It may be a long time before we find out whether former ambassador to Pakistan – and former Pakistan lobbyist – Robin Raphel actually committed crimes of espionage. But it is no secret that she was a longtime fervent advocate for Pakistani jihadi interests and even for the Taliban itself.

As we have said many times, both Washington DC and the US State Department are crawling with jihadi moles.

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Published on Nov 14, 2014 by Coffee with Sr. Vassa
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I am moving on with the second part of Vespers, after the prayer “Vouchsafe, O Lord,“ – we mentioned that prayer last week – after this prayer we hear a series of hymns on the topic of the upcoming liturgical day, called the Aposticha (Stchiri na stichovne in Slavonic); this is followed by a Canticle, taken from the Gospel, of St. Simeon the Godbearer – the very old man who greeted Jesus when Jesus was brought as a baby into the Temple soon after His birth. This prayer begins with the words, “Now You dismiss…“ (Lk 2:29-32) – this is the “Nunc dimittis“ (for all you Latins out there). Thus, after the first parts of Vespers were dominated by elements from the Old Testament, like remembering God‘s creation of the world and many different Psalms, we now hear this prayer of St. Simeon, signalizing a transition from the Old Testament to the New. This also introduces another topic, – of death, actually, because, according to Tradition, St. Simeon said these words shortly before his repose. But we will talk more about this in future episodes. The final major element of Vespers is the final Troparion or Apolytikion. This is a brief hymn, usually of the feast or saint of the day. But at Sunday vespers it is the hymn to the Mother of God, “Rejoice, o Virgin, Mother of God,“ which also reminds us of the very beginnings of the New Testament, – more precisely, of the greeting of the Archangel Gabriel to the All-Holy Virgin at the Annunciation. Thus Vespers helps us to redirect our thoughts, in the evening, inspiring us for a new day tomorrow by reminding us of our beginnings: from God‘s creation of the world, as a gift to us, to the good news of Christ‘s entrance into our history. I have not yet mentioned that Vespers also contains several litanies, what the Russians call “Ektenii,“ a series of petitions read by the deacon or priest, followed by a response of the choir, usually “Lord have mercy,” (Kyrie eleison) or “Grant this, O Lord.” These litanies, in which we pray together for all of us, as a community, and for various people and groups of people who particularly need our prayers, like the poor and the sick, – these commemorations are a very ancient part of Christian evening services, as I already mentioned, because really it is the most natural thing in the world to pray for one another before we go to bed. It‘s as natural as kissing your children good-night. From ancient times, these litanies offer prayers for the church and civil authorities – for our bishop, our president, and so on. – And let‘s face it, we often do a better job criticizing those in positions of authority than we do praying for them.

But now let‘s go back to one of these parts of Vespers, and talk about the Prokeimenon. This is he short Psalm-verse that is repeated several times in the middle of Vespers. At Sunday Vespers, celebrated on Sa-turday evening, when we begin the weekly celebration of the Resurrection, the Prokeimenon is “The Lord is King, He is clothed in beauty (majesty).“ (Ps 92/93:1) This verse is taken from Psalm 92/93, and it is sung several times, with the deacon or priest proclaiming other verses from the same Psalm in between the repetition, by the choir, of the main verse, the Prokeimenon. The Greek word προκείμενος means that which precedes or lies before, because the Prokeimenon, you see, sometimes precedes – and in ancient times always preceded, readings from the Bible.

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Published on Nov 11, 2014 by Cole and Marmalade
Have you ever wondered how cats see the world around them? … Sure they can make anything into a “bed” … boxes, laundry baskets, sinks, drawers, but what about everything else…?

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Obama administration concludes its “strategy” on ISIS isn’t working, draws exactly the wrong conclusion: we need to remove Assad first, then go after ISIS.

Naturally, top Republicans are voicing support…

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Published on Nov 10, 2014
A 2-minute Christian reflection, hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna in Austria. Check out the longer, Coffee with Sr. Vassa episodes on YouTube and subscribe!

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IBD has the story:

Islam isn’t just at the heart of the terror threat posed by the Islamic State. The religion is also contributing to the other major crisis plaguing the globe: the spread of Ebola.

Washington and its media stenographers won’t tell you this, lest they look intolerant, but Islamic burial rituals are a key reason why health officials can’t contain the spread of the deadly disease in West Africa.

Many of the victims of Ebola in the three hot-spot nations there — Sierra Leone and Guinea, as well as neighboring Liberia — are Muslim. Roughly 73% of Sierra Leone’s and about 85% of Guinea’s people are Muslim. Islam, moreover, is practiced by more than 13% of Liberians.

When Muslims die, family members don’t turn to a funeral home or crematorium to take care of the body. In Islam, death is handled much differently.

Relatives personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. Often, several family members participate in this posthumous bathing ritual, known as Ghusl.

Before scrubbing the skin with soap and water, family members press down on the abdomen to excrete fluids still in the body. A mixture of camphor and water is used for a final washing. Then, family members dry off the body and shroud it in white linens.

Again, washing the bodies of the dead in this way is considered a collective duty for Muslims, especially in Muslim nations. Failure to do so is believed to leave the deceased “impure” and jeopardizes the faithful’s ascension into Paradise (unless he died in jihad; then no Ghusl is required).

Before the body is buried, Muslims attending the funeral typically pass a common bowl for use in ablution or washing of the face, feet and hands, compounding the risk of infection.

Though these customs are prescribed by Shariah law, they’re extremely dangerous and should be suspended. Mosque leaders must step in to educate village Muslims about the dangers of interacting with corpses.

Ebola victims can be more contagious dead than alive. Their bodies are covered in rashes, blood and other fluids containing the virus.

“Funerals and washing dead bodies in West African countries have led, to a great extent, to spread the disease,” a World Health Organization spokeswoman recently warned.

WHO has issued an advisory to Red Cross and other relief workers in African Muslim nations to “be aware of the family’s cultural practices and religious beliefs. Help the family understand why some practices cannot be done because they place the family or others at risk for exposure.”

The document added: “Identify a family member who has influence with the rest of the family and who can make sure family members avoid dangerous practices such as washing or touching the body.”

The warning appears to be falling on deaf ears, however.

Last month, Red Cross workers in Guinea were attacked by family members while trying to bury Ebola dead safely. In Sierra Leone, moreover, a family took Ebola-ridden bodies secured in body bags from the Red Cross, opened them up and exposed all members of the family to Ebola. They all contracted the disease.

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Alan Caruba has the story:

It is doubtful that most Americans and others around the world know how vast the organizational structure of the environmental movement is and how much wealth it generates for those engaged in an agenda that would drag humanity back to the Stone Age.

If that sounds extreme, consider a world without access to and use of energy or any of the technological and scientific advances that have extended and enhanced our lives, from pesticides that kill insect and rodent disease vectors to genetically modified seeds that yield greater crop volumes.

Two of my colleagues in the effort to get the truth out are Paul Driessen and Ron Arnold, both of whom are affiliated with a free market think tank, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, CFACT, They have done the research necessary to expose the wealth and the power structure of the environmental movement. They have joined together to write “Cracking Big Green: To Save the World from the Save-the-Earth Money Machine.” ($4.99, available from Amazon.com)

The Greens are forever claiming that anyone who disputes their lies is receiving money from big energy companies, but my experience is that it is think tanks like CFACT, small by any comparison with any major environmental organization, that support the search for the truth and its dissemination.

“Big Green” was formerly known as the Iron Triangle, “a mutually supportive relationship between power elites” so-named by Mark Tapscott, the Washington Examiner’s executive editor. It consisted of “government agencies, special interest lobbying organizations, and legislators with jurisdiction over their interests.” Today, it includes major environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council. To these add wealthy foundations and corporations that fund them.

It will no doubt astound many readers to learn that there are more than 26,500 American environmental groups. They collected total revenues of more than $81 billion from 2000 to 2012, according to Giving USA Institute, with only a small part of that coming from membership dues and individual contributions.

“Cracking Big Green” examined the Internal Revenue Service Form 990 reports of non-profit organizations. Driessen and Arnold discovered that, among the 2012 incomes of better-known environmental groups, the Sierra Club took in $97,757,678 and its Foundation took in $47,163,599. The Environmental Defense Fund listed $111,915,138 in earnings, the Natural Resources Defense Council took in $98,701,707 and the National Audubon Society took in $96,206,883. These four groups accounted for more than $353 million in one year.

That pays for a lot of lobbying at the state and federal level. It pays for a lot of propaganda that the Earth needs saving because of global warming or climate change. Now add in Greenpeace USA at $32,791,149, the Greenpeace Fund at $12,878,777; the National Wildlife Federation at $84,725,518; the National Parks Conservation Association at $25,782,975; and The Wilderness Society at $24,862,909. Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection took in $19,150,215. That’s a lot of money to protect something that cannot be “protected”, but small in comparison to other Green organizations.

“If that sounds too intimidating to confront,” say Driessen and Arnold, “it gets worse. Our research found a truly shocking blind spot; many major environmental groups get nearly half their revenue from private foundations like the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Wal-Mart’s Walton Family Foundation. Just the top 50 foundation donors (out of 81,777) gave green groups $812,639,999 (2010 figures), according to the Foundation Center’s vast database.”

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The “green” movement is a lucrative and prestigious career path for well-connected scammers who want money and power without having to contribute anything useful to the world…in fact, they do quite the contrary.

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Dr. Luca Turin talks about his theory that the smell of substances is based upon the frequencies of vibration of their molecules. Turin developed this theory of the sense of smell and provided scientific support. He discusses his studies from both the practical and theoretical points of view.

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Published on Oct 31, 2014 by Beth Lehman
A brief look at the scope and sequence for public schools in Williamson County, Tennessee.

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Published on Oct 23, 2014 by securefreedom
Jim Hanson gives a rundown of our strategic situation vis-a-vis the Islamic State

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Here is something that a great church in Mississauga has done to reach out to their Muslim neighbors, I only hope others will follow their lead. Let me know what you think.
- Mark Harding

Missisauga billboard: Seekng Allah, finding Jesus

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Walid Shoebat has the story. Read it all.

Trigger warning at the above link – to cope with the reality of today it is time to cultivate a hide like a rhinoceros, an iron stomach, and nerves of steel. But it is your duty as a citizen of what passes for the civilized world to read it in full.

We at 1389 Blog are plenty tired of those liberals who posture endlessly about the evils of human trafficking that took place long before their grandparents were born, and who milk it for all it’s worth – while turning a blind eye to the human trafficking which takes place now, when they can, should, and MUST take action to stop it.

Human trafficking of anyone of any age is abhorrent, but human trafficking for sexual purposes of infants and children is a genuinely evil act. It is the stuff of nightmares. Blog admin 1389 humbly thanks the Lord that she have never been prostituted or pimped out.

Dear reader, if you ever get the opportunity to save one of these innocent victims of human trafficking even if it means putting yourself in harm’s way, please do so. Your reward will be eternal.

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US Army world tour as of 2002, maybe soon in your country
It seems that the US fights wars to win only when it is fighting on the WRONG SIDE.

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