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David Daoud Wright Convicted Of Plotting To Behead Pamela Geller For ISIS Group

David Daoud Wright was found guilty on all counts.

A Massachusetts man was convicted Wednesday of plotting to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller and kill other Americans on behalf of the Islamic State group.

Jurors found David Wright guilty of all charges, including conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.

The 28-year-old faces up to life in prison.

Prosecutors said Wright, his uncle and a third man conspired to kill Geller because they were upset she organized Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas in 2015. During the contest, two other men opened fire outside and wounded a security guard before they were killed in a shootout with law enforcement assigned to guard the event.

Wright’s uncle, Ussamah Rahim, told Wright on a recorded phone call later that month that he couldn’t wait to attack Geller and decided instead to go after “those boys in blue,” referring to police. Wright told his uncle that was “beautiful” and encouraged him to delete all the data from his computer before carrying out his attack. BostonHerald

Pamela Geller  wrote about the verdict.

D.C.’s New Museum Of The Bible Includes Lots Of Tech — But Not A Lot Of Jesus

Did the museum-creators forget what the Bible is all about?

“Jesus is also curiously not central to the museum’s presentation of the biblical story.”

God’s word seems to have been watered down in the new Museum of the Bible, according to a press preview of the Washington DC monument to Christianity due to open Nov. 17.

“The museum doesn’t encourage visitors to take the Bible literally or to believe that the Bible has only one correct form. And on floor after gleaming floor of exhibitions, there is very little Jesus,” the Washington Post reported.

“This isn’t the evangelism that the billionaire Green family first promised a decade ago when they set out to build a museum dedicated to Scripture.”

The museum’s mission was to “bring to life the living word of God” and “to inspire confidence in the absolute authority” of the Bible.NewsMax

Shift to tech and toward neutrality

“The museum has fence posts — limits,” said Steve Green, the museum chairman and the CEO of his parents’ Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. “It doesn’t overtly say the Bible is good — that the Bible is true.

“That’s not its role. Its role is to present facts and let people make their own decisions.”

The museum boasts of “an unparalleled experience, using cutting-edge technology to bring the Bible to life.” NewsMax

Left out some facts

According to TheBlaze.com, some critics have pointed out that Jesus seems to be oddly absent from the museum’s many displays on the “history, narrative, and impact of the Bible.”

Writing for The Washington Post, Michelle Boorstein, Julie Zauzmer, and Sarah Pulliam Bailey note, “Jesus is also curiously not central to the museum’s presentation of the biblical story. Visitors walk through a multi-room saga of the Old Testament, and they can visit a re-creation of a 1st-century village in Galilee where actors will tell them what the villagers think of this controversial preacher Jesus. They can watch a movie about John the Baptist. But the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection is almost absent.”  ChristianHeadlines

Hurricane Ophelia Creates Phenomenon In Britain’s Skies

Hurricane Ophelia – Ireland and the United Kingdom

With Tropical Storm Ophelia’s transition to Hurricane Ophelia on Wednesday, 2017 became the first year in more than a century — and only the fourth on record — in which 10 Atlantic storms in a row reached hurricane strength. NYTimes

Britain was cast in an eerie Martian gloom as Saharan dust whipped across the Atlantic by Hurricane Ophelia shrouded the sun turning skies over the nation red.

The storm is believed to have picked up dust from North Africa and debris from forest fires in Spain and Portugal as it travelled towards the UK. 

Skies over London have been covered in a murky orange haze as the desert dust mixes with clouds, offering residents in the capital a stark contrast to the grey that usually greets them at this time of year.  DailyMail

Roman Theater And Western Wall Section Uncovered After 1,700 year

Wow!

Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), archaeologists for two years have undertaken excavations of the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem, the goal was to date Wilson’s Arch.  They have unearthed an ancient Roman 200-seat theater and massive eight stone course (layers of cut stone) of the Western Wall.

Archaeologists are one step closer to solving the riddle of what took place in Jerusalem following the destruction of the city by Romans in 70 CE.  TimesOfIsrael

Ancient Roman theater-like structure, hidden for 1,700 years adjacent to the Western Wall underneath Jerusalem’s Old City, on October 16, 2017 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The theater was built following the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Eight courses of the Western Wall were discovered in the excavation under Wilson’s Arch in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Yaniv Berman, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority)

The excavation was done below Wilson’s Arch which is adjacent to the men’s section of the Western Wall.  The top is still visible today

It once spanned 42 feet (13 m), supporting a road that continued for 75 feet (23 m) and allowed access to a gate that was level with the surface of the Temple Mount during the time of Jesus.  Bible-History

Western Wall wit Wilson’s Arch at left.

In the 1860s, British surveyor and archaeologist Charles William Wilson was the first to seek such a theater in the vicinity of the Western Wall. The small 200- to 300-seat theater, whose existence is noted by Josephus Flavius and other ancient sources but which has eluded Jerusalem excavations for some 150 years, is the first rediscovered example of a Roman public building in Jerusalem, archaeologists said.

In 70 CE, the Second Temple was razed along with most of the Jewish settlement of Jerusalem. In its place, the Roman colony Aelia Capitolina was established and named after the Roman god Jupiter and the emperor Hadrian (also known as Aelius), who began reconstructing the city in 130 CE. Following the bloody Bar Kochba Revolt of circa 132–136 CE, Jews were banned from the capital aside from on Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning commemorating the destruction of the Temple…

Built in a classical Roman style, the theater is located under Wilson’s Arch, which serves as its roof. The arch is the only visible, extant structure remaining from the Temple Mount compound. During the Second Temple period, the arch was used as a walkway-bridge for worshipers entering the compound. The space under the Wilson’s Arch pedestrian bridge was used for a road, shops, and water drainage, said archaeologists.

The area under the arch was damaged in a massive earthquake circa 360 CE. Jerusalem residents, concerned the arch would collapse, deliberately covered the spacious area with dirt and debris — thereby also covering all remnants of the theater for some 1,650 years. The latest date on an excavated coin is 380 CE, said archaeologist Solomon.

Online:  TimesOfIsrael –  Massive section of Western Wall and Roman theater uncovered after 1,700 years

Video:  Amazing Western Wall Discovery: New Section, Ancient Theater, Uncovered in Jerusalem

Newsweek Labels Christian Org. Values Voter Summit As A ‘Hate Group’ Ahead Of President Trump Appearance

Actual Newsweek Headline: “Donald Trump To Speak At Hate Group’s Annual Event, A First For A President”

The ‘hate group’ is the Christian, Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit.

The source Newsweek used to condemn a Christian Org. as a “hate group” was the radically Left and incredibly biased source the Southern Poverty Law Center.

President Donald Trump made history last week, when he became the first sitting president to address the annual Values Voter Summit hosted by the conservative Family Research Council (FRC). But rather than focus on the content of Trump’s speech, news outlets like Newsweek chose to malign the president’s decision to attend the event by citing a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), in which the progressive think tank labels the FRC as a “hate group” and “rouges’ gallery of the radical right” for its “anti-LGBTQ” positions.

“Donald Trump To Speak At Hate Group’s Annual Event, A First For A President” read the headline of the Newsweek piece that ran on Thursday. The article quoted SPLC president Richard Cohen, who told The Independent that Trump’s appearance at the event “is lending the legitimacy of his office to a hate group that relentlessly demonizes LGBTQ people and works to deny them of their equal rights.”

As Faithwire has reported, the SPLC “Active Hate Groups” list includes many conservative and Christian organizations and the dubious designation has inspired some to take violent actions. In 2012, a gunman burst into FRC offices, killing a security guard. Court documents show the attacker chose his target after seeing it listed as an anti-gay group on the SPLC website. FaithWire

Video: President Trump Delivers Remarks to the 2017 Values Voter Summit

Actual Newsweek Headline: ‘Trump Tells Hate Group Americans ‘Worship God,’ Not Government’

President Trump spoke to one of the most faithful blocs of his base on Friday, telling attendees of this year’s Values Voter Summit that in America “we don’t worship government, we worship God.” NPR

During his speech on Friday, the president drew cheers when he once again promised to protect Judeo-Christian values and asserted that faith and family always supersede government. FaithWire

Video: The “Anti-Hate” Group That Is a Hate Group

Trump Administration Defines Life As Beginning At Conception

HHS updated plan states:  “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.”

President Donald Trump’s administration signaled its commitment to protecting life again this week in a proposed Department of Health and Human Services strategic plan.

The plan states that HHS will serve Americans at “every stage of life, beginning at conception” and up through “natural death,” Opposing Views reports. While the new language will not affect abortion laws, it will help direct public policy under the Trump administration during the next four years….

It is well accepted in the scientific community that a unique, new human life begins at the moment of conception. When the sperm and egg join, they form a totally separate, living human being with his or her own unique DNA. Biology textbooks, medical experts and even some abortion advocates accept this as a basic fact.

And now so does the HHS. The draft of the HHS strategic plan refers to the full span of human life several times.

Under the goal to to “Reform, Strengthen and Modernize the Nation’s Health Care,” it states: “HHS seeks to improve health care outcomes for people we serve. While we may refer to the people we serve as beneficiaries, enrollees, patients or consumers, our ultimate goal is to improve healthcare outcomes for all people, including the unborn, across healthcare settings.” [Emphasis added]

And in the section “Strengthen the Economic and Social Well-Being of Americans across the Lifespan,” HHS promises to “serve all Americans from conception to natural death.”  LifeNews

Video: David Wood – Jesus Calls Zakir Naik “Satan”!

Video:  David Wood –  Jesus Calls Zakir Naik “Satan”!


Zakir Naik and Ahmed Deedat popularized an argument claiming that the “Sign of Jonah” would be that Jesus would miraculously survive crucifixion. However, when we read one of the chapters where Jesus talks about the Sign of Jonah (Matthew 16), we find Jesus calling Peter “Satan” for claiming that Jesus would not die on the cross. If Jesus called Peter “Satan” for rejecting his death by crucifixion, how can Naik and Deedat expect us to believe that Jesus was telling his followers that he would survive crucifixion? David Wood discusses the issue.

The Zionists are Coming! Panic at San Francisco State University

Rabab Adulhadi and other anti-Israel activists are in a panic as they face opposition.  During a recent San Francisco State University (SFSU) conference, there was a lot of hand-wringing over a petition to end SFSU’s partnership with the terrorist-friendly An-Najah University in the West Bank.

Click here to sign a petition calling for San Francisco State University (SFSU) to end its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with An-Najah University in the West Bank. I

Rabab Abdulhadi is a SFSU professor, founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BDS), and behind the  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between her school and terrorist-friendly An-Najah University in the West Bank.

No longer will activists posing as academics to push an illiberal agenda go unopposed.

In the fevered imagination of the academic left, these are dark days at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Speakers at a two-day conference, “Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference at San Francisco State University,” described a campus where a “corporatist” administration is at war with its faculty; Arab-American professors are afraid to walk alone on campus; ethnic student organizations are consigned to the dank student center basement; “Zionists” lie in wait to pounce on innocent, beleaguered proponents of “Palestine”; and “white supremacy” rules. All at one of the most radical universities in the nation.

Leading these lamentations was the director of SFSU’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), Rabab Abdulhadi, whose anti-Israel activism is coming back to haunt her. In addition to being named in a Lawfare Project (LP) lawsuit against SFSU alleging “anti-Semitism and overt discrimination against Jewish students,” she is at the heart of a Middle East Forum/Campus Watch campaign to end the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) she brokered between SFSU and An-Najah University, a hotbed of anti-Semitism and radicalism in the West Bank.

The conference was held on the top floor of the bustling Cesar Chavez Student Center—adorned by murals of Malcolm X and Edward Said—in spacious, light-filled Jack Adams Hall. A bulletin board near the entrance displayed a flyer calling for the removal of San Francisco’s Pioneer Monument, which it dubbed a “monument to white supremacy!” Conference programs featured a graphic of President Donald Trump’s silhouette balanced with a white fist on a scale of justice.

The audience of mostly students and small clusters of faculty ranged from a sparse fifty to sixty for the panel “Academic Freedom for Whom? Islamophobia, Palestine, and Campus Politics,” to around 250—many sitting on the floor after the seats quickly filled up—for “Muslims, Mexicans, and the Politics of Exclusion.”Full article at MEForum

Hamas And Fatah Sign Preliminary Reconciliation Deal Over Control Of Gaza Strip

Egyptian-brokered talks between rival Palestinian factions are being held under the direct auspices of Egyptian President  el-Sisi (the meeting was proposed and supported by President Trump.)

He [el-Sisi] wants a deal to permanently halt the movement of militants between Gaza and Sinai, where an Islamic State affiliate has damaged Egypt’s tourist industry as well as the broader recovery El-Sisi wants to portray. Ending the rift in Palestinian ranks could also ease Gaza’s suffering and bolster their hand in future peace talks with Israel. Put together, they point to an assertive Egypt looking to reclaim its role as a regional powerhouse.

There’s the “sense of wanting to re-establish Egyptian leadership and foreign policy activism — putting Egypt back in its rightful place,” said Michael Wahid Hanna, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation in Washington. Bloomberg

Previous attempts at reconciliation between the two sides were unveiled with fanfare and declarations of unity, only to quickly end.

Pressure on Hamas

“The Egyptians have certainly put a lot of pressure on Hamas, but they’re under no illusions about the possibility of this agreement’s early demise,” Eran Lerman, a lecturer at Shalem College in Jerusalem and a former member of Israel’s National Security Council, said. Bloomberg

In June, Egpyt put pressure on Hamas to distance itself from Iran.  Egypt also demanded that Hamas not express support for Qatar.

Relations between Iran and Hamas cooled due to differences over the conflict in Syria.  In 2017, Iran agreed in principle to renew its funding for the Hamas terror group, stated the Times of Israel.

International largesse from Europe, American, NGOs… goes to the Palestinian Authority.   It is supposed to use the money for all the Palestinians including those in Gaza, which it uses it uses to assert authority in Gaza.

Beginning in April and during the summer the PA stopped paying the Gaza utility bills to Israel.  The PA also cut the pay by 30 percent of Gaza government officials and workers who do not work but have remained on the payroll.

Fatah then sent a stark message to Hamas: Reconcile and allow the Palestinian Authority to assume control in Gaza, or manage alone.

“Part of this is Abbas showing he is in control and he is the boss,” said Mahdi Abdul Hadi, director of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, an independent research institute in East Jerusalem. “The message to Hamas is: If you want to govern it, take it.”  NYTimes

Hamas holds few cards.   Egypt keeps the Rafah border crossing in Gaza mostly closed.   Qatar reduced funding to Hamas and Iran has only discussed the renewal of funding.

Preliminary  Deal

Hopes for the agreement, signed under the watchful eye of Egyptian intelligence, were tempered by the knowledge that many previous Palestinian initiatives have failed. Yet there is optimism that this time may be different, partly because the stakes are so much higher.

Hamas, which controls Gaza and has fought Israel three times, said it was ready to cede control of Gaza’s borders and allow the rival Palestinian Authority to effectively take over the day-to-day running of the territory.

Continue reading Hamas And Fatah Sign Preliminary Reconciliation Deal Over Control Of Gaza Strip

U.S. Pulling Out Of UNESCO Over Concerns Of ‘Anti-Israel Bias’

USA News reported the United States will pull out of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the end of next year.

The Trump administration cited concerns of an “anti-Israel bias” and other problems at the United Nations cultural organization.  An official statement released by the State Department:  “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.”

The withdrawal is mostly symbolic as USA Today notes that the U.S. has not funded UNESCO since 2011 after it voted to include Palestine.

UNESCO has fueled anti-Jewish incitement and violence.  It has denied Jewish and cultural rights in Israel.  It has become absurd and a platform for political clashes and no longer does the work of its stated objectives – “for the purpose of advancing, through the educational and scientific and cultural relations of the peoples of the world, the objectives of international peace and of the common welfare of mankind f”

Two ‘Dreamers’ Caught Smuggling Illegal Aliens Into U.S.

Lacking respect for U.S. laws.

Two young illegal immigrant “Dreamers” in the U.S. under protection of the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty were caught smuggling illegal immigrants in separate incidents in Texas, authorities announced Thursday.

The arrests come at a time when Congress is debating what to do about Dreamers, and the arrests could complicate the picture painted of Dreamers as law-abiding standouts who are victims of circumstance.

Customs and Border Protection said the first smuggling attempt was broken up on Oct. 4, after Border Patrol agents stopped a car at a checkpoint on Interstate 35 and discovered two illegal immigrants from Brazil hiding in the trunk.

The driver of the car was from Guatemala, a juvenile who had been approved by the Obama administration for a DACA permit in 2016.

Three days later the same checkpoint snared another DACA recipient from Mexico smuggling an illegal immigrant from Mexico in his trunk.

Neither of the Dreamers’ names were released.

They and the illegal immigrants they were trying to smuggle are all being processed for deportation, CBP said.

To qualify for the DACA program illegal immigrants must assert they were brought to the U.S. as children and have kept a relatively clean record.

Immigrant-smuggling violates the terms of the agreement, as does gang membership or other serious crimes of violence. WashingtonTimes

Louisiana Sheriff’s Office Boycotts Ford Over Its NFL Support

The Ford Motor Company inserting themselves into this anti-American ludicrousness by NFL players (whose average arrest is one NFL player every 7 days for a violent crime) is a lose-lose situation.

Ford Motor Co., a major NFL sponsor, said in a statement it does “respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great.” AutoNews

Sheriff Julian Whittington:  “Yes, the NFL players have a right to protest as they deem necessary, but we … have a right to spend our money elsewhere.”  DailyWire

In 2016 and 2017 the sheriff’s office purchased 29 vehicles from Hixson Autoplex, spending $747,132.  ShreveportNews

The letter, addressed to Hixson Ford of Alexandria, reads:

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office has, for many years now, enjoyed a pleasurable business relationship with your community. Ford vehicles have been greatly utilized with the law enforcement community both for us and throughout the entire United States. Ford has been a part of American history, and has stood for American values. However, the recent events surrounding the NFL, its players and their audacity to thumb their collective noses at the American Flag, the American military as well as their obvious disdain for the profession of law enforcement in general; forces me to take a stand.

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office will no longer purchase Ford products as long as Ford sides with those who have no regard for the men and women who protect and serve this great nation. Yes, the NFL players have a right to protest as they deem necessary, but we, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the taxpayers of Bossier Parish have a right to spend our money elsewhere. I realize that Ford Motor Co. has made this decision and may not necessarily be supported by your company, but, you are our dealer. It is my hope that this letter will cause you to encourage Ford Motor Co. to change their advertising choice and cease to support the NFL with advertising dollars until the NFL leadership demands its players show proper respect for our nation’s colors.

I will be sending a copy of this letter to each of the 63 other Sheriffs in the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association President, the National Sheriff’s Association President, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, encouraging them to take a similar stand where Ford products are concerned. We can no longer stand by idly by and allow similar the fabric of this country to be dismantled. The men and women of law enforcement make it possible for the Ford Motor Co. to do business in a safe and secure environment. It’s time they took a stand for each of them