22 JANUARY 365 Days with Calvin

Rebellious Clay

So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded. Joshua 10:40

suggested further reading: Job 40:1–14

Divine authority is again interposed in the text to acquit Joshua of any charge of cruelty. Since God had destined the swords of his people for the slaughter of the Amorites, Joshua could do nothing but obey his command. By such a decree all mouths are stopped and all minds restrained from passing censure.

When reading that Joshua slew all who came his way, even though they threw down their arms and begged for mercy, we may be disturbed, but when we read further that God had commanded Joshua to do so, we have no ground for pronouncing sentence on Joshua anymore than we do against those who pronounce sentence on criminals.

We might also think the children and the women that Joshua slew were without blame. If so, let us remember that the judgment seat of heaven is not subject to our laws. Rather, when we see how green plants are burned in the judgment, let us who are dry wood fear a heavier judgment for ourselves. Certainly, any person who thoroughly examines himself will find that he deserves a hundred deaths. Why then should not the Lord find grounds for the death of an infant that has only passed from its mother’s womb? In vain should we murmur or complain that God has doomed all the offspring of an accursed race to the same destruction, for the potter has absolute power over his own vessels and over his own clay.

for meditation: Passages like this selection from Joshua often incite rebellion in our hearts. Like Job, we must learn to put our hands over our mouths and humble ourselves before Almighty God, knowing that he who created all creatures also will determine, sovereignly and justly, what is right for them.[1]


[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 40). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

The IMF Issues A Worldwide Warning: “The Risk Of A Sharper Decline In Global Growth Has Certainly Increased”

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde made headlines all over the globe this week when she declared that “the risk of a sharper decline in global growth has certainly increased”.  As you will see below, signs of economic trouble are popping up all over the planet, and pretty much just about everyone is now acknowledging that the global economy is slowing down.  But does that mean that we are headed for a global recession in 2019?  Well, things certainly do not look good right now, but there is still time to turn things around.  But in order to turn things in a more positive direction, something has got to be done to stop the downward momentum that seems to be accelerating in the early portion of this year.

On Monday, the IMF slashed their forecast for global economic growth for the second time in three months

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised down its estimates for global growth on Monday, warning that the expansion seen in recent years is losing momentum.

The Fund now projects a 3.5 percent growth rate worldwide for 2019 and 3.6 percent for 2020. These are 0.2 and 0.1 percentage points below its last forecasts in October — making it the second downturn revision in three months.

But at least they are still projecting global economic growth this year, and many would argue that “a 3.5 percent growth rate” is wildly optimistic.

At this point, it seems like just about everywhere you look economic confidence is declining.  For example, one recent survey found that the percentage of global CEOs that believe that the world economy will slow down over the next year has jumped dramatically

Rising populism, policy uncertainty and trade conflicts have led to a sharp drop in confidence among global CEOs.

The share of chief executives who think the global economy will slow over the next year has jumped to nearly 30% from 5% in 2018, according to a survey of 1,300 top business leaders by audit giant PwC.

At least publicly, corporate CEOs usually want to put a positive spin on the future, and so it is absolutely astounding that this number has risen so much in a single year.

But there is no denying what is happening around the world right now.  Over in Asia, China just announced that 2018 was the worst year for economic growth that country had seen in 28 years.

In addition, Chinese corporate bond defaults soared to an all-time record high in 2018, and it looks like 2019 could easily be even worse.

On the other side of the globe, Europe’s largest economy actually contracted during the third quarter

In Europe, its largest economic powerhouse Germany has been dented after it was announced the German economy had contracted in the third quarter.

This left Berlin skirting on the fringe of recession territory with economists fearing the most powerful economy in Europe was on the brink of financial chaos.

Europe faces great uncertainty during the months ahead.  There is a very real possibility that we could have a “no deal Brexit”, Italy is teetering on the brink of complete and total financial ruin, and the entire European banking system could begin to collapse at any time.

Meanwhile, we continue to get more indications that the U.S. economy is slowing down as well.

For example, on Monday we got news that JCPenney is “on the precipice of bankruptcy”

JCPenney already finds itself in a precarious position in the first month of 2019: stocks are dwindling, sales are falling, and its desolate boardroom is still waiting for a number of senior vacancies to be filled.

Analysts fear the multitude of problems the department store is now facing points towards a ‘broken business’ balancing on the precipice of bankruptcy.

And just like its once fierce competitor Sears, all 846 of its stores could face closure, potentially affecting thousands of workers and risking another heavy blow to an already beaten-and-bruised retail sector.

Just like Sears, JCPenney is headed for zero, but it will take some time for the process to fully play out.

And the same thing is true for the nation as a whole.  As James Howard Kunstler observed in his most recent article, our financial system “is on a slow boat to oblivion”…

As in this age of Hollywood sequels and prequels, America prefers to recycle old ideas rather than entertain new ones, so you can see exactly how the 2020 presidential election is shaping up to be a replay of the Great Depression, with Roosevelt-to-rescue! — only this time it’ll be with somebody in the role of Eleanor Roosevelt as chief executive. Donald Trump, of course, being the designated bag-holder for all the financial blunders of the past decade, gets to be Herbert Hoover. As was the case in the original, economic depression will segue into war, with maybe not such a happy ending for us as World War Two was.

There should be no doubt that the money part of the story is on a slow boat to oblivion. The world has been running on loans to such a grotesque degree that it’s managed the impressive feat of bankrupting the future. The collateral for all that debt was the conviction that there were ample amounts of future “growth” up ahead to service that debt. That conviction is now evaporating as car sales plummet, and real estate goes south, and nations twang each other over trade, and global supply lines wither. Globalism is unwinding — and not for the first time, either.

Of course most ordinary Americans are not getting prepared for what is ahead because they do not believe that anything is going to happen.

Despite an abundance of evidence to the contrary, most people believe that the system is stable and that our political leaders can easily fix any problems that may arise.

Unfortunately, the truth is not that simple.  Our problems have been building for decades, and at this point there is no way that this story is going to end well.

About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.  His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News.  From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites.  If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so.  The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.
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Tuesday Briefing Jan. 22, 2019 – AlbertMohler.com

What is beauty? The secular world is stumped when it comes to explaining beauty found in creation 

Beauty meets identity politics: The danger of contemporary politics being inserted into our art museums

Why there is no independent, politically-neutral ground on which anyone, fact-checker or otherwise, can stand

‘Global flood’ in the news: Why Christians ought not to miss this headline

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50 Pastors, 50 Lessons from 50 Years of John Macarthur’s Ministry — The Cripplegate

I ’ll never forget the first time I heard John Macarthur preach.

I was in Chianciano, Italy. Depressed, confused and with a great misunderstanding about God and the Bible.

The Holy Spirit was working in my life though, as I was only a week away from embarking on a ten-week journey of reading through the entire Bible and doing street evangelism. God used John Macarthur that week to introduce to me a sovereign God, one who was worthy of my whole life and worship. It was exactly what I needed before reading about this sovereign God in His word at such a fast pace. John Macarthur’s influence on me didn’t stop there. Throughout the bible school I decided first to give my entire life to Christ, then I decided to go into ministry and finally to be a missionary. But first I needed to be trained. So I made the smartest move of my life, I moved to Los Angeles for ten years, to learn at the Masters College and Seminary, but even more important to attend Grace Community Church and sit under John Macarthur’s teaching.

Many people have similar stories to mine. Scores of people have been greatly impacted by this wonderful man of God, and so in honor of his 50 year anniversary of serving as the Teaching-Pastor of Grace Community Church I reached out to 50 pastors who have been greatly influenced by John Macarthur to write a sentence or two about the greatest thing they learned from Him. Trust me it took these guys a lot of self-control to keep it just to one but most of them succeeded!

Read more: 50 Pastors, 50 Lessons from 50 Years of John Macarthur’s Ministry — The Cripplegate

January 22, 2019 Morning Verse Of The Day

Let Justice Roll Down
18  Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD!
Why would you have the day of the LORD?
It is darkness, and not light,
19  as if a man fled from a lion,
and a bear met him,
or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall,
and a serpent bit him.
20  Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light,
and gloom with no brightness in it?

21  “I hate, I despise your feasts,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
22  Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the peace offerings of your fattened animals,
I will not look upon them.
23  Take away from me the noise of your songs;
to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
24  But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Am 5:18–24). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.


5:21–24 / The purpose of worship is to nurture the relationship with God by means of praise and prayer, offering and intercession and petition. Israel in Amos’s time apparently felt that its lavish cult ensured its peaceful relation with its deity, just as modern worshipers sometimes believe that going to church always puts them right with God.

Judging from the cultic practices described in this passage, the northern kingdom was not neglecting its worship life. The feasts referred to in verse 21 were the three great festivals—Tabernacles, Passover or Unleavened Bread, and Weeks (Exod. 23:14–17; 34:22, 25; Deut. 16:1–16)—which Israelites celebrated with pilgrimages, probably to Bethel or Gilgal (see the comment on 4:4). “Solemn assemblies” (rsv) were feast days celebrating sabbaths, new moons, and other less important occasions, when all work ceased and the people gathered together to worship and sometimes to eat (cf. 8:5; Lev. 23:36; Num. 29:35; 2 Kgs. 10:20; Isa. 1:13; Joel 1:14).

The listing of sacrifices is quite comprehensive, verse 22. Burnt offerings were those entirely consumed by fire and sent up in smoke to the deity (Lev. 1:3–17). Minḥâ, which the niv translates as grain offerings, could refer to any type of sacrifice (Lev. 2). “Peace offerings” (supplied in the niv margin as an alternative to fellowship offerings) were only partially consumed by fire, the remainder being eaten at a communion meal (Lev. 3). And the latter could include singing, accompanied by the lute, which had an angular yoke and a bulging resonance chamber and was the oldest musical instrument known in Israel (Wolff, Joel and Amos, p. 264).

Amos details Israel’s worship life only to announce that God rejects it all. The three verbs that the prophet employs in verses 22b–23b are significant. God will not accept the burnt offerings; literally, the verb means “savor” or “smell,” as in Genesis 8:21, so God closes his nostrils to Israel’s offering. God will have no regard for the grain offerings; that is, God will not “look upon” them, so he closes his eyes. And God will not listen to the singing and playing on lutes, so he closes his ears. Indeed, the festal songs are nothing but noise. Of the worship that Israel believes wins favor in God’s sight, God says, I hate, I despise them, verse 21, and he closes himself off from it all (cf. Isa 1:10–15).

As long as Israel will not practice justice and righteousness in its courts and commerce, fulfilling its covenant obligations toward the poor and oppressed, its worship is not acceptable to its God. The Lord wants mišpāṭ (justice) and edāqâ (righteousness) literally to “cascade” through Israel’s daily life like a mighty river; God does not expect them to dry up like some desert wadi that runs full only during the rainy season, verse 24.

In short, what we do in our relations with our fellow human beings always affects our relations with God, and we cannot love God if we do not also love our neighbor: the first and the second great commandments are inextricably joined (Mark 12:28–31 and parallel), and from beginning to end, the Scriptures affirm that joining. (See, e.g., Mal. 2:13–16 or Matt. 5:23–24 or James.)[1]


23 Yahweh has already rejected the cult’s feasts and its sacrifices. Here he rejects even its praise. Vocal and instrumental music were integral to worship in OT time (Ps 150; Ezra 2:65; 1 Chr 15:16–24; 2 Chr 5:13; 23:13; Isa 5:12; Dan 3:5–15). But now Israel’s God will neither look at (נבט, hiphil, v 22) or listen to (שמע) his people’s worship (cf. Deut. 31:17, 18; 32:20).

24 Israel’s God requires regular, consistent keeping of the covenant. Sacrifices and other elements of worship (vv 22, 23) constituted occasional, intermittent righteousness and were rejected because they were not complemented by proper living in general. A society truly in harmony with Yahweh’s will must practice justice (משפט) and righteousness (צדקה; on this standard combination, cf. 5:7; 6:12) routinely: always and everywhere. It is in the nature of a covenant that it cannot be kept merely now and again. For example, no one can say, “I keep my marriage covenant; I commit adultery only every few days and the rest of the time am completely faithful to my spouse.” Likewise the Israelite’s implicit argument was ludicrous: “I keep Yahweh’s covenant. I misuse and abuse others only some of the time and otherwise faithfully worship Yahweh.”

Canaanite cultic religion allowed people to be personally immoral and unethical; they could still be right with the gods if they merely supported the cult enthusiastically. Yahweh’s covenant denied his people any such option (cf. Matt 7:21–23). Justice and righteousness cannot stop and start like a wilderness wadi that flows with water only during the rainy seasons and otherwise is just a dry stream bed. They must instead continue night and day, all year, like the נחל איתן (lit., “strong stream”) that never goes dry.[2]


5:23–24. In contrast to vv. 21–22 (which use plural pronouns), vv. 23 and 24 use a singular pronoun your, indicating a call for individuals to repent. Negatively, their celebrations in songs must cease as so much noise in God’s ears. He would not listen, shutting His ears as well as His nostrils. Positively, the Lord wanted justice and righteousness (cf. Mc 6:8) rather than religiosity and external rituals. Token practices of justice and righteousness do not honor God.[3]


call for individual repentance (5:23–24)

In verses 23–24 the verbs “away” and “let … roll” are singular, whereas in verses 21–22 the pronouns “your” and “you” are plural. This indicates a shift from national accusation (vv. 21–22) to individual invitation (vv. 23–24).

5:23. God appealed to individuals to take away the burdensome noise of their praise songs. He would not listen to the accompanying music of their harps. Having shut His nostrils (as noted in v. 21b, “stand” means “smell”), He would also stop His ears.

5:24. Instead of ritual and performance, God wanted a relentless commitment to justice and righteousness (see comments on v. 7). He wanted a passionate concern for the rights of the poor, a concern that would roll on like an ever-flowing river … like a never-failing stream that did not run dry. God wanted a day-to-day life of surging integrity and goodness. Only this outer evidence of inner righteousness could offer the Israelites the possibility of survival in the day of the Lord (cf. vv. 6, 14–15).[4]


5:21–23 God had promised that if the Israelites honored Him with their lives, He would savor, accept, and regard Israel’s sacrifices and hear their words. By stating He would no longer accept Israel’s sacrifices or listen to them, God was rejecting Israel’s worship as hypocritical, dishonest, and meaningless. Feast days and sacred assemblies refers, in general, to all of Israel’s worship of God. burnt offerings … grain offerings … peace offerings: For more details on the sacrificial system, see Lev. 1–3.

5:24 After dismissing Israel’s empty worship as noisy and tumultuous, God called for the honest tumult of the rolling waters of justice and the perennial stream of righteousness, the only foundation for true praise and worship of the Lord.[5]


5:24 — “But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

God intends for our personal righteousness to prompt us to actions of community justice. “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is liar,” John said (1 John 4:20).[6]


5:21–24 When performed with a corrupt heart, even the savored festivals and offerings were despised by the Lord (cf. Lv 26:27, 31; Ps 51:16, 17, 19).[7]


5:18–24 Amos says that the “Day of the Lord,” for which the people longed, would not be a day of gladness and “light” but of treacherous “darkness” and “gloom” (v. 20). The people’s desire for the Day and the context, which refers to feasts and worship assemblies (vv. 21–22), suggest that the prophet was referring not only to the final day of judgment but also to a popular festival observance. Scholars have suggested that the “Day of the Lord,” or “Yahweh’s Day,” may have been the annual festival of the new year, which, because it celebrated the kingship of the Lord, was associated with His role as Judge of the people. (Commentators who hold this view find extensive evidence for it in the psalms.)

If a particular worship festival was not in view, it is difficult to see why the prophet would move immediately from a terrifying description of the Day to an indictment of the community’s hypocritical worship. Amos preached during the prosperous reign of Jeroboam II of Israel, but the national prosperity was limited to the wealthier families and came at the expense of the poor who were victims of injustice (5:10–13). It was this inequity that rendered the people’s worship repulsive to the Lord, for it violated His covenant in which justice and fairness for all were supposed to prevail.[8]


[1] Achtemeier, E. (2012). Minor Prophets I. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 210–212). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Stuart, D. (2002). Hosea–Jonah (Vol. 31, pp. 354–355). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[3] Jelinek, J. A. (2014). Amos. In The moody bible commentary (p. 1351). Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

[4] Sunukjian, D. R. (1985). Amos. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, pp. 1441–1442). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1054). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Am 5:24). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[7] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Am 5:21–24). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[8] Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 1328). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

Why I’m A Christian (Video) | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace answers questions about Christianity in his “Think Like a Detective”series on RightNow Media, the “Netflix of Christian Bible Studies”. In this video, J. Warner addresses the reason why he’s a Christian: While there are many reasons to be a Christian, some are better than others? What’s the best reason to be a Christian?

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The Left vs. Logic — American Thinker

 

More and more any foray into the news feels like a trip to Bedlam – rational thought is nowhere to be found; the inmates are screeching inanities, drooling at the mouth, and throwing excrement at anyone who dares to speak truth, at anyone who even dares to say the word “truth.” It’s not fair, however, to point out your opponents’ faults without some backup. So allow me.

Ravi Zacharias, world-famous Christian apologist and philosopher, addresses the issue of truth by breaking it down into three requirements:

  • Logical consistency
  • Empirical adequacy
  • Experiential relevance

Those are a good place to start, but they need some elaboration.  So, what is logical consistency?  Loosely speaking, it means that the argument makes sense — like so many left-wing ideas don’t. Note the mess the rabid feminists are in having become bedfellows with the transgender crowd; now women have to compete with men pretending to be women. They have to compete in wrestling matches, soccer games, track meets. Women are not only being robbed of the chance to win, but are also likely to get hurt. But the feminazis are not walking away from their bad bargain, and so far they don’t seem to notice the even worse covenant they’ve made sidling up to Muslim activists, who will eventually see to it that as many American women as possible will be raped, mutilated, and beaten.

Is this logically consistent? No. Just recently Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the remark that she’d rather be morally correct than factually correct. She fails to realize that being factually correct is part of being moral. To use loose, sloppy, or fictitious “facts” to support something you think is ethically awesome is to undercut your own argument. Truth evidently is not part of her moral zeitgeist.

You see, a lack of logical consistency leads to divorcement from reality, and that leads to insanity. So we should step aside from Zacharias’ list to look at the three age-old Laws of Logic:

  • The Law of Identity
  • The Law of the Excluded Middle
  • The Law of Non-contradiction

The Law of Identity merely means that a thing is what it is and it isn’t anything else.  In other words, it’s unethical and deceitful to pull a Newspeak definition shift on people. Our language is a contract that we have with others in our society and we mustn’t breach that contract. Remember back during the post 9/11 Iraq war when American soldiers were court-martialed for making Muslim captors parade around nude with women’s panties on their heads? Remember that? It was a nasty, disrespectful, and un-American thing to do. But do you remember what the press called it? “Torture.”  That word has historically referred to the act of causing another person maximum pain either as punishment, or as inducement to spill secrets. Torture involved ripping out fingernails, pulling people apart on the rack, nailing them to crosses. Panty-hats don’t even come close.

The left has been majoring in language reassignment for decades.  Their favorite is to label absolutely anything a lie. Oh horrors! Trump said Obama had a 10-foot wall around his house and it’s only eight feet! Perhaps he should have crept up to the Obama house at midnight, toting a steel tape, and gotten an accurate measurement. But a lie?

The next of the laws of logic we need to look at is the Law of the Excluded Middle. Both the left and the right have failed to adhere to this and are making less and less sense as the days go by.  The Law of the Excluded Middle merely points out that in most issues there is no neutral.  If you take five-year-old children and you plug them into a public school system that never mentions God — not in discussions of origins in science class, not in historical analysis, not in psychology classes, not in ethics discussions — and you leave those kids there for 12-16 years, they have been taught, by default, but taught nevertheless, that God isn’t. He has been excised from their world. That is not neutral. If the only teachers a school employs are politically left of center, that’s not neutral. We fool ourselves if we think that news reporters and judges and pastors -– or imams — are neutral. In fact, the clergy’s efforts to be neutral have sadly broken the church.

The last law is the Law of Non-contradiction. A statement cannot refute itself and be true, be logical.  The postmodern mantra, “There is no absolute truth!” — usually said with great didactic gusto, is such a statement. “There is no absolute truth,” is an absolute statement and therefore argues against itself. How can one stay sane if one actually believes such tripe? One can’t. College professors love to play this dishonest shell game with their students. Slip ideas around fast enough, which is easy once ideas are distanced from their source, and you can convince anyone of anything. Do we wonder why our young people drink themselves through high school and college? Why the drug overdose problem is what it is? They are being driven to madness.

Let’s go back to Zacharias’ breakdown of truth. His second standard is empirical adequacy. You can’t find truth without facts. AOC doesn’t grasp that, but most of us do. From its inception the global warming farce was troubled by the lack of information. In order to know what the average temperature actually is we have to measure everywhere –- tops of mountains, middle of oceans, the steppes of Russia, the jungles of the Amazon. The temps also should be at ground level, not up in the stratosphere. And we need data from all four seasons, night and day, rain or shine. We need to factor in cloud cover, etc. Since most sampling stations are located in heavily populated areas, that variation has to be factored in as well. And then we need similar data from hundreds of years ago. The best we could do was computer models and they haven’t proven reliable. We need empirical adequacy to know what is going on here and we don’t have it. But the left plows on anyway and since they deny the existence of truth, I guess that isn’t difficult.

And what about Zacharias’ third criteria — experiential relevance? What we actually observe in our own lives has to factor in to the concept of truth. I love the leftist canard that people are all basically good.  My experience has taught me that most people are capable of at least brief periods of being nice, but nice is a long way below good.  If we believe that all people are good, then we aren’t worried about MS13 gang members, ISIS terrorists, or pedophiles snatching our kids, because they’re all just misunderstood and they just want a better life. The left assumes that all people think like they do, and live according to their standards. But the illegal crime stats tell a different story. So how do you process such data when you start with original goodness instead of original sin?

I want to close with a standard of my own. Truth must line up with the Word of God because truth is God; it is embodied in the persons of the Trinity. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all incapable of the lie — in fact the head defecting angel, Lucifer is called “the Father of Lies.”  What God tells us about Himself, and therefore about truth, is the final arbiter, and right now I see a complete distancing of the Democrat party from anything even close to godliness. They booed Him three times at their last convention -– and then believed they could win the election. They have walked away from absolute truth and therefore from sensible policy and therefore from sanity. Without truth they cannot prevail — I dare them to try.

Deana Chadwell blogs at www.ASingleWindow.com. She is also an adjunct professor and department head at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. She teaches writing and public speaking.
The Left vs. Logic — American Thinker

Big Data’s Alliance with Big Media is a Threat to Free Speech — Frontpage Mag

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

The media is dying. Read about it in the media.

Facebook is pumping $300 million into the media. And that’s after the Google News Initiative shoved $300 million into fighting “fake news” and helping struggling media outlets like the New York Times.

These aren’t investments. They’re charitable donations by Big Data to Big Brother.

Take Jeff Bezos taking $250 million, a little more than the $215 million he makes a day, and using it to buy the Washington Post, not because it’s a good business opportunity, but a good political one.

The media isn’t worth investing in.

TV and cable news are the weakest holdings of the entertainment giants. That’s why AT&T is none too fond of the CNN white elephant it’s stuck with.

John Stankey, Time Warner’s new boss (and therefore also CNN’s new overlord) told CNN that the news network has a “special social responsibility”. That’s the same rhetoric about public service that has the emerging giant monopolies subsidizing media companies as a charitable cause, not a profitable venture.

Journalism is deader than disco. The shambling monster still squealing about the First Amendment while pressuring social media companies to censor its conservative opposition under the guise of a Russian conspiracy theory has as much to do with journalism as Nabisco’s ad agency or Biden’s spokesman do.

The media doesn’t report the news. It reposts tweets, recycles news stories from a handful of wire services and largely relies on outside interests to do its actual reporting for it. Sometimes that means outside hit pieces covertly embedded, like Fusion GPS’ Russian Trump conspiracy theory, other times it’s more openly financed, like NPR getting $100K from a pro-Iran deal group to report on the Iran deal.

Media once stood for the multiple mediums, print, radio and television, which required expensive infrastructure and allowed major corporations to reach a national audience with its mass media.

The internet 1.0 crushed the infrastructure advantage of the media and then internet 2.0 made the media dependent on a handful of social, search and commerce platforms for its traffic.

Staring death in the red digital eye, the media tossed journalism out the window as it went after two targets, President Trump and the social media giants that were starving it of ad revenue. The Russia conspiracy theory evolved to incorporate the entanglement between Facebook, Russia and Trump.

Soon, media outlets, desperately loathing and desiring Facebook, were filled with conspiracy theories explaining how Russian Facebook trolls had managed to swing the 2016 election. The conspiracy theories were nonsense. Actual analysis showed that the Russians had mostly targeted African-Americans on Facebook. But the media had dumped truth and the facts a thousand miles back.

The Trump-Russia conspiracy theories hatched by the Clinton campaign and distributed by the media were popular with the more hysterical breed of Democrat prone to marching around with pink hats and memorizing long Slavic names and their appearances at Trump hotels. They helped make the eyeball traffic of the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN great again, albeit very temporarily.

But, for the media, the real target of the conspiracy theories was Silicon Valley.

Internet 1.0 had humbled the media. Internet 2.0 had crushed its business model. But where internet 1.0 had been a cheerful thriving anarchy, the web of the college campus, the wild realm in which anything was possible, internet 2.0 was a gated community owned by a handful of giant monopolies.

A fortune in capital had been flowing into Amazon, Google, Facebook and its ilk. Media outlets could only greedily lick their lips and report on the latest viral surfing gorilla video accident trending on some app whose value had gone from nothing to billions overnight.

The media’s growing thrust leftward wasn’t just ideological. It was also practical.

The old business model of serving consumers, while injecting bias into the stories and broadcasts, wasn’t working anymore. Why bother watching the news when you can scroll through your Facebook feed? The new media model would be loud advocacy. And it would be treated as a public service and financed by the very people making a fortune off viral surfing gorilla videos.

They just had to be talked into it.

Amazon had shown the way when its megalomaniacal boss, Jeff Bezos, bought the Washington Post. Soon, the formerly respected establishment paper, took on the tone and professionalism of a social justice blog, combined with blatant opposition research, hit pieces and election interference.

Silicon Valley had eaten the media’s business model. Now the goal was turning Big Data corps into the patrons of a media acting in the public interest. And public interest, meant the interests of the Left.

Like many welfare recipients, the media has made its case with a combination of truculence and victimhood. Its papers and magazines never go out of business because the public isn’t interested. They’re always “murdered” or “sacrificed” to corporate greed. If the media suffers a downturn, it’s a conspiracy. And social media giants must do the “right thing” and keep the media in business.

Or else.

The media is staying alive through the patronage of lefties convinced it will bring down Trump. But what happens when Trump is gone and there’s no Mueller or Russia conspiracy to pump for traffic?

The media is leveraging Trump conspiracy theories to win Silicon Valley patronage. But that’s just hooking one bad business model on another. When Facebook begins its deep dive, suddenly the hundreds of millions that it once casually threw about the way that Gilded Age tycoons lit cigars with hundred dollar bills will no longer be there for its media remoras. The media bet its future on Trump and FAANG stocks. It doesn’t have a Plan C. And that means that its future looks a lot like Myspace.

The media is becoming another Silicon Valley acquisition that will soon outlive its utility.

It’s out of touch with 99% of the country. But it’s in touch with the special interests, politicians and leaders who run the country. And so it can turn a silly conspiracy theory into the national agenda.

Content providers are snapping up content creators all around. But unlike cable providers buying their own studios, Facebook and Google don’t actually need the media. They make their money from user submitted content. The media’s business model has failed. It needs Silicon Valley sugar daddies. And in exchange the Silicon Valley sugar daddies buy into the national messaging arm of the Left.

Facebook and Google don’t need the media to reach ordinary people. Their own reach is as far beyond the paltry airport users glued to CNN or the EPA resistance members paging through the Washington Post on their iPhone X as the sun is to the moon. But what the media has and Silicon Valley needs is political access. The media’s eyeball range is laughable. But it’s a gateway to the political insiders.

Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post because it sets the agenda in Washington D.C.

Facebook is pumping money into the media because when it doesn’t, the media runs Facebook hit pieces. It’s cheaper for Facebook to toss $300 million at the media than to fight each negative media hit piece. $300 million sounds like a lot, but Facebook’s summer stock market beating amounted to a $100 billion loss for the company and a nearly $16 billion loss for CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Silicon Valley isn’t trying to buy the media. Even the people who pour hundreds of millions into any social app used by at least a single millennial know that’s a terrible idea. They’re buying influence.

The media, as we used to know it, no longer exists. Journalism is a joke. Local news coverage occasionally functions, but the national news means millennials fresh out of J-school writing up trending topics that exist only to be shared on social media and forgotten 5 seconds later, or older reporters writing up hit pieces on behalf of shadowy special interests operating behind the scenes.

Real journalists don’t work for the media. They’re employed in the shadowy netherworld where information warfare is cooked up by organizations like Fusion GPS, which hatched the Russia conspiracy theory that has hijacked our entire political discourse. The media is where the informational bombs are detonated by reporters who are too dumb and lazy to be any more than cutouts for the real players.

The media circa 2018 is just the messaging arm for the Left. And occasionally anyone influential enough.

This isn’t a business model. It’s the death throes of a dying industry making a compelling case why it can’t and won’t function as a business, and has no alternative except existing as a corrupt charity case trading political influence for cash from the monopolies destroying the last vestiges of freedom.

The continuing power of the media reveals how little say Americans have in running their own country.

The media is monetizing its political access to Silicon Valley. The media will spew lefty talking points and Big Data will subsidize its efforts to take out President Trump and anyone else it doesn’t like. Social and search will give the media a financial lifeline and an illegal competitive advantage by censoring conservative media on its platforms under the guise of fighting ‘fake news’.

That will mean that the big internet monopolies will have even more of a monopoly over the public marketplace than ever.

And that makes the very idea of free speech into the punch line of a tragic joke with its own IP address.

The internet monopolies were a huge threat to freedom before they became entangled with the media. Now they may be the biggest threat to our political freedoms in the entire history of the United States.

Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other internet monopolies are financing the media and censoring opposition media. That provides them with an unprecedented stranglehold on the marketplace of ideas.

If the elected officials don’t meet this unprecedented threat, elections will cease to mean anything.

Big Data’s Alliance with Big Media is a Threat to Free Speech — Frontpage Mag

January 22 For the love of God (Vol. 2)

Genesis 23; Matthew 22; Nehemiah 12; Acts 22

 

reading paul’s impromptu defense to the crowd (Acts 22), one is struck by the sparse simplicity of the narrative. But two details urge reflection here:

First, we must ask why the crowd turns nasty when it does. When Paul starts to address the people in their mother tongue, Aramaic, initially “they became very quiet” (22:2). They listen to the entire account of his conversion and call to ministry without breaking out in anger. But when Paul says that the Lord himself told Paul, “Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles” (22:21), the unleashed malice of the mob will be satisfied with nothing less than his death. Why?

Inevitably, the answers are complex. Some of the pressures Jews felt to remain distinctive from the Gentiles were doubtless sociological: their self-identity was bound up with kosher food laws, Sabbath observance, circumcision, and the like, and a man like Paul, who was perceived to be reducing those barriers, was threatening their self-identity. But the heat of their passion cannot be explained by merely horizontal analysis. At least two other factors must be acknowledged. (1) For devout, conservative, Jerusalemite Jews, what was at issue was the Law of God, the exclusive primacy of the temple, their understanding of Scripture. From their perspective, Paul was destroying what God himself had set up. He was entangling the people of God in compromises with pagans. Not only was he jeopardizing their identity, he was blaspheming the Almighty, whose people they were and whose revelation they were appointed to obey and preserve. (2) At the same time, it is hard to miss the element of ownership: these people were acting as though God was so exclusively the property of ancestral Jews that Gentiles could not get a look in. From Paul’s perspective, this entailed a profoundly mistaken and even perverse reading of the Old Testament, and a sadly tribal vision of a domesticated God. Of course, their error is often repeated today, with less justification, by those who so tie their culture to their understanding of Christian religion that the Bible itself becomes domesticated and the missionary impulse frozen.

Second, we must ask why Paul stands on his Roman citizenship here, avoiding a flogging, while on occasion he simply takes the beating. At least one of the reasons is that he tends to appeal to his legal status when doing so is likely to establish a precedent that will help to protect Christians. One of Luke’s arguments in these chapters is that Christianity is not politically dangerous; rather, it is repeatedly legally vindicated. Paul, thinking of his brothers and sisters, acts, as usual, for their benefit.[1]


[1] Carson, D. A. (1998). For the love of God: a daily companion for discovering the riches of God’s Word. (Vol. 2, p. 25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Want to Know Jesus More? Read the Old Testament — Unlocking the Bible

What we today call the “Old Testament” is what Jesus simply called “the Scriptures.” During his earthly life, there were no Gospels, no letters from Paul, no Revelation. The “New Testament” was yet to be written.

So also, for the first Christians, the Bible consisted only of the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings. In those earliest days of the church, as believers gathered for worship, when they heard the Bible read and preached, they heard only Moses or Isaiah or the Psalms or another OT prophet or sage.

And yet, what did these Scriptures proclaim to them? What did Genesis teach? What did 1 Samuel or Proverbs reveal to them? Whom did they see in the Psalms? Jesus the Messiah. If they wanted to know more about Jesus, they read the Old Testament.

But for us, it’s different, right? We can read Matthew’s gospel. We can pore over Paul’s epistle to the Romans. Or, we can study Hebrews. We have the New Testament, so the Old Testament is no longer relevant or instructive or enlightening to us.

In fact, some parts of it not only confuse us, but trouble us. Some parts even embarrass us. Better to stick with the New Testament. That’s our go-to part of the Bible for learning more about Jesus.

How Jesus Viewed the Old Testament

If that’s your view of the Old Testament, then it’s high time to rethink that stance. To the extent that we ignore or downplay the Old Testament, we denigrate the very Bible that Jesus himself read.

In fact, these are not only the Scriptures from which he preached and taught, but they tell us all about him. As Jesus himself said, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39).

And again, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me” (5:46). He fulfilled “all things which are written about [him] in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms” (Luke 24:44).

And to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (24:27).

We cannot be followers of Jesus and unfollowers of his own Scriptures.

Therefore, it’s no different for us than for those earliest believers: when we want to know more about Jesus, we read the Old Testament.

What We Find in the Old Testament

We read, first of all, not only the promises that the Messiah will come, but also abundant details about who he will be and what he will do for us. When parents await the birth of a child, they don’t know much about that child. A sonogram may tell them the baby is a boy or girl, but that child’s future, personality, and accomplishments are all unknown.

Not so with Jesus. In the Old Testament, we learn that his mother will be a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), he will be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), God will call him out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1), he will minister in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2), heal the sick (35:5-6), be rejected by his people (53:1-3), be forsaken by God during great suffering (Psalm 22:1), bear our iniquities (Isaiah 53:4-6), crush the head of the devil (Genesis 3:15), be vindicated by the Lord in victory (Psalm 22:22-24), and much more!

There’s a good reason that Isaiah, for instance, is called the “Fifth Evangelist.” Over seven centuries before Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, this prophet told us the story of Jesus in advance.

The whole Old Testament is a sort of pre-biography of the Messiah. It tells us in profound detail about the Savior of the world. Martin Luther captured the essence of the Old Testament when he called it “the swaddling cloths and the manger in which Christ lies.” Wrapped up in the pages of these Scriptures is Jesus himself.

“Dress Rehearsal” of Jesus’s Life and Ministry

Not only is the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament, we see a sort of “dress rehearsal” of his life and ministry in earlier people and events:

  1. Melchizedek, who was a priest and king, prefigured the Messiah’s priestly service and royal reign (Genesis 14:18-20; Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7).
  2. Jonah’s three days in the belly of the fish foreshadowed Christ’s three days and three nights in the heart of the earth (Matthew 12:40).
  3. All the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament pointed toward him who is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
  4. The tabernacle and temple, as the house of God, the dwelling place of his glory, was the blueprint for the one who is the Word made flesh, who tabernacled among us, and revealed his glory (John 1:14; 2:19-21).

The Old Testament sketches out, in black and white, what the Messiah will show in full color. By reading these ancient Scriptures in light of Jesus’s accomplished work, we see portrayed in them the pre-portrait of our salvation.

“The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed.”

Augustine famously described the relationship between the Old and New Testaments this way: “The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed.” In other words, the two work in tandem. They cannot be separated from one another. They must be read as one continuous story, gradually unveiling the narrative of God’s saving plan.

As in a marriage, the man and woman become one flesh, so the Old and New Testaments are married. Their unity cannot be put asunder or put in opposition to one another. They are “one flesh,” one book, one proclamation that’s all about Jesus.

Each page, each story, from Genesis 1 to Malachi 4, is like a jewel or precious stone. All together they form the mosaic of the Messiah. Who he is. What he’s done for us. And our hope and salvation and life in him.

Do you want to know Jesus more? Read the Old Testament.

Want to Know Jesus More? Read the Old Testament — Unlocking the Bible

01/22/19 God’s Hand and His Word — ChuckLawless.com

READING: Genesis 45-46, Matthew 14:13-36

His brothers had sold him into slavery. He had been falsely accused and wrongly imprisoned. Now, though, Joseph could look back at his experiences, see God’s hand therein, and trust Him with the present and the future. Three times, in fact, Joseph spoke to his brothers about recognizing God’s hand in his life:

  • “And now don’t be grieved or angry with yourselves for selling me here, because God sent me ahead of you to preserve life” (Gen. 45:5)
  • “God sent me ahead of you to establish you as a remnant within the land and to keep you alive by a great deliverance” (Gen. 45:7)
  • “Therefore it was not you who sent me here, but God” (Gen. 45:8)

I must assume that God’s granting Joseph authority over Egypt helped him to see God’s plan apart from the difficulties he experienced, but the lesson remains the same to us: the God who sovereignly worked through Joseph’s struggles is the same God who leads us. Even when we don’t understand why He allows things to happen, we can trust that He has a plan. Whether or not we have the opportunity to see God’s plan come to fruition (as Joseph did), we can lean on Him because we’ve learned about His care through Joseph’s story.

That is, our reading of God’s Word can encourage us to trust God. He inspired His Word to guide us, encourage us, correct us, and teach us – and we can trust Him in the present tense because of what He has done in the past and promises to do in the future. Disciples of Jesus not only read God’s Word, but they also apply it to their lives every day.

Prayer: “Father, help me not only to read Your Word, but to apply its truths to my life.”

Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 47-48, Matthew 15:1-28

01/22/19 God’s Hand and His Word — ChuckLawless.com

Global Inequality Explodes: 26 Ultra-Wealthy Billionaires Now Have As Much Money As The Poorest 3.8 Billion People – End Of The American Dream

If you add together all of the money owned by the poorest 3.8 billion people living on this planet, it would roughly equal the wealth controlled by the 26 wealthiest men in the world.  Oxfam has just issued a brand new report on global inequality, and what they have discovered is making headlines all over the globe.  The rich just keep getting richer, and meanwhile the slice of the pie owned by the poor just keeps getting smaller.  Today, almost half the world lives on less than $5.50 a day, and approximately 795 million people “do not have enough food”.  And even in a “wealthy country” like the United States, the gap between the rich and the poor is the largest that it has been since the 1920s, and more than half a million Americans are homeless right now.  This growing inequality is a ticking time bomb, and at some point it is going to explode.

According to Oxfam’s new report, global billionaires got 12 percent richer during 2018.

That is the good news.

The bad news is that the poorest half of the world’s population got 11 percent poorer.  The following comes from the Guardian

Oxfam said the wealth of more than 2,200 billionaires across the globe had increased by $900bn in 2018 – or $2.5bn a day. The 12% increase in the wealth of the very richest contrasted with a fall of 11% in the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population.

As a result, the report concluded, the number of billionaires owning as much wealth as half the world’s population fell from 43 in 2017 to 26 last year. In 2016 the number was 61.

We are clearly going in the wrong direction.

Every year global wealth just keeps becoming more and more concentrated, and it makes you wonder how all of this will eventually end.

You can only push people down for so long before they finally explode.

What we need is a system that empowers everyone.  All over the world we need more entrepreneurs, more small business owners and more risk-takers.  But instead, what we have is a system that centralizes wealth in the hands of a few and that keeps everyone else down.  Here are some more numbers from Oxfam’s new report

  • In the 10 years since the financial crisis, the number of billionaires has nearly doubled.
  • Between 2017 and 2018 a new billionaire was created every two days.
  • The world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, saw his fortune increase to $112bn. Just 1% of his fortune is equivalent to the whole health budget for Ethiopia, a country of 105 million people.
  • The poorest 10% of Britons are paying a higher effective tax rate than the richest 10% (49% compared with 34%) once taxes on consumption such as VAT are taken into account.

Today, the global financial system is literally a wealth extraction machine.  It has been designed to systematically funnel as much wealth to the top of the pyramid as possible.  In a recent article, I discussed the fact that the world is now 244 trillion dollars in debt…

The borrower is the servant of the lender, and one of the primary ways that the elite keep the rest of us subjugated is through the $244,000,000,000,000 mountain of global debt that has been accumulated. Every single day, the benefits of our labor are going to enrich somebody else. A portion of the taxes that are deducted from your paycheck is used to pay interest on government debt. A portion of the profits that your company makes probably goes to servicing some form of business debt. And most Americans are continuously making payments on their mortgages, their auto loans, their credit card balances and their student loan debts. But most people never stop to think about who is becoming exceedingly wealthy on the other end of these transactions. Needless to say, it isn’t the 46 percent of the global population that is living on less than $5.50 a day.

The global elite have always understood the magic of compound interest, and they are laughing all the way to the bank.

Of course the left keeps insisting that the way to end all of this inequality is to hit the wealthy really hard with more taxes.  But the truth is that the wealthy have become absolute masters at legal tax evasion.  The U.S. tax code is millions of words long for a reason, and it is absolutely full of loopholes.  Whenever taxes get raised it is hard working people like you and me that get slammed, and meanwhile the elite just deep finding more ways to slither out of paying their share.

And most people don’t want government handouts anyway.  What people want is to be able to work hard and take care of themselves and their families.  Unfortunately, the game is rigged against the small guy today.  In the U.S., small business creation and the percentage of Americans that are working for themselves are both near record lows.

Instead, more wealth and more power become concentrated in the hands of corporations with each passing year.  Our country is now completely and utterly dominated by big business, big government and big finance, and such a system greatly benefits those at the very top.

If we want a more equitable system, we will need to rediscover the values of our forefathers.  Our founders were greatly suspicious of large concentrations of power, and so they sought to establish a very limited federal government, and they greatly restricted the size, scope and power of corporations.

Unfortunately, we have been going in the exact opposite direction for decades, and it won’t be easy to turn the boat around now.

But if we don’t, wealth and power will continue to become more concentrated in the hands of the elite, and that is a recipe for disaster.

About the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters.  His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News.  From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites.  If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so.  The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.

— Read on endoftheamericandream.com/archives/global-inequality-explodes-26-ultra-wealthy-billionaires-now-have-as-much-money-as-the-poorest-3-8-billion-people

Journalism Doesn’t Exist | Frontpage Mag

Scrolling through my feed, I see the title of a New Yorker piece, “Does Journalism Have a Future?” And then I keep on going, knowing exactly what’s in it without having to read it.

That’s true of most media products.

Journalism doesn’t have a future. It doesn’t even have a present.

Journalism isn’t the opposition research, hit pieces, narcissistic blogging, conspiracy theories and viral scandal manufacturing, with its satellites of hot takes, that passes for journalism these days.

Those are the eviscerated lifeless organs of journalism.

There are still individual journalists, but there’s no profession. And there hasn’t been one in a while. It’s hard to know exactly when the line was crossed. Was it Woodward and Bernstein, the Pentagon Papers, Bill Clinton, Dan Rather, Obama’s media entourage?

It’s hard to know and it doesn’t really matter. You don’t need to know exactly when Rome fell when you’re standing in the rubble.

Why Rome fell is equally obvious.

It isn’t just politics. Though that’s a big part of the answer. 

Biased people can be journalists. Liars can be journalists. Con artists, extremists and otherwise unhinged people can be journalists.

What happened though was that the different functions that journalism performed were subdivided, and those that were useful were diverted to serve private causes and agendas, while those that weren’t died.

Imagine a police department that only protected the homes of powerful politicians while ignoring everyone else? There would eventually be no difference between them and hired goons except their insistence that they have noble principles and serve an important function.

It’s not just the corruption. Journalists have often been corrupt. It’s the loss of professional functionality. 

Journalists, like those hired goons, no longer occupy a distinct professional class. They’re a subset of political operations. And the ones that don’t occupy even worse roles or are dying out.

 Technology, cultural changes and political extremism have all played a role in creating that reality. And it’s the future.  
— Read on www.frontpagemag.com/point/272631/journalism-doesnt-exist-daniel-greenfield

Native American drummer told similar story 4 years ago – WND

Nathan Phillips confronts a high school student at the Lincoln Memorial Jan. 18, 2019 (Screenshot YouTube)

The Native American activist who confronted pro-Trump high school students on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial was involved in a similar incident nearly four years ago.

As WND reported Monday, a viral video of the incident prompted widespread outrage as it was reported by many media outlets as evidence of a racist confrontation by the students from a Catholic high school in Kentucky. Longer videos have emerged, however, contradicting the activist, Nathan Phillips, and backing the boys’ claim that they were the targets of attack.

Now, a report has been unearthed of an incident in April 2015 in which Phillips claimed he was harassed by students at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

The Fox affiliate in Detroit reported Phillips, a local resident, claimed he was out for a noon walk when he saw students at a theme party dressed as American Indians.

Phillips said he wanted to teach them to respect Native Americans but the interaction “turned ugly.”

“They had little feathers on, I was just going to walk by,” Phillips said. “A group of them said ‘Come on over, come here.’”

He the approximately 30 to 40 students “had their face painted.”

“I said what the heck is going on here. ‘Oh we are honoring you.’ I said no you are not honoring me.”

Phillips said the students took offense and “started whooping and hollering.”

“I said that wasn’t honoring, that was racist. Then at that time, it really got ugly.”

Phillips claimed they cursed him and threw a bear can at him.

“(They said) ‘Go back to the reservation, you blank indian,’” he said.

Phillips said he would have been hit in the head by the can but backed up and was hit in the chest.

He said he called police but the party had dispersed by the time officers arrived. He filed a reported with campus police who told the TV station an investigation was under way.

Death threats

Reacting to outrage over the incident Friday in Washington, the Catholic Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School on Saturday condemned the boys, apologized to Phillips and vowed to take “appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.”

But that was before the video evidence emerged refuting Phillips’ claim to the Washington Post that the students were blocking his path hurling racial insults.

The student shown face-to-face with Phillips in the viral video, Nick Sandmann, issued a lengthy statement contending it was the Native American activist who got in his face.

“I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation,” Sandmann said. “I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict.”

The teen said he and his family have received death threats.

“I am being called every name in the book, including racist, and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family’s name,” he said.

Congressman: ‘A brutal lesson’

The students’ representative in Congress, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., tweeted that the “honorable and tolerant students of Covington Catholic School came to DC to advocate for the unborn and to learn about our nation’s Capitol.”

The students participated in the March for Life, the annual pro-life event on the National Mall.

“What they got was a brutal lesson in the unjust court of public opinion and social media mobs,” he said.

In his statement, Sandmann said when the students arrived at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to be picked up, they noticed “four African American protestors” there.

He said the protesters called the students “racists,” “bigots,” “white crackers,” “faggots” and “incest kids.”

“They also taunted an African American student from my school by telling him that we would ‘harvest his organs.’ I have no idea what that insult means, but it was startling to hear,” Sandmann wrote.

He said one of the students asked permission from a teacher chaperone “to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group.”

“At no time did I hear any student chant anything other than the school spirit chants,” he said. “I did not witness or hear any students chant ‘build that wall’ or anything hateful or racist at any time. Assertions to the contrary are simply false. Our chants were loud because we wanted to drown out the hateful comments that were being shouted at us by the protestors.”

Sandmann said Phillips began “playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him.”

One of the Native American protesters, the student said, yelled at them that they “stole our land” and should “go back to Europe.”
— Read on www.wnd.com/2019/01/native-american-drummer-told-similar-story-4-years-ago/

Native American “Harassed” By MAGA Kids Exposed As Outrage-Culture Grifter | Zero Hedge

“Phillips is not simply a random Native man who was accosted by ‘racist’ MAGA-hat wearing teens, as the mainstream press has reported. He is connected to leftist activists who donate large sums to leftist causes…”

Just when you thought your blue-pilled perception of the world couldn’t take another red-pilling reality check – after Buzzfeed’s lies and mainstream media’s Covington Catholics chaos – it turns out that the man wondering quietly across the concourse before ‘not being accosted’ by young MAGA-hat-wearing teens is not some hapless native American

It turns out that Nathan Phillips is raising money with the help of a major big-money left-wing operation, and has a history of appearing in the press claiming to be a victim of anti-Native racism.

In 2015, Phillips claimed that he was “bombarded by racial slurs” by students at Eastern Michigan University.

As Fox 2 Detroit reported, an Ypsilanti man says he was trying to teach a few students dressed in American Indian theme party about respecting Native Americans. Not long afterward, Nathan Phillips said that an interaction with party-goers and students turned ugly.

Nathan Phillips says he was out for a noon walk on a Saturday in mid-April.

He walked by a home where he saw Eastern Michigan University students dressed as Native Americans.

“They had little feathers on, I was just going to walk by,” Phillips said. “A group of them said ‘Come on over, come here.'”

He says he walked over to the fence and saw roughly 30 to 40 students involved in a theme party.

“They had their face painted,” Phillips said. “I said what the heck is going on here. ‘Oh we are honoring you.’ I said no you are not honoring me.”

It was a statement he says they took offense to.

“Then started whooping and hollering,” he said. “I said that wasn’t honoring, that was racist. Then at that time, it really got ugly.”

Phillips says he was bombarded with racial slurs.

“(They said) ‘Go back to the reservation, you blank indian,'” he said.

One student, he says, threw a beer can at him.

“If I would have stayed where I was at, it would have hit me in the head,” he said. “I backed up and it hit me in the chest.”

He had seen enough at that point and says he called the police.

“By the time police got there, it was like there was no party there at all,” he said.

Phillips filed a report with campus police who tell FOX 2 they are investigating the matter.

“Whoever would sit judgement on them, the university the law, society, that is their job,” Phillips said. “I will pray for them that they will see a better way.”

Rings a bell?

Additionally, Phillips starred in a 2012 Skrillex video called “Make It Bun Dem,” in which Phillips does some spiritual warfare connected to a violent attack on a police officer. 

The point is this, as BigLeaguePolitics so eloquently summarizes:

Phillips is not simply a random Native man who was accosted by “racist” MAGA-hat wearing teens, as the mainstream press has reported. He is connected to leftist activists who donate large sums to leftist causes. 

“[Phillips] is a Vietnam Veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance,” according to Heavy.

The Native Youth Alliance appears to be a standalone entity. However, as BigLeaguePolitics’ Patrick Howley points out, the larger well-funded Native Youth Leadership Alliance – which told us that it is not associated with Phillips – is currently promoting Phillips’ fundraising campaign stemming from the incident with the Catholic teens. The Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA) is a non-profit organization that is funded by the same far-left power players who are often involved in bankrolling leftist causes. The organization’s funding partners include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Social Justice Fund Northwest.

And now, he is personally fundraising off the mainstream media’s misdeeds

Stay skeptical, question everything… appears to be the best way to handle the currently reality that we are fed every day. The oligarchs know, divide-and-conquer works and don’t care about the inevitable blood on their hands.

JUST IN: President Trump Breaks His Silence on Covington Catholic Students – Says Kids “Smeared by Media” — The Gateway Pundit

 

THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP!
THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR THE ABUSED CATHOLIC CHILDREN!

President Trump finally broke his silence on the disgusting media smear campaign against the Covington Catholic students.

In a tweet posted Monday night, President Trump said the students were treated unfairly and smeared by the media.

The President named the main student being smeared — Nick Sandmann.

TRUMP: Looking like Nick Sandman (sic) & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false – smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback! “New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American” @TuckerCarlson

The media smear campaign of the Covington Catholic students created a very dangerous situation for the teens and their families.

The innocent students and their families were doxxed and harassed by leftists on social media over a selectively edited video — they even received death threats.

The Covington Catholic teens were harassed and bullied by black racists at the Lincoln Memorial over the weekend. A Native American activist walked up to the boys and began beating a drum in their faces, but the media accused the teens of ‘mobbing’ the Indian.

Twitter allowed verified, blue checkmark accounts to call for the murder, targeted harassment and violent assault of these minor high school children.

Michael Buchanan, who goes by the stage name “House Shoes’ is a Los Angeles DJ who took to his Twitter account this weekend and called for the Covington Catholic children to be burned alive: “LOCK THE KIDS IN THE SCHOOL AND BURN THAT BITCH TO THE GROUND.”

Twitter took no action against Jack Morrissey, a Hollywood Producer who took to his Twitter account and called for the Catholic teens to be murdered in a violent, gruesome manner by being thrown into a woodchipper.

Failed actor and ‘comedian’ Ben Hoffman, who goes by the stage name ‘Wheeler Walker Jr.,’ called for violent sexual crimes to be committed against the minor teens and even offered a reward to whoever can stalk and find the minor child and “punch him in the nuts.”

The media is continuing their smear campaign of Covington Catholic High School by posting old photos of the students attending a ‘blackout’ basketball game with black paint on their faces, accusing them of ‘black face’ and racism.

Trump supporters responded to the President on Monday and encouraged him to invite the Catholic teens to the White House.

JUST IN: President Trump Breaks His Silence on Covington Catholic Students – Says Kids “Smeared by Media” — The Gateway Pundit

Tucker Carlson Discusses U.S. Media’s Intentional Fraud Against Covington High School Students…. — The Last Refuge

During his opening monologue today Tucker Carlson brilliantly outlined the madness that took over media surrounding a completely manufactured falsehood.

It was not a ‘rush-to-judgement’ decision by the media; it was not a mistake by media; it was an intentional and purposeful decision by the media to isolate, ridicule and marginalize their opposition.

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Tucker Carlson Discusses U.S. Media’s Intentional Fraud Against Covington High School Students…. — The Last Refuge