Daily Archives: August 28, 2018

August 28: Meaningless Maxims

Isaiah 58:1–59:21; Luke 22:24–62; Job 13:1–12

“Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay” (Job 13:12).

There were bits of truth in the words spoken by Jobs’ friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. Between their blundering interpretations were words that expressed God’s majesty, justice, and sovereignty. Unfortunately, they pieced together their bits of truth and applied them incorrectly to Job’s life.

Job quickly saw through their packaged solution. However, not all those struggling with loss can handle an onslaught of helpful Christians with easy answers. When people go through difficult times and ask for advice—or even if they don’t—it’s tempting to deliver our responses based on our own experiences. Eliphaz argued this way: “Just as I have seen, plowers of mischief and sowers of trouble will reap it” (Job 4:8).

The way we interpret and respond to events in our lives is often Scripture-based and Spirit-led. Though we should readily provide encouragement to those who struggle, we shouldn’t always encourage others toward the same application. Our responses to those in need should be carefully weighed, and they should always guide others to Scripture, the good news, and the work of the Spirit. Ultimately, these are the means through which truth speaks into our experiences. We should never intend for our guidance to be the final authority in others’ lives.

How are you helping others understand their pain and sorrow?

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.

Indwelling sin and beaver dams

The End Time

By Elizabeth Prata

John Owen’s treatise on indwelling sin is a devastating look at our internal selves, both regenerate and unregenerate. It’s devastating because he draws out the reality of our sin, something, to be honest, most of us would rather just glance at then away, than study for any length of time.

It’s worth it though.

Owen uses the picture of ‘streams’ in several ways when describing sin or grace. Either way, when he uses the word-picture, it’s potent. In his last three chapters, which I believe to be his best, Owen remarks about the situation for the Christian why he at first was fervent but then as time goes on loses his oomph so to speak. Here are a few excerpts.

Decays in degrees of grace caused by indwelling sin

Upon the first conversion and calling of sinners unto God and Christ, they have usually many fresh springs…

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August 28 Holy Hatred

“Hate evil, you who love the Lord” (Ps. 97:10).


God’s hatred for evil is an extension of His love.

After spending this month exploring fifteen characteristics of godly love, it might seem odd to shift suddenly to the topic of hatred. Additionally, “holy hatred” will sound like a contradiction in terms to those who view all hatred as evil. But love and hate are inseparable. You can’t truly love something and be complacent about the things that oppose or threaten it.

If you love your spouse, you hate anything that would defile or injure him or her. If you love your children, you hate anything that would harm them. If you love good, you hate evil. If you love unity, you hate discord. If you love God, you hate Satan. That’s why Scripture says, “Hate evil, you who love the Lord” (Ps. 97:10) and, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way, and the perverted mouth, I [God personified] hate” (Prov. 8:13).

Unquestionably God is a God of love. First John 4 says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and every one who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. … Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. … And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (vv. 7–8, 11, 16).

How are we to respond to that love? The psalmist wrote, “From Thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. … I hate those who are double-minded, but I love Thy law. … I esteem right all Thy precepts concerning everything, I hate every false way. … I hate and despise falsehood, but I love Thy law” (Ps. 119:104, 113, 128, 163).

Is that your prayer? Do you hate the things that oppose God? Are you offended by what offends Him? Remember, holy hatred is as much a part of godly love as any of its other characteristics. If you love God, you must necessarily hate evil.


Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God to increase your love for Him and your hatred for evil.

For Further Study: Meditate on Psalm 119:101–104, and commit it to memory.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 253). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Lanny Davis and Michael Cohen have gotten themselves into a big mess trying to damage Trump

I don’t recall seeing a Beltway establishment insider of the standing of Lanny Davis ever walking back two claims he made to media as an anonymous source.

Source: Lanny Davis and Michael Cohen have gotten themselves into a big mess trying to damage Trump

When should the media report on murders by refugees?

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Responsibly reporting on violent crime committed by refugees is one of the hardest things for a news organization to get right. A national broadcaster’s decision not to cover one such murder caused Jörg Luyken to take a closer look.

Do newspapers focus too much on crimes committed by refugees, thus creating an exaggerated public fear of the danger they pose? Or do they too often ignore them out of a misplaced concern that they would be fuelling racism?

Depending on who you talk to in Germany, you will get very different opinions. Left-wingers believe the press over-report, cynically exploiting the fact that refugee crime sells newspapers. The right meanwhile harangue the “politically correct” media for failing to inform the public of a growing crime wave.

As an editor who has to make calls on what does and doesn’t appear on our website, I can say it is a mighty hard call.

I am well aware of the fact that a horrific crime with an asylum seeker as the suspect – such as the rape-murder of a teenage girl in Wiesbaden in June – will bring readers to our website. In a time of declining advertising revenues, news organizations face pressure to maximize their readership.

So are we journalists pushing refugees under the bus to save our own skin? Have we awoken a latent xenophobia in the general public that helps us sell newspapers every time an asylum seeker commits a crime?

That is certainly the conclusion to draw from a statement made by German public broadcaster ARD earlier this month. ARD is publicly financed and therefore free to cover the news without fear that low ratings will drive it into bankruptcy.

On August 16th, its Tagesschau evening news bulletin chose not to mention a grim murder in the central German town of Offenbach. A doctor had been stabbed to death in his practise that morning with no obvious explanation for why. Hours later police arrested his suspected murderer – an asylum seeker from Somalia who arrived in the country in late 2015.

After receiving complaints from the public for its decision not to cover the crime, Tagesschau’s editor-in-chief Kai Gniffke publicly justified the decision.

He explained that Tagesschau only reports on news that has “a societal, national or international relevance – things that are meaningful to the majority of the 83 million Germans.”

Source: When should the media report on murders by refugees?

Russian MoD: White Helmets Preparing to Stage Chemical Attack in Idlib

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Representatives of the White Helmets group have delivered a large shipment of toxic substances to a warehouse used by Ahrar al-Sham militants in Idlib province, Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov, head of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said on Tuesday.

Source: Russian MoD: White Helmets Preparing to Stage Chemical Attack in Idlib

Muslim Compound Leaders Planned to Attack Hospital – Why Is the Media Ignoring This Story?

Despite a new revelation that the leaders of a Muslim compound in New Mexico were planning to attack an Atlanta hospital, there has been relatively little recent national coverage.

Source: Muslim Compound Leaders Planned to Attack Hospital – Why Is the Media Ignoring This Story?

President Trump Warns Tech Giants Google, Twitter, Facebook: You’re Moving into “Troubled Territory” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump lashed out at the far left Tech Giants on Tuesday accusing them of bias against conservative Americans.
CNBC reported:

Trump accused Google of altering search results to prioritize negative coverage and left-leaning outlets and warned that the issue “will be addressed.”

Trump said in a tweet that the tech giant’s search engine had “rigged” news story results to show mostly “bad” stories about him and other conservatives.

“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media,” the president said.

“In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out.”

On Tuesday afternoon President Trump doubled down on his attacks warning the tech giants that they are moving into “troubling territory.”

President Trump: Yeah, I think Google is really taking advantage of a number of people and I think that is a very serious thing. It’s a serious charge. I think what Google and others are doing if you look what’s going on at Twitter, if you look what’s going on in Facebook they better be careful because you can’t do that to people. You can’t do it. We have literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in. And you just can’t do that. So I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It’s not fair to large portions of the population.

via President Trump Warns Tech Giants Google, Twitter, Facebook: You’re Moving into “Troubled Territory” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

FLASHBACK: Facebook Caught Throttling President Trump’s Facebook Page – Engagements Down by 45% — The Gateway Pundit


On Tuesday President Trump warned Google about it’s biased practices of hiding conservative content on their platform.

But it’s not just Google that is throttling conservative content.

Facebook also practices censorship of conservative content.
In fact President Trump’s Facebook page is censored by Facebook.

In February Facebook launched a new algorithm to ensure that conservative news would not spread on the social media platform.

This was after Facebook announced it was losing 50,000,000 user hours a day in the previous quarter.

The algorithm change caused President Donald Trump’s engagement on Facebook posts to plummet a whopping 45%.

In contrast, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) do not appear to have suffered a comparable decline in Facebook engagement.

Top conservative Facebook pages with daily traffic in the millions have seen 75% to 95% drop in traffic.

This is how Democrats fight back — Not with better ideas but with smash-mouth fascist tactics to ruin any threats to their total dominance.

Young Cons, Western Journalism, SarahPalin.com, Independent Journal Review, Right Wing News, and several others have seen dramatic loss in traffic.

The Gateway Pundit does not rely on Facebook for our traffic numbers but Facebook is a significant part of every major publication’s strategy today.

Still, we saw a significant drop in Facebook traffic since the beginning  of the year–  .
And in March  Facebook shut down our traffic stream from the social media platform.

Our Facebook traffic went from 33% of our total traffic to 3% of our total traffic since the beginning of 2018.

This is corrupt, if not criminal, behavior.

Meanwhile, liberal sites are doing fine.

A recent report by Outline organization confirmed the conservative publishers were hit the hardest by the recent Facebook news feed changes.

The study also found the The Gateway Pundit was hit the hardest by these changes.

Via The Outline:

Facebook’s January 12 announcement that it would begin to de-prioritize news publishers and their posts in users’ News Feeds has had a surprisingly profound and partisan impact. According to The Outline’s analysis of Facebook engagement data obtained from research tool BuzzSumo, conservative and right-wing publishers (such as Breitbart, Fox News, and Gateway Pundit) were hit the hardest in the weeks following the announcement, with Facebook engagement totals for February dropping as much as 55 percent for some, while the engagement numbers of most predominantly liberal publishers remained unaffected…

…The Outline drew these conclusions after analyzing the Facebook engagement data of 20 publishers from March 5, 2017 to February 28, 2018.

The Gateway Pundit published a report in April that shows how top conservative publishers have been targeted and their content eliminated on Facebook.

The Gateway Pundit report have over 300,000 views.

Facebook Conservative Blacklist With Traffic Graphics– UPDATED by Jim Hoft on Scribd


In March Facebook shut down our content. You cannot even share a Gateway Pundit story without getting a warning now.
And this is after we spent tens of thousands of dollars advertising on Facebook.

We are not alone.

In July we released a follow-up study that found that Facebook had elimintated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites.
This document has 130,000 views on Scribd.

Facebook Conservative Blacklist With Traffic Graphics– UPDATED by Jim Hoft on Scribd


On Tuesday President Trump warned the tech giants about their war against conservative content.

Let’s hope it’s not too late for the GOP — They should have acted sooner.

via FLASHBACK: Facebook Caught Throttling President Trump’s Facebook Page – Engagements Down by 45% — The Gateway Pundit

GOP Lawmakers: Bruce Ohr Testimony Conflicts With Lisa Page, Glenn Simpson Testimonies — The Gateway Pundit

Twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr arrives at Capitol Hill

Twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr arrived at Capitol Hill Tuesday morning for a closed-door grilling from House Oversight and House Judiciary members over his contacts with dossier author Christopher Steele.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told reporters there are discrepancies between Bruce Ohr’s testimony and the testimony given by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson.

GOP lawmakers said Tuesday afternoon that Bruce Ohr was being cooperative and answering questions at the closed-door deposition.

‘Ohr is not refusing to answer questions,’ Congressman Meadows said to reporters.

FOX News Catherine Herridge: Amid closed door interview w/DoJ official Bruce Ohr, GOP NC Rep Meadows says the FBI knew there were “credibility” issues surrounding the dossier before it was used to secure the first FISA warrant in late October 2016.

FOX News Catherine Herridge: GOP FL Rep Matt Gaetz at Bruce Ohr deposition. Gaetz says there are conflicts w/Ohr’s testimony alongside FBI lawyer Lisa Page & Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson about handling of evidence & timing. Gaetz wants the 3 to testify together to deconflict

FOX News Catherine Herridge: Reps Meadows, Gaetz & Issa say DoJ’s Bruce ohr is being cooperative answering questions at deposition. Meadows says Ohr’s memory was “imperfect” about key events, adding Ohr is not refusing to answer questions.

Text messages, emails and handwritten notes penned by twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr have trickled out to reporters over the last few weeks showing the very deep connection Ohr had with Christopher Steele.

Bruce Ohr was acting as a backchannel for Steele after the FBI terminated him in November of 2016 for breaking protocol by leaking to the media.

The former Associate Deputy AG was also meeting with co-founder of Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson and was given a memory stick by Simpson. Investigators still haven’t revealed what was on the memory stick.

Glenn Simpson wasn’t Bruce Ohr’s only connection to Fusion GPS, his wife Nellie Ohr also worked for the oppo research firm.

Congressman Gaetz wants Ohr, Simpson and Lisa Page to all testify together to iron out any conflicts.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said, “There’s also some ambiguity between Ohr and Lisa Page. We will have to go back to the loop to find out which one of them is able to change their story or face perjury.”

via GOP Lawmakers: Bruce Ohr Testimony Conflicts With Lisa Page, Glenn Simpson Testimonies — The Gateway Pundit

Bruce Ohr Testifies To Closed-Door Joint Session of Congress (Oversight and Judiciary)… — The Last Refuge

Today DOJ Official Bruce Ohr is testifying in a closed-door session to a joint House Oversight and Judiciary Committee.  The republican representatives asking questions were selected by Chairman Bob Goodlatte.  Democrats are relying on staff.

According to Kyle Cheney (Politico) Bruce Ohr has four lawyers with him, personal lawyers and lawyers representing the interests of the DOJ.  Initial indications are Ohr has provided testimony that directly conflicts with Fusion-GPS Glenn Simpson, and prior testimony from witness Lisa Page to the joint committee.

via Bruce Ohr Testifies To Closed-Door Joint Session of Congress (Oversight and Judiciary)… — The Last Refuge

GREENWALD: CNN ‘Deliberately Lied’ In Blockbuster Story?

CNN’s blockbuster July 26 story – that Michael Cohen intended to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he was present when Donald Trump was told in advance about his son’s Trump Tower meeting with various Russians – includes a key statement about its sourcing that credible reporting now suggests was designed to have misled its audience. Yet CNN simply refuses to address the serious ethical and journalistic questions raised about its conduct.

The substance of the CNN story itself regarding Cohen – which made headline news all over all the world and which CNN hyped as a “bombshell” – has now been retracted by other news outlets that originally purported to “confirm” CNN’s story. That’s because the anonymous source for this confirmation, Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis, now admits that, in essence, his “confirmation” was false. As a result, both the Washington Post and the NY Post outed Davis as their anonymous source and then effectively retracted their stories “confirming” parts of CNN’s report.


CNN, however, has retracted nothing. All inquiries to the network are directed to a corporate spokesperson, who simply says: “We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it.” A newsletter sent Sunday night from CNN’s two media reporters, Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy, contained the same corporate language, but addressed none of the questions raised about CNN’s report.

It’s certainly possible that CNN had other sources for this story besides Davis, who now repudiates it. It’s hard to see how CNN’s story could be true given that Davis, Cohen’s own lawyer, explicitly says that Cohen has no information that Trump had prior knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting, that Cohen cannot and will not tell Mueller that this happened, and that Davis’ prior claims about Cohen’s knowledge and intentions are false.

Axios reported that Cohen testified under oath to Congress that he has no knowledge that Trump had prior knowledge of the meeting and repeated this to leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee again after CNN’s report. Davis now says Cohen – rather than intending to tell Mueller he has such information – stands by his long-time claim that he has none. So the key people with knowledge on what CNN reported – Cohen and his own lawyer – insist that CNN’s reporting about what Cohen knows and intends to tell Mueller is false.

Nonetheless, it’s possible that other sources did tell CNN that Cohen does have this information and intends to share it with Mueller, and that Cohen’s own lawyer is either unaware of this or is lying about it. It’s not likely, obviously, but it’s theoretically possible. Unfortunately, CNN refuses to tell us anything about what it itself said was a “blockbuster” story, so it’s impossible to know.

But there’s an entirely separate, and more significant, question about CNN’s behavior here; namely, the very specific claim they made about their sourcing for that blockbuster story. Last night, BuzzFeed reported that Davis explicitly confessed that he was one of the anonymous sources for CNN’s July 26 story, just as he was for the stories from the Washington Post and the New York Post. Last week, CNN put Davis on the air with Anderson Cooper to deny that he was the source for that CNN story – a denial Cooper did not contest – but Davis now admits he was one of CNN’s sources, if not their main source.

Yet remarkably, CNN, in its July 26 story, specificaly claimed that Davis refused to talk to CNN about the story or provide any comment whatsoever:

Only one of two things can be true here, and either is extremely significant: (1) CNN deliberately lied to its audience about Davis refusing to comment on the story when, in fact, Davis was one of the anonymous sources on which the CNN report depended, and CNN claimed Davis refused to comment in order to hide Davis’ identity as one of their anonymous sources; or (2) Davis is lying now to BuzzFeed when he confessed to having been one of CNN’s sources for the story.

How can CNN possibly justify refusing to address these questions, and refrain from informing the public about these critical matters on a story that they themselves hyped for days as a “blockbuster,” one of the most significant stories yet in the Trump/Russia saga? Questions about this massive discrepancy from the Intercept to Stelter have not been answered, nor has CNN addressed this on air or with any other media outlets who have inquired. Darcy told the Intercept he was not aware of sourcing issues on the story and suggested inquiries be directed to CNN’s Public Relations department.

If CNN lied about Davis having refused comment (when, in fact, he was one of their anonymous sources), then this is obviously a major journalism scandal. If, by contrast, Davis – who has been treated by the U.S. media as a reliable source despite decades of lying (and who leveraged that treatment to raise more than $150,000 in a GoFundMe “Truth Fund” campaign for Cohen to pay Davis) – is lying about having spoken to CNN about the July 26 report, that is also a major story.

Yet CNN, the only ones with the ability to inform the public about what happened here, is silent. This despite the incomparable importance which CNN breathlessly told its viewers the story carried:

Reporting v. “Media Criticism”

Media outlets have invented a deceitful term to discredit and trivialize any reporting on their own wrongful conduct. Such reporting, they say, is nothing more than “media criticism,” in contrast to the “real reporting” they do. A New Yorker profile published yesterday that was designed to malign my own work on this story over the last two years – which has involved ample reporting on the conduct of media outlets in circulating false information – invoked this term of insult to dismiss such reporting as worthless.

This term is self-serving nonsense from media outlets, seeking to render their own behavior off-limits from journalistic scrutiny. Media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC are highly powerful corporate actors. Their behavior can generate immense consequences for society. When they engage in journalistically deceitful or unethical practices, or when they report consequential claims that end up being false as a result of their recklessness or bias, that produces highly harmful outcomes.

Examples of what does actually merit the diminishing term “media criticism” are columns expressing one’s opinions about the on-camera charisma of various TV hosts, or whether new website designs are aesthetic improvements. But documenting false claims from powerful corporate media outlets or describing their wrongful behavior helps the public understand what is and isn’t true regarding key political controversies: the very definition of “real reporting.” Such reporting is vital for dispelling propaganda and deceit. It is clarifying on the most vital issues.

Doing so is “real reporting” in every sense of the word. Media outlets aren’t special or immune. Reporting on their bad and deceitful acts is indistinguishable from reporting on the bad and deceitful acts of any other powerful actor in society.

The term “media criticism” – when juxtaposed with the term “real reporting” (by which mainstream journalists usually mean: “giving official sources anonymity, writing down what they say, and then uncritically repeating it to the public”) – is intended to discredit those who expose the bad and deceitful acts of media outlets and to imply that doing so is trivial or worthless. Nobody who reports on powerful corporate media outlets should be deterred by this transparently manipulative term.

The Media’s Chronic Misreporting on the Trump/Russia Story

The other self-serving tactic media outlets use in situations like this is to claim that their errors are just good faith and rare mistakes, and that those who report on their mistakes are exaggerating their significance. This claim was also prominently featured in the New Yorker’s critique of my work, and is reflexively applied to anyone who has critiqued the dominant media narrative on this story.

This tactic is also itself highly deceitful. The reality is that from the start of the Trump/Russia story, the U.S. media has repeatedly and frequently – not rarely and periodically – gotten major stories completely wrong, always in the same direction: exaggerating the threat posed by Russia to the U.S., and concocting evidence of Trump/Russia collusion even when such evidence did not exist.

Last December, I reported on what I call (and still believe) was the U.S. media’s “most humiliating debacle in ages”: a blatantly false and equally hyped CNN story claiming that an unknown person had emailed Donald Trump Jr. access to the WikiLeaks email archive before it was published: a story that MSNBC’s Ken Dilanian purported to “confirm.”

That story – predictably and by design – generated huge headlines around the world, and was given breathless coverage on cable news given its obvious significance. In fact, the email in question was sent after WikiLeaks had published that archive to the entire world, rendering the magic-bullet email utterly worthless, not a massive scoop proving collusion.

In that case, it seems that CNN and MSNBC’s sources somehow all got the date of the email wrong in exactly the same way by accident, though nobody knows how this could possibly have happened because then – as now – these media outlets refuse to come clean with the public about what they did. Then, as now, the same outlets that demand transparency from everyone else refuse to provide any themselves.

When reporting on that story, I detailed just some of the similarly significant and false stories major outlets have published on this story over the last eighteen months, notably always in the same direction, pushing the same narrative interests:

  • Russia hacked into the U.S. electric grid to deprive Americans of heat during winter (Wash Post)
  • An anonymous group (PropOrNot) documented how major U.S. political sites are Kremlin agents (Wash Post)
  • WikiLeaks has a long, documented relationship with Putin (Guardian)
  • A secret server between Trump and a Russian bank has been discovered (Slate)
  • RT hacked C-SPAN and caused disruption in its broadcast (Fortune)
  • Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery app (Crowdstrike)
  • Russians attempted to hack elections systems in 21 states (multiple news outlets, echoing Homeland Security)
  • Links have been found between Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci and a Russian investment fund under investigation (CNN)

Whatever words one wishes to use to defend the U.S. media’s conduct here, “rare” and “isolated” are not among those that can be credibly invoked. Far more accurate are “chronic,” “systematic” and “reckless.”

And when it comes to discrediting journalism in the U.S., thousands of mean Donald Trump tweets about Chuck Todd and Wolf Blitzer can’t accomplish even a fraction of what this media behavior has done to themselves, particularly when their behavior is followed by secrecy and refusals to comment so brazen and unjustified that it would make even security state spokespeople blush with shame.

Source: GREENWALD: CNN ‘Deliberately Lied’ In Blockbuster Story?


Your life is hid with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:3

We ought to recognize one of the great problems in our modern Christianity: Those who come to Christ probably have their minds made up that to stay sane they must remain “adjusted” to society around them.

This notion has been drilled into them from their playpen, and it never occurs to them to question it. There is a “norm” out there somewhere to which they must conform, and that norm is above criticism. Their success and happiness depend upon how well they adjust to it; and Christianity, though it may add something to it, must never disagree with the main idea!

This is the popular notion in the world: “To be happy, adjust to the social norm!” The problem is that the idea will not hold up under examination. The world does not know where it is going; it has not found life’s highest good; it is instead puzzled, frightened and frustrated.

Thankfully, it was to this kind of world Jesus came. He died for its sin and now lives for the salvation of all who will repudiate it!

Dear Lord, the world seems to be in an irreversible downward spiral. There is no time to be wishy-washy about my faith. Lord, keep me focused on You and Your purposes for the sake of the gospel.[1]

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

Dershowitz Challenges Desperate TV Pundits ‘Anxious’ to Find Trump Crimes

Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz appeared Monday night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, “Hannity,” blasting TV pundits who seem “anxious” to uncover crimes — any crimes they possibly can — against President Donald Trump.

The segment began with a discussion of the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen indictments, which have opened the door for many people in the mainstream media to label Trump an “unindicted co-conspirator,” as The Daily Caller reported.

“Professor Dershowitz, you kept saying this isn’t even jaywalking as it relates to the president. Can you explain to America’s dumb pundit lawyer class why you are right and they are so wrong?” Hannity asked Dershowitz bluntly.

“First, I completely understand why people are so anxious to try to find crimes against Trump, but you just can’t make it up,” Dershowitz emphasized last night.

“You have to look at the rule of law,” said Dershowitz. “And if you look at the statute, the statute says that a candidate can contribute any amount of money he wants into his own campaign, and President Trump has said the money came from him personally,” he said, obviously passionate about the topic.

“So unless new evidence develops, I see no indication of any criminal violation of any of the campaign finance statutes. If there are any, let’s hear, where’s the beef, where’s the statute? Point to me where the violation occurs. I know why people hope there is a violation, but hope can’t substitute for reality,” he exclaimed.

Dershowitz recently appeared on CNN — on a segment during which he again had to emphasize the letter of the law over what liberals wish were the law when it comes to the president.

Those comments from him came in an interview he did with Chris Cuomo that centered on the Manafort and Cohen indictments.

“If you look at the statute, the statute says that a candidate can contribute any amount of money he wants into his own campaign, and President Trump has said the money came from him personally.”

“Let me be very clear. I don’t have a dog in this fight … I’m here to defend civil liberties and to talk about the Constitution and to talk about the presumption of innocence,” Dershowitz explained as patiently as he possibly could to an incredulous and partisan Cuomo — who clearly wished and wanted the former professor to say anything but what he was actually saying.

See Dershowitz’s comments on “Hannity” Monday night in the video below.

Source: Dershowitz Challenges Desperate TV Pundits ‘Anxious’ to Find Trump Crimes

‘Modern-day slavery’: US prison strike enters its 2nd week

Prisoners across the US are on a nationwide strike over inhumane living conditions. There have been violent prison riots resulting in seven deaths and dozens of injuries. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9d86 Check out http://rt.com RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT!

US army accuses RT of ‘ridiculous misinformation’ over Syria, but not UN or NBC

A US Army colonel has accused RT of ‘ridiculous misinformation’ for reporting a Russian government suggestion that Islamic State is operating inside a US-controlled zone in Syria, despite the UN and NBC reporting the same.

Source: US army accuses RT of ‘ridiculous misinformation’ over Syria, but not UN or NBC

Google Responds To Trump, Says “Doesn’t Bias Search Results”

Following an accusation by president Trump that Google was “rigging” search results against him, providing as evidence a “Trump News” search which showed predominantly “left” media publications popping up in the search results…

… Google has responded.

As a reminder, first thing this morning, Trump tweeted that “Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD, Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal,” Trump said in his latest claim of bias by the media. 96% of results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous.”

Following Trump’s tweet, his chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow told reporters outside of the White House this morning that the administration is “taking a look” at whether Google searches should be subject to government regulation.

Google has now responded, claiming that the company doesn’t “bias” its results toward any political ideology and that “search is not used to set a political agenda.” Google also hedged by saying that it periodically issues “hundreds of improvements to our algorithms” to ensure they surface “high-quality content in response to users’ queries.” It was unclear if Google considers only liberal websites as “high quality content.”

Google’s full response is below:

“Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology”

“Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users’ queries. We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment”

However, one can’t help but be skeptical considering that just before the 2016 presidential election, among the many leaks published by Wikileaks as part of its Podesta email campaign was Google’s “strategic plan” to help democrats win the election and track voters.

It is unlikely that Trump will be satisfied with Google’s sincere response.

Source: Google Responds To Trump, Says “Doesn’t Bias Search Results”

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Implicated in $84 Million Campaign Finance Scandal

The attempt to turn the Stormy Daniels unpleasantness into a campaign finance violation — a weak attempt as it tuns out — is starting to come into focus as a new Federal Elections Commission (FEC) complaint filed by The Committee to Defend the President alleges the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) was “us[ing] state chapters as straw men to circumvent campaign donation limits and launder(ing) the money back to her campaign.”

Dan Backer, the campaign finance attorney who filed the complaint, writes in Investors Business Daily that the scheme puts the conviction of filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was prosecuted “for giving a handful of associates money they then contributed to a candidate of his preference” to shame.

HVF solicited six-figure donations from major donors, including Calvin Klein and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, and routed them through state parties en route to the Clinton campaign. Roughly $84 million may have been laundered in what might be the single largest campaign finance scandal in U.S. history.

Here’s what you can’t do, which the Clinton machine appeared to do anyway. As the Supreme Court made clear in McCutcheon v. FEC, the JFC may not solicit or accept contributions to circumvent base limits, through “earmarks” and “straw men” that are ultimately excessive — there are five separate prohibitions here.

On top of that, six-figure donations either never actually passed through state party accounts or were never actually under state party control, which adds false FEC reporting by HVF, state parties, and the DNC to the laundry list.

Finally, as Donna Brazile and others admitted, the DNC placed the funds under the Clinton campaign’s direct control, a massive breach of campaign finance law that ties the conspiracy together.

Democratic donors, knowing the funds would end up with Clinton’s campaign, wrote six-figure checks to influence the election — 100 times larger than allowed.

HVF bundled these megagifts and, on a single day, reported transferring money to all participating state parties, some of which would then show up on FEC reports filed by the DNC as transferring the exact same dollar amount on the exact same day to the DNC. Yet not all the state parties reported either receiving or transferring those sums.

It’s getting to the point that as soon as one of the leaders of the progressive movement over the last 20 odd years in this country starts pointing a finger at a political opponent accusing them of some scandal or potential illegal activity, it’s generally a good sign that the progressive leader may be engaged in it themselves.

And people actually debate why no one trusts politicians or the media or the system.

Source: Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Implicated in $84 Million Campaign Finance Scandal