What Was Just Spotted In Facebook’s DC Office Could Be A Terrible Sign For 2016 Election

A poster of Hillary Rodham Clinton on public display at the Facebook office in Washington, D.C., demonstrates just how important the Clinton campaign thinks social media is going to be in the 2016 presidential election.

The campaign could be right, too. Facebook has expanded its political arm to attract millions of dollars in political campaign money through the 2016 election. The company reached out to all those running for the nation’s highest office, including the 16 Republicans and five Democrats, with innovative ways to reach voters. Clinton hosted a question-answer session on the social media giant earlier this month.

Other candidates, including conservatives Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Dr. Ben Carson, regularly post blogs and pictures of their activities, host polls, and ask for followers to sign petitions, call elected officials on issues and donate to their campaigns. While presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign isn’t as active on Facebook as some of his competitors, his interviews and comments have been making the social circles for months, often going viral and giving his campaign traction.

Facebook will be the winner in this election cycle, taking in approximately $1 billion in online political advertising. The company plans to cash in more than in 2012 by doubling its political team, adding a political sales group and data teams dedicated solely to either Democratic or Republican campaigns. Many of those plans have already been implemented.

Two new features voters will be seeing throughout this campaign cycle are more and better videos and campaigns uploading voter files directly to the social media site. Facebook’s plan also includes tracking and targeting voters, just as it does for its other advertisers.

The numbers don’t lie. Facebook has 1.44 billion users worldwide, up from less than 250,000 in 2008, when then-candidate Barack Obama began using social platforms to attract younger voters. Numbers indicate around 1.25 billion of those users are on mobile devices. Around 189 million monthly users are in the United States. While there aren’t concrete numbers on how many of those users fall into the youth category, Facebook’s tracking system in 2012 indicated that the majority of its users who planned to vote were under the age of 35.

In 2012, Facebook launched an interactive question asking people to tell whether they plan to vote. The platform tracked responses in real time and mapped the answers. Data from 3.7 million users shows that about two-thirds of Facebook users planning to vote were under 35 years old. Thirty percent were between 18 and 24 years old, and 32 percent were between 25 and 34 years old.

That could be bad for Republicans. A study by the Pew Research Center indicated that young voters comprised most of the Democratic Party’s votes in the three general elections from 2004 through 2008. Research indicated that 66 percent of those under 30 years old voted for Obama, while the ballots of post-30 voters were evenly divided between Obama and contender Sen. John McCain.

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Obama’s Own Top General Just Obliterated Barack’s Biggest Claim About Iran. He’ll Be Furious…

The United States’ top military officer made clear during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that he has not advised President Obama that the U.S. must either accept the Iranian nuclear deal or go to war.

In seeking to sell the Iranian nuclear deal to a skeptical congress and American people, the president, on multiple occasions, has offered this stark choice.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who is a combat veteran, challenged this premise in her questioning of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.

“This seems to be a military decision and I understand that you advise the president on these issues,” she said. “Is that what you have told the president, is that we either take this deal or we go to war?”

Dempsey replied: “No, at no time did that come up in our conversation nor did I make that comment.”

Ernst continued her line of questioning: “Who is advising the president then that we must go to war if this deal is not signed?”

Dempsey answered: “I can’t answer that. I can tell you that we have a range of options and I always present them.”

The senator said: “We are taught in the military about DIME: Diplomatic options, Information operations, Military operations, and Economic types of sanctions and opportunities that we might have. So for the president to outright reject everything but war is outrageous to me. And I do hope that you are able to better advise him that he needs to be careful with his language because that seems to be the rhetoric we are hearing out there is that we either go to war or we accept this deal, and I reject that premise.”

“As long as we agree that military strikes on a sovereign nation is an act of war, but there are things between here and there,” the general responded.

Dempsey’s contention that the United States has a “range of options” between the current state of affairs and war (“here and there”) seemed to directly contradict what the president has been telling the American people. The general did call the plan the most “durable” option available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Secretary of State John Kerry insisted in his testimony today that the Hobson’s Choice presented President Obama is accurate: “It’s not a choice the president wants to make, but it’s the inevitable consequence of them moving to assert what they believe is their right in the furtherance of their program.”

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Reacting to the agreement, Adm. (ret.) James Stavridis, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander now serving as dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University outside Boston, said he had several serious concerns.

“The top is the verification regime, which is starting to roughly resemble Swiss cheese,” he said. “You can drive a truck through some of the holes. I am very concerned about that.”

If Congress rejects the deal, the US “still can drive some degree of sanctions,” Stavridis said.

“There are cyber options to pursue,” he continued. “There are clandestine options to pursue. There are special forces options to pursue. I reject a notion that the choice is simply between this deal and going to war.”

As reported by Western Journalism, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has called the deal a “stunning, historic mistake.” The Israeli leader listed three troubling aspects of the agreement:

  1. It lifts economic sanctions against the rogue regime, allowing hundreds of billions of dollars to flow into Iran.
  2. It keeps Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in place.
  3. It gives Iran 24 days to respond to any inspection of facilities by the U.N.

Congress has 60 days to review to deal and is expected to vote on it in September. President Obama has promised to veto any legislation aimed at blocking the deal, which would require a two-thirds vote by both chambers to override.

h/t: IJReview

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French Air Force Reports Big Discovery In Ocean That Has Flight MH370 Investigators In High Gear

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has dominated news cycles and captured the attention of millions around the world. More than 18 months after the jet – and its 239 occupants – disappeared over the Indian Ocean, exhaustive searches have been able to recover no identifiable evidence.

Several news reports Wednesday, however, reveal the latest potential lead in the ongoing saga.

USA Today noted that a U.S. official confirmed a piece of a plane’s wing was found washed ashore on Reunion Island, which investigators will study in an effort to determine its origin. The source offered his take on the mood among investigators, who reportedly have a “high degree of confidence” that the debris came from a Boeing 777 like the missing passenger jet.

Reunion is a French island located in the western Indian Ocean.

French Air Force Adjutant Christian Retournat confirmed the discovery while keeping expectations low.

“It is way too soon to say whether or not it is MH370,” he explained. “We just found the debris this morning in the coast of Saint Andre.”

Regardless of the uncertainty surrounding the find, social media users quickly reacted to reports.

Some wondered how such a large piece of debris evaded search parties for more than a year.

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Others thought the discovery was evidence of a clandestine plot surrounding the missing airliner.

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Much of the discussion, however, expressed concern and sympathy for the loved ones of those lost in the unexplained incident.

Do you think this debris will eventually be linked to MH370? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Boy Scouts Allow Homosexual Adult Leaders

The old Boy Scouts creed included a vow to be morally straight.

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America changed their policy to allow homosexual scouts in all activities, including campouts.

At the time, we were assured that our boys would be safe in tents because the Boy Scouts would never allow adult homosexual leaders in their ranks, and that our boys would be properly supervised.

Now, in late July of 2015, the Boy Scouts have changed their policy and now are welcoming homosexual adult leaders who are allowed to cook with the boys, and camp with the boys, and mentor the boys.

Keep in mind that the very definition of homosexuality defines the sexual preference of these new adult leaders.

The definition of a pedophile is an adult having sex with a child.

Two questions: 1) Do you really think with the millions of Boy Scouts that there will never be a single case of homosexual pedophilia? And 2) How comfortable do you feel with your boys in the new rainbow Boy Scouts of America?

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SCOTUS Decision Encourages Persecution Of Christians–Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

Anyone could have predicted it; many did. Government sanctioned persecution of Bible believing Christians escalated within hours of the Supreme Court decision mandating same sex marriage. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation was demanding the expulsion of military chaplains who profess Biblical attitudes toward human sexuality before day’s end. They are a fringe group, but numerous government officials have used words like “hate speech” in reference to Christians uncowed by a lawless Supreme Court or lawless bureaucrats. The narrative is that we may believe – and teach in church – whatever we like, but we may not trouble the general public with our thoughts.

Military leaders may find the MRFF antics laughable – for now – but there is nothing funny about ongoing efforts to railroad Chaplain Wes Modder out of the service for daring to counsel one of his charges on Biblical grounds. The pattern is always that the political victors claim to respect the right of the vanquished to dissent, but the (new) law of the land must be respected at all costs. That these same victors did not accept the law until it was on their side is strangely forgotten; let the games begin.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has leveled a $135,000.00 fine – as he had threatened to do – against former bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein. Their crime? They declined to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple when gay marriage was still illegal in Oregon. The Kleins often served same sex couples, but explained – gently – that their religious convictions forbade them baking a wedding cake. This enraged the couple; they complained they were “hurt” to the Labor Commission, and this outrageous judgment is the outcome. The logic is identical to the Supreme Court decision handed down June 26.

This case comes alongside the wedding photographer persecuted in Colorado and the grocers under assault in Washington State these past two years. All this comes before the Supreme Court decision on marriage discharges any inhibitions officials might have based on the 1st Amendment. The new order is: “Anyone hurting the feelings of a homosexual has violated the 14th Amendment and must be dealt with accordingly.”

These travesties of justice coincide with Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling, USMC, who was convicted by a military court of failing to obey a direct order when she refused to remove a Bible verse from her work station. Her commander and former drill instructor ordered it removed because he “did not like its tone.” When she cited her First Amendment rights and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, he tore it down and cursed her. Later, she was charged and convicted. The military court decided the display of a Bible verse was not a religious activity and therefore not protected by RFRA or the Bill of Rights. Her case lost on appeal and is now awaiting disposition at the US Supreme Court. Navy Chaplain Wesley Modder likewise awaits his day in court after his CO – following years of stellar fitness reports from this same officer – swore to remove him from the service for counseling a gay sailor in line with his (Modder’s) mandate from his church authority.

A more direct and immediate outcome of the Court’s decision is the case of Pennlive.com, one of the larger news gathering organizations based out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Their board announced – within twenty-four hours of the SCOTUS ruling – that they would no longer accept opinion pieces or letters to the editor that did not support gay marriage.

These persecuted people are all doing what Jesus calls us to do – acknowledging Him before men and expecting to be acknowledged before His Father. The five majority Justices of the Supreme Court in the Obergefell case – most of whom claim to be Christians – are doing what Jesus warned them not to do – refusing to acknowledge Him; they should expect to be denied before His Father. What about the rest of us? Will we acknowledge Him and His martyrs who cannot get even a fair trial on the basis of their guaranteed free exercise of their faith? Will we stand up to the bullies and demand the military and civilian authorities stop bullying their own most loyal members? Or will we decide it is too confusing and not really our problem?

It is our problem. In a government by the people, we do not always get what we want; but we always get what we deserve. And our God – famously quick to forgive in the face of repentance – is equally famous for failing to understand why we just could or would not do the right thing when tasked with it.

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