TOP OF FIRST HOUR NEWS: Friday, June 21, 2019 – Thanks to the ladies for attending the Women’s Forum last night, third Thursday of the month. Church with Jesse Lee Peterson, unlike any other, is on Sunday 11am US Pacific Time (doors open 10:30 here in Los Angeles, watch live at 11 via YouTube, Facebook, Periscope, DLive, and Twitch!) Go to rebuildingtheman.com/church and subscribe to BOND: Rebuilding the Man on YouTube & FB.
(Drudge) TRUMP ORDERED ATTACK... THEN PULLED BACK! (NY Times via MSN) President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions. As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders. Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries. The operation was underway in its early stages when it was called off, per one administration official. Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down. Whoa. The abrupt reversal put a halt to what would have been the president’s third military action against targets in the Middle East. Mr. Trump had struck twice at targets in Syria, in 2017 and 2018. Unclear whether he changed his mind or whether it was logistics or strategy. (I say it was geeeniuuuus!) So TRUMP CONSIDERED an IRAN RESPONSE, ORDERED the ATTACK, and THEN PULLED BACK! “Ehh!” (“I like to be unpredictable,” Trump always says.)
NY Times says, “No government officials asked The New York Times to withhold the article.” (They’re protecting themselves after Trump called them out! Behave, Failing NY Times, and maybe you won’t be so failing! LOL!)
The retaliation plan was intended as a response to the shooting down of the unmanned, $130 million surveillance drone, which was struck Thursday morning by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. The strike was set to take place just before dawn Friday in Iran to minimize risk to the Iranian military and civilians. Aw, that’s nice.
Iran and US disputed where the drone was, whether it was in International or Iranian airspace around the Gulf of Oman. Was the DRONE VIOLATING OR VICTIM? (Yahoo News & AFP) Iran said Friday it had "indisputable" evidence a US drone it downed had violated its airspace. "Iran made a very big mistake!" Trump had tweeted in response to news Iran had shot down the Global Hawk surveillance aircraft. "This country will not stand for it, that I can tell you," he said later at the White House. But later he said, "I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the truth," Trump said. "I think that it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it."
SCHUMER: ADMIN MAY BUMBLE INTO WAR… No. He’s not OBAMA.
TOP OF SECOND HOUR NEWS: Friday, June 21, 2019 –
(Drudge) Supreme Court Upholds Cross on Public Land… in Maryland! A Defeat for atheists… (AP) A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life. The justices said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very different from allowing the building of a new one. And the court concluded that the nearly 100-year-old memorial’s presence on a grassy highway median doesn’t violate the Constitution’s prohibition on the government favoring one religion over others (that doesn’t seem like accurate wording!). Seven of the court’s nine justices sided with the cross’ backers (including a couple liberals).
“A government that roams the land, tearing down monuments with religious symbolism and scrubbing away any reference to the divine will strike many as aggressively hostile to religion,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote, which is true. Two of the court’s liberal justices, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, both of whom are Jewish, joined their conservative colleagues in ruling for the memorial.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, with Ginsburg writing that “the principal symbol of Christianity around the world should not loom over public thoroughfares, suggesting official recognition of that religion’s paramountcy.” Ginsburg read a summary of her dissent in court, a way of expressing deep disagreement. Ginsburg is the only other justice on the court who is Jewish. The others are Christian (so-called).
(WTOP) The cross’s challengers include three area residents and the District of Columbia-based American Humanist Association, a group that includes atheists and agnostics. They argue that the cross’s location on public land violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause. (Wikipedia) The relevant constitutional text is: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…." Y’all don’t have a leg to stand on!
But listen to this: (Drudge) Govt meeting opens with 'Hail Satan' prayer… (Wash. Times) A Satanic Temple member who won the right to open a regional Alaska government meeting declared “Hail Satan” during her first invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out. Tuesday’s invocation that started the meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough also spurred a protest outside the southern Alaska borough’s administration building that drew 40 people, The Peninsula Clarion newspaper reported. Protesters held signs saying “reject Satan and his works” and “know Jesus and his love.”During her invocation, Satanic Temple member Iris Fontana said, “That which will not bend, must break, and that which can be destroyed by truth should never be spared as demise. It is done, hail Satan,” Kenai radio station KSRM reported. She was among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit litigated by the ACLU of Alaska against the borough after it approved a 2016 policy saying that people who wanted to give the invocations at the government body’s meetings had to belong to official organizations with an established presence on the Kenai Peninsula, which lies 75 miles (121 kilometers) south of Anchorage. Other plaintiffs who had been denied permission to give the invocations included an atheist and a Jewish woman. LOSERS! The Alaska Supreme Court last October ruled that the borough policy was unconstitutional and the borough government changed it in November to allow anyone to offer invocations regardless of religion. LOSERS!
TOP OF THIRD HOUR NEWS: Friday, June 21, 2019 –
(Drudge) Texas Hispanic population on pace to surpass whites… (Texas Tribune) Texas gained almost nine Hispanic residents for every additional white resident last year. New census estimates show Texas' Hispanic population growth continues to surpass white population growth, with Hispanics on pace to soon represent a plurality, meaning more Hispanics than anyone else, as soon as 2022. New population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed the Hispanic population climbed to nearly 11.4 million — an annual gain of 214,736 through July 2018 and an increase of 1.9 million since 2010.
The white population, meanwhile, grew by just 24,075 last year. Texas still has a bigger white population — up to 11.9 million last year — but it has only grown by roughly 484,000 since 2010.
White Texans’ population growth was so sluggish the black Texans beat them, and white growth barely surpassed total growth among Asian Texans, a tiny share of the total population — but the Asian population increased by nearly 50% since 2010! A chart shows so-called “Texans of color continue to easily outpace the white population.” Hispanics grew 20%, blacks 19%, and whites only by 4%. LAME! Texas turning blue!!!
(Drudge) Border Patrol Seeks Underground Robots to Probe Tunnels… (Next Gov) Border Patrol Wants Robots that Can Go Underground and Report Back. Homeland Security is looking for innovative robots that can navigate underground tunnels and communicate with headquarters. OK BUT WE NEED A WALL THAT GOES DEEP DOWN.
(Drudge) More Than 100,000 Illegals 'Got Away' From Agents This Year… Those are just the ones they KNOW about…? (Wash. Times) Illegal immigrant 'got aways' at five-year high as border agents pulled from patrol duties. SMH. YES, Known as “got aways,” the migrants are ones who (whom) agents detect, but know they didn’t manage to stop from crossing the border. “This high level of ‘got aways’ is a direct result of agents being reassigned away from the frontline to provide humanitarian support to the unprecedented numbers of individuals and families in custody,” Chief Carla Provost told the House Homeland Security Committee. The panel was meeting to hear how President Trump’s orders to send National Guard and active-duty troops to the border is playing out. It’s playing out as a NATIONAL EMERGENCY THAT Y’ALL BEEN IGNORING! She says the troops have been a boost, suggesting got-away numbers might have been worse without the troops there to fill gaps left when her agents get pulled away to do babysitting duties for the families and unaccompanied children.
(Drudge) Surge of Haitians crossing into Texas… JOEL’S PEOPLE! J/K He Creole. (Fox 5 NY) On June 11, agents assigned to the Del Rio Station arrested a group of 14 people from Haiti. Over the next week, Del Rio Station agents encountered increasingly larger groups of Haitian nationals, including a group of 44 on June 17. In total, more than 180 people from Haiti have been arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol in Del Rio Sector in the past week. RIDICULOUS! (Or Ridiculo in Spanish.)
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