Daily Archives: September 9, 2018

September 9: As the Lion Roars

Amos 1:1–4:5; Acts 8:26–9:19; Job 19:13–29

“Surely my Lord does not do anything unless he has revealed his secret to his servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who is not afraid? My Lord Yahweh has spoken, who will not prophesy? Proclaim to the citadel fortresses in Ashdod and the citadel fortresses in the land of Egypt and say: ‘Gather on the mountains of Samaria and see the great panic in her midst and the oppression in her midst!’ ” (Amos 3:7–9).

It’s easy to make excuses when we don’t know or understand something, and it’s equally hard to admit why. Amos declares that God’s plan and His work in the world are known to us—if we wish to learn. If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that we’re not trying hard enough to learn about Him and His work. God speaks through His prophets and through His Word in the Bible, so there is no reason for us to be unaware of how He is working and how He wants to use us in the process.

What was true for the ot prophets was also true for the apostles. Through Philip, we see how God intimately involves people in His work. An angel tells Philip, “Get up and go toward the south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza” (Acts 8:26). It took great faith for Philip to do as the angel instructed. The last part of verse 26 adds, “This is a desert place.” Few people have encountered an angel, as Philip did, but each of us has the opportunity to experience direction from our Lord.

If we ask, God will answer. If we seek to learn how God is speaking, our path will become clear. Often we make this idea more complicated than it should be, but the work of the prophets and the early church demonstrate otherwise: Amos continued to tell of a fate that indeed came to pass, much of it in his lifetime. Philip took that desert road and led an Ethiopian man to Jesus. There is great, enduring hope for us to be part of God’s work if we’re willing to seek His will, listen, and act in faith.

What does God wish for you to know today?

John D. Barry[1]


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

September 9 Attacks on God’s People

“Stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11).

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Satan wants to catch you off-guard.

Yesterday we saw how Satan attacks God’s Word. Today we will see how he attacks God’s people. Persecution, peer pressure, and preoccupation are three weapons he employs with great effectiveness.

Persecution should never take Christians by surprise, because Scripture repeatedly warns us that it will come. For example, 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Yet, such warnings are often overlooked in the health, wealth, and prosperity climate of contemporary Christianity.

As the greed perpetuated by such a movement continues its assault on Christian virtue, many professing believers have come to expect a pain-free, trouble-free life. When trials come, they’re caught off-guard and are often disillusioned with the church or with God Himself. Some prove to be phony believers, whom Jesus described in His parable of the four soils—people who initially respond to the gospel with joy, yet fall away when affliction or persecution arises because of the Word (Matt. 13:21).

Satan also uses peer pressure as an effective weapon. Many people never come to Christ for fear of losing their friends or being thought of as different. Even Christians sometimes struggle with peer pressure, compromising God’s standards to avoid offending others.

Another weapon is preoccupation with the world. Often the hardest place to live the Christian life is in the easiest place. For example, becoming a Christian in America isn’t the life-threatening choice it is in some parts of the world. Some who stand boldly against persecution or peer pressure might falter in a climate of acceptance. Often that’s when the danger of spiritual complacency and preoccupation with the world is greatest.

To guard against those attacks, remember that God uses persecution to mature you and bring glory to Himself. Also, make a conscious choice each day to please God rather than people. Finally, evaluate your priorities and activities carefully. Fight the tendency to become preoccupied with things unrelated to God’s Kingdom.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God to keep you spiritually alert throughout this day, so the enemy doesn’t catch you off-guard.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 26:31–56. What might the disciples have done to avoid being caught off-guard?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 265). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Sunday Talks: Maria Bartiromo Interviews Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte… — The Last Refuge

Bob Goodlatte is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; and also the lead chairman (w/ Gowdy) of the joint House Oversight and Judiciary Committee that is conducting the interviews of witnesses for the investigation into corruption by the FBI and DOJ.   The joint committee has interviewed: Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr; no transcripts released (likely to avoid coordinated testimony).

In this morning’s interview with Maria Bartiromo Chairman Goodlatte discusses the need to interview Nellie Ohr and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson voluntarily or by subpoena.  Again, note the oft-repeated “sources and methods” declassification issue.

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Think about it.  What were the sources/methods for the Steele Dossier?  What were the sources/methods for the FISA application?  It’s the sources and methods that were/are corrupt. Declassification is futile without un-redacting the sources and methods.

via Sunday Talks: Maria Bartiromo Interviews Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte… — The Last Refuge

Mark Levin: ‘This is a silent coup’


President Trump reading NYTimes op-ed

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Thursday on his nationally syndicated radio program, LevinTV host Mark Levin discussed the New York Times’ anonymous op-ed, which the paper claimed was written by a member of the Trump administration. The writer claimed that he or she is working against the president’s agenda, with others in the administration.

“When a president is undermined from within, it is very difficult for that branch of government to function as it should, even with all the successes,” Levin said.

Levin pointed out that the number of people on whom the president can rely is getting increasingly small, since so many in the administration would rather seek self-promotion in the media.

“If there are people around the president who never have a negative story written about them, or never have any story written about them and they’re relatively senior … chances are they’re leakers,” he said.

Listen:

“And of course, any successes that the president has had is not due to him; it’s in spite of him. So in other words, the president can’t win. Even when he makes decisions, they’re not really his decisions, you know. They’re the staff’s decisions. … This is a mutiny. This is sabotage. This is a silent coup, and I’ve been talking about it since day one,” Levin said.

Source: Mark Levin: ‘This is a silent coup’

Google: Appeasing China, subverting America

Not only is Google working with the totalitarian Chinese government to get back into the search business in a country where no dissent is tolerated, the U.S.-based monopoly also is recommending that consumers use a security key developed by a Chinese company that is part of an “IT-Military Alliance” between the Chinese army and intelligence establishment!

So, while Google refuses to send executives to testify to the U.S. Congress about political bias, thumbs its nose at President Trump’s public concerns about the spread of “fake news,” denies any accountability regarding its search engine algorithms in the U.S. and continues its invasive privacy attacks on American consumers, the company is doing everything in its power to appease arguably the most oppressive major power on earth.

“Don’t be evil”? Don’t make me laugh.

Here are the facts:

“Our goal is to make sure that any user facing an increased risk of online attacks enrolls in the Advanced Protection Program,” says Dario Salice, advanced protection product manager at Google. What is the “Advanced Protection Program”? It uses a pair of security keys manufactured in China by Feitian, a company that is part of an “IT-Military Alliance” with the People’s Liberation Army. According to Freedom House, China is the “world’s worst abuser of internet freedom.”

In fact, Feitian’s technology has been certified as “military-use information security products.” On the company’s website Feitian boasts it “will inevitably provide earnest service to the giant military market under the grand strategy of ‘civil-military integration,’ and thus do our bit to help the construction of the nation’s informatized defensive infrastructure.”

Perhaps recommending military-approved Feitian hardware is the price Google must pay to play in the burgeoning Chinese marketplace firmly under the thumb of the fascist state where “private” corporations are tolerated as long as they do the government’s bidding.

Should any of this really surprise us?

From its genesis in the U.S., Google has demonstrated its willingness to work closely with – even for – the U.S. intelligence state to find ways to track individuals and groups online in the U.S.

As revealed in a 2017 report: “The intelligence community hoped that the nation’s leading computer scientists could take non-classified information and user data, combine it with what would become known as the internet, and begin to create for-profit, commercial enterprises to suit the needs of both the intelligence community and the public. They hoped to direct the supercomputing revolution from the start in order to make sense of what millions of human beings did inside this digital information network. That collaboration has made a comprehensive public-private mass surveillance state possible today.”

That’s right. This is how Google was formed – with research grants from the DEEP SURVEILLANCE STATE of the NSA and CIA.

Do I need to remind you how that shadowy world of American intelligence agencies has been at odds with the results of popular elections in the U.S.? Do I need to remind you how the U.S. intelligence apparatus has gone rogue on the Constitution and how it forms the very foundation of what we have come to call “the Deep State”?

Let me state this plainly: If we’re to destroy the Deep State, it’s going to require dismantling Google. Nothing short of that will do. It needs to be broken up. It’s a monopoly that doesn’t respect the rule of law and the will of the people for privacy and fair play. It isn’t accountable to the people. Google believes the people are accountable to it.

I have told you about the many ways Google is currently at war with the precepts of a free society. I have written hundreds of thousands of words about how Google is destroying the institutions of the free press, free speech and freedom of religion. Now you are beginning to hear the rest of the story of why Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Amazon represent, collectively and individually, the gravest of threats to the American way of life, liberty and prosperity.

Source: Google: Appeasing China, subverting America

Journo Says Damascus Has Moles in White Helmets, Info on Future Provocations

The Syrian army is preparing to take on the last terrorist stronghold in Idlib, Syria, as the US warns Damascus against the offensive and promises a “swift” response in case Bashar Assad uses chemical weapons. Sputnik spoke with Kevork Almassian, a journalist and founder of the analytical website Syrian Analysis, about the planned offensive.

Source: Journo Says Damascus Has Moles in White Helmets, Info on Future Provocations

New LAPD Chief Cancels Kamala Harris’ “Unprecedented” $50,000 Traveling Armed Bodyguards

Detailed expense reports obtained by NBC Los Angeles reveal that taxpayers footed the bill for Sen. Kamala Harris’ armed LAPD security detail on at least a dozen trips outside of Los Angeles under an “unusual arrangement” with former LAPD chief Charlie Beck that cost nearly $50,000 by NBC’s count.

While the LAPD routinely provides security details to dignitaries and officials visiting the city, “a senior retired department official said the courtesy extended to Sen. Harris for her travels to other cities was unprecedented” given her role as a State senator, reports NBC. 

LA taxpayers paid for airline tickets, hotel stays, car rentals, and meals, according to detailed expense reports obtained by NBC News. –NBC LA

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office claims that the Mayor was “unaware” of the arrangement until July, when new LAPD Chief Michel Moore shut the program down. Garcetti recently came under fire for a similar taxpayer funded security detail which his political action committee, the Democratic Midterm Victory Fund, has agreed pay for. This has left some to wonder if a similar entity will reimburse the city for her roving police shadow.

“We’re asking whether or not that same sort of arrangement might apply here, where somebody affiliated with Kamala Harris’ campaign or her Political Action Committees might consider reimbursing LA City taxpayers for the money, which now is nearing $50,000 by our amateur accounting,” reports Eric Leonard of NBC LA.

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office said the Mayor was, “unaware,” of this unusual arrangement until July, when it was shut down by new LAPD Chief Michel Moore.

“It was not until Chief Moore was sworn in, conducted a new assessment of the threat, determined that this arrangement was no longer needed, and informed Mayor Garcetti, that the mayor became aware of the state-wide detail,” Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar wrote in an email Wednesday.

Garcetti said former LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was solely responsible for the program. –NBC LA

Chief of Police Charlie Beck assigned a security detail for US Senator Kamala Harris shortly before she was sworn into office in 2017, based on a threat assessment he believed to be credible,” said LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein. “Funding for the detail was provided by the Department budget.”

Former Chief Beck’s signature can be found on several LAPD documents authorizing the excursions, including one in which two officers flew to Oakland with Harris to a “retirement event” for a CA DOJ official – just 10 days after she was sworn-in to the Senate.

Meanwhile, records reveal that Harris flew to San Francisco at least seven times between January 2017 and July 2018, including an April 2017 trip in which Harris gave television interviews, and a March 2018 speech at a YMCA event. Also included were a June 2018 police escort to the San Francisco Pride Parade, where LAPD officers can be seen flanking the Senator.

LAPD officers have also traveled to Fresno, Sacramento and San Diego for Harris – whose communications director Lily Adams told NBC: “Since she became a protectee more than a decade ago, Senator Harris has always deferred to public safety experts on procedures, protocols and determinations,” adding “Our office did not request or question LAPD’s decision to provide protection and we are grateful for the ongoing work of officers in Los Angeles and across the state who risk their lives to keep all Californians safe.”

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Chief Moore canceled the program right around the time the Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit demanding that Mayor Garcetti turn over records on his own taxpayer-funded security detail while traveling out of state, following the refusal by both City Hall and the LAPD to provide the documents through a California Public Records Act request.

“Unfortunately we are not able to give out this information, as it could potentially undermine the Mayor’s safety and security,” LAPD spokesman Rubenstein wrote in an email to the Los Angeles Times that was cited in the newspaper’s lawsuit.

The LA Times says in their lawsuit that the records are not exempt from public disclosure – noting that the US Secret Service have provided security detail costs for both Presidents Trump and Obama, while the cities of Seattle, Baltimore and Chicago have all produced similar mayoral expense records to the public.

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Source: New LAPD Chief Cancels Kamala Harris’ “Unprecedented” $50,000 Traveling Armed Bodyguards

SEPTEMBER 9 THE WORLD IS SCARED

Look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Luke 21:28

A fear-stricken church cannot help a scared world; and it needs to be said that surely a fear-ridden Christian has never examined his or her defense!

No one can blame humans for being afraid. Beyond the continuing times of crisis and terror and violence, God has also warned that the world is in a baptism of fire, sooner or later. God has declared this by the voice of all of the holy prophets since time began—there is no escaping it!

Bible-reading Christians should be the last persons on earth to give way to hysteria. We have been given a prophetic preview of all those things that are to come to pass upon the earth. Can anything take us unaware?

We who are in God’s secret place of safety must begin to talk and act like it! We, above all who dwell on the earth, should be calm, hopeful, buoyant and cheerful. We will never convince the scared world that there is peace and assurance at the cross if we continue to exhibit the same fears as those who make no profession of Christianity!

Lord, I pray that Your peace will show through my behavior today. Give me an opportunity to help someone who is dealing with fear or pain.[1]


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

Snyder: This Chapter Of American History Is Not Going To End Well

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Are we on the verge of another great financial crisis, a devastating recession and a horrific implosion of the global debt bubble?  On my website I have been relentlessly warning my readers about the inevitable consequences of our very foolish actions, but now the mainstream media is beginning to sound just like The Economic Collapse Blog.

The coming crisis is so close now that a lot of them are starting to see it, and of course economic disaster is already a reality for much of the rest of the planet. 

For years, the mainstream media told us that things would get better, and in a lot of ways we did see some improvement.  But now the tone of the mainstream media has become quite ominous, and that is definitely not a positive sign.  The following are 8 examples of mainstream media sources warning us of imminent economic disaster…

#1 Forbes: “Disaster Is Inevitable When America’s Stock Market Bubble Bursts”

As shown in this report, the U.S. stock market is currently trading at extremely precarious levels and it won’t take much to topple the whole house of cards. Once again, the Federal Reserve, which was responsible for creating the disastrous Dot-com bubble and housing bubble, has inflated yet another extremely dangerous bubble in its attempt to force the economy to grow after the Great Recession. History has proven time and time again that market meddling by central banks leads to massive market distortions and eventual crises. As a society, we have not learned the lessons that we were supposed to learn from 1999 and 2008, therefore we are doomed to repeat them.

The purpose of this report is to warn society of the path that we are on and the risks that we are facing.

#2 CNBC: “Tech stock sell-off could be just beginning if trade war with China worsens”

Congressional scrutiny of social media companies and fears of new regulation pummeled their stocks, but other tech names could also soon be vulnerable to a new round of selling pressure if President Donald Trump goes through with new tariffs on Chinese goods.

#3 Bloomberg: “Emerging-market rout is longest since 2008 as confidence cracks”

For stocks, it’s 222 days. For currencies, 155 days. For local government bonds, 240 days.

This year’s rout in emerging markets has lasted so long that it’s taken even the most ardent bears by surprise. Not one of the seven biggest selloffs since the financial crisis — including the so-called taper tantrum — inflicted such pain for so long on the developing world.

#4 CNN: “Emerging Markets Look Sick. Will They Infect Wall Street?”

Chinese stocks are is in a bear market. Turkey’s currency has collapsed. South Africa has stumbled into a recession. Not even an IMF bailout has stemmed the bleeding in Argentina.

The storm rocking emerging markets has its origins in Washington. Vulnerable currencies plunged as the US Federal Reserve steadily raised interest rates. And President Donald Trump’s trade crackdown added gasoline to the fire.

The trouble could spread, infecting other emerging markets or even Wall Street.

#5 The Motley Fool: “6 signs the next recession might be closer than we realize”

To be perfectly clear, trying to predict when recessions will occur is pure guesswork. Top market analysts have called for pullbacks in the market, unsuccessfully, in pretty much every year since the Great Recession ended. But the economic cycle doesn’t lie: recessions are inevitable. And in my estimation, we’re probably closer to the next recession than you realize.

How can I be so certain? Well, I can’t. Remember, I just noted there’s virtually no certainty when it comes to predicting when recessions will occur. There are, however, six warning signs that suggest a recession could be, in relative terms, around the corner.

#6 Forbes: “U.S. Household Wealth Is Experiencing An Unsustainable Bubble”

Since the dark days of the Great Recession in 2009, America has experienced one of the most powerful household wealth booms in its history. Household wealth has ballooned by approximately $46 trillion or 83% to an all-time high of $100.8 trillion. While most people welcome and applaud a wealth boom like this, my research shows that it is actually another dangerous bubble that is similar to the U.S. housing bubble of the mid-2000s. In this piece, I will explain why America’s wealth boom is artificial and heading for a devastating bust.

#7 Savannah Now: “Global debt soars, along with fears of crisis ahead”

“We were supposed to correct a debt bubble,” said David Rosenberg, chief economist at Gluskin Sheff, a wealth-management firm. “What we did instead was create more debt.”

#8 CNBC: “The emerging market crisis is back. And this time it’s serious”

But markets are feeling a sense of deja vu. Blame it on a stronger dollar, escalating tensions since President Donald Trump came to power, worries over a full-fledged trade war with China or rising interest rates in the U.S., this time around the crisis seems to have entered a new phase.

The damage is far more widespread. The crisis has engulfed countries across the globe — from economies in South America, to Turkey, South Africa and some of the bigger economies in Asia, such as India and China. A number of these countries are seeing their currency fall to record levels, high inflation and unemployment, and in some cases, escalating tensions with the United States.

I don’t think that we have seen such ominous declarations from the mainstream media since the last global financial crisis in 2008.

And the mainstream media is not alone.  Yesterday, I discussed the fact that tech executives on the west coast are setting up luxury survival bunkers in New Zealandin order to prepare for what is ahead.

They all know what is coming, and they also know that it is approaching very rapidly.

This chapter in American history is not going to end well.  On some level, all of us understand this.  Storm clouds have been building on the horizon for quite some time and the warning signs are all around us.

Our day of reckoning may have been delayed, but it was not canceled.  America has a date with destiny, and it is going to be exceedingly painful.

Source: Snyder: This Chapter Of American History Is Not Going To End Well

While campaigning for others, Obama INCREASES talking about himself — to every 23 seconds!

Barack Obama was supposed to be campaigning for Congressional candidates in California on Saturday, but that wouldn’t stop him from talking about himself.

A lot.

All told, Obama referred to himself at least 63 times during his 23-minute speech. That’s an average of once every 23 seconds.

Responding to chants of “Yes We Can,” Obama referred to himself 8 times in the first minute.

“It is good to be back in California. It is good to be back. I love you, too!” Obama said.

“I do. I, um, I, I, I just, I, I just had time to spend with some amazing Democratic candidates for Congress,” he said.

But before he could focus on them, he had to focus on himself.

After saying he was going to talk about the candidates, Obama said, “But before I do so, I was telling them I went to Disneyland twice when I was younger.”

After telling the crowd he was kicked out of the park for smoking, he said, “At the time I was a teenager, I was rebellious.”

“I love you, Obama!” a fan interrupted moments later.

“I love you, too,” he responded.

“I gave a long speech yesterday,” he said, referring to the 64-minute speech at the University of Illinois in which he referred to himself at least 102 times, “and so today is a different role.”

But it wasn’t all that different from Friday’s appearance, except in Illinois, it was only once every 38 seconds. “Only.”

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Obama’s favorite word seemed to be “I,” which he repeated at least 87 times, followed by more than a dozen references to “my” or “me,” The American Mirror reported on Friday.

“By the time I left office, household income was near its all-time high, and the uninsured rate had hit an all-time low, and wages were rising, and poverty rates were falling. I mention all this just so when you hear how great the economy is doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started,” Obama told the students.

“When you hear about this economic miracle that’s been going on – when the job numbers come out … and suddenly Republicans are saying, ‘It’s a miracle!’ I have to kind of remind them: actually, those job numbers are the same as they were in 2015 and 2016,” he said.

All told, Obama referred to himself 63 times during the Anaheim appearance, saying “I” 61 times, and “me” and “my” once each.

He devoted just 5 minutes — or about 20 percent — of his speech to talking about the candidates he was promoting.

Source: While campaigning for others, Obama INCREASES talking about himself — to every 23 seconds!

Democrat Chris Coons Says NYT Op-Ed Writer Should Do The Honorable Thing: ‘Resign And Go Public’

Democratic Delaware Sen. Chris Coons on Sunday called for the senior Trump administration official who wrote an anonymous op-ed trashing the president to resign and identify themselves. WATCH: “Well what I heard [the] vice president say was that he was deeply disappointed and that he thought the critic within the administration who wrote the op-ed, […]

Source: Democrat Chris Coons Says NYT Op-Ed Writer Should Do The Honorable Thing: ‘Resign And Go Public’

After Obama blames Trump and GOP for dividing America, Marco Rubio hits Obama with history lesson

In one of his biggest post-White House speeches, former President Barack Obama on Friday told America that President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have cultivated a divided America since he left office last January.

In response, Obama urged unity. But more significantly, he urged Americans to vote for Democrats in November as a check on the Trump administration’s “abuses of power.”

“In two months we have the chance, not the certainty, but the chance to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics. There is actually only one check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that’s you and your vote,” Obama said.

However, given Obama’s less-than-stellar track record at unity — millions of Americans would argue Obama is directly responsible for much of today’s division — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) provided Obama with a scathing history lesson on divisive politicians.

What did Rubio say?

Rubio agreed with Obama’s sentiment that divisiveness is not a character trait presidents should emulate. Unfortunately for Obama, Rubio proved in a series of tweets Saturday that Obama was successful at dividing Americans during his presidency.

In fact, as Rubio pointed out, Obama often made enemies out of those who disagreed with his policy initiatives.

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Source: After Obama blames Trump and GOP for dividing America, Marco Rubio hits Obama with history lesson

Sunday Talks: Senator Lindsey Graham Interviewed by Maria Bartiromo… — The Last Refuge

Senator Lindsey Graham appears on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo to discuss all things swampy.  Thankfully Mrs. Bartiromo calls out President Obama for the gobsmacking projection within in his accusation that President Trump is politicizing the Department of Justice.

Additionally, Senator Graham renews his request for a special counsel to investigate the FBI and DOJ conduct during the prior administration; along with support for the declassification of documents. [The Declassification Conundrum]

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The declassification issue is easy to see: the “sources and methods” are corrupt.  The sources are “journalists and unlawful FBI/NSA database searches”, and the methods are “government leaks to media and the dossier author, Chris Steele”.

AG Jeff Sessions, DAG Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray are protecting the “sources and methods” because they do not want the American people to see how easy it is for the DOJ and FBI to fabricate and actually manufacture evidence.  Collectively they are trying to protect their beloved and corrupt institutions from exposure.  It all goes back to the FISA exploitation and database abuse.  =>THIS<= is what must be kept secret.

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via Sunday Talks: Senator Lindsey Graham Interviewed by Maria Bartiromo… — The Last Refuge

EPIC! President Trump Trolls Hillary Clinton on Anniversary of Her ‘Deplorables’ Comment (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

September 9th, 2016 Hillary Clinton made the mistake of disparaging Trump supporters by calling them ‘Deplorables’ at a fundraiser in New York.

Many people believed her ‘Deplorables’ comment to be a pivotal moment in her campaign–until she passed out two days later and got chucked into her Scooby mobile like a side of beef.

“You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call ‘basket of deplorables’” Hillary said two years ago in New York.

“They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic,” Hillary continued.

Two days later, Hillary Clinton passed out after visiting the 9/11 memorial.

She lost a shoe after being chucked into her Scooby mobile. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

President Trump trolled Hillary Clinton on Sunday.

President Trump tweeted a video of Hillary making her ‘Deplorables’ comment with a caption, “Happy Anniversary #ProudDeplorable,”

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via EPIC! President Trump Trolls Hillary Clinton on Anniversary of Her ‘Deplorables’ Comment (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Steve Bannon: Trump facing serious ‘coup’

President Trump speaks at his first State of the Union address on Jan. 30, 2018 (Photo: screenshot)

Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, says President Donald Trump is facing a serious “coup,” citing this week’s anonymous New York Times column outlining resistance within the current administration.

“What you saw the other day was as serious as it can get. This is a direct attack on the institutions,” Bannon told Reuters. “This is a coup, OK.”

The column published in the Times noted, “Many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

“The root of the problem,” the author writes, “is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.”

Bannon says the last time America faced a similar situation was during the Civil War, specifically when President Abraham Lincoln faced fierce opposition from General George B. McClellan.

“This is a crisis. The country has only ever had such a crisis in the summer of 1862 when General McClellan and the senior generals, all Democrats in the Union Army, deemed that Abraham Lincoln was not fit and not competent to be commander in chief,” Bannon said.

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“There is a cabal of Republic establishment figures who believe Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. This is a crisis,” he continued.

“I am not a conspiracy guy … I have said there is no deep state. It is an in-your-face state.”

Bannon also warned progressive Democrats including Bernie Sanders not to gloat over the stormy atmosphere at the White House.

“Don’t think it will be any different if you take power. Because this is the established order dictating that they know better than the people,” he said.

Source: Steve Bannon: Trump facing serious ‘coup’

US Prosecutors “Misunderstood” Text Messages When They Fingered Russian Woman As Gun-Rights Honeypot

US Prosecutors are walking back their claim that a now-jailed Russian woman, Maria Butina, traded sex in exchange for a job wihin a “special interest organization,” reports the Washington Post.

Following the July arrest of Butina, 29, Assistant US Attorney Erik M. Kenerson said that she was offering “sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization.”

Now, months later, the government is backpedaling:

The concession came in a late-night court filing Friday in which prosecutors said Maria Butina, 29, should stay in custody as a flight risk but wrote “the government’s understanding of this particular text conversation was mistaken.” –Washington Post

The 2015 text exchange between Butina and a married, longtime friend who does public relations work for a Russian gun rights group, and did her a favor by renewing her car insurance, reads:

“I don’t know what you owe me for this insurance[.] They put me through the wringer,” her friend texted her in Russian.

“Sex,” responded Butina, who added: “Thank you so much. I have nothing else at all. Not a nickel to my name.”

The man later replied: “Think of something!! . . . Sex with you does not interest me.”

Prosecutors say that their mistake shouldn’t derail the government’s overall case – which is not part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Separate of the text exchange in question, Butina allegedly worked with South Dakota-based GOP Paul Erickson, whom she met in Moscow in 2015, after which a romantic relationship ensued.

Butina moved to the US on a student visa in 2016, graduating from American University in Washington DC with a master’s degree in international relations earlier this year. After her July arrest on charges of acting as a foreign agent without registering with the US government, Butina was transferred to another prison in August.

Erickson, who has strong ties to both the National Rifle Association and the Russian gun rights community, allegedly attempted to develop a back-channel between the NRA and the Russian government. In May, 2016, Erickson sent an email to Trump campaign adviser Rick Dearborn and Jeff Sessions with the title “Kremlin connection,” seeking a meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at an annual NRA convention.

Butina, meanwhile, allegedly tried to use Erickson to introduce her to influential political figures in order to arrange a meeting between Trump and her boss, Russian central banker Alexander Torshin.

The Trump campaign declined the invitation, however Torshin and Butina did have a brief interaction with Donald Trump Jr. at a dinner.

Butina is accused of trying to cultivate “back-channel” relationships with the Republican Party’s leading presidential candidates and develop close ties to the NRA to provide Russian officials “with the best access to and influence over” the party.

Butina allegedly was assisted by Erickson, who helped introduce her to influential political figures and who sought to organize a meeting between then-candidate Donald Trump and Alexander Torshin, Butina’s colleague and a Russian central banker, at a May 2016 NRA convention. –Washington Post

US prosecutors on Friday argued that Butina should remain in jail pending trial, providing additional evidence that Torshin coordinated her activities – claiming that at his direction she drafted language which would persuade the Russian foreign ministry to let him attend the meeting at the NRA event, which she called a “unique opportunity.”

Prosecutors have cited Moscow’s vehement protests of Butina’s detainment in making their case that she is a Russian operative.

Prosecutors also cited Moscow’s vehement protests of her case — including six consular visits to Butina in jail, four diplomatic notes, two personal complaints by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the official Kremlin Twitter account placing Butina’s face as its avatar — in telling the judge they “confirmed her relationship with, and value to, her own government.” –Washington Post

The Russian embassy has complained that Butina is being subjected to unwarranted strip searches and denial of proper medical care in an effort to “break her will.” Her defense attorney, Robert Driscoll, claims she has suffered health problems in jail and has been denied proper treatment.

“There’s no allegation of espionage, there’s no allegation of classified information, there’s no allegation she was paying anyone off, there’s no allegation she was recruiting spies. None of the things you would typically see in an espionage case,” Driscoll told RT in August

“The significance of defendant Butina to the government of the Russian Federation is evident in light of the Russian government’s actions since her arrest,” prosecutors wrote, adding “so too, does it underscore her risk of flight.”

Source: US Prosecutors “Misunderstood” Text Messages When They Fingered Russian Woman As Gun-Rights Honeypot