Rosh Chodesh Sameach!

“A Rood Awakening” Ministries is reporting that the new moon has been sighted and that at Sundown on the 30th of November, the NINTH MONTH of the Biblical Calendar will began.

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Haifa, one of the biggest Cities in Israel, is Literally on Fire

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-The army has called up reservists to help cope with a third day of fires, as a fifth of residents left the city
-Authorities have speculated that the fires, in Israel’s third city, could have been started deliberately
-Around 30 people have been hospitalised with mild injuries, according to the city’s Ramban Hospital

Raging bushfires forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from parts of Israel’s third city Haifa on Thursday as firefighters struggled to control blazes across the country.

Some residents were trapped in their homes as the army called up reservists to help cope with a third day of fires which authorities speculated could have been started deliberately.

Haifa municipality spokeswoman Or Doron told AFP that 50,000 of the city’s roughly 250,000 residents had been evacuated.

Haim Outmezgine has volunteered with the Zaka rescue and medical service for 22 years but said, ‘I’ve never seen an incident like this.’ He was in Haifa, helping locals to evacuate and deal with the shock.

Though not a firefighter, he was dousing the small fires, to free up the fire trucks for the major blazes. ‘Everywhere we go we see flames,’ he said.

Flames more than 30 feet high were threatening several multi-storey tower blocks in Israel’s third city of Haifa +11
Flames more than 30 feet high were threatening several multi-storey tower blocks in Israel’s third city of Haifa

An emergency personnel member evacuates a woman as a wildfire burns in the northern Israeli city of Haifa +11
An emergency personnel member evacuates a woman as a wildfire burns in the northern Israeli city of Haifa

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said residents in eight neighbourhoods had been told to leave due to six separate fires, with four evacuation centres set up.

‘It is suspicious that they started at the same time in six different areas in Haifa,’ he said. ‘We received reports and found it suspicious enough to believe that someone was behind the incidents.’

He said that people were seen running away from fire scenes, further increasing suspicions, and stated that four people have been questioned in connection with a blaze near Jerusalem.

Rosenfeld said that more that 60 people have been taken to hospital as a result of smoke inhalation, with all bar one were classed as not seriously injured.

Residents spoke of a desperate rush to get elderly residents out.

‘The fire is out of control and is spreading from one house to the other,’ the rescue services chief in the Carmel neighbourhood, Naftali Rottenberg, told public radio.

‘Sometimes we are taking residents out against their will.’

Yael Hame, a Haifa resident who fled her house, said it was ‘very frightening’.

Israeli volunteers help extinguish a fire in the northern port city. The fires have already burned for three days +11
Israeli volunteers help extinguish a fire in the northern port city. The fires have already burned for three days

‘The fire was up over the skyscrapers. It came up to 20 stories high.’

Hame said she thought the fire was ‘much more dangerous’ than a blaze in 2010 in Haifa that killed 44 people — the deadliest in Israeli history.

British-born Gabi Oster, 19, has been on the front line in the Haifa area. She is part of a Haifa-based student volunteering programme, which has been helping some of the tens of thousands of residents who have been told to evacuate their homes.

On Thursday evening she was volunteering in Zichron Yaakov just south of Haifa, where one of the first fires covered the whole town with smoke on Tuesday, forced many people to evacuate, damaged dozens of homes and left around 10 families with empty shells.

Recalling the initial chaos as flames made their way from the forest towards entire neighbourhoods she said: ‘A lot of people needed help. There were people who left everything, whose homes burned down, which was awful to see.’

A car drives past burning trees as a wildfire rages in Haifa. The city’s streets were largely empty, with remaining residents leaving by foot or car +11
A car drives past burning trees as a wildfire rages in Haifa. The city’s streets were largely empty, with remaining residents leaving by foot or car

Nursery schools in the town have been closed, as staff have scraped ash off toys and games. Oster helped to evacuate a nursery, which has since been closed. The town’s elderly are in a daze, and have welcomed the help of her group.

‘Some of the old people have been very shaken up — they didn’t know at first what happened to their homes and were very concerned,’ said Oster.

As Zichron Yaakov residents discussed their town’s trauma on Thursday, the smell of burning in nearby Haifa hung thick over the streets. Avran Michael, a 30-year-old pizza delivery man, said his eyes were itching and he was having difficulty breathing.

Israelis drive past a fire, as areas in southern Haifa were engulfed in smoke, the air thick with ash carried by strong dry winds +11
Israelis drive past a fire, as areas in southern Haifa were engulfed in smoke, the air thick with ash carried by strong dry winds

He took his motorcycle past the homes of regular customers whose houses have been badly damaged or destroyed. The sight left him ‘very very sad.’

Ido Tito, a 19-year-old who works in an off-license was feeling ‘very angry’ that arson is suspected. He said that the fire was ‘one of the worst experiences of my life.’

Tito said: ‘It was really scary. I went to help families get out of their homes and saw people running and screaming. Someone was trying to find their little sister. I ran around, looking for her, and then raced around knocking on doors, telling people to get out.’

A huge red cloud fills the sky as an Israeli firefighter plane helps extinguish the bushfire, which authorities believe could have been started deliberately +11
A huge red cloud fills the sky as an Israeli firefighter plane helps extinguish the bushfire, which authorities believe could have been started deliberately

Around 30 people were hospitalised with mild injuries, according to the city’s Ramban Hospital. Haifa University was evacuated as a precautionary measure.

A number of countries made immediate pledges of support including planes, as meteorologists said conditions meant fires were likely to continue for the coming days.

Areas in southern Haifa were engulfed in smoke, the air thick with ash carried by the strong dry winds, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.

Planes dropping water and powder swooped over the Romema neighbourhood every few minutes, trying to keep the flames from spreading to a nearby gas station.

Firefighting aircraft were sent to Israel from countries including Greece, Italy and Turkey as 50,000 of the city’s 250,000 residents have been forced to flee +11
Firefighting aircraft were sent to Israel from countries including Greece, Italy and Turkey as 50,000 of the city’s 250,000 residents have been forced to flee

The streets were largely empty, with remaining residents leaving by foot or car, some holding surgical masks to their faces.

Dozens of soldiers, police, medics and firefighters were huddled in an impromptu command centre in a nearby parking lot.

Daher said a number of residents remained stuck in their homes.

Amit, a 27-year-old from a nearby neighbourhood, was volunteering with firefighters to help calm the blaze.

‘There were places that needed help, we went and put out some fires,’ he said.

Israeli authorities have evacuated up to 20 percent of Haifa’s 250,000 residents, as people living in eight neighbourhoods had been told to leave due to six separate fires, with four evacuation centres set up +11
Israeli authorities have evacuated up to 20 percent of Haifa’s 250,000 residents, as people living in eight neighbourhoods had been told to leave due to six separate fires, with four evacuation centres set up

The emergency prompted a growing list of countries to send help, including firefighting aircraft. They included Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Turkey.

Russian President Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Moscow ‘would immediately send two giant Beriev be-200 firefighting aircraft,’ a statement from Netanyahu’s office said.

The 2010 fire required the assistance of planes and personnel from more than 16 countries to put out.

Israel has been hit by a spate of bushfires in recent days across the country that officials attribute to an unusually dry autumn and strong winds.

Areas in southern Haifa were engulfed in smoke, the air thick with ash carried by the strong dry winds, as firefighters battled to control the flames +11
Areas in southern Haifa were engulfed in smoke, the air thick with ash carried by the strong dry winds, as firefighters battled to control the flames

Elsewhere, fires were raging in two areas on the outskirts of Jerusalem as well as near the Jewish settlement of Talmon in the occupied West Bank, police said.

Noah Wolfson, head of the Meteo-Tech meteorology website, said the conditions were perfect for fires to be sparked — whether by accident or on purpose.

‘This November is extremely dry. So far we didn’t have any rain,’ he said.

‘The extreme dryness — relative humidity below 10 percent — coupled with very strong winds, enhance and encourage any small fire to expand and be horrendous.’

Flames blazed in the woods around Haifa, as elsewhere, fires were raging in two areas on the outskirts of Jerusalem as well as near the Jewish settlement of Talmon in the occupied West Bank +11
Flames blazed in the woods around Haifa, as elsewhere, fires were raging in two areas on the outskirts of Jerusalem as well as near the Jewish settlement of Talmon in the occupied West Bank

He said the forecast for the coming days was not optimistic, with winds due to slow somewhat but no rain expected until early next week.

Speculation in Israel quickly turned to the source of the fires.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told army radio that around half of the recent fires had been started deliberately.

Israelis flee their homes as a fire rages – with many people believing them to have been deliberately started. Officials have also attributed the fires to an unusually dry autumn and strong winds +11
Israelis flee their homes as a fire rages – with many people believing them to have been deliberately started. Officials have also attributed the fires to an unusually dry autumn and strong winds

Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the far-right Jewish Home party appeared to blame the arson on members the country’s Arab minority.

‘Only those to whom the land doesn’t belong are able to burn it,’ he said on Twitter in Hebrew.

One of Haifa’s most prominent Arab residents, Ayman Odeh, leader of the main Arab party in Israel’s parliament, the Joint List, said that acts of arson are ‘terrible crimes.’

He said in a TV interview: ‘Whoever did this is an enemy of all of us.’

Odeh wrote on Facebook in Arabic and Hebrew: ‘Now time to pull together and volunteer, Arabs and Jews, and to help to evacuate the elderly and anyone who need help.

Experts say that the fires follow the trend of terror conducted without conventional weapons. The fatal wave of terror against Israeli targets that has been going on for the last year has often involved items as simple as knives and even scissors.

Attackers have tended to operate as lone wolves, and have often decided to act at short notice.

Texas Bill Would Block Federal Gun Control Efforts at State Border

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Texas Bill Would Block Federal Gun Control Efforts at State Border

A bill soon to be working its way through the Texas State Legislature would halt the enforcement of all past, present, and future federal attempts to infringe on the right of citizens of the Lone Star State to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment.

According to the text of HB 110, state resources and personnel are prohibited from participating with the federal government in the carrying out of any attempt to disarm Texans, whether it be through an act of Congress or a regulation written by some bureaucrat. The measure, authored by state representative Matthew Krause, reads in relevant part:

An agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state, and a law enforcement officer or other person employed by an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state, may not contract with or in any other manner provide assistance to a federal agency or official with respect to the enforcement of a federal statute, order, rule, or regulation purporting to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the statute, order, rule, or regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation, such as a capacity or size limitation or a registration requirement, that does not exist under the laws of this state.

“If the federal government has a more onerous or restrictive firearm regulation than the state does, then the state is not going to use any time, personnel, or energy to enforce those laws,” Krause explained last year when he filed a similar measure in the state house of representatives.

State lawmakers are not left defenseless in the battle to fight the cancer of consolidation. There is a remedy — a “rightful remedy” — that can immediately retrench the federal government’s constant overreaching. This antidote can stop the poison of all unconstitutional federal acts and executive orders at the state borders and prevent them from working on the people.

The remedy for federal tyranny is nullification, and applying it liberally will leave our states and our nation healthier and happier.

In fact, if nullification is to be successfully deployed and defended, states must remember that the Constitution is a creature of the states and that the federal government was given very few and very limited powers over objects of national importance. Any act of Congress, the courts, or the president that exceeds that small scope is null, void, and of no legal effect. No exceptions.

James Madison said it best in The Federalist No. 45, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

That our Founders understood this principle is demonstrated by Alexander Hamilton in The Federalist, No. 78:

There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.

James Madison, also writing in The Federalist, recommended that state legislators, in order to prevent federal abridgment of fundamental liberties, should refuse “to co-operate with the officers of the Union.”

Representative Krause’s proposed legislation’s provision prohibiting Texas state agents from cooperating with the federal forces of disarmament is a sound constitutional strategy known as anti-commandeering.

Put simply, anti-commandeering prohibits the federal government from forcing states to participate in any federal program that does not concern “international and interstate matters.”

While this expression of federalism (“dual sovereignty,” as it was named by Justice Antonin Scalia) was first set forth in the case of New York v. United States (1992); most recently it was reaffirmed by the high court in the case of Printz v. United States (1997).

The Printz ruling makes it clear that the states do not have to accept orders from the feds.

Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia explained:

As Madison expressed it: “The local or municipal authorities form distinct and independent portions of the supremacy, no more subject, within their respective spheres, to the general authority than the general authority is subject to them, within its own sphere.” The Federalist No. 39, at 245. [n.11]

This separation of the two spheres is one of the Constitution’s structural protections of liberty. “Just as the separation and independence of the coordinate branches of the Federal Government serve to prevent the accumulation of excessive power in any one branch, a healthy balance of power between the States and the Federal Government will reduce the risk of tyranny and abuse from either front.”

While not strictly a nullification of federal gun control efforts, HB 110 in Texas does create a constitutional base from which state imposition between the federal forces of disarmament and the men and women of Texas could be launched.

About 10 years after he wrote Federalist No. 46, James Madison explained that states have not only the right to resist encroachments of the federal government, but also an obligation to do so.

“In case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them,” Madison wrote in the Virginia Resolution of 1798.

Constitutionally speaking, then, whenever the federal government passes any measure not provided for in the limited roster of its enumerated powers, those acts are not the final word. Instead, they are “merely acts of usurpation” and do not qualify as the supreme law of the land. In fact, acts of Congress are the supreme law of the land only if they are made in pursuance of its constitutional powers, not in defiance thereof.

It is undeniable that the Constitution contains no grant of enumerated authority to seize firearms or ammunition from civilians. This lack of power protects the right of all people to protect and defend themselves with weapons, regardless of whatever “reasonable” regulation the federal government might promulgate.

As the Texas state representative Matthew Krause seems to understand, the government in Washington, D.C. is out of control and it is time for every citizen to demand that all state legislators perform their constitutionally imposed duty to protect the Constitution.

The best way to do this is to reverence our founding document by educating ourselves as to the legitimate relationship between the states and the feds and then insisting that the limits on power established in the Constitution be respected and enforced by those elected on a state and local level to represent us.

A bill nearly identical to Krause’s was prefiled in the Texas State Senate by Senator Bob Hall. Both these important measures will be assigned to committees in January when state lawmakers return to Austin.