Daily Archives: December 17, 2018


O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

—Psalm 95:6-7

Next is adoration, to love God with all the power within us. To love God with fear and wonder and yearning and awe. To yearn for God with great yearning, and to love Him to a point where it is both painful and delightful. At times this will lead us to breathless silence. I think that some of the greatest prayer is prayer where you don’t say one single word or ask for anything. Now God does answer and He does give us what we ask for. That’s plain; nobody can deny that unless he denies the Scriptures. But that’s only one aspect of prayer, and it’s not even the important aspect. Sometimes I go to God and say, “God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast done already.” God’s already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me. WMJ024

Lord, You have given me so much. Today I ask nothing but Your Presence as I bow before You in silent adoration. Amen. [1]

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

December 17, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


President Donald Trump early on Monday again criticized the Federal Reserve for its current series of interest-rate increases, days before the U.S. central bank is expected to push up interest rates again.

President Donald Trump and Congress, embroiled in a feud over his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, have only five days to reach a deal before a partial government shutdown could leave about a quarter of the federal workforce without paychecks.

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed a court decision against Obamacare as “a great ruling for our country,” while a U.S. government official said the decision by a Texas judge would have no immediate impact on health coverage.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has aggressively sought to roll back Obama-era environmental protections, will be leaving his post at the end of the year, President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday, the latest high-profile departure from his administration.

Turkey may start a new military operation in Syria at any moment, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, adding that the White House has responded positively to Ankara’s plans to push into territory where its forces have not previously operated.

The United States came under fire from China and the European Union on Monday, accused by both major trading partners of taking protectionist measures and bringing the WTO to its knees.

Alphabet’s, Google is investing more than $1 billion on a new campus in New York, becoming the second major technology company after Amazon to pick America’s financial capital to expand and create thousands of jobs.

As U.S. bank stocks tanked this month over fears of an impending recession, industry executives downplayed concerns arguing that the economy is in great shape.

AP Top Stories

Several thousand people marched through Hungary’s capital Sunday in a fourth day of demonstrations against new laws that critics say restrict workers’ rights and undermine democracy.

Nicaraguan police have raided the offices of an opposition daily and then stripped human rights and activist groups’ permission to operate, those targeted said Saturday.

A historic council of Orthodox bishops in Kiev has created a new Ukrainian church independent from Russia, President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

In Marrakech this month more than 180 countries will affirm the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. What began with great optimism as an open, transparent, and inclusive process that would include all of the world’s states has been clouded by global political controversy over the compact and a series of last-minute withdrawals.

The Taliban say they are holding “another” meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war.

A car bomb killed at least nine people including five civilians near a pro-Turkey rebel post in the northern Syrian city of Afrin on Sunday, a British-based war monitor said.

A drive to impose more sanctions on Russia for its capture of Ukrainian navy vessels in November seems to be gaining traction, the United States envoy to the Ukraine conflict, Kurt Volker, told an online briefing on Monday.

Law enforcement officials from up to 45 states have sought assistance from Pennsylvania authorities in pursuit of alleged misconduct by Catholic priests and related efforts to conceal that abuse by the church, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

Democratic Republic of Congo goes to the polls this week in elections which could see the country emerge from 17 years of conflict-ridden rule under controversial President Joseph Kabila. Twenty-one candidates are running to replace Kabila.

The US military said it had carried out six air strikes in Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabab extremists.


The use of electronic cigarettes by US teenagers has dramatically risen this year, a new report says. The percentage of 12th grade students, typically aged 17-18, who reported vaping nicotine rose to 21% from 11% in 2017, a survey by the University of Michigan said. Researchers say the trend is reversing declines in the number of adolescents who use nicotine.

Russia allegedly used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims. Research is expected to say YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal – as well as Facebook and Twitter – were leveraged to spread propaganda.

Cambodia has seized more than 3.2 tonnes of African ivory hidden in a storage container from Mozambique, a customs official has said.

A gay Singaporean man has won a landmark court case which will allow him to adopt a child he fathered through a surrogate.


The US Navy has acknowledged that its longstanding operations in Haifa may change once a Chinese firm takes over the civilian port in 2021, prompting Israel’s national security cabinet to revisit the arrangement.

A recent study from Merrill Lynch found that 79 percent of parents continue to serve as the “family bank” for their grown-up children, paying for big-ticket items like college and weddings, but also for smaller, everyday expenses. Parents of adult children contribute $500 billion annually – twice the amount that they invest in their own retirement accounts.

News – 12/17/2018

Top Republican predicts Flynn guilty plea will be thrown out, citing FBI ‘misconduct’
California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that the FBI had “tricked” Flynn into not having a lawyer and had improperly “post-dated” documents to “morph” them into critical evidence against him. He promised Comey would face tough questioning about the episode. “Tomorrow is going to be a very different day for Comey, particularly in light of what we’ve learned — the misconduct during the Flynn investigation was all about, thanks to a judge that demanded to understand what had happened,” Issa told host Maria Bartiromo, referring to U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s order last week that led Mueller to turn over key documents in the case.

Comey, dubbed ‘amnesiac with incredible hubris,’ back on Hill for new round of grilling
Former FBI Director James Comey is back on the Hill for an encore, after a controversial appearance more than a week ago in which he told lawmakers seeking answers over the FBI’s handling of the Trump-Russia collusion probe some version of “I don’t know” at least 245 times.

Iranian general accidentally kills himself
A general in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who fought in Syria and Iraq accidentally killed himself on Sunday while cleaning a gun, The Associated Press reported. The Guards’ website said Gen. Ghodratollah Mansouri has accidentally shot himself in the head while cleaning his pistol.

China ‘expanding’ persecution of religious believers: US ambassador
Dozens of churchgoers and seminary students from the Early Rain Covenant Church in Sichuan’s provincial capital Chengdu have been detained in a police raid on the church, which was shut down by the authorities earlier this year. Pastor Wang Yi and his wife Jiang Rong were among those detained in night raids on people’s homes, according to the U.S.-based Christian rights group ChinaAid.

Signs Of Coming Collapse: Citizens Worldwide Revolt Against Taxation & Illegal Aliens
The main focus: the unrest that is swiftly crossing national borders has a common denominator in France, and now in Belgium and the Netherlands. That common denominator is that of the populace being fed up with the amount of taxation, coupled with the politicos pushing illegal Muslim aliens into nations that have been predominantly Christian for almost a thousand years.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen to be visible in closest flyby in 70 years
“This will be the closest comet Wirtanen has come to Earth for centuries and the closest it will come to Earth for centuries,” Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said. “This could be one of the brightest comets in years, offering astronomers an important opportunity to study a comet up close with ground-based telescopes, both optical and radar.”

Erdogan once again proves he’s a threat to world peace
“We as Germans know what happens in the early stages of a dictatorship. The similarities between the early Nazi regime and Erdogan’s Turkey right now are frightening,” Oliver Bienkowski, one of the activists, told The Independent while adding the Turkish leader “must be stopped before it is too late.” The incident came in mind again watching Erdogan’s latest bellicose actions toward the Kurds in Syria, his renewed vicious rhetoric toward Israel, as well as the publication of a new study documenting the massive crackdown on press freedom in Turkey.

Netanyahu: Israeli ties to Arab world stronger without the Palestinians
“What is happening at the moment is that we are in a process of normalization with the Arab world without progress in the diplomatic process with the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said.

Israel joins the race to become a quantum superpower
“The global race is already underway and various countries are investing huge sums in developing the field – and if we do not run forward, the State of Israel will be left behind,” said Prof. Yaffa Zilbershatz, chairwoman of the Council for Higher Education’s Planning and Budgeting Committee. China and the US have made substantial investments and advancements in some area of quantum research.

Israel could face ICC charges if bill expelling terrorist families passes, expert warns
Israel will likely face criminal charges at the International Criminal Court in the Hague if it approves legislation to expel the families of Palestinian terrorists from their homes, a top Israeli human rights expert warned on Monday. The bill received preliminary approval in the ministerial committee for legislation on Sunday.

Decision expected today on plans to upgrade egalitarian Kotel prayer plaza
After years of controversy, the Regional Committee for Planning and Construction of the Finance Ministry is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on plans to upgrade and renovate the egalitarian prayer section of the Western Wall. The committee, which is comprised of professional ministry civil servants as well as some Jerusalem Municipal Council politicians, is expected to approve the planned renovation.

Hungarians rally again against ‘slave laws’
About 10,000 people have rallied in Hungary’s capital Budapest against new labour laws, which have been labelled “slave” legislation by opponents. The crowds marched towards parliament and the state TV headquarters, in what was the fourth and largest protest since the laws were passed last week. Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters near the TV station.

Facebook ‘temporarily bans Israeli PM’s son over posts’
A son of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Facebook blocked him for 24 hours amid a spat over several posts railing against Palestinians and Muslims. Last week, Facebook removed a post by Yair Netanyahu in which he called for “avenging the deaths” of two Israeli soldiers killed by a Palestinian. A post in which the 27-year-old said he would prefer if “all Muslims leave the land of Israel” was also taken down.

Central London in facial recognition trial
Christmas shoppers could have their faces scanned in central London this week as part of a police trial. The Met says it will invite people to take part in testing the technology rather than scanning people covertly. The trials will be held near Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square on Monday and Tuesday.

China and Russia band together on controversial heating experiments to modify the atmosphere
China and Russia have modified an important layer of the atmosphere above Europe to test a controversial technology for possible military application, according to Chinese scientists involved in the project. A total of five experiments were carried out in June. One, on June 7, caused physical disturbance over an area as large as 126,000 sq km (49,000 square miles), or about half the size of Britain.

FBI, CIA Told WaPo They Doubted Key Allegation In Steele Dossier
“We sent reporters to every hotel in Prague, to all over the place trying to – just to try to figure out if he was ever there, and came away empty.”

Fight against ‘Big Brother’ surveillance toys gets serious
Privacy organizations have been campaigning in the United States for several years for regulations to protect children from internet-connected “smart” toys such as dolls and games that enable the manufacturers to listen to their playtime.

Sydney storms: 55,000 city and central coast properties left without power
More than 55,000 properties in Sydney and the central coast are still without power after thunderstorms savaged the New South Wales coast and the clean-up is expected to take several days.

Church of Sweden votes against ban on Islamic call to prayer so that “more people could encounter the love of Allah”
Yes, imagine how amazing it will be when Muslims who have encountered the love of Allah conquer and subjugate the native Swedes, and force them to pay the jizya (tax) and accept the other humiliating and discriminatory regulations of dhimmitude that deny them basic rights,

Iran’s Rouhani threatens US: “You will not be safe from a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorism” – how will Trump respond?
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani predicted a “deluge” of drugs, refugees and attacks on the West if U.S. sanctions weaken Iran’s ability to contain them.

Let’s face the facts, all-out war between Israel and Hezbollah is coming – and Lebanon might cease to exist because of it
Analysts have been saying for years that it was only a matter of time until Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist militia were again engaged in open conflict. The events of the past several days have finally woken most Israelis up to the seriousness of those warnings.

Boys can have periods too, children to be taught in latest victory for transgender campaigners
School children will be taught that “all genders” can have periods in new sex education lessons, in a victory for transgender rights campaigners.

New Rules of engagement between Syria and Israel, as Russia changes its position
Syria will adopt a new rule of engagement with Israel now that Russia has taken a tougher and clearer stance on the conflict between Israel and the “Axis of the Resistance”. Henceforth, Damascus will be responding to any Israeli strike. If it damages a specific military target it will reply with a strike against a similar objective in Israel. Decision makers in Damascus said “Syria will not hesitate to hit an Israeli airport if Damascus airport is targeted and hit by Israel. This will be with the consent of the Russian military based in the Levant”.

Universities to sell emergency contraception Plan B from VENDING machines for just $30
Universities across the country are starting to install vending machines whereby college students can obtain emergency contraception from a vending machine.

Germany to ‘Re-Educate’ Children from Conservative ‘Right Wing’ Families
When the government starts deciding how your children will think even before they have left pre-school, you can safely say you’re locked inside an Orwellian system controlled by oppressive bureaucrats.

Pro-LGBTQ Jesuit Priest Promotes Catholic ‘Rainbow Rosary’ With Prayers Asking For ‘Full Acceptance’ Of Same-Sex-Couples
The Bible clearly states that God, under no circumstances will accept fornication, drunkenness, drug use, lying, evil speaking, cheating, bearing false witness, murder, extortion or any such like thing as a behaviour He will be bless. That means if we are to follow God, we must reject these things, repent, and walk after Him according to His word.

Aerosol flu vaccine with live virus to be sprayed on all Americans? It’s already ‘approved for deployment’ in Australia
Sure, you’ve heard of nasal vaccines, like for Polio, but have you heard of the needle-free vaccine that’s sprayed down on you from the sky? Remember the mass aerial spraying over Miami during the great Zika hoax recently? If you’re worried about chemtrails and the mosquito truck spraying poison all over your neighborhood and your kids out playing in the yard, get ready for the most insane, involuntary, unauthorized, unconstitutional, unethical, unsafe, untested and immoral form of forced medication ever unleashed on a nation. And you thought fluoridated water was bad.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“I acknowledge, in the ordinary course of government, that the exposition of the laws and Constitution devolves upon the judicial. But I beg to know upon what principle it can be contended that any one department draws from the Constitution greater powers than another in marking out the limits of the powers of the several departments.” —James Madison (1789)

A Short-Lived Victory Against ObamaCare?

Texas Judge Reed O’Connor struck down the laughably named “Affordable” Care Act.

Left Uses Coffin of Migrant Child as Campaign Soapbox

A little girl died after being taken into custody following an illegal border crossing.

FBI/DOJ Corruption Getting Impossible to Ignore

The “collusion” investigation is looking more like a counteroffensive to cover up Demo malfeasance.

Modern Education: Activism Has Displaced Academics

Fascism in our schools is raising kids who are the antithesis of what the Founders stood for.

Mixed Messages for Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Congress is muddling an alliance with its vote to undermine American foreign policy.

The Bill of Rights

Today is the anniversary of the 1791 ratification of our Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution.

Boston Tea Party

On Dec. 16, 1773, “radicals” from Boston threw 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor.

Video: Seven Things About Free Speech in Schools

Part of a video series on free speech and the law by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh.

Monday Short Cuts

“For the 66th year in a row, Miss Universe is a biological woman. The bigotry is astounding.” —Matt Walsh

Monday Top Headlines

ObamaCare unconstitutional, Mueller tops $25 million, Comey back on Hill, shutdown theater, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Ryan T. Anderson
Misguided Proposal From Christian Leaders and LGBT Activists Is Anything but ‘Fairness for All’
Todd Starnes
Teacher Fired for Refusing to Call a Transgender Student by Preferred Pronoun
Kathryn Jean Lopez
The Indecency of the Death Penalty
Tony Perkins
House GOP Takes Issue With Tissue
Gary Bauer
Media Malpractice

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

Headlines – 12/17/2018

Jordan: Australia’s Jerusalem recognition breaches int’l law

Knesset speaker: Australian recognition of only West Jerusalem is a setback

Knesset Speaker: Australia’s Jerusalem Policy May Cause Palestinian Violence

Netanyahu warns Hamas after deadly West Bank attacks

Hamas leader ‘not denying’ that West Bank terror attacks were ordered from Gaza

Israel claims leaders of PA, Hamas ‘united’ in support for Palestinian terrorism

Mother who lost infant in attack: The blood of Israel pulses through my veins – baby managed to unite all of Israel

Bennett, 8 other ministers join protest against government response to terror

Bennett protests Netanyahu Defense appointment in cabinet

Settlers move into outpost near Hebron, in wake of Palestinian attacks

Ministers advance bill that would legalize 66 outposts deep in the West Bank

Ministers back bill to expel terrorists’ families from their homes

Haniyeh: ‘Any IDF soldier who enters Gaza will be killed or caught’

Yair Netanyahu temporarily banned from Facebook after anti-Muslim posts

Netanyahu: Israeli ties to Arab world stronger without the Palestinians

Rivlin warns Hezbollah will lead to destruction of Lebanon

Weary Lebanese take to the streets to protest political stalemate

Netanyahu says Israeli agents ‘periodically visit’ Iran to monitor nuke program

Pakistan summons Iran envoy over militant attack near border

Iranian general fatally shoots himself in the head by accident

How Iran, Turkey use Qatar to undermine regional security and US interest

Commentary: Erdogan once again proves he’s a threat to world peace

Syrian Kurds Declare Turkish Threats an ‘Act of War’ as U.S. Troops Dig in for Long Stay

Ankara calls for coordination with Moscow and Washington in Syria

Turkey Would Consider Working With Syria’s Assad if He Won a Democratic Election

Eight Killed in Car-bombing in Syrian Town Held by Turkish-backed Opposition Forces, Watchdog Says

Iraqi air raids kill 16 aides of ISIS leader Baghdadi in Syria

Despite truce, intense clashes hit Yemen’s Hodeidah with 22 Houthis killed

Yemen crisis: Hudaydah ceasefire delayed after clashes

Saudi Arabia rebukes US Senate resolution condemning Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi murder

Qatar is ‘counting on’ Kuwait and other allies to resolve Gulf crisis, foreign minister says

Georgia’s new pro-Western president seeks unity after vote protests

Hungary sees 4th day of protests over overtime, other issues

Thousands march in Brussels against U.N. migration pact

Macron govt hopes ‘yellow vest’ protests running out of steam

UK flirts with second referendum to escape eternal Brexit chaos

Dems, White House refuse to budge over border wall as Friday shutdown looms

Dems defy Trump shutdown threat: ‘He is not going to get the wall in any form’

New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep

Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump: ‘Over my dead body’

Trump blasts FBI over ‘missing’ text messages, Michael Cohen ‘break-in’

Comey blasts Trump over tweet about FBI raid of Michael Cohen’s office

Trump: ‘Unfair’ media coverage should be tested in courts

Parrot used Amazon Alexa to order items while his owner was away

A Bright Green ‘Christmas Comet’ Will Fly the Closest to Earth Tonight And Won’t Be This Close Again For Thousands Of Years

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Carnarvon, Australia

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 45,000ft

Cleveland volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupts to 30,000ft

Soputan volcano in Indonesia erupts to 28,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Ambrym volcano on Vanuatu erupts to 26,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

Veniaminof volcano on the Alaskan Peninsula erupts to 12,000ft

Storms shatter records in the East, create massive waves in the West

Drenched city: 2018 is now Washington’s wettest year ever recorded

Susan Collins: Brett Kavanaugh ruled ‘impartially, independently’ in Planned Parenthood case

To Expand Access to Emergency Contraception, Some Colleges Try Vending Machines

Boys can have periods too, children to be taught in latest victory for transgender campaigners

Miss Spain to make history as first transgender contestant on Miss Universe

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Romans 7: The Mature Christian’s Struggle

Hard Times at Harvest

Drag Performance in Luther Seminary’s Chapel

Conservative Christians Want to Stop Kids Meditating at School

Sales from LGBT ‘Rainbow’ rosary promoted by Fr. James Martin funds pro-abortion groups

Faithful Flock to Pay Tribute to Effigy of Virgin Mary That Appeared Near Artesia Church on Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Iranians Are Converting To Evangelical Christianity In Turkey

Chinese police raid children’s Bible class, shut down underground megachurch

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The US Government Will (Likely) Shut Down On Dec. 21: What To Expect

As we creep closer to the Dec. 24 government shutdown deadline, the ongoing impasse between Trump and Schumer has sent PredictIt’s shutdown odds to a contract high of 58%, suggesting the market is confident the US government will shutdown at midnight on Friday 21.

And so as both traders and pundits are convinced the market will likely shut down at midnight on December 21st, here’s what to expect courtesy of UBS analyst Peter Hahn.

The good news, is that in this particular instance, the impact to price action should be largely discounted – 5 out of 12 appropriation bills accounting for 75% of discretionary spending have already been approved, so only 25% of discretionary spending is at risk. Even if 100% of discretionary spending were at risk, we would generally need to see a prolonged shutdown before there were to be a meaningful impact to growth.

Having said that, it can be useful to understand what typically happens in price action even if in order to fade the move the market gets it wrong (in either direction). UBS took a look at the moves in equities, rates, curves, and USD in various time windows leading into the government shutdown across 19 shutdowns since 1976 (Tables 1 and 2). The Swiss bank also measured the largest move (from minimum to maximum or vice versa) within 1 month of the shutdown to get a sense for which direction the volatility was. DXY lower and curves steeper were the most consistent asset price moves ahead of upcoming government shutdowns, where each moved more than 60% of the time in all of the given windows, indicating a robustness in the signal.

Table 1: Moves in major asset classes ahead of 19 government shutdowns

Table 2: Dates of government shutdown included in sample

A broad rule of thumb may be to discount any potential move by 75% given the partial nature of a potential shutdown on December 21st, but in the event that a shutdown looks like it may drag on for longer than expected, the past can at least help us to understand the direction in which the risk may end up going.

See below for a more detailed look into what to expect around the mechanics of the government shutdown process

Government Shutdown: A Quick Look:

  1. Congress can avoid a partial shutdown on December 21st by passing another Continuing Resolution (CR).  Congress has already issued two CRs for the current budget thus far – in September, Congress issued a CR to extend the deadline to pass the remaining 7 appropriations (out of 12) to December 7th, which was again extended by 2 weeks to the current deadline of December 21st. To the extent that Congress doesn’t want to be responsible for a shutdown, they could easily issue another CR to extend the deadline again.
  2. Congress is ultimately in control: If President Trump refuses to sign a CR passed by Congress, Congress does have the option to overrule the veto (2/3 in both House and Senate). And conventional wisdom would say that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats would benefit from another shutdown.
  3. 75% of discretionary spending has funding through the end of fiscal year 2019 (Oct 1, 2018 – Sep 30, 2019): The 5 appropriation bills that have been passed so far (Energy & Water; the Legislative Branch; Military Construction & VA; Department of Defense; and Labor, Health and Human Services) account for 75% of discretionary spending.  The outstanding appropriation bills are for Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Government; Homeland Security; Interior, Environment; State, Foreign Ops; Transportation, HUD.
  4. Brief shutdowns may have no effect on the economy: In a study from January this year, UBS Economists estimated that each day of a full shutdown would reduce GDP by 2.4bp, but also found that the true effect would depend on the length of the shutdown.  Shorter shutdowns (<1week) may have zero effect.  Not all government expenditures cease during a shut down and some employees labelled “essential” still work.  Additionally, expenditures that would have occurred during the shutdown have generally been made up shortly after the government reopens.
  5. The debt ceiling will be the bigger risk for markets next year: The deadline to raise the debt ceiling is March 2, 2019.  However, this could be extended through extraordinary measures for many months depending on how tax receipts come in for March (corporate taxes) and April (personal taxes). In March 2017, extraordinary measures lasted the government all the way through September (6+ months).

Source: The US Government Will (Likely) Shut Down On Dec. 21: What To Expect

Alan Dershowitz Discusses Tomorrow’s Flynn Sentencing Hearing… — The Last Refuge


Michael Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow by Judge Emmet Sullivan.  Former constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz discusses his opinion on the possibility that Judge Sullivan could throw out the case.

Mr. Dershowitz has an opinion piece today at THE HILL going over this issue – SEE HERE

The media is asking the wrong question about the Michael Flynn case. They are asking whether Flynn lied or the FBI acted improperly, as if the answers to those two questions are mutually exclusive. The possibility that both are true, in that Flynn did not tell the truth and that the FBI acted improperly, is not considered in our hyper partisan world where everyone, including the media, chooses a side and refuses to consider the chance that their side is not perfectly right and the other side not perfectly evil. Read More

via Alan Dershowitz Discusses Tomorrow’s Flynn Sentencing Hearing… — The Last Refuge

Is the NYSE Composite Signaling Difficult Times Ahead? — Kimble Charting Solutions

The NYSE Composite (NYA) is testing the bottom of its 12-month trading range this month. In fact, it’s breaking down and out of it… it’s sink or swim time. Will this be a quick undercut and reversal? Or the start of a deeper correction/bear market? Bulls need to reverse this right now, or it could be a long winter. Looking…

via Is the NYSE Composite Signaling Difficult Times Ahead? — Kimble Charting Solutions

Deep State FBI and DOJ Worked at Light Speed to Frame Gen. Flynn – Delayed for Months and Destroyed Evidence When Caught — The Gateway Pundit

Guest post by Joe Hoft

The Deep State corrupt characters in the FBI and DOJ worked overtime and at the speed of light in their efforts to frame and set up General Michael Flynn and the Trump Administration.  After they were caught, they delayed for months in providing evidence to the US Senate and the DOJ Inspector General’s Office and eventually destroyed evidence that would have clearly shown their criminal deeds.

The Deep State actors in the FBI and DOJ in their attempt to overthrow the Trump Administration were corrupt and criminal but they weren’t lazy.  They only pretend to be lazy and sloppy when they are caught and are asked to provide evidence that would unravel their crimes.  Before President-elect Trump’s Inauguration, these corrupt employees of the Obama Administration even worked overtime and on the weekends to usurp the will of the American people.

For example, on December 29 of 2016, right after President – elect Trump won the election, his soon to be National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn, contacted Russian Ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.  The call was well within the mandate of General Flynn’s new role in the soon to be Trump administration.

General Flynn’s calls were intercepted by the Obama Administration and its deep state players in the intelligence community. Per an article released by the far-left Washington Post in late January  the calls were reviewed by the FBI in late December –

This means that the FBI reviewed these calls in a matter of hours after they were made by General Flynn on December 29th 2016. The 29th was a Thursday and the 30th was a Friday with New Year’s eve landing on Saturday that year.  So the FBI or some other intelligence agency intercepted these calls and then the FBI reviewed these intercepts on either the 29th or 30th during normal working hours or on the 31st – that Saturday.

The FBI worked at light speed to intercept, record and review General Flynn’s calls with the Russian Ambassador to the US.

Only a couple of days later, on January 5th, 2017, shortly before President Trump’s Inauguration, fired FBI leaker and liar James Comey, the Head of the FBI, met with President Obama in the White House with other Deep State players –

FBI Director James Comey held a secret Oval Office meeting with President Barack Obama two weeks before Trump’s inauguration and may have deliberately misled Congress about it, according to an email sent by National Security Advisor Susan Rice that GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham partially unclassified.

The meeting — which Comey never previously disclosed to Congress — occurred in the White House on Jan. 5, 2017. It included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Rice deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and Comey. The topic of the meeting was potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

By failing to inform the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the meeting in his June 8, 2017, testimony, Comey may have deliberately and intentionally misled Congress about his interactions with the former president, especially a meeting so close to Trump entering the White House.

“President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office,” Rice wrote in an email written the day before the inauguration.

The National Archives gave Grassley and Graham “classified and unclassified emails” about the meeting.

Previously, Comey contended he only met with the Obama twice, once in 2015 and another “to say goodbye in late 2016,” according the former FBI director’s June 8, 2017, testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

It’s odd that Susan Rice felt the need to record this meeting the last day of the Obama Administration.

We now know from a Senate request for information, that the very next day, on Friday, January 6th, 2017, crooked Comey came into the office to update top FBI gang members about information from the “sensitive matter team”. It’s unknown who that team was but likely it was related to the Obama meeting the day prior.

That afternoon, January 6th, 2017, the dishonest Comey met with President-elect Trump and shared with him, his notes on the Russia dossier. Then on Saturday, Comey put in some overtime to share with the FBI leadership team that he “executed his session exactly as [he] had planned” –

Then on Sunday, January 8th, 2017, the other former Head of the FBI fired over the past two years, Andrew McCabe, shared an email with a group of FBI Deep State loyalists stating the “Flood is coming”. A few days later ‘fake news’ CNN released a report stating that the President was briefed on the fake news dossier which was also released by far-left BuzzFeed –

A couple of days after that, on January 12th, 2017, the far-left Washington Post released an article insinuating that Trump supporter, General Mike Flynn, spoke with Russians on the phone while insinuating that his call was against the law. It was against the law to unmask the civilian Flynn’s name and then leak it along with the story to the WaPo.  We still don’t know who did this.

Fast forward to the summer of 2017 –

The DOJ Inspector General uncovered text messages between two members of the Mueller Special Counsel team who were way up in the FBI and also lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  Mueller was told of their texts and the information on them apparently and they were soon removed from the Mueller gang of corrupt Democrats working to overthrow the Trump Administration.

Mueller’s Special Counsel team of angry Democrats next scrubbed Peter Strzok’s phone and then turned it over to the Office of Inspector General investigators AFTER Peter Strzok was fired from the special counsel.

Peter Strzok was fired from the Special Counsel after text messages surfaced showing that he had a strong hatred for Donald Trump and his supporters.

Peter Strzok was reassigned in the summer of 2017 to the FBI’s human resource department after his dismissal from the Mueller witch hunt in July 2017.

His lover Lisa Page reportedly resigned from the Special Counsel in May 2017 – two weeks before Strzok was fired.

Lisa Page’s phone was scrubbed and not turned over to OIG until September 2018.

Strzok’s anti-Trump lover Lisa Page’s phone was also scrubbed clean.

When the FBI works to frame or setup individuals or overthrow the US government, they work at light speed.  When they are caught and evidence is requested from them from Congress or the Inspector General, they delay and even destroy evidence.  This is the reality of America’s Deep State FBI and DOJ today!  God save America!

Hat tip D. Manny

via Deep State FBI and DOJ Worked at Light Speed to Frame Gen. Flynn – Delayed for Months and Destroyed Evidence When Caught — The Gateway Pundit

The evil of the Roman Catholic hierarchy “would make the Mafia blush” — Triablogue

I urge you to watch this. It’s only six minutes long, but it would be hard to find a Protestant who has ever said more scathing things about the Roman Catholic hierarchy, than Michael Voris says here.

What’s really amazing is that, because Voris has had interactions with federal and state investigators, what he says here is no doubt highly factual.

Some of his phraseology:

The institution … operates as an international organized crime syndicate that has access to enormous amounts of wealth from multiple sources …

Consider the effects of compound interest for a 1500 year old organization.

… [This syndicate within the hierarchy] flies under the cover of “religion”, and under that cover, has been unexamined and unchecked for the past half century …

Ok, I would extend that to about 1000 years … “unchecked” since the eastern churches broke off from Rome in about 1054 AD, leaving Rome not merely the “first among equals”, but simply “the first” in its part of the world (western Europe).

… To a man (among prosecutors and investigators), they are all coming to the conclusion that this evil monster that has seized operational control of the church is far-flung, and motivated by sexual and financial corruption on a scale that staggers even these veterans … There is a corrupt, organized, criminal syndicate running the church, putting itself in place for decades now. A criminal syndicate that would make the mafia blush with shame …

These investigations will be going on for years, and they will be in the major news media for years to come. It is hard to imagine where it will all end.

You can tell a tree by its fruit.

via The evil of the Roman Catholic hierarchy “would make the Mafia blush” — Triablogue

This is where selling pressure could really ramp up! — Kimble Charting Solutions

Even though stocks have been weak of late, breaks of certain price levels could actually trigger much more selling than stocks have seen so far. This 4-pack applies Fibonacci extension levels to the S&P 500, Dow, Nasdaq 100 and Transports. Each of these indices hit key extension levels earlier this year at each (1), where strong uptrends…

via This is where selling pressure could really ramp up! — Kimble Charting Solutions

Paul Copan responds to questions frequently asked by postmodern relativists


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Four articles from Paul Copan over at the UK site “BeThinking”. Each article responds to a different slogan that you might hear if you’re dealing with non-Christians on the street.

“That’s just your interpretation!”

Some of his possible responses:

  • Gently ask, ‘Do you mean that your interpretation should be preferred over mine? If so, I’d like to know why you have chosen your interpretation over mine. You must have a good reason.’
  • Remind your friend that you are willing to give reasons for your position and that you are not simply taking a particular viewpoint arbitrarily.
  • Try to discern if people toss out this slogan because they don’t like your interpretation. Remind them that there are many truths we have to accept even if we don’t like them.
  • ‘There are no facts, only interpretations’ is a statement that is presented as a…

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