KING JESUS IS COMING FOR US ANY TIME NOW. THE RAPTURE. BE PREPARED TO GO.
AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT HAPPY 2013-GOD BLESS YOU ALL CHRISTIANS
Democrat Senator: “Mr. and Mrs. America… turn ‘em all in.”
Infowars.com December 31, 2012
Dianne Feinstein: “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban
, picking up [every gun]… Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in.”Senator Dianne Feinstein’s ultimate plan has always been to have Mr.
and Mrs. America turn in their guns to the government, period. Feinstein
has admitted that the bill is about gun confiscation.She tells us a gun ban is about saving the children and reducing
crime, but her comments on 60 Minutes in 1995 reveal her true plan is to
disarm the American people.
On Thursday, Feinstein will introduced her dream bill to disarm the
American people. The legislation is open-ended and includes provisions
to re-register firearms and submit the fingerprints of law-abiding
Americans as if they’re sex offenders.Feinstein’s bill will also include a buy-back provision that will
allow the government to confiscate all firearms. Both Feinstein and New
York governor Andrew Cuomo have said that is their plan.It is a gun confiscation bill.The proposed bill is open declaration of war on the Second Amendment
.It’s no coincidence that the communist Chinese, the biggest holders
of U.S. debt, have demanded the American people be disarmed. It is the
simple action of the authoritarian.For more on Feinstein’s gun-grabbing legislation, see these articles:
Feinstein Vows to Introduce Assault Weapons Ban Bill
Obama to Put “Full Weight” Behind Feinstein Gun Confiscation Plan
Feinstein and Fellow Gun-Grabbers Are Going For Broke
Feinstein & Cuomo Admit Planning Australian Style Government Gun Buy Back
Joe Biden shows the length Democrats will go to steal our guns. In
2008 during the election, he told voters Obama wouldn’t take his shotgun
or his Beretta. The Beretta is a semi-automatic pistol. But in 1989,
Biden introduced his own version of the assault weapons ban.
LAND FOR PEACE (THE FUTURE 7 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH)
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people(ISRAEL) and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.(UPROOTED ISRAELIS AND DIVIDED JERUSALEM)(THIS BRINGS ON WW3 BECAUSE JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED,WARNING TO ARABS-MUSLIMS AND THE WORLD).
THE WEEK OF DANIEL 9:27 WE KNOW ITS 7 YRS
Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:3
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant,(7 YR TREATY) he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.(THE WORLD LEADER-WAR MONGER CALLS HIMSELF GOD)
ISAIAH 28:14-19 (THIS IS THE 7 YR TREATY COVENANT OF DANIEL 9:27)
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
Peres: Peace is a Biblical Commandment
spoke with Christian leaders on the eve of the new year on the
Gregorian calendar and said that peace is a Biblical commandment.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu First Publish: 12/31/2012, 2:54 PM-Israelnationalnews
Peres with former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat-Flash 90
President Shimon Peres spoke with Christian leaders
on the eve of the new year
on the Gregorian calendar and said that peace is a Biblical commandment.Often repeating what arguably is the line most often used by Peres in his political career
, he said, Peace is not just a need but it is a commandment, moreover from the Old and New testaments.“Peace is not just a dream, or a far-sighted aim….There is a beginning of peace in the Middle East.“We have peace with Egypt. There is a peace treaty with Jordan,” and
the ever-optimistic president added, “We have begun the [peace] process
with the Palestinian Authority.”President Peres, who several years ago expressed surprise that Hamas
fired missiles on Israel after the expulsion of Jews and withdrawal of
the IDF from Gaza, drew the red line at Hamas concerning peace talks.He said he is determinedly against negotiating with the terrorist
organization unless it accepts the three conditions set down by the
Quartet (United States
Nations, Russia and the European Union) – a cessation of terror,
acceptance of previous agreements and the recognition of Israel.“They have to choose if they want to build or open fire,” President Peres told the Christian leaders.
21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:(GOD/ISRAEL HATE AND BRAKING OF HIS COMMANDMENTS) the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.(WW3,1/2 earths population die - 3 BILLION).
ISAIAH 13:6-13 KJV
6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:(FROM FRIGHT)
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
ISAIAH 24:17-23 KJV
17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.
23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
2 TIMOTHY 3:1
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous (DANGEROUS) times shall come.
3 A fire devoureth before them;(ATOMIC BOMB) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
Iran test-fires missiles near Strait of Hormuz
– 4 hrs ago DEC 31,12
(AP) — Iran's navy said Monday it test-fired a range of weapons during
ongoing maneuvers near the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for
one-fifth of the world's oil supply.IRNA quoted Adm. Amir Rastgari,
spokesman for the exercise, as saying the Iranian-made air defense
system Raad, or Thunder, was among the weapons tested, along with
various torpedoes and underwater and surface-to-surface rockets as well
as anti-ship missiles. The Islamic Republic said it also deployed
domestically-made hovercraft during the operation.The Raad system was on show during a military parade in Tehran
in September for the first time. Iran says is more advanced than its
Russian predecessor and is designed to confront fighter jets, cruise missiles,
smart bombs, helicopters and drones. Iran said the system fires
missiles with a range of 50 kilometers (30 miles), capable of hitting
targets at 22,000 meters (75,000 feet).Tehran has tried to build a self-sufficient military program since
1992. It frequently announces technological breakthroughs, most of which
cannot be confirmed independently.Iran's military leaders have recently said they believe future wars
will be air- and sea-based and Tehran has sought to upgrade its air
defense systems and naval power in anticipation of such a possibility.The drill began on Friday and ends on Wednesday, one of a number of exercises Iran holds annually.The maneuvers come as the West increases its pressure over Iran's
nuclear program. Iran has said in the past it might close the strait
over Western sanctions or military threats against its nuclear
facilities, but has stepped back from those threats in recent months.Both the United States and Israel
have not ruled out a military strike against Iran's nuclear program,
which the West believes is aimed at weapons development.Iran denies the charge, insisting its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes like power generation and cancer treatment.
GENESIS 6:11-13 (EARTH DESTROYED BECAUSE OF TERRORISM,MURDERS)
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
13 Thou shalt not kill.(Murder)(THAT INCLUDES ABORTION)
6 But whoso shall offend (HURT) one of these little ones (CHILDREN) which believe in me,(JESUS) it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.(THATS THE DEATH PENALTY FOLKS)
12 He that smiteth (MURDER)a man,(OR BABY) so that he die, shall be surely put to death.(THATS THE DEATH PENALTY PEOPLE)
20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils,(OCCULT) and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries,(DRUG ADDICTIONS) nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)
Atty: Hobby Lobby won't offer morning-after pill
attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts
chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees
health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite
risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day.Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by
the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the
federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to
provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar
emergency contraception pills.The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of
their owners. They say the morning-after pill is tantamount to abortion
because it can prevent a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in a
woman's womb.On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied the
companies' request for an injunction while their lawsuit is pending,
saying the stores failed to satisfy the demanding legal standard for
blocking the requirement on an emergency basis. She said the companies
may still challenge the regulations in the lower courts.Kyle Duncan, who is representing Hobby Lobby on behalf of the Becket
Fund for Religious Liberty, said in a statement posted on the group's
website Thursday that Hobby Lobby doesn't intend to offer its employees
insurance that would cover the drug while its lawsuit is pending."The company will continue to provide health insurance to all
qualified employees," Duncan said. "To remain true to their faith, it is
not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs."In ruling against the companies last month, U.S. District Judge Joe
Heaton said churches and other religious organizations have been granted
constitutional protection from the birth-control provisions but that
"Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations."
Asian nations giving enthusiastic welcome to 2013
By Associated Press – 2 hrs 3 mins ago DEC 31,12
(AP) — Sydney's skyline erupted with tons of exploding fireworks as
revelers cheered in the new year from the city's crammed harbor in the
world's first major celebration for 2013.
The enthusiastic welcome to 2013 was continuing on a grand scale across Asia.Increasingly democratic Myanmar is having a public countdown for the
first time. Jakarta plans a huge street party befitting Indonesia's
powering economy.The buoyant economies of the Asia-Pacific are prepared to party with
renewed optimism despite the so-called fiscal cliff threatening to
reverberate globally from the United States and the tattered economies
of Europe.Celebrations were planned around the world, with hundreds of
thousands expected to fill Times Square in New York City to watch the
drop of a Waterford crystal-studded ball.Major cities across austerity-hit Europe were to burn off part of
their battered budgets in spectacular fireworks displays, although some
municipalities — including the Cypriot capital, Nicosia — canceled their
celebrations in light of the economic crisis. Nicosia said 16,000 euros
($21,000) saved from the canceled event will be given to some 320 needy
schoolchildren.Sydney's balmy summer night was split by 7 tons of fireworks fired
from roof tops and barges, many cascading from the Sydney Harbor Bridge,
in a 6.6 million Australian dollar ($6.9 million) pyrotechnic
extravaganza billed by organizers as the world's largest.
Eager revelers camped Sunday night to get the best vantage points.In Hong Kong, this year's 12.5 million Hong Kong dollar ($1.6
million) fireworks display is said to be the biggest ever in the
southern Chinese city. Police expected as many as 100,000 people to
watch.One day after dancing in the snow to celebrate the first anniversary
of leader Kim Jong Un's ascension to supreme commander, North Koreans
were preparing to mark the arrival of the new year, marked as "Juche
102" on North Korean calendars. Juche means self-reliance, the North
Korean ideology of independence promoted by national founder Kim Il
Sung, who was born 102 years ago. His grandson now rules North Korea.In New Delhi, the festive mood was marred by the death Saturday of a young rape victim.Hotels, clubs and residents' associations in the Indian capital
decided to cancel planned festivities and asked people to light candles
to express their solidarity with the victim whose plight sparked public
rallies for women's safety."Let there be no New Year celebrations across the country. It will be
a major tribute to the departed soul," said Praveen Khandelwal,
secretary-general of the Confederation of All India Traders, an umbrella
group of operators of shops and businesses across the country.In a field in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, workers were testing a
giant digital countdown screen with the backdrop of the revered
Shwedagon pagoda.Arranged by local Forever Media group and Index Creative Village, a
Thai event organizer, the celebration is the first public New Year
countdown in Myanmar, a country ruled for almost five decades by
military regimes that discouraged or banned big public gatherings.
"We are planning this public New Year event because we want residents
of Yangon to enjoy the public countdown like in other countries," said
Win Thura Hlaing, managing director of Forever Blossom company, a
subsidiary of Forever Media.With live music performances by celebrities, light shows, food
stalls, fireworks and other activities, the countdown is expected to
draw 50,000 people, Win Thura Hlaing said.
Jakarta's street party centers on a 7-kilometer (4-mile) thoroughfare
closed to all traffic from nightfall until after midnight. Workers
erected 16 large stages along the normally car-clogged, eight-lane
highway through the heart of the city. Indonesia's booming economy is a
rare bright spot amid global gloom and is bringing prosperity — or the
hope of it — to Indonesians.Spirits in the capital have been further raised by the election of a
new, populist governor who is pledging to tackle the city's massive
infrastructure problems.The Sydney crowds were undiminished by Australian government warnings
that the Washington deadlock on the U.S. debt crisis was partly to
blame for a slowing Australian economy.Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue hosted the event.Florida tourist Melissa Sjostedt was among the thousands gathered
near a southern pylon of the bridge. She said before the event that
seeing the fireworks would fulfill an ambition that began a decade ago
when she read about them in National Geographic magazine."Ever since that, I've always wanted to see this for real, live, in person," she said.Despite a somber mood in the Philippines due to devastation from a
recent typhoon, a key problem for authorities remained how to prevent
revelers from setting off huge illegal firecrackers — including some
nicknamed "Goodbye Philippines" and "Bin Laden" — that maim and injure
hundreds of Filipinos each year, including many children.A government scare tactic involving doctors displaying brutal-looking
scalpels used for amputations for firecracker victims has not fully
worked in the past so health officials came up with a novel idea: Go
Gangnam style.A government health official, Eric Tayag, donned the splashy outfit
of South Korean star PSY and danced to his Youtube hit "Gangnam Style"
video while preaching against the use of illegal firecrackers on TV, in
schools and in public arenas."The campaign has become viral," Tayag said. "We've asked kids and
adults to stay away from big firecrackers and just dance the Gangnam and
they're doing it."Hong Kong feng shui master Raymond Lo predicted 2013 would be less
turbulent than 2012 because the Chinese New Year in February will usher
in the year of the snake, bringing an end to the year of the dragon,
which was associated with water. Water is one of the five elements in
feng shui theory, the Chinese practice of arranging objects and choosing
dates to improve luck."Water is fear. So that's why we have had so much turbulence
especially in the winter months," such as doomsday prophecies, school
shootings and concerns about the fiscal cliff, said Lo."But the good news is that the
coming year of the snake is the first time that fire has come back since
2007. Fire actually is the opposite to water, fire is happiness. So
therefore the year of the snake is a much more optimistic year. So you
can see signs of economic recovery now," he added.___Associated Press writers Aye Aye Win in Yangon, Myanmar; Jean Lee in
Pyongyang, North Korea; Chris Brummitt in Jakarta, Indonesia; Kelvin
Chan in Hong Kong; Ashok Sharma in New Delhi; Jim Gomez in Manila,
Philippines; and Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report.
DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a
witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have
heaped treasure together for the last days.
Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that
great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every
shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as
trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads,
and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city,
wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her
costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be
removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them
in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls,
neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their
16 And he(THE FALSE POPE WHO
DEFECTED FROM THE CHRISTIAN FAITH) causeth all,(IN THE WORLD ) both
small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in
their right hand, or in their foreheads:(MICROCHIP IMPLANT)
that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,(MICROCHIP
IMPLANT) or the name of the beast,(WORLD DICTATORS NAME INGRAVED ON YOUR
SKIN OR TATTOOED ON YOU OR IN THE MICROCHIP IMPLANT) or the number of
his name.(THE NUMBERS OF HIS NAME INGRAVED IN THE MICROCHIP
IMLPLANT)-(ALL THESE WILL TELL THE WORLD DICTATOR THAT YOUR WITH HIM AND
AGAINST KING JESUS-GOD)
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath
understanding count the number of the beast:(WORLD LEADER) for it is the
number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and
six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM (6006006)OR(60020202006)(SOME KIND OF NUMBER
IMPLANTED IN THE MICROCHIP THAT TELLS THE WORLD DICTATOR AND THE NEW
WORLD ORDER THAT YOU GIVE YOUR TOTAL ALLIGIENCE TO HIM AND NOT
JESUS)(ITS AN ETERNAL DECISION YOU MAKE)(YOU CHOOSE YOUR OWN
DESTINY)(YOU TAKE THE DICTATORS NAME OR NUMBER UNDER YOUR SKIN,YOUR
DOOMED TO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND TORMENTS FOREVER,NEVER ENDING MEANT ONLY
FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS,NOT HUMAN BEINGS).OR YOU REFUSE THE MICROCHIP
IMPLANT AND GO ON THE SIDE OF KING JESUS AND RULE FOREVER WITH HIM ON
EARTH.YOU CHOOSE,ITS YOUR DECISION.
HALF HOUR DOW RESULTS MON DECEMBER 31,2012
09:30 AM -2.43
10:00 AM -8.06
10:30 AM +8.76
11:00 AM +13.61
11:30 AM -7.56
12:00 PM +3.25
12:30 PM -0.65
01:00 PM +53.70
01:30 PM +63.33
02:00 PM +48.16
02:30 PM +60.88
03:00 PM +148.20
03:30 PM +97.49
04:00 PM +166.03 13,1-4.14
S&P 500 1426.21 +23.77
NASDAQ 3019.51 +59.20
GOLD 1,673.50 +16.70
OIL 91.70 +0.90
TSE 300 12,433.53 +117.41
CDNX 1221.30 +19.46
S&P/TSX/60 714.71 +7.77
YEAR TO DATE PERFORMANCE
Dow -51 points at 4 minutes of trading today.
Dow -52 points at low today.
Dow +13 points at high today so far.
GOLD opens at $1,662.40.OIL opens at $90.25 today.
Dow -52 points at low today so far.
Dow +166 points at high today so far.
Dow -52 points at low today.
Dow +166 points at high today.
GOLD ALLTIME HIGH $1,902.60 (NOT AT CLOSE)
3 And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir,(ARABS) I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate.
4 I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.
5 Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred,(AGAINST ISRAEL) and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:
6 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.
11 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee.
12 And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume.
13 Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them.
14 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When the whole earth rejoiceth, I will make thee desolate.(ARAB,MUSLIMS)
15 As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir,(ARABS) and all Idumea,(ARAB,MUSLIMS) even all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations,(USELESS U.N) that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not.(ASSAD) This is the portion of them that spoil us,(ISRAEL) and the lot of them that rob us.
23 Concerning Damascus.(SYRIA) Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea;(WAR SHIPS WITH NUKES COMING ON SYRIA) it cannot be quiet.
24 Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail.
25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!
26 Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD of hosts.
27 And I will kindle a fire (NUKES OR BOMBS) in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad.(ASSADS PALACES POSSIBLY IN DAMASCUS)
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
Assad's forces battle to retake Damascus suburb
By Khaled Yacoub Oweis | Reuters – 1 hr 9 mins ago DEC 31,12
AMMAN (Reuters) - Elite Syrian government
troops backed by tanks battled on Monday to recapture a strategic Damascus
suburb from rebels who have advanced within striking distance of the center of Syria
's capital.Five people, including a child, died from army rocket fire that hit the Daraya
suburb during the fighting, opposition activists said. Daraya is part
of a semi-circle of Sunni Muslim suburbs south of the capital that have
been at the forefront of the 21-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad
."This is the biggest attack on Daraya in two months. An
armored column is trying to advance but it is being held (back) by the
Free Syrian Army," said Abu Kinan, an opposition activist in the area,
referring to a rebel group.
Clashes were also
reported near the airport in Aleppo, Syria's largest city, which is in
the north. Insurgents have made that airport a target in the hope of
access to Aleppo, which is largely under rebel control.Rebels have taken much of the north and east of Syria over the past six months, but government forces
still hold most of the densely populated southwest around the capital,
the main north-south highway and the Mediterranean coast.Government forces scored a victory on Saturday, pushing
rebels out of Deir Baalbeh, a district in Homs, an important central
city that straddles the highway linking Damascus with the north and the
Mediterranean.Some opposition activists have said scores or even
hundreds of people were executed in Deir Baalbeh by troops that seized
it after several days of fighting. However, reports of killings there on
a large scale could not be verified.More than 45,000 people are estimated to have been
killed in the 21-month war, the longest and deadliest of the revolts
that began throughout the Arab world two years ago. Mainly Sunni Muslim
rebels are fighting to topple Assad, a member of the Alawite minority
sect whose family has ruled Syria since his father seized power 42 years
ago in a coup.The opposition refuses to hold peace talks unless Assad
relinquishes power, and military successes over the last six months
have reinforced its belief it can drive him out by force.However, government troops
still heavily outgun the fighters and maintain air bases scattered across the country.The Damascus suburbs have become one of the major
fronts of the war, with the rebels hoping to finally bring their
uprising to the capital, heart of Assad's power.Activist Abu Kinan said that tens of thousands of
civilians had fled Daraya during weeks of government assault on the
suburb, but that 5,000 remained, along with hundreds of rebels. Daraya
is located near the main southern highway connecting Damascus to the
Jordanian border 85 km (50 miles) to the south.Activists said Republican Guard forces are trying to
push back rebels who have been slowly advancing from the outskirts of
Damascus to within striking distance of government targets and central
districts inhabited by Assad's Alawite minority sect.Assad's forces have
mostly relied on aerial and artillery bombardment, rather than
infantry. Rebels have been able take outlying towns and have clashed
with government troops near Damascus International Airport
, halting flights by foreign airlines.Another activist in Damascus with links to rebels, who
did not want to be named, said Daraya has been a firing position for
rebels using mortars and homemade rockets. From it, they have been able
to hit a huge presidential complex located on a hilltop overlooking
Damascus and target pro-Assad shabbiha militia in an Alawite enclave
nearby known as Mezze 86."So far they have missed the palace but they are
getting better. I think the regime has realized that it no longer can
afford to have such a threat so close by, but it has failed to overrun
Daraya before," he said.
"HELL OR THE POLITICAL PROCESS"
The opposition is backed by most Western and Arab
states, while Assad has enjoyed the diplomatic protection of Moscow,
which sells arms to his government and maintains a naval base in one of
Western countries have been searching for signs that
Moscow is lifting its protection of Assad, hoping that would bring him
down much as Russia's withdrawal of support heralded the fall of Serbian
leader Slobodan Milosevic 12 years ago.Moscow said on Saturday that it has no power to make
Assad leave office, and accused the rebels of prolonging the bloodshed
by refusing to negotiate with him.U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has called on outside powers
to push all sides to talk, arguing that Syria faces a choice of "hell
or the political process".Brahimi is touting a peace plan agreed to in principle
by international powers six months ago, but the plan does not explicitly
call for Assad to be excluded from power, which the opposition regards
as a precondition to any talks.The opposition-linked Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said that rebels clashed with government troops near Aleppo's
international airport. Rami Abdelrahman, the British-based Observatory's
director, told Reuters by phone that fighting flared on Sunday night
and continued into Monday morning.He said no flights were departing or arriving from the
airport. Syria's state airline canceled at least one flight there over
the weekend.Nevertheless, the government's seizure of Deir Baalbeh
in Homs is a reminder that its forces are still capable of recapturing
territory from the lightly armed rebels. Syria's state news agency SANA
said government forces seized a large cache of weapons and ammunition
after capturing the district.(Writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Oliver Holmes and Mark Heinrich)
India rape sets off debate over women's rights
By Associated Press – 30 mins ago DEC 31,12
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's army and navy canceled New Year's celebrations on Monday out of respect for a New Delhi
student whose gang-rape and murder has set off an impassioned debate
about what the nation needs to do to prevent such a tragedy from
happening again.Protesters and politicians have called for tougher rape laws, major police reforms and a transformation in the way the country treats its women.
"To change a society as conservative, traditional and patriarchal as ours, we will have a long haul," said Ranjana Kumari
, director of the Center for Social Research. "It will take some time, but certainly there is a beginning."The country remained in mourning Monday, two days after the
23-year-old physiotherapy student died from her internal wounds in the
Singapore hospital where she had been sent for emergency treatment. Six
men have been arrested and charged with murder in the Dec. 16 attack on a
New Delhi bus. They face the death penalty if convicted, police said.The army and navy canceled their New Year's celebrations, as did
Sonia Gandhi, head of the ruling Congress party. Hotels and clubs across
the capital also said they would forego their usual parties."She has become the daughter of the entire nation," said Sushma Swaraj, a leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.Hundreds of mourners continued their daily protests near Parliament demanding swift government action."So much needs to be done to end the oppression of women," said
Murarinath Kushwaha, a man whose two friends were on a hunger strike to
draw attention to the issue.
Some commentators compared the rape victim, whose name has not been
released by police, to Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor
whose self-immolation set off the Arab Spring. There was hope her
tragedy could mark a turning point for gender rights in a country where
women often refuse to leave their homes at night out of fear and where
sex-selective abortions and even female infanticide have wildly skewed
the gender ratio."It cannot be business as usual anymore," the Hindustan Times newspaper wrote in an editorial.Politicians from across the spectrum called for a special session of
Parliament to pass new laws to increase punishments for rapists —
including possible chemical castration — and to set up fast-track courts
to deal with rape cases within 90 days.The government has proposed creating a public database of convicted
rapists to shame them, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has set up two
committees to look into what lapses led to the rape and to propose
changes in the law.The Delhi
government on Monday inaugurated a new helpline — 181 — for women, though it wasn't working because of glitches.Responding to complaints that police refuse to file cases of abuse or
harassment brought by women, the city force has appointed an officer to
meet with women's groups monthly and crack down on the problem, New
Delhi Lt. Gov. Tejendra Khanna said."We have mandated that any time any lady visits a police station with a complaint, it has to be recorded on the spot," he said.Kumari said the Delhi police commissioner sent her a message Monday
asking her group to restart police sensitivity training that it had
suspended due to lack of funds.There have also been proposals to install a quota to ensure one-third of Delhi's police are women.
There also have been signs of a change in the public debate about crimes against women.Other rapes suddenly have become front-page news in Indian
newspapers, and politicians are being heavily criticized for any remarks
considered misogynistic or unsympathetic to women.A state legislator from Rajasthan was ridiculed Monday across TV news
channels after suggesting that one way to stop rapes would be to change
girls' school uniforms to pants instead of skirts."How can he tell us to change our clothes?" said Gureet Kaur, a student protester in the Rajasthani town of Alwar. "Why can't girls live freely?"Some activists have accused politicians of being so cossetted in
their security bubbles that they have no idea of the daily travails
people are suffering.Kumari said the country was failing in its basic responsibility to
protect its citizens. But she was heartened to see so many young men at
the protests along with women."I have never heard so many people who felt so deep down hurt," she said. "It will definitely have some impact."In Geneva, the U.N. human rights chief called Monday for fundamental change in India."Let us hope that 2013 will be the year the tide is turned on
violence against women in India and all women can walk free without
fear," said Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.
"The public is demanding a transformation in systems that discriminate
against women to a culture that respects the dignity of women in law and
practice," she said in a statement.Pillay, a South African of Indian origin, urged Indians not to give
in to calls for capital punishment for rapists. "However terrible the
crime, the death penalty is not the answer," she said.___Associated Press reporters Archana Thiyagarajan and Ashok Sharma in
New Delhi and Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report.___Follow Ravi Nessman on Twitter at twitter.com/ravinessman
Security Official: Stop the 3rd Intifada While We Still Can
rock and brick throwing may seem like a small job for the IDF, but a
Binyamin security officer urges the army to look at history
By David Lev First Publish: 12/31/2012, 4:58 PM-Israelnationalnews
Arab rioters (file)-Binyamin Residents' Council
Daily, there are security incidents that do not make it to the
media, but that doesn't make them less serious, according to a top security officer
in the Binyamin region. Taken together, he told Arutz Sheva
, these incidents could amount to the opening of a new Arab intifada uprising.According to the officer, who is responsible for security in the town of Horsha in Binyamin, Arabs have in recent months greatly
increased their attempts to attack Jews. The attacks have consisted of brick and stone attacks by Arabs against Israeli drivers
, attempts to kidnap Israelis, riots and unrest, and Arab destruction of Jewish farms and fields.
The most serious incident recently, the
officer said, was a major riot that occurred near the town of Neria.
Arab youths gather near one of the town's neighborhoods almost daily to
throw rocks, when they get out of school, the officer said.With that, the officer said, he has
noticed an increased IDF presence in the area in recent days, and more
confrontations between rioters and soldiers. The army, he said, should
not minimize the importance of nipping “small incidents” in the bud.
“Our experience showed that the first and second intifadas started with
'small things' like rock throwing. I served in Gaza during the first
intifada, and I personally observed how the 'kids' throwing rocks grew
up to be full-grown terrorists, who today are firing Fajr rockets at us.
The army must intervene and stop these incidents now, when they are
CONSPIRACY THEORIES WATCHOUT FOR
11 For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 Say ye not, A confederacy,(CONSPIRACY) to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy;(CONSPIRACY) neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
False flag-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.False flag operations are covert operations designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one's own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and can be used in peace-time.(NOTICE EVERY TIME THERES A REAL TERRORIST ATTACK,THE GOVERNMENT ALWAYS IS DOING A FAKE DRILL WHICH MEANS THEY CAN SAY IT WAS ONLY A DRILL IF THE ATTACK DOES NOT GO OVER WITH THE PUBLIC OR IF THE GOVERNMENT MUFFED UP THEIR OWN FALSE FLAG CONTROL FREAK,GET MORE CONTROL OF PEOPLES RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS.)
I'VE HEARD CONSPIRACY THEORIES ABOUT THIS CLINTON INCIDENT AND THE BENGHAZI TESTAMONY ALREADY.
of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been admitted to a New York
hospital for treatment of a blood clot, her spokesman said Sunday.State Department Spokesman Philippe Reines said Clinton
had entered the hospital following a medical examination for a
concussion she sustained earlier this month."In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary Clinton's doctors
discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she
sustained several weeks ago," Reines said in a statement. "She is being
treated with anti-coagulants and is at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital so
that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours."Reines added, "Her doctors will
continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with
her concussion. They will determine if any further action is required."Clinton was scheduled to return
to work this week after treatment for the concussion. She is set to step
down from her post shortly after President Barack Obama's inauguration
on January 21. Last week, Obama announced he had chosen Massachusetts
Sen. John Kerry to replace Clinton as the nation's top diplomat.
Senate report faults State Department, intelligence on Benghazi
By Tabassum Zakaria | Reuters – 10 mins ago DEC 31,12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department
's decision to keep the U.S.
mission in Benghazi
open despite inadequate security and increasingly dangerous threat
assessments before it was attacked in September was a "grievous
mistake," a Senate report
said on Monday.The Senate Homeland Security Committee
report about the September 11 attacks on the U.S. mission and a nearby
annex, which killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to
Libya, faulted intelligence agencies
for not having enough focus on Libyan extremists. It also faulted the
State Department for waiting for specific warnings instead of acting on
security.The assessment follows a scathing report by an independent State Department accountability review board
that resulted in a top security official and three others at the department stepping down.The attack, in
which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens died, has put diplomatic
security practices at posts in insecure areas under scrutiny and raised
questions about whether intelligence
on terrorism in the region was adequate.The Senate report
said the lack of specific intelligence of an imminent threat in Benghazi
"may reflect a failure" in the intelligence community's focus on
terrorist groups that have weak or no operational ties to al Qaeda
and its affiliates."With Osama bin Laden dead and core al Qaeda weakened, a
new collection of violent Islamist extremist organizations and cells
have emerged in the last two to three years," the report said. That
trend has been seen in the "Arab Spring" countries undergoing political
transition or military conflict, it said.The report recommended that U.S. intelligence agencies
"broaden and deepen their focus in Libya and beyond, on nascent violent
Islamist extremist groups in the region that lack strong operational
ties to core al Qaeda or its main affiliate groups."Neither the Senate report nor the unclassified
accountability review board report pinned blame for the Benghazi attack
on a specific group. The FBI is investigating who was behind the
assaults.President Barack Obama, in an interview on NBC's "Meet
the Press" on Sunday, said the United States had some "very good leads"
about who carried out the attacks. He did not provide any details.The Senate committee report said the State Department
should not have waited for specific warnings before acting on improving
security in Benghazi.It also said that it was widely known that the
post-revolution Libyan government was "incapable of performing its duty
to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel," but the State
Department failed to take adequate steps to fill the security gap.
"Despite the inability of the Libyan government to
fulfill its duties to secure the facility, the increasingly dangerous
threat assessments, and a particularly vulnerable facility, the
Department of State officials did not conclude the facility in Benghazi
should be closed or temporarily shut down," the report said. "That was a
grievous mistake."(Editing by Warren Strobel and David Brunnstrom)
HOMOSEXUALS.(SODOMITE RAINBOW GROUPERS)
13 If a man also lie with mankind,(ANOTHER MAN) as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind,(ANOTHER MAN) as with womankind: it is abomination.
2 TIMOTHY 3:3
3 Without natural affection,(HOMOSEXUALS) trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
1 CORINTHIANS 6:9,
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,(HARDENED SODOMITE RAINBOW GROUPERRS) nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:(HOMOSEXUALITY,AND ALL SEX SINS)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:(LESBIENS)
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,(SODOMITES) and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.(AIDS ETC)
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Obama endorses gay marriage proposal in Illinois
By Karen Brooks | Reuters – 16 hrs ago DEC 30,12
(Reuters) - President Obama
is endorsing a proposal by the Illinois legislature
to legalize gay marriage
, a White House spokesman
told Reuters on Sunday.It's an unusual move by a president - most of whom
rarely weigh in on state legislative matters. Obama served in the
Illinois state senate.Obama, who said earlier this year that he supports
same-sex marriage, believes "it's wrong to prevent couples who are in
loving, committed relationships and want to marry, from doing so," said
White House spokesman Shin Inouye.
"Were the president still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally," Inouye said.Chicago state
Senator Heather Steans will introduce a gay marriage proposal this week,
said Rikeesha Phelon, spokeswoman for Illinois Senate President John Cullerton.
She added that Democratic leaders are confident they have the votes to
win approval - possibly even before the legislature's newly elected
Democratic super-majority takes office on January 10.If it passes, that would make Illinois the tenth state to approve same-sex nuptials.Passage in President Barack Obama's home state would be
a symbolic victory for gay rights activists, particularly after the
president endorsed same-sex marriage in May.One issue to be
resolved is whether Illinois should allow religious groups the option of
declining to perform same-sex marriages. New York granted such an
exception in 2011 in order to secure the legislative votes to legalize gay marriage there.No Midwest state has approved gay marriage by a vote of
its legislature. Iowa's Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that same-sex
marriage was legal, a decision some opponents have been trying to
overturn ever since.In June, 2011, Illinois legalized civil unions, which grant some of the rights of marriage to same sex partners. But gay rights activists said that did not go far enough.
All prominent Democrats in Illinois have endorsed gay
marriage, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn,
as well as 260 Illinois faith leaders who published a letter supporting
same-sex marriage last week.The Catholic
Conference of Illinois, which represents Catholic bishops in the state,
said on its website that marriage should be reserved for a man and a
woman.Nine of the 50 U.S.
states plus the District of Columbia, have already legalized gay
marriage. Another 31 states have passed constitutional amendments
banning it.(Writing by Karen Brooks; editing by Todd Eastham)
16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
US Congress still divided as 'fiscal cliff' deadline looms
Today @ 10:08 DEC 31,12 By Benjamin Fox
- US lawmakers remain divided
over the so-called 'fiscal cliff' which would usher in spending cuts and
tax rises worth $560 billion unless a cross-party deal can be brokered
to cut the US budget deficit.
Failure to reach a deal before midnight on Monday (31 December) would
automatically see tax rates go up for 88 percent of Americans, with
over 2 million long-term unemployed losing welfare benefits.
The tax rises would be the result of the expiration of tax cuts
originally passed in 2001 by George W. Bush before being extended under
the Obama Presidency, as well as an end to exemptions on employee
payroll taxes.The impasse comes as Democrats and Republicans ponder the best way to cut its budget deficit and government debt pile.Although the fiscal cliff would halve the US's 8.5 percent budget
deficit rate in 2013, the Congressional Budgetary Office, as well as
other analysts including the IMF, say it could lead to a double-dip
recession.On 17 December Democrats offered a package of $1.2 trillion in higher
taxes over ten years, and public spending cuts of $925 billion over the
next ten years.However, Republicans, led by House speaker John Boehner, are
demanding over $1 trillion in spending cuts and have so far maintained
that they will oppose any tax rises. President Obama wants those earning
over $250,000 a year to pay a larger share of tax.The row over how to reduce the US debt and deficit levels comes as
the fiscal compact treaty agreed by 25 of the EU's 27 member states
enters into force on Tuesday (1 January).The deal commits governments to a 'golden rule' capping budget
deficits at 3 percent of GDP, reducing the scope for governments to put
in place stimulus measures in a recession. The treaty, agreed by EU
leaders in December 2011, also includes possible fines of up to 0.5
percent of GDP if countries fail to keep to the thresholds.IMF officials are now urging France and other EU countries to rein in
their deficit reduction targets, fearing that the cuts needed to meet
the 3 percent benchmark would damage economic performance.Speaking to German news weekly Die Welt, IMF managing director
Christine Lagarde commented that "Germany ... and others ... can allow
themselves to go a little more slowly than others in the push to
straighten out their public finances."Edward Gardner, head of the IMF mission in Paris, told reporters last
week that the French government should focus on "the credibility of the
medium-term orientation policy" rather than specific targets, adding
that loosening the timetable for deficit reduction would be "more
effective".Although the Socialist-led National Assembly has put through a 40
billion euro package of spending cuts and tax rises, the IMF and
European Commission estimates that France's budget deficit will come in
at 3.5 percent in 2013.
Worst of euro crisis over, says German minister
28.12.12 @ 09:11 By Valentina Pop
- Confident that France will
"fulfil its obligations" and with Greece off the hook for now, Germany's
finance minister Wolfgang Schauble has cast a glimmer of hope for 2013."I believe the worst is behind us," Schaeuble told the daily newspaper Bild
in an interview previewed on Thursday (27 December).
Economic projections show most of the eurozone will linger in
recession next year, but Germany is likely to keep growing. "The
situation is better than expected, also because trade with the US and
Asia is picking up," Schaeuble said.His comments come at the end of three years of intense drama over the
survival of the euro during which several red lines were crossed with
Greece. It was the first country to receive a bailout and the first to
have a partial debt restructuring within the eurozone."The government in Athens knows that it cannot financially overburden
other eurozone countries. So they are pushing forward with the
reforms," Schaeuble said.Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund pressured Germany
into accepting that Greece will need a further debt cut at the expense
of eurozone governments in the coming years, but Schaeuble has managed
to postpone such decision until after general elections in Germany next
France falls in line
In his Bild interview, Schaeuble stroke an optimistic tone about
France, the second-largest economy in the eurozone where Socialist
President Francois Hollande has challenged the German austerity drive
and sought to bring the public finances in order by increasing taxes
rather than cutting pensions and wages."I am certain that France will fulfil its obligations," the German
minister said. "The government is very much aware of the fact that every
country has to permanently pursue reforms to remain competitive."The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday repeated concerns about
France falling behind Spain and Italy, where market pressure has forced
the governments to decrease labour costs and make deeper reforms.With Spanish exports rebounding, "pressure on France" is further
increasing, Edward Gardner, the IMF director in charge of France told
journalists in a conference call.But Gardner also said it would be wrong for Paris to pursue harsh
austerity measures in 2013, when growth is expected to be very feeble,
even if this meant to slightly miss the EU deficit target of 3 percent
of GDP.This is in line with the IMF's latest change of course about the
negative effects of too much austerity in recession-plagued countries
like Greece, Spain and Portugal."Whether the deficit is 3 or 3.5 percent next year matters less as
long as France can give reasonable and credible assurances about the
direction of policies," Gardner said, noting that the EU commission has
also signalled openness on this front.As for the tax-hike policy Hollande has pursued, the IMF said there
should be no further tax increases but rather spending cuts once the
economy is back on a solid growth rate."We think that France is hitting a limit where there is very little
scope for raising taxes further without dampening initiative and
economic activity," Gardner said.The message seems to have arrived in Paris."Over the next five years, there will be more cuts in spending than
increases in taxes and that will bring in €60 billion,"French finance
minister Pierre Moscovici wrote in the German business daily
Handelsblatt.He also sought to reassure the German public that his government is
serious about bringing down the deficit to 3 percent next year and
reducing the country's debt."In the past 30 years, France has not been able to pass a balanced
budget. State debt rose to an unacceptable €1.7 trillion in 2011. It is
our duty to reverse this," Moscovici wrote.