Ref suspended after walking out as player kneels

(INDYSTAR) — INDIANAPOLIS – Jim Saddler is sorry. That’s the first thing he wants you to know. Not sorry for being angry — he’s still pretty angry — but for the way he handled his anger when he saw a volleyball player kneeling during the national anthem. As an Indiana High School Athletic Association licensed official for more than two decades, he knows he has an obligation to honor his commitments.

It’s just like being in the military, the Air Force veteran said.

“In the Air Force, you have a duty, and you do it,” Saddler, a retired Presidential Flight Attendant on Air Force One, told IndyStar on Thursday. “The same with sporting events. I guess I went AWOL. I feel bad about it.”

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Blacks want Kaepernick to lead Black Lives Matter

(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) — Eight of 10 African Americans believe that the Black Lives Matter movement is effective but feel it could have even greater impact if it wasn’t so splintered and instead led by a national spokesman like former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, according to a new survey.

The poll from Northwestern University’s Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy also found that a majority of blacks want the group to focus itself on core issues.

“There are two trends in the data that suggest that they also see room for improvement. First, a large majority believes that the movement should focus its efforts on two issue areas — challenging police brutality and racial profiling (49 percent) and improving race relations (25 percent) — over all other issues,” said the survey analysis provided to Secrets.

A key finding was the call for a national leader, with Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers field commander, credited with starting the take a knee movement in sports, leading pack.

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Canada asks U.S. help to stop illegal border crossings

(CBC) — Canada’s Public Safety Minister has told his American counter part to keep a “wary eye” on the travel visas it issues to the United States.

In an interview Sunday with CBC News, Goodale said Canadian officials have identified trends where documents issued from certain U.S. embassies and consulates are being misused.

“We have asked them to go back upstream and examine the pattern of these travel documents being issued and how come the people to whom they were issued appear to have had no intention of staying in the United States, but were simply using the documents as vehicles to get into the United States and then make a bee-line for the Canadian border,” Goodale explained.

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Booming fertility biz sparks quest for good genes

(WASHINGTON POST) — When Julie Schlomer got the news that she was finally pregnant at the age of 43, her thoughts turned to the other mothers. There were three of them in all, complete strangers, but they shared an extraordinary bond made possible by 21st-century medicine and marketing.

They were all carrying half-siblings.

Under a cost-saving program offered by Rockville-based Shady Grove Fertility, the women split 21 eggs harvested from a single donor — blue-eyed, dark-haired, with a master’s degree in teaching. Each had the eggs fertilized with her partner’s sperm and transferred to her womb.

Schlomer gave birth to twins, a son and daughter, now 3. She hopes her children will one day connect with their genetic half-siblings.

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U.S. preps to put nuke bombers on 24-hour alert

(DEFENSEONE) — BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.

That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice.

“This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in an interview during his six-day tour of Barksdale and other U.S. Air Force bases that support the nuclear mission. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.”

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This day in WND history: Chuck Norris launches WND column

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Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris launches WND column

WND-20-YearsOct. 23, 2006: Exclusive columnist Chuck Norris, world-renowned actor, martial arts champion and subject of the wildly popular Chuck Norris facts on the Internet wrote his first commentary for WND 11 years ago.

Headlined “On Chuck Norris ‘mania’ sweeping the Net,” the American icon discussed the so-called “facts” that have put him into the category of cultural legend.

Filled with side-splitting humor, “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book,” Norris gives readers not only his favorite “facts,” roundhouse-kicked by the man himself, but also the stories behind the facts and the code by which he lives his life.

Some of his favorites included:

“When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.”

“Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.”

“Outer space exists because it’s afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris.”

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Brains & beauty from Boston

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Adriana Cohen

Adriana Cohen – national TV pundit, Boston Herald columnist and radio talk-show host – joins WND’s Monday commentary lineup today.

Cohen’s compelling commentary on a diverse range of topics often is featured on the Herald’s front page and picked up by major media nationwide.

Appearing on cable and broadcast TV shows hundreds of times, Cohen has offered commentary on politics, current events, terrorism, foreign policy, business, women’s issues, the environment and other topics. Her work includes covering midterm elections, presidential primaries, the 2016 general election, gubernatorial, Senate and mayoral races and the Trump administration.

In addition to writing and offering TV commentary, Cohen hosts “The Adriana Cohen Show,” which airs Wednesdays at noon Eastern on Boston Herald Radio. On her radio program, Cohen has interviewed President Trump, presidential candidates, major politicians, the head of the CIA, ambassadors, pro and Olympic athletes, CEOs, MIT scientists and experts across industries.

In February, the White House invited Cohen to join the daily press briefing.

A sought-after speaker and mentor, Adriana speaks at Harvard University, sits on leadership panels and mentors Harvard undergraduate women in business.

Prior to joining the Boston Herald, Cohen was a lead GOP political analyst for CBS Radio, covering the 2012 presidential and vice presidential debates and election night and appearing for the “Talk the Vote” series.

Cohen lives in Massachusetts with her husband and children.

To learn more, visit Cohen’s website or follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.

Cohen’s column will appear on WND’s Commentary page each Monday. Read her first column for the news site, “Let’s just ban it all!”

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Surge in spiritism: Most Americans believe in paranormal

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It’s official – if you don’t believe in ghosts, you’re in the minority.

The Chapman University of American Fears 2017 has revealed a surprising number of Americans believe in the supernatural. A solid majority – 55 percent – believe ancient advanced civilizations such as Atlantis once existed, and more than 50 percent also believe places can be haunted by spirits.

More than a third of Americans also believe aliens have visited and a quarter think some people are capable of telekinesis, or moving objects by the power of their minds.

The survey found certain types of people are more likely to hold such beliefs – especially unmarried women who claim to be religious and politically conservative but do not often attend formal religious services. Residents of the West Coast were also reportedly more likely to believe in the paranormal.

Pastor Carl Gallups, author of the end-times examination “When The Lion Roars,” suggests there is something real behind how many Americans now report belief in the paranormal.

“I believe the relatively new all-encompassing media environment and the rapidly changing culture have contributed to the growth in reported ‘haunting’ experiences and other dark spiritual encounters,” he said. “All of this is also supplying a greater stage for the demonic realm, which is very real and biblically prophesied. The Bible is clear that in the age just before the return of Christ that the world would experience a literal demonic outpouring. The Scriptures declare that this coming spiritual deluge will eventually bring about a desperate state of apostasy in the church, a diabolical delusion among the nations, and a spirit of abject lawlessness that will sweep the planet. We are at least in the beginning stages of all three of those prophesied conditions – and maybe further down the road than just the ‘beginning.‘”

Kari Paul reports in Marketwatch “interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials.”

More than half of young adults believe astrology is a science and the “psychic services industry” has been growing for several years.

At the same time, the number of Americans who express belief in Christianity has been in continuous decline over the prior decades.

Karl Payne, author of “Spiritual Warfare,” suggests many Americans are rebelling against a culture which dismisses the reality of supernatural experience. At the same time, the relentless cultural attack against Christianity means the hunger for spiritual experience is expressed via interest in the occult rather than a return to traditional faith.

“I think the reason people are so open to ideas regarding hauntings and spirits is because far more people have had paranormal experiences than strict empiricists want to admit or believe,” he told WND. “The bottom line is that in today’s hedonistic culture, demons or spirits are in, and a worldview embracing spiritism and occultism is growing,” Payne told WND. “The media has not created this reality, it has just accelerated its expanse from a fringe curiosity to be ignored or scorned to a reality to be chased and embraced. From the point of view of a Christian theist the results of this hell bent express are paradoxical.

“I am glad that more and more people are shedding the shackles of atheism. God is real and He can be known through the Lord Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man. But I am sickened that the cost of the rise of spiritism and supernaturalism is that many people are now dancing with demons, who are also real, and their job is to ultimately destroy their dancing partners in time, regardless of what lie they had to spin to get the date.”

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Payne argues the decline of Christianity has essentially opened the belief in tenets and ideas which are anti-Christian but nonetheless supernatural.

“People are hardwired for faith,” the pastor said. “The variable is the object of their faith. God has been worshiped. Man has been worshiped. And now, there is a growing fascination with embracing spiritism by playing games with demonic spirits. What is coming next?”

Both Gallups and Payne argue the world is moving closer to the end times, and the rise in occultism is preparing the ground for dire events.

“I believe this decent into hell is going to culminate in the open worship of Satan incarnate, who is promised to rule the world for a short period of time before the Lord Jesus Christ returns to destroy him and all of his followers and their works,” Payne said. “For the world to be willing to embrace the open, blatant worship of Satan through his antichrist, it makes sense to me that there will have to be a conditioning of people to be willing to make this foolish decision, and think it is normal in the process.

“Maybe inundating young people with walking and talking with the dead is a first or second or third step in conditioning or grooming people to reject the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Christian faith. It seems almost anything and everything is open for exploration emulation in our public square except loving Jesus Christ or teaching the Bible as the inspired Word of God.”

“There can be no doubt that Satan is a decidedly ‘religious’ being,” Gallups added. “He often operates within the realm of apostate beliefs, where he plies his diabolical trade of rejecting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, while at the same time replacing true faith with the false spirit of religiosity. I am convinced that much of the world’s fascination with the occult realm flows from the ubiquitous presence of this last days spirit.”

Payne concludes the best way for Christians to combat the rise in occultism and the decline in faith is to teach an uncompromising and sincere version of the faith, rather than something which seeks to be simply inoffensive.

“Promoting a Christian faith that makes blending into culture a virtue rather than a vice represents nothing more than a religious inoculation against genuine Christianity,” he said. “When the real thing comes along, a body has already produced antibodies to attack it. If faith is hardwired into our soul, and I think it is, and if Christianity is so demonized that Jesus Christ is rejected, it leaves a vacuum to be filled by something religious that does not involve the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Savior. Demons are very happy to step into that void by representing or misrepresenting Jesus Christ and religious inclinations.”

Payne suggested this is also why the survey found those who identify as religious but are not going to church regularly were more likely to believe in the paranormal.

“Demons do not care if a person is religious, they just do not want them to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ,” he said. “Theists are far more open to experimenting with the paranormal than naturalists or atheists. It is easier to locate a counterfeit $20 bill than a counterfeit $3 bill.

“I believe there is going to be and increasing interest in the Spiritism, the paranormal and occultism the closer we draw to the return of Jesus Christ for his bride, the dhurch. Again, it represents a cheap imitation of the real thing, satisfying the need, but not the soul.”

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Informant claims right to reveal secrets of true Russian collusion

Former President Barack Obama (Photo: Twitter)

Former President Barack Obama (Photo: Twitter)

The lawyer for a former FBI informant who gathered evidence of a massive Russian bribery scheme to influence U.S. nuclear policy during the Obama administration says it is illegal for the government to prevent her client from speaking to Congress about what he knows.

She also says her client’s revelations went largely ignored by the FBI for political reasons and that he was threatened with criminal prosecution by the Justice Department under former Attorney General Loretta Lynch if he ever spoke publicly about the case.

Victoria Toensing has been representing the unnamed informant for the past several weeks. Toensing is a former deputy assistant attorney general and a former federal prosecutor. She is now a partner in the Washington law firm of diGenova & Toensing.

She says this whole saga began more than eight years ago.

“My client began working with the FBI in 2009 after he was contracted with the Russian company in the nuclear business. All of a sudden, he was asked to take part of his salary and give it as kickback money in bribes. They didn’t say it that way. They just said take part and pay this person, pay that person. So he went to the FBI. He was appalled,” said Toensing.

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“The FBI saw an opportunity and they said, ‘Work undercover for us.’ So he thought he was being a good American and he reported not only the payoffs – that was just run of the mill corruption, it’s bad corruption – but also it was important for the government as a counterintelligence measure to get information about what the Russians were doing,” said Toensing.

Toensing says her client fed volumes of information to the FBI only to learn the bureau did nothing with it.

“So that started in 2009. Can you imagine my client’s surprise when he finds out in October 2010 that the U.S. government authorized the purchase by these corrupt companies of a company [that provided] 20 percent of the uranium for the United States?” said Toensing.

The informant was dumbfounded.

“‘Why did this go through? Why did this happen? Look, I’ve been giving you all this information,’ he says to his FBI people. They kind of rolled their eyes and one of them said, ‘Politics,‘” said Toensing.

No prosecutions occurred in the case until 2014 and Toensing says even then the worst penalties amounted to a slap on the wrist. The ordeal took a much uglier turn when the Justice Department refused the informant’s request for reimbursement.

“My client was never given the money back that he paid out from his own salary that the FBI had promised to give him, so he brought suit in 2016,” said Toensing, who was not representing him at that time.

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“When he filed this suit, the Loretta Lynch Justice Department called his lawyer and threatened him and said, ‘If you don’t withdraw this lawsuit, we’re going after your liberty and reputation,” she added.

The Justice Department staked its argument on the non-disclosure agreement, or NDA, that the informant signed when first agreeing to funnel evidence to the FBI.

“They said, ‘You signed a non-disclosure agreement when you started working and you will be violation of that non-disclosure agreement, and we will prosecute you for that,‘” said Toensing.

In decades of legal work, Toensing says she’s never come across a threat like that over an NDA.

“I’ve never heard of a criminal penalty in a non-disclosure agreement. It’s usually a civil penalty, a $25,000 fine or something,” said Toensing, who also says there almost always exceptions to the NDA, such as court subpoenas or congressional testimony.

Furthermore, she says the Justice Department won’t even allow her client to see his NDA.

“How do I know? When the lawyer in 2016 filed a [Freedom of Information] request to get that non-disclosure agreement, the government refused to answer, wouldn’t even respond,” said Toensing.

The effort now is to waive the terms of the NDA. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is formally inviting Toensing’s client to testify and also asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to release him from the NDA to testify.

Toensing says if given the opportunity, her client’s testimony will be “significant” but she doesn’t see how the testimony can legally be blocked.

“It’s a constitutional issue. The executive branch can’t forbid someone from giving information to the legislative branch. That’s a separation of powers issue,” said Toensing.

When asked if Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections could complicate his decision on Grassley’s request for the informant to testify, Toensing says it is vital not to intertwine or conflate the two matters.

“No, no, no, no. Don’t do this. This is not all things Russia. I haven’t met a reporter yet who understands this, which shows you how good the Democrats are in their talking points.

“Jeff (Sessions) recused himself because he was involved in the campaign and there’s a specific Justice Department guideline that says if the campaign is being investigated, if you participated in the campaign you have to recuse yourself. This is not all things Russia,” said Toensing.

She says Trump could also release her client from his NDA.

While on the subject of recusal, Toensing says former FBI Director Robert Mueller ought to step aside as special counsel following the revelation from the informant that the FBI sat on the Russian corruption while Mueller was in charge.

Toensing says that alone is not evidence of any misdeeds by Mueller, but she says the mere appearance of impropriety should lead him to step away from the investigation.

In addition, she says the virtual media blackout on this story since the explosive reports emerged earlier in the week is stunning.

“Gosh, it’s just amazing. I was told by a friend of mine that knows something about this that he approached CNN and they said, ‘No, we don’t want to do it.’

“I was called by CNN [Thursday] just to give some facts. At the end, I said, ‘Well, why don’t you have me on.’ ‘Oh that’s a good idea. We’ll get back to you,’” said Toensing.

“Jake Tapper had (former Attorney General) Eric Holder on the other day after this story broke and didn’t even ask him if he had been briefed on the corruption investigation. He didn’t even ask him. He calls himself a journalist?” said Toensing.
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Conference topic: How does wrong become right?

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In today’s America, supporting traditional marriage is unlawful discrimination. To advocate for national borders is hateful. To exercise one’s faith in the public square is bigoted.

The Bible wrote about it millennia ago: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

In 2015, five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, including two who had publicly affirmed same-sex “marriage,” determined there was a constitutional right to a status that had been rejected by society for millennia.

The five justices insisted their decision was constitutional, but Chief Justice John Roberts, in his dissent, argued otherwise.

“The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment,” he wrote. “The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this court’s precedent.

Roberts said the majority “expressly disclaims judicial ‘caution’ and omits even a pretense of humility, openly relying on its desire to remake society according to its own ‘new insight’ into the ‘nature of injustice.‘”

“As a result, the court invalidates the marriage laws of more than half the states and orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia, for the Kalahari Bushmen and the Han Chinese, the Carthaginians and the Aztecs. Just who do we think we are?”

He continued: “If you are among the many Americans – of whatever sexual orientation – who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits.

“But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

So now comes the new Sovereign Nations Conference, which will focus on understanding why such developments that defy established social norms happen.

The organizers cite the first century B.C. poet Virgil, who said, “Blessed is he who understands the hidden causes of things.”

“This statement is as brilliant today as it was 2,000 years ago. Why has the entire foundation of law and justice been cast aside in an all-out embrace of Marxist-sourced social justice conformity?

“Why have the Judeo Christian concepts of freedom and liberty been thrown into the ash heap of history as the nations of the earth sprint toward the chains of global manipulation?

“Will the United States succumb to Open Borders and the manipulation of George Soros?”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage decision was an argument over having a same-sex partner’s name on a legal document. And suddenly the entire nation to accept such “marriage.” Christian photographers, bakers, engravers and others suddenly are not only the objects of criticism, they are made criminals by their government.

The conference, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will “confront the issues, debate the consequences, and explore the causes of things that are destroying our liberty.”

The lineup of speakers will include Ambassador Alan Keyes, Christian apologist James White, Rep. Bill Johnson, Capital Research Center Senior VP Matthew Vadum, Veritas Forum founder Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Sovereign Nations President Michael O’Fallon, Sheologians blogger Summer White, OnePassion’s Steven Lawson, WND Founder and CEO Joseph Farah, BarbWire founder Matt Barber and others.

Speaker topics will be “Fake News,” “The Reformation of America,” “Rent an Evangelical,” “Identity Politics,” “We Hold These Truths” and “To Know the Causes of Things.”

The conference is being held at the Trump International Hotel in the historically significant Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue that has been restored to an elegance “far beyond its initial grandeur.”

The speakers’ list features individuals who are known for their ability to see through the smokescreens of politics and uncover the truth.

For example, Johnson commented recently on President Trump’s decision not to recertify Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.

“It is clear that a new, comprehensive strategy is vital to preventing Iran from ever creating or acquiring nuclear weapons, and checking its regional aggression,” he said. “Not only has Iran repeatedly displayed a disturbing pattern of behavior while continuing to recruit and fund terrorist groups. … But the Iranian regime’s continued nuclear testing on military sites also undermines the standards set up by the international community to promote security and regional stability.”

Check out the conference details and make your plans now!

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