Daily Archives: February 3, 2019

February 3 Confession and Forgiveness

Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:5–2:2

Key Verses: Colossians 2:13–14

You, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

What role does confession of sin play in the life of a believer?

The answer to this question often swings to one of two extremes. Some say since Jesus is sufficient atonement for all our sin when we accept Him as Savior, confession of specific sins isn’t necessary at all. Others believe a detailed confession is needed each time we sin in order for God to be motivated to continue to forgive us.

Neither idea views forgiveness from God’s perspective. Colossians 2:13–14 (nasb) explains an essential truth: “When you were dead in your transgressions … He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions … and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

Jesus’ blood covers all of your sins—past, present, and future. The purpose of confession is not to catalog your sins or to gloss over sin with vague or general terms. In confession, you agree with God that what you have done is sin, that it is absolutely wrong and not in accord with His plans.

He wants you to tell Him straightforwardly what you’ve done so that you can experience the power of His forgiveness. To restore your sense of fellowship with the Lord, confess the things that strain your relationship with Him. One by one, lay your sins at His feet and you will feel the burden lift from your heart.

Father, thank You that the blood of Your Son, Jesus, covers all my sins—past, present, and future. One by one, I bring my sins to You. Lift their heavy burden from my heart.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 36). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Sunday Talks: Jim Jordan Part 2 – The Mueller Report, Bruce Ohr, and FBI/DOJ Corruption… — The Last Refuge

In the second segment of the Jim Jordan interview with Maria Bartiromo the discussion turns to the issues surrounding the corrupt FBI/DOJ investigation; how DOJ deputy Bruce Ohr remained at the center of activity; and the ongoing purpose of the Mueller probe: to hide all the previous corrupt activity and continue investigating Trump.

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Within the discussion Jim Jordan talks about the importance of Bruce Ohr as a bridge between Fusion-GPS/Glenn Simpson/Nellie Ohr/Chris Steele to the corrupt elements within the FBI headed by Andrew McCabe.

Last year we noted a letter between Senator Chuck Grassley and DAG Rod Rosenstein (Page 5, footnote #5) that outlines the FBI interviews of twice demoted DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr:

Ohr FD-302 12/19/16 (interview date 11/22/16);
Ohr FD-302 12/19/16 (interview date 12/05/16);
Ohr FD-302 12/19/16 (interview date 12/12/16);
Ohr FD-302 12/27/16 (interview date 12/20/16);
Ohr FD-302 01/27/17 (interview date 01/27/17);
Ohr FD-302 01/31/17 (interview date 01/23/17);
Ohr FD-302 01/27/17 (interview date 01/25/17);
Ohr FD-302 02/08/17 (interview date 02/06/17);
Ohr FD-302 02/15/17 (interview date 02/14/17);
Ohr FD-302 05/10/17 (interview date 05/08/17);
Ohr FD-302 05/12/17 (interview date 05/12/17);
Ohr FD-302 05/16/17 (interview date 05/15/17).

(Page #5, Footnote #5)

However, we now know that Nellie Ohr began working for Fusion around the end of December 2015, and that Bruce Ohr met with Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson prior to the FISA application (October 21st, 2016); including a briefing by Bruce Ohr for Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

Bruce and Nellie Ohr met for a breakfast with Steele on July 30, 2016.  Sometime in early August 2016, following closely on the July 30 breakfast meeting with Steele, Ohr reached out to McCabe in order to set up a meeting to detail the information he had been given by Steele. The meeting took place in McCabe’s office:

Q: “Shortly after you met with Christopher Steele on July 30, you had a meeting with Andy McCabe and Lisa Page?”

Ohr: “Yes.”

Q: “You said that meeting was at main Justice?”

Ohr: “No, that meeting was in Andrew McCabe’s office.”

Q: “It was in Andrew McCabe’s office.”

Ohr: “Yes.”

Q: “And it was sometime, you believe, in August, because it was shortly after the meeting with Christopher Steele?”

Ohr: “Probably, yes.”

Q: “And that was because, at that point in time, you wanted the FBI to have that information and be aware of your contact with Christopher Steele?”

Ohr: “Yes.”

Q: “Did anyone prompt that call to Andy McCabe?”

Ohr: “No, I don’t think so I think that was me. Just me.”

Q: “Sally Yates—she was your boss, right?”

Ohr: “Yes.”

Q: “You said she didn’t know that you were talking to Steele or Simpson?”

Ohr: “Correct.”

Q: “How do you know she didn’t know?”

Ohr: “Well, I didn’t tell her.”

Q: “Okay. So she may have known from some other source.”

Ohr: “Possible.”

Q: “Well, you would think she would, because over at the FBI, Andy McCabe knew that you were talking to Steele and Simpson as early as August of 2016.”

Ohr: “Right. But I don’t know what, if anything, was conveyed to Sally Yates.”

Q: “Andy McCabe knew. Did Jim Comey know in August of 2016 that you were talking to Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson?”

Ohr: “I don’t know.”

Q: “Was Joe Pientka your go-between in December when you got additional information from either Christopher Steele or Glenn Simpson in getting it to the FBI?”

Ohr: “Joe Pientka, I believe, was my contact at that time, yeah.”

Q: “You immediately go to Joe Pientka, who immediately goes to Peter Strzok. Are you aware of that?”

Ohr: “No.”

Ohr: “So they [Strzok & Page] understood that I had received information, and they said they would get me an agent to talk to who would write the stuff down and do whatever—well, I don’t know if write it down, but that they would give me an agent to speak with and provide the information.”

Q: “Is that why there are 302s of you in the file?”

Ohr: “I believe so.”

Q: “That is the agent interviewing you?”

Q: “On page 2 of the letter it lists 12 separate dates and 302s where the FBI interviewed you indicating the first interview took place on November 22, 2016, and the last one on May 15, 2017. Is this list of interviews and dates generally consistent with your recollection?”

Ohr: “Yes. The caveat I would say is, I continued to have some conversations with Christopher Steele after May 15, 2017. I’ve reported all of those to the FBI, but I do not see any 302s relating to those conversations.”

Q: “Do you know anything different about those interviews or about those 302s as to why they wouldn’t have been produced in response to a request by Members of Congress?”

Ohr: “I don’t know if they did 302s later on. A lot of these conversations seemed less substantive, but I don’t know. I didn’t know about the original 302s either.”

Q: “Did you continue to meet with the FBI to discuss your conversations with Mr. Steele all the way up through late November of 2017?

Ohr: “Correct.”

Q: “And who at the Washington field office conducted an interview?”

Ohr: “I cannot remember the names.”

Q: “But it wasn’t Pientka?”

Ohr: “Right.”

Q: “So it was somebody, another agent, or agents, at the FBI’s Washington field office?”

Ohr: “My recollection is at least on two occasions, I was handed onto a new agent.”

(source)

2017?

Question: where are the investigative documents pertaining to those meetings?

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via Sunday Talks: Jim Jordan Part 2 – The Mueller Report, Bruce Ohr, and FBI/DOJ Corruption… — The Last Refuge

Sunday Talks: Jim Jordan Part 1 – The Fraudulent Border Security Negotiations… — The Last Refuge

 

Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer are pushing the border conflict/government shutdown deadline (Feb 15th) to align with pre-planned public congressional committee testimony that is intended to undermine the White House.

Once we accept that no actual negotiations are taking place; and once we accept that congress (Pelosi/Schumer) have already pre-planned the calendar of resistance narratives to undermine the office of the president; things start to make more sense. Cue Representative Jim Jordan for the first part of his interview today:

via Sunday Talks: Jim Jordan Part 1 – The Fraudulent Border Security Negotiations… — The Last Refuge

February 3 The Helmet of the Word

Scripture reading: Psalm 119:97–104

Key verse: Proverbs 13:13

He who despises the word will be destroyed,

But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

In The Tender Commandments, pastor Ron Mehl uses a word picture to remind us of the importance of obeying God’s Word:

My friend Larry told me about one of the first bike rides (sans training wheels) he attempted with his young son Matthew. Going down a hill near their home … little Matt lost control of his bike. When the bike crashed, Matt went over the handlebars, landed on his head, and scooted along the asphalt for several feet … on the top of his helmet.

When Matthew got up off the ground okay, just a little shaken, Larry looked at the helmet and saw that its top—and not the top of his little son’s head—had been badly scraped and scored by the rough asphalt.

How do you think Larry felt about that helmet? He loved that helmet. He kissed that helmet. He valued and honored that helmet, and used it as an object lesson for his boy.

Proverbs 13:13 says: “He who despises the word will be destroyed, but he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.”

A person who resists, scorns, and rejects God’s Word will meet with destruction. I wish I could say it in a nicer way, but I know it to be true and no overstatement … That person’s life will come to disaster in one way or another, and God’s Word is not shy about saying so.

Protect me with the “helmet” of Your Word, O Lord. I honor, respect, and value the truths it contains. Help me apply it to my life today.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 36). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Sunday Talks – The “Resistance” Narrative Surfaces Within the Democrat Strategy of the Illusion Border Security Negotiations… — The Last Refuge

Within this segment of Fox News narrative UniParty engineering the evidence of the delay tactic surfacing.   The claim is that a bipartisan congressional group is working on a compromise deal for border security in advance of the February 15th deadline.  However, there is no actual negotiation taking place; merely one-round of low level talks for optics.

The reality is Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have positioned the appearance of congressional talks (in name only) to give the illusion that some form of negotiation is actually taking place…. it isn’t.  This is a pantomime; a ruse; a Machiavellian fraud.

Cue democrat congressman Henry Cuellar and republican senator John Hoeven:

There is no plan to come to an agreement because that would disrupt the pre-planned resistance narrative that also includes the impeachment plan.  Instead, Pelosi is pushing the border conflict/government shutdown deadline to align with pre-planned public congressional committee testimony that is intended to undermine the White House.

Once you understand that no actual negotiations are taking place; and once you accept that congress (Pelosi/Schumer) have already planned a phase of resistance to undermine the office of the president; things start to make more sense.

via Sunday Talks – The “Resistance” Narrative Surfaces Within the Democrat Strategy of the Illusion Border Security Negotiations… — The Last Refuge

List of Documented Dishonesty and Fake News From CNN

Following is a list of notable examples of abuse, extreme bias, misinformation, and outright lies from CNN. If anyone can compile a list from any other US mainstream news source that comes close to this level of abuse and dishonesty, please post a link in the comment section. The company that produces more fake news stories and lies more than any others also censors out any discussion of Jesus Christ. Coincidence? There’s a lot of underlying hatred against Christian values in CNN news. The first example is the extremely rude cutoff of Christian NFL player Benjamin Watson. Lies and hate go hand in hand with MSM fake news. They both come from the same evil source (John 8:44).

For entertainment value, there are a few epic CNN green-screen video failures with fake backgrounds, for example, when Andersen Cooper pretends to be at Sandy Hook and his nose disappears and when a CNN reporter pretends to be on a boat.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

CNN rudely cut off Benjamin Watson’s mic in mid-sentence while he was discussing the gospel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4YQ6n9_y8E&feature=youtu.be
Jim Acosta on 11/7/18 with “Anderson Cooper 360” said of an intern pushing incident, “I didn’t put my hands on her or touch her as they’re alleging.” This is false. First, Sarah Sanders said “hand” (singular) and video angles show Acosta pushing down with the bottom of his hand in a slow ‘karate chop’ type motion pushing the intern’s arm away. https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/07/acosta-white-house-credentials-revoked/

CNN’s Don Lemon on 10/29/18 made a racist and false claim that white men are the biggest terror threat in the US: “So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right.” The fact is, there is no reason to discount the Islamic attacks of 9/11 killing approximately 3,000 because increasing radical Islamic terror is a part of a global trend, of which the US is a subset. Even if this is discounted, 106 people have been killed by far-right extremists while 119 have been killed by radical Muslims since 9/11/01. To double-down on a false claim after multiple sources show it is false is essentially to lie.

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/11/cnns-don-lemon-doubles-down-on-false-claim-that-white-men-are-biggest-terror-threat-in-this-country

CNN’s Ana Cabrera on 10//14/18 added racism into the president’s quote, telling CNN viewers that Trump had said: “President Trump and his son Don Jr. said this week white men have a lot to fear right now,” -when they both spoke merely of concerns for men.
https://www.dailywire.com/news/37112/watch-cnn-anchor-lies-about-remarks-made-trump-ryan-saavedra
CNN’s Jim Sciutto on 8/24/18 had two big scoops debunked as very fake news in just one week.
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/08/24/nolte-cnns-jim-sciutto-busted-for-two-fake-news-scoops-in-one-week/
CNN’s own source, Lanny Davis, says Michael Cohen story is fake news, but network stands by it – documented 8/19/18
https://www.rt.com/usa/437101-cnn-michael-cohen-fake-news/
Jim Acosta on 6/29/18 yelled repeatedly at a press conference: “Mr. President, will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people?” This is a false and defamatory comment because Trump has always clarified that he was referring to “fake news” such as CNN, not the press in general.
https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/07/acosta-white-house-credentials-revoked/
CNN’s April Ryan falsely claimed that President Donald Trump was booed during the White House’s “Celebration for America” event 6/5/18:
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/06/05/april-ryan-spreads-fake-news-about-trump-being-booed-at-celebration-for-america/

CNN host Brian Stelter admits he let David Hogg tell lies during an interview.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/03/27/cnn-host-admits-he-let-david-hogg-tell-lies-during-interview-just-wait-until-you-hear-his-reason
CNN denied school survivor and hero Colton Haab right to ask his own questions about school shooting incident and then lied about offering their scripted questions.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5422367/Shooting-survivor-claims-CNN-gave-scripted-question.html
CNN’s Don Lemon defended two false statements on guns: “I was able to go and buy an automatic weapon … Most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon.”
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/don-lemon-automatic-guns 
CNN cuts feed when Wikileaks is mentioned as a possible check for Hillary Clinton’s lies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbA5RE9eK08
CNN (falsely) claims that reading Wikileaks is illegal:
https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/787749893649600512?lang=en
CNN contributor Donna Brazile gave Hillary Clinton debate questions in advance, which is plainly dishonest in a live debate:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/31/new-email-shows-dnc-boss-giving-clinton-camp-debate-question-in-advance.html
CNN cuts live feed after focus group picks Trump.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alSd_iKFkKs
CNN’s Pamela Brown caught on a hot mic rehearsing “live” discussion group on answers to questions so as to praise Hillary Clinton:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrdFD-SdpiM
CNN audience member is seen with a piece of paper titled “your questions”
http://imgur.com/dKfrMpt
CNN turns off their cameras at a huge political rally as Trump calls out the dishonesty of their focus groups.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPjuk6VO_qs
CNN misrepresented Trump’s comments on gun control:
https://www.dailywire.com/news/23258/cnns-john-berman-misrepresents-trumps-comments-james-barrett
A CNN panel in December 2014 consisting of Margaret Hoover, Sally Kohn, Sunny Hostin, and Mel Robbins all put their hands up and supported the false Ferguson narrative that Michael Brown had his hands up before being shot. This lie helped to incite riots. Obama’s Justice Department investigated the shooting and concluded that Brown charged at Officer Darren Wilson before being shot. Sally Kohn repeated the lie on Twitter: “Mike Brown was unarmed and fleeing with hands up.”
https://truepundit.com/here-are-five-fake-stories-cnn-pushed/
CNN fakes reporter Charles Jaco being in the Middle East during Gulf War:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTWY14eyMFg
CNN fakes Anderson Cooper being at Sandy Hook and his nose disappears in a green screen failure:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcG5hnYQjPA
CNN presents a fake story to make BLM look good, ignores the call to violence:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SxHOLWiUnA
CNN fakes satellite feed when two reporters are in the same parking lot:
http://www.ebaumsworld.com/videos/the-daily-show-calls-out-cnn/83283367/
Hospital CEO wins major court victory after CNN fakes statistics http://lawnewz.com/uncategorized/hospital-ceo-wins-major-court-ruling-after-accusing-cnn-of-false-reporting/
CNN green screen fail, reporter pretends to be on a boat:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn5pIkEHPf0
CNN fakes popularity numbers:
http://www.businessinsider.com/cnn-fox-news-inauguration-ratings-2017-1
CNN fakes crowd sizes:
http://i.magaimg.net/img/36l.png
CNN lying about use of a Sinatra song.
http://i.magaimg.net/img/48l.jpg
CNN fakes interview and interviews own cameraman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdCk6gJqmoc
CNN Claims missing airplane disappeared into a black hole:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpVd7k1Uw6A
CNN blurs out “Donald Trump” T-shirt of man that saved a baby.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUAI9Ce9RL0
CNN says Illegal immigration isn’t illegal:
http://imgur.com/C03VH2m
CNN ignores poison gas attack story in order to criticize how Trump eats fried chicken:
http://i.imgur.com/LEtescq.jpg
CNN misrepresented Trump’s comments on the MS-13 gang as “animals” to imply racism.
https://www.thewrap.com/cnn-took-trumps-animals-remark-immigrants-context-network-admits/
CNN race baiting article claims Trump election was based on race: “This is what ‘whitelash’ looks like”

http://archive.is/kh46i
CNN describes race only when anti-white media manipulation is desired
http://i.magaimg.net/img/48i.jpg
CNN journalists Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau, and Lex Haris, resigned from CNN over a false story, later retracted, that connected Anthony Scaramucci to a $10 billion Russian investment fund:
http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-cnn-resignation-20170626-story.html
CNN repeats unfounded story that “Russia’s hack” determined election:
http://imgur.com/trMDL87
CNN feeding into unfounded Russia conspiracies, claims Russia hacking without evidence:
http://i.magaimg.net/img/2si.jpg
CNN misleads about Trump campaign contact with “Russian officials”
https://imgur.com/5eX6xgT
CNN falsely claimed it tied Fox in election news ratings when, overall, Fox clearly won first place for the entire day:
http://www.businessinsider.com/cnn-fox-news-inauguration-ratings-2017-1?dg
CNN re-posts same protest photos as fake news:
https://imgur.com/jl1cAKP
CNN Cuts Bernie Sander’s mic connection when he calls them fake news https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqrX8HxcWDE
CNN’s “Dr. Drew” was canceled eight days after Dr. Drew Pinsky asked valid questions on Hillary Clinton’s health: https://pagesix.com/2016/09/04/dr-drew-loses-show-after-discussing-hillarys-health/?_ga=1.33153086.1667858589.1472997909
CNN repeatedly lied and slandered Donald Trump with the claim he advocated racial profiling on Fox news when in fact he did not: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/296753-cnn-falsely-adds-racial-to-trump-vetting-comments

I took a poll on Twitter and of about 100 people Don Lemon was voted the biggest liar on CNN for 2018. As shown at Wikipedia, “in September 2010, Lemon said that he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child”. This helps to explain Lemon’s behavior.

I don’t want to give the impression that other mainstream media sources are perfect. The fact is, Fox news has had its own notorious scandal. However, the level of deception does not seem to compare to CNN and in contrast to CNN cutting off Benjamin Watson for mentioning Jesus Christ, Fox news allowed Watson to elaborate on sin and the gospel live on their newscast.

Regarding Fox, they fired two journalists that did not want to cover up the apparent health hazards of Monsanto’s genetically modified milk products. In an astounding precedent verdict, a U.S. court held that Fox News had no obligation to report truthfully, and the First Amendment protects a “right” for news companies deceive the public, even on health issues. For this reason, I would tend to believe alternative news sources that are less likely to be bought off and manipulated by large corporations.

Political theorist Hannah Arendt, the author of the book, The Origins of Totalitarianism, said in an interview: “A people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act, but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people, you can then do what you please.”

Note: Credit to the following link for the initial source of listed items that was edited and added to:
https://www.taskade.com/v/ByzMWWQkql

Source: List of Documented Dishonesty and Fake News From CNN

Hitler’s rise to power: Eerie echo of today’s left

Hitler greeting a child

Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) stated: “Socialized medicine is a keystone to the establishment of a socialist state.”

“Nazi” is the abbreviation of National Socialist Workers’ Party. Its leader was Adolph Hitler, who became Chancellor of Germany on Jan. 30, 1933. Hitler began implementing a plan of universal healthcare, with no regard for conscience.

The New York Times reported Oct. 10, 1933: “Nazi Plan to Kill Incurables to End Pain; German Religious Groups Oppose Move … The Ministry of Justice … explaining the Nazi aims regarding the German penal code, today announced its intentions to authorize physicians to end the sufferings of the incurable patient … in the interest of true humanity. …”

The New York Times continued: “The Catholic newspaper Germania hastened to observe: ‘The Catholic faith binds the conscience of its followers not to accept this method.’ … In Lutheran circles, too, life is regarded as something that God alone can take. … Euthanasia … has become a widely discussed word in the Reich. … No life still valuable to the state will be wantonly destroyed.”

When Germany’s economy suffered, expenses had to be cut from the national healthcare plan, such as keeping alive handicapped, insane, chronically ill, elderly and those with dementia. They were considered “lebensunwertes leben” – life unworthy of life. Then criminals, convicts, street bums, beggars and gypsies, considered “leeches” on society, met a similar fate.

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger had been the editor of the Birth Control Review, a magazine that published in April of 1933 an article by Ernst Rudin, one of the “fathers of racial hygiene.”

Ernst Rudin advised the Nazi Socialist Workers Party to prevent hereditary defective genes from being passed on to future generations by people considered by the state to be inferior mankind – “untermensch.”

The National Socialist Workers Party labeled the Aryan race as “ubermensch” (super mankind). The etymology of Aryan is Iran, from where the Indo-Iranian people descended.

The National Socialist Workers Party enacted horrific plans to purge the human gene pool of what they considered “inferior” races, resulting in 6 million Jews and millions of others dying in gas chambers and ovens. Nazis anatomists harvested human body parts of prisoners for scientific research and laboratory experimentation.

U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop stated in 1977: “When the first 273,000 German aged, infirm and retarded were killed in gas chambers there was no outcry from that medical profession … and it was not far from there to Auschwitz.”

British Journalist Malcolm Muggeridge explained: “We have … for those that have eyes to see, an object lesson in what the quest for ‘quality of life’ without reference to ‘sanctity of life’ can involve. … The origins of the Holocaust lay, not in Nazi terrorism … but in … Germany’s acceptance of euthanasia and mercy-killing as humane and estimable.”

Suddenly, there was a crisis.

Germany’s capitol building – the Reichstag – was set on fire in 1933, under suspicious conditions, which some historians claim Hitler’s supporters were implicated. Hitler immediately declared a national emergency and suspended basic rights. He quickly arrested his political opponents and had them shot without a trial.

Hitler rose to power with the help of violent homosexual activists called Brownshirts, who organized boycotts of Jewish businesses, and stormed in and disrupted meetings of opposing parties. Hitler forced old traditional military generals to retire, thus purging his administration of any still retaining a remnant of “archaic” Judeo-Christian values who might resist him.

Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels confided in “The Goebbels Diaries 1939-41” that in reality Hitler “hates Christianity, because it has crippled all that is noble in humanity.”

Hitler swayed the public with mesmerizing speeches. Nazis confiscated weapons.

An SA Oberführer warned of an ordinance by the provisional Bavarian Minister of the Interior: “The deadline set … for the surrender of weapons will expire on March 31, 1933. I therefore request the immediate surrender of all arms. … Whoever does not belong to one of these named units (SA, SS, and Stahlhelm) and … keeps his weapon without authorization or even hides it, must be viewed as an enemy of the national government and will be held responsible without hesitation and with the utmost severity.”

Heinrich Himmler, head of Nazi S.S. (“Schutzstaffel” – Protection Squadron), stated: “Germans who wish to use firearms should join the S.S. or the S.A. Ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the state.”

Disarming the civilian population was a necessary step in state control, as Vladimir Lenin explained: “One man with a gun can control 100 without one. ”

When a suspected homosexual youth shot a Nazi diplomat in Paris, it was used as an excuse to confiscate all firearms from Jews.

German newspapers printed, Nov. 10, 1938: “Jews Forbidden to Possess Weapons By Order of SS Reichsführer Himmler, Munich … ‘Persons who, according to the Nürnberg law, are regarded as Jews, are forbidden to possess any weapon. Violators will be condemned to a concentration camp and imprisoned for a period of up to 20 years.’”

The New York Times, Nov. 9, 1938, reported: “The Berlin Police … announced that … the entire Jewish population of Berlin had been ‘disarmed’ with the confiscation of 2,569 hand weapons, 1,702 firearms and 20,000 rounds of ammunition. Any Jews still found in possession of weapons without valid licenses are threatened with the severest punishment.”

Of the Waffengesetz (Nazi Weapons Law), March 18, 1938, Hitler stated at a dinner talk, April 11, 1942 (“Hitler’s Table Talk 1941-44: His Private Conversations,” 2nd Edition, 1973, p. 425-6, translated by Norman Cameron and R. H. Stevens): “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. … So let’s not have any native militia or native police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt stated of Hitler, Dec. 15, 1941: “Government to him is not the servant … of the people but their absolute master and the dictator of their every act. … The rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness which seemed to the Founders of the Republic inalienable, were, to Hitler and his fellows, empty words. …”

FDR continued: “Hitler advanced: That the individual human being has no rights whatsoever in himself … no right to a soul of his own, or a mind of his own, or a tongue of his own, or a trade of his own; or even to live where he pleases or to marry the woman he loves; That his only duty is the duty of obedience, not to his God, not to his conscience, but to Adolf Hitler. … His only value is his value, not as a man, but as a unit of the Nazi state.”

FDR stated in his State of the Union Address, Jan. 6, 1942: “The world is too small … for both Hitler and God. … Nazis have now announced their plan for enforcing their … pagan religion all over the world … by which the Holy Bible and the Cross of Mercy would be displaced by Mein Kampf and the swastika.”

Churchill, in “From War to War” (Second World War, Vol. 1, ch. 4, p. 50), described Hitler’s Mein Kampf as: “… the new Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with its message.”

Hitler was initially going to allow Jews to be deported to Palestine, but the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammad Amin al-Husseini, who met with Hitler, also held anti-Jewish views. Beginning in 1931, al-Husseini attempted to follow Hitler’s example by expelling Jews from Palestine, as the Muslim Brotherhood would also do in Egypt. Mufti al-Husseini recruited 30,000 Bosnian Muslims to join Hitler’s Waffen-SS. Hitler gave al-Husseini financial assistance, and then asylum in 1941, with the honorary rank of an SS Major-General.

During the final battle in Berlin in April of 1945, as allied forces closed in on Hitler’s bunker, they confronted a hundred Muslims of the Mufti’s Arab Legion making their last suicidal stand.

Hitler’s view was the Nazis had the right solution but the wrong religion, stating: “Had Charles Martel not been victorious at Poitiers (732 AD) … then we should in all probability have been converted to Mohammedanism, that cult which glorifies the heroism and which opens up the seventh Heaven to the bold warrior alone. Then the Germanic races would have conquered the world.”

Hitler stated of the Nazis: “The peoples of Islam will always be closer to us than, for example, France.”

According to Albert Speer, Third Reich’s Minister of Armaments and War Production, Hitler stated in private: “The Mohammedan religion too would have been much more compatible to us than Christianity … with its meekness and flabbiness?”

Though early in his career Hitler pretended to be sympathetic to Christianity in order to get elected, once he got in power he revealed his nazified social Darwinism and open hostility toward Christianity.

Franklin D. Roosevelt stated Dec. 15, 1941: “To Hitler, the church … is a monstrosity to be destroyed by every means.”

Ministers who resisted Hitler’s attempt to “nazify” the German Protestant Church were imprisoned, such a founder of the Confessing Church, Rev. Martin Niemöller, who wrote: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me-and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Another Confessing Church leader who resisted Hitler was Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born Feb. 4, 1906. He studied in New York in 1930, where he met Frank Fisher, an African-American seminarian who introduced him to Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. He was inspired by African-American spirituals and the preaching of Adam Clayton Powell, Sr., who helped Bonhoeffer turn “from phraseology to reality,” motivating him to stand up against injustice. Bonhoeffer helped found the Confessing Church in Germany, which refused to be intimidated by Hitler into silence.

He stated: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.”

In his book, “The Cost of Discipleship,” Bonhoeffer rebuked nominal Christians: “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.”

Bonhoeffer stated in a 1932 sermon: “The blood of martyrs might once again be demanded, but this blood, if we really have the courage and loyalty to shed it, will not be innocent, shining like that of the first witnesses for the faith. On our blood lies heavy guilt, the guilt of the unprofitable servant.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer warned Germans not to slip into the cult of Führer (leader) worship, as he could turn out to be a Verführer (mis-leader, seducer).

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Jimmy Carter wrote in his book “Sources of Strength,” 1997: “Rev. Niebuhr urged Dietrich Bonhoeffer to remain in America for his own safety. Bonhoeffer refused. He felt he had to be among the other Christians persecuted in Germany. So he returned home, and … in resistance to Hitler … preached publicly against Nazism, racism, and anti-semitism. … Bonhoeffer was finally arrested and imprisoned.”

Of his return to Germany, Bonhoeffer wrote: “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes.”

Jimmy Carter continued: “Dietrich Bonhoeffer died April 9, 1945, just a few days before the allied armies liberated Germany. He was executed on orders of Heinrich Himmler. He died a disciple and a martyr. …”

Carter added: “The same Holy Spirit … that gave Bonhoeffer the strength to stand up against Nazi tyranny is available to us today.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer challenged: “To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.”

On Feb. 16, 2002, Dr. James Dobson told the National Religious Broadcasters: “Those of you who feel that the church has no responsibility in the cultural area. … What if it were 1943 and you were in Nazi Germany and you knew what Hitler was doing to the Jews. … Would you say, ‘We’re not political-that’s somebody else’s problem’?”

Dobson concluded: “I thank God Dietrich Bonhoeffer did not give that answer, and he was arrested by the Nazis and hanged in 1945, naked and alone because he said, ‘This is not right.’”

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President Trump Superbowl Sunday Interview With CBS Margaret Brennan…. — The Last Refuge

It has become somewhat of a tradition for the President to sit down for a wide-ranging interview with a member of the U.S. media on Superbowl Sunday.

This year President Trump sits down with Margaret Brennan of CBS’s “Face the Nation” for a wide-ranging interview where he point-by-point deconstructs the left-wing talking points. Topics include foreign policy, cabinet changes, the economy, the Mueller investigation, the 2020 Democrat candidates and football.  [Transcript included]

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MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you shut down the government again?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, we’re going to have to see what happens on February 15th and I- I think–

MARGARET BRENNAN: You’re not taking it off the table?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I don’t- I don’t take anything off the table. I don’t like to take things off the table. It’s that alternative. It’s national emergency, it’s other things and you know there have been plenty national emergencies called. And this really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers. These are people that are horrible people bringing in women mostly, but bringing in women and children into our country. Human trafficking. And we’re going to have a strong border. And the only way you have a strong border is you need a physical barrier. You need a wall. And anybody that says you don’t, they’re just playing games.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You had quite the showdown with Speaker Pelosi. What did you learn about negotiating with her?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think that she was very rigid – which I would expect – but I think she is very bad for our country. She knows that you need a barrier. She knows that we need border security. She wanted to win a political point. I happen to think it’s very bad politics because basically she wants open borders. She doesn’t mind human trafficking or she wouldn’t do this because you know–

MARGARET BRENNAN: She offered you over a billion dollars for border security.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me?

MARGARET BRENNAN: She offered over a billion dollars for border security. She doesn’t want the wall.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: She’s- she’s costing the country hundreds of billions of dollars because what’s happening is when you have a porous border, and when you have drugs pouring in, and when you have people dying all over the country because of people like Nancy Pelosi who don’t want to give proper border security for political reasons, she’s doing a terrible disservice to our country. And on the 15th we have now set the table beautifully because everybody knows what’s going on because of the shutdown. People that didn’t have any idea- they didn’t have a clue as to what was happening, they now know exactly what’s happening. They see human trafficking. They see drugs and gangs and criminals pouring in. Now, we catch them because we’re doing a great job. But if we had proper border security we wouldn’t have to work so hard and we could do an even better job, and I think Nancy Pelosi is doing a terrible disservice to the people of our country. But she can–

MARGARET BRENNAN: You’re still going to have to deal with her now.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No, she can keep playing her games, but we will win. Because we have a much better issue. On a political basis, what she’s doing is- I actually think it’s bad politics, but much more importantly it’s very bad for our country.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to ask you about your intelligence leaders who were testifying on Capitol Hill this week. Did you read the report that they presented?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I did.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And did you – there was some conversation you had because you went on Twitter and you called them naive and told them to go back to school.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think–

MARGARET BRENNAN: What specifically was wrong about what they said?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I think- let me just say it wasn’t so much a report. It was the questions and answers as the report was submitted and they were asked questions and answers. We’ve done an incredible job with Syria. When I took over Syria it was infested with ISIS. It was all over the place. And now you have very little ISIS and you have the caliphate almost knocked out. We will be announcing in the not too distant future 100 percent of the caliphate which is the area- the land- the area- 100. We’re at 99 percent right now, we’ll be at 100. When I took it over it was a disaster. I think we’ve done a great job with that. At the same time, at a certain point, we want to bring our people back home. If you look at Afghanistan we’re going in very soon we’ll be going into our 19th year spending 50 billion dollars a year. Now if you go back and look at any of my campaign speeches or rallies, I talked about it all the time.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You did. You’ve been talking about- and that–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –I want to bring people home.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But that’s one of the questions here. Is because you have these strongly held convictions and people ask, “Well, why don’t the facts influence those opinions, if those facts change?” And- and your director of national intelligence said ISIS still has strongholds in Iraq and Syria–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: By the way–

MARGARET BRENNAN: –and will launch attacks from there.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You’re going to always have pockets of something. What– you’re going to have people, like the one armed man who blew up a restaurant. You’re going to have pockets. But you’re not going to keep armies there because you have a few people. Or you even have fairly reasonable numbers of people. We’ve been there for many, many years. We were supposed to be in Syria for four months. We’ve been there for years. We have been in Afghanistan for 19 years. And by the way, I’ve been hitting very hard in Afghanistan and now we’re negotiating with the Taliban. We’ll see what happens, who knows–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Can you trust the Taliban? Can you actually broker a deal?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Look, whether we should have been there in the first place, that’s first question. Second question–

MARGARET BRENNAN: That’s where 9/11 was launched from.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –we’ve been there for 19 years, almost, we are fighting very well. We’re fighting harder than ever before. And I think that they will- I think they’re tired and, I think everybody’s tired. We got to get out of these endless wars and bring our folks back home. Now, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to be watching with intelligence. We’re going to be watching, and watching closely. North Korea–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Isn’t that harder when you don’t have troops on the ground?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, everything’s harder. But, you know you pay a big price for troops on the ground. We’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars on military. We’re the policemen of the world and we don’t–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Because the concern in here by your intelligence chiefs, though, is that you could in that vacuum see a resurgence of ISIS.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Sure.

MARGARET BRENNAN: See a resurgence of terror groups like Al-Qaeda–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: And you know what we’ll do? We’ll come back if we have to. We have very fast airplanes, we have very good cargo planes. We can come back very quickly, and I’m not leaving. We have a base in Iraq and the base is a fantastic edifice. I mean I was there recently, and I couldn’t believe the money that was spent on these massive runways. And these- I’ve rarely seen anything like it. And it’s there. And we’ll be there. And frankly, we’re hitting the caliphate from Iraq and as we slowly withdraw from Syria. Now the other thing–

MARGARET BRENNAN: How many troops are still in Syria? When are they coming home?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: 2,000 troops.

MARGARET BRENNAN: When are they coming home?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: They’re starting to, as we gain the remainder, the final remainder of the caliphate of the area, they’ll be going to our base in Iraq, and ultimately some will be coming home. But we’re going to be there and we’re going to be staying–

MARGARET BRENNAN: So that’s a matter of months?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We have to protect Israel. We have to protect other things that we have. But we’re- yeah, they’ll be coming back in a matter of time. Look, we’re protecting the world. We’re spending more money than anybody’s ever spent in history, by a lot. We spent, over the last five years, close to 50 billion dollars a year in Afghanistan. That’s more than most countries spend for everything including education, medical, and everything else, other than a few countries.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Is there a scenario where you would keep troops in Afghanistan? A smaller number?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Yes. And I’ll leave intelligence there. Real intelligence, by the way. I’ll leave intelligence there and if I see nests forming, I’ll do something about it. But for us to be spending 51 billion dollars, like last year, or if you average the cost it’s- I mean you’re talking about numbers that nobody’s ever heard of before.

MARGARET BRENNAN: The Senate Republicans voted, the vast majority of them said that they don’t support what you’re doing. That what you’re doing risks national intelligence by a precipitous withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan. Doesn’t that concern you?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I ran against 17 Republicans. This was a big part of what I was saying, and I won very easily. I think the people out in the world- I think people in our country agree. We’ve been fighting for 19 years. Somebody said you were precipitously bringing to- precipitously? We’ve been there for 19 years. I want to fight. I want to win, and we want to bring our great troops back home. I’ve seen the people. I go to Walter Reed Hospital. I see what happens to people. I see with no legs and no arm- arms. And I’ve seen also what happens to them up here because they’re in this situation, and they come back and they are totally different people– where the wives and the fathers and the mothers say, “What has happened to my son? What has happened in some cases to my daughter?” It’s a terrible thing. We’ve been there close to 19 years. And it’s time. And we’ll see what happens with the Taliban. They want peace. They’re tired. Everybody’s tired. We’d like to have- I don’t like endless wars. This war. What we’re doing is got to stop at some point.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But you- but you also campaigned saying that, you know, President Obama made a big mistake by telegraphing his military moves. You’re telegraphing your retreat.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I’m not telegraphing anything. No, no, no. There’s a difference. When President Obama pulled out of Iraq in theory we had Iraq. In other words, we had Iraq. We never had Syria because President Obama never wanted to violate the red line in the sand. So we never had Syria. I was the one that actually violated the red line when I hit Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles, if you remember. But President Obama chose not to do that. When he chose not to do that, he showed tremendous weakness. But we didn’t have Syria whereas we had Iraq. So when he did what he did in Iraq, which was a mistake. Being in Iraq was a mistake. Okay. Being in Iraq- it was a big mistake to go- one of the greatest mistakes going into the Middle East that our country has ever made. One of the greatest mistakes that we’ve ever made–

MARGARET BRENNAN: But you want to keep troops there now?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –but when it was chosen– well, we spent a fortune on building this incredible base. We might as well keep it. And one of the reasons I want to keep it is because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Whoa, that’s news. You’re keeping troops in Iraq because you want to be able to strike in Iran?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No, because I want to be able to watch Iran. All I want to do is be able to watch. We have an unbelievable and expensive military base built in Iraq. It’s perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East rather than pulling up. And this is what a lot of people don’t understand. We’re going to keep watching and we’re going to keep seeing and if there’s trouble, if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we’re going to know it before they do.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So you’re going to trust the intelligence that you receive?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I am going to trust the intelligence that I’m putting there, but I will say this: my intelligence people, if they said in fact that Iran is a wonderful kindergarten, I disagree with them 100 percent. It is a vicious country that kills many people. When you talk about torture and so many other things. And- maybe they’ll come back. The country is getting absolutely- when I ended the horrible Iran nuclear deal- it was a horrible deal done by President Obama and John Kerry that didn’t know what the hell he was doing. When I ended that deal, Margaret, all of a sudden Iran became a different country. They became- very rapidly- right now they’re a country that’s in big financial trouble. Let’s see what happens.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to move on here but I should say your intel chiefs do say Iran’s abiding by that nuclear deal. I know you think it’s a bad deal, but–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I disagree with them. I’m- I’m- by the way–

MARGARET BRENNAN: You disagree with that assessment?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –I have intel people, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree. President Bush had intel people that said Saddam Hussein–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Sure.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –in Iraq had nuclear weapons- had all sorts of weapons of mass destruction. Guess what? Those intel people didn’t know what the hell they were doing, and they got us tied up in a war that we should have never been in. And we’ve spent seven trillion dollars in the Middle East and we have lost lives–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Do you trust your national security adviser John Bolton because he worked in the Bush administration?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I do, and I respect John and John is not one of the people that happened to be testifying or on.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Got it.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: And you know what I tell people- you can testify any way you want. I’m not going to stop them from testifying. They said they were mischaracterized– maybe they were maybe they weren’t, I don’t really know– but I can tell you this, I want them to have their own opinion and I want them to give me their opinion. But, when I look at Iran, I look at Iran as a nation that has caused tremendous problems.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Yeah.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: When I came in as president of the United States, my first year, I went to the Pentagon two weeks after I came in, a short time after, and I was given a- because I wanted to know what’s going on with Iran.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We were in many many locations in the Middle East in huge difficulty. Every single one of them was caused by the number one terrorist nation in the world which is Iran. So when my intelligence people tell me how wonderful Iran is- if you don’t mind, I’m going to just go by my own counsel.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You’ve had a lot of change up in you administration recently too. Are you satisfied with the cabinet and the staff you have now?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So we have a great cabinet. I have great people. I think now we have a really great cabinet. I think Bill Barr will be a fantastic attorney general, and I think that we have- Mike Pompeo’s been doing a fantastic job. We have–

MARGARET BRENNAN: He’s not leaving?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No, I don’t- I mean he tells me he wouldn’t want to leave. I think that was–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Because McConnell was talking to him–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: That was fake news.

MARGARET BRENNAN: –about running for the Senate. He said McConnell had spoken to him about running for the Senate.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, he may have spoken to him, but I think he loves being secretary of state. He’s doing a fantastic job. And I asked him the question the other day, he says he’s absolutely not leaving. I don’t think he’d do that. And he doesn’t want to be lame duck. And he’s doing a fantastic job as our secretary of state. Great energy and great- a great, smart gentleman.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Cause you have an acting AG until you get Barr confirmed–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Yes.

MARGARET BRENNAN: An acting defense secretary. An acting chief of staff. An acting interior secretary.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. It’s OK. It’s easier to make moves when they’re acting.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So you are going to shake up–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Some, and some not.

MARGARET BRENNAN: –positions.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Some are doing a fantastic job. Really- I like acting because I can move so quickly. It gives me more flexibility. But- but actually, some of the names you mentioned, they’re doing a fantastic job.

MARGARET BRENNAN: How do you know when to fire someone?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: When it’s not happening. When–

MARGARET BRENNAN: What do you mean?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: When it doesn’t get done. Like with General Mattis, I wasn’t happy with his service. I told him give me a letter.

MARGARET BRENNAN: He resigned.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: He resigned because I asked him to resign. He resigned because I was very nice to him. But I gave him big budgets and he didn’t do well in Afghanistan. I was not happy with the job he was doing in Afghanistan. And if you look at Syria what’s happened, I went to Iraq recently, if you look at Syria, what’s happened in Syria in the last few weeks, you would see that things are going down that were not going down. That things are happening that are very good. So I was not happy with him, but I wish him well.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to ask you about your relationship with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Have- have you put your differences aside?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I think so. I mean I- I was just one that felt very important, you can’t be kneeling for the national anthem. You have to respect our flag and our country. I want that as president and I’d want that as a citizen. And I have a very good relationship. I did them a big favor in negotiating the USMCA, which is basically the replacement to NAFTA, which is one of the worst trade deals ever made. And I said to Canada, look we have a great American company known as the NFL, and they were being hurt and treated unfairly, the NFL, by Canada for a long time. And I said to Prime Minister Trudeau, who was very nice about it and really understood it, I hope you can settle the difference immediately and fast. And they did. So I did the NFL a big favor, as a great American company and they appreciated it. And Roger Goodell, this is a dispute that has gone on for years. Roger Goodell called me and he thanked me. And I appreciated that. But they haven’t been kneeling and they have been respecting the flag and their ratings have been terrific ever since. And a lot of good things happened.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Talking about the- the kneeling position you’ve taken and the controversy around it. Do you think that the players who did kneel had a point? I mean did you- are you sensitive at all to players like Colin Kaepernick, who- who point out that the majority of victims of police violence are black?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, you know, I’m the one that had passed judicial reform. And if you look at what I did, criminal judicial reform, and what I’ve done- President Obama tried. They all tried. Everybody wanted to do it. And I got it done and I’ve been, you know, really- a lot of people in the NFL have been calling and thanking me for it.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Really?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: They have been calling and thanking, you know, that people have been trying to get that taken care of and it’s now signed into law and affects tremendous numbers of people, and very good people. I think that when you want to protest I think that’s great. But I don’t think you do it at the sake of our flag, at the sake of our national anthem. Absolutely.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But you are- do I understand you saying there though, that you still are sensitive though? I mean you- you understand the motivation for the protest–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well I do–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Though you don’t like the form of it.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: A lot of it is having to do with reform from what I understand. Whether it’s criminal justice or whatever it may be and they have different versions and everybody seemed to have a different version of it. But a lot of it had to do with that, and I took care of that. I think that people have to, at all times, respect our flag and at all times respect our net- our- our national anthem and our country. And I think there are plenty of places and times you can protest and you can do a lot. But you can’t do that. That’s my opinion.

MARGARET BRENNAN: In a CBS poll we just took, 63 percent of Americans say they disapprove about how you’re handling issues of race in the US.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well–

MARGARET BRENNAN: What do you think of that?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: What has happened is very interesting. The economy is so good right now. You saw the jobs report just came out. Three hundred and four thousand added jobs, which is a shocker, for the month. A shocker to a lot of people. They thought it was going to be half that number. The African-Americans have the best employment numbers in the history of our country. Hispanic Americans have the best employment numbers in the history of our country. Asian-Americans the best in the history of our country. You look at women, the best in 61 years. And our employment numbers are phenomenal, the best in over 50 years. So I think I’ve been given a lot of credit for that. And in terms of race, a lot of people are saying well this is something very special what’s happening.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So- because when colleagues of yours, even like Republican Senator Tim Scott. He said Donald Trump is not racist. But he said you’re racially insensitive.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I have a great relationship with Tim and certainly with his state, South Carolina, and- where we do very well. And I think if you look at the numbers for African-American unemployment, best numbers they’ve had- literally the best numbers they’ve had in history. And I think they like me a lot and I like them a lot.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you let your son Barron play football?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It’s very, it’s very tough question. It’s a very good question. If he wanted to? Yes. Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn’t.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Why?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I wouldn’t. And he actually plays a lot of soccer. He’s liking soccer. And a lot of people, including me, thought soccer would probably never make it in this country, but it really is moving forward rapidly. I- I just don’t like the reports that I see coming out having to do with football—I mean, it’s a dangerous sport and I think it’s- I- it’s- really tough, I thought the equipment would get better, and it has. The helmets have gotten far better but it hasn’t solved the problem. So, you know I- I hate to say it because I love to watch football. I think the NFL is a great product, but I really think that as far as my son- well I’ve heard NFL players saying they wouldn’t let their sons play football. So. It’s not totally unique, but I- I would have a hard time with it.

MARGARET BRENNAN: What surprised you about some of the questions that Robert Mueller asked you?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, look the Russia thing is a hoax. I have been tougher on Russia than any president, maybe ever. But than any president.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But when it comes to the investigation that the special counsel’s conducting- I mean 34 people have been charged here. Seven guilty pleas —

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me. Ok, you ready? Ok, you ready? Of the 34 people, many of them were bloggers from Moscow or they were people that had nothing to do with me, had nothing to do with what they’re talking about or there were people that got caught telling a fib or telling a lie. I think it’s a terrible thing that’s happened to this country because this investigation is a witch hunt. It’s a terrible witch hunt and it’s a disgrace–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Do you think it should be made public?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –when you look at General Flynn where the FBI said he wasn’t lying, but Robert Mueller said he was, and they took a man and destroyed his life. When you look at so many of the things that have happened- why didn’t they go after Hillary Clinton for her emails? She had thirty three thousand emails that were deleted after receiving a subpoena from Congress–

MARGARET BRENNAN: And according to the special counsel–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me, but Margaret, why–

MARGARET BRENNAN: –they were posted on WikiLeaks and your friend Roger Stone was just indicted for his involvement there and for lying.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: First of all, Roger Stone didn’t work on the campaign, except way way at the beginning long before we’re talking about. Roger is somebody that I’ve always liked, but a lot of people like Roger some people probably don’t like Roger, but Roger Stone’s somebody I’ve always liked. I mean Roger’s a character but Roger was not- I don’t know if you know this or not- Roger wasn’t on my campaign except way at the beginning–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So, it’s all- and- and yet you will ask me a question like that, wasn’t involved in my campaign.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you pardon him?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I have not thought about it. It looks like he’s defending himself very well. But you have to get rid of the Russia witch hunt because it is indeed. And remember–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Because you think–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Remember this. Remember this. There’s been no president that has been tougher on Russia than Donald Trump.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you make the Mueller report public because you say there’s nothing in there? Congress can subpoena it anyway, though.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Totally up to to the Attorney General.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But what do you want them to do?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Even the Mueller report said it had nothing to do with the campaign. When you look at some of the people and the events it had nothing to do–

MARGARET BRENNAN: You wouldn’t have a problem–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me.

MARGARET BRENNAN: –if it became public?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Excuse me. That’s up to the attorney general. I don’t know. It depends. I have no idea what it’s going to say.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Okay.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So far this thing’s been a total witch hunt. And it doesn’t implicate me in any way. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. There was no nothing. Doesn’t implicate me in any way but I think it’s a disgrace.

MARGARET BRENNAN: What would make you use the U.S. military in Venezuela? What’s the national security interest?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well I don’t want to say that. But certainly it’s something that’s on the- it’s an option.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you personally negotiate with Nicolás Maduro to convince him to exit?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well he is requested a meeting and I’ve turned it down because we’re very far along in the process. You have a young and energetic gentleman but you have other people within that same group that have been very very – if you talk about democracy – it’s really democracy in action.

MARGARET BRENNAN: When did he request a meeting?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We’re going to see what happened. A number of months ago he wanted to meet.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But now because you’re at that crisis point–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well now we’d have to see.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Would you negotiate that?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I would say this. I decided at the time, “no” because so many really horrible things have been happening in Venezuela when you look at that country. That was the wealthiest country of all in that part of the world which is a very important part of the world. And now you look at the poverty and you look at the anguish and you look at the crime and you look at all of the things happening. So, I think the process is playing out – very very big tremendous protests.

MARGARET BRENNAN: North Korea. When and where are you going to meet Kim Jong Un?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I won’t tell you yet, but you’ll be finding out probably State of the Union or shortly before. But the meeting is set. He’s looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve made tremendous progress. If you remember, before I became president, it looked like we were going to war with North Korea. Now we have a very good relationship. The hostages are back. Okay, the remains are starting to come back. The remains of our Korean War veterans–

MARGARET BRENNAN: But your intelligence chief testified this week that Kim Jong Un is still very unlikely to give up his nuclear–

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well that’s what–

MARGARET BRENNAN: –weapons program.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: That’s what the intelligence chief thinks, and I think–

MARGARET BRENNAN: Why is he wrong?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –there’s a good possibility of that too. But there’s also a very good chance that we will make a deal. I think he’s also tired of going through what he’s going through. He has a chance to have North Korea be a tremendous economic behemoth. It has a chance to be one of the great economic countries in the world. He can’t do that with nuclear weapons and he can’t do that on the path they’re on now. I like him. I get along with him great. We have a fantastic chemistry. We have had tremendous correspondence that some people have seen and can’t even believe it. They think it’s historic. And we’ll see what happens. Now that doesn’t mean we’re going to make a deal. But certainly I think we have a very good chance of making a deal. And one of the reasons is because North Korea has a chance being located between Russia, China, and South Korea. What a location- I’m in the real estate business- what a location. They have a chance to be an economic powerhouse.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You’re going to keep U.S. troops there, in South Korea?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Yeah, I mean we haven’t talked about anything else. Maybe someday. I mean who knows. But you know it’s very expensive to keep troops there. You do know that. We have 40,000 troops in South Korea, it’s very expensive. But I have no plans, I’ve never even discussed removing them.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to quickly get to China. The last time you spoke with FACE THE NATION you were one hundred days into office and you said you would accept a less than perfect trade deal with China, if it meant they’d be helpful with North Korea. Do you stand by that?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, yes but I think we’re in a different position now.

MARGARET BRENNAN: What do you mean?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We’ve put very massive tariffs on China. China is paying a big price and it’s hurt China’s economy very badly. I want them to make a fair deal.They have been very helpful, especially at the beginning when I first came in with North Korea. They have stopped goods from going in. They have stopped a lot of things from going in through the border. Because as you know they have a border just like we have a border with Mexico, where crime is way up by the way, way up, and you have to remember that. But we have a border with- they have a border with North Korea.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: They have been very vigilant. Are they the same now? Probably a little bit less so. But North Korea is absolutely talking. And I think North Korea wants to make a deal. We are making a deal. It looks like we’re doing very well with making a deal with China. I can tell you this, no two leaders of this country and China have ever been closer than I am with President Xi. We have a good chance to make a deal. I don’t know that we’re going to make one, but we have a good chance. And if it is a deal it’s going to be a real deal. It’s not going to be a stopgap.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Sir, I hear your helicopters. I’m being told to wrap. I appreciate you being generous with your time.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much, Margaret.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Thank you.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you.

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via President Trump Superbowl Sunday Interview With CBS Margaret Brennan…. — The Last Refuge

Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Venezuela and Sanctions – Stephen Lendman

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Infested with US/NATO/Turkish supported terrorists, Idlib province a festering sore in Syria.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) admitted that the province, including its so-called demilitarized zone, is used as a platform for launching attacks on government forces and civilians – weapons and other material support provided by Washington and its imperial partners.

Shelling and other attacks continue daily, MZ saying “(w)e are alarmed by the reports that the terrorists continue to stage sham chemical weapons attacks against civilians.”

“According to the information available to us, active members of the pseudo-humanitarian White Helmets group have accumulated equipment for shooting footage of such provocations in several Idlib hospitals.”

The NYT turned truth on its head, claiming al-Nusra jihadists are “running the province almost liberally,” said MZ, adding:

“A leading American newspaper (the NYT) is presenting the terrorists as a constructive force, allegedly capable of restoring order and reducing the level of violence in Idlib.”

“(T)he author of the article does not mention the regular shelling of the Syrian government positions. We provided the relevant figures at last week’s briefing, but I am willing to repeat them.”

“Over the past five months (since the Putin/Erdogan agreed on demilitarized zone in Idlib), the terrorists…violated the ceasefire over 1,000 times. I would like to remind American journalists and their audiences that the HTS (al Nusra) is on the UN Security Council’s list of terrorist organizations and that it has been also recognized as such in the United States.”

In various parts of Syria, US supported terrorists continue to kill government forces and civilians, aided by daily Pentagon terror-bombing, responsible for mass slaughter and destruction on the phony pretext of combating ISIS the US supports, along with al-Nusra and other terrorist groups.

Humanitarian conditions in Syria have improved but are still dire in many areas. Thousands of refugees are trapped in the US controlled Rukban camp near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders.

The Pentagon’s military base in the area is used to train ISIS and other jihadists, along with using the base as a platform for continuing US aggression in southern Syria.

Commenting on the Trump regime’s coup attempt in Venezuela, MZ called conditions “tense.”

US-designated puppet interim president Guiado’s calls for turnouts at rallies opposing President Maduro are drawing dwindling numbers.

MZ: “The New York Times opened its pages to the current leader of the Venezuelan opposition with his calls to overthrow the legitimate government. He is openly inciting the Venezuelan armed forces to carry out a government coup.”

“We see Western sponsors publicly encourage this destructive stance by all possible means. It seems that there are no boundaries for Washington anymore, neither national, nor economic, nor moral…(T)he threat of a large-scale military conflict” is real.

MZ urged Russian allies in the region and elsewhere to oppose the threat of transforming Venezuela into another Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen or Ukraine.

Horrors in these countries can repeat in Venezuela “if the scenario backed by the US” is pushed to the extreme.

Maduro is Venezuela’s legitimate president, not usurper Guaido, used by the Trump regime to serve its interests.

Because of veto power by the US, Britain and France, along with pressuring six other countries to back its imperial agenda, the Security Council failed to condemn what’s going on.

Instead, the January 26 session amounted to “a rigged trial against the legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro,” said MZ – orchestrated by the Trump regime.

MZ called US actions against sovereign Venezuela “intimidation against (its) free people…who have chosen their own path of development and faced political and economic aggression for doing so.”

The Trump regime is pulling out all the stops for another imperial trophy by deposing Maduro – short of military intervention so far, retaining it as an option if other tactics fail.

Russian Foreign Ministry “call(ing) on all reasonable forces both within and outside Venezuela to use their efforts to promote de-escalation” falls on deaf ears in Washington and other Western capitals.

The Kremlin needs to step up to the plate with China to help Maduro preserve and protect the hemisphere’s most free and open democratic state from Washington’s dirty hands.

According to MZ, at least since 1974, “there has not been a single day when some kind of US restrictions weren’t imposed on our country” – through sanctions, legislation and other means, flagrantly violating international law.

Yet Vladimir Putin continues to call the US Russia’s “partner.” MZ referred to “our US colleagues.” Republicans and undemocratic Dems consider Russia their top enemy, wanting its government toppled, its resources looted and people exploited.

Diplomatic outreach to Washington is a waste of time and effort. In response to US hostility, Russia should respond with toughness, giving the US a taste of its own medicine, no longer tolerating its actions, the only message it’ll understand.

Source: Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Venezuela and Sanctions

How to get your child to just say no to socialism

Many parents who support the traditional American values of self-responsibility, individual liberty and free markets, have been left to wonder how they can teach their children the truth about collectivism. Here are some tips.

Despite mountains of historical evidence revealing the dangers associated with socialism, support for Karl Marx’s collectivist ideas is steadily increasing.

In an August 2018 Gallup Poll, 51 percent of young people aged 18-29 said they have a favorable opinion of socialism, compared to just 45 percent who said they view capitalism positively. Compare that to 2010, when 68 percent of young people said they view capitalism favorably. That’s a remarkable 33 percent decline in just eight years.

Many parents who support the traditional American values of self-responsibility, individual liberty and free markets, have been left to wonder how they can teach their children the truth about collectivism and resist the rise of socialism.

Below are strategies for talking to young people about the dangers of communism, socialism and other progressive ideas.

DEMOCRATS NOW PUSHING MANY OF THE SAME SOCIALIST POLICIES THAT DESTROYED VENEZUELA

Explain the meaning of socialism and why it’s immoral

Every conversation about socialism should begin with a discussion about what it actually entails. Survey data show most Americans have no clue what socialism is, despite the fact that it’s regularly discussed in the media.

Socialism is the collective ownership and management of property. In a purely socialist society – an idea Karl Marx called “communism” – all or nearly all property is owned and managed by the collective.

Under such a scheme, people have very little power over their own lives. Even their homes are owned collectively. In the case of democratic socialism, this means that people are forced to live according to the desires of the majority. In many situations, a small group of people is given power by the majority, and that group typically ends up becoming tyrannical, as we’ve seen in China, North Korea and Venezuela.

With this model in place, minorities don’t really have any rights. If the majority thinks people should live or work in a certain way, everyone is required to obey, even if it violates their deeply held beliefs. For example, in a socialist country, vegetarians would be required to be part owners in a slaughterhouse.

In socialism, individual “rights” are mere illusions. Even free-speech rights are limited if they are deemed “harmful” to the rest of society – which means these “rights” don’t really exist at all. This is why human rights abuses are so common in countries that try to enact socialism.

Emphasize charity, not government coercion

For most young Americans, socialist ideas are appealing because they genuinely want to help those who are suffering. They believe single-payer health care, a “Green New Deal,” and other similar policies are compassionate. Conservatives have a tendency to dismiss these ideas without providing alternatives. This leaves younger people feeling frustrated.

“Government social programs might not be perfect,” young liberals and socialists often tell me, “but at least liberals and socialists are trying to fix difficult problems like poverty. Conservatives and libertarians don’t care what happens to people who are suffering.”

Whenever parents discuss socialism, they should always explain that it’s important to engage in charitable activities. Advocates of freedom do support helping others, they just don’t believe the government is best equipped to do it.

This idea is best reinforced when families engage in charitable activities together. Parents must show their kids that motivated, compassionate conservatives care for those most in need and make the world a better place.

This conversation allows parents to make a very important moral argument: Charity is morally positive, because it means people are voluntarily helping those in need, but government welfare programs – however well-intentioned they might be – are not forms of charity. They require the government to use force and coercion. Those who don’t want to pay for a government program because they think it isn’t helpful – or perhaps believe it’s harmful – are forced to pay their taxes and participate anyway. Those who refuse can end up in prison.

Or, put simply, conservatives support people freely helping others, while those on the left advocate for forcing, manipulating and controlling people to accomplish their goals.

Explain that there’s never been a successful socialist nation in world history

Here’s a startling fact about socialism that every child should hear: During the past century, tens of millions of people have been killed, exiled or imprisoned by socialist and communist parties, and no country has ever successfully enacted a system that matches Marx’s vision for the world – a reality even the staunchest Marxist will admit.

Kids often respond to this fact by saying that there are many examples of socialism working successfully. Like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., they point to Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

The idea that Nordic nations are little socialist utopias is a gigantic myth. Denmark, Norway and Sweden are absolutely not “socialist” nations. Some parts of their economies have been socialized, like health care and higher education, but they are still market-based economies, and in many respects, their citizens are freer than Americans.

For example, in the Heritage Foundation’s “2019 Index of Economic Freedom,” Denmark, Norway and Sweden all score higher than the United States in numerous categories, including “property rights” and “business freedom.”

Furthermore, history has repeatedly shown that government can’t fix many of our most complex societal issues, even when it socializes just one part of the economy. For example, since the ObamaCare health insurance exchanges first opened, insurance premiums have doubled and deductibles have skyrocketed.

Talking about the dangers of socialism with kids isn’t easy. Children are constantly being bombarded with pro-socialist messages from Hollywood, the music industry, professional sports and, most importantly, their teachers and professors.

But if parents aren’t willing to put in the time to address these important ideas, who will?

Source: How to get your child to just say no to socialism