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November 11, 2016 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Russia is realistic about limits on the prospects for an immediate improvement in relations with the U.S. after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, according to President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman. “There is no reason for, let’s say, excessive optimism,” Dmitry Peskov said Thursday in an interview in New York. “Problems will continue, disagreements will continue. We want the new president of the United States to be supportive of the inevitability of dialog between two countries.”

More than $1 trillion was wiped off the value of bonds around the world this week as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s policies are seen boosting spending and quickening inflation.

A record number of immigrants are being held by the U.S. government in detention facilities as migrants arrive in high numbers. About 41,000 are currently being held in immigration detention facilities, up from a “typical” number of between 31,000 and 34,000, Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said in a news release.

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US President-elect Donald Trump visited Congress and proclaimed that health care, border security and jobs will be his top three priorities when he moves to the White House next January.

The more time you spend on your smartphone, the worse you’ll sleep, a new study suggests.

Chinese shoppers unleashed a record deluge of cash online for Singles Day on Friday, Alibaba said, spending more than $13 billion with the e-commerce giant in the world’s biggest online shopping promotion. Singles’ Day — named for the repeated digit 1 in the date November 11 — was created by Alibaba in 2009. Now in just 24 hours it surpasses the main US online spending spree, the five days from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday.

Chinese bank lending almost halved month-on-month in October, official data showed Friday, as Beijing moved to rein in credit risks but with national holidays also an issue.

It was on this day in 1775, 241 years ago, that the Continental Congress officially created the Marines to lead the fight “on land and at sea” for independence from the British.

Long queues formed outside banks in India on Thursday as they reopened for the first time since the government’s shock decision to withdraw the two largest denomination notes from circulation.

A federal judge on Thursday ordered state and city officials to deliver bottled water directly to qualified residents in Flint, Michigan, where a water contamination crisis has made unfiltered tap water unsafe to drink since April 2014.

Another night of nationwide protests against Donald Trump’s election came to a head in Portland, where thousands marched and some smashed store windows, lit firecrackers and sparked a dumpster blaze. Police termed the protest a riot and used “less lethal munitions” to help clear the streets.

The death toll from a powerful Taliban truck bombing at the German consulate in Afghanistan’s Mazar-i-Sharif city rose to at least six Friday, with more than 100 others wounded in a major militant assault.

People who don’t get enough vitamin D may be at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests.

A bomb exploded outside the district governor’s office in the southeastern Turkish province of Mardin on Thursday and wounded three people including the governor, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement.

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So-called Islamic State (IS) shot dead 40 civilians on Tuesday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul after accusing them of treason, the United Nations said. Their bodies were then hung from electricity poles in several districts.

Mexico is willing to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with US President-elect Donald Trump, the government said.

The international community is falling short in its commitment to Haiti’s recovery, the country’s interim President Jocelerme Privert said. Devastating losses from last month’s Hurricane Matthew were equal to the country’s entire national budget. Mr Privert said Haiti was facing a “major food crisis” and worsening levels of malnutrition.

The sails of the Sydney Opera House were illuminated with red poppies on Friday to commemorate Armistice Day. Known as Remembrance Day in Australia, 11 November marks the halt of fighting in World War One in 1918.

Some 11,000 people have been detained over offences related to Ethiopia’s state of emergency and violent protests, according to a government-appointed board.

An airstrike in Somalia that the US said had targeted al-Shabab actually killed 10 members of an allied local militia, US media report, quoting an unpublished Pentagon investigation.

Japan and India have signed a civil nuclear agreement after talks in Tokyo between their two leaders. Japan will supply fuel, equipment and technology to India, which wants more nuclear-generated electricity for its rapidly growing population.

Poland has marked its Independence Day by opening a huge Catholic shrine first proposed more than two centuries ago. The cornerstone of the Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw was laid in 1792, but a Russian invasion and two world wars stalled progress.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is endorsing Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress.

The international police organization, Interpol, elected a Chinese security official as its president Thursday, raising concerns among human rights advocates that the appointment could fortify Beijing’s efforts to hunt down political opponents abroad.


Rev. Graham: God Intervened Nov. 8 to Stop ‘Atheistic, Progressive Agenda’ in America

Commenting on Tuesday’s presidential election, Reverend Franklin Graham said the media and political pundits do not understand what happened because they do not understand the “God-factor,” the power of prayer, and added that “God intervened” on Nov. 8 “to stop the godless, atheistic, progressive agenda from taking control of our country.”

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Top News – 11/11/2016

Grubhub CEO backtracks after asking Trump supporters to quit
The co-founder of food delivery service Grubhub sent an email to all his employees suggesting that supporters of President-elect Donald Trump should resign, then issued a statement saying he welcomes all employees, regardless of their political beliefs.

Medvedev in Jerusalem as Putin waits for Trump
“Russia never denied Israel’s or the Jewish people’s rights in Jerusalem and in its holy sites, and the subject has been blown out of proportion.” The Russian prime minister was therefore demonstrating Moscow’s recognition for Jewish rights in Israel, Jerusalem and its holy places – most of all Temple Mount

The Mystery of the Lost Jubilee: Part XXVI – Finally Found?
This article examines whether recent “upset events” like Trump’s win and the Brexit can help us identify whether a Jubilee is here. Remember! Jubilee is the largest systematic social reconstruction tool in the Bible, short of the inauguration of Messianic rule at the end of the age. It is a divine reset of the land every 50th year…

Trump fallout: Major media admit liberal bias
One astounding mea culpa even conceded that some of the biggest names in establishment journalism were victims of their own biases, acknowledging the evidence was now indisputable. That CBS article was particularly self-critical, accusing the media of having “missed the story, after having spent months mocking the people who had a better sense of what was going on.”

Stunner! Trump cites 10th Amendment in agenda
Now, it appears his tenure in the Oval Office will venture from the mainstream, but probably in a good way. A constitutional way. On a new website his transition team has created, he’s advocating for the 10th Amendment, the provision in the U.S. Constitution cited often by conservatives who believe the federal government has usurped rights the Founders meant for the states.

Federal Court Asked To Order IRS To Disclose Clinton Foundation Tax-Exemption Docs
Attorneys for The Daily Caller News Foundation and Cause of Action Institute jointly asked a federal judge Thursday to order the IRS to comply with the Freedom of Information Act by providing copies of documents related to the tax agency’s decision to grant exempt status to the Clinton Foundation.

Moderate earthquake, 5.2 mag strikes near Shemya Island in Alaska
A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.2 (ml/mb) strikes 24 km ENE of Shemya Island, Alaska (15 miles) on Thursday. Exact location of event, longitude 174.4701 East, latitude 52.7691 North, depth = 97.52 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 97.52 km (61 miles) below the earth’s surface. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 11/11/16 / 2016-11-11 08:13:46 / November 11, 2016 @ 8:13 am. A tsunami warning has been issued

Some La Niña indicators strengthen; negative IOD nears end
In the tropical Pacific, some indicators such as cloudiness near the Date Line show La Niña-like characteristics, whereas sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central tropical Pacific Ocean and the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) remain at neutral levels.

Earthquake Shakes Yogyakarta Southern Sea
An earthquake originated from the Indonesian southern ocean shook a number of regions in Yogyakarta and East Java this morning, Friday, November 11, at 07.26 Western Indonesian Times. The earthquake with a 5.0 magnitude caused by subduction activities in earth’s plates. No tsunami potential reported.

Islamic State executes scores, stockpiles chemicals: U.N.
Islamic State fighters have executed scores more people around Mosul this week and are reportedly stockpiling ammonia and sulfur in civilian areas, possibly for use as chemical weapons… A mass grave with over 100 bodies found in the town of Hammam al-Alil was one of several Islamic State killing grounds, Shamdasani said, citing information gleaned from sources on the ground including a man who played dead during a mass execution.

Syria conflict: Food rations run out in rebel-held Aleppo
The last remaining food rations are being distributed in besieged rebel-held eastern districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, the UN has said. Humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland warned that without a resupply there would be no food left to hand out next week to the 275,000 people living there. Mr Egeland ruled out airdrops of food, explaining that they were not possible in densely-populated urban areas.

Nafta can be discussed, but not renegotiated, says Mexico
Mexico is willing to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with US President-elect Donald Trump, the government says. Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said Mexico would try to explain the “strategic importance” of the deal for the region to Mr Trump, who has heavily criticised it. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said he was open to talks.

Some MPs ‘ready to vote against triggering Brexit’
Liberal Democrat, Labour and SDLP MPs have told the BBC they are prepared to vote against triggering Article 50. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said his party would oppose it, unless they were promised a second referendum on the UK’s Brexit deal with EU leaders. Several Labour MPs are also willing to vote against it, despite the Labour Party pledging not to do so.

Afghanistan: Fatal attack on German consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif
A suicide bomber has rammed a truck into a German consulate in Afghanistan, killing at least six civilians and wounding 120, officials said. Gunman attacked the building after the blast, in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, battling with German and Afghan forces. The Taliban said it carried out the attack in retaliation for air strikes last week in Kunduz province.

China ‘Devalues’ Yuan To Weakest Since Breaking The Peg In 2010
With offshore Yuan tumbling in recent days – echoing the collapse in US Treasury bond prices – the spread to the onshore fix appears to have forced the PBOC’s hand. With a 200 pip cut in the CNY fix tonight, China has all but erased any strength in the Renminbi against the USD since it broke the peg (“enabled more flexibility”) in June 2010.

Chris Matthews on Trump Protests: What Kind Of Statement Is There To Make? They Lost
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews reacts to people protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. “I’m always open to the economic argument,” Matthews said on the Thursday broadcast of his show Hardball. “I do accept that Marxist tradition, really, which is a good one which is always try to explain elections by economics. And I think it always works.”

Canadian Parliament Condemns Free Speech
“Now that Islamophobia has been condemned, this is not the end, but rather the beginning.” — Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum. Majzoub is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

I’LL HELP YOU DITCH THE EU – New President’s trade vow in call to Theresa May
DONALD Trump yesterday paved the way for beefed-up trade ties with post-Brexit Britain as he held his first talks with Theresa May. Reaffirming the importance of the two nations’ special relationship, the US President-elect, whose mother was Scottish, told Mrs May the UK was a “very, very special place for me and for our country”.

Madame President’? Newsweek Celebrates Clinton Victory Before Polls Close
A national magazine recall is underway after Newsweek jumped the gun and began selling President Clinton commemorative issues before the polls had closed on Tuesday.

Red squirrels carrying medieval strain of human leprosy as people warned to stay away
Researchers tested 25 samples from red squirrels on the island and found that all were infected with the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae, though not all showed signs of the disease. Those that did had swelling and hair loss on the ears, muzzle and feet.

Donald Trump’s Election “Earthquake” Creates Tsumani Of Leftist Butt Hurt
The surprise election of Republican Donald Trump this week is clearly an “earthquake event” in American politics. How do we know this? To the angry mobs of statist-enablers, Trump is the devil – and anyone who supports him is a racist, misogynist, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, angry white demon.


The Briefing 11-11-16

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The Hippocratic Oath and assisted suicide: Will doctors now reject centuries of medical ethics?

Labeling arguments against gay marriage “hate speech,” Australia’s Parliament shuts down public vote

British parents fear passing down faith will make their children social outcasts

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November 10, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Donald Trump accepted congratulations from across the political spectrum at home and from leaders around the globe Wednesday, just hours after voters elected him the nation’s 45th president, and he hunkered down in New York to ponder a list of hefty decisions awaiting him…. (more)

November 9, 2016

WASHINGTON TIMES — President-elect Donald Trump addressed the country early Wednesday, pledging to put the hard-fought campaign behind him and begin working to unite the country. “It is time for us to come together as one united people,” Mr. Trump said at victory rally in New York. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all the citizens and this is important to me.”… (more)


November 9, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Despite bipartisan calls for healing and unity after a brutal presidential campaign, liberal activist groups vowed Wednesday to fight from the get-go to stop President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda. Democracy for America, a leading liberal political action committee and dependable advocate for the Democratic Party, called for a “progressive political revolution” to stymie what it described as Mr. Trump’s racist and sexist agenda…. (more)

November 9, 2016

CLIFF KINCAID — The biggest losers on election night were in the liberal media, an adjunct of the national Democratic Party. But the far-left “progressives” who had backed Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and then rationalized voting for Hillary Clinton lost big. Many conservatives in the media also look like fools…. (more)


November 9, 2016
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — It will take a long time to analyze exactly what happened in the extraordinary election of 2016. It is already clear, though, that what propelled Donald Trump to the presidency was his grasping, before others caught on, that the contest was far less about right versus left, or even Republican versus Democrat, than about the country versus Washington…. (more)

November 9, 2016
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to say Wednesday if President Obama would consider issuing a blanket pardon for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose charitable foundation is reportedly being investigated by FBI field offices for evidence of corruption, in order to spare her further investigation under incoming President Donald Trump…. (more)

November 9, 2016
NEWSMAX — Hillary Clinton “couldn’t stop crying” once she learned of her loss to Donald Trump on Tuesday, best-selling conservative author Ed Klein told Newsmax TV on Wednesday…. (more)

November 9, 2016
WORLDNETDAILY — Live by the polls, die by the polls. Newsweek magazine is busily trying to prevent any more issues of a special commemorative edition from being sold after it hit stores Election Day featuring Hillary Clinton on the cover…. (more)

November 9, 2016
BREITBART — Singer Lada Gaga hopped on a sanitation truck early Wednesday morning in protest of President-elect Donald Trump’s unprecedented victory Tuesday night to become America’s 45th president…. (more)

November 9, 2016
NEWSMAX — Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus was “in tears” after the release of a 2005 videotape showing Donald Trump using sexually aggressive language to describe his behavior toward women, according to Wisconsin radio veteran Charlie Sykes…. (more)

November 9, 2016

NATIONAL REVIEW — Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe told Alec Baldwin that he deserves blame for the rise of Donald Trump because he portrayed Trump on Saturday Night Live. In an interview on Baldwin’s “Here’s the Thing” radio show published yesterday, Stipe said it was “so sad that we have allowed ourselves to sink to this level of, really, entertainment, that’s what it is.” He added, “I blame media completely for it. Including Saturday Night Live, sorry to say it.”… (more)


November 9, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Voters across the country broke drug policy milestones Tuesday, passing ballot measures to grant legal access to recreational marijuana in three states – – including California – – and to give Americans in more than half of the 50 states access to medical marijuana…. (more)

November 9, 2016

THE DAILY MAIL — A jubilant Donald Trump gave his signature thumbs up as he returned home to Trump Tower this morning as the president-elect of the United States of America. Alongside his wife and First-Lady-to-be Melania, the businessman and reality TV mogul was met by a crowd of well-wishers, many wearing his signature Make America Great Again baseball caps. Meanwhile, Hillary supporters at home and abroad woke up shocked and dismayed at the decisive result which confounded the expectations of analysts, pollsters and election experts…. (more)


November 9, 2016
NEWSMAX — The former chief strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns – – and now a senior political commentator for CNN – – described Donald Trump’s stunning Election Day performance as a “primal scream.”… (more)

November 9, 2016
NEW YORK TIMES — Live Results Forecast: We’re offering live estimates of the presidential race in real time…. (more)

November 9, 2016
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump claimed his place Wednesday as America’s 45th president, an astonishing victory for the celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters’ economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House…. (more)

November 9, 2016
WASHINGTON TIMES — Americans fed up with eight years of a sluggish economy and a growing disconnect with their leaders in Washington voted Tuesday to send businessman and political novice Donald Trump to the White House, guaranteeing one of the biggest shakeups in political history…. (more)

November 9, 2016

WASHINGTON TIMES — President-elect Donald Trump addressed the country early Wednesday, pledging to put the hard-fought campaign behind him and begin working to unite the country. “It is time for us to come together as one united people,” Mr. Trump said at victory rally in New York. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all the citizens and this is important to me.”… (more)


November 9, 2016
GARTH KANT — Republicans easily retained control of the House of Representatives, and even increased their majority. That means President-elect Donald Trump will have a GOP majority in both houses of Congress when he assumes office, as Republicans also kept control of the Senate…. (more)

November 9, 2016

WASHINGTON TIMES — After months of fretting about a tough electoral map, Republicans kept control of the House and Senate as they successfully defended a number of vulnerable seats Tuesday night. The GOP held its ground in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Pennsylvania…. (more)


November 7, 2016
This election, ‘electors’ are at liberty to act as ‘the nation’s search committee’

ALAN KEYES — This past July, I read an article by Lisa Bloom entitled “Why the New Child Rape Case Filed Against Trump Should Not Be Ignored.” It came to my mind recently when I saw the headline “Woman Claiming Trump Rape at 13 Releases video.” I watched the video and read the linked Independent Journal Review article by Kayla Brandon, reporting its release…. (more)


November 7, 2016
JOHN FUND — If you think our marathon election season will end on Tuesday, you might be wrong. “Margin of litigation” is a phrase we might hear a lot after Tuesday if the presidential election is close in one or more states. It refers to the number of votes by which a candidate must win in order to prevent litigation – – and delays – – before a result is final. Both parties will have armies of lawyers deployed on Election Night looking for irregularities and opportunities to go to court…. (more)

November 7, 2016

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to members of Congress on Sunday that the FBI has not changed its position on Hillary Clinton’s fate since its announcement in July that her “extreme carelessness” with classified information did not warrant criminal charges…. (more)


November 7, 2016
NEWSMAX — Donald Trump’s aides have taken control of his Twitter account days before Tuesday’s election, according to The New York Times. “I’m on message,” Trump told The Times. “I’m not playing around.”… (more)

November 7, 2016
DAILY SIGNAL — The long-term costs to taxpayers of immigrants and their descendants are detailed in a new report from the National Academy of Sciences. The findings in the report indicate that if amnesty for illegal immigrants were enacted, the government would have to raise taxes immediately by $1.29 trillion and put that sum into a high-yield bank account to cover future fiscal losses generated by the amnesty recipients and their children…. (more)

Top Headlines – 11/11/2016

  • Conquering Trump comes to DC (Read More)
  • Trump’s Data Team Saw a Different America???and They Were Right (Read More)
  • Trump victory prompts U.S. fund managers to focus on inflation (Read More)
  • Dollar’s Trump-Inspired Surge Sets Off Intervention Across Asia (Read More)
  • Trump Camp Works to Form Cabine (Read More)
  • Damascus, allies upbeat on Trump win, await his policies (Read More)
  • Anti-Trump protests continue for second day (Read More)
  • Trump Faces Battle to Undo Iran Nuclear Deal (Read More)
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  • Trump bucks protocol on press access (Read More)
  • Trump Effect Routs Emerging Markets (Read More)
  • Trump Win Puts a Bullseye on Warren’s Banking Watchdog (Read More)
  • Carry Trades Collapse as Emerging-Market Yield Advantage Shrinks (Read More)
  • Trump’s Defense Hike Relies on a Reagan-Era Gimmick (Read More)
  • Swiss PostFinance to start negative rates for rich private clients (Read More)
  • To Fox, CNN, MSNBC, Trump’s the Gift That Keeps On Giving (Read More)
  • Bonds Tumble by $1 Trillion This Week as Trump Seen Game Changer (Read More)
  • Islamic State executes scores, stockpiles chemicals: U.N. (Read More)
  • Chelsea Clinton being groomed to run for Congress (Read More)
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  • Trump presidency could prove a salve for pharma merger deals (Read More)

Russia ships ‘chase away’ Dutch submarine in Mediterranean

PM Medvedev: We must fight terror and anti-Semitism

Israel, Russia affirm anti-terrorism alliance

Netanyahu to Russian PM: Red line needed on Iranian nukes, bases in Syria

Top Iranian general: Tehran gave Hezbollah missile technology

Israeli Apaches modified to use Israeli-made missiles

Azerbaijan set to buy Iron Dome from Israel – report

Israel Day comes to NYSE – Homeland cybersecurity event to be held in Tel Aviv; Israeli health tech going to Dusseldorf

From the US to Fiji: Israel marks first ‘Aliyah Day’

Trump adviser says boss doesn’t view Israeli settlements as obstacle to peace

After Trump win, officials seek Jerusalem building spree

‘Trump’s election heralds coming of Messiah’ says Deri

Israel won’t let Iran have military presence in Syria, Netanyahu tells Russian PM

Russia accuses Syria rebels of using chemical weapons in Aleppo

Syria: UN envoy urges action to avert mass hunger in eastern Aleppo ahead of ‘killer’ winter

Battle for IS-held Mosul nears ancient site

Iraq troops pause in advance on Mosul to drive out Islamic State

Taliban claim deadly attack on German consulate in Afghan city

Kurds attack Turkish government building, wounding 3

Turkey ‘backsliding’ in bid to join EU, says Commission

Iran says has options if nuclear deal fails

Egyptian MP: Trump’s Election Means ‘Dark Days for Muslim Brotherhood’

Many Middle East countries will welcome Trump’s victory. Here’s why

Trump call for Muslim ban back on website after ‘glitch’

Muslims Have Spoken: We will leave the USA

Muslim women are scared to wear the hijab in public after Trump win

Muslim Women Wearing Hijabs Assaulted Just Hours After Trump Win

Immigration Lawyers Fear the Worst, Face Anxious Clients After Trump Victory

North Korea has a message for the new US president: We’re staying heavily armed

Russian hackers accused of post-election attacks on U.S. think tanks

Twitter Erupts With Calls For Donald Trump To Be Assassinated

FAA Implements No-Fly Zone Over Trump Tower Through Inauguration Day

Second ‘day of rage’ against election results

America on Edge: MoveOn Organizes Anti-Trump Protests Around Country

Riot declared in Oregon as anti-Trump demonstrators damage cars, buildings

After Donald Trump victory, Oregonians submit ballot proposal to secede from the union

Chris Matthews on Trump Protests: What Kind Of Statement Is There To Make? They Lost

Boss says employees who agree with Trump’s rhetoric should resign

President-elect Trump blasts media for inciting protests

War Between Trump, Media Seen Escalating With Presidency’s Power

Franklin Graham: Media Didn’t Understand ‘God-Factor’ in Election Outcome

Obama hails ‘excellent conversation’ with Trump at White House

Team Trump is already filled with Washington insiders

Behind the Smiles, Tough Reality for Trump and GOP Congress

Comey faces complicated path under Trump administration

Wall Street traders boo Hillary Clinton, chant ‘Lock her up!’ and shout “Ding-dong, the witch is dead”

Newsweek recalls 125,000 copies of its souvenir Madam President issue

Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead raises questions about the Electoral College

The Electoral College Still Makes Sense Because We’re Not A Democracy

In Defense of the Electoral College – Five reasons to keep our despised method of choosing the president

Dow jumps to record high as hope grows that Trump would lift economy

Asia shares, emerging currencies stumble as Trump anxiety deepens

China ‘Devalues’ Yuan To Weakest Since Breaking The Peg In 2010

Egypt secures $2 billion dollars ahead of IMF bailout

Saudi Arabia owes billions to private firms after collapse in oil revenues

OPEC pumping oil at record levels ahead of crunch meeting: IEA

EU’s Juncker wants clarity from Trump on trade, climate, NATO

Theresa May aims for early meeting with Donald Trump in bid to clinch Brexit trade deal

Hollande: EU must be ready to stand up to Trump

Merkel allies warn of Trump effect, poll shows Germans dismayed

Mexico says ready to ‘modernize’ NAFTA with Trump

Venezuelan Socialists: Donald Trump ‘a Genuine Representative of American Imperialism’

Election’s over but WikiLeaks founder Assange still without internet

Canadian Parliament Condemns Free Speech

Chilean plane makes emergency landing after bomb threat

Massive cyberattack hit five top Russian banks: Kaspersky

Yahoo reveals more details about massive hack

Facebook admits it must do more to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform

Investors see artificial intelligence destroying millions of jobs: poll

Largest, brightest supermoon since 1948 to rise on Nov. 14

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Shemya Island, Alaska

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ngulung Wetan, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano on Costa Rica erupts to 14,000ft

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 14,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Giant Magmatic Lake Discovered Below Uturuncu Volcano In Bolivia

La Nina has arrived, with little rain in store for Southern California

How Trump Could Walk Away From Decades of Climate Deals

Despite Republican pledges, ‘repealing Obamacare’ will be almost impossible — but it could be damaged

Doctors grow man new ear on arm

Leprosy Surprise: Medieval Scourge Is Lurking In British Squirrels

Zika striking women at higher rates than men, study finds

Scientists develop new type of HIV test on a USB stick

HIV/AIDS in Venezuela ‘impossible to control,’ health group warns

Trump Victory Puts Pro-Life Movement In ‘Strongest Position’ Since Roe v. Wade, SBA List Pres. Says

Assisted suicide is now legal in Colorado, thanks to overwhelming voter support

Transgender Americans fear for safety after Trump win: ‘We are traumatized’

LGBT Rights Activists Fear Trump Will Undo Protections Created Under Obama

Justin Peters & Jim Osman on Spiritual Warfare: Generational Curses

Christian Zionism, Judaism and the Spirit of Antichrist in the Last Days!

Sanhedrin Asks Trump & Putin to Build Third Temple in Jerusalem

In Joint Declaration, Catholics and Lutherans Emphasize Unity

Nigerian preacher TB Joshua deletes prophecy of Clinton win

T. D. Jakes, Rob Bell, and Steve Furtick Make it Onto Oprah’s New Age Super Soul 100 List of “Awakened Leaders”

NARpostle Cindy Jacobs: If you don’t act, God’s prophetic Word will fail in your life

UN Members Pass Nine Measures Targeting Israel

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 08:34 AM PST

While Americans were voting in an election watched around the world Tuesday, at the U.N. in New York it was business as usual, as a…

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HS student attacked in school yard after posting support for Trump on Instagram

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 08:26 AM PST

A high school student was attacked by a classmate in the school yard after sharing her support of Donald Trump on Instagram.  Jade Armenio, a…

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Team Trump urges Obama, Clinton to condemn rioting

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 08:10 AM PST

Donald Trump’s campaign manager took to Twitter Thursday to call on President Obama or Hillary Clinton to speak out against calls for political violence, as…

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Dunkin Donuts causing uproar with post-election donuts regarding Trump victory

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 08:06 AM PST

A Dunkin’ Donuts store in the Valley has generated some controversy with some new donuts they made, in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s successful bid…

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Dr. James Dobson Says Trump’s Victory Couldn’t Have Come at a More Important Hour

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 07:55 AM PST

(By Bob Eschliman) Following President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s general election, Dr. James Dobson has issued the following statement: Shirley and I would like…

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Brand-New ‘Case for Christ’ Trailer Will Give You Chills

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 07:51 AM PST

Atheist Lee Strobel spent his whole life revealing the truth. When his wife challenged him with Jesus, Strobel set out to disprove her. What followed…

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Sanhedrin Asks Putin and Trump to Build Third Temple in Jerusalem

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 07:36 AM PST

The Nascent Sanhedrin is calling on Russian President Vladmir Putin and US president-elect Donald Trump to join forces and fulfill their Biblically-mandated roles by rebuilding…

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Trump advisors divided over moving US embassy to Jerusalem

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 07:34 AM PST

Advisors of President-Elect  Donald Trump are divided over the question of whether the campaign pledge to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem would now…

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ACLU Sues Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis to Recover $233K in Costs From ‘Gay Marriage’ License Legal Battle

Posted: 11 Nov 2016 05:47 AM PST

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in an effort to recover costs from its recent…

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Our Time is Short

Read: Recommitting Your Life To God and Jesus Christ – Restoration and Forgiveness With God and Jesus Christ (Updated Version)


What is The Gospel?

God made everything out of nothing, including you and me. His main purpose in creation was to bring him pleasure.

The chief way in which we as humanity do this is through loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

Instead of this, we have sinned against our loving Creator and acted in high-handed rebellion.

God has vowed that he will righteously and lovingly judge sinners with eternal death.

But God, being merciful, loving, gracious, and just, sent his own son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man to live as a man; fulfilling his perfect requirements in the place of sinners; loving, obeying, and enjoying him perfectly.

And further, his son bore the eternal judgment of God upon the cross of Calvary, as he satisfied the eternal anger of God, standing in the place of sinners. God treated Jesus as a sinner, though he was perfectly sinless, that he might declare sinners as perfect.

This glorious transaction occurs as the sinner puts their faith (dependence, trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as their substitute. God then charges Christ’s perfection to the sinner, and no longer views him as an enemy but instead an adopted son covered in the perfect righteousness of his son.

God furnished proof that this sacrifice was accepted by raising Jesus from the dead.

God will judge the world in righteousness and all of those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ, depending on him for forgiveness, will be forced to stand on their own to bear the eternal anger of God.

Therefore, all must turn from sin and receive Christ Jesus as Lord.


What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.

The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. And I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness–or lack of it –or the righteousness of another. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.

The great misconception in our day is this: that God isn’t concerned to protect His own integrity. He’s a kind of wishy-washy deity, who just waves a wand of forgiveness over everybody. No. For God to forgive you is a very costly matter. It cost the sacrifice of His own Son. So valuable was that sacrifice that God pronounced it valuable by raising Him from the dead – so that Christ died for us, He was raised for our justification. So the gospel is something objective. It is the message of who Jesus is and what He did. And it also has a subjective dimension. How are the benefits of Jesus subjectively appropriated to us? How do I get it? The Bible makes it clear that we are justified not by our works, not by our efforts, not by our deeds, but by faith–and by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in Him–and in Him alone. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, and you have begun your pilgrimage for eternity.


The Gospel In A Nutshell

Now, with regard to this rule of faith—that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend—it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who produced all things out of nothing through His own Word, first of all sent forth; that this Word is called His Son, and, under the name of God, was seen “in diverse manners” by the patriarchs, heard at all times in the prophets, at last brought down by the Spirit and Power of the Father into the Virgin Mary, was made flesh in her womb, and, being born of her, went forth as Jesus Christ; thenceforth He preached the new law and the new promise of the kingdom of heaven, worked miracles; having been crucified, He rose again the third day; (then) having ascended into the heavens, He sat at the right hand of the Father; sent instead of Himself the Power of the Holy Ghost to lead such as believe; will come with glory to take the saints to the enjoyment of everlasting life and of the heavenly promises, and to condemn the wicked to everlasting fire, after the resurrection of both these classes shall have happened, together with the restoration of their flesh. This rule, as it will be proved, was taught by Christ, and raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.

Tertullian, “On Prescription Against Heretics,” Chapter XIIl


What Is the Gospel?

This post is adapted from the tract “What Is the Gospel?” by Greg Gilbert.


A Message from God

What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about Jesus! It’s a message from God saying, “Good news! Here is how you can be saved from my judgment!” That’s an announcement you can’t afford to ignore.

Why Is the Gospel Good News?

So, what is the good news about Jesus Christ?

Since the earliest Christians announced the good news about Jesus, it has been organized around these questions:

  1. Who made us, and to whom are we accountable?
  2. What is our problem?
  3. What is God’s solution to our problem?
  4. How can I be included in his solution?

Christians through the centuries since Christ have answered those questions with the same truth from the Bible.

  1. We are accountable to God.
  2. Our problem is our sin against him.
  3. God’s solution is salvation through Jesus Christ.
  4. We come to be included in that salvation by faith and repentance.

Let’s summarize those points like this: God, Mankind, Jesus Christ, and Our Response.

God

The first thing to know about the good news of Jesus is that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Everything starts from that point, so if you get that point wrong then everything else that follows will be wrong. Because God created everything—including us—he has the right to tell us how to live. You have to understand that in order to understand the good news about Jesus. To understand just how glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we have to understand that God is also holy and righteous. He is determined never to ignore or tolerate sin. Including ours!

Mankind

When God created the first human beings, Adam and Eve, he intended for them to live under his righteous rule in perfect joy—obeying him and living in fellowship with him. When Adam disobeyed God, though, and ate the one fruit that God had told him not to eat, that fellowship with God was broken. Moreover, Adam and Eve had declared rebellion against God. They were denying his authority over their lives.

It’s not just Adam and Eve who are guilty of sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin is the rejection of God himself and his authority over those to whom he gives life.

Once you understand sin in that light, you begin to understand why “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). That’s not just physical death, but spiritual death, a forceful separating of our sinful, rebellious selves from the presence of God forever. The Bible teaches that the final destiny for unbelieving sinners is eternal, active judgment in a place called “hell.”

But . . .

Jesus Christ

The word “Christ” means “anointed one,” referring to anointing a king with oil when he is crowned. So, when we say “Jesus Christ,” we’re saying that Jesus is a King!

When Jesus began his public ministry, he told the people, “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus died on a cross, the awful weight of all our sins fell on his shoulders. The sentence of death God had pronounced against rebellious sinners struck. And Jesus died. For you and me!

But the story doesn’t end there. Jesus the Crucified is no longer dead. The Bible tells us that he rose from the grave. Jesus’s rising from the grave was God’s way of saying, “What Jesus claimed about who he is and what he came to do is true!”

Our Response

What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.

To repent of our sins means to turn away from our rebellion against God. Repentance doesn’t mean we’ll bring an immediate end to our sinning. It does mean, though, that we’ll never again live at peace with our sins.

Not only that, but we also turn to God in faith. Faith is reliance. It’s a promise-founded trust in the risen Jesus to save you from your sins. If God is ever to count us righteous, he’ll have to do it on the basis of someone else’s record, someone who’s qualified to stand in as our substitute. And that’s what happens when a person is saved by Jesus: All our sins are credited to Jesus who took the punishment for them, and the perfect righteousness of Jesus is then credited to us when we place our trust in what he has done for us! That’s what faith means—to rely on Jesus, to trust in him alone to stand in our place and win a righteous verdict from God!


Ravi Zacharias explains the gospel in two minutes:


The Gospel on 5 Fingers

The five main components of the gospel can be remembered on 5 fingers of one hand. Here they are:

1) Jesus’ birth
2) Jesus’ life
3) Jesus’ death
4) Jesus’ resurrection
5) Jesus’ ascension

Obviously each point can be elaborated on depending on how much time you have. Here’s the short version:

1) Jesus’ birth – Jesus, God himself, the creator of the universe, the Messiah, became a human being – took on flesh, and was born of a virgin.

2) Jesus’ life – Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to his Father. Though he was tempted in every way as we are, he never once sinned.

3) Jesus’ death – on the cross, Jesus himself took all our sins and paid for them. God the father counted all our sins to Jesus as if he himself had personally committed them. Then Jesus bore God’s wrath towards sin – the punishment we deserved – as a substitute for us.

4) Jesus’ resurrection – within 3 days, Jesus rose physically from the dead, proving that his sacrifice for sins have been accepted by God, since the punishment for sin was death. Jesus was seen by numerous people after he rose including 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15).

5) Jesus’ ascension – Jesus ascended physically into heaven where he reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords. And someday he will return to the earth.

That’s the gospel, the good news, and if we believe in Jesus Christ and this good news and call upon him he will save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

That’s a simple way to remember the gospel – five fingers. Even a child can do it. So ask God to give you opportunities to share his good news today.


Please take the time to watch this clip, so that you might understand the authentic Gospel


This is the Gospel:

Friend, God is holy. There is a God in heaven who has created you and me, and He is the authority over both of us. He is perfectly holy. “In Him is Light, and there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). And the problem with that is that if we want to have fellowship with God, we have to be light and no darkness at all. And yet here’s the problem: we are darkness. We are sinful. We’ve all broken His law. We’ve all lied, stolen, we’ve all looked with lust, we’ve all been angry with our brothers in our hearts. We’ve all fallen short of the glorious standard of perfection that God requires (Rom 3:23). And there’s nothing we can do about it. No amount of works, no amount of contrition, no amount of bad feelings, no amount of church attendance, no amount of Bible reading, no amount of evangelism can earn forgiveness of our sins and the righteousness which God requires (Titus 3:5; cf. Isa 64:6).

And yet God is gracious, and He loves us, and as His creatures He wants to display His glory in us by rescuing us from that. And so He sent His Son—God in the flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ—to be born as a helpless little baby (John 1:14; 3:16; Col 2:9). God of the universe, Sustainer of the universe, Himself being sustained in the womb of a teenage Hebrew girl, and upholding the world by the word of His power (Heb 1:3) while He is upheld by the nutrients from her own body! Unspeakable! And in great humility, He grows up with the growing pains of life in a fallen world, though He Himself never being with any sin—without sin entirely (2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26). And He lives a perfectly righteous life. The way that you and I have failed to live before God—the way that we have failed in thought, word, and deed, and fallen short of God’s glory—Christ never did. Not even a thought. He loved God, His Father, perfectly. He always walked in perfect righteousness. He lived the life that you were commanded to live, that I was commanded to live, that we failed to live. He lived that perfect life that God is worthy of.

And not only did He live for us, He died for us. He went to the cross. Our sin demanded death. Our sin demanded eternal punishment. Our sin demanded wrath—just wrath exercised on us for eternity (Rom 6:23). But because of the infinite worth of Christ’s person, He was on that cross. And on that cross, God exercised upon Him the full fury of His own anger (Rom 3:24–26; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 3:10–14), that was rightly due to me and rightly due to you, and that you will experience if you don’t turn from your sin and trust in this Messiah. Christ was born, lived, died, and was raised (1 Cor 15:3–4). And He rose from the grave after being dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death.

And now God promises that if you turn from your sin, if you repudiate all that you are and all that you were and all that you love, and you turn away from a life of pursuing sin—and if you repudiate not only your bad works but your good works, if you turn from trying to earn your salvation by all the good deeds that you might want to do as a moral person—if you turn away from all of that (Acts 17:30–31), and you trust in Christ alone for righteousness (Phil 3:7–8; cf. Rom 3:28; 10:4), God promises that He will forgive you. He will have treated Christ on the cross as if Christ lived your life. And He will then treat you, justly and legally and righteously, as if you lived Christ’s perfect life of righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). And you can be saved to know the God you were created to love and enjoy. You can have the fullness of joy, the eternal pleasures that are at the Father’s right hand in heaven (Ps 16:11), and begin even now, because eternal life is to know God (John 17:3).

Friend, would you repent? Would you turn from your sin and trust in this perfect Savior to avail for you before God, to pay for your sin and to provide your righteousness?


Ready to start your new life with God?

Who do you think that I am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

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The Perseverance (Security) of the Saints

Notice all the Scripture references!

It is not just a handful of texts that teach the perseverance of the saints: the entire gospel sustains and confirms it. The Father has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4), ordained them to eternal life (Acts 13:48), to be conformed to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29). This election stands (Rom. 9:11; Heb. 6:17) and in due time carries with it the calling and justification and glorification (Rom. 8:30). Christ, in whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20), died for those who were given him by the Father (John 17:6, 12) in order that he might give them eternal life and not lose a single one of them (6:40; 17:2); he therefore gives them eternal life and they will never be lost in all eternity; no one will snatch them out of his hand (6:39; 10:28).

The Holy Spirit who regenerates them remains eternally with them (14:16) and seals them for the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). The covenant of grace is firm and confirmed with an oath (Heb. 6:16–18; 13:20), unbreakable like a marriage (Eph. 5:31–32), like a testament (Heb. 9:17), and by virtue of that covenant, God calls his elect. He inscribes the law upon their inmost being, puts his fear in their heart (Heb. 8:10; 10:14ff.), will not let them be tempted beyond their strength (1 Cor. 10:13), confirms and completes the good work he has begun in them (1 Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6), and keeps them for the return of Christ to receive the heavenly inheritance (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:4–5).

In his intercession before the Father, Christ acts in such a way that their faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), that in the world they may be kept from the evil one (John 17:11, 20), that they may be saved for all times (Heb. 7:20), that their sins will be forgiven them (1 John 2:1), and that they may all be where he is to behold his glory (John 17:24). The benefits of Christ, which the Holy Spirit imparts to them, are all irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). Those who are called are also glorified (8:30). Those who are adopted as children are heirs of eternal life (8:17; Gal. 4:7). Those who believe have eternal life already here and now (John 3:16). That life itself, being eternal, cannot be lost. It cannot die since it cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Faith is a firm ground (Heb. 11:1), hope is an anchor (6:19) and does not disappoint us (Rom. 5:5), and love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation, volume 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 270.


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More on the Trump Win/Clinton Loss

Yesterday I posted my first piece on the historic election victory of Donald Trump. In it I said that this election was all about who was disliked the most. People were not so much voting for someone as against someone else. Both candidates had record low approval ratings. Yet one had to give way to the other. See that piece here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/11/09/trump-wins/

As the dust continues to settle, there is still much more to be said about this election result. One obvious feature is the expected hysteria from the progressive left. They are absolutely in meltdown at the moment and are experiencing the full range of apoplectic convulsions.

It of course did not take long at all for the tolerant lefties to throw major hissy fits, complete with rioting in the streets. As one news report stated:

Crowds of angry protesters have taken to the streets across the United States chanting “Not Our President” while setting fires and smashing windows. Hundreds of people descended on California minutes after it was announced that Donald Trump had won the election. Hillary Clinton supporters were filmed setting fire to the US flag while marching through the streets of Portland, Oregon, shouting “F*** Donald Trump”.

clinton-hil-5Ah yes, leftist acceptance, diversity and tolerance in action. Watching Australia’s ABC or reading the Melbourne Age has been oh so entertaining. They have been entirely predictable in their enraged responses. For example, within hours of the winner being announced the Age website featured an article making the Hitler comparison.

Well, that didn’t take long – although I see they have now changed the headline and dropped the “H” word from it. All over the West the lefties are going troppo, telling us it is the end of the world as we know it. They are simply going ballistic right now. And well they should.

This election was not so much a vote FOR Trump as a vote AGAINST Hillary Clinton in particular, and the entire progressive leftist agenda in general. People are fed up, and they are not going to take it anymore. Indeed, the lunar left is shaking in its boots because this is not the second major slap in the face they have received.

First we had the remarkable Brexit vote that shocked so many, and now this. This is just too much for the radical left to handle. What will be next? A conservative revolution in Australia, or Europe, or elsewhere? Many commentators have already noted how massive a rejection of the left this was. Let me offer some quotes from a few of these commentators.

Peter Hitchens said this:

Today, for the second time in five months, a left-wing elite paid the price of ignoring, for many years, the warnings of civilised and tolerant conservatives. I cannot tell you how frustrating it has been, when trying to debate politics with readers of the Guardian and the New York Times.
To suggest to them that mass immigration is risky and destabilising; to urge that the married family needs to be supported, not dissolved; to say that education needs more rigour, discipline and selection; to advocate the deterrent punishment of crime rather than its indulgence; to suggest that pornography and swearing may damage civility; to object to attempts to abolish national borders and sovereignty; to say that violent liberal intervention in foreign countries is dangerous and wrong… any or all of these things has earned me a patronising sneer, a lofty glance, a dismissal as if I am some sort of troglodyte who has got into the room by mistake.

Or as Gerald Warner commented:

Brexit 2: Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue. Of course a United States presidential election is obviously an American event, but this one is much more. It is part of an anti-liberal, anti-elitist global counter-revolution.
Any liberal, internationalist, politically correct, climate alarmist progressive who thought Brexit was a bizarre fluke that would never be repeated and could be suppressed by the establishment should waken up to the reality of being, in the ludicrous phrase coined by the lame duck president now vacating the Oval Office, on the wrong side of history.
President Elect Trump promised to build a wall, but he began by smashing one down: the so-called Blue Wall of Democrat states in America’s north-east that was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s electoral firewall. The rural states of the US will be hard pressed to furnish enough eggs to cover the faces of all the pollsters, commentators, electoral strategists and assorted charlatans who got everything wrong that they conceivably could. They represented the invincible Democrat election machine as the equivalent of the Wehrmacht in 1940; by the end of the night it resembled the Wehrmacht in 1945.

David French put it this way:

This is a direct rebuke to progressive hubris. It turns out that the progressive elite’s preoccupations with identity politics, social shaming, and radical sexual change don’t motivate their “coalition of the ascendant.” In the past eight years, the progressive movement has doubled down its attacks on churches and in recent years directly confronted American law enforcement. It has attacked free speech, the free exercise of religion, and gun rights — secure in the belief that history was, as they put it, on their “side.” The result was clear: The Democratic party lost ground with America’s poorest voters. Citizens making less than $50,000 per year propelled Obama to victory over Romney. Exit polling shows that Trump improved the GOP showing by 16 points with voters making less than $30,000 per year and by six points with voters making between $30,000 and $50,000, which more than offset Democrat gains with the middle class.

And here down under Andrew Bolt said more of the same:

Donald Trump’s win is the biggest “f— you” to all his enemies — the media, the politicians and Wall Street.
The whole world now — and our own political class — has been given a shock and a warning. Stop bullying and patronising the silent majority or they will rise in terrible revolt. The British vote to leave Europe showed the public would no longer be chained. Trump’s victory confirms it.
Even I could not see Trump winning. I could not believe so many voters were so cowed by the violence and the abuse of the Left that the polls, misled by their silence, had Hillary Clinton winning by an average of 46.8 per cent to Trump’s 43.6.
But in the ballot box those voters cut loose and chose as their next president a man with zero political experience and vilified in the media as a sexist, racist, neo-Nazi hothead likely to drop the nuclear bomb. Maybe he is some of that, but how much did voters loathe the Washington crowd that they’d still rather have Trump, who on the day before the election led crowds in another chant of “Drain the swamp”?

As can be seen, much of my article is about how bad Clinton and the left have been and why folks are fed up with it all. I have not said too much about Trump. But I have penned dozens of articles over the past year declaring my very real concerns about the guy.

Such concerns need not be rehashed again here. Suffice it to say that it is absolutely sensational news that the corrupt Clinton machine has been stopped dead in its tracks, and the diabolical Obama agenda will not be allowed to continue, at least through the White House for a while.

How Trump does remains to be seen however. I am not at all naïve here. He could follow through on some of his conservative policy promises, or he might not. Time will tell. He could be a real handful and cause more harm than good. Or, he may surprise many of us and turn out to be halfway decent. Again, we will have to wait and see.

But it is enough for now to see Hillary thoroughly trounced, and the radical left’s agenda given a major setback. That has certainly made my day. Let me use a sporting analogy here: If a sporting championship or final features two players or teams with neither one being your favourite, you sometimes cheer for the defeat of the one you detest the most.

That is how I am with the US election. A Trump win does not thrill me, but a Clinton defeat most certainly does. So I will enjoy a few more days savouring all this, engaging in some shameless schadenfreude along the way.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/trump-win-sparks-riots-across-9225317
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-consequences-of-a-donald-trump-win-are-disastrous-for-the-australian-economy-20161108-gsl5dj.html
http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2016/11/the-world-as-we-knew-it-is-coming-to-an-end-thoughts-on-mr-trumps-new-dawn.html
http://reaction.life/brexit-trump-welcome-counter-revolution/
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/442039/voters-reject-progressive-agenda-rightward-shift-historic
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/trump-smashes-the-elites/news-story/c09994b350b18462e1b4f66dfb6be713

Source: More on the Trump Win/Clinton Loss