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BBC News | The extent of corruption in Europe is “breathtaking” and it costs the EU economy at least 120bn euros (£99bn) annually, the European Commission says.
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem has presented a full report on the problem.
She said the true cost of corruption was “probably much higher” than 120bn.
Three-quarters of Europeans surveyed for the Commission study said that corruption was widespread, and more than half said the level had increased.
“The extent of the problem in Europe is breathtaking, although Sweden is among the countries with the least problems,” Ms Malmstroem wrote in Sweden’s Goeteborgs-Posten daily.
The Sacramento Bee | When the new attorney general in Virginia decided recently to oppose his state’s ban on gay marriage, it might have been dismissed as an isolated move by a Democrat seeking to reverse Republican policy. But it underscored the speed and breadth of a fundamental change in the country.
Public opinion on same-sex marriage is changing at breathtaking speed. Voters across the nation are dropping their opposition, and many state gay-marriage bans just recently adopted are already coming under assault.
Buzzfeed | In yesterday’s Superbowl Sunday pre-game interview, President Obama made a statement to Bill O’ Reilly to the effect of ‘scandals such as Benghazi, the IRS going after conservative groups and others keep resurfacing because Fox news promotes them,’ basically demonstrating the President’s lack of understanding or empathy for the way the vast majority of Americans feel, as well as his willingness to lie to the public.
The Daily Sheeple | If you are racist, there is a very good chance that you also believe in the theory of evolution. In fact, many of the most famous racists of the past 100 years were hardcore Darwinists. Of course this is not always true. For example, there are millions of radical jihadists in the Middle East that hate all Jews and want to wipe them off the face of the planet. But in general, if someone has a belief in evolution it is more likely that the person will be a racist.
You see, if you believe that everyone is created by God and is greatly loved by God, then there are no “inferior races”. We are just the “human race” made up of individuals that have been created in the image of God and that are exceedingly valuable. The second greatest commandment in the Bible is to love one another, and that leaves no room for racism at all. But if you believe that we are all just a bunch of highly evolved animals, that is a different story altogether. The logical conclusion is that some groups have “evolved” at a much slower pace than others and are thus “inferior”. This is what Charles Darwin believed, and this is what prominent disciples of Charles Darwin throughout history have believed.
Daily News | Chilling reports taken from the residents of a Gary, Ind., home recount a haunting that involved a 12-year-old girl levitating over her bed, excorcism and a 9-year-old boy walking on a hospital ceiling. Astonishingly, the family’s recollections are backed by not only a local police official but also by medical personnel.
A Gary, Ind., mother of three claims demons caused her 12-year-old daughter to levitate and her 9-year-old son to walk on a hospital ceiling — accounts supported by medical personnel and police officials, according to a shocking report.
For Latoya Ammons, the late night footsteps, the creaking of a door and wet footprints left by a shadowy male figure through her living room were merely child’s play when that was all her family had to endure.
But then things turned violent.
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InfoWars | Popular Christian gospel singer Natalie Grant walked out of the Grammys after witnessing a series of performances that even the mainstream entertainment media admitted were occult in nature.
(1 of 2) We left the Grammy’s early. I’ve many thoughts,
most of which are probably better left inside my head. But I’ll
say this:— Natalie Grant (@NatalieGrant) January
I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I’ve never been more sure of the path I’ve chosen.— Natalie Grant (@NatalieGrant) January 27, 2014
Fox News | The star of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” Juan Pablo Galavis, made anti-gay comments that drew a swift rebuke from the network and an apology from the bachelor himself on Saturday.
Juan Pablo Galavis told website The TV Page that he didn’t think a gay or bisexual bachelor would set a good example for kids. Galavis also told the site Friday that gays were more “pervert, in a sense,” adding that he could be mistaken.
On Saturday, Galavis posted an apology on his Facebook page, saying he respects gay people, has gay friends, including one “who’s like a brother,” and regrets using the word “pervert.” Galavis, who is Latino, blamed that latter word choice on the fact that English is his second language, after Spanish.
Breitbart | A Hillsdale College professor has penned a book he hopes will serve as a user’s guide for parents, citizens, and state lawmakers to help them fully grasp what will actually happen in classrooms where the Common Core standards are being implemented—and how this initiative will only hasten the full decline of our schools.
Dr. Terrence Moore—author, historian, teacher, and former U.S. Marine lieutenant—argues there is an urgent need for parents, taxpayers, and state legislatures to defeat the Common Core initiative. In his book The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core, Moore takes parents, especially those who may know little about the standards, through a hypothetical school district and into classrooms, demonstrating how the Common Core will put a nail in the coffin of the already suffering progressive education system many Americans have simply come to accept.
Breitbart | On Sunday, The New Yorker released an interview with President Barack Obama in which the president stated that his approval ratings had been suppressed due to racism. “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president,” Obama stated. “Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black president.”
Read More: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/19/Obama-interview-racism
The Blaze | Obama On Iran? Only about one in five Israelis surveyed in a new poll said they trust President Barack Obama to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability.
The poll, commissioned by The Times of Israel and published Monday, asked eligible Israeli voters whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement, “I trust U.S. President Barack Obama to ensure that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapon.”
Twenty-two percent of those surveyed said they agreed, while 64 percent did not. Fifteen percent said they did not know or did not answer.
Jerusalem Post | The majority of anti-Christian persecution in the world in 2013 took place at the hands of Muslims, according to a list by Open Doors USA .
The nondenominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide recently released its 2014 World Watch List, that describes and ranks anti-Christian persecution in a list of the 50 worst countries for the past year.
It reported increasing violence against Christians in Africa, and said radical Muslims were the main source of persecution in 36 countries on its list – both in Islamic countries and in non-Muslim countries such as Kenya (ranked 40th), Ethiopia (17th) and Tanzania (49th).
The top country where Christians suffer, for the 12th consecutive year, remained communist North Korea, though the nine following countries in the top ten were Islamic: Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran and Yemen.
Alternet.Org | On March 29, 2009, Robert Stewart, 45, stormed into the Pinelake Health and Rehab nursing home in Carthage, North Carolina and opened fire, killing eight people and wounding two. Stewart’s apparent target was his estranged wife, who worked as a nurse in the home.
She hid in a bathroom and was unharmed. Stewart was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder; if convicted, he could face the death penalty. Even though there was evidence that Stewart’s actions were premeditated (he allegedly had a target), Stewart’s defense team successfully argued that since he was under the influence of Ambien, a sleep aid, at the time of the shooting, he was not in control of his actions. Instead of the charges sought by the prosecutors, Stewart was convicted on eight counts of second-degree murder. He received 142 – 179 years in prison.