel bag full of cigarettes
on the front porch of the house.(Additional reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Wisconsin,
Tim McLaughlin and Scott Malone in Boston, Kevin Gray in Miami, Ellen
Wulfhorst, Edith Honan and Chris Francescani in New York, Ian Simpson in
Washington, Jason McLure in Maine, Dan Burns in Connecticut and Zach
Howard in Massachusetts; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Corrie
MacLaggan, Philip Barbara and Christopher Wilson)
Snowstorm hits Atlantic Canada; some areas could get 40 centimetres Thestar.com
/ Toronto Star
A man cleans his car off on Rhodes ave in Leslieville. As Toronto digs out the Maritimes are getting walloped by Nemo.
snowstorm is bearing down on Atlantic Canada today, prompting dozens of
flight cancellations and knocking out power for thousands in western
Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Environment Canada has
issued blizzard warnings for Nova Scotia and much of eastern New
Brunswick, with 30 to 40 centimetres of snow expected in some regions by
Sunday morning.The national
forecaster says the blizzard conditions — the product of two fierce
snowstorms that are combining — will also bring 20 to 30 centimetres of
snow to Prince Edward Island.Newfoundland is also expecting a blanket of snow — up to 45 centimetres by Sunday night.Nova Scotia Power says
21,000 customers are without electricity in the province's Annapolis
Valley and on the South Shore, where forecasters have warned that higher
than normal water levels could cause flooding.New Brunswick Power says on its website that roughly 1,100 customers, most of them in the Rothesay area, are without power.Most of today’s
flights have been cancelled at Halifax Stanfield International Airport,
and all Marine Atlantic crossings have been cancelled.Few cars could be seen
on the roads in downtown Halifax Saturday morning as blowing snow
whipped through the streets, creating near white-out conditions.A storm hit southern
Ontario and Quebec on Friday, leading to at least three Ontario deaths —
two on the roads and an 80-year-old woman who was shovelling her
Another storm has
hammered the northeastern United States, where half a million homes and
businesses are without power after half a metre of snow fell in
Tornado rakes southern Mississippi, damages university
By Emily Le Coz | Reuters – 4 hrs ago FEB 11,13
TUPELO, Mississippi (Reuters) - A swarm of tornadoes tore through several counties in southern Mississippi
and Alabama on Sunday, injuring at least 10 people and ripping apart
hundreds of homes and other buildings, including parts of the University of Southern Mississippi, authorities said.The Forrest County seat of Hattiesburg, Mississippi,
and the adjacent town of Petal, both about 100 miles southeast of
Jackson, the state capital, bore the brunt of storms that struck less
than an hour before dark.The tornado that plowed through the Hattiesburg area was believed to have reached three-quarters of a mile in diameter at times, said Anna Weber, a National Weather Service meteorologist.The weather service counted three separate twisters in south-central Mississippi on Sunday evening, Weber said.In neighboring southwestern Alabama, authorities
reported a flurry of seven tornadoes across three counties, including
one that damaged 46 homes in Clark County, Weather Service meteorologist
Keith Williams said.About 100 houses or more were damaged or destroyed in Petal, Mississippi,
alone, and several businesses were hard hit there as well, including a
hardware store reduced to rubble, Mayor Hal Marx told Reuters.He said a number of residents suffered minor injuries
but no one was reported seriously hurt. "Mostly people are just shaken
up and in shock," he said.Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the state Emergency
Management Agency, said he had reports of at least 10 people injured
throughout four stricken Mississippi counties, including eight who were
taken to hospitals in Marion County.Emergency management officials said no firm estimates
of property losses were immediately available. Power outages were
UNIVERSITY CAMPUS AND HIGH SCHOOL HARD HIT
CNN broadcast photos of several homes in Hattiesburg badly mangled from the storm, some with roofs and exterior walls ripped open.Emergency management spokesman Greg Flynn said a
search-and-rescue team from the nearby town of McComb was being called
in to help look through debris for anyone who might be trapped.On the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern
Mississippi, alma mater of retired National Football League star
quarterback Brett Favre, the storm damaged several buildings, including a
performing arts center and an alumni house, the university said in a
statement.The twister also heavily damaged a high school stadium
complex and blew a truck onto the school's baseball diamond, officials
said.Kris Walters, 40, a Baptist minister for the USM
campus, said he and two of his children took shelter in a closet with a
mattress on top of them until the storm passed, adding that his house
escaped serious damage."I have lived here 40 years, and this is the first tornado I have ever seen like this," he told Reuters.Joby Bass, a university professor interviewed on CNN,
said the porches on his house "peeled off" and trees toppled onto his
roof as he and his dogs huddled in a closet for safety."A lot of houses on this street are completely
roofless," Bass said. He said the campus was largely empty because
students had an extended weekend to celebrate Mardi Gras. The university
said no injuries were reported on campus.Video footage showed what appeared to be a large, gray
tornado, filmed from a distance, churning through town as a cloud of
debris swirled around it.
Rent, the state emergency management spokesman, said
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant had declared a state of emergency in
four Mississippi counties - Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Lawrence - and other areas hit by the storms.The Hattiesburg area also suffered heavy property damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
(Reporting by Emily Le Coz, Kaija Wilkinson and Chris
Francescani; Additional reporting and writing by Steve Gorman; Editing
by Doina Chiacu)
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations,(USELESS U.N) that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not.(ASSAD) This is the portion of them that spoil us,(ISRAEL) and the lot of them that rob us.
23 Concerning Damascus.(SYRIA) Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea;(WAR SHIPS WITH NUKES COMING ON SYRIA) it cannot be quiet.
24 Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail.
25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!
26 Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD of hosts.
27 And I will kindle a fire (NUKES OR BOMBS) in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad.(ASSADS PALACES POSSIBLY IN DAMASCUS)
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines,(PALESTINIAN/ARABS) before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.
2 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north,(NORTHERN TSUNAMI POSSIBLY) and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.
3 At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong horses,(ISRAELS ARMY) at the rushing of his chariots, and at the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers shall not look back to their children for feebleness of hands;(ISRAEL POSSIBLY NUKES GAZA)
4 Because of the day that cometh to spoil all the Philistines,(PALESTINIAN FAKE ARABS) and to cut off from Tyrus and Zidon every helper that remaineth: for the LORD will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor.
5 Baldness is come upon Gaza;(NUKED POSSIBLY) Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?
6 O thou sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.
7 How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD hath given it a charge against Ashkelon, and against the sea shore? (MEDITTERANEAN SEA) there hath he appointed it.
Netanyahu to discuss Iran, Syria, Palestinians with Obama
By Jeffrey Heller | Reuters – FEB 11,13
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Iran's nuclear ambitions, the civil war in Syria and stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts will top the agenda of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday."It is a very important visit that will emphasize the
strong alliance between Israel and the United States," Netanyahu, who
has had a testy relationship with Obama, told his cabinet.The White House
announced on Tuesday that Obama plans to visit Israel, the West Bank
and Jordan this spring, raising prospects of a new U.S. push to restart
Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts frozen for the past two years.
The White House gave no exact dates for the trip,
Obama's first to Israel since taking office. Israel's Channel 10
television station cited unnamed sources in Washington last week saying
the visit to Israel would start on March 20.In public remarks at the cabinet session, Netanyahu put
Iran at the top of his list of talking points with Obama and referred
only in general terms to peace efforts with the Palestinians, stopping
short of setting a revival of bilateral negotiations as a specific goal
of the visit."The president and I
spoke about this visit and agreed that we would discuss three main
issues ... Iran's attempt to arm itself with nuclear weapons,
the unstable situation in Syria ... and the efforts to advance the
diplomatic process of peace between the Palestinians and us," Netanyahu
said.U.S.-hosted negotiations between Israel and the
Palestinians collapsed in September 2010 in a dispute over Israeli
settlement-building in the occupied West Bank, land captured in a 1967
war and which Palestinians seek as part of a future state that includes
Gaza and East Jerusalem.
Obama and Netanyahu discussed the coming trip in a January 28 telephone call.
The visit will take place only after Netanyahu puts
together a new governing coalition following his narrower-than-expected
victory in Israel's January 22 election.Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, has
begun talks with prospective political partners and still has up to five
weeks to complete the process.
Citing the dangers Israel faces from the "earthquake
that is happening around us", a reference to Arab upheaval in the region
and the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, Netanyahu said Obama's visit
now was particularly important.Obama's tensions with Netanyahu have been aggravated by
the Israeli leader's demands for U.S. "red lines" on Iran's nuclear
program - something the president has resisted, though he has said
military options are on the table if sanctions and diplomacy fail.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday
that Tehran would not negotiate about its nuclear program under
pressure, and would talk to its adversaries only if they stopped
"pointing the gun".Iran dismisses Western suspicions that its nuclear
program is aimed at building weapons. Israel is widely believed to have
the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal.Netanyahu has insisted he will stick to the red line
laid down in September, when he told the United Nations that Iran should
not have enough enriched uranium to make even a single warhead.
He gave a rough deadline of summer 2013, and Israeli
political commentators have speculated that Obama had opted to visit
Israel before that date to caution Netanyahu against any go-it-alone
attack against Iran's nuclear facilities.Obama visited Israel as a presidential candidate in
2008 but drew Republican criticism for not travelling there in his first
term. His Republican predecessor, former President George W. Bush, also
waited until his second term to go to Israel.(Editing by Matthew Tostevin)
Syrian army, rebels clash in Damascus
Reuters – 1 hr 18 mins ago FEB 11,13
AMMAN (Reuters) - Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
fought rebels in Damascus
for control of an area just east of the city center
on Monday, moving tanks to defend their lines as their opponents also struck targets elsewhere in the capital.Residents and activists said the army of President Bashar al-Assad
sent armored reinforcements to Jobar
, a Sunni Muslim district
adjacent to the city's landmark Abbasid Square after rebels took over a
loyalist position in the area, the third since fighters pushed into
Jobar last week, they said.However, Assad's forces remained well dug in in the
center. "The main battle is taking place in Jobar," an opposition
activist in Damascus named Amer said. "The rebels appear to be advancing
in the eastern sector. But the center of Damascus is crisscrossed with
concrete barriers and security is deployed everywhere; we cannot say
that they (the rebels) have a real active present in the center."He said the army appeared to be under so much pressure
in Jobar that it had moved tanks there from the southwestern suburb of
Daraya, near the highway to the Jordanian border, where it has been
battling rebels for two months.A video posted by a group known as Liwa al-Islam, one
of the opposition fighting units around Damascus, showed its members
firing a rocket they claimed had a range of 60 km (35 miles), an
apparent marked improvement in the arsenal of the opposition.Sham News Network, an opposition group of media
activists, said rebels overran an army barracks in Jobar and had
attacked a roadblock in Afif neighborhood overnight. Afif is located
near one of Assad's presidential compounds in the foothills of Qasioun
Mountain, northwest of the city.Activists also reported a mortar attack on a police
station in the central Damascus neighborhood of Arnous. It was not clear
whether the mortars hit the target or if there were casualties."The situation is getting very tough. For the first
time we have been hearing mortars fall so close," said a woman who lives
in the western neighborhood of Mezze.The Syrian military has been firing heavy artillery and
rockets from Qasioun at Jobar and at a series of Sunni Muslim districts
that have been at the forefront of the 22-month uprising against Assad.Assad's core forces, from his minority Alawite sect, an
offshoot of Shi'ite Islam, are based on Qasioun. Their main supply line
to coastal bases passes near the contested central city of Homs, 140 km
(90 miles) north of Damascus.Activists reported on Monday clashes in the Qalamoun
region on the Damascus-Homs highway, near an army base from where Scud
missiles have been fired at rebel-held territory.(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)
Diplomats: Iran restarts uranium fuel conversion
By Associated Press – 4 hrs ago FEB 11,13
VIENNA (AP) — Diplomats say Iran has started changing some nuclear material that could be used for weapons into another form but in amounts too small to reduce concerns about its atomic program.
They say it is changing small amounts of 20-percent uranium
into reactor fuel
. That 20 percent material is only a technical step away from weapons-grade uranium.Tehran last year converted close to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of 20-percent uranium into reactor fuel before stopping.The diplomats said Monday conversion had restarted but remains vastly outpaced by 20-percent production.Experts estimate that Iran could have enough 20-percent uranium for one bomb by summer if further enriched.The diplomats are close to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
They demanded anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the
CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up,(AT THE ATATURK DAM IN TURKEY) that the way of the kings(CHINA,NORTH-SOUTH KOREA, of the east might be prepared.(THIS IS THE ATATURK DAM IN TURKEY,THEY CROSS OVER).
DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(4 WINDS OF THE WORLD-WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(COULD ALSO MEAN THE 4 CORNERS OF THE EARTH OR WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
China's patience with North Korea wearing thin
By Associated Press – 6 hrs ago FEB 11,13
DANDONG, China (AP) — China's patience with North Korea is wearing thin, and a widely-expected nuclear test by the latter could bring that frustration to a head.Beijing signaled its growing unhappiness by agreeing to tightened U.N.
sanctions after North Korea launched a rocket in December, surprising
China watchers with its unusually tough line, which prompted harsh
criticism from Pyongyang.And while China isn't expected to
abandon its communist neighbor, it appears to be reassessing ties a
year after new North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
took office. The question is for how long China, itself under new
leader Xi Jinping, will continue to back North Korea's nettlesome
policies."Perhaps Kim Jong Un thinks Xi Jinping will indulge him. Perhaps he's
in for a surprise," said Richard Bush, Director of the Center for
Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in
Washington D.C.China is feeling spurned by Kim. Although China welcomed his
ascension after his father died in December 2011 and maintained flows of
aid and investment, Kim has ignored China's interests in a stable
neighborhood with his two rocket launches and nuclear test plan. North
Korea announced last month it would conduct a test to protest the
toughened U.N. sanctions."At the start, China gave him a warm welcome and, I think, some aid.
But we got no gratitude. They take us for granted," said Jin Canrong, an
international affairs expert at Renmin University in Beijing. "China
tried to get closer to him, but it was not successful. China has become
very disappointed."Yet Beijing also sees Pyongyang as a crucial buffer against U.S.
troops based in South Korea and Japan. It also deeply fears a regime
collapse could send swarms of refugees across its border. For those
reasons, Beijing is unlikely to cut Pyongyang adrift, even if it pushes
North Korea harder to end its nuclear provocations and reform its
broken-down economy."China's not ready to turn the support to North Korea switch to 'off'
at this stage," said Roger Cavazos, a North Korea watcher at the
Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability.
North Korea's apparent reluctance
to reform its economy ranks among Beijing's biggest frustrations, and
the thorny nature of the bilateral relationship is on show along the
frigid Yalu River, which forms part of the border Chinese troops crossed
to rescue North Korean forces during the 1950-53 Korean War.Last week, ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, dozens of North
Korean trucks lined up at a customs checkpoint in the northeastern
Chinese border city of Dandong, loaded with bags of rice, cooking oil,
cheap electronics and other daily items that their country's collapsed
industry cannot produce enough of for its 24 million people.Further to the south, a much-heralded North Korean economic zone on a
pair of islands along the Yalu remains a field of untrammeled snow
behind a newly erected border fence, more than 18 months after it was
opened with great fanfare.The Hwanggumphyong and Wihwa islands zone, one of two such
establishments along the border, resulted from talks led by Chinese
Commerce Minister Chen Deming and Jang Song Thaek, Kim's uncle and a top
official in the ruling Korean Workers' Party who is thought to be
pro-China. The two men attended the June 2011 grand opening accompanied
by a brass band and the celebratory release of doves, giving rise to
hopes that China's advice was having an impact on the North.
Yet area residents say they've seen no progress since then, while
work on a towering bridge nearby, intended to supplement the rickety old
one in Dandong, has slowed to a snail's pace. Dandong's city government
has moved offices to the area, but the thickets of surrounding
high-rise buildings remain unfinished and empty.
While Kim has made improving the economy a hallmark of his nascent
rule, many analysts doubt that he will go too far with reforms for fear
that change could lead to a loss of control, in turn threatening his
authoritarian rule."There's nothing going on around here. North Korea is fine with
taking Chinese aid and doing some trade, but its economy doesn't seem to
be changing at all," said a Dandong businessman who trades with North
Korea AND asked to be identified only by his surname, Qu.That leaves the new fence as the dominant feature along the border.
Topped with rolls of barbed wire, it doubles up in places to form both
an inner and an outer perimeter, with a strip of concrete in between for
guards to patrol along.The intimidating barrier seeks to block the flow of illegal border
crossers, typically those seeking food and work in China or an escape
route to South Korea. It also symbolizes China's fears of instability in
North Korea, a steel barrier to contain the chaos.China is widely credited with keeping its neighbor afloat, providing
an estimated half million tons of oil to North Korea a year, along with
copious amounts of food aid. Officially tolerated smuggling buttresses
the formal trade between them, while North Korea earns much-needed hard
currency from thousands of North Koreans who work in northeast China and
a similar number of Chinese tourists and advisers visiting the other
side. Chinese companies are also investing in North Korea's mines,
although many complain of corruption and a lack of respect for
contracts.Yet it remains unclear how much influence China has with North Korea.
Despite Beijing's entreaties, Pyongyang has refused to return to
Chinese-hosted six-nation nuclear disarmament talks that had won China
credit as a responsible international power.
In a sign of China's rising pique, the Foreign Ministry recently took
an unusual swipe at North Korea for spending on defense, rocket and
nuclear programs instead of the economy. "We would also like to actively
encourage the relevant country to develop economy and improve people's
living conditions," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters
late last month.Chinese media have also been
running commentaries suggesting Chinese interests need not be held
hostage by its desire for a stable North Korea.
"If North Korea ignores the persuasion and eventually carries out a
third nuclear bomb test, it must pay a heavy price for it. The various
kinds of aid it receives from China will be decreased for good reasons.
Of this, we hope the Chinese government will warn North Korea in
advance, so that they will not have other fantasies," the Global Times, a
nationalist tabloid that often airs controversial views, said in a
commentary last week.Another test may not be enough to push the new leadership into
casting North Korea adrift, but China may employ tougher measures, given
that it has already upped the ante by agreeing to the tightened U.N.
sanctions. If it does, North Korea can't say it wasn't warned.___Associated Press writer Charles Hutzler and researcher Yu Bing contributed to this report from Beijing.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(TAKE OVER 3 WORLD REGIONS)
Scotland "new state" outside EU, U.N. if splits: Britain
By Andrew Osborn | Reuters – 2 hrs 44 mins ago FEB 11,13
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government
on Monday intensified its campaign to stop Scotland
leaving the United Kingdom
, publishing a legal opinion saying it would forfeit its membership of international bodies
such as the European Union if it chose independence.The pro-independence Scottish National Party
(SNP) that runs Scotland's devolved government plans to hold a
referendum on the politically sensitive and emotionally charged subject
next year, and has played down the impact of a "Yes" vote on Scotland's international
status.But the 57-page legal opinion - drafted for the British government by two independent experts on international law
- said the implications could be far-reaching, likening the situation
to the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union when Russia was declared the
USSR's legal successor but the 14 other Soviet states had to forge their
international relations anew.The overwhelming weight of international precedent
suggested Scotland would be legally deemed a "new state", it said - a
scenario that would force it to re-apply to join international bodies
such as the EU, the United Nations and NATO.The government's unusual decision to publish such an
opinion reflects its concern that Scots may vote for independence,
triggering the break-up of a United Kingdom comprising England,
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland."If Scotland became independent, only the 'remainder of
the UK' would automatically continue to exercise the same rights,
obligations and powers under international law as the UK currently does,
and would not have to re-negotiate existing treaties or re-apply for
membership of international organizations," the government said.
That is a position backed by European Commission
President Jose Manuel Barroso who, when asked about Scotland, has
repeatedly said that any new state that breaks away from an existing EU
state would have to re-apply to join the bloc.Spain's government is facing a similar challenge with
Catalonia, where at least one poll has shown that more than half of
Catalonian voters would choose independence if given the chance.
Prime Minister David Cameron
intervened in the British debate on Sunday, conceding that Scotland had
what it takes to be an independent nation, but arguing it enjoyed "the
best of both worlds" as part of the UK.
"Put simply: Britain works. Britain works well. Why
break it?" he wrote in an article published in Scottish newspapers.Cameron's political future and historic legacy are on
the line. He has pledged to contest the next British election in 2015
and his own Conservative party would never forgive him if he presided
over the break-up of the UK.London's main parties are campaigning jointly against
independence, knowing that Alex Salmond's SNP is a highly motivated
political machine that will spare no effort to win a vote on its
flagship policy.Tapping into an emotive cocktail of historical rivalry
and a perception that the British parliament in London does not nurture
Scotland's national interests, the "Yes Scotland" campaign wants
independence to be a reality by 2016.Scottish secession could create serious problems for the remainder of the United Kingdom.Britain's Trident nuclear submarine fleet is based in
Scotland, revenues from Scottish North Sea oil remain important to its
coffers, and analysts say Britain would find it harder to maintain its
voice in international bodies such as the U.N. Security Council as well
as in European Union decision-making.
An SNP-backed working group is due to publish proposals on Monday setting out economic reform options for an independent Scotland
.The SNP published a document this month suggesting the
transition arrangements could be made relatively swiftly, and that
Independence Day for Scotland could come in March 2016, a timetable
opponents dismissed as unrealistic.Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP's deputy leader, told BBC
radio on Monday that different legal experts gave different views on the
international status of an independent Scotland."These are matters that will be settled not by law but
by negotiation and agreement," she said. "If the UK government is really
saying that they would, in the event of a yes vote, go out of their way
to make life difficult for Scotland, not only is that very arrogant but
it would also put them in a position of arguing against their own
interest."Opinion polls suggest support for independence has
stalled, with around one third or less of voters backing it and just
under half opposing it. But Cameron and politicians from other parties
remain nervous.One of the central planks of Cameron's argument is that
Scotland already enjoys a high degree of autonomy through its own
parliament, and he has hinted that it would be able to repatriate even
more powers if it rejected full independence."This must not be a leap in the dark, but a decision made in the light of day," he told Scots.(Additional reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
EUROPEAN UNION ARMY
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.( BE HEAD OF 3 NATIONS)
25 And he (EU PRESIDENT) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.(3 1/2 YRS)
23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king (EU DICTATOR) of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences,(FROM THE OCCULT-NEW AGE MOVEMENT) shall stand up.
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power:(SATANS POWER) and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes;(JESUS) but he shall be broken without hand.
36 And the king (EU DICTATOR) shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers,(THIS EU DICTATOR IS JEWISH) nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.(CLAIM TO BE GOD)
38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces:(WAR) and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god,(DESTROY TERROR GROUPS) whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many,(HIS ARMY LEADERS) and shall divide the land for gain.
19 And I saw the beast,(EU LEADER) and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse,(JESUS) and against his army.(THE RAPTURED CHRISTIANS)
Rasmussen: 'Nato cannot act as the world's policeman'
Today @ 09:29 FEB 11,13 By Andrew Rettman
BRUSSELS - Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the alliance would only take action against Syria if Turkey is attacked.Speaking to EUobserver in his office in Brussels last week, the
secretary general of what calls itself "the word's most powerful
military alliance," said he feels "frustration" when he hears about the
"outrageous" human rights abuses being committed by Syrian forces.He said Nato is not going in because the UN has not asked it to.He noted that: "Even the Syrian opposition has not called on the international community to intervene militarily."But he said the "most important" reason is that it would do no good.
"It is my firm belief that any foreign military intervention would
have unpredictable repercussions because Syrian society is very
complicated, politically, ethnically, religiously and the regional
context is very, very complex," Rasmussen noted."Foreign military intervention might not lead to a solution to the conflict, [it] might even make things worse," he added.He said things would be different if Syria attacked its neighbour and Nato member Turkey, however.Nato in January put Patriot missile-defence units on the Syria-Turkey border after Syrian artillery hit Turkish villages."The deployment of Patriot missiles serves as an affective deterrent
and to de-escalate the situation along the border because the Syrians
know they shouldn't even think of attacking Turkey … I can assure you
that we stand ready to do what it takes to ensure the effective defence
and protection of Turkey," Rasmussen said.He indicated that protecting Nato members is the alliance's top priority."Nato cannot act as the world's policeman. We cannot travel from
country to country to solve every conflict. It's simply not possible,"
he said."The essence of being a defence alliance is that we are here to ensure the territorial defence of our member states," he added.He said the Mali conflict should also be taken care of by local forces.Nato member France is currently in a tricky position in Mali.In January, it went in alone to expel jihadist rebels from towns in
the north. It is currently in command of both French and Malian
soldiers. But in the past two weeks, Malian troops have murdered dozens
of civilians on its watch.
Rasmussen said France was right to act.But he noted that neither France nor Nato is responsible for policing the situation in future."I don't see a role for Nato. The UN has adopted a resolution
according to which an African-led force should take over … It
[protection of civilians] is first and foremost a responsibility for the
Malian authorities," he added.
Cold-War-days are gone
The US-dominated military alliance was created in the Cold War to protect the West from the Soviet Union.
Rasmussen warned that the US is taking less of an interest in European problems these days, however.
"You will still see the US engaged also when it comes to the
resolution of conflicts in the European neighbourhood. But I think it's a
long term trend that the US would expect the Europeans to enhance their
engagement in the resolution of crises in the near neighbourhood of
Europe," he said.He urged European Nato members to stop dependence on US help."The Europeans lack a number of critical capabilities. One thing is
better capacity to gather intelligence and to do reconnaissance …
air-to-air refuelling is another issue … and we [European countries] are
still missing some capacity in strategic airlift," he said."If we are to maintain an American interest in the trans-Atlantic
alliance, then the Europeans must also carry a fair share of the
burden," he noted.EU countries this year plan to develop joint procurement of military equipment.
Some countries, such as France and Poland, also want a "European
defence force" to guarantee European security with or without Nato
support.When asked if Nato would back the creation of a parallel EU force, Rasmussen warned against "waste of resources," however."I'm not going to interfere with EU decisions of how Europe will
structure its defence co-operation. But as a general remark, I think
Europe first and foremost needs real military capabilities rather than
new structures," he said.