Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews. Esther 10:3
The burial site of Purim heroes Mordechai and Esther stands proudly in the heart of Iran, proclaiming the Jews’ Biblical victory from within their most prominent modern enemy. This contradiction, based on an extraordinary part of the Bible, symbolizes the peculiar reality of the largest and most ancient Middle Eastern Jewish community outside of the Holy Land.
For several reasons, the story of Purim is an anomaly in the Bible. It does not mention the name of God, and it is the only Biblical account, apart from the Book of Daniel, to take place outside the borders of Israel. The story of the Jewish victory is based in ancient Persia, known today as Iran, the arch-enemy of modern Israel. Tucked away in a corner of Iran is a 500-year old building purported to be the burial site of Mordechai and Esther. A previous structure is believed to have been destroyed in the 14th century by Mongol invaders.
The Iranian city of Hamadan, 200 miles west of Tehran, claims to be the Biblical city of Shushan, the capital of ancient Persia and the setting for the story of Purim.
At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa Esther 1:2
One of the most prominent sites in the city is a 500-year-old building built over what many believe is the burial site of Biblical Mordecai and Esther. Most would assume that the site commemorating the Jewish heroes would be hidden away or in danger, but the opposite is actually the case. The site is proudly displayed, known to all, and Persian Jews visit the site annually en masse to read the Book of Esther. BreakingNewsIsrael
Illegal aliens Henry E. Sanchez, 18, and Jose O. Montano, 17 were placed in a 9th-grade classroom at Rockville High School in Maryland.
Matthew Bourke, spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement that a border patrol agent encountered Sanchez in Texas in August. Sanchez was ordered to appear before an immigration judge, Bourke said, but that appearance has not been scheduled. ICE has since lodged an immigration detainer against Sanchez. BaltimoreSun
They have been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a bathroom stall at the school, they forced her into a boys’ bathroom where they both raped her and sodomized her.
Authorities said Henry E. Sanchez, 18, and Jose O. Montano, 17, approached a 14-year-old girl in a hallway at Rockville High School during school hours Thursday morning and asked her to walk with them.
Montano asked her for sex, and after she refused, he and Sanchez forced her into a boys’ bathroom where they both raped her and sodomized her, police said. NBC Washington
It has been reported that Sanchez lived in Guatemala until he was 17 and Montano, who has been charged as an adult, was born in El Salvador, where he lived for 16 years. Both men had both been in the U.S. for less than a year, Sanchez 7 months and Montano 8 months, reported the Washington Post.
Jose O. Montano has an unconfirmed address. Henry E. Sanchez lives in the Aspen Hill area, where the median household income is $82,682 and the median home value is $394,000.
Gov. Hogan ‘Outraged’
“I am outraged by the brutal and violent rape of a 14 year old girl in a Rockville public school. Our prayers are with her,” Hogan posted in a Facebook statement Tuesday. “The State of Maryland is calling on Montgomery County to immediately and fully cooperate with all federal authorities during the investigation of this heinous crime. The public has a right to know how something this tragic and unacceptable was allowed to transpire in a public school.”
Hogan accused the school system of withholding information from the Maryland State Board of Education about the rape and the students involved.
“Montgomery County government and the Montgomery County police are cooperating and the school system is not and it appears as if they have something to hide,” he said. NBC Washington
Jack Smith, superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, pushed back against the focus on the immigration status of the accused students.
“Some try to make this into an issue of immigration,” Smith said at a news conference Tuesday. “We would like to change the conversation.”
While expressing horror at the crime and assuring parents that their children are safe at school, Smith, said, “We serve every student who walks in the door. It is not only the right thing to do, it is the law.” BaltimoreSun
Yes, it is about 2 adult illegal alien males, unvetted illegal immigrants placed in a 9th-grade high school classroom. Why were they placed in a high school and not an adult education English language class?
Montano and Sanchez were charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense, police said.
District Judge Eugene Wolfe ordered both of them held with no bond. “I believe that you are a danger,” District Judge Eugene Wolfe declared.
Parents of students at Rockville High School and other concerned Montgomery County, Md., community members finally got their chance to have some of their questions answered by school administrators at a PTA meeting…
“The mood was simply cover our reputation,” said attorney Robin Ficker. “There were long speeches from the principal, from the superintendent, from others who were associated with them explaining why this could never have happened when it did. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound to cure it.” FoxNews
Video: Immigrant Rape Case Sparks National Debate
Maryland is taking steps to become a sanctuary state.
Video: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan opposes state sanctuary bill
Maryland Democrats this week took a major step to becoming a “sanctuary state,” drawing outrage from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and concerns it would protect an 18-year-old illegal charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom last week…
Jessica Vaughan, the policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, said sanctuary policies are a public safety threat.
“I can’t imagine how any lawmaker in their right mind in Maryland could support a sanctuary policy after all that has happened there, especially after the influx of illegal alien youths and families from Central America, which swept in a whole new generation of gang members who have been terrorizing immigrant communities. Montgomery and Prince Georges counties in particular have become safe havens for all manner of criminal aliens who should be sent back to their home country instead of allowed to stay here in defiance of our laws,” she said.
Vaughan added, “It’s a disgrace that the Maryland assembly is working harder for illegal aliens than it is for the Marylanders who are harmed by illegal immigration.” WashingtonExaminer
Update: Death toll 5 people – including police officer Keith Palmer, 48 – and 40 more injured. The terrorist has died, he was shot outside Parliament.
PM Theresa May’s statement:
A terrorist mowed down people with a car on Westminster Bridge. Then he continued in his car to Parliament Square, hitting the fence and injuring more people. The terrorist got out of his car and stabbed one policeman outside Parliament before he was shot by police.
At least 2 dead and several catastrophically injured in the terror attack.
At least two people are dead after a terror attacker brought carnage to central London today, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before attacking police with a knife in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.
At least 10 people were been hit by a vehicle on the bridge after a 4×4 drove into pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into the gates of Parliament.
An intruder, described by a witness as ‘middle-aged and Asian’, then managed to break into the grounds of the Parliament and stabbed a police officer before he was shot and injured. The policeman is feared to have since died.
An hour after the attack, paramedics removed a man, thought to be the attacker, from the scene after extensive CPR. Another body appeared to have been left on the ground covered by a red blanket.
A doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital has said one woman has died and a number of others have been hurt – including some with ‘catastrophic’ injuries.
Prime Minister Theresa May is said to have been bundled into a car by a plain-clothes police officer and driven quickly from the scene as the attack unfolded. She will chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee tonight.
Scotland Yard said the attack, which comes a year to the day after the terrorist atrocities in Brussels, is being treated ‘as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise’. DailyMail
“Someone rushed through, attacked a policeman… he appeared to be carrying a knife. We heard lots of gunfire” witness tells Sky News pic.twitter.com/3tMbYIoByH
Isik Abla says, ‘I had no identity and no self worth until I met Jesus!’
She is from Turkey.
A former radical Islamist turned Christian evangelist is warning the West of another form of jihad being waged in the education front.
Isik Abla told The Christian Post last week that wealthy fanatical Muslims are sending jihadist students to America and other Western countries to infiltrate the world’s top universities as part of their group’s ultimate objective to Islamise the West.
She explained that there are different types of jihad. Aside from the physical jihad, which is the use of force to kill and conquer “infidels,” Abla mentioned four other types of jihad—educational, population, media, and economical jihad.
“We are seeing these … types of jihad integrated in the Western world today,” she said at the Proclaim 17, NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Abla said she herself was recruited to wage educational jihad by her first Muslim husband.
“Educational jihad pays the tuition of the students to send them to high prestigious colleges and universities” in the West like Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, the Turkish native explained.
She said the goal is to put jihadists “in high places [of] power to dictate what needs to happen in the Western world [and] to Islamise the Western world.” CT
A group of boys raped a 15-year-old Chicago girl, streamed the attack live on Facebook, while roughly 40 people watched the savage assault live and did nothing about it.
Fox News reports that police only discovered what had happened after the girl’s mother approached Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson as he was leaving a news conference at the 10th District police station in the Lawndale neighborhood late Monday.
The girl’s mother showed Johnson screenshots of the alleged assault, according to Johnson’s spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Johnson told WGN-TV, “What’s even more disturbing, more than the fact that they did this, there were so many people that saw this and they didn’t pick up the phone and dial 911. That’s just not right and (we’re) working on it and try to bring it to a successful resolution.”
Johnson ordered an investigation; the police department asked Facebook to pull the video off the Internet. Her mother showed WGN News four screens grabs that WGN reported are too graphic for TV.
The Chicago Tribunestated that the girl, a Lane Tech freshman, was reported missing after she didn’t return to her Lawndale home after going to the store. The girl’s uncle reportedly saw the Facebook Live video showing the boys raping his niece. The girl wasn’t found until Tuesday morning; police said she appeared to be in “good condition” and was returned to her mother. DailyWire
Between 2000 and 2015, poison centers received 188,000 calls – an average of 32 calls a day or one every 45 minutes – over pediatric exposure to opioids.
Poison centers are being flooded with calls over children accidentally taking prescription opioids, a new study has found.
Scientists say that US Poison Control Centers receive an average of 32 calls a day from pediatric exposure to the narcotics.
While that rate is steady since 2000, experts warn they are now seeing a worrying spike in toddlers taking buprenorphine, a medical substitute for heroin.
Research showed that the majority of exposures (60 percent) occurred in children younger than five years old – many of whom were hospitalized.
Meanwhile, although preschoolers are unintentionally taking the opioids, they are seeing an increase in teenagers consciously and aggressively going after the drugs.
The study, conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, looked at figures from the National Poison Data System. DailyMail
During the week of January 29, 2017, through February 3, 2017, ICE issued 3,083 detainers throughout the United States. The following table reflects the jurisdictions that do not comply with detainers on a routine basis, which had the highest volume of detainers issued during the reporting period (157 to these ten jurisdictions during the reporting period.
In a move to put public pressure on “sanctuary cities,” the Department of Homeland Security on Monday published a list of 118 localities that have refused to cooperate with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants.President Trump ordered the department to publish a weekly list of all detention requests turned down by local jails, listing the agency, the undocumented immigrants and the charges they face. In an executive order signed Jan. 25, Trump said the list is necessary to “better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions.”
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to start producing the list last month, and on Monday, the agency issued its first public report.
It lists 206 cases in which undocumented immigrants were arrested on local charges and were set to be released from jails. ICE officials requested that the local authorities hold onto those people for up to 48 hours — a request known as a “detainer” — but the requests were denied. USAToday
Online: ICE Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report
For Recorded Declined Detainers Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2017 (pdf)
It is a mental disorder – inability to cope with life.
Microaggressions are in the water these days at colleges and universities. Students across the country are now learning what they are, how to avoid them and how to respond to them.
But according to one leading psychologist, the science behind microaggressions just doesn’t add up, and we shouldn’t be using the concept as a guideline for how we treat people because the whole thing could all be in our heads.
Dr. Scott Lilienfield of Emory University has a new review in Perspectives on Psychological Science that argues that microaggressions aren’t actually well-defined, that they are often dictated by the politics of a situation, and that there is a lack of concrete evidence that people suffer any long-term harm from being micro-aggressed.
Part of the problem, Lilienfield says, is that people lump “old fashioned abuse” in with small, everyday actions that are unintentionally racist and sexist. It’s not clear how small or how large an offense has to be before it moves out of the realm of “microaggression” and into the realm of actual racism or sexism —or whether there is actually any difference.
But that’s not stopping colleges from fully embracing the concept. Some students are being forced into microaggression training programs. Some schools are spending thousands on counselors, coloring books, therapy dogs, and ball pits to help students cope with an increasingly racist world. HeatStreet
It’s supposed to be about the law and if it is constitutional.
Alan Dershowitz said on Fox News this morning that because court rulings against President Trump‘s travel ban are bringing up his own past rhetoric, the argument is basically, “If Obama had issued the very same order with the same words it would be constitutional, but if Trump issues it it’s unconstitutional.”
This week a federal judge in Hawaii and a district court judge in Maryland both ruled to block the revised travel ban, with the latter saying in his decision, “The history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the purpose of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban.”
Such statements include President Trump’s initial call during the campaign for a “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on” and Rudy Giuliani saying on Fox a few weeks ago that after Trump announced that call, he asked him for the right way to do that legally.
Dershowitz said this morning that rulings based on campaign rhetoric is “not the way the law is supposed to operate.”
He predicted that the Supreme Court would end up upholding the “major provisions of this ban.”
The H-1B visa program used to compensate for shortages of skilled workers in the tech industry has caused wages to be lower and hiring to be reduced for U.S. tech workers a study found.
Silicon Valley has long portrayed the U.S. visa program for skilled foreign workers as a win-win, providing much-needed tech talent and fueling innovation and economic growth…
A new research paper on the effects of the H-1B visa program on workers suggests the influx of skilled foreign workers has historically led to lower wages and employment for American tech workers. Such findings could further inflame debate around immigration of high-skilled workers, but some economists caution against making too much of the result.
Economists from the University of Michigan and the University of California, San Diego, analyzed employment, wages and other factors over an eight-year period ending in 2001. They found that, while the visa program bolstered the U.S. economy and corporate profits, tech-industry wages would have been as much as 5.1% higher in the absence of the H-1B visa program and employment of U.S. workers in the field would have been as much as 10.8% higher in 2001. WSJ
Yet while tech workers in the United States felt those effects, consumers and technology titans harvested a bumper crop of rewards, the researchers stated in their study, which was completed in February 2017.
“Immigration lowered prices and raised the output of I.T. goods by between 1.9 percent and 2.5 percent, thus benefiting consumers,” the NBER study determined. “Finally, firms in the I.T. sector also earned substantially higher profits due to immigration.”
The researchers also noted that the rising profits tends to put tech executives and digital leaders in the camp that urges more skilled immigration. SiliconBeat
A shared Christianity, Judeo-Christian foundation, American kinship brought a feeling of people having something in common despite differences of economic class, race, etc. Today, there is a diverging on core behaviors and beliefs in American society. That loss of commonality increases the drive towards tribalism. A society coming apart.
Apparently secularism won’t lead to peace, harmony, and utopia.
Secularism is indeed correlated with greater tolerance of gay marriage and pot legalization. But it’s also making America’s partisan clashes more brutal.
Attending church is a good thing for people.
Establishing causation is difficult, but we know that culturally conservative white Americans who are disengaged from church experience less economic success and more family breakdown than those who remain connected, and they grow more pessimistic and resentful…
And even within the white working class, those who don’t regularly attend church are more likely to suffer from divorce, addiction, and financial distress. As Wilcox explains, “Many conservative, Protestant white men who are only nominally attached to a church struggle in today’s world. They have traditional aspirations but often have difficulty holding down a job, getting and staying married, and otherwise forging real and abiding ties in their community. The culture and economy have shifted in ways that have marooned them with traditional aspirations unrealized in their real-world lives.”
In their book, Religion and Politics in the United States, Kenneth D. Wald and Allison Calhoun-Brown reference a different theory: that the most-committed members of a church are more likely than those who are casually involved to let its message of universal love erode their prejudices.
Whatever the reason, when cultural conservatives disengage from organized religion, they tend to redraw the boundaries of identity, de-emphasizing morality and religion and emphasizing race and nation.
When conservatives disengage from organized religion, however, they don’t become more tolerant. They become intolerant in different ways. Research shows that evangelicals who don’t regularly attend church are less hostile to gay people than those who do. But they’re more hostile to African Americans, Latinos, and Muslims. In 2008, the University of Iowa’s Benjamin Knoll noted that among Catholics, mainline Protestants, and born-again Protestants, the less you attended church, the more anti-immigration you were.
A 23-month old toddler was escorted during Tuesday’s snow storm nearly 90 miles by a convoy of plows, the Pennsylvania National Guard, the State Police and emergency vehicles to reach Geisinger Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pa. for an ’emergency medical procedure’,
Bentley Gingerlowski was born with a rare congenital heart defect, and a low platelet condition caused internal bleeding at the height of Tuesday’s blizzard, said his mother, Nicole Gingerlowski.
His parents initially took Bentley to a hospital in East Stroudsburg after he started coughing up blood early Tuesday. However, he needed to transfer to Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville to see his specialist and get the treatment he needed, she said. MCall
State troopers joined forces with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania National Guard and Suburban EMS to ensure he reached the Geisinger Children’s Hospital in Danville safely.
PA State Police wrote on Facebook that the child needed an ’emergency medical procedure’, and posted: ‘The snow doesn’t stop us!’
The mother of the boy, who was born prematurely with a serious heart defect, said he would have died if he was not moved.
He had been at Pocono Medical Centre, which was not equipped to best help the critical pediatric patient.
She told NBC10: ‘This hospital made sure to do everything they could to make sure our son got to his specialist to make sure to get him his best care.’..
State governor Tom Wolf said the child had arrived safely, telling Pix11: ‘The National Guard followed up to make sure that if anything happened, they could help.’ DailyMail
The hospital says little Bentley Gingerlowski’s life-threatening condition have been stabilized and he is resting comfortably.
The toddler will remain at Geisinger to undergo additional testing. WGal