Want to know why the United States of America has been so Great and Mighty and have dominated the whole world over the years? This speech made by Jonathan Cahn at a recent presidentiall event summarizes it all.
Members of the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast Committee, Government Members and Representatives, Ambassadors and Delegates from other nations, ministers and people of God, and to all who will hear these words. We are gathered here in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2017, on the day of the changing of powers, leader, and governments. And we are gathered here in the name of Him whose kingdom changes not.
As we came here to this city four years ago, we come now with one agenda and one purpose, to seek His face and to pray for His will for this government and for this nation. It is fitting that we do so on this day which more than any other day represents the future of our nation. And on the day of the inauguration, we are here to inaugurate the purposes of God.
We’ve come from every part of this land to stand before the Almighty, before whom kings and kingdoms rise and fall, and nation’s ascend and descend, Who alone remains the same yesterday, today, and forever.
We must pray according to God’s will and truth. So this message will not be politically correct, but it will be true.
The Message of the Arbella
Three Hundred and Eighty Six Seven Ago, the ship called the Arbella journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. Aboard that ship was John Winthrop who would pen the founding vision of the civilization that would be called ‘America.’
If America followed the ways of God, he wrote, then, ‘The Lord … will command a blessing upon us in all our ways … He shall make us a praise and glory … For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill.’ America was to be as a city on a hill, to which the eyes of all people would look. Winthrop’s vision was based on the nation of Israel.
In the history of this planet only two civilizations came into existence on the solitary foundation stone of God’s calling and purposes. The first was Israel. And the second… was America.
The Fall of Ancient Israel
Israel was consecrated to the will and purposes of God. But in the midst of its blessings, the nation made a fatal mistake, it turned away from God. The people began removing Him from their lives. They removed Him from their culture, they legislated Him out of their government, they silenced Him from their public squares, they ruled Him out of their kingdom.
In His place they brought in foreign gods and idols, gods of sensuality and materialism, and idols of wealth, carnality, and sexual licentiousness. They replaced the standards of righteousness on which the nation was founded for a new morality a new immorality. What they once knew as sin, they now called good, and what they once knew as good, they now called evil, and what they once knew as right, they now called intolerant and dangerous.
It was now a civilization inverted, at war against the foundation upon which it had been established, and at war against the God of its foundation. They blasphemed the name of God and descended into the darkest of sins. They now killed their own children on the altars of Baal and Molech. And those who remained true to God, were now vilified, marginalized, mocked, and persecuted.
And God called them back, and sent prophets to awaken them. But they hardened their hearts and warred against the prophets. And they stood at the brink of judgment.
The Fall of America
What about America? Those who came to these shores four centuries ago dedicated the new civilization to God and consecrated it to His will and purposes. America was to be a city on a hill, a holy commonwealth. Its first governments were established in the name of Jesus and for the glory of God. It public school system was founded for the purpose of teaching the Word of God. And as Winthrop had prophesied, God had commanded a blessing. America would become the most blessed, the most powerful, and the most prosperous, nation the world had ever seen, a praise and glory in the earth.
But something happened to the city on the hill. As the people of ancient Israel, in the midst of their blessings, committed a fatal error, so too have we. We have turned away from God. We’ve ruled Him out of our culture, out of our government, out of our lives, and banned Him from our public squares.
In His place we have brought in idols of carnality and gain, and gods of materialism and licentiousness. We have replaced the eternal standards of righteousness for a new morality of immorality. The nation that was brought forth to fill the world with the light of God, now fills the earth with pornography. And what we once knew to be sin, we now call good, and what we once knew to be right, we now call intolerant and dangerous. And those who held true to God and His Word, were now marginalized, mocked, and vilified. We have become a civilization inverted, at war against the foundation upon which it had been established, and against the God of its foundation.
We have descended to the darkest of sins. Israel killed thousands of its children on the altars of Baal. But we have killed millions. We’ve offered up our unborn children on the altars of self-obsession. It was here in this city that their murder was legalized forty four years ago. And their blood cries out to Heaven against us.
If John Winthrop could now return, he would find his city on the hill darkened and progressing to judgment. For no nation can wage war against the God of its blessings and expect those blessings to remain.
The Last Eight Years
A nation’s apostasy cannot be blamed on any one leader. It is the nation that is ultimately accountable. But an ungodly leader, a Jeroboam or an Ahab, can help turn a nation away from God, and deep and accelerate its departure. And a godly leader, a Hezekiah or a Josiah, can slow a nation’s fall, or help lead it back to God. In the past years eight years, America’s spiritual fall and moral descent has both deepened and accelerated.
The present administration has led this nation to champion the killing of the unborn, and not only within its own borders, but in that of other nations across the world.
The present administration has labored to strike down the standards and order ordained by God concerning man and woman and marriage, not only within these borders, but around the world.
Under the present administration, relations between the United States and Israel have been brought to their lowest point in the history of the two nations. And the administration’s parting gift to the Jewish nation was to abandon it at the United Nations, to allow and even foster a resolution declaring that Israel’s ancient holy city Jerusalem, belonged not to Israel, but was, quote, “Palestinian territory.” In this way too, the present administration was waging war against the Word of God.
From the days of pagan Babylon and Rome, to the Soviet Union and Communist China, governments at war with God have not only persecuted His people, but have used the powers of state to coerce them to desecrate their faith and commit acts against the commands of God.
And now in the United States of America, under the present administration, the government has used the powers of state to force believers to commit acts against the commandments of God, to take part in the overturning and destruction of God’s sacred order of marriage, to pay for and become accomplices in the murder of the unborn.
And for the first time in American history, those who refused to violate the Word of God, faced being put in prison by the state. And of their imprisonment, the present administration issued its blessing.
But in a very short time, the present administration will cease to be the present administration.
America at the Threshold
The stakes of this election could not have been any higher. The Democratic campaign for the presidency was a battle to seal the changes enacted in the past eight years into permanency. At stake was the appointing of the Supreme Court justices who would determine America’s future as touching life and death, morality, and religious freedom.
For the first time in history, the Democratic platform called for the striking down of the Hyde Amendment, so that all Americans, could now through their taxes, directly fund the murder of unborn children.
And for the first time in American history, a major presidential candidate uttered these words: “Deep seated religious beliefs… must be changed…” The war against God had now reached the stage that a mainstream candidate for the presidency could call for the overruling of God’s word, and for the eradicating of faith. And why was that faith to be altered? So that abortion could be expanded still further.
America stood at the threshold in the face of an election that threatened to establish for ages the edicts of apostasy and the ways godlessness, and an open war against the people and gospel of God.
And then there was Donald Trump. There had never been a candidate like him. Whatever it was that one was never supposed to do when running for president, he did them all. Poll after poll after poll foretold a sure Democratic victory if not a landslide. The only question was how much of a landslide and how much destruction the Republican Party would incur. The Democrats prepared for victory. The Republicans prepared for defeat. And the media, the pollsters, and the president prepared to be vindicated.
But then something happened. And nobody was sure exactly what. The election took a strange turn. And what everyone was sure could never happen… happened. The media was in shock. Democrats were in shock. Obama was in shock. The Republicans were in shock. And it appears that Donald Trump couldn’t believe it happened either.
But as it was written in ancient times, it is no less true to this day: “As high as the heavens are above the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways. And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
And as we can bear witness today in the city of Washington, on January 20, 2017 … “With God, nothing… shall be… impossible.”
Donald Trump had not lived the life a believer, and there was much concern among God’s people. Can God use those who have not known or walked with God to accomplish the purposes of God? Can He choose them and anoint them to lead nations?
In Isaiah 45, God speaks to Cyrus, King of Persia:
“Thus says the Lord to Cyrus His anointed, whom I have taken by the right hand… to open doors so that gates will not be shut… The Lord God of Israel who calls you by your name for the sake of Jacob My servant, and Israel My chosen one, Though you have not known Me, I have called you by name.”
The Lord called the prophet Elisha to anoint the warrior Jehu, to be king over Israel. Jehu didn’t know God and was a man of fiery passion. But God chose him and used him as a vessel, a vessel to cause the shaking of a nation and the ending of the dynasty of Ahab and Jezebel, and the rule of the priests of Baal, along with their evil.
God can and has used such men as His vessels – for the sake of His kingdom and His people. And now we must pray for Donald Trump, that he will fully yield his life to be used as a vessel for the purposes of God.
In the days of Israel’s apostasy, when the people were warring against His ways, God extended His mercy. He gave the people time to repent. So too, in the days of our apostasy, God is giving us a time to repent.
To Barack Obama in the Last Hour as President
Before I speak of the significance of what we have witnessed, and of what we must do as we go forth from here, and of what lies ahead, we must first speak to that which is about to lie behind, namely this administration. On the day of the last Presidential Inauguration, I asked a question of President Obama. Now as we approach the President’s last hour, there are other questions that must be asked. These words are being recorded and now he will have more time to see it.
President Obama, with all respect that is due, as you approach the last hour of your presidency, you were shocked by the outcome of the election. And it now appears that your legacy will largely be undone.
You came to the presidency claiming that as a Christian you could not support the ending of marriage as it had always been known. And then you did everything in your power to end that very thing. And then you sought to force believers to take part in that very thing you said a believer could not support because of God. And then, those who would not take part of it, you sought to punish them.
If one believes that God is real, how can one do such things?
You came to the presidency speaking of tolerance. And yet you showed no tolerance for the lives of the unborn. But you zealously fought to defend the carrying out of their murder and, beyond that, to expand their murder around the world.
And then you went farther. You sought to force God’s people to partake in the killing of the unborn, to pay for their deaths. You even took them to court to coerce them into doing it.
If one has any fear of God, how can one do such things?
President Obama, on the day when marriage as we know it, as ordained in the Word of God, was, with your help, struck down in this land, you celebrated it by lighting up the White House in the colors of the rainbow. Did you not know that the rainbow does not belong to man – or to any movement of man? The rainbow… belongs to God. It is the sacred sign of God’s covenant, and the sacred colors of His throne?
If you believe that God is real, how could you use the sign of God to celebrate the striking down of the Word of God? And if you dishonor His throne, will He not dishonor yours?
If you overturn the edicts of God, should you be surprised that your own edicts will now be overturned? And if you strike down the precepts of God, will not your own precepts be struck down?
The Covenant of Abraham
You launched accusations against the leader of Israel in a way you never have against the leaders of enemy nations. You took part in isolating and condemning Israel before the world, and advancing a resolution that proclaimed that Israel had no right to Jerusalem.
If one has ever read the Bible, how could one foster such a thing? Did you miss what the Word of God says concerning Jerusalem?
There is only one who has authority over Jerusalem. And it is not the United Nations. It is not the European Union. And it is not you. There is only one. And His name is the Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – the Holy One of Israel.
Long before there was a United Nations or a United States, or any of the nations that cast this vote, the Lord issued His own resolution concerning Jerusalem. And no law, no executive order, and no U.N. vote will ever overturn it. And concerning that U.N. resolution, the Almighty has issued His own response…….. He vetoes it.
Four thousand years ago God made a covenant with Abraham, that states that whatever you do to Israel, shall be done to you.
You sought to intervene in an election held within the borders of a sovereign nation, Israel. Therefore should you now be surprised if God intervenes in the election in your own borders? You sought through Israel’s election to nullify the stands and legacy of its leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.
So should you now be surprised if God through the American election overturns the actions and positions of your government and nullify your legacy?
Despite how you treated the name of God, the Word of God, the ways of God, the hand of God, and the people and kingdom of God, the inconvenient truth is – God is real, His Word is true, His ways are eternal, His hand is mighty, and His kingdom is without end, and the darkness will not overcome it.
Mr. President, I am here to report to you good news – the God of Israel is alive and well and His arm is strong, to the rising up and casting down of kings and kingdoms, governments and administrations. You don’t think He can do that? To paraphrase your own words – Yes He Can!
The Three-Thousand-Year-Old Word
Three thousand years ago, King Solomon stood in front of the temple and prayed for his nation, that if it the people of Israel ever departed from God and His ways, that the Lord would have mercy on them. And God answered His prayer with these words: “If My people who are called by name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, I will hear from Heaven, I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.”
Thirty seven years ago America was in deep crisis. Its economy was in shambles, inflation was in double digits as was unemployment. And around the world, the nation’s prestige and power were crumbling. The Soviet Union was advancing. And over fifty Americans were taken hostage in Iran.
Every day Americans turned on their television sets to see multitudes across the world chanting “Death to America. Death to America. And then the president sent in a rescue mission. But it ended in disaster. The helicopters crashed in the desert and the bodies of American soldiers were now displayed in front of the world. America was helpless, and a gloom fell upon the nation.
It was then that believers gathered from across the country to this city with the hope of one Scripture that was proclaimed that day over and over again, 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people who are called by My name.”
They gathered on the Washington Mall to humble themselves and pray, to seek His face, to turn from their evil ways, and to cry out for America.
Two prayers were foremost above all, one, that where America’s military was helpless, God would by His own hand set the hostages free. And, two, with the multitude lifting up their hands toward the western side of the Capitol Building, that God would bring to Washington, those of His choosing to lead the government.
That following autumn came the presidential election and there was a revolution at the polls. Those candidates supporting Judeo-Christian values were swept into power. Foremost among them was Ronald Reagan. On Inaugural Day, 1981, Reagan made a change. He altered the location of the Inauguration from the eastern terrace of the Capitol Building, where it had always been, to the western terrace, where it has been ever since.
And as he stood on the western terrace, he was now facing the very place where the believers had gathered that day to pray. He was standing on the very spot to which they had pointed their hands as they asked God to bring into power those of His choosing. God was answering the prayer in the very place it was prayed.
And then, the hostages were released from Iran in that very same hour. The two prayers were answered at the same time and in the same place where they had been lifted up to God.
The Left Hand of God
With the raising of Reagan’s right hand to take the oath of presidency, America’s history changed, as did the history of the world. American economic power rebounded, as did American military power, and American prestige around the world. Its arch-nemesis, the Soviet Union, began to collapse, leaving America the world’s only superpower. It was called morning in America.
And it all began, and the history of the world changed, on that solitary moment when Reagan raised his right hand. But there was a mystery to that moment, a mystery the world never saw, a mystery that resting on Reagan’s left hand, and the left hand of God, the secret ways of the Almighty. And in the mystery of that moment are the key to the changing of history. Reagan’s left hand was placed on the Bible – and not only on the Bible, but on one particular verse in the Bible to which he was led. The history of the world changed on a Scripture. What was it? It was this:
If My people who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.”
His hand was resting on the exact same Scripture proclaimed the day when believers came from all over America to do that very thing in that very place. It was not politics that changed the world, or economics, or military power. It was God. It was the hand of the Almighty, in answer to the prayers of His people. And it changed the course of world history.
I know. I was there. And in the spring of this year, I returned to the Mall, for a gathering of prayer and intercession for America. And I led those gathered to turn to the Capitol Building and lift up their hands to the western terrace where the presidential inauguration would take place – and pray for God to have His way in that Inauguration and in America.
And so in this last election, the pollsters couldn’t believe what happened and the experts couldn’t explain it. But there was a reason for what happened. Against all odds, the people of God gathered to pray for the election – in small groups and large gatherings, around the nation and across the world.
What was it that all the experts and pollsters missed? The answer was 3000 years old: If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.” For the power of prayer is stronger than kingdoms. And God is faithful. And His promises are true.
Charge to the New President
And now to you, Donald Trump, who will shortly take your oath of office. As you are lifted up to become the most powerful man on earth, remember always that it is the Almighty who lifts up kings to the throne, and the Almighty who removes them.
Your authority comes not from man but from God, the King above all kings. Therefore, submit your life to His authority and by His authority you shall lead.
Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.
Your life has been a vessel of your will. Now it must become the vessel of His will and His purposes. Walk in His footsteps, seek His righteousness, and follow the leading of His voice.
Uphold His ways, and you shall be upheld. Keep His Word and you shall be kept. Give honor to His name, above all names, and your name shall be honored.
Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. If you do this, and you will arise, and you will shine, and the glory of the Lord will rise upon you.
The Window and the Call of God
And now to you, God’s people: We have witnessed the fall of a nation away from God as in the fall of ancient Israel to judgment. But even in the ancient template, God gave to His nation windows of mercy. And so God has now given a reprieve, a window of grace – to return. But what shall we do with that window?
If we should now place our faith in man or in our own powers, our pride and greatness, then we will have repeated the mistake made in ancient Israel, as recorded in Isaiah 9:10. Then we risk disaster. America can be great again. But it will not be by trusting in its own greatness or relying on its powers. The only way America will be great again… is for America return to the God who made America great in the first place. Without that return, there will be no greatness and no hope.
For the answer is not government, not the military, and not the economy. The answer… is God and the only way… is revival. And for revival to come, there must be repentance. For without repentance, there can be no revival. And that repentance must begin with the people of God – If My people who are called by My name…”
We have not come to Washington DC to seek the agency of government. We have come to seek the agency of the Holy Spirit. We have not come here to place our trust in the abilities of man. We have come to invoke the power of the Almighty… for revival.
We have been given this window and we must not waste it. We must work while it is yet day. This is the Inauguration Day. And beyond the Inauguration that the world will see with its eyes, we are here to inaugurate the purposes of God.
So let the word go forth from this place and this day to every child of God in this land, to every church and gathering in His name, that we commit ourselves from this time forth to fervently pray for revival, to work for revival, to repent for revival, to humble ourselves for revival, to seek His face for revival, to turn from our evil ways for revival, to proclaim the Gospel to revival, and by the power of God to live our lives in revival. For there are only two options: revival or judgment. The answer must be revival. However it comes, whether by blessing or by the shaking of a nation, let revival come.
We come now before the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Moses, the God of Elijah, the God of the prophets, the God of Messiah, the God of the Red Sea, and the God of the Resurrection, we to the throne of the Sovereign Almighty God of Israel.
Let this Inaugural Day be the Inauguration of a New Day, of the moving of God’s Spirit across this land.
And we cry out to God, ‘Have mercy! Have mercy on this land! Lift up your eyes again upon this city on the hill, and have mercy. Let your power again be seen in this nation. Let it fall upon your people. Let it fall upon your Churches. Let it fall upon the heartland. Let it fall upon the coast land. Let it fall upon this capitol. Let it fall on the White House. Let it fall upon the Congress. Let it fall upon us. Let there be revival in the land. Let the lost be saved. And let the saved be revived. No matter what it takes, let there be revival in this land!
God of the Impossible
Is it possible? We declare that with God, nothing shall be impossible. Can He do it? We answer: Yes He can.
For our God is the God of Israel. And Israel is the nation of the impossible. And for over three thousand years all the forces of hell have tried to wipe the children of Israel off the face of the earth.
The Pharaohs tried to destroy them. The Assyrians tried to bury them. Babylon tried to crush them. Rome tried to wipe them off the annals of history. The Third Reich tried to annihilate them. The Soviet Union tried to eliminate it. And the terrorists have tried to obliterate them.
But the Pharaohs are gone. Assyria is no more. Babylon has fallen. Rome has perished. The Third Reich is destroyed. The Soviet Union has crumbled. And the terrorists, the will be no more.
But the Nation of Israel Lives. Am Yisrael Chai, The nation of Israel lives. For the God of Israel lives. For the Messiah of Israel lives. And so you His people will live. For the light of God is stronger than the darkness. And the name of God is stronger than the kingdoms of this world. And the government shall rest upon His shoulder. And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
For some trust in chariots, and some trust in princes, but we will trust in the name of the Lord our God, and in the only name under heaven by which we must be saved. We will trust in the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach Jesus the Messiah.
Let the name of God be lifted up. And let this city on the hill called America shine again with the light of the fire of the presence of the glory of the living God in the name above all names, the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah, the King of all kings, the Lord of all lords, the Name of all names, the Light of the World, the Glory of Israel, and the one and only hope of these United States of America. So help us God. Amen. ￼
Again A Biafran, Nkechi Chidi-Ogbolu Becomes Youngest Graduate From US University, Set For PhD
18-year old Nkechinyere Chidi-Ogbolu has made history as the youngest person to graduate from Howard University this year and this also makes her one of the youngest in Howard’s history.
Nkechinyere just graduated summa cum laude from Howard University with a degree in chemical engineering and she’s starting her Ph.D. program at the University of California-Davis after summer.
She will be studying biomedical engineering with a focus on creating and discovering new medicines.
Nkechinyere told USA Today that she has always been the youngest person in her classes as she finished high school at 14, skipped 5th grade and attended an accelerated high school.
She left Nigeria for America after high school, and enrolled full-time at Howard University.
Nkechinyere credited her family’s support for her ability to cope with her new surroundings.
“I spoke to my mom almost every day on the phone — for over an hour almost every time. My dad and I talked really often too. Talking to them definitely helped sometimes when things were overwhelming. My support system was a very big part of why I was able to stay very grounded during the whole journey.”
Many of her extended family members live in U.S, including an aunt who lived not far from her dorm, and other family members in Texas and Alabama.
Advising teens like her, she said: “Don’t limit yourself because you think you can’t do it or because no one you know had done it. You can always be the exception to the rule and end up being exceptional.”
Obama And Hillary Clinton Heads To Jail As Congress Unveils Their Cans Of Worms
The US congress has ruled that Hillary Clinton must be tried as more than necessary information of her wrong doings surface.
Some of the things Clinton was accused of doing includes borrowing money from China and Saudia Arabia.
Obama administration sent their people to Israel to work against the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu.
Obama said the Hillary Clinton can never put the national security in jeopardy.
More to come soon.
IPOB Intel – Candy Stallworth Busted, Phone Call Audio With APC Agent Leaked
Audo tape has emerged of alleged phone call between IPOB mobilization officer in the united states, Candy Stallworth and an APC agent. According to audio clip available to Afroinsider, an APC agent had contacted Miss Candy from Nigeria to do hatchet jobs for the ruling party APC and to assassinate the character of leading PDP members. The APC agent was making arrangement on how to transfer the sum of $100,000 to Candy. He also mentioned how she destroyed the image of one Chinedu Nwosu and encouraged her to do same to many others.
However, feelers from the IPOB family believe that Miss Candy has been an undercover agent of the APC while pretending to be working for the restoration of the free state of Biafra.
Candy came to the end of the road this morning when video clips emerged of her much touted invitation to the White House by Donald Trump. She made bogus claims in the video saying that the date for Biafran referendum has been fixed for the 12th of september. As a result, most Biafran began to doubt her authenticity and went into investigation and later came up with her phone conversation with APC agents.
Meanwhile, IPOB leadership has issued press statement dissociating IPOB from her nefarious activities and emplored evey Biafran to stay away from her. They encouraged IPOB members to remain resolute as Biafra is around the corner.
California, Paedophiles Can Now Marry 10 Years Olds, Court Rules
Lawmakers in California have upheld the rights for pedophiles to legally marry children as young as 10 years old, in a sick and twisted ruling.
Girls as young as ten are among over 200,000 children who were allowed to legally wed adults in the last 15 years – according to shocking new data uncovered by a Bay Area legislator:
A Bay Area legislator was shocked when he learned from a young constituent that while Californians cannot legally consent to sex until they are 18, they can — with the permission of a parent and a judge’s order — get married at any age, even if their spouse is many years older.
“I thought, that can’t be true in California,” said state Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo. “We found that it is true in California and true in many states throughout the country.”
But Hill’s resulting proposal to bar juveniles from getting hitched has been watered down after it prompted strong objections from civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union.
As the emotional fight unfolds in Sacramento, there’s no agreement even about a basic piece of information — how many minors get married each year in California. People who want to limit such marriages say the total is in the thousands, while those who oppose the bill say that’s vastly inflated.
The state doesn’t keep such numbers, and even efforts to change that are running into resistance.
Within the past year, elected officials in several states have pushed to restrict juvenile marriage, with a law passed last month limiting matrimony by minors in New York to 16- and 17-year-olds who have become legal adults emancipated from their parents, and one in Texas holding the line at age 17 — with a judge’s permission.
Hill wanted California to set a strict line at age 18, but the effort encountered swift opposition from fellow legislators, as well as groups that include the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
While SB273 is still alive and moving through legislative committees, amendments have removed any age restriction. The measure in its current form increases family court oversight to ensure that a minor’s marriage isn’t coerced, including a requirement that judges interview individuals privately.
It’s a compromise, Hill said, but still a positive step. “It’s our responsibility to protect those kids,” he said.
Among those disappointed by the result of the compromise is Sara Tasneem of El Sobrante, who said the amended bill won’t help children and will only make elected officials feel like they did something.
Tasneem was 15 when her father, who belonged to a cult in Southern California, introduced her to a man 13 years her senior. She was forced to marry the 28-year-old in a religious ceremony that evening. Six months later, at 16, she was pregnant and legally married in a civil ceremony in Reno.
“A person who marries a 15-year-old, there’s obviously something wrong,” said Tasneem, now 36. “Putting that label of husband and wife makes something disgusting and not OK seem normal and OK.”
As a teenager, Tasneem dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Instead, she became a mother, with two children by age 19. She would ultimately defy her husband and return to school, and later file for divorce.
“Once you leave your childhood, there’s no going back to it,” said Tasneem, now a business student at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. “All those opportunities and freedom of being a child are gone.”
Activists aiming to stop such marriages say they occur across demographic groups, spurred by religious reasons, cultural norms, pregnancy, financial incentives or, in some cases, to protect someone from statutory-rape accusations because marriage circumvents the age-of-consent requirement.
Nationally, about 5 of every 1,000 children ages 15 to 17 were married as of 2014, according to U.S. census data analyzed by the Pew Research Center — figures that don’t specify where the marriages occurred. Activists for age restrictions estimate that California sees about 3,000 marriages per year that include a minor.
The ACLU and other opponents say that estimate is inflated, noting that just 44 petitions for juvenile marriage were filed in Los Angeles County — which has a population just above 10 million — over the past five years.
The focus of efforts should be on abusive and coerced relationships, regardless of marital status, said Phyllida Burlingame of the ACLU’s Northern California chapter.
Chris Brown & Lil Wayne Reportedly Named in Federal Drug Investigation
According to a report from the Miami Herald, both Chris Brown and Lil Wayne have been tied to a federal drug investigation, revolving around their association with Florida producer Harrison Garcia, aka Muhammad-al-Lean, aka the CEO of Sizzurp. The inquiry reportedly involves thousands of dollars worth of narcotics, including lean and marijuana.
Late last week, a Florida courtroom heard federal agents testify that text messages sent between Garcia and associates allegedly show several times Garcia bragged about delivering drugs to Wayne, calling him by name. In another exchange, Garcia shows a screenshot of a $15k bank deposit made on Chris Brown’s behalf. From the Miami Herald piece:
The messages appeared to show Garcia directing his “do-boy” to deliver drugs to Lil Wayne and his crew. “I’ll shoot u some trees,” one message read, a reference to marijuana. “It’s for Wayne,” Garcia allegedly responded via text.
The text message about Brown was more explicit. Garcia sent a bragging text message to a woman of a screen shot of the $15,000 bank deposit from “Christopher Brown” into his account.“Look who put money my account,” Garcia wrote.
The woman responded: “What that for LOL”Garcia replied with several smiley face emojis: “Drugs … lean and sh-t.”
Garcia often posted to social media, showing off exotic cars, guns, and outrageous sneakers, as well as posting pics with both Brown and Wayne (his accounts have been made private). He also appeared in one Lil Wayne video. He was initially in headlines last year, when he was arrested for allegedly orchestrating the theft of huge quantities of codeine-based cough syrup. This was around the same time TMZ reported that consuming massive amounts of lean led to Wayne having seizures.
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Terrorism – Horrific Shooting In US Night-Club, A Dozen Injured And One Person Dead
One person has been killed and at least 14 others injured at the Cameo Nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, local police report. The victims of the shooting have been taken to area hospitals as police interview witnesses.
The shooting happened at about 2am local time on Sunday, WLWT report.
Update: Cameo Night Club 15 gun shot victims, 1 deceased. Homicide unit and all available resources are being utilized. Next update after 11
— Cincinnati Police (@CincyPD) March 26, 2017
Police in Cincinnati say there were “at least a couple of shooters” who opened fire on clubgoers, as cited by AP.
Security forces would not immediately report whether anyone was taken into custody over the shooting or what circumstances led to it.
Medic units transporting while others are still coming in to pickup additional victims pic.twitter.com/FU7GgyvnDN
— Cincinnati News (@CinciNews) March 26, 2017
According to Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate, the incident was one of the largest he has worked on in his career of over 20 years in the force, the news outlet reported.
He added that the Cameo Night Club has had issues in the past and that police are having some problems with gathering witness accounts.
“Many of them fled, unfortunately. Many of the witnesses fled, but everyone that we can identify is being interviewed,” he told WLWT.
Hundreds of people were in the nightclub when the incident happened, the official noted.
CNN – Bill Paxton’s death caused by stroke after surgery
Los Angeles – Actor Bill Paxton died of a stroke after heart surgery, according to his death certificate, issued Monday by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He was 61 years old.
The surgery, which replaced his aortic valve and repaired an aortic aneurysm, took place February 14. He died February 25 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
A previous statement said his death was due to complications from surgery but included no further information.
The aortic valve is one of the most commonly replaced valves, according to the American Heart Association. Although aortic valve replacement can be a lifesaving procedure, it also comes with risks. Stroke can be a complication.
What happens during a stroke
Stroke: Understanding the causes, symptoms
An aortic aneurysm is “a weakened or bulging area on the wall of the aorta,” which carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body, according to the American Heart Association. Aortic aneurysms are the main cause of death for nearly 10,000 people in the United States each year and contribute to an additional 16,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When such a problem is diagnosed, surgery is performed to repair the aorta.
A stroke occurs when a vessel carrying blood to the brain becomes blocked or bursts, depriving the brain of the essential oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive. In the minutes after a stroke, brain cells begin to die.
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Strokes are the No. 4 cause of death in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association.
Paxton’s extensive career included films such as “Twister,” “Aliens” and “Titanic.” In addition to more than 90 acting credits, Paxton was a director on films such as “The Greatest Game Ever Played” and “Frailty.”
CNN’s Jacque Smith and Holly Yan contributed to this report.
U.S- Outrage As Obama Is Accused Of Hacking And Tapping Trump Tower
Erstwhile U.S President Barrack has been alleged to have tapped the trump towers while hacking the opposition in last years heated election. Meanwhile there has been calls for this outrage to be thoroughly investigated.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 5, 2017
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— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 4, 2017
WikiLeaks – The Obama administration sent a ‘plane load of FBI agents’ to frame Julian Assange.
The scandal trailing the Obama administration and Hillary clinton continues as wikileaks reveals yet another document, which shows that Obama sent FBI agents to Iceland to capture Julian Asange but they got kicked out by Iceland. Read report below.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 9, 2016
The Obama administration sent a ‘plane load of FBI agents’ to frame Julian Assange. Iceland kicked them out: