Daily Archives: August 4, 2018

August 4: In Grief

Isaiah 7:1–8:22; Luke 2:22–52; Job 2:11–13

It’s difficult to know how to respond to people suffering grief. Those brave enough to speak often attempt to rationalize another’s grief with ill-timed theological truths. Those who feel inadequate or awkward about reaching out to grieving people sometimes avoid them altogether.

Job’s friends are well known for misinterpreting Job’s suffering. But they aren’t often recognized for the moments when they responded to Job’s anguish with wisdom. When Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar first heard of the tragedy, they immediately came to comfort Job:

“Thus they lifted up their eyes from afar, but they did not recognize him, so they raised their voice, and they wept, and each man tore his outer garment and threw dust on their heads toward the sky. Then they sat with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights, but no one spoke a word to him because they saw that his suffering was very great” (Job 2:12–13).

Often we try to diminish grief with clichés that seem helpful and fill the awkward silence, like “God is in control.” Job’s friends realized that such spoken attempts—even spoken truths—would only interrupt and add to the grieving that was necessary and appropriate. Instead, they shared his grief, offered their presence, and didn’t speak a word.

Job’s friends didn’t keep silent for long, though, and when they did speak, Job wished they would be silent: “O that you would keep completely silent and that it would become wisdom for you” (Job 13:5). Our response to grief should be measured and prayerful. Attempts to explain events that we don’t ultimately understand can bring even more pain. However, shared grief and empathy can bring comfort to someone who knows truth but is struggling to come to grips with a new reality.

How can you empathize rather than rationalize grief?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Video: Voddie Baucham Says “Sexual Orientation” Doesn’t Exist — Pulpit & Pen

Listen to this excellent message from Voddie Baucham on the topic of homosexuality and, in particular, Same Sex Attraction. As always, brings strength and substance to a very needed conversation. Please note that Voddie denies the concept of “sexual orientation.” Good on him.

via Video: Voddie Baucham Says “Sexual Orientation” Doesn’t Exist — Pulpit & Pen

Saving faith vs Human faith

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. 17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them. Luke 2:15-20 (NASB)

Human faith is not the same thing as saving faith…

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August 4 The Source of True Love

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God. … We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:7, 19).

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True love cannot be generated on the human level. It’s a gift from God.

Scripture often makes seemingly impossible demands of us. For example, Jesus said, “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). That’s easy to say, but how is it possible? Our natural tendency is to love our friends and hate our enemies. But Jesus said, “If you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” (vv. 46–47).

Israel viewed tax-gatherers as traitors and Gentiles as spiritual outcasts. Yet even traitors and outcasts show love and kindness to those who reciprocate. Jesus calls us to a much higher standard of love—one that is impartial, like God demonstrates when He “causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (v. 45). As we see from God Himself, it extends even to those who aren’t worthy: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).

Despite generations of rebellion and slander against His holy will and name, God sacrificed His beloved Son, thereby providing the means by which sinners can be saved. Out of love, Jesus willingly endured the pain and shame of the cross and paid the price of our redemption. Now that’s divine love in action!

God commands you to love as He loves—impartially and sacrificially. That may sound impossible on the human level, but remember that God never requires you to do anything He hasn’t already enabled you to do. At the moment of your salvation, the Holy Spirit took up residence within you and began producing the fruit of love (Gal. 5:22). You don’t have to muster it on your own. All you have to do is invite the Spirit to take control, allowing Him to govern your thoughts and actions. As you do, His precious fruit will be multiplied in your life.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Thank God for the love of the Spirit He has placed within you. ✧ Ask Him for opportunities today to learn how to love more perfectly.

For Further Study: Memorize Galatians 5:22–23.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 229). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Number of Russians With Positive Opinion About US Doubles Within 2 Months – Poll – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of Russians, who have a positive opinion about the United States, has doubled within last two months from 20 percent in May up to 42 percent in July, a fresh poll issued on Thursday said.
— Read on sputniknews.com/amp/world/201808021066894629-russians-opinion-us-polls/

Court Orders Pastor Paula White to Pay Woman Over $13,000 in Copyright Lawsuit

A U.S. District Court in Florida has ordered Pastor Paula White to pay $13,707 to a woman for causing “emotional harm” by suing her for copyright infringement after she posted videos criticizing her church and ministries.

The ruling concerns White’s attempt last year to sue the woman, Shirley Johnson, who posted videos on YouTube using clips and images from the New Destiny Christian Center and Paula White Ministries to criticize them. The lawsuit was dismissed and Johnson filed a countersuit for “malicious prosecution,” according to techdirt.com.

White is the senior pastor at New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, and one of President Donald Trump’s spiritual advisers. She has been ordered to pay Johnson $1,207 in economic damages and $12,500 in noneconomic compensatory damages, totaling $13,707.

“Johnson’s testimony about the mental anguish she suffered from the Copyright Infringement Action was credible,” the ruling states. “Specifically, Johnson testified about the lack of sleep, diminished enjoyment in various hobbies, and overall worry about the litigation and its consequences on her life.”

The court, it continues, also found that “Johnson, as an individual unfamiliar with the legal process, credibly suffered emotional harm from the Copyright Infringement Action. But as Johnson did not seek medical treatment and her symptoms have abated, the court finds a minimal award for these damages appropriate. Thus, the court awards Johnson $12,500.00 for these damages.”

A ruling in another case Johnson filed against White, for allegedly deliberately misrepresenting copyright infringement, is still pending.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar
— Read on www.christianpost.com/news/court-orders-paula-white-pay-woman-12500-copyright-lawsuit-226603/

AUGUST 4 ENJOYING GOD FOREVER

My sheep hear my voice…and they shall never perish.

John 10:27–28

It should be illuminating to us that the difference between unbelief and faith, between man’s point of view and God’s, often comes to light as the believer faces death.

We are told that when John Wesley was dying, he tried to sing but his voice was nearly gone. Although his own theology was Armenian, he was trying to sing the words of an old Calvinist hymn:

I will praise my Maker while I’ve breath,

And when my soul is lost in death,

Praise shall employ my nobler powers.

That is at least one reason why I cannot get all heated up about contending for one theological position over another.

If Isaac Watts, a Calvinist, could write such praise to God and John Wesley, an Armenian, could sing it with yearning in his last moments, why should I allow anyone to force me to confess, “I don’t know which I am!”

I was created and redeemed that I should worship Him and enjoy Him forever. That is the primary issue in our Christian walk!

Lord, when it’s time for me to pass from this life to the next, I pray that it will be a glorious transition from praising You in this life to that of worshiping You face to face in Your holy presence.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Report: Obama Wealth Grew 40-Fold Since Entering White House

Former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle entered the White House in 2008 with a net worth of $1.3 million, but in the 10 years since that time, that has grown to an estimated $40 million, and could earn as much as $242.5 million in the years ahead.Obama made $20…

Source: Report: Obama Wealth Grew 40-Fold Since Entering White House

Report: Abortion Accounts for 61% of Black Deaths in America

Induced abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States, and accounts for a disturbing 61 percent of deaths of African Americans, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Source: Report: Abortion Accounts for 61% of Black Deaths in America

Will Trump Administration Ever Defund Planned Parenthood?

One pro-life leader is questioning the Trump administration on its vow to put an end to federal funding of Planned Parenthood – the biggest abortion chain in the nation.

Besides being a major campaign promise President Donald Trump’s promise is something that he has continued to speak about throughout his first two years of presidency.

Jim Sedlak of American Life League contends that Trump is not making good on his promise so far.

“Almost two years after the election – when President Trump said that he would take all money away from Planned Parenthood – they’re still getting money,” Sedlak asserted. “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has now announced that they have grants going out, and Planned Parenthood will be getting them.”

This federal funding is Title X money for family planning services.

However, HHS held a public comment period on a proposed new rule that would prohibit tax dollars for any entity associated with abortion.

OneNewsNow asked Sedlak whether the money still flows because the proposal is not yet a firm rule, and the pro-life activist contended that – regardless – the money should not go to the abortion cartel.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: One News Now, Charlie Butts

Source: Will Trump Administration Ever Defund Planned Parenthood?

Rosebrough Explains What’s Wrong with Servus Christi — Pulpit & Pen

What’s wrong with Servus Christi? Well, the obvious warning signs are all the there.

Like Satan, he twists the Scriptures and applies a (Biblical) call to godly separation to an infinite degree, essentially anathematizing the entire Body of Christ and severing it limb from limb (which is not the Scripture’s teaching). Like Satan, Servus Christi’s goal is Sectarian Minimalism, a full-frontal attack on the established and organized church (the only kind). He is not a part of the church, not belonging to a local Body of believers and, like Satan, attacks the church from the outside rather than calling it to repent from the inside. You can take everything John writes in his first epistle regarding how to tell someone has eternal life, reverse it, and you have the character and behavior of Servus Christi. He has no former pastors who would vouch that his profession of faith is valid and no former ecclesias that would consider him a blessing and not a curse. Furthermore, Servus Christi has no theological training, no proper credentialing (by that I mean the support of a local church, not only the lack of formal seminary training), and no adequate or basic understanding of proper Biblical hermeneutics. And finally, Servus Christi has set himself against the finest discerning Bible teachers in the world, setting himself up an opponent not of nefarious Bible-twisters, but faithful Bible teachers. And to do so, he has taken their words out of context, edited audio and put it out of order, and lied by both commission and omission.

He has attacked Paul Washer, John MacArthur, Justin Peters, Phil Johnson, Todd Friel and men of far less importance or contribution (like myself). He has done so all under the following formula: Beth Moore is a bad Bible teacher and worse, she partners with worse false prophets (Joyce Meyer, Christine Caine, and so on). John Piper endorses Beth Moore. John MacArthur speaks at conferences with John Piper. Therefore, anyone who does not publicly rebuke John MacArthur is guilty of partnering with Joyce Meyer, Christine Caine, and so on.

The math of the pseudonymous Servus Christi is simple. Take any Bible teacher, add the sins or problems of anyone with whom he has had some kind of contact or connection, and trace that line back to the worst heretics you can (that line will go all the way back to Nimrod, I’m sure). This is the formula in a mathematical equation:

Joyce Meyer = 1 heretic

Beth Moore = 1 unqualified Bible teacher and general nitwit

Beth Moore + Joyce Meyer = 2 heretics

John Piper = 1 sometimes problematic Bible teacher, however…

John Piper + Beth Moore  = Joyce Meyer, 3 heretics

John MacArthur = Good Bible teacher, however…

John MacArthur + John Piper = Beth Moore + Joyce Meyer, 4 heretics

Phil Johnson = Good Bible teacher, however…

Phil Johnson + John MacArthur = John Piper + Beth Moore + Joyce Meyer, 5 heretics

Now, where Phil Johnson is in this formula, put any other name of any other discerning Bible teacher, and that’s who Servus Christi is trying to demolish with his unconquerable brand of ignorance or satanic vitriol. In his latest video, he attacked Chris Rosebrough for not rebuking John MacArthur for taking part in the sins of John Piper who’s taking part in the sins of Beth Moore who’s taking part in the sins of Joyce Meyer.

For example, Chris Rosebrough won’t attack MacArthur for speaking with John Piper, even though Piper is not guilty of heresy in the textbook definition of the word (yet, anyway). John Piper endorsed Beth Moore. Beth Moore is a bat-hat crazy prophetess. Worse yet, Beth Moore is gal-pals with Joyce Meyer who’s going to split hell open like Ernest Rutherford split the atom. Therefore, Servus Christi argues, Chris Rosebrough is guilty of the heresies of Joyce Meyer.

Paul Washer = Good Bible teacher, however…

Paul Washer + John MacArthur = Phil Johnson + John Piper + Beth Moore + Joyce Meyer, 6 heretics

Servus Christi, or Josh Chav (which as far as I know might be a pseudonym as well), has done this fuzzy math with Justin Peters, Todd Friel, myself and so and so forth.

Whereas discernment ministers with an ounce of common sense recognize the difference between bananas and kiwis (to use Rosebrough’s illustration), Servetus Christi does not. While we will lament Francis Chan speaking at IHOP or Michael Brown speaking at Toronto Blessing 2.0, there is a difference between that and John MacArthur speaking at Together for the Gospel. First, Together for the Gospel is not – in and of itself – a nefarious venue or of a nefarious topic. Both the Toronto Blessing and IHOP are Synagogues of Satan. Their entire theme is focused around the errors of Montanism. Until 2018 when it took a strange an unexpected Social Justice turn, Together for the Gospel was about the Gospel. This is a banana and kiwi-type situation.

Likewise, John MacArthur has not given verbal endorsements or positive overt affirmations of any false teachers. When Francis Chan spoke at IHOP, he gave Mike Bickle glowing accolades and endorsed his ministry. When Michael Brown speaks at the Toronto Airport Church he endorses everyone from Patricia King to Rodney Howard Browne to the demon-possessed stray dog around the street. He’s endorsing the tacos at the vendor’s truck, the lady practicing the Cult of Santa Muerte running the taco truck, the Detroit factory workers that made the taco truck, he’s literally heaping praises and blessings upon everyone in sight. This is another banana and kiwi situation, in that you can’t find MacArthur giving any credence or support to false prophets. But with the math of Servus Christi, you can find MacArthur giving credence and support to people who give credence and support to people who give credence and support to other people who give credence and support to false prophets and therefore, John MacArthur is a false prophet and so is [fill in the blank] for not denouncing MacArthur.

I’ve tried to (mostly) ignore Servetus Christi, but I smiled when I saw that he took on Rosebrough. While thus far (with me as the exception) the men he’s attacked have been off being the important somewhere and aren’t going to make time for a guy who buys most of his YouTube views, I knew that Pirate Rosebrough would do what he does best. And he didn’t disappoint. Here’s his video below.

via Rosebrough Explains What’s Wrong with Servus Christi — Pulpit & Pen

Brannon Howse: August 3, 2018

Guest: Dr. Jimmy DeYoung. Topic: Hollywood actors and media figures call for harm against conservatives and even their extermination through such methods as euthanasia. Brannon talks about how he warned of this trend in his books and radio and TV shows over the years. Brannon explains how the stage is being set for the move from soft persecution to hard persecution of Christians. Topic: President Trump headed for a summit with Iranian President – Israel caught by surprise. Topic: Hamas claims Gaza protest are peaceful then calls for the killing of all Jews. Topic: Israeli Prime Minister says if Iran tries to close the Red Sea narrows, entrance into the Red Sea, the Israeli Defense Force will be there in full force. Topic: Blood moons and earthquakes, what does it all mean, the Jewish people are asking. Topic: We take your calls.

Source: Brannon Howse: August 3, 2018

Is Mueller Charging Manafort for ‘Crimes’ He Also May Have Committed for His Work with Ukraine? — The Gateway Pundit

Corrupt Cop Robert Mueller is charging President Trump’s short time Campaign Manager Paul Manafort for “crimes” that it appears Mueller himself may have committed as well.

Internet sleuth D. Manny uncovered possible crimes related to Ukrainians and the Mueller investigation but the individual who should be indicted may be the corrupt cop Robert Mueller himself.  In the article entitled “Did Bob Mueller Monetarily Benefit from Paul Manafort’s “Criminal” Activities?” Manny writes:

Paul Manafort sits in solitary confinement for crimes he allegedly committed stemming from his work as a lobbyist in Ukraine years ago before Donald Trump ran for president.

For a little back story, Yulia Tymoshenko runs for reelection in Ukraine, she loses, and just like Hillary, Tymoshenko fails to lose gracefully and promises to #Resist. Her victorious opponent, Viktor Yanukovytch, throws her in jail for what many claim to be bogus charges [something President Trump has not yet done to Hillary Clinton.]

Manny continues;

While she was in jail, guess who pleaded for her release? John McCain. As a matter of fact, John McCain thought the Ukrainian election was of such paramount importance to the United States that he gets the Senate to form a Ukrainian Caucus in order to further Ukrainian interests, of which John McCain is a member.

When she gets out of jail, there’s a push for an investigation into the mishandling of her trial and the charges themselves. So the Ukrainian government, which is still run by the guy she lost the election to, Viktor Yanukovych, hires the law firm of Skadden Arps, specifically Greg Craig [Obama’s former White House Counsel], and a lobbyist, Paul Manafort. Greg Craig’s team of attorneys included Alex Van Der Zwann. Van Der Zwann’s father-in-law is a business partner to the same Oleg Deripaska that is connected to the Clintons and the Obamas, the same Oleg Deripaska that paid for the Steele dossier, the Steele dossier that Manafort’s lobbying partner and McCain’s chief of staff went to pick up in London. Van Der Zwann is the same guy that Mueller just indicted for lying to the FBI. And Oleg Deripaska is suing Manafort for monies that the Russian oligarch believes Manafort stole from him in a business deal gone bad. And if your head isn’t spinning fast enough from all these connections so far, let me add to it by saying, let us not forget that Paul Manafort was McCain’s campaign manager during McCain’s failed bid to become President of the United States. (Side note: Is McCain holding a grudge? We know he is with Sarah Palin.)

Anyway, due to all the negative publicity stemming from the Tymoshenko debacle, Yanukovytch tried to repair his image before the public, so he hires the lobbyist, Paul Manafort, who then hires John Podesta’s lobbying outfit. Their job was to make Yanukovytch seem like a really likable guy to the Ukrainian public, so Podesta gets both Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry’s State Department to do photo ops with Yanukovytch because, you know, the DNC coffers needed to be filled during election time, so they had to sell Yanukovytch as a real class act to the adoring public. Obama even went so far as to declare the Ukrainian election to be free and fair.

But guess who else did photo ops with Yanukovytch? Bob Mueller, the same Mueller that’s now prosecuting these very people. Rod Rosenstein’s memo said Mueller was specifically authorized to investigate allegations that Manafort “[c]ommitted a crime or crimes arising out of payments he received from the Ukrainian government before and during the tenure of President Viktor Yanukovych.”

Did Bob Mueller allow these photos to be taken out of the goodness of his heart, or did he monetarily benefit from them? Hmmm, let me think about that one. If Mueller was paid for these photo ops, did he declare these monies? Surely Mueller would not have paid for his own airfare to the Ukraine. If somebody else paid for his airfare, did Mueller declare that too? Did Mueller fill out a FARA form? Same questions for all of the others involved, like, Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry’s people. But isn’t it the most interesting of all that all these people who monetarily benefited from this situation are now the very same ones who are behind the prosecution of Paul Manafort?

Manny has a point.  Did Mueller get paid for his trip to the Ukraine and his photo op with their President?

If so, did he file a FARA form or did he file the form a month before Manafort was indicted like the Podesta’s did?  Did the others who met with the Ukrainian leader also report any earnings from their meetings?

It would be interesting to see how much Mueller got paid to meet with the Ukrainian leader.  Surely Mueller didn’t do it out of the kindness of his heart?

via Is Mueller Charging Manafort for ‘Crimes’ He Also May Have Committed for His Work with Ukraine? — The Gateway Pundit

August 4, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

11 The phrase “in that day” (vv. 11, 17, 20) is an OT technical term for the day of the Lord. Isaiah’s use of it may reflect his awareness of the message of his older contemporary in the north (Am 5:18–20), who declared that this day of God’s judgment would not fall simply on Israel’s enemies but also on herself.[1]


2:11 Lofty looks are the outer manifestation of proud hearts. The refrain the Lord alone shall be exalted highlights the theme of this prophecy and describes the coming, glorious revelation of the risen and exalted Savior King. In that day the Savior will be exalted above all other proud contenders.[2]


2:11 the Lord alone will be exalted. Isaiah sees “the haughty looks/haughtiness of man” as central to what is wrong with the world and the exclusive exaltation of the Lord as the only remedy (cf. v. 17).

2:11 The humbling of human pride takes place in Christ (Matt. 20:25–28; Luke 1:48–53; 1 Cor. 1:31).[3]


2:11 Yahweh alone will be exalted The pride and ambition of people will be nothing compared to the exaltation of Yahweh. This phrase also occurs in Isa 2:11 and 2:17. Both verses are poetically similar, and provide a type of repetitive refrain to the passage.[4]


2:11 in that day. The day of the Lord brings judgment on the godless, but blessing and salvation to the godly (Joel 2:31; Zeph. 1:7; 2:13–18). Isaiah’s reference encompasses historical events (the fall of Israel, Assyria, Judah) and the coming judgment and salvation (3:7; 7:18–25; 11:10, 11; 24:21; 27:1).[5]


2:11 With the words the pride of mankind will be humbled, Isaiah expressed one of the major themes of his book. Through judgment, God cuts down the sinful pretensions of his people.[6]


[1] Grogan, G. W. (2008). Isaiah. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 486). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 809). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1244). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Is 2:11). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 954). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[6] Longman, T., III. (2017). Isaiah. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1045). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

New FBI Docs Reveal Agency Paid Steele, Admonished Him, And Strzok Sat On Weiner Probe

In the last 48 hours, the FBI has released two caches of documents through their “FBI Vault” website related to the 2016 US election. One sheds light on the agency’s relationship with Christopher Steele, while the other reveals that disgraced agent Peter Strzok waited until after the 2016 election to have Anthony Weiner’s laptop analyzed for hacking.

The 71-page release of heavily redacted records concerning former MI6 spy Christopher Steele reveals that he was paid by the agency over an unknown period of time – at least 11 times during 2016, and that Steele was admonished by the agency for unknown reasons in February, 2016.

An example of the heavily redacted forms noting Steele’s payments as well as his admonishment:

Steele compiled the infamous and largely unverified “Steele Dossier,” which was funded in part by the Clinton campaign and used by the FBI as a foundational document to apply for a surveillance warrant on Trump associate Carter Page. The records were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by watchdog organization Judicial Watch.

What’s already known is that the FBI offered to pay Steele $50,000 if he could verify the claims in his dossier – and ultimately did not pay him for that specific deliverable.

Mr. Steele met his F.B.I. contact in Rome in early October [2016], bringing a stack of new intelligence reports. One, dated Sept. 14, said that Mr. Putin was facing “fallout” over his apparent involvement in the D.N.C. hack and was receiving “conflicting advice” on what to do.

The agent said that if Mr. Steele could get solid corroboration of his reports, the F.B.I. would pay him $50,000 for his efforts, according to two people familiar with the offer. Ultimately, he was not paid. –NYT

Strzok sat on Weiner laptop

Another FBI vault release under the “Hillary Clinton” files (Part 24 of 24) reveals that disgraced counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok waited until November 9th, 2016 to submit the hard drive from what is believed to be Anthony Weiner’s laptop to the FBI’s forensics team to investigate whether the device had been hacked – something they told a Judge was a concern to justify their October 30 search warrant application. 

It’s already known that the FBI sat on the Weiner laptop, as the agency knew contained Clinton emails as early as September 28, 2016, yet former FBI Director James Comey wasn’t briefed on the newfound emails until October 27, 2016. The FBI famously analyzed 350,000 emails and 344,000 blackberry communications in just a few days (Oct. 30 – Nov. 5, 2016).

However as the Conservative Treehouse and others have noted, Strzok waited until November 9 – one day after Hillary Clinton’s loss, to submit the laptop’s hard drive to the forensics team.

Via the Conservative Treehouse

From this page (15): The day after the 2016 election Peter Strzok is asking the FBI forensics data lab to run an intrusion analysis of Huma Abedin’s laptop hard drive.

From This Page (16):  The day after the 2016 election specific instructions to look for “evidence of intrusion.”

Item 4.4: “List any previous efforts to analyze this evidence”:  “None”

In other words, the FBI told a judge that hacking was a concern in their October 30 warrant, yet waited until after the election to investigate whether there were any intrusions.

Was the agency holding off in case Hillary Clinton won the election? Since we know that “Foreign actors” obtained access to some of Clinton’s emails – including at least one email classified as “Secret,” according to a memo by GOP-led House committees, wouldn’t analyzing Weiner’s laptop for hacks be of primary concern?

Source: New FBI Docs Reveal Agency Paid Steele, Admonished Him, And Strzok Sat On Weiner Probe

3 reasons so many millennials love socialism

It’s true that socialist Bernie Sanders is anything but a millennial. And it’s true that socialism was popular long before any millennials were born. But there’s no doubt that socialism is becoming increasingly popular among young people today. Why?

According to the Daily Caller, “Young people view socialism as more attractive than older people. Of people ages 18-29, 55 percent considered socialism favorably compared to other age groups, according to a 2016 Gallup poll. Only 37 percent of people between the ages 30 and 49 viewed socialism as positive. Twenty-seven percent of people between 50 and 64 years old thought of socialism positively.”

So, millennials, especially younger millennials, have a very favorable view of socialism. But do they – or most of us – even know what it is?

Professor Jay Richards offers this helpful primer.

“Marx and his disciples claimed that ‘capitalism’ must give way to ‘socialism,’ where private property would be abolished and an all-powerful state would own everything on behalf of the people. That’s what Marx meant by the word socialism, and that’s the main dictionary definition.

“This was only supposed to be a stage, though, not the end of all our strivings. At some point, under socialism, people would lose their silly fondness for property, family, religion, and other evils. A ‘new socialist man’ would emerge and then the state would ‘wither away.’ Everyone would enjoy peace, prosperity, and the brotherhood of man. Marx and his acolytes called that final, stateless paradise ‘communism.’”

And how has that vision worked itself out in history?

Professor Richards states: “Here’s the point: Those regimes led by mass murderers with their gulags, death camps, man-made famines and killing fields were socialist. That’s not slander. It’s what these countries called themselves. USSR stood for the ‘Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.’

“You gotta break millions of eggs with socialism to make the communist omelet. Socialism, you might say, was the necessary evil to reach the bliss where no state would be necessary.”

Yet the lure of socialism continues, getting stronger in the last few years, especially among American youth. Why?

Here are three simple reasons.

1. Young people want “equality.” The word “equality” has become almost sacred to the younger generation, and in many ways, that’s a good thing. They want a level playing field. They want everyone treated fairly. They want to leave behind our discriminatory, racist past. All that is positive.

Unfortunately, there is often a passion for equality that is not based on realism (or function, as in all the talk about “marriage equality,” where sex differences are blurred).

The fact is that life is not always fair. There are winners and losers. And some people work harder than others, because of which they succeed more.

That success is well-deserved and should be appreciated. But all too often today, success through hard work is scorned.

Question: “Why should you have more than I do?”

Answer: “Because I worked hard for it.”

Response: “But that’s not fair.”

Socialism, then, is the fix!

2. Young people today have a deep sense of entitlement. Conservapedia.com defines the entitlement mentality as “a state of mind in which an individual comes to believe that privileges are instead rights, and that they are to be expected as a matter of course.”

I am owed a free lunch, and it’s got to be a good lunch too. The lunch of my choosing. I deserve it.

As explained by Dr. John Townsend in his book “The Entitlement Cure,” “Entitlement is the belief that I am exempt from responsibility and I am owed special treatment. Entitlement is: The man who thinks he is above all the rules. The woman who feels mistreated and needs others to make it up to her.”

This dangerous attitude is crippling a whole generation. As expressed by Kate S. Rourke in her article, “You Owe Me: Examining a Generation of Entitlement,” “Children in the most recent generation of adults, born between 1982 and 1995, known as ‘Generation Y,’ were raised to believe that it is their right to have everything given to them more than any other previous generation.”

Socialism plays right into this mindset, especially the fuzzy, idealized, quite unrealistic socialism being put forward today: “We all get our free lunch!”

Unfortunately, that can only happen when the government owns all the lunches. Do young people understand this?

3. Young socialists haven’t done the math. The obvious question is this: “If you’re getting a free lunch – no, if we’re all getting a free lunch – who’s paying for it?”

The immediate, thoughtless answer is: “The government!”

And that leads to the real question: “Who’s paying the government?”

The answer is as painful as it is obvious: “You are!”

As one news commentator suggested, there’s no reason to wait for the government to become socialist. Just start paying more taxes today and do your part. Right!

Do you remember the viral video clip where a young Florida woman, Peggy Joseph, was ecstatic after hearing candidate Barack Obama speak in 2008? She said, “I won’t have to worry about puttin’ gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about payin’ my mortgage.” Obama will take care of it!

Six years later, working as a nurse and the suburban mom of four kids, she was asked by filmmaker Joel Gilbert, “Did Obama pay for your mortgage and did he pay for your gas?”

She laughed and replied, “Absolutely not! Mortgage got worse and gas prices got higher. … At that time we needed a change but a change for the better not the worse.”

When I asked my assistant Dylan, himself in his early 30s and the married father of four, why he thought so many young people were into socialism, he answered, “Perhaps because of being so absorbed with social media that they’re used to soundbite answers and haven’t thought it through.”

Or, as Jay Richards stated, “Too many of us are still clueless about socialism and communism. I blame biased media and fuzzy thinking.”

The bottom line is that most young proponents of socialism simply haven’t done the math. Had they done so, they’d start working the capitalist system a little harder. They would find it far more rewarding than socialism.

Source: 3 reasons so many millennials love socialism

Black pastor: Trump more pro-black than Obama

Then-Sen. Barack Obama poses with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in 2005 at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill. The photo, taken by Askia Muhammad, was kept hidden from the public until 2018 upon the request of the Congressional Black Caucus

President Trump wants to do something of significance for the nation’s urban black communities and will end up being more “pro-black” than his predecessor, Barack Obama, says a black pastor.

Pastor Darrell Scott of Cleveland co-founded Trump’s National Diversity Coalition and recently attended a White House meeting with several dozen inner-city faith leaders.

Their subject of discussion was prison reform and other outreaches that would benefit urban blacks.

Scott’s message to them?

“This is probably going to be … the most pro-black president I’ve seen in my lifetime. This president actually wants to prove something to our community, our faith-based community and our ethnic community. The last president didn’t feel like he had to.”

Scott’s comments during the meeting:

“I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with then-candidate and now-President Trump and to observe him behind the scenes and have personal conversations with him, and people ask me why do I defend him so vociferously, and I say it’s easy for me to do it because I know him,” Scott said.

“And he shown me his heart, and I know he has a heart for all Americans, and I’ll say this: This administration has taken a lot of people by surprise and it’s going to surprise you guys even more.”

Scott said the Trump administration is “probably the most proactive administration regarding urban America and the faith-based community in my lifetime.”

“I’ll be 60 years old in December, but when I think back on. … I use good hair dye and I’ve got a great makeup artist. … To be honest this is … and I’m going to say this at this table … this is the most pro-black president that we’ve had in our lifetimes.”

He said Trump has the desire to address the issues of the black urban community.

Obama didn’t, he said.

“The last president didn’t feel like he had to. He got a pass,” he said.

At the meeting, the president pointed out that African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates are at their lowest levels ever and his prison reform effort focuses on making sure former inmates can find work.

The full meeting is on YouTube.

Source: Black pastor: Trump more pro-black than Obama

WATCH: Pastor Van Moody Holds Press Conference to Address Backlash to him and Other Black Pastors Meeting With President Trump

Pastor Van Moody

As the criticism of black pastors who met with President Trump this week continues, Pastor Van Moody held a press conference at Worship Center Christian Church in Birmingham, AL, on Friday to address the backlash.

At the White House meeting, Moody complimented Trump for being “compassionate and caring about all people.” He defended his remarks in the press conference saying, “President Trump’s administration seems to be concerned about the issue [of prison reform.] What they did is ask me, along with other faith leaders, to come and share our thoughts about it.”

He went on to say, “I don’t regret the comments. What I regret is maybe what I should have said right after was, ‘on these issues.’ But once again, I do appreciate anybody that tries to help the poor, the disenfranchised and the marginalized. And that’s my heart on the issue whether they be white or black.”

In another video posted to YouTube, Pastor Moody said, “I understand why some people have responded to the news of me going to the White House the way that they did. But I wanted to take a minute to share my heart with you so that you can hopefully put my visit in its proper perspective.”

He went on to describe his first meeting on prison reform with Trump administration officials and how that led to Wednesday’s meeting this week:

The reason I almost did not go the first time is because I was thinking about me. I didn’t want to be attacked and I didn’t want people to think that I am an apologist for Trump or anything of that nature. Then, I was really convicted about what this was really about — ‘was it about you or is it about the people who are disenfranchised and marginalized and voiceless?’ Particularly, the people that we see every month as we serve throughout the state of Alabama.

I went [to the White House] and I was brutally honest with them. I read through the bill and I actually sat down with some key leaders on this issue. I was actually surprised because I was not expecting [the officials] to receive what I had to say, but they did. They received it and I sent correspondence to support a lot of the things I said in the meeting and they responded immediately back to me. It took all of that in consideration in trying to craft this bill in its final phase. Subsequently, after that meeting, the bill went forward and the bill has passed the House and has yet to pass the Senate.

Just like the first meeting, there is not much that I knew about the context of the meeting — who was going to be in the meeting and who was not going to be in the meeting. I didn’t even know going in who the other pastors were that were going to be there. The first meeting I had at the White House, President Trump did not come into the room and there was no media allowed.

Then, President Trump came in and he shared his heart about the need for prison reform and for workforce development. Then, he allowed the media to come in for a moment.

If you follow me or have read any of the op-ed pieces that I put out … you know that I have at times, particularly recently, been very critical about a lot of things that are happening. What is unfortunate is that people took that statement, took that snidbit, and then ran away with it to suggest that I have sold out or things of that nature. That is absolutely not the case.

Pastors John Gray and Harry Jackson have also responded to critics of the meeting.

–Joshua James

Source: WATCH: Pastor Van Moody Holds Press Conference to Address Backlash to him and Other Black Pastors Meeting With President Trump

Sneaky Pete: FBI kept buying scurrilous anti-Trump documents from Chris Steele even after ‘firing’ him for lying

Like Ahab’s quest for the whale, the FBI’s effort to Get Trump was all-consuming.

Because he wasn’t straight with them about his leaks to the press, FBI asset Christopher Steele, a British ex-spy, and author of the phony “Steele dossier” with it gross hooker-urination fabrications about Donald Trump, got fired.

Unlike, say, Rick Gates or George Papadopolous, he certainly wasn’t charged with ‘lying to the FBI,’ or anything, but double standards abound. All he got was ‘terminated.’

Now it turns out that, George Smiley-style, he repeatedly got ‘brought out of retirement’ by the FBI.

Seems the FBI couldn’t get enough of this guy. They went back and bought more garbage from him, again and again, and Judicial Watch caught up with them. According Byron York:

Congressional investigators know that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the Trump dossier on behalf of the Clinton campaign, kept supplying allegations to the FBI after the 2016 election — and even after he was terminated as a source by the bureau for giving confidential information to the media.

Because he had broken his agreement with the FBI, bureau procedure did not allow agents to keep using Steele as a source. But they did so anyway — by devising a system in which Steele spoke regularly with Bruce Ohr, a top Obama Justice Department official whose wife worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Steele to search for dirt on Donald Trump in Russia. Ohr then passed on Steele’s information to the FBI.

York reports that they did it 12 times, which suggests quite an addiction to Steele’s ‘Get Trump’ information, which was repeatedly bad. They ‘laundered’ it through Bruce and Nelly Ohr, one of the famous sets of Trump-hating lovebirds who have been involved in this de facto Deep State coup attempt.

York notes that the bureau seemed to want to keep trying to find out whether the Steele dossier was true or not, even though they had already persuaded a FISA judge to issue surveillance warrants for it. Which is rather backwards.

Remember, the FBI had already presented some of the dossier’s allegations as evidence to the FISA court. After going out on a limb like that, the bureau wanted to know if the allegations were true or not, writing:

In a larger sense, the Ohr-Steele 302s could shed some light on how an effort — it certainly included Steele, but also others — to keep Trump from being elected morphed into an effort to keep Trump from being inaugurated and then morphed into an effort to remove Trump from office. A version of that effort is still going on, of course, even as some in Congress try to find out how it started.

What stands out to me is that they said they got rid of Steele for lying to them, and then went right back to him, which must be some sort of perjury problem right there, given their congressional testimony. It’s also suggests that the dossier was false as heck, because instead of at least trying to develop other sources to verify what they wanted to verify from the Steele dossier, they just kept going back to the same well because no one else out there had any confirming information. Which of course, makes sense, given that the dossier was fabricated.

What a sorry picture this paints of the persistence of Deep State in its Ahab-like quest to Get Trump. They aren’t even embarassed about it. Maybe some legal consequences will get their attention.

Because he wasn’t straight with them about his leaks to the press, FBI asset Christopher Steele, a British ex-spy, and author of the phony “Steele dossier” with it gross hooker-urination fabrications about Donald Trump, got fired.

Unlike, say, Rick Gates or George Papadopolous, he certainly wasn’t charged with ‘lying to the FBI,’ or anything, but double standards abound. All he got was ‘terminated.’

Now it turns out that, George Smiley-style, he repeatedly got ‘brought out of retirement’ by the FBI.

Seems the FBI couldn’t get enough of this guy. They went back and bought more garbage from him, again and again, and Judicial Watch caught up with them. According Byron York:

Congressional investigators know that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the Trump dossier on behalf of the Clinton campaign, kept supplying allegations to the FBI after the 2016 election — and even after he was terminated as a source by the bureau for giving confidential information to the media.

Because he had broken his agreement with the FBI, bureau procedure did not allow agents to keep using Steele as a source. But they did so anyway — by devising a system in which Steele spoke regularly with Bruce Ohr, a top Obama Justice Department official whose wife worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Steele to search for dirt on Donald Trump in Russia. Ohr then passed on Steele’s information to the FBI.

York reports that they did it 12 times, which suggests quite an addiction to Steele’s ‘Get Trump’ information, which was repeatedly bad. They ‘laundered’ it through Bruce and Nelly Ohr, one of the famous sets of Trump-hating lovebirds who have been involved in this de facto Deep State coup attempt.

York notes that the bureau seemed to want to keep trying to find out whether the Steele dossier was true or not, even though they had already persuaded a FISA judge to issue surveillance warrants for it. Which is rather backwards.

Remember, the FBI had already presented some of the dossier’s allegations as evidence to the FISA court. After going out on a limb like that, the bureau wanted to know if the allegations were true or not, writing:

In a larger sense, the Ohr-Steele 302s could shed some light on how an effort — it certainly included Steele, but also others — to keep Trump from being elected morphed into an effort to keep Trump from being inaugurated and then morphed into an effort to remove Trump from office. A version of that effort is still going on, of course, even as some in Congress try to find out how it started.

What stands out to me is that they said they got rid of Steele for lying to them, and then went right back to him, which must be some sort of perjury problem right there, given their congressional testimony. It’s also suggests that the dossier was false as heck, because instead of at least trying to develop other sources to verify what they wanted to verify from the Steele dossier, they just kept going back to the same well because no one else out there had any confirming information. Which of course, makes sense, given that the dossier was fabricated.

What a sorry picture this paints of the persistence of Deep State in its Ahab-like quest to Get Trump. They aren’t even embarassed about it. Maybe some legal consequences will get their attention.

Source: Sneaky Pete: FBI kept buying scurrilous anti-Trump documents from Chris Steele even after ‘firing’ him for lying

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