March 21st, 2015
By Patrick Sawer, and David Chazan in Paris
Thousands of people gathered on beaches in northern France and south west England on Saturday to watch what is being called “the high tide of the century”.
The exceptionally high spring tide, swollen by a “supermoon” effect linked to the solar eclipse on Friday, sent huge surge waves crashing onto beaches and along estuaries on both sides of the English Channel, to the delight of surfers and tourists.
The most dramatic effects of the day’s supertide were witnessed at the picturesque island of Mont Saint-Michel, off the coast of Normandy, where a wall of water as high as a four-storey building momentarily cut it off from the mainland.
For a few minutes, Mont Saint-Michel was completely encircled by the sea by a ‘supertide’ caused by the Moon’s extra-strong gravitational pull on the sea. The phenomenon is linked to the alignment of the Moon, Sun and Earth following Friday’s solar eclipse.
Spotlights illuminated the island’s medieval walled town and gothic abbey during the high tide, with visitors jostling to take photos of the phenomenon.
As the surge began to make its way along the coast and tidal estuaries, surfers took to the water in the north west town of Pontaubault and waves crashed onto seawalls along the coast, drenching onlookers.
Police had difficulty holding back the 20,000-strong crowd eager to get pictures of the scene in the final minutes before the surge on Saturday morning. Similar numbers had gathered to watch the high tide on the previous day, with the tourist hotspot lit up with 60 spotlights for the occasion as night fell.
Among the crowds was France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius.
Mont Saint-Michel, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, is situated one kilometre off the coast of Normandy. The rocky outcrop is home to the famous Norman Benedictine Abbey of St-Michel.
Michael Dodds, the director of the regional tourism committee, said: "This natural phenomenon is an incredible opportunity for tourism in Brittany at this time of year."
The bay on the coast of Normandy has some of the strongest tides in the world.
Hotels were full along the coast and car and caravan parks were packed. Patrick Gaulois, the owner of several restaurants and hotels, said: “Everything was booked on Mont Saint-Michel as early as October.”
France is the world’s most visited country and Mont Saint-Michel attracts some three million tourists a year.
Eleven departements along the coast of northern France are on alert for fear of flooding and residents have been told to stay away from beaches and coastal areas.
Claude Renoult, mayor of Saint-Malo in Brittany, said: “Concrete blocks and sandbags are there to protect against waves and also to mark out safe areas where people can enjoy the spectacle without any danger of being swept away.”
Similar surges are predicted along the coast of Britain and the Netherlands over the weekend....
March 21st, 2015
So, now 'Beloved Leader Obama' is (unconstitutionally) demanding that "We The People" pass his political nominee. Normally, when one demands something, the demand contains a threat of action if the demand is not acceded to... essentially a hidden "or else."
Rather, isn't it fascinating how the GOP intelligentsia will fight over those things which contemplate the far lesser in consequence, while routinely caving on that which comprise the greatest of dangers, to America?
~ Refocus Notes
By David Jackson
President Obama jumped into the fray over attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch on Saturday, demanding that Senate Republicans confirm her and "stop playing politics with law enforcement and national security."
Citing her qualifications as a U.S. attorney in New York, Obama said in his weekly radio address that the Senate's Republican leadership has engineered "the longest confirmation process for an attorney general in three decades."
Lynch's stalled nomination — Obama tapped her in November — has become the latest dispute between the president and Senate Republicans, this one carrying racial overtones. Lynch would be the nation's first African-American woman to serve as attorney general, if the Senate confirms her.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said Lynch will receive a vote after Democrats end their filibuster of the human trafficking bill. Because of the Senate's recess schedule, Lynch may not get a confirmation vote until mid-April.
"The only thing holding up that vote is the Democrats' filibuster of a bill that would help prevent kids from being sold into sex slavery," said McConnell spokesman Don Stewart. "The president has yet to lift a finger to get that bill passed."
Democrats said they oppose the human trafficking bill because it includes an unrelated anti-abortion provision, and that Lynch deserves an up-or-down vote in any case.
As the debate over Lynch's nomination drags on, race has become something of a factor.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said this week that Republicans have put Lynch "at the back of the bus" in delaying her nomination. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called Durbin's remarks "offensive and unnecessary."
It's unclear whether Lynch has enough votes to win confirmation in the Republican-run chamber. McCain said he would fight the nomination because Lynch supports Obama's executive actions on immigration that would defer deportations for millions of migrants. Those orders are currently the subject of legal challenges.
In his radio speech, Obama noted that, as of Monday, Lynch would have waited longer for a confirmation vote than the seven previous attorney general nominees combined.
March 21st, 2015
By LEO HOHMANN
“Blood Moons” author Mark Biltz says the rare convergence of solar and lunar eclipses, biblical feast days and the ongoing attempts by President Obama to divide the land of Israel bring a strong likelihood of war breaking out in the Middle East and judgment falling upon nations.
Signs, signs and more signs
Biltz provided Noory with a mind-boggling array of converging astronomical signs coinciding with major world events.
A total lunar eclipse has happened once every year and a half over the past 5,000 years. But there are four in an 18-month period going back to last year. That alone would be significant for those who watch and search the heavens for clues about major shifts in world events.
But the fact that these “blood moons” also fall on the biblical feast days makes it even more significant, he said. That’s only happened eight times over the last 2,000 years, said Biltz, who examined NASA records to come up with the patterns.
“NASA has a record of 5,000 years of eclipses,” he said. “Both lunar and solar eclipses, so they can be totally predictable.”
A full lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, and the sun’s rays reach around the Earth to illuminate the moon. The longer rays are the red rays, which make the moon appear blood red.
Noory asked about the “real significance” of a blood moon and solar eclipse.
“Well it’s fascinating and this is found in ancient texts over 2,000 years old,” Biltz said. “The Jewish sages said a total lunar eclipse means judgment is coming upon the nation of Israel. A total solar eclipse means judgment is coming upon the nations.
“The last time a total solar happened on the vernal equinox was about 350 years ago in 1662, but this particular one has never happened before in human history,” he said. “That one in 1662 was in the Southern Hemisphere. This is the first time in human history that you have a total solar eclipse which happens to be a super moon known as a dark moon because it’s at its closest point to earth. It’s at the North Pole during the spring equinox – that only happens once every 100,000 years.”
Noory: “It’s happening. What can we expect, Mark? In your opinion, what’s out there for us?”
“I think we’re entering a new era. It’s a new beginning. Because, this spring equinox is also beginning on the first day, Nisan 1, on the religious [Hebrew] calendar. That’s so significant. This is the day Moses’ tabernacle was erected. This is the day fire miraculously fell from heaven on the altar, it fell and killed Aaron’s two sons, Nadab and Abihu.
“And so it’s the beginning of the religious calendar. And it just so happens, also, this weekend in every synagogue around the world, they’re reading about the dedication of the temple. That also is something that doesn’t happen very often, to have the very reading happen on the very day the event happened along with the spring equinox and the solar eclipse, followed two weeks later on Passover with the total lunar eclipse, and this is happening right after the Israeli election.”
Noory: “Is this the end of the beginning, Mark, or the beginning of the end?”
“I think it’s the beginning of the end. It’s the beginning of a whole new era, spiritually. It’s an alignment that is like no other alignment with the heavens.”
Noory: “With the events in Israel, how does this tie in?”
“I think it’s interesting that Benjamin Netanyahu, on Purim, the very day that was declared the Jews were to be destroyed, he ‘broke protocol’ when he spoke to Congress about Iran (without an invitation from the White House),” Biltz said. “And then in the Book of Esther it’s all about Queen Esther and Mordecai breaking protocol (when she spoke to the King of Persia about the plot to destroy the Jews).”
Blood moons also occurred right after Israel’s 1948 War of Independence and at the 1967 Six Day War.
Biltz said the strange convergence of these many signs both in the heavens and the Earth cannot be ignored, but he hopes he is wrong and “nothing happens.” But he sees a “good chance” that war will break out in Israel and he sees economic collapse coming to America.
Noory: “Are these biblical signs?”
“Definitely. In Genesis 1:14 from the very beginning it says God created the sun and the moon to send signals. That’s literally what it says, anyone can go look. Most people think it was for light or heat, but it says he created them to send signals. And then it says on his feast days, which is like Passover and tabernacles. So we definitely have an extra-terrestrial trying to communicate to the world. It’s called the creator of the universe and he says he’s going to use the signs in the heavens to send signals, on his feast days, and that’s what’s happening.”
Noory: “Can anything be changed? Can prophecy be changed?”
“I think so. Most definitely. It depends on how people react. It’s totally based on our free will. What are we going to do? How are we going to react?
“In the Book of Joel, he talks about the sun turning dark and the moon to blood.
“Let me give the context of that,” Biltz said. “The context is, God will judge every nation that’s trying to divide the land of Israel. And look what’s happening even after the elections? The whole thing is this two-state solution dividing the land of Israel. And I believe as America is at the forefront of dividing the land of Israel, you’re going to see judgment falling on this nation.”
Biltz cited research by Bill Koenig, author of the book “Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel.”
“He has records and records of all the times America has come against Israel. For example, Hurricane Katrina hit within 24 hours of us trying to push Israel to evacuate the Gaza strip,” Biltz said.
Noory: “As a pastor, when you look at prophecy, does it concern you?”
“No not really. To some extent I guess it concerns me for people who are not necessarily ready,” he said. “A lot of things can happen, earthquakes, solar flares. I’m always concerned for people who are not ready, either physically or spiritually. I think they could be without food, I think everyone needs to be prepared to be without power for a couple of weeks. Also Iran, North Korea could launch this type of attack, which Iran just came out and said they were in favor of this kind of attack. If people aren’t prepared for an EMP attack they’re in a world of hurt.”
One caller called the show and asked about the widespread support for Israel in Congress and among the American people, compared to the hostility shown by the Obama administration.
“I think the vast majority of Americans support Israel even though this administration can’t stand them. I would hope God would understand from a spiritual standpoint and show us mercy,” Biltz said. “It’s hard when the president acts like an emperor and does what he wants to do. So we’re just going to have to see what happens. I hope the Congress will override whatever he decides to do, especially with this Iran deal.”
March 21st, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Employees at several Austin businesses have found stickers saying "exclusively for white people" placed on their windows, sparking an investigation into their origin and condemnation from the mayor.
Mayor Steve Adler said the stickers discovered Wednesday morning were "an appalling and offensive display of ignorance in our city."
The stickers also say "Maximum of 5 colored customers / colored BOH staff accepted," apparently referring to the "back of house" operations at a restaurant. They featured a city of Austin logo and claimed to be "sponsored by the City of Austin Contemporary Partition and Restoration Program," though no such program exists. The city has said the use of its logo was unauthorized.
Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. and is confronting increasing questions about economic and racial segregation as real estate prices skyrocket around its urban core.
Raul Alvarez, board president for the East Austin Conservancy, said the stickers are likely in response to gentrification in the area on Austin's east side.
"I certainly share the concerns about the history and culture and affordability that's being lost because of the rapid development, but our organization tends to focus on what it is we can do to preserve what makes East Austin unique and not focus on strategies that divide the community," he told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.
Several business owners and employees said the stickers unnerved them.
April Jensen, who works at the Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, told the newspaper "it kind of hurt" when she read the sticker.
"I don't really understand the message behind it," said Jensen, who is African-American. "All types of customers come in here."
Bryce Bencivengo, spokesman for the city of Austin, tells the San Antonio Express-News that city officials along with the Austin police are investigating the stickers' origin.
Nelson Linder, president of Austin NAACP, called the stickers "absolutely stupid."
"Don't put signs like that on people's doors because you want to bring attention to your plight," he said.
March 20th, 2015
The Daily Caller
By CHUCK ROSS
U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Thom Tillis have confirmed that a 19-year-old gang member accused of murdering four people, including a former reality TV model, was granted amnesty in 2013 even though he was slated for removal because of a 2012 drug possession charge.
Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez is the suspect in question. One of the four people he is accused of murdering in drug-related killings in Charlotte, N.C. last month is “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Mirjana Puhar.
Another man, 20-year-old David Ezequel Lopez, was arrested on Thursday in connection with the reality show star’s murder.
Grassley, from Iowa, and Tillis, from North Carolina, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson on Friday laying out evidence that Rangel-Hernandez had applied for and was ultimately granted relief under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
DACA is President Obama’s 2012 executive action which granted protection from deportation to so-called DREAMers — aliens brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. Obama expanded DACA in November.
In their letter, Grassley and Tillis cite a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police affidavit which shows Rangel-Hernandez was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana on March 30, 2012.
“As a result of his arrest and unlawful status in the United States, Mr. Rangel-Hernandez was put into removal proceedings by Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] after his arrest on March 30, 2012,” the letter reads.
But before he could be deported, Rangel-Hernandez’s DACA application was approved. His removal proceedings were dismissed on Dec. 18, 2013, Grassley and Tillis wrote. (RELATED: Was The Gang Member Who Murdered Former ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Contestant An Obama DREAMer?)
The letter also references whistleblowers who “have alleged that Mr. Rangel-Hernandez’s DACA application was approved although U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS] had full knowledge that he was a known gang member.”
“This raises serious concerns about USCIS’s review and approval of other DACA applicants and points to potential vulnerabilities in the system,” the senators wrote.
Grassley and Tillis are therefore seeking information on DHS’s policies related to adjudications granted to suspected or known gang members.
The senators also seek statistics showing how many of the approved DACA applications had known or suspected gang affiliations and criminal affiliations. They would also like information on how many DACA applicants with those relationships have been denied.
Grassley sent Johnson a letter late last month inquiring whether Rangel-Hernandez was a DREAMer. Johnson did not respond by Grassley’s March 9 deadline, the new letter reads.
The recent inquiry gives Johnson until March 31 to respond.
Criminals receiving relief under DACA is a growing concern. On Thursday, it was revealed that 23 illegal aliens out of the 2,059 who were arrested in a nationwide ICE sweep earlier this month either currently are or have been part of the DACA program.
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