Saturday, July 11, 2015
KIEV (Sputnik) — Javelin is the American portable anti-tank missile system of the third generation, designed to target armored vehicles and low-flying targets.
"We need to understand that we must be prepared for any situation [in the southeast]. And also need to understand that Ukraine, which gave 1,240 nuclear warheads, should have the right to receive, if necessary, at least a thousand Javelins", Chaly was quoted as saying by Ukraine's Mirror Weekly newspaper on Friday.
On Thursday, US Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman Nominee Joseph Dunford said in his confirmation hearing that it would be “reasonable” to provide Ukraine with anti-tank missiles.
After Kiev began a military operation to suppress independence supporters in Ukraine's southeast in April 2014, Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly asked western states for lethal aid.
Washington has provided non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, but has stopped short of providing lethal aid over concerns it would escalate the conflict.
In April, US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft said that the United States was not going to deliver the Javelin system to Ukraine.
The European Union largely opposes Washington arming Ukraine with lethal weapons.
Former senior airman Brian Kolfage, writing in the Blaze, said he saw and American flag that had rainbow stripes rather than the alternative red and white stripes mandated in the code.
Title 4 clearly states the American flag “shall be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white; and the union of the flag shall be forty-eight starts, white in a blue field.”
Kolfage wrote, “The flag I saw is a parody of the American Flag with 50 white stars in the uion, smeared with the rainbow colors as the stripes. The moment the flag took on the union starts is where it becomes a violation, with my understanding of the U.S. Code.”
Kolfage notified the 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office, which told him they would review the issue. “We take seriously our responsibility to abide by federal law and defend the Constitutional rights of all citizens.”
Kolfage receive the following message from the office three days later: “The installation commander carefully considered the opinions of legal professionals and the law. The display in question is not an altered U.S. flag; therefore, its display does not violate federal law. No action will be taken.”
The office issued same statement was issued to the Washington Times.
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The Pentagon has released its “National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015,” June 2015.
The document announces a shift in focus from terrorists to “state actors” that “are challenging international norms.” It is important to understand what these words mean. Governments that challenge international norms are sovereign countries that pursue policies independently of Washington’s policies. These “revisionist states” are threats, not because they plan to attack the US, which the Pentagon admits neither Russia nor China intend, but because they are independent. In other words, the norm is dependence on Washington.
Be sure to grasp the point: The threat is the existence of sovereign states, whose independence of action makes them “revisionist states.” In other words, their independence is out of step with the neoconservative Uni-power doctrine that declares independence to be the right of Washington alone. Washington’s History-given hegemony precludes any other country being independent in its actions.
The Pentagon’s report defines the foremost “revisionist states” as Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. The focus is primarily on Russia. Washington hopes to co-op China, despite the “tension to the Asia-Pacific region” that China’s defense of its sphere of influence, a defense “inconsistent with international law” (this from Washington, the great violator of international law), by turning over what remains of the American consumer market to China. It is not yet certain that Iran has escaped the fate that Washington imposed on Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Ukraine, and by complicity Palestine.
The Pentagon report is sufficiently audacious in its hypocrisy, as all statements from Washington are, to declare that Washington and its vassals “support the established institutions and processes dedicated to preventing conflict, respecting sovereignty, and furthering human rights.”This from the military of a government that has invaded, bombed, and overthrown 11 governments since the Clinton regime and is currently working to overthrow governments in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, and Argentina.
In the Pentagon document, Russia is under fire for not acting “in accordance with international norms,” which means Russia is not following Washington’s leadership.
In other words, this is a bullshit report written by neocons in order to foment war with Russia.
Nothing else can be said about the Pentagon report, which justifies war and more war. Without war and conquests, Americans are not safe.
Washington’s view toward Russia is the same as Cato the Elder’s view toward Carthage. Cato the Elder finished his every speech on any subject in the Roman Senate with the statement “Carthage must be destroyed.”
This report tells us that war with Russia is our future unless Russia agrees to become a vassal state like every country in Europe, and Canada, Australia, Ukraine, and Japan. Otherwise, the neoconservatives have decided that it is impossible for Americans to tolerate living with a country that makes decisions independently of Washington. If America cannot be The Uni-Power dictating to the world, better that we are all dead. At least that will show the Russians.
Credit To Zero Hedge
In the year 1960 a previously unknown writer from a small town in Alabama published a book that was to capture the imagination of a generation, a book which continues to sell well today. The author was Harper Lee and the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee had no expectation of the success her book would attain. To date it has sold more than 40 million copies. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 for a work of fiction. In 1962 an Oscar winning movie was made of the book, featuring Gregory Peck as the protagonist Atticus Finch. For background on this book, if you are unfamiliar with it, I recommend the excellent Sparknotes video below.
Harper Lee was considered by some to be a “one-hit-wonder.” It was quite a hit. In baseball parlance it would be called a “grand-slam.” In 1999 her book was voted “Best Novel of the Century.” After producing To Kill A Mockingbird, she never followed up that success with other writings. Questioned on a number of occasions about this, Ms. Lee maintained that she would never write another novel. Financially, she had no need to do so, as the revenue generated from To Kill A Mockingbird has left her quite comfortably situated. Ms. Lee is now 89 years of age, and lives in a modest retirement facility in the town of Monreoeville, Alabama, which served as the inspiration for the fictional town of Maycomb in her novel. She suffered a stroke in 2007, and is nearly blind and deaf, so it came as a great surprise to many people to learn that she will release a second novel at this late stage of her life.
The second novel is Go Set A Watchman. It is not a new writing. It was written in the mid 1950s before she wrote the book that would make her famous. It is reported that the manuscript to this early work was rejected by a publisher at the time. The book features many of the same characters found in To Kill A Mockingbird, but is set at a later period of their lives approximately twenty years after the events described in her first published novel. The editor who rejected this earlier book submission is reported to have suggested that Harper Lee write another novel based on earlier events in the characters’ lives. This led to the writing of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The earlier book manuscript now titled Go Set A Watchman was forgotten, and assumed to be lost. Various reports have come forth as to how the manuscript resurfaced.
Truly it is a remarkable story to find an author of Harper Lee’s status, who published a best-selling book with nothing to follow it up in more than 50 years, to bring forth another writing more than five decades later. The reception to this news has been nothing short of amazing. The book Go Set A Watchman is due to be released on July 14th, 2015 with a first print run of two million books. It is on pace to break the pre-order sales record set by the Harry Potter books, an amazing feat for a novel written more than 50 years ago that doesn’t feature any wizards or magic incantations. At present, before the book is even released, it is ranked as the number 1 best-selling work of fiction on Amazon.
Amazon Stats Screenshot, #1 in Books
Merely taken as a social phenomenon, this is an interesting story. Yet, there is much more to consider regarding the unusual timing of this book and its title. The words “Go Set A Watchman” are taken from Isaiah 21:6.
For thus hath Yahweh said unto me, Go, set a watchman: let him declare what he seeth.
In looking at the context of this passage, we see that it is a prophecy of judgment against the nations. Immediately following the verse cited, we read the following prophecy against Babylon.
He cried like a lion: “Lord, I stand continually on the watchtower in the daytime, and every night I stay at my post. Behold, here comes a troop of men, horsemen in pairs.” He answered, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon; and all the engraved images of her gods are broken to the ground.”
Over the course of my ministry I have written numerous series and posts on America’s relationship to Babylon. Following are a some examples:
Babylon Rising: Parts 1-9
Yet, the greatest concern for the body of Christ today is in understanding that the apostate religious system that is outwardly identified as Christianity, is itself referred to as Babylon, the Great Harlot, in the Bible.
The Spirit of Christ is calling the people of God to come out of Babylon, for judgment is coming to her. Those who remain in the houses of religious confusion and apostasy will end up participating in the sins of Babylon, and they will partake of her plagues.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”
Two days ago a sister in Christ wrote to me to ask my thoughts about a new trend sweeping the churches called “Holy Yoga.” This woman said that she had participated in it for a year at her church, but became troubled about it. Both of her adult daughters are instructors of “Holy Yoga.”
Not surprisingly, the women featured on the Holy Yoga website are tattooed (as in the image above), having embraced another profane practice of a world under the influence of Satan. Babylon was known for its religious confusion. The Babylonians did not mind if the captive Jews worshiped Yahweh, just as long as they accepted the other deities worshiped in Babylon as well.
In September, the Roman Catholic Pope will address both houses of the United States Congress, and the United Nations. The Roman Catholic Church has been leading a push to merge all of the world’s religions into one. Following is an excerpt from a recent article on The Christian Post website.
A day after calling for inter-religious dialogue to end Islamist extremism, Pope Francis on Saturday visited a 17th-century mosque in Istanbul and spent several minutes in a silent prayer with his head bowed in the direction of Mecca.
The pope made the gesture to promote Christian-Muslim relations at the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, on Saturday, the second day of his three-day Turkey visit, according to the Vatican Radio.
He removed his shoes before entering the mosque with blue tiles on its walls. Standing next to him was the Grand Mufti, who explained about the Koranic verses illustrated on the stones pillars and the dome...
"Fanaticism and fundamentalism, as well as irrational fears which foster misunderstanding and discrimination, need to be countered by the solidarity of all believers," the pope said Friday in a speech to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other political leaders on the first day of his pastoral visit to the cities of Ankara and Istanbul.
"It is essential that all citizens – Muslim, Jewish and Christian – both in the provision and practice of the law, enjoy the same rights and respect the same duties," the pope added in his speech Friday. "They will then find it easier to see each other as brothers and sisters who are travelling the same path, seeking always to reject misunderstandings while promoting cooperation and concord.
This Babylonian confusion is spreading throughout the churches. Is there not a message in the title of this soon-to-be-released book by Harper Lee? Yahweh is speaking to His people to “Go Set A Watchman and report what you see.” Judgment is coming. Babylon is about to be judged. The horsemen are already on their way. Raiders are about to enter the land. They will leave death and destruction in their wake. Come out of Babylon, people of God! Pursue humility. Pursue righteousness, that you may perhaps be hidden in the day of Yahweh’s wrath.
Credit to Joseph Herrinhttp://parablesblog.blogspot.com
GETTY•EPAEarly gusts cause major waves from the Pacific and, right, the map of the typhoon's path
The Asian country has been put at its highest-level alert ahead of the arrival of the weather phenomenon called Chan-hom which is expected to arrive in the next few hours.
Scores of trains and flights have also been cancelled as it braces itself for the brutal winds which are currently circling coastal areas.
It is due to hit the eastern province of Zhejian on Saturday morning.
APCrowds gather to watch huge waves as Chan-hom closes in to east China
Chan-hom has already caused caused 20 injuries as it moved over islands in southern Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of further strong winds and high waves overnight.
The super typhoon is expected to reach Shanghai over the weekend, where forecasters say it faces its strongest storms in 35 years.
Zhejiang's Civil Affairs Bureau said nearly 60,000 people have been evacuated from coastal areas.
China's railway service said more than 100 trains between the region's cities have so far been cancelled.
In the seaside city of Zhoushan, all flights in and out of its airport have been canceled.
GETTYA man takes a photo of a huge wave earlier today
The city has halted bus services and speedboat ferry services. Several tourist spots also were closed.
Credit to Express.co.uk