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President Barack Obama is encouraging legislators in his home state of Illinois to legalize gay marriage this week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The state only just established civil unions earlier in this legislative term.
Iowa Gay Marriage“While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect,” White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.

“As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so. Were the President still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally,” Inouye said.

Obama never advocated for civil unions or gay marriage during his eight years as a state senator (1997-2005).

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gay couples are preparing for New Year’s Day weddings in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to allow same-sex marriage, which will become legal in Maryland on Tuesday.

The new law takes effect at 12:01 a.m. and follows a legislative fight that pitted Gov. Martin O’Malley against leaders of his Catholic faith. Voters in the state, founded by Catholics in the 17th century, sealed the change by approving a November ballot question.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Jim Scales, who made a Christmas present of his marriage license to William Tasker, his partner of 35 years. Scales, 68, and Tasker, 60, plan to be married at a ceremony at Baltimore City Hall by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shortly after midnight.

Same-sex couples in Maryland have been able to get marriage licenses since Dec. 6, but they do not take effect until Tuesday.

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Flu season in the United States is having its earliest start in nearly a decade and health officials say this season could be a bad one.

Although flu is always unpredictable, the early nature of the cases and the predominant type circulating this year could make this a severe flu season, said officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But officials said the vaccine formulated for this year is well-matched to the strains of the virus seen so far and urged those who have not been vaccinated to get a flu shot.

In early December, the CDC said it was noticing an uptick in flu activity about a month before authorities normally see it, and the earliest since the 2003-2004 flu season. The primary strain this season is the H3N2, an influenza A virus that has been associated in the past with more severe flu seasons.

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The number of Israeli Jews passed the emotional 6 million mark in November, and the total population will pass 8 million in February, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.  The Jewish population represents 75.4 percent of the total, of which Arabs are 20.6 percent, representing a continuing trend of a higher Jewish birth rate and a lower Arab birth rate.
img323061The other four percent of the Israeli population includes Christians, other faiths and 319,000 people who call themselves Jewish but are not recognized as such according to Jewish law. Almost all of them are from the former Soviet bloc. As January 1 approached, the total population was 7,981,000, 1.8 per cent higher than the previous year. The figures do not temporary residents and foreign workers. New immigrants account for a smaller increase in the number of Jews, with only 16,500 having come on “aliyah” in 2012. North American aliyah was about 4,000, including those who already were…

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The prospect of a global “currency war” between the world’s major economies edged closer as the new Japanese Finance Minister, Taro Aso, pledged to prevent speculators driving up the value of the yen and reiterated Tokyo’s plans to alter the Bank of Japan’s mandate to deliver reflation.

“If excessive rises or falls in the yen due to speculation cause trouble for a lot of people, intervention would be a powerful tool, so there’s no reason why we should not use it,” Mr Aso told reporters. His words helped to push the yen down to a two-year low against the dollar.

Mr Aso also said he expects the government to reach an accord with the Bank of Japan next month to double the official inflation target to 2 per cent in order to combat deflation.

Other central bankers have also signalled changes to traditional inflation targeting frameworks. The Canadian central bank…

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Joe Woodland invented the bar code — that collection of lines and numbers used to ring up your groceries every time you visit the supermarket — and after the longtime IBMer passed away earlier this month at the age of 91, the response from certain parts of the web was all too predictable.

“It’s the mark of the beast!” wrote one regular Wired commenter in response to our Joe Woodland tribute, pointing readers to the 16th verse of the 13th chapter of the Book of Revelation. Revelation is the final book of the Bible’s New Testament, and among other things, it foretells an apocalypse in which a beast will rise from the earth, rain fire from the heavens, and lay his mark on all of humankind — a mark used to buy and sell.

“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a…

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BEIJING (AP) — China’s government tightened Internet controls Friday with approval of a law that requires users to register their names after a flood of online complaints about official abuses rattled Communist Party leaders.

Authorities say the law will strengthen protections for personal information. But it also is likely to curtail the Internet’s status as a forum to complain about the government or publicize corruption.

“Their intention is very clear: It is to take back that bit of space for public opinion, that freedom of speech hundreds of millions of Chinese Internet users have strived for,” said Murong Xuecun, a prominent Chinese writer.

The rules approved by China’s national legislature highlight the chronic tension between the ruling Communist Party’s desire to reap technology’s benefits and its insistence on controlling information.

Beijing encourages Web use for business and education but tries to block material deemed subversive or obscene. It has steadily stepped up censorship, especially after…

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We’ve been trying to keep you aware of what has been taking place with the talks concerning the 2013 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). We’ve covered the Feinstein amendment, which effectively did nothing, except to empower Congress to authorize the military at their whim to violate people’s 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment rights.
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But now the talks are all done and the legislation is headed for Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law soon, just as it was nearly one year ago today, including provision to use the military to indefinitely detain US citizens.

Previously, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) voted for the Feinstein amendment to the NDAA. But then there came the hashing out of language in the bill and Paul blasted Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for stripping away the amendment.

“We had protection in this bill. We passed an amendment that specifically said if…

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As 2012 comes to a close, some might wonder what is looming sky-wise for 2013.What celestial events might we look forward to seeing?

I’ve selected what I consider the top 13″skylights” (get it?) for the coming year, and have listed them in chronological order. Not all these night sky events will be visible from any one locality (you may have to travel to catch all the eclipses), but you can observe many of them from the comfort of your backyard, weather permitting.

The next year also promises two potentially bright comets: PANSTARRS and ISON. As any astronomer can tell you, comets are notoriously capricious; we can only guess at how bright they will get and how long their respective tails will be. We’ll just have to wait and see.

In general, 2013 promises an action-packed 12 months for stargazers. Hopefully, your local weather will cooperate on most, if not all…

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Nigerian Islamists slit throats of 15 Christians – Emirates 24/7.


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Dem Representative Moves to Block Obamas Congressional Pay Increase The Weekly Standard.


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By Dan Wooding, ANS – “JOS, NIGERIA (ANS) — Christmas Eve attacks by suspected Islamic extremists in northern Nigeria’s Borno state – already reeling from the slaughter of at least 10 Christians earlier this month – took the lives of six people at a Baptist church, as gunmen killed six others in Yobe state the same night.

According to Morning Star News (http://morningstarnews.org) in Borno state, where Islamic extremist group Boko Haram is based, six Christians were slain at First Baptist Church in Maiduguri on Christmas Eve.

About 160 kilometers (100 miles) away in Kupwal village in Chibok Local Government Area, suspected jihadists shouting ‘Allahu Akbar [God is greater]’ on Dec. 1 slit the throats of at least 10 people in carefully selected Christian homes, according to reports from survivors.

The story went on to say that in Yobe state on Christmas Eve, gunmen believed to be members of Boko…

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Jakarta Globe – “More than 200 Indonesian Muslims threw rotten eggs at Christians wanting to hold a Christmas mass near land outside Jakarta where they plan to build a church, police and a witness said.

Some 100 Christian worshippers intended to hold a mass near empty land where they hope to build a church, about 30-kilometers east of the capital, in a project barred by district government and community members in 2009.

Since then, worshippers from the Filadelfia Batak Christian Protestant have held Sunday services under scorching sun outside the property.

On Tuesday, however, local community members blocked the road near the land, Andri Ananta, a local police chief on Jakarta’s outskirts, told AFP.

An AFP photographer witnessed furious locals — men and women wearing Muslim headscarf, with small children in tow — physically blocking the road and throwing rotten eggs at the gathering worshippers.

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Reuters – “Gunmen shot dead an Islamic cleric in the internal Russian republic of North Ossetia, investigators said on Thursday, an attack that suggests militant Islamist violence in Russia’s southern Muslim provinces is spreading to nearby regions.

Shootings and bomb attacks on police and officials are a near daily occurrence across much of Russia’s restive North Caucasus, but violence in North Ossetia – a mainly Christian region – is unusual.

Gunmen shot dead 34-year-old Ibragim Dudarov, North Ossetia’s deputy mufti, many times in the head at point blank range as he was driving late on Wednesday near the provincial capital of Vladikavkaz, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The killing – at least the sixth this year of a Muslim religious leader – is likely to inflame tensions between moderate and more radical Muslims.

Moscow is struggling to extinguish an insurgency that stems from its two devastating wars against…

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Descubren un templo pagano de más de 3,000 años cerca de Jerusalén – Noticias Cristianas.


Fiscal antinarcótico es ordenado pastor evangélico – Noticias Cristianas.


Iglesias evangélicas crecen rápidamente en Suiza – Noticias Cristianas.


Comparar a Obama con Dios se hace popular en EE.UU. – Noticias Cristianas.


The comet that could outshine the MOON in 2013: Sky-gazers anticipating object so bright it could even be visible in daylight Pakalert Press.


TSA agent: We laugh at your nude images, dear passengers Pakalert Press.


Video: KGB Agent – How To Brainwash A Nation Pakalert Press.


Genetically modified ‘frankenfish’ to appear in US stores Pakalert Press.


Obama, Biden are war criminals under UN Charter: Analyst Pakalert Press.


How: Stop Your Phone From Being Tracked Pakalert Press.


The FBI – Drowning In Counter-Terrorism Money, Power and Other Resources – Will Apply The Term “Terrorism” To Any Group It Dislikes And Wants To Control And Suppress Pakalert Press.


Pope Wants New World Order Pakalert Press.


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A ‘lost tribe’ that is lost no more » the Jerusalem Connection Blog –.


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Czech-Israeli Relations: An Enduring Friendship » the Jerusalem Connection Blog –.


Hagel, Obama and the Israeli elections » the Jerusalem Connection Blog –.


Assad said to be stocking up on artillery » the Jerusalem Connection Blog –.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Christmas Greeting 2012 – YouTube.


Euro crisis may lead to ‘explosion of violence’ – Darrell Delamaides Political Capital – MarketWatch.


Washington Beyond The Cliff: 2013 May Be The Year of Perpetual Fiscal Crisis – Forbes.


Euro Still Too Expensive Versus Dollar, Expect Parity – Forbes.


Bilderberg-picked EU Leader Van Rompuy Calls for Global Governance With Russia.


How Much More Will You Pay in Taxes if U.S. Goes Over the ‘Fiscal Cliff’? TheBlaze.com.


Abbas receives initiative from leftist Israeli party – NZweek.


Geithner: Debt Limit of 16.39 Trillion Will Be Met New Years Eve CNS News.


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By Fred Grandy, American Thinker – “There is a great deal of misinformation circulating with regard to sharia and the threat it poses to America and Western Civilization.

Some misinformed observers and members of the Muslim Brotherhood liken concerns over sharia to prejudice and bigotry, but the facts say otherwise.

Terrorism experts in the law enforcement, military and intelligence communities have cited sharia as the Jihadists’ enemy threat doctrine in an intensive study called Shariah: The Threat to America,’ a scholarly, 352-page book based on authoritative sources of sharia, or Islamic law. While sharia does include ‘prayer and fasting’ and ‘worship,’ sharia is also an all-encompassing legal and political code that covers aspects of life that have nothing to do with religion.

Perhaps most importantly, unlike other forms of religious law, such as canon law and Jewish law, sharia is the only form of religious law extant that…

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By Steve Little, CBN News – “An Iranian convert to Christianity seeking asylum in Sweden is once again facing deportation to Iran, according to his pastor. If he’s sent back to Iran, the convert, Reza Jebbari, could be imprisoned or even put to death for leaving Islam.

CBN News first reported on Jebbari’s case last month when Swedish authorities rejected his application for asylum and ordered him deported. A few days later, a Migration Board official announced they were halting the deportation process and granting Jebbari another hearing.

Now, Jebbari’s pastor, Cai Berger, tells CBN News that another migration official has denied the request for asylum and police are seeking to take Jebbari into custody and begin the deportation process.

Jebbari’s lawyer has already filed another appeal, but Berger says they are puzzled at the government’s persistence in its attempts to deport the Christian convert.

‘It would seem that we…

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Where is a Saudi prince when you need one? Since Muslims believe that Allah turned Jews into apes and pigs, it only makes sense that he would turn infidel Tea Party members into frogs, right?  I mean, just look at that frog sitting in an upright position. Normally one would come to the conclusion that a video such as this was some type of early (or woefully late) April Fools joke. Truth be told, one would think that many fatwas themselves are an April Fools joke of sorts. Unfortunately, they aren’t. Which means that we can now look on the bright side: She’s protected by the “Don’t Kill Frogs” fatwa …

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Egyptian Cleric Threatens Egypts Copts with Genocide :: Gatestone Institute.

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