A 10-man drug ring that distributed over a ton of synthetic marijuana to city bodegas has gone up in smoke, authorities announced Wednesday.The operation, spearheaded by Adullah Deiban, Faris Nasser Kassim and Morad Nasser Kassim, involved chemicals shipped from from China to at least one processing facility in the Bronx where they would be mixed and then sprayed onto leafy materials like tea leaves, according to an indictment.The materials were then packaged into flashy packets, distributed to bodegas around the city and sold for around $5 each, documents charge.Between Sept. 2014 and this month the drug crew imported enough chemicals to produce 260,000 packets of the drug, commonly known as K2 or Spice, worth over $30 million on the street, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.Six of the 10 suspected members of the drug ring were in custody.The 10 alleged members of the ring — who were mostly of Yemeni descent — face drug conspiracy charges, which carry a maximum of 20 years in prison. The chemicals allegedly used by the men are considered controlled substances.
Well, whaddaya know? Rip Van O’Reilly has had an epiphany — eight years too late. He is just realizing now what my colleagues and I have been chronicling and warning of for the past 8 years? He never had us on to discuss. On the contrary, he stumped for Obama and scrubbed Obama’s troubling ties and jihad-terror alliances. And he has attacked our work.
Police in Pakistan are doing little to protect Christians from the harassment they face from the Muslim majority, including threats to convert to Islam or abandon their homes, according to Asian Human Rights Commission report.
TRUTHBOMBS: Yes, let us all celebrate with glee and pomp as our nation descends deeper into the fiery pit of hell. Wake up and say something people.
Smiling as she sits in a float at St. Louis’ annual pride parade,Erin O’Flaherty gleams with a crown atop her head, a prize she clinched after being crowned Miss Missouri last month.For O’Flaherty, being a part of the event had personal significance, as she is the first openly gay Miss America contestant in the pageant’s 95-year history.Her experience in the run-up to this September’s Miss America pageant, she said, has been an atmosphere that is nothing short of inclusive.“The Miss America organization has done a great job of wrapping their arms around me,” O’Flaherty, 23, told CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield. “Everyone who I’ve come into contact with has been nothing but supportive.”She added that she has never encountered any problems with fellow contestants, and that everyone has become lifelong friends, “bonding through the process.”O’Flaherty has previously voiced concern over the lack of LGBT representation in the public sphere, and her personal platform issue for this year’s competition will be suicide prevention, an issue both inside and outside her community.While competing in the pageant, O’Flaherty said, she wants to use the national stage to foster a greater conversation about suicide.Working with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Trevor Project, O’Flaherty said she hopes to be a trailblazer for ending the stigma that often surrounds suicide and mental illness.“I lost someone to suicide when I was 13,” O’Flaherty told Banfield. “It changed my life. I hope that by sharing my story I can inspire others to speak out on their experiences, because suicide is a subject that is often taboo.”
TRUTHBOMBS: This is what happens when a society values people based on what that person can do instead of being the image-bearer of God.
Should a doctor be allowed to end a patient’s life by painless means if the patient requests it? In the 1940s and 1950s, most Americans thought the practice should be illegal, but now 69 percent say it should be legal, according to a new study.As many as 69 percent in the U.S. say physicians should be allowed to end patients’ lives by painless means, and 51 percent say they would consider ending their own lives if they personally had a disease that could not be cured and they were living in severe pain, a new Values and Beliefs poll by Gallup found.”When a person has a disease that cannot be cured, do you think doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life by some painless means if the patient and his or her family request it?” Gallup asked this question on telephone interviews conducted May 4-8, with a random sample of 1,025 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.Gallup also asked if doctor-assisted suicide is morally acceptable or morally wrong. A slight majority, or 53 percent, said the practice is morally acceptable.In 2005, 59 percent said euthanasia is morally acceptable, perhaps due to the Terri Schiavo controversy at the time.Schiavo was in an irreversible persistent vegetative state after suffering a cardiac arrest in 1990. In 1998, her husband argued in court that Schiavo would not have wanted to prolong her life with any artificial support without hope of recovery, and elected to remove her feeding tube. Her parents, on the other hand, argued in favor of continuing artificial nutrition and hydration and challenged Schiavo’s medical diagnosis. Schiavo’s feeding tube was removed five years later.
TRUTHBOMBS: No it couldn’t be! [sarcasm] Not more violent acts committed by the multiple perpetrators who ascribe to the Islamic faith. I am starting to think that Islam teaches this kind of behavior. Oh Wait: Qur’an 23:1-6—The Believers must (eventually) win through—those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess—for (in their case) they are free from blame.
Qur’an 70:22-30—Not so those devoted to Prayer—those who remain steadfast to their prayer; and those in whose wealth is a recognized right for the (needy) who asks and him who is prevented (for some reason from asking); and those who hold to the truth of the Day Of Judgement; and those who fear the displeasure of their Lord—for their Lord’s displeasure is the opposite of Peace and Tranquility—and those who guard their chastity, except with their wives and the (captives) whom their right hands possess—for (then) they are not to be blamed.
Notice that Allah commands Muslims to abstain from sex, except with their wives and with “those whom their right hands possess.” Allah gave the same sexual rights to Muhammad:
Qur’an 33:50—O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war …
The Muslim practice of having sex with captured women is reported often in the Hadith, where we learn that Muhammad’s only objection to sex with captives was his condemnation of birth control.
Sahih Muslim 3371—We went out with Allah’s Messenger on the expedition to the Bi’l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing azl (withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah’s Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah’s Messenger, and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born.
Sahih al-Bukhari 4138—We went out with Allah’s Apostle for the invasion of Bun Al-Mustaliq and we received captives from among the Arab captives and we desired women and celibacy became hard on us and we loved to do coitus interruptus [same as “azl” above]. So when we intended to do coitus interruptus, we said: “How can we do coitus interruptus before asking Allah’s Apostle who is present among us? We asked (him) about it and he said: “It is better for you not to do so, for if any soul till the Day of Resurrection is predestined to exist, it will exist.”
Sahih Muslim 3384—Jabir bin Abdullah reported that a person asked Allah’s Apostle saying: I have a slave-girl and I practice azl with her, whereupon Allah’s Messenger said: This cannot prevent that which Allah has decreed. The person then came (after some time) and said: Messenger of Allah, the slave-girl about whom I talked to you has conceived, whereupon Allah’s Messenger said: I am the servant of Allah and His Messenger.
Clearly, Muslims were taking full advantage of Muhammad’s teachings about female captives and slave girls. Nevertheless, Muslims eventually captured women along with their husbands, so they wondered if Allah would allow them to have sex with these married captives (since adultery is otherwise forbidden in Islam).
ARTICLE: Police in Sweden are investigating five reported rapes and nearly forty instances of groping at two music festivals over the weekend.
“Foreign young men“ were blamed by police for the attacks at one of the festivals and at least two unaccompanied migrant youths were under arrest.
Police recorded five reports of rapes and 12 of sexual molestation at Bravalla, Sweden’s biggest music festival, and 35 reports of sexual molestation at Putte i Parken, a free festival in Karlstad, where the youngest victim was just twelve years old.
Two of the seven young men suspected of mounting a campaign of aggressive groping at the second festival were unaccompanied refugee youth, reportedly living at a nearby accommodation centre.
Police are looking for a man who speaks “flawless Swedish” in connection with one of the five rapes at the first festival.
“The descriptions [of perpetrators] are diverse, with the one common denominator being that these are all young men,” police at the first festival reported on Sunday night.
The fresh reports of sex attacks involving young asylum seekers at Swedish music festivals triggered an angry response from activists, politicians and performers.
Pop singer Zara Larsson, known in the UK for her hit single with the rapper Tinie Tempa, said the perpetrators of the attack at Bravalla, where she performed, “deserved to burn in hell”.
“Damn you people who shamelessly rape a girl in public,” she wrote on Twitter. “Damn you guys who make girls to feel unsafe when they go to the festival. I hate guys. Hate hate hate.”
The country pop singer Pernilla Andersson, who performed at Putte i Parken, called for the authorities to “fight hard” against those responsible.
“For an artist to go up on stage thinking that there might be a girl out there being molested or raped during the concert is just totally crazy,” she wrote in the Expressen newspaper on Monday.
An anonymous 15-year-old girl told Expressen newspaper that no fewer than five of her six friends had been sexually molested by “foreign youths” during the Karlstad event.
A man had come up behind her and started grinding against her, she said. A young man had groped one of her friends through her jeans.
Alexandra Larsson, 17, told MailOnline that she had not seen exactly who had assaulted her at Putte i Parken.
She stressed, however, that that the group of 18-19 year old boys standing behind her were “not from a Swedish background”.
TRUTHBOMBS: Way to go liberals. Once again you failed to make the world a safer place for your constituents, but instead are increasing violent crime (even though Obama will not report that crime on his national statistics).
A mob of up to 30 young Somali men paraded through one of Minneapolis’ more upscale neighborhoods last week, yelling disparaging comments and threats against homeowners. A female resident of the neighborhood, obviously shaken in a TV interview, related how she was screamed at by a Somali man who threatened to kidnap and rape her. […]
Two churches in Iowa are challenging a state law that would censor churches from expressing biblical views on sexuality and gender identity – even from the pulpit.Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed a federal lawsuit against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on Monday, arguing that the agency’s interpretation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act prohibits church members from making public comments that could be viewed as unwelcome to people with gender identity issues.
The lawsuit comes after the Civil Rights Commission released a brochure titled, “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – A Public Accommodations Provider’s Guide to Iowa Law.” The publication says that churches are public accommodations and therefore generally subject to the Iowa Civil Rights Act.Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City also has concerns about the interpretation of the law. Church leaders are asking the commission to assure that Iowans have a right to speak from church pulpits about biblical teachings on sexuality.They have requested a declaration that churches would be free to follow their religious doctrines in how they accommodate people in restrooms at the church.
Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Fort Des Moines Church, said the Civil Rights Commission is violating the First Amendment rights of churches.”Churches should be free to teach their religious beliefs and operate their houses of worship according to their faith without being threatened by the government,” ADF attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “That is a foundational First Amendment principle.”The federal lawsuit also names the city of Des Moines as a defendant because it has enacted a similar ordinance probhibiitng discrimination by public accommodations.The case in Iowa comes at a time when national attention and debate over transgender rights have been making headlines across the country.”This is a clear case of the state violating the sanctity of the church. It should send chills down the spine of every congregation in Iowa,” Chelsey Youman, counsel for First Liberty Institute, said, which represents Cornerstone.”The State of Iowa claims it has the power to regulate what churches can teach about human sexuality and how they operate their facilities,” she said. “The government has absolutely no authority to force a church to violate its religious beliefs. This is a massive violation of the First Amendment.”
WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. – A 510-foot-long, $100 million Noah’s ark attraction built by Christians who say the biblical story really happened is ready to open in Kentucky this week.Since its announcement in 2010, the ark project has rankled opponents who say the attraction will be detrimental to science education and shouldn’t have won state tax incentives.”I believe this is going to be one of the greatest Christian outreaches of this era in history,” said Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, the ministry that built the ark.Ham said the massive ark, based on the tale of a man who got an end-of-the-world warning from God about a massive flood, will stand as proof that the stories of the Bible are true. The group invited media and thousands of supporters for a preview Tuesday, the first glimpse inside the giant, mostly wood structure.”People are going to come from all over the world,” Ham said to thousands of people in front of the ark.The ark will open to the public Thursday and Ham’s group has estimated it will draw 2 million visitors in its first year, putting it on par with some of the big-ticket attractions in nearby Cincinnati.The group says the ark is built based on dimensions in the Bible. Inside are museum-style exhibits: displays of Noah’s family along with rows of cages containing animal replicas, including dinosaurs.The group believes that God created everything about 6,000 years ago — man, dinosaur and everything else — so dinosaurs still would’ve been around at the time of Noah’s flood. Scientists say dinosaurs died out about 65 million years before man appeared.An ark opponent who leads an atheist group called the Tri-State Freethinkers said the religious theme park will be unlike any other in the nation because of its rejection of science.”Basically, this boat is a church raising scientifically illiterate children and lying to them about science,” said Jim Helton, who lives about a half-hour from the ark.Ham said the total cost of the ark surpassed $100 million, a far cry from a few years ago, when fundraising for the boat was sluggish and much larger theme park plans had to be scaled back.Millions of people first learned about plans for the ark during a debate on evolution between TV’s Bill Nye “the Science Guy” and Ham in early 2014.A few weeks later, a local bond issuance infused tens of millions of dollars into struggling fundraising efforts. And earlier this year, a federal judge ruled the ark could receive a Kentucky sales tax incentive worth up to $18 million while giving a strict religious test to its employees.Months later, the tax incentive ruling still has some opponents of the boat scratching their heads.”It’s a clear violation of separation of church and state. What they’re doing is utterly ridiculous and anywhere else, I don’t think it would be allowed,” Helton said.The court ruled in January that Kentucky officials could not impose requirements on the ark that were not applied to other applicants for the tax incentive, which rebates a portion of the sales tax collected by the ark. That cleared the way for the group to seek out only Christians to fill its labor force. New applicants will be required to sign a statement saying they’re Christian and “profess Christ as their savior.”Philip Steele, one of the thousands who got an early preview of the ark Tuesday, echoed Ham’s often repeated comment that the sales tax generated by the ark wouldn’t exist if the ark was never built.”I just don’t think they understand it,” Steele said of the ark’s critics. “They’ll be able to keep a portion of (the sales tax) to further their ministry, but so be it.”When Ham was asked about the tax incentive at the Tuesday event, he drew loud cheers when he proclaimed no taxpayer money was used to the build the ark.As much of a boon as the $18 million tax break would be, Bill Nye’s agreeing to debate Ham may have helped turn the tide of years of sluggish fundraising.Nye, a high-profile science advocate and former TV personality, debated Ham on evolution and drew a huge online audience. Nye later said he didn’t realize the attention it would draw and said he was “heartbroken and sickened for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”The video of the debate posted by Answers in Genesis on YouTube has 5.4 million views.About three weeks after the debate, Ham announced that a bond offering from the city of Williamstown had raised $62 million for the project, and a few months later Answers in Genesis was breaking ground at the site of the ark.
Here are 30 questions that science cannot answer. Remember this the next time your faith in Christ is shaken by by scientism:
1. What is truth?
2. What is goodness?
3. What is right and wrong?
4. What is law?
5. What is virtue?
6. What is the purpose of life?
7. What are human rights?
8. Do human beings have a soul?
9. Will I continue to exist after bodily death?
10. Do we have free will?
11. Is the mind identical to the brain?
12. What is consciousness?
13. What is knowledge?
14. What is evidence?
15. What is certitude?
16. What are the valid forms of human reasoning?
17. What is a good inductive argument?
18. What is a good explanation?
19. What is the possible, necessary, and impossible?
20. What are things ultimately made out of?
21. Why is there something rather than nothing?
22. Is an infinite number of things possible?
23. Is an eternal universe possible?
24. What is chance?
25. Is the material world all that exists or is there something more?
26. Does God exist?
27. Does Hell exist?
28. Are miracles possible?
29. Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead?
30. What is science?