Daily Archives: October 21, 2018

OCTOBER 21 FAITH AND PRAYER

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

James 5:16

In Hebrews we find a long list of benefits which faith brings to its possessor: justification, deliverance, fruitfulness, endurance, victory over enemies, courage, strength and even resurrection from the dead.

Then, everything that is attributed thus to faith might with equal truth be attributed to prayer, for faith and true prayer are like two sides of the same coin—they are inseparable!

Men may, and often do, pray without faith (though this is not true prayer), but it is not thinkable that men should have faith and not pray.

Whatever God can do, faith can do, and whatever faith can do, prayer can do when it is offered in faith.

It should not be considered strange, then, that an invitation to prayer is an invitation to omnipotence, for prayer engages the Omnipresent God and brings Him into our human affairs. According to the Bible, we have because we ask or we have not because we ask not. It does not take much wisdom to discover our next move. Is it not to pray and pray again and again until the answer comes? Let us not fail the world and disappoint God by failing to pray!

Heavenly Father, thank You that You are a God who welcomes dialogue with His children! My prayer this morning is that You will build Your Church in significant ways around the world today.[1]


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

US senators cry foul over Riyadh’s ‘insulting’ Khashoggi story, say crown prince involved in death

US senators are speaking out against Saudi Arabia’s account of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying they believe the crown prince is responsible and calling Riyadh’s version of events “insulting.”

Source: US senators cry foul over Riyadh’s ‘insulting’ Khashoggi story, say crown prince involved in death

Sunday Talks: Bret Baier Interviews Saudi Minister Adel al-Jubeir About Death of Jamal Khashoggi… — The Last Refuge

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks exclusively to Fox News’ Bret Baier on the death of Jamal Khashoggi.  al-Jubeir calls it a ‘terrible mistake’ that happened at the Saudi consulate in Turkey and says those responsible will be held accountable.

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One theory is that Jamal Khashoggi held a strong alignment with Brennan-minded U.S. intelligence officials, hence his working relationship with the Washington Post. Khashoggi negotiated with Saudi for a meeting in Turkey because the Pro-Iran sketchy Brennan types have close relationships with corrupt Turkish intelligence officials.  After setting up the meeting at the Saudi consulate in Turkey and coordinating therein; U.S. and Turkish intelligence were closely monitoring the visit anticipating the outcome.

Brennan-aligned Saudi ideologues like ostracized Prince Alweed Talal; who use massive amounts of money to corrupt U.S. politicians and intelligence officials; coordinated an opportunity to strike back at Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS) through the death of Khashoggi.

This theory would explain the outcome and massive attention therein. See below:

via Sunday Talks: Bret Baier Interviews Saudi Minister Adel al-Jubeir About Death of Jamal Khashoggi… — The Last Refuge

Saudi Crown Prince Spoke To Khashoggi By Phone Moments Before He Was Killed: Report

In the latest bombshell report involving the Khashoggi murder, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly spoke on the phone with journalist Jamal Khashoggi moments before he was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Safak disclosed the new alleged details of the case in a report on Sunday, contradicting claims by Saudi authorities that Prince Mohammed played no part in Khashoggi’s murder.

“Khashoggi was detained by the Saudi team inside the consulate building. Then Prince Mohammed contacted Khashoggi by phone and tried to convince him to return to Riyadh,” the report said.

“Khashoggi refused Prince Mohammed’s offer out of fear he would be arrested and killed if he returned. The assassination team then killed Khashoggi after the conversation ended,”it added.

While the report is so far unconfirmed, the New Arab reports that so far Turkish pro-government media have been receiving a steady stream of leaks many of which turned out to be accurate, including pictures of the hit team as they entered Turkey and reports of audio recordings of the murder said to be in the possession of Turkish authorities.

Meanwhile, the Saudi version of events has been changing significantly over the past two weeks with authorities conceded Saturday that Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist and a Riyadh critic, was killed inside the kingdom’s Istanbul diplomatic compound following a “brawl”. The admission came after a fortnight of denials with the insistence that the journalist left the consulate alive, starting on October 5, when Crown Prince MBS told Bloomberg that Khashoggi was not inside the consulate and “we are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises”.

On Saturday, the kingdom announced it had fired five top officials and arrested 18 others in an investigation into the killing – a move that has widely been viewed as an attempt to cover up the crown prince’s role in the murder.

The shifting Saudi narrative of the killing has been met with scepticism and condemnation from the international community, and has left the U.S. and other allies struggling for a response on Sunday. As Bloomberg reports, France demanded more information, Germany put arms sales to Riyadh on hold and the Trump administration stressed the vital importance of the kingdom and its economy to the U.S.

In Sunday radio and TV interviews, Dominic Raab, the U.K. politician in charge of negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union, described the latest Saudi account as not credible; French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called for “the truth’’; and Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his government would approve no arms sales so long as the investigation was ongoing.

Earlier on Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir acknowledged a cover-up attempt. The dramatic reversal, after Saudi officials had previously said the columnist left the building alive, has only complicated the issue for allies.

Saudi Arabia’s al-Jubeir told Fox News on Sunday that the journalist’s death was an “aberration.”

“There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to cover up,” he said, promising that “those responsible will be punished for it.”

More importantly, he said that Prince Mohammed had no knowledge of the events, although if the Turkish report is confirmed, it will be yet another major flaw with the official narrative.

Several senior members of US President Donald Trump’s Republican Party said they believed Prince Mohammed was linked to the killing, and one called for a “collective” Western response if a link is proved. In an interview with The Washington Post, President Trump, too, said the Saudi narrative had been marked by “deception and lies.’’ Yet he also defended Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a “strong person,’’ and said there was no proof of his involvement in Khashoggi’s death. Some members of Congress have questioned his willingness to exonerate the prince.

“Obviously there’s been deception and there’s been lies,” Trump said on the shifting accounts offered by Riyadh.

On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to disclose details about the case at a meeting of his AK Party’s parliamentary faction on Tuesday, Haberturk newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, as Western firms and high-ranked officials scramble to avoid any Saudi involvement, Russia is more than happy to step in and fill the power vacuum void left by the US. As a result, Russian businesses are flocking to attend the investment forum in Saudi Arabia, as Western counterparts pull out.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had considerable success boosting Moscow’s influence in the Middle East at U.S. expense, by standing by regimes that fall afoul of the West, including in Syria and Iran. Last week Putin signed a strategic and partnership agreement with Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, backed by $25 billion in loans to build nuclear reactors. Until El-Sisi came to power, Egypt had been closely allied to the U.S.

Meanwhile, all eyes are fixed squarely on the Crown Prince whose position of power is looking increasingly perilous. Congressional leaders on Sunday dismissed the story proffered earlier by the Saudis, with Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bob Corker of Tennessee saying they believed the crown prince was likely involved in Khashoggi’s death.

Lawmakers said they believe the U.S. must impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia or take other action if the crown prince is shown to have been involved. Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, said the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. should be formally expelled until a third-party investigation is done. He said the U.S. should call on its allies to do the same.

“Unless the Saudi kingdom understands that civilized countries around the world are going to reject this conduct and make sure that they pay a price for it, they’ll continue doing it,”’ Durbin said.

The obvious question is what happens and how the Saudi royal family will respond if it is pushed too far, and whether the worst case scenario, a sharp cut in oil exports, could be on the table if MBS feels like he has little to lose from escalating the situation beyond a point of no return.

Source: Saudi Crown Prince Spoke To Khashoggi By Phone Moments Before He Was Killed: Report

Harvest Bible Chapel and James MacDonald Sues TED and a Journalist — The Elephant’s Debt

On 17 October 2018, James Sherwood MacDonald, individually, and Harvest Bible Chapel, corporately, filed a complaint in law as well as a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the authors of this website, the wives of the authors, and an independent journalist by the name of Julie Roys.
The complaint and TRO stem from the contents of this blog, and for simplicity sake, the essential legal allegation is defamation.  According to the article published by the Cook County Record, Ms. Roys “declined to meet with church leadership for a story on Harvest she is currently reporting for World Magazine.”

While the authors of this website would never have chosen to resolve our differences in a litigious manner, we are confident that the legal process will ultimately uphold the values of the first amendment right to freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press, all of which are essential to safeguarding the values of the Protestant Reformation and our common life.

via Harvest Bible Chapel and James MacDonald Sues TED and a Journalist — The Elephant’s Debt

Harvest Bible Chapel And Pastor James MacDonald Sues Former Workers For Publishing False Information About The Church.

Online congregation here we go again when alleged Christians need a court to intervene on their behalf.  Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, IL and it’s founding Pastor James MacDonald who is best known for his radio and writing ministry, Walk in the Word. Is accusing former workers of publishing false information about the church, its finances and governance in a defamation lawsuit filed Oct. 16 in Cook County Circuit Court. ( You Can Read About It Here ) The evangelical megachurch based in Rolling Meadows is a plaintiff in the action, as are Senior Pastor James MacDonald, Senior Executive Pastor/Chief Operating Officer James Scott Milholland, Elder Board Chairman Ronald Duitsman and Elder Board member William Sperling. Several defendants, identified as Ryan M. Mahoney, Melinda Mahoney, Scott W. Bryant and Sarah Bryant — are accused of funding and operating The Elephant’s Debt, a website the church says defrauds and defames. Another plaintiff, Julie Stern Roys, is named for comments made as host of a show on Moody Radio in Chicago, as well as on her personal website.

Source: Harvest Bible Chapel And Pastor James MacDonald Sues Former Workers For Publishing False Information About The Church.

OCTOBER 21 GOD WAS FORCED OUT

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

—Matthew 16:24

Before the Lord God made man upon the earth He first prepared for him a world of useful and pleasant things for his sustenance and delight. In the Genesis account of the creation these are called simply “things.” They were made for man’s use, but they were meant always to be external to the man and subservient to him. In the deep heart of the man was a shrine where none but God was worthy to come. Within him was God; without, a thousand gifts which God had showered upon him….

Our woes began when God was forced out of His central shrine and things were allowed to enter. Within the human heart things have taken over. Men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is crowned there no longer, but there in the moral dusk stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among themselves for first place on the throne….

The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one rootlet lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution. POG021-022

Lord, deliver me from this dependence on material things. If You need to completely remove some things from me, help me to be willing to give them up in complete submission to You. Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Defiant Migrant Mob Swells To 5,000 Strong Says They Are Ready To ‘Storm The Border’ To Gain Entrance Into US — Now The End Begins

Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, a growing throng of Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border early Sunday in southern Mexico.

First off, let me just say that America is a nation of immigrants, and that a steady influx of legal immigrants is in fact the lifeblood of this great nation of ours. My own grandfather arrived in the US way back in 1922 as a legal immigrant at Ellis Island. When he arrived there he had to follow all the rules and procedures in place at the time in order to gain admittance into the country. He was not allowed in simply because he showed up.

Such is not the case with the rapidly-growing mob of migrants who wish to cross our border any way they can, legal or illegal. They are not asking to be let in, they are demanding to be let in as if  they had the right to do so. President Trump is 100% correct when he says the mob will not be allowed to cross our borders, and will deploy the military to prevent that from happening. This is what a good leader does, he protects the homeland and seals the borders to keep the people inside those borders safe. Anything else is anarchy.

FROM YAHOO NEWS: A U.S.-bound caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants who have been condemned as unwelcome by President Donald Trump, began moving into Mexico on Sunday, shadowed by hundreds of Mexican police en route to the border city of Tapachula.

The migrants have defied threats by Trump that he will close the U.S.-Mexico border if the caravan advances and warnings from the Mexican government that they risk deportation if they cannot justify seeking asylum in Mexico.

Dressed in riot gear, police arrived along a southern highway in several buses, ahead of the throngs of men, women and children marching north after they crossed the Guatemalan border. An unidentified police officer told Reuters there were no orders to block the caravan.

“We’re just making sure they pass safely and then we’ll steer them” to a migrants shelter outside the city center of Tapachula, about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of the border.

Homan Says Trump Is a ‘Bulldog’, Applauds Threat of Military at Southern Border

Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan praised President Trump’s threat of military action at the southern border Sunday on Fox & Friends.

As a military helicopter circled overhead, migrants who said they were fleeing a toxic mix of violence, poverty and corruption in Central America wondered if police would seek to turn the caravan back.

Most said they felt safer advancing as part of a large group.

“We’re going to make it, we’re going to keep moving so long as they don’t stop us,” said Honduran Jaffe Borjas, 17, marching alongside a childhood friend at the head of the column that stretched far down the highway to the horizon.

The multitude of migrants clogged the highway leading north from the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, many breaking into song.

“If you send us back, we will return!” a large crowd shouted in unison under the intense glare of the morning sun.

“We are not criminals, we are workers!”

Trump has threatened to halt aid to Honduras and Guatemala, and potentially close the U.S. border with Mexico with the help of the military if the migrants’ march is not stopped.

Mexico’s government has said throughout the past week that it would register the migrants and process requests for asylum. Those attempting to skip the process would face deportation, but the size of the caravan will test Mexico, which has sought help from the United Nations to manage the issue. READ MORE

via Defiant Migrant Mob Swells To 5,000 Strong Says They Are Ready To ‘Storm The Border’ To Gain Entrance Into US — Now The End Begins

Sunday Talks: Chairman Bob Goodlatte Discusses Upcoming Rosenstein Hearing and Questioning… — The Last Refuge

Representative Bob Goodlatte is the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, and the senior chair of the joint Judiciary/Oversight committee looking into the activity of the DOJ and FBI during the 2016 election.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to appear before the committee leadership on October 24th.

Maria Bartiromo has stayed on top of this story almost from the beginning. Bartiromo has a very strong foundational knowledge that allows her to probe Goodlatte on his specific intentions for the upcoming testimony of DAG Rod Rosenstein.

via Sunday Talks: Chairman Bob Goodlatte Discusses Upcoming Rosenstein Hearing and Questioning… — The Last Refuge

October 21 Daily Help

O TRUE believer, called by grace and washed in the precious blood of Jesus, thou hast tasted of better drink than the river of this world’s pleasure can give thee; thou hast had fellowship with Christ; thou hast obtained the joy of seeing Jesus, and leaning thine head upon His bosom. Do the trifles, the songs, the honors, the merriment of this earth content thee after that? If thou art wandering after the waters of Egypt, oh, return quickly to the one living fountain: the waters of Sihor may be sweet to the Egyptians, but they will prove only bitterness to thee. What hast thou to do with them? Jesus asks thee this question—what wilt thou answer Him?[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 298). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

UPDATE: NOW OVER TWO MILES LONG! Caravan Swells to Well Over 7,200; Mexico Police Stand Down as Illegal Migrants March to US — The Gateway Pundit

(Update at end) The illegal migrant caravan is sweeping through Chiapas in southern Mexico on Sunday, their numbers having jumped to over 7,000 overnight from just a few thousand as it became apparent the caravan would not be stopped by Mexico. After blocking the migrants on a bridge Friday, Mexican officials allowed the migrants to swim and raft across the Suchiate River from Guatemala into Mexico Saturday and then regroup in a riverside park. Mexico also allowed over 600 women and children to legally enter for processing on Saturday

Reports from the caravan state that on two occasions Mexican federal police stood in formation to meet the caravan as the migrants staged a massive march up a highway. As the migrants approached both times the Mexican police stood down and let them pass. A Mexican official was reported to have said they can’t stop 7,200 people.

Kate Linthicum with the Los Angeles Times reported on the two failed attempts to stop the caravan Sunday: “I’m only just realizing the massive scale of this caravan as they march north into Mexico. It’s several thousand people. Just look…A group of immigration agents stopped the caravan to ask them to apply for asylum in Mexico. The caravan blew past them…The caravan just swept past a large contingent of Mexican federal police, who didn’t do anything to stop them…”

Buzzfeed’s Karla Zabbs reported the increased numbers in the caravan cited by Mexican authorities, “Federal Migration Commissioner: ppl will be taken to a shelter and won’t be able to leave the state of Chiapas till their visas are processed (but impossible to stop 7,200+ ppl).” (Zabbs also took a cheap shot at President Trump: “Wish you could feel heat through Twitter. Everyone looks like they just walked out of the shower (87F and a sun that feels as vicious as Trump).”) :

Reporter James Fredrick, “Federal police commission just said their presence here is to give “safe and orderly passage to shelters in Tapachula”. So why the 200 officers in Riot gear? No answer. The continues”

Fredrick added some observations on how Mexico is handling the migrant caravan, “The caravan is well over 5,000 people. Mexico’s refugee agency processed 4,475 asylum requests in all of 2017. Does Mexico really think it’s going to try to process all these people through asylum system?”…”Very strange situation with police and . On the border, they aggressively blocked bridge while watching caravan cross river. This morning, hundreds set up in highway to block caravan…then left. Feels like they hope Trump is only seeing certain images”

UPDATE: Kate Linthicum reports the caravan is over two miles long, “The caravan is more than two miles long. People near the end are stumbling. It’s 23 miles to Tapachula and it’s so hot — 90 degrees — today…I’ve waited an hour on the side of the road to see the end of the caravan. People are still coming. This is a humanitarian crisis.”

via UPDATE: NOW OVER TWO MILES LONG! Caravan Swells to Well Over 7,200; Mexico Police Stand Down as Illegal Migrants March to US — The Gateway Pundit

Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Crimea Violence, and White Helmets – Stephen Lendman

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Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Crimea Violence, and White Helmets

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

As in past reports, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) called conditions n Syria “complicated” – conflict resolution far from achieved because Trump regime hardliners reject it.

Implementation of the Russian/Turkish agreed on Idlib province demilitarized zone hasn’t been accomplished – because US-supported al-Nusra and other jihadists refuse to surrender their heavy weapons and leave – likely because of US orders.

It’s days past the October 15 demilitarization deadline. According to MZ, al-Nusra “unite(d) a number of other al-Qaeda affiliated groups, including Hurras al-Din and the Turkistan Islamic Party…establishing a joint (jihadist) command center with the aim of continuing their provocations.”

Turkey so far failed to meet its obligations to get them to comply with Idlib buffer zone conditions. Putin said he’d give Erdogan more time to convince terrorists he’s supported throughout the war to abide by the Idlib agreement.

On the east bank of the Euphrates, US-supported ISIS fighters captured hundreds of civilians, holding them hostage as human shields.

US-led terror-bombing continues, including use of white phosphorous and other banned weapons, Washington guilty of high crimes of war and against humanity throughout years of conflict, aiming to topple Assad, wanting him replaced by pro-Western puppet rule.

MZ: “On October 15, the Nasib checkpoint opened on the Syrian-Jordanian border, thereby restoring passenger and freight traffic along an international motorway linking Beirut, Damascus and Amman.” 

“It is hard to overestimate the significance of this event in the context of resuming economic activity in Syria, as well as its ties with neighboring countries.” 

“Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have received temporary shelter in Jordan can now return home.”

At the same time, US-occupied southwestern Syria remains a haven for ISIS and other anti-government jihadists, terrorizing civilians in the area.

On October 17, masked gunmen armed with assault rifles at Crimea’s Kerch Polytechnic College reportedly killed at least 20 people, dozens of others injured, at least 16 in serious condition.

According to the Kremlin and Crimean authorities, a lone gunman was involved, contradicted by eyewitnesses explaining otherwise.

In an article on the incident, I asked how one gunman could be responsible for this number of mass casualties, likely needing time to reload several times?

After initially calling the incident a terrorist attack, Russian authorities changed what happened to multiple homicides.

MZ called the incident at Kerch Polytechnic College a “terrorist attack,” saying Russia’s law enforcement agencies initiated an investigation into what happened.

It’s unclear if foreign students were killed or wounded. Russian authorities are providing updates as new information is learned.

If multiple gunmen were involved, why are Moscow and Crimean authorities claiming otherwise? Why conceal what appeared to be a terrorist attack?

Commenting on the al-Qaeda-linked White Helmets masquerading as civil defense workers, MZ said “(s)hocking details are being (learned) about (their) activities” – calling them “pseudo-humanitarian aid providers,” adding:

Clearly they “completely discredited themselves as an authoritative data source,” complicit with terrorists instead of aiding their victims.

“It is only too obvious that the White Helmets…will continue doing their criminal jobs so long as it is required by their (US/UK-led Western) creators and sponsors.”

Its members are mercenaries, not volunteers as claimed. They know nothing about even elementary medical assistance.

They got “military training, including shooting and mine and blast training,” MZ explained.

Armed like jihadists they support,  they prohibit “real doctors from treating the wounded.” Propaganda photos showing otherwise are staged.

“We have repeatedly spoken of another inhumane activity of the White Helmets: the illegal black transplantation market, which bloomed for many years under their protection,” said MZ.

“This activity is to be investigated. I believe that the facts which will be discovered and presented to the court and the public will shock everyone.”

“We will continue to monitor the situation and share with you new facts about the(ir) activities (including about their members) remaining in Syria who keep getting in the way of the peaceful process of bringing back to normal the life of the civilians.”

A Final Comment

MZ explained that RT was taken off air by Comcast in Chicago and Spectrum in various US cities, saying:

“In one case, this decision was based on the 2018 John McCain Amendment to the National Defense Law Act, which allows distributors to refuse broadcasting Russian content without giving reasons.” 

“In another, it was based on a change in the broadcasting strategy: the operator claimed that the distribution of the television signal in the internet era was inexpedient.” 

“At the same time, the available information indicates that the operator never cancelled the contracts with the rest of the channels.”

“Obviously, this part of the ongoing ousting of the RT and other Russian media, that offer an alternative view on world events and voice inconvenient facts for official Washington, from the American information landscape.”

“We are closely monitoring the developments of this situation. We state that such separate measures are links in one chain.” 

“This ideology, the stratagem put in practice, contradicts the US statements on being committed to freedom of the media.”
— Read on stephenlendman.org/2018/10/russian-foreign-ministry-on-syria-crimea-violence-and-white-helmets/

Thanks, Common Core: ACT Scores for Class of 2018 Worst in Decades | Trending

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PJ Media

The creators of the ACT test announced on Wednesday that scores for the class of 2018 are the worst reported in decades. Math scores, in fact, are in freefall among ACT-tested U.S. high school graduates, falling to their lowest mark in 14 years, according to The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018, the ACT’s annual report.
— Read on pjmedia.com/trending/thanks-common-core-act-scores-for-class-of-2018-worst-in-decades/

Turkey will reveal entire truth about Khashoggi’s death on Tuesday – Erdogan

Turkey will reveal the full truth surrounding the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to AFP. The announcement comes just two days after Erdogan spoke with Saudi King Salman, where both agreed to continue cooperation with the investigation into the journalist’s death. On Saturday, Omer Celik, a spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), also stated that Ankara would “reveal whatever had happened” to Khashoggi, saying that “nobody should ever doubt about it.” Turkey previously stated that the journalist was killed by a Saudi assassination squad, while Saudi Arabia has said he died in a “fistfight” inside the consulate. Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist who was critical of the Saudi royal family, was last seen on October 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Source: Turkey will reveal entire truth about Khashoggi’s death on Tuesday – Erdogan

Rand Paul certain Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed directed Jamal Khashoggi killing

A longtime U.S. critic of Saudi Arabia says he feels certain that Crown Prince Mohammed directed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Sen. Rand Paul told “Fox News Sunday” that the U.S. “cannot continue to have relations with him and so I think he’s going to have to be replaced.” …

Source: Rand Paul certain Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed directed Jamal Khashoggi killing

After weeks of wild rumors and salacious allegations, here’s what we actually now know about the death of Jamal Khashoggi — and what we don’t. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

After more than two weeks of wild rumors and salacious, unsourced allegations concerning the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi — a story that captured global headlines — the tragic truth has become clear: the Saudi dissident is dead.

Here is what we actually know at this hour, and what we don’t.

HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW

  • The Saudi government now publicly admits it is fully responsible for the death of this U.S. green card holder who was engaged to a Turkish woman but residing in northern Virginia.
  • The Saudis say their intelligence officials were supposed to interrogate Khashoggi  (pronounced, “ka-SHOW-gee”) at their consulate in Turkey and then bring him back to the kingdom. When the Khashoggi protested and began raising his voice, the Saudis say one of their officials put the 59-year old journalist in a “chokehold” and “covered his mouth” to quiet him but in the process killed him.
  • The Saudis say “the team then wrote a false report for superiors saying they had allowed Khashoggi to leave [the consulate] once he warned that Turkish authorities could get involved and that they had promptly left the country before they could be discovered,” according to al-Arabiya news service.
  • These false reports were fed to senior Saudi officials which formed the basis of their public statements — once the agents were found to be lying, the government conceded culpability.
  • 18 Saudi intelligence officials have been arrested for participating in Khashoggi’s death, according to the state prosecutor.
  • 5 senior Saudi officials have been fired in the affair. NBC News reports that “in addition to the deputy intelligence president and the Royal Court adviser, several other top intelligence officials were dismissed: Mohamed bin Saleh al Rumeh, assistant to the president of general intelligence for intelligence affairs; Abduallah bin Khalifa al Shaya, assistant to the president of general intelligence for human resources; and Rachad bin Hamed al Muhamadi, director of the general department for security and protection in the command of general intelligence.
  • Full interview with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir on Fox News

HERE’S WHAT WE DON’T KNOW

  • Is the current Saudi account the truth? Many journalists, Members of Congress, business leaders and others are expressing skepticism. Others are waiting for more information to confirm or deny the Saudi explanation. President Trump is vowing to stand with Saudi Arabia as a strong U.S. ally against Iranian and other radical Islamist aggression in the Middle East, yet he is also expressing concern about shifting Saudi narratives. “Their stories are all over the place,” Mr. Trump said.
  • Did Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (known as “MBS”) directly authorize the capture or assassination of Khashoggi? The Saudi government says the Crown Prince authorized Saudi intelligence to bring dissidents back to the kingdom, not to murder them. “There were no orders for them to kill him or even specifically kidnap him,” said a Saudi official, speaking on condition of anonymity to Reuters. “MBS had no knowledge of this specific operation and certainly did not order a kidnapping or murder of anybody. He will have been aware of the general instruction to tell people to come back.”
  • Do Turkish authorities have audio tapes of the Khashoggi’s murder from listening devices inside the Saudi consulate? Turkish media has been rife with the most wild, salacious and horrifying allegations regarding details allegedly gleaned from such recordings. Western media, including many U.S. media outlets, ran with such stories as factual without verifying their credibility. Yet as of this writing, U.S. officials say they have not heard any such recordings, or read any transcripts, or been given such items. Nor is it even clear that such recording exist. Agence France Presse noted on Friday, “The existence of the tape has never been confirmed on the record by Turkish officials.”
  • Where does this all leave the U.S.-Saudi alliance? Many journalists, Members of Congress and various Mideast experts are demanding the Saudi government be “punished.” Some are calling for the cancellation of military sales. Others are calling for sweeping economic sanctions. Still others are calling for more targeted sanctions on Saudi individuals via the Global Magnitsky Act, a law that is used to target the world’s worst human rights abusers. That said, other experts note that while this is a tragic, sordid affair and the administration must deal with it forthrightly and not soft-peddle it, the White House should also not overreact or take steps that might fundamentally undermine the U.S.-Saudi alliance. The U.S. shares very real and important national interests with the Saudis, from thwarting radical Islamism in the region to establishing between between Israel and all of her Arab neighbors. Throwing the Saudis under the bus is shortsighted and imprudent. The Turks hardly have clean hands, having killed and arrested hundreds of dissidents, journalists and other innocents during the regime of President Recep Erdogan. The Iranians are the worst terrorist state on the planet. Yet the very same Obama administration officials who are demanding the Saudis be severely punished were the same people who removed all sanctions off of Tehran and forked over to the tyrants in Tehran $150 billion in cash. How exactly should the Trump administration proceed? How will they proceed? It may take more time, more investigation of the facts and more weighing of the implications of every move before the administration is ready to make any final decisions.

For now, please pray for the Khashoggi family, for comfort at this very hard time. Please pray for more facts to be revealed in a timely way and a complete picture to emerge. Please pray for U.S. leaders to have the wisdom to know how best to handle the situation. Please pray for the leaders of Saudi Arabia to know how best to deal with tragic injustice and make sure it never happens again. Please pray, too, for the people of Saudi Arabia who have been very much in favor of the economic and social reforms that MBS has been implementing, and surely want to see these reforms continue and expand, not the kingdom be suddenly isolated and potentially destabilized.

Developing…..

via After weeks of wild rumors and salacious allegations, here’s what we actually now know about the death of Jamal Khashoggi — and what we don’t. — Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

It’s Getting Close to the End – LewRockwell

We’re getting close to the end now. Can you feel it?  I do.  It’s in the news, on the streets, and in your face every day. You can’t tune it out anymore, even if you wanted to.

Where once there was civil debate in the court of public opinion, we now have censorshipmonopolyscreaminginsultsdemonization, and, finally, the use of force to silence the opposition. There is no turning back now. The political extremes are going to war, and you will be dragged into it even if you consider yourself apolitical.

There are great pivot points in history, and we’ve arrived at one. The United States, ruptured by a thousand grievance groups, torn by shadowy agencies drunk on a gross excess of powerrobbed blind by oligarchs and their treasonous henchmen and decimated by frivolous wars of choice, has finally come to a point where the end begins in earnest. The center isn’t holding… indeed, finding a center is no longer even conceivable. We are the schizophrenic nation, bound by no societal norms, constrained by no religion, with no shared sense of history, myth, language, art, philosophy, music, or culture, rushing toward an uncertain future fueled by nothing more than easy money, hubris, and sheer momentum.

There comes a time when hard choices must be made…when it is no longer possible to remain aloof or amused, because the barbarians have arrived at the gate. Indeed, they are here now, and they often look a whole lot like deracinated, conflicted, yet bellicose fellow Americans, certain of only one thing, and that is that they possess “rights”, even though they could scarcely form an intelligible sentence explaining exactly what those rights secure or how they came into being. But that isn’t necessary, from their point of view, you see. All they need is a “voice” and membership in an approved victim class to enrich themselves at someone else’s expense. If you are thinking to yourself right now that this does not describe you, then guess what? The joke’s on you, and you are going to be expected to pay the bill…that “someone else” is you.

In reality, though, who can blame the minions, when the elites have their hand in the till as well? In fact, they are even more hostile to reasoned discourse than Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, or Antifa. Witness the complete meltdown of the privileged classes when President Trump mildly suggested that perhaps our “intelligence community” isn’t to be trusted, which is after all a fairly sober assessment when one considers the track record of the CIAFBINSA, BATF, and the other assorted Stasi agencies. Burning cop cars or bum-rushing the odd Trump supporter seems kind of tame in comparison to the weeping and gnashing of teeth when that hoary old MIC “intelligence” vampire was dragged screaming into the light. Yet Trump did not drive a stake into its heart, nor at this point likely can anyone…and that is exactly the point. We are now Thelma and Louise writ large. We are on cruise control, happily speeding towards the cliff, and few seem to notice that our not so distant future involves bankruptcy, totalitarianism, and/or nuclear annihilation. Even though most of us couldn’t identify the band, we nonetheless surely live the lyrics of the Grass Roots: “Live for today, and don’t worry about tomorrow.”

The “Defense” Department, “Homeland” Security, big pharma, big oil, big education, civil rights groups, blacks, Indians, Jews, the Deep State, government workers, labor unions, Neocons, Populists, fundamentalist Christians, atheists, pro life and pro death advocates, environmentalists, lawyers, homosexuals, women, Millenials, Baby Boomers, blue collar/white collar, illegal aliens…the list goes on and on, but the point is that the conflicting agendas of these disparate groups have been irreconcilable for some time. The difference today is that we are de facto at war with each other, and whether it is a war of words or of actual combat doesn’t matter at the moment. What matters is that we no longer communicate, and when that happens it is easy to demonize the other side. Violence is never far behind ignorance.

I am writing this from the bar at the Intercontinental Hotel in Vienna, Austria. I have seen with my own eyes the inundation of Europe with an influx of hostile aliens bent on the destruction of Old Christendom, yet I have some hope for the eastern European countries because they have finally recognized the threat and are working to neutralize it. Foreign malcontents can never be successfully integrated into a civilized society because they don’t even intend to try; they intend to conquer their host instead. Yet even though our own discontents are domestic for the most part, we have a much harder row to hoe than Old Europe because our own “invaders” are well entrenched and have been for decades, all the way up to the highest levels of government. That there are signs Austria is finally waking up is a good thing, but it serves to illustrate the folly of expecting the hostile cultures within our own country to get along with each other without rupturing the republic. Indeed, that republic died long ago, and it has been replaced by a metastasizing mass of amorphous humanity called the American Empire, and it is at war with itself and consuming itself from within.

Long ago, we once knew that as American citizens each of us had a great responsibility. We were expected to work hard, play fair, do unto others as we would have them do unto us, and serve our country when called upon to do so. Today, we don’t speak of duty, except in so much as a slogan to promote war, but we certainly do speak of benefits for ourselves and our “group” of entitled peeps. We will fail because of our greed and avarice. The United States of Empire has become quite simply too big, too diverse, and too “exceptional” to survive.

Source: Roads Less Traveled.

— Read on www.lewrockwell.com/2018/10/no_author/the-united-states-of-empire/