Relief Aid To Texas – Samaritans Purse And IsraAid

“We have pre-positioned Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief trucks and materials outside Dallas and will be moving into the hardest hit areas as soon as we are given the all-clear by the state authorities…” -Franklin Graham

Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief units are now in Texas as Harvey’s deadly fury has moved inland and continues to pummel the state, especially flood-prone Houston. Our teams are ready to go in and help homeowners in Jesus’ Name as soon as we are able to access affected communities.

When the Category 4 hurricane came ashore late Friday night, the coastal town of Rockport and other areas suffered considerable damage and at least one fatality was reported.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S., is now getting battered, with more than three feet of rain having fallen in the last 24 hours. At least two people have drowned, and more than 2,000 people have been rescued—many of those from rooftops. Much of the city is under water, and rains could last four to five more days.

“My heart continues to be heavy for the good people of South Texas as they begin to deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey—and the flood waters are still rising in many areas,” said Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse president.  SamaritansPurse 

You can help hurricane victims by volunteering, donating, and praying.

Israel sends aid to flood-battered Texas

Humanitarian aid organizations IsraAID and iAID send teams to help clear debris, clean ruined homes and offer psychological support to Harvey survivors.

Two teams of Israeli aid experts are on their way to Texas to provide vital relief and psychosocial support to the thousands of people who have lost everything in the catastrophic Tropical Storm Harvey….

Humanitarian aid organization IsraAID aims to provide a two-stage response to the disaster, focusing on helping remove debris and clean homes in the wake of the catastrophic flooding, and offering psychosocial trauma support to shocked residents.

“In crises with large-scale destruction, national and international aid efforts typically focus on practical, physical support, with limited resources allocated to the mental and emotional rehabilitation of affected populations,” said Yotam Polizer, co-CEO of IsraAID.

“For the most vulnerable groups, notably children and the elderly, time is of critical importance; the longer these groups are forced to remain in shelters, the higher the chance of long-term mental health problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a disorder that can have a debilitating and long-term impact.”

iAID, an international aid organization based in Israel, is also sending a team of 9-10 Israeli relief professionals to offer support to the national guard and other non-governmental American aid groups, to help families and communities affected by the storm…

They will create and facilitate child-friendly spaces within the shelters to help support homeless children, and offer psychological and emotional support and tools for both individuals and for community resilience-building.

The organization will also send a relief team to help local communities remove debris, clean out destroyed homes and help residents sift through the wreckage of former homes to salvage belongings.

“This cleaning stage is crucial to avoid major health and hygiene issues from contaminated water and open sewage,” said Polizer. “From a psychological perspective, home-owners are often so overwhelmed by the devastation and the loss of their belongings that they cannot consider the thought of filtering through their possessions to try and save anything. Part of IsraAID’s work is to separate what can be preserved.

“The loss of people’s homes can easily put them into a downward spiral of despair and depression. Cleaning up the mess helps create a positive momentum towards rehabilitation and recovery,” Polizer added. Israel21c

Houston Looters Reportedly Shooting Rescuers

Evil.

Looters have reportedly opened fire on rescue teams attempting to save people in Houston, and the punishments should be out of this world.

The looters allegedly opened fire on the Cajun Navy, a group that has been doing incredible work to save as many lives as possible during the flooding.

“Clyde and the other team members and teams are all safe. Looters decided to pose as people needing rescue and they attempted to overtake the boats and there were shots fired at the boats. I repeat they are all safe. Looters must have not wanted our boats in the water for rescues. Please feel free to share this post. We are currently on stand down pending a new strategic plan,” was posted on the Cajun Navy’s Facebook page, but it’s since been removed.

Clyde Cain, a member of the Cajun Navy told CNN the conflict came as the group sought shelter. DailyCaller

‘Cajun Navy’ Responds To Houston Flood, Saves 73-Year-Old Woman

Members of the “Cajun Navy” made landfall in flooded Bayou City and quickly saved the life of a 73-year-old woman they found floating in the street.

Three members of the Cajun Navy traveled from their homes in Louisiana to help rescue people stranded in the catastrophic flooding that impacted Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Joshua Lincoln, Ricky Berrigan, and Donnie Davenport came across a woman floating face down in a roadway, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

“I thought it was a trash bag,” Lincoln told the newspaper. “She was wearing a black shirt.

“The lady must have been crossing in some current,” he explained. “She floated right to the boat. We jumped out and got her and gave her compressions right there in the water. We were holding her from behind.”

The woman quickly came around after about 15 compressions, the rescuers said. They then pulled her into the boat and moved her to safety.

Lincoln said the woman, Wilma Ellis, appeared a bit disoriented and scared. They wrapped her in a blanket to warm her up and transported her to a gas station where she could get help.  BreitBart

Hurricane Harvey Sends Floodwaters Into Texas Nursing Home, 15 Seniors Rescued

Update:

CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca‏ posted an updated photo on Monday night that shows the women are “safe, warm and dry” after the original image of them sitting in water shocked the world.

The women have been relocated to a nearby facility in Alvin, Texas, and are in “good spirits,” according to multiple sources. Faithwire

Unbelievable!

Harvey is expected to produce additional rainfall
accumulations of 15 to 25 inches through Friday over the upper Texas coast and into southwestern Louisiana. Isolated storm totals may reach 50 inches over the upper Texas coast, including the Houston/Galveston metropolitan area. These rains are currently producing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding, and flash flood emergencies are in effect for portions of southeastern Texas.   National Weather Service – Sun Aug 27 2017

All assisted living facilities and nursing homes have evacuation plans.

Timothy McIntosh, the son-in-law of the woman who owns the nursing home posted the picture just before 10am on Sunday asking for help. DailyMail

As Tropical Storm Harvey continued to pound southeastern Texas on Sunday with “catastrophic flooding,” residents of a nursing home southeast of Houston had to be evacuated from waist-deep water.

Fifteen senior citizens were evacuated from the La Vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson, David Popoff, the city’s emergency management coordinator, told the Galveston County Daily News.

Popoff told the newspaper all 15 were rescued by helicopter.

“We were air-lifting grandmothers and grandfathers,” Popoff said. FoxNews

Did they listen to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D)?

 

“Even if an evacuation order has not been issued by your local official, if you are in areas between Corpus Christi and Houston … you need to strongly consider evacuating,” Abbott said mid-day Friday in a basement bunker at the state emergency operations center in Austin. “If I were living in the Houston region, as I once did, I would decide to head to areas north of there,” he added. “Think of your life first.”  Governor Abbot  (R)

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner argued on Sunday that an evacuation of Harris county, which is currently seeing “unprecedented” flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, would have led to a far worse calamity for area residents.

“If you think the situation right now is bad, you give an order to evacuate, you are creating a nightmare. Especially when it’s not planned,” Turner said during an update Sunday on the city’s response to Hurricane Harvey.

Turner argued that an evacuation order has to be “very well-coordinated all the way from Houston to the destination point.”  ABCNews

Houston Underwater

The incessant rain covered much of Houston in turbid, gray-green water and turned streets into wide channels navigable only by boat…

As the water rose, the National Weather Service offered another ominous forecast: Before the storm that arrived Friday as a Category 4 hurricane is gone, some parts of Houston and its suburbs could receive as much as 50 inches of rain. That would be the highest amount ever recorded in Texas.

Some areas have already received about half that amount. Since Thursday, South Houston had received nearly 25 inches and the suburbs of Santa Fe and Dayton got 27 inches.

‘The breadth and intensity of this rainfall is beyond anything experienced before,’ the National Weather Service said in a statement.

In a rescue effort that recalled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, helicopters landed near flooded freeways, airboats buzzed across inundated neighborhoods and high-wheel vehicles plowed through water-logged intersections. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam.DailyMail

Houston Man Tries To Blow Up Confederate Statue

Andrew Schneckm, 25, was arrested for attempting to blow up the General Dowling Monument located in Hermann Park in Houston, according to  Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.

Liberals are actively encouraging this, as are some in the GOP for not calling it out.

According to the complaint, a Houston park ranger spotted Schneck on the ground near the General Dowling Monument where he was allegedly holding “two small boxes with various items inside to include what appeared to be duct tape and wires.”

Schneck initially complied with the ranger’s request to drop what he was holding but then tried to drink what turned out to be liquid explosives from a plastic bottle.

The ranger called the Houston Police Department (HPD) who conducted a series of field tests upon arriving on the scene:

The clear liquid was field tested as was a white powdery substance found in a small, black aluminum tube which revealed they were most likely nitroglycerin and Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD), respectively, according to the charges. HMTD is a high explosive organic compound used as an initiating, or primary explosive. Nitroglycerin has been used as an active ingredient in the manufacture of explosives. ln its pure form, nitroglycerin is a contact explosive, with physical shock causing it to explode, which degrades over time to even more unstable forms. Nitroglycerin is highly dangerous to transport or use. ln its undiluted form, it is one of the world’s most powerful explosives.  DailyCaller

Illegal El Salvador Migrant Gang Members Charged With Murders In Houston And New York

MS-13 is an ultra-violent international criminal gang.  In 2014, was reported that MS-13 gang members were part of the invasion of illegal immigrants.

Houston Charges Kidnapping and Murder

Two illegal immigrant gang members from El Salvador who had a Satanic shrine in their Houston apartment are suspects in the killing of one teenager and the kidnapping of another, authorities said.
Gang leader Miguel Angel Alvarez-Flores, 22, who also goes by ‘Diabolico,’ and 18-year-old Diego Alexan Hernandez-Rivera appeared in Houston court Wednesday on charges of aggravated kidnapping and murder.
The MS-13 gang members laughed, smiled and waved in court.
Prosecutors said the two kidnapped a 14-year-old girl after she left school around February 2, holding her in an apartment where she was raped by a gang member.  DailyMail


New York Charges Murder

Thirteen members of the notorious Salvadoran gang MS-13 were charged Thursday in connection with seven murders including the 2016 killings of high school teenagers on New York’s Long Island.

The gang members were charged with 41 counts which also include racketeering, attempted murder, assault and obstruction of justice, U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers said Thursday afternoon.

Four of the suspects were charged directly with the murders of Kayla Cuevas, 16 and Nisa Mickens, 15, close friends who were beaten to death on Sept. 13, 2016, in Brentwood, N.Y.

Four others were directly involved in the death of 18-year-old Jose Peña-Hernandez, whose body was found on the grounds of the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood in October, investigators said.

Ten of the suspects are illegal immigrants, two are U.S. citizens and one is a green card holder, Capers said. He would not elaborate if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was involved.  FoxNews

Houston: Iraqi Refugee Pleads Guilty To Bomb Plot, Trying to Help ISIS

Omar Al Harden
Omar Al Harden

 
So much for vetting/screening.

An Iraqi refugee who authorities say wanted to set off bombs at two Houston malls pleaded guilty Monday to trying to help the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan admitted as part of his plea deal that he pledged his loyalty to ISIS in November 2014 and almost immediately trained to use tactical weapons, including an AK-47. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Jan. 17 on a charge of attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The 24-year-old came to Houston from Iraq in 2009. Beginning in June 2014, Al Hardan developed a relationship with a confidential informant, discussing hopes to travel overseas to fight with ISIS, according to authorities.

Homeland Security Special Agent Herman Wittliff testified days after Al Hardan’s indictment in January that the suspect had been learning how to make electronic transmitters that could be used to detonate explosives. Wittliff said Al Hardan hoped to bomb two Houston malls, including the popular Galleria mall, and wanted use cellphones — a collection of which were found in his apartment – to detonate the devices.

He also made numerous statements about his plans to travel to Syria and fight alongside ISIS and become a martyr CBSNews

NASA Bans the Word ‘Jesus’

Join with the praise and worship band “Allied with the Lord” for a refreshing set of spring praise and worship songs on Thursday, June 4, from 11:15 a.m. to noon in Building 57, Room 106. (The theme for this session will be “Jesus is our life!”) Prayer partners will be available for anyone who has need. All JSC civil servants and contractors are welcome.

nasaA complaint filed by the Liberty Institute on behalf of the Johnson Space Center Praise and Worship Club in Houston, accuses NASA of banning the name”Jesus” from the group’s meeting advertisement in the agency newsletter.

Liberty Institute attorney Jeremy Dys told me the club had placed an announcement in the Space Center’s newsletter – announcing the theme of their meeting, “Jesus is our life.”

“Soon after that, the legal department called the organizers and told them they could not use the name Jesus in their announcements,” Dys told me. “They said, no Jesus.”

The club’s leadership was told that “NASA would be censoring all future club announcements that featured the name, ‘Jesus’,” Liberty Institute alleged in its complaint letter.

NASA’s legal department explained that including the name ‘Jesus’ within the club’s announcement made that announcement “sectarian” or “denominational.”

They also alleged such announcements would cause NASA to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Dys said the club organizers offered to provide a disclaimer, notifying readers that the announcement was private speech and was not endorsed by NASA or any other government agency. However, that offer was rejected as “insufficient.”

“The club members knew right away that NASA was censoring them and they were not comfortable with that,” Dys told me.

And so began a long process to resolve the matter.

“The bottom line is that NASA should not be censoring this club just because they use the name ‘Jesus’ in an employee advertisement,” Dys told me. “That is blatant religious discrimination.”FoxNews

Christian Daycare Workers Fired For Refusing To Call A 6-Year-Old Girl A Boy

dressupTwo Christian daycare workers in Houston have been fired for refusing to call a six-year-old girl a boy.  The daycare center’s new guidelines also mandated that the daycare workers “educate” themselves and their students.

Madeline Kirksey, one of the workers who is an author of a Christian book, says her religious liberty rights have been violated. The two were fired after refusing to call a little girl a boy.

The two male parents of a six-year-old little girl told employees at the school to refer to their daughter as a boy, and to call her by a new masculine name. The little girl’s hair had also been cut like a boy’s…

The fired worker notified Child Protective Services that the little girl was being told that she is now a little boy. She believes that it is up to professionals to determine if the little girl is just confused, or if the new gender is being forced upon the little girl. BreitBart

A young child likes to role play and play make believe.

“I don’t think we should be talking to other people’s children who are under the age of 18 about being transgender,” she confirmed.

Not only is it inappropriate, she noted, but the girl in question has hardly decided that she wants to permanently transition into life as a boy. The 6-year-old continuously vacillated, Kirksey noted, which further confused the other students.

She said the aforementioned colleague echoed her concerns, leading them both to decline the order. Their decision, Kirksey said, earned them both a pink slip.

In their decision to fire her, administrators declared that she “does not follow instructions” when asked to refer to the student with a new gender and name.

“I said, ‘This is what this whole thing is about?’” Kirksey recalled remarking after reading the termination letter.

After explaining that the girl often changes her own mind regarding which name she preferred, that point was removed from the letter. Her termination still stood, though, reportedly because she notified others of her concerns. Western Jouralism

Houston’s Transgender Judge

phillip_phyllis_fryeThe New York Times has a spotlight hero profile on Phillip Frye’s journey to Phyllis Frye.  Frye is an activist Houston municipal judge that had his testicles removed, dresses as a woman and makes judicial rulings.  This person is not a hero but is a eunuch.

His first wife divorced him and he is separated from his son.  With the encouragement of his second wife Trish, Frye became open about being a transgender.

Ms. Frye never opted for full gender-reassignment surgery. Ahead of her time, she firmly believed that surgery did not “complete” a gender change and should not be imposed on transgender people to justify a legal gender change on identification documents.

The pagan belief you can morph and changed your physical self.  Whatever you feel like at the moment, a woman, a fire hydrant….you are that.

As an activist Frye crossed path with Annise Parker (Houston Mayor).

Politically, she was active with the state Democrats, the League of Women Voters and the local gay and lesbian caucus, where she routinely crossed paths with Annise Parker, who is now in her third term as Houston’s mayor.

At one point in the 1980s, Ms. Parker gave Ms. Frye a ride to a conference. During the drive, Ms. Frye confided that she sorely missed playing sports, and that no women’s team would let her join.

Ms. Parker, who coached a lesbian softball team, looked over at the strapping, 5-foot-10 woman beside her and thought, “I really need a power hitter.”

“I got back to her later and said, excuse the pun, ‘I’m willing to go to bat for you,’ ” Ms. Parker said.

Ms. Frye, who had watched admiringly as the transgender tennis player Renée Richards won the right to compete as a woman in the United States Open in 1977, became the first transgender woman in Houston’s lesbian softball league. She and her wife, who were socially isolated, found themselves welcomed into a community. NYTimes

This mentally ill person is seating as a Judge making rulings on cases involving the citizens of Houston.

Texas Supreme Court Suspends Houston “Bathroom Bill”

HoustonSealThe Texas Supreme Court suspended the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, giving Houston 30 days to repeal the ordinance with it ridiculous rules on public bathrooms or place it before voters in November.

Texas Equal Rights Ordinance, dubbed the “bathroom bill” allowed transgender residents to choose whatever public bathroom they were comfortable using.

The Mayor and city of  Houston caused a national outcry with subpoenas  of 5 local pastor sermons and other documents.  The Texas Supreme Court threw out the ordinance as the the city secretary originally verified a petition to place a measure on the ballet to repeal the ordinance. The Houston mayor and city attorney ran afoul of the city charter when they rejected the certification.

“We agree … that the City Secretary certified their petition and thereby invoked the City Council’s ministerial duty to reconsider and repeal the ordinance or submit it to popular vote,” the opinion read. “The legislative power reserved to the people of Houston is not being honored.”

“Obviously, I am disappointed and believe the court is in error with this 11th-hour ruling in a case that had already been decided by a judge and jury of citizens,” said Ms. Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor, in a Friday statement.

“Nonetheless, we will proceed with the steps necessary for City Council to consider the issue. At the same time, we are consulting with our outside counsel on any possible available legal actions,” she said.

The city has until Aug. 24 to act on the court’s order, which also suspended the equal-rights ordinance, raising the possibility of a ballot fight that could sway the outcome of the November mayor’s race. Ms. Parker is term-limited and cannot seek re-election.

The ordinance, approved by the city council in May 2014, added gender identity and sexual orientation to the city’s equal-rights law, touching off a backlash over transgender bathroom use.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised the court’s decision Friday, saying that, “Freedom of expression can only exist once government removes itself from stifling free speech, repressing religious liberty and interfering with the lives of its citizens.”

“Today’s decision by the Texas Supreme Court appropriately returns jurisdiction over this matter to voters while reassuring the people of Houston that their personal values remain beyond the reach of government,” said the Republican governor in a statement.

Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which defended the pastors, said Friday that the court “has rightly rectified this wrong.”

“Public officials should not be allowed to run roughshod over the right of the people to decide these types of issues, especially when the citizens of Houston clearly met all the qualifications for having their voice heard,” Mr. Stanley said in a statement.  WashingtonTimes

Houston Mayor Withdraws Pastors’ Subpoenas

HoustonSealHouston Mayor Annise Parker announced that the city of Houston will withdraw subpoenas of five pastors in the lawsuit over the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance ( dubbed  the “bathroom bill”).
Update to this story.

Convinced by clergymen from across the country that she had entered a raging national debate on religious freedom she wanted no part of, Mayor Annise Parker on Wednesday agreed to withdraw controversial subpoenas the city issued to five local pastors in connection with a lawsuit over Houston’s equal rights ordinance.

The mayor’s announcement came amid an unabated firestorm over the subpoenas, particularly among Christian conservatives and Republican politicians, who blasted Parker for trying to “silence the church.”

Parker’s decision represented the only viable political option, said University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock, a specialist in religious liberty law. Seeking so much material was inflammatory, he said, adding that much of what the city seeks can be obtained by other means.

“There was so little that seemed relevant and legitimate,” he said, “they were better to just completely withdraw them.”

Online:  Mayor’s decision to drop subpoenas fails to quell criticism

Houston Lesbian Mayor’s Campaign Against Pastors Hits Roadblock

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys say the city is illegitimately demanding that the pastors, who are not party to the lawsuit, turn over their constitutionally protected sermons and other communications simply so the city can see if the pastors have ever opposed or criticized the city.

In May, Houston Mayor Annise Parker signed the controversial Equal Rights Ordinance. The ordinance bans discrimination based on sexual oHoustonSealrientation and gender identity. Dubbed the “bathroom bill” as it allows members of the opposite sex into each other’s restrooms..

Opponents of the ordinance collected signatures to repeal the measure on the ballot. In July opponents to the ordinance delivered more than 50,000 signatures to Houston’s city hall. More than three times the legally required number of valid signatures, which the city secretary certified as sufficient. The Houston mayor and city attorney rejected the certification claiming mistakes invalidated entire pages of signatures, there was a shortage of 2,000 valid signatures needed for the measure to be placed on the ballot.

The “bathroom ordinance” was placed on hold after opponents filed a suit against the city.  The city issued subpoenas in defense of the lawsuit demanding five pastors turn over sermon notes and and private communications with church members on a variety of topics, including the mayor and “gender identity”.   What the subpoenas demanded are irrelevant to the lawsuit as the pastors are not involved in the lawsuit.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Christiana Holcomb. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions. Political and social commentary is not a crime; it is protected by the First Amendment.”

After calling church sermons “fair game” for subpoena, Mayor Annise Parker is backing down after a public outcry and Texas Attorney General Abbott calls to city attorney to withdraw the subpoenas.  The Mayor now claims “the subpoenas were too broad, and should not have included actual sermons. The city promises to narrow the language of the subpoenas”.

Dave Welch, who is the executive director of the Houston area U.S. Pastor Council  (one of the five pastors who received a subpoena) said, “The bottom line from our perspective of these subpoenas is that they were an act of intimidation and harassment by the city through these law firms to bury us in this type of a demand in an attempt to shut us down, to try to run us out of time, will, or money to continue this lawsuit to its conclusion,” he said. “So, they basically have no legal defense for their action. We will win this in court.”

Welch continued, “So, this has really progressed from a disagreement over a bad law to a fundamental issue of voting rights, now an attack on first amendment rights by this mayor’s administration. ChristianPost

Online:  Alliance Defending Freedom: Houston, we have a problem