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Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Attack On Carson Starts While Media Ignores Hillary's Lies

Carson: I Could Have Been Clearer on West Point Narrative

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By Bill Hoffmann   |   Friday, 06 Nov 2015 08:07 PM
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Friday he could have been clearer in his autobiography when he described receiving a scholarship from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Carson's account of being offered a full scholarship to the prestigious academy was called into question after his campaign acknowledged he had never even applied to the school.
"I guess it could have been more clarified," Carson told Fox News in an interview. "I mean that was the way it was presented to me. I understand the way West Point works is through a different mechanism, but that's the way it was presented to me, and you know I'm thinking of something that happened almost a half century ago."

Politico reported that Carson fabricated a key part of his life story in his best-selling memoir, "Gifted Hands." 
Later, Carson spoke out about the story, prompting some updates to Politico's narrative and a change in headline. The site included an editor's note saying the news outlet stood by the story.

"POLITICO stands by its reporting on this story, which has been updated to reflect Ben Carson’s on the record response," the site noted. "The original story and headline said that Carson’s campaign had admitted he 'fabricated' a 'full scholarship' from West Point, but now Carson denies that his campaign’s statement constituted such an admission, and the story and headline were changed to reflect that."

In the 1996 book, the retired pediatric neurosurgeon boasts of a 1969 meeting with Gen. William Westmoreland, who commanded American troops in Vietnam, after which Carson writes he was offered a "full scholarship" to the West Point military academy.

Politico quoted Carson campaign manager Barry Bennett on the issue, writing that the campaign "conceded" he had never applied.

"Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit," Bennett wrote in an email to Politico, which had questioned the story.

"In that role he was invited to meet General Westmoreland. He believes it was at a banquet. He can't remember with specificity their brief conversation but it centered around Dr. Carson's performance as ROTC City Executive Officer.

"He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC Supervisors. They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it, but in the end did not seek admission."

The Carson campaign is furious at what it says is Politico's taking a spokesman's explanation meant to back the candidate's account of events and portraying it as some kind of confession.

"In the story itself, the campaign does not say Dr. Carson applied to West Point," Carson friend and adviser Armstrong Williams told The Washington Post. "Dr. Carson boasts about his scores in ROTC. Westmoreland encourages him to apply. As Dr. Carson says, they were impressed by his scores, but he never applied.

"They said to him, we could get you in. This guy got into Yale -- obviously he could have got in. The headline was a fabrication."

Politico says when it asked West Point about the matter, the academy responded: "In 1969, those who would have completed the entire process would have received their acceptance letters from the Army Adjutant General."

But spokeswoman Theresa Brinkerhoff added West Point has no records showing Carson began the application process.

"If he chose to pursue [applying to West Point], then we would have records indicating such," she said.

The fabrication scandal comes in the wake of Carson's tirade against CNN's investigation into his background as a "bunch of lies."

The cable news network said it could not corroborate Carson's accounts of his "violent past and descriptions of the healing powers of his faith."

But Carson shot back: "This is a bunch of lies attempting to say I'm lying about my history, I think it's pathetic, and basically what the media does is they try to get you distracted."

At a news conference Friday, Carson excoriated the media for having "a desperation … to try to find a way to tarnish me."

"They have been talking to everybody I've ever known, everybody I've ever seen," Carson told reporters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

"There's got to be a scandal. "There's got to be some nurse he's having an affair with. There's got to be something. They are getting desperate."
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Anything That Is Positive To The US, Is Negative To The Obama Administration

Kerry Kills Keystone XL Pipeline

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Friday, 06 Nov 2015 02:00 PM
President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada in a victory for environmentalists who campaigned against the project for more than seven years.

Obama said his decision was based on Secretary of State John Kerry's recommendation that the pipeline was not in the national interest.

"The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy," Obama told a press conference. He said it would not reduce gasoline prices, and shipping "dirtier" crude from Canada would not increase U.S. energy security.
The denial of TransCanada Corp's more than 800,000 barrels per day project will make it more difficult for producers to develop the province of Alberta's oil sands. It could also put the United States in a stronger position at global climate talks that start in Paris on Nov. 30 in which countries will aim to reach a deal to slow global warming.
Kerry said approving Keystone "would significantly undermine our ability to continue leading the world in combating climate change."
Keystone XL would have linked existing pipeline networks in Canada and the United States to bring crude from Alberta and North Dakota to refineries in Illinois and, eventually, the Gulf of Mexico coast.
TransCanada first sought the required presidential permit for the cross-border section in 2008 but the proposal provoked a wave of environmental activism that turned Keystone XL into a rallying cry to fight climate change. Blocking Keystone became a litmus test of the green movement's ability to hinder fossil fuel extraction in Canada's oil sands.
"This is a big win," said Bill McKibben, co-founder of the environmental group which helped make Keystone a symbol of a movement to slow global oil output. Obama's decision "is nothing short of historic, and sets an important precedent that should send shockwaves through the fossil fuel industry."
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TransCanada and other oil companies said the pipeline would have strengthened North American energy security, created thousands of construction jobs and helped relieve a glut of oil.
But since 2008 the United States has experienced a domestic drilling boom which has boosted oil production 80 percent and contributed to a slump in U.S. oil prices from above $100 a barrel to about $44.

Newly sworn in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a supporter of Keystone, voiced disappointment but said the Canada-U.S. relationship "is much bigger than any one project."
TransCanada Chief Executive Russ Girling said the company would review its options to potentially file a new application for a pipeline to bring oil sands crude to the United States.
"Today, misplaced symbolism was chosen over merit and science, rhetoric won out over reason," he said in a statement.
A senior U.S. State Department official left open the possibility TransCanada could seek a different decision under another U.S. administration, telling reporters: "for the State Department to reconsider the application at any time, the company would have to reapply."
TransCanada had asked the Obama administration on Monday to pause the review in a move seen by many as an attempt to postpone a decision until a new U.S. president took over in 2017. TransCanada shares fell 5.2 percent on the Toronto stock exchange on Friday to C$42.90.
All the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates, including front runner Hillary Clinton, oppose the pipeline while most Republican candidates are in favor.
Friday's rejection was a loss for Republicans on Capitol Hill who in January had made Keystone their top issue of the new Congress. They passed a bill that would have allowed Congress to decide on the pipeline, legislation Obama vetoed.
Senator John Hoeven, a Republican of oil-producing North Dakota, said TransCanada would be able to challenge the decision under international trade agreements such as NAFTA or the World Trade Organization.
Obama's decision will have a "chilling effect" on any company considering building energy infrastructure, which could leave the United States at risk in the long term of not having the pipelines it needs, Hoeven said in an interview.

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The Decline Of America As Shown On TV


Spiritual warfare expert slams 'Exorcism: Live!' program, since 'fire can get you burned'

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Exorcisms aren’t entertainment. In fact, they can “get you burned.”
That was the warning from former Seattle Seahawks chaplain, Antioch Bible Church pastor and author Karl Payne as he decried Discover America’s “Exorcism: Live!” television show.
The author of “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization, and Deliverance” called the show a “marketing promotion” and told WND, “P.T. Barnum would be proud.”
Payne expressed misgivings about even giving the show “the attention they are desirous of, in essence providing a serious response to something that is not worthy of it.”
He told WND: “Demons do not need more television time to entice curiosity. They need to be stepped on, as said in Luke 10: 18-20, and then ignored.”
He also expressed concern the show could “provide fodder for the people who take joy in in ridiculing anything to do with God, angels, the devil, demons, or anything to do with supernatural.”
“Exorcism: Live!” aired the night before Halloween and featured “medium” Chip Coffey, Bishop James Long and the “Tennessee Wraith Chasers” trying to confront demons at the house where a 1949 exorcism was performed.
That event served as the source material for the film “The Exorcist.”
The London Daily Mail noted, “Live TV exorcism fails to call up any evil spirits … but it did bring out the Twitter trolls.”
The “Wraith Chasers” said they would be looking for “portals,” “vortexes” or possibly even trapdoors to Hell.
The circumstances, critics noted, stretched to the ludicrous. One noted that her own Chinese food bill – $6.66 – happened during the show.
Besides performing their own exorcism, the team also attempted to trap a demon in a “Devil’s Toy Box” mirror setup and summon a spirit during a séance.
Crowds gathered outside the house as the exorcism took place.
Payne said he is concerned about the “public marketing of something so potentially serious as demonization and utilizing a self-professed spirit medium to help exorcise demons.”
“Mediums and demons are on the same side,” he said.
The show didn’t produce any evidence of the supernatural but did lead to widespread mockery on Twitter.
Payne said the show was doomed to failure from the start.
“Demons ultimately care very little for houses or inanimate objects,” said Payne. “Their desire is to attempt to control and destroy human beings, made in the image of God. Houses, objects, animals, etc., are typically a plan B if they are not able to influence or control human beings. They use both curiosity and rebellion to accomplish their tasks.”
Carl Gallups, a talk show host, pastor and author of “Be Thou Prepared” said, “So much of what happened in this television production was thoroughly unbiblical, including the séance and the cartoonish contraption they called the ‘Devil’s Toy Box.’”
He scoffed at the idea the show could have produced anything resembling a real supernatural experience.
“The show was obviously designed to be pure media hype – intended to target ratings, the Halloween season and advertising revenue,” Gallups said, laughing. “If anyone watched the show expecting to see anything genuinely legitimate, they were setting themselves up for a huge disappointment from the start. I seriously doubt if the demonic realm could be so easily manipulated as to ‘show up’ in a TV show – but I am sure that Satan appreciated the media hype which might serve to ratchet up the world’s growing fascination of all things demonic and paranormal.”
And that, said Payne, is the danger.
“Showmanship has nothing to do with genuine deliverance; in fact, it hinders it,” Payne told WND. “Asking a spirit medium to assist in an exorcism, assuming he or she is for real, is a little bit akin to asking an arsonist to participate in a campaign with Smokey the Bear, warning people to stop playing with matches. Can it work? This first depends upon God’s interest in becoming involved in the side show, and second, how a demonic hierarchy chooses to evaluate the relative value of the event to their own benefit.”
Payne explained demons will only engage in activities to further their own plans. This includes interactions with supposed “mediums.”
“Demons can use mediums, but they are not obligated to obey or cooperate with them,” said Payne. “If demons are actually involved and believe authenticating a particular medium’s influence can help endorse their cause by ensnaring more people into demonic bondage, they may be willing to cooperate in a particular process to promote their own causes and agendas.”
Payne emphasized demons follow a system of purpose and hierarchy not subject to control by humans.
“If demons do not think their involvement will ultimately bring honor to their master, they can just as easily refuse to cooperate in the circus of a television show,” he said. “Demons have great respect for rank and authority, but they have no respect for the sanctity of life, and are more than willing to support or sellout their colleagues, depending upon how it impacts their own assignments, their immediate up-line bosses, or ultimately their infernal master and his plans for the systematic death and destruction of God’s people and the distraction and disruption of His plans.”
About 10 years ago, British television aired a live exorcism of a man who was attached to a brain monitor. Despite heavy criticism, the effort by U.K.’s Channel 4 was designed to treat the issue “seriously and scientifically.”
Gallups says the same cannot be said of “Exorcism: Live!” He decried the show because it distorted what he believes is an accurate portrayal of demonic activity in the Bible.
“It is a fact that the Word of God has much to say about the reality of the demonic realm and the prophetic ‘marker’ of a demonic outpouring, as well as a rising fascination with things associated with evil, especially as the last days close in upon the world.”
Gallups, who also authored “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” observes such programs may dangerously fuel fascination at what he believes is a spiritually dangerous time for the world.
“There is much ‘spiritual activity’ (of the demonic kind) going on in Washington, D.C., in America, and around the world – just as the Word of God warns us,” he said.
Payne urges Christians to understand it is their faith in Jesus Christ alone that gives them power over demons.
“Demons understand that their own delegated authority is limited and is not as powerful as the delegated authority of a genuine Christian, because the master of the Christian is greater than their master,” he explained. He cited Acts 19 and the story of the sons of Sceva as a “clear demonstration” of Scripture describing what he called a spiritual truth.
“Demons fear Christians, not because of their name, education, denomination, title, personality or popularity, but because they recognize and begrudgingly submit to the absolute authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the delegated authority of the Christian addressing them,” Payne told WND. “Christians successfully dealing with deliverance stand in the delegated authority, position, power and protection of Jesus Christ.”
However, Payne said demonic activity is all too real and warned the dangers of flirting with such activity should not be underestimated. For that reason, he believes “Exorcism: Live!” was dangerous, as well as sensationalistic.
“Attempting to mainstream demonism and the occult as innocent activities representing nothing more than healthy alternative choices among equally healthy participants represents the loss of common sense,” Payne maintained. “Playing with fire can get you burned. Actions have consequences; and some things that begin as seeming harmless curiosity can morph into that which is dangerous.”
Arguing Christians need to recognize the deadly serious reality of spiritual warfare, Payne says he has simple advice for believers.
“It is time to wake up!”