The U.S. Defense Department is speeding deployment of the Navy’s John C. Stennis aircraft carrier group to the Middle East, four months ahead of its scheduled deployment, Pentagon spokesman George Little said.
Marine Corps General James Mattis, commander of the U.S. Central Command, who has responsibility for the region, sought the earlier presence of the Stennis strike group and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta approved the request, Little told reporters today.
The deployment of the Stennis “is about a wide range of U.S. security interests” and not specifically tied to threats from Iran or the turmoil in Syria, Little said.
Syrian President Bashar Assad will not hesitate to use chemical weapons if he is cornered, a senior Syrian official who defected to the opposition told the BBC in an interview published on Wednesday.Nawaf Fares, ex-ambassador to Iraq and the most prominent Syrian politician to defect to the opposition, commented: "There is information, unconfirmed information of course, that chemical weapons have been used partially in the city of Homs."
Israel’s navy is getting new vessels which will be equipped with short- and long-range surface-to-surface missiles that will assist in any Israeli Defense Forces ground offensive toward the Gaza Strip, Lebanon or SyriaThe range of the missiles was unspecified but the naval vessels will need to exercise caution, since the Syrians and Hezbollah in Lebanon are known to have anti-ship missiles. In the 2006 war, Hezbollah fired an anti-ship missile at the Israeli ship Hanit. It killed four sailors and caused extensive damage to the ship.
Panic-stricken residents fled southern Damascus on Monday as the heaviest fighting seen in the city since Syria's uprising began stripped away the last veneer of normality in President Bashar al-Assad' principal stronghold.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is in protection mode; its mere existence depends on protecting its nuclear sites and maintaining Bashar al Assad’s regime in Syria. Now, the possibility that Assad’s regime will fall, together with the intensification of sanctions against Iran that were implemented early this month, have politically and economically isolated the Iranian regime to a point where the only way out is for it to create its own global diversion through military provocation.Currently, three snowballing events against the backdrop of mounting Western pressure on Iran and failed negotiations at the United Nations Security Council 5+1 talks have, and continue to limit, Iran’s political and economic flexibility, even if the regime’s saber rattling propaganda declares otherwise.A regional escalation would be the ideal distraction to take global pressure off Iran’s nuclear agenda and prevent harm to and dissolving of Assad’s regime.The final element that makes a provocation in the coming weeks even more likely is the significant build-up of U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf, originally intended to counter Iranian threats to close off of the Strait of Hormuz. Iran responded by firing a test-fire missile exercise, launching the “Grand Prophet 7,” which can reach up to 1300 km, enough to reach Israel and the Gulf states. Tehran’s message to the U.S. is that they will not be undermined or weakened by Western intimidation. Now, with U.S. presence in the Gulf, a global military conflict of catastrophic proportions could come from the slightest brush of an elbow.
As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Monday evening with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, residents of southern Israel were forced to grab their children, snatching them as they slept in order to race for safe rooms and bomb shelters.
The first scream of the Color Red incoming rocket alert came at about 9:30 p.m., long after little ones had been put to bed, but early enough that older children were still awake to hear the siren.
Fifteen seconds later, a short-range Qassam rocket fired by Palestinian Authority terrorists in Hamas-ruled Gaza exploded somewhere in the western Negev. It took some time for security personnel to locate the site where the rocket exploded.
Israelis already know they must stay put in the shelters for at least 10 minutes after impact, to make sure the first rocket is not immediately being followed by more.
As IDF soldiers searched for the rocket's landing site, parents strove to calm their children and each other, working to minimize trauma symptoms triggered by the attack.
“Israel stands surrounded by enemies intent on her annihilation, but she does not stand alone,” declares the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world.
Christians United for Israel is hosting its seventh annual national summit in Washington, D.C., from July 16 to July 18 – where the group seeks to show the world Americans will not remain silent when Israel’s enemies threaten to destroy the Jewish state.
Following Hagee’s speech, CUFI advisory board member Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg addressed the crowd. The rabbi spoke about the heritage of the Jewish people in Israel and their connection to the land.
“No (foreign) nation has ever thrived in Israel,” he told an enthralled audience. “You cannot thrive on stolen land. The Jews came and it thrived. … The Torah predicted it.”
Amid increasing tensions over the vital Strait of Hormuz shipping lane, the United States is constructing a missile-defense radar station at a secret site in Qatar and organizing its largest-ever minesweeping exercises in the Persian Gulf, the Wall Street Journal quoted US officials as saying Monday.
The bolstering of the US military in the Gulf is designed to defend the US, Israel and EU countries against Iranian rockets, officials said.
Dozens of Gaza Christians staged a rare public protest Monday, claiming two congregants were forcibly converted to Islam and were being held against their will.
The small but noisy demonstration showed the increasingly desperate situation facing the tiny minority.
Protesters banged on a church bell and chanted, “With our spirit, with our blood we will sacrifice ourselves for you, Jesus.”
The United Nations is polishing up a global Arms Transfer Treaty (ATT) this month in a New York convention that would create a global registry of private ownership of firearms. This treaty — which would also mandate creation of a national collection agency for those guns and is contrary to the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment — has the long-standing andenthusiastic backing of the Obama State Department, headed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Clinton boasted that “the United States regularly engages other states to raise their standards and to prohibit the transfer or transshipment of capabilities to rogue states, terrorist groups, and groups seeking to unsettle regions.” Of course, that speech was delivered at the same time the Obama administration was transferring some 2,000 small arms to Mexican drug gangs in the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal.
So America's Second Amendment rights are safe, right?
The draft of the treaty prepared earlier this year by the UN Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) explains that the treaty is aimed at crime control as well as rogue militias in developing nations:
The majority of conflict deaths are caused by the use of small arms, and civilian populations bear the brunt of armed conflict more than ever. Also, small arms are the dominant tools of criminal violence.The UN is still seeking this kind of broad control over private firearms ownership, and UN General Assembly resolution 66/47, adopted December 2, 2011 in advance of this month's conference that it seeks to ban “The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects.” [Emphasis added]
The risk of a new depression — a sustained, severe recession — has struck fear into the heart of markets and driven monetary policy in developed economies since the current financial crisis began.
“We’re in a very unfortunate position to be here,” Richard Duncan, author of The New Depression, warned on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” Monday.
“When we broke the link between money and gold, this removed all constraints on credit creation. This explosion of credit created the world we live in, but it now seems that credit cannot expand any further because the private sector is incapable of repaying the debt it has already, and if credit begins to contract, there’s a very real danger that we will collapse into a new Great Depression,” he argued.
“If this credit bubble pops, the depression could be so severe that I don’t think our civilization could survive it.”
The explosion in cheap credit has been widely blamed for the global financial crisis, but the debate about how to fix the problem continues.
The International Monetary Fund’s latest “World Economic Outlook” makes for chilling reading. A perfect storm in which all parts of the world economy go down together seems fast to be gestating somewhere out in the mid-Atlantic.
To the all too familiar economic threats posed by the eurozone must now be added the approaching “fiscal cliff” in the US, whose own nascent recovery is in any case fast losing momentum, and the evident slowdown in emerging markets.
All three cornerstones of the world economy seem now to be heading into the sand.
To say we are skating on thin ice globally as well as here in the US is an understatement of epic proportions. It’s the new and improved walking dead economies – it’s the end of the economic banking world and I feel fine. In fact, it should leave all of us breathless.Next, we were told a wave of city bankruptcies would NEVER occur in the US, we nodded and smiled like idiots and said that we believed the weasel politicians. California is turning into Greece at an alarming rate with three cities in the last 2 weeks going toes up and many more to follow — first came Stockton, then Mammoth Lakes and now San Bernardino. Just nod some more if you get it now. From The Los Angeles Times:And this is not unique to California. It’s happening all over the US, you just don’t see it in the press because it makes Obama look bad. Take a long, hard look at Scranton, Pennsylvania where all city employees were just put on minimum wage. They wouldn’t raise taxes (who would want to?), so the mayor reduced wages. He had to do something because they are BROKE.
We were also told that Greece was an anomaly. Just another twist of fate — couldn’t happen again. Until Spain that is, who looks an awful like a repeat of Greece only worse. And as has been foretold on this blog over and over, it’s a chain reaction and more catastrophe to follow and soon. It’s summertime in Fiscal Hell, don’tcha know.
Don’t let the austerity they are pushing in Greece fool you. It consists of taxes that no one can pay if they want to continue eating. It does reduce spending and government bennies, but it is too little too late. Europe is on the way down, big time. Spain will make Greece look like a walk in the fricking park. Again from The Economic Collapse:
You are looking into America’s not-too-distant future. Truth be told, if the Obama administration was honest about our unemployment rate, it would read over 15% and personally, I think it is closer to 23 or 24%.
So, as we gleefully dance ever closer to the global fiscal cliff — and a crumbling cliff at that — maybe just maybe we should actually look at what is going on around us globally and locally here in the US. It’s not just finances, it’s morality, ethics, our culture — the whole ball of wax and we are coming undone quickly. As a nation, we need to fall to our knees and declare a covenant with God and fast or we will realize a reckoning few can envision. Thus endeth the lesson.
The nation's widest drought in decades is spreading, with more than half of the continental United States now in some stage of drought and most of the rest enduring abnormally dry conditions.Only in the 1930s and the 1950s has a drought covered more land, according to federal figures released Monday. So far, there's little risk of a Dust Bowl-type catastrophe, but crop losses could mount if rain doesn't come soon.
In its monthly drought report, the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., announced that 55 percent of the country was in a moderate to extreme drought at the end of June. The parched conditions expanded last month in the West, the Great Plains and the Midwest, fueled by the 14th warmest and 10th driest June on record, the report said.
Topsoil has turned dry while "crops, pastures and rangeland have deteriorated at a rate rarely seen in the last 18 years," the report said.Around a third of the nation's corn crop has been hurt, with some of it so badly damaged that farmers have already cut down their withered plants to feed to cattle. As of Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said, 38 percent of the corn crop was in poor or very poor condition, compared with 30 percent a week earlier.Climatologists have labeled this year's dry spell a "flash drought" because it developed in a matter of months, not over multiple seasons or years."We can't say with certainty how long this might last now. Now that we're going up against the two largest droughts in history, that's something to be wary of," Crouch said. "The coming months are really going to be the determining factor of how big a drought it ends up being."
We’ve extensively documented the fact that ocean currents bring Japanese radiation to the West Coast of North America, and that – rather than adequate ocean dilution - there could be “pockets” and “streams” of highly-concentrated radiation.
Joke F Lübbecke of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and 3 scientists from the GEOMAR Research Center for Marine Geosciences poured tracer dye into coastal waters off of Fukushima, and monitored its progress as it traveled to the West Coast of North America, to find out what might really happen.
They have revealed their results in a new paper published by journal Environmental Research Letters.
The paper shows that the West Coast of North American could end up with 10 times more radioactive cesium 137 than the coastal waters off of Japan itself.
As hair falls out of a Fukushima victim's head, a new German study reports that North America’s West Coast will be the area most contaminated by Fukushima cesium of all regions in Pacific in 10 years, an "order-of-magnitude higher” than waters off Japan,according to a new German study followed by a former New York Times journalist going inside the no-entry zone and reportingradiation levels over 10 times higher than Tepco’s data.
The new research report, Model simulations on the long-term dispersal of 137Cs released into the Pacific Ocean off Fukushima, states:
In the following years, the tracer cloud continuously expands laterally, with maximum concentrations in its central part heading east. While the northern portion is gradually invading the Bering Sea, the main tracer patch reaches the coastal waters of North America after 5–6 years, with maximum relative concentrations ( > 1 × 10−4) covering a broad swath of the eastern North Pacific between Vancouver Island and Baja California. Simultaneously some fraction of the southern rim of the tracer cloud becomes entrained in the North Equatorial Current (NEC), resulting in a westward extending wedge around 20°N that skirts the northern shores of the Hawaiian Archipelago. After 10 years the concentrations become nearly homogeneous over the whole Pacific, with higher values in the east, extending along the North American coast with a maximum (~1 × 10−4) off Baja California. The southern portion of the tracer cloud is carried westward by the NEC across the subtropical Pacific, leading to increasing concentrations in the Kuroshio regime again.
Marine biologists are investigating what caused the deaths of the 512 penguins found on beaches of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. The cause of death should be known in about 30 days.
The penguins were migrating north from Argentina in search of food in warmer waters. The birds appeared well-fed, unhurt and without oil stains.
Thirty samples from the penguins were being analysed at Porto Alegre University.
Veterinarians were puzzled by the large quantity of animals found and by the fact that they appeared not exhausted and without injuries.
Hey Scott, Can you pinpoint where and when the labor pains start or stop? It doesn't look like it is letting up. Looking at the news today makes you kind think, as far as the Middle East is concerned, that how we could even go another two weeks without some kind of mishap. We are getting so close to the rapture becasue in a very short time, it won't be business as usual, except for the masses who are heading toward the edge of the cliff without a care in the world. I feel such an urgency in my heart more than ever to reach out to those that I have some kind of relationship with, with the Gospel message.
A big "Wow" on todays headlines...
"Dancing on the global financial cliff", (Revelation 6)
"World economy heads for the perfect storm" (Revelation 6)
"How long can Israel survive" (Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 39)
"Residents Flee Damascus" (Isaiah 17)
"Why Iran Will Ignite A Regional War, Sooner Rather Than Later"(Ezekeil 39)
This is all leading up to the tribulation, then we are at the door knocking!!!
I hope to see everyone soon and as Ally said, we are gathering around the Tree of Life! :)
WOW!! I all I can say. There is so much in the news these days it is hard to digest it all. Thanks Scott for your hard work in keeping us informed.
Thank you Scott for the update.
WV that is awesome putting the verse with headline. Very helpful for a newbie like me :)
Maranatha......we are going home soon!!!!!
Looks like Soros' plan for a global currency is on target and fast approaching. With economic collapse, the inability of governments to pay off massive debt, will force them to create hyperinflation to devalue currency. In desperation, people will be begging for a solution, ANYTHING to make it end. In waltzes guess who? Ready to offer peace and security.
Now Israel will go it alone and suffer great loss as she takes out Damascus. Things are moving rapidly!
The Israel government coming unglued in the Emergency Government.
"Kadima quits coalition.
party overwhelmingly votes to leave the coalition over a breakdown in talks to replace the Tal Law; only three Kadima MKs vote to stay.
Not good. Not good timing at all.
Oh well, the Lord has it well in hand....we can be sure.
WV, awesome comment Brother. Thank you!
During biblical times, the Israelis demanded a king even though God told them it wasn't what was best for them. So He let them have one; and except for a few Godly kings, they paid dearly for their desires. Today is no different. We all want our own way; and God is telling us: OK have it your way; but this is what you get if you continue to ignore me; and all these headlines Scott puts together for us is proof of that; and if you think it is bad now, wait till all of the Born Again Believers are taken out of the way. God has given us ample warnings of what would happen; yet we continue to thumb our nose at him. WV, I havent commented yet on your situation. I just want to let you know that I'll be praying for you that all will go well. No matter what happens, we'll see each other real soon.
Caver - I saw that...What do you make of that development with a possible split in the government?
Syrian rebels start 'liberate Damascus' operation
BEIRUT - Rebels will intensify attacks inside the Syrian capital and target sensitive security installations in what they call an operation to "liberate Damascus", a rebel commander said on Tuesday, after three days of fierce fighting in the city.
Colonel Qassem Saadeddine, spokesman of the joint command of the Free Syrian Army inside Syria, told Reuters via Skype that many fighters arrived in Damascus from several provinces 10 days ago to take part in the operation and more would be sent soon.
"There is no going back. The Damascus battle has priority for us. We have started the operation to liberate Damascus," Saadeddine said, adding the rebels had called their operation "Damascus volcano and Syrian earthquake".
For three days rebels and government troops have clashed in the streets of Damascus in the fiercest fighting in the capital since the revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad erupted last year, but neither side seems to able to deliver a decisive blow.
Scott, I have no idea.
I can't imagine any real split in the gov during times like this over something as relatively unimportant as the reason given. My head is just spinning....it makes no sense.
Reading the JPost article the issue seems so minute in the scheme of things and the underlying theme is that Mofaz wanted to quit and used this as the excuse.
This was not a normal government, this was a War government, an emergency government, put together to quickly, decisively, and deal with any and all emergencies Israel might face without the fear of stones being thrown at one person or party in the aftermath.
This almost seems cowardly to me just when the party is going to get rough and the country's existence hangs in the balance....well, at least they believe that. We know the truth.
Scott, or anyone else...your thoughts?
It does seem quite trivial the reason behind this split....I mean, it makes NO sense....almost as trivial as who gets the last piece of pie after dinner (unless its a fresh banana cream pie :) ).
Honestly, the first thing that crossed my mind is, the enemy thinks there is dissension in the ranks. Could it be just a purposely leaked (big) story to get the enemy (which is everyone) to let their guard down just slightly?
I dunno....that is the ONLY thing about this that makes a bit of sense to me. We know the war fuse has the match just a breeze away from it, and the wind is picking up....no country in this situation would split the government over such a trivial reason.
If thats true, then shhhhhhhh!!! we dont want to give it away! ;)
And yet, despite all this, stocks are UP again !!!!
Yeah, you got it, UP again....
EWI counts are confusing at best,
with the dow ABOVE 12, 800 at the
moment. Bulls are HARD to beat,
it would seem.
ANY RALLY above 13,000 and the end
will be SEVERELY DELAYED.....
Bulls are NOT giving bears even
one chance to get near 12, 450...
UNTIL THAT changes, expectations
of the rapture and the end will
be in VAIN.
Believe me, I want the end to come,
but bulls appear to be stopping
that.....atleast for now.
Mike, good comments...mirrored my own...yet, this has the "aroma" of being real, at least to me. I hope its a ruse...but I don't think so.
Yea, time will tell.
And I'll double down on that Banana Cream Pie....with shaved almonds and whipped cream on top.:Smile
A worthwhile 2 minute video....
No, Debka isn't my favorite either but its hard to argue with this one and the footage.
I agree Caver...it does seem like it is the real thing....and its a little hard to believe they would go to that length to seemingly throw off the enemy.....but then again, if the ARE doing that, wouldn't they need people like us to believe it even as much as Syria, Iran, etc.?
Just food for thought.....
Speaking of food, now ya got me really craving that pie! ;)
I really don't have a clue on this one. It doesn't make a bit of sense....Maybe over time it will come together, but for now its perplexing. over something relatively trivial. Hmmmm...
Scott, knock it off.
Have a slice of pie.
Ha ha ha ha ha! That right....get with the program!
:) BIG GRIN (with pie on face)
Well, somebody needs to send me a pie or something - I don't see any laying around!
What is your favorite pie Scott?
Please say fudge. I can bake one and then bring you the last piece!
Hmmm....let me see...There are so many and I can only type so much in this space :)
As long as there is no coconut involved I'm pretty good with anything :)
I think Scott likes fresh Strawberry pie, deep dish apple pie, peach and blueberry cobbler, and banana cream pie.
Just send them by here and I'll make sure they get to him. :smile
"Answers" will be a film that is designed to fulfill the prophecy by beginning world peace.
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