The civil unrest around the world continues to grow in spite of government attempts at crackdowns. In some cases it has to do with religion and freedom (India), in others it has to do with pensions, money and immigration policies like in France. The Bible also talks about the “distress of nations” in Luke 21:25 and then Matthew 24:7 discusses “nations rising against nations, kingdoms against kingdoms”. Let’s take a look at one today, India.
India just passed a “Citizenship Amendment Act” and chaos has ensued. It has gotten so bad that India has banned protests across the entire nation (good luck enforcing that). This act is considered discriminatory against Muslims and for good reason. Here is how it works.
“CAA is a measure that the Modi government passed into law last Wednesday that allows amnesty to only non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. The result of the controversial new citizenship law considered by many to be discriminatory against Muslims led to violent protest late last week and through the weekend.
Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, and Parsis from the three eligible countries can now receive citizenship if they have illegally entered India though Muslims from the same countries cannot. In spite of the government crackdowns the protests are expected to continue. Source Zero Hedge .
The Kashmir Region is another trouble spot for India and has been under a lock down since August 5th when the internet was cut off along with cellphones and landlines. While some landlines and mobile services have resumed, internet access remains cut off in the region. The authorities say it’s necessary move in order to ensure security in the region.
The shutdown, which entered its 134th day Monday, is now the longest ever imposed in a democracy, according to Access Now, an international advocacy group that tracks Internet suspensions. Only authoritarian regimes such as China and Myanmar have cut off the Internet for longer.
And as always the Indian and Pakistani armies stand facing off against each other along the Line of Control separating the two nations in Kashmir. This is a region where the military buildup continues as 2 nuclear powers face off. This latest citizenship move could be the spark that sets it all off. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail but it appears Modi wants a war to deflect from his problems at home (economy etc). Time will tell and probably soon. I will keep my eyes on things as always.
This case is just one of many I could cite but it is one of the most outrageous examples I’ve come across recently. Here we have outgoing KY Governor Bevin who decides to pardon hundreds of criminals, some of whom are convicted murderers and child rapists!
“One pardon that had Sanders — and many others — particularly outraged was that of Micah Schoettle. He’s a 41-year-old convicted of raping a 9-year-old child last year. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison, according to the Courier-Journal.”
It’s stories like this one that make me realize that the America we knew is long gone. There are no decent human beings willing to run for office anymore because it’s become such a cesspool. Even state and local races resemble the ugliness that was and is Trump/Hillary. Here is the rest of the story. Source: Brakkton Booker NPR
On His Way Out, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Pardons Murderers, Rapists, Hundreds More
Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin departed the governor’s mansion three days ago, but the reverberations of some of his final actions are still being felt across the state.
In one case, Bevin pardoned a man convicted of homicide. That man’s family raised more than $20,000 at a political fundraiser to help Bevin pay off a debt owed from his 2015 gubernatorial campaign.
In all, the former governor signed off on 428 pardons and commutations since his loss to Democrat Andy Beshear, according to The Courier-Journal. The paper notes, “The beneficiaries include one offender convicted of raping a child, another who hired a hit man to kill his business partner and a third who killed his parents.”
Bevin’s controversial decisions have been greeted with shock and consternation from many across the state.
Some residents reacted angrily to a Thursday Twitter post from Bevin’s official account of a sunset along with #WeAreKY.
“Winter sunset … ” Bevin wrote, “Phone camera doesn’t do it justice…Truly spectacular. #WeAreKY”
Twitter user Josh Trosper blasted the governor in a tweet: “I guess you can snap pics when you don’t have the time to look families (or voters) in the face and tell them you pardoned murderers and rapists.”
Rob Sanders, the Kenton County commonwealth’s attorney, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he had backed Bevin but the pardons changed his mind.
“I was somebody who supported him and believed in him and I’m disgusted at myself for having done so,” Sanders said to the Enquirer about Bevin.
One pardon that had Sanders — and many others — particularly outraged was that of Micah Schoettle. He’s a 41-year-old convicted of raping a 9-year-old child last year. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison, according to the Courier-Journal.
In his pardon order, Bevin wrote, “Micah Schoettle was tried and convicted of a heinous crime based only on testimony that was not supported by any physical evidence.”
He added: “This case was investigated and prosecuted in a manner that was sloppy at best. I do not believe that the charges against Mr. Schoettle are true.”
Bevin commuted Schoettle’s sentenced to time served and ordered a full and unconditional pardon.
Another of Bevin’s pardons was of Patrick Brian Baker, who was convicted in 2017 of murdering Donald Mills and tampering with physical evidence, among other charges.
As the Courier-Journal also reports, Baker’s family “raised $21,500 at a political fundraiser last year to retire debt from Bevin’s 2015 gubernatorial campaign.” Baker’s brother and sister-in-law also donated $4,000 to Bevin campaign, according to a state election finance database, the paper reports.
“Patrick Baker is a man who has made a series of unwise decisions in his adult life,” Bevin wrote in his pardon letter dated Dec. 6, adding that evidence in his conviction was “sketchy at best.”
“I am not convinced that justice has been served in the death of Donald Mills, nor am I convinced that the evidence has proven the involvement of Patrick Baker as murderer,” Bevin wrote.
Baker was sentenced to 19 years, but served just two. His sentence was commuted to time served and a pardon only for the charges connected to the conviction.
Not all of Bevin’s pardons were so contentious.
He also pardoned Tamishia Wilson of Henderson, Ky., convicted in 2006 of trafficking marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. She was also convicted in 2004 of theft.
Bevin proclaimed in a Dec. 9 letter that she “is a new woman. She has turned her life around and become a model citizen.”
The former governor also spared the life of death row inmate Gregory Wilson, who was convicted in 1988 of murder. The Courier-Journal reports the trial was widely described as “a travesty of justice and a national embarrassment for Kentucky.”
The paper said Wilson’s defense team consisted of two lawyers, one of whom “had never tried a felony before” and a lead counsel who “had no office, no law books and on his business card, he gave out the phone number to a local tavern.”
An array of other ethical woes plagued the case.
Bevin commuted his sentence to life in prison with the possibility of parole, writing that Wilson received “the short end of the justice stick. … Regardless of the final resolution of future parole board hearings, Mr. Wilson at least deserves an equal opportunity for justice to be served.”
Reached on Thursday for comment by The Washington Post, Bevin said of the pardons, “I’m a believer in second chances.”
“If there has been a change and there’s no further value that comes for the individual, for society, for the victims, for anybody, if a person continues to stay in,” Bevin noted, “then that’s when somebody should be considered for a commutation or a pardon.”
During his tenure as governor, Bevin took a special interest in criminal justice reform and creating Kentucky’s Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council. At the council’s first meeting in 2016, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported the panel’s mission was to “study the state’s criminal code … and suggest improvements for the 2017 General Assembly to consider.”
In 2017, Bevin, through an executive order, restored the voting rights of 284 people convicted of nonviolent felonies, according to member station WFPL in Louisville.
Earlier this year Bevin signed a bill that deepened the pool of people eligible to have their low-level criminal records expunged.
Beshear, the current Kentucky governor, spoke Friday with NPR and WBUR’s Here & Now about his own move to restore voting rights to 140,000 nonviolent offenders who have completed prison sentences. He was asked about Bevin’s slew of pardons and expressed displeasure over one case in particular.
While he didn’t refer to the case by name, Beshear mentioned the pardon of Dayton Ross Jones, who pleaded guilty to the 2014 sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy. The act was captured on video and shared on social media, according to the Kentucky New Era, and Jones was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2016.
“A young man was attacked, was violated, it was filmed, it was sent out to different people at his school,” Beshear said. “It was one of the worst crimes that we have seen.”
Kentucky’s attorney general’s office, which Beshear previously headed, prosecuted the case.
“I fully disagree with that pardon,” Beshear said. “It is a shame and its wrong.”
Bevin gave no explanation of why he issued Jones a pardon and commuted his sentence to time served.
BISHOP, Calif. — When Jamie Moore arrived home on a Thursday evening in March, she was surprised to find her mother-in-law in her living room. Glenda Moore, 67, had been sitting in her wheelchair for hours. Without anyone to help her to the bathroom, she’d had an accident. She was also having trouble breathing. “It was awful,” Jamie Moore recalled.
Glenda Moore told Jamie that she had been discharged from the Bishop Care Center nursing home, in Bishop, California. She had been living at the nursing home — a sprawling brick building on the side of a state highway — for several weeks, recovering from a back surgery that unexpectedly left her unable to walk much or take care of herself.
Several days earlier, nursing home administrators had shown Glenda Moore a letter from Medicare, explaining that her rehabilitation coverage was ending. She was unable to pay the nursing home’s more-than-$7,000 monthly fee, so, thinking she had no other options, she left. (A relative dropped her off at Jamie’s home, where Glenda Moore had lived previously, without telling Jamie.)
“They pushed her out and she was not ready,” Jamie Moore, who has worked as a nursing assistant, said. “She was not ready at all.”
As the family later learned, Glenda Moore had the right to appeal the Medicare decision, or to apply for Medicaid — and, if she qualified (which she later did), to stay in the nursing home on Medicaid for as long as she needed nursing care. Instead, Moore’s family said, Moore became one of thousands of Americans discharged against their wishes or evicted from nursing homes each year. (The Bishop Care Center maintains that Moore’s health had improved and that she voluntarily left the facility, and points out that they gave her a document noting her right to appeal the Medicare decision.) Read the rest of the story on NBC NEWS
I hate reporting stories like this to but it must be done! The Bible predicted this time would come. Matthew 24:12 and 2 Timothy 3:2 deals with the behaviors we would see in the end times and how the love of many would grow cold. We are witnessing that across the board with children being sold on Craigslist and the story I just shared from NBC being just the TIP of the iceberg.
Deep down I think as Americans we all knew these days were coming. You can’t live on credit, have nonstop war, and keep shoving societies problems to the curb, hoping someone else will clean up the mess. I don’t know how people can sleep at night (and some can’t) doing things like this to other people.
The only people the system still works for is the elite or top 1%. It was designed to fail and transfer wealth from the middle class and poor to the top 1% over a period of decades. They had to ramp things up slowly including taxes, inflation and interest on the debt. Go look at the history of the American economy from 1970 onward. It was all designed to create the total fiat money system with the dollar having dominance due to Saudi Oil. Runaway inflation was the result and the price of everything had doubled by the end of 1979. Now our dollar is worth zero.
All of that has resulted in the broken society we are faced with today. Combined with brain damaging television, video games, horrible diets, vaccines, GMO’s, Chemtrails and pulling God out of everything is it any wonder this is where we’ve ended up? Mankind without God is a reprobate creature with zero hope of being just on it’s own.
Reject the world and it’s evil systems! Seek and find Jesus Christ NOW while you still can! Remember there will be a reckoning for all of the evil we have done, don’t be on the wrong side of it!
As we get closer to the end of this age the times are getting darker and rituals that were once cloaked in darkness are now coming to light. The Satanists aren’t hiding things anymore as everything Satanic is being normalized in society. What wouldn’t have been tolerated in the western world 20 years ago is now becoming accepted. As in the days of Noah…
“He is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire, and who despise authority. These people are proud and arrogant, daring even to scoff at supernatural beings without so much as trembling. ” 2 Peter 2:10 NLT
That verse jumped out during my studies today. I was studying 2 Peter 2 which deals with false teachers and sexual immorality in the last days. There are comparisons with Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah and also with Noah prior to the flood. There are so many false teachers in the Christian world today it’s maddening. I see many being misled and deceived by these charlatans, primarily due to money and material things. The Joel Osteens of the world get people thinking that it’s all about THEM, that God lives to serve THEM, not the other way around. It’s become all about SELF which is what Satan specializes in. If you need proof, check out what Victoria Osteen said about doing things for yourself and not God right HERE.
It’s the same way with the LGTBQZWIDHRH or whatever it is today movement. It’s all about SELF and false PRIDE. Judge for yourselves what God means in 2 Peter 2:10 up above at your own peril. In other words I think God was pretty clear in that scripture. There are no grey areas in that verse. God will be very hard on those who pursue the LGTBQ lifestyle and the false pride that comes with it. God HATES pride and that’s one reason they keep harping on “Gay pride”. It mocks God and His plan for mankind and hurts God deeply which is why Satan loves sexual sin. Satan knows deep down he can’t win so he will do his best to lash out at God’s creation and make them suffer.
Don’t follow any of these people or their vain, false teachings. They live to deceive and to get God’s people off of the plan God has for them. Don’t be the “dog who returns to it’s vomit” (Proverbs 26:11) and return to the lusts and lies of this world. Remember your calling and reject these false teachers and with it any foolish pride.
Of course nothing could be further from the truth than that statement but nonetheless U.S. Sec. of State Pompeo declared it anyway. It appears that the US government will continue to make up international law to favor it and Israel’s conquests around the world. After all it was just last week when President Trump said we were indeed taking Syria’s oil. All to fund the moderate rebels of course. Yeah right.
Their hypocrisy knows no bounds. Woe unto those who call evil good and good evil. Isaiah 5:20
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced a U-turn in policy toward Israeli settlements in the West Bank, declaring Washington no longer sees them as inconsistent with international law.
Pompeo said the US will no longer adhere to the 1978 State Department legal opinion on the settlements, and insisted that it would not lead to the US’ isolation from the rest of the global community on the issue.
The US’ top diplomat said the Trump administration will leave the status of the West Bank to Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate.
Pompeo said the decision came as a result of a “legal review” and was not intended to send any message, though the move is likely to anger the Palestinian side and human rights groups who have condemned the settlements and say they undermine peace efforts.
The Trump administration has been a staunch ally of Netanyahu’s government and consistently taken Israel’s side on major issues, calling into question Washington’s ability to be a neutral arbiter in any peace process. In 2017, Trump recognized the contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. Last year, Trump recognized Israel’s 1981 seizure of Syria’s Golan Heights as legitimate.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also condemned the move, saying through a spokesman that Pompeo’s statement “totally contradicts” international law and called on other nations to “declare their opposition.”
The US embassy in Jerusalem issued a travel warning to Americans shortly after Pompeo’s comments, warning those traveling through Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Gaza to maintain “a high level of vigilance” and to take “appropriate steps to increase their security awareness in light of the current environment.”
The statement warned that individuals or groups opposed to the policy change may target US government facilities and US citizens.
Finally, something refreshing to write about our young people who are in college in the U.S. It’s amazing how addicted and out of touch society has become due to smartphones. Now here comes a story that shows you how much BETTER the students’ lives became once they got over the initial withdrawals. The story comes from CBS 2 in NYC .
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – They survived!
Nearly two dozen Adelphi University students made it a full week without their cell phones!
As CBS2 first told you last week, it was part of a college course intended to break the powerful addiction of smartphones.
CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff went back on Thursday as students were reunited with their beloved mobile devices.
It’s old school in Jacob Dannenberg’s dorm room – with an alarm clock to wake him.
Handwritten notes remind him an actual wristwatch to keep track of time.
No it wasn’t 1999, it was an Adelphi University course called “Life Unplugged.” where students did the unthinkable one week ago – handed over their smartphones.
Adelphi University Prof. Donna Freitas and her class. (Credit: CBS2)
“I’m freaking out, I could probably cry right now,” one student said.
It was a bold experiment to recognize today’s compulsive relationships with ever present devices.
Seven days later, “who’s excited they’re getting their phones back today?” Professor Donna Freitas asked.
Gone were the nerves and the shakes.
“Everything is perfect right now. I’m having a lot better relationships… it’s a stress free environment no pressure about social media,” Jacob Dannenberg said.
“I think it’s really refreshing and relaxing… I was able to fall asleep a lot easier,” student Adrianna Cigliano.
They managed to find their way, even without GPS for a week.
“I just had to take the same route everywhere,” one student joked.
They were also more productive.
“Doing homework was 100 percent easier. I got it done faster, I was in the zone,” Cigliano said.
Prof. Freitas says it’s important for everyone to assess their addiction.
“Are the conveniences worth it because the drawback are pretty significant,” Freitas said.
“The face that no one can focus, that my students can’t sleep… They feel bad about themselves because of social media, the list goes on and on.”
The sweet reunions went sour quickly as endless notifications piled up.
“Oh my God this is so bad!… I just want to shut it off now!” the Adelphi class said.
Students say they’re not quite breaking up with their phones, but promise the relationship will change.
“I want to keep that balance and figure out the healthy relationship that we deserve to have with our phones,” Cigliano added.
“My screen time is definitely going to go down and I’m going start to appreciate my surroundings more because usually I’m looking at my screen all the time,” Ashley Castillero said.
Students told CBS2 they look forward to living more in the moment, with their heads up more often, notifications off, and the “do not disturb” on.
Students were allowed to use a desktop computer or laptop during the experiment. They also made emergency communication plans with family.