86 Islamic Terror Incidents Since 9/11

The Daily Signal provides a comprehensive timeline of Islam-energized terror activity, including foiled plots, since September 11, 2001. From the Lackawanna Six to a plot to assassinate President Bush, to relatively unknown plots to blow up a Wyoming oil refinery or airplanes with liquid explosives, the interactive chart offers a visual perspective with detail to match.

 

 

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David French Announces His Decision

SBNEO5Xp_400x400After several days of speculation, David French, conservative author, lawyer, foreign policy analyst, Christian, Iraq veteran, and husband of New York Times bestselling author Nancy French has announced that he will not be running for President.

In an article in National Review today, French writes:

I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve my country, and I thank God for the successes I’ve had as a lawyer and a writer, but it is plain to me that I’m not the right person for this effort.

French strikes a tone of mild despair in his piece as he talks of an America where “patriots are mocked and demagogues celebrated”.

Even good men have reduced themselves to excusing the inexcusable and defending the indefensible.

The attacks against his wife, the slander that emanated from a Politico writer and morphed into an unsubstantiated series of articles against the man and his family, would be enough to make any decent person back off from entering this year’s political contest. There is no room left for integrity, not in this election cycle.

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Trump’s Compelling with a British Accent

We’ll hand it to The Donald, he is vastly more persuasive with a high class British accent. Indeed, he does sound like an Oxford Don.

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Pres. Obama Declares June “Romans 1 Month”. Sort of.

In a proclamation from the White House four days ago, President Obama declared the month of June 2016 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month”. He called upon all Americans to “celebrate the great diversity of the American people”.

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While he celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision last year to grant homosexual couples the right to marriage equality, he inadvertently highlighted the consequences of the homosexual lifestyle—not so much as a warning to the homosexual community, but rather to chide others into affirming and enabling such conduct:

“We remain committed to addressing health disparities in the LGBT community—gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color are at a particularly high risk for HIV, and we have worked to strengthen our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, increase access to care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV.”

Notice that the higher prevalence of HIV in the homosexual community is merely one of the “disparities” that America needs to work with in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen.

The book of Romans addressed several of these behaviors, and predicted consequences. In Romans 1, we’re told
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The “unnatural relations” of Romans is being celebrated, yes, celebrated as diversity this month and every month. And the “penalty” in the same passage is diminished to the level of a disparity.

Islamic Ideology 101: Wife Beating

 

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Pakistani women line up to vote in Rawalpindi.

In Pakistan today, the Council of Islamic Ideology, a think-tank comprised of Islamic clerics and scholars, proposed a bill that says it is ‘“un-Islamic” for women to leave an abusive relationship and seek refuge in a shelter‘, according to the Dawn newspaper, one of the nation’s largest English newspapers.

A man, “when needed”, may “‘lightly’ beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires, according to the Express-Tribune, another major Pakistani newspaper.

The Pakistani parliament is not required to vote on the measure which is, ironically, described as a “women’s protection bill”.

Photo credit: Rachel Clayton/Department for International Development

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KY Health Insurance Premiums to Increase

New story same as the old: Kentucky residents will see their health insurance premiums increase once again in 2017. The last increase, effective in 2016, was approved in July 2015 by Gov. Steve Beshear.

Kentucky’s biggest insurer at the time, KY CO-OP, were set to increase premiums by 25.1% in 2016. That was before they eventually folded and left 75% (or 51,000) of all Kynect-registered customers without an insurance plan at the end of last year. A sixty-million-dollar failure. Other large insurers also increased premiums in 2016—Anthem BCBS by 12.2%, Humana 5.2%, and CareSource Kentucky 12.83%.

Next year’s increase will be an average of 17% according to an Associated Press report in the Herald Leader. Unsurprisingly, former governor Steve Beshear was quick to lay the blame at the foot of the current administration. He is quoted as saying “we believe the main reason why insurance companies are proposing higher rates is because of the uncertainty of the future of Kynect.” Not so quick, point out Anthem officials. Kentucky Health Cooperative’s demise at the end of last year left 51,000 mostly high-risk consumers out in the December cold. Higher risk translates to higher premiums, for everybody.

According to the Associated Press report, Kynect policies will see an increase of 20% in premiums, whereas plans purchased outside of the exchange will increase by 16%.

The requested increases vary from 6.95% for UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company small group customers, to 65% for individual customers of Golden Rule Insurance Company.

Insurance rates are not controlled by state policies, with the exception of state-managed co-operatives. Of the 23 such co-ops that were created by states under Obamacare, only 11 survive.
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As Employment Grows, Unemployment Drops

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 10.34.51 AMThere isn’t always a direct correlation between  a rise in employment and a decrease in unemployment, especially with the United States economy during the last eight years or so. We have seen dips in the unemployment rate even while people employers shed jobs.

How does that happen? Following the economic crash of 2007 and the colossal bailouts of the banking and automobile industries, there wasn’t an accompanying growth in economic activity. Consequently, millions of Americans simply gave up looking for jobs. The labor force participation rate has not been worse since 1954.

The good news for the Kentucky economy is that in spite of an increase in 32,000 people in the job market—that is, people looking for jobs again, people moving to Kentucky, and all other Kentuckians available for work—there has been a corresponding increase in jobs available. Translation: More paychecks are being issued to Kentuckians today than was the case six months ago.

The chart above shows a steep rise in unemployment during the last few months of the Beshear administration, and a drop that started soon after the start of the Bevin administration.

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