In addition to being a free-lance journalist whose articles have been published by RedState, Patriot Update, The Blacksphere and others, Candice is a computer consultant and antiques dealer.
Posted 2/17/15 at 12:10 AM | Candice Lanier
Let's get some definitions out of the way right off the bat, because a lot of people confuse the Dark Web with the Deep Web. We're basically dealing with three distinct concepts.
The Surface Web is anything that can be indexed by a typical search engine like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.
Conversely, the Deep Web is anything that a search engine can’t find. For example, when you conduct a search on a website using a search box, you will extract results from the Deep Web. Government databases and libraries are home to massive amounts of Deep Web data.
And, the Darknet (also known as the Dark Web) is just a small portion of the Deep Web. It has been intentionally concealed and is inaccessible through standard web browsers like Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. You can't get there from here.--at least not directly. FULL POST
Posted 2/1/15 at 8:35 PM | Candice Lanier
An American employee of an Israeli defense firm has died under mysterious circumstances, in Saudi Arabia, and his family believes he was murdered. Chris Cramer was employed by Kollsman, Inc., a United States subsidiary of Elbit Systems, a defense electronics company in Israel.
According to Saudi authorities in the city of Tabuk, where Cramer died, he committed suicide by jumping from his hotel window at the Sahara Makarim Hotel—from the 3rd floor. But, family and friends in the US contend he was murdered, as part of a complex arms deal.
Posted 1/25/15 at 6:15 PM | Candice Lanier
Born and raised in Texas, Christopher Scott Kyle was a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1999 to 2009. He is the most successful sniper in American military history.
According to his book American Sniper, he is credited with 160 confirmed kills.
Kyle served as a Navy SEAL in 4 tours in the latest Iraq war. For his bravery and military skills, he was awarded some of the most distinguished medals available, on multiple occasions, including the Bronze and Silver Star.
Known as the "Devil of Ramadi" by insurgents in Iraq, a bounty was offered for his head. He was shot twice, in addition to involvement in six IED attacks. After surviving all of that, on February 2, 2013 Chris Kyle was murdered by a U.S. military veteran at a shooting range in Texas.
Kyle's book has been made into a movie—a movie which has become the focus of a lot of controversy. The following are just a few of the numerous headlines negatively targeting the movie, 'American Sniper': FULL POST
Posted 1/19/15 at 2:22 AM | Candice Lanier
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and activist. He led the Civil Rights Movement in the US from the mid-1950s until 1968, when he was assassinated. Considered the most influential leader of the Civil Rights Movement and whose message has resonated globally, his objective was to overturn Jim Crow segregation laws and to ensure equal treatment and protection of all under the law.
He played a key role in the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize in addition to several other honors. King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech continues to be one of the most lauded and cited in history.
Posted 1/11/15 at 4:56 PM | Candice Lanier
Globally, 61 journalists were killed in 2014. The Middle East was the deadliest region, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in the organization's year-end report. Almost half of the journalists killed last year died in the Middle East, with Syria being the deadliest country for journalists for the third year in a row. At least 17 journalists were killed in Syria as the civil war rages on. A total of seventy-nine journalists have lost their lives in Syria since the conflict began in 2011.
These deaths represent a decrease from 2013, a year in which 70 journalists lost their lives. But, the past three years have been the deadliest worldwide since 1992 when the CPJ began documenting journalists' killings.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) contributed to 2014 being the deadly year that it was for international correspondents. And, included in this death toll were American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, whose abominable beheadings by ISIL jihadists were published by the terrorist group in online videos back in August and September. FULL POST
Posted 1/7/15 at 6:19 PM | Candice Lanier
Posted 12/18/14 at 9:37 AM | Candice Lanier
A fellow blogger at the Christian Post has written a candid article on how Christians, not infrequently, attack other Christians on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Entitled, Welcome to the Christian Attack Culture, it illustrates how technology has aided the constant barrage of insults, carping and contentious discussion afforded by the anonymity that online communication provides. Here's an except from that article:
"There’s no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great causes, and online communication tools that allow us to connect from the four corners of the earth. But it’s also created something I believe is tearing at the very fabric of our faith. It’s created a culture of attack. FULL POST
Posted 12/15/14 at 7:42 PM | Candice Lanier
The town of Bethlehem lies within the territory assigned to the tribe of Judah. At that time, it was very fertile country, situated on an impressive ridge, 2700 feet above sea level and approximately six miles south by west from Jerusalem. Known for its beauty and terraced hills, covered with vines and fig trees, the surrounding valleys yielded abundant harvests of grain.
According to the Bible, Jacob buried Rachel near the gate of Bethlehem and it was the town that both Ruth and David called home.
The area to the east of the city is believed to be the area in which shepherds were "keeping watch o'er their flocks by night," according to the Bible. Several churches have been built to, in effect, memorialize this event. And, even now local shepherds are frequently seen tending their flocks in this same area--including on Christmas eve.
The following is no doubt the most famous scripture regarding Bethlehem:
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. FULL POST
Posted 12/10/14 at 7:51 PM | Candice Lanier
Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced new racial profiling guidelines. Eric Holder has called these guidelines a “major and important step forward to ensure effective policing.” Critics, however, see things differently, arguing the guidelines should include local law enforcement, while others complained that it was “loosely drafted.”
Others have cited the exemptions included for certain federal agencies as being problematic. According to The Latin Post:
Holder's new guidelines prohibit law enforcement from conducting 'routine or spontaneous' decisions based on ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion or sexual orientation 'to any degree" unless the "listed characteristics apply to a suspect description.' FULL POST
Posted 12/7/14 at 1:45 AM | Candice Lanier
Matthew 5:9 - Relevant today, guidance from Jesus as to how Christians should behave in the face of strife, conflict and animosity.
He said a few other things, too, which we as Christians should reflect upon as we react to the turmoil surrounding the Ferguson incident. In getting so caught up in the back and forth finger pointing we sometimes forget that the way we react to sin can also be a sin. It has always been incumbent upon Christians to do the right thing and set a good example. Let's make sure we're not part of the problem and that we aren't allowing ourselves to get sucked into the inflammatory rhetoric and hatred.
Blessed are the peacemakers.