Daily Archives: January 6, 2019

January 6 Three Principles of Victory

Scripture Reading: Joshua 1:1–9

Key Verse: Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Jesus calmed the raging sea not so that the disciples could witness another miracle, but so that they might be caught up in the reality of His strength and personal care for them. Jesus allowed fear to captivate their hearts briefly so they could learn of Him. After the first few opening chapters of the book of Acts, we see His principles come to life in the lives of His followers. They found their strength in Jesus.

Joshua faced a similar situation as he prepared to lead Israel into the promised land. Chosen by God to complete the task, Joshua struggled with thoughts of fear and failure.

The angel of the Lord gave him three principles to keep him focused on the victory of God’s strength: (1) meditate on the Word of God daily; (2) focus, be watchful and not distracted by the turmoil around him; and (3) do exactly what God told him to do.

When you begin to realize who Jesus Christ is and how much He cares for you, your faith level will increase. The greater your faith level, the clearer His strength will become.

Remember what the angel of the Lord said to Joshua: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9).

Master, I choose to meditate on Your Word today instead of my own circumstances. I want to be watchful and not distracted by the turmoil around me. Help me to do exactly what You tell me to do. Increase my faith level today.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Americans Want Border Security, And The Numbers Show It

President Trump is far from alone in his determination to secure our borders — according to a recent Gallup poll, Americans view immigration as the second-biggest problem facing the country today.

That’s bad news for the Democrat Party, which is hellbent on opposing the president’s efforts to fix our broken immigration system, especially the border wall he needs in order to get illegal immigration under control.

The Democrats have a very simple, two-part strategy on immigration: first and foremost, they want to keep President Trump from fulfilling his promises to the American people; second, they want to make it even easier for foreigners to enter this country illegally.

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With Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives, it’s no surprise that Americans are deeply troubled by the immigration crisis.

Over the past several decades, millions of illegal immigrants have successfully evaded our efforts to enforce immigration laws, putting local economies and welfare programs under tremendous pressure to cope with the massive influx of undocumented workers and their families, most of whom receive at least one form of government welfare.

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In fact, illegal immigration costs taxpayers a staggering $134.9 billion a year while contributing only $19 billion in state, federal, and local taxes. At the federal level, medical costs make up the lion’s share of government expenditures on illegal immigrants, while education is the largest single expense that illegal immigration imposes on state and local governments.

Sadly, an overloaded welfare state is not the only negative side-effect of our broken immigration system. Communities across America are also being devastated by the violent crime and drug trafficking that result from our failure to control the border — an issue Donald Trump has addressed repeatedly and emphatically ever since he first announced his candidacy for president.

Rather than letting obstructionist Democrats in Congress prevent him from addressing the immigration problem, the president has exercised his executive power to make progress on the issue wherever possible.

Thanks to the president’s diplomatic approach, for instance, the U.S. and Mexico have virtually achieved synergy on immigration, developing a joint strategy to tackle the root causes of mass migration. In response to urging from the Trump administration, Mexico is also offering incentives to deter migrants from illegally crossing the U.S. border, as well as agreeing to house asylum-seekers on its territory while their claims are processed by U.S. authorities.

President Trump has done everything in his power to strengthen immigration enforcement on our side of the border as well, even sending the military to reinforce our brave border patrol agents when a caravan of thousands of migrants threatened to overwhelm their resources.

By taking a firm stand on border security, the president is doing exactly what the people elected him to do, as Gallup’s polling confirms.

Politicians in Washington simply can’t continue to ignore the significant problems with our immigration system, and the voters know it. The Democrats now have a clear choice — they can either listen to the American people who overwhelmingly oppose illegal immigration and work with President Trump to secure the border, or they can continue to play political games in the midst of a national crisis. May they choose wisely.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article referred to immigration figures that have been disputed in a report by the Washington Post.

Source: Americans Want Border Security, And The Numbers Show It

The Steele Dossier Was Planned As Hillary’s Insurance Policy

Op-Ed by Larry O’Connor via the Washington Times

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It’s been over a year since the highly damaging text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, were revealed to the American public. The correspondence showed two senior Justice Department officials engaged in the most petty, vitriolic political diatribes while making decisions on the most sensitive investigations of the 2016 political season.

Their hatred toward then-candidate Donald Trump as well as their contempt for his supporters gave reasonable observers every reason to question whether the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian influence in the Trump campaign (Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page played key roles in both inquiries) were handled in a fair, unbiased and judicious manner.

Their behavior was so egregious that special counsel Robert Mueller removed them from his team the moment Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told him about the text messages. Mr. Strzok was dismissed from the FBI, and further investigations are continuing.

Despite all this, defenders of the James Comey cabal and “Russia collusion” aficionados make one strong argument that seemingly debunks the spygate scandal and outrage over the upper reaches of the Obama administration’s wide-reaching surveillance operation on the campaign of the president’s rival party.

“If Comey and Loretta Lynch and Andrew McCabe and Strzok and even Obama did all of this to hurt the Trump campaign, then why didn’t they leak any of it to damage him, and how on earth did he win the election with this kind of dirty trick being played against him?” they argue. “If these guys, with all their power, set out to hurt Trump, they sure did a lousy job.”

This argument makes sense (which is why it is employed and repeated by mainstream media journalists and pundits whenever objections to Justice Department behavior in 2016 is raised on cable news) only if the sole intent of the FBI’s action in the summer of 2016 was to harm the Trump campaign.

New revelations confirm that this was not the mission of the creators and commissioners of the Steele dossier. It was, instead, to harm Mr. Trump if he won the election.

To understand this, we must first look at one of the most damaging and most misunderstood text exchanges between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page.

On Aug. 15, 2016, two weeks after Mr. Strzok initiated Operation Crossfire Hurricane, the investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign, the senior FBI official texted to his girlfriend: “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

Some wrongly believe that the “insurance policy” reference is a scheme to keep Mr. Trump from winning the election. But this is not what insurance does. An insurance policy does not prevent a catastrophe from happening; it provides relief and restoration after the catastrophe occurs.

Mr. Strzok explains this explicitly in his text, but the mainstream media wish to ignore it. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.” He isn’t saying “in the unlikely event you get sick and could die”; he is saying this is insurance in case the worst possible thing happens. If you die. If Mr. Trump gets elected. The insurance policy is to repair the damage after Mr. Trump wins. Just in case Mr. Trump wins.

Recently unearthed documents related to a legal finding in British courts reveal that Mr. Strzok’s “insurance policy” idea was conceived months before and put into action by none other than the Clinton presidential campaign.

The Washington Times’ Rowan Scarborough reported last week that Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who worked for Fusion GPS and was hired with Clinton campaign cash to create his now-infamous Russian “dossier,” told a British court that he was not hired to thwart Mr. Trump’s chances to win but to undermine the legitimacy of his presidency should he win.

“Fusion’s immediate client was law firm Perkins Coie. It engaged Fusion to obtain information necessary for Perkins Coie LLP to provide legal advice on the potential impact of Russian involvement on the legal validity of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election,” Mr. Steele wrote in an answer to legal interrogatories.

“Based on that advice, parties such as the Democratic National Committee and HFACC Inc. (also known as ‘Hillary for America’) could consider steps they would be legally entitled to take to challenge the validity of the outcome of that election.”

An insurance policy.

The purpose of the Steele dossier was to aid a Clinton challenge to a Trump victory. “In the event you should die “

Make no mistake, certain rumors found in the dossier were leaked to the media, namely Yahoo News, Mother Jones and The New York Times, weeks before the election, but that was just an attempted October surprise with the volatile content contained in the salacious and unverified dossier.

But the reason for the project in the first place, and the very real impact of Mr. Steele’s efforts, was to delegitimize and undermine the presidency of Donald Trump. And with the help of an all-to-willing mainstream media, so far the insurance policy has paid off.

• Larry O’Connor writes about politics and the media for The Washington Times and can be heard weekday afternoons on WMAL radio in Washington. Follow Larry on Twitter @LarryOConnor.

Source: The Steele Dossier Was Planned As Hillary’s Insurance Policy

Five trends that contribute to the spirit of anti-intellectualism — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

For those of us that have spent out lives attempting to brig apologetics into the local churches and public square, there has always been an issue with a spirit of anti-intellectualism in both of these places. There is progress being made. However, Most recently I was reading an essay in the book above in which the author  believes there are at least five trends that contribute to a spirit of anti-intellectualism:

1. Pragmatism: In today’s world, the first question about any idea is not “Is it true or right?” but “Does it work?” Pragmatism rules over both values and thought. Result-oriented social activists are often supporters of a cause without always inquiring too closely whether their cause has a good end or whether their action is the best means to pursue it.

2. Focus on Results: We have become an impatient generation. Students quickly become bored if there is not a lot of action. “Don’t talk about it—just do it” seems to be the byword. They want to get it done, get results the instant way, or give up on it if it requires extensive thought.

3. Preoccupation with Feelings: We have also become a feeling generation. Feeling triumphs over reason in our decision-making. “If it feels good, do it” is too often the principal criterion for behavior. A subjective experience becomes more important than revealed truth or absolutes in what has been described as our post-secular university thinking. We are admonished to get in touch with our feelings. This is good, especially for males, but requires that a balance with reason also be struck.

4. Ritualism: Ritualistic attitudes have encumbered our intellectual imagination and creativity. In the church it has become an escape route to avoid our God-given responsibility to use the minds that God has given us. In educational circles, it can be identified with rote learning, learning from the professor merely to pass the exam or to be politically correct. The danger of ritualism is that it is mere performance in which ceremony has become an end in itself, a meaningless substitute for intelligent consideration.

5. Intellectual Isolationism: Profound thinkers are being increasingly isolated from the mainstream of human activity. I was once introduced to a very prolific writer who had written several dozen books. He spent all his time thinking about what the world should be like. He sought to inspire others through his writings, but he was so out of touch with where his readers were in the real world that there were few readers to inspire. As a foreign policy planner, I found it relatively easy to write policy; the critical issue was the test of relevance in the light of current events. If the intellect is left on its own, it may become dry and humorless, leading to an academic intellectualism that is devoid of emotion, drive, and meaningful action.- taken from Donald Page, “Developing the Characteristics of a Christian Mind” adapted from Christian Worldview and the Academic Disciplines: Crossing the Academy (McMaster Ministry Studies Series Book 1)
Deane E. D. Downey and Stanley E. Porter.

via Five trends that contribute to the spirit of anti-intellectualism — THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM

The Fed may have just set the Trump rally back on its course, says Jim Cramer

The Federal Reserve’s pledge to be more “patient” with its interest rate hikes erased one of the biggest obstacles to a stock market rally that went on for much of President Donald Trump’s time in office, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday.

Earlier on Friday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said in an interview with two former Fed leaders that the central bank had “no preset path” for raising interest rates and was “listening very carefully” to the market, statements that sent stocks soaring in Friday’s trading session.

The stock market endured some debilitating declines in the final months of 2018, which saw several-hundred-point swings in the major averages, often back to back. At last week’s lows, the market was up a mere 3.3 percent since Trump’s inauguration and less than 10 percent since his election.

“It was like we had rolled back the entire Trump rally,” Cramer, host of “Mad Money,” said.

The Trump rally manifested itself in several ways, most prominently in the first year of his presidency. From election night in 2016 to the market’s peak on Sep. 21, the S&P 500 index had climbed 38 percent. But the rally was “derailed” by two manmade problems, Cramer said: the trade dispute with China and the Fed’s aggressive rate hike agenda.

“After today, gratefully and thankfully, we can take that off the table, and I bet a ton of money actually flows back into the market given that Powell’s come around,” Cramer said. “He gave this market a huge and justifiable boost: the Powell Pop. Suddenly, the biggest negative had been removed.”

Monday could bring the market even more fuel as U.S.-China trade talks resume, the “Mad Money” host said, adding that the Chinese government seems “ready to deal,” or even “ready to cave.”

Better yet, the fourth-quarter sell-off of 2018 created some ample opportunity in the stock market, which has now fallen behind its historical average performance in the first two years of Trump’s administration, he said.

Cramer pointed to the earnings growth at S&P 500 companies in the first two years of Trump’s presidency: 17 percent growth in 2017 and another 27 percent growth in 2018. This year, Wall Street analysts are anticipating 10 percent growth, which may need to be revised after the Fed’s slight reversal, Cramer said.

“To me, that means we should have more upside,” he argued. “However you slice it, the 10 percent gain since Trump’s inauguration I do not think captures the fabulous earnings growth we’ve seen over the same period. A move higher is justified.”

Now, investors can go back to valuing stocks based on earnings estimates, especially if Powell stays true to his word and the Trump administration is able to secure a trade deal with Chinese officials, Cramer said.

“Remember those terrific days of the Trump rally, when the market couldn’t stop roaring higher? I’m not saying they’re back, but I do think the Fed’s new stance means the slump ran its course on Dec. 24, the day before Christmas, and today might not be the last day where we roar higher,” he said.

Source: The Fed may have just set the Trump rally back on its course, says Jim Cramer

January 6 The Initiator of Love

Scripture reading: Psalm 18:1–6

Key verse: 1 John 4:10

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

From the beginning of time, God has been the Initiator of love (1 John 4:10). In his book Lectures in Systematic Theology, Henry Thiessen writes, “He is unlike the gods of the heathen, who hate and are angry, and the god of the philosopher, who is cold and indifferent.” God loves us with a personal and intimate love.

Those who have yet to discover the intimacy of God often view Him as being cool and demanding toward His creation. But nothing is farther from the truth. Even in the Old Testament, we find God constantly moving toward mankind in an effort to reveal more of Himself on an intimate basis. Love motivates Him to do this.

In fact, love is the motivating factor of every true relationship. It motivated the heart of God not to destroy man in the Garden of Eden. And it was the one thing that motivated Him to deliver Israel from the Egyptians.

Love brought down the walls of Jericho, and love was the motivation behind the coming of Christ. Love took our place on Calvary’s cross and later rose from the grave. And love reaches out to us each day with freshness and hope.

You were created by love to live within its embrace. Many wonder how God could love them so deeply. But He does. He is love, and He loves you and me.

Heavenly Father, I thank You that You are not a cold, indifferent God. Thank You for reaching out to me in love.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 7). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Is This Downturn A Repeat Of 2008?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via PeakProsperity.com,

Crashes differ, so be cautious about your assumptions…

Even people who don’t follow the stock market closely are aware that the global economy is weakening and appears to be heading into recession.

For those who track the stock market, the signs are ominous: the U.S. was the last major market to notch gains this year and in October the U.S. market followed the rest of the global markets into an extended slide which has yet to end.

Just as sobering, key sectors such as oil, banking and utilities have crashed with alarming ferocity, reaching oversold levels last seen in 2008 as the global financial system was melting down.

These sectors crashing sends an unmistakable signal: the global economy is heading into a potentially severe recession and assets will not be rising in value in a recessionary environment. So better to sell risk-assets like stocks now rather than later, and rotate the money into safe assets such as Treasury bonds.

And indeed, households now own more Treasuries than the Federal Reserve–a remarkable shift in risk appetite.

Many other indicators of recession are in the news: auto and home sales and global trade are all slumping.

Are we in a repeat of the global financial meltdown and recession of 2008-09? The sharp drop in equities is certainly reminiscent of 2008. Indeed, the December decline is the worst in a decade. Or are we entering a different kind of recession, the equivalent of uncharted waters?

And if we are entering a recession, what can central banks and governments do to ease the financial pain and damage? We can’t be sure of much, but we can be relatively confident central banks and states will respond to the cries to “do something.”  This poses two questions: what actions can central banks/states take, and will those policies work or will they backfire and make the recession worse?

A good place to start is to revisit the 2008 crisis and attempt to understand its sources and how central bank policies reversed what appeared to be a snowballing collapse of global finance– a meltdown that would have sent the global economy into a deep freeze.

Adam Tooze’s recent book Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World is a forensic autopsy of the crisis, and though I have yet to read the book, I refer to Tooze’s recent article in Foreign Affairsmagazine for his take on the basic mechanics of the 2008 crash and central banks’ responses.

The story of the criminal fraud embedded in the subprime mortgage market meltdown is well known.  But as Tooze points out, these losses were less than those of the dot-com crash in 2000-02, so why did the subprime mortgage market meltdown almost collapse the global financial system?

Tooze identifies two key dynamics:

  1. Global finance had become highly integrated and leveraged by 2008–what we call hyper-coherent; in Tooze’s words, “extraordinarily tight connections between U.S. and European finance.”
  2. Non-U.S. banks, especially in Europe, had borrowed heavily in dollars to participate in U.S. financial markets.  When the panic started, global capital flows dried up and non-U.S. banks no longer had access to credit denominated in US dollars.

As capital flows and short-term lending dried up, a liquidity crisis took hold: non-U.S. banks couldn’t get their hands on enough dollars to meet their obligations.

Unable to borrow dollars, their only choice was to dump their U.S. assets, panic-selling that would have crushed the valuations of U.S. stocks, real estate and mortgage-backed securities.

U.S. banks would have then been forced to reprice their assets lower, declaring huge losses on their portfolios that would have triggered (in Tooze’s view) a  contagious bank run as the banks would have become insolvent (i.e. their assets would be less than their liabilities).

To stave off this banking crisis and a collapse in U.S. equities and real estate markets, the Federal Reserve quietly provided trillions of dollars of short-term credit to European banks, and opened currency swap lines with other central banks to supply however many dollars those banks needed to restore liquidity to their banking sectors.

To put some numbers on these dynamics: according to Tooze, global capital flows dried up 90% from 2007 to 2008, and global exports plummeted 22% within 9 months.

The long-term result of this global dollar shortage and emergency Fed policies of providing trillions of dollars in short-term USD credit and USD currency swap lines is that the dollar is more dominant now than it was before the crisis.

The USD is now the anchor commercial currency for countries representing 70% of global GDP, up from 60% in 2000. As Tooze explains, “The world’s central banks effectively became offshore divisions of the Fed, conduits for whatever dollar liquidity the financial system required.”

This interplay of over-reach, credit, currencies and policy responses is complicated, so let’s try to summarize what happened in 2008:

  1. Banks began relying more on short-term lines of credit than on cash deposits. This left them vulnerable to funding crises when credit dried up.
  2. When short-term credit dries up, this is a liquidity crisis: when credit-worthy borrowers can’t roll over their debts, this forces them to liquidate assets, panic selling which then crashes the valuations of those assets. This selling feeds a self-reinforcing feedback to reduce risk by tightening lending and dumping assets which further exacerbates the crisis.
  3. The solution to a liquidity crisis is for a central bank to open the credit and currency swap spigots wide open, which is what the Fed did.

Liquidity crises are thus relatively straightforward: providing emergency lines of credit solves the initial crisis.  Insolvent creditors can then be liquidated and losses written down in an orderly fashion.

But not all downturns are liquidity related. A conventional business-cycle recession occurs when too much credit has been extended to marginally creditworthy borrowers to fund investments in overvalued assets.

As lending to marginal borrowers / buyers is reduced, assets decline and these two conditions–tightening credit and declining asset valuations–trigger defaults which drive further tightening of credit and a self-reinforcing sell-off of assets.

Simply providing more short-term credit won’t solve this credit/business cycle downturn, though it might help safeguard creditworthy borrowers from being forced into insolvency or fire-sales of assets.

If lenders in the banking and shadow-banking sectors are overleveraged and have extended loans on overvalued assets to marginal borrowers, the only real solution is to deleverage by writing down bad debts and taking losses on assets which have declined in value.

There’s a third kind of recession: the popping of credit-asset bubbles such as the dot-com stock bubble in 2000-02 and the housing bubble in 2007-08. The Fed and other central banks didn’t stop at providing liquidity; they bought assets (mortgage backed securities and Treasury bonds) to put a floor under asset markets and support a reflation of risk assets such as stocks and housing.

Articles like this “In A World Of Warnings, “This Is The Biggest Yet” indicate there is great uncertainty in the global financial system.  This is reflected in the skittish volatility of stock markets as every rally is soon sold and the distress that’s visible in credit markets.

This suggests market participants are no longer confident about central banks’ diagnosis of the global economy’s malaise and the efficacy of their response.  If central banks and states misdiagnose the current downturn, their policy responses could make the situation worse. It’s also possible that policies that worked in the past will fail to deliver the desired results this time around.

The 2008 crisis resulted from hyper-coherent, overleveraged banks and overvalued markets exacerbated by a liquidity shortfall in USD-denominated credit. Have these conditions melted away or are they still present? It can be argued that banks have lowered their leverage, but the tight connections in global finance remain in place.  By many measures, valuations in risk-on assets such as equities and real estate are as extended as they were in 2007-08.  As for dollar shortages, many believe this is still an issue.

If the current recession is the result of credit exhaustion, i.e. companies and households cannot afford to borrow more or don’t want to borrow more, increasing liquidity won’t be effective.

If the current downturn isn’t a liquidity issue, it’s not clear what the central banks can do to maintain elevated valuations in stocks and real estate, other than buying these assets directly and in quantities large enough to offset the sort of mass liquidation we’re now seeing. Direct purchases of assets such as bonds and stocks by the major central banks have supported asset valuations for the past decade, and now that the Federal Reserve has increased interest rates and begun reducing its balance sheet, the Fed’s implicit support of high asset valuations has come to an end.

The problem with bailing out markets with direct asset purchases is, as Tooze notes at the end of his article, central banks no longer have a political carte blanche to “do whatever it takes.” He also noted that China was not participating in the currency swap lines in 2008, and so a credit crisis in China might be more difficult to contain than the European-U.S. credit/liquidity crisis of 2008. By 2015—three long year ago—Chinese businesses had already borrowed $1.7 trillion in foreign currencies, the majority being U.S. dollars. Assuming the trend continued to the present, we can estimate the sum now exceeds $2 trillion—not a trivial amount even in a large economy like China’s.

It seems the current market downturn (and looming recession) is not a repeat of either the dot-com recession (the result of the collapse of an asset bubble that was concentrated in one sector, technology) or the 2008 global financial meltdown and recession.

The current downturn arguably shares traits with three different kinds of recession: the popping of asset bubbles (like the dot-com and housing bubbles bursting), credit-currency mismatches and a panic move to de-risk (like the 2008 meltdown) and a classic business-cycle recession of credit and demand exhaustion. This will complicate the analysis and response of central banks, companies, investors and households.

Source: Is This Downturn A Repeat Of 2008?

TIM KELLER PARTNERS WITH INTERFAITH FUNDING,APA SPIRITUALITY,AND THE MORMON RELIGION TO “CHRISTIANIZE PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING “ — thirtypiecesofsilverdotorg

TIM KELLER & LOST BOYS LEADING THE CHURCH INTO MORE ERROR: HOW YOKING WITH APA & MORMON CHURCH IMPACTING CHRISTIAN COUNSELING

By Thomas Littleton                                                                                          1/5/2019

Tim Keller is on yet another adventure into the abyss in the name of “redeeming culture” in the realm of Christian counseling. Keller and The Gospel Coalition decided in 2010 to make an interfaith American Psychological Association psychologist the go to guy on LGBTQ+ issues instead of the Bible and gave us the Living Out LGBTQ+ Inclusion Audit for churches and the radical Revoice conference promoting “LGBT+ flourishing ( Tim Keller’s favorite unbiblical word ) in historic ( conservative PCA and Southern Baptist ect) Christian tradition ( i.e. in our churches) . The supposedly orthodox Reformed theological  Keller and the Gospel Coalition he co-founded  work very closely with the Libertarian /Catholic- Acton Institute .

Acton Institute provides the chief editor for TGC and has given our seminaries, Christian universities and homeschool curriculum the unbridled but stealthy influence of Catholic social policy (which is driven by Catholic theology). The Curriculum and it’s version of Austrian School of economics produced the now highly controversial fruit of conservative churches being urged to embrace the classic social gospel – now touted as “ social justice  is a Gospel issue” resulting in the church being transformed into a global communitarian “Village”. That communitarian church vision is now charged with distributing justice and redistributing the wealth of western civilization through the church. Keller’s almost 500 church plants have been resourced for years and trained by the shallow and growth driven corporate models directly provided to Redeemer Church by the Willow Creek Association.

If the merging of these spurious influences were the true Gospel we would all owe Tim Keller and TGC a great debt for the church finally recovering and meeting its long lost call. This is however NOT the Gospel delivered to the Apostles and the New Testament saints . It is something else- something classically deceptive, culturally driven and based on a multitude of ideologies antithetical to the true Gospel and the Word of God.

The question that remains unanswered is  ”will the people of the PCA and SBC whose churches and pastors have come under the sway of Keller and his multitude of errors – follow Keller and his minions into ruins of shipwrecked apostates who have gone before or will they awaken and rid their churches and denominations before it is too late?”

1 Timothy 4 (NKJV)

The Great Apostasy

Now the Spirit [a]expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.

2 TIMOTHY 4

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

 

NOW KELLER AND REDEEMER HAVE SET THEIR SITES ON PARTNERING WITH THE APA . INTERFAITH FUNDING ,AND THE MORMON CHURCH TO GIVE AN OVERHAUL TO CHRISTIAN COUNSELING.

Flush with millions from the Interfaith driven grant funding of The Templeton Foundation, Keller and his Redeemer City Counseling Department have set out to “influence Christian Counseling” through partnering with an institution (the APA) antithetical the Christianity but interested in “Spirituality” and another religion (Brigham Young University of the Mormon, LDS faith). The research project is touted to be the largest such effort ever undertaken.

https://counseling.redeemer.com/standalone_pages/redeemer_counseling_research_fund

“Redeemer Counseling Services has been committed to conducting research since 2012. Our first project by Dr. Tracy Prout was an outcome study that assessed spirituality and its influence on the therapeutic alliance. Since then, Dr. Judy Cha and Elena E. Kim have also conducted qualitative studies to examine the effects of God Image and the mechanism of spirituality on the client’s psychotherapeutic experience. “

Keller boast in the short video linked above that “Redeemer Counseling has been given the chance to change the field of psychology …with the gospel” Elena Kim is the lead investigator with the Templeton funded project. Kim says” historically the fields of religion and psychology were not receptive to each other but there has been a recent focus on spiritually in psychology which has created a window of opportunity and the John Templeton Foundation intends to take advantage of this opportunity”. Judy Cha the Director of Redeemers Counseling Center says “millions of dollars have been set aside to BRIDGE (The BYU program name) to counselors (Cha) Clergy (Keller) and Researchers (Kim) with the goal to bring spiritually orientated psychotherapy into mainstream healthcare.”  “Your involvement”, says Keller, “can allow Christianity to influence the field of psychology at a vast cultural level.” We, the church, are urged to join them in their “historical endeavor to bridge Christianity and psychology.”

Never mind the atheistic roots of psychology, the bland universalism of the spirituality being espoused and the interfaith application of the funding research and outcomes. Redeemers team are proud to be working with experts in the field who are of the APA partnered project , headquartered at BYU and of and with the Mormon Religion and yet call their mutual work a “validation of Christian integrated psychotherapy” Thus Keller is illustrating again the lack of care or discernment for the conservative Reformed theology Keller has wrapped himself and his ministry / TGC in. Keller’s PCA credentials are often all he needs to retain respectability and acceptance among many Biblical evangelicals .

Grants & Awards

Kim, E. E., Chen, E. C., Cha J., Keller T. (2017). “Empirical validation of a Christian-integrated psychotherapy framework: A task analysis.” John Templeton Foundation and Brigham Young University.

The work is also deeply  partnered with the APA as indicated by their presentations .

Presentations

Kim, E. E., Chen, E. C., & Brachfeld, C. (2016, August). Patients’ experiences of spirituality in psychotherapy: A grounded theory analysis. In P. S. Richards & J. N. Nelson (Co-Chairs), Spiritually oriented psychotherapy: Processes, outcomes, and research challenges. Symposium presentation proposal submitted for the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Prout, T.A., & Kim, E.E., (2015, August). Christian Counseling: Initial Report on A Large-Scale Study. Presentation at the American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Canada.

Prout, T.A., & Kim, E.E., (2014, August). Therapeutic Alliance, Client-Therapist Match, and Outcomes in Christian Counseling. Presentation at the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

BRIDGES PROJECT DISCUSSED IN REDEEMER VIDEO PARTNERS WITH BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

 

http://www.bridgesconsortium.net/grant-projects/

 

Templeton funding March 2017- March 2020

https://www.templeton.org/grant/enhancing-practice-based-evidence-for-spiritually-integrated-psychotherapies-an-interdisciplinary-big-data-project

Grant total – $3,572,011

“For most of the 20th century, mainstream healthcare professionals ignored the role of spirituality in therapeutic healing. Recently this has changed as scholars and practitioners have described many spiritual treatment approaches, grounded in the healing practices of both Western and Eastern spiritual traditions (e.g., prayer, meditation, gratitude, love, forgiveness, altruistic service). Although some research supports these approaches there are weaknesses with the database. Without a more satisfactory research base, spiritual approaches will remain at the fringes of the mental health and medical fields, which will deprive many people of access to sensitive and effective services. The long-term aim of our project is to create an international, interdisciplinary network of researchers and practitioners dedicated to advancing research and practice in this domain of mental healthcare. “

“Funding from the Templeton Foundation for this project will enable us to attract research teams and treatment sites from around the world to collaborate in creating the largest and richest data set in existence about spiritually integrated treatment approaches. Our research and network of collaborators will help ensure that religious and spiritual resources for therapeutic change are never again neglected in the healthcare professions. Spiritually committed people throughout the world will have greater access to mental health services that are effective and that honor the healing resources of their spiritual worldviews and communities.”

Earlier grant

$207,440.

https://www.templeton.org/grant/bringing-spiritually-oriented-psychotherapies-into-the-healthcare-mainstream-a-preparatory-grant-proposal-for-an-international-grant-competition-2

The director, co-director, project manager and both additional leaders in the Bridge project are from the Mormon Church -Brigham Young University.

Phillip Scott Richards of Brigham Young is project  Director .

https://centerforchange.com/staff/p-scott-richards-phd/

Daniel Judd is an expert of “ancient scripture” and the Book of Mormon .

https://religion.byu.edu/daniel_judd

“Bio: Daniel K Judd received an M.S. degree in family science and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Brigham Young University.  He has been a seminary and institute instructor in Utah, Arizona, and Michigan, and he was a professor of family science at BYU-Idaho.  Presently Chair of the Ancient Scripture Department at BYU, he has published several articles on religious and mental health issues.  He and his wife, Kaye Seegmiller Judd, have four children and reside in Orem, Utah.

Courses Taught: Book of Mormon, New Testament, LDS Marriage and Family

Areas of Expertise: Religion and Mental Health; Marriage and Family

Areas of Research: Doctrinal perspectives on current issues; Philosophy and psychology of Religion; Marriage and Family”

CONCLUSION -KELLER’S REDEEMER COUNSELING EXPECTS ORDER OUT OF CHAOS AS AN OUTCOME FOR HIS COMPROMISED INVOLVEMENT.

Is Tim Keller able to discern the fundamentally flawed approach in the partnership his Redeemer Counseling Center is undertaking ?  Keller says his ministry is “engaging to influence the field of psychology with Christianity “. So again, how is he going about this?  According to his own website, Keller’s team is working as part of a broad effort using the funding providing by the Templeton Foundation to collaborate with research in order to “merge psychology and Christianity.”

Also -again, how does Keller expect that to happen? How does Tim Keller, co-founder  of The Gospel Coalition and who is licensed to ministry by the reformed/ conservative / theologically driven Presbyterian Church of America intend to bring about this outcome?

By

1.Partnering with grant funding provided by an interfaith universalist program focused on a

A totally new age /generic brand of spirituality.

  1. By aligning with and yoking to a historically anti Gospel organization driving much of the

pro homosexual and redefining marriage movement now focused on “spirituality”.

  1. By collaborating with a cult religion with a history of polygamy, abuse, and corruption and

which adheres to its own religious text which it claims as a third testament of the Bible.

Tim Keller is either a fool on a fool’s errand who understands nothing about the Gospel or orthodox theology he espouses -or he is wolf in sheep’s clothing who cares nothing for the Gospel or orthodox theology he espouses. Either one of the above or a mingled mixture of the two disqualify Keller for consideration as a trustworthy leader in Evangelical Christianity today.

  Matthew 16:11-12 (NKJV)

11 How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the [a]leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the [b]doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Acts 20:28-30  (NKJV)

28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church [a]of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking [b]perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.

2 Peter 3:14-18 (NKJV)

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider thatthe longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

1 John 4:1-6 (NKJV)

Love for God and One Another

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess [a]that Jesus [b]Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

via TIM KELLER PARTNERS WITH INTERFAITH FUNDING,APA SPIRITUALITY,AND THE MORMON RELIGION TO “CHRISTIANIZE PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING “ — thirtypiecesofsilverdotorg

The Importance of Getting History Right

There are so many inaccuracies and outright lies out there. These history myths need to be debunked for good.

There is a famous quote from George Orwell’s 1984:

Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.

The vastness of that insight cannot be overstated.  As an amateur historian, I cringe at the outright lies being fed to the public, some of it by people who know they are lying.  Others do it unaware.  Unless these lies are addressed, political solutions to many of the world’s problems will prove impossible.

Let’s start with a common innocuous lie.

The story of Granada is all about the Islamic Moors. In year 711, these North African Muslims crossed the straits of Gibraltar and quickly conquered the entire Iberian Peninsula, eventually converting most of its habitants. Throughout the Middle Ages, for over seven hundred years, Spain was a predominantly Muslim society, living under Muslim rule.

Now, I do not believe that Rick Steves had sinister motives.  He either was rolling out what he thought was true, or had been misinformed by some poorly written tourist pamphlet.  But that small quote is a sample of popular “history” at its absolute worst.

1. The Muslims did not conquer all of the Iberian Peninsula.  The northern coast of Spain (Asturias, Cantabria, Galicia, the Basque country) never really fell.  The Moors tried to collect taxes – and some blonde virgins – which almost immediately resulted in revolts.  By 739, Pelayo had secured an independent state in the north.

2. The Spanish, in the main, never converted.  They were treated as dhimmis; the population, for the most part, remained Christian

3. The Muslim rulers were usually a small minority elite.

4. And 700 years of Muslim rule?  There was a slow but steady erosion of Muslim rule throughout the whole period.  By 1236, Cordoba had fallen into Christian hands, and two thirds of the peninsula was Christian.  Granada became a vassal state of the Christian north and was tolerated only become of the tribute it paid.  The Moors were totally driven out of Portugal by 1249 with the conquest of the Algarve.

The sanitized version of Muslim Spain’s history ignores the second wave of Muslim rule, the Almohad takeover of the Muslim areas (in the south only) during the 12th century.  The Almohads were the 12th-century equivalent of ISIS.  They tried to forced urbanized Jews and Christians to convert, but their rule was brief.  Many Christians and Jews fled to the Christian north.  Christian military advances made the Almohad caliphate unstable.  In the 13th century, the Nasrids took over.

A lot of this false history is the result of the Black Legend: an exaggeration of the crimes of the Inquisition.  Europe’s Protestants and Jews understandably had an animus for Catholic Spain and allowed their own myopic views to gloss over the very real crimes of Islam.  The result is the idiocy we have today, where Muslim rule is often called the Golden Age of Spain.

Far from it!  It was a brutal tyranny, which oppressed the Christian majority.  Whatever the faults of Catholicism, the dark history of Muslim rule should not be sanitized.

The next lie – the one that may start a world war – is that Mohammed made a night journey to the Haram al-Sharif (the farthest mosque) in Jerusalem.

The problem is, there was no mosque in Jerusalem during Mohammed’s life.  He died five years before Islam entered into Jerusalem.  How could Mohammed have visited a mosque that did not exist?

This lie is peddled on the media as justification for Arab riots whenever some Jews want to walk on the Temple Mount.  Whether one agrees with Israeli practices or not, there is no doubt that Jews built a temple on that mount.  And there is equally no doubt that Mohammed never visited the place.

Worse yet, there is evidence that early Islam may have been centered in Petra in Jordan.  Mecca was not an important city in the 7th century.  All of Muslim history may be a total fabrication, and Mohammed, who may not have actually existed, is certainly not be the Mohammed of history.  In fact, it is beginning to look as if Islam was invented for political purposes.

Another lie, born of ignorance, is that the American revolution was merely a tax revolt.  The idea is to minimize our history down to financial considerations: dialectical materialism.

But anyone familiar with the Currency Act and the Intolerable Acts knows full well that more was at stake.  Many of the colonials were descended from people whose ancestors had suffered under British law and how it had reduced large sections of Ireland and some parts of Scotland to abject poverty.  They were determined not to become New World vassals.

But if one wants to minimize the treasure that is our Constitution, then reduce American history to tax law.

Unfortunately, the right can also falsify history.  Many of those who are sympathetic to the “Lost Cause” of the Confederacy had downplayed that many of the states’ articles of secession mentioned slavery as a primary cause for the rebellion.

The reason for this is that in the early 20th-century a number of major historians and social groups introduced a romantic view of the Confederacy into their histories.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy were once a powerful force in public education across the South, right down to rewriting history: slaves were happy, y’all.

I am not downplaying that the North could be duplicitous, but many in the South refuse to concede that the root cause of the problem was their “peculiar institution,” the very name indicating that they were embarrassed to admit it.  Who wants to admit that his uncle died defending the enslavement of other people?  I am no supporter of Antifa rioters, but Confederate history has been glossed over.

And then there is the history that I was taught about President Wilson as a kid.  He was a great reformer, who wanted world peace.  It turns out that he was a globalist and – yes, the left is right on this – a Southern racist, who resegregated the federal government and set back civil rights for decades.

In high school Spanish class, lo those many decades ago, I was taught about American “aggression” during the Mexican-American War.

The problem is:

1. Many Spanish Californios and Spanish Tejanos were already upset with the tyrannical government in Mexico City.  Had the U.S. not intervened, the British or French would have.

2. There were far more U.S. citizens in the Southwest at that time than Mexicans.  Mexico lost the territory because it had barely settled it and then ticked off the locals.

Again, I am not saying the U.S. government is 100% innocent, but true history gets rid of a lot of grievances by undercutting much of the premises for those grievances.

Some other quick history that infuriates me:

A. Those who call the French Latins – in reality the vast majority of the French are descended from Celtic tribes.  In the north, German Frankish and Viking Nordic elements were mixed in.  To be sure, there is an Italian element in the southeast and a Basque element in the southwest, but most of France was historically Celtic.  The Romans may have imposed a Latin tongue, but the French are Celts.

B. The use of the term “West Bank” – Judea and Samaria has been the historical term for three millennia.  The West Bank is a recent political term at best, meant to deny a Jewish history.  I am tired of how both sides want to deny the other side’s existence.

C. The Crusades were Western aggression – Actually, the Crusades were a response to centuries of Islamic aggression.  Unfortunately, the Crusaders lost in the East.

D. The neglect of Islamic tyranny – The reason the New World was discovered is because a vicious Islam had cut off the Silk Road to the East.  Europeans had to strike out in boats, the one technological advantage they had over the Muslims – hence the Portuguese circumnavigation of Africa and Spain’s subsidy of Columbus.

I once had a history teacher in college tell us that people are motivated by not truth, but rather what they believe is the truth.  He was right.

Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who wishes he had availed himself more fully of the opportunity to learn Spanish better in high school, lo those many decades ago.  He runs a website, Latin Arabia, about the Christian Arab community in South America.

Source: The Importance of Getting History Right

DEBT: The Opium of The Fed’s Manipulated Economy

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• Ron Paul Liberty Report

Global debt has never been higher. It’s almost $250 Trillion. Obviously, the economic world that central banks have created are built on a house of sand. Central banks are socialistic institutions. They are monopolies created and sustained by governments. When the central banking house of cards comes down, it’ll be felt around the world. Ron Paul discusses on today’s Liberty Report!

Obama Ethics: Another law enforcement agency found corrupted

This time, the U.S. Marshals Service has been found to have been corrupted.

A Senate memo has blasted another law enforcement agency for corrupt behavior: the U.S. Marshals Service.

Here’s the Washington Post account:

The departing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday issued a scathing summary of his years investigating the U.S. Marshals Service, saying his committee found “a culture of mismanagement, abuse of authority and lax accountability” at the law enforcement agency.

“Poor leadership and pervasive misconduct cripples morale and corrodes trust of employees tasked with apprehending criminals and keeping communities safe,” said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). “This culture must change.”

The memo prepared by Grassley’s staff summarizes the committee’s examination of claims by more than 100 purported whistleblowers who came forward to allege misconduct and mismanagement by senior Marshals Service officials.

The report describes forged signatures for subpoenas, retaliations against whistleblowers, hire-anyone hiring practices and of course, money flung all over the place.

Kind of sounds like Chicago politics. Which made me want to look up who might have appointed the obviously failed leadership of this once-respected law enforcement agency, with this time the woman named being Stacia Hylton: Got it. President Obama.

Another person hired not for her character but for her loyalty to Obama, and likely identity politics attributes.

She joins in with the failed leaders of the scandal-plagued Secret Service, the scandal-mired IRS, and the politically corrupted FBI, the last two of which Obama used to target dissidents with no consequences on his watch.

Which shows a lot about how leftists view law enforcement – as something to tolerate corruption in, and something to use on one’s enemies. It’s like rule of law is not even part of the equation. And the result is that the law enforcement agencies themselves start to resemble gangsters.

With so many law enforcement agencies showing evidence of suddenly being corrupted under Obama, it’s obviously a pattern. And it’s worth noticing two other things.

First, that this is the Obama legacy, and anyone voting for Democrats, needs to know that Democrats are likely to allow law enforcement agencies to fall apart like this as it stands as a part of their ethos. Republicans should positively seize on it, because the facts of the pattern are well supported. Whether it is because Democrats dislike law enforcement, dislike rule of law, or just have a Chicago way of doing business, they let law enforcement agencies go to heck. This is how they act. Once-respected law enforcement agencies can expect to end up disgraced and disgusting under Democratic rule, more like some banana republic law enforcement agency than one that deserves any association with America.

Second, that law enforcement agencies should never be centralized, which is what Democrats are calling for, given that they are powerful and given that this Senate report shows that that power is very easily corrupted and politicized. When one goes corrupt, it usually takes another one to check them. When there is no ‘nother one, then the corruption festers. Just ask any Soviet how well that utter centralization works out.

Nice going, Obama, what a legacy. Stand up and take a bow.

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Source: Obama Ethics: Another law enforcement agency found corrupted

The Ugly Truth (You Won’t Hear From The Fed)

Authored by Sven Henrich via NorthmanTrader.com,

For years critics of central bank policy have been dismissed as negative nellies, but the ugly truth is staring us all in the face: Market advances remain a game of artificial liquidity and central bank jawboning and not organic growth and now the jig is up. As I’ve been saying for a long time: There is zero evidence that markets can make or sustain new highs without some sort of intervention on the side of central banks. None. Zero. Zilch.

And don’t think this is hyperbole on my part, I will present the evidence of course.

In March 2009 markets bottomed on the expansion of QE1 which was introduced following the initial QE1 announcement in November 2008. Every major correction since then has been met with major central bank intervention. QE2, Twist, QE3 and so on.

When market tumbled in 2015 and 2016 global central banks embarked on the largest combined intervention effort in history to the tune of over $5 trillion between 2016 and 2017 giving us a grand total of over $15 trillion in central bank balance sheet courtesy FOMC, ECB and BOJ:

When did global central bank balance sheets peak? Early 2018. When did global markets peak? January 2018.

And don’t think the Fed was not still active in the jawboning business despite QE3 ending. After all their official language remained “accommodative”  and their hike schedule was the slowest in history, cautious and tinkering not to upset markets.

With tax cuts coming into the US economy in early 2018 along with record buybacks markets at first ignored the beginning of QT (quantitative tightening), but then it all changed.

And guess what changed? 2 things.

In September 2018, for the first time in 10 years, the FOMC removed one little word from its policy stance: “accommodative” and The Fed increased its QT program. When did US markets peak? September 2018.

And with the sugar high of the tax cuts fading it was too much. Add trade wars and global growth slowing it was more than markets could handle.

And so yes, the timing was perfect and you can see it in the chart:

Who ya gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?

Global central banks did the dirty work for the Fed between 2016 and 2017 adding ever more artificial liquidity. But then the ECB slowed their QE program and finally ended it in late 2018.

How did the $DAX handle all that removal in artificial liquidity? Not well.

DAX peaked in January 2018 as the ECB started reducing its QE program.

The Fed likes to claim it is managing policy based on the economy, not on markets. But here’s the ugly truth on that: The economy these days is very much tied to market performance. Big drops in markets have an adverse impact on the economy full stop. Hence it is a fallacy to argue that one looks at one but not the other.

After all, tell me when the Fed ever hikes during a massive market correction? The answer: Never. It’s always the other way around.

As soon as markets drop all plans for rate hikes and/or balance sheet reductions come to a sudden halt:

Recognizing the market’s sudden found sensitivity to QT the Fed was sure to react. After all markets were sensitive to slowing growth in China, $AAPL’s warning this week and the renewed sell-off in markets as a result.

And what did we get this very morning? The predictable jawbone:

Powell says Fed ‘wouldn’t hesitate’ to tweak balance sheet reduction

We don’t believe that our issuance is an important part of the story of the market turbulence that began in the fourth quarter of last year. But, I’ll say again, if we reached a different conclusion, we wouldn’t hesitate to make a change,” he said. “If we came to the view that the balance sheet normalization plan — or any other aspect of normalization — was part of the problem, we wouldn’t hesitate to make a change.”

Bullshit. Of course it is and he knows that and he dangled the carrot and that’s all that mattered.

Who ya gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?

This move came on the heels of China’s overnight intervention announcing a coming cut in its bank reverse ratios by 1%.

So don’t mistake this rally for anything but for what it really is: Central banks again coming to the rescue of stressed markets and their action and words matter in heavy oversold markets.

But the reality remains, artificial liquidity is coming out of these markets:

Although the Fed, as indicated by Powell may slow or even halt their projected path. On a dime. And that’s what markets are reacting to today.

Central banks keep claiming all this is done to support growth. What growth? What has actually been accomplished?

All this intervention has not produced sustained accelerating growth, certainly not compared to previous cycles.

Tax cut sugar high aside all growth projections for 2019 are pointing to marked slowing with recession risk rising.

The only thing that has really grown as a result of all this cheap money and intervention is debt:

Corporate debt has doubled since 2007. Government debt is expanding with no end in sight having risen by another $2 trillion in the first 2 years of the Trump administration.

And so here we go again:

And central banks have already begun to react.

What’s the larger message here? Free market price discovery would require a full accounting of market bubbles and the realities of structural problems which remain unresolved. Central banks exist to prevent the consequences of excess to come to fruition and give license to politicians to avoid addressing structural problems. And by preventing these market forces from playing out at each sign of trouble the can gets kicked further and further down the road. Each successive recovery keeps the illusion alive but the jingle is getting tighter and tighter each time around and requires ever lower rates before the monsters return. In the meantime debt keeps expanding while each recovery produces less and less organically driven growth, but ever higher wealth inequality. This is what this system produces.

And that’s the ugly truth. But you won’t hear it from the Fed.

Source: The Ugly Truth (You Won’t Hear From The Fed)

Solzhenitsyn Correctly Predicted the Decadent Collapse of America 40 Years Ago – (Russian TV News)

This TV segment is from mid-November, but we’re running it now because of all the news about Solzhenitsyn. It starts with a discussion of the US mid-term elections, and how uncivil the tone is in the US, and then has a very good discussion of Solzhenitsyn.

His famous and prescient 1978 Harvard speech “A World Split Apart” very accurately predicted the current culture clash in the West.

He specifically calls out excessively individualistic ideology in the Western world as one that will lead to future decline and decadence:

“The defense of individual rights has reached such extremes as to make society as a whole defenseless… Society appears to have little defense against the abyss of human decadence.”

This decadence can be seen in various clips of vicious fighting in the American mid-term elections. What democracy can endure when such extreme hatred, rather than collaboration, is normalized between the two main political parties of a country?

Transcript below:

Transcript:

On Tuesday, the mid-term elections were held in the USA. The bottom line is President Trump strengthened his position in the upper chamber of the American parliament. He gained a majority in the Senate. It means there will be no impeachment. Trump will remain in office.

But in the lower chamber of the Congress, in the House of Representatives, Trump lost his position. Now, he has a minority there. Since it is the Congress that determines the country’s foreign policy, this means that it will be obviously impossible to agree on major issues with Trump. Trump has only a consultative role.

Also, the governors were elected. An interesting fact — among all the governors in the USA, there wasn’t and there still isn’t a single black governor after these elections. Think what you like. Not a single one.

The number of women in the House of Representatives grew — on the wave of the feminist movement. There is even the first openly lesbian from an Indian tribe, which is considered a huge achievement of American democracy. And there’s the first Muslim as well which is also widely discussed as something unusual.

The distinctive feature of the US election campaign was extraordinary fierceness and unrestrained rudeness. There’s an example. CNN’s political observer, Anna Navarro, casually calls President Trump a “racist pig” on air, and this was received calmly as something ordinary.

This style, however, reflects the deep irreconcilability and even hatred which is shown to each other by the two American camps — the Republicans and the Democrats.

Since the bloodthirstiness in the split American elite won’t disappear after the election, the USA will face nothing good with such an attitude of the upper crust. They have no sobering experience of civil conflict.

There are no restraining motives. But the exasperation is growing. There is a situation in the elite when everyone hates and everyone is hated. At the same time, the culture of the political struggle is falling apart.

There’s an important point — Nikolai Berdyaev wrote about the primacy of culture for the sustainability of society.

“In society’s life, spiritual primacy belongs to culture. It’s not politics or economy but culture where the goals of the society are fulfilled. The value and quality of the public are measured by a high-quality cultural level.”

That is, the quality of culture determines the quality of the public. This brings to mind the famous Solzhenitsyn speech at Harvard University. Soon, we will be celebrating Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s centenary.

With the anniversary coming up, I’d like to turn to his thoughts on the symbol of the West, America, that he knew so well, he used to live there while in exile. What was said 40 years ago turned out to be a prophecy, because it sounds relevant, even fresh, and intellectually bold.

Alexander Isaevich spoke then about the “blinding of superiority” and “the fall of courage” as a “sign of the end.” He spoke of the need for moral criteria and that legal restrictions are never enough for the society. At that time, intellectual America applauded to the words.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “I’ve spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either.”

Further, correlating the interests of the individual and the society, speaking against anthropocentrism, against the uncouth man as a measure for everything.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “The defense of individual rights has reached such extremes as to make society as a whole defenseless. Destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space. Society appears to have little defense against the abyss of human decadence.”

Harvard listened then with bated breath, after all, Solzhenitsyn spoke about the very core of the ideas of Western democracy.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “To such consciousness, man is the touchstone in judging and evaluating everything on earth. Imperfect man, who is never free of pride, self-interest, envy, vanity, and dozens of other defects. We are now experiencing the consequences of mistakes which had not been noticed at the beginning of the journey.

On the way from the Renaissance to our days, we have enriched our experience, but we have lost the concept of a Supreme Complete Entity which used to restrain our passions and our irresponsibility. We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life.”

It was a call to rise to light self-restraint and to be able to leave this life as a being that’s higher than the one at the beginning of the path. Solzhenitsyn called material America and indeed humanity to go to the next as he put it, “anthropological level.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “We cannot avoid revising the fundamental definitions of human life and human society. Is it true that man is above everything? Is there no Superior Spirit above him? Is it right that human life and society’s activities have to be determined by material expansion in the first place? Is it permissible to promote such expansion to the detriment of our spiritual integrity?”

Yes, it is extremely instructive today to consider ourselves in the light of such deep and sublime thoughts of Solzhenitsyn. To consider ourselves and America where Solzhenitsyn sounded so powerful 40 years ago.

Source: Solzhenitsyn Correctly Predicted the Decadent Collapse of America 40 Years Ago – (Russian TV News)

January 6, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

31 Sovereignty of God. Ultimate success comes from God and not from human efforts. The contrast here is between the plans and efforts for the battle (“the horse is made ready for the day of battle”) and the true acknowledgment of the source of victory (“the Lord”; see Pss 20:7; 33:17).[1]


21:31 / Antithetic. Preparations for war (horse) can and should be made, but ultimately all depends on the Lord (1 Sam. 17:47), who alone is wise (Sir. 1:8). See also Psalms 20:7; 28:7; Jeremiah 9:23. This proverb specifies the more general saying in verse 30.[2]


31 This verse is related to v 30 in that it provides a concrete example of a face-off between humans and God. Even wars, which seem to be humanly accountable and which humans only too readily prepare for, do not escape the overarching causality of the Lord, without whom victory cannot be achieved.[3]


Ver. 31 continues the thought of the preceding verse. As human wisdom, so likewise is human strength and reliance on human aid and might nothing; comp. Ps. 20:7 (8); 33:17.—The horse is made ready for the day of battle. The participle expresses the permanence of the matter; therefore, lit. “stands prepared, is prepared” (Hitzig).—With b compare also David’s language to Goliath, 1 Sam. 17:47: “The battle is Jehovah’s;” i.e., on Him depends the decision of the war, its favorable issue, its victorious result.[4]


21:31. Human effort, like human wisdom (v. 30), has its limitations. It is useless to fight against God (v. 30), or without Him (v. 31). Soldiers may use horses in battle, but the superiority of a cavalry unit against foot soldiers is no guarantee of victory. That comes only from the Lord, who can turn battles His way in spite of man’s efforts (cf. Pss. 20:7; 33:17).[5]


21:31 Men may go to elaborate plans to insure military success, but victory on the day of battle comes from the Lord alone. It is better to trust in Him than in horses—or in nuclear weapons—(see Ps. 20:7).

Plumptre summarizes verses 30 and 31 as follows:

Verse 30: Nothing avails against God.

Verse 31: Nothing avails without God.[6]


21:31 A soldier can do all within his ability to prepare for battle (20:18), but in the end no preparation can override God’s power. Victory is in God’s hands.[7]


21:31 prepared … victory. This is not a condemnation of adequate preparation but rather of reliance on it for victory, instead of on the Lord (cf. Ezr 8:22; Ps 20:7; Is 31:1–3; Hos 1:7).[8]


21:31 but to Yahweh belongs the victory Yahweh—not human preparation—determines outcomes. See note on 20:24; note on Psa 20:7.[9]


21:31 The verse takes for granted that people will make suitable preparations to reach their goals, while recognizing that the result depends on God.[10]


[1] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 186). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Murphy, R. E., & Carm, O. (2012). Proverbs. In W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston (Eds.), Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (p. 107). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Murphy, R. E. (1998). Proverbs (Vol. 22, p. 162). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[4] Lange, J. P., Schaff, P., Zöckler, O., & Aiken, C. A. (2008). A commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Proverbs (p. 188). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Buzzell, S. S. (1985). Proverbs. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 952). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[6] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 846–847). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 770). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[8] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Pr 21:31). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[9] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Pr 21:31). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[10] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 907). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

‘The age of technology is over’: One market expert explains why tech stocks are doomed to keep crashing

Reuters / Leah Millis

  • The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index has taken a serious beating since reaching a record high in late August, falling 17% from its peak. And that includes Friday’s big rally.
  • Vincent Deluard, a macro strategist at INTL FCStone, explains why tech-sector pain is just getting started — and why the sector is “no longer special.”

Don’t let Friday’s torrid rally fool you. Tech stocks are in a whole heap of trouble.

Sure, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index soared as much as 5% on Friday, but it’s still down a whopping 17% from a record high reached in late August.

The reasons are plentiful. The most recent shot across tech’s bow came this past week, when Apple shockingly cut its sales forecast, citing an economic slowdown in China and lingering trade-war tensions. That dragged Apple’s stock down as much as 10% in a single day, bringing it almost 40% from all-time highs.

Facebook experienced a growth scare of its own back in mid-2018, when the company also warned of a significant slowdown in revenue expansion. That whole ordeal set Facebook shares back 19% in a single trading session. And have yet to recover, still down 37% from those July levels.

Those are just the sector’s two lightning rods. They both have entire ecosystems of smaller firms that depend on their continued strength for their own sustainability.

Not to mention other tech companies are exposed to the exact same risks as Apple and Facebook. At this point it’s just a matter of when they issue their own slowdown warnings, and then receive the subsequent market beatdown.

And then there’s the matter of the sector’s valuations, which have come down from eye-bleeding territory, but still remain elevated relative to history. No matter how you slice it, tech is vulnerable.

Read more: We interviewed Wall Street’s 8 top-performing investors to get their best ideas for 2019

Unfortunately for those still holding out hope, one expert sees the damage in tech getting even worse. That would be Vincent Deluard, a macro strategist at INTL FCStone. In a recent report entitled “The Age of Technology Is Over,” he argues that tech’s long-running stretch of dominance will soon be over.

He traces tech’s alleged fall from grace back to Sept. 28, 2018, which the “information technology” sector was split between “consumer discretionary” (eBay, Netflix) and “telecommunications services” (Facebook, Google).

“Portfolio re-balancing may have destabilized markets, but I think the more important consequence of the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) change was the public admission that technology is no longer special,” Deluard wrote in a recent note to clients.

Deluard attributes tech’s loss of luster to the incorporation of technology into long-standing, “old economy” businesses. That means a company like Walmart, which has adapted admirably to the e-commerce era, and now generates roughly the same level of sales online as Apple.

He also questions why Netflix is trading at a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio that’s nearly six times that of Disney, since both companies “use technology to tell stories.” The same skepticism expands to the auto industry, where Deluard shakes his head at Tesla‘s outsized valuation when compared to other luxury automakers like BMW.

But perhaps the most damning attribute of tech stocks is that — even after briefly tumbling into a bear market — they’re still commanding a 16% premium over the S&P 500 on a forward price-to-earnings basis. Sure, that figure has come way down, but it’s still a major leg up. The chart below shows this dynamic in action.

Deluard expects this ongoing repricing to continue in earnest throughout 2019, which would mean more deep selling across the tech sector. In his concluding remarks, he pulls no punches.

“If technology is everywhere, the tech sector no longer exists,” Deluard said. “If the tech sector no longer exists, its premium is no longer justified.”

INTL FCStone

Source: ‘The age of technology is over’: One market expert explains why tech stocks are doomed to keep crashing

Former Law Enforcement Official: Benghazi Coverup Was to Protect Clinton Foundation – General Flynn Attacked Because He Knew Too Much — The Gateway Pundit

A former Law Enforcement Officer named Roscoe B. Davis unveiled a number or tweets over the weekend tying the attack in Benghazi to the Clinton Foundation.  The foundation reportedly made millions gun running and General Flynn was allegedly attacked because he knew too much.

The tweets are as follows and start with information about the Taliban having US Stinger missiles:

The Taliban had obtained the stinger missiles that Hillary and McCain had hoped to go to Libya –

McCain’s contact by the name of Marc Turi sold billions to the US in weapons and was involved in the Obama plan to give guns to Al-Qaeda to get them to overthrow Qaddafi:

Charges against Turi were dropped in Obama’s last days in office.

He knew the US was running the arms through Libya but the CIA surprisingly was not supportive of this:

Hillary was the one who was for the arms sales to Libya and she was out to make millions on the deal –

Hillary put Stephens in Benghazi to clean up her mess after it was discovered that Al-Qaeda terrorists were obtaining the US arms.  When he was murdered Hillary and Obama had to create a cover up story:

The story in Benghazi was why Stephens was even there:

Stephens was in Benghazi allegedly working for the Clinton Foundation:

The US was attacked in Benghazi which was bad because Hillary wanted to keep the operation there low key:

Americans knew from the beginning it was a terrorist attack — because it was!

It took the FBI 23 days to get to Benghazi and investigate:

Hillary tried to tie the attack to Turi but WikiLeaks released emails (which we wrote about at TGP at the time) showing Hillary’s plans and ties to Al-Qaeda –

Hillary then lied in front of Congress about the guns running in Benghazi –

General Flynn knew the truth behind the entire situation:

Obama got rid of General Flynn and even encouraged President-elect Trump not to hire General Flynn – he knew too much!

Hillary didn’t care about any deaths or guns to American enemies – she was making millions on the deal.

It’s time that Hillary and Obama are brought to justice.

If President Trump does not bring to justice the people in the Deep State responsible for selling guns to our enemies and lying about it and the fate of four Americans, he will have a difficult time being re-elected!

Americans want the swamp drained and Hillary locked up!

via Former Law Enforcement Official: Benghazi Coverup Was to Protect Clinton Foundation – General Flynn Attacked Because He Knew Too Much — The Gateway Pundit

The EU bubble is doomed to burst in 2019, financial analyst warns

The European Union is about to implode this year, investor Mitch Feierstein has predicted in a New Year episode of the Keiser Report. He also reveals which country will become the next Greece – and the answer may surprise you.

Source: The EU bubble is doomed to burst in 2019, financial analyst warns

BOOM: Obama Deep State Put Trump-Russia Intel Scam Into Play IN APRIL 2016 – At Exact Same Time Candidate Trump Won GOP Primary — The Gateway Pundit

When it became clear that candidate Trump was going to win the Republican primaries and become the Republican Presidential candidate in the 2016, the Deep State members of the Obama Administration started their slanderous assault on candidate and then President Trump.  A review of data from April 2016 proves it!

On April 2nd of 2016 we predicted that Ted Cruz would be mathematically eliminated from the Republican race for President on April 27th because on that day he would need more delegates than would be available. We also predicted that on April 27th Donald Trump would accumulate 943 delegates which would put him well on track to win the Republican nomination.

April 27, 2016, came and Ted Cruz was eliminated and Trump had amassed 944 delegates (which later was updated to 950 delegates). We were spot on!

eliminated cruz

The Drudge Report linked to our prediction on April 2nd and then in their headline on April 27th the Drudge Report showed Ted Cruz, the last contender to be mathematically eliminated from the Republican primaries, with a link to our post.

We found out later through the data dump by WikiLeaks that Hillary’s creepy campaign manager, John Podesta, was well aware of our posts announcing Trump’s wins at that time.  WikiLeaks reported that the Clinton campaign reviewed our posts.

Now through a review of information from April, 2016, related to the corrupt Obama Administration’s fake Trump – Russia collusion farce, we see that this was the exact same time that the fake Trump-Russia collusion story was created.

The following incidents are now known to have occurred in mid to late April, 2016 –

2016-04-15 Obama CIA Chief John Brennan assembles a multi-agency task force that served from April 2016 to July 2016 as the beginnings of a counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign. “The Crossfire Hurricane team was part of that group but largely operated independently,” three officials told the NYTimes [source].  (Note that the Crossfire Hurricane team was not reportedly in existence until the end of July 30, 2016, so how could they play a part?)

2016-04-15 James Comey tells Sally Yates sometime around 04/16 that he’s considering a special counsel [see:June 2018 IG report p. 172]

2016-04-15 It’s reported that Victoria Nuland and other State Department officials became “more alarmed” about what the Russians were up to in the spring of 2016, they were authorized by then Secretary of State John Kerry to develop proposals for ways to deter the Russians.  [source]  Nuland stated that she had been briefed as early as December 2015 about the hacking of the DNC, long before senior DNC officials were aware of it.

2016-04-15 Daniel J. Jones, an ex-FBI investigator and former California Senator Feinstein staffer who rose to professional fame after writing a controversial top-secret report on CIA torture, registers Penn Quarter Group [source].  Jones is “intimately involved with ongoing efforts to retroactively validate a series of salacious and unverified memos published by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, and Fusion GPS.” Jones runs the Penn Quarter Group, a “research and investigative advisory” firm whose website was registered in April of 2016, days before Steele delivered his first in a series of Trump-Russia memos. Jones began tweeting out articles suggesting illicit ties between the Trump campaign and Russia as early as 2017.”

2016-04-16 Ukranian Olga Bielkova and a colleague meet with Sen. John McCain associate David Kramer with the McCain Institute. Bielkova also meets with Liz Zentos of Obama’s National Security Council, and State Department official Michael Kimmage [source].

2016-04-18 DC Leaks Website opens [source].  It’s suggested that Russia tried to start this entity but others have suggested that this was a Deep State creation.

2016-04-18 Mueller’s gang asserts that on or about April 18, 2016, the Russians they had indicted activated an agent’s keylog and screenshot functions to steal credentials of a DCCC employee who was authorized to access the DNC network.  The Conspirators hacked into the DNC network from the DCCC network using stolen credentials. By in or around June 2016, they gained access to approximately thirty-three DNC computers [see:07/13/2018 Mueller indictment]  [This allegation has been debated by others who suggest that the DNC emails released by WikiLeaks were provided from a DNC insider and that the DNC emails were never hacked as claimed by Mueller.  To date we also know that the DNC did not allow the FBI or the Mueller team access to their servers to determine if and how their systems were hacked.]

2016-04-18 Mike Rogers shuts down illegal access to FISA 702 About Queries [source].  Rogers did this after his team uncovered irregularities in the FISA process and access to the system from outsiders.

2016-04-19 The DNC has an unusual expense paid to Perkins Coie the legal firm the DNC worked with who also worked with Fusion GPS in obtaining the Steele dossier [source].

2016-04-26 CNN claims wiretapping of Carter Page began around this time period [source] (Which happens to be right after Comey briefed the NSC about Page).

2016-04-26 George Papadopoulos meets with Professor Joseph Mifsud in London. Mifsud says Putin has thousands of Clinton emails [source].

Between the Wisconsin and Connecticut Republican primaries in April of 2016, the Deep State criminals in the Obama Administration created their plan of attack on the Trump campaign.  They attempted to tie candidate Trump to Russians, knowing that their links to Russia with Uranium One were open to criticism and alleged criminal acts.

By the end of April, 2016, the Deep State of Obama, Comey, Brennan, Kerry and others had already put in place spies on Trump team members, and allegations of a made up company, DCLeaks, that allegedly hacked DNC emails.  They also began their sinister Trump – Russia collusion fairy tale.

April 2016 will go down in history as the month that a sitting President (Obama) began his scheme using the intelligence community of the United States to spy on its competing campaign in the US election in an effort to prevent them from winning the 2016 Presidential election.

Hat tip D. Manny

via BOOM: Obama Deep State Put Trump-Russia Intel Scam Into Play IN APRIL 2016 – At Exact Same Time Candidate Trump Won GOP Primary — The Gateway Pundit

Boom! President Trump: “We Are Doing a Great Job in Shutdown Negotiation” People Who Voted For or Against Me Are For It — The Gateway Pundit

 

American President Donald Trump spoke with reporters on a number of topics on Sunday morning before departing to Camp David.

The US government is now on 16th day of a partial shutdown.

President Trump told reporters the Supreme Court will hopefully not allow Obama’s DACA decision to stand.

The president says part of the surge on the border is his fault because the economy is so well today.

As far as the current shutdown goes the president believes he has the upper hand.

President Trump: I think we’re doing a great job with the shutdown negotiation. We have no choice. Look there will be, excuse me, I’m totally involved. I’m involved with principle because ultimately it’s going to be resolved by principle. Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and myself can solve this in 20 minutes if they want to. If they don’t want to it’s going to go on for a long time. I will tell you this, if we don’t find a solution it’s going to go on for a long time… And those people who voted for Donald Trump, in a great election. Are for it. And let me tell you people who didn’t vote for Donald Trump are for it also.

Chuck and Nancy will be begging for the government to open in another week.
Trump should demand $10 billion before he gives in.

via Boom! President Trump: “We Are Doing a Great Job in Shutdown Negotiation” People Who Voted For or Against Me Are For It — The Gateway Pundit

Donald Trump quotes Obama, Hillary Clinton supporting border security: ‘Walls work’

– The Washington Times – Sunday, January 6, 2019

President Trump on Sunday quoted Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton supporting border security, pushing Democrats to relent in the standoff over spending on a border wall.

The president used the quotes to hammer home his message that “walls work.”

In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump quoted Mr. Obama in 2005 saying, “We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked.”

He quoted Mrs. Clinton in 2015 saying, “I voted, when I was a Senator, to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in.”

Mr. Trump has argued that Capitol Hill Democrats only oppose his $5.6 billion request for border security, including a wall or barrier on the southern border, to stop him from fulfilling a top campaign promise.

The standoff over border security spending has resulted in a partial government shutdown now in its 16th day.

White House and congressional negotiators were scheduled to meet Sunday after scant progress was made in a sesson Saturday.

The president had not backed off the $5.6 billion figure and Democrats remained determined to deny funds for a “border wall.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said a border wall is “immoral.”

Mr. Trump heads Sunday to Camp David to meet with White House staff about the border security issue and other 2019 priorities.

Source: Donald Trump quotes Obama, Hillary Clinton supporting border security: ‘Walls work’