20 Sep 2019

Judge Blocks California Law That Requires Trump to Release Tax Returns to Be on Ballot
A federal judge ruled on Thursday, Sept. 19 that a newly passed election law in California would cause President Donald Trump and other presidential candidates “irreparable harm without temporary relief” and issued a temporary injunction.

US supports Saudi ‘right to defend itself,’ Iran slams new sanctions
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States supports Riyadh’s “right to defend itself” after a weekend attack on its oil industry that Washington has blamed on Iran. Commenting after a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, Pompeo wrote on Twitter on September 19 that the Iranian regime’s “threatening behavior will not be tolerated.”

‘They’re forming like roaches.’ The 6 tropical storms whirling at once have set a record
Sure, it’s the middle of hurricane season. But this is ridiculous. The six named storms whirling at once this week in the Atlantic and Pacific set a record, forecasters reported. “While Humberto and Kiko were spinning in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific, four new tropical cyclones formed Tuesday: Imelda and Jerry in the Atlantic Basin, and Mario and Lorena in the Eastern Pacific Basin,” the Weather Channel reported.

Will Chicago Be The Largest US City To Declare Bankruptcy?
The city of Chicago is in dire fiscal and financial straits with an almost billion dollar budget deficit, bonds rated at junk status or below, numerous extremely costly legal judgments, a shrinking tax base, and unfunded public pension liabilities to the tune of an astonishing $42 billion. Other than that, it’s a great place to live. The state of Illinois has its own financial troubles, so the city can expect little or no help there. And good luck getting a federal bailout through the GOP Senate and signed by a president who’s been called a “racist” by the mayor.

Jerry strengthens into 4th hurricane of season
According to the National Hurricane Center’s 8 p.m. update, the hurricane was packing maximum sustained winds of 90 mph on Thursday evening and was moving west-northwest at 17 mph toward the cluster of islands that includes the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Saint Kitts, Saint Martin, Antigua and Guadeloupe.

Report: UAV destroyed in Syria
Syrian state TV reported on Thursday that a drone was destroyed over the village of Aqraba, a suburb of Damascus. Earlier, there were reports of explosions in the area.

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake – Java, Indonesia on Thursday, 19 September 2019
Magnitude: 6.1 Depth: 619.0 km Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.14°S / 111.86°E (Indonesia) Nearest volcano: Muria (118 km) Primary data source: GFZ

Assad is Trying to Stir Up Trouble Among Israel’s Druze
During the first week of September a large group of Druze sheikhs from the Golan Heights sought to visit Syria, but were stopped by Israel. While the sheikhs claimed the visit was for religious reasons, according to police the delegation planned to meet with representatives of the Assad government, which is illegal under Israeli law. The incident begs the question: What is going on between the Druze in the Israeli Golan Heights, and their brethren in Syria and Lebanon?

CEC announces ‘almost final’ results, Gantz leads by two seats
The Central Election Committee (CEC) announced around 1:30 a.m. Friday the “almost final” results of the elections. The results confirmed the latest results reported, giving Benny Gantz’s Blue and White 33 seats and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud 31 seats. The committee explained that the results cannot be considered official, since official results will only be presented to President Reuven Rivlin and published on September 25.

Austria blocks EU-Mercosur trade deal with South America
MPs in Austria have dealt a blow to the EU’s landmark trade deal with South America’s economic bloc, by demanding a government veto on the deal. The draft free trade agreement took 20 years to complete and the EU has described it as its biggest so far. France and Ireland have already warned they will reject the deal if Brazil does not do more to curb fires in the Amazon rainforest.

US expels two Cuban diplomats to the UN in New York
The US has expelled two Cuban diplomats to the UN in New York, accusing them of conducting “activities harmful to US national security”, a State Department spokeswoman said. All of Cuba’s UN mission are now restricted to Manhattan where the UN is headquartered, Morgan Ortagus added. The US has yet to provide details about the alleged actions.

Flooding from Imelda turns deadly in Texas as rainfall totals approach 4 feet
Imelda…widespread flooding across southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana with over 40 inches of rain falling in several communities. The catastrophic flooding is bringing back unwanted memories of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the region back in 2017. Hundreds of water rescues have been performed across the region with the worst of the flooding taking place near Beaumont, Texas, located east of Houston.

Exclusive: Zarif threatens ‘all-out war’ in case of military strike on Iran
Iran’s foreign minister has warned of “all-out war” in the event of US or Saudi military strikes against his country, and questioned whether Saudi Arabia was prepared to fight “to the last American soldier.” Javad Zarif told CNN that Iran hoped to avoid conflict, adding that the country was willing to talk to its regional rivals Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

U.S. building coalition after Saudi oil attack, Iran warns against war
The United States said on Thursday it was building a coalition to deter Iranian threats following a weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Iran has warned U.S. President Donald Trump against being dragged into a war in the Middle East and said it would meet any offensive action with a crushing response.

U.S., Chinese trade deputies face off in Washington amid deep differences
U.S. and Chinese deputy trade negotiators resumed…talks…on Thursday, as the world’s two largest economies try to bridge deep policy differences and find a way out of their protracted trade war. The negotiations…are aimed at laying the groundwork…that will determine whether the two countries are working toward a solution or headed for new and higher tariffs on each other’s goods.

Lebanon: IDF drones that crashed in Beirut were on attack mission
A Lebanese government investigation has concluded that two Israeli drones that crashed in the Lebanese capital last month were on an attack mission, one of them armed with 4.5 kilograms of explosives. Lebanese Defense Minister…said…investigations show the drones took off from gunboats in the Mediterranean Sea on August 25 before one drone crashed on the roof of the media office of the…Hezbollah organization…

Saudi-led coalition intercepts explosive-filled boat ‘by Houthis’
The Saudi-led coalition has intercepted and destroyed an explosives-laden boat launched from Yemen by Houthi rebels, a military spokesman for the coalition said. Colonel Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the coalition fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen, said Thursday’s foiled attack represented a further threat to regional and international security and the safety of maritime routes and international trade in the Gulf.

Newly passed California resolution blames ‘religious groups’ for LGBT suicides
The California legislature has voted in a resolution that blames “religious groups” who hold to biblical understandings of sex and gender as responsible for “disproportionately high rates” of suicide among homosexuals and transgenders.

NBC News Asks Americans To Confess Their Climate Change Sins
NBC News is asking Americans to confess their climate change sins, though at least some people have taken the opportunity to troll the news company.

Six Named Storms at Once in Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Basins Ties Modern Record
Six named storms are currently active in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific basins, which appears to have tied a record number of combined storms at once in those two areas.

Doctor’s Updated Warning: Leprosy Spreading In Los Angeles Homeless Camps
Deadly and ancient diseases have made a rebound in the USA as we have growing homelessness and floods of illegal immigrants. Recent reports indicate that leprosy, a particularly debilitating disease, is rearing its head in the homeless population in Los Angeles, California. Leprosy is caused by a bacteria that is contagious and is relatively easily spread by coughing and sneezing. To call it a nasty disease is an understatement.

Just In Time For Feast Of Trumpets, Kanye West Prepares To Drop New Album Called ‘Jesus Is King’, But Will It Lead Millions Of His Followers Away From The Real Jesus?
Whatever you may think of Kanye West, one thing is certainly true. His ability for marketing and branding is second to none, allowing him to have an amazingly lucrative career in music despite not being very musically talented. Now the rapper is making a foray into a new genre, Christian rap, with an album release timed to coincide with the biblical Feast of Trumpets and titled ‘Jesus Is King’. But which Jesus will West be giving us?

Christian Church Is Left Vandalized With Satanic Graffiti After Standing Against A Drag Queen Story Hour Event At Their Local Public Library
So, at least the drag queen story tellers are being honest about who they answer to!  A pentagram and Satan’s signature – yeah, we get it. I am so glad that this church leadership had the courage to speak out against the satanic Drag Queen Story Hour. It’s sick and foul, and many of these drag queens have pedophilia listed on their very long rap sheets. “…but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” Luke 22:53

Students At Union Theological Seminary ‘Confess Climate Sins To Plants’ In Shocking End Times Display Of The Prophesied Lukewarm Laodicean Church Of The End Times
After nearly 10 years of creating content for Now The End Begins, sometimes I feel kind of jaded, like I have seen it all. And then this happens. In an absolute stunning illustration of the last days Church of Laodicea that Jesus says He will “spue from His mouth”, students at Union Theological Seminary bow down before plants, worship them, and then confess their ‘climate sins’ to them. If I was an end times novelist, and I brought this story to my editor as a plot idea, he would throw me out of his office for suggesting something so stupid. And yet, this is real, and welcome to the end times.

Imelda continues dumping heavy rain on parts of the Southeast Texas, already the 5th wettest tropical cyclone for the contiguous US
Tropical Depression “Imelda” formed on September 17 and strengthened into a tropical storm just before making landfall near Freeport, Texas. The storm continues to unleash life-threatening floods in the southeast part of the state, particularly in the Houston suburbs and Beaumont area on September 19. A tornado also wreaked havoc in Bayton on the same date.

China Just Got Handed The Oil Deal Of A Lifetime
China and Russia are sewing up whatever oil and gas fields and accompanying infrastructure that they can in Iran and Iraq, as Iraq tries to markedly up the pace of development on the fields it shares with Iran. Iraq only wants the U.S. for the Common Seawater Supply Project (CSSP) because ExxonMobil is the only firm that can do it properly and within a reasonable timeframe. ExxonMobil’s participation, though, is far from guaranteed.

NJ man charged with scouting landmarks for Hezbollah, trying to kill Israeli spy
A New Jersey man who allegedly photographed or recorded video of landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, the White House and Boston’s Fenway Park as potential terrorism targets in the early to mid-2000s has been charged with terror offenses by authorities who say he was working on behalf of Hezbollah’s Islamic Jihad Organization.