Daily Archives: September 13, 2018

September 13: Who Can Bring Me Down?

Obadiah 1:1–21; Acts 11:19–12:25; Job 21:17–34

“The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of a rock, the heights of its dwelling, you who say in your heart: ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ ” (Obad 3).

Pride is an especially dangerous sin because it deludes us into elevating ourselves above everyone else. It can even lead us to betray or hurt other people. In this passage Obadiah addresses the Edomites, who lived in the hills above Judah. The Edomites should have helped Judah when they were attacked, but instead they conducted raids. They believed that they were superior to and had been wronged by the Judahites and that their actions were therefore justified. This type of pride puts us in a precarious position. No wonder the Bible addresses it often.

Pride can get the best of us when we place ourselves in the “clefts” above others. It usually emerges from one of two places: Either we believe that we’re as important as people tell us we are (the folly of the celebrity), or we believe that we’re better than everyone else and that others just don’t understand us. Either way, pride is dangerous. In the words of C.S. Lewis, “Pride always means enmity … not only enmity between man and man, but enmity to God.”

Job is also accused of pride—but unjustly. He confronts his persecutors about retribution related to pride: “How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, and their disaster comes upon them? He distributes pains in his anger” (Job 21:17). Job recognizes the ultimate source of pride: a refusal to fear Yahweh. It’s difficult to maintain a superior position when we realize that everything we have comes from Him. When we fear Yahweh—when we acknowledge that He created and reigns over all things—we discover our rightful place. We can then lift Him back to the place He deserves—as ruler over us, our master.

What are you prideful about, and what can you do to remedy the problem?

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 13 Pursuing Truthfulness

“Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth” (Eph. 6:14).

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Truthfulness is the best defense against Satan’s lies.

The first piece of armor Paul mentions in Ephesians 6:14 is the belt of truth. Roman soldiers of his day wore a tunic, which was a large square piece of material with holes for the head and arms. A belt kept the tunic from flying loosely and getting in the way in the midst of battle.

The phrase “having girded your loins” was commonly used for gathering up the loose material of one’s tunic or robe when preparing for battle or travel. It speaks of preparedness, as in Exodus 12:11, where God tells the children of Israel to gird their loins for their exodus from Egypt. Jesus used it in a figurative sense in Luke 12:35, where He warns us to gird our loins or “be dressed in readiness” for His second coming. Peter said we’re to gird our minds for action (1 Peter 1:13).

The Greek word translated “truth” in Ephesians 6:14 can refer either to the content of that which is true or to an attitude of truthfulness. Both are implied in the verse. In Ephesians 4 Paul combines both aspects in warning us not to be “tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming” (vv. 14–15). Instead, we are to embrace sound doctrine and always speak the truth in love.

The way to defend yourself against the cunning deceptions of Satan is to gird yourself with a thorough knowledge of God’s Word and a firm commitment to obedience. Yet many Christians remain vulnerable because they’re unwilling to do that.

Paul exhorted the Philippians to excel in “knowledge” and “discernment” and to remain “sincere and blameless” until in Christ’s presence (Phil. 1:9–10), and you must do the same. Never be content with your present level of spirituality. Keep learning and growing. Demonstrate an attitude of truthfulness that reveals your commitment to God’s Word and your readiness for battle.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Is your life characterized by truthfulness? If not, you’re a ready target for Satan’s schemes. Confess this to the Lord, and ask Him to cleanse your heart and to give you a love for His truth. Begin today to apply His Word to your life.

For Further Study: Read verses 1–4 and 13–15 of 2 Corinthians 11, noting the tactics of Satan and his servants.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 269). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Franklin Graham meeting resistance to upcoming UK crusade – Baptist News Global

Gays, Muslims, politicians and progressive Christians are organizing to protest U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham’s upcoming visit to England. The Muslim Council of Britain and three members of parliament recently asked the U.K. government to apply hate-speech criteria to block Graham’s…
— Read on baptistnews.com/article/franklin-graham-meeting-resistance-to-upcoming-uk-crusade/

Planned Parenthood Has A New Face, But It’s Still An Abortion Giant

Planned Parenthood’s new director has released a video introducing herself to America. As the new face of the nation’s largest abortion provider, she wants to carefully continue the rebranding campaign Planned Parenthood is using to try to mainstream itself. Planned Parenthood isn’t just abortions and birth control, the campaign asserts. It’s women’s health care — and as this video tells us that’s now just normal healthcare.

Dr. Leana Wen is an immigrant from China. She came here with her family as a small child. In her video she highlights how dire their situation was on entry to America with only $40 to their names. From this beginning she went on to become an emergency medicine physician, a career choice aimed at ensuring all people are able to get medical care without being turned away.

Rather than going into clinic work aimed at total family care for families and communities below the poverty line like FQHCs, Wen instead moved into public health in Baltimore. There she described her work as addressing the teen pregnancy rate. Baltimore’s problems are deep rooted, with a 21.9 percent poverty rate, a teen pregnancy rate three times the national rate, and one of the highest murder rates in the country. During her time as Baltimore’s health commissioner, Wen sued the current administration to keep federal funding for teen sex ed, despite mixed results from those programs.

Leading with images of Wen and her family, including her and her baby, doesn’t change the nature of Planned Parenthood. Annually they perform 381,384 abortions a year or 881 a day. That’s thousands of babies who will never be lovingly be held in their mother’s arms. Planned Parenthood only makes 3,889 adoption referrals yearly, showing a huge disparity between the number of abortions they perform and the number of mothers who make an adoption plan after visiting them.

For all their talk and publicity campaigns centered around the idea of healthcare, Planned Parenthood performs a very narrow and select range of services. Don’t seek them out for routine childhood immunizations or sick care like antibiotics for an ear infection for an adult man. Don’t expect them to be able to provide a mammogram or offer maternity care. Planned Parenthood is in the business of providing abortions and getting women and teen girls on birth control. This is the healthcare Wen is so eager as a physician to oversee.

The ad suggested that Planned Parenthood is a good source of support and care for immigrants. The ad also includes an anecdote from Wen’s time working in a hospital. A girl died under her care after a tragic home abortion gone wrong. Not noted at this point is that abortion is currently legal in all 50 states. The legality of abortion allows babies to die, and despite the claims that legal abortion keeps it safe mothers still die, too.

Mothers like Karnamaya Mongar, who died at the hands of a doctor in a legal abortion here in America, also weren’t included. Her story isn’t featured in a touching video montage aimed at fundraising for Planned Parenthood, because that truth is inconvenient and painful.

Putting a doctor at the head of Planned Parenthood doesn’t change its mission. Rather, it’s a chance to ask how we entered into a culture of death in which women are told they can only get ahead if they sacrifice their most vulnerable is one we’re comfortable allowing to exist.
— Read on thefederalist.com/2018/09/13/planned-parenthood-has-a-new-face-but-its-still-an-abortion-giant/

Michelle Malkin: Google Spends More Tracking Our Kids than Jihadists

CRTV’s Michelle Malkin warned of Google’s surveillance of children via its ostensibly educational suite of applications, offering her remarks in a Wednesday interview with Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Rebecca Mansour on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight.
— Read on www.breitbart.com/radio/2018/09/13/michelle-malkin-google-spending-more-money-to-track-our-kids-than-hijackers-and-jihadists/

Our modern-day empire requires a lot of force and lying to our people – Ron Paul — RT US News

The US effort to preserve its global dominance is a costly endeavor based on threats and keeping the American people in the dark about what is going on, told RT former US congressman and libertarian politician Ron Paul.
— Read on www.rt.com/usa/438411-us-empire-ron-paul/

Persecution Largest House Church in Beijing Shut Down by the Government | Persecution

09/13/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on September 9, more than 20 officials from the Chaoyang District Ethnic and Religious Affairs Office and Civil Affairs Bureau raided Zion Church in Beijing. The head pastor, Jin Mingri, was taken away for interrogation and released later on the same day.

Officials posted several notices at Zion Church’s headquarters, located at Longbaochen Commercial Building in Chaoyang District, accusing the church of “conducting unauthorized activities and disturbing social order under the name of civil organization.” As a result, the District’s Civil Affairs Bureau legally banned the church and the use of its “illegal religious venue,” while also confiscating its “illegal promotional material.”

According to Asia News, Zion Church had enjoyed a certain degree of freedom until recently. In April, when the 1,500-member church refused to install closed-circuit television cameras, the government briefly turned off the church’s water and power supplies. Last week, the rented hall the congregation was using became off limits.

“Unlawful dark forces vandalized Zion Church’s sign, but it will not destroy the church that everlasting God has built!”

After seeing the church’s sign destroyed yesterday, Pastor Jin sorrowfully said, “Unlawful dark forces vandalized Zion Church’s sign, but it will not destroy the church that everlasting God has built!”

In response to the crackdown against Zion Church and other Christian communities, hundreds of house church pastors and Christian leaders from around the country signed a joint statement on September 1, publicly expressing their faith and their stance against the government’s denial of religious freedom. The crackdown has included demolishing crosses on church buildings, violently removing religious symbols from Christians’ homes, forcing and threatening churches to join religious organizations sanctioned by the government, forcing churches to hang the national flag or sing secular songs praising the government, banning children from entering churches or receiving religious education, and depriving believers of the right to gather freely.

As of September 7, 305 Christians have signed on to this statement, prepared to bear the potential consequences—even the loss of their freedom and their lives.

Gina Goh, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “The banning of Zion Church, along with the intensified crackdown against Christians in Henan and other provinces in China, demonstrates the government’s absolute disregard for religious freedom. The future awaiting China’s house church Christians should be everyone’s concern. We urge the international community to speak up for persecuted Chinese Christians and be their voice as Beijing tries to mute them and alter their faith to fit into communist ideology.”
— Read on www.persecution.org/2018/09/13/largest-house-church-beijing-shut-government/

Let’s Take a Walk Down Memory Lane, Shall We? Members of Congress Who Were Active in the KKK

OH…….did I mention that out of 20 names, 17 were Democrats? Yeah, that’s weird, huh?

Let’s cut right to the chase:

Robert Byrd

Was a recruiter for the Klan while in his 20s and 30s, rising to the title of Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of his local chapter. After leaving the group, Byrd spoke in favor of the Klan during his early political career. Though he claimed to have left the organization in 1943, Byrd, wrote a letter in 1946 to the group’s Imperial Wizard stating “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia.” Byrd attempted to explain or defend his former membership in the Klan in his 1958 U.S. Senate campaign when he was 41 years old.[1] Byrd, a Democrat, eventually became his party leader in the Senate. Byrd later said joining the Klan was his “greatest mistake.”[2] However, in a 2001 incident Byrd, Democrat, repeatedly used the phrase “white niggers” on a national television broadcast.

Edward Douglas White

a Democrat and the Chief Justice of the United States, was a known member of the KKK in his home state of Louisiana, where he had served a U.S. Senator.[4][5]

Hugo Black

In 1921, Hugo Black successfully defended E. R. Stephenson in his trial for the murder of a Catholic priest, Fr. James E. Coyle. Black, a Democrat, joined the Ku Klux Klan shortly afterwards, in order to gain votes from the anti-Catholic element in Alabama. He built his winning Senate campaign around multiple appearances at KKK meetings across Alabama. Late in life Black told an interviewer:

News of his membership was a secret until shortly after he was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Black later said that joining the Klan was a mistake, but he went on to say, “I would have joined any group if it helped get me votes.”

Theodore G. Bilbo

a Democrat, the Governor of Mississippi and later the U.S. Senator for Mississippi, was a founder of the Mississippi chapter of the KKK.

John Brown Gordon

a Democrat and the U.S. Senator for Georgia, was a founder of the KKK in his home state of Georgia.

Joseph E. Brown

a Democrat and the U.S. Senator for Georgia, was a key supporter of the KKK in his home state

Elmer David Davies

a Democrat and a Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, was a member of the KKK whilst at university

Edward L. Jackson

became Governor of Indiana as a Republican in 1925 and his administration came under fire for granting undue favor to the Klan’s agenda and associates. Jackson was further damaged by the arrest and trial of Grand Dragon D. C. Stephenson for the rape and murder of Madge Oberholtzer. When it was revealed that Jackson had attempted to bribe former Gov. Warren T. McCray with $10,000 to appoint a Klansman to a local office, Jackson was taken to court. His case ended with a hung jury, and Jackson ended his political career in disgrace.

Rice W. Means

a Republican U.S. Senator from Colorado, was a member of the Klan in Colorado. He served a three-year term in Congress before losing renomination to Republican Charles W. Waterman in the 1926 election.

Clarence Morley

a Republican and the Governor of Colorado. He was a KKK member and a strong supporter of Prohibition. He tried to ban the Catholic Church from using sacramental wine and attempted to have the University of Colorado fire all Jewish and Catholic professors

Bibb Graves

a Democrat, who was the Governor of Alabama. He lost his first campaign for governor in 1922, but four years later, with the secret endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan, he was elected to his first term as governor. Graves was almost certainly the Exalted Cyclops (chapter president) of the Montgomery chapter of the Klan. Graves, like Hugo Black, used the strength of the Klan to further his electoral prospects.

Clifford Walker

a Democrat and the Governor of Georgia, was revealed to be a Klan member by the press in 1924.

George Gordon

a Democrat and Congressman for Tennessee’s 10th congressional district, became one of the Klan’s first members. In 1867, Gordon became the Klan’s first Grand Dragon for the Realm of Tennessee, and wrote its Precept, a book describing its organization, purpose, and principles

John Tyler Morgan

a Democrat and the U.S. Senator for Alabama, was the Grand Dragon of the KKK in Alabama

Edward Peltus

a Democrat and the U.S. Senator for Alabama, was also a Grand Dragon of the KKK in Alabama.

John W. Morton

a Democrat, was the Tennessee Secretary of State and was the founder of the Nashville chapter of the KKK

William L. Saunders

a Democrat, was the North Carolina Secretary of State and was the founder of the North Carolina chapter

John Clinton Porter

a Democrat, was a member of the Klan in the early 1920s and served as mayor of Los Angeles

Benjamin F. Stapleton

a Democrat, was mayor of Denver in the 1920s–1940s. He was a Klan member in the early 1920s and appointed fellow Klansmen to positions in municipal government.

David Duke

a politician who ran in both Democrat and Republican presidential primaries, was openly involved in the leadership of the Ku Klux Klan.[29] He was founder and Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the mid-1970s; he re-titled his position as “National Director” and said that the KKK needed to “get out of the cow pasture and into hotel meeting rooms”. He left the organization in 1980. He ran for president in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries. In 1989 Duke switched political parties from Democrat to Republican.[30] In 1989, he became a member of the Louisiana State Legislature from the 81st district, and was Republican Party chairman for St. Tammany Parish.

After the Civil War, it was the Republican Party who defended black – NOT Democrats.

Here is a poster which was used by the Dems to disparage the Republicans and exposed the Democratic Party’s pure RACISM.

An article I wrote in 2016:

A look at the RACIST Democratic Party Since the Civil War

Any questions?

MARANATHA!

A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Members of Congress Who Were Active in the KKK

SEPTEMBER 13 GOD-HUNGRY SOULS

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness.

1 Corinthians 1:23

The Greek philosopher Pythagoras divided men into three classes: 1. Seekers after knowledge; 2. Seekers after honor; 3. Seekers after gain.

I wonder why he failed to notice two other classes: those who are not seeking anything and those who are seekers after God.

Let us add them to his list:

  1. Seekers after nothing. These are the human vegetables who live by their glands and their instincts. I refer to the millions of normal persons who have allowed their magnificent intellectual equipment to wither away from lack of exercise. Their reading matter is the sports page and the comic section; their music is whatever is popular and handy—and loud!
  2. Seekers after God. I am thinking of men and women who are God-hungry souls though their numbers may not be large. By nature they are no better than the rest of mankind, and by practice they have sometimes been worse. The one sign of their divine election is their insatiable thirst after the Source of their being. Thank the Lord for seekers after God, and their destiny lies in the hand of the One who gave His only begotten Son to die for the life of the world!

Dear Lord, I want to be known among my family and friends as a God-seeker. My destiny belongs to You, O Lord.[1]


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

Did the FBI & DOJ participate in a politically-motivated ‘leak strategy’ aimed at Trump? (VIDEO)

A congressman has claimed that newly obtained communications show that fired FBI agent Peter Strzok leaked information to the press that was later used to justify surveillance on Trump officials.
— Read on www.rt.com/usa/438398-strzok-texts-fbi-trump-leaks/amp/

US Destroyer Enters Mediterranean As Syria Tensions Build; Carrier On Standby | Zero Hedge

An American battleship, the USS Bulkeley destroyer, has reportedly entered the Mediterranean and is headed for Syria, equipped with over 50 Tomahawk missiles. This deployment comes after previous reports of the attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN-750) arriving in the Mediterranean, and after the arrival Tuesday of A U.S. Marine Corps small attack carrier full of F-35B stealth jets, the USS Essex, in the Middle East region as detailed by the military website, Task and Purpose.

The Russian news agency Interfax now reports that American forces in the region possess up to 200 Tomahawk cruise missiles available to strike targets in Syria if ordered to do so.

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) on Sept. 4, 2018, via US Navy

And the USS Essex, part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), has rapid deployment forces of Marine units designed for immediate amphibious landing in coastal areas, along with a advanced stealth fighter aircraft.

Gerald Olin, commander of Amphibious Squadron of which the Essex is part, has defined the deployment’s mission as follows: “The embarked Marines of 13th MEU allow us the flexibility to rapidly respond to crises and set conditions that promote security in the region.”

The build-up in and near the Mediterranean comes amidst a massive Russian navy presence along Syria’s coast and after two weeks of threats from US officials that America will react “swiftly and appropriately” should Assad launch a chemical weapons attack.

Though Russian bombing over Idlib began days ago, it appears a full Syrian Army and Russian assault has been delayed partly over the objections of Turkey.

Guided missile destroyer USS Bulkeley, via US Navy

According to Task and Purpose the agile Essex small carrier is designed for quick military action and response:

Until recently, the U.S. had no capital ships and just one or two destroyers in the Mediterranean, but the USS Essex, a small, flat-deck aircraft carrier used to launch U.S. Marine Corps F-35B stealth jets that can take off almost vertically, just arrived off the horn of Africa, USNI News reports.

Though the Essex remains on the opposite side of the Suez Canal from Russia’s ships in the Mediterranean, it’s a quick-moving ship. Additionally, the F-35Bs can fly about 550 miles out from the ship in stealth configurations that make them hard to detect for enemy defenses.

Last week Russia conducted major military drills along Syria’s coast as a show of force. On Saturday footage released by Russia’s Defense Ministry showed marine special forces equipped with the latest Russian gear landing on the shores of the Syrian Latakia province.

As part of the staged invasion, the Russian Marines used helicopters, fast attack craft and armored vehicles while landing from major amphibious ships under cover of dozens of Russian combat aircraft.

Meanwhile, Pentagon officials have said that the US “does not seek to fight the Russians, the government of Syria or any groups that may be providing support to Syria.”

However, the US responded to the Russian drills by its own drill involving over 100 Marines flown to southeast Syria for “snap live-fire exercises” in order to send a “strong message” to Russia after earlier last week Moscow warned its forces could attack in the area near US-occupied At Tanf.
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-13/tomahawk-armed-us-destroyer-and-marine-carrier-enter-mediterranean-syria-tensions

‘Massacre of Innocent Christian Civilians’: Al Qaeda Attack Kills Women and Children | CBN.com

Al-Qaeda-linked rebels recently targeted a mostly Christian town in Syria, firing missiles and killing at least 10 people.
— Read on www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2018/september/massacre-of-innocent-christian-civilians-al-qaeda-attack-kills-women-and-children

Google Rep Issues Heartfelt Apology For Anti-Conservative Bias While Wearing ‘Kill All Republicans’ T-Shirt

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Google has released a video in which one of the company’s representatives apologizes for anti-conservative bias, as revealed in a recent video obtained by Breitbart. The representative issues a heartfelt apology toward conservative Google users while wearing a “Kill All Republicans” T-shirt throughout the video. “We are so sorry that you fascist, conservative […]

— Read on babylonbee.com/news/google-rep-issues-heartfelt-apology-for-anti-conservative-bias-while-wearing-kill-all-republicans-t-shirt/

US F-35s combat ready if tensions with Russia, Syria, Iran boil over – Business Insider

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Freeman

• Russia threatened to retaliate against US forces in Syria if the US tries to punish chemical weapons use in the country.

• Russia has a massive naval presence in the Mediterranean near Syria and a considerable number of fighter jets in what looks like an attempt to scare off the US.

• But the US just pulled up a small aircraft carrier full of US Marine Corps F-35Bs, something which Russia has never seen before.

• The US Navy said the F-35Bs were ready and waiting to respond to a crisis and go straight into combat against whoever steps up.

The US has a small aircraft carrier hosting F-35B stealth fighter jets in the Middle East as Russia threatens US forces in Syria — and if fighting breaks out the US will have no choice but to send in the advanced fighters.

Russia and its ally, Syria, have launched a massive offensive against Idlib, the last rebel-held area in the country, and appeared to predict chemical weapons use in the process.

Syria’s government has been linked to 33 cases of chemical weapons use against its own people during the 7 year-long civil war, and along with Russia stands accused of war crimes such as the indiscriminate bombing of hospitals and schools.

Russian media has accused terrorists and groups with US-backing of plotting to stage, and to actually carry out, a chemical weapons attack on children and families in Idlib to justify attacking the Syrian regime.

But Russia has made these claims before, and it hasn’t stopped the US from striking Syria in the past. This time, as Syria and Russia eye a bloody victory over the last remaining rebels, Russia has telegraphed that it would counter-attack the US if US missiles hit Syrian targets over chemical weapons use.

Russia, a weakened military power that often bolsters its image with propaganda, sat idly by while the US hit Syria twice before, but the US has spelled out that this time its penalty would take a much “stronger” form.

With a small armada of Russian ships in the Mediterranean, Russia too appears to have taken measures to look more committed to its cause.

Enter the F-35B

US Navy

In the face of a massive Russian naval presence in the Mediterranean hugging Syria’s coast, the US doesn’t have a single carrier strike group anywhere near the region.

But the US does have the USS Essex, a US Navy small-deck helicopter carrier modified to carry US Marine Corps F-35B stealth fighters. The Essex and its accompanying ships across the Suez Canal from the Russian ships in the Mediterranean represents one of the greatest concentrations of naval power ever put to sea, and its main mission is simple — crisis response.

The long-awaited F-35Bs have updated software that grants them “full warfighting capability” Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Christopher Harrison told USNI News. That capability takes the F-35 beyond anything that F/A-18s, the US Navy’s standard carrier-based fighter, could do in an environment like Syria.

Syria has advanced Russian missile defenses, creating some of the world’s most challenging air spaces. Only a stealth jet with advanced sensors, like the F-35B, could safely take on the mission of fighting in the skies above Syria.

“The F-35’s ability to operate in contested areas, including anti-access/area-denial environments that legacy fighters cannot penetrate, provides more lethality and flexibility to the combatant commander than any other fighter platform,” said Harrison.

Russia flirting with disaster

US Marine Corps

Russia specifically threatened US forces in southern Syria with retaliation. In the past, these US forces have come under attack from Russian-aligned forces and brutally beat them back with superior air power. But in that case, Russia held back its considerable bank of fighter jets in the region from the fight.

The F-35B has never tasted combat, but the Syrian war produced a rich list of firsts over the last seven years. Missile fires have taken down Israeli, Syrian, and Russian jets over the course of the war. Syria has seen the combat debut of Israel’s F-35I and the first US air-to-air kill between manned aircraft since 1999.

If Russia is serious about backing its ally and countering a possible US attack, it would no doubt need air power to do so. But not only does the US have stealth F-35s nearby ready to hit Russia with something it’s never seen, they have considerable air bases in the region that make Moscow’s threat appear less than serious.
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/us-f-35s-combat-ready-if-tensions-with-russia-syria-iran-boil-over-2018-9

FDA is Custom-Ordering Body Parts From Babies Planned Parenthood Kills in Late-Term Abortions | LifeNews.com

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is using Americans’ tax dollars to purchase custom-ordered aborted babies’ body parts from a company under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, a new report reveals.

The Center for Medical Progress released a report this week with evidence that Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) sold aborted baby body parts for more than the legally allowed reimbursable costs. It also works closely with the largest abortion chain in America, Planned Parenthood.

The report indicates the FDA renewed a contract order with ABR this summer for almost $16,000 in “fresh” organs and other tissue from aborted babies. The aborted baby body parts will be used in research involving “humanized mice,” CNS News reported in August.

“Advanced Bioscience Resources is under federal investigation right now for colluding with Planned Parenthood to sell aborted baby body parts for profit,” said CMP Project Leader David Daleiden. “By custom-ordering late-term aborted baby body parts for sale from Planned Parenthood partners like ABR, the FDA is directly complicit in these abortions and implies that these kids are worth more to the U.S. government dead than alive.”

CMP investigators first exposed the human tissue procurement company as part of its larger expose in 2015. In one undercover video, ABR procurement manager Perrin Larton admitted to having observed fully intact fetuses being delivered inside abortion facilities.

“I literally have had women come in and they’ll go in the OR, and they’re back out in 3 minutes, and I’m going, ‘What’s got’ on?’ ‘Oh yeah, the fetus was already in the vaginal canal, whenever we put her in the stirrups, it just fell out,’” Larton said.

According to the new report, ABR also admitted in emails obtained through a Public Records request to massively over-billing researchers for fetal organs at prices at nearly double its actual costs.

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“HHS must provide full transparency and immediately terminate any and all such contracts, and the U.S. Department of Justice needs to do their job and hold ABR, Planned Parenthood, and those like them accountable to the law,” Daleiden said.

Earlier this week, 48 national and state pro-life leaders urged U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to stop the government’s use of aborted fetal tissue for research.

Their letter came after shocking revelations indicating the FDA signed a new contract to acquire body parts from aborted babies to be transplanted into so-called humanized mice. The grisly experiments allow mice to have a functioning human immune system for research purposes.

Apart from the destruction of human life and the exploitation of aborted babies by using their body parts for research, the pro-life movement has long questioned the ethics of transplanting human brain cells into other species.

The Daily Signal reported more about the controversy in August:

ABR is among the entities under referral for criminal investigation for possibly profiting from the sale of fetal tissue from aborted babies. Among its sources for fetal tissue are Planned Parenthood-affiliated clinics.

Fetal tissue used for research purposes may be obtained via elective abortions. Such research is legal, but federal law prohibits buying or selling fetal tissue for valuable consideration. “Valuable consideration” does not include payments “associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.”

According to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 2016 report, several tissue procurement companies—including ABR—“have paid Planned Parenthood Federation of America to acquire aborted fetuses, and then sold the fetal tissue to their respective customers at substantially higher prices than their documented costs.”

Contrary to the intent of federal law, these companies did not conduct an analysis of their costs when determining fees. Rather, after committee investigation, they resorted to “post hoc accounting rationalizations … in an attempt to justify their fees.”

According to the report, ABR is one of the largest and oldest companies dedicated to harvesting and selling aborted baby body parts. It puts technicians inside Planned Parenthoods and other abortion businesses to dissect aborted babies’ bodies, package their organs and tissue, and ship them to customers. It is based in California.
— Read on www.lifenews.com/2018/09/13/fda-is-custom-ordering-body-parts-from-babies-planned-parenthood-kills-in-late-term-abortions/

Will Planned Parenthood Continue Selling Aborted Baby Parts Under New President Leana Wen? | LifeNews.com

Yesterday, the Planned Parenthood abortion business named Leana Wen as its new president to replace abortion activist Cecile Richards. She quickly called killing babies in abortions “lifesaving work.”

Now, pro-life advocates are wondering if Planned Parenthood will continue selling the body parts of unborn babies as it did under Cecile Richards’ leadership.

Wen takes over Planned Parenthood at a time when it and the abortion industry are under investigation for potentially illegally selling the body parts of aborted babies.

Last December, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it is officially investigating whether the abortion chain Planned Parenthood sold aborted babies’ body parts for profit. A letter from Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd requested unredacted documents from the U.S. Senate committee that investigated the abortion chain in 2016.

The committee, as well as a U.S. House investigative committee, both recommended that the DOJ investigate Planned Parenthood after finding strong evidence that the abortion chain broke the law.

The investigation came about as a result of a series of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress that exposed the baby body parts trade inside the nation’s largest abortion provider.

David Daleiden, the undercover reporter who exposed Planned Parenthood’s sale of body parts from aborted babies, wants to know if Wen will continue having the abortion company sell aborted baby parts.

Also, Wen is a physician by training and has previously volunteer at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis Missouri. Daleiden told LifeNews today that he is curious to know whether Wen ever killed babies in abortion in her capacity at Planned Parenthood or as a doctor. And, if not, will she ever do abortions in her new role as the president of Planned Parenthood?

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Wen is known for her push for more transparency from doctors in the medical process, and in that spirit, Daleiden will shed any light on whether she has actually done abortions and if aborted baby parts will continue to be potentially illegally sold.

“After Cecile Richards’ sudden and unexplained departure in the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice’s active investigation of Planned Parenthood for selling aborted baby body parts, the nation’s biggest abortion business has announced its new president will be pro-abortion advocate Dr. Leana Wen,” Daleiden told LifeNews.

“Wen previously led initiatives calling for “radical transparency” from doctors about their views on controversial issues like abortion. In this spirit, Planned Parenthood and its new president should immediately disclose how many abortions Dr. Wen has performed, whether she will perform abortions as Planned Parenthood president and up to what gestational age, and if she supports contracts for baby body parts like the ones the biggest Planned Parenthood affiliates entered into under Richards’ leadership,” he said.

Daliden continued: “CMP also asks Dr. Wen directly: does “radical transparency” for doctors include undercover video?”

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, tells LifeNews that she expect Wen to continue keeping abortion as the number one focal point for the abortion business.

“Though it’s being largely ignored in media accounts, the appointment of a new president does not change the fact that Planned Parenthood’s primary focus is on abortion, with their clinics performing more than one-third of abortions annually in the United States. No doubt Leana Wen will seek to continue promoting and expanding Planned Parenthood’s abortion empire,” Tobias said.

Wen currently serves as the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore and in that capacity she put her pro-abortion views front and center as she attempted to force pregnancy centers that provide women with abortion alternatives and pregnancy options to promote abortions.

But while Wen has had plenty of time to promote abortion, she has refused to condemn a practice in her native country that she be a no-brainer to condemn. During its population control regime, seventy million unborn baby girls were aborted—killed in the womb simply because they were female. Wen has never condemned the practice of sex-selection abortion and female gendercide in China.

The abortion chain Planned Parenthood receives approximately half a billion taxpayer dollars every year, while performing about 320,000 abortions annually.

Wen is slated to leave her position as Baltimore’s top health official on October 12 and start her position as Planned Parenthood president after the November election.

The expose’ videos catching Planned Parenthood officials selling the body parts of aborted babies have shocked the nation. Here is a list of all 14:

In the first video: Dr. Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on baby-crushing: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

In the second video: Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Mary Gatter joked, “I want a Lamborghini” as she negotiated the best price for baby parts.

In the third video: Holly O’Donnell, a former Stem Express employee who worked inside a Planned Parenthood clinic, detailed first-hand the unspeakable atrocities and how she fainted in horror over handling baby legs.

In the fourth video: Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Savita Ginde stated, “We don’t want to do just a flat-fee (per baby) of like, $200. A per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.” She also laughed while looking at a plate of fetal kidneys that were “good to go.”

In the fifth video: Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood-Gulf Coast in Houston boasted of Planned Parenthood’s skill in obtaining “intact fetal cadavers” and how her “research” department “contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here, you know we’re one of the largest affiliates, our Research Department is the largest in the United States.”

In the sixth video: Holly O’Donnell described technicians taking fetal parts without patient consent: “There were times when they would just take what they wanted. And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”

In the seventh and perhaps most disturbing video: Holly O’Donnell described the harvesting, or “procurement,” of organs from a nearly intact late-term fetus aborted at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, CA. “‘You want to see something kind of cool,’” O’Donnell says her supervisor asked her. “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.”

In the eighth video: StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer admits Planned Parenthood sells “a lot of” fully intact aborted babies.

The ninth video: catches a Planned Parenthood medical director discussing how the abortion company sells fully intact aborted babies — including one who “just fell out” of the womb.

The 10th video: catches the nation’s biggest abortion business selling specific body parts — including the heart, eyes and “gonads” of unborn babies. The video also shows the shocking ways in which Planned Parenthood officials admit that they are breaking federal law by selling aborted baby body parts for profit.

Unreleased Videos: Unreleased videos from CMP show Deb Vanderhei of Planned Parenthood caught on tape talking about how Planned Parenthood abortion business affiliates may “want to increase revenue [from selling baby parts] but we can’t stop them…” Another video has a woman talking about the “financial incentives” of selling aborted baby body parts.

The 11th video: catches a Texas Planned Parenthood abortionist planning to sell the intact heads of aborted babies for research. Amna Dermish is caught on tape describing an illegal partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term unborn babies which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting.

The 12th video in the series shows new footage of Jennefer Russo, medical director at Planned Parenthood in Orange County, California, describing to undercover investigators how her abortion business tries to harvest intact aborted babies’ bodies for a local for-profit biotech company and changes the abortion procedure to do so.

The 13th video: exposes a Planned Parenthood medical director admitting that babies born alive after abortion are sometimes killed.

The 14th video: catches Planned Parenthood executives discussing gruesome abortion procedures and the sale of body parts from aborted babies for profit.
— Read on www.lifenews.com/2018/09/13/will-planned-parenthood-continue-selling-aborted-baby-parts-under-new-president-leana-wen/

Evolution of US approach: Alleged attack – ̶I̶n̶v̶e̶s̶t̶i̶g̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ – Retaliation (Video)

Washington has ignored warnings from Russia that the self-styled Syrian rescue group the White Helmets are directly involved in staging the attack, saying there is no evidence to support that claim.

And as the battle for Idlib province looms, the US is pouring troops into Syria – saying that, if there is a chemical attack, there will be a much stronger response than before.

DEEP STATE: John Kerry Held Meetings With Iran – Advised Them To ‘Wait Out’ Trump Presidency — The Gateway Pundit

Former secretary of state and failed Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry has been trying to salvage Obama’s awful Iran Deal – by going around the Trump administration and holding meetings with Iran. Who elected Kerry?

FOX News reports:

John Kerry slammed for ‘shameful’ shadow diplomacy after admitting to meetings with Iran

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is being slammed for conducting shadow diplomacy with Iran after admitting to multiple meetings with Iranian officials behind the backs of the Trump administration — including over the scrapped nuclear deal.

An administration official on Thursday told Fox News Kerry’s meetings are “shameful,” pointing out what Iranian-backed militias are doing to kill and injure people in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Other Republicans suggested it may not even be legal.

“John Kerry is out giving advice to Iran about how to maneuver around what Donald Trump is doing, it’s insidious,” Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary for George W. Bush, said Wednesday on Fox News’s “Special Report.” “I don’t know if it’s legal or illegal, I don’t care about that side of it. It’s wrong.”…

Later Wednesday, during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino,” Kerry did not deny the suggestion he’s telling the Iranians to wait out Trump until there is a Democratic president again.

“I think everybody in the world is talking about waiting out President Trump,” said Kerry, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and who has not ruled out a 2020 bid.

As Ari Fleischer points out in the video below, Kerry had no business doing this:

Michael Rubin of the Washington Examiner says Kerry deserves jail for this:

John Kerry deserves jail for secret Iran diplomacy

In a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, former Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that he’s been working behind-the-scenes to salvage the Iran nuclear deal. “What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better,” he explained. Kerry’s backchannel with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has not been a one-time deal. “I think I’ve seen him three or four times,” Kerry said, and acknowledged that his talks were occurring without the Trump administration’s approval.

Perhaps Kerry believes he is not violating the Logan Act of 1799 which states that: “Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

What would have happened if someone from the Bush administration decided to go around Obama in this way while he was president?

via DEEP STATE: John Kerry Held Meetings With Iran – Advised Them To ‘Wait Out’ Trump Presidency — The Gateway Pundit

Pope Attacks Satan: “Satan is Attempting to Scandalize the Bishops by Uncovering Their Sin”

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

I have written many articles on Pope Francis.  But I have to say that this may be the most bizarre piece I will write about this man.

Pope Francis is under scrutiny for not exposing the sexual scandals of many bishops.  Many are calling for him to step down.

Now it is being reported that the pope is blaming Satan for exposing the sins of these men, so as to scandalize them.

Does that even make any sense?  

This pope has from the beginning been a controversial figure; and he has been unlike any pope in the history of the Vatican.  After Pope Benedict stepped down (this had not happened in over 600 years)  Pope Francis was chosen to be his successor.   Francis is also a Marxist/Socialist and a mouth piece for the U.N.’s Climate Change mantra.

Francis was the very first Jesuit priest to become pope.  Throughout…

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